Annual Presidents Forum 2019: »Beyond AI: How Neurosciences and Biology will Change our World and how Leaders Should get Prepared for it«

08.11.2019 09:00 AM
€ 700 without VAT
The Annual Presidents’ Forum is the largest conference for executives from the region and beyond.

About the Forum

The IEDC Annual International Presidents’ Forum is the event of the year that regularly attracts numerous top executives and governmental representatives from the region and beyond. The topics of the forum reflect the most current issues impacting business processes and world economies. The speakers of the forum are prominent thought leaders and experts in their respective fields. Consequently, the forum serves as an excellent platform for exchange of opinions and creation of ideas, as well as an ideal setting for networking and establishment of new cooperation. 

About the Topic

»Beyond AI: How Neurosciences and Biology will Change our World and how Leaders Should get Prepared for it«

Today, many executives and senior officials are struggling with their digital transformation, and rightly so because an organization that would not embrace digitalization would soon be dead. However, and whatever the complexity of the digital transformation, one should not stop at looking at the other elements the future is preparing for us. Major transformations are arriving that will change drastically our society and companies, at least as much as what the digital transformation did. Adapting to them, and forecasting today these new disruptions, is a matter of medium to long term survival. They include the new developments of AI, that some see as an avatar of digitalization (which it is not), the arrival of applied neurosciences, the coming wave of genetic sciences that are going to change our world, as well as a number of major sociological changes, in particular around the new values within our societies, the new ways to treat communication and the new approaches to what is considered as « truth ». This conference will deal with these forces and their implications for management.


Start date: November 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM


  • 09:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Welcome address, Prof. Danica Purg, President, IEDC-Bled School                         of Management

                              Opening address, Mr. Zoran Poznič, Minister for Culture, Republic                                  of Slovenia

  • 10:00 – 11:30 »Beyond AI: How Neurosciences and Biology will Change our                             World and how Leaders Should get Prepared for it« by                                          Dr. Dominique Turcq, Q&A
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Coffee-Break
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Roundtable discussion of business leaders, moderated by                                      Dr. Dominique Turcq
    • Mr. Manfred Stern, Yaskawa, President and CEO, YASKAWA Europe, Germany
    • Mr. Nebojša Bjelotomić, CEO, Saga New Frontier Group, Serbia
    • Dr. Mark Pleško, CEO and Co-founder, Cosylab, Inc., Slovenia
  • 13:30 – 14:00 Conclusions by Dr. Dominique Turcq
  • 14:00              Reception

Program Fee

700€ + VAT

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Dominique Turcq
Founder and President of the Boostzone Institute


Barbara Vilfan
Head of IEDC Operations


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