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Leadership in business and government: What one can learn from the other

Exclusive leadership discussion with Walter Kuemmerle and Wolfgang Ischinger

The remits of government and business are very different, but leaders in both areas have much to share in terms of experience. Leaders everywhere are called upon to help organise, implement, motivate and innovate, but often under vastly different circumstances. While government can be slow to react to change, business can be driven by short-term shareholder interests. Yet entrepreneurship and innovation are not foreign to the public sector, just as accountability and stakeholder interests are important to running a successful business.

Find out what leaders in both fields can learn from each other in a discussion with Walter Kuemmerle and Wolfgang Ischinger on Leadership in business and government: What one can learn from the other. There will be plenty of time for your questions and discussion.

Walter Kuemmerle is a leading academic expert on international strategy and management, as well as entrepreneurship and private equity. He has also studied the management of fast-growing organisations and innovation management in large firms. He is the President of Kuemmerle Research Group, an independent research, consulting and executive education firm. He was a professor at Harvard Business School for over 10 years, with a joint appointment in the Entrepreneurial Management and Technology & Operations Management faculty groups. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialisation in strategy and business policy at the Harvard Business School. Professor Kuemmerle's award winning research has appeared in leading academic and managerial journals and several book chapters. His work experience prior to joining the Harvard Business School was in banking, consulting, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Wolfgang Ischinger is Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School and Director of the school’s Centre for International Security Policy. He has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. From 2006 to 2008, he was Germany’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and from 2001 to 2006, he was Ambassador to the United States. Ischinger previously held a wide range of diplomatic and policymaking positions, including State Secretary (Deputy Foreign Minister, 1998-2001). In 2007, he served as the EU representative in the Troika negotiations on Kosovo. In 2014, he was the representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the National Dialogue Roundtables in Ukraine before serving as Chairman of the OSCE-mandated Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project in 2015. He studied at the universities of Bonn and Geneva, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Harvard Law School.