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WIL London event - May 15th & 16th

  • 15 May 2017
  • 18:00 (UTC+01:00)
  • 16 May 2017
  • 12:00 (UTC+01:00)
  • London


May 15th : Cocktail – Dinner

Venue:  Aviva's Office, St Helens, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ,UK

Welcome & Networking

  • Mingle with fellow WIL members

Welcome Remarks

  • Thaima Samman, Partner, SAMMAN Law and Corporate Affairs & WIL President

Business in Europe. Opportunities and Challenges for UK & Europe. 

  • Introductory words by Katherine Corich, Chair at Sysdoc, Associate Fellow - University of Oxford

  • Keynote Speech by Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer AVIVA 

Diversity in the workplace: What does it mean for women in leadership?


  • Katherine Corich, Chair at Sysdoc, Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford


  • Sarah Morris Chief People Officer at AVIVA
  • Claudia Arney, Non-executive Director at AVIVA
  • Line Pélissier, Diversity Director at Orange
  • Paulina Dejmek-Hack, Member of Cabinet, Economic Advisor for the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker 

Wrap-up of the discussion by a Women Talent Pool member 

  • Sigrid Windmolders, Legal and Corporate Affairs Attorney at Microsoft Belux

Buffet dinner and networking

16 May: Breakfast – Debate

Venue: House of Parliament, Cromwell Green visitor entrance , Westminster, London SW1A 0WP

Welcome & Networking
Take seats for the Breakfast Debate
Please note that passing security at the House of Lords may take a while

Introductory words

  • Helene Martin Gee, Chief Adviser, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship and President of Pink Shoe Club
  • Thaima Samman, Partner, SAMMAN Law and Corporate Affairs & WIL President

Welcome Remarks

  • Fiona Capstick, Executive Director at EY Advisory 

Digital Transition Debate


  • Thaima Samman, Partner, SAMMAN Law and Corporate Affairs & WIL President
  • Emma Loisel, Chief Operations Officer at The Exchange Lab, Judge at the London Business School for the Entrepreneurial Faculty 
  • Amit Pau, Venture Partner & Executive Director- advisor to corporations at Ariadne Capital
  • Kristin Schreiber, Director for COSME Programme and SME Policy, European Commission

  • Alison Rayner, UK Digital’s Risk and Compliance Director at Aviva

Wrap-up of the discussion by a Women Talent Pool member:
  • Kirsten Perzi, Midmarket Leader Central Region (DACH) at Lenovo 

Women Talent Pool Workshop: “Career Development”


  • Anne Houtman, Lecturer at Sciences Po, former senior civil servant at the European Commission 


  • Véronique Karcenty, Recruitment Diversity and Careerpath Director, Orange
  • Sarah de Carvalho, CEO at Happy Child International Foundation

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