Digitalization is transforming the speed of business and expectations of humans to seek and obtain peak results through every aspect of business. In an era of uncertainty and disruption, organizations worldwide look to search and leadership consultants as their trusted advisors to help navigate this increasingly complex environment. 

Take our profession to new heights to deliver peak results for your clients. Join AESC in Brussels on November 9 for our annual European Conference.

Develop a deeper understanding of the critical challenges and opportunities leaders face to better deliver long-term value. Now more than ever, our profession has more opportunities to help organizations achieve a competitive advantage. 

Gain insight. Impact the profession.




This event is open to clients, AESC members and nonmembers. For group table bookings, email Clare Mahon at cmahon@aesc.org


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8.00 to 9.00 | Registration, Welcome Coffee & Partner Exhibits

9.00 to 9.10 | Welcome & Opening Remarks

Ineke Arts, Chair, AESC Europe and Africa Council; Partner, Hoffman Associates
Clare Mahon, AESC

9.10 to 10.00 | Surprising Qualities of Highly Functional Brains

Andy Habermacher, Leading Brains

Andy Habermacher, a leading expert in the field of Neuroleadership, explores the human brain and how it relates to behavior in the workplace. Andy will take participants on a short journey into the brain—how it grows and wires throughout life—and the five core drivers of all human brains. Additionally, he’ll share the surprising qualities of highly functioning brains and what questions you can ask to identify these counterintuitive qualities of senior leaders.

10.00 to 10.30 | Turning Silver into Gold: Tapping into the Mature Workforce

Ilaria Maselli, The Conference Board

Senior Economist Ilaria Maselli shares new insights from The Conference Board on how the labor supply is a growing risk for companies and how this risk is largely underestimated.

10.30 to 11.10 | Elevating Client Relationships

David Butter, Andrew Sobel Advisors

In this lively interactive session, David Butter, a global expert in building client relationships in professional service firms, will provide proven tools and techniques to help you elevate your client relationships to new heights.

11.10 to 11.40 | Networking Break

Sponsored by The Mintz Group

11.40 to 12.50 | The Next Wave: Executive Talent for The Next Generation

 Karen Greenbaum, AESC


Sam Burman, Heidrick & Struggles
Julie Maigret, Korn Ferry
Paloma Marcos, Spencer Stuart
Agnieszka Ogonowska, Borderless
Harry Wimborne, Sheffield Haworth

How will Next Generation leaders differ from today's business leaders? What factors are creating a climate of anxiety as senior executives worldwide grapple with keeping pace in an environment of constant uncertainty and lightning-fast change? Karen will present research on how global C-suite decision makers are developing, and planning to develop, Next Generation talent in their industries.

Following her presentation, Karen will moderate a panel of next generation executive talent advisors on the challenges of future clients and how they see how our profession will evolve. 

12.50 to 14.00 | Networking Lunch Break

Sponsored by Invenias

14.00 to 14.45 | The Future of Work - What People will do After the Robots Show Up

Michael Chui, McKinsey Global Institute

Michael Chui will present the latest findings on automation, artificial intelligence and the impact of technology in the workplace. Learn cutting-edge insights from McKinsey's recently released report, 'The Future of Work – What People will do After the Robots Show up'.

14.45 to 15.45 | More Data, More Technology = More Regulation: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


Karen Greenbaum, AESC
Tim Hickman, White and Case
David Peters, Odgers Berndtson
Facilitated by Clare Mahon, AESC

The fast approaching date for enforcement of GDPR May 2018. Join us for a GDPR update and a panel discussion on how this regulation is changing the mindset of our profession, our candidates and our clients. Also, learn about how AESC is responding and supporting AESC Members.

15.45 to 16.15 | Coffee Break

Sponsored by TRIUM

16.15 to 17.30 | Keynote Presentation: The Day After Tomorrow

Peter Hinssen, Entrepreneur, Author

Author Peter Hinssen discusses today’s exponentially changing world and its consequences for organizations of today. Sharing findings from his latest book, The Day After Tomorrow, Peter will introduce those pioneers who managed to move beyond tomorrow-thinking in innovation to change the course of entire industries. Above all, he will share the business models, organizational structures, talent, mindset, technologies and cultures needed to maximize an organization’s chances for survival.

17.30 to 18.15 | Senior Leader Fireside Chat


Sebastien Deletaille, CEO & Co-founder, Real Impact Analytics
Martha Ivanovas, Government Affairs Manager EMEA at Dell

Facilitated by David Webber, Odgers Berndtson

Reflecting on session insights, business leaders discuss learnings from the day and how they apply to today's top organizational challenges, from next generation executive talent and how artificial intelligence impacts leaders and business, to implementing processes to ensure business continuity.

18.15 to 18.25 | Closing Remarks

Krista Walochik, Chair, AESC Board of Directors; President, Talengo - Madrid

18.25 to 20.00 | Book Signing and Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by The Cluen Corporation

Join the day's speakers, your AESC peers and partners for networking and dialogue about the day's topics. Peter Hinssen will also be signing copies of his book, The Day After Tomorrow





  • Ineke Arts

    Partner, Hoffman & Associates / IIC Partners - Brussels

  • Emanuela Aureli

    Spencer Stuart, Vice Chair Europe and Africa Council

  • Sam Burman

    Heidrick & Struggles

  • David Butter

    Consultant / Facilitator / Mentor

  • Michael Chui

    Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)

  • Sébastien Deletaille

    CEO & Co-founder of Real Impact Analytics (RIA)

  • Karen Greenbaum

    AESC, President & CEO

  • Andy Habermacher

    Founder, Leading Brains

  • Tim Hickman

    White and Case

  • Peter Hinssen

    Entrepreneur, Author

  • Clare Mahon

    AESC Managing Director, Europe and Africa

  • Julie Maigret

    Korn Ferry

  • Paloma Marcos

    Spencer Stuart

  • Ilaria Maselli

    Senior Economist,
    The Conference Board

  • Agnieszka Ogonowska


  • David Peters

    Finance Director, Odgers Berndtson

  • Stefan Spang

    Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company - Düsseldorf

  • Martha Ivanovas

    Government Affairs Manager EMEA at Dell

  • Krista Walochik

    Chair, AESC Board of Directors and President, Talengo - Madrid

  • David Webber

    Partner and Head of the EU Affairs Practice

  • Harry Wimborne

    Sheffield Haworth


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