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 – 18:00 IBIS Institute Sessions
18:15 – 19:15 IBIS Institute Reception
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
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, Employment Law Symposium
Thursday, 9 May 2019
09:00 – 17:00 Concurrent Sessions: IBIS Conference, IBIS Institute, IBIS Mobility, Employment Law Symposium
  IBIS Academy Partner Program
18:30 – 22:30 IBIS Academy Gala Dinner
Friday, 10 May 2019
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)

*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.

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.


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. 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.  The tour begins departs and concludes each day at the conference hotel. The 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. 

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