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David Kelly

David Kelly

IBM Smarter Workforce European Director


About

David has been involved in the Human Capital and associated consulting industries for the last 14 years. A big proponent of cloud Talent management technologies and with a personal interest in the people metrics that drive growth across different industries, David has worked with over half of the FTSE 100 across a range of different HR and Workforce topics. He is currently the Vice President for IBM's Smarter Workforce brand in Europe. He holds a degree in modern languages and linguistics from the University of Bristol

David Kelly

David has been involved in the Human Capital and associated consulting industries for the last 14 years. A big proponent of cloud Talent management technologies and with a personal interest in the people metrics that drive growth across different industries, David has worked with over half of the FTSE 100 across a range of different HR and Workforce topics. He is currently the Vice President for IBM's Smarter Workforce brand in Europe. He holds a degree in modern languages and linguistics from the University of Bristol

Guest Speaker

Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox OBE

Arguably the UK's best known physicist!


About

Arguably the UK's best known physicist, Professor Brian Cox's books and TV programmes have been read and watched around the world and credited with making science engaging and accessible to millions. With his down-to-earth, likeable enthusiasm, Brian is frequently labelled a 'rock star scientist'. Once the keyboard player for D:Ream, he has come a long way to his position as Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University and a key part of the ATLAS and the CERN Large Hadron Collider projects.

Brian's blockbuster TV shows include Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of Life, each looking at the fundamental science behind everything from stars and planets to atoms and microbiology. He has also presented Stargazing, Space Hoppers, The Big Bang and numerous editions of Horizon. His books accompanying the Wonders of... series have become huge bestsellers, as did his co-authored title Why Does E=mc2?

From speaking at TED in the US to World World Economic Forums in Davos and China, Brian's presentations engage, inform and entertain featuring awe-inspiring images from the depths of the universe as well as his trademark infectious enthusiasm for his subject. Alongside the story of life, the universe and everything, Brian argues that science can unite the world in an attempt to discover our shared origins. He also explains the work of CERN and their attempts to use cutting-edge technology and engineering to recreate events fractions of a nanosecond after the Big Bang "in the hope of revealing the underlying simplicity of the universe.”

An International Fellow of the Explorers Club Brian was awarded the prestigious Lord Kelvin Award for his work in promoting science to all. When not filming around the world, Brian writes for a range of newspapers and journals and co-hosts Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage, the comedy and science programme. He and his friend and co-host Robin Ince examine the big and not-so-big science questions alongside comedians, scientists and celebrities both on air and on tour. Brian also serves as the Royal Society’s Professor for Public Engagement in Science.

Professor Brian Cox OBE

Arguably the UK's best known physicist, Professor Brian Cox's books and TV programmes have been read and watched around the world and credited with making science engaging and accessible to millions. With his down-to-earth, likeable enthusiasm, Brian is frequently labelled a 'rock star scientist'. Once the keyboard player for D:Ream, he has come a long way to his position as Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University and a key part of the ATLAS and the CERN Large Hadron Collider projects.

Brian's blockbuster TV shows include Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of Life, each looking at the fundamental science behind everything from stars and planets to atoms and microbiology. He has also presented Stargazing, Space Hoppers, The Big Bang and numerous editions of Horizon. His books accompanying the Wonders of... series have become huge bestsellers, as did his co-authored title Why Does E=mc2?

From speaking at TED in the US to World World Economic Forums in Davos and China, Brian's presentations engage, inform and entertain featuring awe-inspiring images from the depths of the universe as well as his trademark infectious enthusiasm for his subject. Alongside the story of life, the universe and everything, Brian argues that science can unite the world in an attempt to discover our shared origins. He also explains the work of CERN and their attempts to use cutting-edge technology and engineering to recreate events fractions of a nanosecond after the Big Bang "in the hope of revealing the underlying simplicity of the universe.”

An International Fellow of the Explorers Club Brian was awarded the prestigious Lord Kelvin Award for his work in promoting science to all. When not filming around the world, Brian writes for a range of newspapers and journals and co-hosts Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage, the comedy and science programme. He and his friend and co-host Robin Ince examine the big and not-so-big science questions alongside comedians, scientists and celebrities both on air and on tour. Brian also serves as the Royal Society’s Professor for Public Engagement in Science.

Keynote

Debbie Landers

Debbie Landers

General Manager, IBM Smarter Workforce & Kenexa


About

Debbie is responsible for orchestrating all aspects of enabling Kenexa/IBM Smarter Workforce successful performance. She is accountable for driving growth through initiatives that take advantage of IBM reach and coverage and build on the strength of IBM’s position in Social Business, Analytics and HR Services. In addition to her Integration responsibilities Debbie has taken on a leadership role ensuring the effective operations of the Smarter Workforce team.
A career-long IBMer, Debbie has had numerous roles in a broad variety of IBM functions and businesses. Prior to this role, she spent over 20 years in the IBM Information Management business, most recently running the integration of the Netezza acquisition. Before that she was the Vice President of Global Client Support for Information Management, leading over 1500 personnel around the world focused on effective resolution of client issues with our software. She had additional roles in IM in leading the Lab Services business, building the channel technical support model, working on the Informix integration, working on alliances and eco-system partnerships, and as an engineering leader. She has also had roles in Marketing, Product Planning and Product Development.
Debbie has an HBSc in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario and an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto. She takes pride in the mentoring she does in IBM, helping grow the next generation of leaders, and was a pioneer herself as the first person IBM Canada to work 100% remotely when she moved to Windsor ON in 1995. Debbie is also a proud wife, step-mother of two and is the mother of two amazing teenagers.

Debbie Landers

Debbie is responsible for orchestrating all aspects of enabling Kenexa/IBM Smarter Workforce successful performance. She is accountable for driving growth through initiatives that take advantage of IBM reach and coverage and build on the strength of IBM’s position in Social Business, Analytics and HR Services. In addition to her Integration responsibilities Debbie has taken on a leadership role ensuring the effective operations of the Smarter Workforce team.
A career-long IBMer, Debbie has had numerous roles in a broad variety of IBM functions and businesses. Prior to this role, she spent over 20 years in the IBM Information Management business, most recently running the integration of the Netezza acquisition. Before that she was the Vice President of Global Client Support for Information Management, leading over 1500 personnel around the world focused on effective resolution of client issues with our software. She had additional roles in IM in leading the Lab Services business, building the channel technical support model, working on the Informix integration, working on alliances and eco-system partnerships, and as an engineering leader. She has also had roles in Marketing, Product Planning and Product Development.
Debbie has an HBSc in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario and an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto. She takes pride in the mentoring she does in IBM, helping grow the next generation of leaders, and was a pioneer herself as the first person IBM Canada to work 100% remotely when she moved to Windsor ON in 1995. Debbie is also a proud wife, step-mother of two and is the mother of two amazing teenagers.

Jonathan Ferrar

Jonathan Ferrar

VP Workforce Science & Analytics, IBM Smarter Workforce


About

Jonathan Ferrar leads Strategy and Product Management for IBM Kenexa & Smarter Workforce. In this role, he is responsible for leading the strategic direction, product strategy and thought leadership of HR solutions for clients – to help them create a Smarter Workforce. He has been in this role since January 2013. Prior to this, from 2010 to 2012 he held global HR responsibility for workforce analytics, HR strategy, transformation & planning at IBM.
He has worked in 3 different global companies across a 20+ year career mostly in Human Resources at Executive Management level. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Kingston Business School, UK.
In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK. He is based in New York, USA and can be found on Twitter @jaferrar and LinkedIn. He is listed as one of the Top HR Analytics Influencers in the world.

Jonathan Ferrar

Jonathan Ferrar leads Strategy and Product Management for IBM Kenexa & Smarter Workforce. In this role, he is responsible for leading the strategic direction, product strategy and thought leadership of HR solutions for clients – to help them create a Smarter Workforce. He has been in this role since January 2013. Prior to this, from 2010 to 2012 he held global HR responsibility for workforce analytics, HR strategy, transformation & planning at IBM.
He has worked in 3 different global companies across a 20+ year career mostly in Human Resources at Executive Management level. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Kingston Business School, UK.
In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK. He is based in New York, USA and can be found on Twitter @jaferrar and LinkedIn. He is listed as one of the Top HR Analytics Influencers in the world.

Katrina Troughton

Katrina Troughton

Vice President Social Business and Smarter Workforce Solutions


About

Katrina Troughton is Vice President, Client Success, Social and Smarter Workforce; she leads IBM’s worldwide sales force for collaboration, social, exceptional digital experience, and smarter workforce solutions.
Katrina has more than 23 years’ experience in the IT industry, with more than 20 years in senior management roles at IBM. Prior to leading this sales team, Katrina led the Business Analytics team for IBM's Growth Markets Unit, IBM's WebSphere business for IBM's Growth Markets Unit, both, after spending four and a half years as Managing Director for IBM New Zealand. Other key roles include Software General Manager for IBM Australia/New Zealand, and sales executive for Information Management for IBM Asia Pacific.
Katrina has served on a number of external boards including New Zealand Advisory Board for Global Women, and Uniservices (the commercialisation arm of Auckland University); additionally, she chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 – 2008).
Troughton holds a BSC / BCom, with majors in Pharmacology, Physiology and Economics, from Auckland University.

Katrina Troughton

Katrina Troughton is Vice President, Client Success, Social and Smarter Workforce; she leads IBM’s worldwide sales force for collaboration, social, exceptional digital experience, and smarter workforce solutions.
Katrina has more than 23 years’ experience in the IT industry, with more than 20 years in senior management roles at IBM. Prior to leading this sales team, Katrina led the Business Analytics team for IBM's Growth Markets Unit, IBM's WebSphere business for IBM's Growth Markets Unit, both, after spending four and a half years as Managing Director for IBM New Zealand. Other key roles include Software General Manager for IBM Australia/New Zealand, and sales executive for Information Management for IBM Asia Pacific.
Katrina has served on a number of external boards including New Zealand Advisory Board for Global Women, and Uniservices (the commercialisation arm of Auckland University); additionally, she chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 – 2008).
Troughton holds a BSC / BCom, with majors in Pharmacology, Physiology and Economics, from Auckland University.

Speakers

Richard Hargreaves

Richard Hargreaves

Commercial Director, Corporate Research Forum


About

Richard is the Commercial Director for Corporate Research Forum (CRF) and Performance and Reward Centre (PARC) where he is responsible for the growth and development of both membership networks. This includes overseeing member acquisition and retention as well as working closely with the members to ensure the annual programme of research and events reflects their needs and concerns. In addition, he leads on the development of CRF’s product offering.
Prior to joining CRF and PARC in 2011, Richard was the EMEA Sponsorship Director at The Economist Group where he managed all commercial aspects regarding the conference and thought leadership research business in the region.

Richard Hargreaves

Richard is the Commercial Director for Corporate Research Forum (CRF) and Performance and Reward Centre (PARC) where he is responsible for the growth and development of both membership networks. This includes overseeing member acquisition and retention as well as working closely with the members to ensure the annual programme of research and events reflects their needs and concerns. In addition, he leads on the development of CRF’s product offering.
Prior to joining CRF and PARC in 2011, Richard was the EMEA Sponsorship Director at The Economist Group where he managed all commercial aspects regarding the conference and thought leadership research business in the region.

Dr. Nigel Guenole

Dr. Nigel Guenole

Research Manager - IBM Smarter Workforce Institute


About

Nigel Guenole is a Researcher with the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute and a Senior Lecturer in Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is known for his work in personality assessment and psychological measurement. Dr. Guenole's work has appeared in leading scientific journals including Industrial Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice and Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology & Measurement, as well as in the popular press. Dr. Guenole is the current external examiner for organizational behavior programs at London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL). He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom, and is an international affiliate of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the United States (SIOP). At Goldsmiths Dr. Guenole teaches courses on leadership and statistical modelling.

Dr. Nigel Guenole

Nigel Guenole is a Researcher with the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute and a Senior Lecturer in Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is known for his work in personality assessment and psychological measurement. Dr. Guenole's work has appeared in leading scientific journals including Industrial Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice and Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology & Measurement, as well as in the popular press. Dr. Guenole is the current external examiner for organizational behavior programs at London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL). He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom, and is an international affiliate of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the United States (SIOP). At Goldsmiths Dr. Guenole teaches courses on leadership and statistical modelling.

Ben Chambers

Ben Chambers

Global Leadership Development Director, GSK


About

Ben is part of the Talent, Leadership and Organisational Development Centre of Excellence at GSK and is responsible for the development of leaders across GSK. Specifically Ben looks after the development of the first and second line leaders at GSK, a population that is around 30,000 in size operating in multiple countries, cultures and languages. This development is undertaken using a blended approach that draws heavily on the 70/20/10 methodology.

In addition to the development of leaders at GSK, Ben also looks after the Assessment for Development work undertaken at GSK and is driving the work being done to increase levels of on-the-job learning. He has also developed the GSK Expectations, a set of standards for leaders and employees to be developed, measured and rewarded against.

Prior to working for GSK Ben spent time working for consulting organisations in the UK and Australia supporting a range of organisations in the public and private sector across a range of sectors. He has also spent time working for organisations such as HSBC, House of Fraser and Marconi. This time also included a significant assignment working in India.

Ben’s first degree was in Management Studies from the University of Leeds and his Masters in Human Resource Management was from the University of Westminster.

Ben Chambers

Ben is part of the Talent, Leadership and Organisational Development Centre of Excellence at GSK and is responsible for the development of leaders across GSK. Specifically Ben looks after the development of the first and second line leaders at GSK, a population that is around 30,000 in size operating in multiple countries, cultures and languages. This development is undertaken using a blended approach that draws heavily on the 70/20/10 methodology.

In addition to the development of leaders at GSK, Ben also looks after the Assessment for Development work undertaken at GSK and is driving the work being done to increase levels of on-the-job learning. He has also developed the GSK Expectations, a set of standards for leaders and employees to be developed, measured and rewarded against.

Prior to working for GSK Ben spent time working for consulting organisations in the UK and Australia supporting a range of organisations in the public and private sector across a range of sectors. He has also spent time working for organisations such as HSBC, House of Fraser and Marconi. This time also included a significant assignment working in India.

Ben’s first degree was in Management Studies from the University of Leeds and his Masters in Human Resource Management was from the University of Westminster.

Dr. Ines Wichert

Dr. Ines Wichert

Senior Psychologist, IBM Smarter Workforce


About

Ines is a Senior Psychologist at the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute. She has a special interest in talent management and female leadership development. In addition to her consulting work, Ines leads the Institute’s Women in Leadership research hub and her latest book “Where Are All the Senior Women? Nine Critical Job Assignments for Women Leaders” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2011. Ines has appeared on BBC News commenting on quotas for women, and has written and been interviewed for, amongst others, the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal Europe, the Sunday Times and various leading HR publications in the UK and abroad. She regularly speaks at events on the topic of women and leadership.
Before joining IBM, Dr. Wichert worked for many years as a management consultant advising leading global organizations on their talent issues. She has a Doctorate in Organisational Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and is the Co-president of the Professional Women’s Network in London.

Dr. Ines Wichert

Ines is a Senior Psychologist at the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute. She has a special interest in talent management and female leadership development. In addition to her consulting work, Ines leads the Institute’s Women in Leadership research hub and her latest book “Where Are All the Senior Women? Nine Critical Job Assignments for Women Leaders” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2011. Ines has appeared on BBC News commenting on quotas for women, and has written and been interviewed for, amongst others, the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal Europe, the Sunday Times and various leading HR publications in the UK and abroad. She regularly speaks at events on the topic of women and leadership.
Before joining IBM, Dr. Wichert worked for many years as a management consultant advising leading global organizations on their talent issues. She has a Doctorate in Organisational Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and is the Co-president of the Professional Women’s Network in London.

Nicky Ivory-Chapman

Nicky Ivory-Chapman FCIPD

Global Recruitment Director, Regus


About

Nicky is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Board Director for the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR)

Currently the Global Recruitment Director for Regus, Nicky’s responsibility lies in enabling the Regus teams, across 104 countries, to hire effectively and grow the Regus brand in new territories.

Joining Regus in 2014, during a period of high growth for the business, Nicky’s challenge is to create global consistency and implement programmes and technology that is scalable.

Prior to joining Regus, she was the Resourcing and Employer Reputation Manager for McDonald’s UK, responsible for Recruitment, Employer Brand, Uniforms and Employee Engagement across 1225 UK restaurants.

Nicky Ivory-Chapman FCIPD

Nicky is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Board Director for the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR)

Currently the Global Recruitment Director for Regus, Nicky’s responsibility lies in enabling the Regus teams, across 104 countries, to hire effectively and grow the Regus brand in new territories.

Joining Regus in 2014, during a period of high growth for the business, Nicky’s challenge is to create global consistency and implement programmes and technology that is scalable.

Prior to joining Regus, she was the Resourcing and Employer Reputation Manager for McDonald’s UK, responsible for Recruitment, Employer Brand, Uniforms and Employee Engagement across 1225 UK restaurants.

Dave Millner FCIPD, ACIB

Dave Millner FCIPD, ACIB

Executive Consulting Partner, IBM


About

Dave Millner joined from NatWest (now part of the RBS Group) where his background was originally in the Retail and Corporate functions predominantly focusing on risk and lending assessments. Following a change in career he went on to spend 2 years as a full time assessor and facilitator on the Bank’s Management Development programmes and from 1990 for some ten years was a key player within the Bank’s own internal HR consultancy function where he reached the level of Managing Consultant. This involved the setting up, managing and delivery of competency based consultancy solutions for a range of businesses and brands across the NatWest Group. Dave was responsible for the development of the Bank wide competency models, a wide range of selection and development centres, extensive range of recruitment and selection processes, individual and team based development systems and a wide range of activity relating to organisational development frameworks and processes (succession planning, performance management frameworks, HR process change, job family frameworks, etc.).
Since 2000 Dave has been responsible for establishing a professional HR consultancy practice together with a range of products and services that have complemented and supported the wide range of psychometric and online approaches that IBM has developed. Dave has worked directly with a variety of different organizations across the globe offering a range of assessment, development and performance based solutions, including Siemens, Johnson and Johnson, Hilton Hotels, Boots, Vertex, Royal Bank of Scotland, BP, HM Treasury, GE Money, Aviva, Nakheel, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Anglian Water and E.ON UK.

Dave Millner FCIPD, ACIB

Dave Millner joined from NatWest (now part of the RBS Group) where his background was originally in the Retail and Corporate functions predominantly focusing on risk and lending assessments. Following a change in career he went on to spend 2 years as a full time assessor and facilitator on the Bank’s Management Development programmes and from 1990 for some ten years was a key player within the Bank’s own internal HR consultancy function where he reached the level of Managing Consultant. This involved the setting up, managing and delivery of competency based consultancy solutions for a range of businesses and brands across the NatWest Group. Dave was responsible for the development of the Bank wide competency models, a wide range of selection and development centres, extensive range of recruitment and selection processes, individual and team based development systems and a wide range of activity relating to organisational development frameworks and processes (succession planning, performance management frameworks, HR process change, job family frameworks, etc.).
Since 2000 Dave has been responsible for establishing a professional HR consultancy practice together with a range of products and services that have complemented and supported the wide range of psychometric and online approaches that IBM has developed. Dave has worked directly with a variety of different organizations across the globe offering a range of assessment, development and performance based solutions, including Siemens, Johnson and Johnson, Hilton Hotels, Boots, Vertex, Royal Bank of Scotland, BP, HM Treasury, GE Money, Aviva, Nakheel, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Anglian Water and E.ON UK.

Mike Haffenden

Mike Haffenden

Director, Corporate Research Forum


About

Mike established Corporate Research Forum (CRF) as a syndicated research consortium to investigate the practices and principles which make a difference in people management. He applied the same principles in founding Performance and Reward Centre (PARC), CRF’s sister organisation reward forum.

Mike is also a founder and director of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment firm. Previously, Mike held senior HR roles in major international businesses including Rowntree and Hewlett Packard.

Mike Haffenden

Mike established Corporate Research Forum (CRF) as a syndicated research consortium to investigate the practices and principles which make a difference in people management. He applied the same principles in founding Performance and Reward Centre (PARC), CRF’s sister organisation reward forum.

Mike is also a founder and director of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment firm. Previously, Mike held senior HR roles in major international businesses including Rowntree and Hewlett Packard.

 Tim Howie

Tim Howie

Director - Programme Portfolio, BT


About

Tom is a managing director and business transformation leader with over 20 years’ experience in the instigation and delivery of large-scale organisational and operational change across a range of industries. This includes banking, energy, technology and communications organisation. Tom is currently leading the FTSE 100’s largest HR and support function transformation for BT, which once completed will include the world’s first full, large corporate implementation of Oracle Fusion.

Tom has a keen interest in developing and researching the global knowledge base around how organisational and people change is instigated and implemented, having studied and researched related subjects at Oxford and Harvard universities.

Tim Howie

Tom is a managing director and business transformation leader with over 20 years’ experience in the instigation and delivery of large-scale organisational and operational change across a range of industries. This includes banking, energy, technology and communications organisation. Tom is currently leading the FTSE 100’s largest HR and support function transformation for BT, which once completed will include the world’s first full, large corporate implementation of Oracle Fusion.

Tom has a keen interest in developing and researching the global knowledge base around how organisational and people change is instigated and implemented, having studied and researched related subjects at Oxford and Harvard universities.

Paget Miles

Paget Miles

European HCM Leader - IBM Smarter Workforce


About

Paget has over 13 years of experience within the HCM marketplace, helping organisations leverage SaaS and Cloud-based applications. Paget has worked extensively on global deployments of cloud applications and is heavily involved in projects across Europe of all sizes. During his tenure at IBM, his focus has been on developing a New Way of Working for HR. Paget holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management

Paget Miles

Paget has over 13 years of experience within the HCM marketplace, helping organisations leverage SaaS and Cloud-based applications. Paget has worked extensively on global deployments of cloud applications and is heavily involved in projects across Europe of all sizes. During his tenure at IBM, his focus has been on developing a New Way of Working for HR. Paget holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management

Roberto Blanda

Roberto Blanda

Head of Global Talent Acquisition for British American Tobacco


About

Roberto Blanda is currently the Head of Global Talent Acquisition for British American Tobacco, heading the Global Employer Branding area as well as the world-wide recruitment activities. In his 18 years of career Roberto previously held the role of Human Resources Director for BAT, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota Motor Corporation and equally had the chance to operate as Sales and Marketing Director for Daimler Financial Services Italy. Academically, Roberto has read an Executive MBA at Bocconi University (Italy), an MSc in Educational research Methodology at Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts in applied linguistics at University of Washington in Seattle (USA).

Roberto Blanda

Roberto Blanda is currently the Head of Global Talent Acquisition for British American Tobacco, heading the Global Employer Branding area as well as the world-wide recruitment activities. In his 18 years of career Roberto previously held the role of Human Resources Director for BAT, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota Motor Corporation and equally had the chance to operate as Sales and Marketing Director for Daimler Financial Services Italy. Academically, Roberto has read an Executive MBA at Bocconi University (Italy), an MSc in Educational research Methodology at Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts in applied linguistics at University of Washington in Seattle (USA).

Dilip Boury

Dilip Boury

Senior Consultant, IBM Smarter Workforce


About

He specialises in improving the working relationships between individuals and organisations for mutual benefit. He has worked with clients from across industries and sectors and published numerous papers defining best practice in leadership and management. His practice draws on an understanding of both individuals and organisations from Social Science, Occupational Psychology and Politics and on his own primary research into Employee Engagement, Leadership, Management, Organisational Change and HR. He also holds a position on the Management Board of the Association for Business Psychology where he is Head of Industry Standards.

Dilip Boury

He specialises in improving the working relationships between individuals and organisations for mutual benefit. He has worked with clients from across industries and sectors and published numerous papers defining best practice in leadership and management. His practice draws on an understanding of both individuals and organisations from Social Science, Occupational Psychology and Politics and on his own primary research into Employee Engagement, Leadership, Management, Organisational Change and HR. He also holds a position on the Management Board of the Association for Business Psychology where he is Head of Industry Standards.

Rob Jones

Rob Jones

Head of Organisational Effectiveness, Crossrail


About

Rob currently leads the Organisational Effectiveness function for Crossrail – the £15bn project delivering a new railway for London. Since joining in 2012 the team has won a number of awards for employee engagement, effectiveness and achieved Investor in People accreditation. Prior to Crossrail Rob lead the global L&D team for a retailer working across the UK, Europe, SE Asia and the US having completed various talent roles in retail, FMCG and publishing. He is a trustee of a charity of Partner Africa – an organisation that facilitates producer access to global supply chains. He sometimes writes a blog at www.mastersorbust.wordpress.com

Rob Jones

Rob currently leads the Organisational Effectiveness function for Crossrail – the £15bn project delivering a new railway for London. Since joining in 2012 the team has won a number of awards for employee engagement, effectiveness and achieved Investor in People accreditation. Prior to Crossrail Rob lead the global L&D team for a retailer working across the UK, Europe, SE Asia and the US having completed various talent roles in retail, FMCG and publishing. He is a trustee of a charity of Partner Africa – an organisation that facilitates producer access to global supply chains. He sometimes writes a blog at www.mastersorbust.wordpress.com

Clodagh O'Reilly

Clodagh O'Reilly

Workforce Science & Analytics Practice Leader, EMEA – IBM Smarter Workforce


About

Clodagh is an expert in large-scale recruitment, development and change programs. Ms. Clodagh has worked across numerous sectors including banking and financial services, healthcare, entertainment and engineering, with both national and international organisations. She uses her varied international project and people management experience to ensure she delivers consistent and sustainable results. Ms. Clodagh is the Chair of the Association of Business Psychologists in the UK, a former Guest Lecturer on the Metropolitan University’s Master of Science in Business Psychology and the University College London Master Science in Strategic Management of Projects. She is also the leader of IBM’s Assessment Consulting team in EMEA, based in the London office.

Clodagh O'Reilly

Clodagh is an expert in large-scale recruitment, development and change programs. Ms. Clodagh has worked across numerous sectors including banking and financial services, healthcare, entertainment and engineering, with both national and international organisations. She uses her varied international project and people management experience to ensure she delivers consistent and sustainable results. Ms. Clodagh is the Chair of the Association of Business Psychologists in the UK, a former Guest Lecturer on the Metropolitan University’s Master of Science in Business Psychology and the University College London Master Science in Strategic Management of Projects. She is also the leader of IBM’s Assessment Consulting team in EMEA, based in the London office.

Jairaj (JJ) Thakkar

Jairaj (JJ) Thakkar

Vice President, Human Resources of Global Strategy and Business Development, Statoil


About

Jairaj (JJ) Thakkar currently serves as Vice President, Human Resources of Global Strategy and Business Development (GSB) at Statoil, an international energy company present in more than 30 countries around the world with approximately 23,000 employees. He is also head of HR for the U.K. and is responsible for a cross-functional team which provides HR support to a division responsible for bringing together corporate strategy, business development, M&A activities, corporate sustainability and political analysis to actively drive the strategic direction and corporate development of Statoil.

JJ is an innovative, results-driven HR leader with over 20 years of strategic and operational experience in strategizing and driving organizational change, talent development and innovation. He specializes in working at the intersection of human behavior, business strategy and large scale organizational change. JJ is a trusted business partner to C-level and executive management teams with an extensive record of executing high impact talent solutions to drive business results and improve employee performance.

He has lived and worked across the globe in a broad spectrum of industries including energy, financial services, telecommunications, transportation, and consulting. He spent eight years of his career as a management consultant advising Fortune 500 companies on all aspects of business strategy, mergers & acquisitions and human capital issues. JJ resides in London with his wife and son.

Jairaj (JJ) Thakkar

Jairaj (JJ) Thakkar currently serves as Vice President, Human Resources of Global Strategy and Business Development (GSB) at Statoil, an international energy company present in more than 30 countries around the world with approximately 23,000 employees. He is also head of HR for the U.K. and is responsible for a cross-functional team which provides HR support to a division responsible for bringing together corporate strategy, business development, M&A activities, corporate sustainability and political analysis to actively drive the strategic direction and corporate development of Statoil.

JJ is an innovative, results-driven HR leader with over 20 years of strategic and operational experience in strategizing and driving organizational change, talent development and innovation. He specializes in working at the intersection of human behavior, business strategy and large scale organizational change. JJ is a trusted business partner to C-level and executive management teams with an extensive record of executing high impact talent solutions to drive business results and improve employee performance.

He has lived and worked across the globe in a broad spectrum of industries including energy, financial services, telecommunications, transportation, and consulting. He spent eight years of his career as a management consultant advising Fortune 500 companies on all aspects of business strategy, mergers & acquisitions and human capital issues. JJ resides in London with his wife and son.

Katharina Auer

Katharina Auerr

Global Head of Employee & Executive Communications, Zurich


About

Katharina joined Zurich in May 2012 as Global Head of Employee Communications and was appointed Head of Employee & Executive Communications in July 2014. She is an internationally recognised business communicator with proven delivery of effective global communication strategies and programs, and is an externally certified Lean Sigma Green Belt.

Previous roles include Head of Internal Communications at Rio Tinto, Head of Global Internal and Management Communications at Shell, Head of Global Internal Communications at AstraZeneca, Corporate Communications Lead at GE Capital EEF and Corporate Communications Manager at Corange/Boehringer Mannheim (later Roche). Katharina has worked in Nigeria, Hong Kong, the UK, the Netherlands, and is currently based in Zurich. Her main areas of expertise:

Katharina Auer

Katharina joined Zurich in May 2012 as Global Head of Employee Communications and was appointed Head of Employee & Executive Communications in July 2014. She is an internationally recognised business communicator with proven delivery of effective global communication strategies and programs, and is an externally certified Lean Sigma Green Belt.

Previous roles include Head of Internal Communications at Rio Tinto, Head of Global Internal and Management Communications at Shell, Head of Global Internal Communications at AstraZeneca, Corporate Communications Lead at GE Capital EEF and Corporate Communications Manager at Corange/Boehringer Mannheim (later Roche). Katharina has worked in Nigeria, Hong Kong, the UK, the Netherlands, and is currently based in Zurich. Her main areas of expertise:

Cornelia Kunert

Cornelia Kunert

Employee Engagement Strategy and Deployment, Group HR, Zurich


About

Cornelia joined Zurich in April 2007 and is responsible for the annual global Employee Engagement survey for Zurich. She is a dynamic management professional with advanced knowledge in project management disciplines, based on international standards; proven ability to combine strategy with organizational change and people; strong record of increasing profitability and improving operational efficiencies.
Her main areas of expertise:

Cornelia Kunert

Cornelia joined Zurich in April 2007 and is responsible for the annual global Employee Engagement survey for Zurich. She is a dynamic management professional with advanced knowledge in project management disciplines, based on international standards; proven ability to combine strategy with organizational change and people; strong record of increasing profitability and improving operational efficiencies.
Her main areas of expertise:

Helen Fish

Helen Fish

Chief Executive & Editor in Chief, Executive Grapevine


About

Helen Fish is Chief Executive & Editor in Chief of Executive Grapevine leading the company’s editorial strategy across its Human Resources, Recruitment and Board & Leadership portfolios. With over 20 years’ experience as co-author of The UK’s Retained Executive Search Industry Report and The Global Directory of Executive Recruiters, Helen has a developed a unique and unrivalled perspective into the talent management market culminating each year in the UK’s largest gathering of talent management specialists at Executive Grapevine’s annual conference.

More recently Helen led the transition of the Executive Grapevine to become a fully digital media business. Today the company enjoys over half a million hits to its online communities every month from the most engaged audience in the industry.

Helen Fish

Helen Fish is Chief Executive & Editor in Chief of Executive Grapevine leading the company’s editorial strategy across its Human Resources, Recruitment and Board & Leadership portfolios. With over 20 years’ experience as co-author of The UK’s Retained Executive Search Industry Report and The Global Directory of Executive Recruiters, Helen has a developed a unique and unrivalled perspective into the talent management market culminating each year in the UK’s largest gathering of talent management specialists at Executive Grapevine’s annual conference.

More recently Helen led the transition of the Executive Grapevine to become a fully digital media business. Today the company enjoys over half a million hits to its online communities every month from the most engaged audience in the industry.

Jenny Wheller

Jenny Wheller

Group Head of Communication, SSP


About

After graduating university with a Marketing degree, Jenni embarked on a career in Communications, working in a range of roles across public and private sector in the UK and globally. She joined SSP in March 2010, creating an internal communications function from scratch and was recently promoted to Group Head of Communications with responsibility for both internal and external communications.

SSP has over 30,000 employees in 29 countries and is a leading operator of branded food and beverage outlets at 125 airports, and over 270 railway stations around the globe.

The company's reputation is built on its ability to create the finest bars, cafes and restaurants in the travel sector. Its knowledge of the market stems from over 60 years in the business, coupled with incisive consumer research. This provides it with the ability to consistently deliver the excellence its clients and customers deserve.

Jenni blogs at Confessions of an internal communicator and in September 2012 she set up The IC Crowd on Twitter (@theiccrowd) to help connect internal communicators across the globe. Jenni was appointed chair of the CIPR in 2014.

Jenny Wheller

After graduating university with a Marketing degree, Jenni embarked on a career in Communications, working in a range of roles across public and private sector in the UK and globally. She joined SSP in March 2010, creating an internal communications function from scratch and was recently promoted to Group Head of Communications with responsibility for both internal and external communications.

SSP has over 30,000 employees in 29 countries and is a leading operator of branded food and beverage outlets at 125 airports, and over 270 railway stations around the globe.

The company's reputation is built on its ability to create the finest bars, cafes and restaurants in the travel sector. Its knowledge of the market stems from over 60 years in the business, coupled with incisive consumer research. This provides it with the ability to consistently deliver the excellence its clients and customers deserve.

Jenni blogs at Confessions of an internal communicator and in September 2012 she set up The IC Crowd on Twitter (@theiccrowd) to help connect internal communicators across the globe. Jenni was appointed chair of the CIPR in 2014.






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