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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

 8.30am - 10.30am

‘Forum Launch and Brainstorming session’
24 May  8.30am - 10.00am
'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  8.30am - 10.00am

'Regulations / Customs Union' 

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

1 November  8.30am - 10.00am

Themes and guest speakers to be confirmed

13 December  8.30am - 10.00am

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


10.00am - 12.00 noon


‘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


 10.00am - 12.00 noon



‘Agriculture and Climate Change: post COP23’
Guest speaker: Eric Giry, Agricultural Counsellor for the United Kingdom and Ireland, French Embassy
20 June 10.00am - 12.00 noon
‘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 10.00am - 12.00 noon
Site visit - Olympic Park Energy Centre, London (organised with ENGIE UK & Ireland)
26 September 10.00am - 12.00 noon
‘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 and Barny Evans, Head of Sustainable Places, Energy and Waste, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
21 November 10.00am - 12.00 noon
‘‘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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 09.00am - 11.00am
'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  09.00am - 11.00am '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  09.00am - 11.00am

'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  09.00am - 11.00am
'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  09.00am - 11.00am '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

8.30am - 10.00am

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

19 April

8.30am - 10.00am

'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

8.30am - 10.00am

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

2 November

8.30am - 10.30am

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  8.30am - 10.00am
'Employment Law Updates'
Guest speakers: Melanie Stancliffe, Partner – Employment, Irwin Mitchell LLP and Caroline Yarrow, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
2 March  8.30am - 10.00am
'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  8.30am - 10.00am
'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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 8.30am - 10.00am




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

14 September



 8.30am - 10.00am



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

30 November





 8.30am - 10.00am





'How to manage new generation (Millennials…)'
+ Brainstorming on 2018 agenda
Guest speakers: Olivier Nicolaÿ, Managing Director Chanel UK and President of the UK and Other Americas Region, Chanel and Julien Codorniou, Vice President, Workplace by Facebook




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 

8.30am - 10.30am

Forum Launch and Brainstorming session

5 July




8.30am - 11.00am




'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



8.30am - 10.30am



The Future of Retail (trends, brick and mortar, digital, the future of the high street, CSR, transparency, B2B Disruption...)
Guest speakers: Sylvie Freund-Pickavance, Group Strategy & Business Development Director, Value Retail and second speaker to be confirmed

16 November


8.30am - 10.30am


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

 17 January 2018

8.30am - 10.30am

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   


Guest speaker: Paul Smith, Fashion designer

Location: Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

24 May


Cocktail Party at The Connaught

In partnership with Pernod-Ricard UK

28 June


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 Arnaud de Montille, co-Founder of Merci Maman Personalised Gifts and Jeanne Monchovet, Founder, Olystix

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

10 January


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

Club @ Deloitte Digital


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

28 February


'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


'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


Pitching session with 4 Start-Ups

12 September


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

22 November


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 - 2.30 pm

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 - 2.30 pm


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



Women's Business Club Lunch
Theme and guest speakers to be confirmed



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