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Public event

Leadership in Complex Markets: Dealing with Conflict and Fragility across Sectorial Divides

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Leadership in Complex Markets:

Dealing with conflict and fragility across sectorial divides

Date & time: Tuesday, 5 November 2013, 16.30-18.30, followed by a reception.

Location: Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva

Registration: Please register at www.gpplatform.ch

 

Background

This event builds on the work of the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR) preparing company managers for assignments and operations in conflict-affected and fragile states. Recognizing that an ever growing part of business will take place in fragile environments over the next few decades, NIR decided that a significant effort was necessary to better prepare business leaders and managers for the challenges of corporate operations in violent and fragile settings. Since early 2012, NIR has been leading a major cross-sectorial and institutional effort drawing together practical experience and expert insights from the fields of peacebuilding, security, human rights, corporate responsibility and business management. It conducted more than 100 interviews with general managers and senior executives representing over 35 international companies, and compiled more than a dozen case stories. The results of these efforts are now presented in the book Management in Complex Environments: Questions for Leaders.

Building from these efforts, this event wishes to reflect on the urgency to find practical responses to cross-sectorial approaches to the challenge of conflict, fragility, and poverty. There remains a large communication gap between business and multilateral, governmental or non-governmental actors about their engagement in violent and fragile contexts. The panel discussion focuses on the challenges of understanding complex environments and the practical needs to enhance the exchange of analysis across institutions and sectors.

Speakers

  • Sofia Birkestad Svingby, Director Operations, International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR)

  • Brian Ganson, Senior Researcher at the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement of the University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town, and Associate Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding of the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Panel Discussion

  • Christine Batruch, Vice President Social Responsibility, Lundin Petroleum, Geneva

  • Amanda Ellis, Head of Mission, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New Zealand Permanent Mission, and former Head of the New Zealand Aid Programme

  • Jean-Louis Arcand, Professor of Economics, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

  • Aileen Ionescu-Somers, Director of the Learning Platform of the Centre on Sustainable Leadership, IMD Business School, Lausanne

 

         

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