This year, 2020, is the beginning of a new decade and with that in mind, the Conference Content Committee has organised an excellent program to teach members the tools to adapt their business to the rapidly changing times. Beginning on Thursday with a Keynote by Enric Segarra on “RETHINK. the world is changing exponentially.Upload and Upgrade!”as well as a day and a half with Donna Pace and her customised program for JHI.

“To thrive in this Topsy-Turvy world and
create sustainable value, companies have
to transform their organizations”

Professor Segarra is graduated from the Polytechnic University of
Catalonia (UPC) in Business Administration and Management. Holds a
BBA and MBA from ESADE Business School. Accredited as a participant-centered
learning facilitator focused on the case method by the Harvard
Business School. Trained in Design Thinking (user-centered prototype driven
process for innovation) by the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design
(the so-called d-school) from Stanford University and certified by the
Singularity University for the study of Exponential Impact Technologies
that address the world’s grand challenges.

He started his professional career in the field of business as a Product Manager in banking (BBVA). He then worked for Hewlett Packard in the Production, Logistics and Finance departments, giving support from this last position to the functions of Marketing and New Product Development. He later served as Managing Director at Geraplant Associats, a family-owned business in the agricultural sector. During that time, he was also a member of the Governing Board of the cooperative CORMA SCCL, leader in Spain in the commercialization of bedding plants. At the time he joined a consulting firm in the field of creativity and innovation, as a strategic partner and has recently been Board Advisor of a systems engineering company specializing in technology and services consulting. He is currently an independent advisory member on the board of directors in a chemical company with over 75 years of history and member of the management team Singularity University Barcelona Chapter.

For more than 20 years, he was teaching at ESADE Business School –combining teaching, with his positions in the business- in which he also served as Academic Director of the so-called Leadership Development Programs in the Executive Education unit and disruptive programs such as Beyond Pretty. Embracing Design Thinking to Seize New Market Opportunities jointly launched in 2009 with the Art  Center College of Design in Pasadena (USA), College of which he was a visiting professor in residence.

He is currently Professor of Innovation at Deusto Business School, University of Deusto in Spain,  Corporate Programs at INCAE (Harvard Business School sister’s in Costa Rica) and International Keynote Speaker in the field of creativity and innovation (he has lectured and conducted workshops for the creative resolution of problems and challenges for Abengoa, Viesgo, Santander, Fluidra, Repsol, Gas  Natural- Fenosa, Glencore, Merck, Novartis, Sanofi, Bunge, Epson, Bertelsmann, Mapfre, Syngenta, GFT Technologies, Bankinter, IKEA, Tenaris, González-Byass, Amadeus, General Óptica, Adidas, Bodegas Torres, Tecnalia, Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí, BioDonostia, Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Vigo, El Corte ingles, ISS Facility Services, Millicom, Telefonica Mapfre, among others and for the economic development agency SPRING of the Government of Singapore, APEX-Brazil and Asian Productivity Organization in Japan. Outside of Spain, he has also taught at the ICDA in Córdoba (Argentina). FAE in Curitiba (Brazil), ORT in Montevideo (Uruguay), BMI in Vilnius (Lithuania), EGE in Porto (Portugal), INCAE (Costa Rica and Nicaragua), University of St. Gallen, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope” and Washington University in St Louis (Olin School of Business) in USA.

Donna Pace, is the founder and CEO/ CIO of DP & Associates. She leads a high profile team of global professionals, whose GPS englobes 4 key areas: Creativity, LeadershiFT, Future Trends and Values.

A key word to describe her would be: AGENT PROVOCATEUR, DECODER

Donna is a CPS (Creative Problem Solving) certified facilitator and a FOURSIGHT practitioner (USA), as well as the Authorised de Bono Thinking Systems Distributor (Lateral Thinking, Six Hats, Six Values Medals etc.) for 3 countries, and one of a handful of Master Trainers worldwide.

Considered a point of reference in her creative thinking field, she has been called upon as a keynote speaker, facilitator and trainer in both national and international events. Some of her clients include: SOIB (Unemployment agency) Baleares, DSM (Holland), Duke University Leadership programme, NESTLÉ, Hospital Galdakao (Bilbao) winner of the Ibero – American Quality Management Prize 2010; Cruces Hospital (Bilbao), Malaga State Hospital, ESADE CREAPOLIS Business School (Barcelona), Basque University (Bilbao); AEGON Insurance (Madrid); VET (Vocational Educational Training, Basque Country & Balearic Islands); CIMP (Portugal); CEGOC (Portugal); Playmobil (Malta), Westin Dragonara (Malta), The Times (Malta); FIM BANK (Malta), EADA Business school (Barcelona); Balearic Chamber of Commerce; Balearic Ministry of Energy, Industry and Commerce; EITB Basque National TV; Balearic Education Ministry, Publiespaña (Grupo Telecinco/Canale 5); School of Design (IED) de Barcelona; Grupo Antolin winners of various prizes in automobile sector (Burgos), Club Excelencia – Spanish representatives of the EFQM quality management audit (Madrid); Gallina Blanca (Barcelona); CIMP (Lisbon); MF4 (Bilbao); Mind Master (Bucharest).

Brief Personal Bio

Born and bred on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo, I have lived in Paris, and am now based in Mallorca, Spain. I am a hardcore entrepreneur, a futurist and 21st century human software engineer. I believe the world is changing, which is why an urgent R/evolutionary upgrade is necessary to, not only stay abreast of the times, but more importantly, to spearhead value movements. I believe “Blockchange” will be the new normal, as the global movement aligns to new tech and collective parameters.

A keen promoter of the Master in Creativity at the University of Malta, and a visiting lecturer at the University of the Balearic Islands, in 2005 I spearheaded (US based, present in 60 countries) de Bono Thinking Systems business in Spain, which is concerned with creativity as a systematic, rigourous approach to business. I have since taken over representation for Portugal and Malta. Prof. Edward de Bono has been the most relevant influence in my life since I met him at a very young age . Creator of Lateral Thinking, and Parallel Thinking amongst others, Edward is considered the world´s leading authority in conceptual and creative thinking, having written 84 books translated into 43 languages. A renaissance man, he was talking about creativity and innovation, design thinking, and “out of the box” well before anyone else. His latest book called “Bonting”,focuses on creating a language to define value. We were interviewed together at the BlockChain Delta /Zest conference in Malta in 2018.

I have held positions Director in Sales and Marketing in the service industry, and previously in Malta and Paris held roles related to international organisations such as UNESCO, COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Heritage and Art & Culture. An avid reader, globe trotter writer, rave analyst and speaker my mission and vision as a global citizen is to make a positive impact on the future that is already here. Future+

I believe that in the next 7 years we will see great changes on planet earth. It is my daily practice to build co-creative, co-llaborative and contributive groups. Whether large or small. My largest audience was 2000 people at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, where I was a guest speaker for the Basque University. I speak six languages (Maltese, English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian) but the most important one is my 7th: the language of creativity that crosses boarders, hearts, and minds. As Einstein once said: “Logic can take you from A – Z, but imagination can take you anywhere”.