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Chair:

Chris Litherland, Management Consultant and Executive Coach
Mariposa Consulting International, Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

As the Founder and Principal Consultant with Mariposa Consulting International, Chris Litherland works as an Organization Effectiveness Consultant, Executive Coach and Business Advisor.  He is focused on the strategic challenges in Organization Productivity & Performance, Leadership Development & Assessment, Culture & Value-Chain, Talent Management, Employee Engagement (EX/CX) & Recognition, Executive Coaching, Business Mentoring, and the Future of Work. He is a Culture Change evangelist.

Chris has held several senior international HR roles with major companies including SAS, Fujitsu, and Intermec by Honeywell.  He’s a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, SHRM-SCP certified, a former member of SHRM’s Global Advisory Board, and a founding member of their Leadership Board in Austria & Germany. Chris is a member of the Workforce Intelligence Board; an Advisory Board Member with Career Opportunities International; and Leadership Advisor to iCOM4 Pty Ltd. Chris regularly speaks at global conferences, in webinars, and at in-company events. Topics have included: “The Future of Capitalism;” “Employer Branding & Employee Engagement;” "Corporate Social Responsibility & EVP;" "Culture Value Chain - The Road to Higher Performance;" “Cyber Security–Insider Threat;” and the Future of Work (global considerations to empower & enable employees).

Chris is a keen supporter of charitable causes and organizations, including Save the Children, UNICEF, and the International Red Cross (German Red Cross).  Originally from the UK, for the past 20 years Chris has been based in Germany. His mottos are: #learn2live #live2learn and #grow2learn #learn2grow

COMMITTEE:

Dr. Christina Augustine, Head of Human Resources/SBU Head
Petra Technologies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Christina Augustine is a Global HR leader with 18 years of experience in leading Global HR in diverse industries and capacities. Currently, she is Head of Human Resources at Petra Technologies. Previously, she was AVP, HEAD of HR for Ness Technologies, Canada. She has a PhD in Applied Psychology with expertise in leading Digital HR & OD domains. She is an HRPA member in Toronto,Canada and a Diversity Champion, who leads Diversity & Inclusion portfolios in all capacities and an Employee Assistance Program specialist. She is an experienced Therapist & Mentor specializing in counseling & psychotherapy. Chris has published several scientific papers and is an HR evangelist and international keynote speaker through TV shows, social forums, print, and other media. Her TV shows “Enna Seivadhu?” & “Kelviyum Doctorum” are a good family treat. Youth reach, community, and social work are her other areas of interest.

Dr. Wolfgang  Brnjak, Vice President - HR Guidance and Methods
Deutsche Telekom Services Europe AG, Cologne, Germany
Dr. Wolfgang Brnjak began his professional career in1995 at Deutsche Telekom AG in Bonn. Since then, he has worked in various executive functions, including quality and process management, organization, job evaluation or compensation, benefits, and pension services. In 2009, he wrote his avocational thesis in the field of economics and social science at the University of Dortmund. Since 2019, Dr. Brnjak has been managing group-wide HR projects for the department of HR Guidance and Methods at Deutsche Telekom Service Europe AG, with the goal of digitalization and efficiency improvement. In his previous professional career he gained excellent knowledge and skills in the areas of HR product development and management, HR and Org IT system development, KPI management, reporting structures, interdisciplinary, national and international projects and process management, costing methodology, process cost calculation, benchmarking, strategic transformation management, and time management.

Annekatrin Buhl, Employer Branding Consultant
Die Employer-Branding-Beraterin, Berlin, Germany
Annekatrin Buhl is an independent employer branding consultant for SMEs. She helps employers find qualified employees and retain them for the long term, thus ensuring their economic success. She has ten years of professional experience in employer branding and communication, most recently at Trendence, the market research institute for employer branding.

Gabriele Fanta, Managing Director People Management
Sixt SE, Pullach im Isartal, Bavaria, Germany
Having worked in different industries such as Automotive, Energy, Food, Mobility, and various corporate functions such as Marketing, Communications, and Market Relations, Gabriele Fanta reached her professional home within Human Resources.

Jo-Ann Garbutt, HR & Organization Development Executive
GCS-HR/OD Consulting, Amsterdam, Netherlands
With over 20 years’ international experience in HR, Jo-Ann understands both the organizational development aspects of HR and the business partner responsibilities that come with supporting a global organization. She has implemented change management initiatives at a national and international level, working with stakeholders and employees from different nationalities and cultures. She has also developed training courses, programs, and leadership seminars that support the wider business objectives of growth, service excellence, and retaining a highly skilled workforce. Her global perspective, coupled with hands-on experience, enables her to bring a unique and valuable view of how HR can continue to support employee and business needs in the fast-changing world of after-sales services. Jo-Ann holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Organization Development.

Gunduz Guldamlasi, Global Academy Director
Celebi Aviation Holding, Istanbul, Turkey
Gunduz Guldamlasi is an industrious and competent corporate academy manager/consultant with exceptional skills and experience in developing corporate academy structures and supporting full talent-cycle programs across the organization, to include onboarding, learning and performance management initiatives, along with deep familiarity with designing and implementing learning solutions for groups and individuals. He has more than 15 years experience in corporate academies in finance, manufacturing, aviation, holding, and telecommunication industries.

Harsha Gummadavelli, Senior Architect
Informatica, Plano, Texas, United States

Anthea Morris, Co-Founder & Director
Better2Know, Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Anthea Morris is a co-founder of Better2Know, a global award-winning company providing fast, accurate and anonymous STI testing services around the world. She is based in the United Kingdom and is a Chartered HR professional and Chartered Accountant.


 

Allison Plattsmier, Executive Director
Jordan Thomas Foundation, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Allison has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, including Associate Director of Programs and Development for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, Community Investment Manager for NeedLink Nashville, and Executive Director of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) Foundation. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Jordan Thomas Foundation and runs her own nonprofit consulting business, AQP Consulting. She has raised over $1.8 million throughout her time in the nonprofit sector, earning her recognition as one of AFP’s 2018 Outstanding Young Professionals. She specializes in nonprofit governance, strategic planning, donor psychology, and grant writing. Allison was the youngest recipient of Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and 30 Under 30 in 2017. She is a Congressional Award Gold Medalist, Daily Point of Light Award recipient, National Youth Activist Award Outstanding Achiever, Nashville Business Journal Employee of the Year, and a 2018 NonProfit PRO Rising Star.

Neal Topf, President
Callzilla, Miramar, Florida, United States
Neal is Co-Founder and President of Callzilla, an outsourced contact center solutions provider.

 

 

 

Denise Yarian, People & Culture Manager
Autosoft, West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, United States
Denise Yarian is the People & Culture Manager at Autosoft, located in West Middlesex, PA. She has practiced in the Human Resources field for over 20 years in a variety of industries. Her areas of expertise include employee benefits, wellness, retirement plan administration and strategic HR management. She realizes the importance of creating and maintaining a culture of well-being by supporting 200+ employees and their families to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Denise’s educational background includes a BSBA majoring in Accounting and minoring in Business Management. She has also secured various certifications including SHRM-CP, CWWPM and GBA.

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