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
Welcome Luncheon
Keynote Address—Speaker to be announced (45 mins)
Additional session to be announced
Gender Pay Gap (45 mins)
Networking Roundtable—Discuss hot topics with peers and experts (60 mins)
Evening Event: Enjoy Milan On Own or with Colleagues

Thursday | 9 May 2019 | 09:00–17:35
Employee Wellbeing as a Part of your Business Strategy (45 mins)
Benefits & HR Issues in Italy (45 mins)
Additional sessions to be announced
Evening Event: IBIS Academy Gala Dinner

Friday | 10 May 2019 | 09:30–13:30
Crossfire: A lively debate of the hottest issues in global benefits & HR (60 mins)
Around the Corporate World—HR professionals share challenges and solutions from their organization (60 mins)
Additional session(s) to be announced
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
Welcome & Overview (90 mins)
International Terminology (25 mins)
State, Social Security, Mandatory Pension & Survivor Plans (55 mins)
State, Social security, Disability & Health Plans (50 mins)
Occupational Pension Plans (50 mins)
Defined Contribution Plans (50 mins)
Benefits Design Around the World Pt 1 (45 mins)
Evening Event: Enjoy Milan On Own or with Colleagues

Tuesday | 7 May 2019 | 09:00–19:00
Health & Wellbeing Programs (60 mins)
Pension Plan Vehicles (50 mins)
Death & Disability (60 mins)
Sources of Information (30 mins)
Pension Funding & Actuarial Cost (120 mins)
Benefits Design Around the World Pt 2 (60 mins)
Evening Event: Institute Cocktail Reception

Wednesday | 8 May 2019 | 09:00–17:30
Introduction to Mobility (135 mins)
Navigating Health & Wellbeing Across Borders (45 mins)
Afternoon Events: See IBIS Conference Track
Evening Event: Enjoy Milan On Own or with Colleagues

Thursday | 9 May 2019 | 09:00–17:35
Benefits in Mergers & Acquisitions (45 mins)
Post-Merger Integration (45 mins)
Global Total Rewards Strategy (45 mins)
Pooling (135 mins)
Evening Event: IBIS Academy Gala Dinner

Friday | 10 May 2019 | 09:30–13:30
Morning: See 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.


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