Prof. Dr. Christian Busch, NYU Professor and Author, The Serendipity Mindset
Prof. Dr. Christian Busch loves connecting ideas and people. He is the bestselling author of “The Serendipity Mindset: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck” (German version: “Erfolgsfaktor Zufall”) – “a wise, exciting, and life-changing book” (Arianna Huffington) that provides “excellent practical guidance for all” (Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever) – and his work focuses on sustainable innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and serendipity. He is the director of the CGA Global Economy Program at New York University (NYU), and also teaches at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is a cofounder of Leaders on Purpose and the Sandbox Network, and a former director of LSE’s Social Innovation Lab. His work has been featured by outlets such as the Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Guardian, and the BBC. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Expert Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and on the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 thinkers “most likely to shape the future.”
Jean is the founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite. Over the last 17 years, she has worked with partners to lead the incubation and start-up of several global initiatives, including: The Elders, The B Team, The Carbon War Room (successfully merged with the RMI), The Africa Donor Collective, Ocean Unite (now ORRAA), The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, and 100% Human at Work. Jean also served as a Partner in the Virgin Group leading their people strategy. Jean spent seventeen years living and working on six continents to start and help lead mobile phone companies in South Africa, Colombia, Bulgaria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and the US. She was the joint CEO of Virgin Mobile in Australia prior to starting Virgin Unite.
Jean holds several advisory board roles, including The Elders, Vintro, Vatican Humanity 2.0, and the Sara Blakely Foundation. She is on the boards of RMI, The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, AID Live, Unite BVI Foundation, The B Team, Penn State Board of Visitors, and Just Capital. She is also honoured to be a B Team leader. She is the author of Partnering and co-founded Plus Wonder to spark more meaningful deep connections and collaborations in the world.
Prof. Dr. Michael Bordt SJ ist Mitglied des Jesuitenordens und lehrt an der Hochschule für Philosophie in München. Er ist Vorstand des Instituts für Philosophie und Leadership und bietet Beratung, Begleitung und Workshops für Führungskräfte in Spitzenpositionen großer Konzerne wie der BMW Group, der Deutschen Börse AG oder der ThyssenKrupp AG an. Mittelständische Unternehmen berät und begleitet er in Fragen der Familiennachfolge. Bordt studierte Philosophie und Theologie u.a. in München und Oxford, wo er promoviert worden ist, und nahm Forschungsstipendien an der Universität Princeton und der Columbia University, New York, wahr.
Von 2005 bis 2011 war er Präsident der Hochschule für Philosophie in München. Er ist Autor zahlreicher Bücher, u.a. „Die Kunst, sich selbst auszuhalten“ (2013), „Die Kunst, sich selbst zu verstehen“ (2015), „Die Kunst, die Eltern zu enttäuschen“ (2017) und „Die Kunst unserer Sehnsucht zu folgen“ (2020).2020
Executive coach Hein Dijksterhuis has closely worked together with Reboot, a coaching company for entrepreneurs. Hein is a partner of the Global Leaders Academy and NOW.Partners an innovation oriented consulting firm. lntensely interested in the human experience, he guides individuals and organizations through transitions while stepping more fully into their lives. As a speaker and workshop facilitator, he is engaging on topics of leadership, teamwork, innovation, high performance and transformative change and has presented in a variety of gatherings and venues including MIT, Nyenrode Business School, the Free University and TEDx. He is a former world champion sailing and published several books about personal and organizational transformation.
Peter Bregman is CEO of Bregman Partners Inc. a company that helps CEOs to inspire collective action for their organisation’s most important work. He is the bestselling author of “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done”, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as one of the top 10 business books. He graduated from Princton and Columbia University.
Kevin Cashman is a best-selling author, top-ten thought leader, keynote speaker, global CEO coach and pioneer of the “grow the whole person to grow the whole leader” approach to transformative leadership. He is founder of LeaderSource Ltd and the Chief Executive Institute, recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs globally. In 2006, LeaderSource joined Korn Ferry, where Kevin is now Senior Partner, CEO & Executive Development. He has written six books books and is a leadership columnist for Forbes.com.
Starting as a physical therapist at Hertha BSC, Tom moved on to study osteopathy while leading a rehab center in Berlin. In 2008 he opened his own private clinic for osteopathic medicine in the German capital and began teaching at Littlejohn College for Osteopathic Medicine in Hannover. In 2014 he completed his master of science in osteopathy in Vienna. Since 2016 he teaches osteopathy at the Dresden International University’s Berlin campus. Previously focused on healing diseases, Tom’s drive is now to understand what lifestyle factors and past experiences make the body and mind sick and to develop personalized strategies together with his patients to help them regain energy and health.
Dr. Dr. Matthias Ehrhardt
Matthias has extensive experience in building up, restructuring, investing in, and growing companies in diverse industries such as media, training, education, and high tech. Matthias has a master of administration studies (M.A.S.), a master in media psychology (M.A.), a PhD in law (Dr. iur.), and another PhD in art history (Dr. phil.) from the University of Munich. He is an alumnus of both IESE Business School’s AMP and Columbia Business School’s CIBE programs and is currently enrolled in Harvard Business School’s Owners and Presidents Program (OPM). Matthias has attended IESE’s International Faculty Program (IFP), the Columbia Coaching Certification Program (CCCP), and is a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching (ICPA) at Harvard Medical School.
Lenard F. Krawinkel
Studied medicine in Budapest and film direction in Munich and Paris. Lenard is an award winning filmmaker with a particular passion for animated characters and a great love for real people with big dreams. Before he founded the Berlin based social mobile company Zoobe in 2008, he had cofounded the animation studio Ambient Entertainment in 2000. The studio was a pioneer in producing CG animated feature films such as “Back to Gaya” which was the first in Europe and distributed by Warner Bros. When Apple hit the market with the iPhone in 2008, Lenard saw a big opportunity for new formats of storytelling. Zoobe became the world leader in character voice messaging with 250 million videos. As Far As is an attempt to connect entrepreneurs and investors from different worlds to master our challenges in the age of digital transformation.