The Initiative Group

The Initiative Group is a loose network of individuals who represent a particular professional association, a specific region, or some other constituency.

The Initiative Group wants to represent a variety of colleagues. There is no election to this group. Colleagues can be nominated and the group is happy to integrate individuals who support the idea of organizing a world congress and are willing to help the preparation for such a congress by spreading call for papers, crafting programs, collecting funds. The Initiative Group plans to meet once a year during one of the bigger congresses, such as the BHC, EBHA or IEHA annual meeting.

The Initiative Group, Paris 2012

Name/Country

Affiliation/function at the time

Abe Takeshi, Japan
Colli Andrea, Italy
Carlos Aurelio Davila, Colombia
Patrick Fridenson, France
Takeo Kikkawa, Japan
Andrea Lluch , Argentina

Andrea H. Schneider, Germany
Harm Schröter, Norway
Martin Shanahan, Australia
Ray Stokes, UK
Grietjie Verhoef, South-Africa
Inman Yeo, Korea
(Business History Society of Japan, past President BHSJ)
(Università commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Secretary and Treasurer EBHA)
(Universidad de los Andes Professor)
(Secretary General of the French Business History Association)
(Business History Society of Japan, President BHSJ)
(National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)/ President of the Argentinean Economic History Association)
(Managing Director GUG/Vice-President EBHA)
(University of Bergen, past President EBHA)
(University of South Australia)
(University of Glasgow , Center for Business History in Scotland/President EBHA)
(University of Johannesburg, President of International Economic History Association)
(Gangneung-Wonju National University)

Co-Opted for Frankfurt Meeting, 2014

Co-Opted for Bergen Meeting, 2016

Andrew Godley, GB (University of Reading)
Stephen Mihm, USA (University of Georgia)
Simon Mowatt, Newzealand (University of Auckland)
Chris Kobrak, Canada (Rottman School of Business, Toronto)

Co-Opted for Tokyo Meeting, 2020

Ludovic Cailluet, France
Mary O'Sullivan, Switzerland
President EBHA
President BHC

The Initiative Group met during the Vienna-congress of the EBHA to discuss further steps to the Tokyo-congress. The team fosters at their associations or regions the preparation of the world congress.

The Preparation Team for Tokyo (Vienna meeting)

Name/Country

Affiliation/function at the time

Ludovic Cailluet, France
Takeo Kikkawa, Japan
Andrea Lluch, Argentina
Stephen Mihm, USA
Mary O'Sullivan, Switzerland
Minoru Sawai, Japan
Andrea Schneider-Braunberger, Germany
Harm Schröter, Norway
Takashi Shimizu, Japan
Grietje Verhoef, South-Africa
(EDHEC Business School, President EBHA)
(Business History Society of Japan, past President BHSJ)
(CONICET/President of the Argentinean Economic History Association)
(University of Georgia, President BHC)
(University of Geneva)
(Nanzan University, Nagoya, President BHSJ)
(GUG, past President EBHA)
(University of Bergen, past President EBHA)
(University of Tokyo)
(University of Johannesburg, past President of International Economic History Association)