Ana is the head of the brand and marketing at BBVA where she has spearheaded the global brand strategy that has seen BBVA online community double in just one year and supported the use of social networks for recruitment that has seen new hires recruited through this channel go up by 30%.
Catherine is an International Leadership and Organisational Consultant at Mannaz. She started out in life as a commercial lawyer, with a first degree in law before qualifying as a solicitor. It was her fascination with what distinguished her more successful clients that led to her later requalifying as an organisational psychologist and she has a MSc. (distinction) from the University of Hertfordshire. She is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society and certified to use many approved psychometric tests, including MBTI, 16PF, OPP, Belbin, Firo B and Hogan. Catherine has over 20 years’ experience facilitating the learning and development of organisations, individuals and groups across all business sectors as well as internationally. During this time, she has developed collaborative relationships with many other providers such as Tomorrow’s Company, CEDR and Cranfield School of Management where she is a Visiting Fellow.
Catherine is the author of ‘The Enlightened Organization’, an executive toolkit designed to help professionals navigate their way successfully through these changing times.
Catherine is Irish and lives in London with her husband and two children.
Catherine’s career has covered HR, change management and communications, in roles in the public, private and private equity sectors, as a member of the Executive Board and as a consultant.
She is currently the Group HR Director for Interserve Plc one of the world’s foremost support services companies, annual gross revenues of £3.6bn, 85,000 employees – 55,000 in UK, 30,000 internationally, predominantly in the Middle East. It is listed on the FTSE250 and is one of UK’s top 20 largest private sector employers.
Catherine created the role of Group HR Director during the lead in to an 18 month period of extensive acquisition in the UK and overseas, when the Group expanded by 50%, to the scale it is today. She has led the transformation of the HR agenda – developing the Group HR Strategy and defining direction in areas including culture change, leadership, talent and reward. She is the senior functional leaders for c.200 HR professionals, based across the UK and internationally.
Before joining Interserve, Catherine was at BMI Healthcare, UK’s largest private hospital group with 73 hospitals, where she was Group People and Communications Director for six years, developing HR capability in anticipation of IPO. Before that she held senior HR roles at BAA, the BBC, Sotheby’s and Aviva. She has worked in HR and change management consultancy with KPMG and SHL Group, and has run her own consultancy business supporting organisation change post mergers and acquisitions.
Catherine has a BSc in biology, MSc in organisation behaviour and postgraduate qualifications in HR and coaching. She is a Governor of The Place, the UKs leading centre for contemporary dance performance and education.
Christiana Vonofakou is the Global Staffing Manager and Inclusion & Diversity Leader of the $1.1bn Industrial Business Unit of TE Connectivity. Previously, she spent several years as an Executive Search Consultant with international search firms in London. She holds a DPhil in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. Her DPhil thesis and post-doc work focused on inclusion and diversity, examining ways of reducing prejudice towards minority group members.
Denise Haylor began her career in HR with Siemens in 1988 and later joined Motorola in June 1998. She held a number of HR roles within Motorola and worked in many businesses. Denise’s final role at Motorola was Corporate Vice President and Deputy Head of HR for the Mobility business, where she played a key role in the divestiture of the Networks business and the formation of Motorola Mobility. Her most recent role was as Chief Human Resource Officer of Flextronics, who she joined in February 2011, based in San Jose, California. At Flextronics she was instrumental in the design, development and execution of the talent management strategy.
Denise Haylor has experience across the full spectrum of the HR discipline, including talent management, rewards, talent acquisition, organization design, mergers, divestitures and acquisitions, engagement and culture work.
She is a dual citizen of the UK and USA. Denise holds a Master’s Degree in Managing Human Resources from Kingston Business School in the UK.
Giovanni is Head of Strategic HR, Communications & Change at Tanfeeth, the GCC’s first, fast growing, Business Services organization in Dubai. Giovanni has worked in a variety of roles within industry and consulting environments, ranging from defining and executing organizational strategy to driving end-to-end HR transformation and technology implementations as well as leading large scale culture & change management programs for Fortune 500 companies across the globe. In his current role he acts as deputy to the Chief People Officer for Tanfeeth where, as part of the executive leadership team, he is responsible for Organizational Effectiveness and all companywide people strategy initiatives, including delivery of all Talent, Rewards, HR Technology & Analytics, Branding & Communications and Culture & Change Management capabilities. In his spare time he is an avid collector of sneakers, writer and university lecturer on various HR topics and co-founder of REMBRAND – a creative collective with offices in Amsterdam and Dubai.
Guido Helmerhorst helps to reach business objectives while maximizing (employee) experience and engagement. In this time of change, with rising technology and a demanding workforce this challenge is pertinent. Guido connects (technical) innovations and concepts like design thinking, serious gaming and gamification, he (helps) craft and design solutions that balance the objectives and drivers of both business and those of the individual. Within Air France – KLM Guido was and is the initiator, (co)creator and (creative) director of various meaningful experiences in areas ranging from Human Resources, safety, employee mobility, collaboration, training and operational management. His latest quest is about releasing the power of Virtual Reality on training and development.
Johanna Söderström is the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Aviation for The Dow Chemical Company. In this role, Söderström leads Dow’s global Human Resources strategy and operations, and oversees Dow’s Corporate Aviation team. Söderström started her career with Ericsson in Finland, where she held positions in Human Resources and Finance. She joined Dow in Helsinki, Finland in 1999 as HR Manager for the Nordic region. Söderström progressed through a series of Dow Human Resources positions in the Nordic, Germany and Switzerland. In 2000, she moved to Dow’s location in Stade, Germany to serve as HR Workforce Planning Implementation Leader. Three years later she was appointed Compensation & Benefits Leader for Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa and India and relocated to Horgen, Switzerland. In 2005 Söderström assumed the role of HR Business Partner for Dow’s Hydrocarbons & Energy business. She left Dow in 2006 to join Huhtamaki in Finland as head of global Compensation & Benefits and then rejoined Dow in October 2007 as HR Geographic Leader for Germany. Two years later, Söderström assumed additional responsibility as HR director for Dow Europe, Middle East & Africa, based in Horgen, Switzerland. In late 2010 Söderström was appointed Global HR Director for Dow’s Performance Materials Division in Midland, MI. She was subsequently named Vice President of Dow’s HR Center of Expertise in September 2012. Söderström was named to her current role in December of 2014.
Over 25 years of professional experience and passion for people, leadership, development and transformation.
Koen’s path led through different companies and roles – from Commercial to Procurement, from Ops excellence to HR but mostly within Deutsche Post DHL Group. He contributed to several HR books and trainings.
Working across several continents with intercultural teams and experiencing how the HR topics are perceived differently strengthens the belief that in a globalized society companies have a gigantic role to play in the development of the communities. Challenging the status quo, driving positive change and owning a better future are key motivators for everyone involved in leadership and HR.
Liggy Webb is a best selling author and international consultant specialising in behavioural skills. She works with the United Nations and travels to various worldwide locations. Liggy is also the founding director of The Learning Architect, an international consortium of behavioural skills specialists. She is recognised as a thought leader on resilience and is regularly asked to be a keynote speaker across private and public sector.
Mandy Chooi is grateful for a meaningful and global career spanning Fortune & FTSE 100 companies in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific, in technology, automation, aerospace, FMCG, management consulting, and financial services.
The red thread through her work has been creating the right performance culture via the right leadership and the right talent solutions.
Many believes the key to how quickly an organization achieves its strategic goals is the performance culture that’s created by leaders and reinforced by the experience of working there.
As ING’s Global Head of Strategy and Innovation for HR, her aim is to help ING win by being an innovative, exciting and rewarding place to work. HR must lead the way in anticipating future needs, the solutions for which may disrupt conventional HR models and practices. Previous roles include Global Head of Talent, Learning and Organization Development at ING, SC Johnson, Honeywell, and various leadership roles at Motorola.
Mariska van IJzerloo leads the Global People and Organisation team and is a member of the leadership team at Ampelmann, one of the most inspirational Scale-Up companies in the Netherlands.
Mariska has worked in leading global roles at several high end engineering companies, and leans on a 20 year background in Leadership Development, Talent management and Global HR. She enjoys leading people, departments and companies through the adventurous ‘Scale-Up’ phase; growing beyond the start-up and resisting the pull of the ‘big enterprise’ while staying high performance and fast growth oriented. Not for the faint-hearted. She is able to share with you how to ensure that your talent agenda directly drives high growth, and she will lead you through the territory of scaling up companies and all the big transitions and HR choices that go with that challenge.
She loves working with ‘techies’ and engineers at Maker-companies; those companies that create real innovations, deliver products that can be touched and solve real world problems. She loves the ocean, and at Ampelmann, the famous and now global tech Scale Up from Delft, the Netherlands, she find the best of both worlds. Ampelmann has changed how people go to work at sea, by designing gangways and solutions that are fully motion compensated for waves, and by doing so, made ‘off shore access as easy as crossing the street’, as well as making it a safer and more efficient process. Ampelmann is active in the Wind Offshore world, an in all people and cargo transfers to platforms and vessels on our oceans.
The principle responsibility of the Group Agile Lead is to align, implement, measure and adapt the core delivery methodologies and processes that will be used across the organisation, particularly in the Digital Hubs. This includes coaching the leadership teams to evolve an effective agile organisation. Ultimately, the Group Agile Lead is responsible for ensuring that we continuously improve productivity in our development teams as well as our organisation.
Pablo Vercelli joined ASML in 2013 as Vice President Human Resources for Corporate Projects.
Mr. Vercelli joined ASML from AkzoNobel where his most recent role was Global HR Director for the Decorative Paints business. Before AkzoNobel, he worked for a number of global organizations such as PPG Industries, ICI Paints.
He completed a Master degree in Human Resources and Organizational Change Management in Buenos Aires and later on overtook an MBA in Warwick Business School, England.
Pablo Vercelli joined ASML in 2013 as Vice President Human Resources for Corporate Projects. Mr. Vercelli joined ASML from AkzoNobel where his most recent role was Global HR Director for the Decorative Paints business. Before AkzoNobel, he worked for a number of global organizations such as PPG Industries, ICI Paints. He completed a Master degree in Human Resources and Organizational Change Management in Buenos Aires and later on overtook an MBA in Warwick Business School, England.
Peter Flade advises some of the world’s most influential companies how to increase productivity and grow by unleashing the potential of their people. He has helped leaders and managers increase the engagement, productivity and customer focus of hundreds of thousands of employees.
Particular focuses of Peter’s work are helping companies grow organically through enduring customer relationships built by their employees, encouraging leaders to take personal responsibility for improving lousy workplaces and helping companies’ unearth their values and implementing the corresponding leader and manager behaviours required to bring them to life.
His research has been published in the Harvard Business Review, quoted in the FT and he is a regular contributor to the Gallup Business Journal
Peter has been with Gallup for 17 years, the last decade as a managing partner, and he is now a senior advisor to the company. He recently founded an advisory firm serving treasured clients BT, GKN, Dr Martens, Al-Futtaim, Permira and Siemens
Peter studied at the University of Kent, the London School of Economics and Trium.
Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable—the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.
Over 25 years experience, based in Switzerland covering European wide and APAC Organisation Development & Effectiveness, HR management, HR consultancy, Recruitment, Training and high level project management. English Mother tongue, fluent French, strong German, conversational Italian and am currently learning Mandarin.
Board Member of Organisation Development Network Europe.
Tinna is an anthropologist and behavioural economist by heart and profession. She has worked as Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Collaboration for Arla Foods (2010-15), one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives. Previously she worked for the Danish Institute for Human Rights. For the past 14 years, her passion has been to promote behavioural, cultural and systemic changes for inclusiveness. For this purpose she founded the non-for-profit organisation MOVE THE ELEPHANT FOR INCLUSIVENESS in 2013. She co-founded the global sharing community www.inclusion-nudges.org and co-authored The Inclusion Nudges Guidebook in 2015 with Lisa Kepinski, Founder of Inclusion Institute.
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.
Tommy Jensen was appointed CEO of Bunge EMEA in May 2012. He joined Bunge in 2003 as Managing Director, Poland, and became Vice-President, Northern and Central Europe, in 2005. In 2011, he was named Bunge EMEA’s Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he held leadership positions at Animex S.A. in Poland, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Continental Grain in Poland and Germany, and Jyske Bank A/S in Denmark. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Aarhus School of Business at Aarhus University, Denmark, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School
Vivien Orosz has more than 10 years of experience in HR at multinational companies like Coca-Cola, Vodafone and Unilever. She has been working on business partnering side and also led Centre of Excellence. Her key expertise is talent and capability which can be strongly enhanced with serious games and gamifications as real platforms for both of the fields.
Currently she leads Strategic HR including Performance-, Talent- and Career Management, Diversity&Inclusion, Talent aquisition, Leadership development, Technical Capability building, HR transformation, Employer Branding, Social Media on Group level from MOL Group’s Headquaters.
In 2014 she won the Boss of the Year Award in the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, nominated by her team.
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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