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, new ways of working, and leadership.

Vineet Nayar

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

Vineet Nayar is the former CEO of HCL and Founder of the Sampark Foundation. He is an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who designed HCLT’s transformation from s $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 having “the world’s most modern management”.

Bennie S. Covington

Chief People Officer, Integrated Financial Settlements: Fee Structure Plus

Bennie helps Scrum Alliance to strategically to align with organizational goals and drive employee retention for sustainable growth. As the director of Talent and OD, he manages, designs, coordinates, and facilitates OD strategies to help organizations align their overall strategy with structures/cultures to improve agility, embrace change, and leverage culture as a catalyst for true productivity.

Steven Baert

CHRO, Novartis

Steven Baert has been the Head of Human Resources (CHRO) of Novartis since 2014. As a member he partners with the Novartis Executive Committee to execute the business strategy with lasting impact, by building a purpose-driven organization, developing strong leaders and fostering a culture where innovation stems from a diversity of perspectives.

Loren Shuster

Chief People Officer, LEGO Group

As Chief People Officer, Loren is responsible for The LEGO Group’s people operations and development. His focus is on building the right culture, leadership and talent platform so that LEGO can reach more children around the world and ‘inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow’. He has over 25 years of diverse experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Development and General Management across 4 consumer centric industries and 4 continents.

Deborah Rowland

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

Co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works (Wiley, 2008),  and Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change (Wiley, 2017), Deborah is a leading thinker, speaker, writer, coach and practitioner in the field of leading large complex change. She 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.

Rick Greene

CHRO - Heidrick & Struggles

Rick Greene is the CHRO of Heidrick & Struggles. He leads the global HR organization and talent strategy, and is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Rick’s prior experience includes having been the Global Head of Talent Management, and a Global Segment HR Executive at Bunge.

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 is the author of How Performance Management is Killing Performance – and What to Do About It.

David Green

People Analytics leader, Award Winning Writer & Speaker
David is a globally respected writer, speaker, conference chair and executive consultant on people analytics, data-driven HR and the future of work. He helps HR practitioners and organisations leverage data and analytical thinking to drive positive business outcomes, improved performance and better employee experience and well-being.

Romina Morandini

Global Change Lead – Operations and Supply Chain, Philip Morris International

Romina is the Global Change Lead for Operations and Supply Chain at Philip Morris International. Formerly she was the VP HR EMEA at Bunge, responsible for the full value chain of HR activities. Her experience includes; organization optimization, especially; aligning and improving talent management processes and tools, HRMIS deployment, change leadership and M&A.

Nigel Barlow

Agent Provocateur, Innovation Speaker

Nigel Barlow is an internationally renowned inspirational business speaker, facilitator, coach and consultant. The core of his work is Innovative Thinking applied to the biggest challenges facing companies. He is the author of several books on creativity and the originator of Garage ThinkingTM. He has been described by clients as an agent provocateur and business rocker; he’s skilled at shaking up fixed mindsets to open new possibilities for his clients around the globe.

Catty Bennet Sattler

Deputy Director - Department of Human Resources, International Committee of the Red Cross

Catty  is the Deputy Director of Human Resources at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where she leads the large scale People Management Transformation. She is a global HR leader who has worked in the humanitarian and private sector on 5 continents around the world. She also serves on the board of IRIN News Association and the University of Lucerne’s Humanitarian Leadership & Management Programme Board.

Shay McConnon

Founder - An Even Better Place To Work

Shay McConnon is an Award-winning speaker, expert, psychologist, and author. He has developed a series of innovative solutions for developing not only leaders but leadership across organizations. Shay is also a member of the Future Work Forum and part of the David MacLeod employee engagement guru group.

David McGoldrick

Director of Human Resources, Comfort Keepers Ireland

David is currently the HR Director at Comfort Keepers Ireland (Sodexo). He has over 20 years of executive management experience in HR, spanning sectors including Retail, Manufacturing, Transport, Aviation, and Health Care. He is highly accomplished in all areas of HR development and is known for his effective approaches to transformational leadership and engagement.

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.

Daiga Ērgle

Chief People Officer, 4Finance Group

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

Gerard Penning

Executive Vice President Human Resources – Downstream, Shell International

Gerard is a senior executive at Royal Dutch Shell, based in London. His passion lies in working within global, highly complex businesses to navigate the full range of external trends and disruptors and transform them into business opportunities. Early 2018 Gerard has been elected to the Board of Sustainable Energy for All, a Vienna based global NGO.

Andre De Wit

Leadership Expert,, Dean, Leadership Academy Amsterdam

Andre de Wit is regarded for the combination of global successful operational leadership experience and for his 20+ yeasts of strategic Human Resource experience in leading international companies. He is also a designer and facilitator of Learning concepts for Executive Leadership Development, and a regular speaker on the “Future of Leadership”.

Anja Emonds

Research Expert, CrossKnowledge

Anja Emonds is finalizing her PhD and works as client advisor – on learning strategy, learning engagement and learner marketing – at CrossKnowledge Learning Institute. The purpose of her research is to understand the impact of A Climate for Learning on Online Learning Behavior.

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Visiting Professor, IE Business School

Antonio is a leading expert in Project Management and Strategy Implementation. He is the creator of concepts such as the ‘Hierarchy of Purpose’ featured by Harvard Business Review, and the Project Revolution. He is the author of the best-selling book The Focused Organization, and has also received the prestigious Thinkers50 “Ideas Into Practice Award” in 2017.

David C. Forman

Author - Fearless HR

David is the author of Fearless HR and former Chief Learning Officer of The Human Capital Institute. He is an accomplished HR subject matter expert, who has written more than 40 articles on; talent management, analytics, strategic human resources, learning systems, high-performance cultures and leadership in addition to speaking frequently at international events.

Volker Jacobs

CEO & Founder - TI People

Volker holds degrees in economics and information science, worked for U.S. and European consulting companies, started his own ‘online benchmarking’ business and ‘HR management consulting’ business and sold both businesses to CEB. At CEB he held an executive position with a global responsibility for HR consulting and HR technology before founding TI People. He works with CHROs, heads of HR strategy, HR technology and HR transformation of global companies on innovation and digitalization of HR.

Stijn De Groef

CEO & Co-Founder - Talmundo

A passionate HR Professional, entrepreneur and cyclist, Stijn worked in various senior Talent Management roles at EMEA and Global level after which he set-up Talmundo, his own company early 2012. Stijn now travels the world spreading the word about the great technology Talmundo develops in the area of Onboarding. At the same time, he is always on the look-out for a great hang-out for cyclists or a challenging bike trail.

Sonal Bahl

Independent HR Director

William O'Keeffe

Policy Officer, European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

William is a seconded national expert to the European Commission, with extensive experience in policy development in the areas of education, training, and employment. He is currently working on initiatives on use of technology and digitalization within education through innovation and strategic partnerships with industry and public sector.

Kevin Empey

People & Leadership Consultant & Coach, Founder, WorkMatters

Kevin is the founder of WorkMatters, a leadership and organization development consulting firm focused on organizational agility and in supporting business leaders, HR leaders and their employees prepare for the future of work. Kevin is a qualified executive coach and AgileHR Instructor, and he is the Programme Director of the Irish Management Institute’s Senior Executive Programme (SEP) and teaches on a number of other organizational and leadership development programmes.

Soumyasanto Sen

Advisor People & Organization, HR Tech & People Analytics Leader

A passionate Entrepreneur and founder of People Conscience (Management & Startups Advisory). Soumyasanto is one of the 30+ Top Global Influences in HR Tech of 2018 currently engaging in AI-driven Analytics, Cultural Analytics, Human+Machine Collaboration, Next Generation Organizations, Gig Economy and Future of Work for People-Centric businesses & Transformations.

Caralyn Cooley

Chief People Officer, Nordeus

Caralyn leads the People strategy at Nordeus, the independent games studio behind Top Eleven, the world’s most successful mobile sports game. With more than 15 years experience leading global teams at companies of various sizes – from the Fortune 1, to small independents and start-ups – she and her team at Nordeus are focused on designing and delivering premium and innovative experiences at every stage of the employment journey.  

Sandor Janosi

Senior HR Manager, GE Renewable Energy - Hydro

Sandor is currently the Senior HR Manager of GE Hydro, the world’s leading hydro energy supplier within GE Renewable Energy. Previously he led HR for GE Global Operations Europe, where his key challenge was the creation of GE’s operational centers in Europe. His passions in HR are coaching and partnering with senior business leaders, attracting and developing key talents as well as building the right engaging and motivating culture.  

David Sturt

Executive Vice President, O.C. Tanner

David Sturt is an Executive Vice President of O.C. Tanner, a $500 million, global recognition and culture company. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of ‘Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love’ and the newly released companion book, ‘Appreciate’. His work and interviews have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Inc.; and he co-authors a weekly leadership column for

Graham Boyd

Founder, evolutesix
Graham has extensive experience with the complexity of leading businesses. He applies the tools he learnt in particle physics research to connect end business results with the properties of the smallest components of the business, and how they interact. He is currently writing two books, a how-to guide for reinventing conflict to create successful adaptive organisations, and, with an economist, on why we need to reinvent organisations.

Prof. Lidewey van der Sluis

Expert in Leadership & Strategic Talent Management, Professor at Nyenrode Business Universiteit

Professor Van der Sluis is a senior Talent Management and Leadership Development specialist and an academic practitioner with business and economic background. She is a thought leader in labor relations, strategic talent management, professional leadership, management learning, and talent development, as well as an external business partner of executives in HR companies, healthcare organizations, educational institutions and the hospitality sector.

Julian Tesche

Director DACH, Peakon

Stefaan Stroo

Transformation Manager, ING

Erwin Van Waeleghem

Co-Founder & CEO, Semco Style Institute BeLux

Erwin, an international speaker and Tealspirator, has worn several hats through his professional career. He has been a member of the Belgian police force for over 36 years. He has also been an important member of the Teal for Teal Community and, as Tealspirator, has been a lecturer in the past years. In 2017 he co-founded the Belgian-Luxembourg branch of the Semco Style Institute. His personal purpose is to contribute towards the consciousness evolution which can lead to a more human-centric self-leadership mindset with a constructive impact on organizations and society as a whole.

Ritu Mohanka

VP Strategy & Business Development EMEA, Glint

Ritu Mohanka is VP of Strategy & Business Development, responsible for EMEA. Prior to Glint, Ritu was Managing Director, Europe at Kenexa (acquired by IBM in 2012), leading the Workforce Surveys business. Ritu has personally led and delivered many key projects for the largest international clients across a wide range of sectors from Financial Services to Pharma, Industrials and Retail, linking results to overall strategic business goals to drive performance improvement.

Filip Moriau

Founder & CEO, Stragilon

Filip is Founder and CEO of Stragilon, a Berlin-based consultancy in Innovation, Agility & Development. Prior to this, he served as Director of Human Resources & Legal Affairs for international companies such as Weber, Cisco Systems, Biogen Idec and Tosoh. Throughout his career, Filip has worked in cross-cultural environments in diverse areas from Tokyo and Silicon Valley to Berlin.

Max Hunter

Chief Joy Officer, Loylogic

As Chief Joy Officer, Max’s role at Loylogic is to create a workplace where people have a sense of belonging, purpose, recognition, and accountability to make a difference. He is also a professional coach/ facilitator, specializing in creating high performing teams and individuals. He has 15 years of experience in the customer data and retail business.

Xavier Petre

Country Manager Benelux, Cornerstone OnDemand

Arne Van Damme


Corinna Kramer

Sales Consultant HR, meetyoo

Tom Marsden

CEO, Saberr

Tom Marsden is CEO of Saberr, a London-based software company that helps teams work well together. Prior to joining Saberr in 2014, Tom ran the consulting business at Alexander Mann Solutions, leading teams that specialized in technology and process, business intelligence, employer branding, selection and assessment, and workforce planning. 

Steven Van Dalem

Training & Development Manager, StepStone

Steven is the Training and Development Manager of StepStone Group. He is a management trainer, a certified Business Coach, and a constant globetrotter who always gets a kick out of seeing people grow.

Juan Schmitz

Country Manager Belgium,

Juan Schmitz, is an evangelist, advisor for HR Managers and Country Manager at Gymlib Belgium, a disruptive scale-up-part of Sodexo- specialized in implementing wellbeing solutions at work. On a daily basis, Juan consults, advises and helps organizations, corporates, and governments to implement successful strategies around wellbeing. Along with his specialized team, he ensures to pursue strategical objectives such as increasing retention rate, employer branding, and social cohesion.

Aisling Teillard

CEO, Tandem HR Solutions

Mark Vlaanderen

Head of HR, Philips IT

Jochen Mueller

VP Human Resources, UPS Europe

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