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UvA in Carré: Autumn 2021

We are pleased to once again welcome our students to Royal Theater Carré via a livestream link. We've lined up 2 inspirational speakers - Thomas Mulder and Lucas Simons - to appear on the main stage.

2021 autumn edition: Back to the Future

Now that the Covid pandemic is almost over and we are finally getting home to the campus it is time look forward and back to the future again. Thomas Mulder is HR Director of VodafoneZiggo and responsible for the corporate response to Covid. What are the learnings for his company and how are they preparing for the years to come? Will our improvised home offices get a permanent role in our future professional lives? The second speaker is Lucas Simons. He had a pioneering role in the certification of sustainable supply chains as director of UTZ Certified. Currently he is leading NewForesight, a consultancy firm in the field of sustainability challenges. Looking at the future of business and the economy he claims we need fundamental market transformations.

The livestream of these sessions is available for everyone who is interested in the programme. You can sign up by sending an email to the UvA in Carré organisation.

  • The future of work

    Session 1

    Friday, 10 September 2021, 13:00 - 14:00

    Students, professionals and leaders are regularly inspired by visions on the future of work. Whilst it may be inspiring to look at trends and long-term visions, what does day-to-day shaping of the future of work actually look like? And how can a crisis as COVID-19 accelerate the transformation? Thomas will share a personal story about the transformation of VodafoneZiggo, the impact of COVID and how that accelerates their journey to “the future of work”.

    About Thomas Mulder

    Thomas Mulder (1978) is Executive Director HR for VodafoneZiggo since July 2018. He joined Vodafone in January 2012 from Accenture where he was HR Director for the Benelux countries. He led the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide and the launch of Vodafone Group Enterprise from an HR perspective. End 2013 he moved to Germany to complete the acquisition and integration of Kabel Deutschland as their HR Director. In 2015 Thomas went back to Vodafone Netherlands as HR Director to lead in the due diligence of Ziggo. After completion of the VodafoneZiggo Joint Venture he was appointed Global HR Director for Vodafone Business in December 2016. Thomas holds a Global Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.

  • Turning global sustainability challenges into market opportunities

    Session 2

    Friday 10 September, 14:00-1500

    At the age of thirty Lucas set up Utz Certified, currently the largest certification program for sustainable coffee, cocoa and other agri-commodities. Later he founded NewForesight, a strategic consultancy company dedicated to turn the global sustainability challenges into market opportunities. And SCOPEinsight, a business intelligence company dedicated to set the world standard for making Farmer Organizations more professional. 

    About Lucas Simons

    Lucas Simons is an International recognised though leader on systems change and sustainable market transformation, a public speaker, master facilitator, trainer, lecturer at business schools and author of the successful books ‘Changing the Food Game’(2014) and ‘Changing the Game’ (2021).


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About UvA in Carré

'UvA in Carré' is organised by Amsterdam Business School and normally hosted by Royal Theater Carré. Alumni, employees and relations of the Amsterdam Business School, and students of MSc in Business Administration and the Executive Programme in Management Studies are invited to attend.