Talent Mobility Conference 2024 - Europe

In a world characterized by constant change and uncertainty, organizations are facing new challenges that demand adaptability and innovation.

The evolving expectations of employees and the rapid development of AI are prompting talent mobility professionals to reassess their approaches. Organizations are encouraged to explore new opportunities to create a more seamless and rewarding journey for their mobile workforce.

The conference provided a valuable platform for HR professionals across Europe and global leaders to learn, network and engage in discussions about the emerging horizons of talent management. Our lineup of speakers shared their knowledge and practical insights through case studies.

We invited participants to join us in Seville as we delved into the challenges and opportunities arising from the key trends in talent mobility, including:

  • The impact of AI on talent mobility management
  • The evolution of the mobility function in the new world of work
  • The evolution of reward and mobility packages
  • Work from Anywhere: practical application
  • Flexibility and employee experience
  • Future trends and innovations in talent mobility

About Seville

  
Seville, the capital of Andalusia in southern Spain, is a vibrant city with a rich history, culture, and stunning architecture. It is known for its warm climate, lively atmosphere, and numerous attractions. The city's highlights include the magnificent Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and the iconic Giralda Tower, offering panoramic views. The Real Alcázar, a stunning royal palace with beautiful gardens, showcases a mix of Moorish and Christian styles. Seville is also famous for flamenco music and dance, which can be experienced in various venues. The charming neighborhood of Santa Cruz is perfect for leisurely strolls and discovering hidden gems. With its history, culture, and hospitality, Seville is a city that will leave a lasting impression on visitors.
The new world of work demands a reimagined mobility function that can navigate the complexities of international assignments, understand employees' changing expectations and leverage the fast progress of technology. Join us in Seville to explore new opportunities for talent mobility and HR professionals.
Yvonne Traber

Global Mobility Product Solutions Leader

Working agenda

The conference included one and a half days of plenary sessions, breakout discussions and keynote addresses, along with networking breaks and an evening event.

Day 1

This fast-paced training is designed to ensure attendees are up to speed on the key concepts and latest trends in Global Mobility, to ensure attendees start the conference on the front foot. Covering various forms of Mobility including international remote working, assignments and permanent moves, this training will cover topics including:

  • the drivers of mobility,
  • compensation approaches and potential cost savings,
  • employee experience including technology and flexibility,
  • managing a mobility program.

This course is open to all but would be most beneficial for HR professionals new to the field of talent mobility management or who manage mobility as a part of their broader role, or mobility professionals who need a refresher.


Speakers:
Michael Grover
, Global Mobility Consultant & Europe & UK Legal Industry Leader – Career, Mercer
Phil McBride, Global Mobility Senior Consultant, Mercer
Sara Ruiz, Spanish GM Technology Leader & Agile Lead, Mercer
Laura Gil, Global Mobility Senior Manager, Mercer

Mobility Technology: demos and insights

Stay up to date with the latest innovations in Mercer’s technology ecosystem for global mobility teams. In this session, we demonstrate Mercer’s new business travel tracking tool, launched earlier this year. We also take a look at some of our partners’ solutions, focusing on the optional Global Inclusion and Diversity learning track of CultureWizardPassport™ and the wider CultureWizard offering, and highlighting recent updates to remote work compliance solution Work From Anywhere.
 

Speakers:
Michael Nash,
Commercial Leader – Mobility Management Platform (MMP), TAAP+, Mercer Mettl, Mercer 
Frederic Franchi, EMEA Mobility Technology Leader, Mercer


Emerging trends in the international insured benefits space, with a focus around mobile employee well-being issues

Global assignments have bounced back post pandemic and remain crucial for multinational organizations, particularly those looking to expand overseas. In this session, we will delve into the top emerging trends in the international insured benefits space and explore how to navigate the unique challenges faced by employees living and working in new environments. We will also cover effective techniques that help employees enhance their physical health and mental resilience, as well as foster a sense of belonging in their social networks.


Speakers:
Patricia Lopez
, Workforce Health Leader Spain, Mercer Marsh Benefits
Mark Harris, Global Mobility Solutions Leader – Europe, Mercer Marsh Benefits

Speakers: 
Kim Abildgaard
, Career Europe Leader, Mercer
Yvonne Traber, Global Mobility Business Leader, Mercer

Machines and mankind – ready for a new step in history. Swedish author Andreas Ekström starts us off with a set of challenging questions.
 

Speaker:
Andreas Ekström
, Author and Speaker

A session detailing WMG's evolutionary journey to establish a mobility function, from initial set up and scoping to embedding within the People Team community and wider business strategy. WMG's Global Mobility Director will share her story of building a mobility programme from scratch, sharing details of her approach and lessons learned, across policy development, employee experience, and data and governance, on the journey to create an efficient and integrated mobility function.

Speaker:
Ros Harvey, 
Global Mobility Director, Warner Music Group (WMG)

Working from anywhere: Exploring the next steps

In this dynamic session, we dive into the next steps of the international remote work revolution. Explore the evolution of international remote work and its impact on talent attraction, retention and performance. Learn from industry leaders as they share best practices and case studies on implementing international remote working policies, developing new processes to manage requests and addressing the compliance considerations of remote work.
 

Speakers:
Patrick Harteveld
, Group Head of Expatriate Management, Assicurazioni Generali
Olivier Meier, Talent Mobility Solution & Thought Leader, Mercer


Mobility under the influence of the EU: Navigating the demands set out in the PWD and anticipating future developments

Mobility programs are facing new legislation and market trends, including an increased focus on transparency and equity. With the EU Posted Workers Directive (PWD) setting rules on the terms and conditions of employment of posted workers, companies must ensure that these workers receive the same level of pay as local workers, alongside with other employment benefits. In this breakout session, we will hear from Siemens Energy and explore how it has tackled this challenge for a large group of project workers. We will also discuss future requirements and focus areas in relation to the latest European Directive on Pay Transparency.



Speakers:
Daniela Krippner
, Head of Global Mobility Consulting, Siemens Energy
Sandra Klasic, Head Global Mobility Management Policy and Processes, Siemens Energy
Markus Kurth, Global Mobility Practice Lead Austria & Germany, Mercer
Lucye Provera, Pay Equity and DEI Leader - UK and Europe, Mercer


Reducing roadblocks for business travellers

How can international mobility (IM) teams support overseas projects and business travelers?

This breakout session will be an occasion to present, discuss and answer the following questions:

  • How to build your internal business case for business travel compliance?
  • How can IM work with business partners with general planning and to reduce compliance risks?
  • How can IM move beyond its current role and become a trusted business partner?
  • How to implement technology supporting business travel compliance.
  • What mistakes should be avoided (lessons learned) in execution?
     

Speakers:
Mateusz Wąsik
, International Mobility Compliance Manager, Vanderlande
Adrián Ayala, Director, Tax Department, and Head of Global Mobility, Mercer


The evolution of the mobility function in the next world of work

Are you ready to reimagine the mobility function for the next world of work? Join us for an engaging session that examines the evolving role of mobility professionals and the strategies for success in a rapidly changing global landscape. Explore the critical skills and knowledge required to navigate the complexities of international assignments, remote work and virtual teams. Gain practical insights into innovative approaches to organizing the mobility function, including cross-functional collaboration, agile structures and leveraging technology.
 

Speakers:
Louise Worbey,
Global Head of Global Mobility, KPMG
Erica Autran,
Talent Mobility Business Partner, Uber
Gordon Zovko, Global Mobility Leader, Mercer

Join us on the first day of our conference for a live session designed to maximize your networking opportunities with a deep dive into a few selected topics. This interactive session lets you participate in three different discussions on various issues. There’s time to change tables after each discussion, so be sure to make the most of this unique chance to connect with others in your field.

Speakers:
Kim Abildgaard
, Career Europe Leader, Mercer
Yvonne Traber, Global Mobility Business Leader, Mercer

Day 2

Speakers:
Kim Abildgaard
, Career Europe Leader, Mercer
Yvonne Traber, Global Mobility Business Leader, Mercer

With the world around us changing at breakneck speed, it is more important than ever for organizations to get the future of work right. The rules of the talent game are changing, and new ways of working, combined with technological advancement, create unmatched opportunities to reimagine the way we live and work in the future. And with the creation of a Chief Future of Work Officer position in 2021, SAP became one of just a few companies to have someone managing this topic holistically at C-suite level. 

SAP’s Chief Future of Work Officer Christian Schmeichel will share his insights on the future of work, including new strategies on flexibility, employee well-being, HR skills and the use of AI. Christian brings more than 20 years’ experience in HR executive roles. He will combine his strategic insights with practical examples for international HR professionals.
 

Speaker:
Christian Schmeichel
, Chief Future of Work Officer, SAP

Explore the next steps mobility professionals need to take to stay ahead in the changing HR landscape. Gain practical insights into how organizations can align their mobility practices with business objectives and drive organizational success. Our panel of international HR experts will give a strategic view on talent mobility and tips to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
 

Speakers:
Jorge Martin, Global Head of Talent and Culture, Iberdrola
Magdalena Jennings, EMEA Global Mobility Partner, Equinix

Facilitator:
Kate Fitzpatrick
, Global Mobility Practice Leader UK&I, Mercer

Working from anywhere: Exploring the next steps

In this dynamic session, we dive into the next steps of the international remote work revolution. Explore the evolution of international remote work and its impact on talent attraction, retention and performance. Learn from industry leaders as they share best practices and case studies on implementing international remote working policies, developing new processes to manage requests and addressing the compliance considerations of remote work.
 

Speakers:
Patrick Harteveld
, Group Head of Expatriate Management, Assicurazioni Generali
Olivier Meier, Talent Mobility Solution & Thought Leader, Mercer


Mobility under the influence of the EU: Navigating the demands set out in the PWD and anticipating future developments

Mobility programs are facing new legislation and market trends, including an increased focus on transparency and equity. With the EU Posted Workers Directive (PWD) setting rules on the terms and conditions of employment of posted workers, companies must ensure that these workers receive the same level of pay as local workers, alongside with other employment benefits. In this breakout session, we will hear from Siemens Energy and explore how it has tackled this challenge for a large group of project workers. We will also discuss future requirements and focus areas in relation to the latest European Directive on Pay Transparency.



Speakers:

Daniela Krippner
, Head of Global Mobility Consulting, Siemens Energy
Sandra Klasic, Head Global Mobility Management Policy and Processes, Siemens Energy
Markus Kurth, Global Mobility Practice Lead Austria & Germany, Mercer
Lucye Provera, Pay Equity and DEI Leader - UK and Europe, Mercer


Reducing roadblocks for business travellers

How can international mobility (IM) teams support overseas projects and business travelers?

This breakout session will be an occasion to present, discuss and answer the following questions:

  • How to build your internal business case for business travel compliance?
  • How can IM work with business partners with general planning and to reduce compliance risks?
  • How can IM move beyond its current role and become a trusted business partner?
  • How to implement technology supporting business travel compliance.
  • What mistakes should be avoided (lessons learned) in execution?
     

Speaker:
Mateusz Wąsik
, International Mobility Compliance Manager, Vanderlande
Adrián Ayala, Director, Tax Department, and Head of Global Mobility, Mercer


The evolution of the mobility function in the next world of work

Are you ready to reimagine the mobility function for the next world of work? Join us for an engaging session that examines the evolving role of mobility professionals and the strategies for success in a rapidly changing global landscape. Explore the critical skills and knowledge required to navigate the complexities of international assignments, remote work and virtual teams. Gain practical insights into innovative approaches to organizing the mobility function, including cross-functional collaboration, agile structures and leveraging technology.

Speakers:
Louise Worbey,
 Global Head of Global Mobility, KPMG
Erica Autran, 
Talent Mobility Business Partner, Uber
Gordon Zovko, Global Mobility Leader, Mercer

Join us for an insightful panel session that bridges the gap between theory and reality in the use of AI in talent mobility.

Discover how AI technologies could reshape the mobility manage landscape and enable organizations to optimize international workforce management. Learn from industry leaders about best practices and how to avoid pitfalls in implementing AI in talent mobility. You’ll also gain valuable insights into the evolving role of the mobility team in an AI-driven era.


Facilitator:
Andreas Ekström
, Author and Speaker

Panel:
Mark Derksen, Global Director Talent and Mobility, Bupa
Vineet Malhotra, Global Head of AI and Innovation, Mercer

Speakers:
Kim Abildgaard
, Career Europe Leader, Mercer
Yvonne Traber, Global Mobility Business Leader, Mercer

Meet the speakers

Our line-up of esteemed speakers shared their expertise and insights at the event. 

Registration

Registration is now closed. Please get in touch directly with the Mercer Global Events team via email.

Conference Venue

Meliá Sevilla Hotel 

Dr. Pedro De Castro, 1
Seville 41004
Spain

T +34 954 42 15 11

Hotel Melia Sevilla, modern hotel in the centre of Seville | Melia.com

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