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Speexx Exchange is back! Join us on 3rd December in Berlin for a day packed with interactive presentations and discussions on global talent management and e-learning solutions.

  • What? 4th annual conference on talent management and e-learning - free for you
  • When and where? Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 | Hotel InterContinental Berlin | On the eve of Online Educa
  • Why join us? Meet industry peers and thought leaders from corporate HR and L&D
  • Trending topics Cloud Technology | Global HRM | Corporate MOOCs


09:30 Breakfast and Registration
10:00 Welcome
Laura Overton (Managing Director of Towards Maturity) and Armin Hopp (Founder and President of Speexx)

10.15 'Modernising learning - how to get the edge in business'
Laura Overton (Managing Director of Towards Maturity)

10:45 'Is training just for leaders and high potentials? Managing L&D for different hierarchy levels’
Peter Holmark (Head of TLO Development, Nokia Networks)

11.15 Coffee and Networking

11:30 'What’s the best talent/learning system for you? Best-of-breed or integrated?'
Ahmed Limam (International HR Technology Expert)

12.00 'Learning as a service – delivering real value for the bottom line'
Richard Gregory (Head of U+, Rentokil Initial)

12:30 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Reality Check Speexx Exchange 2014 Live Survey
13:45 'So we march north – what CEOs really want from learning'
Nic Laycock (Owner, Amos Laycock Consulting)

14:15 'Are you disaster-ready? Effective online training for humanitarian aid workers'
Atish Gonsalves, (Director,

14:45 Coffee and Networking

15:00 Reality Check Speexx Exchange 2014 Live Survey

15:15 'Get smart – how to create an engaging learning experience'
Estella Miranda (Usability and Interaction Designer, SEW-EURODRIVE)

Harald Stoll (Product Manager, TTS GmbH)

15:45 World Café and Open Discussion

16:30 Refreshments and Networking

17:00 End

Meet the speakers

We're proud to present the speakers of this year's Speexx Exchange.

Laura Overton Towards Maturity Laura Overton (Host) - Towards Maturity, UK
Managing Director
Laura has over 2 decades of experience helping organizations to improve the business impact of learning technologies in the workplace. She is the Managing Director of Towards Maturity – a not for profit organisation that provides research and online resources to help organizations deliver effective learning intervention at work. Laura hosted Speexx Exchange in both 2012 and 2013.
Ahmed Limam Ahmed Limam - Global HR Technology, France
International HR Technology Expert
Ahmed has 20 years' experience covering all angles of HR technology (practitioner, product management, business development, implementation). Ahmed, who speaks five languages fluently, has lived in the US, Brazil, Spain, Britain, Africa and Switzerland. He is active as an HR/talent technology advisor to multinationals, as well as a well-known blogger, speaker, author and influencer.
Atish Gonsalves Atish Gonsalves -, U.S.A.
As Director of, Atish is responsible for the strategy, development and outreach to support the critical training needs of the global humanitarian community. Before joining the Foundation, he led the learning technology team at the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), where he was responsible for innovation, e-learning content development and communication technology training.
Estella Miranda Estella Miranda - SEW-EURODRIVE, Germany
Usability and Interaction Designer
Estella's expertise lies in the creation of user-friendly software systems and web applications, with her main focus being the benefit for the user. At SEW-EURODRIVE, Estella develops learning systems which are both fun to use and keep up learner motivation.
Harald Stoll Harald Stoll - TTS, Germany
Product Manager, Software
Harald has been working as Product Manager at TTS since 2002, where he is responsible for delivering innovative software solutions to clients worldwide. At TTS, both knowledge management and knowledge transfer are crucial to successful product development. They are closely linked to the modern technologies which are addressed within electronic performance support.
Nic Laycock Nic Laycock - Amos Laycock Consulting, South Africa/UK
Nic is an independent consultant with nearly 40 years' experience in learning. He is passionate about the application of technology to learning, seeing it as the solution to issues of application in the workplace. A firm believer in the power of social media in learning, Nic is a regular conference speaker and blogs about online communities in the workplace and the value of learning to organizations.
Peter Holmark Peter Holmark - Nokia Solutions and Networks, Germany
Head of TLO Expertise
With a wide range of experience in multicultural environments undergoing fast changes, Peter works towards creating people performance that makes business successful. At NSN, he manages a team that uses the NSN HR Centre of Expertise solutions as a basis to make HR interventions with a worldwide impact. His focus areas are talent, leadership and organizational development.
Richard Gregory Richard Gregory - Rentokil Initial, UK
Head of U+
Richard is Head Of U+ (Learning) for Rentokil Initial, where he focuses on delivering compelling, engaging and business centric learning to over 60,000 employees in 60 countries and in 31 different languages. Prior to joining Rentokil Initial, Richard spent 7 years with Accenture, providing consulting expertise in learning strategy, governance & technology to some of the world’s top companies.

This is what Speexx Exchange is all about

It´s almost a tradition now: Each year just before Christmas, Speexx Exchange brings together friends, customers and thought leaders from all over the world to take an in-depth reality check on the state of corporate e-learning and talent management. No future talk, just real hard facts. You will meet industry leaders, hear and talk about best practice for deploying global e-learning strategies and get the latest results from Europe's leading talent management research.

Speexx Exchange helps HR and L&D managers worldwide meet the challenges in managing talent across borders. Together, we'll create a unique exchange of ideas between HR and L&D professionals from loads of different backgrounds, all based on real facts and best practice straight from the experts. You will return to work with brand-new insights and practical solutions for delivering real results. Join us on the eve of Online Educa 2014 for a day packed with networking opportunities, expert presentations, collaboration and - great food.

To get a recap of tweets and images, follow us on Twitter: @Speexx, check out the event hashtag #SpeexxExchange and visit the Speexx Exchange Blog.

What went on at last year's Speexx Exchange?

Paris, Madrid, Rome and Berlin: Speexx Exchange 2013 was all about finding new approaches to global talent management and getting practical solutions that can be applied in the workplace right away. Over 450 attendees from over 25 countries joined, representing global organizations such as JW Marriott Maqruis, Bulgari, Brückner Group, ALSTOM, SGS, Saint-Gobain, Generali, UniCredit, BCD Travel, E.ON, Volkswagen, eBay and many more. Together, we created a unique exchange of ideas over the course of several weeks.
Speexx Exchange kicked off in Paris on November 19 in the beautiful Salon des Miroirs. The venue was filled with e-learning experts and HR Managers for half a day to share findings on the current state of the e-learning industry. The speaker panel included Charlène Berneau of Saint-Gobain, Patrick Galiano of Cegos, Olivier Charbonnier of Groupe Interfact and Ahmed Limam of Wipro Technologies. The conference was followed by open discussions and networking opportunities over some great cocktails. Find out more.
The journey continued in Madrid on November 27 at Spain's German Chamber of Commerce. Here, we met with Adrián Murcia of IFAES, Enrique Sueiro of Top Ten Business Experts, Maite Sáenz of Observatorio Recursos Humanos, Montse Font of Grifols, Raquel Calvo of GREF and Jose Antonio Viejo of Fundación Laboral de la Construcción. Exclusive research findings and discussions gave attendees a unique insight into the latest e-learning and talent management trends. Find out more.
Next up was Rome on November 28. Here, Speexx Exchange took place as part of the HRC Best Practice Day, one of the most important HR events in Italy. The speaker panel consisted of an impressive line-up of experts, such as Franco Bellini, Antonella Gesualdo and Elizabeth Crane of UniCredit, Lucio Sindaco of Gruppo Lillo MD Discount, Roberto Manzi of Yamamay, Rossello Asaro of Bulgari, Immacolata De Bonis of AXA-MPS and Renzo Manzin of Generali Business Solutions. An intensive afternoon of presentations and workshops left delegates with some great food for thought to take back to the workplace. Find out more.
The final Speexx Exchange edition took place in Berlin on December 4 and featured experts Laura Overton of Towards Maturity, Nabil Senyonga of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Barry Trout of ChapmanBlack, Stefan Linge of SGS, Petra Pongratz-Kolbig of Brückner Group, Michael Salone of 3-6TY, Bernd Binzenbach of BCD Travel and Donald H Taylor of the Learning and Performance Institute. A full day event, Speexx Exchange Berlin kept delegates engaged from start to finish, with thought-provoking discussions, fresh perspectives and a World Cafe discussion to wrap up.

Berlin - Recap and Highlights

Check out the highlights of Speexx Exchange 2013 in Berlin here

Speexx Exchange 2014 is an exclusive invitation-only event. All registrations for Speexx events are subject to review and approval of application by Speexx. Speexx reserves the right to decline attendance to events at which your company would be deemed a vendor to the market, as participation at Speexx Exchange events is restricted to end user practitioners.


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