Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of ten books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ including The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europe’s Name and Facts are Subversive. He writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated, and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, amongst other journals. He leads the 13-language Oxford University research project freespeechdebate.com, and his latest book is Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World. Awards he has received for his writing include the Somerset Maugham Award, Prix Européen de l’Essai and George Orwell Prize. In May 2017  he will be awarded this year’s Charlemagne Prize.

Eamon Gilmore

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia, Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He was one of the longest serving members of the Irish Parliament and he has served as a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He was recently conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Laws by his Alma Mater, NUI Galway, and he has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the Government of France.

Joseph Pistrui

Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at IE Business School, who has more than 25 years of management experience, first working for Bristol-Myers Squibb in the United States (eleven years) and later working with global organizations such as AstraZeneca, BBVA, Bosch, BT, Citi Group, DT, Financial Times, HSBC, Microsoft, Rio Tinto, Royal Dutch Shell, Siemens, Thomson Reuters, Unilever, Vestas, and others (fourteen years to date). Joseph´s contribution to these organizations has been based on his distinctive ability to navigate between the practice of management and a wide-ranging set of management theories.

Hermann Simon

Hermann Simon is chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants with offices in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Barcelona, Beijing, Bonn, Boston, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Istanbul, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich. Simon is an expert in strategy, marketing and pricing. He has an extensive global range of clients. In the German language area he was voted the most influential management thinker after the late Peter Drucker.

Before committing himself entirely to management consulting, Simon was a professor of business administration and marketing at the Universities of Mainz (1989-1995) and Bielefeld (1979-1989). He was also a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, Stanford, London Business School, INSEAD, Keio University in Tokyo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1995 to 2009 he was CEO of Simon-Kucher & Partners.

Guy Standing

Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was previously Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath, Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, and Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organization, in the United Nations. He is a co-founder and honorary co-president of
the Basic Income Earth Network. His books include A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (2014); The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011), Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (2009), and Basic Income – A Transformative Policy for India (2015).

Pedro Videla

Professor in the Economics Department at IESE Business School. He holds a Ph.D. and an MA in economics, both from the University of Chicago, and a commercial engineering degree in economics from the Universidad Católica de Chile. His areas of specialization include macroeconomics, international economies and emerging economies. As a consultant Prof. Videla has been involved in projects with institutions such as the World
Bank, IMF, EU, the Inter American Development Bank, and the USAID. He has been a guest professor at many universities worldwide, including Reykjavik University (Iceland), Nile University (Egypt), Lagos Business School (Nigeria), CEIBS (China), Universidad de los Andes, (Chile) and Wharton School (USA).



Special Guests of previous edition



Patrick Barwise

Professor of Marketing and Management at London Business School, member of jury at “World’s Most Ethical Company”.

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Patrick Barwise is emeritus professor of management and marketing at London Business School and a visiting senior fellow in media and communications at the London School of Economics. He joined LBS in 1976 after an early career at IBM and has published widely on management, marketing and media. His book, Simply Better: Winning and Keeping Customers by Delivering What Matters Most, co-authored with Seán Meehan (IMD, Lausanne), won the American Marketing Association’s 2005 Berry-AMA Book Prize and has been translated into seven other languages. Their second book, Beyond the Familiar: Long-Term Growth through Customer Focus and Innovation, was published in 2011. He has also served as a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and as chairman of Which?, the UK’s leading consumer organisation. He is an experienced expert witness in international commercial, tax and competition cases and has been involved in two successful business start-ups: the online market research company Research Now (sold to e-Rewards in 2009) and the online brand community specialist Verve.



Chris Lowney

Economist and writer, former Jesuit and managing director of JP Morgan.

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Chris Lowney, a one-time Jesuit seminarian, later served in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, and London as a Managing Director of JP Morgan & Co, which has perennially been ranked as one of America’s Most Admired companies. Since leaving JP Morgan in 2001, he has authored four books, including the bestselling Heroic Leadership, which was a #1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA and has been translated into a dozen languages. His most recent book is Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads. Chris currently chairs the board of CHI, which is one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, with more than 100 hospitals and over $21 Billion in assets. Chris has lectured in some two dozen countries on leadership, business ethics, and corporate decision maker. He is a graduate of Fordham University and he holds five honorary doctoral degrees.


Paddy Miller

Paddy Miller

Professor, IESE Business School, Barcelona

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He is an authority on leading innovation in global organizations. Paddy’s approach to researching innovation has been to take a longitudinal perspective to organizational transition as innovation is embedded in the culture. He defined the attributes of the Innovation Architect in a co-authored book Innovation as Usual published by Harvard Business Review Publishing in 2013.

In line with this approach, Paddy has become extensively involved in management development issues during the transition to being a creative organization. He has engaged senior managers and their teams over long stretches of time. He is a sought-after speaker on executive programs – teaching on international programs offered by the business schools of Harvard, Michigan, Macquarie and the University of Virginia. He has spoken at the World Business Forum and the World Innovation Forum among several other high level conferences. He also serves as Professor of Managing People in Organizations at IESE in Spain.

Paddy has written and contributed to several books and articles that have appeared in publications ranging from the Financial Times to the Harvard Business Review. His case studies have won awards in various international forums. He was awarded by the American Academy of Management for his work in the field of globally distributed teams. McGraw-Hill published his book, Mission Critical Leadership (2001). Along with a team of researchers, Prof. Miller blogs regularly on the topic of creativity in organizations at “The Innovation Architect”.

* Ph.D. in Management, IESE, University of Navarra
* Master of Business Administration, University of Cape Town, South Africa
* Bachelor of Arts, University of South Africa