Past Events (2018)

German Branch Meeting in Hamburg followed by Annual Dinner

When: Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 14:00 to 17:30
Where: Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg / Hafencity, Großer Grasbrook 17, 20457 Hamburg
Subject: Employee benefits for international logistics; HR Analytics of (international) logistic companies; Global Benefit Management and Administration in a Digitized World
Speaker(s): Kühne + Nagel, HR Analytics, Commerzbank

Our next IEBA Germany meeting will be in Hamburg, starting at 14:00. The agenda is as follows:

  • Introduction by Nacora
  • Employee benefits for international logistics - Panel: Julia Ehler and Martin Behm of Kühne + Nagel; Christian Pfeifer of DVA Deutsche Verkehrs-Assekuranz-Vermittlungs-GmbH, Marcel Petschek of Albatros, chaired by Christian Keller of GEB
  • HR Analytics of (international) logistics companies : Florian Fleischmann, HR Analytics
  • Global Benefit Management and Administration in a Digitized World : Kerstin Schleifnik, Specialist C&B, Group HR, Commerzbank AG and Klaus Daniels, Rüss, Zimmermann and Partner
The meeting will be followed by our Annual Dinner at 18:00, at Cantinetta, Am Sandtorkai 4, 20457 Hamburg.



When: Thursday, 20 September 2018 at 15:30 to 19:00
Where: Cognizant, Gustav Mahlerlaan 308, 1082 ME Amsterdam
Subject: Mobility On The Move!
Speaker(s): Louis Everard, Ernst Steltenpohl, Hanno Goos

Mobility On The Move!

Individualisation, e-connect, what’s in it for me, demand driven economy, war for talent and much more set the scene of today’s world.


Employees are just expecting employers to adapt to fit in.


They offer their skill set at any location they like, work over there for some time and then move on to the next opportunity. While in the mean time they’ve further developed their hard and soft skills. Valuable!

For corporates this can be challenging as potential this behaviour could lead to a lower than expected return on investment as this group’s goal is to move on after a certain period.


Do you too recognize this trend or is it just old ideas parading as new ones?


Our speakers share with us different angles to encourage the debate we aim to organise.


Ø  Louis Everard, Director of the Association of Professional Football Players (VVCS, Vereniging Van Contract Spelers) will discuss sharing of talent as renting of football players is a phenomena being in place in this market for quite some time.

Ø  Ernst Steltenpohl, Board Member  Expatise and Hanno Goos, Strategic Consultant Staff at the Dutch Armed Forces, provide insight in the new approach currently being explored to potentially implement at the Dutch Armed Forces: staff members to work temporary for non-military organisations whilst continue to being employed by the army.


Let’s have a debate in break out groups to discuss and explore this further and share the outcome of these discussions. Helpful feedback for ourselves and last but not least, the speakers too!


We’ll close with fingerfood and drinks for further mingling and networking.


Please register to this event at  [email protected]  should you wish to attend to learn and share your views.


Looking forward to meeting you all Thursday 20 September!

Stockholm IEBA Nordic Event and Annual General Meeting IEBA Nordic

When: Wednesday, 5 September 2018 at 14:30 to 19:00
Where: Stockholm
Subject: See enclosed invitation
Event Documents

IEBA-CH Seminar followed by Annual Dinner

When: Thursday, 30 August 2018 at 13:30
Where: PwC Offices, St. Jakobs-Strasse 25, 4052 Basel
Subject: Agile Benefits: The world we see / Boost the ROI of Benefits
Speaker(s): Yves Corne and Geert Coene, Aon, and Ivan Brustlein, Swibeco AG

Please refer to the attached programme for more information. The event will be followed by our Annual Dinner at 18:00 at Restaurant Grace, Elisabethenstrasse 33, 4051 Basel.

Please be informed that fully paid-up IEBA Switzerland members can attend the Annual Dinner free of charge. The cost for non-members or members or foreign IEBA branches will be 70 CHF. Non-members and members of other IEBA branches are kindly requested to pay on the day at registration in Basel.

IEBA USA Branch Meeting

When: Tuesday, 24 July 2018 at 10:00 to 11:00
Where: USA - Eastern Time
Subject: International relocation and Ex-pat Assignments
Speaker(s): To be confirmed
Telephone presentation and discussion. Topic, subject to confirmation, examining the dichotomy between the need to reduce relocation expenses and view them as development assignments vs. the ex-patriate desire to have more costs covered.




When: Monday, 9 July 2018 at 15:30 to 19:00
Where: WillisTowersWatson, Professor E.M. Meijerslaan 5, 1183 AV Amstelveen
Subject: M&A's - people's perspective
Speaker(s): TBC soon
Retention in M&A’s
How to keep the new group of employees (or indeed your own!)?

Retention is an important aspect in the M&A process, especially if you’re not looking to retain all employees!  Selecting key talent, providing the right incentives and keeping them engaged throughout the transaction and beyond is a challenge.

Gabe Langerak will kick off this session setting the scene – How do you identify key talent?

We’ll then split in break out groups to discuss the outcome of the questions sent to you in advance of this meeting (see below).

A couple of corporate members (including Wim de Zeeuw, formerly of Teva) will be asked share their challenges with regard to retention in M&A’s.

Finally Gabe will share the outcome of the global survey recently held under a large group of multinationals with regard to retention followed by a group discussion based on the breakout groups.

We’ll close with fingerfood and drinks for further mingling and networking.

Once you’ve registered for this event, we’ll share a set of questions to you for you to prepare for this learning event.  Even if you’ve never directly involved in any M&A you can try to think of your responses to these questions. Or ask your collegues who are maybe more direct involved about their views on the questions - and do bring them with you!.

Register to this event first at [email protected] and we’ll share the set of questions.

Looking forward to meeting you all Monday 9 July!


IEBA London meeting: Cyber Risk and Data Security - The Human Capital Aspects

When: Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at 16:30 to 18:00
Where: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Subject: Cyber Risk and Data Security: The Human Capital Aspects
Speaker(s): Yves Duhaldeborde, Senior Director, Willis Towers Watson


With the recent introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and one of the biggest data risks facing multinational organisation being cyber risk, protecting confidential, personal identifiable data from cyber threats is crucial, and is a key top-of-mind issue for multinationals.

How can multinational companies best seek to manage and mitigate cyber security risk and protect their data?  Come and learn that while it is key to protect against external vulnerabilities, the most important manifestation of company-critical risk is from an organisation’s own human capital.

Please come and share your thoughts and experiences on this topic.  We are privileged to have Yves Duhaldeborde, Senior Director, Willis Towers Watson, to present on this topic, including sharing his experience of how high performing organisations are exploring risk-resilient company cultures and leadership to support the right behaviours to tackle cyber risk.  

Brief profile:  Yves is a Senior Director in the Talent & Rewards segment of Willis Towers Watson, where he specialises in strategies aimed at leveraging employee perspectives, attitudes and behaviours to enhance business performance and employee experience. He advises global companies across a very wide range of sectors on strategies to maximise engagement, reduce turnover within key employee segments, and efficiently allocate resources to people development programs that have the biggest effect on productivity and business performance. 

We are waiting for confirmation on possible additional corporate and provider speakers to join the debate:  further details to follow. 

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 Norway Annual Event

When: Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 14:30 to 18:00
Where: Telenor Headquarter Expo Building Telenor Fornebu Snarøyveien 30 Fornebu Norway
Subject: Global Employee Benefits

 Agenda - please see enclosed document

Joint IEBA-CH & GEM Event

When: Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 13:30 to 19:00
Where: Hotel Alpha-Palmiers, Lausanne
Subject: This will be another joint event between IEBA Switzerland and the Groupement des Entreprises Multinationales (GEM). The topic of the event will be "Adapting benefits to the future - the gig economy".
Speaker(s): Please refer to the attached programme.
For more information, please refer to the attached programme.

IEBA London meeting

When: Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 07:30 to 09:00
Where: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Subject: Navigating multiple M&A transactions at the same time
Speaker(s): Michelle Newton, European Benefits Specialist in the European Compensation & Benefits COE of GE Corporate


While M&A activity overall typically ebbs and flows, for some organisations, it is a constant activity, taking multiple forms.

GE is one of these organisations that is constantly reviewing its business portfolio through M&A activity.  We are very privileged to have Michelle Newton, European Benefits Specialist in the European Compensation & Benefits COE of GE Corporate, to come and talk with us on how GE navigates multiple transactions at the same time, engages with all the necessary stakeholders, avoids the traps and "red herrings”, but doesn’t miss the red flags / deal breakers.

Michelle has been with GE Corporate for 11 years and has been involved in over 7 acquisitions over 10 countries totalling 8000 employees and 8 dispositions over 27 countries totalling 12000 employees during 2017/2018 alone.  Michelle has a background in European pension and benefits, employee value proposition and flexible benefit platforms.

We look forward to you joining the session and actively participating in the discussion.



When: Thursday, 17 May 2018 at 15:30 to 19:00
Where: Willis Towers Watson, Professor E.M. Meijerslaan 5, 1183 AV Amstelveen
Subject: Mergers and Acquisitions

SAVE THE DATE - German Branch Meeting in Munich

When: Thursday, 17 May 2018 at 14:00 to 17:30
Where: DLA Piper Maximilianstraße 2 80539 München


European collective defined contribution plans

Marco Arteaga - DLA Piper

Financial wellness as an international corporate benefit

Marco Reiners - Aon

Case study: "Buying out pension liabilities via a CTA structure"

Dr. Markus Sengpiel - Luthers Law


When: Thursday, 26 April 2018 at 10:00 to 11:30
Where: USA - 10:00AM Eastern Time
Subject: New EMEA Data Privacy Regulations, including very restrictive regulations now in place in Russia
Speaker(s): Speakers to be confirmed

This event will take the form of a telephone presentation and discussion, to maximise the number of people who can participate.

IEBA UK Branch - 2018 Annual Dinner - Speaker Confirmed

When: Thursday, 19 April 2018 at 18:45 to 22:30
Where: The Law Society 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Subject: IEBA UK Annual Dinner
Speaker(s): Peter Bowler, Renishaw plc

We are pleased to invite you and your guests to our 43rd Annual London Dinner. This will take place on Thursday 19 April 2018 at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start.

As in previous years, IEBA subsidises the Dinner so that more members and guests may attend, reducing the charge from £100 to £50 per head (for members and guests) 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 are pleased to confirm our Guest Speaker, Peter Bowler, who will update us on what employers are doing as a result of Brexit.  Peter is Head of Group HR for the Renishaw Group, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company has nearly 5000 employees in 35 countries and supplies products for use in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, 3D printing, dentistry, and brain surgery.

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

IEBA Italy Branch Meeting

When: Thursday, 12 April 2018 at 10:30 to 13:00
Where: Mefop, Via Aniene 14, 00198 Roma
Subject: Promotion of workplace benefits in Italy; Occupational healthcare funds; International employee benefits
Speaker(s): Speakers to be confirmed
This, the second IEBA Italy Branch Meeting to take place in Italy, after the successful launch meeting in Milan last April will run from 10.30 to 13.00 followed by a networking lunch. In order to support this event the next IEBA Main Committee Meeting has been arranged in Rome to coincide with this Branch Meeting.

IEBA France: Contribution of risk manager to management of EB Risks

When: Thursday, 22 March 2018 at 08:30 to 11:00
Where: 86, boulevard Haussmann 75008 Paris Métro Saint-Augustin / Havre-Caumartin/ Saint Lazare The building has no name but it is the ex-SwissLife building. Guests will be welcomed at reception and the auditorium is 1 floor down
Subject: The Risk Manager's role in management of employee benefit risks
Speaker(s): Jean-Paul Thionier, MX Conseil; Pascal Prevost, Nestlé; Marie Noelle Arrigault, Independent Consultant

The role of the risk manager is an increasingly important role in the management of employee benefit risks. These include company reputation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Key Persons risk, employee wellbeing, employee turnover, employee costs, which of these should the risk manager intervene? 

Jean-Paul Thionier, Senior Consultant at MX Conseil will present the different employee benefit risks that multinationals must manage.  A panel discussion will follow with views presented by both Group HR and Risk management on the challenges of managing employee benefits risk and which risks should lie completely within the responsibility of HR and which can be tackled also by the risk manager. 

Pascal Prevost, Deputy Head of Group Risk Services (Nestlé Group) and General Manager of Intercona (Nestlé Group Reinsurance Captive) and Marie Noelle Arrigault, Compensation and Benefits Consultant who has held both Corporate Benefits Director and Coporate Risk Manager roles in her career, will animate the panel discussion.

The timing is as follows:

8h30 - Welcome with coffee and croissants served

9h00 - Introduction to subject

9h20 - 10h45 - Panel discussion

We look forward to your active participation in this discussion.


IEBA 18th Annual Conference - March 2018

When: 14/03/2018 to 15/03/2018
Where: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels
Subject: IEBA 18th Annual Conference

We held another very successful Annual Conference on 14 and 15 March 2018. This was the 12th time we have held 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.).

We had a record number of delegates (over 180) and our efforts to balance the proportion of employers to service providers (consultants, insurance companies, etc) paid off.  Almost 50% of the delegates were from employers.

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

We look forward to seeing many of you at the next Annual Conference in Brussels in March 2019!

CANCELLED: IEBA Belgium meeting

When: Thursday, 8 February 2018
Subject: Stress-related illnesses: prevention and reintegration management
Speaker(s): Griet De Bevere, Global Benefits Manager Wolters Kluwer + speaker from AG Insurance

It’s with great regret that we need to cancel our IEBA Belgium meeting of Thursday February 8. Unfortunately we received a number of cancellations, especially from our corporate members. As a result the remaining participants would be mostly insurers and a few consultants. We feel that a limited group of participants and the absence of our target audience (i.e. the corporate Compensation & Benefits professionals) does not justify to invite 2 quality speakers who have prepared a presentation focusing on this specific group.

We wish to apologize for any inconvenience that this cancellation may cause. We hope to see you soon at the IEBA conference in Brussels or at another IEBA Belgium event later this year.

 The IEBA Belgium Committee



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