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UNLEASH partners with leading minds to produce the best analysis of the HR landscape. Here you can find all our talented authors, contributors, and speakers.

Emily He
Emily He is Oracle’s senior vice president of the human capital management cloud business group. Prior to joining Oracle, she was the chief marketing officer of DoubleDutch, a leader in digital marketing solutions for events, conferences, and trade shows.
David Perring
David has worked across learning, talent and HR for over 30 years, always been at the fore-front of digital innovation and has retained a strong sense of optimism, energy and passion for transforming organizational performance.
Jon Kennard
Jon’s specialism and interests include learning and skills, the future of work, organisational culture and leadership. As editorial content manager he publishes content and hosts events across all UNLEASH’s platforms.
Ben Kiziltug
As Head of Northern Europe, Ben is leading Personio’s expansion across the UK, Benelux and Nordics and further drives the company’s goal of becoming Europe’s leading HR software solution for SMB’s.
Gary Hamel
Steve Malduca
Steve heads up the Achievers EMEA Solutions Consulting team and is focused on helping our EMEA clients optimise the platform to ensure achievement of strategic business objectives.
Sonya Cattell
Sonya has over 20 years client services experience within the employee engagement space. In the last few years, her role at Achievers has seen her building and leading the EMEA Customer Success Team. She is focused on developing a high-performing team and delivering best-in-class customer programmes, evidenced by outstanding customer satisfaction and retention results.
Katee Van Horn
Katee is a former VP of Engagement & Inclusion for a Fortune 500 company. She focuses on diversity & inclusion strategies that help organizations leverage the diversity and innovation of their people. She knows IDB isn’t just a “check the box” activity and delivers real results.
Natalia Panowicz
Natalia Panowicz is the CEO at Codility, where she has held key roles since joining as one of the company's earliest employees. She has expanded Codility from Europe into the US, securing $22M in venture capital along the way.
Enna Jimenez
Enna is a Senior IT and Business Professional with expertise in Quality Assurance Management and Team Restructuring and Transformation. She is currently the Head of Quality Assurance at IDEMIA where she developed a diverse, female-oriented engineering team.
Katarina Berg
Rob Chesnut
Jennifer Candee
Jill Popelka
Carla Harris
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Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global and the founder of The Huffington Post.
Chris Milligan
After spending the early part of his career as a management consultant, building a multi-million-pound business and subsequently winning a place on the Australian Institute of Management’s “Top 30 under 30” – Australian born entrepreneur, Chris Milligan, founded the global SaaS company – Adepto.
Shakti Jauhar
Ashish Mediratta
Ashish Mediratta is VP & Principal Talent Transformation at Eightfold.AI, where he supports global businesses in transforming their workplace, people, processes and systems with the help of Eightfold’s patented technology.
Grant Weinberg
Grant leads the global talent acquisition, HR technology, and HR operations functions at TriNet. As an experienced talent leader, Grant knows that talent strategies must support business strategies.
Steve Feyer
Steve speaks regularly on the Future of Work, talent management, DE&I, and empowering the Right Career for Everyone in the World
Brent Pearson
Brent is the CEO of Enboarder, the first experience-driven onboarding platform designed for new hire engagement.
Josh Gray
Josh Gray’s career has been focused on helping organizations adopt and operationalize human-centered design approaches that deliver consumer grade employee experiences. Josh is currently a Senior Director of People Experience & Analytics at WPP where he is leading the development and incubation of key talent programs across the WPP network that bring to life an inclusive employee experience.
Chris Havrilla
Chris leads HR technology and vendor strategy and research - studying and demystifying the latest trends and innovations in data, tools, and technology changing the face of HR and the world of work. She has spent 20+ years doing transformations in the space with a unique blend of technical, HR practitioner, business and HR Tech vendor experience.
Liviu Livanu
Liviu is an experienced former HR recruiter and learned the hard way what the recruiters need to be happy by doing recruitment.

In 2017, together with a team of experienced recruiters, Liviu launched HappyRecruiter.com and Dora, the recruitment robot.
Christine Keily
Christine has over 20 years’ experience in Global Payroll, Taxation and Social Security.

Christine has extensive experience in the management of Global Payroll and Mobility tax compliance and other global payroll, tax and social security issues arising for multinational companies.
Samantha Williams
Samantha is a seasoned Payroll professional and has held multiple Payroll leadership roles both in outsourced and in house Payroll and HR environments.
Annemarie Verwaaijen
Annemarie Verwaaijen is an HR and payroll professional with over 20 years of experience, leading payroll teams for Fortune 500 companies. Over the past two decades Annemarie worked through the ranks of payroll and is currently the Senior Director Global Payroll for VISA.
Paul Devoy
Paul has been heading up Investors in People since August 2011. He led the transfer of Investors in People from the UK Government in 2016.
Michael Grimm
Michael Grimm is one of the founders and members of the management of Ingentis. After graduating from high school Michael completed his IT studies in 1994. Prior to founding Ingentis he worked as a developer and later as a project manager at a leading German software company in various projects.
Holger Mueller
Travelling the globe and cyberspace as Constellation Research Principal Analyst and VP, researching Enterprise SW trends with a focus on #NextGenApps and #FutureOfWork - cycling, soccer & volleyball geek. Previously 25+ year building, selling and implementing enterprise software. My sneakers are Red and Black.
Thomas Mulder
Thomas Mulder (1978) is Executive Director HR for VodafoneZiggo since July 2018. He joined Vodafone in January 2012 from Accenture where he was HR Director for the Benelux countries.
Vivek Wadhwa
Mark Blyth
Blyth received his PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1999 and taught at the Johns Hopkins University from 1997 until 2009.

Since then, he has been Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Political Science at Brown University and a Faculty Fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
Paul Kasimu
Paul is an impassioned and self-driven HR professional and certified Executive Coach who has enjoyed a broad spectrum of experiences across Africa and the UK.
Linda Roos
Linda presently head ooba’s Human Capital Division, which comprises of both the Human Resources and Learning and Development divisions.
Susanna Grundström
Susanna is former HR Director, now leading Employee Experience Business Area at Sofigate. She is passionate about user centric design and winning platforms to accelerate growth and renewal of People Operations.
Sarah Henry
Sarah is a Vice President, HR Transformation at Oracle. With over 20 years’ experience in HR, Sarah has expertise in business transformation, business case creation, implementation, business and solutions architecture, solution design and development and even a spell in HR operations management.
Jérôme de Mallmann
Jerome joined DP World 3 years ago, where he leads the Group Performance & Productivity.
Mauro Ghilardi
Jenn Ravalli
Jennifer Ravalli leads marketing at PandoLogic. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in the HR Technology space.
Aaron Green
Aaron began his professional career in recruiting and launched his first company in 1992. Aaron’s business enjoyed success and through investments of time and money, Green’s business endeavors expanded such that he is now an operator/investor/active board member of the following companies.
Green founded PSG in 1996 and currently serves as CEO of this $30MM per year staffing company.
Akash Savdharia
Akash is an entrepreneurial technology executive with over 10 years of experience bringing SaaS products to market that solve impactful data-driven problems.
Caitlin Bigsby
Caitlin Bigsby has 25 years of experience in HCM software solutions and has worked with dozens of organizations over the years to help them maximize the value of their investments, in both their people and their software.
Geraldine MacCarthy
At Personio, Geraldine MacCarthy is tasked with driving the tech company's European expansion.
Jonathan Dale
Jonathan Dale is the Vice President of Marketing at Phenom, a global HR technology company, and provider of the AI-powered SaaS platform called Talent Experience Management (TXM).
Meredith Wellard
Meredith Wellard is the Vice President, Group Talent, Learning, and HR Platforms for Deutsche Post DHL. An innovative and tenacious senior HR professional with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Learning.
Michael Custers
Michael Custers is the CMO of SD Worx with decades of experience in the fintech and HR industry.
Thomas Otter
Thomas Otter built his expertise in research, consulting, strategy and product management as – most recently – Head of Product at SAP SuccessFactors, and at Gartner as Research Vice President.
Trish McFarlane
As the CEO and Principal Analyst at H3 HR Advisors, Trish McFarlane brings over 20 years of experience as a HR executive, VP of Global HCM Product Management, and HR analyst and influencer.
Jan Laurijssen
Jan is a seasoned HR consultant and senior researcher at SDWorx and the University of Antwerp. He consults our clients on “future of work”, occasionally teaches and is a well-known speaker on the topic.
Rémi Malenfant
Rémi Malenfant is Director of HR Innovation and Customer Experience at UKG HR Service Delivery (formerly known as PeopleDoc). He has more than 10 years of experience in HR.
Lexy Martin
As head of research at Visier, the leading people analytics provider, Lexy explores how organizations achieve value and enable adoption.
Lydia Wu
Lydia is currently Head of Talent Analytics at Panasonic North America, where she has built the People Analytics practice from the ground-up. She is currently working to elevate Panasonic’s adoption and application of research and analytics on all talent related aspects.
Ian McCawley
Ian McCawley is a senior member of the UNLEASH content team, writing about and discussing all aspects of HR tech and the future of work.
Chris Voce
Chris supports engagement with executive teams at strategic Citrix clients and prospects to help them understand and embrace Employee Experience as part of their business strategy.
Derek Irvine
As Senior Vice President, Client Strategy and Consulting at Workhuman, Derek helps clients – including some of the world’s most admired companies – leverage proven recognition strategies and best practices to elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve bottom-line results.
Fred Pinkett
As Director, Product Marketing at Absorb, Fred Pinkett brings over 20 years of product marketing and management experience. Prior to Absorb, Fred served as Vice President of Product Management at Security Innovation, where he was on the decision-making team that selected and rolled out Absorb LMS at the company.
Claire Whieldon
Claire is the Global Reward Programme Director at AstraZeneca plc, a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas: Oncology, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory.
Gary Beckstrand
With 30 years of research, business development, and leadership experience, Gary helps top organizations to achieve lasting cultural impact.
Raju Vijay
Krishnan Raju Vijay is Vice President in the newly formed Nissan Global People Services organization. He is responsible for Nissan’s next-generation Human Resource services across the enterprise.
Andrew Avanessian
Andrew has a wealth of experience in growing fast-paced technology companies, with a background in cybersecurity, and uses this to accelerate AppLearn's vision of making software work better for everyone.
Daiga Ergle
For the last 3 years Daiga has held the role of Chief People Officer at 4finance Group, consumer finance company with offices in 13 markets.
Janet Ramey
Janet Ramey is a global technical expert. Her various executive roles at Cisco Systems allow her to bring global perspective, knowledge of Asian and emerging markets, extensive leadership experience and a strong background in Services and business operations to clients.
Brandon Pleaner
Brandon is an highly experienced psychologist in the management of professional teams, human capital analytics, human capital strategy development, competency design, psychometrics across the employee lifecycle, assessment and development centres.
Sarah McLellan
Sarah is a business psychologist who spends her days seeking to understand and optimize the power of people to help individuals and organizations flourish.
Zani Mashinini
Zani Mashinini has 20 years Human Resources experience working in various industries, HR roles and countries both within and out of Africa. Her focus has largely been partnering with senior business leaders on human capital as an HR Executive.
Matt Pierce
Matt founded Immediate to drive improved financial wellness through on-demand access to earned wages.
Dan D’Orazio
Dan’s career includes extensive experience in value-creation, strategic advisory, marketing, and project launches for non-profit/public sectors as well as the corporate world.
Dr Sanjay Singh
Dr. Sanjay Singh is an academic, entrepreneur, and an investor.
Bruno Stanziale
Bruno has 18 + years of business development, sales strategy, and senior management experience in high growth businesses including Fintech and IT infrastructure management software.
Angelika Inglsperger
Angelika is the Global Head of People for Allianz Group. In her role she is leading the center of excellence for employer branding, sourcing, recruiting, talent management, D&I, Health and engagement across Allianz Group.
Vera Gramkow
Vera is responsible globally across the employee lifecycle to drive talent and engagement solutions that shape a culture of inclusion and innovation.
David Wilson
A major commentator on the HCM, talent and learning technology industry, David is a strategic advisor to many major corporate and supplier organisations in the UK and Europe.
Lionel Obuchowski
Lionel specialized in Tech Product Ownership and Talent Management. As such, he is able to advise on, evaluate, implement and support technology solutions aligned to end-to-end Talent Management.
Jan Meyer
Jan is the Global Head of Learning Systems at SAP and he has driven SAP’s learning strategy development and execution to ensure that professionals, who implement SAP solutions, can easily develop and maintain their skills on SAP’s latest innovations.
Alexander Westerdahl
Alex joined Spotify six years ago and has spent the majority of his time leading HR for Engineering, Product and Design.
Kirsty Leivers
Currently Kirsty is the Group Head of Culture, Inclusion and Diversity at AXA with core priorities around revisiting the relationships between people, their workplace and colleagues, in order to support AXA’s goal to be an inspiring place to work.
Jane Datta
Ms. Datta is responsible for building the quality and depth of talent necessary for supporting the agency’s mission.
James Proctor
James is constantly seeking and creating service innovations to assist in the delivery of projects at Phase 3.
Louise Johnston
Louise is the Customer Success Manager for Consulting at Phase 3. Her role is to provide continual connections between customers and consultants.
Caroline Gammon
Caroline’s has had an extensive international HR career working for large multi-national organisations and SME’s in senior HR roles.
Zoe Brunkswick
A well established HR leader driving forward HR strategy in a fast paced and growing global company. Passionate about wellbeing and people. #RSKfamily
Andrew Inge
An experienced digital implementation professional with demonstrated history of working across the financial services industry, retail banking and insurance.
Kevin Craven
An experienced Chief Executive with a demonstrable history of success in business services and construction industries.
Nader Salah
Nader sets Kellogg’s global direction and drives regional execution related to its rewards programs that span across compensation, benefits, global mobility, recognition and work-life balance.
Liz Smith
Liz leads Kellogg’s global recognition strategy and programs, as well as Kellogg’s holistic wellbeing strategy, known as My Total Health, designed to give employees the tools they need to be financially sound, emotionally secure, physically well, and socially connected.
Bianca West
Bianca West heads up Professional Services in EMEA, the team that is responsible for effectively guiding customer projects from concept to successful deployment.
Yessi Bello Perez
Yessi is the editor of UNLEASH. A seasoned technology and business journalist, Yessi is a sought after moderator and event host.
Henrik Ranzau Hansen
Henrik holds skills in Global People Management, and is a manager responsible for sizable FTE teams spread across Europe, Asia and US.
Anat Markus
Anat is an HR executive with 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, designing, implementing and leading global HR transformations and currently leading Global HR Operations in AkzoNobel.
Angelina Gentili
Angelina has led Human Resources teams for the technology sector in countries such as the United States, Spain and Chile.
Caroline Gladwin
Caroline has been with Oracle for more than 20 years following successful roles at Experian, Boots and Powergen. Currently Caroline is an Executive Solution Director, helping HR Leaders understand how Oracle cloud technology can help them realise their people strategy and in turn their business objectives.
Fabio Fabiano
Fabio Fabiano joined Assicurazioni Generali Group as Head of Group HR Digital Processes in December 2017, to drive the HR Information System technology roadmap in collaboration with the HR leadership team and Group IT.
Dr. Dieter Veldsman
Dr Dieter Veldsman is a registered organisational psychologist with a key focus on organisational development, people analytics, people effectiveness and organisational design.
Cornelis Jooste
Con Jooste is an HR Transformation and HR Generalist based in the UAE and has lead HR and Business Transformation projects across Europe, Russia, Africa, ASIA and Middle East since the late 1990’s.
Quentin A. Sa’Lay
A recognized human resource executive known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals through the investment in the organization’s greatest asset…people.
Prathap Dendi
Prathap Dendi is President, COO at Gem. Having started his career in HR Tech and ERP, Prathap has over 20 years of leadership experience across businesses ranging from startups to large-cap public companies.
Matt Tague
Matt believes that working to retain and hire top talent is the single most important and productive pathway to the success of any organization!
Ayanna Cummings
As Director of Diversity + Inclusion with Compass Group at Microsoft, Ayanna serves as a change agent for cultural transformation.