Nudge Global Leadership Challenge 2014

Leadership in the Age of Transformation

30 like-minded young professionals from all around the world were challenged during a three day life changing event on leadership and sustainability, to be inspired and to inspire each other. And to bring out the best in themselves and become a leader of the future, equipped with the skills and tools to radically change the world.

After the Challenge three winners were crowned ‘Best Global Young Leaders in Sustainability 2014’. They will be invited to put their leadership skills to the test in Africa in the spring of 2015. The winners will have the opportunity to really change peoples’ lives, by making households in Rwanda self-sufficient with innovative energy solutions, in cooperation with WakaWaka.

One of the participants formulated his experience as follows: “I met 29 participants from 16 countries and 5 continents. We worked as a team, bonded with one another, inspired, pushed and encouraged one another. In the end, we all came out refined, polished and renewed.”

Check out the first Nudge Global Leadership Challenge in this visual story!

Day 1, Friday 7 November

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“I believe that a leader is someone who crafts a vision and inspires people to act collectively to make it happen, responding to whatever changes and challenges arise along the way. I am participating in the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge as someone who supports action towards a better world.” – Nindya Miesye Agita Pasaribu, Multi Bintang, Indonesia

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Daniel Erasmus

Founder The Digital Thinking Network

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“The art of talking about and understanding the future, is in knowing the future. It is changing our perception, the way we talk about things and the way we think about the future. However, the importance lies in the art of scenario planning: imagine your challenges. It is not about getting the specifics of the future right.”

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Abdoulie Janneh

Former United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa

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“African countries developed a peer review mechanism for their governance, allowing every section of society to participate. That way you can fill the gaps and connect the dots. This mechanism will help change Africa. Young leaders should be interested in these kind of mechanisms. Current necktie leaders won’t do this. It’s for young leaders like you, to do so, to seize this space!”

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Eric van der Hoeven

General Manager Middle East Baby Nutrition at Danone

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“For me it’s about touching the hearts of people and giving back to the environment by creating my own ecosystem. By working with and inspiring all our stakeholders, we can share with the communities we operate in and with.”

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“I want to be part of a movement of young professionals at the forefront of global change. I believe our world can get better. I want to be in the team that makes this happen. Participating in this Challenge enables me hone my leadership qualities and equip me with the needed skills for sustainability.” – Peter Okeugo, Journalist PUNCH Nigeria Limited & Founder of Help A Child

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“I see the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge as a huge opportunity to increase my knowledge of sustainability and my leadership capabilities in terms of vision and strategy. I feel that this Challenge will further develop my skills that are crucial for any professional career as well as personal life.” – Omar Monsif, Danone, Egypt

Missing Chapter Foundation

Princess Laurentien van Oranje and the Board of Children

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“Convincing a boss is not so different from convincing a friend. Stop thinking in hierarchies!”

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What is a sustainable world?

“A world that goes on forever.”

“A world that is really safe and everybody protects it.”

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What makes someone a good leader?

“Be kind.”
“Make ideas better.”
“Open up to other opinions.”

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How can you stimulate change?

“Plan a surprise, make it fun, and just do it!”

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“I am participating in the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge to learn more about issues and trends in sustainability. And to get to know sustainability initiatives in each country.” – Indira Nuranissa Ardiwidjaya, Multi Bintang, Indonesia

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“I am participating in the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge because I believe that connecting with others and having an intensive learning experience will help me make a more positive impact.” – Lisanne van Zwol, Founder Kromkommer, the Netherlands

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“I am participating in the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge because I am ready to make the difference!” – Jing Gu, Executive Assistant, ABN AMRO, China

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“The Nudge Global Leadership Challenge is uniquely positioned to provide me with an understanding of the key issues at the forefront of the sustainability agenda. It also constitutes a forum to engage with like-minded professionals at other forward thinking companies to shape the future of this landscape through our shared experiences.” – Pablo Garate, Accenture, Spain

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Day 2, Saturday 8 November

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Moment of reflection

With Yori Swart, singer-songwriter

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Professor Jonathan Gosling

Leadership as balancing act

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“In everything we do and everyone we talk to, we have to try to seek that recognition of the true, the good and the beautiful that lives in the core of one’s self. If we learn to affirm and grow this recognition, it becomes the strongest and most powerful resource in our lives. That is the heart of leadership.”

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Social entrepreneurs Caroline Dulleman (WorldGranny), Arjen Swank (TTC) and Jop Blom (Behold Int./Shake the World) present their business cases.

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Axel Rüger

Director Van Gogh Museum

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“We are extremely proud of the fact that our museum has been certified with the ‘BREEAM-NL In-Use sustainability certificate’. We are the first museum in the world that has received a ‘Very Good’ in all three categories, Building, Facilities Management and Use. However it was not a conscious decision on our end to pursue this. I personally believe that a museum is per definition already one of the most sustainable institutions on the planet. We are here to preserve our cultural heritage for eternity.”

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Kees Kruythoff

President Unilever North America

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“True leadership has three important aspects. The first and most important aspect is purpose. You need to have an individual authentic purpose. The second you cannot do without is passion. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and let passion lead the way towards your true purpose. When purpose meets passion, that’s where the magic happens. Thirdly, be resilient no matter what. You will definitely encounter a lot of either personal or business hurdles on the road. Even then, you can never give up. Keep a positive and open mind. It will only make you stronger.”

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Kees Kodde

Programme Leader Greenpeace

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“The most important aspect of leadership is critical thinking. In other words ‘cut through the bullshit’ in your company. If your company claims to be sustainable, what you can do, is to ask the right questions. Leadership is also about asking critical questions and not being afraid to ask these questions to your (senior) management. It is about not being afraid to be a whistleblower when there is a need be. So your tasks as future leaders in sustainability is to walk the talk, cut through the sustainabale discourse and define a broad definition of stakeholders.”

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“I believe that sustainability is a responsibility that should be taken up by each and every individual and/or organisation. We don’t live alone in this world, and that’s why we need to think carefully about the footprint we are leaving behind. Having no previous experience in sustainability, I am hoping that through the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge, I will learn more about the true meaning of it and get the chance to grasp all the knowledge I can to be able to create a project that I can apply in my country, Egypt.” – Ghada Hassan, Danone, Egypt

Day 3, Sunday 9 November

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Janis Tong

Head of Programme and Development at Good Lab, Hong Kong

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“I think it is incredible that 30 like-minded people from different organisations from all over the world came together in this Challenge. It is a very rare opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with peers from different countries and organisations and explore how we can adjust the power of sustainability together. I really hope we can have a reunion after this 3-day conference.”

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Hafeezah van der Ross

Executive head of Marketing and Fundraising, The Students Health and Welfare Centres Organisation, South Africa

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“What I like best about the Challenge is interacting with the participants: when everyone is talking about their lives, what they are doing and where they want to go and grow. Everybody is highly driven, they want to make a positive change. It is all about strong self-belief. And that takes determination and courage. That is the biggest realisation for me.”

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Ole Oberste Berghaus

MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund University, Sweden

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“Participating in challenges like the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge for me is not just to connect with new people or to broaden my network. It is not even about celebrating myself or presenting myself in the best way. It is about getting inspired to reflect my own actions and to reconsider what I am currently doing and what I can do better in the future.”

Kalpesh Gawali

Business Analyst (Energy), Infozech, India

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“What I really like about this Challenge is networking with different people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. I’ve learned a lot about sustainability from all the participants: how you can look at sustainability from different angles and perspectives. How it can be achieved on a continual basis. And how we can connect the dots to create a better world.”

Jill Xu & Pooja Nagesh Manik

Research Manager/Media Planner at Maximum & MBA student at CEIBS, China

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“It is a wonderful experience to be here with like-minded people to talk about sustainability and to share our thoughts. The Challenge is very intensive. But now after 3 days it is almost over and I have to say goodbye to great people. That makes me a bit sad. I hope we can get together really soon.” – Jill (l)
“Meeting people here has been absolutely wonderful. I never thought I would make new friends in such a short time! I am not the kind of person who opens up easily. But because we all came here with a similar purpose, it is so easy to make real heartfelt connections! I’ve made good friends. I’ve found a friend in Jill for example, someone I can just call and say ‘How are you? I miss you!’. That is the beautiful part of the Challenge.” – Pooja (r)

Becky Parrish & Rachael Everard

Account Manager at Interface & Global Sustainability Analyst at Rolls-Royce, United Kingdom

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“My most memorable moment has been talking to the Board of Children that came in on the first day. Just because they look at things and life so simply and from a really different perspective. They don’t have preconceived ideas.”- Becky (l)
“It was really good to meet people of a similar age from different backgrounds and perspectives who share the same passions.” – Rachael (r)
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“I am participating in the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge to connect with people from around the world and to connect with myself.” – Esmée Dorpmans, Business Manager Human Resources, ABN AMRO, Hong Kong (centre). Left: Jing Gu, ABN AMRO, Shanghai, right: Janis Tong, Good Lab, Hong Kong.

Sarah Ali

Consumer Engagement Programs Manager, Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition, UAE

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“This Challenge made me discover the strength in myself. I’ve seen a part of myself I didn’t know was there. Also the connections with everyone and the stimulus makes this Challenge really special to me. It is a time I won’t forget and will look back on with extremely fond memories.”

Alanna Sousa & André Estrella

Founder and Director Todoos Impacto Social & Trainee at Unilever, Brazil

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“The greatest challenge is to get back home after listening to all the different problems and dilemmas. I’d like to help everyone. At the same time I have to focus on my own problems and those of my country. This has nothing to do with being selfish, it is about focussing. For me that is the best insight: sometimes you have to be ‘selfish’, because you need to focus on one thing at a time. You can’t solve the whole world’s problems at once.” – Alanna (l)
“My favourite moment during the Challenge was the meeting with the Board of Children. I was so impressed by their simplicity. It amazed me to see how simple life can be. As an adult you tend to make things much more difficult than it really is. The children clearly showed me that I have the right to stick to my beliefs and that I have to trust myself.” – André (r)

Stephanie Dexter

Jr. Brand Manager, Heineken, USA

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“I have always wanted to make sure I leave an impact. But the fear of being uncertain and not knowing what I wanted to do, was holding me back. This Challenge helped me realise that it is okay to be uncertain. That you can be a sponge for a little while longer and learn from other cultures or smart professors. And just know that when you are okay with yourself, it comes naturally.”

Akpana Ahukannah

Sourcing Innovations Project Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Nigeria

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“The Challenge has been very intense. I am so excited to be here. The best part of the Challenge for me is when we had Princess Laurentien and the Board of Children in. One quote of Princess Laurentien really struck me: ‘We need to stop thinking in hierarchies’. I come from a society that has a very strong sense of culture which means we respect hierarchy, we need to defer to our elders a lot. In the business world that behaviour prevents you from promoting your ideas when it is contrary to the opinion of an elder. Breaking away from that kind of hierarchy-thinking would help promoting yourself and your ideas.”

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Lucile Danglas

Co-founder and Business Developer Chateau de Paraza, France

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“This weekend has been really amazing. I personally got inspired by the many discussions with different or holistic perspectives we’ve all had. I am so grateful for the experience and the inspiration that Nudge gave me. And maybe I can give some small nudges in different places.”

Elise Lufting

Analyst Private Equity Africa, FMO Development Bank, the Netherlands

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“I am really inspired by the international speakers and the other participants. But what really struck me was Daniel Erasmus’ talk on the first day: ‘The problem of sustainability is not the environment, but it is leadership. It takes courage, but sometimes we need to take risks.’ That is something I will definitely take home with me.”

Maurits Groen

Co-founder WakaWaka

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“25% of the African population lives off the grid, that’s about 1.3 billion people. A lot of them use toxic and unsafe kerosene lamps, which is an enormous social and environmental problem. What we are not aware of is that people die everyday because of these lamps. Everyday children get burned which leaves most of them disfigured and eventually robs them of a normal future. There must be a solution, Africa has an enormous amount of sunshine and we have the technology to do something! That’s why we designed the ‘iPhone of solar’, effective and more importantly, affordable for all.”

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“Participating in the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge will help me develop myself further and allow me to work with other individuals creating a stronger positive impact on this world.” – Tarik Alsilwady, Danone, UAE

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Andrew Amis

CEO, Village Innovators, USA

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“Meeting all the other 29 young potential leaders, who are passionate about what they are doing and making big changes in their own companies and their world, was the most inspirational. It was exciting to spend time with all these guys, to learn their stories and to make new friends. I hope to stay in touch with them.”

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“I believe the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge will provide us an insightful platform to meet like-minded professionals and potential future leaders in the sustainability field. I hope to challenge my perceptions, stretch my leadership capability and redefine vision of changes through discussions and exchanges of ideas.” – Ferrero, Luxembourg & Merve Şensoy (r), Ferrero, Turkey.

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“The Best Global Young Leaders in Sustainability 2014 are: Janis Tong (Good Lab, Hong Kong), Merve Şensoy (Ferrero, Turkey) and Stephanie Dexter (Heineken, USA).”

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