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ESMT Open Lectures

The ESMT Open Lectures showcase speakers, who through their achievements and expertise are recognized leaders in their fields. The lectures cover a wide spectrum of fields ranging from business, economics, politics, and philosophy to the arts. Our esteemed speakers not only provide detailed knowledge on their specialized topics, but also provocative insights that have broad relevance and wide-range application. The lectures provide a forum in which their ideas can be communicated to and debated with a wider audience.

Format: 45-minute lecture (open to the public) followed by a compelling Q&A session with the moderator and an open discussion with the audience.


Upcoming lectures

There are currently no upcoming Open Lecture events planned.


Renowned past speakers

  • Christine Lagarde, Managing director, International Monetary Fund
  • Mikhail Khodorkovsky, founder of the Open Russia movement, former head of Yukos
  • Oliver E. Williamson, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science.
  • Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, and Trustee, American Academy in Berlin
  • Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
  • Simone Menne, CFO at Boehringer Ingelheim

Past Open Lectures

Miss out on an Open Lecture? Video recordings of the ESMT Open Lectures series are uploaded to our YouTube channel after the event. 

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