Responsible Leadership in Times of Crisis

In an era of rapid change and complex crises, leaders need to be able to make bold decisions quickly. Yet they often struggle to take the action needed to tackle economic, political and social issues, allowing their judgement to be clouded by short-term policies aimed at winning elections.

1. How can decision-makers be motivated to lead rather than follow the consensus?
2. With cronyism and corruption holding back growth, what can be done to improve the way leadership works?
3. How will social media change leadership in the future?
4. Should the media be held more accountable for their influence on leaders?


Ehud Barak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Israel

Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of the Board, Hublot, Switzerland

Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom

Martin Burt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fundacion Paraguaya

Brice Koch, Member of the Group Executive Committee, Executive Vice-President, ABB, Switzerland

Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (2003-2011)

Moderated by: Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University, USA

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