Thinkers50 European Business Forum 2019 … the best new ideas for business leaders

September 25, 2019 at Odense, Denmark (2 day event for Europe's CEOs)

The Thinkers50 European Business Forum is the premier event for business leaders in Europe, bringing them together with the world’s best business gurus from the top business schools.

This year’s theme is about finding the best new ideas for business leaders.

We search the world for new ideas … from the academic powerhouses of USA, to ideas closer to home in Europe, to the next markets of Africa, and most interestingly from the fast growth markets of Asia.

How can you take these ideas from around the world and apply them to your business?

What would it take to embrace the new technologies like Artificial intelligence and robotics? The best examples are probably companies like Alibaba and Samsung. How to engage customers in new and faster ways? Take a look at the incredible stories of Jio Phone or WeChat. How to reorganise your business for smarter and more agile innovation? Be inspired by the likes of Haier or Huawei.

“The Best New Ideas for Business Leaders” is about finding the new ideas, and making them work for you.

Go shopping in Shanghai, and stores are unlikely to accept your cash or cards, instead expecting you to buzz their QR code with your mobile phone. Sit down in a Dalian Wanda movie theatre and you are invited to immerse yourself in the story with your VR headset. Anything you need at home in Jakarta, just click on Go-Jek, and it will deliver it in minutes. Look at the leaders like Jack Ma or Ratan Tata, their business philosophy and leaderships styles are more purposeful, holistic and inspiring.

This is not about “let’s go to China” … this is about bringing the best new practices from other places, to Europe’s businesses … to think different and better.

We’re delighted that we will be joined for a unique event by global experts including:

  • Anna and Ole Rosling, of the Gapminder Project, who created “Factfulness” with Hans Rosling
  • Scott Anthony, of Singapore-based Innosight, author of “Dual Transformation” and many more
  • Anil Gupta, Indian-born professor at the University of Maryland, “Getting China and India Right”
  • Haiyan Wang, leader of the China India Institute, and author of “The Silk Road Rediscovered”
  • Erin Meyer, INSEAD professor, and author of “The Culture Map” making sense of today’s world


To get us in the mood, here are some inspiring voices, on how to embrace the best ideas from around the world:

Niall Ferguson, historian, broadcaster and professor at Harvard University

Haiyan Wang, Managing Partner of the China India Institute

Pankaj Gemawat, Director of Center for the Globalization of Management, Stern School of Business

Shaolan Shueh, author of Chineasy, how to make sense of Chinese, the language and beyond

Howard Wu, professor of strategy and innovation at IMD Business School

Linda Yueh, economics editor at Bloomberg TV, and professor at London Business School

Yoshiaki Ito, President and CEO of Haier in Asia

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, India’s largest company

Erin Meyer, author of The Culture Map on how cultures work together

Scott Anthony, Managing Partner of Innosight, based in Singapore

Krystal Choo, tech entrepreneur and founder of Wander

Ming Zeng, Chief Strategy Officer of Alibaba

Tan Hooi Ling, co-founder of GrabTaxi, Asia’s largest taxi business and more

Mohamad Yunus, Indian entrepreneur and pioneer of microfinance in emerging markets

Tendayi Viki, author of The Corporate Start-Up

Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba, and Asia’s richest man

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