Transition Day: Change – Digitalization – Sustainability – Leadership

Transition Day: Change – Digitalization – Sustainability – Leadership

Mon Nov 06 09:50:00 CET 2017

«Challenges and opportunities for today’s executives»


How do you navigate change successfully? What does top management need to know about digitalization to steer the company accordingly? What is the philosophy of sustainable management? How do you position yourself strategically in a fast moving world?


Together with well-known experts we capture and condense the most relevant topics which currently move the world. This is an exclusive offer for you to upgrade your executive know-how. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from experts and to network with the current EMBA class and alumni!


Date and Location

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hotel Seepark, Thun



 08:00                 Welcome coffee & croissants

 08:45 - 09:00     Introduction by Petra Joerg (CEO Rochester-Bern)

 09:00 – 10:30    Sustainability: the evidence and the implementation – Alex Edmans
                           (professor at London Business School, TEDx speaker, WSJ expert)


10:45 – 12:15     End of business as usual: how digital disruption is transforming the global
                           business landscape
– Kamales Lardi (strategist, author, keynote speaker)


12:15 – 13:15     Lunch

13:15 – 14:45     Mastering change in a dynamic environment – Eric Dubuis (CIO Comet Group)


15:00 – 16:30     Leadership in a corporate context – Urban Ehret (CFO SBB Passenger Traffic Division)

16:30                  Wrap-up & Apero



Full-day: CHF 500, including lunch, coffee breaks, and apero

Half-day: CHF 300, including lunch and coffee breaks



Please send an email to event(at)rochester-bern(dot)ch 




Speaker profiles

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School.


Alex’s research interests are in corporate finance (corporate governance, executive compensation, investment/growth/innovation, and mergers and acquisitions), behavioural finance, corporate social responsibility, and practical investment strategies. 


Alex’s research has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, The Economist, and The Times; and interviewed by Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, ITV, NPR, Reuters, Sky News, and Sky Sports.  He was awarded the Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing and the FIR-PRI prize for Finance and Sustainability, and was named a Rising Star of Corporate Governance by Yale University and a Rising Star of Finance by NYU/Fordham/RPI.  Alex co-led a session on behavioural economics at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos and TEDx talks on The Social Responsibility of Business and From Post-Truth to Pro-Truth.  He is a Wall Street Journal  “Expert”, writes regularly for Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, World Economic Forum, and CityAM, and runs a blog, Access to Finance, that aims to make complex finance topics accessible to a general audience. Alex serves on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company, which proposes policy reforms to encourage companies to pursue long-run purpose over short-run profit. He serves on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, and as elected faculty representative on the LBS Governing Body.


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Kamales Lardi is a digital transformation strategist and dynamic keynote speaker. She helps companies leverage digital disruption to create new opportunities for business and generate revenue.


Kamales has 17 years of experience in corporate strategy formulation, business process optimization and technology implementation. The convergence of these experiences have made her well positioned to lead digital business transformation initiatives across various industries. Since establishing Lardi & Partner Consulting GmbH in 2012, Kamales has advised companies across various industries such as UBS, Swiss Federal Railwas (SBB), Pfizer, Victorinox and Sanitas Insurance among others. Kamales is a published author, lecturer, as well as member of the MBA Advisory Board at Durham University, UK. She has recently been appointed as a startup mentor for the F10 Fintech Incubator & Accelerator sponsored by the Swiss stock exchange. 


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Eric Dubuis holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Universität Bern and is a 2005 graduate of the Rochester-Bern EMBA program. He’s the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award.


After working for several well-known Telecom-companies in Switzerland and the United States, he started his position at Comet Group after graduating from the EMBA program. In 2008, Eric Dubuis was elected as a member of the board of managers, where he now serves as Chief Information Officer as well as Chief Human Resources Officer. Eric Dubuis is an audit expert at the Berner Fachhochschule and has himself held several lectures. He is married and is a father of three.






Urban Ehret has been CFO of SBB’s passenger traffic division since 2010.

He started his career in the Banking industry at Swiss Bank Corporation (SBC), Before joining SBB, he worked for Ciba Specialty Chemicals as Regional Finance Director EMEA and lead a global business transformation project implementing new business processes on the basis of SAP in 80 group companies.


He is responsible for approximately 180 employees and commutes weekly between Bern and Freiburg (Germany) where his family lives.