ESMT Annual Forum 2013 - "The Future of Jobs"

ESMT Annual Forum

The Future of Jobs

June 13, 2013, in Berlin

The ESMT Annual Forum 2013 "The Future of Jobs" addressed the various issues of individual employment, corporate career development, and European competitiveness and job growth in a volatile economic environment.

During this one-day conference, participants examined the impact of migration on the jobs of the future, the demands of a diverse workforce, the lack of competitiveness in a number of European countries, and the role entrepreneurship plays in shaping people’s careers. Conference members explored the competitive environment of high performers, defined the roles of future leaders, and examined the way these changes will influence executive development in the future.

Keynotes, panels, videos, and interactive mini-cases engaged participants in critical discussions on the complex realities of current and future expectations, relationships, cultural norms, and conflicts, for which they were asked to generate new concepts and ideas.

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ESMT Responsible Leadership Award 2013

ESMT Responsible Leadership Award 2013

President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi to received ESMT Responsible Leadership Award

  • Laudatio was held by Professor Mario Monti, 54th Prime Minister and Senator for Life of the Republic of Italy
  • Award was accepted by Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

The 2013 ESMT Responsible Leadership Award was conferred upon Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. The awards ceremony took place on June 13, 2013 as a part of the 6th ESMT Annual Forum. Other past honorees include the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Infosys Technologies N.R. Narayana Murthy; Güler Sabancı, chairman and managing director of Turkey’s Sabancı Holding; and Mario Monti, the former prime minister of Italy.

“It is a great honor to receive this award. For the European Central Bank, its price stability mandate was, is, and will continue to be its first priority. Especially in times of challenge such as we are currently experiencing in Europe, it is important to always remain aware of the great responsibility leaders carry for citizens and states,” said Mario Draghi.

Program 2013

Program 2013

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Registration and networking breakfast

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Opening remark & Keynote speeches

  • Opening remark by Michael Diekmannn, Chairman of the Board of Management, Allianz
  • Keynote speeches by Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, EU Commission, and Dr. Daniel Stelter, Senior Partner und Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Coffee break

11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Panel: The impact of migration on jobs of the future

Recent estimates suggest that there are 214 million international migrants worldwide, making migration one of the most critical topics in history. How are companies and their workforces impacted by such migration and mobility and what does the future hold? What are the hurdles that responsible leaders face in successfully integrating migrants into their corporate identities and cultures? Bringing together representatives of academia, industry, and international organizations such as the UN, this panel will analyze the role migration plays in attracting and retaining talent. It will deal with the question of responsibility that companies, regulators, and civil society have toward immigrants. Finally, the panel will discuss the socio-economic impact that the demographics and skill levels of migrants have on both the destination country and their country of origin.


  • Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, EU Commission
  • Bruno Berthon, Global Managing Director, Accenture Sustainability Services Group
  • Prof. CB Bhattacharya, PhD, Dean of International Relations and E.ON Chair in Corporate Responsibility, ESMT European School of Management and Technology
  • Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information, United Nations
  • Lance Kaplan, Managing Partner, Fragomen International
  • Dr. Johannes Teyssen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, E.ON

Moderator: Manuela Kasper-Claridge, Head of Business Department, Deutsche Welle

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Networking lunch

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Three concurrent sessions

1) Interactive session: How to bounce back from a career disaster - and avoid slipping into one

This session will focus on how to avoid being blindsided politically in a new job. Using insights from the study of social networks, it will concentrate on strategies that protect high performers from being undermined by rivals in the workplace. Using a brief video and interactive mini-cases, this session will ask participants to consider how they would help a colleague rebound from a career disaster. It will encourage the conference members to think through the steps that someone who has been sidelined and desires to “get back in
the game” should take.

  • Moderator: Prof. Matthew Bothner, PhD, Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development, ESMT European School of Management and Technology

2) Panel: The future of leadership development

This session will explore the question of what is going to change in the way organizations approach leadership development, given the changing natures of the way people work, learn, and build their careers. Bringing together representatives of academia, the executive search industry, the nascent CEO mentoring field, and high-impact organizations, this panel will challenge common thinking about the nature of leaders and followers in current and future organizations, and the ways we select and groom future leaders. It will raise the questions organizations must ask in order to help leaders fit the requirements of the jobs of the future.


  • Prof. Monika Hamori, PhD, Professor, IE Business School
  • Dr. Alexander Landia, Managing Director and Partner, Bernotat & CIE.
  • Dr. Nicolas von Rosty, Corporate Vice President Executive Development, Siemens
  • Dr. Norbert Sack, Partner, Egon Zehnder

Moderator: Prof. Konstantin Korotov, PhD, Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR), ESMT European School of Management and Technology

3) Panel: Spurring entrepreneurship in organizations

Berlin is situated in one of Europe’s most vibrant entrepreneurial hotbeds – at least according to many recent articles in the popular press. This session will explore the role that entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills play in shaping people’s career paths within and across organizations. It will bring together entrepreneurs, academics, and corporate leaders to tackle how different organizational set-ups such as incubators, office
arrangements, and virtual organizations can stimulate or potentially stifle entrepreneurship. This is important not only for founders of new ventures but also, and perhaps even more so, for corporations that wish to tap the entrepreneurial power of their employees.


  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Groß-Selbeck, Internet Innovation & Entrepeneurship, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
  • Jörg Rheinboldt, Managing Partner, M10
  • Dr. Maximilian Senges, Internet Policy and Innovation Manager, Google


  • Prof. Linus Dahlander, PhD, Associate Professor, ESMT European School of Management and Technology
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Wagner, Associate Professor, ESMT European School of Management and Technology

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Panel: How to retrieve growth and jobs in Europe?

While the overall economic outlook in Europe and the stability of the Euro do not look as grim as they did up until last summer, major reforms are still needed to address the considerable problems posed by high sovereign and private debt levels. Another concern is the lack of competitiveness and growth in a number of European countries. Reforms are desperately needed in light of these countries’ record-high unemployment levels, which threaten in particular the future of the younger generation. Therefore, the question of how Europe can return to a dynamic and sustainable growth pattern and create new jobs has to be answered soon. Panelists will discuss what has been done so far, which actions still need to be taken, and how these measures should be implemented. In addition, participants will focus on the responsibilities of the stakeholders involved, namely governments, companies, and employees.


  • Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger, Chairman of the Executive Board, ThyssenKrupp
  • Hans Leentjes, Executive Vice President & President Northern Europe, ManpowerGroup
  • Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, President and Ernst & Young Chair in Governance and Compliance, ESMT European School of Management and Technology
  • Dr. Markus C. Slevogt, SLEVOGT-consult
  • Angela Titzrath, Member of the Board of Management/Labor Director, Deutsche Post

Moderator: Gerrit Wiesmann, Freelance Journalist

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Technical break

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. ESMT Responsible Leadership Award

ESMT will confer this year's ESMT Responsible Leadership Award to the president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi. The award honors extraordinary leadership in promoting responsible business practices and is bestowed annually to an outstanding business figure who has demonstrated a deep commitment to the principles of sustainability and whose actions have inspired others.

Benoît Cœuré, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, will be accepting the award on behalf of Mario Draghi, as he personally is unable to attend.

  • Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank
  • Laudatory speaker : Mario Monti, Senator-for-life, Former Prime Minister of Italy

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Evening reception