[Forum] “Future of Capitalism” open session series


“Future of Capitalism” open session series


We are happy to announce the launch of the third edition of our global course “Future of Capitalism (FoC): New Roles and Challenges of Business Enterprises and Leaders”. The course consists of 11 online sessions, with about 200 graduate students from various parts of the world participating.

With an outstanding line-up of speakers, we open the following four sessions to the public and heartily invite you to join as an observer.


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1. Introduction and Visionary Leadership (Tue, Jan 31, 21:00-23:15 JST)



  • Paul Polman, Business leader, Campaigner, Co-author of Net Positive
  • Prof. Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research



  • Junichi Kagaya, Project Leader, Future of Capitalism; Managing Director, IESE; and Member of the Board of Trustees, Shizenkan


For the opening session on January 31 we will welcome Paul Polman, the most admired CEO of the 21st century. 

Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and one of the world’s most respected sustainable leaders, will be our guest speaker for the January 31 session. Paul is a core supporter of the FoC Project, an outstanding, passionate business leader with a great personality. We hope you will use a chance to listen to him in person.

Johan Rockström, a prominent environmentalist and advocate of the planetary boundaries concept from Sweden, will be joining Paul in this session. 

2.Capitalism in the Age of Anthropocene (Tue, Mar 7, 21:00-23:15 JST )



  • Prof. Kohei Saito, University of Tokyo


  • Prof. Edson Kondo, Fundaçao Getulio Vargas
  • Prof. Niloy Biswas, Dhaka University


In session on March 7, Professor Kohei Saito will participate from Japan. 

Professor Kohei Saito of the University of Tokyo, an up-and-coming Japanese philosopher draws inspiration from late Marxist thought and advocates de-growth. His book Capital in the Anthropocene became a bestseller in Japan, and his interpretation of the Marxist theory has been translated into Spanish and English, influencing discourse around the world. 

We look forward to the debates of Prof. Saito, who claims that the SDGs are “the new opium of the masses,” and his global opponents.

3. Conscious Enterprise (Tue, Apr 11, 20:00-22:15 JST)



  • Prof. Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School
  • Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder, B Lab


  • Prof. Raj Sisodia, EGADE Business School


On April 11, a well-known Harvard Business School professor will take the podium. 

Professor Rebecca Henderson, who created the course Reimagining Capitalism at Harvard Business School, and proposed in her book of the same title that purpose-driven companies will create a new future, will be the guest speaker at the April 11 session.

Joining us in this session are Raj Sisodia, co-author of Conscious Capitalism and now Chairman of the Conscious Enterprise Center at Mexico’s leading technical university, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Jay Coen Gilbert, who created the B Corp certification system. 

4. Integrated Value-Based Management (Tue, Apr 18, 20:00-22:15 JST)




  • John Elkington, Founder and Chief Pollinator, Volans
  • Pavan Sukhdev, Former President, WWF International



  • Prof. Lawrence Loh, National University of Singapore


In session on April 18 we will straightforwardly address the Integrated Value-Based Management.

John Elkington’s concept of the triple bottom line swayed corporate accounting and created the subsequent trend in non-financial statement disclosure. He will join this session together with Pavan Sukhdev, who presented a framework for integrated management in his book Corporation 2020 more than a decade ago.

Pavan is a former President of WWF International and Founder and CEO of GIST Impact. Although not widely known, Corporation 2020 rethinks what value creation means for companies as they shift from a shareholder economy to a stakeholder economy, and also confronts the negative externalities that companies have.

The facilitator is Professor Lawrence Loh, who teaches corporate and governance theory at the National University of Singapore.


Please note:

  • The comments or questions to the speakers will not be accepted.
  • The course is delivered in English only.



The Future of Capitalism (FOC) is a global project co-hosted by Shizenkan University (Japan) and IESE Business School (Spain). For the 2023 edition, the core members, SOIL Business School (India) and FGV (Brazil), will be joined by IPADE Business School, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), Seoul National University (South Korea), Lagos Business School (Nigeria),  IPB Business School (Indonesia), Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia),  Oxford Saïd Business School (UK), and National University of Singapore (Singapore), University of Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Royal Roads University (Canada)..

Nearly 200 graduate students from 14 schools around the world will participate. We will travel the globe online to meet the world’s leading intellectuals, business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and civic sector leaders and think how we can face the challenges of creating a more equitable, humane, and sustainable future. 

The course consists of 11 sessions, 4 of which are open to the public.



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