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Leading for the Future - a Conference on Power, Profit and Purpose. Organized by FutureBoards and Aftenposten, with the Financial Times as media partner

  • Clarion Hotel, The Hub Biskop Gunnerus' gate 3 Oslo Norway (map)

Global trends such as geopolitical instability, climate change and a cyber world call for a whole new way of doing business. On top of business results, it is imperative for corporate boards and management to focus on the company’s purpose and role in society, corporate culture, values and ethics.

The UN Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of “Agenda 2030” – a plan adopted by all 193 UN Member States, for achieving a better future for all — aiming to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. Business play a crucial part in achieving these ambitious goals

Corporate leaders must rethink what their responsibilities are, to whom they are accountable, and how they can ensure the organisation is understood - not only to the company’s shareholders, but also to the wider ecosystem of stakeholders.

Through presentations, dialogue and interactive discussions, the conference will explore how new challenges affect corporate leadership and the future role, skills- and mindsets required on the part of board directors and top managers who plan to survive in the 21st century.

High level speakers will provide new perspectives and fresh thoughts to help corporate decision makers see the bigger picture, identify potential risks and opportunities, and build trust with the company’s key stakeholders in order to ensure sustainable value creation for all.


  • Each speaker is given 5 – 7 minutes to address the topic, followed by dialogue/interview, roundtable discussions and work-shops facilitated and moderated by journalist/ commentator/ editor from Aftenposten/A-Magasinet and Financial Times

  • Conference chairs/moderators: representatives from Aftenposten/A-Magasinet and FutureBoards


  • Professor Mervyn E King, Chair King Committee on Corporate Governance for South Africa, Chair Emeritus International Integrated Reporting Council

  • Dr Hans Christoph Hirt, Board member and Head of Hermes Equity Ownership Services (EOS) Limited

  • Ms Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO Schibsted ASA

  • Mr Johan H. Andresen, Owner Ferd, Chair of the Council of Ethics, Norges Bank Investment Management

  • Ms Tone Lunde Bakker, CEO Swedbank Norway, Chair Nomination Committee Equinor ASA

  • Ms Kerrie Waring, CEO ICGN - International Corporate Governance Network

  • Ms Sophie Nachemson Ekwall, affiliated researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics.

  • Ms Camilla Hagen Sorli, Business Development Manager, Orkla International Sales, Orkla ASA

  • Mr Jens Ulltveit-Moe, Founder and CEO UMOE

  • Ms Nina K. Jensen, CEO REV Ocean


  • Leyla Boulton, Editor Special Reports, Financial Times

  • Richard Milne, Nordic Correspondent, Financial Times

  • Turid Elisabeth Solvang, Founder & CEO FutureBoards

Detailed programme will follow

The event is supported by:

Earlier Event: December 2