Transition Day: Change – Digitalization – Sustainability – Leadership

Transition Day: Change – Digitalization – Sustainability – Leadership

Fri Sep 01 09:50:00 CEST 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    Mastering change – Eric Dubuis (CIO Comet Group)

10:45 – 12:15     Gaining from digitalization – Kamales Lardi (strategist, author, keynote speaker)

12:15 – 13:15     Lunch

13:15 – 14:45     Living sustainability in management – Alex Edmans (professor at London Business School, TEDx speaker, WSJ expert)


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

16:30                  Wrap-up & Apero


Package & Early Bird Special

Early-bird special price of CHF 400 for binding registrations before September 30, 2017; official rate thereafter
CHF 500 (lunch, coffee breaks, and apero included). Limited seats - first come, first served!



Please follow this LINK to register for the event  



Speaker profiles

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.






Kamales Lardi is a strategist specializing in the areas of digital transformation, social media and enterprise collaboration. She is a published author, lecturer and dynamic keynote speaker.


She has more than 17 years of experience in management consulting, having worked for companies such as Accenture and Deloitte Consulting. Kamales has consulted for companies across various regions and industries, including UBS, SBB, Victorinox, Zurich Insurance, Swiss Re, Bacardi Martini, Sig Combibloc, among others. Kamales has extensive experience in implementing business process optimization, corporate strategy and new technologies, which has made her well positioned to lead digital transformations initiatives across various industries.


Please click the links for more details: website  biography



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.


Please click the link for more details: biography



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.