Key Factors to Understand the Current Global Economic and Business Context

Special Session with IAB Members

Key Factors to Understand the Current Global Economic and Business Context

21/Apr/2017 from 09:30 a 11:15

Barcelona, IESE - Aula Magna North Campus (Arnús i Garí, 5)

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In a discussion with members of the International Advisory Board, we will try to address some of the key issues surrounding a GDP growth and corporate growth around the world in this time of uncertainty.


9:30-9:35 - Welcome
Prof. Franz Heukamp, Dean, IESE

09:35-10:25    “The Global Strategic Landscape”
Ibukun Awosika, The Chair Center (Nigeria)
Hans Jacob Bonnier, Bonnier AB (Sweden)
Stanley Motta,  Motta International (Panamá) 
Narayana Murthy, Infosys Technologies (India)
Moderator: Eric Weber, IESE

10:25-11:15    “Corporate Strategy in Times of High Volatility”
Janina Kugel, Siemens (Germany)
Franz Haniel, Haniel (Germany)
Hans Ulrich Maerki, Mettler-Toledo (USA)
Paul Polman, Unilever (UK)
George Yeo, Kerry Logistics (China)
Moderator: Jordi Canals, IESE


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    IESE Dean

    Professor Franz Heukamp was appointed Dean of IESE Business School in September 2016. Previously, he held the positions of Associate Dean for MBA Programs and Secretary General of IESE. Prof. Heukamp teaches Managerial Decision Sciences and has a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His teaching specialties are decision analysis and forecasting methods. Prof. Heukamp teaches in the MBA, Executive-MBA and other executive education programs of IESE including the Advanced Management Program directed at senior business leaders. His main area of research is behavioral decision-making with a special interest in the area of Neuroeconomics. He is a member of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and the Neuroeconomics Society.
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    Professor of Economics and Strategic Management

    Jordi Canals is professor of economics and strategic management and was Dean of IESE from 2001 until September 2016. Prof. Canals is a recognized scholar in the areas of corporate strategy, corporate governance, globalization and banking. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Shaping Entrepreneurial Mindsets (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), Leadership Development in a Global world (Palgrave MacMillan 2012), Building Respected Companies (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Managing Corporate Growth (Oxford University Press, 2000), Universal Banking: Theoretical Perspectives and International Comparisons (Oxford University Press, 1997), La internacionalización de la empresa (McGraw-Hill, 1994), and Competitive Strategies in European Banking (Oxford University Press, 1993).


    Prof. Canals has served as guest scholar at the International Monetary Fund, visiting scholar at the World Bank, post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Business School and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.

    He was a board member of GMAC, the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, and EQUIS. Jordi Canals is also a founding member of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, Europe's leading independent oversight group on European banking and financial affairs. In addition, he was a member of the Corporate Governance Commission set up by the Spanish Government in July 2002.

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    Associate Dean, Executive Committee (New York Center, Munich Office, Corporate Communication & The Africa Initiative) / Director, New York Center / Member, Harvard Business School-IESE Advisory Committee / Director, Academic Committee Executive Education

    Professor Eric Weber is associate dean of IESE Business School and professor of accounting and control. He is a member of both the Executive Committee of IESE and the Harvard Business School - IESE Advisory Committee. He has formerly served as the associate dean for the MBA program, as the associate dean for Executive Education and Executive MBA Programs, and as the academic director for the Global Executive MBA program.

    Dr. Weber earned his Ph.D. in Management (Accounting and Information Systems) from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, USA, and his MBA from IESE. He also holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Universidad Simón Bolivar, in Venezuela.