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Theme: Re-thinking our future

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October 23, 2020
Berlin, Berlin

In a world where digital is woven into every aspect of our lives, change is constant and the pace of innovation cotinues unabat- ed, our values, ethics, structure and purposes will be highly chal- lenged.
Therefore, we need to ask: What possibilities, opportunities and threats will come with tomorrow’s technological advancements? It is time to rethink our future.

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Andreas Kaplan

Dean ESCP Business School Berlin
Professor Kaplan’s research focuses on analyzing and decrypting the digital world, in particular the areas of social media and artificial intelligence. With several seminal articles and ~ 30,000 citations on Google Scholar, Professor Kaplan has been counted among the worldwide top 50 business and management authors according to John Wiley & Sons. Furthermore, broadly covered Stanford study recognized Kaplan as one of the world’s top-cited and impactful scientists. Professor Kaplan has teaching experience in top-tier schools and universities such as Harvard, Sciences Po Paris, and Tsinghua University.

Catherine Gaudry

Catherine Gaudry is an international team leader with a knack for finding creative solutions to complex problems. With over 12 years of experience in marketing, communications and operations management for international clients such as MINI, BMW, Richemont, eBay and Bayer, she mixes a keen sense for business strategy with a love of people and technology.
Talk title: Change is the only constant. Talk description: In times where our personal and professional boundaries are constantly being put to the test and change is the only constant, staying true to who we are is the real challenge.

Cristina Pozzi

As the Co-founder and CEO of Impactscool, Cristina is a populizer, a social entrepreneur and an active citizen with the aim to impact society positively. She is also the Author of Benvenuti nel 2050 (EGEA, 2019) and Destination 2050 (BUP 2020), and the Young Global Leader (2019-2024).
Talk title: A future-proof education Talk description: Rethinking education and making it future-proof is one of the hardest and yet more urgent matters of our time. In order to do we should start from the one question that really matters: what is the purpose of education?

Klaus Schweinsberg

Professor Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg is the Chairman of the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership and Founding Board Member of the European Center for Digital Competitiveness of ESCP Europe.
Talk title: The Renaissance of Uncertainty Talk description: To be successful, leaders will have to learn to navigate the fog of uncertainty. This is no longer about " managing a crisis" but "overcoming a crisis"

Luis Homann

Sustainable developer
Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.’— David Wann Hello, my name is Luis Homann. I was born and raised in Berlin. At the moment I am doing my bachelor in specialized management at ESCP Business School. If someone would have said that to me 3/4 years ago, when I was at school in Kreuzberg, I would have laughed. I still had a long way to go through classes that loose 90% of their students to working 6 out of 7 days in a Hotel in Tenerife. Today, I am dedicating my time to the sustainable development, which we all know has to advance. Thanks to the help of my friends, I was able to develop a website called: This website is a tool that enables you to help easily and safely, in order to design our sustainable future.

Maria Josefa Angela Bautista

Jo Bautista is a Master’s degree student at ESCP Berlin, undertaking the Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation Program. She is also the winner of the Speakers Competition organized by Digib ESCP student society and TEDxESCPBerlin.
Title of the talk: How to Paint a Future of Hope Description of the talk: Jo Bautista has a simple but powerful message on creating a future of hope despite the challenges of current times. Her story on building a social-impact start-up at the height of the pandemic is an honest, colorful journey that will leave you feeling inspired for what’s to come.

Ricarda Schmidt-Scheele

Ricarda Schmidt-Scheele is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart. She does research on scenarios and foresight methods in the areas of energy and sustainability. She works as a facilitator at the Oxford Scenarios Programme at University of Oxford
Talk title: Why it is difficult to imagine a different reality Talk description: How can we imagine a future that is different from what we know today? By using scenario planning!

Sascha Pallenberg

Sascha Pallenberg is an influential German Techblogger living in Taipei who’s constantly travelling between Asia, the US and Europe. He now serves as Head of Digital Transformation at Daimler AG.
Talk title: Rethinking Our Future: Sustainability is no rocket-science Talk description: Living a sustainable lifestyle is more of a psychological than a technological challenge. It's about rebooting the system to change our habits

Sonja Betschart

Sonja Betschart is a passionate “Tech for Good” entrepreneur with a longstanding career in SME’s, multinationals and start-up. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of WeRobotics and a speaker at the World Economic Forum.
Talk title description: Shift the Power: Decolonizing Technology for Social Good Talk description: “Life is facing unprecedented challenges on our planet. We need to tackle them a lot faster, a lot smarter. Technology is ready! So what is missing?”

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Berlin, Germany


Berlin, Germany