Now in its 48th 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 2018 IBIS Academy sessions are currently under development. Check back later in the year for details.


Sunday, 6 May 2018


15:00 – 17:00     Meet and Greet at Reception Area


Monday, 7 May 2018

8:45 – 12:25

IBIS Mobility Sessions

09:00 – 12:00

American Benefits Council Meeting

09:00 – 12:25

IBIS Institute Sessions

12:30 – 14:00


Lunch for All Attendees


14:00 – 15:30

IBIS Conference Begins – Keynote Session (includes Institute and Mobility)

15:30 – 18:00

Concurrent Sessions: IBIS Conference (Includes IBIS Institute) and IBIS Mobility Tracks



Tuesday, 8 May 2018 

09:00 – 17:15

IBIS Institute Sessions

09:00 – 17:15

IBIS Mobility Sessions

09:00 – 17:15

IBIS Conference Sessions

18:20 – 22:30

IBIS Academy Gala Dinner



Wednesday, 9 May 2018

09:00 – 12:10

Concurrent Sessions: IBIS Conference, IBIS Mobility and IBIS Institute Tracks

12:10 – 14:00

Closing Lunch for IBIS Conference and IBIS Mobility Tracks (All Attendees Welcome)

14:00 – 18:10

IBIS Institute Sessions

14:00 - 18:00

Gallagher Global Alliance/International Preferred Provider Meeting


Thursday, 10 May 2018

09:00 – 18:10

IBIS Institute Sessions

18:15 – 19:15    

IBIS Institute Reception

Friday, 11 May 2018

09:00 – 12:00

IBIS Institute Sessions

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.

Please click to view the IBIS Academy Agenda in PDF form. 

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

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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.

On Thursday, IBIS Mobility registrants may substitute concurrent IBIS Conference sessions as desired.

Please click to view the IBIS Academy Agenda in PDF form. 

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. This year as we look to the future, we also reflect on the past at one of Berlin’s many historic sights. Join us at the magnificent Charlottenburg Palace, completed in 1699 as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, Queen consort in Prussia and sister of King George I. Dine with friends and colleagues in the Great Orangery as you soak in the history of the largest palace in Berlin.

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