2018 ebbf annual conference - rethinking governance

rethinking governance,
exploring new frameworks
for decision-making and action

ebbf’s 28th annual conference
17th to 20th of May 2018 – Geneva

We live in exciting times, the crossing point in the transition towards new forms of enterprises and of evolving economic systems. The future is most uncertain, with the only certainty being change, an accelerating rate of change. We don’t wish to be simple spectators, instead protagonists of the new forms of enterprises and economic systems where we will enjoy creating a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization.

To help us manage the future we will explore together over the four days of this event, the best new forms of governance that are emerging both in enterprises and in society. We will co-create new thinking and new ideas that will allow us to create shared prosperity through adaptive organizations.

We aim to understand, explore and design future forms of governance, holistic ones that will allow individuals the freedom to develop their human capacities and talents. Free and happy human resources motivated by a superior purpose that create the kinds of successful organizations, products, services, learning and experiences able to generate shared prosperity, serving the enduring interests of all people.

We seeks to challenge the myths that make our governance systems so dysfunctional, and in a spirit of genuine enquiry and truth seeking, contribute toward a set of principles that foster unity and guide us toward operational models that promote the development of just, prosperous and sustainable businesses and society.

This four day ebbf annual conference, our 28th edition will start at 17:30 on Thursday 17th of May 2018
and will end after lunch on Sunday 20th of May
in Geneva at the Best Western Chavannes De Bogis



First confirmed speakers with whom we will enjoy challenging current assumptions about governance and build new ones.
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What are the governance systems that will allow us to build a just, fair and sustainable global economic system?

For the 2017 academic year Augusto Lopez-Claros is on leave from the World Bank as a Senior Fellow at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 2011 to 2017 he was the Director of the Global Indicators Group in DEC, the unit leading the Bank’s research and analytical work. Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was also the Editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication. Before joining the Forum he worked for several years in the financial sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets. He was the International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative in the Russian Federation during the 1990s.

Before joining the IMF, Lopez-Claros was a Professor of Economics at the University of Chile in Santiago. He was educated in England and the United States, receiving a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. In 2007 he was a coeditor of The International Monetary System, the IMF, and the G-20: A Great Transformation in the Making? and The Humanitarian Response Index: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice, both published by Palgrave. He was the editor of The Innovation for Development Report 2010–2011: Innovation as a Driver of Productivity and Economic Growth, published by Palgrave in November 2010. More recent publications include: “Fiscal Challenges After the Global Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues” (2014), “Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption” (2015) and “The Moral Dimension of the Fight Against Corruption” (2017).

You can also read here a recent article he wrote on the current debate between nationalism and global views


How we address governance says a huge amount about our implicit conceptual framework and our assumptions about the nature of man. When we reach for incentives we say we think man is intrinsically greedy and driven by self interest. But what we are assuming about power, motivation, the potential of education, the nature of the human spirit are displayed in how we regulate governance.
What are the assumptions about human beings that will allow us to create the best forms of governance?


Sean Hinton joined the Open Society Foundations in September 2015 as director of the Economic Advancement Program and chief executive officer of the Soros Economic Development Fund.

Prior to this, Hinton was principal of Terbish Partners, which he founded in 2007 to provide strategic advisory services focusing on China, Mongolia, and Africa and the social and economic impact of large-scale extractive investments. He was a long-term senior advisor to Goldman Sachs (Asia) and the Rio Tinto group. His other roles have included: deputy chairman of SouthGobi Resources; special advisor to the CEO of SOHO China; and chairman of China Networks.

Hinton has over 25 years of experience in China and Mongolia, where he lived from 1988 to 1995. He subsequently served as Mongolia’s first honorary consul-general in Australia.

Hinton began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company as a specialist in their media and entertainment practice. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cambridge, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute, and serves on the board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute and the international advisory board of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland.

How are the new forms of finance, such as impact investing, crowd financing affecting the relationships and priorities of stakeholders and how is governance then evolving in companies and organizations?

Jenna is the CEO of Impact Experience which facilitates convenings that build lasting relationships between investors, philanthropists, innovators, and leaders of marginalized communities — linking vision with action and directing investment to the most vulnerable communities. Some of these issues include generating employment in marginalized communities such as retraining former coal miners in Appalachia; attracting greater pools of capital to minority and women run businesses and addressing health disparities. Jenna is also President of Phoenix Global Impact, a firm that specializes in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Through her firm, she has project managed Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of philanthropic foundations, divesting from investments in fossil fuels and reinvesting in new economy solutions.

Jenna has also worked with the World Bank Treasury on green bonds and other sustainability projects and with Toniic helping to support an impact investing community.  She works closely with the Calvert Special Equities team and is an advisor to the Nexus Global Youth Summit and Ethic, an online impact investing platform. Jenna graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations Honors Degree during which time she also read International Development at Oxford University. Jenna is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA, a PD Soros Fellow for New Americans and a Stanford Social Innovation Fellow. Jenna has also been selected as a Vice-Curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. Jenna has special links with China and co-taught a course at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management on Business Ethics, Sustainability and Impact Investing. She is an active member of the Bahá’í Faith.


I am exploring new forms of governance for companies with the new Republik Magazine a new open-source cooperative business model that rethinks the entire concept of governance, I would like to explore what we learnt with you.

Nadja Schnetzler is one of the founders of BrainStore, the world’s first Idea Factory, and author of the book The Idea Machine, a method for systematic idea development that she co-created and used in over 600 projects. Since 2012 she has her own company, Word and Deed.

She is also the Co-Founder at Project Republik Magazine, reclaiming journalism as profession creating a new business model for media companies that want to place their readers at the center.  It is structured as an open-source cooperative, where they share their knowledge, software and business insights with others who also want to create journalism projects that reinforce democracy.

Her motto is “How can I inspire you?,” as she wants companies, teams and individuals to approach innovation, collaboration and communication in new ways that are fit for the challenges of the future.

Schnetzler lives in Biel/Bienne, a bilingual city in Switzerland, with her family. She works with individuals, small teams, NGOs and big corporations on all continents. To inspire others, she searches for inspiration herself every day, in every field, using all tools and gadgets available to the curious digital nomad, and sharing her findings with her large network.

Schnetzler also has a very big passion for Baroque Music, Mexican Cuisine (as she grew up in Mexico) and her blog, Hands Off Parenting.

Lars Sudmann

Lars is an advisor, keynote speaker and executive trainer on leadership, strategy, change and communication for global corporations and their leaders. He is the owner of Sudmann & Company, a consulting and management training network. Lars is drawing on his business experience (e.g. as CFO Belgium of Procter & Gamble) as well as consulting expertise with Fortune500 companies to help companies achieve better business and organizational results.

Lars Sudmann supports executive teams in times of change, strategic redirection, performance improvement, and turnaround both as an advisor as well as an operational/interim manager.

Additionally, Lars spends his time analyzing what makes businesses and individuals successful, e.g. as lecturer at the universities of Braunschweig (business leadership), Lüneburg (organizational change & virtual teams) as well as the RWTH Aachen University (innovation in communication).

He also frequently shares these insights at conferences worldwide and is the 6-times Belgian and 2-times European Champion of Public Speaking and you can watch his appearance at TEDx

Dessi Dimitrova

Dessi Dimitrova, PhD is an Associate Director for Health Systems at the World Economic Forum.  Prior to the Forum, she served as Deputy Minister of Health and chair of the National Health Insurance Fund in Bulgaria where she managed the country’s health financing portfolio and led the pricing negotiations with provides.  Before this role Dessislava was at McKinsey & Co, the World Bank and the Brookings Institution (R4D) focusing on health insurance, mostly in emerging markets. Dessi holds a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College, MPA in Economic Policy from Princeton University and PhD in health management from Sofia University. Her professional passion is on finding innovative ways to deliver and finance universal healthcare.

Moneshia zu Eltz

Re-thinking Governance in the Corporate World
Do corporate insitutions and governance need to evolve as society becomes increasingly inclusive of diversity? Can tech saavy, values-driven indviduals still ascribe to current definitions of profit seeking enterprises? Is it possible to link individual authenticity to static organizational goals? And what role does private enterprise have, by virtue of the human and capital resources it yields-  in shaping the global society in which it operates?

Moneshia has served at Vice President of Alliance and Ventures for Royal Philips since 2015, and Director or M&A for International Business Machines since 2000.

Moneshia acquired, invested in and and integrated over 30 companies during this period based in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

She also participated in and Executive Service Corp assignment in Taiwan for Environmental Justice. Prior to this she began her career providing strategic advisory services to government and private sector Fortune 500 in IT and healthcare as part of Monitor Company.

Moneshia completed her MBA at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania and undergraduate degree in Economics from Smith College. She has lived in many of the countries in which she has worked and is an active Womens and STEM mentor, Alumni network activator, and advisor to social start ups with a global footprint.

Vasu Mohan

Vasu Mohan currently serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Regional Director for Asia Pacific. Mohan has over 16 years of experience in democracy, governance and human rights programming with a focus on post-conflict elections and democratic inclusion. He has been with IFES since 2001 in the headquarters and the field and has supervised programs and field offices in over 22 countries in Europe and Asia, partnering with a wide variety of international donors and local stakeholders. Mohan also serves as IFES’ technical lead on electoral security, providing thought leadership on innovative programs and tools to prevent and mitigate violence throughout the electoral cycle.

Since 2002, he designed, managed and implemented programs in Afghanistan on electoral assistance and women’s leadership in the post-conflict context.

Throughout his career, Mohan’s work has focused on political, social and legal empowerment of disenfranchised or marginalized individuals – youth, women, ethnic and religious minorities and persons with disabilities. He was responsible for IFES’ flagship Women’s Legal Rights Initiative and Garima Projects in India (2003- 2011) on gender equality and women’s empowerment, which expanded the dialogue on women’s rights and legal resources available to women. Mohan has also served in various voluntary capacities related to women’s empowerment, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit working to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the United States from gender-based violence.

Guitelle Sabeti

Dr. Guitelle Sabeti has over 25 years experience in global health, with a focus on international pharmaceutical policies, good governance and strategic engagement with health partners. She negotiated and provided country support to over 50 Ministries of Health, Civil Society Organizations and development partners. She holds a Masters degree and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Grenoble as well as a Masters in Public Health from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She started her carrier in 1991 in Romania working with Pharmaciens Sans Frontières and joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1994 where she served in different locations and capacities. One of her achievements includes the initiation and development of the first global programme aimed at promoting good governance and preventing corruption in public pharmaceutical systems, by increasing transparency, accountability and promoting ethical practices. This programme is currently running in over 30 countries. Guitelle currently manages official relations with selected governments and represents WHO in political forums such as the G7 and G20

James Jennings

James has over 25 years experience as an executive and consultant helping companies grow faster. Of the many methods he has used, the most exciting are those that engage all employees in financial management, creating more sustainable and higher performance enterprise.

Malika Parent

From Anti-Corruption preaching to corruption fighting, I am committed in developing institutional accountability framework embracing soft and hard components of Fraud and Corruption prevention and control.

With 30 years of experience in the Humanitarian sector, at senior management level, I have actively contributed to strategic development, policy creation & implementation, network empowerment and compliance enforcement requiring travel to 90+ countries on all continents.

Kurt Specht

I define my personal purpose as creating the possibilities and the space for people to live closer to their potential at work and elsewhere. If you do what you always did you will get what you always got. This is your comfort zone. If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. Get out of your comfort zone. My background is in Information Technology. Today I help companies overcoming the illusion of control so that the available energy is redirected towards increased performance and engaged, self-organized, winning teams.

Jelena Hercberga

I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol. My doctoral research aims to provide insight into emerging alternative modes of human organising – those which might broadly be described as processes and forms of self-organisation. Among other things, I am interested in re-imagining democratic practices within business and in wider collective to bring together people across difference.

Iko Congo

Committed to learning about business and values
currently studying a MSc in Politics, Philosophy and Management at Lancaster University

Gordon Naylor

Mr. Naylor has created and successful ran multiple for-profit and non-profit Baha’i inspired ventures, most notably Nancy Campbell Academy which is a Baha’i inspired high school in Canada that has been in operation for 20+ years. His goal is to inspire beauty in all things, which includes his business that he uses to fund his non-profit ventures. As a former NSA member of Canada he strives daily to manage the governance of his ventures and align them with the Universal House of Justice letters. He recently focused his attention on the March 1, 2017 letter and striving to learn how it applies to his businesses.

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Conference Prices

Full 3-day Conference Tickets
(excludes accommodation and meals)
SPECIAL repeat event attendee Rate (ended 30th Oct)€ 115€ 600€ 115€ 700
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Cancellations received before March 15th: 80% refund
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