The circular economy as a new way of thinking

Date: July, 20, 2017 | From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - CEST

The circular economy is an umbrella concept associated with business and economic opportunities round resource and waste management. But it may be a signal of a more profound change in our framework for thinking about the economy as a whole. Ken Webster explores the wider contexts associated with ‘circularity’ in an era in which the existing economies are failing to meet the need for improved prosperity.

Relator: Mr. Ken Webster

Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ken Webster has worked at the Foundation since the beginning of 2010 and his book (with Craig Johnson) Sense and Sustainability (2009) was instrumental in shaping the direction of the Foundation. He is author of Circular Economy A Wealth of Flows (EMF 2015) and contributor to both A New Dynamic Effective Systems in a Circular Economy (2015) and A New Dynamic Effective Business in a Circular Economy (2014). He has two decades of experience in workshops communicating economic ideas for a variety of audiences and is currently Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, where he is working on the development of an Executive Education masters on Technology Innovation Management and the Circular Economy (TIMCE) on behalf of the Foundation.

Storytelling in the Digital Age

Date: June, 28, 2017 | From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - CEST

Stories are an inherent part of an organization’s narrative. They are powerful tools helping people understand what an organization does and what it stands for. Yet, organizational storytelling is messy. Stories are rarely told in order from beginning, to middle, and then end – especially in this digital era. So how do organizations fit structures, elements, and ideas together to develop their stories? How can organizations use people, tools, and channels to capture waning attention spans? This session will cover the case for organizational storytelling, its foundations & reality, and research-based guidance to help you become a more effective storyteller in the digital era.

Relator: Ms. Tara Hadler

Project Manager of Collaborative Processes, Network for Business Sustainability - NBS

Tara Hadler, Project Manager of Collaborative Processes, oversees digital engagement and communications at the Network for Business Sustainability. She works with researchers, designers, developers, and end users to create user experiences that increase the chances of managers using research products to elevate their company's sustainability performance. Prior to joining NBS, Tara gained technical experience working in product development at Info-Tech Research Group. She has a Master in Sustainable Development from the University of Basel, and Bachelor in Media, Information & Technoculture from Western University.

A turbulent time for trade

Date: April, 19, 2017 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CEST

This presentation takes stock of recent developments in trade and looks ahead to what we might expect. World trade growth remains weak, though recently we are seeing some green shoots. Trade liberalisation has helped. But, despite progress, several big trade liberalisation efforts have recently slowed or stalled. This is, in part, due to a change in trade policy orientation in the United States, which is taking a more defensive trade stance. The US President’s 2017 Trade Policy Agenda still supports liberalisation, but emphasises bilateral deals over larger accords. For its part, the United Kingdom has contributed to the uncertainty with its Brexit vote to leave the European Union. In view of all this, the presentation will discuss some potential sources of growth.

Relator: Dr. Douglas Lippoldt

Senior Trade Economist, HSBC Global Research
United Kingdom

Douglas Lippoldt is Senior Trade Economist in HSBC Global Research, based in London. He joined HSBC in August 2014 coming from the OECD in Paris where he worked for 22 years in various roles as a senior economist. Prior to that, he served seven years as an international economist with the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC. Doug's central focus is on international trade issues. He has published extensively on trade topics as well as related aspects of economic development, labour market adjustment, innovation and intellectual property. Doug holds a PhD in Economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), an MA in International Studies from the University of Denver, and a BA in International Studies from Washington College in Maryland, USA. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne, Germany. He represents HSBC as the deputy delegate on the B20 Trade and Investment Taskforce.

Promoting Entrepreneurship: UNCTAD’s Policy Approach to Support Sustainable Business Growth

Date: March, 30, 2017 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CEST

Recognizing the role of entrepreneurship as a catalyst for development and a means to address sustainable development challenges, the presentation will illustrate UNCTAD’s approach to promoting entrepreneurship from a policy perspective. It draws lessons from the implementation of UNCTAD’s Entrepreneurship Policy Framework (EPF) and will explain the need for holistic entrepreneurship policies according to the six priority areas identified by the EPF. The presentation will focus on how policymakers can create an enabling entrepreneurial environment which also takes into account inclusive and sustainable business models, thereby expanding opportunities for all and addressing the needs of socially disadvantaged groups. For aspiring entrepreneurs from such groups, who tend to have lower levels of entrepreneurship skills and greater difficulty in navigating the business and regulatory environment, governments need to tailor policy measures to help them manage and grow their businesses. In this way, entrepreneurship policies can contribute to the achievement of the United Nations General Assembly’s sustainable development goals adopted in 2015.

Relator: Mrs. Fiorina Mugione

Chief, Entrepreneurship Section, Division on Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade And Development - UNCTAD

Economist with MBA in international trade has more than twenty years' experience in international organizations. Worked primarily in the areas of research and analysis in enterprise, investment and development issues at ESCAP, OECD and UNCTAD. She leads since 2006, the Entrepreneurship Programme UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise. Fiorina also coordinates the EMPRETEC programme – the one stop agency for small and medium sized enterprise development- in 39 countries around the world. Responsible of investment policy reviews at UNCTAD between 1996 and 2006, earned concrete experience in policy analysis and programme management (Egypt, Ecuador, Peru, Ghana, Colombia). Published a number of articles in international journals and contributed chapters to different economic publications.

Geo-economic changes and emergent players in maritime economy and logistics: impact on SMEs strategies

Date: February, 22, 2017 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CET

For import and export activities, companies are increasingly using the maritime mode that now accounts for almost 70% of worldwide trade. In this scenario, strategic planning and logistic choices of SMEs need to be based on an accurate consideration of geo-economic changes and emergent players in the shipping industry and maritime logistics. How to deal with China’s major presence in the Mediterranean and in the transport sector? What kind of impact is expected from the new Suez Canal on cost/time transportation? How could technology and the new competitiveness among Ports improve logistic performances? Significance and implications of these phenomena for SMEs will be presented and discussed during the webinar.

Relator: Mr. Massimo Deandreis

General Manager, Economic Research Center - SRM related with Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group & President, Italian Society of Business Economists - GEI

From 1995 to 2000 Massimo served as Head of the Italian Chamber of Commerce delegation to the European Union. In 2001 he was appointed General Manager of the Piedmont Regional Chamber of Commerce in Turin, a position he held until October 2008. Since November 2008 he has worked for Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group where he served as Head of Cabinet of the President of the Bank; subsequently he was appointed General Manager of SRM, the position he currently holds. Massimo is currently contract professor of Business Management at the Department of Economics of the Turin University and he has recently been appointed President of the Italian Society of Business Economists. He graduated in International Economic Law at the University of Turin and earned a second degree in International and Diplomatic History.

Design Thinking applied to Education and Training

Date: January, 24, 2017 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CET

Many academic organisations and entrepreneurship academies are calling attention to the need for urgent changes in curricula and learning methods demanded by the continual social transformation of an increasingly technological world. Transversal skills such as the ability to think creatively and critically, take initiative and work collaboratively for common goals, are essential to guarantee a qualified and entrepreneurial workforce in Europe. In this educational context, Design Thinking proved to be an effective transversal learning tool. After briefly introducing the Design Thinking concept and how it is nowdays implemented in diverse fields ranging from education to business management, the webinar will explore the existence of different process models with a special attention to the Evolution 6 model and their applications to training sessions with companies, researchers and educators. The session will also summarize main findings and results of the first two years of the D-Think project, promoting a wider use of Design Thinking in Education and Training.

Relator: Dr. Katja Tschimmel

Partner and Consultant, MINDSHAKE

Katja Tschimmel is consultant and executive trainer, researcher and lecturer, coach and conference speaker. Having a Ph.D in Design and a Masters in Applied Creativity, Katja researches in the fields of Creative Thinking, Design Thinking and Creative Processes. She is the author of the Design Thinking model Evolution 6, which is licensed by Creative Commons, CC by-SA since 2015. Katja is the founder and partner of MINDSHAKE – Consultancy and Training of Creativity and Design Thinking. Currently she is Guest Professor at Porto Business School (Portugal) and at Laurea University (Finland). For 15 years she was Professor at ESAD, College of Arts and Design in Matosinhos (Portugal), where she is coordinating the research project D-THINK (Design Thinking Applied in Education and Training). 51 years old, German by birth and Portuguese by choice, Katja speaks fluent German, Portuguese, English and Spanish.

The meaning of Social Enterprise for the economic and social development

Date: September, 27, 2018 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - CET

During the last two decades social enterprises have acquired an increasing importance both within the academia and in the real world as an example of efficient enterprise, able to manage the emerging economic and social challenges. When we talk about social enterprises (SEs), we refer to nonprofit organizations pursuing a social objective through an economic activity. Social Cooperatives (cooperative sociali) in Italy, Collective Interest Companies (Société coopérative d’intérêt) in France, Social initiative cooperatives (Cooperativas de iniciativa social – CIS) in Spain are examples of SEs.
The webinar will analyse the main characteristics of SEs and their potential for competitiveness that could represent a pattern to develop a future economic activity.
In particular the session will explore the example of Italian social cooperatives by answering the following three main questions: what are social enterprises? what are the main futures of SEs? how is it possible to develop a SE?

Relator: Mr. Simone Poledrini

Adjunct Professor of Management of Innovation, Department of Economics - University of Perugia

Simone Poledrini is an Adjunct Professor of Management of Innovation at the Department of Economics at the University of Perugia in Italy. He holds both a PhD (University of Perugia, Italy) and a M.Sc. (University of Sussex, UK) in Management of Innovation. His research interest is nonprofit with a particular focus on civil society organizations and social enterprises. Simone is currently involved in the CostAction research Project “EMPOWER-SE”, while he was previously involved in the ICSEM Project (International Comparative Social Enterprise Models) where he was part of the Italian team. He spent some time as visiting researcher in European universities research centers, such as the Centre d'Economie Sociale (Centre for Social Economy) of the University of Liège in Belgium, and the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain. Simone’s lecturing experience is in the field of Management of Innovation and Nonprofit Organizations. Since 2010 he has been teaching Management of Innovation at a master level at the University of Perugia.

From knowledge to market: how to pitch R&D results

Date: July, 09, 2018 | From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - CEST

We are all familiar with the elevator pitch of a start-up, but presenting research results to rise money or interest is something new we are not used at. Scientists and researchers are good in presenting at conferences, but the experience shows that they often fail when pitching to a different audience than peers. This webinar is designed for the ones having the responsibility to work with researchers and help them to progress along the “from knowledge to market” value chain turning R&D results into use, paving the way towards innovations and contributing to SMEs competitiveness, growth and employment. Participants will be guided through what to know when pitching research results knowing that a R&D result is different from a start-up. It is about addressing challenges and problems, the added value we provide, and explaining how we will mobilise a change (novel service/product/etc.) and who we target, who our “customers” are.

Relator: Mr. Andrea Di Anselmo

Vice President & Founding Member, META & Vice President, INSME –The International Network for SMEs

Andrea Di Anselmo is a founding member of META. He has 25 years of experience in innovation and startup support gained participating to international projects and influencing strategic addresses as member of the BoD of intermediary organizations, research institutes, Business Angels Networks and SMEs. He is in the Board of Directors of META Ventures, the management company operating the Ingenium seed funds in Italy, Slovenia and Poland. Andrea is also Vice President of INSME.

Government Interventions in the SME Sector: Justification, Essential Policy Elements, and Evaluations Modalities

Date: April, 20, 2018 | From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - CEST

The merits of government interventions are intrinsically linked with one’s view of how free markets work, as well as with one’s view of the government’s role in free markets. The general case is made that government interventions must be justified by evidence of market failures. Using the U.S. SBA Act as an example, the specific case is made for government interventions in the SME sector. A deep knowledge about SMEs – who they are, where they are, what they do, etc. – should be the guiding light determining not only the effectiveness but also the sufficiency of government interventions in the SME sector. Assessing the impacts of these interventions is best and most efficiently achieved by leveraging existing Administrative Data that are generated as part of implementing these interventions, and linking these micro-level observations to secondary or statistical micro data available across government agencies. This modality, if correctly implemented, has the potential of shifting the empirical and cost paradigm of how government learns what works and what does not.

Relator: Mr. Giuseppe Gramigna

SME Expert and Chief Economist
United States of America

Giuseppe’s work focuses on the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. He advises national, multilateral and non- profit entities on how to best assist SMEs. His areas of expertise include: (i) national SME policies, (ii) designing SME assistance programs, (iii) program benchmarking, performance and impact evaluations, (iv) portfolio credit risk monitoring and assessments, (v) portfolio and partner risk management. Giuseppe works with international organizations such as the OECD, APEC, ASEAN, and the World Bank. He serves on the scientific committees of several academic institutions and publications. He also serves on the advisory board of several non-profit entities that assist SMEs. At the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe serves as the Agency’s Chief Economist, where he advises the Agency on economic trends affecting small businesses, and leads research on economic impact evaluations and strategic planning. He also serves as the U.S. Permanent Delegate and Vice Chair to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship.

Blockchain and trust in the Internet of Things era: a unique business opportunity

Date: March, 28, 2018 | From 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. - CEST

One of the most dramatic revolutions in the Internet era is one that we didn’t see: the large-scale adoption of computational trust between digital systems. For centuries, human trust has been at the roots of commerce, politics, and war. Today these relations are handled by digital systems, such as e-commerce and banking platforms, which must communicate through computational trust principles. The advent of IoT is further pushing ahead the need for trusted communication between systems, opening new, unique business opportunities for automated and smart-contracts regulated transactions.

Relator: Mr. Stefano Pepe

CEO & Co-Founder, Uniquid Inc.

Stefano Pepe is CEO and co-founder of Uniquid Inc., a software company that provides identity and access management tools for Internet of Things devices. He grew up working as an independent web developer during the '00 and web marketing specialist during the '10. Since 2013 works with the same passion for the Bitcoin and blockchain business. TEDx speaker, panelist and public speaker on the argument, he published the book "Investire Bitcoin" in the fall 2014.