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 2019
09:30–18:00 IBIS Institute Sessions
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
09:00–17:45 IBIS Institute Sessions
18:00–19:00 IBIS Institute Reception
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
08:45–12:20 IBIS Mobility Sessions
09:00–12:20 IBIS Institute Sessions
10:00–17:00 IBIS Academy Partner Program (timing tentative)
12:20–13:30 Welcome Luncheon (All Tracks)
13:30–14:30 IBIS Conference Welcome & Keynote Session (All Tracks)
14:30–17:25 Concurrent or Combined Sessions: IBIS Conference, IBIS Institute, IBIS Mobility, Employment Law Symposium
Thursday, 9 May 2019
09:00–17:20 Concurrent or Combined Sessions: IBIS Conference, IBIS Institute, IBIS Mobility, Employment Law Symposium
10:00–17:00 IBIS Academy Partner Program (timing tentative)
18:15–22:30 IBIS Academy Gala Dinner at Museo Diocesano di Milano
Friday, 10 May 2019
09:30–12:10 IBIS Conference Sessions (Includes IBIS Institute and IBIS Mobility)
09:00–12:00 IBIS Academy Partner Program (timing tentative)
12:10–13:30 Closing Luncheon (All Tracks)

*All times listed are approximate and provided for planning purposes; schedule will be updated as the agenda is developed.

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.

Wednesday | 8 May 2019 | 12:20–17:30

12:00–13:30 Welcome Luncheon
13:30–13:45 Welcome
13:45–14:30 Keynote Address—Jason Robinson, MBE, Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame and Rugby World Cup Winner
14:30–14:55 Networking Break and Meet & Greet with Jason Robinson
14:55–15:40 Session to be announced
15:45–16:30 Diversity & Inclusion
16:35–17:35 Networking Roundtable—Discuss hot topics with peers and experts
Evening Event: Enjoy Milan On Own or with Colleagues

Thursday | 9 May 2019 | 09:00–17:35

09:00–09:45 Triggering the Future of Global Healthcare: How clinical triggers and provider partnerships determine cost and outcomes
09:50–10:35 Is IPMI (International Private Medical Insurance) for VIPs only?
10:35–11:00 Networking Break
11:00–11:45 Benefits & HR Issues in Italy
11:50–12:35 Wellbeing Works: Making Employee Wellbeing a Part of your Business Strategy
12:35–14:05 Lunch
14:04–14:50 The Evolution of Employee Communication & Engagement in the 2020s
14:55–15:40 Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
15:40–16:05 Networking Break
16:50–16:50 Pay Equity
18:00–22:00 IBIS Academy Gala Dinner

Friday | 10 May 2019 | 09:30–13:30

09:00–10:30 Crossfire: Tackling the Most Controversial Topics in Global Benefits & HR
10:30–10:55 Networking Break
10:55–12:25 Around the Corporate World—HR professionals share challenges and solutions from their organization
12:25–12:45 Closing Remarks
12:45–14:00 Closing Luncheon

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

Monday | 6 May 2019 | 09:30–18:00

09:30–11:05 Welcome & Overview
11:05–11:30 Break
11:30–12:05 International Terminology
12:05–13:00 State, Social Security, Mandatory Pension & Survivor Plans
13:00–14:20 Lunch
14:20–15:10 State, Social Security, Disability & Health Plans
15:10–16:00 Retirement Plan Design & Funding
16:00–16:25 Break
16:25–17:15 Governance Issues with Respect to Retirement and Pension Plans
17:15–18:00 Benefits Design Around the World Pt 1
Evening Event: Enjoy Milan On Own or with Colleagues

Tuesday | 7 May 2019 | 09:00–19:00

09:00–10:00 The Defined Benefit World: Shrinking but Still Important
10:00–10:50 Account of Retirement and Pension Plans
10:50–11:20 Break
11:20–12:20 Delivering with DC Plans
12:20–13:45 Lunch
13:45–14:15 Intro to Mobility Part 1
14:15–15:20 Intro to Mobility Part 2
15:20–15:45 Break
15:45–16:40 Intro to Mobility Part 3
16:40–17:45 Benefits Design Around the World Pt 2
18:00–19:00 Institute Cocktail Reception

Wednesday | 8 May 2019 | 09:00–17:30

09:00–09:45 Sources of Information
09:45–10:30 Session to be Announced
10:30–10:50 Break
10:50–11:35 Navigating Health & Wellbeing Across Borders
11:35–12:20 Death & Disability
Afternoon Events: Join IBIS Conference Track
Evening Event: Enjoy Milan On Own or with Colleagues

Thursday | 9 May 2019 | 09:00–17:35

09:00–09:45 Benefits in Mergers & Acquisitions
09:50–10:35 Post-Merger Integration
10:35–11:00 Break
11:00–11:45 Global Total Rewards Strategy
11:50–12:35 Session to be Announced
12:35–14:05 Lunch
14:05–14:50 Pooling Part 1
14:55–15:40 Pooling Part 2
15:40–16:05 Break
16:05–16:50 Pooling Part 3
16:50–17:00 Wrap up and Certificates
18:00–22:00 IBIS Academy Gala Dinner

Friday | 10 May 2019 | 09:30–13:30
Morning: Join IBIS Conference Track

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.

Wednesday | 8 May 2019 | 08:45 – 17:35

  • Mobility Track Welcome (15 mins)
  • Talent Mobility of the Future – Seizing the opportunity to elevate mobility to the next level (45 mins)
  • Interactive Networking (45 mins)
  • Re-evaluating Global Travel Support – New approaches to aligning travel programs with business and person goals (45 mins)
  • Mobility Transformation – Aligning with the future (45 mins)
  • Aligning with the Future Assignment Polices for Talent Development - How to design developmental assignment policies while being cost effective and attractive (45 mins)
  • Duty of Care (45 mins)
  • Networking Roundtables (with Conference, Institute and Law tracks) (60 mins)
  • Evening Event: Enjoy Milan On Own or with Colleagues

Thursday | 9 May 2019 | 09:00 – 16:50

  • Understanding the Mobility Technology Market - What’s out there and how to choose and implement it (45 mins)
  • Employee Wellbeing (45 mins)
  • Talent Mobility of Tomorrow - Discussing challenges and solutions for Talent Mobility of the future (45 mins)
  • Global Tax Trends (45 mins)
  • Coping with Duty of Care in Challenging Locations - How to make sure that your assignees are safe (45 mins)
  • Panel Discussion: Next Generation and Employee Experience - What is needed to change to attract and retain Next Generation employees (45 mins)
  • Key Challenges for Talent Mobility - Sharing insights in an interactive setting (45 mins)
  • Evening Event: IBIS Academy Gala Dinner

Friday | 10 May 2019 | 09:30–13:30
Morning: See IBIS Conference Track

Our mobility track is developed with the generous support of our Mobility Sponsors: UHC Global, Workplace Options and ECA International.

NEW FOR 2019! A focused symposium designed specifically for those practicing employment law or with a particular focus on global employment law.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Is the law up-to-date with today’s flexible workplaces and forms of work (i.e., gig economy)?
  • Maintaining protection of critical intellectual property, know-how and business secrets.
  • Data protection issues in HR.
  • Developments in employment and labor laws in Europe.
  • In addition to focused sessions, attendees will gain exposure to general global topics by joining the IBIS Conference track for keynote and several general sessions.

This track is produced in conjunction with our valued employment law sponsor, CMS.

Your travel companion will take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Milan in this three-day program covering the historical highlights and modern marvels of this bustling city. The tour will offer guests the opportunity to:

  • Explore the famed Duomo di Milano at the heart of Milan’s city center
  • View Leonardo di Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and visit the Vineyard of Leonardo, where he created this famous work
  • Enjoy an authentic Italian cooking class
  • Shop in the fashion capital of the world
  • And more!

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 Wednesday afternoon through to Friday morning. This program sells out each year, so be sure to sign up your companion now to avoid disappointment. For help adding a guest to your registration, click here. The tour begins departs and concludes each day at the conference hotel. The $450 registration fee is inclusive of transportation, tours, entry fees and meals (where indicated).

IBIS Academy’s annual gala dinner brings all attendees together for an unforgettable evening at a unique local destination. The Museo Diocesano di Milano plays host to our signature evening, home to more than 700 hundred pieces of artwork spanning from the fourth century to modern times. The museum is housed in one of the most important monumental complexes in the city, charming and full of history. Join us for a celebratory evening against the backdrop of historic Milan!

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

Museo Diocesano di Milano