Covid-19 threw global markets in disarray. If you stop and check financial metrics for more than a few minutes, it’s easy to be discouraged. Add massive layoffs and headquarters closing into the mix, and in the blink of an eye the one thing you are sure about is the fear of the future. However, we’re hopeful. Adversity and resilient leaders are the perfect recipe for disruptive innovation that drives our ecosystem further.
This is a cross promoted event between Startup Grind chapters in Clus Napoca, Amsterdam, Warsaw and Oslo. Join us on Thursday November 26th at 5pm (GMT+2) or 6pm CET to learn more about how businesses can thrive in a challenging economy, priorities before and after CoVid, trends emerging in the CEE market and more.
We’ll touch on the following topics:
- What innovation looks like
- How priorities have changed before and after CoVid
- What are the trends emerging in the CEE market
- What opportunities are there for businesses to grow in trying times
- What the future of workforce will look like
- How culture comes into play in all of this
- How CEOs can facilitate growth
Our panel will be made up of experts in talent management, tech innovation and business development.
It’s our pleasure to introduce:
Madalina Racovitan, Partner and Head of People Services for KPMG, a position in which she has developed KPMG’s People Services practice over several years, developing a particularly strong expertise in personal taxation and HR advisory.
Jamie Qiu, Founder and Managing Partner of Studio Zao, a London-headquartered innovation and talent development studio that works with global brands, organisations and academic institutions, such as Sony Music Entertainment, EY, NHS, and Pentland Brands.
Daniel Zinner, International Entrepreneur and Growth Consultant, with expertise in a wide array of fields. Daniel boasts 7 years in Management Consulting, 6 years in the Banking and Finance sector, as well as 4 years in the Transport and Aviation industry.
Tomek Milosz, Founder and CEO of GIGLIKE, HR Leader and Executive Coach.He is focused on the gig-economy, the workforce of the future and how the workforce market transforms driven by digitization, demographics and the pace of change.
Our panelists have an outstanding record of driving innovation through the highs and lows of their industry. And they’re ready to share valuable insights with you on the 26th of November.
We’re excited to see you there!
Partner, Head of People Services
Zinner Global Mobility GmbH
Founder HRGlobal & Kiez Digital, HR and Communication Consultant
Jamie is the Founder and Managing Partner of the boutique innovation studio, Studio Zao, where he works with global brands and multinational corporations across health, manufacturing, retail, media and entertainment. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Cambridge startup innovation hub, the Bradfield Centre.
Jamie is an enterprise innovation strategist and venture builder, helping organisations strategise, prepare and build for uncertainty — solving difficult business challenges, unlocking entrepreneurial capabilities, creating new revenue streams and launching disruptive propositions.
He has significant experience in leading innovation strategy and operating model development; designing innovation and venture development programmes; facilitating immersive design sprints, and advising startup ventures through key stages of value proposition development, business model formation and commercial growth strategy. He has worked with global clients across several industry sectors, such as EDF, Sony Music, NHS, Viacom, RELX, Pentland Brands, Vodafone and the Dubai Customs Authority.
He has designed and led four startup accelerator programmes, investing in and supporting startups specialising in machine learning and distributed ledger blockchain technology, who have since collectively raised hundreds of millions in funding.
Previously, Jamie was the Managing Director of Startupbootcamp’s Fintech Accelerator in Dubai; the Founder and Director of EY's startup accelerator; Head of Innovation Partnerships
Madalina has developed KPMG’s People Services practice over several years, developing a particularly strong expertise in personal taxation and HR advisory. The firm’s People Services practice combines the work of Global Mobility, Payroll Outsourcing, Employment Law and Human Resources Advisory. As the leader of the People Services practice, Madalina develops KPMG’s services and anticipates clients’ needs. She focuses on reinforcing a strong company culture, creating and leading large-scale employee engagement and development programs, and implementing reward and talent management strategies that support the achievement of business goals and objectives. Madalina is focused on human capabilities and prepares strategies to attract, develop, motivate, retain and manage the right people with the right skill sets and the right experiences to deliver on the organization’s goals. Madalina publishes articles frequently in prestigious business publications and this year she won the award for Excellence in Human Resources from Club HR, one of the leading human resources organizations, in which excellence in human resources and people management is recognized and rewarded.
Daniel says: Every person and every society can be successful. Cultural diversity is the driver of creativity. Collaboration is the tool for innovation. Building long-term trust leads to success and makes people happy.
Daniel Zinner is a communicator, doer, structured creative, and father of three children. His goal is to help people to make their career and companies successful. His main focus is on International HR management processes and communication.
His work focusses on complex processes in international networks, and especially on effective intercultural communication. In 2015, Daniel published „The Global Mobility Profession“. In this book, he examined what skills and abilities professionals in the HR industry need to ensure a positive employee experience.
Daniel is an expert in understanding and explaining why international exchange, cooperation and competition are the future for continued growth and prosperity for all.
Tomek has over 22 years of experience in human capital management, transformation and innovation.
Tomek started his professional career as a Headhunter. For almost 11 years he was associated with the financial arm of the General Electric company, where he worked in managerial and specialist positions in Poland and Europe in local and regional structures.
Since 2010, Tomek has worked for the international consulting firm PwC (former PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he started working as the Head of HR for Poland. In his most recent role as Human Capital Leader for Central and Eastern Europe he managed over 300 EFT human capital team across 29 countries.
As of now he focuses on the gig-economy, workforce of the future and how the workforce market transforms driven by digitization, demographics and pace of change.
Tomek's professional expertise is related to: business partnership, change management and transformation, Integration (post-merger/cultural (HR) Integration), recruitment, incl. executive positions, compensation & benefits, (HR) Technology, development & talent management, project management.
Tomek is fluent in Polish, English and German. What Tomek enjoys most in his work is the opportunity to collaborate with great people whose commitment and support lead to successful delivery of results as well as transformational environment we all work in.
Tomek is an engineer and graduated from the Faculty of Management and Economics of the Gdansk University of Technology. He also studied in Stralsund (Germany) at the Fachhochschule Stralsund. He also holds a Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching issued by the Academy of Executive Coaching in London, of which he is a graduate. He also completed the elite HRLP (Human Resources Leadership Program) development program at GE.
After hours, Tomek is a marathon runner and a proud father of an ambitious teenager who shares their common passion for motorbikes.
CMO & Partner
Diana Florescu is Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Partner at Grai Ventures. Diana held various marketing and sales roles in the last decade at all levels up to CxO. She has extensive experience in digital marketing and branding, designing and executing marketing and sales programs while overseeing product development and commercial partnerships. Her projects span multiple sectors, including technology, gaming, consulting, media and entertainment, retail, among others. International experience having worked and studied in the UK, the USA, Qatar, Poland, Romania, and Germany.Awarded Entrepreneur - 2016 Lloyd's Banking People's Choice Award. She holds a Master's Degree in Technology Entrepreneurship from UCL.