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Day 1: October 3 2018


Reception & Welcome

16.30 – 17.30

Portugal and Spain found themselves on the frontline of the financial crisis. After introducing austerity measures under center-right governments, both countries returned to growth and turned instead into some of the best examples of Europe’s economic recovery. Both are now led by socialist prime ministers, at a time when socialism has suffered major electoral defeats in other parts of Europe. What explains why the Iberian Peninsula has become Europe’s poster child and how sustainable is that situation?
Raphael Minder

Raphael Minder

Spain & Portugal Correspondent
New York Times
Raphael Minder has been based in Madrid as the Spain and Portugal correspondent for The New York Times since April 2010. He has written extensively on the financial crisis’ impact on Spain and Portugal and the resulting political tensions, including the secessionist drive in Catalonia. He has also covered social issues, like illegal migration and domestic violence, and writes about sports and culture. Raphael has been a full-time journalist since 1993, when he started working in Switzerland for Bloomberg News. He spent 10 years as a staff
correspondent for the Financial Times, working in Paris, Brussels, Sydney and finally Hong Kong as the F.T.’s Asia regional correspondent.
18:00 - 1900

Recent research shows levels of trust in the European Union to be high among young citizens; however at the same time anti-EU parties are winning votes across Europe. At this crucial stage in the history of the EU, Sofia Colares Alves will give a front-row seat perspective on not only the EU’s impact on Portugal, but also on the lessons the EU can learn from Portugal in terms of reinventing itself into a more citizen–centred entity.
Sofia Colares Alves

Sofia Colares Alves

Head of the European Commission Representation in Lisbon
European Commission Representation in Portugal
Sofia Colares Alves has been Head of the European Commission Representation in Lisbon since July 2016. Sofia joined the Commission – DG Competition – as an administrator in March 2003. She first worked in the Transport Anti-Trust Unit before working in the Mergers Policy and Case Scrutiny Unit, responsible for providing support to case-teams on legal and economic issues and leading the formulation of DG Competition's policy work in this area. In March 2008, Sofia was named Deputy Head of Unit in Mergers, Unit E4 – Basic Industries, Manufactured Goods and Agriculture, and supervised a great number of DG COMP merger investigations in these sectors. Sofia then spent three years as a member of the Cabinet of Vice President Joaquín Almunia. In this role, she advised the Vice President in the areas of cartels, anti-trust and merger control in the Transport, Pharma, Agriculture & Food, and Manufacturing sectors.

Dinner & Networking

Day 2: October 4 2018




What would Marx and Engels write today, 170 years after publication of The Communist Manifesto and in a time of more pronounced inequality than ever before? According to Rupert Younger, rather than focusing on uniting the disparate social movements of the nineteenth century, the two most famous intellectuals of their time would today be concerned with the phenomenom of activism and with movements that are lending a voice to the unheard, such as Arab Spring or Occupy Wall Street.
Rupert Younger

Rupert Younger

Director, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Saïd Business School
Rupert Younger is the founder and director of Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and co-founder and global managing partner of The Finsbury Group. He is the co-author of The Reputation Game and The Activist Manifesto. His work and views are regularly featured in news outlets including the BBC, CNN, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Times of London. In addition, Rupert chaired The University of Oxford’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee of Council and is a Trustee of the international mine clearance and humanitarian charity The HALO Trust. Appointed by HM Queen Elizabeth II as her High Sheriff of Hampshire for 2013-14, Rupert is also a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland.

In this unique workshop, Dr Brennan Jacoby will lead the audience in a dialectical exploration of the process of innovation. Audience members will be challenged to rethink what the act of questioning can and should accomplish, as well as devise and ask themselves new questions to kick-start innovation and trust – in their work and their private lives.
Dr. Brennan Jacoby

Dr. Brennan Jacoby

Philosopher & Founder
Philosophy at Work
Dr. Brennan Jacoby is a philosopher and the founder of Philosophy at Work, a consultancy delivering facilitation, training, writing and talks for the sake of helping others think better so that they can do better. In addition to Philosophy at Work, Brennan is a long-serving faculty member at The School of Life (London), where he delivers classes and trains new faculty, an associate of Urbancanda, where he facilitates leadership workshops, and an affiliate at the Centre for Integral Finance and Economics, where he consults on the intersection of trust, relationships and finance. Originally from Detroit, US, Brennan holds degrees in philosophy from Macquarie University, Sydney, Western Michigan University and Spring Arbor University.



Attitudes towards whistleblowing have undergone a sea change in recent years, with increased recognition of the benefits that come to businesses that embrace their people by encouraging them to speak up rather than supress the truth from coming out. Andrew Samuels will discuss how sensitive handling of whistleblowing enable boards to take back control of internal issues, rectify them and learn lessons.
Andrew Samuels

Andrew Samuels

Founding Partner
Andrew Samuels is a Founding Partner of Addveritas, a specialist management consultancy specialising in helping businesses establish and run whistleblowing programmes that encourage their people to report wrong doing and to leverage this information to the benefit of all stakeholders from customers through to leadership. Andrew is a subject matter expert to the British Standards Organisation for Whistleblowing and is the UK Delegate Lead to the International Standards Organisation. He is currently the Whistleblowing Champion for a large UK charity. Prior to founding Addveritas, Andrew had a career delivering large scale global programmes in the financial services, telecommunications and media sectors.
15:00 - 17:30

Interactive tour


In 1755, an earthquake destroyed the city of Lisbon. This natural disaster had a tremendous impact on contemporary thought, and was a landmark event in the development of the Enlightenment. Dr. Susan Neimann will describe exactly how the Lisbon earthquake helped shape the Enlightenment, how the Enlightenment shaped the West, and how the lessons of the Enlightenment can be rethought to fit our own times.
Prof. Susan Neiman

Prof. Susan Neiman

Einstein Forum
A scientist turned communicator, Ana Godinho is currently Head of Education, Communications and Outreach at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. Before joining CERN, Ana lead communications at the Portuguese national funding agency for science and research and previously held posts in science communication at biomedical research centres in Portugal and in the UK. She holds a PhD in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of London, and was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at King’s College London. Ana has co-authored papers, a children’s book of science experiments and has collaborated in outreach projects in Europe, Africa and Brazil.

Dinner & Networking

Day 3: October 5 2018




Before “fake news” there was “disinformation”, and to fight this age-old threat, democratic societies must apply cognitive security to manage the information environment, be proactive, and out-compete those who spread disinformation. In exploring these issues, Dr. Rand Waltzman will encourage the audience to suggest out of the box solutions to fight disinformation
Rand Waltzman

Rand Waltzman

Senior Information Scientist
RAND Corporation
Dr. Rand Waltzman has 35 years of experience performing and managing research in artificial intelligence. He is currently a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Prior to joining RAND, his positions include acting Chief Technology Officer of the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Programme Manager in the Information Innovation Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Chief Scientist for the Applied Sciences Laboratory at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, and Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden,

Forget what you thought you knew about games. More than just fun and excitement, play is a working model of flexibility, a vital quality in times of volatility and uncertainty. In his presentation, Professor Dr. Schouten will show a vital link between play, psychological development and learning, and explain how games and play design actively nourishes social innovations, citizen empowerment and culture.
Ben Schouten

Ben Schouten

Professor Playful Interaction
Eindhoven University of Technology
After receiving his master’s degree in mathematics (specializing in chaos theory) in 1995, Ben Schouten founded, providing innovative internet related solutions, in 1996. In 2001 he received his PhD for his thesis on content based image retrieval and interfaces that allow browsing and searching for images in an intuitive way, according to human perception. In the following years, Ben started teaching at the Utrecht School of Art & Technology in Interaction Design and Gaming. In 2010 he was appointed Full Professor Playful Interactions in Smart Environments at Eindhoven University of Technology. He was appointed lector at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in 2013, leading the Play & Civic Media research group.



The first atoms of antihydrogen – the antimatter counterpart of the simplest atom, hydrogen – were created at CERN in 1995. The exploration of antimatter, nuclear physics, dark matter and other research at CERN has reinvented what we thought we know about our universe and life in it. Dr. Godinho will give a thrilling glimpse into this research, why it matters and how it could help us unlock some of the Universe’s most profound mysteries.
Ana Godinho

Ana Godinho

Head of Education, Communications and Outreach
Before joining CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physic, scientist turned communicator Dr. Ana Godinho led communications at the Portuguese national funding agency for science and research and previously held posts in science communication at biomedical research centres in Portugal and in the UK. Ana is a scientist turned communicator. She holds a PhD in developmental neurobiology from the University of London, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at King’s College London.

The age of mixed reality, cognitive services and internet of things immerses us in new digital dimensions, adding new layers of reality to our daily lives. Assuming that every industry transforms their businesses according to these trends, what happens then? What kind of scenarios will inevitably spawn in such an environment and what do they mean for our society?
Dirk Songür

Dirk Songür

Studio Head, Mixed Reality
Microsoft Germany
Dirk Songür joined Microsoft in February 2017 to manage the new Microsoft Mixed Reality Studio in Berlin. Previously, he worked at digital transformation agency Razorfish as Head of Technology, leading a team of architects, developers as well as the Emerging Experiences teams for clients like Audi, DHL, Tourism New Zealand and Dubai Tourism. Dirk’s background includes working as an engine and tools developer on AAA game titles for a major German games studio, studying Information Sciences, and working on computer graphics, augmented reality setups, graphics algorithms, mobile computing, mobile applications and context sensitive information systems at German research organization Fraunhofer Institute.

Wrap Up