For four years, the Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI) has been bringing together experienced executives, smart young talents and thought leaders to investigate fundamental challenges of leadership in times of digitalization. The conference is the culmination of the FLI. During this two-day interactive event, the results of the annual FLI project are shared and discussed amongst young talents, thought leaders and executives from a wide variety of industries. It includes powerful keynote addresses and innovative interactive formats (hackathons, real-life business simulations, world cafés…).


Impressions from the last FLI Conferences between 2014 and 2016:


Future of Leadership Conference

4th FLI Conference (2018): “The Truth Behind Innovation”

February 28th and March 1st 2018


How can I act as a role model for innovation to inspire others?

How can leadership create conditions that drive true innovation in complex organizations?

What are the innovation strategies of leading corporations? And how important are innovation ecosystems that combine large corporates, start-ups and academic institutions so they can cope with the challenges they face in times of digitalization? 


These are the major topics of next year`s FLI Conference at the beautiful venue of Tutzing Castle, by the shore of Lake Starnberg near Munich. 

This year, a research team comprising students from the Munich-based Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) investigated what truly drives innovation today. They interviewed more than 25 thought leaders from around the world to gain their views on that topic. During the FLI Conference in 2018, selected business leaders, students and thought leaders will discuss their findings on innovation. 

Amongst others, you will meet Jeff Burton, co-founder of Electronic Arts, which is the world`s leading gaming Company; he will inspire us with his vision to revolutionize education. Vodafone CEO Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter will talk about his ideas to innovate in the area of telecommunications. E.ON´s chief innovation officer Dr. Frank Meyer will tell us how his company is turning upside down from an energy oligopolist to a digital Service provider. Harvard Professor Barbara Kellerman will provide insights on how to create a leadership system that fosters Innovation. The German entrepreneur Lin Kayser will show us how 3D printing can revolutionize and decentralize industrial production. You will also learn about the most promising user stories that have been developed in the FLI Future Lab on Urban Mobility.

Here is a selection of our confirmed speakers:

Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Vodafone Germany

Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter
CEO of Vodafone Germany

Jeff Burton, Founder of EA and CEO of Woodside Creek

Jeff Burton
Founder of EA and CEO of Woodside Creek

Prof. Barbara Kellermann, Prof. on Public Leadership at Harvard university

Prof. Barbara Kellermann
Prof. on Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School

Konstanze Frischen, Leader Ashoka North

Konstanze Frischen
Leader Ashoka North

Jürgen Müller, Global Head of Innovation, SAP

Alan South
Director of Ripplewood Lmtd

Frank Meyer, Head of Innovation, E.ON

Dr. Frank Meyer
Senior Vice President B2C Solutions & Innovation, E.ON

Lin Kayser, Entrepreneur

Lin Kayser
Serial Entrepreneur

Catalin Voss, Entrepreneur and Stanford student

Catalin Voss
Entrepreneur and Stanford student

FLI Conference: Tentative Agenda

Day 1: Innovate yourself

Executives meet digitals:   One-on-one networking
Welcome lunch
How can I act as an innovation leader? – Develop your individual strategy to become a role model for innovation
  • Alan South
  • (Former CEO IDEO Europe, Lecturer Oxford University)
  • Sebastian Morgner (MLI Leadership Institute)
Coffee Break
How leadership impacts on innovation
Creating a leadership system that allows new ideas to grow
  • Prof. Barbara Kellerman (Harvard University)
Evening reception
Meet the Future - Innovation Fair in the Salons of Tutzing Castle with inspiring show cases:
  • The amazing story of the TUM Hyperloop project
  • The Future of 3D printing
  • Virtual identity to revolutionize education
  • Scenarios on how to improve urban mobility

Day 2: Innovate your organization

Breakfast - executives meet digitals: One-on-one networking
Come together and opening of Day 2
The truth behind innovation – Keynote stimuli
  • Jeff Burton (Founder of Electronic Arts)
  • Lin Kayser (Entrepreneur)
  • Konstanze Frischen (Leader of Ashoka in North America)
Friends and enemies of innovation
The clash of ideas (interactive workshop)
The roots of innovation and the role of leadership
Open Panel Discussion with
  • Catalin Voss (Entrepreneur and Stanford Student)
  • Mariane Avezum (Head of Hyperloop Team TUM)
  • Dr. Veronika Gamper
    (Center of Digital Technology and Management)
Lunch and vision promenade
How To drive innovation in an agile way?
- Interactive Breakout Sessions
Leadership Labs to find disruptive ways to innovate
Strategy vs. accident: Three approaches to innovation
  • Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter (CEO Vodafone Germany)
  • Jürgen Müller (Chief Innovation Officer SAP)
  • Dr. Frank Meyer (Head of Innovation E.ON)
Coffee break and innovation exercise
Outlook - Creating your innovation ecosystem
Interactive fishbowl on how incubators, accelerators, start-ups and academics could co-create innovation in the future
Evening reception
Close and conference chill-out

Conference Highlights

  • Executives meet digitals: One-to-one sessions where top executives meet some of the smartest young potentials in Europe
  • Leadership mind retreat: “How can I act as an innovation leader?” Identifying the most effective individual strategies to adapt your mind-set and behaviour to become a role model for innovation
  • Experience the future: Reception in the beautiful salons of Tutzing Castle where you can meet other innovation thought leaders and experience the future of virtual reality and 3D printing

Register now for the FLI Conference 2018

February 28th and March 1st 2018


Register for a free webinar

In addition we will be offering several free Webinars in October and November 2017, as well as in January 2018. This is where we will describe in detail what you can expect from the conference and gladly answer any questions you might have.

Former FLI Conferences

3rd FLI Conference (2016): “Meaning@Work”

At the FLI Conference of 2016 on “Meaning@Work”, internationally renowned thought leaders, top executives and decision-makers and brilliant young minds came together to interactively explore how the notion of “Meaning Making” impacts an organization’s success. This cross-generational and interdisciplinary group investigated how the creation and perception of purpose in the digital age impacts future leadership across all industries, both in terms of skills and technology.

Our speakers and thought leaders of FLI 2016 were, amongst others …

Joe Kaeser, CEO Siemens

Joe Kaeser
CEO of Siemens AG

David Rowan, Editor-in-chief WIRED UK

David Rowan
Editor-in-chief of Wired UK

N.S.Rajan, CHRO Tata Sons

N.S. Rajan
Chief HR Officer at Tata

Stefan Ries, CHRO SAP

Stefan Ries
Chief HR Officer at SAP

Rosa Riera, Head of Employer Branding and Social Innovation at Siemens

Rosa Riera
Head of Employer Branding and Social Innovation at Siemens

John Elkington, World authority of CSR & UN Global Compact Partner

John Elkington
World authority of CSR & UN Global Compact Partner

Martina Koederitz, CEO IBM Germany

Martina Koederitz
CEO of IBM Germany

Helge Hansen, former Commander-in-chief of Allied Forces Central Europe in NATO

Helge Hansen
Former Commander-in-chief of Allied Forces Central Europe in NATO

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2nd FLI Conference (2015): “Vision Y”

During the FLI Conference of 2015 on “Vision Y”, participants discussed about what true progress means, investigating the generation Y´s future expectations and aspirations. Together they investigated jointly what the initiatives leading to a better future would mean for companies and the leadership of tomorrow.

Our speakers and thought leaders of FLI 2015 were, amongst others …

Bill McDermott, CEO SAP

Bill McDermott

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Juliana Rotich Social Entrepreneur of 2011 & Ted Speaker

Juliana Rotich
Social Entrepreneur of 2011 & Ted Speaker

Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Professor

Barbara Kellerman
Professor at Harvard Kennedy School

Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

Sigmar Gabriel
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

Jimmy Wales, Co-founder Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales
Co-founder of Wikipedia

Barry Schwartz, Psychologist and Professor

Barry Schwartz
Psychologist & Ted Speaker

Janina Kugel, CHRO Siemens

Janina Kugel
Chief HR Officer of Siemens AG

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1st FLI Conference (2014): "Phantom Change"

At the FLI Conference 2014 on “Phantom Change”, young talents and experienced executives met for the first time to discuss the topic of “overcoming the phantom change”. Change, was one important conclusion, needs confidence. Leadership through uncertain terrain means providing followers with a compelling idea of what the future looks like, the tools they need to act with agility, the openness to continuously question yourself and with the confidence that whatever surprises come up, the team will reach its goal.


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