Talent Mobility Conference 2024 - Europe

Get inspired by the presentations of industry specialists and leaders

Keynote Speaker

Andreas Ekström
Senior staff writer and columnist, Sydsvenskan

Andreas Ekström wrote a bestselling book about Google more than a decade ago – and has since been a leading commentator on all things digital around the world.

Currently, his most requested keynote is “Organic Intelligence” – a set of ideas, questions and hands-on tools to understand and fulfill human potential in the AI revolution. “The future”, Andreas says, “is not about the AI you buy. It’s about the OI you hire.”

The term “organic intelligence” that Andreas has coined, equals the sum of the human experience. What people know. What people can provide. What values might mean. What happens in collaboration.

Mankind’s space, in other words – at a time where a humanistic approach to tech seems to be desperately needed everywhere.

Andreas will stress the need for research, development and learning throughout the AI revolution – but refuses to give you bullet Swedish journalist, author and digital futurist points or simplified action plans that very well might be useless in six months. Right now, the world is instead in a learning phase, and Andreas is phenomenal in making sure that process starts within all groups that he works with.

Andreas Ekström is a senior staff writer and columnist at Sydsvenskan, a daily morning paper in Malmö, Sweden.

His passion? He calls it ”educating for digital equality”.

”I want to see a world in which we share the wealth – not only financially, but also in terms of knowledge and influence,” he says.

Guest Speakers

Patrick Harteveld
Group Head of Expatriate Management, Generali
Patrick is operating as the Group Head of Expatriate Management in Assicurazioni Generali, an Italian-based insurance company with a strong presence in Europe and emerging markets such as Latin America and Asia. Patrick started as a tax advisor for a small boutique focusing on a wide range of subjects, from corporate tax and VAT to specializing in personal income taxes in a Big Four accounting firm. Patrick serves as the Head of Expatriate Management for Assicurazioni Generali, where he focuses on shaping the global mobility framework, managing active inbound/outbound cases to and from Italy, and acting as a center of expertise for the Generali Group. In recent years, he has taken in key role in creating flexible and hybrid frameworks to meet various needs by involving several stakeholders (such as talent, D&I and group tax). His academic background includes a Master of Science in fiscal economics and a General Master of Laws in tax law from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
Rosalind Harvey
Rosalind Harvey, Warner
Global Mobility Director, Warner Music
Ros has more than 17 years of experience working in global mobility. She spent 15 years with PwC leading the provision of mobility services to some of the largest and most complex multinational organisations globally and, more recently, joined Warner Music Group (WMG) as its Global Mobility Director. Ros is now a very busy team of one, having spent the past two years establishing a global mobility function within WMG from the ground up, encompassing developing policy, building governance and processes, and focusing on the employee experience across both international and US domestic moves.

Dr. Christian Schmeichel

SVP and Chief Future of Work Officer, SAP

Christian is Senior Vice President and Chief Future of Work Officer at SAP, leading its global Future of Work organization. In this role, he is responsible for SAP’s holistic Future of Work agenda, focusing on state-of-the-art people practices and innovative workplace approaches for the company’s 100,000+ employees across the globe to continuously attract and retain the best talent in the industry.

He has more than 20 years of experience in various senior HR executive positions, amongst others being Chief Operating Officer for SAP’s global people function, global Head of HR Strategy, and HR Director at SAP’s subsidiary in Japan. With a passion for people and technology, Christian is considered a thought leader for driving large-scale HR transformation and shaping the future of work. Being a strong advocate for ‘running HR like a business’, he is a big believer in agile leadership and an inclusive culture as key ingredients for world-class organizational performance.

Mateusz Wasik
International Mobility Compliance Manager, Vanderlande

Mateusz is a global mobility professional with over a decade’s expertise in advising on global mobility compliance risks and obligations for employers and employees regarding tax, social security, immigration and labor law. He draws on personal experience in his current role, having been an international local hire as well as a short-term assignee earlier in his career: he has lived and worked in Poland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.  

Mateusz holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Warsaw as well as a PhD in international law and legal studies from the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has written and co-written a number of books and articles on both global mobility and cross-border taxation and the latter’s links to human rights.


Kim Abildgaard
Senior Partner, Career Europe Leader, Mercer 

Kim has been with Mercer since 2001 and has held a number of global and regional positions in the Mercer Career business. He 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 in business economics from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Michael Grover
Principal Global Mobility Consultant & Europe & UK Legal Industry Leader – Career, Mercer UK

Based in London, Michael is a Principal Global Mobility Consultant and leads the Legal Industry vertical for Europe & UK in Mercer’s Career line of business. Prior to joining Mercer in 2013, Michael spent six years at EY where he supported and advised on clients’ mobility programmes, including working in-house at 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 global mobility policy and programme 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, Michael speaks Portuguese, German and French, and is currently learning Dutch.

Phil McBride
Global Mobility Senior Consultant, Mercer UK

Phil joined Mercer in April 2023 and has 16 years of experience in the field of global mobility. Having started his career as a cost-of-living analyst with ECA International, Phil moved into a client-facing role and worked with a wide variety of clients across various industries and geographies. From there, he moved in-house and spent several years as part of the EMEA Global Mobility team at Mars before joining ERM as International Mobility and Compensation Lead.

Prior to joining Mercer, Phil spent three years managing international mobility for the UK and Ireland at Danone. In his current role, Phil works with a wide portfolio of Mercer clients in the UK and beyond, supporting them with their global mobility programmes, carrying out consultancy projects and supporting with the delivery of the Mercer Learning training courses.

Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in human geography from the University of Leicester.

Yvonne Traber
Global Mobility Business Leader, Mercer

Yvonne leads the Mercer Mobility business globally, working closely with Mercer’s regional mobility leaders and also leads Mercer’s European Mobility practice. In her role, she helps multinational companies resolve international assignment management issues and challenges through mobility, rewards & benefits solutions.

With more than 20 years of experience, Yvonne has been instrumental in driving and supporting Mercer geographic regions, particularly EMEA and APAC. She has played a key role in the development and design of international compensation solutions for a number of leading firms and is a regular speaker at Mercer’s international management seminars and conferences.

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