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2017 Plenaries

ILA conferences have a reputation for depth, breadth, and excellence. Each conference offers plenary speakers with diverse roots, unique perspectives, and innovative approaches to leadership. Leadership Scholars share recent research and developments in the field while Business Leaders delve into their challenges and triumphs, lighting a path to best practices, and Public Leaders & Change-Agents explore leadership impacts and effective leadership for the greater good of individuals and communities around the globe. Plenary speakers at ILA's annual global conference share their passion for leadership with a global community.

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Herman Van Rompuy
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Herman Van Rompuy's impressive career in politics includes his roles as the first full-time President of the European Council (2009-2014) and the Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009). He is currently the President of the European Policy Center, an independent think tank dedicated to "fostering European integration through analysis and debate" and "engaging partners, stakeholders, and citizens in EU policy-making and in the debate about the future of Europe." Some of their areas of focus include migration and diversity, and sustainable prosperity.

Prior to his ascension to Belgian Prime Minister, Van Rompuy was well-known for his ability to broker peaceful solutions to intractable disagreements that involved compromise from all parties involved. This skill, combined with his political expertise, and his background in philosophy and economics, served him well as President of the European Council where he led through integration issues ranging from cultural to financial.

A complex renaissance thinker, he is a published and award-winning poet known for his haikus — an art form perfect for today's busy complex world in its ability to inspire meditative thought arising from its seeming simplicity. A contemplative speaker, a recent talk given at TEDxLeuven asks, "Can the European Union Achieve Utopia?"

Van Rompuy has received numerous awards, honors, and honorary degrees. In 2012, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the European Union with José Manuel Barroso and Martin Schulz.

Herman Van Rompuy / EU leader and poet / keynoting Brussels