Home – The HR Congress 2018 2018-02-22T15:34:54+00:00

27-28 NOVEMBER 2018

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Jonathan Ferrar

CONGRESS CHAIR / Co-Author - The Power of People / CEO - Insight222

Jonathan (@jaferrar) is a globally-respected author, speaker and advisor in HR Strategy & Analytics. He is the Co-Author of the book “The Power of People: Learn How Successful Organisations use Workforce Analytics to Improve Business Performance”  and works with organizations and leaders globally.

Dave Ulrich

The Father of Modern HR, Professor of Business, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Dave is a Professor of Business at the University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. Dave studies how organizations build capabilities of speed, learning, collaboration, accountability, talent, and leadership through leveraging human resources.

Amy C. Edmondson

Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. She teaches and writes on leadership, teaming and organizational learning, and she is best known for her pioneering work on psychological safety. She is the author of Extreme Teaming: Lessons in Complex, Cross-sector Leadership (2017). Amy has also ranked four times on Thinkers50, most recently at #13 in 2017.

Mark Mortensen

Associate Professor, Area chair of Organisational Behaviour - INSEAD

Mark Mortensen is an associate professor and the chair of the Organizational Behaviour Area at INSEAD. He researches, teaches, and consults on issues of collaboration, organizational design and new ways of working, and leadership.

Vineet Nayar

Former CEO - HCL Technologies, Author- Employees First, Customers Second

Vineet Nayar is former CEO of HCL and Founder of Sampark Foundation. Vineet is an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who architected HCLT’s transformation from $0.7 billion to a $4.7 billion Global Tech Company with over 85,000 employees spread across 32 countries. This radical transformation led Fortune to recognize HCL as “the world’s most modern management”.

Bennie S. Covington

Director of Talent and OD, Scrum Alliance

Bennie helps Scrum Alliance to develop strategically to align with organizational goals and drive employee develop/ retention for sustainable growth. As the director of Talent and OD he manage, design, coordinate, and facilitate strategic OD strategies to help organizations align overall strategy with structure/culture to improve agility, embrace change, and leverage culture as a catalyst for true productivity.

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Director Head of Project Management Office, GSK

Currently the Director Head of Project Management Office at GSK, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is a leading expert of Project Management and Strategy Implementation. He is the creator of concepts such as the Hierarchy of Purpose featured by Harvard Business Review, or the Project Revolution. Author of the best-selling book The Focused Organization, Antonio has also received the prestigious Thinkers50 “Ideas Into Practice Award” in 2017.

Deborah Rowland

Pioneer thinker, practitioner, author in leading change. Former CHRO, BBC Worldwide

Co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works (Wiley, 2008), and now, Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change (Wiley, 2017), Deborah is a leading-light thinker, speaker, writer, coach and practitioner in the field of leading large complex change. Rowland has personally led change in major global organizations including Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide and PepsiCo. She works alongside CEOs and their Executive Teams helping them to navigate large scale transformation efforts.

M. Tamra Chandler

CEO and Founder, PeopleFirm

M. Tamra Chandler is a bona fide people maven who’s spent the majority of her career thinking and researching how people are motivated, and developing new and effective ways for organizations to achieve the ultimate win-win: inspired people driving inspiring performance. She’s the author of How Performance Management is Killing Performance – and What to Do About It.

Varun Bhatia

Chief People & Culture Officer - AirAsia
Varun is Chief People & Culture Officer at AirAsia, working with about 20,000 Allstars and building one of the best digital airlines in the world.  Varun has worked in senior HR roles in various blue chip MNC’s like, Gillette, Proctor & Gamble, Kraft Foods, Levi Strauss & Co. for the last 20+ He has deep experience in managing transformative changes and passionate about areas related to developing talent and human wellbeing,

Daiga Ērgle

Chief People Officer at 4Finance Group

Daiga Ērgle is the CHRO of 4finance, Europe’s largest online and mobile consumer lending group. She is also leading People Management practices at Coalition Rewards (a loyalty marketing company) since 2011. Her Human Resource management practitioner’s experience comes from several international companies, including Siemens and Stockmann. She has background in HRM consulting, as well as in Training.

Judith Wiese


Judith Wiese is CHRO of DSM. Previously the Vice President People & Organization Corporate with Mars, Inc., she held a number of HR-leadership positions in various regions of the world and within different sectors, all with a focus on people and organization, talent management and organizational development.

Marilyn Kronenberg

Head of Executive Education, Sanofi Group

Currently Global Head of Executive Education at Sanofi, Marilyn Kronenberg has had over 20 years international experience in the field of Leadership Development, Organisational Development, Change Leadership and Human Resources Management. 

Tom Georg Olsen, Speaker at The HR Congress 2018, Brussels

Tom Georg Olsen

Chairman, CEO Miles AS
Tom Georg Olsen is Enterprise Servant Leader and co-founder of the Norwegian IT company Miles AS. Tom has been in leadership positions in the IT-industry in Norway for the last 25 years. His award-winning leadership philosophy has been covered in several books, magazines and articles. Tom is a frequent speaker at conferences, covering topics on leadership, business culture, human relations – all presented with examples from his own company.

Balakarthikeyan Nagarajan

Employee Experience Leader , Development - GE

Bala Nagarajan is HR Leader  at GE Global Research. His role is enhancing Employees’ Development Experience and Talent Management through Design Thinking and People Analytics. Prior to GE, Bala worked with HSBC in India. During his career, he has done many roles in areas of Compensation & Benefits, Talent Acquisition & HR Analytics and HR Business Partnering.

Sandy Asch

Bestselling author of ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World-Famous San Diego Zoo Way

Sandy is an internationally recognized speaker and author, who partners with companies globally to create workplaces that are passionate, focused, healthier and resilient. More than 30,000 leaders in 350+ companies in fifty countries and six languages have implemented her strategies with sustainable results.

Heleen van Essen, speaker at HR Congress Brussels 2018

Heleen van Essen

Head of Leadership Practices and Programs, Philips

Helen is in charge of developing and supporting deployment of practices around Leadership Programs, Assessments and Diversity & Inclusion with a team of dedicated solutions managers. As part of Management team of Leadership, Talent and Organization leaders she delivers integrated people solutions in the areas of leadership, talent, and organizational effectiveness with a people centric approach.

Adam Wojciechowski, speaker at HR Congress Brussels 2018

Adam Wojciechowski

Program Manager - Digital HR Analytics, UBS

Adam is leading a global HR Reporting & Analytics Technology Upgrade program at UBS – a multi-milion (CHF) analytics digitalization investment aiming to serve thousands of users with self-service, interactive dashboards, this includes product development and change management across the organization.

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The HR Congress is a fast paced, TED style conference, sharing provocative and inspiring ideas to help in designing and building people-centric organizations.


The HR Congress has been established as one of the most thought provoking and leading event for senior HR professionals. The event is a strategic conference enabling to build agile and responsive organizations and foster a culture that drives performance. The event Now in its 3rd year it is becoming the ‘goto’ event for senior HR and business leaders and boast a 50% year-on-year growth and participation from over 40 countries.


#hrcongress17 so inspiring to share views on the need for HR to transform in this fast-paced and changing environment. I was impressed to meet with so many positive and amazing people willing to make the difference together.

Florence Rade, GSK

Giving a lot of outside-in prospective. Definitely I will start reviewing activities related to the role of HRBPs (myself and my team) as well as looking forward to adjust my organization’s leadership style to address the changing environment

Mikhail Lvovskiy, Electrolux

I can bring these experiences and best practices into my daily work. I have greatly expanded my network with a diverse group of professional contact – people I can contact to discuss issues I am facing in my work and ideate solutions!

Jerry Pico, Allianz


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*ticket does not include access to elective thought leader masterclasses. Access to upgrade sessions are limited, sold on the first-come-first-served basis.


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