Integrity & Ethics, a never ending story. Even after a whole day of training in Antwerp there is still much to be said and learned about Business Ethics and Integrity. Our speakers have therefore responded enthusiastically to our request to get started with this themes during our conference. Some because it is their working field. And others because it is inextricably linked with the job they perform. We are proud that just this conference takes place in The Hague, The Netherlands. A city that is inextricably linked to global ethics; the International Criminal Court has its headquarters in this city, the beautiful Peace Palace is in this city and The Hague is home to the Dutch parliament and government. And we all know that politics is full of ethical questions. Participation in this conference ensures listening to interesting speakers, visiting stunning locations and having exceptional, unforgettable encounters with your international colleagues. We now thank all our partners and sponsors who have pledged their full cooperation and creative and valuable contributions in advance, so we look forward to a great event.
Best regards, IMA Netherlands
As a youngster Kees Cools simultaneously studied business economics, philosophy, became a chartered accountant and obtained a PhD in finance. Meanwhile he has become a famous professor in corporate finance and governance at TIAS School for Business and Society at Tilburg University. Kees built a career in international strategy consulting with a focus on corporate strategy, finance and organizational assignments. He was a member of the first Corporate Governance Monitoring Committee in the Netherlands and has held several supervisory positions.
Professor Ronald Jeurissen (1958) is professor on Business Ethics at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. The business ethics chair at Nyenrode is the oldest such chair in Europe and was established in 1985. Ronald is also member of the Nyenrode Corporate Governance Institute. On top of that he is also director of the European Institute of Business Ethics (EIBE).
Ronald Jeurissen will guide us through the world of intercultural differences when it comes to business ethics. Do we all agree on ‘what is right to do’? Or do we sometimes disagree? We all act and react from different cultural backgrounds. To Ronald Jeurissen this is one of the most interesting topics to speak about when it comes to business ethics.
Zelda la Grange was born in apartheid South Africa. After her secondary education, she completed a 3-year National Diploma. She started her career in 1992 at the Department of State Expenditure and in 1994 applied for a job in the Office of the first democratic Presidency. Together with Professor Jakes Gerwel, Zelda was the only other founding staff member of the post-Presidential Office of Mr Nelson Mandela from where the Nelson Mandela Foundation was established. Zelda served President Mandela in various capacities over 19 years including Executive Personal Assistant, Spokesperson, Manager of Stakeholder relations, Aide-de-camp and Manager of his private office until his death on 5 December 2013.
Patrick van Veen studied Biology at the biology faculty of the University of Utrecht. He graduated in 1993 in Social Biology. He worked as a free lancer for social organisations, the government and the University of Utrecht. In 1996, he made a radical turn. He decided to pursue a real career this time and joined an insurance company, where he held various positions, studied and specialised as a project manager. He took part in a management development program. In 2002, he became an independent biologist again and started his own company. He advises enterprises, gives lectures and organises corporate workshops on social behaviour. He organises training sessions for managers in co-operation with the Apenheul Zoo. His mission is to make managers and entrepreneurs aware of our biological behaviour.
In the vision of George Parker moderating a conference is more than introducing and thanking speakers for their contribution. He is highly experienced in turning a conference into a coherent frame story, in which content, people and topics are all connected. George is an expert in combining relevant, original content with supporting entertainment, like comedy, stand-up illusions, audience-participation and story-telling. By doing so he speaks to the imagination of his audience and creates memories that will stimulate positive change.