Speakers


 

Philip Aminoff

Philip Aminoff

Chairman, Finnish Family Firms Association

He represents the fourth owner generation in his family’s businesses, the so-called Cousin Companies. The Cousin Companies are involved in four types of businesses: technical trade, technology, real estate and asset management. In 2017 they generated sales of € 1.6 bn, with 3,400 employees in 14 countries.

Philip is Chairman of industrial holding companies Helvar Merca and Helectron, Deputy Chairman of Veho (automotive trade), Helvar (lighting control), Fastems (factory automation) and Electrosonic (audio-visual solutions), Member of the Board of LocalTapiola General Mutual Insurance Company and MTC Flextek. 
He is also Chairman of the Finnish Family Firms Association (Perheyritysten Liitto), Vice President of the German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Advisory Board of the Hidden Champions Institute at the ESMT Berlin and a member of the Ambassadors Circle of Family Business Network International.

Philip was Chairman of European Family Businesses 2008-12, Chairman of the Jury for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Reward in Finland 2014-16, and Chairman of Directors Institute Finland 2016-18.

Jacques Berghmans

Jacques Berghmans

Co-founder of TreeTop Asset Management and TreeTop fund manager

Jacques Berghmans manages a number of TreeTop funds (i.e. TreeTop Convertible International, TreeTop Sequoia Equity).

His management style aims at identifying global themes that are likely to lead to significant economic changes. He then chooses 20 to 30 companies that he feels offer the potential for long-term growth in these promising themes. He notably bases his work on research carried out by brokers, carefully analysing data and charts. What's more, he spends time each year in Asia so as to understand how business is done - and how it is changing. To diversify the sources of return and the risks, his portfolio focuses on three major zones: Europe, Asia and the Americas, across different economic sectors.

Berghmans' passion for finance is hardly new. As an adolescent, he used to collect the balance sheets of listed companies. Jacques Berghmans has been managing portfolios that invest worldwide for more than 25 years. His career started at Merrill Lynch International in 1981, where he worked as financial advisor in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg for 20 years. For more than 5 years, he was a member of the very select Merrill Lynch Chairman Club and the Eagle Club. In 1988, he decided to create, together with Hubert d’Ansembourg, the SICAV Star Convertible Fund (now known as TreeTop Convertible International). In 2001, he joined Banque Degroof as a fund manager. In 2005, again with Hubert d’Ansembourg, he created Convertible Advisory Management, which became TreeTop Asset Management in 2007.

In addition, Jacques Berghams belongs to the 4th generation to the family-owned company Lhoist Group-

Martina Dlabajová

Martina Dlabajová

Member of the European Parliament (ALDE/ANO)

Martina Dlabajová (ALDE/ANO) graduated from the University of Padua, Italy in political science with specialization in European integration. She founded and managed several companies in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Italy. For 7 years, she held the position of the coordinator at the Representation of the Zlín and Olomouc Regions to the EU. In 2012 she was elected the president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Zlín Region.

Two years later, in 2014, Martina Dlabajova was elected to be a member of the European Parliament. Within the scope of her parliamentary mandate, she is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control where she has mainly been dealing with the auditing of EU funds and especially controlling and improving the system of EU funds absorption. She is also an active member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs where she focuses on issues of youth employment, matching skills and jobs, labour mobility, support of SMEs and creative industries.

Besides her own-initiative report on matching skills and jobs, she was also the rapporteur of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, which calls for an improvement of literacy, numeracy and digital skills. Given her field of expertise, she became directly involved in the Czech National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. Martina Dlabajová holds the position of vice-chair of the SME Intergroup and the Intergroup on Cultural and Creative Industries of the European Parliament. In the Czech Republic, she has launched a motivational project called PročByNe? that offers to young people under 25 years the opportunity to fulfil their professional dreams through exclusive traineeships.

Adriana Domínguez

Adriana Domínguez

CEO, Adolfo Domínguez

Adriana Domínguez González (Ourense, 1976) is Adolfo Domínguez’s CEO. Before being appointed as the company’s first executive, she had previously worked as a member of the company’s Board, as perfume brand director and as Communications Director.

Fluent in 5 languages, Adriana Dominguez has a bachelor on Business Administration by ICADE and CESEM (France). As part of her international education, she attended The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. She is Masters of thought by the Madrid’s Modern School of Humanities.

Adriana Dominguez has a deep understanding of the company, in which she has been leading several projects over the last 17 years. She has designed Adolfo Dominguez’s concept stores, created five capsule – collections and launched the company’s pets clothing line.

Since 2010 she has been responsible for the management, design, renewal and launch of Adolfo Dominguez’s perfumes. In the perfume department, she has managed projects such as Viaje a Ceylán, the renewal of Agua Fresca de Rosas and the launch of Rosas Blancas and Única, Adolfo Dominguez’s latest perfume.

As an actress, she has taken part on five films and is a life member of the The Actors Studios, a non-profit organization for professional actors and directors.

Arantza Ezpeleta

Arantza Ezpeleta

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, ACCIONA

Arantza Ezpeleta holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering by the University of Navarra and an executive MBA by the University of Deusto.

Arantza began her professional career at Telefónica R + D.

In 1998 Arantza joins EHN as Renewable Energy Project Manager and in 2002 is appointed the European Business Development Manager.

Whilst in 2003 ACCIONA purchases EHN and Arantza remains as the European Business Development Manager for the energy business, leading the company's international expansion process, as well as being responsible for the development and managing of renewable energy projects.

In 2008 Arantza is appointed International General Manager for ACCIONA Corporation.

In 2014 she is appointed Director within the Chairman’s office.

Since 2016 Arantza is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at ACCIONA S.A. and member of the Corporate Steering Committee.

 

Gloria Fluxá

Gloria Fluxá

Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar

Born in Palma de Mallorca in June 1981, Ms. Gloria Fluxá holds a Major in Business Administration from Villanova University (Philadelphia, USA), and has completed the AEDP (Accelerated Executive Development Program) at IMD Business School (Lausanne, Switzerland) and she is currently completing the OPM (Owner/ President Management Program) at Harvard Business School (Boston, USA).

In January 2005 she joined the family business where she currently holds the position of Vice-Chairman & Chief Sustainability Officer. In addition, she is also Trustee and the current Chairman of Iberostar Foundation as well as Member of the Board at Endeavor Spain.

In May 2018, she was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum due to the efforts in advancing the company’s approach to sustainable tourism, particularly in the area of marine and oceans preservation with the movement “Wave of Change”.

The Iberostar Group is a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). It has been operating in the tourist sector since 1956. With a sales network covering 35 countries and a staff of more than 28,000 employees, the Group handles 8 million customers a year. Hotels form the company’s core business, with a portfolio of more than 120 four and five star hotels located in 18 countries on three continents. The Group has a further three business units: the holiday Club known as The Club; its travel and incoming activities, managed through the Almundo.com and World to Meet (W2M) companies respectively; and its real estate business, operated through Iberostate. The Iberostar Group is owned by the Fluxà family and chaired by Miguel Fluxà Rosselló, founder of the Group’s current hotel unit and the Iberostar Hotels & Resorts brand.

Philippe Haspeslagh

Philippe Haspeslagh

Chairman of Ardo

Professor Philippe Haspeslagh is Honorary Dean and Professor at the Vlerick Business School, a Belgian business school with campuses in Brussels, Gent, Leuven, and Beijing. He led the school from 2008- 2015. From 1979 to 2008 he was a career faculty member at INSEAD where he held the Paul Desmarais Chaired of Active Ownership at INSEAD , founded the International Directors Forum, the Strategic Issues in M&A programme and directed the Advanced Management Programme. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School (1990) and the Stanford Business School (1985). His research publications on portfolio planning, on acquisition management and on value based management won several prizes by the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. He won multiple teaching awards, and has led executive programmes and consulted widely in Europe and Asia.

In the corporate governance realm he founded and directed INSEAD’s International Directors Forum as an experience exchange among Chairmen, senior Directors and large investors from 2000 to 2008. He has participated in or directed many Director programmes, including for ICLIF, the Malaysian Bank Training Institute, for Ecoda, the European Institute of Directors, and with CMI, an initiative to coach senior managers to prepare for Director mandates. He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise, where he co-created the “Boards in Family Business” programme.

In the family business realm, Professor Haspeslagh and his two brothers in 2014 merged their longstanding family firm, which was the number 4 European producer of frozen vegetables and number 2 producer of frozen herbs, with the competing family firm of four Haspeslagh cousins to form Ardo, the European leader in frozen vegetables, herbs and fruit, with sales of approximately 1 billion dollars, employing 3600 people. The firm which is chaired by Philippe has seven family shareholders and 22 next gen of which 4 currently in the business. Philippe Haspeslagh is also a non-Executive Director of Vandemoortele, a 2 billion dollar family business which is the European leader in margarine, oils and bakery products, and was for many years Chairman of Pieters, a family business sold to private equity, and a Board member of Kinepolis a listed family enterprise in the movie theatre business.

In the private equity sphere Philippe Haspeslagh has been the co-founder and Chairman of Procuritas, a Scandinavian buy-out firm founded in 1986, and is co-founder and Chairman of Capricorn Venture Partners, a Belgian VC, as well as of Quest for Growth, a technology fund listed on Euronext. In the non- profit sphere Professor Haspeslagh is a Director of Guberna, the Belgian Institute of Directors, and of FBN, the Belgian chapter of the Family Business Network. He has also been Chief of Cabinet for the Belgian Minister of SME’s and Agriculture.

Philippe Haspeslagh is married to Martine Van den Poel and has two children, Frederik and Sophie.

Nicolas Hollanders

Nicolas Hollanders

With Lansberg Gersick & Associates, Nicolas Hollanders is advising (large) companies and families in the fields of shareholder strategy, governance, family talent and philanthropy. In addition, he is serving today as the Chairman of a family holding structure controlling a large international industrial group; he is also Member of a Family Council governing the affairs of nearly 350 descendants.

He was until 2014 a member of the Executive Committee of Delhaize Group as Head of Human Resources, IT and Sustainability. Before that, Nicolas worked with Egon Zehnder, advising non-executive boards and management teams on talent management, succession and recruitment.

Between 1989 and 1995, he was with Maroquinerie Delvaux, a family owned company founded in 1829. Part of a 3-man executive board together with two controlling shareholders of the 2d and 3rd generation, he worked on the reengineering of the group as well as the transition between the two generations.

Finally, in his earlier days, Nicolas was an attorney with a leading law firm in Brussels, and a part time assistant professor in corporate law at the University of Leuven. He holds two graduate degrees in law and a post-graduate degree in economics

Olaf Leurs

Olaf Leurs

Tax Partner of KPMG the Netherlands and Chairman of KPMG EMA Enterprise

Olaf Leurs is tax partner with KPMG Meijburg & Co, the Dutch tax firm of KPMG. He has been involved with family businesses since the beginning of his career in 1996. His focus is to take away the worries around tax for family businesses, insuring tax is in control and plan for the future. That way family businesses can focus on business and family.

Olaf Leurs

Alfonso Líbano

Chairman, European Family Businesses

ALFONSO Libano Daurella comes from a family with a long history in the Family Business since the 19th Century and for the last 60 years, mostly in the Coca-Cola business, being Director of the Board of Coca-Cola European Partners, the largest European Coca-Cola franchise, result of the merger of Coca-Cola Iberian Partners (CCIP), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Coca-Cola Germany (CCEG); a company listed on the Stock Exchange NY, Amsterdam and Madrid.

He is currently Chair of CSR Committee of Coca-Cola European Partners pls. (CEEP), Director of the Board & Member of the Executive Committee of Olive Partners, S.A.(Coca-Cola Bottler for the Iberian Division; Spain, Portugal and Andorra).

Mr Líbano is also Chairman of Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, S.L. (ECCBC), Coca-Cola franchise for the following countries: Morocco, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Gambia, Sierra Leona, Liberia, Ghana, Algeria, and Sao Tomé & Principe; Member of the Board in The Coca-Cola Bottling Company Of Egypt, Coca-Cola Bottler for Egypt; Vice Chairman of MECC Soft Drinks, DMCC, ECCBC Subsidiary and Coca-Cola franchise for the territory of South Sudan. Moreover, he has been Trustee of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation since 2004.

He is Vicepresident & Director of Cobega, S.A., familiar holding.

Mr Líbano is Founding Member & Member of the International Commission of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar (IEF) and Chairman of the European Family Businesses (EFB), EFB members represent a turnover of 9% of European GDP and has direct relation with the EU institutions, especially, with the European Commission and Parliament. Morevover he is Board Member, Treasurer and Chair of the Nomination Committee of the Family Business Network (FBN) and Member of the FBN-I Foundation (Family Business Network-International).

In addition, Mr Líbano also sits on boards of public organizations including the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain, where he has been Vice-President and currently Member of the Board, and the MACBA Foundation (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona), of which he is Vice-president.

Alberto Onetti

Alberto Onetti

Chairman, Mind the Bridge; Coordinator, Startup Europe Partnership (SEP)

Forward-looking, dividing his time between Europe and the US, Alberto works on bridging technology to business.

Alberto Onetti is a seasoned serial entrepreneur with core competences in corporate strategy and finance. Among the others, he founded, together with Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol, Inc., a mobile personal cloud company based in Silicon Valley with R&D and Operations in Europe.

Alberto is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at University of Insubria. In 2009 he has been appointed as Chairman of the Californian Mind the Bridge; its mission is to inspire, educate and stimulate a new generation of young entrepreneurs and create startups inspired by the methods and successes achieved in the Silicon Valley.

Since 2014 Alberto has been selected by European Commission to help drive the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), the first integrated open innovation platform to support growth and sustainability of European companies.

Alberto Onetti has authored and co-authored insofar over 100 publications, regularly blogs and writes for some important newspapers, and frequently tweets (@aonetti).

Alberto is also invited keynote and panellist at main Conference and Forums (among the others: LeWeb, 4Y4N, IBA European StartUp Conference, SME Assembly, European Innovation Day, Merger Integration Management Forum, Net Futures, Global Entrepreneurship Congress, SVC2UK, Digital Action Day, European Makers Fair, …).

Arnaud de Pret

Arnoud de Pret

Member of the Board 1978-2011, AB InBev

Arnoud de Pret holds a degree in Commercial Engineering at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and did follow the Credit Course of Morgan Guarantee Trust of New York.

Mr de Pret began his professional carrer in 1971 as Credit Officer at Morgan Guaranty in Brussels and Antwerp.

In the following years he served as:

  • Head of Treasury and Corporate Finance, Cockerill-Sambre
  • CFO and Member of the Management Committee of UCB
  • Manager of Corporate Finance and Treasury at Société Générale de Belgique
  • CFO and Member of the Management Committee of Groupe Union Minière (Umicore)
  • Since June 200 he works as a Consultant.

Mr de Pret is today Chairman of Tom & CO and remains at the Board of Sebastien Holding s.a., Foundation InBev-Baillet-Latour and several nonprofit organizations.

During his long career, Mr de Pret has presided or held responsible positions at the Boards of the following companies: AB-InBev, Delhaize Group, Umicore, Sibelco, UCB, Lesaffre & Cie (F), EPS (Eugènie, Patrinvest, Sébastien) Lux, Euronext BV (Nl), L'Intégrale (Caisse Commune d'Assurance) and Financière de Tubize.

Arnoud de Pret is married and has three daughters.

Patrick De Schutter

Patrick De Schutter

Partner KPMG-Head of Family Owned Businesses Belgium

Patrick de Schutter has 33 years of experience and is a CPA since 1992. He holds a Masters in Commercial and Financial Sciences. He is Head of KPMG Family Owned Business and has an extensive experience in financial audits of large and complex companies in a variety of industries, with a focus on manufacturing companies active on a global scale. 

Patrick is co-founder and managing director of the Institute for Family Businesses, which focuses on first and second generation owner-operated family businesses in the areas of succession, governance and professionalization. He is also co-founder and director/ExCom member of FBN Belgium, the unique platform which groups the 200 largest Belgian family businesses.

Antonio Tajani

Antonio Tajani

President of the European Parliament

Born in Rome on 4 August 1953, Antonio Tajani is the son of an Italian army officer and a Latin and Greek professor. He lived in France for five years, where he and his family accompanied his father to NATO command. He holds a degree in law from La Sapienza University in Rome.

Mr Tajani completed his military service as an officer in the Italian Air Force. After attending a specialised air defence course at Borgo Piave di Latina, he joined the NATO Air Defence Ground Environment (NADGE).

Mr Tajani was a professional journalist for more than twenty years. He started out as a presenter of news programmes on Rai Radio 1, the Italian state broadcaster, and was a special correspondent in Lebanon, the Soviet Union and Somalia. He was then asked by, Indro Montanelli, the most recognised and revered Italian journalist of the twentieth century, to work for the newspaper, Il Giornale. A co-founder of Forza Italia, in 1994, he was elected to the European Parliament for the first time, the genesis of what have turned into more than two decades of profound engagement with the European Union and its citizens.

He was appointed European Commissioner for Transport in 2008 and strongly backed the extension of passenger rights during his tenure. In 2010, he became European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, where he championed ambitious reindustrialisation goals, "green growth" and a particular emphasis on helping SMEs, notably through the Late Payments Directive and the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action plan.

He was re-elected to the European Parliament and as one of its vice-presidents in 2014. Campaigning on a platform that promised to have the presidency focus on actively supporting the work of Members while bringing the institution closer to EU citizens, Mr Tajani was elected President of the European Parliament on 17 January 2017.

Mr Tajani is married with two children. Besides Italian, he speaks French, Spanish and English. Honours and Awards:

  • In 2007, Mr Tajani received the Grand Cross of the Order of Faithful Service from Romania.
  • In 2012, he was awarded France’s highest order for military and civil merit: Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honour, from Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius.
  • In 2013, he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit from the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy.
  • In 2015, he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins from the Government of Chile.
Albert Jan Thomassen

Albert Jan Thomassen

Executive Director of the Family Business Network Netherlands (FBNed)

Albert Jan Thomassen is the Executive Director of the Family Business Network Netherlands (FBNed) and a member of the management committee of European Family Businesses. Since 1986 he has developed into an internationally recognized family business educator, advisor and resource to business owning families. He is a specialist in family business governance issues. A specific area of interest is the development of the next generation as responsible owners and good governors of their family enterprise.

Peter Villax

Peter Villax

CEO of Mediceus & President of the Portuguese Family Business Association

Peter Villax serves as CEO of Hovione Capital, a family-owned venture capital company. He began his professional career at Hovione, a family company specializing in the development and manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients where his activities spanned computer programming, product invention, patenting and development in the area of pulmonary inhalation. This the main family business, founded by the parents of Peter Villax and employing today 2000 team members.

In 2015 the family shareholders set up Hovione Capital, to invest in and develop new startup businesses in the pharma and medical area where the company has accumulated expertise in the past five decades.

In 2018, the family invested in a new company, Mediceus, focused on the large scale processing of anonymized clinical data to produce new medical and scientific knpowledge using Big Data software techniques.

Peter Villax has a significant civic activity in several associations and university boards. He holds a degree in Politics and Economics from the the University of Aberdeen and was awarded the Medal of Industrial Merit by the President of Portugal in 2006. Since 2007, Peter Villax has been the President of the Portuguese Family Business Association.

He is married and has six children.

 

 

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