The Future Of Talent & Leadership

The global recession demands that organizations challenge traditional methods of growth and managing talent to excel in today’s competitive environment. Human Capital is the only organizational resource capable of innovating, and is the core driver of competitive advantage in the knowledge economy. How do we fuel the engine of human innovation?


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Elmar Mock

Co-Inventor, Swatch



Nic Pearce

Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners


Elmar Mock


Co-Inventor, Swatch

Elmar Mock, born 1954, graduated as engineer of micro- (1976) and plastic- technology (1978). In 1980, he was co-inventor of the original Swatch Watch. From the creation of the invention until the year 1984, he was one of the most important leaders of the Swatch project. Another very successful product, which he developed for “Tissot”, is the RockWatch (1985).

After co-inventing the Swatch, Elmar launched his own innovation firm – Creaholic – in 1986. Today, Creaholic is a team of innovative experts from a variety of different fields (science, design, engineering, electronics, economics, etc). Creaholic worked on a wide range of products, from hearing aids to ski gear, from packaging to flavors, from software to micromechanical devices and collaborate at various points along the innovation journey from idea to implementation – exploring, conceptualising, designing, building, testing, refining and to some extent selling.

Turning a dream into an actual product is what gives Creaholic’s clients a timely business advantage – and therein lays Elmar’s passion for mythmaking. Elmar has created more than 80 patent families in various industries. He has experience in more than 600 projects. Among other awards, Elmar (Jacques Müller) received the Gaïa Prize for the concept and invention of the Swatch. Finally, since Creaholic is an incubator of several spin-offs, Elmar sits on different Advisory Boards, such as Woodwelding, Miniswys and Smixin.

Nic Pearce


Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners

As a Managing Partner with Instinctif Partners, Nic has over 25 years of worldwide sales and marketing experience and has worked for some of the world’s most successful companies. In his career, he has touched on nearly every facet of marketing, including strategic marketing, branding, product marketing, marketing communications, market research, public relations, and event marketing, having worked in Europe, the US and Australasia.


8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration Opens | Breakfast & Networking

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcoming Remarks

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Panel 1 - Talent Tensions: How To Build a Diverse, Innovative Team

As business leaders we look for the complete package when hiring: well-rounded individuals that combine a skillset, mindset, and personality… and fit with the company culture. One good hire can make all the difference to a team, and one good team can make all the difference to a company. This panel will explore why team building is at the root of innovation and how to get it right.

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel 2 - Risk & Reward: Measuring & Growing Innovative Leaders

In order to demonstrate progress, the role of the leader should focus on the ability to foster the strokes of creativity within his/her team that ultimately lead to innovation. More to the point, the leader who approves risk above personal opinions is the core driver of innovation among his/her team.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Coffee Break & Networking

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Panel 3 – Crowd Surfing: The Case for Adapting Your Business to Demographic & Generational Shifts

Exploring the need to change with consumer trends, how can businesses leverage talent to meet the demands of their target markets?

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Fireside Chat: Redefining Organizational Culture

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Debate - Youth Is No Guarantee of Innovation

Is the concept of “innovation” confined to age, or is it just a state of mind?

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks


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