Economic Summit Europe 2018

The Economic Summit exists to promote the dissemination and implementation of new paradigms on finance and economy based on Christian tradition, faith and thought, and transformational busi-nesses generating four-fold capital (human, social, natural and profit) as new models for poverty alleviation and sustainable economies. Sustainable economies do not exist in isolation, but have everything to do with the social, political and spiritual structures in which they are embedded. Our focus therefore also includes the factors that lead to sustainable development.

From our very first meeting in 2014, the Economics of Mutuality (EoM), a concept pioneered by Dr. Bruno Roche, senior Economist at Mars Inc. and the Managing Director of the Mars Catalyst Think Tank, has played a key role in Economic Summit events. During the past few months, this idea has also been presented at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Committee meeting as well as at the World Economic Summit and UN General Assembly meetings in New York. It is clear that this is an idea whose time has come!

In our Economic Summit Europe meeting, 12-13 April 2018 we will focus on the practical applica-tions of EoM in business and management practice as well as in government and public policy. Our aim during this meeting will be:

1. To demonstrate that this is a concept that works in both emerging and first world nations.

2. To get broad buy-in from the business, political and academic communities in The Netherlands and Europe.

3. To start to develop best practices for the implementation of EoM and the concept of Mutuality in The Netherlands. To this aim, we will set up a National Centre for knowledge and best prac-tices that will be able to liaise with hubs in different cities nationally and across the continent.

The organising partners for this meeting are the Economic Summit, Sallux and GIDS Network Netherlands. The first day is hosted by the ChristenUnie party at the Dutch Parliament Buildings in The Hague. Attendance at the Economic Summit Europe meeting is by invitation only..

Application to attend
This meeting is by invitation only. Those who wish to attend can contact Dr. Arleen Westerhof at . Once your application has been approved, we will send you a link and information to complete the application process and to reserve a hotel room if necessary.




The Dutch Parliament Buildings in The Hague, Netherlands.

Program Highlights Day 1

Day 1. Thursday 12 April 2018. Location: Dutch Parliament Buildings

Welcome by Dr. Arleen Westerhof, Founder and Executive Director of the Economic Summit. Opening and welcome by our host Gert-Jan Segers, political leader of the ChristenUnie party.

Presentation: Vision for a new economic model of mutuality.
(Speaker: Dr. Bruno Roche)

Presentation: Economics of Mutuality in the Dutch Government; Response to the presentation by Dr. Roche
(Speaker: Wopke Hoekstra, Minister of Finance, Kingdom of The Netherlands, tbc)

Presentation: The potential for the implementation of EoM in European societies.
(Speaker: Rosen Ivanov, Senior Expert Harmonisation and Integration, European Central Bank and Regis Passerieux, Personalist Movement France (tbc))

Panel discussion: Economics of Mutuality in the Innovation Economy
We have entered a new economic world where the traditional vertical economy is being challenged by horizontal, collaborative economic models. This emerging economy is built on the foundation of trust, a central concept in EoM.

(Speakers: Prof. dr. Lans Bovenberg, Tilburg University (tbc), Rens van Tilburg, Sustainable Fi-nance Lab, University of Utrecht (tbc), a speaker from the Nyenrode Business University, Eppo Bruins, MP ChristenUnie)

Panel discussion – Evolving the Regulatory and Legal Environment
Profit maximisation for shareholders has isolated companies from society. Short-termism is being gradually replaced by a long term view addressing questions of social, environmental and human impacts as well as profitability. To what extent will company laws need to adapt, and what kind of legal framework will be necessary to support this new form of business?

(Speakers: Marcello Pelazzi, B Corporation and B Lab Europe (tbc), plus a CEO from a Dutch mul-tinational and Prof. Colin Mayer, Said Business School, Oxford University)

Presentation and case study: Empowering the poor at the Base of the Pyramid
In order to ensure success in doing business among the Base of the Pyramid peoples new eco-nomic ecosystems need to be created. What is the relationship between businesses, NGO’s and non-traditional partners for businesses in these new ecosystems and how can we capitalise on them to achieve mutuality?

(Speakers: Alastair Colin-Jones, Mars, Inc.)

Meeting: Dr. Bruno Roche and several high level Dutch and European influencers in the political sphere.


Program Highlights day 2

Day 2. Friday 13 April 2018. Location: Dominion Centre, Amsterdam

Presentation: The Economics of Mutuality Journey and Business Context at Mars Inc.
(Jay Jakub – Senior Director of External Research Mars Inc. and Co-author of Completing Capital-ism. Heal business to heal the world (tbc)).

Presentation: Mutuality in the perspective of the Global Landscape
(Speakers: Jan Sturesson, Former Partner, PwC)

Case studies: Rethinking Supply Chains, Driving Organisational Change, Empowering the Poor at the Base of the Pyramid and Building Purpose-driven businesses.
(Speakers: Alastair Colin-Jones, Senior Manager, Business Research Mars Catalyst)

Panel discussion: Transformations in Leadership to deliver on the promise of Mutuality
We have never experienced a more demanding, fast-paced and complex leadership environment. The vision of mutuality requires unprecedented leadership abilities to navigate today’s rapidly changing context and cascade new leadership skills into the entire organisation. How do we teach the current and future generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders EoM and ultimately trans-form leaders for a new business world?

(Speakers: Jan Sturesson, Former PwC, eg. One from Nyenrode and from Erasmus or another university and two young professionals)

Panel discussion: Investments and the Economics of Mutuality
Financial institutions have been historically preoccupied with short-term earnings. Can investor perspectives shift to be refocused on long-term, broader goals that financial performance? Can in-vestors of different kinds take into account notions of human, social and environmental capital as key decision points for investment? Could the Economics of Mutuality add value for investors?

(Speakers: Kim Tan (tbc) Transformational Business Network, Ram Gidoomal, Traidcraft plc., Gert-Jan Huisman, Anders Invest, Timo Plutschinski, World Evangelical Alliance Investment Advi-sory Group)

Masterclass: EoM for the SME and start-up sectors
(Speakers: Arleen Westerhof – Economic Summit and Sofye Coban – SGC Finance)

Charting the way ahead.


Dr. Arleen Westerhof and Gert Jan Segers (Christen Unie) at the Economic Summit


Organizing parties
This Economic Summit is hosted by:

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