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The association celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and we’re delighted to invite all ALTO members to join us at the 11th ALTO Day event in Berlin.

We have a full day programme where we can discuss the association’s activities, and members can contribute to our future plans. We will also dedicate time to senior level professional development and networking opportunities. When booking your flight ticket for the ICEF Berlin workshop, please keep the Sunday morning start in mind and fly to Berlin on Saturday, so that you can attend our full day event with the association’s AGM, top quality CPD session, lunch and networking.

Planned schedule on Sunday, 5th November (please book your flight to arrive on Saturday if possible)

09:00-10:30 – AGM (coffee, tea and pastries served from 08:30, handing out voting cards at 08:40)
11:00-12:30 – Michael G Jacobides – To rethink your business model, challenge your mental models (ALTO members only)
12:30-14:00 – Networking lunch
14:00-15:30 – Michael G Jacobides – Succeeding in a world of platforms and digital ecosystems (this session is open to ALTO members and all ICEF participants. Guests need to register through the ICEF seminar programme, thank you)

Optional 15:30-16:30 – ALTO projects presentation

Kindly note that this event is fully booked. Please contact Reka with any urgent enquiry, thank you  


09:00 – 10:30 Annual General Meeting

The Board will present the association’s activities in the last 12 months and its plans for the next 12 months. It’s a great platform to suggest ideas where we could improve ALTO’s services to our members. You can cast 1 vote/ member organisation at the AGM or vote via proxy. Please watch out for the detailed information and the agenda in your mailbox, we look forward to seeing you there!

11:00-12:30 – Michael G Jacobides – To rethink your business model, challenge your mental models (ALTO members only)

How can you adjust and avoid missing out on opportunities? How can you ensure you will not become obsolete? Michael G. Jacobides will show that the only way to ensure success in this quickly changing landscape is to revisit tour business models, and ensure you are not kept hostage by outdated mental models.

Introducing Michael G Jacobides

Michael G Jacobides  is the Sir Donald Gordon Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Professor of Strategy at London Business School. His work, which has received the Sloan Foundation Award, has appeared in the top academic journals such as SMJ, AMJ, AMR, OrgSci and Industrial & Corporate Change, where he is a co-Editor.

He studies industry evolution, value migration, firm boundaries and organization design. His recent work has shed light on the emergence and development of digital platforms and ecosystems and has looked at the strategic and policy issues this raises.

Michael has been recently recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top 50 management thinkers, and a finalist for their Strategy AwardPlease read full bio here


12:30 – 14:00 Networking lunch (members only)

14:00-15:30 – Michael G Jacobides – Succeeding in a world of platforms and digital ecosystems (ALTO members and ICEF Participants)

One of the most dramatic changes over the last few years has been the meteoric growth of firms like Big Tech who have based their success on the judicious use of platforms and digital ecosystems. Michael G. Jacobides, one of the worlds’ authorities on the subject, will consider how you can take advantage of these opportunities and how you can avoid the trap of building an ego-system, but instead build a solid ecosystem strategy.

We invite our members and ICEF delegates who are interested in ALTO membership and would like a join a taster session. Non-members kindly visit the seminar page and register their interest through marcom, thank you.

15:30-16:30 – ALTO projects presentation

Join this session to learn about our projects and in particular the ALTO Best Practice Guidelines which aims to create a framework for organisations within the international education industry, where each acknowledges and accepts their reciprocal commitments to work as true partners.