The Sydney Conference Agenda at-a-glance

The Sydney Agenda is now live and full details of all the sessions, timings and speakers can found on our Events site, but we thought you might also want to see all the sessions at-a-glance so take a look at this shortened version.

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We will be covering a wide range of topics with speakers who are expert in both their professional areas of focus and in Australasia and the APAC region.

So here is a short version of the Agenda. Do take a look at the full version, read about the speakers and choose which track sessions and workshops you’d like to attend.

Don’t forget that you will earn CPD points at the FEM Conference too. We will send you a post-event survey where you will find a link to get your CPD points.

Please arrive between 08:30 – 09:00 for registration, and then I look forward to welcoming you at 09:00. I promise to keep the introduction brief so that we can begin our discussions promptly:

09:05 – 09:55 
Keynote Panel: Exploring the ‘Future Workplace’ and its implications for the mobility function

  • Dr Yvette Blount, Research Coordinator, Australian Anywhere Working Research Network, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie School of Business
  • Abigail Harris, Senior Director, Global Mobility, FIS
  • Grant Herbert, Founder & CEO, People Builders
  • Sharon Leadbetter, Workplace Health Leader, WayAhead, Mental Health Association of NSW
  • Monica Phillips, Mobility Lead – Global Projects, Hatch

09:55 – 10:45 
Keynote Panel: Immigration and ongoing risk management compliance

  • Douglas Allison, Senior Associate, Berry Appleman & Leiden
  • Wayne Parcell, Partner, Global Immigration Leader, EY
  • Alex Paterson, Co-Managing Partner of Australia and New Zealand, Fragomen 

10:45 – 11:15 Networking & Exhibition Break

From 11.15 until our networking lunch at 12.30, and then again after 13.30, until 14.45 you will have the choice of two tracks of different sessions:

11:15 – 11:50
STREAM A: Operations
Chaired by Claire Tennant-Scull, Head of Content, Forum for Expatriate Management

Panel: Achieving operational excellence and agility through effective vendor management
Moderator: Vincent Tackoen, Managing Partner, Talent Mobility Search

  • Tim Burgess, CEO, ShieldGeo
  • Linda Kam, Manager Global Mobility & Benefits, Qantas
  • Amanda Laing, Global Mobility National Lead, Deloitte

11:15 – 11:50
STREAM B: Strategy
Chaired by Janelle Parkinson, Head of Global Mobility, Remuneration, Recognition and Benefits, Westpac Group 

Transforming mobility to help drive continued business success in an increasingly challenging world of work 

  • Craig Lynch, Partner, People Advisory Services, EY 
  • Abigail Harris, Senior Director, Global Mobility, FIS

11:55 – 12:30
Operations 2017 Immigration reforms: Redefining your immigration strategy 

  • Charles Johanes, Special Counsel (Advisory & Compliance), Fragomen  
  • Sasko Markovski, Partner, Fragomen

11:55 – 12:30
Workshop: Neuroscience shaping the future of mobility

  • Introduction: Simon Kennedy, Principal, Market Insights Practice Leader, Mercer
  • Workshop leader: Cathy Tomkins, Learning & Development Delivery Leader, Mercer

12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 – 14:05
Panel: Global mobility trends and disruptions
Moderator: Nick Sutton, Director, Client Services, Crown World Mobility

  • MaryAnn Albanese, APAC Mobility Projects and Oceania Mobility Leader, EY
  • Lisa Johnson, CWM Global Practice Leader, Consulting Services, Crown World Mobility

13:30 – 14:05
Strategy Understanding the benefits, risks and legal considerations of incorporating share economy services into your business travel policies

  • Sally Napper, Security Director, Australia, International SOS
  • Louise Volsen, Client Services Director, Australasia, International SOS

14:10 – 14:45
Leveraging technology to automate and streamline global mobility processes

  • Barbara Legaspi, South32
  • Sheri Gaster, VP, Technology, Equus

14:10 – 14:45
To equalise or not equalise: The Great Debate

  • Caroline Hickson, Director, KPMG
  • Ablean Saoud, Partner, KPMG
  • Nicola Spencer, Senior Global Mobility Advisor, Fonterra

15:15 – 16:05
Keynote Panel: Global mobility and talent in the context of globalisation and isolation

  • Catherine Cain, Global Mobility Transformation Lead, Telstra
  • Prabal Chatterjee, Head of HR, Australia and New Zealand, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Kathy McCombie, Partner, People Advisory Services, EY
  • Tracey Shaw, International Mobility Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills

16:05 – 16:55
Keynote Panel: Sharing policy best practice – meeting productivity and cost initiatives

  • Adnan Altaf, Compensation, Benefits and Mobility Lead, Holcim
  • Maria Calci, Mobility Consultant, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Justin Long, Manager, Global Mobility, BHP
  • Karen Mathiesen, Mobility Manager, APAC, WorleyParsons
  • Claire Springthorpe, International Mobility Advisor, Capgemini

16:55– 17:00 – Closing remarks

17.00 – 18.00 – Drinks Reception

To register to attend the Sydney Conference

Claire Tennant-Scull

Global Director, Content & Events, Forum for Expatriate Management

Claire Tennant-Scull is Global Director of Content & Events at the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM). She produces and chairs all FEM’s Conferences and Summits in Amsterdam, the Americas, APAC and EMEA and oversees FEM's global awards (EMMAs). Claire works closely with key clients, leads FEM’s London Chapter and oversees the FEM website, reports and publications. In addition to her experience in Global Mobility, Claire has more than 20 years’ expertise in publishing, working as a managing editor, writer, journalist and broadcaster, both in the print and digital world. With thousands of contacts across the Global Mobility community, Claire is always keen to welcome new members and to broaden the FEM community.