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20 November 2019
Berlin, Germany

Keynote Addresses

GEO takes pride in partnering with keynote speakers that represent the most influential, forward thinking and astute leaders from business, academia and everyday life to share their stories and ideas and make a difference to your work and personal life and enhance your conference experience.

GEO's 2019 Pan European Regional Event  |  Keynote Speaker Marcel Fratzscher

Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D.
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) (DE)

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019
09.10 — 10.00

Keynote I—Economic Outlook in Times of Populism and Uncertainty

There have been some major upheavals in the global political and economic scene from Brexit to tariffs, and everything in between. Europe and the international community are focused on Britain’s vote and decision to leave the European Union, as the impact to business and politics is debated on a global scale. In the meantime, the world is watching as the US follows a policy of tariffs, debates the onset of potential economic slowdown and enters a tumultuous election year.

Join the conversation during GEO’s Pan European Regional Event opening keynote with Marcel Fratzscher, President of DIW Berlin, one of the leading economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe, and Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at Humboldt-University Berlin, as he provides attendees with a greater understanding of what the current economic and political climate mean for the future of not just Europe, but also the rest of the world.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019
16.40 — 17.25

Keynote II—Fireside Chat: The Changing Role of HR in a World of Disruption

In recent years, HR has undergone dramatic changes in its role and the impact it has on shaping companies. These changes have catapulted the function to the forefront of business planning and has made HR professionals key participants in the strategic growth of the companies they support. Join the discussion with top HR leaders and advisors from around the globe as they share their perspectives on the environmental challenges confronting business today—disruptive technology, globalization, the changing demographics of the workforce and so on—and their impact on today’s workers. Attendees will hear what professionals in HR, compensation, and share plans should be considering now to ensure their organizations are poised to meet the challenges of the future. This “not-to-be-missed” panel is the perfect way to round out your day of education and prepare you for what is important in 2020 and beyond!

Mark Jeffries, Moderator (US)

Michael Kramarsch
Managing Partner
hkp/// group (DE)

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Marc Muntermann
Head of Compensation & Equity
Siemens AG (DE)

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Dennis Paalman
SVP Global Reward & OD
Signify (NL)

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Thomas Paleka
Vice President, Global Total Rewards
Gallagher (US)

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