04 - 05 June, 2019
Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront
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MD of The Disruptive HR Agency and former HR Director
Regional Head , Northern Europe
The Adecco Group
Mark De Smedt has served as Regional Head of Northern
Europe at the Adecco Group since January 2016, leading also Germany, Austria
and Switzerland as part of the same region as of July 1, 2017. Mark has a
Degree in Commercial Engineering from the Free University of Brussels and has
attended MBA programmes in Chicago, Harvard, INSEAD and the London Business
School. In 2009, Mark joined Adecco as Country Manager for Belgium &
Luxembourg. He was previously a founder of Professional Staffing specialist XPE
Group, acquired by Adecco. Prior to this, he was responsible for Adecco’s
Benelux operations between 2002 and 2007. Before Mark joined the staffing
industry, he held various executive positions at Wang, Apple, Citibank, and
Scoot in France, Spain and Belgium.
Senior Managing Consultant & Country Manager for Germany
Pa Sinyan is a Partner at Gallup and the manager of the company’s Germany location. Pa leads Gallup’s Germany team in offering clients the most effective analytics and advice to improve their business outcomes. He works closely with executives to design and implement global solutions to help them transform their organization’s workplace culture and drive performance through organic growth.
Sinyan has 10 years of experience consulting leadership teams on both organizational and C-Suite challenges in the manufacturing, financial services, retail and consumer goods industries.
Before joining Gallup, Sinyan worked with the German Ministry of Economic Affairs where he provided economic advice for foreign direct investments. He also worked with the African Development Bank in Tunisia.
Sinyan earned his master’s and a bachelor’s degree in international economics and finance from Universiteit van Tilburg in The Netherlands.
Born and raised in The Gambia, Sinyan has lived in Germany, The Netherlands and Tunisia. He is fluent in English, German and Wolof, and has a basic understanding of Dutch.
Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer
Rina Joosten-Rabou is an entrepreneur, board member and publicist. Prior to co-founding Seedlink, she founded HR consultancy International Top Talent in both China and Europe. Rina held various management positions at DSM, a global science-based company, where she focused on the commercialization process of R&D and innovation.
Rina is a regular speaker and writer on technology, human capital and entrepreneurship. She delivered a speech on ‘How A.I. changes the way we find careers’ at Tedx ShanghaiWomen. Rina has an MSc and MA degree from Groningen University in the Netherlands. She is married and has four children.
Strategic Relationship Director
Center for Creative Leadership
Jeffer London is Strategic Relationship Director at the Center for Creative Leadership and sits on the board of the International Association of Facilitators. He is the go-to-person for top teams who need better internal dynamics and innovative services that shape the human side of strategy. Jeffer writes about how to have more stimulating conversations at work, and designs projects that build leadership, innovation and engagement. See his blog on LinkedIn and thought leadership at www.ccl.org.
Head of Talent Sourcing, EMEA
Rohit’s team is responsible for hiring of Critical Capability roles in Philips EMEA. His team works on the hardest to fill roles and focusses on providing Talent Intelligence to develop sourcing strategy, build talent pipelines for positions that will help accelerate the transformation of Philips. Rohit plays an advisory role to management and internal stakeholders, and one of his main responsibilities is to ensure that the team has an eye on the future while paying attention to the needs of the present.
Andrew is the Founder & CEO of Edease. Edease is a technology startup that puts education at the forefront of talent engagement & acquisition. With an online platform providing interactive videos on the job relevant skills needed by enterprise across multiple sectors, Edease teaches the world about jobs!
People Partner (Head of HR), Northern & Central Europe
HR Director, Western Europe
HR Director Europe, Global Talent
SVP Global, HR Lead for Board Areas Finance, HR and Operations
Executive Vice President Human Resources Downstream
HR Director Europe
Global Integration Director
Standard Life Aberdeen plc
HR Director Europe
CFO and Head of HR, Technology and Operations, Europe
Global Head People Attraction & Talent Management
Head of HR, Global Business Services Client Innovation
HR Director, Northern Europe
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director of HR Transformation, Europe
William Ingham has been Chief Officer, Organisation Change and HR at Visa since August 2016 and is responsible for setting the people and talent strategy for employees throughout Europe.
Global Head of Strategic Workforce Planning
Global Head of Performance Management
Head of Future Workforce Engineering
Director, Global Talent Management
CEO and Former CEO
We Sell Sleep, Tesco Direct
Vice President, People and Leadership, Executive and Leadership Development
Into the Tribe & Tedx Speaker
Senior Talent Director, EMEA
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Executive Vice President - Global Enterprise
Head of Global HR Systems and Reporting
Global Head of Learning & Development
International Senior Sales Manager
Vicepresident of People & Performance for Europe
Co-founder and Managing Director
Thomsons Online Benefits
Chris is Managing Director and co-founder of Thomsons and has been in the benefits industry for over 20 years. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for all things DarwinTM, his main focus is on the development of new markets and engagement with global clients. He loves meeting with CHROs and reward leaders to support them in staying one step ahead of the rapidly changing benefits landscape.
Senior Office Partner
Global Head of Talent Acquisition and Experience
Tim Ackermann is a seasoned and passionate HR and Talent Acquisition expert with 20 years in various industries and regions at companies such as Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Swarovski and Zalando. Recently Tim joined retailer Lidl as Head of Talent Acquisition & Experience to enable their international growth strategy while maintaining high levels of employee engagement. Outside of the corporate world, Tim teached HR Management at the International School of Management, Munich. Tim is a founding member of Queb e.V. the (German) Association for Quality Employer Branding and actively engaged in the harmonization of the European higher education with fibaa e.V.
Organisational Psychologist & Founder & CEO
Michal Gradshtein is an organizational psychologist and the founder and CEO of StarLinks. Michal focuses on networks – social and conceptual – to bring on a systems approach to organizations. StarLinks provides actionable people analytics directly to organizational members, and support their development of effective value-creation networks.
Award Winning Blogger & Author
Mervyn Dinnen is the author of the book Exceptional Talent (published by Kogan Page in 2017), an award winning recruitment and workplace blogger, and an international speaker and writer on HR, recruitment, employment trends and the future of work.
Global HR Director & Member of the Board
Dr Elke Eller has been a member of the Executive Board as the TUI Group’s HR and Labour Director since 15 October 2015.
Prior to joining TUI AG, Dr Eller held various positions at Volkswagen, being part of the Executive Board at Volkswagen Financial Services AG from 2007 onwards. In 2012 she was appointed to the Management Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with responsibility for HR.
Before moving to industry, Dr Eller was responsible for various management functions at the German Public Services and Transport Union (ÖTV), the National Executive of the German Metalworkers’ Union (IGM), the Otto Brenner Foundation and the Hans Böckler Foundation. During that period she gained many years of experience as a member of various Supervisory Boards, including the Supervisory Boards of ThyssenKrupp and Volkswagen.
Full Time Faculty & HR Lead
Ashridge Executive Education
Sharon teaches, researches and consults in Career/Competencies Architecture; HR Business Partnering; Leadership and Team development, particularly in Inter-Cultural Intelligence, Engagement, Polarity Management, Spiritual (SQ) Intelligence; Talent identification, Personal and Team Wellbeing.
Before Ashridge, Sharon spent 20 years as a Senior Manager/OD consultant/Learning Facilitator/Coach/Speaker. She started her career as HR Manager in the Motor Industry, then led Human Capacity Building in a large consulting company, after which she established a successful consulting practice (Impact Consulting) in South Africa. Clients have included Audi, BMW, Land Rover, De Beers, Anglo, Sage Life, University of Johannesburg and Sasol.
Sharon holds a MA in Industrial Psychology and a Management Advanced Programme Certificate. She is a Master Practitioner in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and a PNI practitioner (psychoneuroimmunology). She has established a track record as an inspirational speaker at conferences and is an accredited Laughter/Levity facilitator. She has co-published a book on resilience 'Diamonds in the Dust'
Global Director, Planning, Operations & HR IT
Since June 1st 2016 Michael Rubas is Senior Vice President HR Planning, IT & Operations at Deutsche Telekom AG and reports directly to the CHRO. He is also member of the supervisory board of the Deutsche Telekom Shared Services Europe GmbH.Within the Deutsche Telekom Group he started his career at T-Systems and held various management positions incl. Managing Director of ICT Services at T-Systems Switzerland and Senior Vice President Human Resources at T-Systems International.Before his career at Deutsche Telekom he worked as HR manager at debis Systemhaus. Michael started his professional career at Daimler AG as Consultant for Organizational Development. He recently finished a Master of Consulting & Coaching for Change at the HEC Paris & Said Business School Oxford.
Head of Performance Development
As head of performance development at Equinor, Helen is responsible for performance development for Equinor’s 20,000 employees across 30 countries. Her focus is on developing Equinor’s performance culture and career development opportunities to maximize the opportunity to grow and thrive in this volatile, complex business environment. Prior to joining the corporate function, Helen had several business focused HR roles in Equinor. Before joining Equinor in 2009, Helen was HR Manager for the four Tate.
Talent Solutions Manager
Allegis Global Solutions
With over 13 years working within recruitment and talent acquisition, Ben has a real passion for finding the best talent for your business. At Allegis Global Solutions (AGS) Ben consults to a range of businesses and industries on building and improving their talent attraction strategies, advising on not only how new technologies can aid their interaction with the growing passive talent markets, but also on how to provide the best candidate experience. Having worked as an external and internal recruitment manager, Ben understands how roles are aligned and where changes can be made to ensure their time is effectively used in the ever changing talent landscape. Additionally, Ben is an extremely passionate advocate of AGS’ diversity and inclusion initiatives, supporting the business to drive our D&I Council’s initiatives both in our EMEA region and globally.
Director Sales New Business
As Director Sales New Business, Jutta Perfahl-Strilka is responsible in the entire new customer business of XING E-Recruiting for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She leads the Competence Center for the NewBiz Sales department in Vienna, which currently consists of eight sales teams in the areas of Employer Branding, Active Sourcing, Social Media Job Ads and Referral Management. This center is supported by the Sales Academy founded by her. In her function at the Vienna location, she serves as the main contact person for the Austrian market. Before joining XING in June 2015, Jutta Perfahl-Strilka was responsible for the repositioning of the independent representation of interests for three years as General Secretary of the "Verband Österreichs Personaldienstleister ". Prior to that, she spent several years at Manpower as Director Sales Key Accounts, Business Development Manager and Sales & Operation Manager for Austria-wide sales and recruiting at around 23 cost centers with different emphases. Jutta Perfahl-Strilka graduated in commercial sciences at the Universities of Innsbruck and Linz.
Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership, (former Global Head of Talent and Leadership UBS)
Cass Business School
Vice President of Strategy & Business Development
Ritu Mohanka is Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, responsible for EMEA. Prior to Glint, Ritu was Managing Director, Europe at Kenexa (acquired by IBM in 2012), leading the Workforce Surveys business. Ritu holds an MBA an MSc in Marketing and has lived and worked in Paris, Munich, Vienna and originally hails from Kolkata India. She’s personally led and delivered many key projects for the largest international clients across a wide range of sectors from Financial Services to Pharma, Industrials and Retail, linking results to overall strategic business goals to drive performance improvement.