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Chair:

Christine RuryChristine Rury, Vice President of Human Resources
International Cruise & Excursions, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

With over 25 years of experience in both human resources and hospitality divisions, International Cruise & Excursions’ (ICE) Vice President of HR, Christine Rury, joined the organization in 2014 and has since been a vital part of all employer/employee efforts and initiatives.

Prior to joining ICE, Christine has been a key leader in employer relations for corporations such as Pinnacle Entertainment® and Casear’s®, where she oversaw employee acquisition and training, executive development, employee compensation and benefits, and problem resolution. In her current role, Christine continues to demonstrate her proven track record of establishing best practices for the organization’s human resource division, identifying and addressing labor issues, increasing employee satisfaction scores and retention as the company continues to expand.

COMMITTEE:

Jihad AbdulbasitJihad Abdulbasit, Computer Scientist
Geomatika University College, Kuala Lumpur, W.P. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  

Jihad Abdulbasit is a Computer Scientist, who is doing a Bachelors Degree in Geomatika University College. Jihad was recognised in life many times, one of his prowess accomplishments was when he received four consecutive semesters with the award of best student from his university, further accomplishment was over 5 events Emceed and in the Deans list with over 3.5 GPA. Being one of the most intelligent student, loved and respected by lecturers and his peers. Jihad is well known to be one of the most creative problem solver with programming and coursework, he always finds a way to improve himself and those around him. He not only focuses on his computer science subjects, also participated in business subjects such as entrepreneurship with one of the best products as the final project working with an amazing team. In 2017 Jihad was into many athletic sports which helped him receive many awards. One of them being a gold medallist in the faculties football team which took part of a tournament in the university. Also, winning silver in the table tennis tournament which took part in the university as well.
 

Pinar AkkayaPinar Akkaya, Founder-Managing Director
Signature Consulting, Richmond upon Thames, London, United Kingdom 

During her successful career, Pinar has been involved in every aspect of HR in reputable companies like Nike, Leroy Merlin and Li&Fung. Pinar currently leads Signature Communication and Collaï. Signature specializes in communication, personal branding, intercultural training. Collaï, specializes in strategic facilitation and facilitator training. Fluent in English and French, Pinar is a certified trainer from World Bank, an accredited INSIGHTS facilitator, a Berlitz certified intercultural consultant, Member of IAF and certified in Personal Branding with London Image Institute. She is the founder of Apm Club Istanbul and member of the Strategic Committee of La Rochelle Business School in France.
 

Fadeel AlFahoumFadeel AlFahoum, Chief Specialist
Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   
More than 18 years of experience in HR, strategy and innovation, and advisory services, covering a wide range of industries in public, non-for-profit and private sectors. He holds CIPD Accredited Master degree in human resources management, and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

 

Dawn AmmonsDawn Ammons, Founder and Chief Heart Officer
Going All In, LLC, Brandon, Mississippi, United States

After 24 years of senior leadership in the casino industry, Ammons founded Going All In Performance Group in 2015. Going All In LLC, specializes in proven, award-winning training, leadership developing, coaching and development of health and wellness programs. See goingallin,net for more!


 

Heather BartonHeather Barton, Human Resources Consultant
Peak Professionals, London, United Kingdom
  

After graduating from Oxford University, Heather worked in the Further Education sector as a Psychology Lecturer and Vice Principal for a number of years before qualifying as a Human Resources professional. She has experience at HR Director level in the education, criminal justice, housing and cultural exchange sectors and is skilled in Talent Management, Business Planning, Employee Benefits Design, and Personnel Management. Heather currently works as an HR Consultant with companies in the charity and voluntary sector.


Annekatrin BuhlAnnekatrin Buhl, Employer Branding and Corporate Communications Consultant
Freelance, Berlin, Germany   

Annekatrin Buhl is a recognised employer branding and corporate communications expert. With more than 10 years of experience in the field, she complements the HR expertise of her customers with her outstanding expertise in communication and thus develops successful employer brands.


 

Robin CorralRobin Corral, Chief Marketing Officer   
ActionCOACH, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  

Robin is the global CMO for ActionCOACH. She is also a business owner and entrepreneur, starting her first business in 1996. She has launched her own magazine and continues to write from time to time for various publications. She is a determined leader that understands and appreciates the complex challenges that lead to success and growth and how ownership and accountability play a vital role in the process.
 

Kate Darcy Hohenthal, Ed.D., Assistant Director, Student Engagement & Experiential Education    
University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
   

 

Tammy JimenezTammy Jimenez, Operations Manager
Alliance Data, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
  

Tammy is an Operations Manager at Alliance Data and has over 20 years of Customer Service and Contact Center experience. She has led teams of up to 500 Customer Care professionals both onsite and remotely. Additionally, Tammy has led several key initiatives driving engagement, performance improvement and increased profitability. Her philanthropic spirit runs deep and most recently, Tammy served on a grant panel for United Way of Central New Mexico.

 

Rishit Mishra, GRC Manager
Pricewaterhousecoopers, Dallas, Texas, United States
  

 

Joanne MocnyJoanne Mocny, Managing Director
JM Consulting, Flowery Branch, Georgia, United States
  

Focused, results driven business partner with 20 years leading innovative initiatives in the areas of strategy, talent, organizational effectiveness and welfare programs on a global basis. Managing by inclusion and collaboration she has an ability to understand, navigate and resolve complex business obstacles in challenging environments. Most recently Director of Corporate Human Resources with a global manufacturing, sales & distribution company. Leadership roles include Human Resources, Administration, Acquisition Integration and Customer Service in small to mid-size high technology organizations. She is an active member of GAIOP, SHRM, World at Work and volunteers time and talent to UYC Maritime Foundation programs.

 

Angela OlsonAngela Olson, Director, Technical Operations Center (Support)
Cofense, Leesburg, Virginia, United States
  

Angela Olson is Director of the Technical Operations Center at Cofense, the leading provider of human-driven phishing defense solutions for organizations concerned with their susceptibility to sophisticated cyber-attacks. Since joining in 2015, Angela has transformed the Support organization into an award winning "best in class"  service organization. While expanding into a global support organization, they have maintained a median First Reply time of 22 minutes, Next Reply time of 30 minutes, and a consistent CSAT average of 99.3%. The team won the 2018 Silver Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year Award - Computer Software - 100 or More Employees.

 

Gary ShumakerGary Shumaker, President & CEO
C2 Solutions Group, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, United States
  

Gary E. Shumaker is the president and chief executive officer for C2 Solutions Group, Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned small business. He was the founder and senior consultant for Gary E. Shumaker, Inc. He has spent 20 years inside government and 30 years in the industry as an executive, business developer, chief operating officer and chief executive officer for multiple small companies in the federal contracting market. He helps small companies develop the intellectual infrastructure to succeed in the federal marketplace.

 

Devrim UlusalDevrim Ulusal, Group Medical Manager
GSK, Levent, Istanbul, Turkey  
 

Experienced Group Medical Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals industry. Skilled in Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Vaccines. Strong operations professional graduated from Hacettepe Üniversitesi.

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