15-16 NOVEMBER 2017
OSLO . NORWAY
Leaders from business, start-ups, academia, research institutions and government are meeting at the Xynteo Exchange/Norway to work on today’s biggest challenge – that is, how to create a new growth model that delivers commercial and economic value while solving human problems.
We live in a world of abundance. Awash in knowledge, talent, technology and capital, we have what we need to build a thriving world, underpinned by a new growth model. But outdated, misdirected or, in some cases, straight-up bad leadership is holding us back, squandering these resources instead of securing the highest human return.
Along with our partners – including Yara, Statkraft, Mastercard, Norwegian Refugee Council, Marine Harvest, Statoil, Innovation Norway, Fortum, Statoil and The City of Oslo – our ambition on 15-16 November is to help correct this market failure by providing a platform for leaders, capital and ideas to come together in commercial projects that can advance a new growth model. Participants at the Xynteo Exchange/Norway will:
Executive Vice President and President of Global Networks and Chief Technology Officer, Verizon
Hans Vestberg is Verizon’s Executive Vice President and President of Global Networks and Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for further developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric networks. Network and Technology focuses on delivering seamless experiences for customers over network assets consisting of the country’s leading 4G LTE network, the largest 5G test-bed in the U.S., the nation’s biggest residential fiber network, a global internet backbone and undersea cable network carrying much of the world’s internet traffic, and fiber assets in 45 of the top 50 markets in the U.S.
Before joining Verizon in April 2017, Vestberg served for six years as President and CEO of Ericsson, a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Sweden that provides 35 percent of the world’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructures.
Vestberg is a founding member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he is leading climate-change and digital health initiatives. He is also Chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee and a member of the Leadership Council of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Since 2015 Vestberg has also been a board member of both the UN Foundation and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative.
Born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Vestberg earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in 1991.
CEO, Pathfinder International
Named three times to FORTUNE’s list of the most influential women leaders in business, Lois Quam joined Pathfinder in 2017 as CEO. She has served as a senior leader in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, applying her strategic and operating experience to drive business revenue and earnings growth and solve public policy challenges.
Lois is on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She has served as Chief Operating Officer of The Nature Conservancy and as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and was selected by President Obama to head his signature Global Health Initiative at the Department of State, which provided more than $8 billion dollars annually to help solve major health challenges facing millions of individuals across 80 countries. Reporting directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she advanced a comprehensive strategy to increase US global health diplomacy, created a $200 million public private partnership, and introduced integrated systems approaches for global health problems.
Prior to her work in the public sector, Lois was the founding CEO of Ovations, a division of the FORTUNE 50 global corporation UnitedHealth Group.
A Rhodes Scholar, Lois has degrees from Oxford University and Macalester College. She speaks English and Norwegian.
DR OSVALD BJELLAND
Chairman and CEO, Xynteo
Dr Osvald Bjelland is chairman and CEO of Xynteo, a platform for galvanising leaders and catalysing ideas – and fusing them into new projects, for new growth. He is also founder and vice chairman of The Performance Theatre.
Dr Bjelland leads with the philosophy that business leaders have a central role to play in reinventing growth around the world.
He has written for and been interviewed by various publications, including Fortune magazine, the Financial Times, the MIT Sloan Management Review, Mint and Strategy & Leadership. He was also an expert commentator for the Harvard Business Review Green initiative.
Dr Bjelland has a PhD from the University of Leeds, where his thesis focused on the role of leadership in deploying IT to transform information intensive organisations. He also has an MBA from Brunel University in the UK, and a BA from the Norwegian School of Management. He is a former visiting scholar at Stanford University.
Over the past few centuries, our growth model has catalysed enormous progress. But this growth model is no longer fit for our needs – or those of generations to come. In many ways, it has become a destructive force, promoting short-term wins over long-term prosperity, compromising natural resources and widening exclusion.
We must – and can – grow differently.
To grow differently, we must accelerate new ideas at the intersection of human need and commercial opportunity, and develop and deploy new capital and talent to bring these ideas to scale.
KEEPING UP: HARNESSING OUR HUMAN TALENTS IN A FAST-CHANGING WORLD
We kick off our Square with a session that challenges our incumbent economic models in the context of rapid technological advancement and an increasingly connected, global, workforce.
Our speakers, who represent perspectives from policy, business and civil society, offer their alternative visions for growth, where we harness our human talents and connect them to our most pressing needs.
EVP and President of Global Networks and CTO, Verizon
CEO, DNV GL
Carl Edvard Endresen,
General Manager, Uber
Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden
First Secretary, LO
In our next session, we question the extent to which capitalism is too myopic to allow business to operate ‘virtuously’ – or with an eye to the longer term. Our speakers – representing ‘purposeful’ business and ‘purposeful’ capital – interrogate the relationship between the private sector and the global financial system that empowers and regulates their behaviour. They explore the ways in which it is possible harness the power of financial capital to improve the wealth and welfare of all, today and for generations to come.
EVP – New Growth, Xynteo
We conclude our Square with a call to arms by a leader who has placed sustainable development at the heart of his company’s commercial agenda and seeks to convince us that it has – and will continue – to pay off.
Svein Tore Holsether,
President and CEO, Yara International
Our challenge is not a scarcity of ideas, capital or talent; in fact, these resources are abundant. But, too often, they develop in isolation from each other.
It is only when new ideas, capital and talent find each other, connect and combine, that they sustain and scale. This has long been the role of the Marketplace. But the markets that we work with and within today are outdated. Their signals are misleading or incomplete.
We believe that there can be a different kind of Marketplace. One that fosters new ideas, capital and talent – and brings them together in new and powerful ways.
Leaders from across our community, including start-ups, big business and civil society – will pitch their projects in our Marketplace, making the case for innovative and disruptive products and services that need collaboration to scale.
Nitin Prasad, Chairman,
Shell Companies in India
As leaders, each of us has the power to create a new kind of growth – to discover and accelerate the new ideas that will help solve our most wicked human problems. Yet the scale of these challenges means that no one leader can solve them alone. When we combine forces across industries, sectors and borders we are at our most powerful.
In our Studios, we will forge unlikely partnerships to incubate ideas for commercial solutions to real problems. We will work together across two days to develop early-stage concepts that can literally be taken to market.
To grow differently we know that we must – and can – lead differently. Across geographies and sectors, we are seeing declining trust in our leaders, as society’s needs – and expectations – change.
Norway has long stood out as a beacon of progressive, commercially-minded, global leadership: the stability and vibrancy of its democracy, the astute financial management of its oil wealth and the resilience and teamwork it has shown in addressing global challenges. What can we learn from Norway’s experience in the face of rapid economic, geopolitical and societal change?
Our Square begins with two young Norwegian voices – both leaders in their own right. They set out their expectations for today’s political and business leaders, as well as their aspirations for their own leadership.
CEO, Brighter Tomorrow
Senior Advisor to the Norwegian Armed Forces
Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg gives her perspective on today’s imperative for inspired leadership and why the answer to the ‘green shift’ may lie with Norway. She explores her own leadership values and how these have evolved throughout her political career.
Prime Minister of Norway
We hear from the leader of a major, Beijing-headquartered, international organisation dedicated to promoting the sustainable development of energy worldwide, who argues that China will lead the way on the energy transition.
Chairman, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO)
The population density of our cities makes them hotbeds for disease, pollution, crime, social unrest and other ills. But they are also increasingly emerging as hubs for innovation. Our panel explores the most significant challenges presented by our cities and the conditions that make it possible for them to innovate, develop and pilot new solutions to our most pressing challenges.
Governing Mayor of Oslo
EVP – City Solutions, Fortum
EVP – Strategy & Systems and Director of Xynteo Exchange/Norway, Xynteo
In an environment where trust in the experts has declined, we hear from a representative of the academic community who wants to mobilise leaders behind an urgent agenda: sustainable development. He makes the case for knowledge-based policymaking and offers examples of the ways in which science and data can help us lead differently.
Executive Director, Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment, Research Council of Norway
COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP: THE CASE OF NORWAY203040
Many of the greatest challenges we face cannot be solved by any single actor alone. To close our Square, we hear from the chairman of Norway203040: a coalition of twenty of some of the most influential businesses in Norway, who offers a case study in collaborative leadership.
We have seen that the biggest societal and environmental problems also represent our biggest commercial opportunities. When we galvanise the best and brightest of our global leaders, we catalyse ideas that can drive both wealth and welfare, profit and purpose.
Returning to our Studios, we will advance our incubation process, spurring on the development of our early-stage collaborative concepts to take into the Marketplace.
As leaders, we can allow our existing roles, responsibilities and organisations to define us. When we redefine ourselves outside our organisational, sectoral and industry norms and invest our most precious currency for the greatest return, we can ignite new ideas; improve them; accelerate them; and take them to scale.
Our Marketplace will reopen for business by taking inspiration from a leader who offers us her own experience of connecting talent, capital and ideas for a new kind of growth. We will then take our early-stage concepts from Studios to market, attracting new talent and capital with which to grow and flourish, testing and strengthening them with input from our community.
Executive Chair, Kiva
Manager of Administration Division, GEIDCO
Executive Vice President, Global Good and Research, Intellectual Ventures
CEO, Tøyen Startup Village
To truly reinvent growth as we know it, we must do so together.
That means reaching far beyond the natural boundaries of our day-to-day tribes, to hear the voices that are often left unheard, to be comfortable engaging with those who have radically different perspectives from our own, and to be willing to give up something of ourselves, to make it possible to find common ground and take action together.
We are hard-wired to relate and connect to those who are similar to ourselves. But if we do so, the rewards will be immense. It is not always easy to go beyond our comfort zone. In this session, we take inspiration from one of the world’s leadings hackers to challenge ourselves to face up to our fears and listen to the people who scare us the most.
Security Analyst and Senior Researcher, Tel Aviv University
We seek inspiration from leaders across business, civil society and the creative industries who have successfully embraced radical collaboration, connecting the best ideas, talent and capital from all corners of our global society. These unusual ‘pairs’ offer practical examples of how they have worked together in unusual combinations – and the benefits that have accrued, both to them and to society more broadly.
Secretary-General, Norwegian Refugee Council
Becky Bakr Abdulla,
Media Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council
Karl Johnny Hersvik,
Chairman and CEO, Xynteo and Founder, The Performance Theatre
musician and visual artist
CEO, Pathfinder International
Through the lenses of philosophy, history and behavioural science we will learn why we find it so difficult to identify, and collaborate with, those who are different from ourselves. We will also find inspiration in those who have succeeded in breaking free from their own tribes to embrace a more inclusive humanity.
Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo
We draw the Exchange to a close, ready to go back out into the world with a fresh perspective, new energy – and a commitment to practical collaboration.
Chairman and CEO, Xynteo and Founder, The Performance Theatre