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Event venue: Altis Grand Hotel *****

8th-10th March 2019
Lisbon, Portugal

With central location, stunning views, bright and spacious meeting rooms and even an indoor swimming pool, the ALTIS GRAND HOTEL is going to be fantastic place to host our event.

We will add details to this page regularly, if you would like to plan your visit please note:

Conference starts: 18:00 – opening reception on Friday 8th March

Conference finishes: 17:00 on Sunday 10th March

Conference programme schedule 

Who’s coming?

Motivational Speaker:

Bonita Norris – The girl who climbed Everest

Bonita has climbed the world’s highest mountains, including Mt Everest, and skied to the North pole. In 2016 she made an attempt on K2 in Pakistan. Bonita has broken mountaineering records, and in 2012 became the third British woman to ever climb the world’s 4th highest peak, Mt Lhotse; considered a technically more difficult climb than Everest.

“I was far out of my comfort zone, home sick and having to learn so much every day. Manaslu taught me to appreciate the incredible highs and deal with the lows of climbing Himalayan peaks- you give everything of yourself for just a few moments of pure joy.”

Her inspiring story of going from novice climber to standing on top of Mt Everest in only two years speaks of achieving the seemingly impossible through sheer determination and commitment.

Try to find answers to how do you approach the worst and best challenges in life, read full bio here.


Keynote Speakers:

Orlaith Carmody – Perform As A Leader

Internationally renowned Irish business woman, author, news reporter and Co-Founder of Gavin Duffy and Associates, Orlaith Carmody will be presenting to us in Lisbon. She will base her session on her book: Perform As A Leader and tailor her presentation and workshop on the needs of participants.

A highly skilled corporate trainer, leadership consultant and strategy coach, she is in demand as a keynote speaker, conference chair, MC and seminar leader. Over the years she has worked with some of Ireland’s most influential business people, networks and political groups, and has presented at conferences in the USA, UAE, Canada and all over Europe.

We are delighted to bring her to the ALTO conference’s audience, please read her full bio here.



Alex Edmans – London Business School

Meet our first confirmed presenter, Alex Edmans. Alex is Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance.  Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and addressed the World Bank Board of Directors as part of their Distinguished Speaker Series. Alex gave the TED talk “What to Trust in a Post-Truth World” and the TEDx talk “The Social Responsibility of Business”, which have a combined 1.4 million views. He also serves as Mercers School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College where he is currently giving a public lecture series on “How Business Can Better Serve Society”.

Alex has written for the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, and appeared live on the BBC, CNBC, CNN, ITV, and Sky News. At Wharton, Alex won 14 teaching awards in six years. At LBS, he won the Excellence in Teaching award for best professor in the school. Read his full bio here and check out his session summary below.

The Responsible business

Business has lost the public’s trust. As a result, politicians, the public, and the media are calling on businesses to be more responsible.  Even executives themselves, and leading investors, are calling for greater responsibility.  But what does responsibility actually mean? And is responsibility actually good business, or does a company need to sacrifice profits to become responsible? This session will critically discuss what it means to be a responsible business, using real-life case studies, and prevent rigorous evidence that responsibility improves profits, rather than being at the expense of profits.  It will then discuss how to put responsibility into practice – how to ensure that it’s not just a mission statement, but is embedded into the heart of business and affects the way executives and employees think and act.

We’re announcing more guests in the coming weeks, please visit this page and watch our social media announcements regularly! 


See what you can expect, watch the summary clip of the New York 2018 conference