25-26 September, 2019
Odense, Denmark

The world’s best ideas for business leaders

Learn new ideas from Harvard, IMD, INSEAD, IE Business School and many more

The World’s Best Ideas

The Thinkers50 European Business Forum brings together leading managers and the world’s best business professors. Not just to lecture, but to discuss effective management tools and new business solutions with you and our other attendees. 

Ideas have the power to change the world and we search every corner of the world for new ones. From the academic powerhouses of USA to practical ideas across Europe, the next markets of Africa, and perhaps most interestingly, from the fast growth markets of Asia. 

In terms of business thinking, leadership and innovation, Asia has become the most inspiring place in the world. Once impoverished, India and China are now two of the world’s largest economies with plenty of successful business stories to learn from. How will the rise of Asia impact your business? Prepare yourself with an in-depth understanding and innovative management tools to make smarter decisions. 

You are in charge of leading your business into the future.
Join us in Denmark for direct collaboration with the world’s smartest minds.  



Five reasons to attend

A two-day shortcut to the latest business ideas.

Discuss challenges and solutions with fellow business leaders. We think together.

Understand how global shifts in power and politics will impact your business.

Learn about strategy, innovation, and leadership from Harvard, Stanford, IE and INSEAD – all in one spot.

Enjoy an atmosphere of co-creation with 16 speakers and only 500 participants.

Alex Osterwalder
Business Model Canvas-inventor

Inventor of the
business model canvas

A Swiss-born business theorist, author, and speaker, Alexander Osterwalder is most well known for his invention of the Business Model Canvas, a strategic tool for reflecting on and developing your business model. The tool invites you to consider aspects such as key partners, activities, customer needs and core values in order to identify relevant ways to move your business forward.


The world's most successful visionary business thinkers

Milo Jones

Milo Jones

Professor at IE Business School

Teaching Intelligence Tools for the Business Professional

Erin Meyer

Erin Meyer

Professor at INSEAD

Helping thousands of global executives understand and navigate cultural differences

Jean-François Manzoni

Jean-François Manzoni

Nestlé Professor at IMD

Helping executives become their best self by closing the knowing-doing gap

Martin Roll

Martin Roll

Asian Brand Strategist

Providing world-class business, strategy and marketing consulting

Alex Osterwalder

Alex Osterwalder

Business Model Canvas-inventor

Making strategy simple and applicable

Irene Yuan Sun

Irene Yuan Sun

Fellow at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Explaining why China is now the biggest foreign player in Africa.

New thinking. Sharp input. Business tools. Immediate results.

Past experiences of the
European Business Forum

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What to expect
this year?

Day 1

25 September

Exploring the new world
Kjell Nordstrom
Anna and Ole Rosling
Connecting the new world
Erin Meyer
Learning from new markets
Linda Yueh
Milo Jones
Christina Boutrup
Tendayi Viki
Winning in the new world
Martin Roll
Irene Yuan Sun
Navi Radjou

Day 2

26 September

Rethinking strategies
Haiyan Wang
Anil Gupta

Rethinking leadership
Jean-Francois Manzoni
Rasmus Hougaard
Erica Dhawan

Rethinking innovation
Scott Anthony
Howard Yu

European Business Lecture 2019
Alex Osterwalder


The Thinkers50 European Business Forum is held in ODEON, a brand-new conference facility in the heart of Odense. Situated just around the corner from storyteller H.C. Andersen’s house, ODEON is the perfect place to write the story of the future.


Placed on the island of Funen in the middle of Denmark, Odense is easy to reach. The city is known as a fairy tale city, and home to one of the world’s leading robotics clusters. We call it the Odense Moonshot, and we invite you to take part in our journey.


Finding accommodation is easy in Odense, with plenty of cozy and well-located options to choose from. The Guardian has named Odense Europe’s most liveable city, so you might want to stay a few days extra. We are happy to assist with your booking.

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