IFERA 2013 Family Business Day

July 5, 2013 

Executive Campus at the University of St. Gallen 

Family business owners and academics from across the world engage in an in-depth dialogue during the last day of the conference. The Family Business Day is a one-day and unique event. 


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Family Business Day Program

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Welcome and introduction to the Family Business Day

Sanjay Goel, IFERA, and Thomas Zellweger, University of St. Gallen


Academic Keynote

Governance and value creation in an entrepreneurial family

Tim Habbershon, Fidelity Investments, Boston


Family Business Practice 1

Long-term value creation at Tengelmann

Karl-Erivan Haub, Tengelmann, Germany

Academic Reflection about Family Business Case

Professor Mattias Nordqvist, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden


Coffee Break


Family Business – Latin American cases


Parallel Session 1

Transgenerational Entrepreneurship

Ana Urrea

Privax Group


Running a family firm in turbulent environments

Tobias Lozano Solorza

El Manantial


Academic Reflection

Professor Gonzalo Betancourt

INALDE Business School Colombia

Academic Reflection

Professor Jorge A. Duran Encalada

Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico


Family Business – European Cases


Parallel Session 2

Governance with a complex family structure

Martin Looser

Looser Holding


Passing on  entrepreneurial spirit across generations: The Bekaert Academy

Sophie Lammerant-Velge

Bekaert, Belgium

Academic Reflection

Dr. Nadine Kammerlander

University of St. Gallen

Academic Reflection

Professor Wim Voordeckers

Hasselt University, Belgium

12:30 Lunch

Speaker: Antoine Mayaud

Association Familiale Mulliez


Family Business Practice 2

An Asian Family Business Story

Datin Irene Gan, Reliance Group, Malaysia

Academic Reflection

Professor Sanjay Goel, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA


Panel Discussion

Developing useful knowledge – What should academics focus on?

Moderator: Lloyd Steier

Panelists: Tobias Lozano Solorza, Martin Looser, Matti Vanhanen, Joe Astrachan



Coffee Break

16:15 Closing Keynote

Family Businesses – The Finnish Story

Matti Vanhanen, Executive Director, Finnish Family Firm Association,

Ex Prime Minister of Finland


Closing remarks and thanks

Thomas Zellweger and Sanjay Goel


Cocktails - Reception



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