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2017 Plenaries

ILA conferences have a reputation for depth, breadth, and excellence. Each conference offers plenary speakers with diverse roots, unique perspectives, and innovative approaches to leadership. Leadership Scholars share recent research and developments in the field while Business Leaders delve into their challenges and triumphs, lighting a path to best practices, and Public Leaders & Change-Agents explore the impacts effective leadership has on individuals and communities in their own backyard and around the world. Plenary speakers at ILA's annual global conference share their passion for leadership with a global community.


Herman Van Rompuy Herman Van Rompuy
Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009), President of the European Council (2009-2014)
David Petraeus David Petraeus
Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (2011-2012)
Margaret Heffernan Margaret Heffernan
Acclaimed author of Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril
Jeroen van der Veer Jeroen van der Veer
Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell plc (2004-2009)
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*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.



Herman Van Rompuy
October 13 | 9:00 - 10:15


Herman Van Rompuy's impressive career in politics includes his roles as the first full-time President of the European Council (2009-2014) and the Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009). He is currently the President of the European Policy Center, an independent think tank dedicated to "fostering European integration through analysis and debate" and "engaging partners, stakeholders, and citizens in EU policy-making and in the debate about the future of Europe." Some of their areas of focus include migration and diversity, and sustainable prosperity.

Prior to his ascension to Belgian Prime Minister, Van Rompuy was well-known for his ability to broker peaceful solutions to intractable disagreements that involved compromise from all parties involved. This skill, combined with his political expertise, and his background in philosophy and economics, served him well as President of the European Council where he led through integration issues ranging from cultural to financial.

A complex renaissance thinker, he is a published and award-winning poet known for his haikus — an art form perfect for today's busy complex world in its ability to inspire meditative thought arising from its seeming simplicity. A contemplative speaker, a recent talk given at TEDxLeuven asks, "Can the European Union Achieve Utopia?"

Van Rompuy has received numerous awards, honors, and honorary degrees. In 2012, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the European Union with José Manuel Barroso and Martin Schulz.

Herman Van Rompuy / EU leader and poet / keynoting Brussels

*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.

David Petraeus
October 14 | 9:00 - 10:15


David PetraeusGeneral (Retired) David H. Petraeus is one of the most prominent U.S. military figures of the post-9/11 era. During his 37-year career in the United States Army, Petraeus was widely recognized for his leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan. After his retirement from the military he served as Director of the CIA (2011-2012), during which time the Agency played the central role in a number of important achievements in the global war on terror.

Petraeus has been awarded numerous medals for his service, including the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and his leadership has been widely recognized. He was named one of America's 25 Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report, was a runner-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year, and was one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 public intellectuals.

In addition to graduating with distinction from the United States Military Academy – West Point, Petraeus earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a frequent TV commentator on global security and economic issues appearing and, in recent years, his pieces have been published in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.

Petraeus is now a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and Chair of the KKR Global Institute. He is a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center.

Margaret Heffernan
October 15 | 12:15 - 13:30


Margaret Heffernan Margaret Heffernan produced programs for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the United States where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company, and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation, and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the "Top 25" by Streaming Media magazine and one of the "Top 100 Media Executives" by The Hollywood Reporter.

The author of five books, Heffernan's third book, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for A Bigger Prize: Why Competition Isn't Everything and How We Do Better, described as "meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault." Her TED talks have been seen by over seven million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. She is Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute's Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times, the New York Observer and the Huffington Post. Learn more at: www.mheffernan.com.


Jeroen van der Veer
October 15 | 12:15 - 13:30


Jeroen van der Veer Jeroen van der Veer was named Chief Executive of what is now Royal Dutch Shell plc in 2004 amid a corporate fraud scandal. He quickly applied his signature style of steady pragmatic leadership to right the ship, simplifying the organization's corporate structure, putting governance procedures into place to safeguard against future indiscretions, and introducing innovations in Shell's internal and external communications. Known for his listening skills and for being people-oriented, he describes his leadership style as getting people on a "path from A to B" and setting up milestones and accountability along the way. Born in 1947, he joined Shell in 1971 and spent most of his adult life a company man, developing his leadership style as he worked his way up Shell's corporate ladder.

Van der Veer retired in 2009 and, as an experienced energy sector leader, he has spent a portion of his post-retirement time working on issues related to energy demand, energy infrastructure, and clean energy with a focus on integrated solutions that make sense from a business, government, and research perspective. Toward that end, he has served as Chair of the World Economic Forum's New Energy Architecture, Platform Bèta Techniek, and the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. He is also on the executive committee of the European Institute of Technology and is Chair of ING and Royal Philips Electronics.

In 2009, van der Veer was honored by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as a Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau.