2022 Speakers

Meet our 2022 EMEA Speakers!

Manager, Global Mobility Compensation & Benefits EMEA
IQVIA

Tosin Adenrele has worked as a Global Mobility Professional for over ten years with worldwide companies across multiple industry sectors such as Financial services, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical and Technology. Since Tosin began her career as a Global Mobility Analyst, focusing on the EMEA Region, she has become known throughout the Global Mobility Industry as a “problem solver” who ensures operational excellence to Global Mobility Programs.

Tosin subsequently undertook contractual roles as a Global Mobility Specialist and Lead Consultant before launching her own Expat Consultancy providing a wide range of Expertise and Project Delivery. Tosin’s specialism is the centralisation of the Change Management, Compensation Analysis, Global Mobility Function, HR Transformation, Stakeholder Engagement and Talent Management. This focus on delivery has seen Tosin awarded with a Recognition Award for Operational Excellence whilst at BP alongside working with the runner ups for FEM EMEA EMMA Of The Year in 2014. Tosin’s outstanding reputation has seen her share her insights as an industry expert at numerous industry events and in 2019 Tosin was elected to be one of the Next Gen GM Steering Committee Members and also appointed a Global Mobility Ambassador and Contributor to Global Mobility Journeys.

Senior Manager
Vialto Partners

With over 10 years of Global Mobility experience, Clare has supported many companies to create or transform their global mobility programmes and related HR activities. Clare is passionate about helping clients get ‘future fit’ for the world of work and deliver the best outcomes for their people, their business, and communities.

Former Chief People Officer, Lloyds of London

Annette Andrews is a leading people and culture executive with over 30 years of experience with companies including Lloyd's of London, Lloyds Banking Group and Ford. A coach, mediator and experienced human resources officer, she considers how organisations and leaders need to adapt to new expectations from employees and the fundamental changes in leadership style and culture this brings. Annette has worked with CEOs, boards and senior leaders on a global basis in highly regulated organisations and during some of the most challenging periods in their histories. She held senior HR roles at Ford Motor Company and Lloyds Banking Group before becoming the Chief People Officer at Lloyd’s of London insurance market.

In this latter position, she worked closely with CEO Inga Beale to radically change a complex, deep-rooted and outdated working culture. Throughout, her work has been to ensure that people and culture are integrated into business strategy and is on the agenda at the top table. Passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to achieve their full potential, she explores what attracts talent and the supporting culture and practices that need to be in place to retain them.

The golden thread that runs through her work is diversity and inclusion. Along with these key factors, she looks at what technological, social and industry changes have to say about employees and employers of the future. Annette also considers her personal experiences of working in male-dominated environments, from factory shop floors to bank trading floors. She looks at the changes that have taken place throughout the years, and the improvements that can still be made. She reflects on life as a woman executive leading change and business transformation, as well as life as a working single mother in a senior role.

Using experience from her own consultancy and training company, Annette also explores the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, both short term and long term. She emphasises how the world of work, personal expectations and social norms have changed fundamentally and looks at how we look ahead and optimise opportunities whilst still supporting employees and holding on to the values that the pandemic magnified

Lead Cross-Border
Allianz SE

• Lead Cross-Border Remote Work (Group HR, Product House Reward & Performance) Allianz SE, responsible for the cross-border work compliance and governance

• Joined Allianz in 2021 after 10+ years of experience in Global Mobility (BIG4) with a focus on international taxation (social security, immigration included)

Procurement Category Leader Global Mobility, Philip Morris International Service Center, S.L.
PMI

Julian Becerra is the Global Category Manager for Global Mobility within Philip Morris. He has previous experience as Senior Buyer in the Andean Region in LA&C for categories as Fleet, Travel, Logistics and Trade Marketing. Julian has been on Short-Term Assignment in Mexico to lead the procurement team in the launch of IQOS in this market. Prior to joining PMI he worked for General Motors in Colombia leading indirect and direct procurement categories.

Partner
Fragomen

Ángel is a Partner in Fragomen’s Dublin office. He has over 14 years of professional experience in Irish immigration and citizenship matters. Ángel oversees our Irish team based in Dublin, which assists a diverse client base comprised of multinational corporations, SMEs, start-ups and private clients. Prior to joining Fragomen,

Ángel was a practising solicitor in Ireland and established and headed the immigration practice of a leading Irish law firm. He held a varied caseload of immigration, international protection and citizenship matters and conducted litigation at all levels of the Irish Courts. Ángel has also mentored trainee solicitors, paralegals and other professionals on Irish immigration law, policies and procedures. Ángel speaks English and Spanish.

Independent Mobility Consultant
Senior Global Mobility Manager
Liberty Global

Global Mobility has been part of my life from an early age until now. Having been an expat child I have had the joys of living in such countries as Tanzania, Honduras and Colombia before going through the repatriation journey back to the Netherlands in my teens. Professionally I have worked for Shell International and a Expat Shared Services Advisor and went on a short term assignment to Krakow, Poland. Followed by 8 years at Cargill learning the ins and outs of mobility for the Netherlands and helping set up the expat shared services in Sofia, Bulgaria in my later years. From there I had a wonderful time at EY helping various clients with processes, policies and support on the Global Mobility front, and then moving on to KPMG for a period of time. I finally have landed at Liberty Global and have been the Senior Global Mobility Manager for Liberty and enjoy it to the fullest.

CEO & Co-Founder
AltoVita

Vivi Cahyadi Himmel is the CEO and Co-Founder of AltoVita and is in charge of the company’s overall strategy, technology development, sales, marketing, and investor relations. She has lived in over 11 cities, including New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and London, and has a background in Corporate Finance and Strategy & Management.

After relocating for her roles at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers, Vivi became aware of the challenges of relocating and launched AltoVita with co-founder Karolina Saviova in 2018 to disrupt legacy practices in corporate housing by bringing forward a technology-first solution paired by duty of care. Vivi is listed on the 2021 Global Mobility Top 100. Outside of AltoVita,

Vivi is an angel investor and a Limited Partner in several venture capital funds in the UK. She is an accomplished pianist and enjoys skiing, hiking, tennis and wine tasting.

Leadership Coach
Action Coach

Chris has 25+ years’ experience as a Coach helping Business Owners, Teams and Individuals to achieve their goals and ambitions through the creation of practical solutions that can be applied with immediate effect. Chris utilises 121s, workshops and facilitated learning to enable clients generate strategies to overcome the challenges they face; develop action plans to implement them; and in particular enhance their own capabilities and mindset to for personal and business growth.

Director, Client Solutions, EMEA
ITX

Simon, like many Global Mobility professionals shares a genuine passion for the industry. His international career started in Singapore in the late 90’s and he has enjoyed supporting global organizations deliver strategic mobility solutions. With a keen eye on the trends and focused client engagement, Simon and his team strive to solve current global mobility and cross-border challenges. He believes that the emergence from the Mobility shift of 2020 represents the most exciting time for the industry as we adapt to new thinking and improved ways of working.

VP of Technology Solutions
Equus

Gareth’s mobility career started out with 10 years managing expatriate tax programs with the Big Four. Leveraging his Diploma in International Human Resource Management, he switched to managing in-house cross-border programs for respected Employers within the Finance and Consulting industry – more latterly spending 7 years as the Head of Mobility for one of the UK’s iconic Aerospace / Manufacturing sector Employers. Taking this wealth of experience, in his role as VP of Technology Solutions, Gareth aspires to help Equus clients to apply the company’s technology to optimize their programs and solve their complex Global Mobility challenges.

Global Mobility Research, Teaching Fellow
Warwick University
Client Services Manager EMEA
WHR Global

Jennifer is a Client Services Manager in WHR’s EMEA office supporting international operations coming in and going out of the EMEA region. Utilizing her 15+ years of international mobility and relocation experience, she manages an international relocation team and is the single point of client contact ensuring efficient resolution of any issues and providing total account oversight to ensure policy compliance.

She has global experience in international mobility, managing international populations in a wide variety of industries, set-ups, and locations. Her wealth of international experience allows her to counsel clients on best practices for mobility, relocation policy development, application, regional/country best practices, and recommended suppliers. She is a member of EURA and ERC. A UK/US dual citizen, she speaks English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

Head of Global Mobility Advisory
Gallagher

Mark Ethelston, is the Head of Global Mobility Advisory, part of the Multinational Benefits & Human Resources Practice at Gallagher. Based in London, Mark’s focus is on the operational success of the Global Mobility Advisory business, related to international employees, including program design, compliance consulting, assignment management, compensation administration, business travel and assignment insurances. With over 28 years’ experience, Mark has extensive hands on knowledge of the Global Mobility market, with a deep, technical understanding of clients’ needs.

Prior to joining Gallagher, Mark has held several roles in client facing Global Mobility managed services and advisory within the big four, led global operational teams and managed in-house programs, many of which he has built from scratch, at a leadership level for numerous organizations.

As a senior leader, he has specialized in a broad range of areas across Global Mobility encompassing program & policy management, strategic policy & program design & development, program & technology transformation and implementation, expatriate taxation, new country due diligence, vendor selection, management, governance and assurance, assignment compensation and benefits, related technology, business development and strategic account management. During his career Mark has also been on assignment to the United States and a local hire in Hong Kong for several years.

International Practice Senior Project Manager
Erickson Immigration Group

Beata Firosz is the Senior International Practice Project Manager with Erickson Immigration Group. She has worked in US and Global Immigration teams and has experience with startups, large corporate entities, multinational corporations, mergers & acquisitions, reductions in force, compliance programs, and government audits. Beata has represented numerous clients in many different industries, including semi-conductor, telecommunications, software, information technology, manufacturing, management consulting, banking, oil & gas, and consulting. Her expertise includes all aspects of business immigration and employment-based immigration training for in-house professionals. She is well skilled in identifying corporate needs for immigration and mobility services and delivering industry-best solutions to meet those needs. Beata has extensive experience defining and implementing worldwide global immigration programs that comply with the immigration laws and regulations of jurisdictions around the world.

Strategy Director, Benivo
Benivo

Strategy Director Benivo and Non-Executive Board Advisor AltoVita. Brian is often called the “grandfather of global mobility”! He has worked in the mobility and Global HR industry for over 40 years. He was previously the Managing Partner for EYs Human Capital practice, and founded and sold The Forum for Expatriate Management. These days he is the Strategy Director at Benivo – one of the world’s leading Mobility Tech Companies.

Headteacher
Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School

Mrs Gaffney has a wealth of experience in the independent school sector, joining Prince’s Gardens from Brighton College Singapore where she was Deputy Head from 2020-2022. Mrs Gaffney knows the independent school sector well, having worked in leadership positions within prep schools for the past 13 years. She started her career at Old Buckenham Hall Preparatory School where she held the role of Head of Science and Designated Safeguarding Lead before progressing to Deputy Head. Mrs Gaffney then moved to Korea where she became Head of Prep School and Vice Principal for North London Collegiate School in Jeju, before relocating back to England to join the prestigious Handcross Park School in Sussex.

Qualified in Science, and Early Years and Primary, Mrs Gaffney has experience in 11+ and 13+ schools and the International Primary Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, and The Prep School Baccalaureate. Most recently, this broad experience allowed Mrs Gaffney to write a complete curriculum as the founding Deputy at Brighton College Singapore. Mrs Gaffney is passionate about curricula development, pupil progress, and innovative teaching and learning. In recent years, she has specialised in developing excellent Early Years provision, ensuring the foundations for the youngest children are well developed.

Managing Partner, UK
Fragomen

Nadine is the Managing Partner of Fragomen’s UK practice and has almost 20 years’ experience in UK immigration law. She is considered an authority on high net worth immigration and was instrumental in establishing the Fragomen Worldwide Private Client Practice. Nadine works with high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and third party advisors in the private wealth industry and with governments on global citizenship and residency planning. She has extensive experience advising on all aspects of UK immigration law and also represents some of the world’s largest companies, particularly in the financial services industry across the EMEA region.

Nadine speaks regularly at events on high net worth and entrepreneur immigration solutions around the world. She is also invited to comment in the press on the subject. Nadine earned her Master of Law from University College London and Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from University of Sussex. She completed the Legal Practice Course and Common Professional Exam at the College of Law, London.

Director
Fragomen

Naomi is a Director and solicitor based in our London office and has worked in the field of UK immigration law for more than 12 years. She has experience advising clients on a full range of applications covered by the UK Immigration Rules. Naomi has represented a variety of global clients across multiple sectors, including education, finance, technology, and engineering.

Naomi leads Fragomen’s dedicated PBS Compliance & Audit and Education teams, advising start-ups, established global clients and establishments in the education sector on the requirements to secure and maintain a UK Sponsor Licence. Naomi has experience providing strategic advice to companies, Higher Education Institutions, and independent schools on the maintenance of their immigration compliance and transactional programmes and the immigration implications of corporate restructuring including mergers, acquisitions and takeovers.

Chair
The Permits Foundation

Gill Gordon is Chair of The Permits Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation campaigning globally to improve work permit regulations to make it easier for partners of mobile employees to gain employment during an international assignment. Since its start-up in 2001, The Permits Foundation has been progressively successful in influencing change throughout the European Union as well as in the USA, Brazil, Peru and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan and Malaysia).

Around 35 countries now allow accompanying spouses or partners to work. The organisation continues to promote best practice and monitor legislative improvements in all these countries as well as setting up new projects (for example, in South Africa and China) in its global campaign. Gill previously spent most of her career at Schlumberger, where she held a number of senior HR roles.

Head of Client Success Management
Benivo

In Marc's role as Head of Client Success Management for Benivo, he empowers his team of client success managers to succeed in their role. He identifies areas for improvement in the customer experience of Benivo clients, and implements scalable solutions. He ensures that Benivo's development efforts contribute to an improved customer experience. Marc has held various roles at Benivo, and also brings experience in sales training and recruitment from his previous role at Streetwise.

Global Head of Employee Mobility
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kerwin’s HR journey spans more than 20 years at leading tech organizations, first at Intel and currently at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. A positive influence in HR and mobility circles, Kerwin is always focused on demonstrating leadership through change; identifying possibilities in the midst of challenge; building exceptional and unique partnerships; guiding team members and teams to their best performance and career experiences; and helping others find their success in a range of environments. His work has given him the opportunity to lead through a range of corporate, organizational, and business transitions that include M&As, spin-offs, start-ups, site closures and global crises.

Kerwin is also adept at discovering new approaches and solutions for attracting, hiring, deploying, engaging and retaining talent. Kerwin holds a BS in industrial engineering from De La Salle University. Over the years, he has provided expertise to FEM and a number of global mobility organizations including Worldwide ERC®, where he served on the Board of Directors from 2018 to 2020. He is frequently honored with industry awards for his accomplishments and achievements, and in early 2021, Kerwin was voted the Most Admired Global Mobility Professional in the World by his peers through Benivo’s Global Mobility Top 100. During his tenure at HPE, Kerwin and the GM team at HPE have also won an impressive collection of EMMAs for their outstanding achievements.

Senior Lecturer
Regents University London

Dr. Vicky Haji-Ghassemi is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Regents University London, teaching within HR, Management and Organisations. Dr. Haji-Ghassemi completed an MSc in International Business Management, conducting a comparative study of the pre-departure cross-cultural training of British and Japanese expatriates. For her PhD, she explored the extent to which expatriates, face-to-face interaction and physical mobility can be replaced by a ‘mixed-economy’ of ‘flexpatriates’ and communication technologies in SMEs.

Dr. Haji-Ghassemi has presented at conferences covering various topics such as the traditional and modern 'flexpatriate', the role of trust, social capital and networking in relation to the performance of the internationalisation of SMEs, as well as exploring the dynamics and complexities of the dark sides of trust in SMEs within ‘Strong Ties’ and ‘Weak Ties’ concerning networks, social capital and partnerships during internationalisation’. Dr. Haji-Ghassemi is currently conducting research on the impact of Covid-19 on the performance of expatriates and ‘flexpatriates’, as well as virtual assignments and how organisations need to engage and retain their global talent.

Partner, UK Head of Sustainability
RSM UK

Rich has more than 20 years’ experience in leading sustainability and ESG projects having supported industries from automotive through to retail. He has worked both internationally and in the UK with some of the world’s largest, most complex businesses and respected brands, taking their ESG strategies and major projects from inception through to successful implementation. Rich’s ESG experience includes governance and culture, strategy, global supply chain, people and operational risk assessments, financing, performance management and reporting and assurance.

Senior Mobility Consultant, International Mobility Solutions
ITX

Muriel has 20 years of professional experience in international mobility. Her career started in Paris and latterly in Geneva, Switzerland where she successfully worked in operational and leadership functions over several years. As mobility lead Muriel was at one point responsible for overseeing 900 expatriates. This experience has given Muriel great visibility and insights of the current global mobility trends, challenges and pragmatic solutions that work in the ever-changing mobility landscape. After several years on the client side with an international company, she joined ITX, providing tailored global mobility solutions to many organizations.

Partner
Fragomen

Louise became a Partner in July 2019 and is based in the London office. Louise manages a large team of Associates, Paralegals and Coordinators providing UK immigration advice to a diverse portfolio of clients including major technology companies, law firms, financial and professional services organisations, mining, engineering, oil and SMEs. This includes advice on sponsorship and compliance, naturalization and all other UK immigration application. Her focus is UK inbound immigration, but Louise and her team also acts as a liaison point for her clients on multiple jurisdictions and EMEA strategies to ensure the smooth running of projects and individual applications. She has a deep understanding of global immigration programmes and regularly employs best practice strategies to ensure smooth transactional service delivery and identifying efficiencies and enhancements to ensure constant a best in class service is delivered.

Louise is part of Brexit Steering Committee and has been instrumental in delivering strategies and materials to ensure businesses were prepared for Brexit and for the new immigration regime and could articulate the issue as they relate to workforce planning. She has conducted regular sessions on change management to ensure that both employers and employees are prepared. She also advises companies on risk as it relates to immigration including the impact of COVID-19 and quarantines. . Louise regularly advises major corporate clients on right to work, compliance and best practices to ensure their obligations are met and works with them to ensure they have effective and smooth processes and reporting capability. She conducts regular training sessions on all aspects of UK immigration and right to work issues. She also advises on immigration issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions and changes to group structures. on their employees’ immigration status and relocation to the UK and the corresponding compliance issues.

Head of International Student Recruitment
Cognita

Neil Herrington is Head of International Student Recruitment for Cognita, who own and operate 29 private days schools across 40 UK sites, as well as schools across Continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. Neil’s team work closely with international families and their representatives, advising them on best-fit schools and supporting them through Cognita’s admissions and UKVI processes. Neil began his career with the British Council, managing education programmes across China, Japan, and Russia before going onto hold a variety of senior international student recruitment roles for a range of UK universities. He joined Cognita in 2019.

Director of Global Operations
WHR Global

Heather is WHR Global’s (WHR) Director of Global Operations based in its US office. She oversees day-to-day operations for WHR’s three offices in the US, Switzerland, and Singapore. Heather is responsible for WHR’s global quality assurance and overall operational excellence. She oversees global account management and operational development including streamlining, developing internal teams, and continuously improving all processes related to WHR relocation operations. Heather oversees the Client Services Managers, ensuring all goals and new initiatives are met. Heather has been with WHR since 2008 and has built a reputation for service excellence. She previously served as a WHR Relocation Counselor and a Client Services Manager.

Partner and EMEA Leader for Workforce Transformation and Managed Services
Vialto Partners

Clare is a partner with over 20 years of experience. She leads Vialto’s Workforce Transformation and Managed Services practice in EMEA region. Clare has worked with the world’s leading companies, helping them develop or reimagine the strategy and purpose of mobility in their organisation, and create the right mobility policies and operating model to deliver on those goals.

Her work includes projects to help people leaders elevate the role of mobility in the company, develop an attractive, engaging mobility brand and improve the user experience. For some clients, Clare’s team also takes on some (or all) of their mobility operations work, so that the client can focus on elevating the role of mobility within the business and as part of their broader EVP.

Head of Mobility
Aggreko

Khadeeja has over 15 years’ experience in Global Mobility and is currently heading up the Global Mobility function for the Aggreko group for the last 4 years. She has an extensive background in mobility having previously worked for a number of large Corporates including Colt Technology, Anglo American, Credit Agricole, Unilever and Foster Wheeler, prior to joining Aggreko.

Director Client Development & Consulting EMEA
Graebel

Beverly brought 15 years of extensive in-house expatriate management, international reward, HRIS and project management experience to Graebel when she joined the London team in 2018. Her career has spanned senior HR, Reward & Mobility roles across multiple industries within global multinationals including Thales, Toshiba, Panasonic and most recently Liberty Mutual Insurance where she managed Global Reward Governance and other key global compensation, benefit and mobility projects.

In addition to her client development responsibilities across UK, Germany, France and Switzerland, Beverly is also a key member of the consulting team supporting the EMEA region. Beverly has lived in both France and Germany and worked extensively with and across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Her Batchelor’s degree is in French and she also speaks German and her native English.

Managing Partner Europe
Fragomen

George is the Managing Partner Europe responsible for overseeing Fragomen’s practices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. George is a solicitor based in Fragomen’s London office and has worked in immigration law for over 15 years. He has extensive experience advising on all aspects of immigration law, and provides strategic advice to companies in the establishment, maintenance, running and enhancement of their European and global immigration programmes. He also regularly advises on the immigration implications of corporate restructurings.

George leads European and global engagements for some of the world’s largest corporations across a broad range of sectors, including finance, information technology, media and e-commerce. He has spoken at a number of international conferences on immigration, has been interviewed on UK Sky News in relation to ongoing Brexit negotiations, and has been quoted in national and international press. George uses his extensive experience to aid in the development of service delivery and value-added models to meet the needs of clients. Prior to joining Fragomen, George was a Director of the UK inbound immigration team at a Big Four professional services firm. George speaks English and Greek.

Reader and Programme Director, Professional Doctorate in Organisational Psychology
Birkbeck, University of London & Director, Affinity Health at Work
Talent Mobility Manager
Electronic Arts

Claire has worked in Global Mobility for over 20 years, across several companies and organisations including PowerGen International, EY, Cartus, RBS, ARUP and Electronic Arts (EA). Claire has been with EA for 10 years and has been responsible for moves within the APAC and Europe Regions during her tenure. Claire is currently the APAC Mobility Lead and responsible for Policy design & implementation.

Head of Advisory Practice
"Smart Expatriation" powered by Helma International

Having graduated with an MBA in international Human Ressources Anne Flore Mirgalet has joined Helma (a consultancy firm specialized in international mobility) 4 years ago first as manager and then director of the Advisory department Over the last 20 years, she worked in various HR fields such as recruitment or C&B and she also occupied the role of head of international mobility within French companies She is the manager of a team of consultants specialized in taxation, social security, or international remuneration, offering a wide range of services in the field of international mobility management

Partner, Global Lead Business Traveller Services, Vialto Partners
Vialto Partners

Sarah Mullen is the global lead for business traveller services at Vialto Partners, with around 20 years of experience advising clients across corporate and employment taxes. She specialises in and passionate about supporting clients to compliantly manage cross border business travellers and remote workers.

Client Development, EMEA
Benivo

Beth has over 15 years of experience in Global Mobility and joined Benivo last year to lead Client Development in EMEA. She has a varied and extensive background in mobility having started her career in expat tax at Deloitte before finding her love of technology and working for both Equus and Topia (MoveGuides) before moving to an RMC as a Director of Client Services. Beth now uses this breadth of experience to introduce companies to using data to deliver an 'amazon' style experience to mobility.

Regional Vice President
Weichert Workforce Mobility

The Regional Vice President (RVP) is tasked with strengthening existing client relationships, building on our reputation for providing Legendary Service and trusted partnerships within their region. With a focus on delivering innovative, strategic support backed by collaborative teams, they are champions for client engagement. The RVP oversees the teams executing the core services for our clients across the region, including day-to-day relocation management, service delivery, issue resolution, and payment administration.

Shân brings over three decades of experience in global mobility, having lived and worked in the UK, Belgium, Hong Kong and the US. Prior to joining Weichert, Shân spent 17 years with Crown World Mobility where, in her final role as Vice President of Client Services, she oversaw strategically important global clients and helped guide their programmes to success. Shân holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from London Metropolitan University. She has also earned the Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designation from Worldwide ERC and has been a speaker at ERC and at SAMA (Strategic Account Management Association) conferences. In 2012 she was awarded the FEM Highly Commended for Global Mobility Professional of the Year.

Strategic Business Solutions
Cartus

Ava is a Director, Strategic Business Solutions at Cartus. She joined Cartus in 2013 and has held a variety of diverse roles across key global client engagements. Through this experience, she brings valuable perspective and strategic guidance to organizations across diverse industry sectors.

Senior Manager - EMEA & ASIA
BD
Head of Global Mobility
Aviva

Melanie has worked in Global Mobility for over 18 years, across a number of organisations including, Deloitte, Tesco, RBS and now Aviva. She have been at Aviva for 3 years, and currently leading the Global Mobility team for the past 2 years.

Senior Global Mobility Consultant, International Staff Mobility
University of Copenhagen
Executive Headteacher
North Bridge House

Brendan Pavey has twenty-six years’ experience as a teacher and in the last decade, as a headteacher, working across a range of age groups in both single sex and co-educational environments. Since joining North Bridge House Senior School as headteacher in 2017, Brendan has seen the school achieve record results year-on-year and secure a prominent ranking in the Sunday Times Results tables, whilst instilling a forward-thinking approach to teaching and learning.

Brendan's philosophy is that schools should be happy places to come to work and to learn, where pupils are individually supported rather than pressurised to achieve high expectations. His model of ‘high support, low pressure’ brings together all six North Bridge House School campuses, where - under Brendan’s Executive Headship – teachers collaborate on research projects with UCL’s Institute of Education and experts on the adolescent brain. Brendan studied Geography at Durham (Hatfield College) before completing his PGCE in Secondary Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Following that he completed his MA in Geography in Education. Brendan is married to Sarah and together they have four teenage and young adult children (Madeleine, Isabelle, Grace and Freddie). As a result, Brendan brings an innate sense of understanding with regards to the challenges and rewards of guiding children on the transition from pre-teen to young adult. He has been a guest speaker at the Wellington Festival of Education and the Independent Schools Show, as well as at many Cognita Conferences, and has featured in the press on educational topics including mixed ability, noisy classrooms, and student wellbeing.

Partner and EMEA Leader for Workforce Transformation and Managed Services
Vialto Partners

Claire is a Partner within the Vialto global immigration team and sits on our Vialto Partners Global Technology board where she leads the immigration technology strategy. She also sits on the Vialto Global immigration Board. Besides this, she is also our EMEA business travel and remote work lead, where she also holds technology and transformation roles. She has over 16 years of experience in corporate immigration law. Her expertise covers a wide range of global immigration and business traveller issues across Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Claire manages global immigration programmes and has worked in the UK and South Africa.

She is a specialist in short-term business visitor regulations, and has in-depth experience in advising on business visitor and remote work legislation as well as guiding businesses on their overall business visitor policy and governance to enable global compliance. Claire has been instrumental in the design and development of Vialto’s online pre-travel assessment remote work and business travel tool and has extensive experience in embedding this within businesses' existing travel procedures and policies


Director, Global Employer Services
RSM UK

Gavin is an enthusiastic, pragmatic and people focussed Global Mobility Taxation Director who has over 19 years of experience. He works with a range of clients in a multitude of industries, from clients with an established global mobility programme to those who are contemplating the global mobility of their employees for the very first time. Gavin has a particular passion in working with organisations around some of the challenges faced by short-term business visitors, non-resident directors and global remote working.

Client Success Manager
Benivo

Tom Pinfield-Wells is a Client Success Manager at Benivo - an award-winning HR technology company serving HR, People Operations and Talent Leaders managing global mobility and relocation programs for their companies. Benivo's end-to-end solution includes a complete relocation and assignment management system, vendor management with payments, and the ultimate employee experience. Tom joined Benivo in early 2021 and manages some of Benivo’s key relationships, partnering with clients right through from implementation and beyond. After 6 years prior to Benivo managing relationships in the HR space, Tom now brings problem solving and customer focus to Benivo’s trusted clients.

Head of Consultancy
ECA International

David is Head of Consultancy at ECA International. He has over 20 years’ experience in Global Mobility consultancy and is an expert on mobility strategy, policy design and implementation, international remuneration modelling, policy benchmarking and designing stakeholder surveys.

CEO
CONVINUS

Ms Ruch has specialised in the field of cross-border employee assignment for more than 20 years and advises internationally active companies and executives on issues such as tax, social security and authorisation law, on the subject of payroll and remuneration as well as on the structuring and optimisation of assignment management.

Ms Ruch is one of the most experienced experts in Switzerland in the field of international employee assignment and is the author of various specialist publications, such as the practical handbook "Expatriates-Inpatriates / Handbuch zur Entsendung von Mitarbeitern" (580 pages). Ms. Ruch publishes specialist articles regularly in both domestic and international specialist journals, and is regularly invited to domestic and international specialist conferences as an expert.

CEO
Nomadic

Former senior Partner at Fragomen. Prior to Fragomen, was a Partner at PwC, running the Australian immigration law practice Prior to PwC, worked in the Australian Immigration Department, including three diplomatic postings: The Philippines (Second Secretary), Hong Kong (Vice Consul) and India (First Secretary/Consul) Three years as an Advisor to the Cabinet Level Immigration Minister in the Australian Parliament

AVP, Global Assignments CoE
Cognizant

Mark is part of the Global Mobility leadership team for Cognizant, a professional services company that is transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. From his time with the Big 4 and subsequent in-house roles, he has a wide range of experience covering expatriate taxes and global mobility strategy, policies and processes. Mark’s team has responsibility for enabling the deployment of client facing colleagues on international assignments & cross-border business travel for delivering services to clients, so a key challenge is to identify and implement solutions that enable the business while also managing risk and compliance obligations.

International Assignment Specialist
Jacobs Gruppe
Director, Global Talent Mobility
Cartus

Anna Searle is one of our EMEA-based Client Services Directors. She specialises in policy and programme design, and delivering innovative solutions to the clients she works with. With over 17 years’ experience in the industry, she brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to support client relationships.

Medical Advisor
Cigna

Worked for almost 3 years as a medical advisor for Cigna International. Prior to joining Cigna she worked as both a medical advisor and medical underwriter for Allianz Care in Dublin. She has a board experience from both public and private hospitals. On top of her medical degree, she has an advanced diploma in criminal scene investigation and forensic science. She speaks 6 languages and is currently learning her 7th language which is Spanish. During her time off, she loves doing sports and spending time with her family and friends.

Director, Business Development, EMEA
Graebel

With over 8 years’ experience in the HR industry, Jess enjoys working with clients to build and develop strategies, in order to benefit both the business and employees. Areas of particular interest to her cover Global Mobility, Wellbeing, Employee Benefits, and Employee Experience (EX).

Partner
Fragomen

Christine is an Attorney and Partner in Fragomen’s Amsterdam office. She leads the Private Client practice for Benelux, France and Switzerland, and also manages the Netherlands corporate immigration practice. Christine is specialized in assisting investors and entrepreneurs to establish in Europe and assists with both residency and long-term planning. Christine is active in Fragomen’s EU Government Strategies group and she represents Fragomen in the European Commission’s Expert Group for attracting innovative entrepreneurs to the EU.

Christine is the EU lead of Fragomen's Brexit Task Force, and also directs government strategies efforts in the Netherlands, working with decision makers to ensure that Dutch immigration policies support business and individuals moving to the Netherlands. Christine is a US Bar admitted Attorney and she is a Member of the Brussels Bar. Before joining Fragomen, Christine worked at a boutique immigration law firm in the Netherlands, where she focused on all aspects of Dutch immigration. Christine headed that firm’s U.S. Desk, and assisted clients with all aspects of migration and corporate questions, particularly permits for self-employed persons and American entrepreneurs establishing residency in the Netherlands via the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty. Christine speaks English and Dutch.

EMEA Talent Mobility Manager
Ford Motor Company

Steve started his career with Ford in 2008, working on-site at Ford’s European headquarters in Cologne, Germany as an International Assignment Consultant, for both Cartus and later BGRS. In 2016, Steve transitioned to become a Ford employee, taking on the position of International Service Policy Analyst for the EMEA region, before becoming Ford’s EMEA Talent Mobility Manager in November 2021. Steven has a wealth of both personal and professional relocation experience, having lived and worked in countries such as Germany, Thailand, South Korea, Israel, the Netherlands, the UK and Belgium. Before coming to the relocation world Steve worked as an Aggregation Editor for an on-line business news company in Chiang Mai, Thailand and taught English as a foreign language in both Thailand and South Korea.

Global Director, Content & Events
Forum for Expatriate Management

Claire has more than 20 years’ experience in communications, working for major publishing houses as a senior managing editor, writer and journalist, at events, in print and the digital world. As Global Director of the FEM brand, she produces and chairs all the live summits, conferences, awards (EMMAs) and digital events and webinars across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Claire also oversees the worldwide network of FEM Chapters and is keen to engage with new members and to broaden the FEM community.

Global Mobility Advisor
Foster + Partners
Innovation Manager, Global Mobility
Boehringer Ingelheim
Director, Global Mobility Solutions
EY
Vice President EMEA
Weichert Workforce Mobility

As Vice President, EMEA focuses on identifying and managing opportunities in the EMEA region as well as managing client engagements on a global level. Andreas works with some of the world’s leading companies to help build customized mobility solutions. Working closely with his corporate partners and colleagues, he provides guidance and insight on refining policy, boosting program effectiveness, and identifying opportunities for cost savings.

After spending several years working in the international air and sea freight business, Andreas worked for an international household goods company in Munich, Germany. In 2004, he relocated to the UK to help Cartus develop their global mobility offering in Continental Europe. He successfully signed a variety of new clients and also introduced new policy initiatives and rolled out best mobility practice across a variety of industries. Andreas has been a regular speaker at industry events, has hosted numerous Global Round Table events and has been published in German HR magazines. He holds a diploma in international logistics and freight forwarding.

Director, Global Employer Services
RSM UK

Ainsley’s interest in global mobility pre-dates his working life, beginning when he was a student in France and Germany. His career in global mobility now spans 20 years in professional services and encompasses a return trip to Germany as an assignee. Leading multi-national teams of advisors, he has worked with a client base including some of the largest global corporates. Joining RSM in 2019, he specialises in global mobility policy design and implementation, together with a focus on tax technology.

Partner, Global Employer Services
RSM UK

Joanne has over 20 years of experience working with organisations on global people issues and international remote working. She advises companies on all issues associated with having an internationally mobile workforce; global workforce management and strategy, global tax and social security compliance, tax efficient structuring of assignments and packages, tax policy design and implementation, business traveller risks and tracking and assignment cost management.

VP of Technology Solutions
Equus

With over two decades of Global Mobility experience, including managing in-house programs for major corporations in the financial services, consumer goods and technology sectors, and servicing a range of clients as a consultant, Tim is a consummate Mobility professional. In his role as VP of Technology Solutions, he works closely with Equus clients to apply the company’s technology to optimize their programs and solve their complex Global Mobility challenges. Among Tim’s many areas of expertise is using Mobility to facilitate talent development. Tim was recognized as “Global Mobility Professional of the Year,” voted on by his industry peers at the FEM EMEA EMMAs at the end of 2021.

Global Reward Programmes Director
Astra Zeneca
CEO Europe
PassportCard

Eithan Wolf, CEO Europe PassportCard – providing international private health insurance for expats. Wolf was elected as one of the top 25 insurtech CEOs in the world in the passing year, in addition to the “Leading 1% of Top Employers” award for the year of 2022 and the German Innovation Award for the year of 2021. Wolf was previously a member founder of the Innovation and Digital Division of a tier 1 bank with worldwide branches and co-represented the Israeli law bar in the Companies Law in parliament. Wolf is also the author of the book “Companies” and currently is writing his second book in emotional quality at the service of management.

Global Head of Global Mobility
KPMG International

Louise has spent over 25 years working in Assignee Services and Global Mobility and is currently Global Head of Global Mobility for KPMG International. This team provides governance, structure and GM strategy across the KPMG global network of 146 firms, and support to over 250 Global Mobility professionals. In addition it works with the Global Board of KPMG to set its Global Mobility strategy and design key international programs. Previously Louise was Deloittes’s UK Head of Global Mobility and a member of the Deloitte North West Europe Global Mobility Council.

Founder & CEO
Benivo

Nitzan Yudan is the founder & CEO of Benivo - an award-winning technology company winning 10 industry awards in the last 2 years. Benivo built an end-to-end solution that includes a complete assignment management system for Global Mobility, vendor management with payments, and the ultimate employee experience. Clients include Google, GE, CGI, Wayfair, Bloomberg, and HCL Technologies. Nitzan Yudan is an active promoter of equal opportunities to employees regardless of their financial background or origin, a popular speaker at business school, nominated and won personal and company awards including the Global Mobility Professional of the Year 2019 (AMERICAS), Rising Star in Global Mobility (AMERICAS and EMEA), and was invited to the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament to speak about the importance of welcoming employees.