Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. Uber started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 10 billion trips later, Uber is building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.
Anouk Geertsma has been Uber’s HR Director for EMEA since 2017, overseeing the company’s HR in 40+ countries across the region. Anouk enjoys the diversity but also the challenges that such a complex region entails, both from a business and people standpoint and in a fastpaced environment.
Anouk joined Uber from Booking.com, where she lead HR for their EMEA region for three years. She was directly responsible for a team supporting a staff of nearly 8000 across 50 countries.
Anouk’s background is combined with deep HR operational expertise with consulting experience, having spent 11 years at Accenture within their Strategy division. During her time there she worked across multiple industries in multiple locations (France, UK, Sweden, Netherlands) with a focus on HR strategy, organization and transformation.
Anouk holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She hails from France originally but has been living in Amsterdam for the past ten years with her husband and two young kids, which keeps her fairly busy outside of work.
Deborah assumed the role of Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer for Bunge in January 2016. She is responsible for people, culture and communications strategy and operations for the 32,000 employee global Agribusiness and Food organization based in New York. Given her passion for food, and the human dimension of business, she’s in her professional element. Deborah is a proven HR and business executive who has enabled business success through people in both general management and HR positions for over 20 years in multinational industry leading companies. Prior to Bunge she worked with Dow Chemical and General Motors in Australia, Switzerland and the US. She is currently based in New York.
In July 2017 Dr. Ahlers has taken over the position as Head of Talent Development & Acquisition for C&A Europe. He is responsible for Recruiting, Employer Branding, Learning & Development and Employee Engagement at C&As Corporate Head office in Düsseldorf and Brussels. The position was created to generate synergies between the different areas and demonstrate their importance for the success of C&A. Before joining C&A, he worked more than six years in different HR roles for METRO, recently as Head of Global Recruiting Project. Dr. Ahlers started his professional career as consultant.
After her Ph.D in Physics, Claudia started her professional career as a consultant with McKinsey. She entered the HR world at Bahlsen, a premium cookie producing company. Today Claudia is responsible for the whole of HR development range at the Mast-Jägermeister SE, home of the world famous liqueur.
Her scientific approach lead to a HR development concept, which is based on findings from Positive Psychology and other related fields. Combining this with her profound HR experience she creates tools and processes which enhance the success of employees and the company.
Erica is a workplace strategist who has worked for the past twenty years with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a consultant, speaker, writer and professional dot-connector. She helps top-of-the-class businesses, organizations and individuals improve their performance by honouring relationships in every context, always with an eye toward high-tech for human touch.
Erica is the Founder of the Spaghetti Project, a platform devoted to sharing the science and stories of human connections with global brands, community groups, teams and individuals. Inspired by a 2015 Cornell study showing that firemen who eat together are better at their jobs (they save more lives!), and as a hats-off to the firemen and their go-to firehouse meal, she calls her work the Spaghetti Project. Because left to our own devices, we’re just not connecting.
Erica received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a pioneer in teamwork and collaboration, and her BA from the University of Vermont.
Her latest book, Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World, a Wall Street Journal bestseller in its first week, serves as a powerful guide to a workplace revolution that honours relationships and puts people first.
Esther Bongenaar is VP HR Data & Analytics at Shell, based in the company’s headquarters in The Netherlands. She is responsible for HR Management Information & Reporting, employee Assessments and Surveys, and Predictive HR Analytics. The department drives evidence-based and value-adding HR at group level with a strong business focus.
Esther holds a MSc degree in Operations Research (University of Amsterdam) and a PDEng degree in Mathematics for Industry (Eindhoven University of Technology). She started her career as Business Consultant for Accenture, and joined Shell in 2005 as Statistical Consultant. She supported refineries with optimization studies and Shell Scenarios Energy Team with long-term trend estimates for world energy supply and demand. Prior to her current role of VP HR Data & Analytics, Esther built and lead the world-class Shell HR Analytics team that delivers predictive analytics on Shell’s Human Capital.
Evelyn Doyle is HR Director, EMEA, for Patagonia, based at the brand’s European HQ in Amsterdam. Originally from Ireland, Evelyn has lived and worked in Russia, Africa and Switzerland, holding leadership roles in the fields of human resource management, talent management and culture and organisation development initiatives for global organisations in with-profit, non-profit and social entrepreneurship sectors.
Having been responsible for numerous organisational culture change initiatives, Evelyn is passionate about positively transforming work environments and business models. Outside of her work at Patagonia, Evelyn sits on the board of directors of Designathon Works in Amsterdam. She also enjoys music, all things food/regenerative agriculture and spending time with her seven-year old son.
Gary Kildare is an energetic and progressive international business leader. He has deep knowledge of complex business talent and people management across many different countries and cultures. He has lead transformational change reflecting technology and market shifts from software and services to the social, mobile, digital and the emerging, artificial intelligence agenda. He has served as Chief HR Officer for Global Business Services (IBM’s consulting business), Global Vice President of HR for Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific with accountability for over 430,000 employees worldwide, Chief HR Officer for Global Technology Services Division and is currently Chief HR Officer IBM Europe. He is currently based in Madrid and is a member of IBMs Growth & Transformation Team (a group of Senior Executives appointed by the CEO to provide Global Leadership across key strategic areas).
Outside of IBM Gary is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a GlobalScot and sits on the Criticaleye Advisory Board. He has served as a Non-Executive Director of Education Scotland, as a member of the Scottish Government’s Education study – ‘The Curriculum for Excellence’, a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy (Financial Services), a Non-Executive advisor to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC); a member of the HRMC People Committee and Pay Review Committee; and a member of the CBI Business Council for Scotland. He received an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2012.
Currently holding dual business partner roles for the Global Agribusiness & Trading Product Lines and for the Europe, Middle East & Africa operating company. He has experience working and living in two different continents with global HR operational experience across Europe, South/North America, Africa and Asia. As an Executive HR business leader, Mr. McClain is responsible for developing and implementing appropriate human resources strategies for the organization that are aligned with the overall group’s business strategy and ensuring the achievement of the business objectives focusing on key talent acquisition, reward & retention and talent development programs.
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