The proposed 2019 edition of EU Business School’s annual Research Forum will build on the successes and outcomes of the inaugural edition of 2018. Last year, we set the platform for public-private engagements in providing concrete solutions to complex global challenges. This year, we wish to engage experts and multiparty stakeholders to deliberate on the key determinant of successful transformation through partnerships – Trust.
Wednesday, October 16th 2019
FER, rue de Saint-Jean 98, 1201 Geneva
The 2019 Forum will seek to focus on the essential human element of trust, and how it impacts every interaction. Although solutions can be created, it is only through trust that we can truly achieve them.
EU Business School places great importance and recognizes the need for global leadership through collaborations. While producing ethical leaders with a global mindset is imbibed in our spirit, it is only through building trust that allows leaders to succeed. In a world beset with complexity, and where challenges transcend all human-made borders and barriers, trustwill be the most valuable asset we may be able to deploy.
This year we will engage with experts and strategic partners in delivering a world class event. This will help us to generate our research direction and identify how EU Business School can concretely contribute to outcomes recognised by the international community.
EU Business School is a knowledge hub with research fields and specialisations vital to human development. Hence, in the wake of its 45th anniversary, EU Business School convened a variety of stakeholders from academia, business and the international community, with the aim of fostering a conversation on public private collaboration for development. The Forum which happened on 17 October, 2018 served as an opportunity for knowledge sharing/dissemination on the subject, as well as promoting the best practices on development by bringing together professionals and thought leaders from the public and private sectors towards constructive discussions on public private collaboration for development.
Registration & Welcome Coffee
9:15 – 9:30
Partnerships for Development
9:30 – 10.00
10:00 – 11:00
The Increasing Role of Businesses in
Driving Innovation for Development
11:00 – 12:30
The Role of Public-Private
Collaborations in Sustainable
Development (Moderated Panel)
12:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Our Shared Future (Moderated Panel)
15:30 – 16:00
Adolf Ogi, Former President of the Swiss Confederation
Dirk Craen, President, EU Business School
Luc Craen, Managing Director &Vice-President, EU Business School
Suddha Chakravartti, Head of Research, EU Business School
Yves LetermeSecretary General, International IDEA & Former Prime Minister of Belgium
Ugo Ikpeazu, Development Consultant, EU Business School Research Associate
Nadine Reichenthal, Professor, UNIL-HEC
Diego Gilardoni, Business Consultant, Author, China Expert, TED Speaker
Li Zhang, Gavi Director Strategic Innovation and New Investors Hub
Hans Vemer, CEO, Concept Foundation
Giovanni Di Cola, Special Advisor, Office of Deputy Director General, International Labour Organization
Matthew Wilson, Chief Advisor & Chef de Cabinet, International Trade Center
Geoffrey Hamilton, Chief, Cooperation & Partnerships Section, UNECE
Nathaly Palma, Researcher
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman & CEO, Bentley Motors
H.E Ravesa Lleshi,Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations
Nidal Salim, Founder, Global Institute for Water, Environment & Health
Lisa Ventura, Head, CSO Communities and Societies, World Economic Forum
Dominique Tombeur, President, DT International
Patrick Gantes, Director, CRES
H.E Robert Salama,Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Malawi to the United Nations
H.E (Dr.) Francois Ngarambe, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations
H.E Léopold Ismael Salama, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Central African Republis to the United Nations
Alfred De Zayas, UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Lawyer, Professor, Author, Human Rights Activist
“Humanizing Public-Private Partnership Pays”
The transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a response to the need for new approaches to partnering and innovating. The EU Business School established the Research Forum as a direct response to the global call for greater alignment in the advancement of humanity’s collective ideals.
The research forum served as a knowledge sharing platform for leaders from academia, politics, business and civil society, with the inaugural edition focused on the medium of public-private collaboration for development. The inaugural edition allowed participants from organisations including representatives from the world of academic, international organizations, NGOs, global private sector leaders, and country representatives, to share some of the solutions that have driven change in various contexts.
As a leading business education institution with an international network of campuses, the EUBS has been able to foster strong relationships with the global business community. A strong faculty, an engaged alumni family, and a network of research excellence, allow for objective insight into some of the pressing challenges of the 21st century, as well as insight into the cutting-edge solutions that are driving change.
The ‘Human’ in Leadership
Numerous evolutions in society have led to its current 21stcentury state; a key result of these evolutions, is the increased influence of non-state actors on the daily life of the individual. Part of this progress has meant that development challenges – and solutions – have taken on new forms. The focus of development is now the human. Simultaneously, the international community now recognises development as an on-going function, one that is concerned with the overall wellbeing of the individual – and the relationship of said individual’s well-being with that of the environment.
The Role of Public-Private Collaborations in Sustainable Development
The buzzword of the past decade has gained its fame not because of the need for new ‘development jargon’, but from the inevitable role that the private sector plays in driving innovation for development around the world. ‘Public-private partnerships’ or PPPs, are the relationships formed by governments and businesses, aimed at leveraging business networks and expertise to solve pressing social problems. Simply put, PPPs are the case for the private sector doing what it does best; while building/strengthening social systems in the process.
The future of international collaboration will require stakeholders, whether state or non-state, to build new synergies, transfer established capabilities, and create new cross-cutting capacities. This future will particularly require the international community to recognise businesses and the private sector not as a part of the problem, but as a part of the solution. Technology, the effects of globalisation, and the fourth industrial revolution, make this a near future.
Our Shared Future
On the road to greater collaboration for sustainable and equitable development, communication and knowledge sharing will remain long-time companions of development partners. ‘Humanising Development’, brings the variety of these conventional and unconventional development partners together, towards constructive discussions on development, as well as the evolving roles that are driving its outcomes. The forum will serve as a platform for knowledge sharing that takes advantage of the experience and expertise of leaders on the front-lines of modern socio-economic reform. This platform is crucial to allow the proliferation of best practices, as well as allow stakeholders the opportunity to learn from and avoid the past mistakes of their counterparts. From failed health interventions to successful supply chain solutions, insights gained from the experiences of innovators will ultimately be channelled towards decision making for
EU Business School: Providing the Thought Leadership
On the anniversary of its 45thyear delivering cutting edge business education in Geneva and around the world through its network of campuses and partners, the EU Business School is convening thought leaders on its research platform. From the proximity of its Geneva campus, the Business School is working with leaders from both sectors
By the end of the Forum, participants should have gained an understanding of some of the defining concepts of international development, sustainability, and key challenges as well as innovations that transform the lives of millions of people around the world. The forum will further initiate collaborative research streams that will support the work of the international community in building sustainable solutions for human development.