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Mikael Vest

Founder, strategic advisor and professional board member

Mikael Vest is the founder of and strategic advisor in the company Vinderstrategi A/S, and has a long experience in strategy – both in a theoretical and practical perspective. He is a co-owner and partner in several companies, and with a wide range of former director jobs, he has a comprehensive insight and practical experience within strategy, management and business development.

Mikael Vest is also an external professor in strategy at Aarhus Business School at University of Aarhus, author of the bestselling “Strategy in winning companies” and has previously been designated as one of “Tomorrows Leaders” by the Danish financial paper, Børsen.

He has also participated in the Executive Board Program INSEAD, and holds many board positions, both as chairman and member of the board.

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Jesper Klit

CEO, Jesper Klit & Partners

Jesper Klit is one of the most popular and inspiring European speakers in the fields of communication and leadership. He is the CEO of Jesper Klit & Partners and previously worked at the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen, the Danish television station TV2, as well as at the Danish company Nordisk Film TV, where for six years he was the CEO. Jesper specializes in the development of personal communication, media coaching, and business storytelling. He advises a number of companies and leaders – from prime ministers to CEOs – on issues relating to personal and strategic communication. Furthermore, he is the author of several books on media, communication, and leadership.

Jesper Klit has specific expertise in corporate communications, communication coaching, development of personal clout, media/TV-coaching, crisis communication, and business storytelling. He works all over the globe for among others several Fortune 500 companies, and he is much in demand as speaker, facilitator, and teacher.

Howard Yu

Professor of Strategy and Innovation at IMD, IMD

Howard Yu is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at IMD and will teach digitalization and digital leadership at the Leadership Acceleration Programme.
In 2015, Professor Yu was selected by Poets & Quants as one of the World’s Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors. Besides having published in academic journals, such as Business History Review, his writing has also appeared in popular media outlets, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Forbes, MIT Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, the Straits Times, SCMP, and Shanghai Daily. Interviews and quotes have appeared in Bloomberg News, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC, and China Daily.
He is a two-time (2013 and 2015) prize-winning case writer awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)—Europe’s largest network association in the field of management development, with more than eight hundred member organizations. More recently, Yu was awarded for his work in the “outstanding case writer on the hot topic Big Data—Risks and Opportunities” category at the 2017 Case Centre Awards, which are called the business school Oscars by the Financial Times. He was shortlisted for the 2017 Thinkers50 Innovation Award, and then in 2018, appeared on the Thinkers50 Radar list, of 30 management thinkers “most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.”

Ina Toegel

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change, IMD

Ina Toegel is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD. Her teaching activities invoke experiential learning and focus on a range of topics – from leading self and leading high-performance teams, to emotion management and leading organizational change.
Ina Toegel’s research focuses on team dynamics, organizational change management, top management teams during corporate renewal, and founder influence.

Ina has conducted research in several industries, including infrastructure, hospitality, luxury and additive manufacturing. Her program directing and teaching experience includes leadership programs with companies such as Pirelli, Legrand, UEFA, Bank of Communications, Bayer, Electrolux, ASSA ABLOY, T-Systems, Carlsberg, JTI, Hydro and Tenaris.

Prior to joining IMD, Professor Toegel taught at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. She holds a PhD in Management from INSEAD (France), an MSc in Management Research from Saïd Business School, Oxford University (UK), and a BA degree in economics from Columbia University (USA).

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George Kohlrieser

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, IMD

George Kohlrieser is an organizational and clinical psychologist. He is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at IMD and consultant to several global companies including Accenture, Alcan, Amer Sports, Barclays Global Investors, Cisco, Coca-Cola, HP, IBM, IFC, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, Nestlé, Nokia, Roche, Sara Lee, Tetra Pak, and Toyota.
His research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on high performance leadership, high performance teamwork, conflict management, change management, dialogue and negotiation, coaching, stress management, work life balance, and personal and professional development.

He is also a Police Psychologist and Hostage Negotiator focusing on aggression management and hostage negotiations. He has worked in over 100 countries spanning five continents.

Mark Greeven

Professor of Innovation and Strategy, IMD

Mark Greeven is Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and programme director of the Leadership Acceleration Programme IMD. Drawing on a decade of experience in research, teaching and consulting in China, he helps organizations to innovate in a turbulent world. He has been collaborating with innovative Chinese companies and entrepreneurial multinationals to explore novel ways of organizing, accelerating corporate innovation, designing business ecosystems to thrive on uncertainty. He is also a fluent Chinese speaker.

Mark is on the “2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 next generation business thinkers”, an annual ranking that the Financial Times deemed the “Oscars of Management Thinking”. He is also an author of several books on China and innovation as well as an often-published researcher in international academic journals and worldwide media.

Mark Greeven received a PhD degree from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before joining IMD he held faculty positions at Zhejiang University in China and the Rotterdam School of Management in The Netherlands.

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Paul Strebel

Professor of Governance and Strategy, IMD

Paul Strebel has been working with boards of directors and top management teams for more than 25 years on strategic vision and the resolution of boardroom conflicts. In addition to personal experience as a board director, he has facilitated highly interactive workshops and seminars on best inclass boards and strategic breakthroughs for more than 50 multinationals in Europe, U.S., South Africa, the Middle East and S.E. Asia. His work on the four classic roles of the board and how they are shaped by power, psychology and priorities has helped many boards and board directors.

Professor Strebel has twice received the Award for Research on Leadership from the Association of Executive Search Consultants and has won numerous case study awards from the European Foundation for Management Development.

Bill Fisher

Professor of Innovation Management, IMD

Bill Fischer is a Professor of Innovation Management at IMD. He cofounded and co-directs the IMD program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and also authors a regular column for entitled “The Ideas Business,”.

In 2011, Bill was named by The Independent [U.K.] as one of the most influential tweeters on business issues; and by as one of the “Top 50 Innovation Tweeters of 2012”, as well as one of’s 40 top innovation bloggers in 2012. In 2013, he was included among “The Top 50 Business School Professors on Twitter,” and Innovation Excellence’s “Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2013”. Also, in 2013, Reinventing Giants, which addresses business model and corporate culture reinvention in a mature, commodity business, has been short-listed for Thinkers50 “book of the year” award.