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Forums and Clubs Calendar 2017

Forums and Clubs (with the exception of Club @,  Luxury Club and Women's Business Club) are held at the French Chamber, unless stated otherwise.



Brexit Forum

Co-chaired by Angela Hepworth, Corporate Policy and Regulation Director, EDF Energy and Neil Sherlock CBE, Partner, Corporate Affairs, PwC

Aimed at: CEOs, Heads of Brexit Task Forces, Head of Strategy, Heads of Corporate Affairs in charge of Brexit


29 March

08.30 - 10.30

‘Forum Launch and Brainstorming session’
24 May 08.30 - 10.00
'The Impact of Brexit on Talent and Mobility'
Guest speaker: Julia Onslow-Cole, Partner, Legal Markets Leader & Head of Global Immigration, PwC and Jeremy Greaves, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Strategy, Airbus Group UK
6 September 08.30 - 10.00

'Regulations / Customs Union' 

Guest speakers: John Keefe, Director of Public Affairs, Eurotunnel Group and Lara Robinson, Principal Policy Adviser (EU negotiations), CBI

1 November 08.30 - 10.00

Themes and guest speakers to be confirmed

13 December 08.30 - 10.00

Themes and guest speakers to be confirmed


Climate Change & Sustainability Forum

Co-chaired by Richard Brown CBE, Former CEO and Chairman of Eurostar, Chairman Department for Transport Franchise Advisory Panel and Jean-Philippe Verdier, Founding Partner, Verdier & Co. Corporate Advisory

Aimed at: CEOs, experts and heads of sustainability leading their organisations' climate commitments

14 March


10.00 - 12.00


‘From Kyoto to Paris: Reflections on 20 Years of Climate Policy and the Looming Risk to Business’
Guest speaker: Dr Charles Donovan, Director, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College Business School

27 April


 10.00 - 12.00



‘Agriculture and Climate Change: post COP23’
Guest speaker: Eric Giry, Agricultural Counsellor for the United Kingdom and Ireland, French Embassy
20 June 10.00 - 12.00
‘Energy efficiency: the forgotten priority’
Guest speakers: George Adams, Director of Energy and Engineering, SPIE UK and Anne-France Kennedy, Director, ON5 Company ltd
4 September 10.00 - 12.00
Site visit - Olympic Park Energy Centre, London (organised with ENGIE UK & Ireland)
26 September 10.00 - 12.00
‘Wind and solar energy: the global rise of the two prominent clean energy sources in the overall energy mix’
Guest speakers: Gregg Taylor, Associate, Sustainable Places & Energy, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Barny Evans, Head of Sustainable Places, Energy and Waste, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Mark Jones, CEO, EWT (Emergya Wind Technologies) L.V. 
21 November 10.00 - 12.00
‘‘The finances of clean energy: debt and equity financing markets, returns and trends in Mergers & Acquisitions’ + Brainstorming session for 2018
Guest speakers: Jean-Philippe Verdier, Founding Partner, Verdier & Co. Corporate Advisory and second speaker to be confirmed

Digital Transformation & Innovation Forum

Co-chaired by Christophe Chazot, Group Head of Innovation, HSBC and Lucien Boyer, Chief Marketing Officer, Vivendi

Aimed at: Chief Digital Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Heads of Innovation and Heads of Strategy of major companies

25 January

Sponsored by HEC Paris

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09.00 - 11.00
'The Millennial Conundrum: How to attract and retain talent in a digital world'
Guest speakers: Jean-Remi Gratadour, Executive Director of HEC Paris Digital Center, Nicolas Taborisky, UK CEO, TheodoUK and Peter Wheeldon, SVP of Human Resources, Universal Music Group
23 March 09.00 - 11.00 'Creating Value in our 'Big Brother' data world' 
Guest speakers: Richard Hepworth, Director of Digital Transformation, PwC and Jérome Encrevé, Head of Data Analytics, NBIM
8 June 09.00 - 11.00

'The new customers, or how the Internet has changed the way we do business and consume'
Guest speakers: Olivier Njamfa, CEO, Eptica and Antoine Baschiera, CEO, Early Metrics

28 September 09.00 - 11.00
'Platforms: the number one wealth creators in the 21st century, or the emergence of new business models'
Guest speakers: Alizee Vasseur, International Digital Marketing Strategist and CMO, Buzz&Go and Benoit Reillier, Managing Director, Launchworks & Co
7 December 09.00 - 11.00 'Innovation / Brainstorming Session'

Finance Forum

Co-chaired by John Peachey, Chief Financial Officer, Global Markets, HSBC Bank Plc and Rob Guyler, CFO, EDF Energy

Aimed at: CFOs and senior representatives of financial, regulatory and academic institutions

8 February

08.30 - 10.00

'Managing investors & key stakeholders'
Guest speakers: Nick Turnor, Global Head of Investor Relations, HSBC Holdings Plc and Rob Guyler, CFO, EDF Energy

19 April

08.30 - 10.00

'M&A: Successful Integrations'
Guest speakers: Neil Boss, Partner, Financial Advisory - Transaction Services, Deloitte and Alejandro Vicente, Senior Vice President, Global Head of M&A, Coty

21 June

08.30 - 10.00

'The Impact of Brexit on Finance'
Guest speaker: Liz Martins, UK Economist, HSBC and Philippe Guyonnet-Duperat, Financial Counsellor, French Embassy

2 November

08.30 - 10.30

The CFO, when and why do you need one?
Guest speakers: Patrick Fenton, Partner, Head of Cloud Transformation, KPMG and Michaël Elalouf, CFO, iwoca

HR Forum

Co-chaired by Pia Dekkers, Regional HR Divisional Director, Chanel and Jean-Baptiste Aloy, Executive Director, Employee Research, Ipsos MORI

Aimed at: HR Directors and HR professionals

24 January 08.30 - 10.00
'Employment Law Updates'
Guest speakers: Melanie Stancliffe, Partner – Employment, Irwin Mitchell LLP and Caroline Yarrow, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
2 March 08.30 - 10.00
'Employee Commitment and well-being at work'
Guest speakers: Sally HemmingAssociate Director, ER & Talent, EY, and Jean-Baptiste Aloy, Executive Director, Employee Research, Ipsos MORI
4 May 08.30 - 10.00
'Managing multicultural teams'
Guest speaker: Peter Alfandary, Principal at PRA CrossCultural & Business Development, Head of French Team at Reed Smith LLP and Vice President of the French Chamber

15 June 

Sponsored by HEC Paris

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08.30 - 10.00




'Developing high performing teams'
Guest speaker: Roxana Barbulescu, Associate Professor Management and Human Resource, HEC Paris

14 September



08.30 - 10.00



'The benefits of flexible working'
Guest speakers: Chris Dunford, Human Resources Director - Global Service Delivery, American Express Global Business Travel and Caroline Pegden, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, TempaGoGo Ltd and Philip Pegden, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, TempaGoGo Ltd






08.30 - 10.00





'How to manage new generation (Millennials…)'
+ Brainstorming on 2018 agenda
Guest speakers: To be confirmed




Retail Forum

Co-chaired by Alain Harfouche, General Manager, L’Occitane and Catherine Palmer, Legal & Administrative Director, Joseph

Aimed at: CEOs, Managing Directors and Senior Representatives of Retail Brands

25 May 

08.30 - 10.30

Forum Launch and Brainstorming session

5 July




08.30 - 11.00




'Property: Key Challenges and Drivers'
Guest speakers: Michael Horwitz, Executive Director, CBRE, Martin Summerscales, Head Of Retail Strategy and Consulting, CBRE and Mark Higgin, Partner, Head of Rating, Montagu Evans


13 September



08.30 - 10.30



The Future of Retail (trends, brick and mortar vs. digital, disruption...)
Guest speakers: Sylvie Freund-Pickavance, Group Strategy & Business Development Director, Value Retail and Jonathan Chippindale, Chief Executive, Holition

16 November


08.30 - 10.30


HR (Manpower, staffing, attract & retain talents, change resulting from automation)
Guest speakers to be confirmed

 17 January 2018

08.30 - 10.30

Customer experience (behaviour & knowledge/ customer psyclogy, loyalty...)


Luxury Club

Chaired by Tom Meggle, Managing Director UK, Ireland & South Africa, Louis Vuitton

Aimed at: CEOs and senior representatives of luxury brands, Michelin starred restaurants and Chefs, GMs of five-star hotels and cultural institutions.


20 April   

08.30 - 10.00

Guest speaker: Paul Smith, Fashion designer

Location: Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

24 May

18.00 - 21.00

Cocktail Party at The Connaught

In partnership with Pernod-Ricard UK

28 June

08.00 - 10.00

Luxury Club Breakfast

Location: Royal Albert Hall and Serpentine Gallery

Guest speaker: Grayson Perry CBE, Artist



Luxury Club Breakfast

Themes and guest speakers to be confirmed


Luxury Club Breakfast

Themes and guest speakers to be confirmed


Start-up & SME Club

Co-chaired by Sébastien Goldenberg, CEO & Co-Founder, and Jeanne Monchovet, Founder, Olystix

Aimed at: Founders, CEOs and Directors of start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs.

10 January

08.30 - 10.00

'Learning from other entrepreneurs mistakes'
Guest speakers: Nicolas Taborisky, UK CEO, TheodoUK and Flavia de Pfyffer, Founder, Pashion

Club @ Deloitte Digital

18.00 - 20.00

Buckley Building , 49 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0EB

28 February

08.30 - 10.00

'The importance of Innovation in Entrepreneurship' 
Guest speakers: Kevin Monserrat, Head of Start-up Ecosystem Development, Microsoft Accelerator,  Hervé Mottais, Associate Director, Moore Stephens and Steve Williams, Partner, Moore Stephens

25 April

08.30 - 10.00

'How to find the Best Board Members and Advisors for Startup Success'
Guest speakers: Jean-Philippe Verdier, Founding Partner, Verdier & Co. Corporate Advisory and Fabrice Bernhard, Co-founder and CTO, Theodo

13 June

08.30 - 10.00

Pitching session with 4 Start-Ups

12 September

08.30 - 10.00

'Personal Branding is the new Marketing: are you onboard?'
Guest speakers: Pinar Akkaya, Director, Signature Communication, David Chermont, CEO-Founder, Inbound Capital, Etienne Duval, Director & Founder, NewTownVision, and Amanda Tran, Managing Director, JIN

22 November

08.30 - 10.00

Brainstorming Session

Women's Business Club

Chaired by Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President UK & Ireland, Veolia and President of the French Chamber of Great Britain

Aimed at: female CEOs, CFOs and women with global positions in blue chip companies based in the UK and members of the French Chamber

1 March


12.30 - 14.30


Theme: ‘Intrapreneurship, or the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working for a large organisation’
Guest speakers: Tanuja Randery, President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric and Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President UK & Ireland, Veolia and President of the French Chamber
Location: French Residence.

6 June 

 Pierre Hermé

12.30 - 14.30



Theme: British Snap Elections 
Guest speakers: Rachel Johnson, Author, Journalist and Justine Picardie, Editor in Chief Harper’s Bazaar UK and Town & Country UK 

18 October


12.30 - 14.00


Theme: TBC
Guest speaker: Dame Carolyn McCall OBE, Chief Executive, easyJet
Location: TBC



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