International Conference “Business For Peace – Strategies For Hope”


By Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative

Dear Friends of the GCGI,

I was truly honoured and delighted when my dear friend, Luk Bouckaert, prof.em. Catholic University Leuven, Belgium, and President of the European SPES Forum, contacted me and kindly invited the GCGI to join the “Organising and Scientific Committee” of a major international conference “BUSINESS FOR PEACE – STRATEGIES FOR HOPE” in commemoration of the centennial of the First World War (1914-1918). The conference will be held in Flanders Fields, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium, April 9-12, 2014. I have noted some of the important details below and have provided the necessary links for further details. Given the historical significance of this event, I do hope that you may consider joining us.

Aims of the Conference:

Ø discussing the concept of peace and its spiritual, political, ecological and economic impact in today’s world
Ø strengthening the practice of peace-building in local and global business
Ø Visit to the battle fields of the Great War and attendance of the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ieper (Ypres).
Ø Launch of a ‘charter of hope’ at the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the European SPES Forum

Keynote Speakers: The Conference will feature seven keynote speakers, including:  Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, “Europe as a peace project” and Mark Eyskens, ex prime Minister of Belgium, prof. of Economics, Creative Writer, “Between markets and politics. Lessons from the first World War”

Scientific Committee:
Luk Bouckaert, prof.em.Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
Henri Claude de Bettignies, prof.em.INSEAD, France
Josep M. Lozano, prof. ESADE, Spain
Kamran Mofid, prof. Founder Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, UK
Sharda Nandram, prof. Neyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherlands
Hendrik Opdebeeck, prof. University of Antwerp, Belgium
Mike Thompson, prof. China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China
Laszlo Zsolnai, prof. Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

See Call for Papers:

Further details: