Top Line Up Revealed: international keynotes and the future of work

This year, the Zukunft Personal programme will be one of the most inspirational ever: on over 15 stages, over three days, experts from business, politics, research, media, bloggers, and science share their thoughts on work:olution. They will explore the biggest challenges and major trends for the working world. Buzzwords include New Work, Agility, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Recruiting 2020, Digital Leadership, Gamification and more. Attending the trade fair is a must for those who want to stay ahead in the HR game.

Free conference translation in the Keynote Arena throughout the event, as well as many English language speakers, mean overseas visitors have a full schedule too. This is not only about Made in Germany, but about a global outlook.

Digital Humanism

Digitalisation demands considerable courage to change the way we think about work. But progress cannot be progress just for progress’ sake. Prof. Julian Nida-Rümelin, former state minister and philosopher, says that today’s society is just at the cusp of a technological revolution. Steering this progress in the right direction is impossible without taking bold decisions.In his keynote „Ethics of digital innovation“, you will find out about a Digital Humanism and why ethics and progress are not mutually exclusive during the complete transformation of work.

Digital World of Work

Roads towards a Culture of Change and a new way of dealing with the new, are Ranga Yogeshwar’s topic. Technological opportunities mean that the world is growing into an ever more tightly knitted global system of high heterogeneity. Originating from Luxembourg, Ranga is Germany’s best loved physicist. His expertise is explaining big science to the general public in easily understandable words. He is the equivalent to Brian Cox is in the UK, and Neil deGrasse Tyson in the USA. A planet-size brain combined with an accessible charm. His knack for making complex issues entertaining will provide the audience with fascinating insights. The moderator of TV programme „Quarks & Co.“, explains which impact the current palpable innovation boost with have.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann, professor for business administration and business informatics at the Duisburg-Essen University, is convinced that the digitalisation of the world of work needs experts in the field. His keynote looks into the preconditions needed, so that staff in companies can successfully implement this digital transformation.

Human at the centre

A glimpse of the future is Nell Watson’s keynote: new technologies are helping to shift the shape of organisations as they become flatter and more agile. The key question is: How can we make the most of these capabilities and ensure that the spirit and wisdom of the human isn’t lost in a sea of cold algorithms?

The world’s professionals have more information available than ever before. Until now no human could possibly consume all information to make the best decisions. Combining information with dramatic improvements in AI and the cloud, will make exponentially improved outcomes possible in every field. HR is no exception.

Gary Kildare, Chief HR Office at IBM Europe explains why and how HR needs to help workers acquire skills to engage safely, securely and effectively with AI systems, to work in a transformed economy.

A digital working culture can come to life in an enterprise, says Markus Köhler, Senior HR Director and Member of the Management Board, Microsoft Germany. However, he is also convinced that much more than just the newest technical equipment is needed to do so. His focus is clear: How do I make sure that both employer and employees – provided the right equipment is there – really want to go along and run with this change? Does this new way of working suit your company culture like a glove – or how can you make it fit?

HR in the driver’s seat

Barbara Wittmann, Member of the Executive Team LinkedIn, speaks about new ways in the search for talent: applicants are looking for employers with whose ideas and values they can identify. For many companies that’s a totally new challenge. In fact, digitalisation offers people leaders exciting new ways to recruit. What’s the role of Employer Branding, Social Recruiting and the Office of the Future? Wittman draws on her own experience at LinkedIn, one of the most exciting employers, as well as the company’s research findings.

No other business function has undergone as much change in the last few decades as Human Resources. From the very limited and clearly defined scope of a traditional personnel department, the function as gained new importance, credence and recognition. Why HR must become a true strategic business partner, sparring partner, and thought-leader explains Margret Suckale, former member of the Board of Executive Directors at BASF. She has been described by business media as ‘The Board Member of the Century’. Now retired it’s an ideal time to learn from her! 

All keynotes are followed by Q&A sessions: Don’t miss the chance to ask for input to your own challenges from these senior HR professionals and captains of industry.

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