Inauguration of Chair in Sustainable Transformation

February 01, 2018

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You are cordially invited to the Inauguration of the BASF – Port of Antwerp – Randstad Belgium Chair in Sustainable Transformation on February 1st, 2018.

Antwerp Management School is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Wayne Visser as the world’s first Chair in Sustainable Transformation and Professor of Integrated Value. This supports our longstanding commitment to prepare future leaders to face global challenges and to be a positive force for change through business. The Chair is being supported by BASF, the Port of Antwerp and Randstad Belgium.

Sustainability is in crisis! Discover why and how to fix it

Today, as a global society, we are marching straight towards a cliff while singing the song of sustainability. The cliff represents the breakdown of economic, social and ecological systems and the song is our inadequate response so far – as businesses, governments and civil society.

Why this paradox? If sustainability is the solution, why is it not solving the underlying problems? Why are we not urgently turning away from the cliff?

In Prof. Visser’s inaugural lecture, you will hear how systems thinking can help us to identify the forces of fragmentation leading to breakdown – and more importantly, how strategies of integration can redirect us from sustainability-as-usual (straight over the cliff) to sustainable transformation (a U-turn towards a thriving future).

Prof. Visser will share examples of leading edge trends and innovative business practices in five areas of integrated value creation:
• what we mean: the purpose of business
• what we model: the design of business
• what we measure: the incentives of business
• what we make: the products/services of business
• and what we manage: the dynamics of business

You will discover that a sustainable future is not only possible, it is already taking shape!

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Thursday, February 1st, 2018, from 18h00 – 21h30


University of Antwerp
R-Building Room R001
2000 Antwerp

The venue is easily accessible by public transport. Click HERE to find out on how to get to the location. 

This event is free of charge

However, we charge a no show fee of 50 euro. Registration is required. Because this is a carbon neutral event we will ask you some details about your transport to the event.




18h00 Reception
18h30 Word of Welcome, by Prof Dr Paul Matthyssens, Dean Antwerp Management School
Creating Integrated Value: From Systems Thinking to Sustainable Transformation in Business and Society

Inaugural Speech, by Prof Dr Wayne Visser, Chairholder in Sustainable Transformation


Panel Debate with the Chair Partners,  with
Eddy Annys, Managing Director Randstad Belgium
Wouter De Geest, CEO BASF Belgium
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp

20h20 Network drink with sustainable fingerfood


This event is carbon neutral!


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Why our Partners support the Chair in Sustainable Transformation

Wouter De Geest, CEO BASF Antwerp
“Offering everyone a comfortable future with an increased quality of life is the big challenge of society today. The chemical sector has a major responsibility in that matter and can contribute a lot. That is why BASF is continuously working to make its production chains and products more sustainable through innovation. But we can’t do this alone, we need interaction across different sectors and social groups. As a founding member of AMS’ Chair in Sustainable Transformation within the framework of the “Antwerp Knowledge Center on Sustainability” at the University of Antwerp/AMS, we want to cooperate with prof. Wayne Visser to stimulate the transformation through leadership groups and by striving for the integration of sustainability in all student curricula at AMS and UAntwerpen.”


Eddy Annys, Managing Director at Randstad
“From the day Randstad was founded in 1960, founder Frits Goldschmeding was aware of the impact of work on the individual and on society. Individuals and society should not be dealt with in a nonchalant way. That is why, from day one, value-oriented acting with a focus on a fair and inclusive environment was incredibly important for us. We recognize this vision in the Chair in Sustainable Transformation and in the ideas of Professor Wayne Visser. In this partnership, we will work on the development and sharing of information and tools that will help companies make use of their human potential in favor of the individual, the company and society.”


Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port of Antwerp
“For several years now, our port community has been heading towards a future built around sustainable economic models. We are convinced that this transition process contains the elements that will help us find an answer to both global and local challenges we face today, such as problems surrounding climate change, mobility and digitalization. With the appointment of Wayne Visser as Chairholder in Sustainable Transformation we bring an impressive speaker and thought leader to Antwerp, who will certainly inspire us.”



About Wayne Visser

Professor Visser is widely hailed as a global thought leader in sustainable business and corporate social responsibility, having been recognized as a Top 100 Thought-leader in Trustworthy Business, a Top 100 Global Sustainability Leader and a recipient of the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award. His work as a strategy analyst, sustainability advisor, CSR expert, futurist and professional speaker has taken him to 74 countries in the past 30 years to work with over 150 clients.

Visser is the author of 27 books and over 320 other publications, with guest columns for The Guardian, The HuffPost and the World Economic Forum. He previously held roles as a Strategy Analyst at Capgemini and Director of Sustainability Services at KPMG. He is also a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Extraordinary Professor at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in South Africa, Founder of CSR International and Director of Kaleidoscope Futures. He tweets @WayneVisser.