13 Aug 2019
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EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ event program

By EY Global

Ernst & Young Global Ltd.

13 Aug 2019

This year’s event features a range of unique experiences staged at iconic venues around Monaco, including strategic entrepreneur-only meetings and invitation-only receptions. Keynote speakers and sessions will address the future of industry sectors and the unique challenges of family enterprises.  Our celebration culminates at the black-tie EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award gala, featuring an exclusive concert by Sister Sledge, one of the most iconic female groups of all time. 

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  • Keynotes

    Join us in the Opéra Garnier and One Monte Carlo to hear spectacular industry leaders share their personal stories and their vision of the future.

    Dr. Liu Jiren, Chairman and CEO of Neusoft Corporation

    Honor the recipient of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Alumni Special Award for Societal Impact.

    Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 18:00–20:00, Opéra Garnier

    Natalia Vodianova, Supermodel, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

    Learn how one of the most successful supermodels of all time has made giving back her mission in life, becoming one of the most influential philanthropists in the world and an impact investor.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 10:15–11:00, Opéra Garnier

    Jen Rubio, Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away

    As a branding, creative and social media expert, Jen Rubio will reveal how her direct-to-consumer travel startup has redefined how brands can connect with their customers.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 11:00–11:45, Opéra Garnier

    Stéphanie Gicquel, Extreme Sports Athlete

    The ultramarathon runner, explorer, author and entrepreneur will discuss her amazing polar expeditions, from running a marathon in –30°C at the Geographical North Pole to achieving a 74-day, 2,000 km expedition across Antarctica.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 11:45–12:00, Opéra Garnier

    Rubens Menin, Chairman of MRV Engenharia e Participações S.A.

    The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award winner returns to share his experiences over the past year.

    Friday, 7 June 2019, 09:40–10:00, One Monte Carlo

    Anthony Pritzker, Chairman and CEO of Pritzker Private Capital

    Tony Pritzker will reveal how Pritzker Private Capital, an acquirer and operator of middle-market companies, builds businesses for the long term.

    Friday, 7 June 2019, 10:00–11:00, One Monte Carlo

    Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chairman of Cobra Beer Partnership

    Lord Karan Bilimoria will share his journey from Hyderabad, India, to the UK’s House of Lords, and how he built the Cobra global brand.

    Friday, 7 June 2019, 11:30–12:00, One Monte Carlo

  • Entrepreneur-only industry sessions

    These high-energy sessions designed by and for entrepreneurs will explore how to prepare for the NextWave of industries as artificial intelligence, blockchain and other technologies fundamentally change traditional ecosystems and business models. These informative, deep-dive sessions will help you solve the now, explore the next and imagine the beyond.

    Shopping-buying divergence: when bots do the buying, where’s the value in shopping?

    The NextWave of consumers will experience buying and shopping as very different activities. AI will curate and buy for us. We’ll only shop for the very few products and services that help us express who we are.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 14:00–15:30, Princess Grace Suite, Hôtel de Paris

    Future cities and mobility

    To ensure the NextWave of cities creates places that people want to live, work and play, entrepreneurs and governments must work together effectively to come up with innovative approaches. These increasingly technology-enabled approaches will require creative new designs for mixed-use spaces as well as efficient infrastructure and sustainable transportation.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 14:00–15:30, Monaco Yacht Club

    This session will offer breakout sessions on two NextWave topics:

    • Moving the cities of the future: how technology is changing urban mobility

    When citizens are driving mobility, what’s the role of the city?
    Technological advances are transforming the transportation landscape. How will connected devices and new business models keep the cities of the future on the move?

    • Smarter urban spaces: how 5G and connected devices will transform future cities

    Can more connected devices make cities smarter? Entrepreneurs who are developing new city applications will benefit from the 5G-enabled explosion of connected devices. How will wider ­connectivity offer greater convenience, efficiency and quality of life to all citizens?

    Anytime, anywhere health and care: how will your business model enable personalized care?

    As technology advances, interconnected, end-to-end consumer platforms connecting stakeholders across the health value chain can become a reality to deliver the NextWave of health sciences and wellness — the ultimate personalization at scale.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 16:00–17:30, Princess Grace Suite, Hôtel de Paris

    Intelligent automation: is your organization working harder or automating smarter?

    Applying emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and RPA on top of old strategies, processes and (most importantly) thinking is akin to “paving the cow-path”— making the same things (good or bad) happen at the speed of light. Reimagining business systems to fully harvest the value of emerging tech and deliver the NextWave of adaptive digital enterprise requires both bold design thinking and adaptive deployment.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 16:00–17:30, Monaco Yacht Club

    The future energy customer: do tomorrow’s energy customers present an opportunity or pose a threat? 

    The NextWave of energy customers will be empowered to control how their energy is used, stored or sold. What are the implications for energy companies today?

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 16:00–17:30, Salon Prince Jacques Ier, Hôtel de Paris 

  • Family Enterprise

    Family enterprises face unique challenges as they balance the need to accelerate growth with the effort to build the family legacy. Breakout sessions will focus on family governance, the family office and the next generation.

    Family Enterprise breakout sessions

    Choose one of these informal, participatory sessions to explore topics in depth with colleagues. Join expert facilitators and your peers in discussing the latest practices in these important areas.

    Governance: clarity, control and community 

    In this interactive session, we will demonstrate how elements such as a family constitution, a family council and an annual family assembly are useful tools to safeguard the long-term sustainability of the family enterprise. We also will explore how clarity and robust structures breed trust in all family members.

    Friday, 7 June 2019, 14:30–16:00, One Monte Carlo

    Group 1, Salon Maria Callas:

    Group 2, Salon Armani:

    • Professor Roger King, Founding Director of the HKUST Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies
    • Ian Burgess, EY Asia-Pacific Family Enterprise Leader

    Group 3, Salon Rossini:

    Family office: preservation and growth

    It is often said there are as many variants of the family enterprise as there are families. In this interactive session, we will explore how to manage risk and measure value, the benefits of hiring experienced external advisors to maximize returns, and other leading practices.

    Friday, 7 June 2019, 14:30–16:00, Salle Eiffel, Hôtel Hermitage

    NextGen: passport to the future

    EY NextGen participants will explore how to balance their personal ambitions and passions with the family collective, how responsible ownership can make a difference, and how to bring perspectives gained outside the family enterprise into the fold

    Friday, 7 June 2019, 14:30–16:00, Salon Prince Jacques 1er, Hôtel de Paris

  • Interactive topical sessions

    Explore cross-cutting themes with EY thought leaders and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Open to all, these interactive sessions will explore cross-sector themes that impact the growth drivers of every business:

    Building your future workforce

    When, where and how to introduce digital infrastructure that can support rapid expansion is a uniquely complex challenge for every business. But how can you empower your people through digital enablement? We will explore a series of approaches and address the role of the CEO in defining the strategy.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 14:00–15:30, Salle Eiffel, Hôtel Hermitage

    Building trust through the board

    Public confidence in the trustworthiness of business is at an all-time low, but a company’s board has a role to play in creating trust. We will share how to build a strong board and be a valuable board member, the board’s role in creating trust, and how to fully use your board for the benefit of your business and its stakeholders.

    Thursday, 6 June 2019, 16:00–17:30, Salle Eiffel, Hôtel Hermitage 

    • Jack Cowin, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Competitive Foods Australia
    • Joanna Lau, Board Director, Entrepreneur and CEO of Lau Technologies
    • Julie Linn Teigland, EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner-elect
    • Roger Park, EY Americas Innovation Leader

    Are you ready for what doesn’t yet exist?

    Explore the outer boundaries of what’s next with leading entrepreneurs in an EY wavespace™ pop-up laboratory. Jeff Wong, EY Global Chief Innovation Officer, will lead an experiential program on how to build your organization’s agility to meet as yet unknown new challenges.

    Friday, 7 June 2019, 11:30–13:15, Salle Jean Cocteau, One Monte Carlo 

    Navigating geopolitical uncertainty

    Geopolitical volatility may have become the norm, but its effects are felt by all businesses. Supply chain disruption, currency fluctuations, trade barriers and political insecurity are threats to all businesses. In this session, panelists will explore the key drivers of uncertainty and how to mitigate risk.

    Friday, 7 June 2019, 12:00–12:45, Salle des Arts, One Monte Carlo

    Funding the future of your business

    Raising financing to sustain the business’s growth is a critical step with a wide range of possibilities. Panelists will share the path they chose as we explore funding options for businesses, different kinds of equity investment, and the pros and cons of public offerings. 

    Friday, 7 June, 14:30–15:45, Salle des Arts, One Monte Carlo

  • Discovery sessions

    Explore IPO preparation, growth strategies and family enterprise planning with EY advisors and others in private, one-to-one meetings:

    IPO preparation

    Initial public offerings can help you accelerate your growth and become a market leader. Learn what to consider in your plan to go public.

    Growth strategies

    Realize your ambitions faster with the EY 7 Drivers of Growth. Turn your strategy into an achievable action plan with clear, deliverable outcomes with our trusted framework. Find out how to make your growth ambitions a reality, faster. 

    Family enterprise planning

    How do you build a long-term intergenerational legacy? Learn the success factors for family enterprise growth, including succession planning, family governance, the family office and the next generation.   

    Discovery sessions are designed to fit your schedule and may be booked during registration.

  • Experience Monaco

    Experience the unparalleled beauty and distinctive highlights of the Riviera with deluxe excursions available to event participants through our trusted partner Pacific World:

    • Enjoy inspiring beauty through helicopter panoramic flights, classic car rentals and private sea cruises
    • Discover breathtaking hidden gardens and an herbs-and-edible-flowers tasting workshop
    • Explore the authentic countryside and artistry of Saint Paul de Vence

    Please book your excursions directly a minimum of 48 hours in advance. For further details, schedules and prices, review this brochure or contact weoy2019.excursions@pacificworld.com.

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The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2019 event agenda addresses the future of industry sectors and family businesses through keynotes, interactive panels and CEO-level discussions.