Speakers

Rachael Green - Manager - Recruitment and Employee Development, Dubai Duty Free

Rachel Green, Dubai Duty Free

Rachael Green began her career in 1988 with UK food retailing giant, J Sainsbury, where she quickly found her calling in Training and became the Regional Training Manager for the group. She later moved to Coca-Cola and Schweppes as Regional Training Manager.

Rachael moved to the Middle East and joined the HR Department of Dubai Duty Free in 2000 as Training Manager. In 2001 she was appointed Recruitment and Employee Development Manager.

Tim A. Ackermann - Vice President Talent Acquisition, Zalando

Tim Ackermann, Zalando

Tim Ackermann is a seasoned and passionate HR and Talent Acquisition expert with over 15 years in various industries and regions at companies such as Deutsche Bank, Microsoft and Swarovski.Recently Tim joined Zalando SE as Vice President, Talent Acquisition, taking part in the transformation and growth of Europe’s largest fashion online retailer. Outside of the corporate world, Tim teached HR Management at the International School of Management, Munich. During his research at that time he became a gamification enthusiast, working closely with thought leaders in this area.

Tim is a founding member of Queb e.V. the (German) Association for Quality Employer Branding and actively engaged in the harmonization of the European higher education with fibaa e.V.

Lauri Hulsbergen - People, Communications & IT Director, Burger King EMEA

Lauri Hulsbergen, Burger King

As Director of People, Communications and IT at Burger King EMEA, Lauri Hulsbergen is responsible for strategic HR planning. She focuses on selection, training and development in order to foster engaged employees within the bold, fun, accountable, meritocratic and empowered company culture. Before joining the BK® team in EMEA, Lauri spent 9 years in the Global Headquarters in Miami where she fulfilled numerous roles in departments including Operations, Communications, Global Business Services People Tower, and Performance Management.

She has gained experience across multinational companies after obtaining a degree in Hospitality Management.

Anton Knopff - HR Coordinator, Parks and Resorts

Anton Knoppf, Parks and Resorts

Anton Knoppf  has been working 10 years at Parks and Resorts and after beeing rewarded employee of the year, his main focus is now the recruitment and onboarding of the 2 200 new employees every year.

His mission is to transform the 20 000 applications to the Parks and Resort vision: World Class Experiences, making top performing service professionals out of youngsters who have no previous job experience.

David Barrett - Chief Operations Officer, cut-e Group

David Barrett - Chief Operations Manager, cut-e Group

David Barrett is an occupational psychologist and COO of cut-e group, one of the world’s largest and most respected online assessment and talent solutions companies.

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have offices in 30 countries around the world and, through his work with cut-e, David has advised some of the world’s largest retail and hospitality organisations such as Lidl, Luxottica/Sunglass Hut, Morrisons, Dubai Duty Free, Ladbrokes, Musgraves and 02 Telefónica on their human capital strategies.

Bill Boorman - Founder #tru Conferences, speaker, blogger and advisor

Bill Boorman

Bill Boorman is a recovering recruiter, having spent 35+ years in and around recruiting. He serves as Managing Director of Innovation and Technology for RecruitingDaily, the worlds largest network of recruiters, advises tech companies on product and implementation, integrating tech and new methods of work with some of the worlds largest organisations such as Oracle, Naspers, HardRock Cafe, BBC, KPMG, Bank Of Ireland and others, as well as hosting #tru events around the world. He never wears a suit and always wears a hat. He is Dad of 2 and a failed marathon runner.

Kjersti Arnesdatter Evensen - HR business partner, Elkjøp Nordic AS

Kjersti Arnesdatter Evensen, Elkjøp

Kjersti Arnesdatter Evensen has worked as an Office Manager and HR Consultant for Elkjøp Nordic for 14 years and has her educational background from Institute for Marketing and Buskerud and Vestfold University College in Norway where she studied HR Management. She is a DNV certified recruiter since 2011.




Bridget Lea - General Manager of Stores, O2 Telefónica UK

Bridget Lea, O2

Bridget is a retail specialist who before joining O2 worked across the industry in the UK and internationally for organisations including Marks and Spencer, Clarks, Uniqlo, Topshop and Oasis.  
She has a reputation for cutting through the noise and getting to grips with the real issues that consistently enable significant improvements in bottom line performance.
Bridget has a strong belief that 'great people' deliver results and puts developing high performance teams at the top of her agenda.

She has become expert in leading the transformational changes required to consistently deliver in a multichannel world and is passionate about utilising technology to create remarkable differentiated customer experiences.Having conceived and delivered a number of award winning industry initiatives across culture change, multichannel and new store concepts she has just opened two new 'future stores’ and is constantly looking for innovative new ways to shape the future of retail for consumers.
A proud Mancunian she spends weekends with her family, riding her horse and indulging in retail therapy.

Jennifer Lee – Chief People Officer, Amaris Hospitality

Jennifer Lee, Amaris

Jennifer Lee has been appointed to the role of Chief People Officer at Amaris Hospitality, with effect from June 2015.  Jennifer is responsible for developing a positive and engaging culture within Amaris and embedding its core values across the Group. Jennifer has extensive experience in Human Resources and over 20 years experience in the hospitality sector.  Amaris Hospitality was established by Lone Star in 2015 to manage its portfolio of mid and upper scale Hotels in the UK & Ireland.  Amaris owns and manages the Jurys Inn Group, a Franchised Hotels division (operating Hilton, DoubleTree, Hilton Garden Inn and Crowne Plaza branded Hotels), The Hotel Collection (a group of 12 Hotels), and a portfolio of 31 Mercure Hotels managed by Accor.  The Group employs over 7,000 people across its portfolio of 90 Hotels.

Jennifer Lee previously held the role of Human Resources Director of Jurys Inns Group following her appointment in February 2010.  At Jurys Inns Group Jennifer had overall responsibility for the people and organisational development function of the leading mid-market hotel group, which currently operates 37 hotels across Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe and employs over 2,800 people.  Over the past five years Jurys Inn Group has received recognition as a leading and innovative employer within the hospitality sector, winning awards for its people and learning and development programmes, including Gold level accreditation from Investors in People International.

Sam Shepherd - Head of HR, Amaris Hospitality

Sam Sheherd, Jurys Inn Hotel

Sam sheperd joined in November 2011 as Group HR Manager after working for Tesco Stores Ltd for 7 years in various HR roles in the UK, HR Integration Manager in Malaysia and then Head of HR Ireland for the retail stores.

Prior to this Sam worked in a number of HR Manager positions for retail companies in the UK and has over 15 years HR Management experience. In Jurys Inn she has been responsible for the purchase and integration of an Applicant Tracking system, developing engagement activities in the Company including an annual charity challenge with £50k raised in 2013 and £57k in 2014.

Sam has worked closely with the DGM population highlighted for development and worked with the Operations team to develop the High Potential Group from which five General Managers have been appointed in the last 18 months. Sam also worked with her team to identify and develop the E-Learning system which is used by all employees for their Induction into Jurys Inn and as a communication portal.

In June 2015 she was promoted to the role of Head of HR for Jurys Inn and is responsible for developing the strategy for HR and Learning & Development, identifying ways to keep the team engaged, to attract and retain quality talent and to develop the team to be the best that they can be.

Dr. Alia Al Serkal - Senior Director Talent Management, du

Alia Al Serkal, du

Dr Alia Al Serkal is the Senior Director Talent Management at du with main responsibilities in Succession Planning, Talent Reviews, and identifying Leadership development needs. In addition, she works closely with other HR teams to ensure the right talent for the right job is identified and selected. Prior to joining du, Dr Alia was a Senior Psychologist at Emirates Airline, were she conducted thorough psychometric testing on employees for selection, promotion or developmental purposes, as well as identifying the talent pool for UAE nationals.
 
Her interests lie in personality derailers, stress and coping, emotional labour, work engagement and Nationalisation just to name a few. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Leeds (UK). She is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and a committee member of the International Psychology Conference Dubai.