Images of a sensational Summit - Day Two at EMEA 2019

Here's a small sample of the invaluable learning and networking for Global Mobility and HR professionals that took place at the 2019 FEM EMEA Summit at the InterContinental - O2, London

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Day Two began with some critical thinking:

Chris Blair of Aviva and Andy King of Improbable kicked off Day Two with a lively session designed to challenge received wisdom. In a new addition to the Summit programme, they presented the inaugural 'Disruptive Thinking' slot with: Why Global Mobility Needs to Change
Chris and Andy present some challenging ideas...
...and insist on more than a show of hands
The audience challenged back...
Presented with good humour and energy, the session was an ideal start to the day
On to practical immigration matters: Posted Worker Compliance - ‘A Call to Action’ was expertly moderated by Mehibe Hill, Client Services Director, EMEA at Newland Chase
Mehibe was joined by Carlijn Langeveld, Manager, Advisory Services,  Sergey Petrov, Director, EMEA Immigration, and Jessica Batt, Immigration Consultant - all at Newland Chase
Making a note of the vital details
In Arora 2, Kate Fitzpatrick, Global Mobility Practice Leader, UK & Ireland, and Katerina Psychopaida, European Employee Experience Solutions Practice Leader at Mercer, presented a lively session: Optimising the Assignee Experience: From ‘Satisfaction’ to Engagement'
Katerina engages the audience
Kate makes a point...
...that's saved for future reference
Time for another networking break
Those brownies at Portland Brown's stand were just too good to resist!
A perfect opportunity to continue conversations from the sessions
Back to Part Two of Global Mobility Fundamentals with its visiting creators and presenters from the US: Matt Burns, Independent Global Mobility Leader (formerly Director of HR Operations, Lockheed Martin International) and recipient of the 2017 Americas EMMA for his Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility Rita Meouchy, CPA, Independent Global Mobility Leader (formerly Senior Tax Manager, Deloitte)

Matt Burns lays out the fundamentals of Global Mobility and exhorts the audience to focus on the basics - and 'keep it simple'
At the Senior Leaders' Workshop, Grant Herbert shared 7 Secrets To Controlling Workplace Stress to Build Your Mental Resilience - the 'old-fashioned' way - with a flipchart and plenty of one-to one interaction
Straight on to a really engaging Expert Insight Workshop with Simon Mason, Senior Vice President, EMEA & APAC, and  Beverly King, Director Client Development & Consulting EMEA at Graebel
Focusing on Optimising Stakeholder Management, Simon and Beverley used a mix of printouts and group discussion and Slido instant polling to get the attendees working hard
In Arora 2, Jessica Larsen – MCIPD, Senior Manager, Talent Mobility Consulting at BGRS held an engaging one-to-one discussion with Anja Vahldiek, Director Global Mobility Solutions at EY on: Global Mindset: Value and Impact of Mobility on Organizational Performance

Jessica and Anja explored some of the findings of BGRS' Global Mindset Pulse Survey
Discussions with Anja also ranged across diversity and inclusion - and EY's groundbreaking work in this area

Time to select dishes for a deserved and delicious lunch...
Catch up with colleagues and friends
...Or make some new connections
Just time to find out about new tech solutions
And choose the next session
Fortified by a hearty lunch, energy levels remained high for a set of intense roundtable discussions
With 9 great topics to choose from, it was hard to decide, but delegates quickly made the most of the opportunity
Roundtable 1: Charlotte Wills, Partner, Fragomen got all her attendees involved in an engaging exploration of Immigration Beyond Brexit

Roundtable 2: Laura Soto, Head of Global Wellbeing Products at Cigna facilitated a compelling discussion on Building a Culture of Wellbeing

Roundtable 3: Michael Joyce, Senior Director, Client Solutions EMEA at AIRINC engaged his attendees with a discussion on the Global Mobility Outlook

Roundtable 4: Paul Barnes, Vice President, Client Relations at Weichert Workforce Mobility oversaw a lively and informative conversation on Core/Flex or Lump Sum: Determining the Right Fit for Your Program

Roundtable 5: Fiona Williams, Director, Strategic Solutions at Aires and a very engaged group explored How High Touch and High Tech Can Work Together to Transform Your Mobility Program

Roundtable 6: Rebecca Gonzaga, Global Account Director at SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving facilitated a lively  discussion on Shifting Move Types: The Causes, the Trends and the Implications on Mobility Programmes

Roundtable 7: Cyril Brenninkmeijer, Client Relationship Manager at ECA International expertly steered the discussion on Navigating Your Way Through Salary Reviews for Long-term Mobile Employees

Roundtable 8: Vincent Hennequin, International Sales and Marketing Manager at ITX challenged his attendees as he posed the question: Would a Centre of Expertise in Your Group Support and Ease the Management of Your International Mobile Workforce?

Roundtable 9: James Speirs, VP, Global Supply Chain at Clearmove provoked some deep and critical thinking with his topic: Cost Control and Management of Your Supplier Networks
Meanwhile, in Arora 2, Robert Lesser, Independent Global Mobility Leader formerly Chief Operating Officer, Morgan Stanley Firmwide Sourcing shared with Service Provider attendees The Inside Track on Procurement and the Supplier Selection Process
The final networking break of the Summit
Last chance to get those Round the World Passport stamps before the prize draw!

In extremis, who do you call? Sadly, our scheduled speaker was unable to travel from France and so International SOS kindly stepped in a the last minute. Dr Anthony Renshaw delivered a compelling presentation on Biopsychosocial hazards of travelling for work - neatly echoing some of the themes raised by Grant Herbert's keynote on the importance of mental health at the start of the Summit

Dr Renshaw highlighted key findings from International SOS' annual Travel Risk Outlook survey. You can still take part in the joint FEM & International SOS survey and check how your organisation is: Managing Health & Security Risks in an Uncertain World

On to our final session - a panel discussion on: A Strategic Approach to Managing Talent and Demonstrating Real ROI
Anja Vahldiek of EY emphasises the importance of employee experience 
Ezeibe Agomo of Equinix offers essential advice on benchmarking

Simone Flesch of Lufthansa challenges received wisdom
Annabel McIntyre, of Cleveland Clinics, bringing a new voice to her first FEM event
Nitzan Yudan of Benivo suggests a consumer-style approach to measuring employees' satisfaction
A relaxed end to a busy Summit - time to share a joke or two
At last! The prize draws. First up was ECA International
The ITX prize was a great set of noise-cancelling headphones

Finally, Fergus Bird, FEM's Global Director of Sales & Operations asks Nitzan Yudan to pull out the name of the Round the World Passport
The winner collects his prize: £300 cash!

Many thanks again to all our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for making this such an engaging two days. FEM looks forward to welcoming the Global Mobility & HR community to our next event in a busy calendar - our Conference in Amsterdam 5th March 2020!

Take a look at the full Summit gallery of images here

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