Now in its 49th year, IBIS Academy is a highly respected and long-standing forum for education and networking tailored specifically to global HR & benefits professionals, including those specializing in global mobility. This unique three-track conference empowers attendees to compete, succeed and prosper in the ever-evolving, complex global business environment.

The 2019 IBIS Academy sessions are currently under development, and the agenda will be updated as speakers are confirmed. Review last year’s agenda for a peek at the topics covered at past events.

Monday, 6 May 2018
09:30 – 18:00 IBIS Institute Sessions
Tuesday, 7 May 2018 
09:00 – 18:00 IBIS Institute Sessions
18:15 – 19:15 IBIS Institute Reception
Wednesday, 8 May 2018
09:00 – 12:30 IBIS Mobility Sessions
  IBIS Institute Sessions
10:00 – 17:00 IBIS Academy Partner Program
12:30 – 14:00 Welcome Luncheon (All Tracks)
14:00 – 15:30 IBIS Conference Keynote Session (All Tracks)
15:30 – 17:00 Concurrent Sessions: IBIS Conference, IBIS Institute, IBIS Mobility
Thursday, 9 May 2018
09:00 – 17:00 Concurrent Sessions: IBIS Conference, IBIS Institute, IBIS Mobility
  IBIS Academy Partner Program
18:30 – 22:30 IBIS Academy Gala Dinner
Friday, 10 May 2018
09:00 – 12:15 IBIS Conference Sessions (Includes IBIS Institute and IBIS Mobility)
  IBIS Academy Partner Program
12:30 – 14:00 Closing Luncheon (All Tracks)

Schedule subject to change.


A forum for global benefits leaders to share knowledge, explore solutions and advocate for change. Networking and knowledge sharing for experienced global benefits professionals during 2.5 days of general and breakout sessions.

IBIS Conference delegates may elect to attend concurrent IBIS Mobility sessions in place of IBIS Conference sessions.

An interactive fundamentals course for new global benefits professionals. Certificate program delivering fundamental global benefits & HR knowledge taught by global experts.

A targeted seminar covering pressing issues in global mobility. Multi-day seminar focusing on the most pressing issues in global mobility, with dozens of global experts.


Your travel companion will take in the sights, sounds, and even tastes, of Berlin in this three-day program covering the historical highlights and modern marvels of this bustling city. This private, English-speaking tour accommodates 20-25 travel companions of IBIS Academy attendees (spouses, partners, children, parents, siblings and friends are welcome), and spans from Monday afternoon through to Wednesday morning. This program sells out each year, so be sure to sign up your companion now to avoid disappointment.

The tour begins departs and concludes each day at the Hotel Adlon. The $450 registration fee is inclusive of transportation, tours, entry fees and meals (where indicated). Register your guest using our online meeting registration tool as part of your conference registration or separately.

Planned itinerary includes:

Monday 7 May:

  • Berlin Culinary Tour
    • Includes three stops to experience “real Berlin” as the locals eat

Tuesday 8 May:

  • Discover Berlin Walking Tour
    • Includes Tiergarten Park, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Unter Den Linden, Gendarmenmarkt
  • Lunch at Restaurant Kafer
  • Digital Bus Tour
    • Offers a contrasting view of current day Berlin with historical images from the past

Wednesday 9 May:

  • Museum Island Highlights Tour, including stops at:
    • The Old National Gallery
    • The Neues Museum

IBIS Academy’s annual gala dinner brings all attendees together for an unforgettable evening at a unique local destination. 

Attendance is included for all registrants, and additional gala dinner tickets can be purchased for travel companions for $250 US during registration.