[WEBINAR] The New Cold War is Coming—the Internet is the Battlefield


An insight from Maëlle Gavet, in conversation with Christophe Duthoit.

Alumna Maëlle Gavet will talk about the new geopolitics of the tech industry.

While the Internet has unquestionably improved almost every aspect of the way we live and work, it has also altered the balance of power between states, changed the role of the private sector and modified the role of consumers/citizens. 

Gavet will discuss with Christophe Duthoit, partner and leader BCG's global work in Technology Advantage and Operations, how these changes have disrupted the geopolitical balance of power and created new dynamics

Hubert Joly, former Chairman and CEO of Best Buy, will give some closing remarks.

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One of the tech industry’s brightest stars, Maëlle Gavet has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’. After six years as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group she went on to become CEO of OZON.ru, Russia’s largest e-commerce site, and executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group, the largest online and travel agency in the world which includes brands like OpenTable, Kayak, and Booking.com.

Most recently Gavet was Chief Operating Officer at real estate platform Compass, valued at over $6bn. She has spoken regularly at the leading technology industry events and her writing has appeared in Wired, the Harvard Business Review, the World Economic Forum, Fast Company and Fortune magazine.


Christophe Duthoit is currently Senior Partner & Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group. Over his 30+ year career, Christophe has advised software and IT services clients on matters of strategy, performance, M&A, PMI and change. Besides, given his work with B2B technology-enabled clients (financial services, business services, industrial goods), he has gained extensive experience in digital and tech transformation, disruptive innovation, agile ways of working and cybersecurity. Before joining BCG in 1994, Christophe worked for 7 years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Christophe holds significant BCG leadership in addition to several non-executive board roles.


Hubert Joly is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Buy Co., Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren Corporation.

In addition, Hubert is a vice chairman of the Business Council, an executive advisor at World50, a member of the International Advisory Board of HEC Paris, and a Trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Through his foundation, he has endowed the Joly Family chair in Purposeful Leadership at HEC Paris where he actively collaborates with the faculty.

Prior to Best Buy, he was the CEO of Carlson Companies, a global leader in the hospitality and travel industry, the CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a senior executive at Vivendi S.A., the president of EDS France and a partner at McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Hubert has been recognized as one of the top 100 CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review, one of the top 30 CEOs in the world by Barron’s and one of the top 10 CEOs in the U.S. by Glassdoor. He is a knight in the French Legion of Honor and the French National Order or Merit.

Hubert is the author of the upcoming book “The Heart of Business – Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism” which is slated to be published in the Spring of 2021 by Harvard Business Review Press.

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