The latest thinking on global leadership from experts in the field

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Turbulence has emerged as the new normal. A critical, underlying human assumption about leading is that we are traversing or mobilizing from some current state toward a new state. Often this new state will be characterized as stable or predictable. But, what if the mindset of leading from turbulence to stability is antiquated? What if 'stable' never comes? Leadership in Turbulent Times will consider what turbulence means, and what it demands for effectively leading in a humane world of resilient communities and thriving organizations. Gather with your colleagues in Brussels this October as we challenge existing assumptions and propose new ones. Let's marshal our individual and collective intelligence and advance the world's understanding and practices of leading in turbulence.

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Margaret Heffernan Robert Lord Stella Nkomo George Papandreou David Petraeus Herman Van Rompuy Jeroen van der Veer

Lead Faculty, Forward Institute; Acclaimed author of Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril
Robert Lord

Professor of Leadership, Business School, Durham University, United Kingdom
Stella Nkomo

Professor, Department of Human Resource Management, University of Pretoria; President, Africa Academy of Management
George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011)
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 Van 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....

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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


Would recommend the ILA annual global conference after attending


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