Keynote Speaker 2019

Top-class line-up of international keynote speakers 2019:

Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour

17 September 2019 | 10:00 a.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

Opening ceremony

Europe’s leading expo event dedicated to the world of work will be welcoming a high-ranking politician for its 20th anniversary. Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, will be opening the Zukunft Personal Europe 2019.

“The exhibition Zukunft Personal Europe has been showcasing innovative and inspiring ideas for the development of human resource management for 20 years now. It offers the space to exchange and discuss ideas and shows innovative product solutions that provide answers to the challenges of an increasingly digital, global and faster-moving working world,” said Federal Minister Hubertus Heil ahead of the exhibition.

Panel discussion "Working in the digital future"

17 September 2019 | 10:15 a.m.  | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

What changes has digital transformation already triggered in the working world and what other developments will shape our work in the digital future? 

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Tour of the exhibition

After the discussion, the Federal Minister will be guided round the exhibition to see the current product solutions offered by exhibitors and will also visit the “Future of Work” Village which gives visitors a tangible experience of the future of work in four facets: Spaces, Tool & Methods, Leadership & Culture and Skills & Competences.

Dr. Bettina Volkens, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

17 September 2019 | 12:00 a.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

"Ready for take-off: how Lufthansa is preparing its staff for the future"

If you want to know how Germany's biggest airline will maintain high-altitude success in the future, you've come to the right place! Dr. Bettina Volkens will be providing a detailed insight into the global transformation process that she is carrying out with her team.

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Udo Schloemer, Founder and Chairman, Factory Berlin

17 September 2019 | 1:00 p.m. | Startup Stage | Hall 2.1

"Factory Berlin"

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Sebastian Kolberg, Vice President Change Management - Digital Transformation, Bayer AG

17 September 2019 | 1:15 p.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

"Digitale Transformation at Bayer"

Sebastian Kolberg, Change Manager at Bayer, is talking about digital transformation at Bayer: How can you drive digital transformation in a company with 150 years of history and diverse business areas? Where to begin and what to focus on? How to communicate and create offerings to employees and leaders to drive engagement and concrete results?

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Dr. Jens Stief, CEO, XING E-Recruiting GmbH

17 September 2019 | 3:00 p.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1 | hosted by Xing E-Recruiting

"Employer branding key to staff recruitment and loyalty"

Dr. Jens Stief has extensive experience in digital transformation. He has developed a portfolio of successful software and service companies and knows exactly how to go about attracting top talent!

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Lucas Sauberschwarz, Managing Partner, Venture Idea

18 September 2019 | 9:30 a.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

"Good Job! New impulses for an absurd working world"

You can only do a good job if you have a good job. New Work has logically become the buzzword of our time and companies are already trying to react to the opportunities and challenges of the new working world. Unfortunately, they use conventional tools far too often and such tools simply aren't sharp enough for the times we now live in. So it's high time for new impulses.

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Marion Rövekamp, Chairwoman Human Resources & Law, EWE AG

18 September 2019 | 12:00 a.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

"Shaping the energy world through the power of diversity"

EWE Chairwoman Marion Rövekamp describes, why she wants to unfold more diversity at the energy and telecommunications company EWE AG in Oldenburg, Northwestern Germany. What will EWE gain? What kind of chances can be expected, what kind of challenges will have to be dealt with? How can a corporation, that is innovative as well as traditional, grow from within and win new professionals at the same time? Which measures has EWE introduced so far, what do first learnings look like? How does the company plan tracking its own development?

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Dr. Lars Janzik, CEO, Vertical Media (Gründerszene)

18 September 2019 | 1:00 p.m. | Startup Stage | Hall 2.1

"How artificial intelligence wins your trust -challenges and opportunities for tomorrow's HR and recruiting."

Artificial intelligence is regarded as the future of science and business. The use of AI leads to far-reaching changes with clear consequences for the labour market and the world of work. Vertical Media CEO Dr. Lars Janzik (Gründerszene) examines the challenges, risks and opportunities that arise with the use of AI for HR and recruiting, in particular how the perception and formation of trust is changing.

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Alexandre Pachulski, Cofounder of Talentsoft and author

18 September 2019 | 1:15 p.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1 | hosted by Talentsoft

"How to assemble singularities"

During his Keynote, Alexandre Pachulski will share his vision and the place human beings hold in the era of Machines and Artificial Intelligence. Rather than feeling fearful and indulging in alarmist and anxious predictions, the author of the book "Unique(s)" recommends developing our Singularity. He invites you to get to know ourselves and to question the meaning of work, business and technology within organizations. Objective: to redefine a collective project that is eminently human.

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Marga Hoek, Non Executive Director, Global Thought Leader Sustainable Business and Capital, Thinkers50 and award-winning author

18 September 2019 | 3:00 p.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

"The future of work: leadership for a sustainable future"

Kerstin Rücker, Director HR & Organization Development, Eckes-Granini Group

19 September 2019 | 10:00 a.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

The Eckes-Granini Group GmbH does not spend much time theorising, it prefers to take action. The company has therefore evolved into a creative place for strategists, developers and "doers" and has proved very successful in bringing new products onto the market. In her keynote, Kerstin Rücker will be revealing how Eckes-Granini makes the most of staff potential and works with employees to challenge the existing state of affairs, experiment with new ideas and continue with tried and tested concepts.

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Daniel Goffart, Chief Correspondent, FOCUS news magazine

19 September 2019 | 12:00 a.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

"The end of the middle class"... and what we need to do about it

As middle-class children, we visited good schools, studied for free and could look forward to a permanent job, a pension scheme and protection against dismissal. Now Germany is crippling itself - with every click on Google, Apple and Facebook. Daniel Goffart confronts the trivializers in politics and business with facts and figures and shows what needs to be done to distribute value fairly in the era of digitalisation and the platform economy.

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Laura Dekker, motivational speaker, author, world traveller, professional skipper

19 September 2019 | 1:00 p.m. | Startup Stage | Hall 2.1

"How to conquer the world if everyone tells you no."

In 2010, Laura Dekker set out to sail around the world - on her own. At the age of 16 she became the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe alone. In her keynote Laura Dekker talks about the obstacles she had to overcome during her trip and what she is doing with that now.

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John Strelecky, author of "The Why Cafe" and "Big Five for Life" as well as CEO, Aspen Light Publishing

19 September 2019 | 4:15 p.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1 | hosted by

"Living your big five for life at work and away."

Join John Strelecky, author of the "Das Cafe am Rande der Welt" and "Big Five for Life" series of books for an entertaining and inspiring lecture on living an amazing life. He will be talking about the integration of life, work, and what matters most to us.

Don't miss his book signing:
19 September | 2:00 p.m. | stand H.12 of | Hall 3.1

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Relation between Keynote Speakers and Highlight Topics

All presentations on the Keynote Stage will be simultaneously translated into English or German.


"Working in the digital future"

With Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour

17 September 2019 | 10:15 a.m.  | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

What changes has digital transformation already triggered in the working world and what other developments will shape our work in the digital future?

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When employees turn into fans – plan, create and measure your company culture

18 September 2019 | 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1 | powered by LinkedIn

Company culture often goes hand in hand with job satisfaction. A positive company culture doesn't just happen but is the result of careful planning and implementation. LinkedIn, Glint and Evonik will discuss how to go about this.

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Leadership in Business Ecosystems - Transformation for Innovation

18. September 2019 | 16:15 - 17:15 Uhr | Keynote Stage | Halle 2.1

Digitalization has been increasing the global interconnectedness of business dramatically. Modern knowledge work challenges traditional hierarchical structures and the spreading of platforms and "Business Ecosystems" keeps blurring institutional boundaries. What does this mean for the quality and style of leadership in the 21st century? How can businesses cultivate their renewal and reinvent their ability to innovate?

Joachim Skura, Strategy Director HCM Applications, DeCH, Oracle
Kim Dabbs
, Global Director Social Innovation, Steelcase
Isabella Mader
, Executive Advisor, Global Peter Drucker Forum



"The end of the middle class - Implications for the world of work"

With Keynote Speaker Daniel Goffart, Chief Correspondent, Focus news magazine

19 September 2019 | 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. | Keynote Stage | Hall 2.1

After the keynote of the same name by FOCUS Chief Correspondent and author Daniel Goffart on 19 September at 1:45 pm, there will be a panel discussion on the keynote stage focussing on the implications for the working world, present and future.

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