ESMT Annual Forum

ESMT Annual Forum

2016 ESMT Annual Forum on digitalization stresses importance of cybersecurity

  • Experts identify “big shift from experience-based to data-driven managerial decision making”
  • Legal framework and good management of data is required to support innovation

“Digitalization. Responsible strategies for business and society” was the headline of the ESMT Annual Forum, which took place with almost 400 decision-makers on June 9, 2016 in Berlin. The conference provided an insight into diverse aspects of responsible leadership in relation to digitalization and its consequences for personal and corporate cybersecurity. Furthermore, panelists, speakers, and attendees considered the impact of cybersecurity on innovation. Keynotes by top managers, including Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, highlighted the importance of disruptive thinking and change in the age of digital transformation. “Responsible leadership is not to refuse change. That would be highly irresponsible,” Zetsche pointed out. As Vice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft, Anthony Salcito provided a practical approach on digital transformation, which promotes “a culture shift in organizations” by “putting sharing and collaboration as the foundation for change.” Cyber expert Melissa Hathaway, who assessed the White House in regard to its cybersecurity in 2009, called for more emphasis on cybersecurity: “We need to start thinking forward. Industry 4.0 - fit bits, embedded medical devices, the Internet of Things - these products are not designed with security embedded and are connected to whole host of other devices and systems. Right now, we’re blindly adopting the technology without thinking about security, safety, privacy and resilience.”

Panel discussions and interactive seminars gave Annual Forum participants the opportunity to engage in the debate and evaluate the impact of digitalization on security, and vice versa, for their own organizations and for society as a whole. During these sessions, Dr. Stefan Heißner, Managing Partner Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services at EY, approached the topic from a security-oriented angle, emphasizing the importance of considering risks rather than continuing to invest in opportunity. Dr. Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges NATO, stressed how critical it is to act now on privacy matters. Comparing them to the global issue of climate change, he commented: “We either get a grip on it within the next ten years or we’ve lost.”

The conference concluded with the ceremony honoring ShareTheMeal founder Dr. Sebastian Stricker, this year’s winner of the ESMT Responsible Leadership Award. Stricker, who has developed a crowdsourcing donation app, which enables users to donate a meal at the tap of a finger, talked about his views on global hunger.

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2016 ESMT Responsible Leadership Award

2016 ESMT Responsible Leadership Award

The ESMT Responsible Leadership Award honors extraordinary leadership in promoting responsible business practices. ESMT Berlin honored Dr. Sebastian Stricker and his team from ShareTheMeal with the 2016 ESMT Responsible Leadership Award.

The award pays tribute to the ShareTheMeal initiative that has, under the leadership of Dr. Stricker, demonstrated a deep commitment to the principles of sustainability and served as an inspiration to others.

Heiko Hutmacher

Laudator: Heiko Hutmacher, Member of the Management Board, METRO

Heiko Hutmacher has been serving as a member of the Management Board of METRO AG since 2011, with responsibility for human resources, information management, auditing, and sustainability. Hutmacher has a high level of international experience and is an expert in the field of human resources.

He has held the position of senior vice president of human resources at AkzoNobel since 2004. Prior to joining AkzoNobel, Hutmacher worked with IBM for 20 years, holding various positions in several countries, the last of which was vice president of human resources at IBM Global Services. He holds a diploma in business administration.

Dr. Sebastian Stricker

Honoree: Dr. Sebastian Stricker, Founder and Head of ShareTheMeal

Dr. Sebastian Stricker is the founder and head of ShareTheMeal, a crowdfunding app to fight global hunger through the United Nations World Food Programme. Founded as a startup in 2014, ShareTheMeal sought to establish the first truly mobile non-profit fundraising platform, enabling people to “share the(ir) meals” with those suffering from severe hunger. With a tap on their smartphones, users can donate $0.50, which is the global average cost of feeding one person for one day.

As of today, more than 500,000 people have downloaded the ShareTheMeal app and shared more than 5 million meals, equal to more than 5 million daily food rations – usually distributed through school lunch and mother and child nutrition programs. ShareTheMeal has received numerous awards, including Google’s Best Apps 2015 collection, the South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Award, the Webby People’s Voice Award, and the Lead Award 2015 for Startup of the Year in Germany. The ShareTheMeal team is located in Berlin and consists of 10 members, many of whom have volunteered considerable time to the project.

Prior to ShareTheMeal, Stricker worked in various roles in the public and private sectors, primarily in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, inter alia with the United Nations World Food Programme, the Clinton Foundation, and The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a doctorate in international relations and an MBA from Vienna University.

"The ShareTheMeal team feels that the last decades have brought incredible improvements to the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. For example, the percentage of hungry people in the world has almost halved over the last 25 years! However, there is still a lot that needs to be done. We are convinced that the opportunity to change the world for the better has rarely been greater. New technologies, good management, and socially responsible leadership – all engrained in the ESMT Berlin mission – will be key. This is why we are deeply honored by this award. Thank you!"

Program 2016

Program 2016

DIGITALIZATION
Responsible strategies for business and society

JUNE 9, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.                   REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST
10:00 a.m.

OPENING REMARKS

Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD
President and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, ESMT Berlin

KEYNOTES

Dr. Dieter Zetsche
Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler; Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Dr. Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Melissa Hathaway
President, Hathaway Global Strategies

11:15 a.m.COFFEE BREAK
11:45 a.m.

SECURITY AND PRIVACY. NEW RISKS FOR MANAGEMENT AND INNOVATION

A high-level panel discussion with

Frédérick Douzet
Chairwoman of the Castex Chair of Cyber Strategy; Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics, Paris 8 University

Dr. Sandro Gaycken
Senior Researcher and Director of the Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin

Melissa Hathaway
President, Hathaway Global Strategies

Dr. Stefan Heissner
Managing Partner Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services, EY

Dr. Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Moderator: Ali Aslan, journalist and television host

1:00 p.m.NETWORKING LUNCH
2:15 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A digital strategy masterclass
Prof. Joe Peppard, PhD

Digital changes and the individual - how culture changes context
Annie Faulkner

Going digital, staying human
Sebastian Fittko, Christoph Räthke, and Stefanie Schramm

HR goes digital
Kristen Herde and Prof. Konstantin Korotov, PhD

Working in virtual teams - pro et contra
Andreas Bernhardt and Nora Grasselli, PhD

3:45 p.m.COFFEE BREAK
4:10 p.m.

KEYNOTE

Anthony Salcito
Vice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft

4:25 p.m.

BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS. DISRUPTING BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, AND SOCIETY

A high-level panel discussion with

Prof. Francis de Véricourt, PhD
Professor of Management Science, ESMT Berlin

Shirine Khoury-Haq
Director of Operations, Lloyd's

Frank Mattern
Global Head of Recruiting, McKinsey & Company

Prof. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, University of Oxford

Prof. Siegfried Russwurm
Member of the Managing Board and Chief Technology Officer, Siemens

Peter Terium
Chief Executive Officer, RWE; Chief Executive Officer, RWE International

Moderator: Ali Aslan, journalist and television host

5:45 p.m.

ESMT RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP AWARD

Bestowed annually to honor a person demonstrating extraordinary leadership
in promoting responsible business practices.

Honoree: Dr. Sebastian Stricker, Founder and Head of ShareTheMeal
Laudator: Heiko Hutmacher, Member of the Management Board, METRO

6:30 p.m.CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION

 

Speakers 2016*

Speakers 2016*

*position at the time of event

OPENING AND KEYNOTES


Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD
Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD
President and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance
ESMT Berlin
Dr. Dieter Zetsche
Dr. Dieter Zetsche
Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler
Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Dr. Jamie Shea
Dr. Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
NATO
Melissa Hathaway
Melissa Hathaway
President
Hathaway Global Strategies
Anthony Salcito
Anthony Salcito
Vice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft

PANEL DISCUSSIONS


Francis de Véricourt
Prof. Francis de Véricourt, PhD
Professor of Management Science
ESMT Berlin
Frédérick Douzet
Frédérick Douzet
Chairwoman of the Castex Chair of Cyber Strategy and Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics, Paris 8 University
Sandro Gaycken
Dr. Sandro Gaycken
Senior Researcher and Director of the Digital Society Institute
ESMT Berlin
Melissa Hathaway
Melissa Hathaway
President
Hathaway Global Strategies
Dr. Stefan Heissner
Dr. Stefan Heissner
Managing Partner Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services
Ernst & Young
Shirine Khoury-Haq
Shirine Khoury-Haq
Director of Operations
Lloyd's
Frank Mattern
Frank Mattern
Head of Global Recruiting
McKinsey & Company
Prof. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
Prof. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation
University of Oxford
 
Prof. Siegfried Russwurm
Prof. Siegfried Russwurm
Member of the Managing Board and Chief Technology Officer
Siemens
Dr. Jamie Shea
Dr. Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
NATO
Peter Terium
Peter Terium
Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Board
RWE

CONCURRENT SESSIONS


Annie Faulkner
Annie Faulkner
Program Director
ESMT Berlin
Nora Grasselli
Nora Grasselli, PhD
Program Director
ESMT Berlin
Kristen Herde
Kristen Herde
Founder and CEO
YeaHR!
Prof. Konstantin Korotov
Prof. Konstantin Korotov, PhD
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR)
ESMT Berlin
Joe Peppard
Prof. Joe Peppard, PhD
Professor
ESMT Berlin
Christoph Räthke
Christoph Räthke
Director, Education
German Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC)

MODERATOR


Ali Aslan
Ali Aslan
Journalist and television host

 

Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions

A digital strategy masterclass
Prof. Joe Peppard, PhD

“Digital,” “digital disruption,” and “digital transformation” are currently hot topics in C-suites and boardrooms. Yet, where leadership teams usually struggle is building a coherent strategy for their digital investments and then managing the implementation of these investments in ways that deliver expected business outcomes. In this masterclass, Prof. Peppard will share some of the key findings from the research he conducted for his latest book, The Strategic Management of Information Systems: Building a Digital Strategy (Wiley, 2016).

Joe Peppard is a professor at ESMT. His research and teaching are in the area of information systems and technology, where he seeks to challenge dominant orthodoxies that contributing significantly to organizations’ inability to leverage digital technologies. He has published widely in academic and general business journals.

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Digital changes and the individual: How culture changes context
Annie Faulkner

Some of the greatest impacts of digital technology and the speed of change have been on the lives of individuals. We can connect individuals across multiple borders, time zones, and interest groups at an ever-challenging pace. However, adopting technology on its own will not create innovation. Success is determined by the extent to which the individual embraces the technology and changes their knowledge sphere. New insights are emerging from neuroscience on how the brain functions during major periods of change. To operate in today’s workforce, the “corporate mind” must support the “individual mind” in order to manage increasing levels of speed, unpredictability, and complexity.

This interactive session reveals the impact of digital change from a cultural perspective, in relation to changes in the workforce, and specifically in relation to prioritizing activities concerning skills development. Digital change is a key subject for debate and will be a critical item on the business agenda in the future.

Annie Faulkner is a program director at ESMT. Her expertise includes business transformation, cross-culture coaching, employee engagement, and making sense of complexity. She completed her MSc in strategic focus at Edinburgh Business School and her MBA at CASS. Prior to joining ESMT, she was project director for Old Mutual.


Going digital, staying human
Sebastian Fittko, Christoph Räthke, and Stefanie Schramm

Behind closed doors, executives of large and Mittelstand corporations often voice frustration about their employees “not being ready to be more entrepreneurial or become part of digitization.” So how can they turn digitization from a concept understood by company leaders into a new way of working that is shared and supported by the people within the organization?

After short introductory keynotes about concepts, best practice, and case studies, participants will have a chance to discuss the topic with – and get advice from – Stefanie Schramm (former program director of StartupInstitute), Sebastian Fittko (head of RWE Innovation Hub Berlin), and Christoph Räthke (GTEC director of education).  

Christoph Räthke is the director of education at GTEC. He has been working in the digital industry since 1996. After stints at Deutsche Telekom and Berlin-based digital agencies, he began working as a consultant for the digital industry and founded the Berlin Startup Academy. At GTEC, he manages entrepreneurship education activities, lectures, and the workshops program.

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HR goes digital
Kristen Herde and Prof. Konstantin Korotov, PhD

This session, facilitated by Prof. Konstantin Korotov, director of ESMT’s Center for Leadership Development Research, features Kristen Herde, an ESMT Executive MBA alumna. Herde is a former global HR executive and founder of YeaHR! – an innovative consulting agency that supports HR in capturing a leading role in the digital transformation of companies. The session will offer an interactive discussion on what digitalization means for organizational HR practices and cultural change – from the way companies attract, onboard, develop, and retain talent to how leaders will lead and employees will collaborate in the future.

Konstantin Korotov is an associate professor and the director of the Center for Leadership Development Research at ESMT. He researches and teaches worldwide in the areas of leadership development, leadership coaching, careers, and executive education. He has published multiple articles and books and is a practicing leadership coach specializing in challenging leadership development cases.

Kristen Herde, CEO and founder of YeaHR! GmbH, brings in-depth HR know-how from areas such as employer branding, employee engagement, talent and performance management, change management, and recruiting. She has more than 10 years of international experience as a senior HR leader at E.ON and most recently served as the global HR director for E.ON Climate & Renewables and VP of Diversity Management for E.ON. Herde holds an Executive MBA from ESMT, is a certified Executive Coach from Columbia University, and has worked as an HR consultant, executive coach, trainer, and high-impact facilitator partnering numerous international corporations over the past four years.


Working in virtual teams: pro et contra
Andreas Bernhardt and Nora Grasselli, PhD

Although virtual teams were a hot and controversial topic a couple of years back, they have since become a part of our everyday lives. We have all experienced working on products, projects, and services with our colleagues, collaborators, and clients at different locations and have generated a huge knowledge base about what works and what does not.

This session aims at recollecting and sharing these experiences among the attendees of the ESMT Annual Forum. After a brief input based on Nora Grasselli’s research on team structures, the majority of this session is designed to be a truly interactive format. Participants will be invited to share their virtual team experiences, which will be collected for a white paper – to be published on the Annual Forum website – and used in additional ESMT publications.

Nora Grasselli is a program director at ESMT. Her expertise includes group dynamics, coaching, leadership, and organizational psychodynamics. She completed her PhD on group dynamics at the HEC School of Management. Prior to joining ESMT, she was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

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