Create the Future

AESC European Conference 2019

November 14, 2019
Impact Organizations to Lead Tomorrow Now
November 14, 2019
08:00 to 19:30

You predict the future. That’s right. Your value lies in thinking ahead long-term on behalf of your clients. You forecast the trends that will impact organizations tomorrow so you can prepare them today.

On the eve of our anniversary, AESC celebrates 60 years of propelling businesses into the future with the right talent leading in the right way. When our founders established AESC, they set the standard for a profession that discovers the rare talent capable of launching businesses to new heights; conditions future leaders for high endurance decision making; and activates organizations to accelerate ahead of the competition.

As we look to the future, where will we find the talent who can not only navigate a tomorrow we can only just imagine, but who can also build it? How will we deploy future talent to thrive in a climate of rapid technological advancement and massive societal change? How will we activate the disruptors with the vision and courage to create the future of innovation?

Join AESC for Create the Future. We’ll anticipate the major drivers of tomorrow’s global business. We’ll develop the foresight to condition your clients for resiliency and help them seize emerging opportunities in their industry.


On a Mission: Business for a Greater Good

Social responsibility is a game changer for many candidates when exploring new horizons. AESC research has shown this is a number one issue for the Client Community. How does our profession think about social responsibility?
Tony’s Chocolonely isn’t your average chocolate company, but a chocolate company with a huge mission; to end modern slavery and exploitation in the cocoa industry. With amazing chocolate recipes they set the example and show that chocolate can be made in a more responsible way; in taste, packaging and the way they build long term relationships with cocoa farmers and the way they handle an open and transparent value chain. Ynzo van Zanten, Tony’s ‘Choco Evangelist’ will tell the story of Tony’s roadmap towards 100% slave free chocolate.

Ynzo van Zanten
Tony’s Chocolonely
The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today

What can the ideas of history's greatest economists tell us about the most important issues of our time, and how we therefore best serve our clients? Leading economist Linda Yueh explores the thoughts of economists from Adam Smith and David Ricardo through Joan Robinson and Milton Friedman to Douglass North and Robert Solow. Along the way she asks, for example: what do the ideas of Karl Marx tell us about the likely future of the Chinese economy? How does the work of John Maynard Keynes, who argued for government spending to create full employment, help us think about state investment? And with globalization in trouble, what can we learn from Brexit and Trumpism?

Linda Yueh
University of Oxford, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School

Evolving AESC’s Executive Talent 2020 study from 2016, we once again surveyed clients worldwide on their top talent challenges and how they intend to shape their talent strategies for the future. AESC President and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, will present findings from a survey of senior business leaders worldwide, weaving in insights on organizational transformation from a survey of more than 600 executive search and leadership consultants. How will the executive search and leadership profession advise clients over the next few years and what are the new emerging opportunities?

Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
The Apollo Mindset: Making the Mission Impossible, Possible

Fifty years ago, humanity reached for the stars and achieved the seemingly impossible. Against all odds, the men and women of the Apollo program needed a particular mindset to land astronauts on the Moon. Richard Wiseman, author of Shoot for the Moon, interviewed many of the surviving Apollo controllers about the mindset behind their stunning achievement. Wiseman will share the Apollo story from the perspective of psychology and leadership, examining the roles of responsibility and trust; attitudes to failure; passion and purpose; diversity and agility. As we think about how we serve our clients, especially with their most complex and difficult challenges, how do we adopt a mindset to make the seemingly impossible possible? How do we harness the right mentality to achieve our own mission impossibles?

Richard Wiseman
Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology
University of Hertfordshire
Cybercrime & Security—Staying Safe in a Digital World

Rigorous cybersecurity is essential for the reputation of our profession and your firm. But the risks multiply day by day. Cybersecurity expert Peter Zinn will guide us through real-world examples of cybercrime relevant to our profession, your firm and your clients. We'll investigate together how to anticipate risk and how to avoid it. After an in-depth dive into the current threat landscape, we will look towards the future: how will the Internet of Things, Big Data and AI affect your cyber risk? What's next on the horizon? How can you act now to ensure your firm becomes and remains secure?

Peter Zinn
Cyber Security Specialist & Public Speaker
The Hague Security Delta & Speak Freak
Fulfilling Our Promise: Shape. Connect. Educate.

AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients and the profession. Through collaboration and innovative thinking, we deliver the future of global leadership today. AESC Chief Marketing Officer, Joe Chappell, will share how AESC is actively working to Shape. Connect. Educate. on behalf of our members and how you and your firm can get involved.

Joe Chappell
Chief Marketing Officer
CEO Fireside Chat: Transformational Organizations

Joost Osterloo, Spencer Stuart in conversation with Tex Gunning, CEO, LeasePlan

Joost Otterloo
Spencer Stuart
Tex Gunning
CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board


InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands

For bookings, contact Hanneke Venekamp at or +31 (0) 20 520 3199.


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