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The Speakers


Kamalini Ramdas

Professor of Management Science and Operations; Deloitte Chair
in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Strategy requires change

Professor Kamalini Ramdas is an expert in the innovation arena at London Business School. Her current research examines new ways to
create value through innovation, including: service innovation, operational innovation and business model innovation. Professor
Ramdas’s work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Harvard Business Review, and other journals. She teaches a course on Business Model
Innovation, as well as courses on Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, and Empirical Research Methods. She has taught at the University of Virginia, University of Texas at Austin, The Wharton School, and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

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CEO UZ Brussels, Belgium

Official opening welcome

Prof. Marc Noppen is since 2006 CEO of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, the official teaching hospital of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Besides, he holds several directorship positions in social profit organizations and institutions, such as chairman of the Belgian association of University Hospitals. Recently, he developed the innovative “Team-of-the Future” approach to leadership across generations.

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Amy Edmondson

Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School

Teaming up for success & psychological team safety

Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. Edmondson, recognized by the biannual Thinkers 50 global ranking of management thinkers since 2011, teaches and writes on leadership, teams and organizational learning.

Her articles have been published in Harvard Business Review and California Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Academy of Management Journal. She is the author of Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy and Teaming to Innovate from Jossey-Bass.

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Paul Verdin

Chair in Strategy & Organization at Solvay Business School

Value creation and capture

Paul Verdin obtained degrees in Law and in Economics, from the Catholic University Leuven (KU Leuven; B) and later he obtained the M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University. Currently, Paul Verdin is the Chair in Strategy & Organization at Solvay Business School (Université Libre Bruxelles) and Professor of Strategy & International Management at K.U.Leuven (B). Previously at IESE Business School (E), and “Distinguished Visiting Professor” at INSEAD (F). Moreover, he is with the Berlin School of Creative Leadership (D) since its launch. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (USA) exploring new ways for value creation in business and government for long-term sustainable growth.

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Jan Gutermuth

Head of the dermatology department of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel

Strategic masterplan as compass for strategy implementation

Jan Gutermuth is head of the dermatology department and coordinator of the center for inflammatory diseases of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel/ Vrije Universiteit Brussel. With a scientific background in allergology & immunology he trained in healthcare management Harvard Business School and applies a structured approach to healthcare delivery. He recently founded the research group “Healthcare Research in Dermatology” and is involved in organizing the UZ Brussel leadership academy

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Marc Noppen
Jean-Charles Soria
Jan Gutermuth
Bidur Dhaul
Paul Verdin

Michael Maicher

Global Partner & Director for the Allianz Group and Allianz Partners


Michael Maicher is Global Partner & Director for the Allianz Group and Allianz Partners, developing the largest strategic partnerships for Allianz with particular focus on the digital and sharing economy. Previously, he served as Global Head of Broker Management and Customer Experience Management at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. Before, he was President and CEO of Allianz Fire & Marine Insurance in Japan and Member of the Board of Management of ROSNO, Russia, Member of the Supervisory Board of Allianz Russia and Member of the Regional Executive Team of Allianz in Central- & Eastern Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

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Stephen E. Chick

Director healthcare initiative, INSEAD, Fontainebleu, France

Designing care for excellence – business model re-invention

Stephen Chick is a Professor of Technology and Operations Management and the Academic Director of the Healthcare Management Initiative at INSEAD. He directs several Executive Education programmes, including the Middle East Health Leadership Programme, the recent Strategic Innovation for Community Health and Innovating Community Health programs, and worked with several health sector multinationals. His research focuses on value-based innovation processes. He received his MSc and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, and his BSc in Mathematics from Stanford University.

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David de Lauw

Managing Director department of Neurology at Radboud UMC

Care delivery redesign & value-based healthcare

David de Louw currently works as managing director at Radboudumc, the Netherlands. He holds degrees in Physiotherapy, Human Movement Sciences and Business Administration and followed several executive courses at the business schools of Harvard and Insead on health care delivery and innovation. He’s an experienced general manager in healthcare and higher education and is specialized in general and change management, strategic innovation, organizational development and quality management.

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Karsten De Clerck

Chairman Elect Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Senior Partner Egon Zehnder, Zürich and Brussels

Leadership and Management in the healthcare sector: defining and owning your career path

Karsten De Clerck is a Senior Partner based in the Brussels office of Egon Zehnder. He is an expert in helping multinational companies in the recruitment and appraisal of C-level candidates for both executive and non-executive roles. Through a series of guest lectures and workshops, Karsten likes to pass on some of his hands-on knowledge and expertise as a complement to academic teaching for graduate students wishing to extend their career in industry. He is honorary president of the INSEAD Alumni Association of Belgium and a fellow of the University of Brussels. Karsten was recently elected Non-Executive Chairman of his University (VUB).

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Begga Cranskens

Recruitment coordinator and business partner at the University Hospital Brussels

Evaluation and development of (clinical) leaders - experience from a University hospital

Begga Cranskens is recruitment coordinator and business partner at the University Hospital Brussels. She is specialized in recruitment/ selection, assessment, talent management and employer branding. In addition, she is board member of the Brussels’ “Huis voor gezondheid (house of health)”, the network organization which connects and supports healthcare providers in the Brussels region. Begga studied Human Resources at the ICHEC business School, Brussel and political sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Keele, UK.

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Peter Rosseel

MCR consulting & Catholic University Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium

Leading in times of crisis – lessons from managing the Coronavirus outbreak

Peter Rosseel is director of MCR, a spin-off from the KULeuven. He supports organizations worldwide - multinationals, SMEs, government agencies, hospitals and family businesses - with regard to strategy implementation, culture change, digital transformation, leadership and learning. His research focus is currently on the relationship between digitization and patient empowerment. He is also a visiting professor at the KULeuven and until recently an extraordinary professor at the University of Free State in South Africa.

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Heidi Rakels

ex-CEO Guardsquare

The parallels between managing yourself and managing a team.

Heidi was the founder and CEO of Guardsquare, the fastest growing Belgian scale-up in 2018. Heidi was also ICT women of the year in 2019 and she won a bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games.

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