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20 May 2011

1243World leaders in business and government will debate innovation and entrepreneurship at London Business School’s Global Leadership Summit on 23 May.



George W Buckley, Chairman, President and Chief Executive of 3M; Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Chief Executive, WPP; António Horta-Osório, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyds Banking Group; David Sproul, Chief Executive Elect, Deloitte UK and Better Place founder Shai Agassi are among the speakers addressing delegates at this year’s Global Leadership Summit, which is sponsored by Deloitte.

Business, innovation and skills secretary Vince Cable will deliver a keynote address to the 650-strong business audience at the Summit. Dr Cable, who is also president of the Board of Trade, will focus his speech on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in the future of the UK plc.

This year’s programme brings together chief executives from some of the world’s most innovative organisations, social entrepreneurs and leading London Business School academics, who will be addressing an audience of businesspeople, students and London Business School alumni.

Among the topics up for debate are:


  • Do big companies innovate? 

  • How do you set the scene for innovation? 

  • Creating a culture of innovation: How important is the role of a CEO? 

  • Social innovation: For profit or social benefit? 


 Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean, London Business School, said: “I’m really pleased to welcome such a high calibre of speakers and panellists to this year’s Global Leadership Summit. Entrepreneurship and innovation are the key drivers of growth for both business and the economy in normal times. They are crucial right now in creating jobs to help economies emerge from the financial crisis.

“We’ve been teaching the subject for over 25 years and many of our top faculty are engaged in this area of research. London Business School is a place to meet existing and budding entrepreneurs and to hear fresh and original thinking.”

Chaired by CNN anchor Charles Hodson, the day will include a number of panel sessions, and big ideas break-out sessions led by four London Business School faculty members, looking at customer focus and innovation, business design, building a culture of constant innovation, and management myths.

Twitter followers can keep up-to-date with the conversations and post questions at #GLS2011.