Facts and Funk, Asia to Africa, and how to be invincible … The world’s best ideas for business leaders at Thinkers50 European Business Forum 2019

April 12, 2019

Go shopping in Shanghai, and stores are unlikely to accept your cash or cards, instead expecting you to buzz their QR code with your mobile phone. Sit down in a Dalian Wanda movie theatre and you are invited to immerse yourself in the story with your VR headset. Anything you need at home in Jakarta, just click on Go-Jek, and it will deliver it in minutes. Look at the leaders like Jack Ma or MukashAmbani, their business philosophy and leaderships styles are more purposeful, holistic and inspiring.

What would it take to embrace the new technologies like Artificial intelligence and robotics? The best examples are probably companies like Alibaba and Tencent. How to engage customers in new and faster ways? Take a look at the incredible stories of JioPhone or WhatsApp. How to reorganise your business for smarter and more agile innovation? Be inspired by the likes of Haier or Uniqlo.

Here are the people who I will be turning to, to explore their insights and inspirations for the future of business, when I again host the Thinkers50 European Business Forum, Europe’s premier event for business leaders, on 25-26 September 2019 in Odense, Denmark.

Here is this year’s line-up, in agenda order:

Anna and Ole RoslingExploring the new world, Factfulness Live … following in the footsteps of their late father, Hans Rosling, they challenge our assumptions and perspectives of a changing world.

Kjell Nordstrom Exploring the new world, Funky Business live … His book Funky Business shook up the management world 20 years ago, now Kjell is make to reshock and reinspire your brains.

Linda Yueh … Learning from new markets, economic perspective … born in Taiwan, the American and British economist and broadcaster describes an economy that is stranger than you think.

Tendayi Viki … Learning from new markets, entrepreneurial perspective … the Harvard and Stanford psychologist explores how big corporates can act like start-ups, to innovate and grow.

Christina Boutrup … Learning from new markets, technology perspective … Danish author, and an expert on the Chinese world of technology. She knows Jack Ma and Wang Jianlin better than most.

Milo Jones Learning from new markets, intelligence perspective … the American based in Poland, from Walmart to Accenture, Morgan Stanley to IE Business School, he is also closely connected to the CIA.

Erin Meyer … Connecting the new world, The Culture Map Workshop … The Paris-based American professor at INSEAD is back, this time with a unique workshop for 500 business leaders.

Martin Roll … Winning in the new world, from Europe to Asia … from ad agencies to collaborating with McKinsey, the Singapore-based Dane specialises in Asian brand strategies.

Irene Yuan Son … Winning in the new world, from Asia to Africa … born in China, raised in America, from McKinsey, author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa

Navi Radjou … Winning in the new world, from India to America … born in India, the French-American academic is author of Frugal Innovation and is now based in Silicon Valley.

Haiyan Wang … Rethinking markets, the best ideas from China … Managing Partner of the China India Institute, and lecturer at INSEAD, based in Washington DC and an expert on Chinese business.

Anil Gupta … Rethinking markets, the best ideas from China … The world’s leading expert on Indian business, now professor at the University of Maryland.

Scott Anthony … Rethinking innovation, innovating with dual impact … Winner of the Thinker50 Strategy Award 2017, Managing Partner of Innosight, American born, now based in Singapore.

Howard Yu Rethinking innovation, innovation that leaps forwards … born in Hong Kong now living in Switzerland, author of Leap, the IMD professor has been called “the new Clayton Christiansen”

Jean-Francois Manzoni Rethinking leadership, leading the future … the French Canadian is President of IMD Business School where he focuses on high performance leadership and governance.

Rasmus Hougaard Rethinking leadership, leading in your mind … author of The Mind of the Leader, the Dane is based in New York City and leads the Potential Project.

Erica Dhawan Rethinking leadership, leading through connections … She runs he own business Cotential, and is author of Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence.

Alex Osterwalder The European Business Lecture 2019 … the Swiss “strategyzer” is the outstanding business thinker of this decade, from Business Model Generation to The Invincible Company.

How can you learn from all these thinkers?

All of the above will feature at the Thinkers50 European Business Forum, Europe’s premier event for business leaders, on 25-26 September 2019 in Odense, Denmark.

Tickets are limited and available from www.Thinkers50Europe.com

Here’s what happened at EBF17:

Here’s what happened at EBF18:

Tickets are limited and available from www.Thinkers50Europe.com

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