5th IESE Family Business Conference
Prepare for Landing – Conversations on Next-Gen
5th IESE Family Business Conference
Prepare for Landing – Conversations on Next-Gen
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In line with IESE's mission to develop leaders who strive to have a deep, positive and lasting impact on people, companies and society through professional excellence, integrity and a spirit of service, the Family Business Club presents the 5th IESE Family Business Conference. Titled "Prepare for Landing – Conversations on Next-Gen", it will take place on South Campus of IESE Business School in Barcelona, on Friday, March 27th, 2020.

The conference puts a focus on exploring the most essential aspects of a successful landing of the next generation into a family business: the preparation of the Next-Gen business leaders (new pilots), the current management and shareholder generation (commanders-in-chief) as well as the organisation (landing strip) itself for the generational transition.

The IESE MBA elective LAND will be integrated in the program. Landing in the Family Business is taught by Prof. Heinrich Liechtenstein, who will moderate the conference in cooperation with the Family Business Club.

Consequently, the day will start with students’ testimonials on the elective. In addition, moderated panel discussions with commanders-in-chiefs and new pilots will give interesting insights in learnings from the course.

Among various activities within the conference will be further presentations of family members from various international family businesses. They will share their valuable experiences on succession related issues.

In addition to that, Prof. Albert Fernández will be facilitating a case discussion on succession in family businesses. His vast experience with small and medium sized enterprises in combination with the case study method and a highly knowledgeable audience will guarantee an exciting outcome. 

Friday, March 27, 2020
08:30 a.m. - 06:45 p.m.
Barcelona South Campus Av. Pearson, 21, 08034, Barcelona, ES

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Friday, March 27th

08.30 am 09.00 am Registration & Team Selection
09.00 am 09.30 am Welcome: Overview on Elective / Student Testimonials
Prof. Heinrich Liechtenstein, IESE
09.30 am10.15 amKeynote Speech - Hidden Risks in Wealth Succession: "The Effects of Stonewalling" - Two Family Business Cases             
Mrs. Doris Sommavilla, 3rd Generation
Mr. Dominik von Eynern, 5th Generation
10.15 am10.45 amCoffee Break
10.45 am11.45 amCurrent-Gen Panel: "Pilot's Take-off Reports"
Moderator: Mrs. Andrea Christenson, IESE
11.45 am12.15 pmCoffee Break
12.15 pm13.15 pmNext-Gen Panel: "Prepare for Landing - Avoid a Crash"
1st and 2nd year MBA students
13.30 pm 15.00 pm                                                                                      Networking Lunch                                                                                
Team Preparation - Family Business Case Breakout Sessions

Class Discussion - Family Business - Prof. Albert Fernández, IESE
*Exclusive for LAND participants and their families
16.45 pm17.15 pmCoffee Break
17.15 pm18.30 pm Keynote speech - "Sustainability & Family Business" 
Mr. Alfonso Líbano Daurella, Vice-President & Director, COBEGA, S.A.
18.30 po18.45 pmClosing Speech 
Prof. Heinrich Liechtenstein, IESE
Speaker Heinrich Liechtenstein
Professor Liechtenstein holds a Ph.D. in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from The Economics School of Vienna, Austria, a Master's degree in Business Administration from IESE Business School, and a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Graz. Professor Liechtenstein specializes in entrepreneurial finance, management of wealth and governance of entrepreneurial families. He is co-author on several publications on private equity. His ongoing research in this field focuses on operational value creation in private equity, impact investing and governance of entrepreneurial families. Professor Liechtenstein lectures in the MBA and Executive Programs. As a consultant he collaborated with leading families and financial institutions and serves on the board of family controlled foundations. Prior to his academic career, Professor Liechtenstein was engaged in the family owned Liechtenstein Global Trust (LGT) dealing with ultra high net worth individuals. He also advised families within the Boston Consulting Group and established and sold two successful businesses.
Speaker Dominik von Eynern

Dominik v. Eynern comes from a business family now in its 5th generation. He’s an active shareholder of the family business and a Principal at Blu Family Office. He combines his experience from 20 years in the financial industry with his experience as a family member and studies in behavioural science to analyse family dynamics and share insights.

Dominik holds a BSc. in Economics (Universität Augsburg) and a MSc. in Finance (Universität Frankfurt). He started his career at Merrill Lynch in equity derivatives and held senior roles in hedge funds.

SpeakerDoris Sommavilla

Doris Sommavilla is a 3rd generation member of a family business focusing on hospitality and residential development in Italy. Since 2006 her family has been investing in Eastern Europe. She is active in the family business since 2010, after the sudden death of her father. Doris has first-hand experience of the potential consequences than an unplanned succession could have on family wealth. The sudden death of her father coupled with the downturn of her family main investment markets put her family wealth at risk. It took her family almost 10 years to turnaround the main business, adopt a sound governance structure and start diversifying away from real estate risk. To diversify family wealth, her family joined BLU Family Office that is focusing on managing risk through investments in alternatives. Previously she worked at Allianz Global Investors in (Milano) and Pimco (Munich, Germany). She holds a Master in Family Office (AIFO), Master of Science in Finance (Bocconi University), CFA, CAIA, CISI in Capital Markets.

Doris is involved in Philanthropy through Skychildren.org that takes care of educating disadvantaged children in Kolkata, India. She is also starting up a social enterprise in Eastern Europe, training disadvantaged people for hospitality jobs in Italy. Doris is also supporting diversity and women empowerment in Italy sponsoring and co-organizing events with Leadersfirst.

Speaker Andrea Christenson

Andrea Christenson is a Senior Advisor at Rhodion Advisors GmbH. She supports business families with strategic, organizational, but also personnel issues and helps them to prepare their companies for the long term and, including the transfer of generations.

Based on her over 30 years of experience in and for business families, Andrea Christenson contributes to overcoming conflicts, strengthening cohesion and understanding for each other and developing solutions. In the context of leadership development programs, she is a coach and mentor at IESE, Barcelona. She is a member of various advisory and administrative boards of European companies.

After earning an MBA from IESE Business School and seven years at the Boston Consulting Group, Andrea acquired the family company "Käthe Kruse Puppen" from the founding family and transformed it from a traditional handicraft workshop into an internationally active toy and textile company.

Speaker Albert Fernández
Albert Fernández is a professor in IESE's Accounting and Control Department and Entrepreneurship Department. He also teaches courses on the analysis of business problems and the management of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Since 2009, he has been the director of Finaves, the venture capital platform that invests in IESE alumni projects. He has been an academic director of IESE's Programa de Desarrollo Directivo (PDD) since 2016. He has been the director of the Accounting and Control Department since September 2018. Previously, he occupied various management posts within the MBA program. Fernández is the academic director of a program for executives of micro-businesses. For more than 10 years, he was the academic director of focused programs on strategy implementation and accounting and finance for non-financial executives. Additionally, he was academic director of a program for social entrepreneurs and of numerous custom programs. He has taught classes in leading universities in the U.S. (Harvard, Boston University), Latin America (INALDE, Colombia; IAE, Argentina; PAD, Peru; ISE, Brazil; among others). Since 2017 he has served on the board of advisors for Colombia's INALDE business school. His areas of interest are entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on early stages; the keys to growth for SMEs; corporate governance with a focus on SMEs and family businesses; and the use of management processes such as planning, budgeting, evaluation and compensation. He has extensive experience in consulting and has served and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several companies. He has been president of the Corporació de Salut of Maresme i la Selva from 2012 to 2019. He is the author of various cases, technical notes, and articles for journals and other publications. Download complete CV
Speaker Alfonso Líbano Daurella

Alfonso Líbano Daurella is currently Vice-President & Director of COBEGA, S.A., the familiar holding.

Mr. Líbano is also Chairman of EQUATORIAL COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY, S.L. (ECCBC), the Coca-Cola Bottler franchise for 13 African countries in West and North Africa. Moreover, he has been Trustee of THE COCA-COLA AFRICA FOUNDATION since 2004.

He is Director of the Board & Chair of the CSR Committee of COCA-COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS, one of the leading Coca-Cola Bottlers Worldwide, listed on the Stock Exchange in London, NY, Amsterdam and Madrid.

Mr. Líbano is Founding Member & Member of the International Commission of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar (IEF), Chairman until November 2019 of the European Family Businesses (EFB) and Chair of the Polaris Committee on Sustainability issues at FBN-I.

In addition, Mr. Líbano also sits on boards of public organizations including the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain and the MACBA Foundation (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona), as Vice-president.