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Redefining Leadership in the Knowledge Economy

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Geneva, Switzerland
14 Oct 2014 to 15 Oct 2014
Duration of event:
2 Days
Programme Area:
Public Finance and Trade
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Standard fee: USD 2,500 Discounted fee: USD 2,250 or a 10% discount for early bird registration (payment made on or before 31 August 2014). FREE iPad mini (wifi, 16Mb) to all paid participants.
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Knowing "what" to do is not enough. There is an imperative need to turn knowledge into action and understanding for organizations to innovate and change.
We are confronting a new world of global interdependencies shaped largely by the internet, mobile technologies and social media. Learning how to refocus on knowledge, innovation and collaboration is a crucial imperative for organizations today in a constantly evolving and changing work environment. More time and effort are now required to tap into knowledge and access information, especially when employees create their own personal methods of organizing information. 
The mass of structured and unstructured information and the evolution of technology calls for the development of new skills for better managing and exploiting data, information and ultimately knowledge. New fields of expertise have emerged around the management of content, data analysis, collaboration and the use of social media and the visualization of information, especially in an increasingly mobile world. 
Focus of the Seminar
This seminar will focus on how to lead innovation and change in an increasingly complex information and knowledge environment. It will empower its participants to adapt to new challenges and develop new competencies required to influence decision-making.
Management Capacities and Competencies
Develop skills to manage information and knowledge services and activities within organizations to enable strategic knowledge creation and sharing.
Collaboration, Mindsets & Behaviours
Examine how people collectively work together to effectively develop and share information and knowledge in the workplace especially in the use of networks and new collaborative methods.
Managing Content
Learn how content development and delivery are being transformed by new technologies and their applications, as well as how users are adapting to them.
Technology Tools and Social Media 
Investigate how new social media technologies and their applications can facilitate information and knowledge sharing in creating organizational value.

This seminar aims at enabling strategic knowledge creation and sharing, focusing on suitable competencies required to lead innovation and change. We will examine how people shape and share ‘knowledge’ especially by the use of networks and new collaborative methods, thus providing opportunities for participants to find answers they can put into practice, to some of the complex problems, encouraging the use of innovative solutions, collaborative approaches and social media.

At the end of the seminar, participants will be able to

  • Formulate a case for launching new strategic directions for information and knowledge services;
  • Appraise how important collaboration is for innovation;
  • Develop techniques for enhancing teamwork and building effective networks;
  • Determine the first steps in developing a personal plan to expand the competencies needed to develop their career.

Day one – Understanding the new leadership challenges (14 October 2014)

Session 1:  Learning to lead in information and knowledge: competencies and careers.
Session 2: Leadership challenges in the knowledge economy.
Session 3: Developing a knowledge strategy: case study.
Session 4: Organizations and leadership in the 21st century: what’s changed?
Session 5: Knowledge intensive organizations: ideas for action.
Day two – Embracing change in the knowledge domain (15 October 2014)
Session 6:  Knowledge technologies and social media trends.
Session 7:  Networks and collaboration: methods and techniques.
Session 8: Knowledge sharing for impact.
Session 9: Action plans: developing plans for the future.

The seminar will use a mixture of teaching approaches including the use of case studies, classroom discussions, team projects, video-conferencing and collaboration methods.  Participants will have an opportunity to have individual coaching on developing a knowledge strategy for their organization and on competencies required to make it a success.

Dr. Linda Stoddart (Seminar Director) will work with several expert speakers in the field of leadership and the knowledge economy, some of whom will join in from around the world by video-conferencing to share their expertise.
The lecturers will help participants to identify and address issues pertaining to the key leadership and new roles in the knowledge economy. To facilitate this, they will support participants in issues of basic understanding and application of the concepts and tools throughout the seminar. They will also be available for advice for the development of individual action plans.
Linda Stoddart, Ph.D. (Seminar Director)
Dr. Linda Stoddart is a senior executive coach, knowledge strategy consultant, experienced manager and leader.  She has developed and led numerous executive education programs for senior level managers, and  for high potential professionals in academic institutions, international organizations, NGO’s and corporations.
Her leadership and innovative management acumen was recognized by the United Nations by selecting her to receive the United Nations 21 Award in 2008. She was also awarded the Information Professional Award by the International Online Information Conference in 2001.
Previous to her role as Academic Director of the Master of Science program in Information and Knowledge Strategy at Columbia University, Linda was Director of Knowledge Management at the United Nations. She also served as the Director of the Bureau of Information Services of the International Labour Organization (ILO), in Geneva, and Professor of Information Management at a business school  in France. She also worked at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), based in Geneva and later in Zimbabwe, and  at IMD, (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, as Director of Information Services.
Dr. Geneviève Féraud (Visiting Expert)
Dr. Geneviève Féraud joined the United Nations in 2003 as Deputy Director of the United Nations System Staff College. She then moved to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where she is now Head of Knowledge Development.
She started her career in 1981 with IBM France and then occupied different IT- related functions and responsibilities in the banking sector. She then dedicated herself to research in information systems and business strategy and received her Ph.D. in the University of Aix-Marseille, France. She spent the following ten years researching and teaching in academia, including at the Harvard Business School, and in different European universities, while at the same time advising many large-size European and American companies. She has authored numerous publications in the field of business strategy, technology and leadership, including a book published by Economica in 2009.
Dr. Nadim Habra (Visiting Expert)
Dr. Nadim Habra is an Information Technology (IT) professional with extensive experience in the application and management of technology.  He was the IT Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva.  Previously, Dr. Habra was the Head of the Computing Facility at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies located at Columbia University in New York.  Nadim has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Other Expert Speakers/Lecturers: 
(via video conference)
Mr. Larry Prusak is a researcher and consultant and the founder of the Institute for Knowledge Management-a global consortium of member organizations engaged in advancing the practice of knowledge management through action research.   Larry has been studying knowledge and learning in organizations for the past two decades. He has  worked with several U.S. and overseas government agencies and  NGO's,  as well as having taught and lectured in many universities.    A selection of his work includes the following: Visiting Scholar,  Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, 2010-present; Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, 2009-2010; Senior advisor to the World Bank on knowledge and learning, 2008-present; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Babson College; Senior advisor on knowledge issues, NASA (U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency),  2005-present; Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Co., 2002-2006.
Ms. Katrina (Kate) Pugh is the Academic Director of the Master of Science program in Information and Knowledge Strategy at Columbia University and President of AlignConsulting, specializing in business planning and knowledge-based transformation. She is the author of the book, Sharing Hidden Know-How: How Managers Solve Thorny Problems with the Knowledge Jam (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, April 2011). Kate co-founded and launched the knowledge management strategy practice with PwC/IBM, and led or co-led dozens of KM strategy initiatives.
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The primary intended beneficiaries of this seminar are:

  • Delegates and representatives of UN-member countries.
  • Government and Ministry Officials, Central Bank Staff, Finance and Trade Officials.
  • Decision-makers, managers, and information professionals in leadership role from government institutions and the private sector.
  • NGO and Civil Society Representatives.
Seminar Benefits 

- for the Participant:
  • Understand  the new approaches required of management and leadership in the 21st century;
  • Develop an awareness of the new competencies  needed to cope with the increased complexity in the workplace and the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing;
  • Position you strategically within your organization to play a significant role in improving organizational effectiveness through the better use of information and knowledge. 
- for the Organization:
  • Informed management and action ideas in the use of  knowledge for innovation and change;
  • Cultivate informed leaders who can maximize an organization’s success by staying abreast of knowledge based developments;
  • Leverage your organization’s knowledge assets to improve organizational effectiveness.
Standard fee: USD 2,500
Discounted fee: USD 2,250 or a 10% discount for early bird registration (payment made on or before 31 August 2014). 
Fee includes all tuition, lunches, seminar documentation, and iPad mini (wifi, 16MB). Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements including air ticket, visa, hotel accommodation, insurance, and any other expense related to attending the event. The iPad mini will be distributed to paid participant during the seminar.
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation, Refund, and No Show-Policy: Seminar fees will be refunded, less 250 USD administration fees, if cancellation is received within 30 days from the starting date of the event. Cancellations received less than 30 days before the starting date of the event are liable for the full seminar fee and no refunds will be given. UNITAR reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any event it deems necessary, and will, in such event, make a full refund of any registration fee. If for any reason UNITAR decides to amend or cancel the event, UNITAR is not responsible for covering airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registrants. A registered attendee who does not submit a written cancellation or attend the seminar is considered a no-show and is not eligible for a refund or credit. Cancellations by telephone are not accepted. Cancellations must be received in writing by mail, fax, or email to Michael Adalla (e-mail: or Fax: +41 (0)22 917 8047). Disclaimer: UNITAR reserves the right to change or cancel any part of the published programme due to unforeseen circumstances or reasons beyond its control. No liability is assumed by UNITAR for changes in programme, date, content, speakers, and venue.

Seminar Venue

The seminar will take place at:

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
International Environment House 1
Chemin des Anémones 11-13
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Travel and Accommodation

Geneva is easily reachable by air from anywhere in the world. Geneva’s international airport has over 130 direct flight connections and is catered to by more than 40 European and international airlines. From the airport, it takes only six minutes to reach the city centre. There are over 130 hotels in Geneva; including 15 five star properties that meet the requirements of even the most discerning guests. 
Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements, and to bear the related expenses. For hotel booking and for additional information, please see or contact your travel specialist. 
Insurance and Visa 

Depending on nationality and the type of travel document possessed, participants may need a visa to enter Switzerland. Participants should enquire directly with the Swiss consulate in their country of residence. Upon request, UNITAR will issue a confirmation letter to support visa applications of participants who have paid the participation fee in full. 
Kindly note that UNITAR cannot apply for a visa on behalf of participants; it is the participant’s responsibility to secure the required visa and UNITAR will not be held accountable in case a participant does not receive a visa to enter Switzerland.
UNITAR advises all participants to ensure that they possess medical insurance valid in Switzerland and providing a sufficient amount of coverage in light of the high cost of medical care in Switzerland.

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Contact Details

For any additional information you may require, please contact: 
Michael Adalla
Telephone: +41 (0)22 9178454+41 (0)22 9178454
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