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8:30 am Conference Registration & Networking

9:00 am Chair’s Welcome & Recap of Day One

Reinvent Leadership Development in a Hybrid Working World

9:10 am Living The Experience of Unbossed: Creating the Conditions for Pharmaceutical Companies to Thrive in a Hybrid Working World


  • Discover the culture journey at one of the most innovative pharmaceutical companies into the world of curious, inspired, and unbossed
  • Learn how to provide an effective framework for leaders to support their teams in the new hybrid set-up
  • The principles that Novartis leaders follow to set clear expectations with teams to ensure clarity and direction and succeed in delivering business performance

9:30 am Discover: Transforming Personal & Business Leadership to Redefine the Role of Life Sciences Leaders in 2022

  • Wendy Pickford Director - Global Leadership, Enterprise Development, Education & Learning, AstraZeneca


  •  How can life science HR leaders combine their personal leadership and business leadership to transform their effectiveness in a post pandemic environment?
  • Cultivating the conditions to help leaders discover innovative new ways of thinking and expand their range of leadership capabilities to drive business performance
  • Uncover how the immersive leadership development work at AstraZeneca that has enlightened its top 150 and redefined the role of leaders in a post pandemic environment

9:50 am Develop: How Would Some of the Most Innovative HR Leaders Define the New Role Of Leaders Within The New Hybrid Working World?

  • Chris Howarth SVP, Global Head People & Organisation, Novartis
  • Wendy Pickford Director - Global Leadership, Enterprise Development, Education & Learning, AstraZeneca


Question & Answer Session Facilitated by the Chair

10:10 am Action: Roundtable Discussions

  • Yvette Buchele Director HR EMEA & HRBP Global Digital IT, Cell Signalling Technology
  • Jan Swinnen Talent Acquisition Lead & Specialist, Terumo Europe
  • Julie Binon Chief People Officer, Oxurion NV


In this quick fire session, each table will be hosted by an HR leader who will share the secrets of their most high-impact leap; you then get the opportunity to question the host before moving on to your next table.

  1. How Do You Prioritize DE&I Within A Challenging Labour Market Whilst Fighting For Talent?
  2. From Graduates to Sponsors: Reconsidering Your Solutions to Sidestepping The Talent Shortage.
  3. How Do You Create Vibrant Growth Culture For Employees At All Levels & Retain Talent In A Disrupted Working World?

10:40 am Networking Break

Meet the Fast Changing Needs of Your Employees

11:10 am Discover: Wellbeing Is Wealth: Changing Conversations & Investing in Employee Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic Workplace


  • The best practices to encourage holistic wellbeing and reduce the stigma of mental health in the workplace
  • Revealing the fresh new thinking required to implement the highest impact investments that go above and beyond to support employees
  • How COMPASS Pathways is embracing neurodivergent traits to create a more inclusive talent base and rethinking its measurement of wellbeing program effectiveness

11:30 am Discover: Transforming Your Digital HR Processes & Effectively Tracking Performance to Predict the Fast-Changing Needs Of Employees In a Hybrid Working World

  • Alain Bindels Head of Innovation Facilitation & Digitalization, Roche


• How Roche has transformed the way it reaches its entire workforce to provide opportunities for employees to develop new skill sets for the future
• Transforming how we assess employees’ potential skill gaps and interests via inclusive learning interfaces to anticipate the workforce’s fast-changing needs
• How Roche has provided support and ensured psychological safety for employees while turbocharging their digital skills to drive improve performance in a safe digital learning environment

11:50 am Develop: What More Can We Learn from Those Rethinking How to Meet the Current & Future Needs of Life Science Employees At All Levels & Locations?


Facilitated by the Head of Event Content

12:10 pm Break

Create & Cultivate a Sustainable Culture in a Post-Pandemic Environment

1:00 pm Discover: How Cultivating Cultures Of Feedback Will Turbocharge Your Peoples’ Purpose & Drastically Reduce Turnover In Life Sciences Companies Of All Sizes

  • Zaheer Ahmad Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Consumer Healthcare, GSK


  • When there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to DE&I, how can life sciences companies of all stages and sizes integrate DE&I into a hybrid organizational strategy ensuring a sense of inclusion and satisfaction for all employees?
  • Identifying the role of leadership and how it informs our thinking in creating lasting cultural change
  • How GSK’s bold new global DE&I strategy utilises companywide transparency and ensures all innovative new processes are adoptable at regional level to benchmark employee experience globally

1:20 pm Discover: Effectively Implement Crucial Company-Wide HR Transformational Projects Without Compromising Employee Experience in Life Sciences Companies

  • René Bujard Director Human Resources, Global R&D & DE&I Leader, Galderma


• How do we effectively implement the truly transformational HR projects when multiple drivers of innovation are impacting lab, office, and field employees all at once?
• The best DE&I practices employed by one of the most innovative Life Sciences companies to break away from traditional HR structures and drastically improve employee experience
• How Galderma is strategically managing multiple HR transformational projects while taking an innovative new approach to employee experience and building a truly future-proof company structure

1:40 pm Develop: How Can Life Sciences HR Change-Makers Create Leading, Future Focused Workplaces At All Levels & Locations?

  • Zaheer Ahmad Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Consumer Healthcare, GSK
  • René Bujard Director Human Resources, Global R&D & DE&I Leader, Galderma


Facilitated by the Head of Event Content

2:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference