Festival of Global People 2019


The international management event of the year

Tuesday 14 May & Wednesday 15 May 2019  |  St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

Festival of Global People

About the Festival

The Festival of Global People returns to Central London to connect, inspire and support the people behind high performing global organisations.
Not to be missed by Global managers, HR and Global Mobility specialists, CEOs, Directors and Department heads looking to drive growth, manage and develop global talent and innovate in complex international markets.

To make a difference in your organisation book your early bird ticket today.

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Over two days this unique event aims to bring a fresh perspective on how to build, engage and enable global teams to achieve sustainable growth through an exciting programme of keynote speakers and facilitated round tables, specialist interactive workshops and meet the expert sessions.

We will cover a range of topics relevant to all those managing global teams:

  • discover how to keep your global employees engaged
  • learn how to put inclusion at the heart of HR
  • discover how coaching and creativity can support your team 
  • ensure corporate and employee compliance
  • explore talent and leadership development challenges
  • and much more...

Why should the Festival be in your diary?

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Exciting Programme

Ignite new ideas and gain a fresh perspective on how to build, engage and enable global teams to achieve sustainable growth: inspirational keynotes, facilitated roundtables, panel sessions, specialist interactive workshops and pre-booked appointments with industry experts.

Day 1 – 14 May

Growth Market – International Schools
and why they matter

Jitin Sethi, Partner LEK

Immigration updates Brexit and beyond

India unlocking opportunity inbound
and outbound

Holly Creed – DMX
Simon Johnston – Icon Relocation
Rohit Kumar, IKAN

Peer-to-peer empowerment: a win-win
for expats, partners and employer
Theresa Häfner and Lindsay Lydon – InterNations Business Solutions

Families matter – How to choose the
right school

Colin Bell, CEO, COBIS
Plus leading schools, education consultants from around the world

Health & wellbeing to boost productivity and engagement

An inclusive workplace is a high-performance workplace
Diversity and Inclusion panel Chaired by Dr Susan Shortland 

Relocation hotspots unpacked for success

Influencing the business through, digital
, AI and data

Global short-term accommodation solutions supporting growth

How employers can support schools,
young people and their career ambitions

Angela Middleton

Attracting and retaining talent in the
world of talent shortages

Using technology to transform
global mobility and organisations

Enabling assignees and families to
thrive in a new location

Families Matter: Partner perspective
Alessandra Gnudi and Eva Stock, FOCUS

Coaching – empowering employees
to flourish in challenging times
Value of coaching in the global context
Executive coaching for all
Career coaching for relocating partners
With: Morag Paterson, Belinda Smith, Alexandra Terhalle, Michelle Yeoman

The show must go on – my leadership journey
Andy Lawson, Technical Manager Lyceum Theatre

The Power of Pause
Belinda Smith

Developing Purposeful Leaders
Ben Renshaw

Day 2 – 15 May

Get creative
Peter Moolan-Feroz – Artist in Residence

Change, trust and engagement – squaring the circle 
Dr Linda Holbeche, author in leadership and HR, consultant, researcher

Group discussions and feedback
Facilitated by Dr Linda Holbeche

Panel discussion – three industry case studies
Chaired by Linda Holbeche
Contributors include Ben Renshaw, author of Purpose

Insights on industry sectors – unlock value and talent mobility for growth

Creativity – Renaissance thinking for the 21st century
Peter Moolan-Feroz

Innovation – how a dynamic theatre group takes the stage
Paul Williamson, Head of Talent Development

Future fit workforce – tech, AI and beyond

An inclusive workplace is a high-performance workplace

Gala Awards Dinner & Entertainment

Find out about Day 2 of the Festival of Global People


Leading Experts

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Ben Renshaw, Leadership thinker and popular author of Purpose
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Dr Linda Holbeche, Author of The Agile Organisation, consultant & HR expert

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Peter Moolan Feroze, Artist and business consultant
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Jitin Sethi, Managing Director, Global Education Practice, LEK Consulting

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Paul Williamson, Head of Talent Development, Ambassador Theatre Group
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Holly Creed, Global Mobility Manager, DXC Technology

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Theresa Häfner, Head of Business Solutions, InterNations Business Solutions
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Lindsay Lydon, Senior Business Solutions Consultant, InterNations Business Solutions

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Angela Middleton, careers and young people advisor, author, Bridge That Gap!
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Colin Bell, CEO, COBIS

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Rohit Kumar, Joint Managing Director, IKAN

View the full list of speakers, panellists and contributors appearing at the Festival.

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Premier Location

Ideally situated at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in the heart of London's tech district, with easy access to the Eurostar, airports, stations and the underground.

Addressing Top Challenges

Change, trust and employee engagement // Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace // The power of creativity to build global teams // Value chain and supply chain // Technology and the future workplace

Sponsorship at the Festival

Sponsoring The Festival of Global People
 is a brilliant way to market your brand 
to hundreds of the most innovative organisations looking to expand their global footprint.

We offer a variety of sponsorship packages that will showcase your brand to the people leading the way in HR and Global Mobility.

Download the Sponsorship Pack (4639k)

For details about sponsorship please contact or   or +44 (0)1892 891334.

Festival Sponsors:

Festival of Global People sponsor the four seasons
Icon Relocation Festival Sponsor

ikan relocations
internations business solutions
Room Service by Cort

Festival Supporters:

Association of Relocation Professionals

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Relocate Global Awards 2019
Awards and Gala Dinner
– evening 15 May

Taking place on the evening of the second day, our Relocate Gala Awards Dinner is a fitting finale to the Festival. It celebrates the success and outstanding contributions of individuals, teams and organisations that put people at the heart of everything they do.

Find out more and enter the awards

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