Drs. Ad Boon is an experienced (25 years +) C-suite HR Executive, Executive Coach, business advisor and board level. He is doing my best to live, work, parent and coach mindfully and contribute to the greater good by inspiring, building innovative and successful businesses, coaching people to do the same. Having worked and lived in the US, Europe and Asia, he experienced happiness, tragedy, loss and peaks. Meditation has been part of his daily routine for the last 2 decades, as well as attempting to achieve personal sustainable high performance. He is part of the Wisdom Council in the Netherlands. His specialties are business management, global change management (improvement to restructuring), executive staffing, leadership development, employee engagement, effective communication & HR metrics. Until recently he was SVP HR of Royal Philips but realised it was time to move on and to establish his own Leadership Consulting firm, Boon & Company.
Agnes Jongkind is the global HRD Vice President of Recruitment and Employer Reputation at Deutsche Telekom. Prior to her current role Agnes lead a transformation projects within T-Systems a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. Agnes started her professional career in consultancy Arthur Andersen and later on Deloitte and has gained broad experience as a HR Generalist.
I am a conceptual strong and seasoned HR Executive with a pragmatic no-nonsense approach, global and regional experience with multiple HR Change and projects like business transformations, skill shifts, recruitment and employer branding, leadership and culture change, within an international, dynamic and fast-paced environment.
Shell is an international energy company with expertise in the exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals. Our strategy is to strengthen our position as a leading energy company by providing oil and gas and low-carbon energy as the world’s energy system changes. We believe that rising standards of living for a growing global population are likely to continue to drive demand for energy, including oil and gas, for years to come. At the same time, technology changes and the need to tackle climate change means there is a transition underway to a lower-carbon, multisource energy system.
For the past 5 years David Cushen has led Organisational Development & Learning across Shell’s Downstream Businesses which include Refining, Trading & Supply Distribution, Chemicals, Retail & Commercial B2B Lubricants. His particular focus is the application of immersive technologies and digital approaches to capability development, competence assurance & knowledge management. Prior to this role David was Vice President HR Strategy for Shell leading HR Transformation from 2006 to 2012 and ensuring a business centric People Strategy. He supported the development of Shared Service capabilities both captive and outsourced, globalising policies, processes & systems, and professionalising Centres of Expertise. Before joining Shell David spent 14 years with the Human Capital Practice of Accenture working across a broad range of clients in the Energy Sector with a particular focus on Organisational Development & Change Management.
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.
Giovanni Manchia is SVP Human Resources within Rabobank, a global leader in food and agri financing and sustainability-oriented banking with 50.000 employees in 44 countries. Giovanni Manchia joined Rabobank in 2011, where he managed the transformation of the global human resources function within the bank, creating a more agile HR organisation with a strong business orientation. Prior to Rabobank, he spent more than 15 years in international HR leadership positions at various multinationals. He worked as the HR Director Benelux, Middle East and Africa within American Express. Before joining American Express, he worked at Shell in various international positions such as HR Manager for Shell Hydrogen and Global HR Business Partner for its IT division.
Giovanni Manchia holds a Msc degree in Management and Organization from TiasNimbas/Tilburg University (cum laude) and a MA degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD (cum laude).
Dr. Hays Steilberg is an American who has lived and worked in both the U.S. and Germany over the course of many years. He studied at the University of Heidelberg and earned his PhD in Germany. After joining German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, he worked initially as a publisher and then in corporate development. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Steilberg was responsible for global Human Resources at Random House Inc., the world’s largest trade book publisher, headquarted in New York. Since 2009, he has served the parent company Bertelsmann SE where, as Executive Vice President, he is responsible for all corporate Human Resources management, top executives and global talent management. He reports into the executive board of the company and directs his efforts toward ensuring that Bertelsmann hires, develops and retains the best available talent for the ongoing success of the company.
“Try not to become a person of success. Try to become a person of value”, was one of Einstein’s statements. As an all-round international banking professional Isabel inspires people and teams to create the best result for the organisation with personal growth. Having a background in International Private Banking, Corporate banking and Human Resources she aims to bring mutual interests together in order to achieve a high performing environment. Blending entrepreneurship, enthusiasm and team spirit into ‘getting the job done’ together. In her current role as Director HR International Isabel is responsible for the HR teams across 15 countries worldwide as well as a team of HR Consultants in Amsterdam. Her focus is on globalisation, harmonisation and bringing the best of cultures and cooperation together, in order to create a great Employee Experience across the globe for ABN AMRO Bank.
Mark is a highly experienced organisational development consultant, specialising in cultural transformation, employee engagement and executive facilitation. He spent two decades in the IT industry and was responsible for building global operational, data and business intelligence structures and processes for some of the largest companies in the world – expertise he now uses helping others with their data challenges and measuring engagement, diversity, values perception and the effects of cultural change against business performance.
Melinda Brooks Bray leads the HR team at ASICS EMEA, a company on a mission to get the world moving. Through innovative HR solutions, Melinda is driving transformation, enhancing productivity and ensuring ASICS is fit for growth. Empowerment and engagement are at the core of her strategic plan to attract, develop and grow talent. And with a dedication to continuous improvement and a belief in the power of movement, Melinda is putting purpose at the core of the organisation.
With a career spanning international borders and 20+ years, Melinda has extensive experience across a broad range of disciplines from change management, internal communications, employer branding to labour law compliance and CSR.
Before leading HR at ASICS, Melinda was Director of Organisation Development at TomTom. Prior to that, she held the position of Talent Group Leader at global consulting firm, Hewitt Associates.
Melinda holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and Organisational Analysis from the University of Sydney.
Mervyn Dinnen is a talent and HR analyst, advising recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. He is author of the book Exceptional Talent and a writer and international speaker on recruitment and HR trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on Recruitment and HR strategies
Perry Timms has a mission: To design a better future of work for us all to lead more fulfilling lives.
He is Founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR, with over 25 years’ experience in people, technology and organisational change and transformation and in October 2017, Perry’s first book project – Transformational HR – was published by Kogan Page.
Perry is an international and TEDx Speaker and Adviser on the Future of Work and HR, and is a WorldBlu® Certified Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach – helping people and their companies become part of the next stage in human and organisational evolution. Perry has partners across the UK, and in the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Kuwait, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Denmark to help achieve this.
A Chartered Member of the CIPD, Perry advises the CIPD on HR’s use of Digital and Social Media, and was a Guide for the 2013 CIPD HR Hackathon (with Professor Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation Exchange).
Perry is a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, a Fellow of the RSA, is an associate consultant at the Work Foundation, and is part of the adjunct faculty at Ashridge Executive Education (Hult International Business School).
You will find Perry on Twitter @PerryTimms, on YouTube, LinkedIn and you can read his Medium blog at medium.com/@PerryTimms
Rebecca Winter began her career at Microsoft as a Development Lead in 2000 following several years as a consultant in the Bay Area. Over the last 15 years Rebecca has extended her experience at MSFT into 3 professional categories: Business Leadership, Global Change, and now HR in the Talent Management and OD space.
Rebecca has a BA in Psychology and an MBA from Haas School of Business in Berkeley. She’s a life-long learner and constantly pursuing Certifications in enriching areas related to my work. Originally from San Francisco – Love, not work, brought her to the Netherlands. She is happily married to a Dutch citizen and has a 4 year old daughter. Needless to say – her free time is taken up with art projects and games of hide and seek, and occasionally in between – she may even enjoy Cross Fit, Reading and maintaining a small coaching and training consultancy on the side.
Tom has worked for eBay for five years during which he has covered several different roles. Currently he is responsible for leading HR across Europe and Asia Pacific for the eBay business as well as globally for the Classifieds business (Kleinanzeigen, Kijiji, Gumtree etc). He is based in Bern, Switzerland.
Tom has had a curious set of jobs cunningly masquerading as a career which include time with the military, in executive search, teaching, copy-writing, strategy consultancy and latterly, without any planning, HR. Most recently before he joined eBay he was Vice President HR at Juniper Networks.
Over the last 15 years Tom has moved regularly between Functional and Business Partner roles within HR and is determined about HR breaking down the siloes that seem to spring up like weeds in the function. He also doesn’t understand what the table is that everyone is desperately trying to get a seat at!
Educated in the UK at Leeds University and Cambridge University, he has spent considerable time overseas in China, Russia, Middle-East, Netherlands, UK, US and now Switzerland.
Vera Gramkow is the Global Head of Talent and Performance Development at Bayer AG, the leading global Life Science company headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany.
Her team focusses on developing employees throughout the whole employee life cycle, enabling them to reach peak performance and to actively play to their full potential.
Vera has a background in business process engineering and sales before moving into HR. She has focussed on Talent Management and Strategic Workforce Planning in various industries and locations globally in the last 15 years.
She has a deep passion for developing individuals and teams to drive cross company performance and is driven by her curiosity to experiment new and innovative approaches. She enjoys exploring how technology can take HR to the next level and coaching leaders to become the best they can be.
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