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Theme: Leading in a complex world

This event occurred on
November 3, 2015
2:00pm - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Berlin, Berlin

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BCC Berlin Congress Center
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Berlin, Berlin, 10178
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String Quartet

The musicians: Mona Seebohm (Violin 1) Silva Finger (Violin 2) Peter Bock (Viola) Ulf Borgwardt (Cello)

Amel Karboul

Dr. Amel Karboul is Founder of Change, Leadership & Partners, Secretary-General of MEF (Maghreb Economic Forum) and former Minister in the Tunisian Government. She is an entrepreneur, businesswoman, author of the book Coffin Corner (Midas Verlag), keynote speaker and politician. Amel’s areas of expertise include aligning and developing leadership and critical thinking, managing large-scale change and transformation, implementing innovative strategies as well as enabling communities of practice and global networks. She was until recently Tunisian minister of tourism. Her mission was to revamp Tourism. She was cabinet minister of the Tunisian interim government with the mission of ending the transition phase, organizing transparent elections and ensuring good economic and social governance and policy. Her innovative use of social media to promote the country and youth empowerment in the digital world has earned her international awards.

Astrid North & Illay Chester

Astrid North released her first solo album „NORTH“ in Germany in July, 2012. Long before that, Astrid was part of „Cultured Pearls“ a well-known and very successful band in Germany in the 90s. Her second solo album named after her Grandmother „Precious Ruby“. To finance this production North is running a crowdfunding campagne with Pledgemusic until October 26th 2015: ILLAY is a multifaceted musician based in Berlin. She uses foremost her cello in an extraordinary way, creating rhythms and sounds, utilizing looping, piano, strings and electronic sounds. Having grown up in Israel, she forms an unique mixture of East and West - from classical, contemporary and electronic music, to everyday sounds and voices from the nearby synagogue and mosque.

Hermann Arnold

Hermann Arnold has been founding CEO of Haufe-umantis and has grown the company from its beginning as a university basement start-up to become a company with a thousand customers, millions of users and a team of 100 employees. In 2013 he recommended his successor Marc Stoffel as CEO to be elected by all employees, because he didn’t see himself as being the best to lead the company in the next phase. Afterwards he worked in the team of Marc, reporting to him. And during this time, he discovered a new way of leadership careers, better preparing to lead in a complex world.

Janina Kugel

Janina Kugel is Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. She is globally responsible for the areas of Human Resources, Diversity, EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) and Corporate Social Responsibility. Before she served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Osram and held various leadership positions in Siemens in the areas of Human Resources, Corporate Executive Development, Strategy and Innovation Management in Germany, Italy and China. Prior to joining Siemens, Janina worked several years in Management Consulting at Accenture. During this period she worked for major companies throughout Europe and the United States of America, mainly focusing on process re-engineering, restructuring and organizational design. She is also member of the Practice Advisory Council of Hertie School of Governance and Member of the University Council, University of Applied Sciences Ingolstadt.

Nuhu Ribadu

Nuhu Ribadu is founding chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the organization that changed the narrative of the fight against corruption and financial crimes in Nigeria. The results of his work at the EFCC, most notable amongst which are the delisting of Nigeria from the FATF’s List of Non-Cooperative Countries & Territories, admission into the prestigious Egmont Group and the withdrawal of the US Treasury advisory on Nigeria by the FINCEN, were critical to the perception of Nigeria, globally. He had also attracted donor supports from European Union (EU), UNODC, UNDP, World Bank, and a host of others running into millions of US dollars, and also built an effective collaborative effort with the FBI, SOCA [UK], Metropolitan Police, Dutch Police, German Police, South African Police and a host of other law enforcement agencies in the world.

Patricia Thielemann

Patricia Thielemann is the founder of Spirit Yoga. She had taught yoga in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Berlin in 2004, where she opened her first studio in one of the city’s most upscale locations. With stylish, expansive spaces in the capital’s three locations, along with the licensee company Aachen Spirit, Spirit Yoga has grown to be one of the largest yoga schools in Europe. Since the new millennium, she has played a decisive role in shaping an identity for modern yoga in German-speaking countries. Spirit Yoga proves that the rich tradition of yoga can be translated into a contemporary method that empowers practitioners to master the challenges of modern everyday life. Patricia produces her own CDs and DVDs. She has gained national renown through her “Spirit Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga Program.” Along with her career, the mother of two, committed Yogini, and successful entrepreneur convincingly practices what she preaches when she says: “Step into your Light!”

Ratna Omidvar

Ratna is an internationally recognized expert on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation of her work. Ratna is the founding Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. GDX is a think and do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks. It is dedicated to building a community of international leaders who see prosperity in migration. Previously, Ratna was the President of Maytree. She is also the co-founder and Chair Emeritar of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. She is also the co-author of the newly released book Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015).

Regina von Flemming

Regina von Flemming has lived and worked in Russia for 20 years. From 1996 to 1999 she was CEO of the telecommunication company Krone Russia in Moscow. She then worked as Vice President of Delta Capital, a Private Equity fund focused on media, TV, telecoms and retail in Moscow from 1999 to 2003. In 2003 she founded her Berlin and Moscow based consulting company Flemming & Partner, dealing with crisis management, start-ups, interim management and restructuring of Russian entities. She sold the company in 2009. For the last ten years Regina was the CEO of Axel Springer Russia and the Publisher of Forbes and Newsweek Russia. Regina is a founding member of the German Business Club (today German Russian Chamber of Commerce) and has been acting as a Board Member of the German Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) since 2014. Since 2015, she also acts as a member of PJSC “MTS” Board of Directors.

Roni Porat

The variety of Roni Porat’s professional talents – orchestra conductor, composer in a number of genres, interdisciplinary artist, scriptwriter, actor, double bass player, lecturer and presenter of leadership seminars, coach, radio show host and presenter – are based on his exceptional interpersonal communication abilities, which enable him to communicate naturally with a variety of audiences of all age groups and sectors. Roni is a leader in his native Israel in the arena of creativity and innovation on the concert stage. He’s a frequent guest composer and conductor for the world-renowned Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Roni is fond of saying “My real career is being a human being” and his main focus is to do everything he can to create a better world. Therefore, “The most significant barrier we have to overcome, is our unawakened persona.”

Ulrich Weinberg

Ulrich is heading the HPI School of Design Thinking since 2007. With a teaching team of 35 professors and assistants he runs a project- and team-based program for 120 students, representing 70 disciplines, 60 universities and 20 nations. The Design Thinking approach became highly attractive for large corporations throughout the last years, more than half of the German DAX30 companies are using Design Thinking for their digital transformation processes. Prior to HPI Ulrich Weinberg was an expert for computer animation and games, holding a professorship at Potsdam film school and a visiting professorship at Communication University of China, Beijing. He is board member of DGQ German Society for Quality since 2014 and co-founder of WeQ-Foundation.

Waldemar Zeiler

Waldemar is a serial entrepreneur, having started businesses together with Berlin-based incubators Rocket Internet and Team Europe. At some point, growth, scale and money weren't motivation enough: With the tools and skills he collected over the past years, he decided to use them for a better cause. Together with his co-founder Philip Siefer, he started Entrepreneurs Pledge (, a movement that's already gathered about 80 successful entrepreneurs to build a new kind of social companies – and make them grow, scale and with a significant revenue stream of which at least 50 percent must be re-invested in social or environmental cause. Fairstainability is part of their DNA. Waldemar and Philip have also built one of the first fairstainable businesses coming out of the Entrepreneurs Pledge initiative; they are both founders of the fairstainable condom brand, einhorn.

Yörük Kurtaran

Yörük Kurtaran has 18 years of professional experience of civil society working in think tanks of Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), on youth work related issues in Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) and on women’s reproductive rights in Willows Foundation. Since 2006, he has also been the Coordinator of Istanbul Bilgi University’s Youth Studies Unit. He has published several articles on youth work and youth policy since 2006 and co-edited the book "Youth Work and Policies in Turkey" in 2009. Currently he is a Board Member of Ali Ismail Korkmaz Foundation (since summer 2014), Anadolu Kultur (since 2012) and Mother Child Education Foundation - ACEV (since 2014). He is a founder, member of Trustees and the President of the Board of Support Foundation for Civil Society since 2015; an organization that supports philanthropic giving in Turkey.

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Berlin, Germany