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The Economic Summit 12 – 13 april 2018


The Economics of Mutuality. Making Business and Government Mutual.

The Hague and Amsterdam, 12 – 13 April 2018

The Economic Summit exists to promote the dissemination and implementation of new paradigms on finance and economy based on Christian tradition, faith and thought, and transformational businesses generating four-fold capital (human, social, natural and profit) as new models for poverty alleviation and sustainable economies. Sustainable economies do not exist in isolation, but have everything to do with the social, political and spiritual structures in which they are embedded. Our focus therefore also includes the factors that lead to sustainable development.

From our very first meeting in 2014, the Economics of Mutuality (EoM), a concept pioneered by Dr. Bruno Roche, senior Economist at Mars Inc. and the Managing Director of the Mars Catalyst Think Tank, has played a key role in Economic Summit events. During the past few months, this idea has also been presented at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Committee meeting as well as at the World Economic Summit and UN General Assembly meetings in New York. It is clear that this is an idea whose time has come!

In our Economic Summit Europe meeting, 12-13 April 2018 we will focus on the practical applications of EoM in business and management practice as well as in government and public policy. Our aim during this meeting will be:

  1. To demonstrate that this is a concept that works in both emerging and first world nations.
  2. To get broad buy-in from the business, political and academic communities in The Netherlands and Europe.
  3. To start to develop best practices for the implementation of EoM and the concept of Mutuality in The Netherlands. To this aim, we will set up a National Centre for knowledge and best practices that will be able to lease with hubs in different cities nationally.

The organising partners for this meeting are the Economic Summit, Sallux, GIDS Network Netherlands and the Christen Unie. Attendance at this meeting is by invitation only.

Who should attend

Policy makers, M(E)P’s, business leaders, financial experts, institutional investors, NGO’s, entrepreneurs, promising young professionals (those under 35 years) involved in these areas.

Application to attend

This meeting is by invitation only. Those who wish to attend can contact Dr. Arleen Westerhof at register@economicsummit.eu . Once your application has been approved, we will send you a link and information to complete the application process and to reserve a hotel room if necessary.

The Dutch Parliament Buildings in The Hague, Netherlands.

Program Highlights

Day 1. Thursday 12 April 2018. Location: Dutch Parliament Buildings

Presentation: Vision for a new economic model of mutuality.

(Speaker: Dr. Bruno Roche)

Presentation: Response to the presentation by Dr. Roche

(Speaker: Fopke Hoekstra, Minister of Finance, Kingdom of The Netherlands)

Presentation: The potential for the implementation of EoM in European societies.

(Speaker: Rosan Ivanov, Senior Expert Harmonisation and Integration, European Central Bank)

Panel discussion: Economics of Mutuality in the Innovation Economy

We have entered a new economic world where the traditional vertical economy is being challenged by horizontal, collaborative economic models. This emerging economy is built on the foundation of trust, a central concept in EoM.

(Speakers: Prof. dr. Lans Bovenberg, Tilburg University, Rens van Tilburg, Sustainable Finance Lab, University of Utrecht, a speaker from the Nyenrode School of Business (t.b.c.))

Panel discussion – Evolving the Regulatory and Legal Environment

Profit maximisation for shareholders has isolated companies from society. Short-termism is being gradually replaced by a long term view addressing questions of social, environmental and human impacts as well as profitability. To what extent will company laws need to adapt, and what kind of legal framework will be necessary to support this new form of business? 

(Speakers: Marcello Pelazzi, B Corporation and B Lab Europe, plus a CEO from a Dutch multinational and Jeroen Dijsselbloem ? )

Presentation and case study: Empowering the poor at the Base of the Pyramid

In order to ensure success in doing business among the Base of the Pyramid peoples new economic ecosystems need to be created. What is the relationship between businesses, NGO’s and non-traditional partners for businesses in these new ecosystems and how can we capitalise on them to achieve mutuality?

(Speakers: Clara Shen and Alastair Colin-Jones, both of Mars, Inc.)

Meeting: Dr. Bruno Roche and several high level Dutch and European influencers in the political sphere.

Program Highlights

Day 2. Friday 13 April 2018. Location: Dominion Centre, Amsterdam

Presentation: The Economics of Mutuality Journey and Business Context at Mars Inc.

(Jay Jakub – Senior Director of External Research Mars Inc. and Co-author of Completing Capitalism. Heal business to heal the world).

Presentation: Mutuality in the perspective of the Global Landscape 

(Speakers: Clara Shen – Director of Emerging Markets, Mars Catalyst and Prof. Colin Mayer – Said Business School, Oxford)

Case studies: Rethinking Supply Chains, Driving Organisational Change, Empowering the Poor at the Base of the Pyramid and Building Purpose-driven businesses.

(Speakers: Kate Roll, Senior Research Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford and Alastair Colin-Jones, Senior Manager, Business Research Mars Catalyst)

Panel discussion: Transformations in Leadership to deliver on the promise of Mutuality

We have never experienced a more demanding, fast-passed and complex leadership environment. The vision of mutuality requires unprecedented leadership abilities to navigate today’s rapidly changing context and cascade new leadership skills into the entire organisation. How do we teach the current and future generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders EoM and ultimately transform leaders for a new business world?)

(Speakers: We need 4 people, eg. One from Nyenrode and from Erasmus or another university and two young professionals)

Panel discussion: EoM in a hostile take-over environment

In a world in which How can investor perspectives be refocused on the long-term and embrace a wider set of goals than financial performance?

(Speaker: t.b.a.)

Presentation: EoM for the SME and start-up sectors

(Speakers: Arleen Westerhof – Economic Summit and Sofye Coban – SGC Finance)

Charting the way ahead.


Standard rate

Entire Summit: 395 Euros p.p.

Day rate, Thursday or Friday: 240 Euros p.p.

Young professionals

Entire Summit: 240 Euros p.p.

Day rate, Thursday or Friday:  145 Euros p.p.


Delegates invited to this meeting include:

Dr. Dora Akuetteh

Head, Camp Pendleton Military Hospital and Vice Chancellor, University of Accra, Ghana

Mr. Anthony Begina, 

Gevolmachtigde Minister van Curacao, Ministerie van Algemene Zaken

Prof.dr. Arnoud Boot

Professor of Economics, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Alastair Colin-Jones

Senior Manager, Business Research, Mars Catalyst

Reuben Coulter

CEO, Transformational Business Network

Johannes de Jong

Board member, Sallux

Dr. Frank Dietz

Section Head Sustainable Development, PBL

Jereon Dijsselbloem

Former Head, Eurogroup

Ms. Eunice Eisden

Plaatsvervangend Gevolmachtigde Minister van Curacao

Dr. Luc Gnacadja

CEO, Design 4 Sustainability

Past Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (2007-2013)

Minister of Environment and Urban Development (Benin, 1999-2005)

Fopke Hoekstra

Minister of Finance, Netherlands

Rosan Ivanov

Senior Expert Harmonisation and Integration, European Central Bank

Mr. Ebu Jones

Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Suriname

Dr. I.S. Steven Martina, Minister

Ministry of Economic Development of Curacao

Prof. Colin Mayer

Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Anna McCoy

CEO and Global Ambassador, Empowering a billion women 2020, USA

Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah

Director, National Cathedral Ghana

Andrew Ng

Private Equity Entrepreneur, Singapore

Anne-Marie Rakhorst

Sustainable Entrepreneur

Elly Rijnierse

Community Development & Investments

Dr. Bruno Roche

Chief Economist Mars Incorporated, and Catalyst Managing Director

Dr. Kate Roll

Senior Research Associate, Said Business School, Oxford University

Jan Sturesson

Futures and disuption specialist 

Former Partner PwC responsible for Global Organisations

Vanessa Toré, 

Director Foreign Economic Cooperation Division Curacao

Rens van Tilburg

Economist, Sustainable Finance Lab

Peter van Dalen

Member of the European Parliament, Christian Untion