True Leadership | Lessons From the Past, Guidance For the Future

True Leadership

Lessons From the Past, Guidance For the Future​

5 October 2023


Simon Sebag Montefiore
Bestselling author

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a bestselling and prize-winning writer of history and fiction whose books are published in 48 languages. He is the author of international bestsellers about Stalin, Jerusalem, Catherine the Great as well als novels and childrens’ books. All of his works are now being developed into films or TV drama series. His latest book is The World: A Family History, a thrilling, epic and original history of humanity seen through the lens of leading families.

At the ELP Conference Simon will take lessons from history. Based on a selection of historic leaders from his latest book he will determine which elements of their leadership did or did not work in their context, why this was the case, and what we can learn from that, resulting in guidance for the future.
See Simon speak about his new book
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Laura Storm
Young Global Leader

Laura Storm wants a world where people are treated equal. Where leaders dare lead with compassion for people and planet and understand that this is the foundation for flourishing businesses and societies. Laura is a Greenbiz ‘Worldchanger’ and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She is co-author of the book Regenerative Leadership. The DNA of life-affirming 21st century organizations.

Three things she wants to see change in the next ten years:
  • “The way we run corporations. I want to see respect for people and the resources used in production and consumption.
  • Gender-balance. Please. I can’t take one more all-male panel debate and conferences dominated by men in suits. Seriously?
  • Big egos getting in the way of progressive and positive change. Get over yourself. We don’t have time for bullshit like that.”

At the ELP Conference Laura will guide us into the future. Based on her concept of regenerative leadership, she will explain what current leaders need to change to build resilient organizations and flourishing societies.

See Laura speak about regenerative leadership

Laura storm

Resi Becker

CEO, Essent

Resi Becker has been the CEO of energy company Essent since February 2022. Her goals are to keep energy affordable and to accelerate the energy transition. Resi is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Menzis and a board member at the Princess Maxima Center Foundation. Prior to leading Essent she was a member of the Executive Committee of PostNL.

At the ELP Conference Resi will be a member of the CEO Panel.

Resi Becker
Laura van Geest

Chair of the Board  Dutch Authority Financial Markets (AFM)

Laura van Geest has been chairing the board of the Dutch Authority Financial Markets (AFM) since February 2020. She has always worked in the public sector, amongst others as a Director-General and Treasurer-General at the Ministry of Finance and the Director of the Dutch Central Planning Agency (CPB).

At the ELP Conference Laura will be a member of the CEO Panel.

Laura van Geest
Han Kolff

Chairman of the Board, HeadFirst Group

Han Kolff is Chairman of the Board at HeadFirst Group, a leading HR-services provider in the Benelux. Han had managing positions at Randstad, Danone and Heineken, before joining HeadFirst.

At the ELP Conference Han will be a member of the CEO Panel.

Han Kolff

Twan van de Kerkhof

Founder European Leadership Platform , author, editor

Twan van de Kerkhof founded the European Leadership Platform in 2003. He is passionate about leadership, loves asking penetrating questions and is an experienced moderator and facilitator.Before founding ELP, Twan was a journalist for 15 years, working for the Dutch Press Agency, as an independent journalist and as editor-in-chief of the magazine Management Scope. Twan has written seven books, the latest being ‘The YOU of Leadership’ (2013). He is also the editor of the books that were published in the ELP Leadership Series. Twan is an avid cook and a wine enthusiast. He is living in Landsmeer, near Amsterdam, with his wife Alexandra.

At the ELP Conference Twan will be the main facilitator.

Twan van de Kerkhof