The New Europe: The Family Business Perspective

6th of November. Conference.


The Conference will take Place at the Hotel Amigo, Rue de l'Amigo 1-3, Brussels.



Registration and refreshments 


Welcome addresses

  • Alfonso Líbano, Chairman, European Family Businesses


Opening Keynotes

  • Antonio Tajani, President, European Parliament


  • Günther H. Oettinger, EU Budget Commissioner, European Commission


Panel: The New Europe: The Nextgen Perspective

Moderated by Albert Jan Thomassen, Managing Director, FBNed

Sustainable development, digitalisation, the circular economy, skills and training, the search for talent, immigration, innovation... These are some of the challenges that will face the new Europe. With the arrival of the next generation at the head of family businesses, what does the future look like?


  • Gloria Fluxá, Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar 
  • Martina Dlabajová, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the SME Intergroup, ALDE
  • Adriana Domínguez, CEO, Adolfo Domínguez



Coffee break


Panel: The Digital Revolution And Family Businesses

Moderated by Nicolas Hollanders

Many commentators have suggested that family businesses are lagging behind their non-family competitors when it comes to taking advantage of the digital transformation now taking hold of our economies. Is this the case? If so, what can family businesses do to redress the balance. Or is the family business model actually more suited to digital adaptation?


  • Alberto Onetti, Chairman, Mind the Bridge
  • Peter Villax, CEO, Mediceus
  • Arantza Ezpeleta, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Acciona



Why Invest In Global Equity?

In the last 100 years, investors in the stock exchange have outperformed bonds. What strategies should be adopted to ensure that families are taking advantage this long-term trend?


  • Jacques Berghmans, Co-founder of TreeTop Asset Management and TreeTop fund manager. Member of the 4th generation, Lhoist Group.



Standing lunch



Governances, key to the AB-InBev success.

Interviewed by Nicolas Hollanders

Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world's largest brewer. Its meteoric rise can be traced back to the 2004 merger between AmBev and Interbrew that has propelled it to become what it is today. But, what does the future hold? How does the company manage its complex ownership structure?


  • Arnoud de Pret, Member of the Board (1978-2008), AB InBev



Coffee break


The Family Business Barometer

Presented by Patrick de Schutter, Partner and Head of Family Owned Businesses Belgium, KPMG 

The joint EFB-KPMG Family Business Barometer seeks to bring an insight into the confidence levels of family businesses, the challenges affecting their everyday operations and the solutions they seek to ensure their development and sustainable growth. Now in its 7th edition, we will present the results and notable trends since 2013.



The Family Business Trends And Challenges

Moderated by Olaf Leurs, Tax Partner, KPMG The Netherlands

How are family companies evolving? Are the challenges we most associate with them linear? In the context of external (regulatory) and internal (family) factors, the Family Business Barometer seeks to bring to light the nature and status of family business related issues. For example: what governance practices do family businesses adopt; are there differences between countries; what regulatory changes would boost the growth prospects of family firms in Europe; is the war for talent still the main challenge; what do family businesses want from the EU? With prominent family entrepreneurs, in the panel, we will take a close look at the challenges that have been highlighted by the respondents and discuss what policy measures can be introduced to assist family companies in Europe.


  • Philippe Haspeslagh, Chairman, Ardo
  • Philip Aminoff, Chairman, Finnish Family Firms Association



Closing Remarks





Programme for November 5-6:  Download here.


Dress code: Business attire.


Cancellations must be received via email by October 15, 2018. Cancellations received before October 15, 2018 will be subject to a 120€ administration fee. No refunds can be made for cancellations received after this date.



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