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Judges Alumni

Stephen McCallion

Global Head of marketing Communications at TAQA, former Global Head of Corporate identity Communications , SHELL

Globally experienced marketing communications, corporate brand/ branding professional with strong technical & leadership skills. Strategist with ability to develop internal & external networks, achieve buy-in from senior stakeholders, gain C-suite support and deliver-with-excellence. Well- honed decision-making skills. Collaborative. Keep-it-simple approach.

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Stephen McCallion

Stephen McCallion

Global Head of marketing Communications at TAQA, former Global Head of Corporate identity Communications , SHELL

Andrew Flowers

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft & Nokia

Andrew is a content strategist and producer with in-house experience from the likes of Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson and nASDAQ OMX. In the past few years Andrew has mainly been focused on producing online videos and TV advertisements for smartphones, yet his broad career also spans financial communication, consumer PR and B2B copywriting.

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Andrew Flowers

Andrew Flowers

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft & Nokia

James Stevenson

Founder And Managing Director Of Bletchley Group Digital Consultant of Marks And Spencer, UK

James helped businesses create, transform and grow their digital presence, products and teams using strategy, marketing, product and technology. Working for global brands, offering a range of digital services from e-commerce, to online brand protection, digital business strategies and online marketing, helping clients understand new busi- ness practices, new consumer behaviour, and new digital technologies available.

His Clients include: Guardian News and Media, Selfridges & Co, Bacardi, News Interna- tional, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Grey Goose Vodka Hilton Hotels.

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James Stevenson

James Stevenson

Founder And Managing Director Of Bletchley Group Digital Consultant of Marks And Spencer, UK

Martin Kirke

Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Macmillan Cancer Support

Martin has held international HR director roles with Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Serco and BP including vice President resource management for Ericsson based in Stockholm and HR Director Operations Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for the BP Group. Martin has experience of running a business as a General Manager and has also led major change and transformation programmes.

Martin was the lead in HR at Transport for London for the 2012 Olympics after which he decided to focus on non-executive director and consultancy work. His clients include the Cabinet Office, UK (Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and ensures the effective running of government) and healthcare charity ‘Action for Change’ where he is also a non-executive director.

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Martin Kirke

Martin Kirke

Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Macmillan Cancer Support

Tony Coll

Media & Communication Consultant, former BBC Journalist

Tony Coll is one of the UK’s most experienced media and presentation coaches and trainers. A former BBC TV and BBC Radio reporter and producer, he has worked for many years with senior figures from companies and organisations of all sizes; politicians; national and local government officers; health service and utility managers; pressure group spokespeople; charity workers; chief police and fire officers. He worked at cabinet level with the late Veronica Crichton, former director of communications at the Labour Party, in media training several UK government ministers.
Tony’s training can be delivered in the form of personal coaching or consultancy, in groups or as part of wider emergency response training. It covers effective emergency communication with newspapers, radio, TV and social media as well as addressing live audiences.

Tony Coll is an Oxford law graduate who began his career as a newspaper reporter in North East London and Sheffield.  He moved on to the BBC World Service, BBC Radio One ‘Newsbeat’, BBC and commercial local radio and BBC regional TV in Manchester and London.  He has interviewed cabinet ministers and other public figures; researched, produced, reported and presented news and current affairs programmes, from hard news, sequence programmes and “built” documentaries, through live political discussions and phone-ins, to lighter features, celebrity profiles and vox pops.

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Tony Coll

Tony Coll

Media & Communication Consultant, former BBC Journalist

Simon Nicholson

Social Media Manager, Honda Motor Europe Ltd
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Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson

Social Media Manager, Honda Motor Europe Ltd

Omar Rostom

Consumer Engagement and Media Manager Near East, North Africa, Levant, & Emerging Asia, Microsoft
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Omar Rostom

Omar Rostom

Consumer Engagement and Media Manager Near East, North Africa, Levant, & Emerging Asia, Microsoft

Christophe Ginisty

President 2013 , International Public Relations Association, Former Digital Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Edelman

International public relations expert and a digital guru with more than 20 years of experience.
- Deputy Managing Director of Edelman EMEA, European Technology – Digital evangelist (2011-2012), fouunder and Managing Director Rumeur Publique (1988, 2011).
- President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for 2013.
- Founder of NGO ‘Internet sans Frontières’ (Internet without Borders) in 2007 then WebDiversity in 2011.
- Published author of Allons, enfants de l'Internet! (Publisher: Diateino, 2010).
- Creator of the "ReputationWar" international conference (2013).
- Professor of Lobbying & Influence at INSEEC (since 2010).

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Christophe Ginisty

Christophe Ginisty

President 2013 , International Public Relations Association, Former Digital Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Edelman

Hannu Koikkalainen

Head of Digital Planning, Microsoft, Finland
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Hannu Koikkalainen

Hannu Koikkalainen

Head of Digital Planning, Microsoft, Finland

Guy Perry

Managing Director, Gulf Media Experts, UAE

Guy has 30 years’ experience in international BBC TV news, corporate communications and media consultancy. Now based in the UAE since 2006, he founded and ran for 10 years a successful media training and consultancy firm in London, Greenwich Village PR, working with blue chip clients such as KPMG, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), L’Oreal (Paris) and the Crown Estate.
In 2006, as adviser to the spokesman of the Asian Games Doha, he led the official response to the media onslaught following the death of a competitor.
Guy has worked for many international news organisations such as BBC TV, BBC World Service Radio, International Television News (ITN), Reuters, EuroNews and Channel 4 News.

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Guy Perry

Guy Perry

Managing Director, Gulf Media Experts, UAE

At BOC, we are delighted to announce that the 1st Emerging Markets HR Summit took place in London, 5th-7th December 2012.

The highlights of the event where the interactive and cutting edge workshops, run by award winning experts and of course the main two day summit, chaired by Martin Kirke, formerly BP’s HR Global Operations Director, Europe , Middle East, Africa and Asia – Pacific and Dr Sujaya Banerjee, Chief Talent Officer & Sr. VP HR, Essar Group, India.

The BOC team would like to extend warm and sincere thanks to the active and knowledgeable participants from over 15 countries!

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our speakers and facilitators who helped create an engaging, thought-provoking and valuable programme.

The meeting was a great success, building excellent foundations for positive and constructive collaboration in developing workforce capability globally. At BOC, we are committed to continue our work in this field, providing support through unique and specialised forums engaging all key representatives in the field.

Emerging Markets HR Summit - Past Speakers

Jia Gay

Group Human Resources, Director, Middle East, North Africa, Coca-Cola

Jia Gay provides organizational strategy and development to MENA, especially as it accelerates its support in driving organizational capabilities and marketplace execution.
Jia is a seasoned HR executive who brings over 20 years of Human Resources experience, having previously worked as Group HR Director for the North and West Africa Division of The Coca-Cola Company based in Casablanca, Morocco. Jia joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1993 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Coca-Cola North America, Coca-Cola Africa and the Middle East supporting various businesses and functions. Most recently, Jia was the Group Director, Human Resources, Coca-Cola North America where she was responsible for the Sparkling Category Business Unit, Strategic Marketing, and Research and Development function. Prior to joining the Company, Jia worked with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), The Lucas Group and Federated Department Stores.
Jia has a B.S. degree in retail management from the University of Alabama and a Master’s in business administration from Walden University.

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Jia Gay

Jia Gay

Group Human Resources, Director, Middle East, North Africa, Coca-Cola

Richard Mosley

Global SVP Strategy, Universum

Richard Mosley is widely recognised as one of the leading world authorities on employer brand development and management. This has involved a significant focus on core values, employee engagement and culture change as well as the more externally focused dimensions of external reputation and talent attraction. His first book, ‘The Employer Brand’, has become a global best-seller, and the sequel: ‘Employer Brand Management: Practical Lessons from the World’s Best Employers’ was published last year.

His thinking draws on over 25 years experience in both brand management and HR consulting. Richard has led major employer brand development projects for Bacardi, BP, Coca-Cola, DSM, Ferrero, GSK, HSBC, Lafarge, LEGO, L’Oreal, JTI, Met Life, Nokia-Siemens, PepsiCo, RBS, Santander and Unilever. Richard is a regular key note speaker and chairman at employer brand events around the world, and was recently the first to publish an article on employer branding in the Harvard Business Review - https://hbr.org/2015/05/ceos-need-to-pay-attention-to-employer-branding

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Richard Mosley

Richard Mosley

Global SVP Strategy, Universum

Gugu Khazi

Director Talent Management EMEA of Kimberly-Clark
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Gugu Khazi

Gugu Khazi

Director Talent Management EMEA of Kimberly-Clark

Dr. Sujaya Banerjee

CEO at Capstone People Consulting

Dr. Sujaya Banerjee has been a Human Resources professional for over 22 years and has transformed the HR functions in several leading organizations during her career. She is an OD professional par- excellence having set up world class PMS and Talent Management programs and helped build Learning Organizations through her assignments at ADNOC, Lowe Lintas and Partners, British Gas and the Essar Group. Sujaya has been listed among the Top 40 HR professionals in Asia ,has won the Youth Icon Award for 2009 and the Contribution to the HR Community Award in 2012, besides bringing several international accolades to India- the Learning Elite Award – CLO USA, Learning in Practice Award – CLO USA, Best Project Implementation in Asia- SuccessFactors and Best Business Adoption Award- SuccessFactors.
She has presented White Papers at leading conferences at GE’s John F. Welch Leadership Center (Crotonville), at the CLO Summit-Harvard Business School, ASTD, SkillSoft Perspectives and recently at SuccessConnect Sydney. She is a sought after speaker and thought leader and is a regular contributor to the Human Capital Magazine.
Sujaya is a TEDx speaker and leads the Learning & OD Roundtable- a forum for practitioners which has a worldwide membership of over 1600 Learning & OD professionals. The L&OD Roundtable enables capability building of Learning professionals and helps member organizations become Learning Organizations.

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Dr. Sujaya Banerjee

Dr. Sujaya Banerjee

CEO at Capstone People Consulting

Gabor Varjasi

Global HR Director Of Business Partnering at BP
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Gabor Varjasi

Gabor Varjasi

Global HR Director Of Business Partnering at BP

Dr Robert Davies

Director, DRD Advisory Ltd. Senior Visiting Fellow, Cass Business School
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Dr Robert Davies

Dr Robert Davies

Director, DRD Advisory Ltd. Senior Visiting Fellow, Cass Business School

Karnig Dukmajian

Attorney at Immigration Law, Laura Devine Solicitors
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Karnig Dukmajian

Karnig Dukmajian

Attorney at Immigration Law, Laura Devine Solicitors

Eric Pietrac

former HR and Sustainability VP, Subsea 7

Eric is a senior HR VP with an extensive international experience in developing HR into a global function, facilitating organisation transformation, driving sustainable performance, growing a diverse talent pipe-line, building an inclusive culture and coaching executives in line with the business strategy. He has worked in different industries during down-turn and high growth phases i.e. Oil and Gas, Mining, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Facilities, Financial Services and Professional Services. In addition to holding roles in the UK, France and Argentina, he has travelled and worked globally in particular in the emerging markets.

Eric has an executive degree from the Harvard Business School (AMP) in addition to an MBA and an engineer degree. He is a Board member of 2 international HR MBAs. He also does consulting and gives international conferences on leadership in a VUCA world, employer branding, global talent management, diversity, CSR and emerging markets.

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Eric Pietrac

Eric Pietrac

former HR and Sustainability VP, Subsea 7

Akua Owusu-Akonor

Associate Director, Portfolio HR, Leapfrog Investments

Akua leads HR strategy and implementation for LeapFrog Investments value-creation group. LeapFrog Investments is the world’s largest dedicated private equity investor in emerging markets financial services, and its value-creation group is focused on driving value in investee companies.
Akua’s role sees her respond to the people needs of diverse companies at different stages of growth, and move flexibly between strategic plans and operational execution. Before LeapFrog, Akua gained experience across diverse industries including facilities management, I.T. and telecoms. She held various senior roles for Vodafone PLC, including Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Vodafone Ghana and Senior HR Business Partner for Group Commercial and Group Enterprise. Akua successfully led business critical transformational programmes and diversity & Inclusion agenda resulting in Vodafone’s Diversity and Inclusion award. Akua is also a graduate of Vodafone’s Global HR Excellence Programme. Akua holds a Bachelors of Science in Social Policy and Administration with Theology from Surrey University, a Masters in Human Resources Management from Middlesex University and is chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (MCIPD).

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Akua Owusu-Akonor

Akua Owusu-Akonor

Associate Director, Portfolio HR, Leapfrog Investments

Marit Imeland Gjesme

Founder, CultureCatch

Marit Imeland-Gjesme, a Norwegian by origin and with work bases alternating from Oslo, Copenhagen and Zurich, is an experienced leadership trainer and coach. Having trained people from over 100 cultures, she supports companies, teams and executives to improve their cultural agility, cross-cultural cooperation and international success. Educated in psychology and cultures, and with a 25 years long career in both academia and business, she now provides cross-cultural training services, team building and advice across industries and business areas, for global companies or companies aspiring to become more international. A key area is supporting mergers and acquisitions in bridging people and cultural gaps both regarding national and organizational cultures, and optimize preparations, processes and outcomes.

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Marit Imeland Gjesme

Marit Imeland Gjesme

Founder, CultureCatch

Martin Percival

HR Director Europe & Emerging Markets, CooperVision
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Martin Percival

Martin Percival

HR Director Europe & Emerging Markets, CooperVision

Martin Kirke

Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Macmillan Cancer Support

Martin has held international HR director roles with Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Serco and BP including vice President resource management for Ericsson based in Stockholm and HR Director Operations Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for the BP Group. Martin has experience of running a business as a General Manager and has also led major change and transformation programmes.

Martin was the lead in HR at Transport for London for the 2012 Olympics after which he decided to focus on non-executive director and consultancy work. His clients include the Cabinet Office, UK (Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and ensures the effective running of government) and healthcare charity ‘Action for Change’ where he is also a non-executive director.

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Martin Kirke

Martin Kirke

Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Macmillan Cancer Support

Marc Starfield

Vice President IT for HR, Legal, Global Compliance and Corporate Affairs - AstraZeneca
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Marc Starfield

Marc Starfield

Vice President IT for HR, Legal, Global Compliance and Corporate Affairs - AstraZeneca

Deepinder Lamba

Director, Deloitte
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Deepinder Lamba

Deepinder Lamba

Director, Deloitte

Paul C Fama

Senior Leader, Organization and Talent Development - GE Global Growth Organization
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Paul C Fama

Paul C Fama

Senior Leader, Organization and Talent Development - GE Global Growth Organization

Tom Griffin

Creative Director, Coach, Culture Consultant and Storyteller, Extraordinary People

In an eclectic career Tom has been a classical actor, an opera singer, and an entrepreneur and developing, running and then selling his own brand experience marketing agency. He is as much at home on the stages of London’s West End he is in the boardrooms or conference rooms of some of the worlds most respected brands and businesses.

He is a leading thinker in the field of personal and professional development. He is also a sought-after coach and trainer, having worked with brands such as British Airways, O2, Microsoft, Google, Green Flag and Peugeot as well as individuals in politics, the arts, entertainment, finance and the media. As a guest lecturer on marketing at the ‘Cass London Business School’ Tom also shared his experiences with future leaders and creatives.

Out of this diverse stimulus, Tom created a boutique practice called Extraordinary People, that consults on, designs and delivers people and organisational development, helping businesses realise the full extent of the extraordinary potential that exist in the individuals that make it up, and in all of them together as a focused and inspirational whole.

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Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin

Creative Director, Coach, Culture Consultant and Storyteller, Extraordinary People

Jane Ainsworth

Regional HR Manager for ACE Region, CooperVision
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Jane Ainsworth

Jane Ainsworth

Regional HR Manager for ACE Region, CooperVision

TESTIMONIALS

See what summit participants had to say about the event
  • Thank you very much for inviting us to such a valuable and exciting summit and provide us the platform to tell our story.
    EMRE ÇAĞRI PALUT, Compensation Benefits Specialist, Coca-Cola İçecek, Turkey
  • It was really a pleasure attending this comprehensive HR summit and looking forward for coming events... Very good selection of programme topics
    Hany El Sayed, Director of HR, Abu Dhabi National Holding
  • Thank you very much for the opportunity which has helped a lot to change my horizon. I wish to participate the next year for sure
    Matanat Babayeva, HR Director, AZERFON LLC
  • Interesting shearing Experience
    Khalifa Al Hemeiri, Section Head, Ministry of Interior, UAE
  • Excellent engaging presentation, I learned a lot and it helped me understand what I am doing well.
    Evan Perkins, L&D Manager, Gazprom marketing and Trading, UK
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