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.


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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Has the truth behind innovation been unveiled? Insights from the FLI Conference 2018


Let us present to you what we learned from a former Leader of IDEO Europe, a Cyberarchitect and a Harvard Professor during the first day of FLI Conference on February 28th 2018.

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Exclusive interview with Dr. Frank Meyer (E.ON): Innovation vs. Invention

How do you distinguish innovation from invention? And how do you apply this knowledge to lead teams and companies? Learn how the Head of B2C Solutions & Innovation proceeds for implementing visionary concepts and ideas at E.ON. 

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Interview with Paulin Dementhon, Founder & CEO of Drivy - Disrupting the automotive industry


How to establish Europe’s biggest car rental marketplace in Europe while redefining urban mobility, and accomplishing innovative leadership? Learn how the French founder and CEO of Drivy quickly achieved his goals and what “Truth Behind Innovation” means to him.

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Die Future of Leadership Initiative macht fit für die Zukunft

Kurz erklärt: Wie entstehen Innovationen?


Vielfalt und Mut sind zentrale Voraussetzungen für umfassende Neuerungen: Das beweisen die 12 Speaker, die zu Wort kommen auf der 4. Future of Leadership Initiative Konferenz unter dem Motto „The Truth Behind Innovation“.

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Kooperation mit dem DUB UNTERNEHMER-Magazin

So geht Innovation


INNOVATION Jeder redet über sie, die wenigsten jedoch haben ein Rezept. Die Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI) bringt Disziplinen zusammen und generiert in Zeiten des digitalen Wandels Lösungen für ein funktionierendes Innovationsmanagement.

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The 4 levels of Innovation Culture


In our interviews about innovation, one aspect keeps coming up: culture. But what are we talking about when we invoke an “Innovation Culture”?

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Failure Culture — the Key Ingredient for Innovation Leadership


“In [the innovation] process, you need [...] a leadership that creates room for failure and has a constructive way of dealing with failure”. — Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Senior Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group

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How a start-up aims to disrupt the e-mobility market


In preparation of FLI’s next event, the Future Lab, we have talked to the CEO of the startup MotionWerk GmbH about their first product Share&Charge, which is developing an innovative e-charging system.

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