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Global mobility has emerged with new challenges over the last two years – but the most innovative organizations have started transforming the new challenges into new opportunities. Mercer’s 2022 Expatriate Management and Talent Mobility Conference gathered over 170 mobility professionals and industry experts from across the globe to discuss, network and be inspired together as we embrace the new realities that will define the future of talent mobility, including international remote working, policy flexibility, digitalization, assignee localization and more. 

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Top 3 reasons to attend:

Renowned speakers:
Global mobility practitioners from some of the top multinational organizations in the world will join Mercer’s experts in showcasing the most efficient approaches to the new challenges you face in your business.

Constructive networking:
Connect with like-minded peers and industry experts to exchange perspectives and socialize via the virtual platform.

Unparalleled information:
Learn from our latest research and client case studies, bringing you up to speed with the most topical trends and best practices for delivering the most value in talent mobility.



Agenda

 

Note: Times are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)


DAY 1 | Monday, 4 April 2022

  • 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm  |  Plenary 1: Global Talent Trends: The future of work and mobility

    Kate Bravery, Advisory Solutions & Insight Leader

    Yvonne Traber, Global Mobility Product Solutions Leader

    The pandemic has not ended global mobility, but we are entering a new era in mobility — and in mobility management. Global mobility, in the narrow sense of expatriate management, has been traditionally a fractured exercise — i.e. managing a series of individual moves with only limited alignment with talent management practices and the broader, longer-term business strategy. This tactical focus has reduced opportunities for mobility teams to participate in strategic business discussions. Top management is, above all, interested in allocating talent to the right place and addressing skill gaps. Contributing to the global talent brokering and upskilling exercise is a way for mobility teams to position themselves at the heart of the talent process. What can we learn from new business and HR practices to reinvent mobility?

  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm  |  Plenary 2: Integrating talent management and mobility

    Kate Fitzpatrick, Global Mobility Practice Leader, UK&I

    Jennifer Ah Whaye, Director, Global Mobility, Mondelez International

    As companies review their mobility approaches to deal with the aftermath of the COVID crisis, we increasingly hear that “mobility should be better connected with talent management.” This debate is not new, but it is becoming more urgent as HR teams seek to justify their mobility approaches and budgets in a new context. Mobility is more than relocation management and needs to be discussed in the context of the talent management cycle.

    2:45 pm – 3:00 pm  |  Refreshment Break
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  |  Breakout session 1

    Topic 1 – International remote working

    Taryn Kramer, Growth and Transformation Leader, Career

    Initially a temporary response to the COVID crisis, remote working is now here to stay.  At an international level, mobility managers are pondering whether international remote working will be allowed and whether “virtual assignments” might replace traditional expatriate assignments. Even organizations that are not willing to allow remote working going forward need to communicate that choice to their employees about it and justify their decision. Companies that did embrace this solution now need to clarify their work setup and address the question of cross-border working. Guidelines are being implemented and options explored. What can we learn from these experiences?

    Topic 2 – Digital mobility: Combining technology and the human touch

    Michael Nash, Mobility Technology Leader

    Jasmin Hosbak, HR Manager Global Mobility, Bühler Group

    Tasso Mouratidis, Global Mobility Consultant IT

    Digitalization has moved from being a buzzword to a lifeline for both businesses and employees. Even those people who were initially reluctant to embrace technology have started to adopt new tools in their daily lives, not only to work but also to interact with each other, shop and get things done. This has created more resilience and efficiencies for businesses, but it has also brought new employee expectations that cannot be easily dismissed. On the business side, technology is no longer a “nice to have”: It has become a vital resource for teams trying to collaborate, exchange data, track assignees and assess compliance. Companies need to find the golden mean that combines technology and the human touch in the most efficient and sustainable way for their unique needs.

    Topic 3 – Local and local plus compensation

    Kati Rasetti, Senior Mobility Consultant

    Vince Cordova, Partner

    The concept of host-based compensation has grown increasingly popular over the past few years as companies look for a viable alternative to the home-based (balance sheet) compensation approach. The demise of this traditional approach has often been exaggerated, but the growing diversity of the assignee workforce and types of assignments, not to mention cost-containment imperatives, are forcing companies to reconsider their compensation approach or use more than one. When and how could a local or a local plus plan be used effectively?

  • 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm  |  Addressing cultural issues in the new world of work

    Jorge Vargas, VP, Global Business Development & Managing Director, RW3 CultureWizard

    Paul Bailey, General Manager, Europe, RW3 CultureWizard

    Many factors influence the feasibility and success of new forms of assignments and remote working. One of these factors is related to culture: organizations might have the right work and technology setup but fail to succeed due to their specific company culture and cross-cultural misunderstandings between their employees. Only an honest assessment of their true corporate culture and employees' cultural mindset can help organizations find their own ways into the new world of work.

DAY 2 | Tuesday, 5 April 2022

  • 9:00 am – 9:45 am  |  Plenary session 3: What kind of flexibility do we want?

    Markus Kurth, Managing Consultant Global Mobility

    Ulrike Hellenkamp, Partner, Mobility Practice Lead Central Europe

    Annette Späth, Head of CoE Global Mobility,  Boehringer-Ingelheim

    Nicolai Wassmann, Global Mobility Manager, Novo Nordisk

    Flexibility has dominated HR agendas for several years. It has been used for a variety of positive reasons — to simplify processes, for example, address the legitimate concerns of specific employee groups, and to overcome barriers to mobility in some locations — but not always successfully. The drive for flexibility has also been based on the (alleged) expectations of younger workers and in the hope of reducing costs and workload. The COVID pandemic crisis has added a layer of complexity to the flexibility debate: Different types and degrees of flexible working (including international remote working) have become common during the past two years. Organizations are pondering how to strike the right balance and which approaches to retain going forward.

    9:45 am – 10:00 am  |  Refreshment break
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am  |  Breakout session 2

    Topic 1 – International remote working

    Michael Grover, Principal

    Initially a temporary response to the COVID crisis, remote working is now here to stay.  At an international level, mobility managers are pondering whether international remote working will be allowed and whether “virtual assignments” might replace traditional expatriate assignments. Even organizations that are not willing to allow remote working going forward need to communicate that choice to their employees about it and justify their decision. Companies that did embrace this solution now need to clarify their work setup and address the question of cross-border working. Guidelines are being implemented and options explored. What can we learn from these experiences?

    Topic 2 – Digital mobility: Combining technology and the human touch

    Frederic Franchi, Principal, EMEA Mobility Technology Sales Manager

    Inneke Padilla Wolthoorn, Head of Global Mobility & Travel, Arla Foods

    Michael Nash, Mobility Technology Leader

    Digitalization has moved from being a buzzword to a lifeline for both businesses and employees. Even those people who were initially reluctant to embrace technology have started to adopt new tools in their daily lives, not only to work but also to interact with each other, shop and get things done. This has created more resilience and efficiencies for businesses, but it has also brought new employee expectations that cannot be easily dismissed. On the business side, technology is no longer a “nice to have”: It has become a vital resource for teams trying to collaborate, exchange data, track assignees and assess compliance. Companies need to find the golden mean that combines technology and the human touch in the most efficient and sustainable way for their unique needs.

    Topic 3 – Local and local plus compensation

    Kati Rasetti, Senior Mobility Consultant

    Heather Rychener, Head International Mobility and Group Benefits, The Adecco Group

    The concept of host-based compensation has grown increasingly popular over the past few years as companies look for a viable alternative to the home-based (balance sheet) compensation approach. The demise of this traditional approach has often been exaggerated, but the growing diversity of the assignee workforce and types of assignments, not to mention cost-containment imperatives, are forcing companies to reconsider their compensation approach or use more than one. When and how could a local or a local plus plan be used effectively?

    11:00 am – 11:15 am  |  Refreshment Break
  • 11:15 am – 11:45 am  |  Plenary session 4: Mobility for good

    Slagin Parakatil, Global Product Owner

    Johannes de Kam, Global Mobility Research, Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick 

    Paul Barnes, Director, Inspire Global Mobility Consulting

    Executives are increasingly concerned about how their organizations are perceived on everything from welfare practices to progress on climate and ethical practices. Pressure from management is trickling down to HR and mobility teams, and a variety of key challenges need to be addressed, from environmental issues, to the well-being and diversity of the mobile workforce and even how mobility can contribute to the resilience of the business. What can mobility teams do to make mobility more sustainable and inclusive?

  • 11:45 am – 12:15 pm  |  Plenary session 5: Moving ahead, a roadmap for mobility professionals

    Narcisa Chelaru, Senior Principal

    Louise Phillips, EMEA Total Rewards Director, The Coca-Cola Company

    Just as assignees are adapting to such challenges as upskilling, flexible working and new forms of assignments, mobility professionals too must adapt their work practices. They will need to review and rethink their work culture, organization, work setup and tools. They will also have to embrace upskilling and learn to play a greater role in HR issues that were not traditionally part of their purview.


Speakers

  • Kim Abilgaard

    Kim Abildgaard

    Senior Partner, Career Europe Leader, Mercer

    Kim has been with Mercer since 2000, holding a number of global and regional positions in the Mercer Career business. Kim has extensive knowledge of client management, sales and business development. While at Mercer, Kim has worked on several M&A deals as well as numerous product management, and transformation and innovation initiatives.

     

    Before joining Mercer, Kim worked for IBM as a client manager and as a senior analyst for International Data Corporation.

     

    Kim holds a master's degree from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

  • Paul Bailey

    Paul Bailey

    General Manager, RW3 CultureWizard, Europe

    Paul Bailey is RW3′s General Manager for Europe. He has experience assisting companies in managing their international relocation programs for over 15 years. Initially, Paul managed ECA International’s European Client Services team based in London, moving on to assume overall responsibility for all Business Development activities. He then relocated to New York for five years, as VP for ECA Windham, in charge of all Business Development and Account Management functions. Now repatriated in London, he is responsible for managing relationships with our existing European clients and establishing further business within the region.

  • Paul Barnes

    Paul Barnes

    Director, Inspire Global Mobility Consultancy

    With over 30 years industry experience, Paul followed his passion for sustainability which led him to start the Inspire Global Mobility Consultancy and the fast-growing Sustainability & ESG In Global Mobility LinkedIn group.

     

    Paul has a particular interest in the Circular Economy, Scope 1, 2, 3 emissions, the UN Global Compact, UN Sustainable Development goals, B Corp and Sustainability Assessment.

     

    He has completed studies on Concepts in Sustainable Development and has ongoing studies in wider aspects of Sustainability including the circular economy. A conference and webinar speaker, writer of articles on sustainability and RFPs in mobility, published and quoted by EuRA, FIDI, FEM, International Bar Association, International HR Adviser magazine, NextGen and Mover Magazine. Creator of the industry first sustainability educational program for EuRA which was released in January 2022.

     

    Paul works with Global Mobility professionals and service providers who need to change their thinking, practices, and policies to deliver a positive sustainable future.

  • Kate Bravery

    Kate Bravery

    Advisory Solutions & Insight Leader, Mercer

    Kate Bravery is Mercer’s Global Advisory Solutions & Insight Leader (GBS, and Career).  She has over 25 years of experience – in Asia, Australia, US and Europe – helping organizations achieve a talent advantage through their people.

     

    In her current role, she supports Mercer’s thought leadership, talent advisory and colleague enablement agendas. She has held office, practice and market leadership roles in various countries and prior to her current position she was the Career Global Practice Leader and before that the Growth Market’s regional practice leader for Talent Strategy and Organisational Performance.

     

    She is the author of Mercer’s annual Global Talent Trends study, works closely with the World Economic Forum on talent and workforce related topics and is a frequent speaker on a number of topics, most notably the Future of Work.  

     

    Kate is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with Master Degrees in both Organizational Psychology (City University of London) and Business Management (Macquarie Graduate School in Sydney).

  • Narcisa Chelaru

    Narcisa Chelaru

    Senior Principal, Mercer

    Narcisa is a senior principal, leading the Global Mobility area in Switzerland. She also co-manages the European Expatriate Policy Forum – one of Mercer’s longstanding global mobility roundtables in Europe and speaks regularly at global mobility conferences and events.

     

    Partnering with leading multinationals in Switzerland, and part of the European Global Mobility Centre of Excellence, Narcisa’s current focus is on consulting within all areas of global mobility. Specifically, she provides advice and support with mobility strategy and policy design, as well as mobility priorities including digitalisation, talent management integration, international employee experience, benchmarking as well as data provisions tailored for various types of globally mobile employees.

     

    Narcisa holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in international human resource management.

     

    Narcisa speaks English and Romanian, and has a good command of Spanish and Greek.

  • Vince Cordova

    Vince Cordova

    Partner

    Vince is a Partner in Mercer's Career practice based in New York City. He is the mobility consulting leader for North America and advises clients on their international HR operations and policies. He has sector specialties in financial services, pharmaceuticals, international financial institutions, and consumer products. Vince is a frequent speaker on a variety of mobility topics and has also served as an adjunct professor in NYU's Graduate School of Human Capital instructing courses in International HR and Management.

  • Kate Fitzpatrick

    Kate Fitzpatrick

    Global Mobility Practice Leader, UK&I, Mercer

    Kate is a senior principal at Mercer and the firm’s Global Mobility Practice Leader for the UK and Ireland. Kate has worked in professional services organizations for over 20 years, supporting multinational clients with the management of their internationally mobile workforces. Kate has advised clients with operations worldwide, and across a wide variety of industries including technology, luxury goods, mining, FMCG, life sciences, E&C and professional services firms.

     

    Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in history and English literature from the University of Melbourne, and a graduate diploma in human resource management and industrial relations from RMIT. Kate has lived and worked in Australia, Ireland and the UK.

  • Frederic Franchi

    Frederic Franchi

    EMEA Mobility Technology Leader, Mercer

    Frederic is a principal in Mercer’s Career business and has more than 20 years of experience in the global mobility industry. Frederic joined Mercer in June 2012. He provides clients with in-depth knowledge of Mercer’s global mobility technology, helping them determine how to get the greatest benefit from these offerings and enhance their international assignment management processes. He is fluent in English and French and has a basic understanding of Italian.

  • Michael Grover

    Michael Grover

    Principal, Mercer

    Based in London, Michael is a principal in Mercer’s Career business with over 14 years of global mobility operations and consultancy experience.

     

    Prior to joining Mercer, Michael spent 6 years in EY's Assignment Services team where he supported and advised on clients’ mobility programs, including in-house secondments to Electrolux and Lloyds Banking Group.

     

    In his current role, Michael manages a portfolio of multinational clients providing guidance and support in the areas of expatriate compensation and policy and program design. He also leads the delivery of Mercer’s Global Mobility client training.

     

    Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in European politics and Spanish from Cardiff University. In addition to Spanish, Michael also speaks German, Portuguese and French, and is currently learning Dutch.

  • Ulrike Hellenkamp

    Ulrike Hellenkamp

    Partner, Mobility Practice Lead Central Europe, Mercer

    Ulrike joined Mercer in 2013 and is based in the Hamburg office. She works with large and complex global organizations in the area of global mobility; she has led multiple global mobility strategy, policy and benchmarking projects.

     

    She brings both extensive consultant knowledge (Mercer and Big4) and in-house global mobility experience from various roles and across a wide range of industries.

  • Jasmin Hosbak

    Jasmin Hosbak

    HR Manager Global Mobility, Bühler Group

    Jasmin is HR Manager for Global Mobility at Bühler in Switzerland. She originally started her career with Bühler 7 years ago in Personnel Development and worked in HR at the company subsidiary in Minneapolis, USA. Since returning to Switzerland in 2016, Jasmin is part of the Global Mobility Team and the Center of Excellence. In her role as HR Manager, Jasmin supports and trains the regional hubs in Global Mobility topics and also manages international moves to and from Europe. In addition, Jasmin is responsible for Bühlers’ newly implemented mobility tool and was part of the project team to develop it.

  • Johan de Kam

    Johan de Kam

    Global Mobility Research, Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick

    Johan de Kam is an academic, trainer and consultant, focused on bringing together industry leaders to take critical, and collaborative approaches to issues pertaining to sustainable Global Mobility. His research focuses on knowledge sharing practices across GM. Through delivery of workshops among leading organisations across the GM supply chain, Johan’s pursuit is of bringing leaders together to develop a more sustainable Global Mobility ecosystem.

  • Taryn Kramer

    Taryn Kramer

    Growth and Transformation Leader, Career, Mercer

    Taryn is a global mobility transformation leader with extensive experience leading organizational mobility transformation, strategy and program design for multinational organizations. She has additional expertise in HR strategy and operations, immigration, global compliance, relocation support, customer/employee experience and change management. Taryn has a proven ability to design and implement transformation strategies for existing organizations and teams for strategic alignment with business objectives. She brings her leadership experience in Big 4 and RMC to leading mobility transformation initiatives for Mercer’s clients, designing and implementing agile programs that recognize the needs of the business, the needs of the customer and the preferences of the employee. Taryn is a recognized thought leader in global mobility. She has demonstrated her capabilities through global industry events (as presenter and participant) and authoring thought leadership content, including reports and articles.

  • Markus Kurth

    Markus Kurth

    Managing Consultant Global Mobility, Mercer

    Markus has over 11 years of global mobility experience from different in-house roles in various industries in Germany. In addition to consulting of assignees, in-house HR departments and business functions, Markus has led various strategic projects within HR and global mobility.

  • Tasso Mouratidis

    Tasso Mouratidis

    Global Mobility Consultant IT

    Tasso Mouratidis is a Consultant in Global Mobility IT in Dusseldorf’s office and holding a diploma degree in Business Economics . At Mercer he focuses on fostering relations with clients in terms of technology and accompanies implementation projects. Tasso has gained profound experience while working for various companies in the area of mobility over the past 9 years.

  • Michael Nash

    Michael Nash

    Mobility Technology Leader, Mercer

    Mike rejoined Mercer in June 2019 following 12 years away running his own manufacturing business. During that time, Mike became passionate about the positive effects of digitalization and process automation. He successfully (and in some cases, not-so-successfully!) implemented a variety of both on-site and SAAS accounting, manufacturing and sales tools. He rejoined Mercer to form part of the Mobility Technology Leadership Team, with a focus on the exciting MMP!

  • Slagin Parakatil

    Slagin Parakatil

    Global Product Owner, Mercer

    Slagin is a principal in Mercer’s Global Mobility practice and is based in Switzerland. He is the Global Product Owner for the City Attractiveness, Quality of Living, and Personal Tax Products and Mercer’s Empl