A visual snapshot of an amazing Amsterdam Conference - Part One

Take a look at just some of the learning and networking that delegates enjoyed in the morning at FEM's Global Mobility & HR Conference, Hotel Okura, 5 March 2020

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Delegates arriving at the FEM Registration desk:

Selecting sessions for the day ahead: 

Ready to learn and engage:

And ready to do business:

Joost Schramme, FEM's Belgium Chapter Lead on the right

A warm welcome from Conference Chair and FEM Global Director of Content & Events, Claire Tennant-Scull:

Introducing some of our brilliant European Chapter Leads:

Henk Amorison, FEM's Netherlands Chapter Lead

Frank Jura, our Chapter Lead in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Zurich
Scott Radford, who runs our Nordic Chapter in partnership with Lone Skriver (below, centre)

We began the day with an inspiring keynote speech, from Stephanie Karpetas OBE, who brought a positive message about sustainability in business - and practical steps that every organization can take to make a real difference. She asked: Is Global Mobility Sustainable?

Then on to our first panel discussion of the day. We asked: Are your Risk Management Strategies in Need of Emergency Help?

(from left) Moderator, Claire Tennant-Scull of FEM. Our panel: Andy McSkimming of Heineken, Dr Lars Petersen of International SOS, Said Bokovic of Elastic and Daniel Valk of Aramco Overseas Company
Questions from the audience came in the traditional form, using a roving microphone...
And via newer technology. Using their phones, delegates could post questions using the Slido app

In our packed morning agenda, we moved straight on to a choice of topics. In the Ballroom, Christine Sullivan of Fragomen gave delegates the latest updates on Attracting and Retaining Talent in Europe.

Christine gave her expert advice on the immigration regulations governing the recruitment of talent at all levels of seniori

Meanwhile, in the Griffieon Room, Richard Inglis of SIRVA chaired a highly engaging conversation: Maximizing Mobility Through Program Design and Partnerships

Joining Richard on the platform: Robert Bartels of Tax Globalizers and Ida Smildiger of Kinross Group
The level of engagement with the audience was so high that it felt more like one large conversation

Time to refresh with a well-earned networking break

Some chose to get some exercise (on a bike that also made smoothies)
While others got their stress levels checked (with a special chair that created a visual representation)

Back to the sessions: Delegates had to make a difficult choice between two really compelling Masterclasses.

Susanna Warner-Corbacho revealed how she and her team are: Transforming Global Mobility at Schneider Electric

In the Griffieon Room, Maxine Ansah of Kearney shared How to Maximise the Value of Your Global Mobility Program

In our last sessions before lunch, Fiona Williams of Aires used an interactive app to demonstrate the power of collaboration in her thought-provoking session: Ensuring Your Future State - High Tech & High Touch

In the Griffieon Room, Livia Mensah of Cigna presented an informative session on an increasingly important topic: How to Make Mental Wellness a Priority for Your Globally Mobile Workforce

Our networking lunch was a great opportunity to refuel, to catch up with colleagues and to make new connections

See our visual diary of the afternoon sessions in Part Two

See our gallery of images here

Many thanks again to all our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates. We look forward to seeing you again in Amsterdam in 2021!

Find out about FEM's forthcoming events for 2020: 

Americas Summit & EMMAs - Dallas, 10-11 June

APAC Summit & EMMAs - Singapore, 10 September 

EMEA Summit & EMMAs - London, 25-26 November


Forum for Expatriate Management

The Forum for Expatriate Management's (FEM) mission is to distill best practice across regions, industries and functions while providing valuable networking opportunities for knowledge sharing and program support. Through our multi-platform of content and events we are able to encourage dialogue and enable mobility professionals to unite, learn and grow.

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