Leadership Intelligence

2023 AESC Global Conference - London

November 7, 2023
Leadership Intelligence
November 7, 2023
08:30 to 17:00

In a world reshaped by technology, are we risking a culture of “nowism”, living in the present, seeking immediate gratification and focused on the short-term? The leaders of today and tomorrow are being challenged in new and unexpected ways. Leading and navigating through uncertainty is today’s norm.

Join AESC in London to hear from experts on future trends, including ethical AI, cultural intelligence, and emerging disruptions:

  • How will human intelligence supported by artificial intelligence shape the world of work in the coming years?
  • What are the risks and rewards of self-teaching technologies?
  • How will DEI and sustainability drive the talent of tomorrow?
  • What critical knowledge do we need--right now?


  • November 6 - Networking Drinks Reception taking place at St. Ermin's Hotel in London - 18:15 to 20:15 GMT
  • November 7 - Conference - 08:30 to 17:00 GMT

Who Should Attend:

  • Board Directors, C-level Executives, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Advisors, Venture Capitalists and Private Equity
  • AESC Members | Executive Search & Leadership Consulting Professionals

Don't miss this opportunity to gain fresh intelligence to thrive today and tomorrow.


Unlock Hidden Potential: Cultivate a growth mindset and leverage cognitive diversity

Matthew Syed, a highly sought-after speaker, best-selling author, and Sunday Times columnist, provides a fast-paced analysis of how the best organizations innovate, sustain change, and build a mindset of continuous improvement. Using compelling examples from many industries, he will explore the power of a growth mindset and cognitive diversity to boost performance – at an individual, team and organization level. A high-energy inspiring session not to be missed.

Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking, Matthew Syed’s most recent book will be available for all conference attendees.

Matthew Syed
Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster
Matthew Syed Consulting
Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence – not without its challenges!

In the era of rapid technological advancements, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has permeated our lives, transforming industries and reshaping interactions. However, this integration raises important ethical considerations, particularly in terms of bias and trust. Professor Barry O'Sullivan, FAAAI, FAAIA, FEurAI, FIAE, FICS, MRIA, an award-winning academic with more than 25 years’ experience working in artificial intelligence. In July 2018 Barry was appointed Vice Chair of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI. Join us for an engaging session that delves deep into the intersections of AI ethics, bias mitigation, and insights on how the AI ACT, the first EU regulatory framework for AI will put restrictions on what are seen as the technology’s riskiest uses.

Professor Barry O'Sullivan
University College Cork
Leaders making a Difference

Leaders that are making a broader impact, helping raise visibility for inclusion in the communities we serve and our clients.

Moderated by a leader making a difference, Tamara Box a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club and Managing Partner, EME, and Head of Structured Finance at international top 20 law firm Reed Smith.

Tamara Box
Partner, EME, at Reed Smith
Founding Member of the Steering Committee at The 30% Club
Eleanor Mills
Award-winning journalist, diversity campaigner and entrepreneur; Founder & Editor in Chief
Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj
Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Diversity
HEC Paris in Qatar
Sophie Hulm
Chief Executive
Progress Together
Gian Power
Keynote speaker, Founder & CEO
TLC Lions
AI, Algorithms & Automation: Rewriting the Rules of our Society

We are on the verge of one of the biggest technological disruptions our species has ever faced as automation, algorithms, and AI continue to advance at an exponential rate. Digital Anthropologist and New York Times Best-Selling Author Rahaf Harfoush dives into some of the ethical, cultural, and social questions that surround these technological advancements, including technology's impact on leadership and work and what leaders need to do to thrive in this new age of disruption. Rahaf shows both the promise and peril of living in a constantly connected society.

Rahaf Harfoush
Strategist, Digital Anthropologist, and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Executive Director
Red Thread Institute of Digital Culture
Talent Intelligence: Using Data to Drive Organizational Performance - A fireside chat with Toby Culshaw

Leverage the power of Talent Intelligence (TI) using data about people, skills, jobs, business functions and markets to make ethical, evidence-informed decisions that drive business performance. Toby Culshaw, renowned author and Global Head of Talent Intelligence: Amazon Worldwide Stores will share insights on how to analyse data, ask the right questions, and where and how the insights from the data can add most value. A session not to be missed.

Toby Culshaw
Talent Intelligence Leader
Worldwide Amazon Stores
AI Impact: the art of the possible and critical unlocks

Louise Herring, a partner with McKinsey’s QuantumBlack business, focuses on capturing the full potential of AI. In this session, she will map out how that value potential is growing with the new capabilities enabled by GenAI and what the “critical unlocks” are that set apart leaders in the sector from the rest. Through this she will share her views on how organizations can move from experimentation to implementation to get the most out of this technology.

Louise Herring
McKinsey & Company and QuantumBlack, AI by McKinsey

Leaders around the world shared their views on critical business issues including uncertainty, leadership, transformation, artificial intelligence, sustainability, DEI and more. Karen Greenbaum, AESC CEO, will highlight their views and the implications for our profession. Be the first to hear these global insights that shape our talent and leadership advisory services.

Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
AESC Award Ceremony

AESC Awards recognize individuals for their personal achievements and contribution to their firm, our profession and the communities in which we serve. Join us as we honor this year's recipients.

And more!


For group rates or sponsorship, please contact Clare Mahon at cmahon@aesc.org.

Should you have any accessibility needs, please contact Linda Backlund at lbacklund@aesc.org.

Conference taking place at St Paul's | etc.venues
200 Aldersgate St, Barbican, London EC1A 4HD, United Kingdom


Thank you to our AESC Global Partners


Thank you to our group supporters