CoreNet Global Summit, Amsterdam 2016

General Sessions

Opening General Session: Thursday, 15 September 2016 - 9:00 – 10:30
Emerging Issues - Defining Our Future

Speaker: Mujtaba Rahman

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Geopolitical events, the global economy, sustainability, and advances in technology all influence the way organisations behave. Stock market volatility, unrest in the Middle East, currency and debt concerns in a range of emerging markets, climate change, and doubts over the viability of the Eurozone are potent forces uppermost in mind. But where are we headed?

Keynote speaker Mujtaba Rahman, who leads Eurasia Group’s Europe practice, will provide a fascinating look into what’s happening in Europe which this year faces multiple risks – BREXIT, GREXIT, refugees – and the economic and geopolitical implications these carry.

Interview led by: Daisy McAndrew

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Daisy is the host of the O2 Business Show on LBC 97.3 every Sunday. The O2 Business Show is a stimulating, weekly discussion with leading British business experts designed to help you learn new business skills and grow your business. As the former Economics Editor and Chief Political Correspondent of ITV News, Daisy McAndrew's knowledgeable analysis of finance and economics makes her a respected news reviewer.

Closing General Session: Friday, 16 September 2016 - 15:45 - 17:00
Creating a Better Future

Speaker: Mark Stevenson

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Darwin never said ‘survival of the fittest’; he said ‘survival of the most agile’. As new technologies and societal trends make existing business models obsolete, this lesson is becoming increasingly clear. In this challenging but fun session, futurist Mark Stevenson will ask you to look into the abyss. Why do organisations fail in times of change, what can we learn from their actions and how can we avoid a similar fate? How can we be literate about the challenges and choices the future offers us as organisations and individuals and use that knowledge to help us navigate an uncertain future? What skills and attitudes do we need to cultivate?

Drawing on his work with everyone from business leaders to artists, astronauts to outstanding teachers, futurist and innovation expert Mark Stevenson will outline the ‘8 principles of successful optimists’ – principles that can be applied at a personal, family and organisational level to help you, and those you work with, embrace creativity and agility while making the world a better place.

The future is up for grabs. Grab hold.