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More than 1,200 leadership coaches and consultants, educators and students, scholars and researchers, and public leaders and executives will attend Leadership In Turbulent Times October 12-15 in Brussels, Belgium. We invite you to come and share your unique perspectives and knowledge. Attending an ILA conference is a unique cross-sector, cross-cultural experience you won't find at any other leadership conference.

The world needs better leadership and ILA's mission of promoting a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practice for the greater good aims to make a difference. Come learn and contribute to more integrated leadership thinking, practices, and solutions that can positively impact our complex global and local environments.


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Margaret Heffernan David Petraeus Herman Van Rompuy Jeroen van der Veer
Margaret Heffernan

Acclaimed author of Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril
David Petraeus

General (Retired) U.S. Army; Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (2011-2012)
Herman Van Rompuy

Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009), President of the European Council (2009-2014)
Jeroen van der Veer

Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell plc (2004-2009)

*Special Notice: The former Prime Minister of Belgium, Herman von Rompuy, asks participants attending his keynote on Friday morning to honor and adhere to the Chatham House Rule. For those not familiar with this rule, it means that remarks may not be attributed to the speaker/s - the speech and comments made by others will be "off the record." Whereas participants can use the information presented, neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker/s can be revealed.


October 12 - 15, 2017



ILA has negotiated special rates for conference attendees at five hotels within walking distance of the SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre. Visit the ILA conference Hotel or Travel page for hotel information and booking deadlines or for airfare discounts.

Brussels, Belgium

SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre
Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


Jorrit Volkers
2017 Conference Chair,
Dean of Deloitte University
Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Our world seems increasingly connected and unpredictable. Rapidly occurring events in fragile areas of the world, once believed to be 'far away,' continually impact global society and local community, everywhere. An idea spawned in a basement in Stockholm can attract 100s of millions in capital and disrupt an entire industry across the globe. A local break-out of mosquito-borne virus can frustratingly migrate across a continent, yet we can track it by the hour and prepare. A political candidate's media-savvy can give voice to many, and threaten a political party and democratic system simultaneously. Social network technology can effectively aid in dislodging a brutal regime, yet be useless in creating a government to replace it. An online social network can be larger than a nation-state, disrupt an exploitive international corporate clothing campaign one day, and the next day be no more powerful than a chat-room. The internet of things can enhance remote health care, emergency response, and streamline logistics like never before, yet make entire communication/transportation grids vulnerable to 'hackerism'. Our ways of producing and consuming are moving into what is seen to be a promising 4th industrial revolution, and are threatening our planet's social and eco-stability at the same time....

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Patrick Sweet
2017 Conference Program Chair,
Co-Director, Leadership Alliance for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy – Center for Creative Leadership


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