Future Leaders is a customised industry-led programme which addresses a variety of critical business issues that represent both the major internal and external factors influencing the future growth of our sector. This week long leadership development programme takes place at the IESE Business School in Barcelona, ranked number 1 in the world for Executive Education Programmes and Custom Programmes by the Financial Times for the past five years.

Next programme date: Monday 13th July – Friday 17th July 2020



The programme incorporates a number of interactive and dynamic learning methods including case studies, executive challenges, a 100 day plan, 1-2-1 coaching and a 360 degree evaluation, as well as networking. From these beneficial learning and development opportunities attendees will leave the course with new perspectives, skills and connections to progress their own personal careers.
After the residential programme has come to an end the Future Leaders Alumni will receive an exclusive invite to join our Communities of Learning digital platform which supports ongoing conversations, ignites discussions, provides support and give advice. Materials used throughout the programme, and relevant IESE research will be hosted here as well as invitations to alumni events and opportunities.


IESE prepares a thought-provoking case study for each day of the programme which allows the Future Leaders to discuss relevant challenges from other industries. In selected groups, a forum of debate is created, allowing candidates to understand how to summarise issues and make decisions.


Future Leaders prepare a presentation, which is based on a challenge they are facing within their role, in advance of the programme. This will be presented to a select group of peers to gain valuable insight and feedback about how to address and develop a specific area of the company’s business plan.


The Future Leaders produce a 100 day plan at the end of the programme to ensure that the valuable lessons are put into practice on return to the workplace. Each candidate writes a letter to themselves With this plan which they receive 100 days after the programme. This offers an opportunity to reflect on their own 100 day plan, review what they have achieved and learn from the challenges they faced which often proves to be a valuable learning experience.


To maximise their learning experience, participants will carry out a 360° leadership profile evaluation prior to the programme. The results of the evaluation, which includes anonymous online feedback from colleagues, are discussed confidentially with coaches and provide the groundwork for a personal action plan designed to enhance managerial and leadership skills.


Having the opportunity to network with a variety of industry colleagues from other organisations, away from the normal working environment has proven to be incredibly valuable for many programme alumni. Previous delegates have developed great working relationships, developed new business opportunities for their organisations with other ukactive members and established mentoring scenarios with fellow Future Leaders.



Below are some key themes that have been a part of the programme over the last couple of years. Each year we review and collaborate with the IESE to ensure the programme covers key topics and themes within the industry. The themes outlined below are likely to be a part of the Future Leaders Programme 2020 based on current industry trends and the needs of our members.


Analyse the impact of changing global consumer trends and population shifts and how they apply to various business models. Review the main digital, technology trends affecting businesses today and develop a set of concepts, frameworks and tools to better understand how the health and activity sector can foster digital capabilities and turn them into competitive advantage for your business.


Develop approaches for problem solving and decision making in complex business situations. Generation and analysis of different alternatives, decision making and action plans for implementation. How to face and manage risks and successfully manage organisational and transformational change.


Understand the principles of customer centricity and how organisations are winning in competitive markets by focusing on customer loyalty, customer satisfaction and lifetime value creation. Learn the strategies and tools to find, attract, serve and retain valued and loyal customers. Understand the role of building brands, segmentation and new product development to deliver differentiated customer value.


Reflect on your personal leadership style and improve self-management to become a more effective leader. Understand types of leadership and key building blocks to become a good leader. Discuss the development of highly motivated teams and the characteristics underpinning the way in which they work that allow them to achieve above-average results.


Immerse senior leaders to understand business operations. Learn how to define and measure existing company processes and explore opportunities to improve competitiveness. Learn tools to improve agility, coordination and ability to manage change in order to become more efficient and the productive, streamlining operations activities.



IESE’s global faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and 70 external collaborators who represent nearly 30 countries and hold PhDs from the world’s most prestigious universities.


Held on IESE’s world-class Barcelona campus, the Future Leaders Programme features the expertise of health and activity leaders and members of IESE’s renowned faculty, who apply analytical and management concepts to real company situations.



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Michelle Amato

Program Director within the Executive Education Department at IESE Business School

Michelle Amato is a Program Director within the Executive Education Department at IESE Business School. She holds an MBA from IESE and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

Michelle’s work at IESE focuses on working with clients to co-create executive learning programs that impact both individuals and organizations. She is based in IESE’s Madrid campus but travels nationally and internationally for program deliveries. Prior to joining IESE Michelle worked as a Brand & Trade Marketing Manager at SC Johnson Wax and as a Customer Experience researcher at Forrester Research.

Miquel Lladó

Lecturer of Strategic Management

Miquel Llado is a Lecturer at the Department of Strategic Management. He holds an Advanced Degree in Economics and Business from the University of Barcelona. He teaches at IESE since October 2009.

He combines teaching with Strategic Management consulting through his own firm Peak Business Advisory, since 2008. Experience in 18 sectors-industries. Member of the Board of Directors at Gomà-Camps Group. Member of the Advisory Board at Vallformosa and NetipBox.

Keynote speaker for companies and institutions in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, UK, Italy, Romania and Brazil.

He has an extensive Executive background: Group President and CEO at Sara Lee Bakery Europe, CEO at Bimbo Spain & Portugal, Vice president Marketing & Sales at Bimbo Spain & Portugal, Vice president New Businesses at PepsiCo Foods Spain & Portugal, Director of Sales & Special Projects at PepsiCo Foods International in USA as well as other executive positions. Former Member of the Board of Directors at The Earthgrains Company, Plasticos Tatay, Berlys and Grupo Panasa.

He has completed Executive Education programs at IESE (PADE), Harvard Business School, Wharton School, Kellogg School of Management, ESADE, Mc Gill University and IEDC Bled School of Management, Slovenia.

Miquel Llado was elected Spain’s Best Executive 2000 by the Spain Business Association AED.

Degree in Economics and Business, University of Barcelona

Areas of interest
Strategic Thinking
General Management
CEO Mentoring

Alejandro Lago

Professor of Production, Technology and Operations Management

Alejandro Lago is Professor and head of the Production, Technology and Operations Management Department, and Co-Director of The Africa Initiative at IESE Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was distinguished as a Gordon F. Newell Fellow. He also holds a degree in civil engineering from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and has completed a Program for Management Development at IESE Business School.

Dr. Lago’s interests focus on the management of complex operations systems, both for manufacturing and services environment. Early in his career, his research focused on the optimization of large transport and distribution systems, and the design and operations of logistics partnerships. Currently his research interest has gradually shifted to the design of service systems, with a focus on studying the involvement of both suppliers and customers in the operations through the use of new technologies.

Since 2007, Dr. Lago has been a visiting professor at Strathmore Business School (Nairobi, Kenya) and has been involved in several consulting projects in East Africa. He is the Co-Director of the IESE Africa Initiative and the Academic Director of the IESE MBA Module in Kenya on ?Doing Business in Africa?.

Dr. Lago sits on the advisory board of Strathmore Business School as well as Lagos Business School.

Before joining IESE, he worked as a researcher for the French Commissariat for Atomic Energy (CEA) and Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS). He has also extensive experience as a senior consultant in the area of operations and service management, having worked for large industrial and retail firms, airlines and airport authorities, and lately for banks and insurance companies, among others.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
Master of Science (Engineering), University of California at Berkeley
Degree in Civil Engineering, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya

Areas of interest
Logistics, Supply Chain Management
Service Operations Management
Operations strategy

Mireia Las Heras

Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations

Ph.D. in Business Administration, Boston University

Master in Business Administration, IESE, University of Navarra

Degree in Industrial Engineering (Industrial Organization), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

ICWF – International Center for Work and Family

Areas of Interest:
*Work-Family Balance and Integration
*Career Management
*Social Networking and Career Management
*Women In Leadership

German Loewe

Senior Lecturer of Managerial Decision Sciences

German Loewe started his collaboration with the Managerial Decision Sciences department at IESE in 2009, and is now Senior Lecturer of Decision Analysis in the MBA program. Before 2009 he held Associate Professor positions at both University of Barcelona and University Pompeu Fabra, where he taught mathematics, decision theory and strategy for several years. During 2000 he was visiting researcher at the Economic Learning and Social Evolution Centre (ELSE) at University College London and holds a PhD in Mathematical Economics from University of Barcelona.

Early in his career he decided to focus his research on the economic theory for individual decision making, and on the both mathematical and philosophical foundations of decision theories. His main research area is intertemporal choice. He has worked for several years together with experimental psychologist and field specialist Daniel Read in experiments aimed at further exploring known anomalies in rational intertemporal decision making.

German is also founder and CEO of Netquest, a company specialized in online sampling technologies and digital behavioural data. With respondent panels in 23 countries, and after acquiring the dutch tec company Wakoopa, Netquest has become the pioneer in digital behavioural data in the market research industry. Since 2016 Netquest is part of the GfK group.

PhD in Mathematical Economics, University of Barcelona
Degree in Economic Science, University of Barcelona

Areas of interest
Intertemporal choice
Decision under uncertainty
Experimental Psychology
Foundations of Utility theory
Market Research


‘This course changed the way in which I lead as well as how I strategically plan and executive, it enhanced my ways of working and I would genuinely recommend it as career defining development’

Pip WerbinskiVirgin Active

‘It was a week and a process that has changed how I work and has already impacted my business. I learnt more than I have in a very long time and made some great friends that will not only help my business but also theirs and the industry as a whole. The week was intense and long but from the case studies to the Executive Challenge, I loved every second. I would wholeheartedly recommend Future Leader to any Senior Leader in the fitness industry.’

Lawrence EverestLove Recruitment

‘I can honestly say that it was by far the best course I have ever been on. The content, lectures, professors, location, people, everything was just unreal. I got so much from it, I wouldn't even know where to start trying to explain what the highlights were. I will 100% be putting what I learned in to action when I return to work. The more people we can get through this course, the better for our industry.’

Steve HannenGreenwich Leisure Limited

‘The campus culture, quality of lecturers and the chance to switch off completely from the day job was incredible. Meeting like-minded individuals from around the world who are equally passionate about getting more people physically active was also an experience I won't forget anytime soon.’

Allison SavichSport England

‘The most valuable investment in my career so far. Thank you to the Professors, IESE and the ukactive team for delivering on your commitment - providing me with new perspectives, skills and connections to progress my own personal career and start my journey, to become a future leader!’

Danny WoodsNetpulse

‘The programme has been by far the best learning experience of my career to date. The design and delivery of the programme was excellent. It has given me a new perspective on many areas of my work as well as providing me with a network of high performing individuals who I am confident will support each other on our leadership journeys.’

Lawrence KayNorthampton Leisure Trust

‘Truly enjoyed it and took away many personal and business goals & opportunities. It was absolutely worthwhile traveling around the word for the course and if possible others of our team will follow.’

Gordon MartinAnytime Fitness Australia


Next Future Leaders Date: Monday 13th July – Fridy 17th July 2020
Cost: £6,000 per person (includes programme fees & materials, accommodation & activities only)
For more information please contact: events@ukactive.org.uk

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