Keynote speakers

The 2017 keynote speakers focused on the fourth industrial revolution – what is it and what will it mean for our business? Followed by the closing keynote speaker, one of the most highly-respected statesmen of the past decade, Joschka Fischer, whom provided an insider view of the fragile European landscape. Further speakers are mentioned below. Click on the headers for more details.

Michael Jackson | The challenges of Change

Thursday 8 June 9:00 – 10:00 hrs

Over 30 years of business experience have given Michael Jackson the opportunity to become an extraordinary thinker. He is a successful business strategist and has worked with companies like Microsoft, Virgin, HP and Qatar Airways as well as many others. He is also active in the media and has worked as a radio moderator, TV presenter and columnist in Europe and South Africa. Michael Jackson has already applied his communication and marketing expertise at over 2.500 conferences and events all over the world. He is an inspiring public speaker. Once called “a national treasure” by former South African President Nelson Mandela, Michael Jackson tries to live up to his standards in every single speaking engagement. He is passionate about what he does and delivers outstanding speeches. As a facilitator or keynote speaker Michael Jackson can enhance any kind of event. Michael Jackson combines immediate, up to date & market-relevant business information with historic, current and future dynamics of business change. He enables his audience to think differently and understand the complexity but necessity of change. As a professional speaker, or Master of Ceremonies, Michael Jackson will deliver your message, woven into his material better than anyone else – to any audience.

This dynamic keynote presentation provides the audience with a new and unique way of looking at their personal journey and to more accurately map and focus their direction. It delivers a strong and compelling case for adapting modern simple, smart and specialist behaviours in the workplace, which cut through the day to day pressures and confusion. Designed for business people at all levels across the enterprise and presented in a vibrant, compelling manner it will engage employees and stimulate them to concentrate and perform better in any marketplace. This presentation encompasses a hands-on view of the future global business world on the road to 2020 and deals, in an entertaining, amusing and interactive manner, with all the resultant pressures and changing dynamics of modern critical business issues. The Challenge of Change leaves its audience with an accurate assessment of where they will find themselves tomorrow, in business and real life, and outlines exactly how to compete in any marketplace into the foreseeable future. This presentation explains the issues of change in clear cut and compelling scenarios, and does so in a way which delights business audiences everywhere, with its selected examples of business excellence from to modern successful businesses which clearly highlight the route to future success. See the full programme
Andy Hobsbawm

Andy Hobsbawm | The internet of Things (IoT): how smart products transform bran relationships, business operations and service experiences

Thursday 8 June 10:00- 10:30 hrs

Andy established the first international Internet agency in 1994 which merged with pioneering digital services firm Agency.com in 1997 where he was European MD then Chairman until 2009. Andy co-founded the award-winning online community Do The Green Thing in 2007. He has been listed among the 100 top digital influencers by Wired UK and was recently named among the 20 inaugural inductees of the British Interactive Multimedia Association’s Digital Hall of Fame, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jonathan Ive and Dr. Mike Lynch. He has been a weekly columnist about the new economy for the Financial Times, a member of GartnerG2’s first advisory board on online advertising and spoken at numerous conferences including TED. He has yet to receive any royalties from obscure pop songs released by a minor independent record label in Europe.

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Stephan Lechel

Stephan Lechel | The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what does it mean for the manufacturing process?

Thursday 8 June 11:15- 11:45 hrs

Stephan Lechel has more than 30 years experience in the automotive industry. Currently he is partner at Porsche Consulting where he is the leader of the competence center Consumer Goods and Print & Packing and he has been responsible for the implementation of operational excellence for over 25 years. He leads numerous projects for several national and international companies and also manages programmes for the optimization of operative as well as administrative processes in the industry (packaging, print, consumer goods, mechanical engineering, etc.)

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Jan Denys

Jan Denys | Employer 4.0 – Branding your company in the age of the millennials

Thursday 8 June 11:45- 12:15 hrs

Jan Denys works for Randstad since 1999 as spokesperson and labour market expert, and he is also responsible for public affairs. He is one of the founding fathers of the Randstad Employer Brand Research. Jan wrote several books on the labour market (Free to work, 2010), employer branding (Uw Werk, Uw Merk, 2010) and the staffing business (Uitzendwerk, 360° handbook, 2015). His newest book is again on employer branding (Werken aan Merken, 2017). He is an opinion maker about the labour market via lectures, opinion articles and Twitter @DenysJan. Jan advised different political parties on labour market policy and is a member of the Higher Council for Employment since 2015. Between 1984 and 1999, he worked as labour market researcher and project manager on the Higher Institute of Labour Studies, Catholic University of Louvain, with projects for the European Union, OECD and ILO.

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Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer | The Future of the European Political and Economic Landscape

Friday 9 June 12:00 – 13:00 hrs

Joschka Fischer served as Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005. Throughout his seven-year tenure as Foreign Minister he was arguably the most popular politician in his nation and one of the most influential leaders of the German Green Party. He currently runs an advisory firm in Berlin that serves a wide range of corporations and institutions. Additionally he acts as political advisor to the energy companies RWE and OMV in conjunction with the proposed Nabucco gas pipeline project. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and as Co-Chair of the Executive Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Upon his appointment as Minister of the Environment and Energy for Hesse in 1985, he was the first German Green to assume a government post. From 1987 to 1991, Fischer served in various capacities in the Hessian State Assembly; from 1991 to 1994 as Hessian Minister for the Environment, Energy, and Federal Affairs; and from 1994 to 1998 as Parliamentary Spokesman for the Green party in the German Bundestag, the Federal Parliament. From 2006 to 2007 he held a professorship at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Joschka Fischer is greatly admired for his personal integrity, charisma and pivotal position in critical national dialog about his country’s role in European integration. He offers audiences tremendous insights into international political developments and the socio and business scene. Fischer also demonstrates what it takes to successfully negotiate on the international platform. His political commentaries are syndicated internationally.

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