Drivers of growth

The secrets of the hidden champions and their invaluable lessons for investors and entrepreneurs.

Miss Gillian Tett, our keynote speaker for this edition, has informed us that she has to break her prior engagement with us, because of pressing demands of her job. She has recently been appointed as editor in chief of the US edition of the Financial Times, and has stated that this new job makes it impossible for her to come to Europe on the agreed date.

We always anticipate such an eventuality, and our excellent contacts have allowed us to engage an inspiring speaker, who was very high on our wish list.

On December 4th, German professor and renown specialist of the drivers of our growth, Hermann Simon, will be our guest. He will share his ideas and insights on the secrets of economic growth and the role our “hidden champions” (strong growing small and midsized companies) play in the future of our region.


Practical info

Thursday 4 December 2014
Registration and welcome from 3:30 p.m.

The conference starts at 4:00 p.m. sharp

BMW Brand Store Brussels
Waterloolaan 23-24, 1000 Brussels

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3:30 p.m. Welcome & registration
4:00 p.m. Introduction & program overview
by Geert Wellens, CEO Econopolis
4:10 p.m. Economic outlook & introduction
of keynote speaker Professor Hermann Simon by Geert Noels, Chief Economist Econopolis
4:35 p.m. Drivers of growth
The secrets of the hidden champions & their invaluable lessons for investors and entrepreneurs
By Professor Hermann Simon
5:20 p.m. Coffee break
5:40 p.m. Debate
between Hermann Simon, Geert Noels and Ivan Van de Cloot, Chief Economist Itinera Institute
Moderated by Frederik Delaplace, Editorial Director of Mediafin (De Tijd / L’Echo) 
6:20 p.m. Q&A
interaction by the audience
6:35 p.m. Closing statements
6:50 p.m. Walking dinner


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