Monday May 18, 2015

SBE SCOPE Symposium at Maastricht University

Sustainable Future? Exploring Opportunities
Together with keynote speakers, prestigious companies and excellent students the one-day convention at Maastricht University will be centered around the theme 'Topic' as sustainability is perceived as an important topic to be further addressed. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the School of Business and Economics in Maastricht, the first SBE SCOPE Symposium will take place on 18 May 2015. The SBE SCOPE Symposium provides a platform for all participants to take part in discussions, which will address different specified topics to capture all interests.

Organized by the School of Business and Economics Maastricht and SCOPE, the overall theme of the Symposium is: "Sustainable Future? Exploring Opportunities." In response to the increasing demand of society, and the environment for acting sustainable, companies find themselves in a situation in which they need to simultaneously explore new opportunities while at the same time focus on their existing core competencies. The growing importance of sustainability shines a light on the future opportunities, possibilities and difficulties that society and companies will face. Throughout a panel discussion and various workshops, each topic relates to sustainable aspects in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Economics and Econometrics. 

By putting emphasis on a sustainable future, the SBE Symposium is focused on stimulating the broaden understandings of students and how our generation already can contribute to a sustainable future, by focusing on the opportunities and challenges companies experience, and how companies can develop sustainable core competencies. 

Accenture, Deutsche Telekom, Bayer and Finch & Beak present 

Key note business speakers represent international A-brands during the Symposium. 

  • Jens Plambeck works for Accenture Strategy, and has experience in the fields of program management, risk management for capital intensive investments, strategic forecast modelling, performance management as well as sustainability strategy and sustainability management. 
  • Dr. Heinz-Gerd Peters, Head of Sustainable Development and Environment within the Corporate Responsibility department of Deutsche Telekom. Joined the company in 1999, as a Senior Expert Procurement at T-Mobile Germany. Since 2003 he has been involved with sustainability at Deutsche Telekom AG, where he was additionally responsible for the development of a Sustainable Procurement Strategy. 
  • Jochen Rother started his career in 1995 with Bayer HealthCare's Consumer Care Division. Today, he is head of the strategy department within 'Environment & Sustainability' at Bayer corporate. Jochen Rother has experience in strategic planning, controlling, reporting, marketing, in-house management consulting and he led several restructuring and efficiency projects for Bayer HealthCare and Bayer MaterialScience. 
  • Jan van der Kaaij will join the SBE Symposium in behalf of Finch & Beak. Over the past decade, Jan headed up with several consulting projects for major companies around Europe, such as Telenet, TNT, Imtech, McDonalds, Liberty Global, Randstad Holding and HJHeinz. He is specialized in designing value generating sustainability strategies, and how to effectively implement these into the core of the business. Since 2003 he is a frequent case writer and guest speaker on value creation and corporate responsibility at both INSEAD and IMD business school. 

About SBE 

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is a high-level European school in the fields of Economics and International Business Administration, and is a faculty of Maastricht University, which stands out for its innovative approach to learning. SBE provides high-quality education to students and offers an international perspective in both education and research. Only 1% of all business schools worldwide have been honoured with the Triple Crown of accreditations by the American AASCB, the British AMBA and the European-wide EQUIS, and the SBE is one of them. The School of Business and Economics offers four Bachelor programs in international business (IB), Economics and Business Economics, Fiscal Economics and Econometrics and Operations Research. Furthermore, the business school provides a number of Master programs as well. 

About SCOPE 

As the largest Study Association of Maastricht, SCOPE is the umbrella organization for specialized study associations at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University. SCOPE Maastricht represents an impressive number of more than 4,000 student members. This year, they will organize for the first time an event around sustainability. 

If you are interested in the one-day Symposium at Maastricht University, please have a look at the website of SBE SCOPE Symposium for more information. 

Image source: Flickr, Susan O'Connell - Symposium Centre Montreal 


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