Edition 2020

 Leaders Meeting Paris 2020 Web Talks

The LEADERS MEETING PARIS 2020 Web Talks is a premium online seminar. You will be presented with two fascinating and challenging keynotes by exceptional speakers who are each leaders in their respective fields, along with the possibility to ask questions and debate this topic.

The theme of this online talk show will be “Meaningful Connections”. In these challenging times, which are subjecting our economy, governments, and society as a whole to a significant stress test, there is an ever-louder call for “meaningful connections”.

We are delighted to share the programme with you:

Friday 20 November 2020

8.00 AM | Official Opening by our host Ms. Lynn Wesenbeek

Lynn Wesenbeek, TV personality

Lynn Wesenbeek started her TV career on screen as a journalist at the Flemish commercial TV station, VTM. One of the shows she presented was the “Royalty” programme, in which she reported on European monarchies. After that, she worked on the editorial staff of the “Telefacts” news show, while from 2004 to 2012 she was news anchor at “Het Nieuws”. Leaving VTM, Lynn Wesenbeek works, still to this day, as an independent journalist. Further she also co-founded the Belgian Federation for Robotics in 2015 and in 2018 she returned to television as a journalist for Flemish business TV channel, Kanaal Z. In that same year she wrote the book “50 Tinten Wijs”. Lynn Wesenbeek is currently a Member of the Board of Directors at VRT, the Flemish public broadcaster, and also leads debates as a moderator.

8.05 AM | Introduction on this year’s Leaders Meeting Paris 2020 Web Talks
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8.10 AM | Webtalk with Dr. Marianne De Backer, Member of the Bayer AG Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee & Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy, Business Development & Licensing

Marianne De Backer, Member of the Bayer AG Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee & Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy, Business Development & Licensing

Dr. Marianne De Backer has been a strategist, scientist, business leader, deal maker and corporate investor in the healthcare industry for more than two decades. Prior to joining Bayer, Dr. De Backer had an impressive career path at Johnson&Johnson (JNJ). As a scientist and R&D group leader, she was named as inventor on five patent applications. In 2018 and 2020 she was elected as one of the Most Influential Women in Business as well as Women of Influence in Silicon Valley, in 2016 she was nominated to the PharmaVoice100 list as “change agent” and to the Women In Bio “Boardroom Ready” class. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Gladstone Foundation, Ecohealth Alliance and Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (ARWR). Dr. De Backer was born in Belgium and holds an MBA from Erasmus University Rotterdam, a PhD in Biotechnology and Master in Engineering from the University of Ghent, and a MSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Brussels.

8.30 AM | Musical Intermezzo with Wanthanee, Singer-songwriter

Wanthanee Wadngam, Singer-songwriter

A classically trained violinist who, by her own words, knows little of the contemporary music scene and started playing guitar because her roommates could not appreciate the sound of a violin? With that information alone nobody would give Wanthanee Wadngam a single chance of winning Studio Brussels “De Nieuwe lichting”. Yet she did. She won this national competition in 2016. With her acoustic guitar and impressive voice, she benumbed hords of crowds at major festivals (Pukkelpop, Leffingeleuren, Crammerock) and passed through basically every venue in Belgium. In 2021 she will release her first debut album “W A N T H A N E E. This will be a gem that confirms Wanthanee more than ever as… herself. Her broad, warm voice still reaches out like a comforting shoulder while the rich arrangements pull the listener more than ever into her thoughts, her view of life, and her universe.

8.35 AM | Webtalk with Prof. Frederik Anseel, Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Research, UNSW Business School, Sydney, moderated by Ms. Isabel Albers, General Editor of De Tijd & L'Echo.

Frederik Anseel, Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Research, UNSW Business School, Sydney

Frederik Anseel is Professor of Management and Dean of Research at UNSW Business School, Sydney. In the past, he has held academic appointments at Ghent University, Bocconi University, ESSEC Business School and King’s College London. His research has been featured in public media such as the Harvard Business Review, the BBC, Science, Psychology Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. Frederik’s work has won several awards, including an Academy of Management Best Paper award and he is an elected Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). Frederik has several years of industry experience, having founded and managed two consulting firms, and has contributed to leadership development and performance management initiatives in a variety of industries such as banking, healthcare, consulting, government, energy management and manufacturing.

Isabel Albers, General Editor De Tijd & L’Echo

Isabel Albers is the general editor of De Tijd, L’Echo, Netto-Mon Argent and Sabato and a is a well-known opinion leader and moderator on economy and politics . Before she took on the role of general editor, she had been leading the newsroom of De Tijd since 2011. She modernized and digitalized De Tijd and L’Echo successfully with the respective editorial teams; L’Echo and De Tijd enjoy a rapidly growing audience whilst the news market is under pressure. She previously worked as a journalist and chief of politics for De Standaard newspaper (1997-2011), writing on companies and politics

9.00 AM | Closing of the 2020 Web Talks edition of Leaders Meeting Paris

*Leaders Meeting Paris is a yearly three-day event bringing together Belgian business leaders, politicians, and inspiring people from the cultural and academic worlds, focusing on a particular topic. It normally takes place in Paris, but due to the pandemic this year, the event cannot be organized in the best conditions.

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