Past Events (2017)

IEBA NL Annual Dinner

When: Thursday, 16 November 2017 at 18:00 to 22:00
Where: Venue: De Witte Dame, Abcoude
Subject: Annual Dinner
Speaker(s): Dirk Jonker, Founder of Crunchr and Actuary of the Year


VenueDe Witte Dame, Abcoude


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Join us on November 16 to enjoy a great dinner, reflect on the past year and discuss what the future may bring.

Dirk Jonker (Founder of Crunchr and Actuary of the Year) joins our dinner to inspire us how people analytics can be used to design smart total reward strategies.



Send an e-mail to [email protected]and join a great dinner, networking event and a very interesting keynote speaker.


Please note that attendance to the dinner is for paying members only and free of charge. If you are not a paying member yet, go to to renew your membership and attend the annual dinner.



In an engaging data story, with lots of visual examples, he shows how a company was introducing a new operating model, where the attraction of new digital competencies was instrumental. With data science he shows how to collect workers preference data and build data driven employee value propositions. With the power of predictive analytics, he shows how total rewards can anticipate change resistance – and how creating collective labour agreements becomes a real process of co-creation


IEBA-CH Special Event followed by AGM and Annual Dinner

When: Thursday, 9 November 2017 at 17:00 to 22:00
Where: Kursaal Bern
Subject: IEBA-CH Special Event with Guest Speaker followed by the AGM and the Annual Dinner
Speaker(s): Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and CEO The Futures Agency

This is an IEBA-CH Special Event followed by the Annual General Meeting and the Annual Dinner.

Our guest speaker will be Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and Keynote Speaker, Author, Future Strategist and CEO The Futures Agency. Gerd is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics, including digital transformation and the discovery of digitally-native business models.

The venue will be the Kursaal in Bern, Kornhausstrasse 3, CH-3000 Bern 22.

Fully paid-up IEBA-Switzerland members can attend the dinner free of charge. The cost for non-members or IEBA members of other IEBA branches is 90.00 CHF, payable at registration in Bern (please have CHF 90.00 available as we are not in a position to change notes or currencies - thanks in advance!).

IEBA UK Branch Meeting

When: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 at 18:30
Where: The Law Society 113 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1PL
Subject: Global Benefits Panel: Key topics and priorities for 2018
Speaker(s): Pascal Goorbin, Bank of America Merrill Lynch ; Matthew Webb, Thomson Reuters


It is that time of the year when organisations are thinking about priorities for the years ahead.  And in the area of global benefits, it is no different.

We are very privileged to have two speakers from major corporations - Matthew Webb, Head of International Benefits at Thomson Reuters, and Pascal Goorbin, VP EMEA Compensation and Benefits at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  They will be sharing with us their thoughts on the importance of global benefits within their organisations, and their key benefit priorities for 2018 and beyond.

The session will be run as a panel discussion, with no formal presentation slides, giving the opportunity for the audience to share any thoughts, perspectives or priorities that their organisations are focusing on.

Please join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking and timely session for this stage in the year. 

We would be grateful if you would register using the button below to give us an idea of likely numbers attending, although all are welcome even if you haven't registered. 

IEBA Germany Branch Meeting - Stuttgart

When: Thursday, 26 October 2017 at 14:00 to 17:30
Where: Mercer Office Calwer Str. 7 70173 Stuttgart
Subject: Panel discussion on the topic "Is Pooling Dead?" “Seven Megatrends about living and doing business in the new reality” “A Short overview of IEBA’s educational offering”


"Is Pooling Dead?” - panel discussion

Corporate Representatives: Guido Hakenes (SAP), Stephen Biggane (Deutsche Telekom), Ursula Stoeckl (BMW)

Network representatives: Ingo Hannemann (Insurope), Marc Reinhardt (GEB), Mark Horbag (IGP)

Moderator: Norman Dreger (Mercer)

"Short overview of IEBA’s educational offering”  

Speaker: Hugh Gallagher (IEBA)

"Seven Megatrends about living and doing business in the new reality”

Speaker: Hans van der Heijden (Deloitte NL) 

Annual Dinner: 18:00 to 21:00

There will be the annual dinner for those who wish to attend.

IEBA Nordic - Norway event

When: Wednesday, 18 October 2017 at 14:30 to 18:00
Where: Storebrand, Professor Kohts vei 9, Lysaker Norway
Subject: Trends and News - Global Employee Benefits
Welcome - Bjørn Erik Gigernes, IEBA Norway
Update from IEBA - Hugh Gallagher

Short presentation of Storebrand
Future issues related to the insurance industry that also effects employers/clients
Wilhelmsen Group - enabling sustainable global trade
A presentation about the company and their international assignments
Simen Røgeberg - Global Mobility Manager, Wilhelmsen Holding AS
Scania CV AB
Employee benefits and expatriate issues in a world-leading provider of transport solutions with 46.000 employees in 100 countries
Henrik Höök, Global Manager - Corporate Pension, Group life insurance & Executive Benefits 
PWC Global Mobility
Taxation of benefits in kind in Asia. Experience and insight in trends on how benefits in kind are taxed now and in the future
Director Tone Reinertsen and Partner Erland Nørstebø from PwC Global Mobility
Cigna Global Health Benefits
Global medical trends, statistics and challenges related to expatriates
Dr. Peter Mills, Cigna Global Health Benefits
How to design a medical plan based on employer and employee needs and requirements
Bjørn Erik Gigernes, Jotun AS

Drinks sponsored by Storebrand followed by informal dinner close to the Storebrand office.

Annual Joint IEBA / ABC USA Branch Meeting - DALLAS

When: Friday, 6 October 2017 at 09:30 to 14:30
Where: Grand Hyatt, Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport 2337 S International Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75261
Subject: 'Re-examining the Benefits Value Proposition, and 'Data Analytics and Global Healthcare Strategy'
Speaker(s): Gerardo Pulido and Dean Kepraios (Willis Towers Watson), Craig Kurtzweil (United Healthcare)

This is our annual in person IEBA USA branch meeting co-hosted with the American Benefits Council.

The meeting will include presentations and case studies regarding various global benefits topics as well as offer a forum to discuss with peers your company’s priorities and issues – both benefit plan design and operation strategies. 

Two key topics covered will be: 'Re-examining the Benefits Value Proposition,  and 'Data Analytics and Global Healthcare Strategy'.

For those able to make it, a dinner will be planned for the evening of Oct. 5th. Further details available upon registration.

Registration for the event is being handled by the American Benefits Council. Please follow this link to register.


When: Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 15:30 to 18:30
Where: KPMG, Laan van Langerhuize 1, Amstelveen
Subject: Risk Management with regard to HR management

Our September 2017 meeting - already in your calenders of course - will take place at KPMG head office in Amstelveen.

We are very happy to announce that Leen den Bakker will take us along in his experiences with IBM and talk about risk management in relation to HR management.

Leen has a background in finance as well in education as in job experience.

Leen now works in HR and combines this with a role as trustee on the board of the IBM pension fund. If anyone can shed a clear light on the issues that the HR manager of today encounters and put this in perspective of risk management, he’s the one.

His presentation will contain a number of statements. We will discuss themes in smaller groups in order to exchange ideas, share experiences and knowledge.

Do bring a guest or colleague as they are more than welcome!

Our thanks to KPMG for hosting this event. For sure this meeting once more will be very inspiring !


IEBA-CH Seminar

When: Thursday, 7 September 2017 at 13:00 to 17:30
Where: Basel, hosted by Roche, Venue: Building 92.1.01 (Auditorium), Grenzacherstrasse, Basel
Subject: "Getting more bang for your (benefits) buck" - Financial Wellbeing - Communicating Total Rewards - The intangible benefits of inclusion
Speaker(s): Chris Stoeckli, Bharat Parekh, Adrian Jones & Sue Johnson
IEBA-CH Seminar; please see the attached programme for further details

Pensions paired with Alsace Wines

When: Monday, 10 July 2017 at 17:00 to 19:30
Where: Criteo offices, 32 Rue Blanche, 75009 Paris (metro Blanche or Trinite)
Subject: Pensions across the globe plus wine tasting on the terrace overlooking Paris
Speaker(s): Emmanuel Chalandon, Eric van Effenterre, Associate Directors, Boracay; Adrien Granger, Actuary, Premium Consulting ; Hugh Gallagher, Marketing Director, IEBA

IEBA France is delighted to present our next topic on pensions followed by a wine tasting of 2015 Alsace wines on the rooftop terrace of Criteo's offices overlooking Paris.

Presentation: Pensions across the globe - a comparison of replacement ratios across the regions with special focus on Poland, Russia and Japan. The methodology and tool used to estimate multi-country pensions will be presented. 


  • Boracay : Emmanuel Chalandon, Eric van Effenterre, Associate Directors
  • Premium Consulting : Adrien Granger, Actuary

Wine tasting: following our meeting, we will head up to the rooftop terrace of Criteo, overlooking Paris, to sample some wines of Alsace. In December 1998 at the annual IEBA wine tasting in London, Hugh Gallagher presented the 1997 vintage of Alsace because the 1997 Alsace wines "were the best we had seen for some time." Nearly 20 years since then, it seems fitting to return to the wines of Alsace as the 2015 vintage is another "millésime qui fera date". Some compare it to the outstanding 1971, others cite a potential of being as great as that of the exceptional post-war vintage of 1947.

One of the revelations of the evening will be to witness how well a good gewurztraminer goes with a morceau of munster cheese and cumin!

Presenter: Hugh Gallagher, Marketing Officer IEBA, IEBA Wine Chair (for nearly 20 years)

The tasting will be conducted in French.


  • Welcome: 17:00 - 17:15
  • Pensions: 17:15 - 18:30
  • Wine tasting: 18:30 - 19:30

Please RSVP to Jean Kimmel at [email protected] In your response, please confirm if you will be staying for the wine tasting so that we can provide enough wine and cheese for all participants. 


IEBA USA / ABC Branch Meeting - Web Conference

When: Sunday, 2 July 2017 at 14:30 to 16:00
Where: Web Conference
Subject: TBD
Speaker(s): TBD

Time is Eastern Daylight Time

Will focus on a global benefits topic that was highlighted as being of interest at our in person meeting in the fall of 2016. Format will consist of a presentation by a subject matter expert, followed by a case study from a company that has or is in the process of addressing the topic in question.

Alternative risk benefit financing approaches for multinationals

When: Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at 14:00 to 17:00
Where: JLT's offices The St Botolph Building 138 Houndsditch London, EC3A 7AW
Speaker(s): Stephen Chapman, JLT; Jayesh Patel, Allianz; Damian Ross, Generali; Wim Moldenaers, IGP; Stephen Tully, Maxis and Rob Brown, Zurich

Our longer session for June is taking a look at alternative financing approaches for multinationals.  Is multinational pooling right for all organisations?  What is a global underwriting solution or should I consider using my company's captive for employee benefits?  We have brought together experts from insurers, consultancies and corporates to share their knowledge on the alternative approaches available to multinationals.

Please join us for a discussion on the latest thinking on this topic.  At the end of the session refreshments will be available. 

We would be grateful if you would register using the button below to give us an idea of likely numbers attending, although all are welcome even if you haven't registered. 


IEBA Italy - Meeting

When: Thursday, 22 June 2017 at 17:15 to 19:15
Where: Europ Assistance Piazza Trento, 8 20135 Milano
There will be two presentations on subjects related to international employee benefits. We will confirm nearer the time.

IEBA Nordic Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner

When: Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 15:00 to 18:30
Where: SPP Head Office, Vasagatan 10, Stockholm
Subject: Global Employee Benefits seen from different perspectives
1. Global Benefits Governance - From the perspective of a Swedish Multinational. 
Tomas Nilsson Rofes, VP Compensation and Benefits Sandvik

2. Expatriate products and challenges in a changing world.  
 Henrik Höök from Scania, Paul Cutter from Euroben, Vigdis Haug from ScanRisk.

3. Global insurance and risk issues. The world map seen from the insurance side.
Why the understanding of global risk is important for multinational employers?
Mauro Dugulin, CEO Maxis Network 

Annual Dinner - Grand Hotel - IEBA members only

German branch meeting // Essen

When: Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 14:00 to 17:30
Where: Evonik Industries AG Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11 45128 Essen
Event speakers / topics:
  • Kai Deharde, Evonik on "Global share plans"
  • Martin Nuninga , Aon on "Global employee benefits Management"
  • Tobais Neufeld of Allen and Overy on "Brexit & employee benefits"
  • An introduction to IEBA's Certified Practitioner qualification.

Talks are Held in German and English.


After the event a dinner will be held. 

Event Documents


When: Thursday, 18 May 2017 at 15:30 to 19:00
Where: Deloitte Wilhelminakade 1 3072 AP ROTTERDAM
Subject: Be there on May 18 to share experience on Reward Plan design and drivers!

Deloitte and ABN AMRO will share their approach and experience on reward design and drivers.

We focus on how to build a strategic framework and create custimization and segmentation and we will share 7 tips on porduct segmentation leaving you with some hands-on material.

As design and innovation is a continuous effort, we expect to have a highly interactive workshop with active participation of everyone. 

Before finishing the session with drinks, Deloitte will show us how innovation within benefits could look like.

Session details:

Registration from 15:30-16:00

Start at 16:00, finishing around 18:30 

Venue: Deloitte - Wilhelminakade 1 - 3072 AP  ROTTERDAM

Please register by sending an e-mail to Huub Olthof ([email protected] ) and state your licence plate in case you require a parking space.

Joint IEBA-CH & GEM Event

When: Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 13:00 to 17:30
Where: JT International SA, 8, Rue Kazem Radjavi, 1202 Geneva
Subject: This will be another joint event between IEBA Switzerland and the Groupement des Entreprises Multinationales (GEM). The topic of the event is "Benefits - Why, how and for whom?". Please find the detailed agenda as well as directions attached.
Speaker(s): See attached agenda

Joint event between IEBA Switzerland and the Groupement des Entreprises Multinationales (GEM). The title is "Benefits - Why, how and for whom?".

Agenda and directions are attached.

IEBA UK Branch : Breakfast Meeting

When: Tuesday, 25 April 2017 at 08:00 to 09:30
Where: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Subject: Global Pension Solutions for Globetrotters
Speaker(s): Carl Hansen: BWCI Group


For this meeting we are delighted to welcome Carl Hansen, International Director of BWCI Group in  the Channel Islands, to talk about international pension plans for mobile employees.  What makes for a successful pension solution for this important group of employees, what opportunities and risks might international pension plans present for companies, and what are the alternatives? 

The session will focus on practical considerations, including case studies, and cover the challenges and latest thinking for companies with mobile employees.  The session will also be an opportunity to consider some of the tax issues, including recent UK tax changes affecting foreign schemes arising from the Autumn Statement and Spring Budget. 

Please join us for an interesting and informative update on this topic.  No registration is required.

IEBA France : Brexit - HR and benefit issues for multinationals

When: Thursday, 20 April 2017 at 08:30 to 11:00
Where: Zurich offices 112 Avenue de Wagram, 75017 Paris, Metro Wagram
Subject: Impact of Brexit on employee benefit plans for multinationals with business in the UK
Speaker(s): Tim Reay, Mercer

Tim Reay of Mercer will present the anticipated impact of Brexit on HR and employee benefits for multinationals with business in the UK.


8:30 - Coffee and croissants

9:00 - Presentation starts

10:30 - Q&A

11:00 - Session ends

IEBA Belgium: 2nd pillar pensions: Guarantees or Unit Linked?

When: Thursday, 20 April 2017 at 16:00 to 19:00
Where: Allianz Benelux Lakensestraat 35 1000 Brussels
Subject: Belgian 2nd pillar pensions: Guarantees or Unit Linked? Opportunities, threats and impact on financing and accounting: issues related to the guaranteed interest rate of Belgian pension plans.
Speaker(s): Hans De Schrijver and Jeroen Spinoy, Allianz Benelux

IEBA Launch Meeting of Italian Branch

When: Thursday, 20 April 2017 at 17:00 to 20:00
Where: Sala Farini Generali Via Ugo Bassi 8/A, 20159 Milano
Subject: Generali's International Employee Benefits strategies: challenges & opportunities
Speaker(s): Giovanni Lanati, Head of Group Reward, Generali, and others
We will start at 17:00 with the following agenda: 
1. Introduction to IEBA (Marco Giacomelli, Chairman)
2. Why will IEBA Italy be valuable to our organisations? (Prof. Gennaro Olivieri, Studio Olivieri & Associati;  Laurence Duretz, Psya Italia; Gabriella Franco, Mercer)
3. The way forward for IEBA Italy (Francesco Briganti, Employee Benefits and Welfare Institute)
4. Generali's International Employee Benefits strategies: challenges & opportunities (Giovanni Lanati, Head of Group Reward, Generali)
The presentations will be followed at about 18:30 with a networking reception with cocktails and food provided.
All IEBA members and anyone with an interest in international employee benefits is welcome to attend.  Please indicate here if you would like to attend (there is no charge, but we need to know how many to expect for the catering).

IEBA UK Branch - Annual Dinner

When: Thursday, 30 March 2017 at 18:45 to 22:00
Where: The Law Society 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Subject: IEBA UK Annual Dinner
Speaker(s): Alastair Sutton, Brick Court Chambers (London and Brussels)

We are pleased to invite you and your guests to our 42nd Annual London Dinner. This will take place on Thursday 30 March 2017 at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start.

We are pleased to welcome Alastair Sutton as our guest speaker.  Alastair is a barrister with Brick Court Chambers, London and Brussels, and is a former Head of the EU Insurance Division.  He recently addressed our Annual Conference on the subject of Brexit and the future of Europe, and his presentation was very highly regarded.

As in previous years, IEBA subsidises the Dinner so that more members and guests may attend, reducing the charge to members from £100 to £50 per head without compromising on the quality of the five-course meal or of the wine. The wine will be supplied, as in recent years, by Michel Mallard of Burgundy. A free bar is provided before dinner.

We hope you and your guests will be able to attend.


Event Documents
Alastair Sutton - Biography

IEBA USA / ABC Branch Meeting - Web Conference

When: Wednesday, 8 March 2017 at 14:00 to 15:30
Where: Web Conference
Subject: TBD
Speaker(s): TBD

Time is Eastern Daylight Time

Will focus on a global benefits topic that was highlighted as being of interest at our in person meeting in the fall of 2016. Format will consist of a presentation by a subject matter expert, followed by a case study from a company that has or is in the process of addressing the topic in question.

IEBA 17th Annual Conference - March 2017

When: 01/03/2017 at 09:00 to 16:00 on 02/03/2017
Where: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels
Subject: IEBA 17th Annual Conference


We held another very successful Annual Conference on 1 and 2 March 2017.  The programme is attached below.

This was the 11th time we have held our our Annual Conference in Brussels;  it has proved to be the ideal location where we can easily replicate and build on the previous highly successful Conferences, where we have enjoyed consistently high levels of attendance from a wide variety of countries, and also received very positive feedback ('A very worthwhile conference' - 'A good balance of subjects' - 'Great and smooth overall organisation' - 'Great opportunity for networking' - 'Fantastic dinner' - etc.).

Copies of the presentations are shown below for members who are logged in.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the next Annual Conference on 14 and 15 March 2018!

Event Documents
Conference programme

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