Highlights from “Making it BIG”
Next Summit "Business Unusual"
Which trends will dominate the way we do business tomorrow and how do we unleash the opportunities they bring today?
In a changing world we need to be at the forefront of the dynamic changes of climate, infrastructure, energy sources, food and business. How do we prepare for decreased resources and a rapidly growing population?
Which trends and movements will dominate the way we do business tomorrow and how do we prepare in order to stay in the game?
Confirmed speakers Amsterdam
Co-Founder & Director, Square
Jim McKelvey is an inventor, entrepreneur, artist, author and licensed pilot. While perhaps best known for co-founding Square, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups, McKelvey is, in some circles, better known as a master glass artist and author. His most famous venture, Square, is changing payments.
His latest venture, LaunchCode, is making it possible for anyone to learn programming and land a full-time job in under six months–for free. Each business is founded upon a simple idea and run by people committed to that idea. Jim has never sold any of his companies and as a result now oversees a diverse portfolio of businesses. Referencing personal experiences and local challenges, McKelvey offers a fresh, Silicon Valley-approach to problem solving.
Professor, Strategic Leadership (LBS)
Repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 50 business thinkers by the Thinkers50, Professor Costas Markides is recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on strategy and innovation. An internationally acclaimed teacher and conference speaker, Professor Markides has researched the topics of strategic innovation, business model innovation, diversification and international acquisitions.
His work explores how established companies could pursue radical or disruptive innovation and how they can compete with two business models in the same industry. He also examines how companies can create a culture of continuous innovation and the role that individual managers play in making a company more innovative.
Country Director Benelux, Tesla Motors
The Tesla story is about how a small insignificant business that nobody believed in and that had an impossible product not only challenged one of the largest and most conservative industries in the world, but also became a trendsetter and the brand that other automakers want to match.
Most people called Kim Liebregts, Country Director for Benelux, crazy when she got involved in electric cars. Tesla’s success story in Europe and North America has proved sceptics wrong – today, the Netherlands is the second-largest market for Tesla in Europe. Tesla owes much of its success to its erudite approach to designing, building, manufacturing and distributing its automobiles, but Tesla is not just an automaker, but also a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation.
Kim Liebregts gives an insight into Tesla and the challenges they are facing. How did Tesla, with limited funds, manage to inspire a new generation of drivers? What is Tesla’s winning strategy – and what can we learn from the Tesla story?
He is a highly recognised Trendwatcher, author and speaker with roots in India, Latin-America and Europe. He researches financial, social, cultural, economic, technological and spiritual trends and interprets these. Bakas is captivating, stimulating, visionary, humorous, inspirational, challenging, and accessible. He is provocative but always positive, even in these times of economic decline.
Mark Van Der Linden
Managing Director, Dropbox UK, Ireland and Benelux
Dropbox is the perfect example of how one person’s quest for efficiency led him to change the way we store and access our files, which is now changing the way we work. The key is simplicity. Since the company started in 2007 more than 400 million people, both individuals and within companies, have been sharing and saving documents and photos in a simple and easy to use platform in the Cloud.
Mark Van Der Linden, Managing Director for Dropbox UK, Ireland, and Benelux, gives an insight into the digital transformation of the workplace, and demonstrates how collaboration and synchronisation are driving greater productivity, better collaboration and more innovative teams.
Mark Van Der Linden is responsible for driving Dropbox’s growth in the regions and leads the London and Amsterdam office’s day-to-day operations. He previously worked at Google, where he led Google Enterprise in the UK/I and Benelux, and also spent several years at Dell and VMWare.
Confirmed speakers Copenhagen
Thomas F. Borgen
CEO, Danske Bank
In September 2013, Norwegian Thomas F. Borgen was appointed CEO of Danske Bank as a replacement for Eivind Kolding. Since then focus has been on restructuring the business, increasing profitability and diminishing losses from operations in Ireland – a division that was born with the acquisitions of Northern Bank and National Irish Bank in 2004 and is estimated to have cost Danske Bank more than DKK 30 bn in losses.
Thomas Borgen has made a big turn around and is known for his direct customer approach and his focus on offering the best products at the best price in line with the ‘philosophy’ KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). His title could easily be ‘Chief Simplicity Officer’ as clarity and simplicity are very important to him.
Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle is a highly recognised Trendwatcher, author and speaker with roots in Sweden, best known for the bestselling books Funky Business - Talent Makes Capital Dance & Karaoke Capitalism
He is one of the world’s most influential and respected business thinkers and speakers. In 2014, the Global Top 30 Management Gurus ranking put him at number 23 worldwide and among the top 5 in Europe.
President of Consumer Brands, AOL
Meet Jimmy Maymann, President of Consumer Brands, AOL and former CEO of The Huffington Post. He is well known for doing business in an unusual way.
He will share his thoughts about his new role as President of Consumer Brands, AOL, tied to his experience as CEO of The Huffington Post.
Jimmy’s focus during his time with The Huffington Post was to find new ways to optimise, grow and monetise the US business. He did this by transforming the whole media sector when he managed to make money on net journalism.
The key to success was differentiating the newspaper by making it a hybrid between a traditional newspaper and the social media platform where everyone can participate in the debate.
Even before The Huffington Post, Jimmy was a successful entrepreneur. He founded two companies, both of which were bought by foreign companies. The most famous one is the digital advertising company GoViral, which was sold to AOL for 74 million US dollars.
Anders Runevad is an internationally experienced senior executive with experience of leading global organisations. Since Runevad's arrival, Vestas has stabilized after a turbulent period, and Runevad himself has stayed below the radar. The offshore venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, MHI Vestas, has gone through, the company figures are looking good and operations seem to be back on track for the world's number-one wind turbine manufacturer.
Before Vestas, Anders Runevad has worked in the telecom sector during his entire career, mainly in business-to-business, and has successfully developed and executed on strategies both in growth and mature markets.
Mr Runevad holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Institute of technology, University of Lund.