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Leaders Forum 2003


Dr. Kurt Stoll

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Festo Group

Dr. Kurt Stoll has supported the development of skills - especially among young people - throughout his professional career and is an avid supporter of WorldSkills and the ideals it stands for. Dr. Stoll is holder of the Federal Cross of Merit and the Rudolf Diesel Medal (known as the "Oscar for Inventors"), and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Technical Science at the TU , Vienna, and an Honorary Professorship of Zheijang University, China.


Jan Roetman

General Manager Fluke Europe

After a distinguished career in Marketing, Jan Roetman became European Marketing Manager at Fluke Europe BV in May 1995. Based in Eindhoven, he is now responsible for the European Industrial Group with the title of Vice-President. Under his leadership and in close cooperation with Fluke Headquarters in Everett, U.S.A., the Fluke organization has seen a major transformation of their business model and the implementation of a de-centralized structure. Fluke is now part of the Danaher Company who have continued expansion with successful acquisitions in Europe and other countries.


Dr Christoffer Taxell

Chairman of the Board of Finnair

Dr Christoffer Taxell is a former Government Minister, Member of the Boards of Raisio Yhtymä Oyj, Sampo Oyj and Stockmann Oyj Abp, Chairman of the Board of Stiftelsen for Åbo Akademi, and Chairman of the Board of Finnair Oyj since 2003.


Diane St-Jacques

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of HR Development, Canada

Ms. St-Jacques is Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources Development of Canada. She entered politics in 1979 and holds several other senior positions in public life. She believes in young people and recognizes their achievements.