Invitation to Conference (May 24-26, 2018) – The Will to Serve

The Will to Serve: Inspiring Models of Servant Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

Inspiring social and economic leaders are able to transform a conflictual human settlement into a collaborative and caring human community. Can we induce from their ‘way of doing things’ a model of civic entrepreneurship and leadership that can inspire people in profit, non-profit and public organizations? To what extent is the will to serve compatible with the will to maximize profit or the will to gain economic, political or religious power? Do different spiritual traditions create different models and examples of servant leadership? This conference is part of the Damien project of the European SPES Institute, a research project that focuses on Spirituality in Action through servant leadership and social entrepreneurship. It also connects to the research into leadership at the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics.

You are invited to join this conference, which will take place in the Leuven Center for Christian Studies, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, St. Jansbergsesteenweg 97 3001 Leuven, Belgium on May 24 (Thursday) and 25 (Friday). On May 26 (Saturday), the conference will be hosted at Damiaan Vandaag, Sint-Antoniusberg 5, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

The conference is co-organized by the European SPES Institue, the Institue of Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE) and the Damien Center Leuven.

Among the keynote speakers are:

Prof. Dr. Laszlo Zsolnai, President of the European SPES Institute and Director of the Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University, Budapest.

Prof. Dr. Johan Verstraeten, Professor of Moral Theology, KU Leuven.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Nullens, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium and director of the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE).

Apart from the keynote addresses, there are parallel sessions where papers will be presented in different tracks. The detailed program will be made available online once details are finalised.

Administrative Details

The conference costs 225 Euros for regular participants, 200 Euros for paper presenters, 90 Euros for one-day participants and 45 Euros for participants on Saturday morning. Lunch, coffee breaks and program material is included. There will be a conference dinner for 65 Euros per person. There is a discounted rate of 125 Euros for students.

The conference begins at 9am on Thursday the 24th May 2018  and ends on Saturday the 26th May 2018.


Unfortunately, there are no more rooms available at the Conference venue of ETF. There are, however, many opportunities to book lodging in Leuven, for example via or

To register for this conference, please register through this link.

For more information please refer to the official invitation.

We look forward to welcome you at the conference.


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