HYBRID 2016:

The premier European event focused on executive search and leadership consultants, and the clients they serve.

How will a changing European landscape influence tomorrow’s leadership? How must our profession adapt to meet the contemporary challenges of our clients? Join AESC and your colleagues on 10th of November in Zurich for our annual European Conference. We find ourselves at a convergence. The confluence of nations into a global marketplace. The marriage of artificial intelligence with the human brain. The amalgamation of a multi-generation workforce. A diversification of talent where gender, ethnicity, nationality and a diversity of culture yield greater innovation than ever before. As elements intertwine, new energy is unleashed, and with it new opportunities.

Join us for Hybrid 2016 as we explore:

• A changing Europe—how can our profession prepare.

• Building trusting relationships in an uncertain world of rapidly evolving leadership.

• Leveraging science and technology to strategically advise our clients while maintaining the art of our profession.

Zurich, our host city, presents the ideal environment to reflect on our profession’s impact on today’s global industry. Zurich is the home of many of the world’s leading organizations including ABB, Credit Swiss, Nestle, Novartis and Roche Group.

For registration inquiries or more information, please contact Pam Sohal (




Wednesday, November 9


Networking Cocktail Reception with Swiss-based Business Leaders
and Dinner with guest speaker Nia Joynson-Romanzina on the Economy of Belonging: The New Organizational Glue

Kameha Grand Hotel

Glean valuable insights from our guest speaker Nia Joynson-Romanzina, Founder and Director of consulting firm iCubed, where she coaches leaders to become fluent in the currency of trust. Nia will lead us through a discussion on how, in the age of intangibles, organizations find themselves at a crossroads: behaviors have taken us as far as they can, but cannot take us any further. In the economy of belonging, the currency of trust and emotional capital can tip the balance sheet in our favor as engagement, resilience and agility soars.


Thursday, November 10


Registration and AESC Partner Exhibits

Meet representatives from AESC partner organizations and learn about services that can help you propel your business forward and best serve your clients.


Networking Lunch

Join your AESC peers, representatives from partner organizations and panelists for a networking lunch, sponsored by AESC partner Invenias.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Krista Walochik, President of Talengo, who serves as Chair of the AESC Council of Europe & Africa, will set the tone for the day's insights in her opening remarks. She will be joined by Clare Mahon, Managing Director Europe & Africa, AESC.


Next Generation Executive Talent

Sarah Kane, Human Capital Partner at Deloitte will discuss what is impacting and disrupting the Next Generation Executive Talent.

Michael Staunton of Future Work Forum will provide a glimpse into the future as we explore how next generation leadership will impact organizations worldwide and what we need to know now to serve our clients with excellence tomorrow. It is imperative for organizations to create an all-inclusive, all-encompassing corporate culture now if they're ever to attract and embrace the new talent they're going to need tomorrow. This session will provide a route map to enriching an organization’s talent pool and concentrating on “The 3 Rs”: Recruitment, Reward and Retention.  Followed by a panel discussion with Chris Clay of Cargill International and Ellie Filler of Korn Ferry. Moderated by Ineke Arts, Partner - Hoffman & Associates.


The Multi-Generational Workforce

Sarah Kane, Human Capital Partner at Deloitte will share what is shaping workspace of the future as we embrace a Multi-Generational Workforce and presenting insights from Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2016. 

Alun Rees, former leader of global HR programs at IBM will discuss how organizations are fast transforming and changing the global business landscape and how senior leadership roles are evolving in a multi-generational environment. As 65% of companies now have at least four generations within their workforce and 55% suggest that within three years this will be their top HR priority, what does this dynamic of the workforce mean? Is there a need to respond to this change across the globe or can organizations continue as they are? This session will surprise, stimulate and provide tangible advice that creates opportunities for you and your clients. Followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Thomas Heyn of AltoPartners, Ian Johnston of Senn Delaney and Nia Joyson-Romanzina of iCubed. Moderated by Clare Mahon of AESC.


Coffee and Refreshments Break


The Art and Science of Strategic Advising

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, will present new insights on how technology is enhancing the art of our profession and equipping us to serve our clients in new and increasingly transformative ways.


Unlocking EU General Data Protection

The new regulation will elevate risk and have enormous influence on global business, with significant impact on our profession. AESC is actively responding and working with Tim Hickman of global legal firm White & Case. Hickman will lead the discussion with members from the AESC Government & Legal Affairs Committee, including Heath Brewer, EMEA General Counsel, Spencer Stuart and David Peters, Finance Director, Odgers Berndtson, on what we all need to know now to be prepared. Moderated by Karen Greenbaum of AESC.


Technology Versus Humanity:

The impact of exponential technological disruption and what it may mean for executive search and strategic advising

The world will change more in the next 20 years than the previous 300 years as science fiction is increasingly becoming science fact. Artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent assistance (IA) is being integrated into every web-platform and service, natural language understanding is almost 100% reality as consumers are adopting voice interfaces, the Internet of Things is changing processes from logistics to CRM, and cognitive computing is impacting any task having to do with knowledge, information and understanding.

Futurist, humanist and and author of Technology vs. Humanity, Gerd Leonhard will lead us through a forward-looking session on how 10 megatrends will influence us as strategic advisors to business leaders worldwide. Drawing from global examples of transformation, gain new perspectives on our biggest threats and walk away with insights on the new opportunities that will propel us forward.


Closing Remarks

Paul Benson, Regional Managing Partner, Industrial Markets, EMEA, Korn Ferry, who serves as Vice Chair of the AESC Council of Europe & Africa, will provide key takeaways from the day's insights in his closing remarks.


Networking Cocktail Reception

Join the day's speakers, your AESC peers, representatives from partner organizations and panelists for networking and dialogue about the day’s topics, sponsored by AESC partner The Cluen CorporationGerd Leonard will also be signing copies of his book, Technology vs. Humanity.

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  • PERSON 1

    Partner, Hoffman & Associates / IIC Partners - Brussels

  • PERSON 2

    Regional Managing Partner, Industrial Markets, EMEA, Korn Ferry

  • PERSON 3

    EMEA General Counsel, Spencer Stuart

  • PERSON 4

    Global Talent Acquisition Lead, Cargill International

  • PERSON 5

    Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

  • PERSON 6

    President and Chief Executive Officer, AESC

  • PERSON 7

    Operating Committee Member, AltoPartners

  • PERSON 8

    Associate, White & Case

  • PERSON 9

    Partner, EMEA Consulting Services, Senn Delaney

  • PERSON 10

    Founder & Director, iCubed

  • PERSON 11

    Partner, Human Capital - Deloitte

  • PERSON 12

    Futurist, Humanist, Author, Speaker

  • PERSON 13

    Managing Director, Europe and Africa, AESC

  • PERSON 14

    Finance Director, Odgers Berndtson

  • PERSON 15

    Former Leader of Global HR Programs, IBM

  • PERSON 16

    Partner, Future Work Forum

  • PERSON 17

    President, Talengo



We would like to thank our Partners for their support of the 2016 European Conference:



Marriott, Kameha Grand Zurich

Dufaux Strasse 1, Thurgauerstrasse 107 Opfikon - Zurich 8152 Switzerland

The Marriott Hotel is offering exclusive rates for AESC European Conference attendees! Book two nights over the weekend and pay for only one. To take advantage of this discount and to register yourself for the Conference please contact Pam Sohal ( to book this.