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28 – 30 January 2015, London

Inspired by the LSE's school motto Rerum Cognoscere Causas – "to understand the causes of things", RCC Conference brought together top managers, world-renowned academics, influential policy makers and selected students to debate contemporary issues, collaborate on solutions, and define best practices.

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RCC Conference is an exclusive event for the CEMS Alliance, a strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational companies aiming to set a global standard of excellence for pre-experience Master’s in management.


Thursday, 30th of January

08:00 – 08:30 Registration Welcome coffee sponsored by Freshminds NAB, 8th Floor

08:30 – 09:05 Speech Opening speech by Jackie Minor, Head of Representation London for the European Commission NAB, LG.

08 09:05 – 09:40 Speech Conversation with Massimo Della Ragione, Co-Head Goldman Sachs Italy NAB, LG.

08 09:40 – 10:00 Break Coffee break with Freshminds

10:00 – 12:00 Workshops Accenture NAB, 5.21 Deutsche Bank 32L, B11 EY SAW, 6th Floor Goldman Sachs OLD, MG.01

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Lunch and speed-dating interviews

13:00 – 15:30 Workshops Bain & Company 32L, LG.18 Daymon NAB, 2.16 P&G OLD, 3.28 TBA CLM, 2.05

15:30 – 16:00 Break Afternoon coffee sponsored by Daymon Worldwide

16:00 – 16:50 Speech Speech by Claudia D’Arpizio, Partner and Head of Luxury Bain & Company NAB LG.08

16:50 – 17:15 Break Break and speed-dating interviews

17:15 – 18:00 Speech Speech by Christoph de Callatay, Managing Director AESC NAB LG.08 18:00 – 20:00 Networking Networking Cocktail OLD, SCR 5th Floor



Friday, 31st of January

 08:00 – 08:40 Speech Speech by Hans Martens, Former CEO European Policy Centre and Special Adviser to Fipra NAB, LG.01

08:40 – 09:00 Break Coffee break

09:00 – 10:00 Speech Speech by Vittorio Colao, CEO Vodafone Group Chair: Michael Barzelay, Head of the Department of Management, LSE OLD, Old Theatre

10:00 – 12:00 Workshops Facebook SAW, 6th Floor Lufthansa 32L, B.09 MyBee OLD, AGWR Skoda OLD, VAR

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Lunch and speed-dating interviews

13:00 – 14:00 Panel Discussion Topic: The Political Fallout of the Euro Crisis - with Andrew Duff, Member of the European Parliament; Kevin Featherstone, Director of Greek Studies, LSE; Chair: Hans Martens, Advisor to Fipra (OLD, OT)

14:00 – 16:30 Workshops AT Kearney NAB, 1.04 Cam Up NAB 4.21 Google OLD, AGWR KPMG OLD, Old Theatre

16:30 – 17:30 Break Afternoon coffee and speed-dating interviews

17:30 – 19:30 Panel Discussion Topic: Restoring Competitiveness in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges - with Giovanni Cagnoli, CEO Bain Italy; Mats Persson, Director of Open Europe; Skoda Representative; Saul Estrin, LSE; Chair: Robert Falkner, LSE (EAS, E.171)

19:30 – 21:00 Networking Cocktail and canapés



Saturday, 1st of February

08:00 – 22:00 Free time Free time for Delegates to explore London

22:00 – 04:00 Party Exclusive farewell party at Il Bottaccio Tube station “Hide Park Corner”







In this workshop you will learn how to deliver structured, impactful and powerful presentations.



Hands-on analytical Tool Kit and Modeling

Excel Toolkit: Objectives for this two hour session is to introduce you to advanced excel functions designed to increasing your flexibility, showcasing good model building practices and highlighting basic features of VBA.



Crack the case

This workshop will provide you with insights and instruction on structuring the problem, analytics and communication, as well as insider tips and insights gained from interviewing candidates at A.T. Kearney.


Daymon Worldwide

Private Brands and Category Management

In this workshop, representatives from Daymon Worldwide will question the importance of category management in the retail industry in an interactive way.



M&A Trends in Europe's financial sector: Carve out and post-merger integration

This interactive workshop will include presentations of real cases during which you will learn about the challenges of post-merger integrations.



Consultative Sales Pitch Workshop

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Mergers & Acquisitions in the aviation industry

Marc Nettesheim, Lufthansa's M&A Director and CEMS Alumnus, will give an interactive introduction to mergers and acquisitions in the aviation industry



Mind the Gap! Soft skills to start your career

In this one day interactive workshop the participants will get the change to explore if they have the skills set ready to step in the corporate world. What do the companies look for when hiring graduates? What’s the best way to have a nice and smooth transition to the working environment with Gen X and Baby Boomers? Bridging this gap as fast as possible is key to success, and MasterCard representatives will share some useful tips.



Global Markets Workshop

Nomura's global market operations belong to the largest in the world. Join this workshop if you want to learn more about the current market environment.



The São Tomé Business Case – how do we manage risk?

Imagine you have been appointed as the Finance Manager of the São Tomé Petroleum Company which is involved in a joint venture with two other parties and about to start the development phase of a large offshore oil and gas field. São Tomé is an island near the west coast of Africa and situated on the outskirts of the current major oil producing countries in that area... Your tasks will include establishing key business objectives, investigating and assessing risks and proposing the mitigation plan of those.


Transparency International

Zero tolerance for corruption' in the business environment

This workshop by Transparency International introduces the key concept of “zero tolerance for corruption” and how business leaders must incorporate this in their business activities at home and abroad. Participants are challenged to reflect on their own conduct in various ambiguous situations through different cases and exercises.