Alain is an engineer who has passionately embraced international mobility and talent management through personal experience. He currently lives in the USA but was born in Belgium. He graduated with an Engineering degree, later supplemented by an MBA. For 10 years he worked for multinational corporations in various senior positions and was expatriated himself on several occasions. In 1998, Alain founded the NetExpat Group specializing in assessing, training and coaching for expatriates and their partners. NetExpat soon became a global market leader, with offices in 71 countries around the world and a customer base of more than 400 international corporations.
Alan Flanagan has over 20 years’ professional experience in finance, business operations and global mobility. He currently leads a global team at Cognizant Technology Solutions, a leading consulting and outsourcing company, that is responsible for co-ordinating the global mobility process. This includes the relocation and assignment policies, business traveller risk management, assignment model design and supporting the business to enter new countries. Cognizant has a significant mobile workforce including senior and junior employees on long term, short term and commuter assignments.
As Regional Vice President, EMEA, Andreas has overall responsibility for all of Weichert’s EMEA activities. He also 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.
A recognized industry leader in global immigration, Sophy King leads Newland Chase’s regional immigration centres in London, Houston, and Singapore, as well as overseeing the partner network management team, immigration software implementation team, global knowledge management team, and global client services team.
With over 15 years of global immigration experience, Sophy has developed industry-leading immigration case management technology and is a regular contributor to immigration articles and speaker at global immigration conferences.
Anita is a highly experienced Immigration Manager based in Proven’s Dubai office. She has almost 10 years of experience in corporate global immigration; including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, UK, USA and Canada. Her background in global immigration, management and global mobility allow her to provide bespoke solutions and assist companies in ¬remaining locally compliant.
Annemarie has worked within the field of international mobility for 17+ years and currently holds the role of Head of International Mobility at Philips Lighting (Signify), based in Amsterdam.
Prior to joining Philips in 2014, she headed the global mobility team at Yara, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, where she lived with her family for five years. Annemarie holds a university degree in (fiscal) law, and spent the first nine years of her career in global mobility with PricewaterhouseCoopers (in Amsterdam and Oslo).
As an Immigration Director, Annette Wright specialises in UK corporate immigration for companies employing foreign talent in the UK. With more than 25 years’ experience in UK immigration, Annette has devoted her career to the complexities of recruiting and employing foreign nationals in the UK.
Prior to joining the company, she spent 15 years as a corporate immigration consultant for another major global immigration provider. Annette began her career with an eleven-year tenure in the UK government’s Home Office.
Aoife is Director of BD at Property Basecamp, an enterprise digital application that connects relocating employees to their new home, and is responsible for all client relationships across the UKI. Aoife has been shortlisted for Young Leader of the Year in Ireland’s Women in Tech Awards 2018 and was named as the only person ever to win the Vodafone Ireland World of Difference Award twice, which champions innovative projects within the field of Corporate Social Responsibility
Astrid is responsible for International Assignments and Business Travel in and out of Great Britain and Ireland. GB&I has a relatively large proportion of Siemens International Assignments (top 10) and business travel (4th largest after Germany, Austria, China) within Siemens.
Astrid also currently leads the Siemens Brexit Project for HR. Siemens has 800 EU nationals in the UK, and about 400 UK nationals in Europe. Astid began her career at Siemens in 1989 and has worked in start-up areas, program management, international projects, change management, business process outsourcing, finance, IT and now in HR.
Having spent 10 years in sales and marketing roles at Eurostar and British Airways, Ben joined the serviced apartment/relocation industry in 2012.
Until May 2018, he held the role of Group Commercial Director at SACO The Serviced Apartment Company and was a part of the leadership team who completed SACO's sales to Brookfield Asset Management in January 2018. Ben now advises Serviced Apartment providers on strategy and growth and is a Director of a leading hotel, restaurant and leisure business in Cornwall.
Brian is a global mobility veteran of over 35 years standing. For many years Brian was the Managing Partner of EY's (and previously Arthur Andersen’s) Human Capital practice. In 2008, Brian founded The Forum for Expatriate Management and was its CEO until its sale to Centaur Media in 2013. In recent years Brian has undertaken a portfolio career. He is a visiting professor at the leading European business school, ESCP as well as being the Strategy Director at Benivo. He is also an angel investor in small entrepreneurial companies.
Bryan is the Head of School at TASIS The American School in England. His career has spanned over 24 years in Northern Ireland, the Bahamas, Germany, and the US.
He was Head of School for 10 years in Germany and the US and, since 1999, has been an International Baccalaureate workshop leader. Bryan holds a B.A. Honours degree, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Ulster and an Advanced Diploma in Education from Queen's University in Belfast.
Charlotte is the Global Head of HR and Partner with a seat on Foster + Partners’ management board.
She has 20 years’ cross sector experience in various industries including professional services, investment, construction and technology. Charlotte is responsible for implementing all HR strategies including building a commercially focused HR team, developing and implementing the strategic people agenda across multiple locations and influencing senior stakeholders. She is also responsible for the full range of HR functions including learning and development, resourcing, employee relations, reward, global mobility, organisation design and change management. Charlotte regularly speaks on Women in Business, Global Mobility and Diversity.
Christine is an Attorney and Senior Manager based in Fragomen’s Brussels office. She leads the Netherlands immigration practice and manages the Private Client practice for Benelux, France and Switzerland. Christine supports multinational and medium-sized corporations and individuals with their strategic planning in the Netherlands and supervises the delivery of services for both inbound and outbound moves. Christine is active in Fragomen’s EU Government Strategies group. Christine leads government strategies efforts in the Netherlands, working with decision makers to ensure that Dutch immigration policies support business and individuals moving to the Netherlands.
Christopher is responsible for managing and growing relationships with key broker and intermediary accounts at Cigna Global Health Benefits. His expertise lies in understanding how to support clients with mitigating their risk and managing their expatriate populations with globally compliant solutions. Chris has previously held roles at Willis Towers Watson, 3HR Insurance and Xafinity Consulting. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Birmingham.
Claire has more than 20 years’ experience in communications, working for major publishing platforms as a senior managing editor, writer and journalist at events, in print and the digital world. Now directing the FEM website, events and reports, Claire leads the FEM London Chapter and produces and chairs all the major conferences, summits and awards (EMMAs) in the Americas, APAC and EMEA where she is keen to engage with new members and to broaden the FEM community.
A Dutch national, Cyril is responsible for ECA's clients in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium as well as UK clients in the Civil Engineering and Aerospace & Defence sectors. His experience includes advising major multinational companies on current international HR practice and assisting clients with the management of international assignments, including data briefing, implementation of ECA’s software solutions and salary calculation work. Cyril also co-presents ECA’s International HR Practitioner training course.
Dan is responsible for identifying global growth opportunities through partnerships, products and innovative solutions at Dwellworks. Educated at the University of Birmingham, Dan subsequently attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, completing his military career with the rank of Captain. Dan joined Credit Suisse in London and Johannesburg, where he built the firm’s African investment banking practice, then recognizing a need for destination and corporate housing services, he founded CRN in Nigeria. In 2016, Dan and his partners acquired Irish Relocation Services, which in 2017 joined with Dwellworks, based on a shared commitment to exceptional customer service, innovation, and client-driven growth.
Dr. Rodriguez-Fernandez is the Global Medical Director of Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) and Workplace Wellness for International SOS in London, UK. He also currently serves as the CEO and Founder of the NCD Asia Pacific Alliance. Prior to his current role he served as an advisor to WHO, USAID, the World Bank, the European Commission, as well as Ministries of Health in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South- East Asia in the areas of health system strengthening and NCD prevention. He has led efforts to improve access to cardiovascular care through the design of National Master Plans for the decentralization of NCD related services within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region via the World Bank. While at WHO, Dr. Rodriguez-Fernandez employed his epidemiological and tactical skills and unwavering commitment to NCD prevention to draft the WHO Regional Office for Europe landmark 2012 mapping of national policies to reduce sodium consumption for cardiovascular disease prevention.
Elizabeth fell into the mobility world through her first job post-university in expatriate tax at PwC Birmingham in August 2005. She was there for three years before transferring to PwC London for five years to focus on UK and US tax compliance, before moving into global mobility when she joined UBS in September 2013. Elizabeth remained at UBS until April 2017, before she transferred to Capco taking the position of Global Mobility Lead where she remains today.
Ellyn has global responsibility for the strategic leadership of BGRS’s consulting practice. With over 24 years’ experience both in corporate and consulting roles, she has designed and implemented HR strategies and mobility programs. Previously Head of International Mobility in Mercer’s Talent Business, she has also held leadership positions around the globe with assignment management, automotive, the Big 4 and investment banking firms. Ellyn holds a Master’s degree in HR Management and a Bachelor’s in French and International Relations.
Ema is Head of Business Development at ECA. She is responsible for promoting new business initiatives, liaising with the Marketing, Production and Client Services teams at ECA to identify opportunities. Previously, Ema has worked as Account Manager at ECA, as well as Software Solutions Consultant. An Italian national, Ema has presented at ECA courses and webinars, as well as speaking at industry events.
Erika May-Lütgenbruch is Head of Executive Management and International Mobility at GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, one of the largest suppliers of process technology for the food industry and a wide range of other industries with more than 18.000 employees globally.
With more than 20 years of professional experience in International HR Management, Erika has a profound knowledge and expertise in Global Mobility. In her current position, she is responsible for the development and implementation of corporate policies and guidelines, the management of the Top Executives as well as the coordination of all types of international staff transfers across more than 50 countries world-wide."
Ezeibe is a Global Mobility Business Partner with over 13 years' experience spanning immigration law practice as well as operational and strategic mobility.
He has been working within the Mobility team of Sapient/Publicis Groupe for the last ten years and is currently responsible for worldwide strategic global mobility projects. Ezeibe works to close any gaps between Mobility operations and relevant Business strategy, thereby helping to safeguard company profitability and competitiveness, while maintaining compliance with relevant laws.
Fiona joined Aires in 2018 with 14 years of relocation industry experience, having previously worked extensively as a consultant for human resources and global mobility teams to design global mobility programs, policies, and techniques for implementation and management of successful programs. In her role, Fiona is responsible for growing Aires’ regional sales and account management initiatives.
Her strategic and knowledgeable consultative approach helps clients meet their mobility needs. She fosters strong relationships with her client/prospect base and seeks to help them in the strategic development of their programs. Fiona has served in strategic development roles for several global mobility firms, guiding and supporting leading businesses, including many Fortune 500 companies.
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 seven 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. In 2016 Gareth received the FEM EMMA for his Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility.
Helen specialises in advising multinational organisations on a wide range of international employee retirement issues, including global retirement strategy and solutions, Pan European plans and retirement solutions for mobile employees. A key area of Helen's work is around International and Pan European Pension Plans where she has a lot of experience working closely with multinationals to develop strategies, design retirement plans for local and mobile employees and select the best plan vehicles and providers to deliver these plans.
Helen is Director of Global Mobility at AstraZeneca Plc, a major pharmaceutical company.
For the past 11 years she has led a team responsible for the design, development and delivery of high quality policy solutions and specialised programmes to support international assignments globally. In 2008 Global Mobility was repositioned to align with Talent and in January 2011 her role was expanded to include one-time relocation globally. She has held a number of general and specialist positions in HR, predominantly within the pharmaceutical sector, and spent several years working within finance before assuming responsibility for global mobility.
Helena joined SIRVA in April 2018 as Manager, Service Delivery and has over seven years’ experience working in the Global Mobility industry with diverse experience in international assignment management, policy implementation and Global Mobility processes. Helena also experienced a role of expatriate as she was twice on an international assignment as a Global Mobility Advisor. At SIRVA, Helena concentrates with her team on providing the high-level service support to the customer, assignees and the business partners together with improving the quality standard. Helena earned a Master’s degree at University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic.
Hilary Bagshaw is responsible for stakeholder engagement on EU exit-related immigration policy. Hilary joined the Home Office in 2015, and before her current role worked in UK Visas and Immigration.
Holly Maria graduated with a BA (Hons) in History before undertaking a graduate scheme in expatriation tax before moving into global mobility. Holly currently works as a Global Mobility Manager responsible for Europe within a large technology firm. Along with her worldwide colleagues she is currently working towards the re-design of the Global Mobility Function following a merger. In 2016 was shortlisted for FEM Global Mobility Rising Star and in 2018 co-founded and launched the Next Gen GM.
Ian is a Partner at Fragomen’s London office, where he focuses on UK immigration and manages Fragomen’s UK Government Strategies Practice. Ian works with decision-makers in and around government, helping people understand how the immigration system can better support business. Before joining Fragomen, he spent eight years at the Home Office working on migration and criminal justice policies. In January 2009, Ian took responsibility for the development and oversight of the UK’s economic migration policy. As a civil servant he played a central part in the design and implementation of the UK's policy of placing a cap on economic migrants.
Iva leads the Global Employee Mobility organization for EMEA and APJ at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and is based in Prague. With more than 10 years’ experience in global mobility and expatriate management, she has made impact in leading regional operations, business engagement and vendor management, and has been actively driving the transformation of Mobility to a strategic partner within HPE.
James spent his early career working for a UK pension provider. In 2003 he joined the Reinsurance broker Benfield as their UK Pension & Benefits Manager. In 2009, after Benfield’s acquisition by Aon, James was appointed as Aon’s Head of Reward for EMEA. From April 2015 he was given the opportunity to lead the change programme for Aon’s Global Mobility function.
James is a specialist in helping corporate companies unlock the entrepreneurial value of employees. In his book Love Mondays, he explains how employees who are empowered to apply their unique ability and entrepreneurial drive to the challenges of a business, become its primary force in executing growth plans. James believes that this approach is crucial to unlocking the full potential of company talent, taking advantage of technological advancement, and enabling companies to adapt rapidly and effectively to change.
Jennifer provides a proactive risk management and solution-focused Global Business Traveler Program to employees and managers at FIS. She takes overall responsibility for the delivery of the GBT Enablement pillar's strategy, objectives and governance framework. Jennifer drives the continued development of the program, identifying and implementing innovative ways to enhance processes, maximize effectiveness, and improve the employee/People Partner/ Business Manager experience.
Kate is Mercer’s Global Mobility Practice Leader for the UK and Ireland, based in London. She has worked in professional services organisations for over 17 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 energy and mining, manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, defence, FMCG, engineering and construction, legal, banking and finance, NGO’s and professional services firms. Kate holds a Graduate Diploma in HR Management and Industrial Relations from RMIT. She has lived and worked in Australia, Ireland, and the UK.
For many years Kate was a PwC tax director specialising in international assignments, employment taxes and HR consulting. During 2011 Kate left PwC to join Balfour Beatty to design and implement a centralised Global Mobility function across all Divisions. Once completed, in 2015, Kate joined RELX Group as Head of Global Mobility to lead and take forward the implementation of the newly created Global Talent Mobility team.
RELX Group is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The Company operates in four segments: Scientific, Technical & Medical; Risk & Business Analytics; Legal, and Exhibitions. With 30,000 employees across 180 countries, RELX is a diverse and complex group.
‘Kathie’ is the Chair of the Immigration Practice at Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, the Alliott Group law firm member in Chicago. Kathie previously worked with the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service as a General Attorney in Chicago, and as Assistant General Counsel in Washington, D.C. Ms. Gaber has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Illinois Super Lawyers ‘Top Women Lawyers,’ and Leading Lawyers. She was recently selected by Crain’s Business Magazine as one of ‘Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers’.
Kay started her career at CSC working as a business lead before moving to work in Global Mobility in 2008 and becoming the UKI Global Mobility Lead in 2015. Kay’s strength lays in the field of immigration with a strong background in technology implementation for the Global Mobility Function. Kay with her worldwide colleagues is currently working towards the re-design of the Global Mobility Function following a merger, focusing on developing a new Global Mobility Policy Suite.
Lewis is one of ECA’s Client Relationship Managers, advising major multinational companies on current practices in International HR and assisting with the management of assignments abroad. He is responsible for ECA's Iberian and Scandinavian clients, as well as UK clients in a variety of industries including the oil and gas, technology, and insurance sectors.
Having joined Deloitte in 1999 following completion of the graduate tax programme with PWC, I have worked with assignees from the very beginning of my career. Initially in a client facing role I supported the US assignees of corporates with UK and US tax compliance, and latterly with wider Mobility issues. I have also had two short term assignments to the US and India. In 2012 I moved internally to lead the internal function through a complete transformation project whilst providing Mobility Services to the UK Firm. We continue to relocate our people globally, additionally supporting client project deployment, and business travellers.
Madeleine Sumption is the Director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, which provides impartial analysis of migration in the UK. Her research focuses on the design and impacts of immigration policies, particularly in the UK. Madeleine is a member of the Migration Advisory Committee, a panel of independent experts who advise the UK government on migration. She also chairs the Migration Statistics User Forum, which brings together producers and users of migration data. Before joining the University of Oxford, Madeleine was Director of Research for the International Program at the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank in Washington DC. In 2017, she received an MBE for services to social science.
Marc Smith advises UK and multinational corporations on their corporate immigration and mobility strategies for employees in the United Kingdom and European Union, ensuring compliance with UK and EU law.
A lawyer by training, with more than two decades’ experience in consulting and providing legal services to corporations, Marc excels at international law, immigration law, and legal and business policy analysis.
Marcia has worked for HEINEKEN since 2007. Her experience in Human Resources began in the area of Organisational Development, and since 2010 she has focused on Global Mobility. Marcia started working as a Global Mobility Advisor for the Europe region before being made responsible for The Netherlands and Americas. Since 2014, ¬Marcia has worked on several Global Mobility topics such as Global Housing Policy, a finance transition to shift to a Shared Service solution, the launch of a SharePoint site and the responsibility for the HEINEKEN’s Commuter population. Marcia has a particular interest in technological solutions.
Margaret is responsible for effective delivery and continuous improvement of Global Mobility programs for the Europe/MENAT Region. This includes ensuring compliance and controllership of GE policies and partnering with cross-functional teams including Global Compensation, IT, Tax, Finance, Payroll and Suppliers to identify gaps and drive data quality initiatives and improvements.
Prior to her current role, Margaret worked as a Global Mobility Analyst for four years for the Financial Services, Healthcare and Appliances & Lighting businesses within GE.
Mark leads the EU Exit Immigration team in the Home Office and is Programme Director for the Future Border and Immigration System. He previously worked on the Syrian refugee crisis also in the Home Office, and before that in the Cabinet Office as Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary and then Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Executive of the Civil Service.
Mark is a Global Mobility and HR leader with extensive experience assessing, designing and implementing Global Mobility programs. With over 20 years of experience in Global Mobility, both in-house and Big 4 consulting, Mark has a broad and deep knowledge of cross-border employment and understands how to deliver innovative and pragmatic solutions that are tailored to balance the needs of businesses with best practice, local country and individual parameters.
Markus Finster is one of the co-founders and the COO of MyExpatTaxes.
He originally started a career in advertising before switching to the world of IT. Since then, he managed global teams of project managers and support engineers, both in startups and at Cisco Systems. Having worked in both large and small organizations, he knows the difference that a great customer experience can make in establishing lasting relationships without neglecting the needs of the business.
As the Strategic Services Manager, Mehibe is responsible to scope and develop new products and service offerings to meet client needs; design effective and high quality implementation of services; and support the business with training of the new service lines.
Prior to joining the company, Mehibe had ten years of change management experience running large complex projects in FTSE 100 companies including compliance implementation of Posted Worker Notifications. She holds both a Bachelor of Law from University College London, and a Masters in Environmental Technology specialising in Sustainability in Business from Imperial College London. She also completed her Legal Practice Course having worked in the legal sector prior to moving into management consultancy.
Michael is a Principal in Mercer’s Career business with over 10 years’ Global Mobility operations and consultancy experience. Based in London, Michael joined Mercer from EY, where he supported and advised on clients’ Mobility programmes across a range of industry sectors and markets.
In his current role, Michael manages a portfolio of clients, providing guidance and support in the areas of expatriate compensation, Global Mobility policy and programme design, and talent management. In addition, Michael leads the UK delivery of Mercer’s Global Mobility client training.
Mustafa joined Honeywell’s Global Mobility Services team in 2007 as Project Assignment Manager for the EMEA region.
He was an EMEA Leader role before, being appointed GMS Director, High Growth Regions in 2015. He is responsible for assessing mobility requirements and practices across developing markets and driving cost efficient mobility solutions, with a focus on speed, accuracy and user experience. Mustafa has 17 years of experience working in technology companies with varying cultures and mobility practices. Mustafa also has a particular interest in the management of Short-term business traveller compliance.
Naomi is a Manager and solicitor based in Fragomen’s 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. She 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.
Nearing a decade in the Relocation Industry, Natalie champions knowledge sharing and best practice, engaging in conversations and providing trusted guidance and innovative solutions to clients. Natalie brings a truly global mind-set and works with clients consultatively with a pro-active, problem solving approach to continuously develop and refine flexible solutions to help achieve their wildest global mobility goals. Co-Founder of Next Gen GM, Natalie has expert knowledge of global trends and up to date information on the latest innovations.
Nick has more than 20 years of experience working in Global Mobility. He spent 16 years consulting as a Director at EY and at PwC, working with clients across all industries. He has worked in house at JP Morgan, Thomson Reuters & BP. Nick has successfully lead numerous major GM implementation and change programs including GM Workflow software, GM Policy integration and change, Global Employment Companies, Expatriate Cost Management and Global Compensation & Payroll Management. Nick is now responsible for Global Mobility as well as domestic Payrolls, Employment Taxes and Reward at Cerberus.
Nicolai is Head of Global Mobility at Ramboll, a leading engineering company founded in Denmark with over 13,000 employees spread across 35 countries. Nicolai joined Ramboll in 2013 and is responsible for its global mobility program, managing the Centre of Excellence and leading the team through many changes. Beginning his international career in 1997 at Arthur Andersen, Nicolai specialized in international tax and social security advisory; embedding a clear client-focus into his core corporate DNA. He continued his career at Deloitte where he was responsible for change management projects and gaining expert knowledge in process optimization.
Nicole has nearly 10 years of experience in global mobility and expatriate taxation. She started her professional career with EY in Switzerland, where she was working in a dual role in the Expatriate Tax Advisory Team and the Global Mobility Policy Advisory Team.
After 4 years in the consulting industry, she decided to move to an in-house Global Mobility role with Zurich Insurance in Switzerland. Nicole is responsible for the Group’s global policies and related processes, supports annual compensation processes and advises on all sorts of compliance topics.
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Management with Major in Human Resources.
Nicole is currently working on the global mobility transformation which will bring BD’s Global Mobility Program a competitive edge. With over 12 years’ mobility experience and having lived and worked in countries including, UK, USA, China, Hong Kong, Israel and Poland – Nicole understands the complexities faced in different regions as well as the move process from a business and consumer perspective. Prior to working with BD, Nicole has worked with PMI, EY, Deloitte, Grandbond and RBS. Nicole has a varied experience base and has managed teams and strategic projects to achieve objectives and create sustainable mobility functions.
Osman is the Director of Business Support Solutions specializing in leading, directing, and designing innovative solutions whilst managing overall company performance. Osman has almost 10 years’ experience in the Saudi market and has extensive local knowledge. Osman specialises in Middle East immigration, people advisory services, BPO, employee outsourcing, payroll, HR and Saudi recruitment solutions, giving him a wealth of knowledge on the region, it challenges and solutions.
As Vice President, Client Relations, Paul is tasked with fortifying client relationships and driving Weichert’s partnership philosophy of serving as a trusted partner to its clients for the EMEA region. Paul’s primary role is ensuring our mobility programs are strategically aligned with our clients’ objectives, and continue to evolve to meet their future challenges and requirements. Paul has over 25 years of experience working with multi-national companies from a broad range of industries, nationalities, and cultures, enabling him to effectively develop a strategic understanding of each client’s corporate culture and objectives, allowing us to deliver custom mobility solutions while driving efficiency or compliance in key areas of exposure.
Paul is Head of International Services at Sherrards Solicitors, the Alliott Group law firm member in London. Sherrards is a full service law firm based in the City of London and Hertfordshire that specialises in employment, HR and immigration matters. Paul is recognised for his experience in acting for major transactional clients on a range of complex multi-jurisdictional litigation. He is the firm's international development partner and is very active in the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Law Society's international division.
Pieter is an International HR Expert at Bayer AG responsible for a coordinating the country HR functions across Europe, ensuring the Country HR Heads understand Corporate initiatives and direction while representing the country perspective in HQ. Pieter has nearly 20 years of experience in international mobility and tax consulting having worked with different global tax providers and multi-national companies in the UK, Switzerland and Germany and has an extensive knowledge of the global mobility industry.
Head of Global Mobility for E. ON, (40,000 employees, 9 countries) Rebecca has had a dynamic International HR career spanning 19 years.
She is responsible for the strategic direction, policy governance and commercial contract management of E.ON’S program, having outsourced the full end to end assignment life cycle delivery to a Big 4 provider in 2017. Rebecca has proven HR, Outsourcing, Operations and Vendor Management experience and is passionate about service excellence. Currently an expat herself, she has lived in India and Germany.
Robin’s role is to support Employers and Trustees with their DC Pension Schemes. Robin has significant knowledge in all areas of scheme design, scheme governance and scheme investments, and with the design and delivery of employee communication, education and support. He has an honours degree in Financial Services; hold the Personal Finance Society's Chartered Financial Planner qualification and the PMI’s Diploma in International Employee Benefits.
Sandra is responsible for driving and executing HEINEKEN’s Global Mobility policies. Together with her team, she is responsible for HEINEKEN’s more than 650 long term assignees spread across 90 operating companies, including many in remote and hardship locations. She is passionate about international moves, recognising that behind the statistics there are families with unique situations. Prior to joining HEINEKEN, Sandra worked for worked for an international human resources consulting firm where she advised multinationals on pension and benefit plan strategy, governance and M&As.
Sarah is an Employer Engagement Manager in the Time to Change team at Mind. She works with employers to tackle stigma and discrimination against mental health problems in the workplace and assists across all sectors with developing plans to drive activity by offering expert advice, coaching and support. Sarah works with teams across Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and contributes to external forums as a speaker, panellist and panel facilitator. As well as writing and developing tools for employers to practically apply in their workplace to assist with anti-stigma activity, influencing policy change and implementing mental health training, Sarah delivers presentations and training sessions across England.
Selina is the Group Director, Global Mobility and Global People Projects at WorleyParsons where she is responsible for the leadership of the company’s mobility function, expatriate tax, employee benefits insurances and strategic global people projects.
A postgraduate with 17 years’ experience in the field , Selina began her career on PwC’s graduate programme within their expatriate tax practice, prior to making her move into mobility industry roles. She joined PepsiCo as the Global Mobility Lead for EMEA, before working at Lloyd’s Register as the Head of Global Mobility.
Selina has undertaken professional qualifications in Tax, HR, Mobility and Project Management (ATT, CTA, CIPD, SGMS, SGMS-T, PRINCE2) and is a Fellow of the ATT, CIPD and AHRI (Australian HR Institute).
Sharon has worked for more than 17 years in global mobility focusing on immigration, compliance and behavioural science. Besides immigration, she also focuses on the humanistic aspects of working across cultures, career continuation strategies, professional repositioning and coping with change. Sharon was short-listed for the Women in Compliance EMEA Award in March 2017, and is the Chief Legal Compliance Officer and Senior Immigration Lawyer at Bisaf Ltd. She specialises in identifying vulnerabilities and navigating uncertain landscapes that pose compliance risks. Sharon holds a Master’s in Law and is completing her MSc in Behavioural Science specialising in Bribery and Corruption.
Shirley Maxwell is based in London as the Head of Global Mobility, EMEA at Nomura International plc, a Japanese Investment bank headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Shirley joined in 2008 as Nomura acquired the European and Asian business of Lehman Brothers. Nomura has approx. 3,400 employees working across 17 different cities within EMEA and has a global presence in over 30 countries. There are approx. 200 assignees on constant rotation within the EMEA Region.
Prior to Nomura, Shirley worked at Citi as a Global Mobility Specialist and at British Telecom in various HR positions.
With over 15 years of hands-on experience in the relocation industry, Simon joined Graebel as VP EMEA in 2015. Previously he headed an organisation of over 100 FTE employees at Board level, managed a multi-million pound budget and conducted acclaimed research in the field of assignment management. He is based in London and has worked on three continents in nine different cities while travelling to over 80 countries in his capacity as a relocation and management executive. Simon is responsible for contracting corporate client acquisition for Graebel Relocation, which administers full-service relocation, mobility and consultancy services for Global 100, Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies across the globe
Simon Peachey is the Head of Customer and Commercial Services for UK Visas and Immigration, leading the ongoing transformation of our customer services in the UK and around the world; for people visiting, working, studying or applying for residence, citizenship or nationality in the UK.
A recognized industry leader in global immigration, Sophy King leads Newland Chase’s regional immigration centres in London, Houston, and Singapore, as well as overseeing the partner network management team, immigration software implementation team, global knowledge management team, and global client services team.
Stefan joined Tax Consult, the Alliott Group accounting firm member in Belgium, in April 2017 and is a certified tax adviser. Prior to joining the firm, Stefan worked at various Big Four consulting firms. He has built up extensive experience in all aspects of global mobility compliance and advisory work and assists clients with the coordination of their international assignees, including their immigration requirements, payroll set-up and the necessary coordination to ensure tax compliance. Stefan is a certified tax adviser (member of the IAB) and co-authored the book ‘Bedrijfswagens in het recht’ (Company cars - the legal aspects).
Steven is responsible for Cigna’s SME new business, assisting clients in finding the right healthcare solution for their expatriate population and maintaining and developing both existing and new client and broker relationships. His expertise lies in understanding the needs of SME clients, helping them find a sustainable, globally compliant healthcare solution. Steven has worked with Cigna for 11 years, prior to which, he worked in the telecommunications industry for both EE and O2.
Sue is an experienced professional Executive Coach with a track record of effecting change at a senior level through values-driven coaching. Her work has focused on improving the capability, resilience, adaptability and effectiveness of senior leaders committed to creating successful outcomes for themselves and their organisations. Sue’s adaptability and approach as a coach has enabled her to work effectively with a significant range of companies in diverse business sectors. Sue is also a chair and experienced mediator within the voluntary sector.
Susan is the IBM Global Mobility Policy & Program Manager for host country short term assignment and relocations. Susan has extensive experience assessing, designing and implementing global solutions that are designed to meet business needs, whilst still adhering to country specific practices. With over 20 years' professional experience covering all aspects of Human Resource Management, Susan has specialised in both Global Mobility, Compensation and Benefits. Together with her team, committed to client experience, they have experience of assignee management and transfers across 80 countries worldwide.
Co-founder and senior partner of Immigration Law Associates, Tanel Feldman is a specialist in European immigration matters. A member of the International Bar Association, sustaining member of the European Law Institute and other law associations, he has significant experience in advising corporations and individuals on general immigration matters and, in particular, matters related to direct application of the European law and legal interoperability.
Taryn Kramer is a Vice President and Global Consulting Practice Lead at SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving with over 19 years of mobility experience. She leads a team of subject matter experts who partner with corporate leaders to design and implement best practice mobility programs. She provides strategic thought leadership to SIRVA’s internal teams and consulting support to clients. Taryn also facilitates mobility education opportunities and authors mobility articles and insights. Taryn earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Vanderbilt University and is SHRM certified.
Tim has been with the Cigna International Client Management Team for more than 10 years. Tim’s experience covers the full spectrum of funding and product lines offered by Cigna, including our global CignaLinks® partner and in-country top up and network plans and he principally specialises in major national accounts. Tim is also a key advocate on a number of innovation and development projects such as our digital platforms and Telehealth & Wellbeing App.
Tim joined Equus in 2016 where he jointly leads business development in EMEA and Asia. He jumped straight in to the global mobility after his MSc degree in Strategic Training and Development from the University of Surrey. He has led regional and global mobility programs in-house for well-known multinational organisations in the financial services, consumer goods and technology sectors. He also has experience consulting in the Big 4, as well as working as an independent consultant advising a broad range of clients on how to establish and develop their global mobility programs. Tim’s particular area of interest is talent development.
Tosin is responsible for managing the expat population within the EMEA region. She has worked as a Global Mobility Professional in various industry sectors which include Eni/BP/Unilever/British Council/Lloyd’s Register Shipping/Imperial Tobacco and Prudential through her limited company on a consultancy basis. Tosin has also been part of a successful delivery of a wide range of Global Mobility projects (i.e. HR transformation/Change Management/Comp & Ben).
Val is a Client Services Manager in Fragomen’s London office, where she works closely with multinational clients and relocation companies in the EMEA region. Prior to joining Fragomen in 2014, Val worked in client services for five years and previously worked as global mobility manager for a major international retailer. Val has significant experience providing client service and support, and working with clients to meet their global mobility needs, including immigration through the Points Based System and implementing international projects. Val speaks English and French.
Valerie started her career at Arthur Andersen (September 2000) - incorporated in Deloitte - Manager Global Employer Solutions (Personal & Expatriate Taxation) - Belgium, outsourcing projects to BNP Paribas Fortis and Bekaert within international mobility departments (Belgium). Valeria then went on to join NV Bekaert in January 2015.
Victoria is the Head of International HR at Arcadis, where she leads the Global Mobility agenda for the UK along with managing multiple projects in HR Compliance, Equality Diversity & Inclusion and Refugee Talent Acquisition. Victoria has experience in the Engineering, Consulting and Global Banking industries. Outside of Global Mobility, Victoria has experience across the HR function in Reward, Advisory, Talent Acquisition and L&D. Victoria is the Non-Executive Director for Corporate Engagement and Strategy at Transitions London, a company specialising in Refugee Recruitment.