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30th Anniversary Celebration

  • oikos is turning 30 this year! Since 1987, oikos student members and alumni, as well as our supporters, have made an effort to shape the future development of economics and management towards a more just and ecological world.  On the occasion of oikos’ 30th anniversary, we will take stock of and celebrate our achievements with 3 main events in St. Gallen, Switzerland, bringing together the global oikos community from 30 years of impact: our members and alumni, advisors and faculty, partners and supporters.

    oikos FutureLab

    Shaping Tomorrow Today

    Thu, October 12th

    The oikos FutureLab is organized by international oikos members and the oikos management team. It convenes the whole oikos community and furthers the oikos mission: bringing sustainability into management and economics education. Be inspired by world-class speakers and participate in member-led breakout sessions. We will also explore what we can do to make the world a better place in the next 30 years.

    When?

    9:00 – 18:30, followed by a Gala dinner

    Where?

    Pfalzkeller, St. Gallen

    oikos Conference

    Sustainable Investment

    Fri, October 13th

    The oikos Conference is the oldest project of our Chapter in St. Gallen. For the 29th time, we will invite high-level speakers to share their expertise on Sustainable Investment. For the special occasion of our 30th Anniversary Celebration, the oikos Conference will be held the day after the FutureLab, and all of the oikos community is invited to attend both events. Through this page, you can apply for both days!

    When?

    9:00 – 17:30, followed by a party

    Where?

    Aula of the University of St.Gallen

    oikos Alumni

    Workshops and Networking

    Sat, October 14

    For the oikos alumni, it is a great opportunity to indulge in conversation with old friends. There is so much to catch up on! With this supplementary day, oikos alumni can participate in workshops and networking activities. Saturday morning includes a brunch and the rest of the day will be all about meeting old friends, reliving cherished memories, and making new connections that last. More info to be announced.

    When?

    10:30 – 16:00 (TBD)

    Where?

    University of St.Gallen

  • About the oikos FutureLab

    oikos FutureLab is a Learning Platform aiming to bring together the oikos member base, alumni, partners, faculty, and stakeholders, to exchange knowledge and experience. FutureLab has been held annually in St. Gallen since 2011 to discuss and improve topics regarding our mission: integrating sustainability in economics and management education.

    This year the 7th edition of FutureLab, to be held within the framework of the oikos 30th anniversary events, proposes unique opportunities to gather in a friendly atmosphere not only to celebrate our anniversary but also to discuss the impact we have made until today and the impact we can make during the next 30 years.

    Watch impressions from the FutureLab 2016
  • About the oikos Conference

    The oikos conference is the biggest project of oikos St.Gallen and has been a fixture in the calendar of the University of St. Gallen for more than 20 years. Every year, students, experts, and practitioners meet to discuss current and future trends in sustainable economics and management.
    The conference took place for the first time in 1988 on the topic of “environment-oriented business management”. In its approach, it was the first of its kind in the german-speaking region – which made oikos a forerunner in raising public awareness for sustainability aspects at university level.

    In 2017, the topic will revolve around sustainable investments. More information from the oikos Conference team will follow soon.

    Please note

    When you apply for the 30-year anniversary FutureLab, you will automatically apply also to the oikos Conference at no extra cost. If you’d only like to stay for the FutureLab on Thursday, you can select this option in our application form. If you would only like to attend the oikos Conference, please visit the website of oikos St. Gallen.
  • The Program is tentative and subject to change. Speakers will be updated as they are confirmed.

    Program

    Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
    14.30-22.30 Check-in at the Hotel one66
    Hotel Address: Hotel one66, Alte Bildstrasse, 9015 St. Gallen
    TBD Legislative Meeting
    19.30-21.30 Dinner
    Thursday, 12th October, 2017
    oikos FutureLab
    08.00-09.00 Registration
    Venue: Pfalzkeller
    09.00-09.30 Welcome
    09.30-11.00 Keynote Session
    11.00-11.30 Break
    11.30-13.00 7 Parallel Workshops
    These workshops tackle contemporary sustainability challenges that are crucial to the development of the sustainability agenda of the next 30 years. They are organized and led by our members. Learn more about our 7 topics below.
    13.00-14.30 Lunch
    14.30-16.00 7 Parallel Workshops, Part II
    16.00-16.30 Break
    16.30-17.30 Panel Discussion
    Three experts from business, economics/academia, and education discuss change and education.
    17.30-18.00 Open Space
    18.00-18.30 Final Remarks
    18:30-19:00 Walk towards the dinner
    19.00-22.00 Dinner
    Let's celebrate over great food and wine and recap the day.
    Friday, October 13th, 2017
    oikos Conference
    08.00-09.00 Welcome Coffee
    09.00-09.30 Opening & Introductory Presentations
    9.30-12.00 3 Input Speeches
    We're inviting great speakers at the moment. Information on the speakers will be shared as soon as they are confirmed.
    12:00-13:30 Lunch
    13.30-16.00 4 Parallel Workshops
    Fascinating workshops to dive deep into the matter of sustainable investment.
    16.00-18.00 Panel Discussion
    18.00 Apéro
    We will end the day with an Anniversary Party.
    Saturday, October 14th, 2017
    Stay tuned for more information.

    Sessions


    Parallel Workshops

    Human Rights and the Supply Chain

    Organizers: Dr. Rocío Robinson, Dr. Renata Peregrino de Brito

    Speaker: Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz

    According to the UN SDGs, a corporation’s single greatest opportunity to contribute to human development lies in advancing respect for the human rights of workers and communities touched by their value chains. Human Rights, Supply Chain, and Stakeholder Engagement present an opportunity to analyze the challenges and promises that the future holds for sustainability. The interactive workshop will ask how businesses should materialize their responsibility to respect human rights in practice, introduce the challenging aspects of managing the supply chain, and highlight the role that stakeholders can play in effecting positive change. The participants will explore, if there is disruptive change in sight and what the supply chain might look like in the next 30 years. 

    Dr. Rocío Robinson

    Dr. Rocío Robinson

    Dr. Renata de Brito

    Dr. Renata de Brito

    Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz

    Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz

    Rocío holds a PhD from the University of St.Gallen, specializing her in sustainability strategy and corporate responsibility reporting. Her focus regions are Latin America and Emerging Markets. Previously, she studied in Massechussetts and Geneva and earned an MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE). Rocío has worked in New York City in different industries tied to the Latin American and Emerging Markets, and worked in Sierra Leone for an NGO before working for UBS Wealth Management International in Zurich. While continuing her research work at St. Gallen, she has also assumed the role of Manager at oikos Foundation.

    Renata is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Gallen and a collaborating professor at Center for Logistics Excellence at Fundação Getulio Vargas.  She is also an invited professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas MBA courses. Renata also has solid managerial background, from her work in the financial market, at Citibank and Bank of Boston, and coordination of the sustainable finance initiative at the Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces). Her research interests span the study of value creation and the interdependence between organizations and the environment.  Currently, she is studying adaptation strategies for climate change in food supply chains.

    Ernst is founding Director of the Humanistic Management Center, a think tank, learning institution and advisory firm on ethics and sustainability. He is also the director of the executive education provider Ethics First. He lectures at the University of St Gallen and the University of Tübingen, Germany and in 2016 was visiting professor at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. He holds a M.Sc. from LSE and an award winning Ph.D. from the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St Gallen. He has previously worked in strategy consulting with a leading management consulting firm based in London, England. Ernst is passionate about strengthening the positive impact of business towards a more equitable and more sustainable planet.

    Artificial Intelligence

    Organizers: Sandeep Chowdary, Abishek Arya, Mrudula Tanari

    Speaker (Invited, TBC): Prof. Runa Sarkar

    The progression of AI and Automation is inevitable and has the potential to become a game-changer in lifting up all of humanity. At the same time they cause a threat to jobs that were so far performed by people – in particular middle skilled workers. A constant in the public debate has brought about two main arguments: automation creates employment versus it reduces employment. The workshop addresses this conflict and tries to find solutions for the implications of Artificial Intelligence for social sustainability. Participants will inform themselves and look into the future 10-30 years from now to understand how employment may change and what available responses look like.

    Sandeep Chowdary hails from from oikos Kolkata. He graduated in Environmental Engineering from the Indian School of Mines and currently pursues an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. He currently interns at Jumia in Kenya, an online shopping marketplace firm funded by the Rocket Internet group.

    Abhishek Arya has graduated in Electrical Engineering from Delhi Technological University and currently pursues his MBA at IIM Calcutta. He is currently interning with Ernst & Young in India.

    Mrudula Tanari is the current President of the oikos Kolkata chapter and provides guidance and necessary support for carrying out this workshop to the team. She graduated in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and currently pursues an MBA at IIM Calcutta. She is also currently interning with Jumia Kenya.

    Professor Runa Sarkar is an academic from the Economics Group of IIM Calcutta. She was trained as a chemical engineer at BITS Pilani and later pursued a Masters in Environmental Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. After spending five years as an environmental consultant, she completed her doctoral studies at IIM Calcutta. Her interests lie in sustainable development, where business interests are in consonance with environmental and social interests. Apart from courses like Microeconomics and Managerial Economics, she also teaches courses like Economics of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Green Manufacturing which link sustainability and economics.

    Food Security in a Changing World

    Organizer: Lenka Parkanova

    Speaker: Michaela Čermáková

    By the year 2050, our planet will have to feed roughly 9 billion people.  Yet agriculture has a major impact on our planet. It uses 70 percent of the world’s drinking water, and yields depend on the health of the soil, forests and many other ecosystems, including the oceans. Today, food production contributes more to climate change than all transportation combined. At the same time, agriculture among the most affected by climate change. It is clear that we are facing a wrong food system embedded in a wrong economic system. How can the food system created in the last century be adapted to current challenges? And how should an economic system work in order to allow for a more sustainable food system?

    Lenka Parkanova

    Lenka Parkanova
    Lenka has been part of the oikos community for more than 7 years. She was active in oikos Prague before she joined the oikos international team and served as the President in 2013 and 2014. Her center orientation is in sustainability, environmental economics and policy, but also in alternative economic approaches. Being trained as an environmentalist and economist with special focus on education, she worked at the Charles University Environment Centre, in the Eco-counselling centre of the Ecological Institute Veronica and in the Society for Fair Trade. Lenka is a passionate mountain hiker and dancer. She is currently enjyoing most of her time with her little son Vojtech.

    Michaela Čermáková

    Michaela Čermáková
    Michaela has been active in the field of global learning, transformative education and food systems for more than 10 years. As an educator, analyst and coordinator in different organisations across Europe (Rearing International Soclidarity Centre, Global Education Network of Young Europeans, INEX) she has been focousing on global and environmental issues with a special interest in food systems and social, economic and environmental justice. Following her passion for global justice Michaela is currently engaged with Glopolis, think tank based in Prague, where she concentrates on topics of food security and social transformation towards a system that works for all. Michaela loves mountains and good food.

    Sustainable Business Models

    Organizer and Speaker: Philippe Drouillon
    This workshop looks at innovation and new business model generation focused on sustainability at large. Newly emerging, purpose-led businesses are tackling the most important societal challenges while being economically sound. What are they? And how can they become the norm tomorrow? These are two key questions that will be handled by the participants during the workshop.
    Philippe Drouillon

    Philippe Drouillon

    Philippe has degrees in Biochemistry and Biotechnology and spent most of his work life at a multinational corporation. He took his 23 years of experience from business, strategy and operations to found his own venture, METAMORPHOSIS. METAMORPHOSIS aims at supporting organisations – either for profit, not for profit or public – in their journey towards global performance (economical, envronmental, societal and human) through consulting, breakthrough learning processes, and innovative business models.

    oikos - Male Origins and a Female Future?

    Organizer and Speaker: Julia Weber
    Where does the concept of oikos come from? What does it mean? What economical paradigm are we currently living in? What does oikos and this economic paradigm have to do with feminism? How can we bring that feminist thoughts into oikos?

    In 1992, a group of female oikees decided to meet separately during an oikos Conference. The reason was that they felt like their voices were not heard in oikos. Topics of interest to them were not addressed. They started to work on a new economic theory which is fair to all human beings, other animals and the earth: The Caring Economy. It’s time to bring it back.

    Julia Weber

    Julia Weber

    Julia joined oikos in 2011, when she commenced her Bachelor in Business Administration in St. Gallen. Frustrated with the ostensible lack of a sustainability mind-set among peers academics, Julia soon became motivated to take matters into her own hands and shape the University for good. After working within three different Chapter projects, she became president of oikos St. Gallen. After her Bachelor, she moved to Vienna to start a Master’s in Social Ecology, a program which has sustainability at it’s core. Noticing that feminist ideas are not being recognized in the sustainability discourse, she decided to enroll in a Master’s in Gender Studies. She is member of oikos Vienna and currently writes her Master thesis in the field of Ecofeminist Political Economy. Julia she is co-initiator of COMMIT, the education initiative of oikos.

    Past and Future of Economics

    Organizers: Hannah Brack, Nurlan Jahangirli, Florian Repper, Frank-Elmar Linxweiler
    Economics is not holistically taught at universities. The workshop will show how and why. Participants gain insights about the origins of “oikos”, its past and its possible future.

    Nurlan Jahangirli

    Nurlan Jahangirli

    Hannah Brack

    Hannah Brack

    Florian Repper

    Florian Repper

    Frank-Elmar Linxweiler

    Frank-Elmar Linxweiler

    Nurlan has always had a dream of making positive impact starting as volunteer for Environmental Protection Projects of SOCAR during school. He studies Economics in Baku. During five years of active involvement in social projects he has gained many organizational skills. To make a difference in the world, he started to work in oikos Baku as a strong internationally supported platform.

    Hannah is a curious and inclusive-thinking oikos member from the Paderborn chapter. She holds a BA in Management and Economics and now studies Business Education. Through a great sustainability course at university, the topic became so important in her life that she joined oikos in 2015. oikos and other continues to provide the pieces that make up her: A world in which human activity generates meaning, joy, and strong relationships and where nature is treated more appreciative.

    Florian studies economics and political studies at the University of Cologne and is a member of oikos since 2016, where he soon joined the board. He is passionately involved with the art of cooking, has a knack for all kinds of cultures (historical and modern) and political and economic questions of global concern.

    Frank-Elmar is a lecturer for Economics at the University of St. Gallen and a passionate oikos Alumnus from the St. Gallen Chapter.

    Past and Future of Economics

    Organizers: Hannah Brack, Nurlan Jahangirli, Florian Repper, Frank-Elmar Linxweiler
    Economics is not holistically taught at universities. The workshop will show how and why. Participants gain insights about the origins of “oikos”, its past and its possible future.

    Nurlan Jahangirli

    Nurlan Jahangirli

    Hannah Brack

    Hannah Brack

    Florian Repper

    Florian Repper

    Frank-Elmar Linxweiler

    Frank-Elmar Linxweiler

    Nurlan has always had a dream of making positive impact starting as volunteer for Environmental Protection Projects of SOCAR during school. He studies Economics in Baku. During five years of active involvement in social projects he has gained many organizational skills. To make a difference in the world, he started to work in oikos Baku as a strong internationally supported platform.

    Hannah is a curious and inclusive-thinking oikos member from the Paderborn chapter. She holds a BA in Management and Economics and now studies Business Education. Through a great sustainability course at university, the topic became so important in her life that she joined oikos in 2015. oikos and other continues to provide the pieces that make up her: A world in which human activity generates meaning, joy, and strong relationships and where nature is treated more appreciative.

    Florian studies economics and political studies at the University of Cologne and is a member of oikos since 2016, where he soon joined the board. He is passionately involved with the art of cooking, has a knack for all kinds of cultures (historical and modern) and political and economic questions of global concern.

    Frank-Elmar is a lecturer for Economics at the University of St. Gallen and a passionate oikos Alumnus from the St. Gallen Chapter.
  • We’re in the process of confirming our speakers. Stay tuned!

  • The oikos 30th Anniversary events will bring together a diverse representation of the oikos community and will allow in-depth discussions and exchange. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapters, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners to join us in October in St. Gallen.

    Registration | Chapter members

    The oikos 30th Anniversary events are an invitation only event and the most active and committed oikos members are invited. We aim for the community to actively participate in the preparatory measures and co-develop the agenda with us.

    Chapter presidents are invited to select their chapters’ most active members and encourage them to apply. Since there are usually more applications than spaces, the organizing team may select chapter members.

    A first complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 3 July 2017. If you need a visa, we encourage you to apply before this date.

    The second complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 21 August 2017.

    Register Now: Click here! 

    Registration deadline: 18 August 2017

    Payment | Chapter Members

    The student participation fee is 80 CHF, to be paid after acceptance of your application. Please pay only after acceptance of your application!

    The fee includes:
    Accommodation (check in 11.10.2017/check out 14.10.2017) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from St Gallen, Switzerland.

    Cancellation:
    ▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of the conference (November 6th). The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
    ▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before the start of the conference.

    Payment deadline 1st Round: 15 July 2017
    Payment deadline 2nd Round: 1 September 2017

    You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).

    Bank Transfer:
    Kindly find our bank details here.

    PayPal:

    Participant Fee (in CHF)
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    Registration | Alumni, Faculty, Young Scholars, Advisors, Partners

    The oikos 30th Anniversary gathers representatives from the entire community. Therefore, you, alumnus/a, faculty member, young scholar, advisor of one of our chapters or partner are cordially invited to register to our anniversary celebration in st. Gallen, Switzerland.

    Register now: click here

    Registration deadline: 03 September 2017

    If you need a visa, we encourage you to apply before.

    Payment | Alumni, Faculty, Young Scholars, Advisors, Partners

    The participation fee for non-student members is 80 CHF per day (240 CHF for the all anniversary events). The fee in lunches on the 12th, 13th and 14th, dinner on the 12th and 13th, Anniversary Party on 13th, coffee-breaks and a social event.

    You are welcome to stay with us at the Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of a great price. In addition, there are several hotels in St. Gallen ranging from 90 to 250 CHF per person per night. In case you want to stay in another hotel, please reserve your own accommodation.

    Some of the students in St. Gallen might offer an extra bed or couch for our visitors. Although not guaranteed, we will try our best to find you a couch upon request. Please express your interest in the registration form.

    Please make the payment only after acceptance of your application.

    Payment deadline: 15 September 2017

    Cancellation:

    ▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of a conference (November 6th). The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
    ▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before start of the conference.
    You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).

    Bank Transfer:

    Kindly find our bank details here

  • The FutureLab and Party Venue: St. Galler Pfalzkeller

    The Pfalzkeller is located below the old monastery of St. Gallen, which is now used by the provincial government. The cellar is a unique structure, combining a centuries-old vault with a modern auditorium. Its location in the city center makes it the ideal venue for the FutureLab 2017. Its beautiful architecture will provide the perfect environment for our party on Friday night.

    Address: Klosterhof 3, 9000 St.Gallen

    Entrance

    Entrance

    Auditorium

    Auditorium

    Dancefloor

    Dancefloor

    The Conference Venue: University of St. Gallen (HSG)

    The University of St. Gallen is not only widely regarded as one of the best business schools in Europe, it’s also the birthplace of oikos! There couldn’t be a better venue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of oikos. What’s more, the university is a fine example of the 1960s béton brut architecture. The oikos Conference will use the well-equipped university “Aula”.

    Address: Dufourstrasse 50, 9000 St.Gallen

    Campus Life

    Campus Life

    Aerial View

    Aerial View

    Sources: https://youknow.ch/nachhilfe_st_gallen and http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1163565&page=42

    The Accommodation for Student Members and Friends of oikos: Hotel one66

    Just a ten minutes ride from the city center is the newly built Hotel one66, which will host our student members in double and triple rooms and our workshop speakers in single rooms. Closeby are many shops and a bus is running directly to the train stations of St. Gallen and Gossau.

    Address: Alte Bildstrasse 6, 9015 St.Gallen

    Outside View

    Outside View

    Rooms

    Rooms

    Note that as a speaker you may be accommodated at Hotel Dom in the city center of St. Gallen. For more information, visit the website of Hotel Dom.

    Logistical Questions:

    Where will I be staying during the 30th Anniversary Events?

    We have made reservations at the Hotel one66.

    http://www.one66.ch/

    If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, you are welcome to stay with us at this Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of great price. Please contact us at .

    How do I get to St. Gallen from Zurich airport?

    The best way would be take a train from the airport. The IC/ICN trains run frequently and take approximately 55 minutes, charging 30 CHF for the ride from the airport to St. Gallen (you can pay by credit card). For more details on the schedule, please visit the timetable page.

    Where is the FutureLab 2017 taking place?

    The oikos FutureLab 2017 will take place at the Pfalzkeller.

    Where is the oikos Conference 2017 taking place?

    The oikos Conference 2017 will take place at the Aula of the University, St. Gallen.

  • General Questions:

    Who can apply for the oikos 30th Anniversary Events?

    The 30th Anniversary celebration is an invitation only event. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapter network, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners.

    If you are an oikos member, the president of your chapter will suggest the most active members, who will also register through our website. The organizing team will then choose the participants based on their applicationand their chapter activity. However, it will also be possible to register for a waiting list without suggestion of your president. Please feel free to register through the tab “Registration”.

    How many members from each chapter get to attend the 30th Anniversary Events?

    Two would be the ideal number of members from each chapter. In case there is an excess of applicants from your chapter, you will be put on a waitlist and we will evaluate the application when the minimum representation criteria from each chapter has been fulfilled.

    Can alumni from my chapter attend the 30th Anniversary Events?

    Yes, we strongly encourage alumni to attend. We also have a special sessions only for alumni on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, October, 2017.

    When can I arrive at and till what date will the accommodation be provided to me?

    As a chapter representative you can check in on the evening of October 11th and check out on the morning of October 14th in the Hotel one66.

    If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, the FutureLab opening session starts on Thursday at 9:30 am. For accommodation, we recommend you to stay with us at the Hotel one66. We got a great deal at this hotel and if you would like to, we can reserve your accommodation for you.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at to help you with your schedule.

    I have been put on the waitlist for the 30th Anniversary Events. When will I hear from you on the final outcome of my application?

    You will hear from us by September 5th 2017. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us in case you have any queries.

    How do I apply for the Impact Fair?

    More information soon about the registration.

    Payment Questions:

    When is the deadline for making the payment for the 30th Anniversary Events?

    The deadline is September 1st, 2017 for student members and September 10th for the other participants.

    Can I pay via credit card?

    Yes, you would be paying via Paypal. The link from where you can make the payment is given on our website.

    Can I pay via bank transfer?

    Yes, you can make the payment via bank transfer as well. Following are our account details that you’ll need:

    IBAN: CH49 0025 4254 L024 6142 0

    BIC (Swift): UBSWCHZH80A

    Account Number: 254-L0246142.0

    Clearing Number: 254

    Beneficiary Name:

    oikos-Stiftung fuer Oekonomie und Oekologie

    Dufourstrasse 50

    9000 St. Gallen

    Beneficiary Bank:

    UBS AG

    Postfach, CH 9001 St Gallen

    How much is 80 CHF in the currency used in my country?

    Here is a site where you can easily make the conversion – http://www.oanda.com

    What is included in the 80 CHF participation fees for the 30th Anniversary Events?

    80 CHF includes your accommodation in double room at the hotel one66 (check-in: 11.10.2017  and check-out: 14.10.2017) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from the city where you are currently living.

    Logistical Questions:

    Where will I be staying during the 30th Anniversary Events?

    We have made reservations at the Hotel one66 –

    http://www.one66.ch/

    If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, you are welcome to stay with us at this Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of great price.

    How do I get to St. Gallen from Zurich airport?

    The best way would be take a train from the airport. The IC/ICN trains run frequently and take approximately 55 minutes, charging 28 CHF for the ride from the airport to St. Gallen. For more details on the schedule, please visit the following page – http://www.sbb.ch

    Where is the FutureLab 2017 taking place?

    The oikos FutureLab 2017 will take place at the Pfalzkeller.

    Where is the oikos Conference 2017 taking place?

    The oikos Conference 2017 will take place at the Aula of the University, St. Gallen.

  • Levan Pangani

    Levan Pangani

    Turana Aliyeva

    Turana Aliyeva

    Rocio Robinson

    Rocio Robinson

    Adrian von Jagow

    Adrian von Jagow

    Levan Pangani

    Levan is the president of the oikos International since 2016. He studied his Bachelor and Master studies in Economics at Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and Lodz University (Poland).

    He was Executive Board member of oikos International from 2012 till 2016. He founded oikos Tbilisi in 2011, where he served as the president of the local chapter. He was founder and director of oikos Summer Schools, chief organizer of the first oikos CEE Regional Meeting in 2012.

    He has several years of managerial experience, working as a head of some local organizations in Georgia. His area of interest is sustainable development of economics, as well as in-depth research of other fields connected to it. His efforts to increase awareness of sustainability across Georgia and Caucasus Region are widely recognized and talked about by academia in Georgia.  In his free time he likes to travel, hike and play basketball.

    Turana Aliyeva

    Turana Alieva is undergraduate student of International Relations at Baku Engineers’ University (ex-Qafqaz University). While working as a communications officer assistant at UNDP Azerbaijan, she has realized the importance of SDGs and got interested in sustainable development, which later served as a motivation to join the oikos Baku in 2016. Currently she is an executive board member of oikos Baku. Turana is interested in politics, psychology, philosophy and other related fields. She believes that we can and we should shape our tomorrow today, so she is very passionate about bringing positive changes to this world.

    Rocio Robinson

    Rocío Robinson completed her PhD at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. Her area of specialization is sustainability strategy and corporate responsibility reporting, and her focus regions are Latin America and Emerging Markets. She completed a BA in Political Science at Smith College in Massachusetts, and also studied International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID) in Geneva. She earned an MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE) with a thesis on managing volatile commodities in Chile and Venezuela. Additionally, Rocío has worked in New York City in different industries tied to the Latin American and Emerging Markets, and worked in Sierra Leone for an NGO before working for UBS Wealth Management International in Zürich, Switzerland. Her areas of research are sustainability, CSR, business & human rights, stakeholder engagement, supply chain management, social and inclusive business strategies, and Base of the Pyramid models.

    Adrian von Jagow

    Adrian is a world citizen, passionate about most things: oikos, China, and good conversations, to name a few. He studied International Economics and Sinology at the University of Tübingen, where he joined the local oikos chapter in 2012 and later served as president. In July 2016 he joined the oikos management team full time. His involvement in oikos is motivated by his own academic experience: too often he finds himself confronted with outdated teaching methods, a narrow and singular curriculum and seemingly intractable professors. Sustainability for him resembles empathy – it’s an imperative; and a lack thereof is at the heart of most problems.

    oikos Conference Team


  • oikos FutureLab 2016

    For the sixth consecutive year, the oikos community is gathered in St. Gallen from November 6 to 9 for the FutureLab 2016. The aim was to pursue the implementation of our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. Whilst many understand and talk about the struggle of our educational systems to integrate sustainability and teach for its internalisation, we cease to couple the talk with the walk. A gap can be observed both in the struggle to teach for sustainable change agents and for inciting people to walk their talk in implementing projects that can bring about transformation. This is why the international organizing team chose the topic #WalkTheTalk, empowering and inspiring each other and the oikos communities to advance our actions and close educational gaps.

    Present at the conference were inspirational voices from business, NGOs and learning institutions as well as motivated oikos members from around the world. Watch this video for a quick impression or

    learn more: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2016/

    oikos FutureLab 2015

    The 2015 oikos FutureLab took place on 26 – 28 October (Monday – Wednesday) in the Pfalzkeller in St. Gallen. Its main aim was to create action plans to implement sustainable and relevant education systems, by involving representatives from all parties with an interest in management and economics education. It is, specifically, intended to facilitate the design of learning experiences that are more effective at preparing change agents to address the challenges of the 21st century. This signifies the embedding of sustainability and social perspectives in management and economics education and integrating pluralistic teaching methods.

    We are an important step closer to making education matter and could not have done it without more than 120 enthusiastic and driven participants from 20 countries and 4 continents. Now it is time to act in our local chapters. We are looking forward to seeing the next steps, projects and initiatives of the whole oikos community. Check out the Publication of Ideas here.

    More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2015/

    oikos FutureLab 2014

    The 2014 oikos FutureLab took place on 10 – 11 November in St. Gallen. Several projects and initiatives were planned during the oikos FutureLab towards “building a bridge for sustainability in economics and management” together with 120 participants from 18 countries.

    For the first time, the oikos FutureLab was organised by a group of seven members from three different chapters worldwide who worked together for eight months. The floor was mainly in the hands of the participants who shaped the gathering. Students, alumni, NGO representatives, faculty members and corporate partners were working together in seven oikos Learning Circles (Economics, Finance, Leadership, Management, Energy, Fashion/Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship) in order to develop projects and initiatives. Speakers included Yuan Yang from Rethinking Economics and Marloes Nichols from Meteos, who spoke about campaigning for sustainability and shared their practical experience, as well as Uwe Lübbermann, founder of Premium Cola, the ecologically friendly and socially just drink producer in Germany who has chosen an organisational structure and strategies at Premium Cola that are in sharp contrast to what we learn in business schools.

    More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2014/

    oikos FutureLab 2013

    The 2013 oikos FutureLab took place on 11 – 12 November in St. Gallen. It focused on “Transforming Education” and on opportunities to drive change at faculties for economics and management. As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab offered insights to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities to take oikos to the next level as an effective learning organization – in particular:

    • To understand and effectively tap into the learning opportunities already existing in our network.
    • To develop a platform for oikos and universities where we are active as learning organizations that foster sustainability leadership skills among their members and audiences.
    • To explore what a reference model for sustainability education in economics and management actually could look like, so that we can inspire students, scholars and university administrators.

    More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2013/

    oikos FutureLab 2012

    On 19th and 20th November, 2012, we will welcome oikos members and partners in St. Gallen for the second oikos FutureLab. The 2012 topic is “Impact: Think – Act – Share”. As a central platform for changemakers, the FutureLab will bring together our chapter members from across four continents; our alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia; our faculty members from schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects.
    The oikos FutureLab will focus on impact and activating our network: What impact do we aim to achieve as individuals? How do we develop a mindset of change? How can we activate our oikos network more effectively to create impact? As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch, to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities for strengthening our impact in the future.
    A key feature of the oikos FutureLab will be the Impact Fair, a forum where conference delegates introduce their own projects, and through which they can engage the oikos community to help them further develop their project. Delegates will be invited to present their initiatives by using a theory of change logic during the Project Fair. Background information will be provided prior to the conference.
    The Project Fair will be followed by an Open Space to design and develop concrete projects to pursue with the support of the oikos community.

    More information: www.oikos-international.org/2012-2/

    oikos FutureLab 2011

    The oikos FutureLab 2011 is the first oikos event ever to gather our global family of student members, alumni, advisors, faculty and partners. As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2012, we are launching this new platform to provide not only a meeting point to share perspectives on the future, but also a “laboratory” to design initiatives and engage the oikos community in pursuing them. With oikos chapters across four continents, alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia, faculty members at leading schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects, we believe it is time to bring all of us together and accelerate the sustainability momentum.

    As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch in the long-term, key developments to monitor during the next 12 months, and opportunities for change moving forward. It will take a close look at how the oikos community can strengthen selected projects that are already on their way and provide a launching pad for new initiatives that emerge in the discussions. And it will nurture an ongoing exchange within the oikos community to set agendas, define priorities and join forces to increase impact.

    Participation is by invitation only. The event will take place in St. Gallen, Switzerland – where it all started in 1987.

Application is open.

 

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