Joel Barker is one of the best-known futurists in the world. His videos on the future have been translated into 20 languages and have been seen by more than 100 million people. His book on paradigms is a standard text in more than 100 universities and has been translated into 20 languages.
He popularized the concept of paradigm shifts and started the corporate discussion of the importance of vision in 1989 with his video, “The Power of Vision.” He has influenced the role of leadership with his video, “Leadershift.” His video on “Wealth, Innovation and Diversity” helped redefine the importance of diversity. Industry Week Magazine refers to Joel Barker’s videos as one of the most influential series of programs in the business world.
His last book, Five Regions of the Future, co-authored with Dr. Scott Erickson, came out in 2005. Formerly Director of the Futures Studies Department of the Science Museum of Minnesota from 1975 to 1978, he has since spoken to more than one million people in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.
He has received numerous awards including two honorary doctorates. In 2006, he was named one of the 100 most distinguished educators in the past 100 years by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education. In 2008, he was identified as one of the top 100 thought leaders in personal leadership and organizational leadership by Executive Excellence Publications. In 2009, he joined the Board of Leader to Leader Institute.
Edward de Bono is regarded by many as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He is equally renowned for his development of the Six Thinking Hats technique and the Direct Attention Thinking Tools framework.
Edward de Bono is the originator of the concept - and formal tools - of Lateral Thinking, which is now a part of language enjoying an entry in the Oxford Dictionary. He has written 70 books with translations into 40 languages and has been invited to lecture in 58 countries.
Dr. de Bono was born in Malta. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, holds an M.A. in psychology and physiology from Oxford, a D. Phil in Medicine, a Ph.D. from Cambridge, a D. Des (Doctor of Design) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; an LL.D. from Dundee. He holds professorships at the Universities of Malta, Pretoria, Dublin City University, and the University of Central England. The New University of Advancing Technology in Phoenix, Arizona appointed Dr. de Bono Da Vinci Professor of Thinking in May 2005.
Violeta Bulc, founder and director of Vibacom (www.vibacom.si), expert on balanced sustainable development strategies, organic growth and innovation ecosystems.
She believes in the power of networks, holistic individual, and the positive energy that can pave the way to success and prosperity.
She has received 7 national awards for business innovation (2004 – 2011), as well as, together with her clients, 4 national FENIKS Awards for consulting projects (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).
As an entrepreneur she gets invited to different EU strategy and action groups. She is a member of many management and supervisory boards for professional and civic associations (UN Chapter of Global Compact in Slovenia, Manager Association, Umanotera - an NGO for a sustainable development, the regional development partnership “Heart of Slovenia”, and the global “Change the game” initiative). She is also a member of Slovenian National Council for innovative society and an honorary member of Association of Slovenian Innovators.
Among her special achievements is initialization and coordination of “InCo movement”, which is an civilian initiative, connecting Slovenian professional community with all other members of the national innovation ecosystem, as well as, systematically raising the awareness on innovation among the youth (www.incomovement.eu<http://www.incomovement.eu> ). With her partners she initiated 8 national rewards for innovation communication and innovation journalism, and established 4 yearly conferences on innovation: InLoCom (innovative local community), Innovation in education, InCo (innovation communication) conference, and the international InJo workshop for journalists and PR professionals.
Mr. Johnston was Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 1996 to 2006.
Prior to that, he was a member of the Canadian Parliament from 1978 to 1988. He served in the Cabinet, first as President of the Treasury Board and then as Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In 1988, Mr. Johnston ended a decade of political life to become legal counsel to the prominent Canadian law firm, Heenan Blaikie, of which he was a founder in 1972.
He returned to politics in 1990 as the president of the Liberal Party of Canada, until he was elected as the first non-European OECD Secretary-General in 1996. After a decade of successful work at OECD, he returned to Heenan Blaikie in 2006. The firm now has more than 500 lawyers in offices in Canada and the United States. In 2008, Mr. Johnston was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, in recognition of his contribution to public service in Canada as well as his achievements at the OECD.
Mr. Johnston studied Arts and Law at McGill University, graduating from law in 1958 as the Gold Medalist. In 1958-1959 he studied at the University of Grenoble on a scholarship. He taught fiscal law at McGill University from 1963 to 1976. He has written many articles on taxation, law and public affairs and is the author of several books including a best-selling political memoir.
Braden Kelley is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire, a popular speaker, and has been advising companies on how to increase their revenue and cut their costs since 1996.
Braden writes frequently on the topic of continuous innovation and works with clients to create innovative strategies, effective customer marketing, organizational change, and improved organizational performance. He has maximized profits for companies while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. In his spare time, Braden runs the BloggingInnovation.com – home to nearly two thousand innovation articles and video interviews with luminaries like Dean Kamen, John Hagel III, Roger Martin, Dan Pink, and more.
Chris Laszlo is a co-founder and managing partner of Sustainable Value Partners, an education, research, and consulting company based in the United States. Chris has provided advisory services to senior leaders in some of the world’s largest companies on sustainability for competitive advantage.
For nearly ten years, he was an executive at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials, holding positions as general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary and vice president of business development. Prior to that he spent five years with Deloitte Touche consulting.
Educated at Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the University of Paris, Chris earned a Ph.D. in Economics and Management Science. He is a Visiting Professor at Case Western Weatherhead School of Management and at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business as well as a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD.
Dr. Laszlo is the author of The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value through Social and Environmental Performance, Island Press, 2003. (Paperback July 2005.) His latest book is, Sustainable Value: How Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good, Stanford University Press, 2008.
Grand winners of CF competition 2011/12.
Georgy Moskvitin is a 23 year-old guy from Siberia who works as business journalist and cultural reviewer in GQ Russia, Cosmopolitan Russia, Forbes Russia, Harper's Bazaar Russia, Conde Nast Traveller Russia and few other magazines.
He is also the creator of the biggest Russian web page for volunteerism. Graduated with honor from Siberian-American Department of Baikal International Business School of Management (Russia) and from University of Maryland university College (USA). Dreams of establishing his own media business that will positively change civil society and political environment in his homeland.
Dr. Katrin Muff was appointed Dean of Business School Lausanne (BSL) in 2008 after completing her DBA in business administration from the University of Mannheim and BSL. Serving as Dean, Muff ensures real-life business direction at BSL by merging her entrepreneurial and corporate background with the academic world by centering her activities on assuring that students and course participants get the best business education possible.
In 2000, Muff co-founded Yupango, a coaching consultancy dedicated to developing start-up companies and training management teams. Prior to that, Muff was Director, Strategic Planning EMEA of IAMS Pet Food, a division of Procter & Gamble, in the Netherlands. Throughout the 1990s, Muff held several positions for ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America), working in Moscow, Russia as General Manager for Building Systems International, in the United States as an Industry Analyst for Global Mergers & Acquisitions and in Switzerland as a Business Analyst for Europe.
A Swiss native, Muff began her career with Schindler Lifts in Lucerne, then in Australia, and holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Business School Lausanne. She is a speaker at international conferences on topic of leadership in business, executive coaching, developing future leaders and sustainable entrepreneurship. At BSL, she is responsible for all academic programs, spearheads the doctorate program and co-teaches the entrepreneurship track of the MBA & EMBA programs.
Ruben Papian is an expert in esoterics. As a para-scientist, Ruben works with individuals, companies, organizations, and governments, assisting with crisis management, personal and organizational development, strategy, change management, and negotiations. Among Ruben’s many engagements are the national ministries, global start-ups, non-profit initiatives, and multinational corporations.
With a background in architecture, medicine, and psychology, Ruben is a founder of Institute of Esotery and Para-Psychology in Belgrade (Serbia). He is also a healer and personal coach, renowned for his work and success in addressing severe cases of addiction and terminal illness. As a speaker at Challenge:Future Summit 2010, Ruben became one of the most admired thought leaders among youth, recognized for his challenging, inspiring, and provocative insights.
A frequent subject of media attention, Ruben has appeared in countless magazines and TV shows, and offers frequent keynotes at events and conferences.
Deepa Prahalad is an author, business strategist and consultant specializing in opportunities at the intersection of consumer experience, technology and strategy. Passionate about emerging markets and innovation, she began her career researching how to improve efficiency in UN procurement and later moved to Singapore to become a commodities trader with Cargill.
In 2010, Prahalad co-authored the book, Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business (Wharton School Publishing). She has spoken at business schools such as USC and Harvard on design strategy using the EMPOWER framework she developed and conducts workshops for executives.
Prahalad has a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prahalad’s work as a management consultant includes writing the first business plan for MyOwn.MD, (now Anvita Health), a real-time clinical decision support system and Google Health partner. More recently, she worked with Harvard Business School to develop a case exercise on design and blogs on the Huffington Post and Harvard Business Review.
Ibnur is an aspiring innovator who has worked with several teams, winning global innovation challenges such as the Ideealab Challenge, and the Daimler-UNESCO Mondialogo Engineering Award for tackling food and water problems in rural India.
He is an Engineering Science major specializing in Nanotechnology under the University Scholars Programme at the National University of Singapore. He has also published papers on photonics and desalination technologies. His passion for innovation brought him to Silicon Valley where he worked at Zong mobile payments. After studying at Stanford University, he earned his minor in Technopreneurship. He then studied Health Systems at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He has also written multi-disciplinary cases on mobile commerce, elderly care and rural health.
Previously, he worked on sustainable technologies at the Housing and Development Board. Recently, he was tasked to refine innovation management at the Ministry of Home Affairs. He has also provided advice for cultural events and competitions. He co-founded an energy non-profit and an inter-faith youth society. In his spare time, he designs, plays city-building games and works on DIY prototypes with his friends.
Dr. Danijel Rebolj, rector of University of Maribor. Cyclist regarding the way of life, idealist regarding the sense and purpose of our existence, believing in a holistic interconnection of life, universe and everything. Living in Maribor, Slovenia. Professor of Construction and Transportation informatics at the University of Maribor, visiting professor at Stanford University, University College Cork and University of Novi Sad. Interested in digital models of buildings and building processes, and lately in automated building from nano-to-meter scale using bionanorobots.
Research interests involve issues on system integration, product and process modeling, automated building, mobile and ubiquitous computing, web based collaboration and communication, virtual design and construction as well as other high potential IT for Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Since 5.5.2011 rector of the University of Maribor.
After stepping down from his executive role in IBM by end of 2005 concluding a 32 years career in the company, Richard Straub has taken on a working portfolio at the intersection of Academia and business. This includes the roles of the Director of Development at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Secretary General of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) and Senior Advisor to the Chairman IBM Europe, Middle-East and Africa. In preparation of the Centenary Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna in November 2009 he established the Peter Drucker Society of Austria of which he is currently the President.
In the course of his international IBM career Richard Straub held various executive line and staff positions in IBM such as Assistant General Manager PC Marketing for IBM Europe based in Paris, global Chief Learning Officer based in the US and Director of Learning Solutions for Europe, Middle-East and Africa.
For the last 10 years he has been increasingly involved in European Union level industry initiatives in the area of skills, lifelong learning and innovation as Chair of the European Career Space Consortium (ICT skills and new University curricula required for the 21st Century Economy), the Living Labs Policy Group and the Open Innovation Strategy Group.
As a thought leader at the intersection of business and academia he is a keynote speaker at international conferences and member of various boards and Advisory Groups.
Žiga Turk is a Professor and Chair in Construction Informatics at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana and Secretary General of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, chaired by Felipe Gonzales. Born in 1962, he holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, M.Sc. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in technical sciences.
His academic interests include construction informatics, computer integrated construction, internet, Web and grid computing, design communication, philosophy of conceptual modeling and CAD. He wrote several papers on these subjects. He was a coordinator or partner in several EU projects since the 4th framework. He held graduate and undergraduate courses in Ljubljana, Istanbul, Zagreb and Stockholm.
In 2007 and 2008 dr. Turk was a Minister for growth in the government of Slovenia, national coordinator for the Lisbon Strategy, chief negotiator for the Slovenia's accession to the OECD, chairman of the national Sustainable Development Council and Chairman of the Competitiveness Council. His other activities outside of the academia include: Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Telekom Slovenia and Mobitel, member of the Reform Council, Vice Chair of the Strategic Council for Culture, Education and Science etc.
During the Slovenian presidency to the EU, he was in charge of the updates to the Lisbon Strategy and involved in the management of the energy and climate change package. His interest include creativity, entrepreneurship, open access to knowledge, open innovation, renewable energy, and R&D policy.
Grand winners of CF competition 2011/12.
Adamma is a young innovator from Nigeria. She founded WeBuilt:Africa, an organization that sits at the intersection of her passion for Africa, design, and architecture.
WeBuilt: Africa seeks to design and rebuild market stalls by recycling found building materials. The first product to hit the marketplace, the Bi-Table Unit, was created for meat vendors who require multiple clean surfaces for cutting and selling of meat. WeBuilt:Africa’s current designs include the ‘CarryGo’ portable table, chair, and canopy, which is easily assembled by mobile vendors at the bottom of the pyramid. Ada’s designs have the potential to revolutionize the marketplace experience for sellers and buyers alike: they are easy to carry, easy to assemble and aesthetically pleasing.
Grand winners of CF competition 2011/12.
Antoine works in Zurich as CEO of Sandbox and Global Head of Community.
Antoine has a Master of Law from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Passionate about politics, he was the youngest member ever elected of the Parliament of Lausanne, his home city, at the age of 20. Together with the partner of an important Swiss private bank, now retired, he co-founded a liberal think tank in 2003 (“Groupe de Riencourt”).
He is an occasional columnist in Le Temps, a major Swiss newspaper. He worked for Mediaprocessing – a consultancy for electronic media – and gained a lot of experience in event management by organizing numerous festivals and parties while at high school. In 2010, Antoine was named by Swiss magazine L’Hebdo among 100 top Swiss personalities.
As the co-founder of one of the first Slovenian computer company, ORIA and the co-founder of Studio Moderna, the leading direct marketing company in CEE, Sandi ranks amongst the most successful business entrepreneurs in Slovenia and is undoubtedly a proven business innovator. So much so that his consultancy talents are much sought after and utilized by many large enterprises throughout the CEE region.
He was a member of the supervisory boards in numerous companies, such as Telekom Slovenia and the member of the first Slovenian Senate. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the DMA (Direct Marketing Association), a member of the Clinton Global initiative, a member of the board of Balkan Children and Youth Foundation, a member of the Business Advisory Council of Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, and a member of the Supervisory Board of IEDC - Bled School of Management.
Branko Žibret is a lead partner in A.T. Kearney South East Europe. He is also the leader of A.T. Kearney's Government practice in EMEA. He joined the firm 12 years ago. He is cooperating with leading industrial and financial groups and public institutions in the EMEA region.
Branko studied and earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. He finished his MBA studies and also earned the title Master of Science in Management at IEDC - Bled School of Management. He finished General Management Program at Harvard Business School. Before he joined A.T. Kearney, he gained reach experiences in different industries, among others he was a CEO of a beverage company, CEO of an investment fund company, and executive director of a marketing agency.Branko's most significant consulting experiences are in the field of organization and transformation, strategies and post-merger integrations and restructuring.