Event Overview

The world around us has changed rapidly since the onset of the global pandemic — and so has the way we work. As we adapt to a constantly evolving environment and accelerate towards the future, we need to adopt a balanced approach to HR that considers both short- and long-term solutions.


To meet these challenges, organizations need to continuously adapt, reinvent how they work, and transform their businesses to build value, flexibility and sustainability. Join us to learn from each other and share ideas on creating future-ready organizations.


This year’s Europe Rewards Virtual Conference, with the theme Adapt. Reinvent. Transform. Accelerating towards the future of work, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, 6-7 October. This event will bring together HR professionals from across Europe in a virtual environment. This is your opportunity to network, share experiences and hear from experts in the industry on innovative approaches to some of today’s most pressing HR challenges.


Participate and gain insights into how HR is reinventing for the future


  • Listen to leading organizations as they share how they’re advancing in their journeys toward the future of work.
  • Join discussions on the emerging HR trends and practices helping organizations reinvent and transform.
  • Participate in interactive breakout sessions to dive deep into a wide range of high-interest topics.

Keynote Speaker

  • Azeem Azhar

    Azeem Azhar

    Entrepreneur, Investor and Author


    He is the founder & curator of the hugely popular Exponential View newsletter which explores the political economy of the Exponential Age. It reaches more than 200,000 readers  around the world. Azeem also hosts Exponential View podcast which is distributed by HBR and brings together thought leaders from diverse backgrounds such as Elif Shafak, Yuval Noah Harari, Mariana Mazzucato, Nick Clegg, Nina Schick.


    Azeem began his career as a journalist where he was a writer for The Economist and The  Guardian and later spent 25 years as an analyst, entrepreneur & active early stage  start-up  investor, with multiple exits to the likes of Microsoft and Amazon.


    He is a fellow of RSA and sits on the board of the Ada Lovelace Institute and on WEF's  Global Futures Council on Digital Economy & Society.


    Azeem has been chosen LinkedIn Top Voice in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 with a following of  424k +.


    Azeem has advised CEOs of global corporation and is frequently invited to share his insights on  climate tech, venture capital, start-ups, the internet.


    In 2020, Azeem co-authored the State of Climate Tech, a global analysis of venture capital  trends in climate change investing, with PwC.


    His first book, Exponential, which explores the transition to the Exponential Age has been  published by Penguin Random autumn 2021 to great acclaim.



DAY 1 | Wednesday, 6 October, 2021

  • 10:30 - 11:05 am  |  Plenary #1: Navigating into a skills based future – Are you ready for it?

    Anabel Fall
    Group Head of People Innovation and Transformation, Zurich

  • 11:05 - 11:50 am  |  Breakout sessions

    1. Rewards trends across Europe

      Patrick Gutmann
      European Leader Industries and Networking, Career, Mercer

      Alice Harkness
      EMEA Client Excellence Leader - Employee Benefits, Mercer

      The rewards experience is ready for reinvention. Organizations are spending too much time on intensive merit processes and struggle to retain their key workforce. With the pandemic we have seen tighter budgets, amidst heightened awareness on systemic pay inequities, location decisions and flexible work. Join this session to get an overview of the latest economic and rewards indicators and pick up on the latest trends transforming rewards.

    2. HR as a key driver for digitalization

      Armin von Rohrscheidt
      Global HR Transformation Leader, Mercer

      Digital work has arrived and it is here to stay.

      The strives technology made all around us extend to what it means to truly digitize HR. Self-services, real-time analytics and many more advances take off the administrative load from HR but also require new skill sets and capabilities within the function.

      A transformed HR function can set a benchmark for the smart use of tools and data - truly leaving the times of dusty file cabinets and manual reports behind.

      And beyond their own operations, HR can take on a pioneering and enabling role in agile and new ways of working.

    3. Pay Equity - building a fairly paid organisation

      Lea Lonsted
      Pay Equity Lead, Mercer

      Pay equity – or lack of the same – is increasingly making headlines. Legislators, investors, employees and external talent are putting pressure on organisations to ensure that employees experience fair and equal opportunities - and that this is reflected in their pay. Join this session to understand how you can work with pay equity in your organisation by considering it across HR processes to satisfy the needs of global and local stakeholders.

    4. Job architecture

      John Ambridge
      Consultant, Career Product Reward & Talent, Mercer


DAY 2 | Thursday, 7 October, 2021

  • 09:20 - 10:05 am  |  Panel Discussion: Adapting, reinventing and transforming for the future of work

    Jean Martin
    Global Product Leader, Mercer

    Marc Muntermann
    Head of Compensation & Benefits and Executive HR, Siemens Energy AG

    Miguel Blanca
    Vice President, People and Finance, T-Systems Iberia

    Dr. Chiara Negrini
    Employee Insight Manager, People Analytics, HSBC Bank PLC

  • 10:05 - 10:40 am  |  Plenary #4: Employee experience as a success factor for technology adaptation

    Armin von Rohrscheidt
    Global HR Transformation Leader, Mercer

    n HR transformations, employee experience focuses on which moments truly matter and where it is worth to overinvest – also with human touch.

    After all, the expectations of our „internal customers“ have evolved.

    Digitization allows us to rethink the way processes and access points are set up. Without these technological innovations none of this would be possible.

    But every system is only as good as its adoption by the users – thus requiring a desirable employee experience.

  • 10:50  - 11:35 am  |  Breakout sessions

    1. International remote working and virtual assignments

      Yvonne Traber
      Global Mobility Product Solutions Leader, Mercer

      The debate about remote working that took HR by storm in 2020 remains a top priority for HR and mobility teams. At an international level, mobility managers are pondering whether international remote working or even “virtual assignments” will be replacing traditional expatriate assignments. As with traditional assignment types, it is important to weigh the benefits of international remote working against the considerable challenges and probability of success. During this session we will explore possible approaches and emerging trends.

    2. Navigating the future of skills-based pay

      Peter Stevenson
      Skills-Edge Program Leader, Mercer

      Skills market trends, Mercer recommendations/Best practices, and some things you can do straight away

    3. What makes Transformation work?

      Kai Anderson
      Transformation Lead International, Mercer

    4. Executive rewards trends across Europe

      Bruno Fourage
      Executive Compensation Leader, Mercer

Conference participation fees


€99 EUR + tax


All conference participation fees will be payable by invoice once you finalize and submit your registration.


Your invoice will be sent out to your given address close to the conference date, once you have submitted your confirmation via the registration site. Payment must be paid within 30 days of receiving the invoice.


Free attendance for European Information Package and Asia Pacific Monitor members


Each European Information Package and Asia Pacific Monitor member is entitled to a free seat at this event.


For more information on European Information Package, click here.


If you’d like to know more about Asia Pacific Monitor, please contact kenjy.li@mercer.com.


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Terms & Conditions



  • It is important that all delegates represent the target audience for the conference.
  • Mercer has the right to decline any registrations received from competitors and other potential delegates that do not match the target audience.
  • Registrations for delegates with commercial roles of any kind will not be accepted.
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  • All conference participation fees will be payable by invoice or credit card in euros.
  • If you choose to pay by invoice, this will be sent out to your given address once you have submitted your confirmation via the registration site Payment must be paid by the date detailed on the invoice.
  • We do not take payment over the phone or by any other means.

Limited capacity

Only a limited number of places are available for this event. Please register early to avoid disappointment.



  • For reasons beyond our control, it may be necessary to alter the content and timing of the conference events or to use substitute speakers.
  • Mercer accepts no responsibility for the views or opinions of the speakers or any other persons at the event.
  • Mercer’s acceptance of sponsorships from insurance carriers will not result in any preferential treatment by Mercer when evaluating or recommending carriers, their affiliates, products, or strategies.

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  • Cancellations received before the 25th August 2021 will be refunded in full.
  • Cancellations received on or after the 15th September will not be refunded.
  • No-shows on the day of the conference will not be refunded.
  • Participants may substitute a colleague at any time before the start of the conference.

Cancellations should be sent in writing to:

Gemma Clifton
Tower Place West
Tower Place,
London EC3R 5BU

Virtual Platform – The Venue

Participants are responsible for logging onto the Virtual Platform for this event. Further details will be sent 1 week prior to the event.


The platform will allow delegates to attend sessions of their choice, listen and interact with the speakers through Q&A. There will also be the opportunity for networking with other delegates during refreshment breaks.


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