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Business Bled Strategic Forum


New Challenges, New Champions

As Europe continues to search for a strategic response to the growing economic, political, and environmental pressures, the private sector is forced to find new identity beyond the unproductive dichotomy of "scapegoat" versus "saviour." The new challenges call for new champions, and the business sector is actively experimenting with new business models, processes, products, and partnerships to discover the path towards smart, inclusive, and sustainable growth.
The 2012 Business BSF will look at Europe's new era from the perspective of the business sector, identifying the drivers of change and exploring new pathways forward.
Key questions:
• How can sustainability be embedded into the DNA of companies' strategies and operations, driving innovation and sustainable value creation?
• Who are Europe's new champions, what is their global outlook and what can others learn from their approaches and practices?
The Business BSF will take place (except the Night Owl Session) at the IEDC – Bled School of Management, Prešernova cesta 33, Bled.

DAY 1 – Sunday, 2 September


9:30–10:00 Gathering and accreditation for participants of the Business BSF

10:00–10:10 Welcome

Welcome address:
Prof Dr Danica Purg, President and Dean of the IEDC – Bled School of Management, Slovenia (confirmed)

10:10–10:30 Keynote address

Keynote address: 

Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (confirmed)

10:30–11:15 Opening address

Opening address: 
Prof Dr Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor Emeritus at the IMD Lausanne and Founding Director of the Evian Group, Switzerland (confirmed)
Followed by Q and A session.

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break


11:30–13:00 Panel: From Bolt-On to Embedded Sustainability

Moderated by:
Dr Nadya Zhexembayeva, Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainable Development at the IEDC – Bled School of Management, Slovenia and Vice-President of the UN Global Compact Slovenia, Slovenia (confirmed)
Dr Thomas Becker, Vice President Governmental Affairs BMW Group, Germany (confirmed)
Mr Mark Minevich, President of Going Global Ventures Inc, United States of America (confirmed)
Mr Robert Grah, Chief Executive Officer of Grah Automotive Group, Slovenia (confirmed)

13:00–14:30 Lunch

22:15–24:00 Night Owl Session: Global Outlook from the Perspective of Europe's Hidden Champions

The concept of hidden champions was initially identified and studied by Hermann Simon, where hidden champions are companies holding an international leadership position in product categories and business models. In his study Professor Simon reconfirmed that hidden champion type of companies present an important pillar of Europe's advanced economies. CEEMAN and the IEDC – Bled School of Management have carried out a research project on hidden champions from CEE, Kazakhstan and Turkey, and thus helped to find novel ways for hidden champion companies to develop and hence to contribute to the development of this region.
Location: Jupiter Hall, ground floor, Hotel Golf, Cankarjeva 4, Bled.
Moderated by:
Ms Lidija Pavlovčič, Economics Desk Editor at Delo, Slovenia (confirmed)
Mr Dmitriy Chernenko, Chief Executive Officer of UP "STiM", Belarus (confirmed)
Mr Sandi Češko, Executive Chairman of Studio Moderna Group, Slovenia (confirmed)
Mr Xhevit Hysenaj, Managing Director of Xherdo shpk, Albania (confirmed)
Dr Uroš Merc, President of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BISOL Group, d.o.o., Slovenia (confirmed)
Prof Dr Danica Purg, President and Dean of the IEDC – Bled School of Management, Slovenia (confirmed)