ESMT Annual Forum 2018


ESMT Annual Forum

June 7, 2018

Technology is rapidly transforming our world. Whether evidenced by the latest smartphones, smart homes, or “smart industry,” technological innovations are shaping the personal and the political, the everyday and the future. Businesses are both leading the charge for change and seeking to understand how to harness these developments in innumerable ways.

The ESMT Annual Forum invites attendees to examine the challenges, opportunities, and impacts of technology in business. What are the lessons to be learned from big data analytics, and how can business leaders use them to drive organizational change? How will technology support innovative business models and shape competitive market strategies? In what ways will robotics and artificial intelligence transform traditional industries in sustainable ways?

Forum keynotes and panel discussions will bring together political and business leaders, academics, and technology experts to discuss these questions and others. Additionally, breakout sessions led by ESMT faculty and external experts will invite participants to focus on specific outcomes of technology implementation in business.

Please join us for a day of exploration and debate.

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. with registration and a networking breakfast. The event concludes with a champagne reception at 6:00 p.m. The dress code is professional.

Participation is free of charge but individual registration is required. Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is subject to change.

The Kofi Annan Fellowship at ESMT Berlin boosts the talents of students from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A suggested contribution of €50 to the scholarship fund would be welcome. Click here to donate.

Past topics

ESMT Annual Forum 2017

2017: Agility

Leading in transition

ESMT Annual Forum

2016: Digitalization

Responsible strategies for business and society

ESMT Annual Forum

2015: Entrepreneurship

Placed entrepreneurial thinking and action at the center of its program.

ESMT Annual Forum 2014

2014: Corporation 2050

Building to last, leading to adapt - delved into the major themes of future business and leadership.

ESMT Annual Forum 2013 - "The Future of Jobs"

2013: The Future of Jobs

Addressed the various issues of employment, career development etc.

ESMT Annual Forum 2012

2012: Leading Across Generations

The forum was organized by ESMT and the ILA.

ESMT Annual Forum 2011

2011: The Global Race for Competitive Edge

The ESMT Annual Forum 2011 was held July 6-7, 2011 in Berlin.

ESMT Annual Forum 2010

2010: People, Planet, Profit

ESMT welcomed more than 300 guests to its 3rd Annual Forum.

ESMT Annual Forum 2009

2009: Navigating in Turbulent Times

The 2nd Annual Forum brought together 270 delegates.

ESMT Annual Forum 2008

2008: Corporate Russia on the Rise

Russian corporations and their relationship to the West.

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