2020

TALENT FOR BUSINESS IN A TRANSFORMATIVE ERA – EXPERIENCES AND IDEAS FROM JAPAN AND SWITZERLAND

OPENING ADDRESSES
Andreas BAUM, Ambassador
Andre ZIMMERMANN, President, Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

KEYNOTE SPEECH
ISHIHARA Naoko, Chief Researcher, Recruit Works Institute

PANEL 1
ACHIEVING TRANSFORMATIVE SYNERGY WITH YOUNG TALENT

Making the best of young talent has never been more important than today. Changes in technologies, values and communication styles we had already seen before the COVID-19 crisis have accelerated through the disruptive pandemic. Young talent has much to offer on how we see and rebuild our business and society. Adjustments, or even radical changes in management practice, could be required to ensure successful paths forward. The panel will tap into insights of young talent and senior executives from Swiss-based and Japanese companies to explore approaches for a creative future.

SPEAKERS
Matthias LEUENBERGER, Country President, Novartis Switzerland
TAKAKURA Chiharu, Member of the Board of Directors, ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
TSUCHIYA Keiko, Head of Human Resources, The Adecco Group Japan
UMEZAWA Ryo, Principal, East Ventures
Moderator: Dan SLATER, Director, The Delphi Network

PANEL 2
ENABLING BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION WITH EXISTING TALENT

Not long ago, we asked ourselves what digitalization, robotics and AI would do to our professional life and self-worth. The pandemic has added magnitude to this inquiry. How do we learn, unlearn, relearn, and still keep true to ourselves while transforming our businesses for a sustainable future? What can we do both at individual and at organizational levels to adapt to this new reality? The panel invites executives from Japan and Switzerland to elaborate on ways needed for transformation.

SPEAKERS
IWAI Mutsuo, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Japan Tobacco
KANOH Miki, Executive Officer, Head of Corporate Affairs Group, Nestlé Japan Ltd.
Alain ROBERT, Vice Chairman, UBS Wealth Management
SAKODA Raizo, President & Director, Hitachi Academy
Moderator: ISHIYAMA Chie, Journalist, TV & Radio Presenter

CONCLUSION
TAKATSU Naoshi, Managing Partner (North East Asia), IMD Business School