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EMBA graduation speech at the University of St. Gallen

In her graduation speech for 114 Executive MBAs of the University of St Gallen, Barbara Kux pointed out the importance of sapere aude. She emboldened graduates to be wise and have the courage to use their own understanding when facing today’s key challenges: technological disruptions by AI estimated to affect 60-70 percent of total time spent working with a potential productivity growth until 2040 of some 3 percent; international conflicts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia; and sustainability with the latest earth overshoot day already on 2 August 2023.

St. Gallen, 25 May 2024

100th Anniversary of TotalEnergies

Participation as a former director of the board and member of its governance, strategy and nomination committee at the 100th anniversary of TotalEnergies SE at Chateau de Versailles.

Versailles, 26 March 2024

External link to TotalEnergies

Received honorary SEF.WomenAward 2024

The jury of the Swiss Economic Forum presented Barbara Kux with the “Honorary Award 2024” as part of the SEF.WomenAward. On the same evening, International Women’s Day 2024, Alessia Schrepfer, Co-Founder WeNurse, was honored as Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2024 and Sandra Banholzer, CEO Rauch Kreuzlingen, as Entrepreneur/CEO of the Year 2024.

Zurich, 8 March 2024

Laudator Simone Westerfeld, Head Personal Banking UBS, presents Barbara Kux with the Honorary Award 2024 of the SEF.WomenAward

External link to SEF.WomenAward 2024

In-depth interview with INSEAD alumni

“Thriving Amid Change: Boards, Sustainability, and Career Insights” – Barbara Kux talks to Robert Maciejko, co-president alumni Florida, Cintia Tavella, president alumni US, and Vic Woo, director INSEAD San Francisco hub, on the occasion of the Global INSEAD Day commemorating the opening of the first MBA class in 1959.

Via video, 12 September 2023

INSEAD Interview 12 Sep 2023

External link to video

Presentation at Max Schmiheiny Forum 2022

“Energiesicherheit in Europa – wie?” (Energy Security in Europe – How?, in German, some slides in English). The Max Schmidheiny Foundation’s forums promote constructive, issue-related exchange within the younger generation of entrepreneurs, politicians and representatives of civil society, as well as with national and international leaders.

Bad Ragaz, 1 September 2022

Presentation slides. Download PDF (676KB)

Panelist on sustainable financing at economiesuisse

At the Business Day 2021 organised by the Swiss Business Federation economiesuisse, Barbara Kux discussed on the panel “Sustainable financing: opportunities and risks for the real economy” (in German) hosted by Urs Gredig, with Professor Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, director of the Centre for Business & Human Rights, UNIGE, Dr Gnanli Landrou, CEO and co-founder of Oxara, and Philipp Rickenbacher, CEO Julius Bär Gruppe AG.

Basel, 10 September 2021

Barbara Kux encourages businesses to regard sustainability as an opportunity


Video recording of the panel discussion


Lecture at UBS

“Sustainability and diversity—why now?”, lecture given at the event “The Female Impact – SustainAbility Now” at the UBS Center for Education and Dialogue

Wolfsberg, 31 August 2021

Workshop on diversity

“Diversity: why and how?” Key note speech, design and realisation of a workshop for the board of a global financial institution.

7 April 2021

Personal contribution to Harvard MBA class

Barbara Kux personally contributed to the Harvard Business School MBA program “On becoming a general manager” led by Professors Amy C. Edmondson and Joseph Fuller, with reference to the Harvard case study by V. Kasturi Rangan, Amy C. Edmondson, Daniela Beyersdorfer, and Emer Moloney, “Sustainability at Siemens” (cf. bkux.com under publications, Harvard Business School Case 514-026, 2013)

Via video conference, 23 March 2021

Digital debate: the great reset – the role of boards in climate change

Barbara Kux joined this debate with André Hoffman, vice chairman of Roche, Jonathan Normand, founder of B Lab, Katrin Muff, Professor at LUISS, which was moderated by Santiago Lefebvre and hosted by the Chapter Zero representatives Sonia Tatar from the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre and Michael Hilb from the International Board Foundation.

It is up to corporate boards to take an active role in directing resources towards clean technologies and redesigning business processes and business models that mitigate the impacts of climate change. In line with the World Economic Forum 2021 theme on The Great Reset, Chapter Zero SwitzerlandChapter Zero France, the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre, and the International Board Foundation joined to host this webinar. 

Live stream, January 26, 2021

External link to video on the debate site