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Research Forum 2021

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.

UNLOCKING TRANSFORMATIONAL VALUE:

the Triple Bottom Line

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 
11:00 – 16:30 CET
online

Human interaction may have been permanently altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing changes in the ways that companies interact with their consumers and the environment. In the past 20 months, the world has seen more disruptions to industry than in the previous 5 years combined. At the same time, human capacity has enhanced significantly thanks to technology. The new operating landscape created by these phenomena presents both an opportunity and a challenge. However, the difference between challenge and opportunity is in the actions that Leaders must already be taking today.

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AGENDA

11:00 – 11:02

Opening

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

 

11:02 – 11:05

Welcome Address

Suddha Chakravartti, Head of Research, EU Business School

 

11:05 – 11:30

Keynote Address: Role of Bio-innovation and Biodiversity in Africa

H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Former President of Mauritius

 

11:30 – 12:00

Discussion: Digital Innovation: Identifying, Integrating and Scaling

Apart from being the buzz word of the current decade, understanding innovation is a critical element of business survival. We discuss good practices on identifying, investing in, and integrating innovations. We also discuss how the range of stakeholders can contribute to scaling innovative solutions while also having positive impact on society.

Speakers:

H.E. AmeenahGurib-Fakim, Former Presidentof Mauritius
Ugo Ikpeazu, Lecturer at EU Business School/ONResearch, Social Development Consultant
Sindhuri Ponnapureddy, Lecturer, EU Business School

 

12:00 – 13:00

Panel 1: ESG Frameworks for Transformation

A discussion on how leading private sector are integrating ESG frameworks into innovative business models, as well as how these leaders are positioning their businesses to create value in an uncertain future.

Moderator: Chris McHugh, Senior Adviser, International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers/ Researcher, University of Southampton Business School

Panelists:

Thomas Hohne-Sparboth, Head of Sustainability Research, Lombard Odier Asset Management
Anastasia Naranova-Nassauer, Research Coordinator, EU Business School
David Lais, CPO, Ecolytiq, Climate Activist & Social Entrepreneur
Bathsheba Asati, Head of Strategic Initiatives at Amahoro Coalition, Associate at Botho Emerging Markets Group

13:00 – 14:00

Panel 2: Enabling Grassroots Ecosystems to Unlock New Markets

SMEs, start-ups, innovators, and the informal economy all have one thing in common, in most parts of the world, they form the category of society where the larger percentage of populations are engaged. These ecosystems represent opportunities for growth that both the public and private sectors must learn to cater to and collaborate with.

Moderator: Raymond Gilpin, Chief Economist, UNDP Africa

Panelists:

Raghunath Mandava, Former CEO, Airtel Africa
Marie-Chantal Kaninda, Executive Director, World Diamond Council
Zeynu Ummer, Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP Africa Borderlands Center
Sarata Conateh, Acting Chief Executive Officer, GCCI
Jesper Hörnberg, Co-Founder, GIVEWATTS/ Lead of Innovation & Scaling and the GRP Incubator, Global Resilience Partnership

14:00 – 15:00

Panel 3: The Realities and Opportunities of Free Trade

The global trade landscape has seen some of its more significant shocks in the past 5 years. With trade blocs opening up, and others shrinking, we discuss the dynamic landscape of opportunities for businesses to plug into.

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

Panelists:

Antonina Joy Kategekwa, Strategic Advisor on Trade, UNDP
Floriana Borino, Trade Analyst, International Trade Centre
Ugo Ikpeazu, Lecturer at EU Business School/ONResearch, Social Development Consultant

15:00 – 16:00

Break

16:00 – 16:30

Fireside Chat: Value Creation: the Geneva Case

A one-on-one discussion looks at the Geneva case to understand how one of the world’s most international cities continues to reinvent its business environment for value creation.

Vincent Subilia, Director General Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Indistry and Services (CCIG)
Suddha Chakravartti, Head of Research, EU Business School

16:30 – 16:35

Closing Notes

Stef de Jong, Academic Dean, EU Business School Geneva

  

SPEAKERS

H.E Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

H.E Ameenah Gurib-Fakim 

Former President of Mauritius

Vincent Subilia

Vincent Subilia

Director General, Geneva Chamber of Commerce (CCIG)

Thomas Höhne-Sparboth

Thomas Höhne-Sparboth

Head of Sustainability Research, Lombard Odier Asset Management

Raghunath Mandava

Raghunath Mandava

Former CEO, Airtel Africa

Antonina Joy Kategekwa

Antonina Joy Kategekwa

Strategic Advisor on Trade, UNDP

Jesper Hörnberg

Jesper Hörnberg

Co-Founder, GIVEWATTS/ Lead of Innovation & Scaling and the GRP Incubator, Global Resilience Partnership

David Lais

David Lais

CPO & Co-Founder, Ecolytiq/ Climate Activist/ Social Entrepreneur

Floriana Borino

Floriana Borino

Trade Analyst, International Trade Centre

Marie-Chantal Kaninda

Marie-Chantal Kaninda

Executive Director, World Diamond Council

Chris McHugh

Chris McHugh

Senior Adviser, International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers/ Researcher, University of Southampton Business School

Sarata Conateh

Sarata Conateh

Acting Chief Executive Officer, GCCI

Zeynu Ummer

Zeynu Ummer

Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP Africa Borderlands Center

Raymond Gilpin

Raymond Gilpin

Chief Economist, UNDP Africa

Bathsheba Asati

Bathsheba Asati

Head of Strategic Initiatives at Amahoro Coalition, Associate at Botho Emerging Markets Group

Anastasia Naranova-Nassauer

Anastasia Naranova-Nassauer

Research Coordinator, EU Business School/ONResearch

Sindhuri Ponnapureddy

Sindhuri Ponnapureddy

Lecturer, EU Business School

Ugo Ikpeazu

Ugo Ikpeazu

Lecturer EU Business School/ONResearch, Social Development Consultant

Suddha Chakravartti

Suddha Chakravartti

Head of Research, EU Business School

Stef de Jong

Stef de Jong

Academic Dean, Swiss Campuses, EU Business School

Luc Craen

Luc Craen

Vice President & Managing Director, EU Business School

  

PARTNERS

CCIG

lombard

ark

eufs

undp