HR360 Summit 2021

2021

Virtual Event

Past Speakers (2019)

Mark Foster
6x World Champion Swimmer, 5 x Olympian, 8x World Recorder Holder
Inspirational Speaker

Arguably the most recognised male swimmer of his generation. Representing his country for 23 years, Mark became Britain’s most decorated male swimmer after winning a record 47 major international medals. Mark’s post swimming career has seen him reinvent himself as a renowned broadcaster and successful motivational speaker. 

Asif Sadiq
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
The Telegraph

Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and was also previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He has Delivered the strategic plans to drive a co-ordinated approach across various businesses to focus both investment and intent on the broader inclusion agenda. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change through promoting equal opportunities and diverse cultures. 

He is a passionate and inspirational global leader with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif is key in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels to build strong and influential relationships with business leaders and influencers. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across the business on D&I and cultural change and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all.

 Asif has received a number of accolades for his professional and volunteering work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring and NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, the prestigious Asian Professional Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. Asif was honoured in 2017 in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a member of the HR Guild and is a Freeman of the City.

Scott McArthur
Co-Founder
Sculpture Ltd

Having worked as a rock musical producer, TEDx speaker, HR director, research scientist, and business consultant, Scott's experience is rich and his delivery style near perfection. He became the go-to speaker for keynotes, learning and development while working for top organisations such as the UK Ministry of Defence, M&S and the UK Olympic Authority. Today, Scott and partner Samantha run Sculpture Consulting Ltd working for a wide range of clients such as Atos, Superdry, SwissRe, Deloitte and Capgemini.

We are creatures of habit and Scott McArthur's mission is to help us break those habits; especially the ones that are not beneficial to our progress. From Lanark, Scotland, Scott started his own career path by breaking the very habits that should have defined him. Rather than be swept up in a predictable future, Scott decided to prove the statistics and his school career advisor wrong and went on to study biology and psychology at college. Today, he delivers keynote speeches on the human condition, using his understanding of psychology and mindfulness he will instruct audiences on how to make better decisions, have better conversations, with each other, employees and with the whole work force and reframe beliefs and opinions.

Khatia Dalla Costa-Paulimer
Vice President-Major Transformation Project
Solvay

Khatia is a senior executive with + 15 years of experience in Individual & Team development, as well as Organisation transformation. She is a trusted advisor to CEOs, mobilizing teams worldwide to co-create and drive transformation.

Today, she is co-leading a major transformation project targeting more agility & customer centricity in one of the top companies of the chemical industry, Solvay.

Prior to joining Solvay in 2015 as HR Director, she worked as European HR Director at Redcats, a holding company of 17 brands specialized in international online fashion and home furnishing distribution. She started her career working at British Telecom in sales for 6 years, before moving to Leadership and Talent development for an additional 6 years. 

Navid Nazemian
Global Head of HR - Group Finance
Vodafone

Navid Nazemian is a certified Executive Coach, a University Lecturer and a Global Head of HR. He gained professional experience in commercial roles before moving to a function he is deeply passionate about; Human Resources. Through his own background in multinational blue chip companies, he has developed a deep appreciation for the challenges that senior leaders often face in commercially pressurised and volatile matrix environments. Navid is a cross-culturally experienced HR leader with two decades of progressive experience having worked for iconic brands such as Adidas, GE, BAT, Roche and Vodafone, holding local, area, regional & global leadership positions in five countries.

Elisabetta Galli
Global Head of Knowledge, Development and Talent Management
Banco Santander

Elisabetta Galli is Global Head of Knowledge, Development & Talent Management at Banco Santander since March 2017. 

With an academic background as clinical Psychologist, Elisabetta has developed a 25 year career in Human Resources, in local, regional and global roles, most of them as HR generalist in charge of multiple geographies and multinational teams. 

Before Santander Elisabetta has been working in Wolters Kluwer as global HRVP of the Legal & Regulatory Business Unit and in Johnson & Johnson where she has been working 11 years in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices sectors.

Elisabetta’s main areas of interest are: change management, organizational excellence, strategic workforce planning, learning & development, talent management, cultural transformation.


Steven Johnson
Global Director of Associate Career Development
Amazon

Steven Johnson is the global Director of Associate Career Development for Amazon. In his role he leads peculiar programs like Amazon Career Choice that provides prepaid tuition for front line Amazon employees to gain education and skills that lead to in-demand jobs, whether they be at Amazon or elsewhere. 

Since joining Amazon in 2013, Steve has led Amazon’s North American Employee Relations function and built Amazon’s Connections program. 

Prior to Amazon, Steve spent 13 years with Coca-Cola leading labor and employee relations within the North American and European bottling organizations. 

Steve is also an attorney, earning a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University and an MBA from New York Institute of Technology.


Jan Karel Sindorff
Global Head of Talent Acquisition
ING

Jan Karel started his career in generic HR Management roles. In 2006 he deliberately opted for a career in recruitment and coaching. Jan Karel has gained experience at, amongst others, wonderful organizations such as Mars, Vanderlande Industries, VodafoneZiggo and ASML. 

Currently he leads the global recruitment function at ING. The main focus is on building a future proof recruitment and employer branding solution. Goal is to build relationships with and select the right people that will join forces to deliver on the challenging strategy ING has towards the future.

With a clear vision of his profession he sets of to build a leading and game changing recruitment department that adds real and visible value to the business. Recruitment is, according to him, a profession of the future and a key activity for organizations that want to become and stay successful over a longer period of time. 

As a recruitment professional, Jan Karel will always work towards a model that is able to address all sorts of staffing related questions that need to be handled. A recruitment function that will deliver on current demand and, at the same time, is working on the future organization need. Always trying to reach the right talent. 

Next to his recruitment activities Jan Karel runs a boutique coaching practice. As a coach and as a person he strongly believes in the strength of the individual and he feels it is a gift when people develop themselves, let go of past blockages and embrace life. Coaching is obviously about the coachee and Jan Karel is the facilitator who follows and supervises the coachee's process warmly, sharply and with humor. 


Michael Rubas
Global Director, Planning, Operations & HR IT
Deutsche Telekom

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.

Dr. Wolfgang Fassnacht
Senior Vice President Global Head of Talent, Leadership & Learning
SAP
Dr. Wolfgang Fassnacht heads the Global HR Organizations for HR and Operations at SAP. He and his team are responsible for all people related topics of these business areas. Between 2000 and 2008 he held various global roles at SAP in Product Management until moving from the business into HR. There he has been HR Director Germany for six years. Dr. Wolfgang Fassnacht holds a PhD in Economic History from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and he is a certified coach.
Jamie Getgood
Director, Getgood Consulting, Former HR Director
General Motors

Jamie is an award winning Senior HR Leader with a proven track record of achievement across Generalist and Specialist HR roles in a number of large multinational organizations. 

Before completing his HR Degree, Jamie started his career as a mechanical tradesman, which built a great foundation to his HR profession. 

With GM Holden closing its manufacturing operations in Australia in 2017, he took on the leadership in the closure of the industry with a strong focus around change management and employee engagement principles. The key foundation of this support has been around the development of a best practice Transition Centre to support all employees in the auto industry receiving the support, advice and training to help them transition into new work.

As a result of the work in this area, Jamie was named as the Australian Leader/Manager of the year at the Australian Excellence Awards in 2017 and was a finalist in the Australian HR Institutes (AHRI) HR Director of the year awards 2017. 

Jamie regularly travels internationally delivering keynote speeches and workshops to professional seminars and multinational corporations. 


Reinhard Nissl
HR Director Central & Eastern Europe
Microsoft

As HR Director CEE, Reinhard is leading a team of strategic HR Business Partners as well as leading the  Talent Management & Development function across the CEE area of 33 countries.

Key focus is on Organizational and Talent Development as well as supporting the Leaders on the cultural and digital transformation journey of Microsoft.

Reinhard is based in Munich and had various HR and Talent Acquisition Leadership positions within Microsoft since 2005.

Elke Eller
Global HR Director & Member of the Board
TUI Group

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.


Rohit Joshi
Head of Talent Sourcing, EMEA
Coca Cola

Rohit is the Group Head of Talent Acquisition (excluding executive hiring) for Coca Cola Hellenic. He started his career with Infosys and over the past 13 years has lived in and worked across Asia (India, Japan, Philippines) and Europe (UK, Netherlands). Over these years, he has held multiple roles across industries (Healthcare, Technology, FMCG) from being a Recruiter to being a Country TA Manager to heading up a Regional TA team. He believes that the future of TA lies in talent networks, customized candidate experiences, and analytics.

Courtney Abraham
Global Head of Talent Strategy & Development
Adecco Group

As the Global Head of Talent Strategy and Development for The Adecco Group in Zurich, Switzerland, Courtney has overall responsibility for the talent strategy, diversity and inclusion, succession and leadership development in The Adecco Group, including create the strategy for accelerating talent, inclusive of high potential programs, performance management and internal mobility. 

Courtney was most previously the SVP, Talent Management, for North America and responsible for accelerating the focus on culture.  In her tenure, she brought a common language using the Birkman Method, changed traditional learning from lecture to experiential camp, created cross functional Recognition Councils and was relentless in her personal passion to create impactful interventions, cultural programs and talent initiatives that increase engagement for all colleagues.  Her years of experience as a dynamic, multi-discipline executive include experience with high tech consulting, retail and insurance industries.  

As a magnetic female leader, Courtney is often invited to engage with audiences of University students to professional associations and conferences, including Gartner CEB, HR360, Birkman International, Society for Emotional Intelligence, the Human Capital Institute, The Training Magazine, International Society for Performance Improvement and the OD Network.  Courtney is a former board member for two USA organizations. 


Jos Blykers
European Lead- HR Acquisition and Outsourcing Leadership and Change
IBM

Jos Blykers has spent over 30 years in IBM in different client facing (sales) and leadership roles.  In 2006 Jos moved from the business line to HR, first in the Human Capital consultancy domain, concentrating on Workforce Transformation projects, Leadership development and Change Management. In 2011 Jos went to work in Africa to contribute to the IBM African Expansion project as on site HR Transition Manager and Organization consultant to IBM Congo Brazzaville, thus facilitating the integration of the newly established IBM country and its employees into the wider IBM organization.

Integrating newly acquired companies into IBM is what Jos has been doing since September 2011. He is the Europe lead of the HR Acquisition & Outsourcing team, which mitigates ‘people risk’ and handles cultural and leadership challenges during integration.

In his work Jos keeps the synthetic view and positions the details in the “grand scheme of things”.  A senior HR professional he understands and talks the language of the business. Statistics and a sensitivity to intercultural challenges are part of his everyday toolbox. And he is not afraid of hands-on.  

Britta Heissenberger
Europe HR Leader, Global Business Services CAI
IBM

Britta Heissenberger is the Head of HR of IBM Global Business Services’ largest growth platform across Europe. Passionate about implementing a smarter and inclusive workforce strategy, establishing new agile ways of working and leveraging the opportunities of cognitive technology to enable an outstanding employee experience, she is eager to create an inspiring work environment that is meant to best develop talent and drive business success.

Having held various positions in the area of strategy & transformation consulting, business development and HR together with her previous experience in setting up & leading an IBM-owned, fast-growing company network across Europe, Britta combines practical, business-oriented thinking with a people-centric mindset that enables both, organizational growth and personalized employee development. Having travelled the world for a year, Britta is an out-of-the-box thinker, a doer, a mountain lover and an outdoor enthusiast.

Nina Schmidt
HR Line Solutions Lead Western Europe
Microsoft

Nina Schmidt ist seit 2008 bei Microsoft tätig und seit 2017 HR Line Solutions Lead für Western Europe. Zuvor war Nina Schmidt HR-Lead von Microsoft in Österreich und der Slowakei. Die Schwerpunkte ihrer Tätigkeit liegen in der Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelten, New World of Work, Transformational Leadership, Organizational Capabilities & Development.In ihre Zeit als HR-Leiterin bei Microsoft Österreich fiel auch die Umstellung auf eine echte mobile Arbeitskultur. 2011 wurde das Microsoft Office grundlegend umgestaltet und die sichtbaren Grenzen zwischen den Abteilungen geöffnet. Seitdem ist ein überwiegender Anteil der 340 Mitarbeiter ohne festen Schreibtisch und arbeitet zeit- sowie ortsungebunden.Nina Schmidt hat ein abgeschlossenes Magisterstudium und war vor ihrer Zeit bei Microsoft unter anderem bei der OMV und Samsung tätig.

Maria Pilar Rojas
Global Senior Leader Corporate Culture
Repsol

Pilar brings over 20 years of progressive experience in corporate and business HR functions where she provided thought leadership, tactical design, delivery and oversight to a variety of state-of-the art and transformational HR, talent development and employee engagement initiatives across global locations.

In her current role, she is responsible for leading Repsol´s overall corporate culture strategy, diversity and inclusion and employee engagement initiatives. Committed and passionate about collaborative strategic development of innovative and socially responsible solutions to support business goals.

Pilar is an Executive Coach and holds a Bachelor´s degree in Psychology and a master in Human Resources from IE Business School. She serves the Board of the International Human Capital Organization and actively participates in several organizations committed to promote and highlight the valuable contribution of diverse and inclusive workplaces.


Peter Holmark
HR Director Europe
Nokia
Peter is a senior HR leader with strong business acumen. He is currently HR Director for the European sales organization within Nokia Networks. At the start of his career Peter worked in the business doing project management and consulting. Later he took over leadership positions of services organizations for Nokia and through his work in Europe, Middle East and Africa he streamlined the organizations and turned teams into high performing customer centric teams. In 2009 Peter entered the world of HR first as a HR Director for parts of the software business, later as head of the Talent, leadership and Organizational development expertise worldwide and now as HR Director for Sales in Europe.
Laszlo Nagy
HR Director CEE
Nielsen
HR professional with extensive experience in the sectors consultancy, oil&gas (Upstream), construction products, banking and pharmaceutical. Diverse HR function experience, such as spanning employee relations, recruitment, talent management, strategic workforce planning, organisational development. Managed important transformations (M&A activities, staffing/redundancy, culture change initiatives) during his career as HRBP
Dagmar Pithan
VP Talent Management
Deutsche Telekom
Dagmar has worked in DTAG since 1996 in different segments and functions. During the last 20 years she managed different departments of the group as global Human Resources Development of T-Systems or global Sales HR Business Partner. She has been responsible for major transformation and integration projects, mergers and outsourcings. Since October 2016 Dagmar is heading the global talent & successionmanagement of the group. Previously she was working in the banking sector.
Irmgard Naudin ten Cate
Recruiting Director
EMEIA, EY

Irmgard is EY’s Recruiting Director for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA), as well as the Global Assurance Recruiting Leader. Her role is to drive strategic improvements and consistent implementation of EY's recruiting ethos and recruitment brand throughout the 10 EMEIA regions. She is also a member of the Global Recruiting Center of Excellence leadership team and the EMEIA Talent Executive. 

Irmgard firmly believes that “Our people are the heart of our organization. They deliver exceptional results for our clients and help us deliver on our purpose of building a better working world every day. With all the technological advances - AI, robotics and automation - we are creating new complexities for our clients and changing how we work.

“In our evolving recruitment strategy we need to attract and win the diverse talent we need today, and anticipate the type of talent and skills that will be needed to solve complex problems in the future. I am very excited to be at the heart of this incredible period of change - EY operates in a collaborative environment, and I am passionate about building a better working world by providing opportunities to the best and brightest talent and leveraging their considerable skills. I really value that EY offers cultural diversity and inclusiveness as well as presenting me with career enhancing challenges.”

Based in the Netherlands, married to Denis and proud mother of three, Irmgard graduated with a Masters in Law from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Following her degree, she decided to embark on a career where finding future talent for organizations has been “…her driving force and personal passion”. Providing the best in class candidate experience for all the Talent we engage with at EY.


Alraune Chowdury
Head of Global HR Systems and Reporting
Liberty Global
Alraune started her career in technology as a Product Designer before she took over responsibility for Global HR Systems at Wells Fargo & Company in Minneapolis, USA where she and her team designed the first Employee Self  Service and Manager Self Service experiences as well as Talent Management applications to support performance & compensation review, talent reviews and blended learning. In 2007, she and her family relocated to the US Pacific Northwest, where she had the opportunity to work on designing and implementing innovative HR Technology solutions and shaping the HR Technology Portfolio and Roadmap globally for Amazon.com, Nike and T-Mobile USA. In 2016, Before joining Liberty Global, Alraune led the People Technology, Analytics and Operations function (People Services) at Booking.com in Amsterdam.
A believer in lifelong learning, Alraune continues to learn and evolve her understanding of technology and its integral role in today’s life and work. Alraune is actively engaged in the community of senior HR leaders in Europe to understand “New Work” and the effective use of technology as means to drive and create a futureproof and scalable People Strategy. 
Alraune is a dual resident of Seattle and Heemstede,The Netherlands, loving the mountains and the flat lands with equal passion. Alraune enjoys travelling globally with her family, learning new languages and cultures, and sharing stories and impressions through art and writing. 

Geoffrey Matthews
Former Vice President, Human Resources
Nestle

Geoffrey Matthews is a researcher, consultant, speaker and coach with an extensive background in Rewards, OD, Employee Engagement and Strategic HR. He was the global head of Rewards at Roche, Serono and – till recently – Nestlé, and has previously also held senior HR leadership roles covering HR strategy, OD, HR business partnering and centres of expertise.  Geoff has considerable experience in driving transformational change, regularly produces expert reports for the Corporate Research Forum (CRF), and is co-author of Engaged: Unleashing Your Organization’s Potential Through Employee Engagement (2012) which was shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year Award.

Micheal Conneely
Deputy Director & European Head of Talent Management, Department of Human Resources
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Micheal is  Head of Talent Management at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) since late 2015. He and the Talent Management team are focused on ensuring the OSCE can attract, manage, develop and retain the best talent. Strengthening the integration of diversity in talent management is a key driver of  work.   Micheal is also currently holding an additional assignment as the Head of Transformation. 

Prior to the role in the OSCE Secretariat, Micheal worked with the OSCE in its field operation in Bosnia & Herzegovina . His career prior to the OSCE included a number of HR and Operations roles. His experience includes overseas roles in Europe and the Middle East. Micheal is an experienced  HR Leader committed to achieving excellence through inclusive teams and nurturing a culture of continuous improvement. 


Isabell Hametner
SVP, Human Resources
OMV
Helen Williams
Head of Performance Development
Equinor

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.

Tatjana Tasan
Chief People & Culture Officer
eKomi
Andrew Currie
Head of Recruitment, Training and Leadership Development
Gatwick Airport

Andrew is an experienced L&D professional who thrives in service led businesses that gives people the opportunity to be the best they can be. A passionate believer that a people led approach delivers long term sustainable success, Andrew is always looking for new ideas and approaches that can promote this core belief.

David Harrison
Learning and Development Manager
Gatwick Airport

David has over 20 year’s experience in L&D roles in frontline, customer-facing organisations helping to support teams and individuals at both strategic and tactical levels. A firm believer that great dialogue within teams and strong collaboration across teams is the bedrock of great organisational performance.

Astrid Manquin
HR Director - Head of Employer Attractiveness
Essity

Astrid is a senior HR Director with multinational strategic and operational experience in global FMCG and healthcare businesses. She has experience in a broad range of HR areas and is a strong believer in fact-based HR strategy as a key contributor to business success. She developed profound expertise in use of big data to deliver actionable strategic workforce planning to support critical business decisions. Astrid has defined and deployed Strategic workforce plans, employer attractiveness and employer branding strategies, based on external & internal data and trends, globally and locally. She brings data and fact-based strategies to reality, measures the performance and positions HR as a critical business partner and contributor to success.  


Kate Rand
People and Operations Director, UK and North America
Beyond International

Kate is an award-winning People Operations Director and certified Agile HR practitioner based at Beyond. Most recently she has been shortlisted for HR Director of the year and best D&I Strategy. Beyond is a design and technology ideas company, founded in 2010 and is featured in the Sunday times 100 SME best places to work.

Kate regularly speaks at events on HR and business-related topics, producing content for publications including the Forbes HR council. She specialises in advising start-up and growth stage organizations on scaling their structure and people functions and is passionate about driving a progressive and transformational approach to HR so that the sector can support the businesses of tomorrow in a human-centric way.

Having worked across multiple industries in leadership roles, her core belief is that people are at the heart of every organisation, and that HR needs to shift away from the ivory tower mentality, evolving from dictators of best practice to facilitators of success.


David Shontz
Head of Global HR Reporting & Workforce Analytics
Nokia

David is currently Head of Global HR Reporting & Workforce Analytics for Nokia. He has a long career in HR Leadership roles with large multi-national corporations including Ford Motor Company, GE, & Siemens. His experience and leadership in many functional areas of HR, as well as Regional and Strategic HR Partner roles, have provided a valuable view on the needs and value of data analytics in HR. In his current role, he is focused on developing an HR Analytics organization, with capability to support a growing number of use cases coming from HR and Business Leaders. For him, it is an exciting journey for a dynamic organization with over 100,000 employees, multiple data sources, and a growing appetite for the value of data-driven insights. 

Jeremias Prassl
Professor
Magdalen College, Oxford

Professor Jeremias Prassl is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, Deputy Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law. He is the author of Humans as a Service (OUP 2018) and The Concept of the Employer (OUP 2015), over 100 articles, chapters, and commentaries, as well as an editor of Chitty on Contracts (33rd ed, Sweet & Maxwell 2018) and the EU Law in the Member States series (Hart). Jeremias read law at Oxford, Paris, and Harvard; his work has been recognised by prizes for teaching, research, and public impact, including the Wedderburn, Mancini, and Apgar Prizes, an Oxford University Teaching Award, a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, an O2RB Excellence in Impact Award, and an ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy Prize. In 2019, Jeremias received the St Petersburg International Legal Forum Prize from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He is particularly interested in the role of fundamental rights in shaping the  future of work, technology, and innovation, and tweets @JeremiasPrassl.

Jo Smedley
Director
Zest Learning Ltd

An expert in leadership development and learning, Jo’s current areas of fascination include: How do we equip leaders for the transformation that is now required? How do we respond to an individualistic society? How do we get excited about the benefits of creating a gig economy culture? 

Rachel Sharp
Deputy Editor
HR Magazine

Rachel Sharp is deputy editor of HR magazine, the leading publication for people-focused, forward-thinking business leaders. She joined the magazine in March 2018, having worked in B2B publishing for the past five years, including as senior writer for Procurement Leaders magazine. 

Her particular interests include wellbeing, and diversity and inclusion.



Anja Fiedler
Managing Director D-A-CH
Denison Consulting Europe

Based at Denison European headquarters’ in Switzerland. Anja has had a distinguished corporate career with Unilever, PMI and as EVP / COO as Executive Board Member Lonza Group in various geographic regions, where she held very senior positions in marketing, business development & strategy, and general management She has lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, France, UK, Thailand, South Africa, Czech Republic and the USA and is fluent in German, English, Thai and French Anja holds a Master’s  Degree in business administration from the European Business School, and is a certified Coach from Kairos Foundation and Luzern Weiterbildungsforum.


Mindi Cox
Senior Vice President of People and Great Work
OC Tanner

Mindi Cox works to connect people with purpose. She believes an organization’s business potential is intimately tied to its sense of humanity. Her goal is to help cultivate workplace cultures where people feel connected to the greater purpose and impact of their work. Mindi believes it’s this connection, this soul spark, that inspires people to seek personal and professional progress that results in the most powerful business breakthroughs. 

Mindi is currently honored to serve as O.C. Tanner’s Senior Vice President of People & Great Work. She has 20 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and as a Human Resource Executive focused on practices that contribute to strengthening company culture. Recently, Mindi was named 2018 Human Resource Executive of the Year by the Stevie® Award for Great Employers. She is SPHR and SHRM – SCP certified. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah. She is the proud mom to three busy sons and is grateful for the perspective her tribe gives her on work, life, wellbeing and whole-life awareness in the workplace. 


Gitta Blatt
Human Resources Director and Global Transformation Team
Dentsu Aegis Network Germany

Gitta Blatt joined Dentsu Aegis Network Germany in April 2018 as Human Resources Director and member of the Executive Board. She is also member of the group’s European Steering Committee and the Global Transformation Team. In her role Gitta is responsible for the people strategy of Dentsu Aegis Network Germany with its’ Brands Carat, dentsu X, iProspect, Isobar, MKTG, Posterscope, Vizeum as well as further locally specialized agencies. Gitta started her career at Bigpoint and AOL Time Warner before joining the international Gaming-StartUp wooga in Berlin, where she spent three years as Head of People. Before joining Dentsu Aegis Network she worked at Sky Deutschland as Executive Vice President HR and Organisation where she played a major role in the company’s digital transformation and cultural change journey. 


Mag. Jutta Perfahl-Strilka
Director Sales New Business
XING E-Recruiting

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.

Alistair Shepherd
Founder and President
Saberr

Alistair is the Founder of Saberr where he’s involved in both commercial and product operations. Saberr’s mission is to help managers, teams and organisations perform at the top of their game. Before founding Saberr Alistair was an aerospace engineer looking at complex systems. He now applies his systems thinking to human systems in the world of work - with a particular focus on teams. He believes that the hardest problems of today are not only more easily solved by teams but actually require teams. Alistair is a Kauffmann Scholar, a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Bristol, Southampton and Turin and has an MEng in Aerospace Engineering.

Ritu Mohanka
Vice President of Strategy & Business Development
Glint
Ritu is the leader of Glint’s business development and strategic growth in EMEA. She joined Glint from IBM Kenexa after fifteen years in senior leadership positions. At IBM, she worked with some of the world’s most recognizable organizations to drive rapid revenue growth across the EMEA region. She’s personally led many key projects across a wide range of sectors from Financial Services to Pharma, Industrials and Retail, linking results to overall strategic business goals to drive performance.
Ritu holds a MBA from the Etudes Supérieures Appliquées Aux Affaires in Paris, a MSc in Marketing from Aston University, and a BA from St. Xaviers College at Kolkata University. She’s lived and worked in Paris, Munich, Vienna and originally hails from Kolkata, India.
Marc Meryon
Partner
Eversheds Sutherland

Marc Meryon is a partner and Head of Industrial Relations for Eversheds Sutherland, a global law practice. Marc specialises in helping companies with difficult labour relations issues, often arising from organisational change.

Caroline Brent
Senior Vice President
Future Talent Council

Caroline is an HR strategist and a specialist in HR for the Future. She is part of Brent Consultancy and also a Director of Humdex, a strategic workforce planning company. Caroline is also experienced in Employer Branding and in preparing employers and talent for a digital future. She is a seasoned conference chairman and speaker on subjects including the role of HR, the use of big data in the workforce, strategic workforce planning (SWFP) Employer Branding, and employee engagement, the future workforce and in taking HR strategy into action. Caroline works with large corporate businesses and academic institutions as well as start-ups and niche professionals in the future talent sector. She also advises on a range of HR subjects including the HR management of acquisitions and mergers. She is experienced in driving company learning and development transformations including the use of personal learning platforms, and is a fully trained and qualified coach and mentor.

Caroline is also SVP of the Future Talent Council which aims to bring together leaders of the top global higher educational institutions, senior executives of major employers, and policy makers involved in labour matters who urgently need to collaborate on the critical talent issues that will affect talent in the global economy. 


Daniel Breitwieser
Key Account Director
Coachhub

Daniel is Client Director at CoachHub, the European leader in digital coaching, where he works with hr leaders of multinational corporations on efficiently scaling coaching to all countries, management levels and high potentials in order to foster great leadership and a high performance culture.

At CoachHub Daniel is combining his passions for learning and technology, as previousy he has been a lecturer at the Amsterdam School of International Business, and worked for disruptive tech start ups in Amsterdam and London. The polyglot (Daniel is fluent in 7 languages), is also a frequent speaker on the topics of education and career development and has given his first Tedx in Stockholm in 2017. He has acted as a moderator at numerous international events, recently also in the L&D and HR space. In March, he moderated the L&D stage of the UNLEASH conference in London. 

Laura Schroeder
HR Tech and Fintech Advisor
Red Rocks

Laura Schroeder is an experienced brand and innovation consultant who has worked in the HR technology space for 15 years as an advisor, marketer, and solution strategist at leading organizations such as PeopleSoft, Oracle and Workday. She holds post-graduate certifications in Strategic Human Resources Practices from Cornell University and in Design Thinking from MIT Sloan School of Management. Her articles and interviews have been published in the US, Europe and Asia and she regularly contributes to popular blogs such as Compensation Cafe, Hacking HR, and Let’s Grow Leaders.  As a global executive, she applied agile and design thinking methodologies to drive innovation and bottom-line performance.  Today she works with companies that want to scale operations, reduce complexity and take their performance to the next level with a pragmatic, gamified approach to design thinking and innovation. In 2018 she co-founded Red Rocks Impact, an investment firm dedicated to creating positive social and environmental impact.  

Daniel Craig Walters
Business Development & Training Coordinator
Ultimate Performance - Level UP!

Having over 5 years experience in the coaching field, Daniel Craig Walters begun his career in Melbourne, Australia. His passion for coaching started in Cosmetic Medicine where he trained a small team to deliver world class service to clients, many of which were Australian Celebrities. 

During that period, he was also engaged in supplying coaching services to small businesses about the role of conversational intelligence in retail. In 2013 he moved to Malta to further his skills which eventually led him to train the sales team of Apple Computers leading them to achieve record sales figures. 

He also engaged with one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies in the art of communication and connection. Daniel was recently appointed a member of the leadership team with the Malta National Rugby League Team where he is committed to leading the players into the world’s top 10.

Away from training, Daniel loves to read and write, travel and absorb himself in historical drama films. 


David Kenny
VP of Growth and Co-Founder
Talvest- Engagement Analytics
Charlotte Davies
Communication & Stakeholder Strategist
Investors In People

Charlotte is the communications and stakeholder strategist at Investors in People. Working in the marketing team she spends her days finding new ways to start more conversations so that Investors in People can continue to make work better for more people.With a background in psychology, she likes using big data and old fashioned speaking to people to understand, affect and improve people’s lives. 

Takashi Sato
Managing Director
Unipos

Takashi is the Managing Director at Unipos Europe – the fastest growing HR real-time feedback & recognition software born in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to Unipos, Takashi was in charge of country expansions and business development at HelloFresh, and company-wide restructuring projects at Adidas within the Global Strategy team. Currently in love studying about employee engagement, people’s motivation drivers and how this could impact business.

Yannis Niebelschütz
CEO
CoachHub and Elite StartUps

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