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Update: The Scandinavian social model – is it sustainable?

 

We see very good interest for our discussion in Geneva next week – but we still have some spaces left.

We are also very pleased to announce an additional member of the panel: Kiran Aziz , Attorney at Ernst & Young in Norway who arrives next Monday for an assignment in Geneva. Kiran is a Global Shaper – World Economic forum. Board member for ICJ (International Commision of Jurists), Oslo Red Cross and member for international legal aid committee in the Norwegian Bar Association. Received recognition as “Up & Coming” talent for Norway’s most 100 powerful women for 2015.  So together with the other panel members (see below), Kiran will be able to offer some great insights.

Oslo downtown (picture) is changing face as Norway enjoys tremendous development in the wake of its successful management of energy resources.  But can Norway keep up its social conscience and generous system as new challenges face the country? On Wednesday April 20th at 18:30 we team up with some Norwegian thought leaders based in Geneva and explore these questions further.

The debate takes place in connection with the Norwegian days in Geneva . The Norwegian Club in Switzerland will host the debate at the Hôtel et Restaurant Parc des Eaux-Vives in Geneva.

The debate is open for the public and it will be followed by a very nice Norwegian Menu dinner afterwards. Attendance at the dinner and the debate require registration in advance.

Subject for the debate:

In the wake of the immigration crisis, all the Scandinavian countries have revisited their immigration policies and taken measures that have resulted in many people raising questions about the viability of the Scandinavian social model.

In the debate we will explore questions such as:

  • What are the key components of the Scandinavian social model?
  • How are the countries in Scandinavia different in terms of their social model?
  • What is good with the model – what problems do you see?
  • Looking at the world as it is now – is the model sustainable?
  • How can the Scandinavian countries continue to set the standard – and do we think they will?

The panelists are in alphabetical order:

  • Kiran Aziz, Attorney at Ernst & Young in Norway – Currently on assignment to Geneva . Kiran is a Global Shaper – World Economic forum. Board member for ICJ (International Commision of Jurists), Oslo Red Cross and member for international legal aid committee in the Norwegian Bar Association. Received recognition as “Up & Coming” talent for Norway’s most 100 powerful women for 2015.
  • Arne Cartridge, former senior director at the World Economic Forum and CEO of Grow Africa. As of April 1 2016 Arne Cartridge has returned to Yara International as a special advisor. Formerly a marketing executive, Arne Cartridge has dedicated the last ten years to building private public partnerships to improve food security in Africa, and he has received great recognition for facilitating the set-up of the Grow Africa initiative.
  • Kristin Engvig is the founder and driving force behind WIN – Women’s International Networking, an independent global women’s leadership organization. She has dedicated the past 20 years to women’s leadership and organizational change, inspiring others to create a world where business and society flourish and all people thrive.
  • Knut Haanaes, Senior Partner & Managing Director Boston Consulting Group’s  (BCG) Geneva Office and global leader of BCG’s Strategy Practice. He also leads BCG’s Sustainability Initiative and is responsible for BCG’s partnership with MIT, the World Economic Forum and WWF for Sustainability. Knut Haanaes is chairman of the board at the Norwegian Business School (BI).
  • Thomas Hauff is the Norwegian Ambassador to Switzerland based in Bern. In his 39 years with the Norwegian diplomatic service he has had posts on several continents. Previously he was the Norwegian ambassador in Cairo and Singapore. With a master both in Finance and International Affairs, he brings unique insights from his postings around the world.
  • Bente Mikkelsen is Head of the Secretariat for the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) (WHO GCM/NCD). Formerly an executive in the Norwegian health services, Dr. Mikkelsen is now heading a team to get global traction and to enhance the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors in order to tackle the most important diseases of our time.
  • Preben Munch, Director of Corporate Customers and Strategic Partnerships at ECOHZ, a Norwegian-based company focused changing energy behavior with renewable energy solutions.  Preben has a long-standing career in renewable energy and is a global thought leader on energy policies and innovative instruments to drive sustainability focus in large enterprises.

Rolf Olsen, founder and CEO of Leidar  will moderate the debate.

 
Rolf Olsen

CEO, based in Geneva

Rolf Olsen launched Leidar in 2010 and continues to lead the company as CEO.  He advises clients on strategy and narrative development; crisis management; and complex reputational issues on a global scale.

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