Staying Human in a Digital World


What does it mean to be human in a digitizing, globalizing world? That is the main question that will be explored during the ELP Annual Leadership Conference 2019. At the Conference we will have two keynote speakers and a panel of top executives to challenge your thoughts about this topic.

We are very proud to announce Nick Bostrom as the main keynote speaker. Nick will address the future of humanity at the Conference. He is a Professor at Oxford University, where he leads the Future of Humanity Institute. His latest bestseller Superintelligence has received praise from amongst others Bill Gates and Elon Musk and helped spark a global conversation about artificial intelligence. Nick Bostrom is a Swedish-born philosopher and polymath with a background in theoretical physics, computational neuroscience, logic, artificial intelligence, and philosophy. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (2008), Human Enhancement (2009), and Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014). Bostrom’s widely influential work, which traverses philosophy, science, ethics, and technology, has illuminated the links between our present actions and long-term global outcomes, thereby casting a new light on the human condition.

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Taking a totally different perspective, our second keynote speaker, Jakob Leidekker, will address the meaning of nature in a digital world and explore what organizations can learn from nature. Jakob is the business manager of National Park De Hoge Veluwe. He is responsible for the management of the forests, moorland, fauna and infrastructure in the park. He has been working at De Hoge Veluwe since 2004, after work in engineering services and for the Royal Dutch Hunters Association. Jakob has been educated as a forester.

After these keynotes, Twan van de Kerkhof, the Conference moderator, will interview a panel of two business leaders and Nick Bostrom about the human side of digital transformation of organizations. The names of the business leaders will be announced soon.

Subsequently, participants will engage into moderated Roundtable Dialogues to discuss how what they have heard from the speakers affects their personal and professional leadership and/or the organization they work in.

This ELP Conference will take place at the brand-new conference facilities of The Hoge Veluwe National Park, a large nature area in the Netherlands. The facilities will only open in October, so ELP will be the first to host its Leadership Conference at the new premises.



1415 Reception and registration

1500 Opening by Twan van de Kerkhof

1520 Nick Bostrom. The future of humanity

1610 Jakob Leidekker. Technology and nature

1640 Bio-break

1655 Panel with two business leaders and Nick Bostrom, facilitated by Twan van de Kerkhof

1755  Break.

1850 Roundtable Dialogues.

2015 Plenary closing

2040 Informal networking

2115 End

Event Details

Date: October 03, 2019

Start time: 15:00

End time: 21:15

Venue: De Hoge Veluwe

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