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Research Forum 2019

The annual Research Forum is the flagship research-outreach event of EU Business School. Held annually in Geneva in the month of October, the Research Forum seeks to establish EU Business School as a platform for high level discussions and agenda-setting with a diverse range of actors from academia, business and industry, international and governmental organizations, NGOs, and States. The foci of the Forum are to discuss global issues, generate new ideas, and explore the potential for holistic solutions by connecting different players. The Forum helps us to discover new directions for research and collaboration and showcase our existing commitments and progress. The theme for the Forum is renewed every year which allows us to stay dynamic and cutting-edge.

TRUST IN INSTITUTIONAL INTERACTIONS:
BRIDGING THE GAP: PARTNERSHIPS, RESOURCES AND INNOVATION
 
 
Wednesday, October 16th 2019
FER, rue de Saint-Jean 98, 1201 Geneva
9:00 – 18:00
 

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Trust, Innovation and Change

Pradeep Kakkattil, Director of Innovations, UNAIDS

Trust and Resource Mobilization

Marion Jansen, Director of the Division for Market Development and Chief Economist at the International Trade Centre (ITC)

Progressive Trust

Rolf Olsen, CEO & Founder of LEIDAR

SPEAKERS

Dirk Craen

Dirk Craen

President, EU Business School

Luc Craen

Luc Craen

Vice President & Managing Director, EU Business School

Crispin Conroy

Crispin Conroy

Representative Director, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Vincent Subilia

Vincent Subilia

Director General, Geneva Chamber of Commerce (CCIG)

Marion Jansen

Marion Jansen

Chief Economist, Director – Division of Market Development, ITC

H.E. Nasir Ahmad Andisha

H.E. Nasir Ahmad Andisha

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Geneva

Jaroslaw Ponder

Jaroslaw Ponder

Head of the ITU Office for Europe

Pradeep Kakkattil

Pradeep Kakkattil

Director of Innovations, UNAIDS

Rolf Olsen

Rolf Olsen

CEO & Founder, LEIDAR

Ivan Ureta

Ivan Ureta

Associate professor, SUPSI; Adjunct professor, IE Business School

Yannick Heiniger

Yannick Heiniger

Partnership Manager, Office for Digital Transformation and Data, ICRC

Andrew Andrea

Andrew Andrea

CEO, Alliance4Impact

Yuvan Beejadhur

Yuvan Beejadhur

Founder & Managing Partner, Beejadhur Ocean Solutions / Ex Advisor, World Bank

Houman Goudarzi

Houman Goudarzi

Head of BI & Industry Engagement, IATA

Gonzalo Wandosell

Gonzalo Wandosell

Dean of the Law and Business Faculty at the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM)

Luisa Meneghetti

Luisa Meneghetti

Global Shapers Geneva Hub

Olivier Brenninkmeijer

Olivier Brenninkmeijer

Academic Dean, Munich Campus, EU Business School

Moz Siddiqui

Moz Siddiqui

Senior Manager, Strategic Innovation, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance

Judit Kozenkow

Judit Kozenkow

Professor of Economics, EU Business School

Abbas Ahmed Abdullah AlBasha

Abbas Ahmed Abdullah AlBasha

DBA Candidate, EU Business School

Stef de Jong

Stef de Jong

Academic Dean, Swiss Campuses, EU Business School

Svetlana Elinova

Svetlana Elinova

Registrar, EU Business School

Suddha Chakravartti

Suddha Chakravartti

Head of Research, EU Business School

AGENDA

9:00 – 9:30

Registration & Welcome Coffee

 

9:30 – 9:40

Welcome Address

Dirk Craen, President, EU Business School

 

9:40 – 10:00

Special Address

“The socio political dimension of trust – A brief look.”

H.E. Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to The United Nationas Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva

 

10:00 – 10:15

Trust as a Key Asset for Institutional Interactions

Suddha Chakravartti, Head of Research, EU Business School

 

10:15 – 10:30

Keynote Address

Crispin Conroy, Representative Director, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

 

10:30 – 12:00

Panel 1: Partnerships as Key Driver

Moderator: Olivier Brenninkmeijer, Academic Dean, Munich Campus, EU Business School

Collaboration is crucial to achieving the SDGs and advancing humanity’s cuase. Here, stakeholders will share lessons and best practices on the models that driving transformative change.

Panelists:

Crispin Conroy, Representative Director, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Vincent Subilia, Director General, Geneva Chamber of Commerce (CCIG)

Andrew Andrea, CEO, Alliance4Impact

Yannick Heiniger, Partnership Manager, Office for Digital Transformation and Data, ICRC

Jaroslaw Ponder, Head of the ITU Office for Europe

Stef de Jong, Academic Dean, Swiss Campuses, EU Business School

 

12:00 – 13:30
Lunch Break

 

13:30 – 13:40

Trust and Leadership

Luc Craen, Managing Director & Vice-President, EU Business School

 

13:40 – 14:00

Keynote Address

Rolf Olsen, CEO & Founder, LEIDAR

14:00 – 15:30

Panel 2: Innovation for Change

Moderator: Svetlana Elinova, Registrar, EU Business School

Innovations exist as part of a broader ecosystem made up of systems, process and ultimately people. Testing innovations, and modifying them to fit the relevant contexts is a sensitive process. Governments must trust their partners to allow them to test their innovations on populations, and businesses must trust in their products and processes to bring these to markets. The sweet spot for both parties is the difference between success and failure. This session looks at innovation and the surrounding ecosystem needed for it to thrive.

Panelists:

Luisa Meneghetti, Global Shapers Geneva Hub

Pradeep Kakkattil, Director of Innovations, UNAIDS

Ivan Ureta, Associate professor, SUPSI; Adjunct professor, IE Business School

Rolf Olsen, CEO & Founder, LEIDAR

Moz Siddiqui, Senior Manager, Strategic Innovation, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance

Gonzalo Wandosell, Dean of the Law and Business Faculty at the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM)

 

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break/Networking Session

 

16:00 – 16:20

Keynote Address

Marion Jansen, Chief Economist, Director – Division of Market Development,  ITC

 

16:20 – 17:50

Panel 3: Mobilizing Resources

Moderator: Suddha Chakravartti, Head of Research, EU Business School

Sustainable financing for any project is crucial to its survival, more so in the context of development where resources have typically been provided by donors. Innovative development partners are exploring new approaches to creating lasting value with their existing donor bases, as well as new approaches to resource mobilisation that leverage private sector expertise, networks and resources in a way that facilitates socio-economic development and also allows businesses record tangible benefits.

Panelists:

Marion Jansen, Chief Economist, Director – Division of Market Development, ITC

Yuvan Beejadhur, Founder & Managing Partner, Beejadhur Ocean Solutions / Ex Advisor, World Bank

Judit Kozenkow, Professor of Economics, EU Business School

Abbas Ahmed Abdullah AlBasha, DBA Candidate, EU Business School

Houman Goudarzi, Head of BI & Industry Engagement, IATA

 

17:50 – 18:00

Call to Action and Closing Note

Suddha Chakravartti, Head of Research, EU Business School 

 

18:00

Network Cocktails

EU Business School, Geneva Campus

Quai du Seujet, 18

1201 Geneva

OUTCOMES

EU Business School, through ON Research – its research platform, is inviting experts, leaders, and shapers from academia, businesses, governments, international organizations, think tanks, and NGOs, to once again discuss and deliberate on some of the most pressing issues of today under the auspices of its annual Research Forum. Now in its second year, the Forum intends to generate new ideas for research and partnerships, while providing thought leadership and direction in shaping our common and shared future. Building on the lessons learned and successes of last year, where we discussed the modalities of public-private collaborations in humanizing development – we realized that one of the key human components of collaboration at all levels was trust. Hence, this year we will focus on the essentials of trust in bridging the gap between ideas and solutions.

Trust: Bridging the Gap

Today, we arguably live in the most free, prosperous, progressive, inclusive, and innovative epoch in human history. Human progress, aided by technolgy, has meant that erstwhile physical and mental barriers are slowly being eroded. When you think about it, we do in fact live in a borderless world. While we keep pushing our boundaries with infinite innovative potential, our progress has also come at a large cost – a cost so gargantuan, that we need to rethink our narrative on progress and development. Despite our advancement, our world today is equally vulnerable to financial booms and busts, climate change, protracted conflicts, resource depletion, global pandemics, and natural disasters. 

In today’s borderless, interdependent and interconnected world that we live in, no single agency or entity, state or private, will have the wherewithal to tackle the complex challenges we face. In fact, if we aspire to set the narrative of a “shared and common future,” the burden of facing the challenges has to be shared universally by everyone. This  principle is one of the cornerstones of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While the Sustanable Development Goals calls for universality of action, it is contingent upon whether we can forge strong partnerships; devise innovative solutions; and mobilize the adequate resources to sustain them. 

Sustainable solutions to our many challenges can only emerge when everyone acts responsibly together. And for this, trust is the key asset in building effective and sustained partnerships. It is by far the cheapest and most effective asset that can be deployed to solve a problem. Thus, trust in all our interactions should be seen as a core-foundational value. However, in the current global scenario – trust in governments, institutions and businesses are on a decline in most parts of the world. The lack of common political will; hubristic domestic policies; the proliferation of misinformation and disinformation; and the lack of accountability of our institutions and leaders further impedes our goals  of a sustainable future.  What we need is global leadership and good governance to bridge the gap, and for that trust will be vital. 

WITHOUT TRUST WE DON’T TRULY COLLABORATE; WE MERELY COORDINATE OR, AT BEST, COOPERATE. IT IS TRUST THAT TRANSFORMS A GROUP OF PEOPLE INTO A TEAM.

Stephen M.R. Covey

Partnerships as Key Driver

Last year, we discussed the various modalities of public-private collaborations in the delivery of global public goods and finding effective solutions to complex challenges. Such multiparty stakeholder approach enshrines the universality principle, and  has the possibility for unlocking innovative potentials through cross-cutting capacities. Yet, one of the major bottlenecks in such collaborative frameworks remains the question of trust. The lack of trust not only hinders collaborations, but magnifies the differences and reluctance between different sectors by creating a prevailing sense of inequity in desired capabilities, objectives and outcomes. This year, we will try to reflect on the elemental aspect of trust in creating win-win partnerships.

Innovation that Influences Change

Innovation is the process through which we bring about change and improvement in our world. Yet, to truly unlock our innovative capacities, we require a certain set of prerequisites. First, we should not restrict our understand of innovation as an “end,” but as a “means” or “process.” Second, most innovations occur in collaborative environments. In both cases, trust is the hinge that holds any innovative process together by allowing the necessary collaborations and resources to be accessed and freed up. In this section, we will discuss both the successes and obstacles faced by businesses, states, and institutions alike, in their quest for innovative solutions. We will highlight how better synergies and collaborative processes based on trust can foster innovation.

Mobilizing Resources

Resource mobilization  is an essential component in financing innovative solutions to our many challenges. Still, the lack of trust in our international system inhibits access to vital resources by both businesses and states. The rise of populism, fake-news, the lack of transparency, protectionism, and trade-wars – just to name a few, restrict the mobilization of vital resources. Furthermore, the paralysis and the “loss of trustworthiness” of many global institutions further exacerbates the issue. What is missing is strong global governance that will provide an impetus to both businesses and governments alike to mobilize the necessary financing required to achieve the 2030 Agenda. We intend to look at not just the challenges of resource mobilization, but also deliberate on which models of resource mobilization are more effective.