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Theme: What makes us successful.

This event occurred on
November 29, 2012
2:00pm - 6:30pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Villars sur Ollon, VD

We are having a mix of inspirational stories from adults and students. I will focus on the future of education with a theme of lifelong learning and success.

College Beau Soleil
Av Centrale
Villars sur Ollon, VD, 1884
Event type:
Youth (What is this?)
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Taig Kris

He started skating when he was six years old. He learned in-line skating as a teenager and began competing, eventually winning gold medals in X Games competitions.

Nick McRoberts

Nick McRoberts (Australian/French) came to mass engagement processes through study in both classical music (conducting) and information technology and relational systems. His companies, Key Move Solutions France ( and Halcyon Interactive Australia, offer a wide variety of services including the use of the Zing collaborative platform. His interest in behavioural observation and engineering mass engagement processes has developed strongly with the chances he has had in the last few years to implement Zing technology for a large number of clients in Europe, Australia and South America. Suggested topic “What conducting and classical music can teach us about leadership, self discipline and the difference between good and great”

Didier Marlier

Didier’s (Belgian/Swiss) interest is in advising leaders on how to “intellectually compel” and “emotionally engage” their people into large scale changes. He is a renowned expert in organizational change (Engagement Processes), leadership development & team/individual coaching at Executive/Board levels. He is actively engaged in a wide research around the theme of “Open Economy” and how this phenomenon, initially limited to the software industry is propagating to the whole economy. Didier is busy preparing the first “Disruption Experience” ( which will invite provocative thinkers and CEO’s and their teams to understand the impact the “Open Economy” will have in terms of strategy, organisation and leadership.

Gerd Leonhard

Gerd is a Futurist on the journey from Ego to Eco, author of 5 books and a globe-trotting keynote speaker on media, social technologies, communications and - as of late 2011 - 'Green Futures'. I am currently looking at sustainable future scenarios, biosphere-like economics and what I like to call 'ecotalism' (or capitalism 2.0...?) as well as at renewable and networked energy and the idea of possibly adapting internet, networked-society principles to the world's urgent climate and environment issues.

Andrew Fitzmaurice

Andrew joined Nord Anglia Education in April 2003 and has guided the organisation through a period of significant change. Nord Anglia Education’s Vision is to become the world’s leading premium schools organisation and now has 14 schools in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Andrew also led the company from being listed on the London Stock Exchange to private ownership by Baring Private Equity Asia in August 2008. Prior to Nord Anglia Education Andrew was at where he spent three years as Chief Executive. Before that Andrew spent thirteen years at TNT Express UK where, as Divisional Managing Director, he was responsible for a significant part of the UK business and for the creation and growth of new companies.

Jerome DeMeyer

Director of College Beau Soleil and La Solstice charity foundation.

Alexander Renaud

Alexander Renaud was born in London in 1999. He has a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father. Alex has attended schools in London, Madrid and is now attending College Beau Soleil in Switzerland. He is fluent in Spanish, French and English. Alex is a perfect example of an international young man with a global view and perspective.

Amara Obiago

Amara Obiago is a Nigerian-Swiss student attending College Beau Soleil since 2012. Singer, photographer, entrepreneur, Amara is a serious minded leader in the school community. She began school in Lagos, Nigeria with half of her time in the British curriculum and the other half in French lycee. Amara is completely multilingual and reflects a wonderful cultural diversity with her Swiss and Nigerian roots.

Organizing team


Villars Sur Ollon, Switzerland
  • Daniil Flegontov
    Student representative
  • Paul Porter
    Stage Production
  • Céline Gelli
    Production manager
  • Ian Tysoe
  • Pierre-Antoine Piechaud
    Technical director