1. The Business Case for Resilient Cities

The vulnerability of our cities, our industrial assets and our private property to unpredictable weather phenomena has become shockingly evident. To Hannes Apitzsch, CFO of Siemens’ Infrastructure & Cities sector, it is clear that cities must “insure” themselves by building infrastructures to resist and to respond flexibly to any meteorological extremes. Read why, in a world with rapid climatic change and mounting urbanization, the costs for not taking defensive actions are simply too high.

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2. The New Normal in the European Electricity Sector

Historically a set of intangible market principles provided the very foundation of all economic activities in the European electricity sector. However, lately, the paradigms are being turned upside down: erratic political interventions, the surge of renewable energies and related technological trends like e-mobility or smart grids give a hard time to utilities. Find out why Stefan Dohler, Senior Vice President at Vattenfall AB, believes that capex light solutions are more suitable than massive capital expenditures and why he propagates a market-based system rather than uncoordinated political interactions to deal with the “New Normal” of decision-making under considerable uncertainty.

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3. Carbon Accounting and Controlling – A Journey to Excellence

Why would customers, investors and lawmakers be interested in knowing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions of a company? And what are the economic implications that make carbon efficiency along the value chain interesting to managers? Lawrence A. Rosen, CFO of Deutsche Post DHL, gives us the answers and tells us how his company benefits from an increased transparency on its carbon footprint as a result of integrating a Carbon Controlling and Accounting into the financial management system.

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4. »…There Will Always Be More Demand for Oil.«

What will the oil market look like in the future and what is oil going to cost? What are the implications for Iraq considering also its neighbors, such as Syria, who still are in the midst of chaos and violence? In an interview with CNN's Emerging Markets Editor and Abu Dhabi based anchor, John Defterios, Hussain Al Shahristani, deputy prime minister in charge of energy-related issues in Iraq, talks about the situation in Iraq, developments in Iraqi oil production and oil pricing reflecting a steady oil demand.

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5. Who is Financing the Real Economy?

The financial crisis being hardly over, the banking sector already finds itself in another tricky situation: regulatory initiatives significantly constrain business models on the one hand, while corporate borrowers intend to diversify their sources of financing putting pressure to classical banking activities on the other hand. So who is financing the real economy? And even more important: who will do it in the future? Dr. Ingrid Hengster, Country Executive Germany, Austria & Switzerland for The Royal Bank of Scotland, is convinced that the answer is “The banks, of course!” and takes us on a journey to the future of corporate banking.

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6. Path to Sustainable Recovery in Spain

In 2012 the Spanish economy found itself amidst a downward spiral with virtually no escape. However, in a tremendous effort, the country managed to come to grips with its problems and to get back on track. The governor of Banco de España, Luis M. Linde, explains how Spain has handled what seemed impossible in almost no time: an adjustment of the country’s external deficit, deleveraging the private sector and fiscal consolidation, a reform of the labor market and, last but certainly not least, the stabilization of the financial sector.

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7. Preparing for a European Banking Union

Five years after the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, a European banking union seems more urgent than ever. The euro area banking system remains undercapitalized, fragile and fragmented. The ECB becoming the single banking supervisor for Europe in 2014 is only a first step in the right direction. Harald Benink, Founding Chairman of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, explains how the “too-big-to-fail”-problem and the many other issues of contemporary banking could potentially be resolved and what actions are necessary en route to the implementation of a full banking union.

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8. Managing Complexity: How to Succeed in Today’s Automotive Business

August Horch, the visionary founder of Audi, strongly believed that a satisfied customer is the key to continued success in the automobile business. The world has become much more complex ever after: a global financial crisis, highly interwoven markets with world-spanning production networks, trade barriers and increasing regulatory standards with respect to eco-friendliness – you name it. Axel Strotbek, Board Member of AUDI AG, stresses that August Horch’s paradigm still holds true and tells us the key ingredients to become the number one premium car brand that shapes the mobility of the future and satisfies the demands of heterogeneous and diverging customer segments on a global market.

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9. How to Recover from the Economic Goldilocks Hangover

It almost had seemed that in our competitive world we had lost sight of the purpose and the responsibilities of a corporation. “Debt” and “leverage” had been the magical words in the past - excessive risk taking in order to maximize returns had been common courtesy. Then, five years ago, the Lehman disaster hit and we realized that short term, opportunistic optimization breaks down in crisis times. Today, we are still under the aftermath of the shock and the crisis seems to be an ongoing theme. So what do we learn from the last five years and how can we best prepare for any unknown unknowns in the future? Prof. Dr. A. Stefan Kirsten, CFO of Deutsche Annington Immobilien, is convinced that the sustainable (financial) health of a corporation is not a miracle and tells us about his approach.

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10. Slimming Solutions and Driving Performances

Carbon is considered the savior when it comes to lightweight construction in the automotive industry – a subject that is obviously closely related to eco-friendliness, fuel efficiency and electric mobility. BMW’s electric city car i3 represents a landmark: it is the first car made of carbon fiber that does not carry a price tag well into six-digit figures. Does that mean that carbon has already won the race of lightweight materials and that the market for carbon made cars will skyrocket soon? What are the real challenges of reducing weight and what will be the role of alternative materials, like aluminium or high-strength steels, in future automotive manufacturing? Schuler AG’s CEO, Stefan Klebert, gives the answers.

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11. Interview: The Value of Continuous Global Process Improvement

Why would a company expose itself to the complexity of a global process improvement campaign? What are the key success factors and what are the expected benefits? How does management gets its staff’s buy in? In an interview, Dimitri Belobokov, Partner at Stern Stewart, and Dürr’s CFO Ralph Heuwing talk about the importance of continuous process improvement and how it was implemented across the 8,000 people strong organization of the automotive equipment supplier.

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12. The Stern Stewart Institute // Annual Summit 2013 Review: What the Future Holds For Us

Substantial distortions in the world economy and significant shifts in the geo-strategic powers, growing energy insecurity with renewable energies surging at the same time, a still ongoing Euro-crisis accompanied by strong political intervention, changes in the (central) banking systems and increasing regulatory requirements... Is our world henceforth going to be in permanent turmoil? What would be the consequences and what conclusions could we possibly draw? Find out what the participants of the 2013 Annual Summit think about the future and how do they adjust their corporate strategies in order to respond adequately.

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