Entrepreneurs and Young Professionals Round Table, 11-12 Sept. 2015

One of the key aims of the European Economic Summit in 2014 was to formulate an Economic Business Plan for the coming decade based on Christian tradition, faith and thought. During the Summit people of faith presented new cutting-edge business models which are generating a lot of interest worldwide and which incorporate the values of justice, faith, mutuality and responsibility better than many of the models that currently exist.

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Fri. 11 Sept. 2015, 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm
1.30 – 2.00 pm: Registration with coffee and tea

2.00 – 2.15 pm: Introduction (Arleen Westerhof)

2.15 – 2.30 pm: Meditation (Peter Briscoe)

2.30 – 3.30 pm: Mutuality and Multi Stakeholder companies (Jay Jakub)

3.30 – 4.00 pm: Coffee/tea break

4.00 – 5.00 pm: Mutuality and Relational Thinking in Business 1 – Mozambique (Don Larson)

5.00 – 6.00 pm: Mutuality and Relational Thinking in Business 2 – Netherlands (Risco Balkenende)

6.00 – 7.30 pm: Dinner

7.30 – 8.30 pm: Impact Financing (Reuben Coulter)

8.30 – 9.30 pm: Mix and mingle


Sat. 12 Sept. 2015, 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

8.30 – 8.45 am: Meditation (Paul Cuny)

8.45 – 9.45 am: Innovation and business start-ups (Sanjay Mahtani)

9.45 – 10.30 am: The experiences of young Israeli entrepreneurs with start-ups (Noemi Mena)

10.30 – 11.00 am: Coffee/tea break

11.00 – 11.45 am: Businesses and NGO’s working together to combat human trafficking (Toos Heemskerk)

11.45 – 12.30 pm: The way forward

12.30 – 2.00 pm: Lunch

2.00 – 4.00 pm: Pitch session (Al Caperna and Roland Moody)




Reuben Coulter

Reuben Coulter

Reuben Coulter is CEO of Transformational Business Network, a community of investors and entrepreneurs committed to improving the state of the world. Previously he was a Fellow and Associate Director for Africa at the World Economic Forum and served as the founding Chief Executive of Tearfund Ireland. Reuben is based in Geneva with his wife Grazyna and they are passionate about all things outdoors and spicy food .

Jay Jakub

Jay Jakub

Dr. Jay Jakub is the Senior Director of External Research at Mars, Incorporated / Catalyst.  Jay serves as principal deputy to the Mars Chief Economist / Managing Director of Catalyst.  He co-leads the Mutuality Laboratory, which has developed a new business model & non-monetized metrics (Economics of Mutuality) to help move the company (and other organizations) from a profit maximization model to a holistic value optimization approach across Shared Financial Capital, Social Capital, Human Capital, and Natural Capital.  This work is now being taught at Oxford University, where Catalyst has partnered with the Said Business School, and is proving that a mutuality-driven business model delivers superior value across the entire value chain — including more profit — than does the profit maximization approach of Milton Friedman’s ‘Chicago School’ model of financial capitalism.  Jay also supervises the work of the Culture Laboratory, which does M&A integration and Strategy ‘smoothing’ for Mars.


Don Larson

Don Larson

Don Larson, Founder and CEO of The Sunshine Nut Company and author of the Sunshine Approach, is a visionary who has a history of setting or accepting challenging goals and then exceeding expectations.  Don has experience in some of the world’s best food companies providing leadership in Engineering, Manufacturing, Procurement, IT, and Commodities.  Most of his years were at Hershey Chocolate as a turn-around specialist.  During his career Don has been impressed by two conditions: the untapped ability of humans and the level of poverty in which most of the world lives. The Sunshine Nut Company has been founded to capitalize on the one condition in order to alleviate the other.   We are dedicated to giving hope to the hopeless and bright future to future generations.  Don sold all his possessions and moved his family to Mozambique, Africa in 2011 to help the poor and orphaned through transformational business.  He is now shipping Sunshine Nut Company cashews to the world’s finest retailers.  Providing Hope Never Tasted So Good!

Noemi Mena Montes

Noemi Mena Montes

Manager, Christian Political Foundation for Europe

Sanjay Mahtani

Sanjay Mahtani

Partner Oxford Ventures

Sanjay’s role at Oxford Ventures draws together his expertise in strategy, international affairs, and collaboration. He gets excited about connecting social innovators, developing high-impact solutions of all shapes and sizes, and enabling people to give their money well. Sanjay studied Modern Languages at Oxford and has completed a political leadership programme and worked for an international human rights charity, joining OxVen in Spring 2014.

Risco Balkenende

Risco Balkenende

Risco Balkenende has been the General Manager of the Breman Installation Group for the past 12 years. His most important contribution is to represent the interests of the shareholders and the employees in a balanced way in order to achieve sustainability in the areas of profit and employment. His extensive work and organizational experience are the foundations of his ability to unite differing interests. It’s a priviledge for him to do this in an organization focussed on the long-term and which thinks intergenerationally. In addition to this, he is also a board member of trade association Uneto-VNI, supervisory director of private equity fund Wadinko, member of the Economic Board of the Zwolle region and, (partly together with his wife), actively envolved in different social and societal activities.

Toos Heemskerk, Project Coordinator, Not for Sale, NL

€ 125,- p.p. Young Professionals € 99,- p.p.

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