Conference 4 – Metrics
Conference 4 - Metrics 17 Mar | 2 - 4 PM CET
How do we measure progress?

There is one rule that always applies: what gets measured gets improved. Metrics are not an end in itself, but they focus our attention and generate awareness. Yet facts and figures, even well-grounded in science and evidence, are not enough to generate change by themselves: they need to resonate with people and emotionally connect with our humanity. Appropriate metrics can empower us at multiple levels to shift our own thinking and behavior, and to see and measure progress happening. In transformative change metrics function as feedback systems for iterative learning.

Documentation Video
Dr. Petra Kuenkel
Introduction to the Conference - How do we measure progress towards a sustainable future?

Dr. Petra Kuenkel

Global Transformation and Leadership Expert; Member of the Executive Committee, Club of Rome, Founder, Collective Leadership Institute, Fellow World Academy of Arts and Science

Dr. Petra Kuenkel is a thought-leader, renowned author, and leading strategic advisor for multi-stakeholder approaches in global sustainable transformations. As an executive committee member of the Club of Rome and founder of the Collective Leadership Institute she empowers leaders to take decisive action for our planetary future. Her academically grounded key note speeches inspire audiences worldwide with ideas for actionable pathways to a better world. Her ground-breaking publications focus on transformation literacy, stakeholder partnerships, collective stewardship and life-serving new economic architectures.

Picture ©Christian Jaeggi

Rutger Hoekstra
Keynote conversation: Replacing GDP with sustainability - Metrics that help us into a transformed future

Rutger Hoekstra

Visiting Researcher at Leiden University, CEO Metrics for the Future

Rutger Hoekstra is the author of the Cambridge University Press published Replacing GDP by 2030. As a seasoned expert on sustainability metrics with more than 20 years of experience in the field, he is a pioneering voice in the discourse on metrics that help us into a transformed future. He has worked on well-being and sustainability froman academic, governmental, and business perspective. He has worked with theUnited Nations, OECD, World Bank, European Commission, European Central Bank, and other international organizations. He was the co-chair of the UNECE/OECD/Eurostat Task Force which developed the Conference of EuropeanStatisticians Recommendations on Measuring Sustainable Development. He has lectured at various universities and published numerous publications on sustainable development, globalization, circular economy, and big data applications. He was also Scientific Director of the True Value methodology at KPMG Sustainability. Rutger Hoekstra is now the owner, which provides consultancy services to governments, international institutes, and companies on Beyond-GDP and Beyond-Profit.

Melanie Wilneder
Keynote conversation: Helping companies on the route to net-zero - How environmental indicators translate into financial decision-making

Melanie Wilneder

Manager Sustainability Solutions en ENGIE Impact

‍Based in Santiago de Chile, Melanie Wilneder supports companies in decarbonizing their operations and supply chains on their journey towards AchievingNet Zero carbon emissions. She has been working in environmental sustainability with a focus on carbon and scope 3 for 9 years, and prior to that, she spent 5years in Supply Chain as a buyer and consultant. Prior to her current position, she was working in different roles in carbon markets and sustainable supply chains representing natural Capital Partners in Latin America, and as a Key Account Manager for the South Pole in London between 2016 and 2021. She was leading CDP’s Supply Chain program in continental Europe for 3 years, helping companies to engage with their key suppliers on emissions reductions and water. Before dedicating herself to sustainability, she spent a total of 5 years across Deloitte and RSA Insurance Group, as a Supply Chain consultant and as a buyer respectively.

Interactive session - Measuring what we really value: Which metrics can guide us to steward transformative change together?
Elisabeth Kühn
The empowering role of process monitoring

Elisabeth Kühn

Strategic Advisor and Transformation Network Expert; Managing Partner at the Collective Leadership Institute

Elisabeth Kühn is a strategic advisor and expert for international sustainability initiatives and transformation networks. Based on her extensive experience in empowering marginalized communities and her multi-disciplinary background in economics, systems theory, international law, and sociology, she strategizes transformative change for sustainability. She teaches leadership skills and success factors for multi-stakeholder initiatives, in particular for sustainable resource management and urban development. Her publications focus on diversity and empowerment as part of stewarding sustainability transformations in responsible value chains, integrated water management initiatives, and the promotion of social capital for integration.

Meryam Drissi & Lisa Etzoldt
Experiences from youth employment in Morocco - Metrics that promote collaborative delivery

Meryam Drissi

Expert at GIZ for promoting youth employment in rural areas

With her profound expertise in management and international cooperation, Meryam Drissi supports complex multi-stakeholder-governance processes and structures for youth employment in Morocco’s decentralized provinces. She has been working at the German Development Cooperation for the last five years, where her work focuses on facilitating and institutionalizing public partnerships that promote employment and perspectives for youth on the local, regional and national levels. Prior to this mission, she was responsible for International Cooperation at the central bank of Morocco, Bank Al-Maghrib.

Lisa Etzoldt

Technical Advisor at GIZ for promoting youth employment in rural areas and for the sector sustainable economic development

Lisa Etzoldt has been working at the German Development Cooperation for the last four years, where her work focuses on improving the local multi stakeholder dialogueto promote youth employment and on digitalization. As an expert for impact monitoring, she is in constant dialogue with other organizations to improve the measurement of employment effects, and to coordinate the project’s knowledgemanagement. Prior to this mission, she supported a project in Kosovo in facilitating the access to basic education for vulnerable groups

Ranya Atef, Sanja Kruse & Nader Nabil
Measuring enhancements in the Egyptian Dual System of Technical Education - How a focus on process quality monitoring led to transformative changes

Ranya Atef

Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Egypt

Passionate about education development. Contributing to the growth of dual education system governance in Egypt. Studying Master’s in gender and development. Avid enthusiast in the communication, design thinking, building and managing partnerships with stakeholders from the public and private sector, and development partners

Sanja Kruse

Technical Advisor TVET & Labor Markets at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Nader Nabil

Head of Component at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

A diligent professional experienced in leading strategic and operational roles within the private sector and international development organizations. Proven expertise in human resource management, governance, organizational development, training management, quality management, and TVET. Academic qualifications include BSc in Management with double core majors in Human Resources and Strategic Management, from the German University in Cairo, a CIPD Diploma in Human Resources Practice, and an MSc in Human Resources Management from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, UK.

Interactive session - Empowering people to use metrics for creating awareness and driving transformations
Outlook - Where from here?

The way we currently measure societal progress, most importantly the GDP indicator, does not reflect neither wellbeing nor a healthy planet. At the heart of how we measure progress and process we need to bring the question about what societies truly value and how human presence can live in harmony with nature.

Monitoring progress, both qualitatively and quantitatively, creates awareness of how our transformative change efforts lead to sustainable pathways. Therefore, it is not only important to ask what gets measured, but also who gives input to the monitoring of progress. Transformation Literacyenables us to create metrics that reflect sustainability criteria and also to engage people into co-developing such criteria.

“Human consciousness, must be holistic and encompassing, bridging the gap between thought and action, linking the past to the present and the future, democratizing access to resources, eliminating waste and fostering regeneration.”

Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Sustainability expert and investor
How do we monitor not only progress but also process?

Empowering metrics are an entry point to awareness – about the quality of change we achieve, but also about the quality of our collaboration. The purpose of monitoring process is to keep track of the quality of collaboration in transformative change – because the better we work together the more effective the outcomes. How do we make sense together of a situation and how we all contribute to it? How do we find collective assessments that help us learn together faster?

Both progress and process monitoring help us into effectiveness when:

  • they foster awareness of the current situation and create transparency;
  • they become feedback systems that inspire action;
  • they enhance our responsibility to improve a situation together.

Monitoring done well contributes to building and maintaining an enlivening learning culture among those who aspire to steward transformative change together – in partnerships, alliances, and networks.

In this conference session, we will explore, how monitoring approaches can empower stakeholders to learn together faster, so that they guide us to steward transformative change together.

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