Taking place from 2 – 4 September 2019 at the fantastic Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa in Wicklow, Ireland, the European edition of our HR Insight Summit will bring together senior human resources decision-makers and business leaders from across Europe to discuss current industry challenges – and how best to tackle them.

The summit will focus on key topics such as: data & innovation insights: the rise of workforce analytics & evolving with a culture of change; multigenerational management: employee engagement – incentives, rewards, compensation & health & wellness; and the digital & diverse workplace: organizational culture & productivity from hiring, training, retention, and succession planning.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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Lydia Sedlmayr
Global Head of HR Strategy & Transformation
Sandoz
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Christa Stienen
CHRO
DB Schenker
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Tim Ackerman
Global Head of Talent Acquisition and Experience
Lidl
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Marc Francois-Brazier
CHRO
Groupe Casino
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Matthias Balint
Global Head of HR Transformation
Allianz
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Liva Freudl
VP HR
Siemens
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Marianne Davies
VP HR
GSK
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Maurice Fenton
VP HR
Shell
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Julie Stayte
CHRO
Volkswagen Financial Services
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Krysia Sommers
Head of Innovation Engagement
Bayer
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Asif Sadiq
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
The Telegraph
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Elaine Bremner
Chief Talent & HR Officer
MediaCom

6 Challenges in Human Resources

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • To create a stronger, happier, healthier workforce. To demonstrate effectiveness every step of the way.
  • To better use data and predictive analytics. Identifying the ‘why’ behind performance changes and informing all decision-making, inc. executive assessment.
  • To understand the latest thinking in change management, compliance, and communication.
  • To bridge the gap between your multigenerational workforce. To enable effective communication and collaboration.
  • To create a culture of recognition through scalable, meaningful and formalized programs (with even the most modest budgets).
  • To create powerful, cost-effective compensation, benefits and rewards programs that secure executive buy-in and accountability to attract, grow, retain talent.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 3 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday September 2, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Solution provider briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm
Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Becoming Agile: Behaving Like a Startup
Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
How innovation can increase the engagement of your workforce (Bayer)
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Krysia Sommers
Head of Innovation Engagement - Bayer
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Track 1: Attracting and Retaining Talent
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Tim Ackerman
Global Head of Talent Acquisition and Experience - Lidl
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Track 2: Diversity and Inclusion
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Track 3: Employee Engagement
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Max Hunter
Chief Joy Officer - Loylogic/Max Hunter & Partners
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Track 4: Employee Wellbeing
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Track 5: Learning and Development
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Joel Casse
Global Head of Leadership Development - Nokia
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Track 6: HR’s Role to Play in Navigating Change
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Networking Drinks
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: Rehumanising HR – a necessity for HR
8:00pm - 8:30pm
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Marc Francois-Brazier
CHRO - Groupe Casino
Tuesday September 3, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am
Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am
Keynote
8:00am - 8:20am
Employee Benefits – a Vital Element or Just a Given?
Keynote Speech
8:20am - 8:50am
How to Utilise New Ways of Recruiting to Ensure You Get the Best Talent
Panel Discussion
8:50am - 9:20am
The Role of Company Culture in Engaging and Retaining your Workforce
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Marianne Davies
VP HR - GSK
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Alastair Gill
People Partner - giffgaff
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
Is AI the Solution to Achieve Unbiased Recruiting?
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Asif Sadiq
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging - The Telegraph
Coffee and Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am
Case Study
10:30am - 11:00am
Equity Pay – a How to Masterclass
Panel Discussion
11:40am - 12:20pm
Is Belonging the New Inclusion?
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Christa Stienen
CHRO - DB Schenker
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Joanne Lockwood
Transgender Awareness and Inclusion Specialist - See Change Happen
Workshop
12:20pm - 12:50pm
How the Effective Use of Employee Feedback Can Increase the Engagement and Satisfaction of Your Workforce
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Daiga Ergle
Chief People Officer - 4finance
Lunch & networking
12:50pm - 1:50pm
Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:40pm
Drill Down Roundtables
Workshop
2:40pm - 3:20pm
Rethinking Performance Management
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Tom Schotkamp
Global Head of Performance Management - ING
Case Study
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Why Employee Wellbeing Matters
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Tara Mansfield
Head of People - Monzo Bank
Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 4:40pm
The Skills Gap – a Hinderance or an Opportunity to Upskill Your Workforce?
Coffee & Networking Break
4:40pm - 5:00pm
Keynote Speech
5:00pm - 5:40pm
The Importance of Having a Robust Succession Plan
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Courtney Abraham
Global Head of Talent Strategy and Development - The Adecco Group
Keynote
5:40pm - 6:10pm
Closing Keynote: Supporting Humans Navigating in the Digital Change
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Flemming Soeborg
Head of Leadership and Talent Excellence - Novozymes
Attendee downtime
6:10pm - 7:00pm
Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm
Gala dinner, silent auction, quiz/trivia
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday September 4, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am
Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am
Keynote Speech
8:30 am - 8:50 am
People Analytics – How to Utilise it Effectively Within Your HR Department
Keynote Speech
8:50 am - 9:20 am
The Future of Work
Roundtable
9:20 am - 10:00 am
Drill Down Roundtables
Panel Discussion
10:00 am - 10:30 am
The Changing Role of HR
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Stefaan Stroo
HR Transformation Manager - ING
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Matthias Balint
Global Head of HR Transformation - Allianz
Case Study
10:30 am - 11:10 am
The Story of Shell: Shifting Focus Back to the Employee
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Maurice Fenton
VP HR - Shell
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Has HR Become too Dehumanised?
Workshop
11:50 am - 12:30 pm
Closing panel & wrap up
Buffet lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Summit Location

Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa, Wicklow, Ireland

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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