BestCities Global Forum Copenhagen - December 2019
Exploring the Congress of the Future – Fortifying Impact
Open to senior international association executives (or AMC on behalf of the associations), the Global Forum is the ideal opportunity for decision-makers considering hosting an event in a BestCities’ destination, to meet all the partner cities and meeting planners in one stunning location.
Reasons to Attend
Return home with tangible tools that you can use to form future strategies for your association.
Learn from your association peers and widen your network.
Meet the Danes – Explore Copenhagen as a market for future business events; learn and experience Copenhagen’s economic, social and cultural environments.
Tap into strategic opportunities and establish relationships with the network of BestCities Global Alliance partners
Scenarios for Associations of the Future
The Copenhagen Convention Bureau and BestCities Global Alliance are on a mission to infuse the industry with new long-term perspectives of the future. We are launching an initiative to explore the future of congresses in partnership with the Danish Design Centre and futurists from Public Futures.
Participating associations will return home with a tangible tool to use in the formation of future strategies for their associations. The tool can after Global Forum be accessed digitally by everyone interested. Based on the scenarios and the discussion throughout the process, a white paper with strategic recommendations will also be written.
As Denmark’s national Design Centre, the Danish Design Centre has a deep experience in working in the cross section between futurology and design. Public Futures is a company of leading future scientists specializing in social and policy development, exploring strategic development tasks based on societal analyzes and future studies.
An example of their prior collaboration is the initiative Boxing Future Health. More than 100 experts and stakeholders across the healthcare sector, including the pharmaceutical and medical industry, the health tech industry, hospitals and researchers have contributed and been engaged in the development and creation process towards a tangible and visionary concept here.
Many associations stand on the verge of devoting even more resources to the impact assessment of their event. This fosters discussions on key performance indicators, how we can measure the impact and whether to focus on evaluation of quantifiable output or the hardly measurable impact. The Global Forum will bring together state-of-the-art knowledge based on research projects from across Europe. The goal is sharing, evaluating and discussing best practices on:
- Creating (long-term) alliances between stakeholders
- Instruments for evaluating and achieving impact
- Current issues on i.e. public engagement, evidence-based policy, interdisciplinary approaches and harmonizing definitions and assumptions.
Meet the Danes and get your “hygge” on!
Explore one of the happiest countries in the world. During this trip you will not only get to know the Danes, our culture and why we rank so high on the happiness list. You will also eat your way through the culinary scene of Copenhagen and get to experience the true sense of “hygge”, which roughly can be translated into coziness. Lastly as it is close to Christmas you will of course explore the magical Winter Wonderland at Tivoli Gardens.
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11:15 - 16:15: Tour
This pre-tour will consist of two different elements in Copenhagen. First you will eat your way through Copenhagen while getting to know a bit more about the Danes. Secondly you will visit Copenhagen’s newest attraction; an urban mountain where you can ski on the top of a waste-to-energy plant.
16:30 - 18:00: Free Time
18:00 - 21:30: Welcome Reception at Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
The welcome reception will be held at the Marriott Copenhagen Hotel
09:00 - 12:30: Building Scenarios for the Future of Congresses 2040 at Bella Center Copenhagen
Christian Bason, Danish Design Center
12:30 - 13:30: Lunch
13:30 - 16:15: Building Scenarios for the Future Continued at Bella Center Copenhagen
Christian Bason, Danish Design Center
16:15 - 19:00: Free Time
19:00: Transfer to Øksnehallen
19:30: Dinner at Øksnehallen
09:00 - 09:15: Morning Inspiration at Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center
Conclusions from yesterday and setting the scene for today
09:15-10:15: Open Space at Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center
You create the sessions covering topics you want to cover
10:15-10:30: Break at Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center
10:30-11:45: Keynote: Impact in 100 days? Really?
Nadim has led teams that introduced RRI’s 100-Day Challenges in Nicaragua, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. The work involved using 100-Day Challenges to nudge community stakeholders towards much higher levels of collaboration, innovation, and execution.
12:00 - 13:00: Lunch at Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center
13:30 - 15:30: City Café at Visit Carlsberg
Get to know the 12 BestCities partner destinations
15:30 - 17:00: Cultural Activity at Visit Carlsberg
17:30 - 18:30: Free Time
18:30: Ambassador Dinner at the Festivities Hall at Copenhagen City Hall
09:00 - 11:45: Impact Workshop Assess and Measure the Impact of your Event at Copenhagen Marriott
12:00 - 13:00: Festive Canal Boat Tour
13:00 - 14:30: Danish Christmas Lunch at The Standard
14:45 - 15:40: Education Programme
15:45 - 16:00: Closing and handover to next year's hosts
16:30 - 18:00: Free Time
18:00 - 23:00 : Winter Wonderland at Tivoli Gardens
Global Forum Facilitator
David Meade is a 1st-class honours graduate from Ulster Business School, and his work as a lecturer and researcher in International Business and Strategy with the University of Ulster, has built his reputation as one of Europe’s most sought after motivational and organisational speakers, trainers, and facilitators. He’s worked with organisations such as: Apple, PwC, BT, Saba, Harvard in Boston, the Cabinet Of ce in Westminster, Bombardier, and the Bank of America.
From writing the manifesto for the Nordic food revolution and co-founding noma, a perennial “World’s Best Restaurant”, to launching an indigenous food movement in Bolivia that has trained thousands of young people and is unlocking a new sense of national pride, Claus Meyer has always been motivated by goals that stretch far beyond the profit-motive. Addressing issues such as the importance of unconventional thinking and naïve ambition, how to create an avalanche-like cultural movement rather than a traditional business plan, and why we - and our teams - need to remain in close touch with our values and passions if we are to be truly successful, this “son of the microwave oven” will share insights from his gastronomic, business and philanthropic journey.
President and founding Board member of the RRI Rapid Results Institute
Nadim is President and founding Board member of the RRI (Rapid Results Institute). He has led teams that introduced RRI’s 100-Day Challenges in Nicaragua, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.
More recently, Nadim's work focused on veteran, chronic and youth homelessness in the US, and on the integration of social and health care in the UK. The work involved using 100-Day Challenges to nudge community stakeholders towards much higher levels of collaboration, innovation, and execution. Most recently, he helped introduce RRI’s 100-Day Challenges in the UAE, as part of a Government Accelerator program sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Nadim’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2012, and he served as a Yale School of Management Donaldson Fellow in 2012 and 2013.
Nadim was born and raised in Lebanon. He worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Beirut, where he oversaw the implementation of USAID’s relief and rehabilitation program during the Lebanese civil war. He also worked for Save the Children Federation, where he led the design and implementation of a food assistance program serving 100,000 families that were displaced during the civil war. After leaving Lebanon, he worked at Schaffer Consulting, a Connecticut based change advisory firm, where he served as managing partner from 2009 to 2012.
Nadim has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the American University of Beirut. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chief Executive of the Danish Design Centre
While setting the strategic direction for the Danish Design Centre and governing the most demanding initiatives and activities, Christian is also CEO of Design Society, a foundation which is the parent company of the Danish Design Center, INDEX: Design to improve life, Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen Fashion Week.
He is also a prolific contributor to blogs and magazines, including Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Danish weekly business and political magazine Mandag Morgen. He is the author of seven books on design, innovation and management, most recently Leading Public Design (2017), Form Fremtiden (Shape the future; 2016), Design for Policy (2014) and Leading Public Sector Innovation (2010). Christian is a visiting associate professor at several executive educations, including Oxford Saïd Business School, the European School of Administration, Copenhagen Business School and Aarhus University.
Christian is a member of the board for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), a member of The Rockwool Foundation’s Research Programme Committee, and also member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future on Agile Governance Council. He is a former Chair of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Public Sector Innovation and a former member of the European Design Leadership Board.
Currently, he is a member of the SIRI Commission and the Danish government's challenge panel on public innovation and digitization. Christian holds an M.Sc. in Political Science from Aarhus University and a Ph.D. from Copenhagen Business School, CBS.
Christian is in high demand as a speaker and inspires and advises business leaders and governments in Denmark and abroad.
Thomas Trøst Hanse
Industrial PhD Fellow at Wonderful Copenhagen
Thomas Trøst Hansen is an industrial PhD Fellow at Wonderful Copenhagen and an affiliated researcher at the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University Copenhagen. His academic work focuses on how scientific conferences underpin the knowledge economy and is particularly interested in effects related to networks and recognition exchanges. He has also published on international mobility.
He has previously worked in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and in the Danish National Research Foundation as a senior advisor on national and international science policy. Furthermore, he was the Head of Media and Marketing at the EuroScience Open Forum 2014 Copenhagen – the largest European science policy conference, which had an ambitious outreach programme with more than 40.000 participants.
Alessandro Jacques Cortese
Chief Executive Officer of ESTRO
Alessandro Jacques Cortese is since 2009 the Chief Executive Officer of ESTRO, the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology and Chairman of the ESTRO Cancer Foundation, and was, until June 2015, President of ESAE, the European Society of Association Executives.
Founded in 1980, ESTRO is a non-profit and scientific organization that fosters the role of Radiation Oncology to improve patients’ care in the multimodality treatment of cancer. With over 6,500 members in and outside Europe, ESTRO’s mission is to promote innovation, research, and dissemination of science through its congresses, special meetings, educational courses and publications.
Previously, Alessandro was Director of the Association Management practice at MCI, based in Brussels. In this capacity he was responsible for consulting clients on strategy and products offering, and for the maintenance and development of the competency of the MCI Brussels office in the AM practice.
Alessandro has gained significant experience working with international associations, particularly heading up the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) office of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Within the scope of the collaboration with MCI, Alessandro served in key management and consulting roles for several international associations such as IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events), DMAI (Destination Marketing Association International), CIC (Convention Industry Council) and APICS (The Association for Operations Management).
Before working in the association domain, Alessandro worked as a marketing and communications specialist for AT Kearney and for McCann-Erickson, based in Milan, Italy.
Alessandro Cortese is a graduate from the University Statale degli Studi di Milano, with a degree in political sciences and an MBA from the same institution. He is also a PhD candidate in Management Sciences at the University of Antwerp.
Other academic accomplishments include serving on the Faculty of Economics, Department of Political Economics at the University Statale di Milano as a lecturer of economics of culture.
In 2015, Alessandro co-founded the Executive Master in International Association Management at the Solvay Business School in Brussels, where he also serves as a Lecturer in Strategy.
Alessandro is regularly invited to give talks to industry events and congresses, focusing in particular on strategy for International Associations. He is also a member of the International Advisory Boards for Destination DC, MyCEB Malaysia, PCMA (EMEA) and BestCities.
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