2020 Annual Conference

Unity in Diversity

4th - 6th November, Online

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The 2020 Eighth Annual Humanistic Management Conference will take place online and is brought to you by our Chapters from around the world.

Our 2020 conference will be different from our previous conferences as it will be our first online conference and the driving force behind this year’s conference format are contributions by our Chapters from around the world. We wanted to make productive use of the circumstances and turn a challenge into an opportunity. So if we cannot be together in one place at least we can virtually be in all the places where our community is active. Consequently this year’s conference theme, Unity in Diversity, has a dual connotation.

On one hand we want to use the decentral character of the online format to celebrate the diverse and rich community that forms the Humanistic Management Network and unites our members behind our shared purpose. We, the Humanistic Management Network, show Unity in Diversity. On the other hand we find our world increasingly divided with ever more voices tuning in to toxic narratives of division, exclusion, suppression and aggression. We know these narratives are unable to guide us towards any desirable outcomes; we know that that which unites us is much bigger, stronger and more relevant than that which separates us. So we will show during this conference that there is Unity in Diversity and how business can exercise agency to embrace and promote diversity to the benefit of all stakeholders involved.

We are most grateful to our partners, sponsors and donors for supporting us with the technology needs and organizational efforts to enhance your conference experience that we are happy to bring to you free of charge.

To provide you with a valuable conference experience we have built an interactive program spanning three days to offer you keynotes, workshops, paper sessions, panels and even online networking opportunities. While our 2020 Annual Humanistic Management Conference is brought to you in a different way, it is still delivered in the same spirit of providing you with a rich and fun conference experience.

Come join us at the 2020 Eighth Annual Humanistic Management Conference – together we make impact towards a more sustainable and more equitable planet.

On behalf of everyone at the Humanistic Management Network we look forward to welcoming you.

The Conference Organizing Committee


Please welcome with us outstanding speakers delivering impactful messages in service of our shared endeavor to show unity in diversity for a more sustainable and more equitable planet. MORE SPEAKERS WILL BE ADDED OVER THE COMING WEEKS

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Wolfgang Amann has been designing and delivering executive education seminars for more than 20 years.

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Roger T. Ames is Humanities Chair Professor at Peking University, Academic Director to Berggruen China Center

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Hakeem Belo-Osagie is a well-respected Nigerian entrepreneur with a track record of leading and backing highly successful investments.

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Ilaria Boncori (PhD, PFHEA, FLF) is a senior lecturer in management and marketing at the University of Essex (UK).

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Edmond Byrne is Chair Professor of Process & Chemical Engineering, and Head of Department at University College Cork.

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Business Expert. Ontological Coach and Chi-coach in energy management and coherence life approaches.

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Amina Dchieche is Assistant Professor at Rabat Business School specialized in financial markets and Islamic finance.

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FU Pingping is currently a Professor of OB in Nottingham University Business School China.

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Markus Glatz-Schmallegger is teaching social- and economic ethics and is an organizational coach with his own company www.valUse.at

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Paul is a founder member of the UK Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network and a member of its steering group.

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Enitan Ibironke is a Lawyer by profession, a seasoned Trainer, Certified Etiquette Coach, trained Journalist and Brand Strategist.

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Mari Iizuka is professor of management at Doshisha Universit in Kyoto, Japan.

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Aleksandra is currently pursuing a PhD at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

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Hilda is an executive with almost a decade worth of experience in consulting and Human capital development.

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Jaroslaw Klas is a cultural expert, animator and culture manager completing his doctoral thesis at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

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Ania Knapek works in the National Museum in Warsaw since 2006. She is coordinator of educational programmes.

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Agnieszka Konior is Lecturer at the Institute of Culture at the Jagiellonian University.

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Carlos Henrique Lacerda is Marketing and Category Management Manager at Extrafarma, part of Grupo Ultra

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Carlos Largacha-Martínez is a consultant & futurologist with a holistic professional formation.

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Bob is a founding member of the Humanistic Management Chapter UK.

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Nokuthula Mahlangu is an Entrepreneur and wellness expert passionate about assisting people and integrating technology in wellness.

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CEO ‘Bioambientar’, a biotech for the efficient management of organic waste and agricultural production.

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Aura holds a Commerce Master’s degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town.

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Ines Meyer is Associate Professor of Organisational Psychology at the University of Cape Town.

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CEO ‘Las Mazamorras de Uraba’. More than 15 years leading a food chain in one of the most extreme regions in Colombia.

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Umesh Mukhi is Assistant Professor of Management at FGV, experienced in Education and Cultural Diplomacy across Europe, Asia and Latin America.
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 Gerard (Ger) Mullally is a lecturer and Deputy Head in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at University College Cork.

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Martin Nesirky is Director of the United Nations Information Service in UN headquarter in Vienna.

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Fabia is a Lawyer and Corporate Executive with 20 years’ experience working in the fields of law and development.

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Obakeng holds an honours degree from the University of Cape Town and currently works at Accenture South Africa.

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Kemi teaches business ethics, managerial anthropology, and sustainability management at the Lagos Business School.

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Mark Orpen-Lyall is a registered Organisational Psychologist, with more than 25 years in the corporate world.

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Charles Osezua, OON, KSG, a businessman and a social engineer who has championed several efforts in the development of natural gas in Nigeria.

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Michal Palasz is culture & media manager, activist and academic teacher working at Jagiellonian University.

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Weronika Pokojska is affiliated to the Institute of Culture, Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

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Lulama has a BCom Law qualification and is a certified Ethics Officer with The Ethics Institute.

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Ana-María´s passion is to accompany change agents, leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Adalberto has 15 years experience in marketing, working in B2B and B2C companies in several segments where he led multidisciplinary teams.

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Christina is convenor of the UK Chapter of the HMN and Director of the Centre for Leadership Innovation at the University of Bedfordshire.

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Ruth Slater is a freelance researcher and writer and a member of the UK Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network.

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Shiv Tripathi is dean of the School of Management at CMR University in Bengaluru, India.

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Ernst von Kimakowitz is passionate about strengthening the positive impact of business.


The conference will run over three days commencing on November 4th at 9am CET and closing on November 6th 7pm CET. To provide an interesting, fruitful and fun conference to our speakers, guests and delegates we have built an exciting program for this conference that will be delivered fully online this year. You can view the full program in the conference guide, the abstracts of the academic papers that will be presented, a short introduction to Humanistic Management and other information under the links below.

Confernce lounge

Conference Lounge

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Participation in the conference is free but we welcome donations if you want to contribute to this event (Ticket invoice equivalent to donation can be provided upon request). The conference will be held online brought to you by our country chapters from around the world. You will receive the log in information for the conference broadcast after your registration during the days leading up to the event.


The Humanistic Management Network is most grateful to our sponsors and partners who share our passion for working towards a more sustainable and more equitable planet. Without their generous support this conference would not be possible. If you are interested in joining forces please do get in touch with conference@humanisticmanagement.network to discuss tailored partnership options.

The Humanistic Management Center (HMC) is a think tank, learning institution and advisory firm supporting organizations in transforming towards a humanistic management paradigm.

Regional College of Management Bangalore is a long standing partner of the Humanistic Management Network that is focused on preparing students for the global job market so they can excel in their career as confident, motivated and dynamic individuals with strong values.

The Institute of Social Ethics ISE undertakes research and teaching contexts in social ethics including scientific reflection on the ethical dimension of social contexts, challenges and issues. Institutions, structures, and systems.


We are truly happy for the support we are receiving from organizations that share our passion for a humanistic management paradigm.

Association for Management Education and Development (AMED) is a long-established membership organisation and educational charity devoted to developing people and organisations.

The Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina-AREANDINA, is a 35,000+ students inclusive University in Colombia, with campuses in three main cities and virtual national coverage. In Central America we have two campuses in Panama and Costa Rica. We are part of the Ilumno Network.

The Deep Institutional Innovation for Sustainability and Human Development (DIIS) project sees clear evidence that current social institutions are not optimal, either for human flourishing or for addressing global challenges.

Humanists UK is a national charity and campaigning organisation. Through its ‘Humanists in Business’ network, it provides support to people in the workplace who may have a humanistic worldview and seeks to promote an approach to business and management aligned with humanistic principles.

Cultural Organization Research Institute – IBOK: The goal of the association is to conduct research in the field of culture and to support management processes in organizations related to creative activities, cultural education and heritage.

IIHMR University is a specialized research University in management research, postgraduate education and training in the health sector. The University aims to generate new knowledge and technologies to provide evidence and inputs for developing effective policies and health interventions and strategies.

Institute of Culture of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland teaches and explores culture management, media management and humanistic management in the spirit of contemporary culture.

MaREI is a leading Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research and innovation co-ordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork.

Nottingham University Business School China is committed to shaping the future of responsible business and management in an increasingly inter-connected world.

Palgrave Macmillan is a world-class publisher of books and journals with more than 175 years’ experience in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Since its inception in the year 2011, Palgrave Macmillan are bringing out our Humanism in Business book Series.


This conference enjoyed tireless engagement and support of many members of the Humanistic Management Community.

Organizing Team

  • Wolfgang Amman (HEC Paris in Qatar / HMN Board Member)
  • Pingping Fu (Nottingham University Ningbo / HMN China)
  • Markus Glatz-Schmallegger (ValUse.at / HMN Austria)
  • Mari Iizuka (Doshisha University / HMN Japan)
  • Agnieszka Konior (Jagiellonian Universtiy / HMN Poland)
  • Carlos Largacha (Areandina / HMN Colombia)
  • Satya Mandal (President, RCMB / HMN India)
  • Aura Mbolela (HMN South Africa)
  • Kemi Ogunyemi (Lagos Business School / HMN Nigeria)
  • Michal Palasz (Jagiellonian Universtiy / HMN Poland)
  • Weronika Pokojska (Jagiellonian Universtiy / HMN Poland)
  • Ruth Slater (HMN UK)
  • Orane Stepczynski (HMN Switzerland)
  • Shiv Tripathi (IIHMR, India / HMN India)
  • Ernst von Kimakowitz (HMN / HMC / University of Lucerne, Switzerland)

Academic Committee

  • Aleksandra Jaszczyk (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland; HMN Poland)
  • Michal Palasz (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland; HMN Poland)
  • Ruth Slater (HMN UK)
  • Ernst von Kimakowitz (HMN / HMC / University of Lucerne)


Navigate to previous editions of the Annual Humanistic Management Conference.

The 2019 Seventh Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on October, 10. – 11. in Krakow, Poland, hosted by the Jagiellonian University.

The 2018 Sixth Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on October 1st – 2nd in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), India, hosted by CMR University.

The 2017 Fifth Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on October 5th – 6th in Tübingen, Germany, hosted by the Weltethos Institut.

The 2016 Fourth Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on October 13th – 14th in Tübingen, Germany, hosted by the Weltethos Institut.


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