After a 2020 edition organised in a digital format, a new edition of Human Capital Europe will take place next November 16th, in a physical format, at the European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL). Focusing on HR trends and leadership topics, Human Capital Europe will give the participants a unique opportunity to reconnect with local and international key players and rethink the workplace.


The conference will start with a morning dedicated to the topic “From ordinary people to extraordinary leaders”. Participants will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of leadership and learn the secrets of resilience and perseverance. Renowned CEO’s and top-notch leaders will address self-motivation, how to have a fulfilling career, the must-have skills for modern leaders, share success stories and how failure can be a springboard for success.

Filip Westerlund, Founder & CEO, OUR CHOICE, will deliver a keynote speech discussing how to be a player rather than a watcher.

As a circular visionary, Filip and his team at OUR CHOICE, created the world’s first circular and fully recyclable sneaker that is plastic free. The company launched a very successful Kickstarter campaign at the end of 2020. The campaign received great interest from the media and Filip was named a “Young Social Impact Hero” by Thrive Global and featured in Authority magazine as well as dubbed a Circular Economy Pioneer by Since the Kickstarter launch, OUR CHOICE won the Circular By Design Challenge by Luxinnovation. The win marks the start of a partnership with Goodyear to develop new products. OUR CHOICE also won the EY Start up Series: Circular Economy and was declared the most influential Circular Economy Startup in the Benelux region. Filip is a frequent keynote speaker, lecturer, podcast guest and mentor to other entrepreneurs looking to pivot from a linear model to a circular economy.

A roundtable “How to manage in 2022: what are the roles of modern leaders?” will then bring together -among others- Niccolo Polli, CEO of HSBC, and Aline Muller, CEO of LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research). This discussion will enable attendees to discover how the crisis affected the leadership models and furthermore what are the new requirements for leadership profiles in an ever-changing world.

Niccolo Polli joined HSBC Group in 2011 and worked in a variety of roles, including Head of Strategy UK and Chief of Staff to the UK CEO, Deputy to the Head of Global Business Banking and most recently Head of Strategy Europe International. He was appointed CEO of HSBC in Luxembourg in 2018 and is responsible for all of HSBC’s operations covering Private Banking and Wealth Management, Securities Services, Wholesale Banking and Asset Management. In 2020, Niccolo was recognised as a Global OUTstanding Top 50 LGBT+ Ally by Yahoo Finance. Prior to joining HSBC, Niccolo had a varied career in finance in the USA, UK, France and Italy before becoming CEO Italy for a large London-based alternative investment management firm.

Aline Muller, who will also take part in the discussion, has over 15+ years of experience in strategic organisational transformation - mostly in the field of research management, economics, policy reforms and social wellbeing. She worked in a wide diversity of multicultural and international environments across different institutional settings and sectors. She is CEO of LISER, an interdisciplinary public research institute devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences.

Somi Arian, Founder & CEO, FemPeak, will then talk about “Career Fear and how to beat it”.

Somi Arian is a tech philosopher, award-winning filmmaker, author, entrepreneur, and a LinkedIn-Top-Voice in the UK. With a background in philosophy of science and technology, Somi describes her role in society as a 'Transition Architect'. As humans merge with technology, and society enters a new phase of human evolution, Somi works on frameworks to address the challenges ahead. Somi’s documentary, “The Millennial Disruption”, has won three international awards. Her book, “Career Fear (and how to beat it)", addresses the future of work and the skills we all need to gain to survive and thrive in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

Paul Douard, Editor-in-Chief, VICE, will then take the stage for a 20 minutes fireside chat untitled "How anti-ambition can save you".

After studying business law and commerce, Paul Douard worked in a content agency (which he hated) and then turned to journalism at VICE seven years ago with a first piece "I cultivate anti-ambition". Paul is now Editor-in-Chief of VICE Media France, since 2018. In 2019, he is publishing his first book "I cultivate anti-ambition".

The morning session will continue with another fireside chat, “Coaching in the era of hybrid work”, hosted by Patrick Rütten, Senior Behavioral Scientist, CoachHub.

In 2015, Patrick Rütten obtained the title Master of Science in Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Maastricht. After that, he started to work in one of the most well-known engineering companies in Europe: Daimler AG. Here, Patrick was responsible, amongst other duties, for consulting on training projects and the production of training concepts and products according to proven didactic and instructional design methodology. As a Senior Behavioral Scientist, since 2021 at CoachHub, Patrick has returned to his roots as an Organizational Psychologist.

The morning session will end with a startup session.

The afternoon programme will be devoted to the topic “The HR Year”. Pandemic has thrust CHROs in the spotlight and executives had to rely on them to face the crisis. If the survival mode was active over the past few months, HR leaders are making their way out of this crisis by reframing the future of HR and capitalising on the lessons learnt while complying with new employees' expectations. It's definitely the HR Year, a year when they had to show responsiveness, agility, scalability and to be solutions-driven to comply with the organisational goals. Human resources directors will take the stage and discuss, among other topics, the greatest challenges to come.

The afternoon will welcome a PwC Representative who will address the “HR digitalisation” topic.

A member of the Belgian company MySillCamp will also deliver a keynote speech. MySkillCamp is a start-up specialising in employee or client training. It offers an all-in-one platform for managing all training activities: classroom, blended learning or full digital. It also supports companies or training organisations that wish to initiate their digital transformation smoothly. Experts are available to carry out audits and propose a tailor-made solution: change management, assistance with the digitalisation of content, launch of pilot projects, etc.

The company Workday will also participate to HCE. Workday is an American on‑demand (cloud-based) financial management and human capital management software vendor.  In 2020, Fortune magazine ranked Workday at number five on their Fortune List of the Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2020 based on an employee survey of satisfaction. San Francisco Business Times ranked Workday at number two on their Best Places to Work in the Bay in the largest companies category.

Human Capital Europe will then travel to Germany for a keynote speech delivered by a member of the German company Personio, which is a software vendor as well. With its software, Personio digitalizes and simplifies time-consuming HR processes and helps create time for strategic topics like talent development or employer branding.

Christopher Freres, Head of Recruitment, Human Relations & Talent Management, Banque Degroof Petercam Luxembourg, and Laurent Peusch, Head of Employer Service, ADEM (Agence pour le développement de l’emploi) will -among then join the stage for a roundtable untitled “HR strategies to solve talent shortage” where they will be able to share their vision and answer the following questions; how the human resources professionals can leverage on Luxembourg's attractivity to onboard new talents, what is the impact of an employer strategy on the recruitment process, and why are talents now seen as customers.

Christopher Freres is a self-motivated, results-orientated individual with a background in Human Resources, Operational Marketing and wide-ranging experience in the Life Insurance and Banking Sector with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain mutually beneficial internal and external relationships.

Laurent Peusch is specialised in recruitment, career counselling & development, career transition, career management and employee relations.

The conference day will conclude with a networking cocktail from 6pm to 8pm, allowing the participants to re-connect with their peers.


In addition to a 1-day high-level conference, Human Capital Europe will host an exhibition area where participants will be able to discover the local and international innovations of the sector. The traditional HR One Gala Dinner will be closing this 1-day HR dedicated event (from 8:00pm to 11:00pm) and will host the 2021 Luxembourg HR Awards Ceremony.

HR professionals (end-users) are warmly invited to participate to this flagship event of the HR One Community. Kindly note that HRDs and their hr team can participate for free to the event by sending an email to

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Publié le 20 octobre 2021