ESMT Annual Forum 2010

ESMT Annual Forum

People, Planet, Profit: Creating a Sustainable Future

June 16-17, 2010, in Berlin

On June 16-17, 2010, ESMT welcomed more than 300 guests and prominent thought leaders from international business, politics, and academia to its 3rd Annual Forum. The interdisciplinary platform inspired high-level debate and rich discussion; the three pillars for sustainable organizational and economic prosperity - people, planet, and profit - represent the triple bottom line challenging today's leaders.

Emphasizing its continued dedication to drive leadership excellence, ESMT honored Infosys founder and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy with the inaugural "ESMT Responsible Leadership Award," for his deep commitment to the principles of sustainability, and his inspirational business conduct.

For decisive reviews and reactions from the forum's high-caliber program, we invite you to download your own copy of the 3rd ESMT Annual Forum magazine here.

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ESMT Responsible Leadership Award 2010

ESMT Responsible Leadership Award 2010

N.R. Narayana Murthy
N.R. Narayana Murthy

Infosys founder and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy received the first ESMT Responsible Leadership Award.

Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies Limited, a global Information Technology (IT) consulting and software services provider, headquartered at Bangalore, India. He founded Infosys in 1981 along with six other software professionals and served as the CEO of Infosys for 21 years before handing over the reins of the company to co-founder, Mr. Nandan M. Nilekani, in March 2002. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999. He served as the Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor from 2002 to 2006.
Mr. Murthy articulated, designed and implemented the Global Delivery Model which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. He has led key corporate governance initiatives in India. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries. Mr. Murthy serves as an independent director on the boards of several global companies including Unilever, NV, Unilever, plc and HSBC Holdings plc.  He is also a member of the advisory boards and councils of several educational institutions including Wharton, Cornell, INSEAD, Stanford, Tokyo University, SMU - Singapore, IIIT-Bangalore and ESSEC, Paris.

Program, June 16

Program, June 16

The ESMT Annual Forum 2010 started at 4:30 p.m. on June 16 with an opening address by the Chairman of the ESMT Foundation Board of Trustees, Michael Diekmann (Allianz), and a keynote address by Peter Löscher (Siemens). On the subsequent Cornerstone Panel “The New Role of the State and European Competitiveness,” speakers included Jean-Louis Beffa (Saint Gobain), Wolfgang Mayrhuber (Deutsche Lufthansa), René Obermann (Deutsche Telekom), and Sergej Komlev (000 Gazprom). An art installation by the audiovisual artist Marina Landia and a reception wrapped up the first day of the Annual Forum.

4:30 - 4:40 p.m. Introduction
Lars-Hendrik Röller, President, ESMT

4:40 - 4:50 p.m. Opening of ESMT Annual Forum
Michael Diekmann, Chairman of the Board of Management, Allianz SE

4:50 - 5:10 p.m. Keynote Address
Peter Löscher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG

5:10 - 5:30 p.m. Keynote Address
Alexander I. Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee, Director General of OOO Gazprom export

5:30 p.m. Cornerstone Panel
The New Role of the State and European Competitiveness


  • Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways
  • Jean-Louis Beffa, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Saint-Gobain
  • Peter Löscher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG
  • Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • René Obermann, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Norbert Röttgen, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Federal Republic of Germany


  • Henrik Müller, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Manager Magazin
  • Frederik Pleitgen, Berlin Correspondent, CNN

6:45 p.m. Art installation
by Marina Landia, Audiovisual Artist

Marina Landia is a video and performance artist based in Berlin and London. Born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia she studied at the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi and worked as a film set and costume designer for the Georgia Film Studio. After immigrating to Germany she studied at the Institute for Art in Context (post gradual Master studies), UDK in Berlin.

The main focus of her artistic work is exploration and critical evaluation of general social, economical and political trends, working at the point of intersection between art and other disciplines, involving people with different professional and cultural backgrounds.

Alongside with her work as an independent artist she has developed more than 20 interdisciplinary video projects and workshops in co-operation with various institutions in Germany, UK, Norway and Russia: Alfred-Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg; Haus Rissen, Hamburg; Accenture, Moscow; Wimbledon School of Art, London; Department of Culture of City of Berlin; ESMT European School of Management and Technology;  Xynteo / The Performance Theatre Foundation, Oslo and others.

7:00 p.m. Reception
The evening reception gives you the chance to start or continue discussions with your fellow participants.

Program, June 17

Program, June 17

On June 17 an early breakfast with a presentation and Q&A on "Creating a 21st century sustainable enterprise - from what now to what next?" by Girish S. Paranjpe (Wipro), started the day's program. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., parallel panels explored the topics of leading for sustainability, the hopes and realities of a green energy future and ‘doing well with doing good’. Alexander Landia's (Siberian Coal Energy Company) closing remarks were be followed by lunch.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Start the day of academic exchange with a networking breakfast. Wipro's Jt. CEO, Girish S. Paranjpe, will speak about "Creating a 21st century sustainable enterprise - from what now to what next?"

Girish S. Paranjpe, Jt.- CEO, IT Business, Member of the Board, Wipro Limited

9:00 - 09:10 a.m. Introductory Remarks
Lars-Hendrik Röller, President, ESMT

09:10 - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address
Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Professor, Columbia University

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FULLY BOOKED: Panel I - People: Leading for Sustainability

This panel discussion is dedicated to the sustainable development of talent in organizations. The panelists and the audience discuss how to turn workplaces into environments in which employee potential can be developed and released with long-term effectiveness for the organization and the people.
Special attention is paid to the relationship between leadership and talent in organization, and to the development of leaders who are sensitive to the human side of the organization.


  • Andrew Dyckhoff, CEO - UK, Merryck & Co. Ltd.
  • Jonathan Gosling, Director of the Center for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter
  • Manfred Kets de Vries, Distinguished Professor / Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired Clinical Professor of Leadership Development, ESMT / INSEAD
  • Charles O'Reilly, Frank E. Buck Professor of Management, Hank McKinnell Pfizer Inc. Director of the Center for Leadership Development and Research, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Catherine Tinsley, Executive Director Women’s Leadership Initiative and Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • Mary Uhl-Bien, Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership, Associate Director, Global Leadership Institute, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


  • Konstantin Korotov, Associate Professor, ESMT
  • Zhike Lei, Assistant Professor, ESMT

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FULLY BOOKED: Panel II - Planet: Green Energy Future - Hopes and Realities

After Copenhagen what? Given the general disappointment the question arises what stakeholders still expect and what suppliers can and have to do. The session aims to contrast these views. In the first part, political pathways to a low-carbon economy are presented, evaluated, and discussed, both from a European and a US perspective.
In the second part, we focus on how energy companies pursue different strategies to secure current market share. We will debate their innovative strengths and weaknesses and assess their potential to play a mjaor role in the green economy.


  • Carlos J. Härtel, Managing Director Europe, GE Global Research
  • Mel Horwitch, Professor of Technology Management and Director of the Institute for Technology and Enterprise Polytechnic Institute, New York University
  • Matthias Kopp, Project Manager Finance and Climate, World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)
  • Georg Meran, Vice-President, German Institute for Economic Research & Dean of Graduate Studies, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Eckhardt Rümmler, Senior Vice President Upstream/Generation, E.ON AG
  • Alexander Voigt, Chief Executive Officer, Younicos AG

Moderator: Christoph Burger, Faculty Professional, ESMT and Head of Practice Group TTU & General Management, ESMT Customized Solutions

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Panel III - Profit: Doing Well With Doing Good

The breakout session on “profit” hopes to accomplish two main objectives:
First, we shall explore what companies need to do to combine “doing well with doing good.” In other words, often times achieving “planet” and “people” goals is viewed as a zero-sum game when combined with the goal of “profit maximization.” But does it have to be this way? What strategies can companies formulate and implement to create both business and social value?
The second objective is to explore our obsession with “profit” itself. What can we do as a community to transition from a “single bottom line” craze to think seriously about the “triple bottom line” concept whereby companies are not only judged by profitability but also by their social and environmental performance?


  • Erik Brandsma, Vice President Corporate Responsibility, E.ON AG
  • Rajeev Gowda M V, Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Alexander Holst, Senior Manager, Accenture Management Consulting
  • Belén Izquierdo, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Telefónica SA
  • Jonathan Rosenthal, European Business and Finance Correspondent, The Economist
  • Peter White, Director Global Sustainability, Procter & Gamble

Moderator: C. B. Bhattacharya, Full Professor and E.ON Chair in Corporate Responsibility, ESMT

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion of Panel Results
The panel moderators will present the outcomes of each panel.

1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Closing Address
Alexander Landia, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Siberian Coal Energy Company

1:20 - 1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Lars-Hendrik Röller, President, ESMT

1:30 p.m. Lunch
Close out the ESMT Annual Forum "People, Planet, Profit" together with fellow participants at an informal lunch on campus.