Babson College to Host Fourth Annual Babson Connect: Worldwide Entrepreneurship Summit in Spain

Babson and international business community to convene for premier global summit April 20-22

Babson Connect: Worldwide Madrid, Spain

Babson College, the preeminent global leader in entrepr­eneurship education, will host its fourth annual Babson Connect: Worldwide in Madrid, Spain April 20-22, 2018.

This year’s premier global business summit will bring together renowned figures in the international business community, as well as Babson alumni, faculty, parents, administrators, and friends, to celebrate the ways in which Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® positively transforms businesses, societies, and lives worldwide.

“Babson Connect: Worldwide is an unmatched opportunity to gather, celebrate, learn and inspire one another in a different global entrepreneurial hub each year,” said Babson College President Kerry Healey. “We invite the Babson community to join us this year in Madrid—a leading European financial and technological center rich in culture and history, and a natural next step in Babson’s trip around the world.”

Among this year’s impressive list of speakers are fashion industry icons, Tommy Hilfiger, Elle Macpherson P’20, and Lawrence Stroll P’17, executives from some of the world’s largest corporations, including Carlos Torres Vila, CEO of BBVA, and Ferit Sahenk P’20, Chairman of Dogus Holdings, and leading humanitarians, including Paul Farmer, Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health.

Highlights also include the presentation of Babson’s newest Lewis Institute Community Changemaker honorees—Leila Janah, “Give Work” Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, and María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Permanent Member of the Spanish Council of State and President of the Women for Africa Foundation.

Babson will also name its 2018 Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® Inductee—Juan Roig, President of Mercadona, who will be honored at a private event in Valencia this April.

According to the latest report from the Babson-sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), more than 50 percent of adults in Spain see entrepreneurship as a good career choice, and 60 percent are undeterred by fear of failure when deciding whether or not to start a business. Regionally, Europe demonstrates the second highest rate of entrepreneurs driven by opportunity rather than necessity (75 percent), just below North America.

Launched in 2015 in historic Cartagena, Colombia, Babson Connect: Worldwide has since traveled to Dubai, UAE the international hub of entrepreneurial activity, and then Bangkok, Thailand, one of the great economic success stories of Asia.

Babson Connect: Worldwide Madrid

Featured Events

  • Keynote speeches from:
    • Leila Janah—one of Babson’s Lewis Institute Community Changemaker honorees, “Give Work” Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXM
    • Raj Sisodia—Babson’s F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc.
    • Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute
  • Panels on Family Entrepreneurship and Business, Global Finance and Family Business, The Business of Fashion,Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship, A Glimpse into the World of Luxury Brands, and more

  • Social events that feature the best of Spanish cuisine and entertainment, and valuable networking opportunities

Friday, April 20, 2018

Welcome remarks will feature Babson College President Kerry Healey.

The day’s sessions will begin with a Conversation onFamily Entrepreneurship and Business featuring Francisco J. Riberas P’13’15, Executive Chairman of Gestamp, and Susana Gallardo P’13.

A Global Finance and Family Business panel will follow, featuring Ferit Sahenk P’20, Chairman of Dogus Holdings, Carlos Torres Vila, CEO of BBVA, and Laura Gonzales-Estefani, CEO and Founder of TheVentureCity.

The Business of Fashion conversation will follow, moderated by Dianne Sahenk P’20, and will feature Elle Macpherson P’20, entrepreneur, supermodel, and mother of two sons, Tommy Hilfiger, Principal Designer, and Lawrence Stroll P’17.

The afternoon will include a keynote speech given by Leila Janah, “Give Work” Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI.

President Healey will then present the Class of 2018 Global Scholars—Cassiano Dos Santos ’18, Lizaveta Litvinava ’18, Rosine Ndayishimiye ’18, and Salome Mosehle ’18.

The day will conclude with a cultural reception and dinner at Fortuny.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

President Healey will open with the presentation of Babson’s 2018 Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Awards, designed to recognize persons who have set something in motion in order to create positive change. This year’s honorees include Leila Janah and María Teresa Fernández.

The Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship conversation will feature Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University and Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health; Carmella Kletjian, President and Co-Founder of The Kletjian Foundation; and Mack Cheney, Director of the Kletjian Foundation. The panel will be moderated by Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab.

Babson F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Raj Sisodia, will keynote a session called The Healing Organization, and Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, will keynote another session on How to Live a Startup Up Life.

Cyril Camus ’91, Chairman of Camus Cognac and Babson Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee, will moderate A Glimpse into the World of Luxury Brands, featuring Pierre Halimi Lacharlotte, General Manager of Montres Journe America, Count Charles Faber-Castel, Managing Director Premium of Faber-Castell.

A final panel discussion will follow with prominent members of the Babson Class of 2004 and 2006, Alexander Thomson ‘06 of the Payan TGI Group, Adam Said ‘04 and Charles Lorenceau ‘06 of the ACE Company, Melissa Arostegui ’06, Co-Founder of One Dominican, and John Goscha ’06, Founder and Chairman at Finally Light Bulb Company.

The evening will conclude with a Gala Reception and Dinner at the Casino de Madrid.

Babson will also name its newest Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs® candidate, Juan Roig, President of Mercadona, who will be honored at a private event in Valencia this April. Established in 1978, the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs is the world’s first entrepreneurship hall of fame. It includes more than 100 notable business figures such as Robert Kraft H’02, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Kraft Group; Ray A. Kroc, former CEO of McDonalds; Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group; and Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes.

BCW 2018 Advisory Committee:

  • Paloma Botin P’12
  • Cyril Camus ’91, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Marla Capozzi MBA’96, Chair of the Babson Board of Trustees
  • Said and Mariana Darwazah P’15 ’20, Trustee
  • Angel De La Fuente P’21
  • Harish Fabiani P’17, Trustee
  • Susana Gallardo P’13, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Jean-Paul Gut P’19
  • Muhammad Habib ’81, P’09, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Markus Krautli ’81, P’12, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Pierre Lacharlotte P’21, Babson Global Advisory Board
  • Suchitra Lohia P’06 ’15, Trustee
  • Narender Madnani ’91, Trustee
  • Ignacio Mora-Figueroa MBA’00
  • Francisco Riberas P’13 ’15
  • Dianne and Ferit Sahenk P’20, Trustee
  • Adam Said ’04

BCW 2018 Host Committee:

  • The Carabias Family ’14 ’14 ’17
  • Simran H. Fabiani ’17
  • Ricardo Gomez-Acebo Botin ’12
  • Vasana Jantarach MBA’07
  • Pablo Kuszelewski MBA’15
  • Francois Nuyts MBA’96
  • Maria Pereda Ehrlich ’15
  • The Perez Olivera Family ’16
  • Martin Restrepo ’17, Trustee
  • Monica Riberas ’15
  • Patricia Riberas ’13
  • Samuel Soria Santos MBA’11
  • Alexander Thomson-Payan ’06

Dean’s Student Ambassadors:

  • Elia M. Innamorati ‘20
  • Defne Sahenk ‘20
  • Rayhaan Surve ‘20
  • Alvaro De La Fuente ‘21

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Brianna Radicioni,, (781) 239-4548 | 3/7/2018 9:00 AM