We are proud to welcome internationally renowned keynote speakers who are experts in the field of family business: Andrea Colli from Italy, Antoine Mayaud from France and John Seaman from USA. 




Andrea Colli, Ph.D

Andrea Colli, Ph.D. in Economic and Social History (Bocconi University, Milan) and Professor of Economic History at the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan. His research interests range from the history of family firms, to small and medium-sized enterprises, to the role played by international entrepreneurs and firms in the global economy, to corporate governance in historical perspective. He has also devoted research activity to the study of the history of entrepreneurship in different contexts. He has published several articles in the main business history journals, and in journals of family business research. He is associate review editor of Family Business Review since October 2012, and co-editor of Business History since 2013. His most recent books reflect some of these research interests. With Michelangelo Vasta he has edited and published, in 2010, Forms of Enterprises in 20th Century Italy. Boundaries, Structures and Strategies, Elgar. With Abe de Jong and Martin Iversen, Mapping the European Corporations: Strategies, Structures, Ownership and Performance, Routledge 2011 and with Franco Amatori has written Business History: Complexities and Comparisons, Routledge 2011.  With Paloma Fernandez Perez has recently edited The Endurance of Family Business: a Global Overview, Cambridge University Press, 2013.



Antoine Mayaud (AFM, France)

Antoine Mayaud has served as Board Member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez) from 1994 up to 2010. He trained as an agricultural engineer and spent the first 12 years of his career working in this field in Morocco, Burkina and France. Aged 35 he joined Danone where for 13 years he was responsible for the company’s industrial organization in France, Italy and latterly Europe-wide. In 1994, while still at Danone, he was elected at the Mulliez family board. When re-elected in 1998 he decided to concentrate fully on the AFM in two fields: first, as Chairman of the family equity fund, “CreAdev” that promotes entrepreneurial spirit in family or non-family young entrepreneurs with a goal to helping develop the AFM portfolio. Secondly, he wanted to help develop the “affectio societatis” (shareholders’ desire to work together efficiently in the long-term) through training, education and by involving as many administrators or employees as possible in AFM-affiliated businesses. Since 2015 he acts as a lecturer for families in business in Europe, Canada and South America who want to take opportunity of the Mulliez's experience to improve their own practices. Antoine uses his broad experience in governance within the Mulliez family and their businesses, relying on many anecdotes.



John Seaman, Ph.D (Saybrook Partners, USA)

John is the founder and CEO of Saybrook Partners. After graduating from Yale University, John moved to Columbia University where he gained his PhD. A distinguished historian and author, John has over a decade of experience as a consultant to organizations, families, executives and entrepreneurs around the world. His past clients include elite global firms such as McKinsey, Mylan, Procter & Gamble, Boston Consulting Group, Dimensional Fund Advisors, and Skadden Arps; leading educational and nonprofit institutions including Brown University, the Ford Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and several HNW families and family enterprises. John has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles, including a biography of Edmond J. Safra, the international banker and philanthropist. His most recent article is “Your Company’s History as a Leadership Tool”, which appeared in Harvard Business Review. He is currently at work on a history of a leading private bank. 






Fabian Bernhard, Ph.D

Fabian Bernhard is an Associate Professor of Management and a member of the Family Business Centre at EDHEC Business School in France. He studied business administration at the University of Mannheim in Germany. A subsequent scholarship led him to the University of Oregon from where he graduated with an MBA.  After working several years at a large, international consulting company in New York, he returned to academia in 2007. During the following years as a PhD student at the European Business  School (EBS) and the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, he developed the ideas of his book on “Psychological Ownership in Family Businesses”. After having completed his doctoral degree in 2011, he was a research professor at INSEEC Business School in Paris and an adjunct professor at the Family Enterprise Centre (FEC) at Stetson University of Florida in the US. Fabian Bernhard’s current topics of interest revolve around the intersection of organizational behaviour, organizational psychology and family business research. In particular, Fabian is interested in the emotional dynamics in family businesses, moral emotions (such as shame and guilt), the education and preparation of next generational family business leaders, as well as all kinds of attachment to the family business, such as psychological ownership, commitment, social identity, and their  influence  on  the decision-making  process in family businesses.



Ludovic Cailluet, Ph.D

Ludovic Cailluet is Professor of Strategy and Business History at EDHEC Business School. He started his academic career as a lecturer in international management at the University of Reading and later joined the School of Management of Toulouse University. He became a full Professor at the University of the Littoral in 2011. Ludovic Cailluet holds a Maîtrise (MA honours) and a Doctorate in Economic History from the University of Lyon and the Habilitation in management science from Toulouse University. He was awarded the best dissertation award of the European Business History Association in 1996. He has been the Louis Vuitton Japan Visiting Professor at Keio University in Tokyo and an Alfred D.Chandler Jr. Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School. He was also more recently invited as a visiting researcher at Copenhagen Business School. Ludovic is actively associated with international academic organizations. He has served as representative at large for the Strategic Management Society and is the current President-Elect of the European Business History Association. He has researched and published on a variety of sectors including automotive, consulting, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics and has done research work with Pechiney (Rio-Tinto Alcan), SGL Carbon and Laboratoires Pierre Fabre. His central research interest has been the formation and dissemination of strategy practices and business history especially the emergence of new sectors. He currently works on the strategic uses of the past by organizations particularly family firms.


Rania Labaki, Ph.D 

Rania Labaki is Associate Professor of Management at EDHEC Business School where she teaches and conducts research at the intersection of the fields of finance, entrepreneurship and family business. She serves as Director of the EDHEC Family Business Centre and Academic Director of the Family Business Global Executive MBA. Prior to joining EDHEC Business School, Rania was Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Finance and Wealth Management Master Programme at the University of Bordeaux in France. She was also Visiting Professor at Baruch College – The City University of New York, Zeppelin University in Germany, and the University of Salerno in Italy. Rania is actively associated with leading international organizations specialized in family business education, research, and advising. She serves a board member for IFERA, Programme Committee member for FFI, Scientific committee member of FBN France and FBN Levant, and WIFB. Her recent interests revolve around the relationship between the family’s emotional dynamics and the entrepreneurial and financial behavior of family businesses with a focus on the next generation. She currently serves as co-editor of the Entrepreneurship Research Journal, positioned as the premier new research journal within the field of entrepreneurship. Rania holds a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Bordeaux and the Family Firm Institute Certificates in Family Business and Family Wealth Advising. She is recipient of several international awards recognizing her contributions to the family business field.




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