CEO Breakfast: Responsible Leadership in a Complex World

Exclusively for CEOs or Managing Directors of leading Northern Ireland businesses, taking place prior to the Environment Symposium.

  • Date:

    17 Nov 2022

  • Time:

    08:00 - 09:30

  • Location:

    The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, BT12 6LW

  • Price:

    This event is fully booked


As we face the perfect storm of issues affecting people, the planet and the places in which our businesses are located, responsible leadership is needed more than ever.

People are looking to leaders for answers, as the impact of the cost-of-living bites hard, as the pressure grows to take action on the undeniable impacts of climate change, or the need to manage the unchartered territory of energy bills, recognising the effects these are having on companies and wider society at home and abroad.

A sustainable future is on everyone’s mind, but one thing is certain, we cannot tackle these issues on our own.

So what more can we do? How can we continue to engage and inspire others? How can businesses collaborate for a stronger, better future for all?

CEOs and Managing Directors from across Northern Ireland are invited to attend this special event in person as we explore the complex issues were are currently facing and find out why your leadership matters.


Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation & Board member, IKEA.

Håkan is known for his human centric and visionary leadership, his capability to formulate bold futuristic goals and ambitions and then breaking it down to concrete innovation initiatives and road maps to build new businesses and solutions for a better future.

Håkan Nordkvist has spent most of he is career with retail giant IKEA. He has been instrumental for IKEA to achieve its People and planet-positive strategy. For the last 11 years, he built and lead sustainability innovation In IKEA Group where he combined sustainability and innovation to build new businesses.

He and his team built the IKEA Clean energy service business, now operational in more than 13 countries across the world, one of the biggest clean energy service businesses existing today.

He also spearheaded the food innovation agenda in IKEA around plant-based proteins and new dishes for the IKEA restaurants, urban/vertical farming to locally produce lettuce and herbs for the IKEA customers and food waste initiatives, both pre-consumer and post-consumer solutions.

He also led the circular business agenda in IKEA innovating and developing new business models like Furniture as a service, IKEA second hand, an IKEA take-back and repair scheme and a local production set-up including 3D-printing, collaborative robotics and generative design.

He and his team have been developing new foresighting methods, creating positive futures combined with new storytelling formats and tools for any organisation to create their own positive future and base for innovating the future.

Håkan was one of the founders and chairman of Launch Nordic, an innovation and collaboration platform created together with NASA, Nike, USAID and Novozymes. He has also served on the board of BoKlok, an affordable housing company building sustainable houses at affordable prices. He has also served on several internal boards and investment committees.

Breakfast will be provided at the event. Due to the expected popularity of this event, places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alternatively, email to confirm your attendance.

This event will take place in advance of a two-part Environment Symposium. Find out more about the other events here.