2013 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

18th Annual Global Forum on
Business Driven Action Learning and Executive Development,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil






DETAILED PROGRAM SCHEDULE (*indicates confirmed)


19 May, Sunday, 2013


The Ipanema Hippie Fair (Feira Hipe)

Held in the Praça General Osório, in the Ipanema neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro Brazil, every Sunday since the 1960s. It started as a rather small affair, organized by Hippies to sell crafts and who knows what else.

Over the years, the Ipanema Hippie Fair has evolved into a major arts and crafts market, showing off the works of some of the city's best artisans.

It's held every Sunday, rain or shine, from 9am - 5pm. The Praça General Osório takes up an entire city block, bordered by the major streets Rua Visconde de Piraja and Rua Prudente de Morais. The smaller Rua Teixeira de Melo and Rua Jangadeiros, run to Ipanema beach and enclose Praça General Osório on its north and south sides. It's located in the northern section of Ipanema, two blocks from the beach, and pretty close to the southern end of Copacabana Beach.



Possible football (soccer) match from 17:00

19:00Registration, Welcome Reception and Light Dinner
(Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)



20 May, Monday, 2013

07:00Breakfast (Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)
08:00 - 09:00

Opening - In plenary (Room: Wayana 1st lower level)


Welcome and Program Overview

*Yury Boshyk, Chairman, The Global Forum and, The Global Executive Learning Network


Brazil Today: Observations From Away

*Miklos Vasarhelyi, KPMG Professor of AIS, Director CarLab, RARC, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, USA



Introduction to Brazilian Culture, and Business in Society
*Jussara N. Pereira de Souza and *Fernando Lanzer Pereira de Souza, LCO Partners, and Associate, The Global Executive Learning Network, The Netherlands and Brazil



09:00 - 09:45

Session 1 - In plenary

The Next Stage of Globalization


*Tony van Kralingen, Executive Committee Member, and Director, Supply Chain and Human Resources, SABMiller, U.K.

Emerging from South Africa after the end of apartheid to become a world leader in its industry, what are the challenges and opportunities facing the company, and for other global champions from emerging markets, in their next phase of globalization?

09:45 - 10:00Break
10:00 - 12:00

Session 2 - In plenary

Understanding the Many Varieties of Action Learning – A Roadmap to Present and Emerging Practices



Overview of the Varieties of Action Learning

*Yury Boshyk, Chairman, The Global Executive Learning Network, Canada


Action Reflection Learning

*Victoria Marsick, Professor of Education/Co-Director J.M. Huber Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA


"Classic" Action Learning and Recollections of Working with Action Learning's Founder, Reg Revans

*Verna J. Willis, Professor Emerita, Georgia State University, USA


Socially Driven Action Learning

*Christine Abbott, Board member, Institute of Leadership and Management, and ILM's Centre for Action Learning Facilitation, U.K.


The “Business Driven” in Business Driven Action Learning: What Business Challenges Are Addressed?

*Gunnar George, Compassion Communication, and Associate, Global Executive Learning Network, formerly Ericsson, Sweden
www.gel-net.com / www.com-passion.se
The prospect of real business results is often the reason to go for BDAL instead of a traditional program with lecturers and case studies. How can we further strengthen this central benefit of these programs? Here are some conclusions from having coached in total 57 multinational teams working with strategic business development assignments, 56 business challenges in 8 multinational companies experienced during seven years of facilitating Top Management Programs.

12:00 - 13:00Lunch (Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)
13:00 - 15:00

Session 3

Global and Latin American Company Strategies and Their Impact on Executive Development
Galleria Walk format



*George Consolver, former Director of Texas Instruments Strategy Process and President and CEO of Consolver Consulting, USA


Strategic Learning Today

*Victoria Marsick, Professor, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, USA


General Electric

*Christian Cetera, GE Global Operations, Learning and Development Director for GE Latin America, and *Izabel Cortez, Human Resources,GE Energy Management, Brazil

*Andrea Fuchslocher, Head of Human Resources and Corporate Development, Chile


Swedish Multinational Companies: Why Are They So Successful?

*Gunnar George, Compassion Communication, and Associate, The Global Executive Learning Network, formerly Ericsson, Sweden


The success of IKEA, H&M, Ericsson, Atlas Copco, Sandvik, Scania, Volvo, Electrolux, Skanska, Tetra Pak, Skype, Spotify and many other Swedish multinational companies lies in the culture. This is an in-depth explanation and discussion of this culture and management style where openness and trust are fundamental. These values have evolved over the last thousand years and have roots in the Viking era. It is a culture that is quite different from those where people always ask themselves ”What’s in it for me?”


15:00 - 15:30Break
15:30 - 17:30

Session 4

Trends in Management and Executive Education and Development: Part 1

(Part II on Thursday, Session 19)
Galleria Walk format



Management and Executive Education in Germany

*Bernhard Hauser, BHCG.impact.network and chair in Action Learning and Change Management, University of Applied Management, Germany, and author of a recent and highly regarded publication on Action Learning (in German)

Implementing Action Learning at MIT: Lessons Learned and Future Steps

*Michellana Jester, Action Learning Program Manager and Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School, USA


Open and Online Executive Programs in South Africa

*Willemien Law, Director of Executive Development, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa


Defining Executive Requirements

*Lori Bartels, Director of Talent Management at Applied Materials and Scott Saslow, President, Institute of Executive Development, and Associate, The Global Executive Learning Network, USA
http://www.execsight.com / www.gel-net.com
Understanding an organization's strategy and business imperatives, identifying the executive capabilities and experiences required, and determining how to build them is a challenging process, yet becomes even more difficult in industries that are evolving rapidly and with constantly changing senior leadership teams. We will discuss the barriers along the journey and the approach taken.


 Global Public Goods: The Future of Knowledge and New Skills for Leaders

*Veronique Kabongo, Lead Learning Officer, Knowledge -- Sustainable Development,  World Bank Group, USA


"Session 5 - In plenary

Experiencing Collective Learning–Brazilian Percussion Workshop

19:00 - 19:30

In plenary

Partner's Program Learning Review

19:30Departure to Fogo de Chão Botafogo Restaurant



21 May, Tuesday, 2013

07:00Breakfast (Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)
08:30 - 09:00

Session 6 - In plenary at tables (Room: Wayana 1st lower level)

 After Action Learning Review

09:00 - 10:00

Session 7 

Competitive Brazil: An Example of an Entrepreneurial Technology Culture

In Plenary


Odebrecht Company: *Jairo Flor, Corporate Leader, People & Organization, Odebrecht Holding, Brazil

Odebrecht is ranked as Latin America's top engineering and construction company and one of the world's 30 largest service exporters. In existence for over 70 years, it is also Latin America’s largest petrochemical and ethanol producer. The company’s culture and values are unique.

10:00 - 10:30Break
10:30 - 12:30

Session 8

Hot Topics: New Growth and Development Opportunities with a Special Focus on Africa, and the Middle East
Galleria Walk format



*Paolo Gallo, World Bank Group, USA
Large Scale Interventions in Africa: The Case of Zimbabwe


*Jennifer Morris, Head, Talent and Capability, Standard Bank Group, South Africa


*Gerrit Walters, Senior Manager Executive Development, Eskom Leadership Institute, Eskom, South Africa


*Brian Isaacson, Director, Aligned Leadership, South Africa

Middle East Experiences: GlocAL in the Gulf--Action Learning Insights, Eight years in Abu Dhabi, Oman and an unsettled Bahrain.


*Fernando Lanzer Pereira de Souza, LCO Partners, and Associate, The Global Executive Learning Network, The Netherlands and Brazil
Lessons Learned from the Middle East



*Lee, Seong Chul, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, *Sam, Sung-in-Hur, Associate, Global HRD Team, and *Kwang Oh Kim, General Manager & Head of the Global HRD Team, Hyundai, S. Korea

Developing Global Core Talents through Action Learning at Hyundai Motor Group
 In it's first step to develop core talents around the world, Hyundai Motor Group has initiated a Global Professional Program (GPP). The program is composed of 3 steps and action learning takes place in the final stage to assist participants in incorporating their academic understanding into actual practice.

12:00 - 13:00Lunch (Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)
13:00 - 14:00

Session 9 - In plenary at tables

Action Learning Sets: Introduction and Guide to Facilitation



Facilitated by *Christine Abbott, Board member, Institute of Leadership and Management, and ILM's Centre for Action Learning Facilitation, and co-author of the recent publication (with Mike Pedler) Facilitating Action Learning, U.K.

14:00 - 14:15Break

Session 10

Visit to Christ The Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain

17:30 - 18:30

Session 11

The Next Generation of Brazilian Leaders: A Discussion
In Plenary


Four student members from the *Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC) and from the *Federal University of Rio de Janiero will join us for a discussion on the present and future of Brazil. Some of the students joining us wil be:

*Vilson Alves - AIESEC - Federal University of Bahia - Economics student

*Dafne Sartorio - AIESEC - Federal University of Rio de JAneiro - International Relations student

*Juliana Di Lello - Audiovisual & Cinema Studies, Universidade Federal Fluminense

*Tainara Campanini da Silva - AIESEC - Federal Technological University of Paraná - Environmental Engineering student



Dinner in the hotel (Room: Wayana 1st lower level),
Global Forum/Robert L. Dilworth Awards for Outstanding Achievement
followed by a Samba show




22 May, Wednesday, 2013

07:00Breakfast (Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)
08:00 - 08:30Session 12 - In plenary at tables (Room: Wayana 1st lower level)

Facilitating Action Learning Sets

*Christine Abbott, Board member, Institute of Leadership and Management, and ILM's Centre for Action Learning Facilitation

08:30 - 09:30

Session 13 

Latin America's Future: Children and Education

In Plenary

 *Naira Collaneri, Ayrton Senna Institute, Brazil

The Instituto Ayrton Senna or IAS (Ayrton Senna Institute) is a Brazilian Non-Government Organization founded by Ayrton Senna's family in November 1994, six months after Senna's death in a Formula One accident. The Institute's goal is to create opportunities for human development focusing on children and young Brazilians, in cooperation with businesses, governments, municipalities, schools, universities and Non-Governmental Organizations.

09:30 - 09:45Break
09:45 - 12:00

Session 14

Career and Life Changes: Wisdom Panel

In Plenary



* Barbara Gutmann, Volkswagen, Germany


*Per L. Wingerup, Vice President, Learning & Development and International HR, CBS Corporation, USA
Renewal: Taking a travelling family “sabbatical” and what I experienced and learned


*Björn Thomas Atterstam, Boomtags, formerly Prudential, U.K.

My Corporate Detox Book Project


*Paolo Gallo, World Bank Group, USA


*Andrew Johnson, General Manager, Eskom Leadership Institute, Office of the Chief Executive, Eskom, South Africa


*Linda Myers, Global Business Partner, Worldwise, USA


My experiences and lessons learned as a female executive in a leading S. Korean multinational.


*Victoria Marsick, Professor of Education/Co-Director J.M. Huber Institute, Teacher's College, Columbia University, USA



*Verna J. Willis, Professor Emerita, Georgia State University, USA


 *Steve Woodward, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and previously with SABMiller, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, USA


12:00 - 12:30Lunch (Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)
12:30 - 16:30

Session 15

Business Driven Action Learning Expeditions: Company/Organization Visits
We shall be visiting two companies and two NGOs.


*Petrobras University (Universidade Petrobras)

Recently voted to be one of finest corporate learning and leadership centres in the world.

*Rede Globo (pending formal confirmation)

Considered to be the second largest TV business in the world, next to the American Broadcasting Corporation by revenue.

*Senna Institute sponsored NGOs: Chico Anysio School NGO - Nos do Morro - in the favela of VIDIGAL

One of the most respected NGO's in Brazil and internationally.

16:30 - 17:00Break
17:00 - 18:00Session 16 - In plenary
 Debrief of Business Driven Action Learning Expeditions & Experiences
18:00 - 18:30

In plenary

Partner's Program Learning Review

18:30 - 19:00

In plenary

Refreshments and Presentation of the Next Global Forum venue

19:30Departure to dinner at "Vinicius de Moraes" restaurant





23 May, Thursday, 2013

07:00Breakfast (Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)
08:00 - 09:00

Session 17 - In plenary at tables (Room: Wayana 1st lower level)


Action Learning Sets

*Christine Abbott, Board member, Institute of Leadership and Management, and ILM's Centre for Action Learning Facilitation

09:00 - 10:00

Session 18 - In plenary

Competitive Brazil: The New Sustainability Agenda



*Malu Pinto Paiva, formerly Sustainability Vice-President, Santander Bank, Brazil
Lessons from Experience: How to Get Senior Leaders to Embed Sustainability into Their Business

Discussant: *Eric Vaes, organizer of the annual BusinessEurope Summits, and Managing Director, Best Practice Corporate Affairs, Belgium

10:00 - 10:30Break
10:30 - 12:30

Session 19

Trends in Management and Executive Education and Development: Part II

Galleria Walk format



Action Learning at the Singapore Institute of Management University: How Far Have We Come?

 *Alex Chow, President, Asia Leap, and Associate, the Global Executive Learning Network, Singapore
7 years, 700 sets and 5,000 students later, what did we learn and how we are progressing? Lessons learned and future steps with Asia's first Action Learning Business School courses


Action Learning at IMD


 *Joanne Scott, Director of Partnership Programs, IMD, Switzerland
 “High Impact Business Transformation” - Action learning journeys that create a shared ambition for the future, whilst accelerating action today.


Business Driven Action Learning Expeditions: Solving Problems and Exploring Opportuntiies in Real Time

*Chantal Fleuret, Global Executive Learning Network, France and *Harold Weinstein, Associate, Global Executive Learning Network, USA

Examples on how some companies are using a very focused, "outside-in" and disciplined process to solve business problems and explore opportunities quickly, and throughout the world.


Learning through Simulation: Virtual Learning as an Action Learning Methodology?

*Steve Woodward, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and previously with SABMiller, USA and *Kathy Leck, Vice President – Research & Development and Innovation (RDI), Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, USA

12:30 - 13:30Lunch (Terraneo Restaurant at the 1st floor)
13:30 - 15:30

Session 20

Executive Talent, Coaching and Mentoring: Issues and Concerns
Galleria Walk format



*Harold Weinstein, Associate, The Global Executive Learning Network, USA


The Dilemma of Coaching Across Multiple Cultures

*Katherine Holt, Founding Member, Peakinsight Global Networks, USA

Organizations need to take many cultures into account when matching prospective coaches to particular leaders: corporate culture, the leader’s native language/culture, and the increasingly multiple cultures represented by people on the leader’s teams. What tradeoffs do we make, and why, when we cannot find coaches who are savvy in every area? How can we provide the best coaching for leaders in remote locations who are struggling to lead virtual teams composed of people from multiple cultures?


Evidence-Based Executive Development: What the Facts Show

*Jeff Munks, Associate, Institute of Executive Development, USA

While many organizations invest significant funds into developing their senior leaders, new research uncovers that only a small proportion of the activities are likely to drive meaningful results.  The implications are significant, as executives don’t currently have a way to discern which of the many available development options are actually wise investments - and thus might be increased- and which don’t have the impact that warrants their continuation.  Common development activities, such as executive coaching and the use of job rotations to broaden a leader’s exposure and experience, while very useful in some situations, may have little impact depending on the context in which they are used.  These findings come from a statistical analysis of the IED Index©, a diagnostic and benchmarking tool that has been administered in over 75 of global organizations across many distinct industries including 3M, Boeing, Intel, and McDonald’s, as well as public sector organizations. The link to the Harvard Business Review article which references IED Index research is:


Opportunities and Challenges with Coaching in Global Institutions

*Stefano Olmeti, Head of Executive Coaching, World Bank Group, USA

Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today. Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest.” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, November 19, 2012

According to the World Bank, a global warming of 4 degrees Celsius (7.2°Fahrenheit) is likely to occur within this century, with devastating consequences – unless we act now. At the same time, economic development is crucial to lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty (i.e. living with less than 1.25$ a day). How does this scenario modify the meaning of business performance and success? What kind of global leadership should executives embody to achieve prosperity in a sustainable way? What is the call for action for executive development and coaching practitioners?




15:30 - 15:45Break
15:45 - 17:45

Session 21

Hot Topics: Opportunities and Challenges in Asia & India
Galleria Walk format


*Alex Chow, President, Asia Leap, and Associate, Global Executive Learning Network, Singapore

Singapore: City of Innovations


*Ira Cohen, Vice-President, Universal Ideas, China


*Raven Chai, Founding Principal Consultant, UX Consulting and User Experience Professional Association (UXPA) Asia, Singapore
The Emergence of User Experience Design in Asia: Its impact on driving product innovation.
Many organizations in Asia have started to embrace User Experience Design at the strategic level to drive service & product innovation effort in recent years. What is it? How is this impacting businesses and the way organizations in Asia need to learn in the coming years? Raven would like to share insights on the reasons behind the phenomenon, the impact on organization culture, structure and talent acquisition needs. We will also look at some of the collaboration initiatives between local UX communities and public sector to accelerate the pace of innovation and transform itself into knowledge economy.


*Allen Sequeira, Advisor, Mahindra & Mahindra, India

Change Management in Indian Companies: Personal Experiences


17:40 - 18:30

Session 22 - In plenary

 Retrospectives: What did we learn and what will we do differently?
18:30 - 19:00

In plenary

Partners Learning Review

19:30Departure for Dinner (optional)


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