2015 Expatriate Management Conference

2015 Expatriate Management Conference

2015 Expatriate Management Conference

23 April - 24 April 2015  Spain, Madrid

  • OVERVIEW
    • Developing Smarter Global Mobility Strategies

      We are pleased to announce that the 19th Expatriate Management Conference will be held on 23-24 April 2015 in Madrid. The conference will combine plenary and breakout sessions, providing HR professionals from a wide range of global organisations the opportunity to learn and discuss the latest trends, practices and developments in expatriate management.

       

      The agenda will include a mix of practitioners and experts, combining examples and case studies to illustrate the topics discussed. A range of topics from the strategic level to the practical management of expatriate packages will be covered.

       

  • WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
    • This leading pan-European conference is designed for “in-house” HR professionals within the remit of international assignments, who want to stay abreast of the latest trends and practices.

       

      Please be advised that this event is only for in-house HR professionals. Mercer reserves the right to decline registrations received from service providers, competitors and potential delegates that do not match the target audience. These restrictions are aimed at maintaining a high quality level of networking at the conference and we appreciate your understanding in this matter.

       

  • WHY ATTEND?
    • 1)     Network with peers

      2)     Discuss practical issues and aim to find solutions

      3)     Explore new trends and understand the big picture from a corporate, geographic and/or market perspective

       

  • AGENDA
    • 2015 EXPATRIATE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

      23 APRIL - 24 APRIL 2015

      Spain, Madrid

       

      09:30 - 9:45 Bienvenida e Introducción

      09:45 - 10:45 Localización Versus Enfoque de Salario en Origen

      10:45 - 11:00 Café

      11:00 - 12:00 Casos Prácticos / America Latina

       

      DAY ONE / 23 April

      12:00 - 13:00 Registration & Lunch

      13:00 - 13:15 Welcome and Introduction

      13:30 - 14:30 Plenary Session 1: Keynote speaker
      The Direction of International Mobility in the 21st Century and how does it fit with the Needs of Multinational Companies?

      14:30 - 14:45 Break

      14:45 - 16:15: Breakout Session 1:  Industry 

      • Engineering, Energy and Mining
      • FMCG  
      • Pharma and Healthcare
      • Manufacturing and High-Tech
      • Finance and Services

      16:15 - 16:45 Break

      16:45 - 17:45 Plenary Session 2: Panel of Leading Companies

      18:45 Cocktails and Dinner

       

      DAY TWO / 24 April

      08:30 – 09:30 Plenary Session 3: Technology in Global Mobility - Case Studies

      09:30 – 09:45 Break

      09:45 – 11:00 Breakout Session 2:

      • Expatriate Management in the Middle East
      • Policy Strategies for Small and Medium Programmes (less than 100 assignees)
      • Managing Diversity and Dual Career Issues
      • Managing Localisation

      11:00 – 11:30 Break

      11:30 – 12:45 Breakout Session 3:

      • Expatriate Management in the Americas
      • Managing Allowances and Premiums
      • Managing Diversity and Dual Career Issues

      12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

      13:45 – 15:00 Breakout Session 4:

      • Managing Localisation
      • Managing Allowances and Premiums: Cost-of-Living, Housing, Quality of Living Allowances and Mobility Incentives
      • Expatriate Management in Asia
      • Policy Strategies for Small and Medium Programmes (less than 100 assignees)

      15:15 – 16:00 Plenary Session 4: Key Resolutions to Optimise Mobility Management in 2015

      16:00 –16:15 Wrap up and Close

       

  • SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
    • Keynote Session - The Direction of International Mobility in the 21st Century and how Does it fit with the Needs of Multinational Companies?

       

      Dr. Peter Lorange president of the Lorange Institute of Business and former president of IMD, Lausanne, will discuss the relation between management development and international experience. His intervention will focus on answering the fundamental questions about global mobility: what’s the business case behind global mobility? What does it really accomplish? What is the new direction of international mobility in the 21st century and how does it fit with the needs of multinational companies? This session will be both an introduction to the strategic challenges that will be discussed during the conference and an opportunity to reflect on how mobility is positioned within companies and how it should be presented by HR practitioners to general management.

       

      Industry Sessions:

       

      Over 1H30 participants will have the opportunity to network, whilst exploring trends specific to each industry, discus case studies and answer specific questions from the participations.

      The session is purposely taking place on the first day of the conference to allow participants to rapidly establish contact with peers from the same industry who are potentially facing similar issues.

       

      Global Mobility Strategy:

       

      Global Mobility Trends.
      During this lively discussion, HR managers from leading multinational companies will provide their views on current mobility trends and answer specific questions about their policies and best practices from the session’s facilitator and the audience. The discussion panel will include companies from different industry sector, size and countries in order to provide a comprehensive and diverse overview of global mobility management.


      Global Mobility Processes and Policy Case Studies
      The objective of this plenary session taking place on the second day of the conference is to delve into the details of the policies and processes of major multinational companies. It aims at complementing the strategic panel sessions with concrete examples presented by global managers in charge of large global mobility programmes.

       

      Key Resolutions to Optimise Mobility Management in 2015
      This panel session will conclude the conference by summarising the key learnings of the two days and discuss what practical steps can be implemented in the short-term. The objective is to ensure that each participant leaves the conference with a useful checklist, possible practical actions and new ideas to implement

       

      Policy Strategies for Small and Medium Programmes (100 assignees)
      The conference will extensively cover the strategic aspect of mobility for large multinationals companies but a session has been organised specifically for companies with smaller expatriate populations. It will summarise best practices and detail practical tips.

       

      Mobility Strategy: Key Trends and Best Practice
      During this lively discussion, HR managers from leading multinational companies will provide their views on current mobility trends and answer specific questions about their policies and best practices from the session’s facilitator and the audience. The panel will include companies from different industry sectors, sizes and countries in order to provide a comprehensive and diverse overview of global mobility management.

       

      Geographic sessions:

       

      Expatriate Management in the Middle East

      After an overview of key HR issues in the region, the session will go deeper into specific issues affecting inbound and outbound expatriates:

      •  Understanding salary and housing cost evolution
      • When to use the balance sheet approach and when to localise in GCC countries?
      • How to mitigate the costs for GCC inbound and outbound employees?
      • Assignments to countries in turmoil: managing hardship and risks
       

      Expatriate Management in the Americas

      The focus of the presentation will be on Latin American countries. It will address issues such as: 

      • Emerging HR trends in the region
      • How to manage Intra-regional moves in Latin America?
      • The realities of inflation and exchange rates in Countries such as Argentina and Venezuela and how to manage them.
      • Localisation in countries such as Brazil and Mexico
       

      Expatriate Management in Asia

      This session will explore the issues for inbound and outbound expatriates in the region:

      • Emerging HR trends and key HR indicators
      • China and India: tiers 2 versus tiers 1 cities – adapting your mobility strategy
      • Managing Asian expatriates Intra-regional moves
       
       

      Practical Global Mobility Management:

       

      Managing Localisation and Local Plus
      Localisation and the gradual rise of local plus types of solutions have been growing trends for the past few years. Yet, the practical implementation of consistent local or local plus policies remains a major challenge for many companies. Over the past couple of years, Mercer has launched a series of research, initiatives and sessions to facilitate local and local plus approaches. This year’s session will more specifically detail country specific approaches with examples from countries such as China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil and Europe.

       

      Managing Allowances and Premiums: Cost-of-Living, Housing, Quality of Living Allowances and Mobility Incentives
      Cost-of-living, housing and hardship allowances remain at the heart of home-based expatriate packages and represent a significant cost for the company. This session is an opportunity to reflect on the evolution of these allowances and the concepts underpinning them and discuss what new developments and concepts are emerging on the market. During the discussion, key allowance management topics will be addressed such as: to what extent allowance costs can and should be controlled? Should allowance management go in the direction of simplification or on the contrary seek further customisation to adapt to new types of assignments?

       

      Mobility and Diversity – underused resources to mitigate Talent shortages
      With more employers using the mobilisation of talent as a key driver of growth, inclusion and diversity strategies are moving to the forefront of HR policies. But while employers seek to harness the collective knowledge and experiences of all of their employees, diversity of globally mobile staff has not kept pace with that of the local population—the proportion of mobile women remains persistently low, LGBT employees face specific barriers to mobility, an ageing workforce and dual careers challenge existing policies and benefits.

       

      Join this interactive session in which we explore:

      • barriers to mobilising diverse talent
      • how to ensure equal career development opportunities for all employee groups
      • best practice solutions for managing diverse mobile talent
      • how mobility professionals can drive change within their organisations
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PETER LORANGE
    • Mr. Lorange is chairman and owner of the Lorange Institute of Business Zurich. Mr. Lorange was president of the International Institute for Management Development, or IMD, from July 1, 1993 to April 1, 2008, and until July 1, 2009, he was Professor of Strategy at IMD and held the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Chair of International Shipping. He was formerly president of the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo. Mr. Lorange was affiliated with the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania for more than a decade in various assignments, including director for the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies and The William H. Wurster Center for International Management Studies, as well as The William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management. He has also taught at the Sloan School of Management (M.I.T.), IMEDE (now IMD), and the Stockholm School of Economics. Mr. Lorange serves on the board of directors of several corporations including Marsoft International A/S, Preferred Global Health and Global Praxis. He received his undergraduate education from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business, was awarded a Masters of Arts degree in Operations Management from Yale University and his Doctor of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

       

  • ACCOMMODATION
    • All participants are responsible for organising their own accommodation.

      The negotiated conference rate with the hotel is now expired, please contact the hotel to check availability.

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