Leaders Meeting Paris – 18, 19 & 20 November

Mediafin, publisher of De Tijd and L’Echo, is holding the 14th high-level networking event Leaders Meeting @ Paris. This year’s Leaders Meeting focuses on ‘Never waste a good crisis’. What are the best ways of looking after yourself and your organisation in times of global crises? What are the best ways of handling moments of crisis in your own life and your organisation? And how can we, as business, societal or academic leaders, offer solutions in these times of deep geopolitical, climate and economic crisis?

And what about you, as a leader? How are YOU faring? How are you coping with those enormous challenges you are confronted with? In recent years, we have been increasingly confronted with crises at various levels: a war and intense geopolitical tensions, accelerating climate change, a pandemic, business crises, psychological challenges… Yet we are not just prone to crises, we are shaped by them. Should we just keep calm and carry on as though nothing is happening around us? Or can we tackle this moment of multiple crises differently? What can we learn from previous crises? And what can we do to prevent new ones from happening? Together with top-class experts from relevant fields, we will focus on what you can do to tackle crises as a person, as a leader, and as a guardian of your organisation.

Isabel Albers, general editor-in-chief De Tijd – L’Echo

The programme is actually under construction. Stay tuned to get the latest information.

Friday 18 November 2022

11.30 AM | Welcome and check-in at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand

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2.00 AM | Official Opening with Mr Frederik Anseel, Senior Deputy Dean (Research & Enterprise) at UNSW Sydney Business School

Mr Frederik Anseel, Senior Deputy Dean (Research & Enterprise) at UNSW Sydney Business School

Frederik Anseel is a Belgian management professor who works and lives in Sydney, Australia. Born and raised in Kortrijk, he was appointed as the youngest full professor at Ghent University and never dreamt of leaving Belgium. However, a series of research appointments and invitations for leadership roles at prestigious management institutions in France (ESSEC Business School), Italy (Bocconi University), United Kingdom (King’s College London) eventually led him to his current position as Dean of Research at UNSWs leading Australian Graduate School of Management. For his sharp and critical analyses shooting down management fads and gurus, international media have called him both the Pep Guardiola and the Tom ‘Maverick’ Cruise of the HR world. Since 2018 and exclusively for a Belgian audience, his science-based analyses can be read every other week in De Tijd.

3.00 AM | Coffee break

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3.30 AM | Talk with Bashir Abdi, Belgian athlete specialised in long-distance running

Mr Bashir Abdi, Belgian athlete specialised in long-distance running 

Bashir Abdi is a Somali-born Belgian athlete who specialises in long-distance running. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he won the the bronze medal in the marathon. He also won the silver medal at the 2018 European Championships in the 10,000 metres. He is the current European record holder in the marathon, holds the other European best and two other Belgian records.

4.30 PM | Exclusive experience

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7.30 PM | Exclusive dinner

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Saturday 19 November 2022

8.00 AM - 10.00 AM | Breakfast at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand

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11.00 AM | Coffee break

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12.30 PM | Talk with Bas Smets, landscape architect

Bas Smets has a background in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. He founded his firm in Brussels in 2007 and has since completed more than 50 projects in more than 12 countries with his team of 20 architects and landscape architects.

 

His realised projects include the park of Thurn & Taxis in Brussels; the public space around the Trinity Tower in Paris La Défense, the Mandrake Hotel in London, the Himara Waterfront in Albania, and recently the Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France.

In 2008 he was awarded the biennial French prize for young landscape architects. A first monographic exhibition was presented in 2013 by deSingel International Arts Centre and Arc-en-Reve centre for architecture in Bordeaux. In 2017 he was appointed General Commissioner for the Biennial of Architecture of Bordeaux and in 2018 he received the Award for Urbanism and Public Space from the French Academy of Architecture.

7.30 PM | Double interview between Mr Sammy Mahdi, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration (CD&V) and Mr Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments (PS)

Sammy Mahdi, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration (CD&V)

Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments (PS)

Thomas Dermine, born on 1 May 1986 in Charleroi, is a French-speaking Belgian economist and politician who is a member of the Socialist Party.

On 1 October 2020, he was appointed State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investment with responsibility for Science Policy, deputy to the Minister for the Economy and Labour in Alexander De Croo’s federal government.

Within the federal government, he is responsible for steering the coordination of the Belgian Recovery Plan and ensuring close cooperation between the European Commission and Belgium.

In parallel with this mission, Thomas also supervises the Federal Science Policy, including 10 federal scientific establishments and a multitude of competences ranging from Belgian aerospace policy to the management of federal museums and federal research policy.

Sunday 20 November 2022

8.00 AM - 10.00 AM | Breakfast at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand

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10.00 AM | Ann Beliën, PhD CEO and Founder Rejuvenate Biomed

Fireside chat

Ann Beliën established Rejuvenate Biomed, where she currently functions as founder and CEO. Ann has over 17 years of experience in drug development from bench to market, which she acquired at Johnson & Johnson throughout multiple international assignments (US, NL, BE). She developed from scientist to operational and strategic roles (oncology, neurology, infectious diseases) including external and open innovation (therapeutics and prevention). She joined Johnson & Johnson in 2000, after a postdoc at ETH, Zürich, Switzerland. She holds a PhD from the University of Irchel, Zürich, Switzerland and a master’s degree from the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium.

11.00 AM | Coffee break

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11.30 AM | Lieven Scheire, comedian, physicist and science watcher.

Performance

Lieven Scheire is a comedian, physicist and science communicator. Dubbed the secret Belgian love child of Stephen Fry and Dara Ó Briain, Lieven talks about complex scientific subject matter in an accessible way, with expertise and the necessary dose of humour.

While studying physics, Lieven and his cousin founded the comedy group Neveneffecten. Together, they created comedy shows and two very successful Belgian television shows. More recently Lieven makes and presents tv shows like Scheire en de Schepping (2012-2014 & 2021-2022), a popular programme inspired by the British tv show QI, and Team Scheire (2018-2020). In Team Scheire, Lieven enlists the help of engineers, designers, scientists and programmers to come up with creative solutions for people who cannot enjoy life to the fullest because of a disability.

In addition to his television work, you can also find Lieven live on stage. From the start of 2022, Lieven will be touring again throughout Belgium and the Netherlands with DNA, an entertaining live show about human genetics. In the fall of 2022, he will start touring his new show A.I., about artificial intelligence.

With his popular podcast Nerdland, Lieven and his gang of science enthusiasts create a monthly overview of the most important scientific news. Lieven is also the bestselling author of the Nerdland book series, and has published books on DNA, physics and insects. He also co-authored a children’s book full of entertaining science experiments and incredible scientific facts.

 

Lieven Scheire is appreciated for his refreshing mix of science and comedy and his accessibility. No one can explain Einstein’s theory of relativity, quantum mechanics or Drake’s formula like Lieven Scheire.

12.30 PM | Lunch at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand

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