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ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum 2016 & General Assembly
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ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum 2016 & General Assembly

2nd ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum and our Annual General Assembly 2016 in Brussels.

Date 19 May 2016
Host ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
Venue Management Centre Europe, Brussels, Belgium
Focus Connecting our Network to identify exciting Project Opportunities


On 19 May 2016 ABIS hosted its Annual General Assembly and 2nd Knowledge Into Action Forum in Brussels, Belgium.

The General Assembly served as the network’s most important strategy meeting, in which the Board and management presented headlines and achievements from the previous year and outline the priorities, milestones and engagement opportunities for the upcoming months.

The Knowledge Into Action Forum, which followed immediately afterwards, offered a completely different dynamic. The energy and ideas of individual Members underpinned its programme, which included the following three blocks:

  1. Insight Sessions – a corporate focused marketplace where small group or one-to-one meetings enabled corporate members to source new academic insights and thinking around emerging strategic challenges and issues; 
  2. Resource Opportunities – a helicopter view on a wide range of funding schemes and key success criteria to support business-academic collaboration;
  3. Engagement Workshops – a series of in-depth roundtable presentations of concrete initiatives in development, through which their champions can find supporting partners, “reality check” objectives and materiality, and build awareness of their project within the network.











(All times local)



Registration & Welcome


Annual General Assembly


Coffee Break


Introduction & Objectives for the Day


  • Joris-Johann Lenssen - Managing Director, ABIS


Plenary Session I: Latest insights from the private sector / philanthropic funding landscape


  • Gerry Salole - Chief Executive, European Foundation Center
  • Sherif Hassane - Director Government Affairs - Global Issues, GlaxoSmithKline


Knowledge Exchange Session: Business-academic dialogues addressing strategic challenges and themes which are shaping current corporate members’ thinking and practice

  • KS 1 - Accenture: New Skills & Competences for a Circular Economy, and the Implications for Business Education
  • KS 2 - GlaxoSmithKline: Global Leadership Development: Capacity Building Partnerships between Developed & Emerging Countries
  • KS 3 - ING: How Business Schools Educate and Develop Future Entrepreneurs for Sustainability
  • KS 4 - Johnson & Johnson: Stakeholder Strategy and Sustainability: Assessing Collaborative Impact and Defining New Governance Models to Increase Societal Impact
  • KS 5 - Mazars: The Future Role of Boards in Sustainable Corporate Value Creation
  • KS 6 - Solvay: Steering Product Portfolios to Higher Sustainability Levels through Science and Education
  • KS 7 - Unilever: The Sustainable Living Plan and New Models of Purposeful Leadership Development





Plenary Session II: Latest insights from the public sector / EU funding landscape


  • Dr. Laurent Ghys - Scientific Collaborator, ERC & MSCA National Contact Point in Belgium
  • Prof. Nigel Berkeley - H2020 ECO-SOC Panel Expert, Coventry University
  • Maria Laura Fornaci - Senior Consultant European Projects, ISTUD Foundation


Room Change


Engagement Workshops I: Focused project development sessions led by academic members around specific themes and funding opportunities


Room Change & Coffee Break


Engagement Workshops II

WS 5

Leuphana University: 

Big Data Analytics for Sustainable Supply Chains

WS 6

I4S Partners: 

Perspectives and practices of Circular Economy

WS 7

Coventry University:

Economics of Cybersecurity

WS 8

Stellenbosch University: 

Responsible Management Education in Africa



Room Change & Coffee Break


Engagement Workshops III



    Summary & Close of the Forum



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