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ELP Conference

Re-imagining the Future Together. Leading Beyond Covid

Type: ELP Conference
Speaker(s): Twan van de Kerkhof, Karim Benammar, Margaret Heffernan, Hans Honig, Karien van Gennip, Folkert Oosting, Alex Simu
Date / Time: 29 September 2021 15:00 till 21:30
Venue: Hal4 aan de Maas

Covid-19 has reshaped the world of work and possibly the world at large. In the ELP Annual Leadership Conference 2021 we will explore how work, life, business, government and politics will re-emerge after the immediate threat of the virus has subsided. Are we able and willing to use the crisis as a portal to a better future and leave the elements of the past behind us that we don’t want anymore? The Indian novelist Arundhati Roy: “Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next”, she wrote in The Financial Times in April 2020. “We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and our hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.” What do you choose?

Keynote speakers will be:

Margaret Heffernan: professor, former CEO and author. Her latest book Uncharted. How to map the future together offers an innovative approach to create the futures we want. She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme, mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations and writes for the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.

Karim Benammar: a philosopher specializing in transformative thinking. Benammar studied philosophy in England, the United States and Japan, taught at Kobe University and directed research at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is the author of Abundance and Reframing – The Art of Thinking Differently.

The CEO Panel consists of Karien van Gennip (VGZ) and Hans Honig. Two artists, Folkert Oosting and Alex Simu, will foster participants' reflection with their music. As always, the ELP Annual Conference will be a mix of keynotes, interviews on stage, small-group dialogues and networking with interesting and inspiring peers from a wide variety of organizations.

This is the complete program:

14:15 Reception and registration
15:00 Start program. Opening by host Twan van de Kerkhof
15:10 Getting acquainted at the Roundtables
15:35 Keynote Margaret Heffernan (on screen)
16:00 Intermezzo
16:15 Keynote Karim Benammar
16:55 Moderated dialogues at the Roundtables
17:35 Networking break
18:25 CEO Panel: Karien van Gennip, Hans Honig
19:10 Moderated Dialogues at the Roundtables
20:15 Plenary closing
20:50 End of formal program. Informal networking
21:30 End


Speaker(s)
  • Twan van de Kerkhof
  • Karim Benammar
  • Margaret Heffernan
  • Hans Honig
  • Karien van Gennip
  • Folkert Oosting
  • Alex Simu

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