2023 EFMD Executive Development Conference

wed04oct(oct 4)12:00fri06(oct 6)13:002023 EFMD Executive Development ConferenceSustainability: evolution or revolution?Location:St. Gallen, Switzerland

Event Details

Join us for an exciting conference filled with insightful discussions and engaging sessions on sustainability and its impact on business.

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect:

  • Explore the importance of sustainability in client perspectives and understand the challenges it presents in today’s world.
  • Learn from the European Helicopter Association’s sustainability journey and discover how business schools and executive education providers can make a positive difference.
  • Engage in open discussions with 10 Excellence in Practice Award-winning case authors, learning about their partnership challenges and how they overcame them.
  • Discover innovative approaches to teaching sustainability and shaping future business leaders by exploring the circular economy concept.

Make sure to actively participate in the thought-provoking plenaries, discussion corners, and Q&A sessions to share your priorities and challenges related to sustainable decision-making and corporate culture transformation.  We look forward to your active involvement in this enriching conference.

TARGET GROUP

The EFMD Executive Development Conference fosters collaboration among corporate, business school professionals, and alternative providers to create a stronger connection between learning and development and the business world. Attendees also have the opportunity to share thoughts and experiences with the winners of the Excellence in Practice awards that inspire through real-life examples.

EXTRA OPPORTUNITY

Suppose you are from a business school or another learning provider and will be attending the conference. In that case, we are offering you the opportunity to arrange a short meeting with some of your clients/partners before/after the conference (4th October am or 6th October pm), provided they attend the conference.

The St. Gallen University Executive Learning Centre will provide a separate meeting room free of charge for this business development opportunity;
Meeting rooms are limited in number and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, please get in touch with Delphine Hauspy

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US

“The landscape of learning & development is evolving so fast, it’s good to reflect with peers and world leading business schools on what we are contributing. EFMD facilitates that in an excellent way and provokes in using the collective brain of corporate learning & executive education. Learning and development is the most powerful way forward to contribute in a sustainable future for organisations and the individual.”

– Renate Deken, Randstad, NL

“EFMD conference offers a great environment for open sharing of experiences/learning, much beyond what you would expect of an exec ed industry event. Should not be missed by anyone serious about staying on top of industry innovations.”

– Dan McGurrin, Carnegie Mellon, DE

Registration

Register here

Programme

Wednesday 4 October

12:00 – 14:00

Registration

12:30 – 14:00

Welcome lunch buffet

14:00 – 14:15

Welcome address

  • Winfried Ruigrok, Dean, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH
  • Friedemann Schulze-Fielitz, Director Business School Services, EFMD Global

14:15 – 14:30

Opening remarks
Aim: expectations for the following days and overview of programme to understand its flow.

  • Kiyan Nouchirvani, Director, Head of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH
  • Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Director of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

Day 1: INPUT

14:30 – 15:30

Plenary I – Sustainability: introduction and setting the scene
Aim: The challenges addressed in this panel discussion concern sustainability and its role in client perspectives. Specifically, we want to explore why sustainability is essential today, whether it is central to clients’ concerns, and how clients and students voice it. We will also discuss the significant tensions when balancing sustainability with other priorities, such as corporate governance, performance, and other related challenges.

  • Cyril Bhend, President, Student Impact, CH
  • Oliver Brunschwiler, Entrepreneur and independent Board Member, CH
  • Judith Walls, Chair of Sustainability Management, Institute for Economy and the Environment, University of St. Gallen, CH
  • Moderated by Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Director of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00

Plenary II – Exploring examples of the impact

Aim: Based on the previous session, there are undoubtedly several areas where clients expect business schools & executive education providers to make a difference in sustainability; overall, the key differentiator and critical business questions revolve around how learning providers can contribute to advancing sustainability and having a positive impact on the environment and society. In this session, we will look at lessons learned from the European Helicopter Association and its path to sustainability.

  • Leonard Wachter, Project Coach, Student Impact, CH
  • Christian Müller, Chairman, European Helicopter Association, CH

17:00 – 18:15

EiP – 10 Excellence in Practice Award (EiP) winning cases presentations 

Aim: participants will be introduced to the ten winning case presentations using the Pecha Kucha
 method (20 slides max for 20 seconds each), enabling them to choose which ones they want to 
discuss in more detail in tomorrow’s discussion corners.

18:15 – 18:25

Walk to Executive Campus HSG

18:25 – 18:55

Drinks at the dinner location, Executive Campus HSG

19:00 – 21:00

Dinner on campus – Weiterbildungszentrum Holzweid (Executive Campus HSG)
Holzstrasse 15
9010 St. Gallen

21:00 – 21:15

Public transport (bus) from campus to Walhalla Hotel

Thursday 5 October

08:15

Bus (coaches) from Walhalla Hotel to school

08:30 – 09:00

Registration

08:30 – 09:00

Welcome coffee

Day 2 – EXPLORE

09:00 – 10:00

Plenary III – Introduction to the circular economy
Aim: exploring the circular economy concept: combining business model innovation, eco-systems, and sustainability. By working together, executive education providers can develop innovative approaches to teaching sustainability and help shape the next generation of business leaders equipped to make sustainable decisions.

  • Fabian Takacs, Post-Doc Researcher & Project Manager, Competence Centre for Circular Economy,  Institute of Management and Strategy (IoMS-HSG), University of St. Gallen, CH

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 – 10:45

SLOT I – Discussion Corners I – 3 Excellence in Practice Award (EiP) winning cases presentations

Open discussions with the case authors about the hurdles and difficulties they faced in their partnership – and how they overcame them.

GOLD Category: Talent Development

One Worldline Academy – Reimagining the Future
Full case

  • Asiya Watson, Client Relationship Manager, Hult / EF Corporate Education, UK
  • Sophie Weightman, Senior Client Relationship Director, Hult / EF Corporate Education, CH

SILVER Category: Leadership Development

Horizon – Leading with both Hands
Full case

  • Susanna Sevón-Laakso, Senior HR Specialist, Learning Solutions, Orion Corporation, FI
  • Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Director of Corporate Programs, University of St. Gallen, Executive School of Management Technology and Law, CH

SILVER Category: Ecosystem Development

Favela Business School
Full case

  • Celso Athayde, Founder of the Central Única das Favelas (CUFA), CEO of Favela Holding, BR
  • Vanja Abdallah Ferreira, Project Director for Social Education, Fundação Dom Cabral, BR

10:45 – 11:15

SLOT II – Discussion Corners I – 4 Excellence in Practice Award (EiP) winning cases presentations

Open discussions with the case authors about the hurdles and difficulties they faced in their partnership – and how they overcame them.

GOLD Category: Talent Development

One Worldline Academy – Reimagining the Future
Full case

  • Asiya Watson, Client Relationship Manager, Hult / EF Corporate Education, UK
  • Sophie Weightman, Senior Client Relationship Director, Hult / EF Corporate Education, CH

SILVER Category: Talent Development

A Tripartite Partnership – Building Egypt’s Government Leadership Cadres
Full case

  • Mohamed AbdelSalam, Executive Director of Executive Education, The American University in Cairo (AUC), School of Business, EG
  • Sherifa Sherif, Executive Director, National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD), EG
  • Tim Sellick, Director of Custom Programmes, Kings Business School, King’s College London, UK

SILVER Category: Ecosystem Development

Favela Business School
Full case

  • Celso Athayde, Founder of the Central Única das Favelas (CUFA), CEO of Favela Holding, BR
  • Vanja Abdallah Ferreira, Project Director for Social Education, Fundação Dom Cabral, BR

GOLD Category: Leadership Development

Senior Leaders – Towards Outstanding
Full case

  • Johan Coetsee, Head of Executive Education, Liverpool Business School – Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK
  • Jenny McKnight, Director of Learning and Circle Academy, Circle Health Group, UK
  • David O’Connor, Learning & Development Business Partner, Circle Health Group, UK
  • Anthony Sturgess, Director School of Leadership and Organisational Development, Liverpool Business School – Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK

11:15 – 11:45

SLOT III – Discussion Corners I – 3 Excellence in Practice Award (EiP) winning cases presentations

Open discussions with the case authors about the hurdles and difficulties they faced in their partnership – and how they overcame them.

SILVER Category: Leadership Development

Horizon – Leading with both Hands
Full case

  • Susanna Sevón-Laakso, Senior HR Specialist, Learning Solutions, Orion Corporation, FI
  • Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Director of Corporate Programs, University of St. Gallen, Executive School of Management Technology and Law, CH

SILVER Category: Talent Development

A Tripartite Partnership – Building Egypt’s Government Leadership Cadres
Full case

  • Mohamed AbdelSalam, Executive Director of Executive Education, The American University in Cairo (AUC), School of Business, EG
  • Sherifa Sherif, Executive Director, National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD), EG
  • Tim Sellick, Director of Custom Programmes, Kings Business School, King’s College London, UK

GOLD Category: Leadership Development

Senior Leaders – Towards Outstanding
Full case

  • Johan Coetsee, Head of Executive Education, Liverpool Business School – Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK
  • Jenny McKnight, Director of Learning and Circle Academy, Circle Health Group, UK
  • David O’Connor, Learning & Development Business Partner, Circle Health Group, UK
  • Anthony Sturgess, Director School of Leadership and Organisational Development, Liverpool Business School – Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK

11:45 – 13:15

Lunch

13:15 – 14:45

Plenary IV – Exploration, process, and sense-making; Gamification exercise
Aim: exploring and designing innovative business models using gamification in the “circular economy.

  • Fabian Takacs, Head, Competence Centre for Circular Economy,  Institute of Management and Strategy (IoMS-HSG), University of St. Gallen, CH

14:45 – 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 – 15:30

SLOT I – Discussion Corners II – 3 Excellence in Practice Award (EiP) winning cases presentations
Open discussions with the case authors around the hurdles and difficulties they faced in their partnership – and how they overcame them.

SILVER Category: Ecosystem Development

The Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship: a successful partnership programme
Full case

  • Mario Molteni, CEO, E4Impact Foundation, IT
  • Alessia Coeli, Head of Training, Business Connection & Development at ALTIS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milano, IT

SILVER Category: Organisational Development

DTR0CKs” – Forming of a new company ‘Greenfield on Brownfield
Full case

  • Markus Rettich, Head of Global Leadership Programmes, Daimler Truck Group, DE
  • Ulrike Boehm, Partner, Coverdale Germany, DE

GOLD Category: Organisational Development

Building the Leadership Playground
Full case

  • Maeve O’Sullivan, Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, The Lego Group, UK
  • Jennie Zeiner, Learning Manager, IMD, CH

15:30 – 16:00

SLOT II – Discussion Corners II – 4 Excellence in Practice Award (EiP) winning cases presentations
Open discussions with the case authors around the hurdles and difficulties they faced in their partnership – and how they overcame them.

SILVER Category: Ecosystem Development

The Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship: a successful partnership programme
Full case

  • Mario Molteni, CEO, E4Impact Foundation, IT
  • Alessia Coeli, Head of Training, Business Connection & Development at ALTIS, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milano, IT

SILVER Category: Professional Development

Interbank Learning Programme: Regulatory Bus
Full case

  • Paola Vera, Head of Talent Management, Interbank, PE (joining virtually)
  • Luis Jiménez, Inconsulting Business Manager, UCIC (Intercorp Corporate University), PE

GOLD Category: Organisational Development

Building the Leadership Playground
Full case

  • Maeve O’Sullivan, Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, The Lego Group, UK
  • Jennie Zeiner, Learning Manager, IMD, CH

GOLD Category: Professional Development

Co-create a Pioneering Academy for Service Delivery Managers
Full case

  • Gisela Jansen, Group Marketing & Communications Manager for Learning & People Development within Atos Corporate University, ATOS Global, NL
  • Diana Clarke, Affiliated Professor, Academic Coordinator of the Atos SDM Programme, ESCP Business School Madrid Campus, ES

16:00 – 16:30

SLOT III – Discussion Corners II – 3 Excellence in Practice Award (EiP) winning cases presentations
Open discussions with the case authors around the hurdles and difficulties they faced in their partnership – and how they overcame them.

SILVER Category: Professional Development

Interbank Learning Programme: Regulatory Bus
Full case

  • Paola Vera, Head of Talent Management, Interbank, PE  (joining virtually)
  • Luis Jiménez, Inconsulting Business Manager, UCIC (Intercorp Corporate University), PE

SILVER Category: Organisational Development

DTR0CKs” – Forming of a new company ‘Greenfield on Brownfield
Full case

  • Markus Rettich, Head of Global Leadership Programmes, Daimler Truck Group, DE
  • Ulrike Boehm, Partner, Coverdale Germany, DE

GOLD Category: Professional Development

Co-create a Pioneering Academy for Service Delivery Managers
Full case

  • Gisela Jansen, Group Marketing & Communications Manager for Learning & People Development within Atos Corporate University, ATOS Global, NL
  • Diana Clarke, Affiliated Professor, Academic Coordinator of the Atos SDM Programme, ESCP Business School Madrid Campus, ES

16:30 – 17:00

EiP – Excellence in Practice Award trends presentation

Aim: Sharing the EiP trends of this year’s winning cases.

  • Jan Ginneberge, Senior Advisor Corporate Services, EFMD Global

17:00 – 17:15

Takeaways from the day one and day two sessions

At the end of day 2, participants will be asked a question. They can add their takeaways on a poll/survey about sustainable decision-making, technology and exploration, process and sense-making, and how this can relate to their business.

  • Moderated by Kiyan Nouchirvani, Director, Head of Custom Programs, & Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Director of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

17:30 – 17:45

Bus (coaches) transfer to Walhalla Hotel

18:50 – 19:00

Walk from Walhalla Hotel to Restaurant Lokremise

19:00 – 19:45

Drinks at Restaurant Lokremise (Theatre room)

19:45 – 20:05

EiP Award Ceremony at Restaurant Lokremise (Theatre room)

20:15 – 22:00

Dinner at Restaurant Lokremise (main room)

22:00

Walk back to the Walhalla Hotel

Friday 6 October

08:15

Bus (coaches) from Walhalla Hotel to school

08:30 – 9:00

Welcome coffee

DAY 3 – REFLECT

09:00 – 10:00

Plenary V – Assessment 

Aim: how to build a “transformational learning journey” for sustainability with head, heart, and hand: insights from the St. Gallen sustainability curriculum.

  • Johannes Tschiderer, Co-Creator, Be the Change seminar series, University of St. Gallen, CH
  • Jost Hamschmidt, Manager Co-curriculum Development, School of Management, University of St. Gallen, CH

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:30

Plenary VI – Action learning for sustainability and impact
Aim: how a life-changing leadership experience changes corporate culture.

  • Marisol Borbon, COO, BOOKBRIDGE
  • Santiago Mayo Lage, Founder of TheHumanAtelier, and Cultural Architect, Swiss Re, CH

11:30 – 12:20

Discuss and engage
; Closing remarks

The previous two plenaries and the trends presentation the day before set the tone for participants to engage and discuss in smaller groups by attempting to set a provocative tone.
Q: Given the inputs and debates we had during this conference, what are your top priorities and challenges?

With this question, the chairpersons intend to bring the conference to a close.

  • Chairperson: Kiyan Nouchirvani, Director, Head of Custom Programs, & Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Director of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

12:20 – 12:30

Next year’s venue presentation

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30

Public transport (bus) back to Walhalla or train station

Practical information

Conference fees

Early Bird Fee until 6 June 2023:

  • EFMD Full member: € 675 + 7,7% VAT = € 726,98
  • EFMD Affiliated member: € 825 + 7,7% VAT = € 888,53
  • EFMD non-member: € 975 + 7,7% VAT = € 1050,08

Normal Fee until 7 September 2023:

  • EFMD Full member: € 875 + 7,7% VAT = € 942,38
  • EFMD Affiliated member: € 1075 + 7,7% VAT = € 1157,78
  • EFMD non-member: € 1225 + 7,7% VAT = € 1319,33

Late Fee from 8 September 2023:

  • EFMD Full member: € 975 + 7,7% VAT = € 1050,08
  • EFMD Affiliated member: € 1225 + 7,7% VAT = € 1319,33
  • EFMD non-member: € 1375 + 7,7% VAT = € 1480,88

Company representatives
(company representatives are considered in EFMD terms as clients of executive education for this event)

  • EFMD member: € 350 + 7,7% VAT = € 376,95
  • EFMD non-member: € 500 + 7,7% VAT = € 538,50

Cancellation policy

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR REGISTRATIONS:
Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If EFMD receives notice of your withdrawal before 07/09/2023, an administrative cancellation fee of (€ 80,78) will be charged. After that, we regret that we are unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases, substitutes are welcome at no extra cost as long as EFMD receives the notification of the substitute’s name, title, and address.

Please note that if we haven’t received your payment (or proof of payment) before September 22, 2023, your name will not be added to the participants’ list.

EFMD's health policy

EFMD’s HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE
Please refer to the EFMD general policy and local authorities requirements to enter the country.

Conference hotel information

CONFERENCE HOTEL INFORMATION
EFMD has reserved some hotel rooms in the Walhalla Hotel; rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis;
All rooms will be released on 4th September 2023

Booking procedure:
All delegates can book a room directly through the hotel website under the following Hotel Walhalla – St. Gallen – Official reservation system using the promotion code efmdglobal.
The promotion code may be passed on only to authorised bookers/guests so that they can benefit from the special conditions when booking directly.

Payment
Delegates will pay directly on the spot.
To make a reservation, a credit card is required to complete the reservation process.

Rate:
Double room & Breakfast incl: CHF160 room/night (VAT incl)*
*CHF 4.00 per person/night (not included in the above rate, payable together with the room charges in advance)

Rates include a hot breakfast buffet, service, and VAT. All rooms are equipped with bath or shower/ WC, safe, free public Wireless-Lan, 55’ Flat Screen TV and telephone with voicemail.

Address:
Hotel Walhalla
Poststrasse 27
CH-9001 St Gallen
+41 (0) 71 228 28 00

Travel information

TRAVEL INFORMATION
Please visit the following website to see if you need a visa or other requirements to enter in Switzerland;

Conference venue:

The Square SQUARE
c/o Universität St. Gallen
Dufourstrasse 50B
9000 St. Gallen
Tel
: +41 (0)71 224 7639
Square website

MOBILITY TICKETS PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Because most hotels in St Gallen (including the Walhalla Hotel, the Dom Hotel, as the Metropolitan Hotel) are only a 5-minute walk from the St-Gallen train station, we recommend that you:

– Drop your luggage at your hotel before coming to the SQUARE (conference venue);

– All of these hotels issue a Mobility ticket card so you can use the public transport while in St Gallen free of charge; don’t forget to ask for yours upon check-in*.

*Should you already want to use public transport without first checking into the hotel, you can contact the hotel and ask to receive a document with your Mobility Ticket beforehand.

– On Friday, 6th October, store your luggage at your hotel and pick up the luggage from the hotel before walking to the train station (a 5-minute walk) once the conference is over. Suppose you were staying in a hotel further away from the train station. In that case, the Walhalla Hotel has agreed to store your suitcase, making it easy and convenient for you to take the bus up to the SQUARE in the morning and pick up your suitcase upon departure at the end of the conference.

Conference hotel/bus transfer pick-up/drop-off point:
Hotel Walhalla
Poststrasse 27
CH-9001 St Gallen
+41 (0) 71 228 28 00

For the Leo Hotel, as this is a self-check-in hotel, you can contact the reservations office before arriving, and the Mobility Ticket will be emailed to you.

TRAIN SCHEDULE TO/FROM ST GALLEN

Taking the train (1 hour) from Zurich airport to St Gallen is strongly advised.

The Walhalla Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the St-Gallen train station.

To check train schedules, click here.
On average, four trains per hour depart from Zurich airport (= Zurichflughafen) for St-Gallen.
When you arrive at Zurich airport, you can easily purchase a train ticket (via an automated machine). The train station is located at airport level -1.

 

Speakers

  • Christian Müller

    Christian Müller

    Chairman, European Helicopter Association, CH

    Chairman, European Helicopter Association, CH

  • Cyril Bhend

    Cyril Bhend

    President, Student Impact, CH

    President, Student Impact, CH

  • Fabian Takacs

    Fabian Takacs

    Post-Doc Researcher & Project Manager, Competence Centre for Circular Economy, Institute of Management and Strategy (IoMS-HSG), University of St. Gallen, CH

    Post-Doc Researcher & Project Manager, Competence Centre for Circular Economy, Institute of Management and Strategy (IoMS-HSG), University of St. Gallen, CH

  • Johannes Tschiderer

    Johannes Tschiderer

    Co-Creator, Be the Change seminar series, University of St. Gallen, CH

    Co-Creator, Be the Change seminar series, University of St. Gallen, CH

  • Jost Hamschmidt

    Jost Hamschmidt

    Manager Co-curriculum Development, School of Management, University of St. Gallen, CH

    Manager Co-curriculum Development, School of Management, University of St. Gallen, CH

  • Judith Walls

    Judith Walls

    Chair of Sustainability Management, Institute for Economy and the Environment, University of St. Gallen, CH

    Chair of Sustainability Management, Institute for Economy and the Environment, University of St. Gallen, CH

  • Kiyan Nouchirvani

    Kiyan Nouchirvani

    Director, Head of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

    Director, Head of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

  • Leonard Wachter

    Leonard Wachter

    Project Coach, Student Impact, CH

    Project Coach, Student Impact, CH

  • Marisol Borbon

    Marisol Borbon

    COO, BOOKBRIDGE

    COO, BOOKBRIDGE

  • Oliver Brunschwiler

    Oliver Brunschwiler

    Entrepreneur and Independent Board Member, CH

    Entrepreneur and Independent Board Member, CH

  • Santiago Mayo Lage

    Santiago Mayo Lage

    Founder of TheHumanAtelier, and Cultural Architect, Swiss Re, CH

    Founder of TheHumanAtelier, and Cultural Architect, Swiss Re, CH

  • Simon Stoepfgeshoff

    Simon Stoepfgeshoff

    Director of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

    Director of Custom Programs, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

  • Winfried Ruigrok

    Winfried Ruigrok

    Dean, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

    Dean, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

Contact

Delphine Hauspy
Manager, Business School Services
EFMD Global

Host

University of St. Gallen

Dufourstrasse 50, 9010 St. Gallen, Switzerland

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Location

St. Gallen, Switzerland

Address

University of St. Gallen - SQUARE

Guisanstrasse 20

Time

october 4 (wednesday) 12:00 - october 6 (friday) 13:00