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Meet the speakers of the last edition

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Andrea Illes

Head of People Experience Europe

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MASTERCLASS SPEAKER

Session Title:

Reimagining the Employee Experience for the New Normal

Session Synopsis:

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work and interact with each other, and as a result, the Employee Experience has become a top priority for organizations worldwide. 

Join the exclusive masterclass to learn how to redesign Employee Experience for the New Normal by focusing on Moments that Matter, critical moments that drive engagement, loyalty, and performance despite uncertainty and change.

About Andrea: 

As Nokia's Head of People Experience in Europe, Andrea develops and executes HR initiatives that align with the company's goals and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her expertise in talent management, organizational development, HR service delivery, and employee engagement helps her lead her team in delivering people-focused solutions for business success.

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Kelsa Albert

Global People Development Manager

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Session Title:

The Future is Squiggly: Career Ownership for a Modern Workforce

 

Session Synopsis:

Learn how FARFETCH replaced Personal Development Plans with a Career Development Toolkit, empowering employees to take charge of their growth and thrive in non-linear career paths. Discover the three guiding principles (reflection, connection, and action), the company's approach, and practical tools for your organization.

About Kelsa: 

Kelsa Albert is a Global People Development Manager at FARFETCH Group and an Associate Lecturer at London South Bank University. She’s a certified Clifton Strengths Coach and Certified Neuroleadership Coach and has worked in Learning & Development for 10 years.

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  • LinkedIn
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Diana Fayad

Total Rewards Global Executive

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Session Title:

EVP and Recognition: A transformation journey

Session Synopsis:

This session focuses on recognition and its role in shaping a new Employee Value Proposition (EVP) model, given the engagement and attraction challenges faced in recent years, particularly during the pandemic. Key takeaways include reimagining recognition and EVP, understanding the impact of recognition and rewards on retention and business performance & identifying the keys to meaningful recognition.

About Diana: 

Diana Fayad is the Global Total Rewards leader for a General Electric Power Portfolio business, responsible for compensation & benefits, including executive compensation, incentive plans, and talent retention. With over 15 years of experience in GE, she has a strong background in operational functions and engineering, which she combines with her HR expertise to drive cross-functional initiatives and promote a "People First" culture, partnering with business leaders and SHRMs.

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  • LinkedIn
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Global Head of Talent

Smaranda Gosa-Mensing

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Session Title:

Women in Tech and AI – closing the gender gap in Europe

Session Synopsis:

Europe's tech industry has a significant gender gap, particularly in growing fields like Cloud, DevOps, and Machine Learning. If Europe could double the number of women in tech by 2027, it could close this gap and add up to EUR 260-600 billion in GDP. In this session, you'll learn four interventions to bring and retain more women in tech.

About Smaranda: 

Smaranda is the Global Head of Talent at QuantumBlack, AI by McKinsey in Dublin, with 20+ years of experience in talent management, leadership, team culture, and change, specifically in tech and AI. She's an advocate for diversity and inclusion, especially for women, and a Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School where she coaches future women leaders.

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  • LinkedIn
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Maarten Hansson

Global Head of Integrated Workforce Management

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Session Title:

Reinvent work(force) strategy: How to get work done best

Session Synopsis:

Focus on work, not just on people. Looking beyond roles, jobs, talent or people can help solve challenges in relation to access to talent, workforce cost, and risk control.

Pull all the stops and consider all internal and external sources of skill and locations to get work done.

About Maarten: 

Maarten is the Global Head of integrated workforce management at Novartis since 2021, designing and implementing an Integrated (total) workforce strategy. He used to be responsible for Workforce Strategy at Philips Global HR after being their Global category lead for External workforce within Procurement since 2015.

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  • LinkedIn
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Sam Fletcher

Head of Talent Intelligence

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Session Title:

Talent Intelligence, Data, and AI: The key trends shaping the world of Work

Session Synopsis:

In this session, you will learn about the emerging field of Talent Intelligence, how data proliferation and AI is impacting the field of talent acquisition and management, and how digital identity will shape the future of the world of work.

About Sam: 

Sam founded the Talent Intelligence function at PayPal, analyzing global business, economic, and employment trends. He has prior experience working with technology and financial service clients on executive search and consulting projects, including workforce localization, competency assessment, organizational design, reward, reskilling, and location studies.

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Kinsey Li

Associate Director,

HR Analytics & Insights

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Session Title:

How can HR analytics and automation revolutionize your business strategy?

Session Synopsis:

HR as a function has faced challenges in demonstrating its worth due to a focus on measurable metrics, but HR analytics and automation are changing this.

About Kinsey: 

Kinsey is an experienced leader in HR, specializing in managing analytics and automation projects as well as building high-performing teams. After assisting numerous large firms in resolving challenging personnel issues, Kinsey is adamant that analytics and automation hold the key to modernizing shared services areas like HR.

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Costin Tudor

CEO & Founder

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Session Title:

The modern employee requires modern tools

Session Synopsis:

The past few years have served as clear proof that the old HR methods should be long gone. The 2023 employee in any department wants their tasks to be performed quickly, without hassle, and with perfect detail. In order for these wishes to become reality, up-and-coming technology is needed. By attending this panel you will learn the right tools and the advantages they hold in order to achieve the best results.

About Costin: 

Costin Tudor is the founder of Wherewework/Undelucram, a group of employer review platforms in the CEE & MENA regions. Costin has over 14 years of experience in IT & Customer Satisfaction and has been an entrepreneur for 10 years, developing platforms in 14 countries. Where we work is adapted for each country and is the product through which he manages to contribute to the development of healthy and sustainable relationships between employees and employers. The online platforms act as a one-stop-shop for candidates who want to find out real-time information about the companies they want to work for. At the same time, it is the perfect employer branding and online recruitment solution for employers who want the most effective targeting possible.

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Mihai Găvan

Global Strategic Alliances Director

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Session Title:

The modern employee requires modern tools

Session Synopsis:

The past few years have served as clear proof that the old HR methods should be long gone. The 2023 employee in any department wants their tasks to be performed quickly, without hassle, and with perfect detail. In order for these wishes to become reality, up-and-coming technology is needed. By attending this panel you will learn the right tools and the advantages they hold in order to achieve the best results.

About Mihai: 

Mihai has a rich experience of over 14 years in the human resources field, with a comprehensive vision of technologies, strategies, and best practices in this field. Starting from the most basic human resources needs, such as payroll or general management, to career planning and talent management, Mihai believes in adopting HR principles and integrating them into the organizational culture of any company.

 

Mihai has a master's degree in marketing and strategic management from the University of Economic Studies in Bucharest and joined TotalSoft in 2016, taking on the responsibility of leading the division of the most popular human capital management software – Charisma HCM.

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Ionut Condruz

Strategy & Business

Performance Manager

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Session Title:

The modern employee requires modern tools

Session Synopsis:

The past few years have served as clear proof that the old HR methods should be long gone. The 2023 employee in any department wants their tasks to be performed quickly, without hassle, and with perfect detail. In order for these wishes to become reality, up-and-coming technology is needed. By attending this panel you will learn the right tools and the advantages they hold in order to achieve the best results.

About Ionut: 

Passionate about leadership, marketing, mentoring, and coaching in business growth areas, Ionuț Condruz is Up Romania's Strategy & Business Performance Manager. Up Romania is a company that has been providing innovative employee motivation solutions for over 20 years. He is an evangelist for the development and new technologies in extra-salary benefits and other essential employee needs. He has been promoting change in the Romanian business environment, both from the position of a strategist and trainer/mentor for local and international teams for over 7 years. He advocates for business change in tune with market trends and needs. A keen supporter of self-development and of increasing team performance Ionuț constantly trains for the great "business marathons", being aware that being a good walker in a world where everybody else is running is just not an option.

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Simona Șerban

People & Organisation Director Platforms & Technology

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Session Title:

The modern employee requires modern tools

Session Synopsis:

The past few years have served as clear proof that the old HR methods should be long gone. The 2023 employee in any department wants their tasks to be performed quickly, without hassle, and with perfect detail. In order for these wishes to become reality, up-and-coming technology is needed. By attending this panel you will learn the right tools and the advantages they hold in order to achieve the best results.

About Simona: 

I've been in the tech industry for more than ten years and consider myself lucky for the chance to work every day with people who challenge me to be better, who initiate ideas, and projects, and who constantly "upgrade" themselves. In all these years, I have managed various projects and teams and implemented new HR models in large organizations with cross-regional and cross-functional teams.    After all this time, I am still fascinated by the evolution of this industry and believe there is still a lot to learn and build on.    I believe in a structured way of working, but I see value in staying flexible and agile. And I believe in the power of partnership between HR and technology people to create strong teams and generate positive change for people.   I'm in a constant exercise of keeping an open mind, relying on data, but also listening to my intuition.

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Corina Anghel

People Lead South-East Europe

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About Corina (Our Moderator): 

Experienced HR professional with a demonstrated history of managing teams and designing & implementing successful strategies, in Organizational Design, and L&D, but involved in all HR areas, from recruitment to engagement and change management projects, some at CE level, both from internal roles and as a consultant.  In her current role, she is leading the people team in Avon to create meaningful employee experiences throughout the entire lifecycle of her colleagues in 5 countries and also developing learning products in Rocketists – a slow business boutique focused on teaching people how to learn.  Corina enjoys inspiring audiences and leading teams to their full individual and group potential and supporting companies in becoming truly learning organizations.

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  • LinkedIn
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Aurelian Chitez

Sales Director

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Session Title:

The modern employee requires modern tools

Session Synopsis:

The past few years have served as clear proof that the old HR methods should be long gone. The 2023 employee in any department wants their tasks to be performed quickly, without hassle, and with perfect detail. In order for these wishes to become reality, up-and-coming technology is needed. By attending this panel you will learn the right tools and the advantages they hold in order to achieve the best results.

About Aurelian: 

As a Sales Director at Romanian Software, Aurelian has helped lead the company's platform, colorful.hr, to the forefront of the competitive human resources software market. With over a decade of experience promoting digital solutions that leverage intelligent process automation software to support HR departments, Aurelian has played a key role in turning colorful.hr into a trusted partner for over 750 businesses.   With a keen understanding of the latest trends and challenges facing HR professionals, Aurelian always offers invaluable insights and innovative solutions. Ultimately, his aim is to help businesses not just adapt to change, but to excel in the face of it.

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  • LinkedIn
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