Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following keynote speakers (in alphabetical order):

Professor David Collings
Dublin City University Business School, Ireland

David Collings (PhD) is Professor of HRM at Dublin City University Business School where he is the Associate Dean for Research. He previously held academic appointments at the University of Sheffield and the National University of Ireland, Galway and visiting appointments at King’s College London, Nanyang University in Singapore and Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar. His research and consulting interests focus on talent management and global mobility. He has widely published on these topics in leading international outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. He has edited eleven books, most recently Global Talent Management with Paula Caligiuri and Hugh Scullion. His consulting and speaking engagements include Abbvie, Airbus, Danish Confederation of Industry, KMPG, GE, Medtronic, Novartis, Stryker and many more. From 2014-2017 he was named as one of the most influential thinkers in the field of HR by HR Magazine. He is a former Editor in Chief of the Journal of World Business and the Human Resource Management Journal and currently sits on a number of editorial boards including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management and the Journal of Management Studies.


Professor Marion Festing
ESCP Europe Business School, Berlin Campus, Germany

Marion Festing (PhD) is Professor of Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership at ESCP Europe’s Berlin campus and holds the Renault Chair of Intercultural Management. She has contributed to ESCP Europe’s development in recent years as the Rector/Dean of the Berlin campus and the former Associate Dean for Research of ESCP Europe. Marion has founded ESCP Europe’s Talent Management Institute ( and the Excellence Centre for Intercultural Management (, which both link academic and practitioner communities by creating new knowledge and building platforms for networking and exchange. These topics also reflect Marion's research interests. They are concerned with International Human Resource Management with a special emphasis on strategies, careers, rewards, performance, diversity and talent management in various institutional and cultural contexts. She has written or co-authored over one hundred book chapters and journal articles and published in international journals such as Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives or Journal of World Business. In a three-continental team together with Peter J. Dowling (Australia) and Allen D. Engle (USA) she has published a well-known textbook on International Human Resource Management (7th Ed, Andover: 2017). Marion also serves as the Editor in Chief of the German Journal of Human Resource Management.


Professor Alena Ledeneva
University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, United Kingdom

Alena Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, United Kingdom. She is an internationally renowned expert on informality and governance. Her books Russia's Economy of Favours (1998), How Russia Really Works (2006), and Can Russia Modernize? (2013) have become must-read sources in Russian studies and social sciences. Her latest co-edited volumes include Innovations in Corruption Studies (2017) and The Global Encyclopedia of Informality (2018). She received her PhD in Social and Political Theory from Cambridge University (1996). She is a founding director of the Global Informality Project ( and a founder of the UCL Press FRINGE series.