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Our community: people leaders working together

The HRD Connect community has expanded organically over the years, meeting both face-to-face and in virtual environments. In the past few years, activity has flourished on our online platforms and our people leader community now boasts over 500,000 annual users.

As hybrid and remote working styles bloom, we have further enhanced this approach with the launch of the HRD Collective series. This series features Digital Incubators, Lightning Talks, debates and discussions on the latest hot topics in the HR sector. Our purpose is to engage every member of our community in shaping a future of empathetic, people-oriented leadership.

HRD Connect was launched in 2017 as a headline event for HR professionals. The platform provided a nurturing space for senior industry leaders to share and exchange knowledge, collaborate on creating solutions and connect over real concerns and challenges. Together we’ve gone through market disruptions, technological advancements, in-person and virtual gatherings. We have grown, adapted, and supported each other along the way.


Schneider Electric
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Vice President

With a steadfast focus on transformation and leadership, Dan Hutchinson has forged a successful career spanning multiple industries and geographies, including…Read More

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Dan Hutchinson
Publicis Groupe
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Director of Diversity and Inclusion (DE&I)

Kate Williams is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion (DE&I) at Publicis Groupe UK. With a background as the former associate director of the workplace…Read More

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Kate Williams
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Global Vice President of ESG & Social Innovation

Kim Dabbs is a distinguished professional serving as the Global Vice President of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) & Social Innovation at…Read More

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Kim Dabbs
Warwick Business School
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Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dr. Tamara Friedrich is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Warwick Business School. She received her MS (2007) and PhD (2010)…Read More

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Dr. Tamara Friedrich
Novo Nordisk
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Associate Director of Leadership Development

Rajkarn Kaur Anand, Associate Director of Leadership Development at Novo Nordisk, is an unwavering advocate for Learning and Development (L&D). With…Read More

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Rajkarn Kaur Anand
JCB International (Europe)
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Senior Vice President HR & Corporate Services

Rudolph Wontumi is a distinguished HR leader known for his remarkable career accomplishments across diverse industries. Currently serving as the Senior…Read More

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Rudolph Wontumi
Norsk Hydro
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SVP Director Portfolio & Strategy

Lene Trollnes is an experienced professional in HR, business, and project management on a global scale. As SVP Director Portfolio & Strategy at Norsk…Read More

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Lene Trollnes
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VP Human Resources Technical Operations

Agata Olempiejuk-Combaz is a seasoned HR leader, with a strong focus on talent management & acquisition, learning & development, and organizational…Read More

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Agata Olempiejuk-Combaz
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HR Evangelist, Researcher & Consultant

Jan is a seasoned HR Evangelist, Researcher & Consultant at SDWorx and the University of Antwerp. He consults our clients on “future of work”,…Read More

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Jan Laurijssen
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Chief Scientist, Human Resources and Organisational Design

Dr. Dieter Veldsman is an organizational psychologist with a passion for HR. He has over 15+ years of experience across the HR value chain and lifecycle,…Read More

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Dr Dieter Veldsman