THE CIRCLE 2017 – PROGRAM

Wednesday, September 20th

1.00 – 1.45 pm

Arrival & Welcome Reception: The Royal Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 10

1.45 – 2.00 pm

Welcome words

2.00 – 3.00 pm

Around the world today, there are millions of reported cases of missing persons from armed conflict, human rights abuses, organized violence, natural disasters and mass migration. Munira Subašić’s husband and son, Hilmo and Nermin, and 20 other family members were killed in July 1995 in the Srebenica genocide. She will talk about her personal experience. Kathryne Bomberger will contextualize the global issue of missing persons in the context of the work of ICMP, explaining that governments have an obligation to do everything in their power to account for missing persons and to support the right of families to truth, justice and reparation.
Kathryne Bomberger

Kathryne Bomberger

Director General
ICMP International Commission on Missing Persons
Kathryne Bomberger has over two decades of experience working in international organizations, including the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the (ICMP) on issues related to human rights and conflict prevention. Before specializing in international human rights issues, she worked for the United States Senate and as a journalist. She has an undergraduate degree in history and a graduate degree in international relations, with a focus on Middle East Studies, from the Elliot School of International Relations at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Since 1998, she has led the development of ICMP, which is today the world’s leading human rights and rule of law organization dedicated exclusively to helping governments address missing persons other causes. ICMP was created at the initiative of President Bill Clinton at a G-7 Summit in Lyon, France in 1996. Kathryne was appointed Director-General in 2004. In 2007, she was made a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the President of France as “the proof of attention and recognition of the French Government for the work of Kathryne Bomberger in her mission and the exceptional achievements of ICMP.”
Munira Subašic

Munira Subašic

Chairman
Movement of Mothers of Srebrenica and Žepa Enclaves
Munira Subašić is the chairman of the Association of Mothers of Srebrenica and Žepa enclaves a non-governmental and non-profit organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) established in 1996.

The mission of the Association is to gather survivors and family members of the victims who disappeared or were killed in Srebrenica and Žepa during the fall of the UN "Safe haven" in 1995. They are actively engaged in global activities to raise awareness, pursue justice, and ensure that those who were responsible are held to account.

Munira’s husband and son, Hilmo and Nermin Subašić, and 20 other members of the Subašić family were killed in July 1995 in the Srebenica genocide. Two small bones, found in separate mass graves, belonging to Nermin have been identified by ICMP. Hilmo’s remains were identified in 2005, and he was buried in the same year.
3.00 – 3.30 pm

Coffee Break

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Kevin Warwick will be talking about what‘s going on in Biohacking and what can be done with implant technology to enhance humans as well as for therapy. He will also present material on growing biological brains and putting them in a robot body. The basis for all will be practical examples due to actual experimentation.
Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick

Emeritus Professor
Reading and Coventry Universities & the world’s first Cyborg
Kevin Warwick is Emeritus Professor at Reading and Coventry Universities. His main research areas are artificial intelligence, biomedical systems, robotics and cyborgs. He is frequently referred to as the world’s first Cyborg. Kevin is a Chartered Engineer who has published over 600 research papers. His experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He achieved the world’s first direct electronic communication between two human nervous systems, the basis for thought communication. Another project extended human sensory input to include ultrasonics. He also linked his nervous system with the internet in order to control a robot hand directly from his neural signals. He has been awarded higher doctorates (DSc) by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences. Kevin has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by 9 Universities.
4.30 – 5.00 pm

Walk to the nearby Kanarie Club

5.00 – 6.00 pm

In a mere of five to ten years’ we should get used to a day which will consist of 48 hours: 24 hours physical and 24 hours digital. Everybody will have its own avatar that is smart enough to attend meetings, that decides when the icebox needs to be filled, what journeys we make and when we need to go to our family doctor. Scary? Maybe. Are we holding back on that development? No. So we might as well embrace it. Artificial intelligence and robotics that make computers even smarter represent probably the biggest change to change our lives dramatically.
Erik Hoving

Erik Hoving

Group Chief Technology Officer
KPN N.V.
Mr. Hoving is currently Group Chief Technology Officer of KPN Group. Previously he was Chief Strategy, Innovation & Technology Officer of KPN Group and CTO & CEO Netco at KPN Mobile International. Prior to joining KPN in 2008, Mr. Hoving was the CEO of Zenitel NV in Brussels.

Before that he worked for more than a decade as management consultant, first at Arthur D. Little and afterwards at the Monitor Group. He started his career at AT&T Network System.

Mr. Hoving is a Dutch national and holds an MBA from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delft.
6.00 pm

Dinner at the Kanarie Club

Thursday, September 21th

8.45 – 9.15 am

Doors open & Breakfast

9.15 – 9.30 am

Introduction of the day

9.30 – 10.30 am

When he started as an engineer and scientist, Marijn Dekkers was always driven by the ability to invent better solutions. Later as a CEO he had to focus on successfully turning inventions into innovations. Only when customers choose innovative products more often or are prepared to pay more, can demanding shareholders be satisfied too.
Dr. Marijn Dekkers

Dr. Marijn Dekkers

Chairman
Unilever PLC
Before becoming Chairman of Unilever, Marijn was Chief Executive Officer of Bayer AG in Germany (2010-2016) and Chief Executive Officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in the USA (2002-2009).

Having received a degree in chemistry from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Eindhoven, Marijn began his career in 1985 as a research scientist at General Electric in the US, gaining experience in various units of the company before joining AlliedSignal (subsequently Honeywell International) in 1995.

In 2000, Marijn became Chief Operating Officer at Boston-based Thermo Electron Corporation, a world leader in the manufacture of laboratory instruments (later renamed Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.). In 2002 he became this company’s President and CEO. In 2010 Marijn joined Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany, as CEO until his retirement in 2016. Bayer is a Life Sciences company active in the areas of human, animal and plant health.

Marijn also serves on the Board of Directors of General Electric. He holds both US and Dutch citizenships
10.30 – 11.00 am

Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.00 am

When looking far into the future, what do we see? The promises that the future will keep, be they the boom of the middle classes, an aging population or a huge increase in communications, cities and the Internet.
Looking even farther forward in time, the future becomes less certain, a hazardous area where the worst runs alongside the best: increased inequality, vanishing beaches and populism on the one hand, but on the other, clean energy and an end to waste and massive poverty.
By using datas, maps and graphs, future studies are like leaning out a window onto the future where we discover a wide range of possibilities, the future as it is inventing itself today, as we may shape and decide it as well, and the force of thought when it is free and open to change and avoids one-sided ideas, old habits and surrender.
Virginie Raisson

Virginie Raisson

President
LÉPAC
Virginie Raisson-Victor is a French analyst and researcher on international relations. Since 2008, she runs LEPAC, a laboratory for geopolitics and future studies founded in 1992. Since then, in addition to the numerous analysis and cartography works she has published in French books, journals and magazines, Virginie Raisson-Victor has been a regular writer for “Le Dessous des Cartes”, a weekly geopolitics TV program aired on the French-German channel Arte, and a co-author of the two eponymous atlases published in 2005 and 2007.
12.00 – 1.30 pm

Lunch

1.30 – 3.00 pm

Conductor Jurjen Hempel shows and experiences which types of leaders are conductors. How do they lead an orchestra and what it takes to make a whole orchestra work together? The Dudok quartet provides a musical framing and at the end it can be practiced in a ‘own version of maestro’ with the conduct of a quartet.
3.00 – 4.00 pm

A critical reflection of the „Smart Everything“ paradigm is necessary. Thus, I present a citizen-centered design approach for smart cities, which allows transforming them into Humane, Sociable and Cooperative Hybrid Cities. The approach aims at reconciling humans and technology and implies to keep the human in the loop and in control. Security and privacy infringements are of major concern as they become more important now also in the real world when cities develop into smart, hybrid cities.
Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz

Dr. Dr. Norbert Streitz

Scientific Director
Smart Future Initiative
Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in psychology. Scientific Director Smart Future Initiative since 2009. 20 years Division Manager/Deputy Director Fraunhofer Institute. Teaching at Universities in Aachen and Darmstadt. Research at Univ. of California, Berkeley; Xerox PARC; Intelligent Systems Lab, Tsukuba Science City, Japan. 25 books and 150+ papers. Manager and reviewer of EU-funded projects, member of Editorial and Advisory Boards, consultant, international keynote speaker.
4.00 – 5.00 pm

Coffee Break & walk to the nearby Rijksmuseum

5.00 – 5.40 pm

Guided tour in the Rijksmuseum

5.40 – 6.00 pm

Over the past decade the Rijksmuseum has undergone a complete renovation. This provided a rare opportunity to completely rethink a national institution. Not only the building and the display but also the role and position it aims to have in our society and in people’s lives. The lecture will give an insight into this process: the way the collection is always our point of departure and of arrival. It will argue for the importance of simplicity, and how it is often most complex to arrive at it; why authenticity is key in the digital age and what power do art and history have to bring people together in today’s world.
Taco Dibbits

Taco Dibbits

Director
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Taco Dibbits (Amsterdam, 7 September 1968) has been the Rijksmuseum’s Director of Collections since 2008. He studied art history at VU University Amsterdam and the University of Cambridge, joining the Rijksmuseum in 2002 as a curator of 17th-century painting. In 2006 he was appointed Head of Fine and Decorative Arts, and two years later he became the museum's Director of Collections. Prior to joining the Rijksmuseum, he was the director of the Old Masters department at Christie’s in London.

Since joining the Rijksmuseum, Mr Dibbits has played a key role in developing the layout of the new Rijksmuseum, guiding the museum’s acquisition activities and establishing the exhibition programme.
6.00 – 7.00 pm

Boat trip & aperitif: Amsterdam by the canals

7.00 pm

Dinner at the Rijks

Friday, September 22th

8.45 – 9.15 am

Doors open

9.15 – 9.30 am

Introduction of the day

9.30 – 10.30 am

Blockchain is the driving force of the next generation Internet, also referred to as the Decentralized Web. It allows us to decentralise trust. Smart contracts on the Blockchain radically reducing transaction costs creating the basis for a P2P society, allowing for new forms of organisational structures that were not feasible before. What is the state of that technology and what are the pitfalls and challenges of Blockchain based DAOs Decentralized Autonomous Organizations)?
Shermin Voshmgir

Shermin Voshmgir

Founder
Blockchain Hub
Shermin is the founder of BlockchainHub. What started in Berlin has since panned out internationally to a decentralized network of autonomous Hubs that promote the idea of Blockchain & the Decentralized Web. She is on the advisory board of the Estonian e-residency program and was a curator of theDAO, a bold attempt to run a fully decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO), a company without managers on the Ethereum Blockchain. Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. Among others her films have screened in Cannes and at dOCUMENTA.
10.30 – 12.00 am

Brunch

12.00 – 1.00 pm

How the latest developments in technology, training, biology, and politics are redefining our world, and how to survive and prosper in the coming turmoil.
Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley

Speaker, Journalist, Explorer
Futurist, explorer, pilot, medic, and scientist
Ben Hammersley is a leading international consultant futurist and speaker on the networked world.

In 2014 he presented the landmark BBC television series, “Cybercrime with Ben
Hammersley”. He has authored 5 books including “64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then”. Ben has reported on technology for numerous publications including The Times and the Guardian. He was deputy editor of WIRED magazine and is currently Editor at Large.
1.00 – 2.00 pm

Sum up & farewell drinks

3.00 – 4.00 pm

Amsterdam classic: Cheese tasting Connaisseur

7.30 pm

Dinner at Le Garage

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