Future of Leadership Conference

The Future of Leadership Conference 2018

On February 28th & March 1st we shared our insights during the FLI Conference. It was an interactive two-day Think Tank including powerful keynotes, panel discussions and innovative interactive formats. 

FLI Conference 2018

Future of Leadership Initiative

Shaping leadership in times of digitalization

The Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI) aims to shape visionary leadership in times of digitalization, by fostering the dialogue between young talents, executives and thought leaders.




Learn from the best

The journey starts with interviewing thought leaders from all around the world, investigating what visionary leadership of our times look like.





The Future Lab

In the Future Lab, mixed teams  tested agile innovation techniques based on a specific case study on urban mobility - get insights in our video-blog.


Future Lab 2017



Shaping Leadership In Times Of Digitalization

For more than four years, the Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI) has brought together senior executives, smart young talents and renowned thought leaders to investigate together fundamental challenges of leadership in times of digitalization.

Join the leadership community and get inspired by more than 100 major Thought Leaders from around the world that engaged in the Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI), amongst others:

Joe Kaeser, CEO Siemens

Joe Kaeser
CEO of Siemens AG

Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Germany

Hannes Ametsreiter
CEO of Vodafone Germany

Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Professor

Barbara Kellerman
Professor of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Prize Laureate

Jimmy Wales, Co-founder Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales
Co-founder of Wikipedia

Bill McDermott, CEO SAP

Bill McDermott

Alan South, Former Leader of IDEO Europe

Alan South
Former Leader of IDEO Europe

Barry Schwartz, Psychologist and Professor

Barry Schwartz
Psychologist and Professor

Jeff Burton, Co-Founder of Electronic Arts (E.A.)

Jeff Burton
 Co-Founder of Electronic Arts (E.A.)

Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Senior Advisor at BCG

Antonella Mei-Pochtler
 Senior Advisor at BCG

Phil McKinney, Former CTO of HP

Phil McKinney
 Former CTO of HP

Frank Meyer, Head of B2C Solutions&Innovations at E.ON

Frank Meyer
Head of B2C Solutions&Innovations at E.ON

Juliana Rotich, Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi

Juliana Rotich
Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi

Barry Schwartz, Psychologist and Professor

Sigmar Gabriel
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

General ret. Dr. Helge Hansen, Former Commander-in- Chief of Allied Forces Central Europe in NATO
Dr. Helge Hansen
Former Commander-in- Chief of Allied Forces Central Europe in NATO
Prof. Götz Werner, Founder of DM
Prof. Götz Werner
Founder of DM
Father Dr. Notker Wolf, Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation
Father Dr. Notker Wolf
Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation
Franz Josef Radermacher, Professor at ULM
Franz Josef Radermacher
Professor at ULM University
Dr. Michael Otto, Chairman of the Board at Otto Group

Dr. Michael Otto
Chairman of the Board at Otto Group

Prof. Amy Wrszniewski, Professor at Yale School of Management
Prof. Amy Wrszniewski
Professor at the Yale School of Management
Petri Kokko, Global Director at Google
Petri Kokko
Global Director at Google
John Elkington, World Authority on Corporate Responsibility and UN Global Compact Partner
John Elkington
UN Global Compact Partner
Prof. Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer at MIT
Prof. Peter Senge
Senior Lecturer at MIT
Gabriele Fischer, Editor-in-chief of Brand Eins
Gabriele Fischer
Editor-in-chief of Brand Eins
Frank Schätzing, German best selling author
Frank Schätzing
German best selling author
Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer
Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme
Nassim Taleb, author, statistician and risk analyst
Nassim Taleb
Author, statistician and risk analyst
Madeleine Gummer von Mohl, CEO  and Co-founder of Betahaus
Madeleine Gummer von Mohl
CEO  and Co-founder of Betahaus
Benson Wereje, co-founder and CEO of CIYOTA
Benson Wereje
Co-founder and CEO of CIYOTA
Martina Koederitz, CEO of IBM Germany
Martina Koederitz
CEO of IBM Germany
Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe, Professor at LMU
Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe
Professor at TUM
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. A. Herrmann, President of the TUM University
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. A. Herrmann
President of the TUM University
Janina Kugel, CHRO of Siemens
Janina Kugel
CHRO of Siemens AG
Stefan Ries, CHRO of SAP
Stefan Ries
Konstanze Frischen, Leader of Ashoka North
Konstanze Frischen
Leader of Ashoka North
Phil McKinney, Former CTO of Hewlett-Packard
Hasso Plattner
Founder of SAP & Hasso Plattner Design Institute


Join us and take the next step into the future: become part of the Future of Leadership Initiative.


A workshop on self-leadership

Leadership Quest


On Saturday August 11th we offered together with our partners at the Female Tech Leaders (FTL), a full day workshop. 26 participants met at 8am at the train station in Starnberg to go through our new seminar, the “Leadership Quest”.

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Insights from four FLI Thought Leaders

Roots of Innovation


We asked four experts whether there is a success formula to foster innovation: Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter (CEO Vodafone Germany), Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler (Senior Advisor BCG), Lin Kayser (Founder of Hyperganic Technologies), and Hanno Renner (CEO Personio). 

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Why Agility Counts for Leaders


Strategic impulses on how to bring strategies into action

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Silicon Valley's secret ingredients of success


What is it about Silicon Valley? And why does it attract so many great talents? Young serial entrepreneur Catalin Voss, who got to experience that ecosystem, explains what makes it so special.

Yes, AI will take your job- and it's a good thing


Serial entrepreneur Lin Kayser, who attended the FLI Conference 2018 as a speaker, on how AI-driven 3-D printing will revolutionize the future of manufacturing, and free our creative minds.



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Giving in to courage & serendipity


"Courage is not the absence of fear... Courage is when you are scared shitless and you do it anyway" - serial entrepreneur Lin Kayser about why we need more courage in our lives

Anyone can be a leader


Anyone can be a leader - so why shouldn't senior execs learn from the Generation Y? We will therefore regularly share with you some insights from young talent in the future! #GenerationExchange

The Birth of Cybertecture


Take a glimpse at how the renowned cyberarchitect James Law was able to grasp the hidden opportunities of tech, and to completely revolutionize the world of architecture.

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Foto: Gregor Fischer/re:publica

Four lessons from re:publica 2018

The Role of Leadership in the Digital Era


In Berlin, spring comes with re:publica. FLI spokesperson Laura Bechthold attended Europe's most important conference on digital culture. Inspired by different sessions, here are some thoughts on the role of leadership in the digital era.

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How to create the innovation ecosystem of the future


At the FLI Conference 2018, we asked representatives of the corporate, startup, academic and social business world how to leverage cross-sectorial collaborations for co-creating the innovation ecosystem of the future.

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