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Forums and Clubs Calendar 2018

Forums and Clubs (with the exception of the Luxury Club, Women's Business Club and Retail Forum) 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


16 January 




8:30 - 10:30 




BREXIT & UK Environmental Law: regulatory, corporate & consumer impact once we are 'out of the European framework' 
Guest speakers: Professor Charlotte Burns, Professorial Fellow in Sustainable Growth at the University of Sheffield and Martina Macpherson, Partner, Sustineri & Chair, BoD, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets

7 February 



08:30 - 10:30 



The potential outcome of business regulations within the UK: Convergence or Divergence?
Guest speakers: Geoff Skingsley, Chairman, L'Oréal UK and Olivier Morel, Partner - Head of international at Cripps, Vice President of Marcalliance and Vice President of the French Chamber of Great Britain
11 April 08:30 - 10:30

Impact of Brexit on investment decisions: a case study from the automotive industry


Guest speaker: Ian Henry, Director, AutoAnalysis 


13 June 08:30 - 10:30
Impact of BREXIT on HR & Education (talent, labour law, mobility, training) - Joint session with our HR Forum
Guest speakers: Kady Doumbia, Founder & Managing Director, King Stage; Simon Mercado, Director, ESCP Europe Business School and Sarah Hancock, Head of Employee Relations, EDF Energy
5 September 08:30 - 10:30
The Impact of BREXIT on UK Regions
Guest speakers: To be confirmed
31 October 08:30 - 10:30
Ramification of BREXIT: Where are we now?
Guest speakers:To be confirmed


19 December 08:30 - 10:30

Theme & speakers to be confirmed 


Climate Change & Sustainability Forum

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

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

16 January




08:30 - 10:30




BREXIT & UK Environmental Law: regulatory, corporate & consumer impact once we are 'out of the European framework' 
Guest speakers: Professor Charlotte Burns,  Professorial Fellow in Sustainable Growth at the University of Sheffield and Martina Macpherson, Partner, Sustineri & Chair, BoD, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets

13 March



08:30 - 10:30



The Health Impact of Air Quality: causes, consequences, current action plans, what more should be done
Guest Speakers: Elliot Treharne, Air Quality Manager, Greater London Authority  and Dr Richard Maggs, Consulting Group Manager - Air Quality, Acoustics & Vibration, Bureau Veritas UK 
22 May 08:30 - 10:30
Batteries: technologies, innovation, usages and the economics
Guest Speakers: Alastair Davies, Head of Strategic Analysis & Modelling, EDF Energy and second speaker to be confirmed
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
Site Visit to be confirmed
25 September 08:30 - 10:30
Construction: looking at retrofitting & refurbishment to quickly and efficiently lower carbon footprint 
Guest Speakers: Herve Mariage, Heat Pump Sales Manager at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group and second speaker to be confirmed.
31 October 18.00 - 20.00
Food and Carbon Footprint: a cocktail event with Raymond Blanc
Venue: Home House
20 November 08:30 - 10:30
Transport: climate change and drilling on the use of hydrogen + Brainstorming session for 2019
Guest Speakers: To be confirmed

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 

8 February 



09:00 - 11:00 



Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain: how these technologies will impact businesses
Guest Speakers: Sohail Raja, Head of Execution Platforms, Societe Generale CIB and Joseph Wreford, Strategy Consultant, Accenture

19 April


08:30 - 10:30


Artificial Intelligence: new revenue stream and product services
Guest Speakers: Philippe Lerique, Partner, Talan Consulting UK Ltd and Alessandro Recino, Cloud Solution Architect Data & AI, Microsoft
21 June 08:30 - 10:30
Social Media: analytics, etc.
Guest Speakers:  Amanda Tran, Managing Director, JIN and second speaker to be confirmed
4 October 08:30 - 10:30
Guest Speakers: To be confirmed
6 December  08:30 - 10:30
Content Management: customers expectations & engagement
Guest Speakers: To be confirmed

 Finance Forum

Chaired by John Peachey, Chief Financial Officer, Global Markets, HSBC Bank Plc

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

21 February


08:30 - 10:00


Cryptocurrency: Money of Tomorrow (bitcoin, blockchain, etc.)
Guest Speaker: Julian Kaljuvee, Co-founder, Founders Capital Ltd and Lucie Munier, Associate, Qadre

20 June



08:30 - 10:00



The Financial World: How to Attract & Retain Talent (employees’ skills, performances, training, incentives, vision, etc.)
Guest Speakers: Angela Paul, Research Lead, Willis Towers Watson and second speaker TBC
10 October 08:30 - 10:00
Shaping the future: Embracing fintech to develop and thrive
Guest Speakers: To be confirmed
12 December  08:30 - 10:30 
The Demystification of the Cloud (how it works, its advantages & complexities)
Guest Speakers: To be confirmed

Chaired by Pia Dekkers, Human Resources Director, Chanel, and Melanie Stancliffe, Partner - Employment, Irwin Mitchell LLP

Aimed at: HR Directors and HR professionals

25 January


08:30 - 10:00


Modern Slavery within the Workforce
Guest Speakers: Raymond Silverstein, Partner, Browne Jacobson and Samantha Brunton, HR Manager, Christian Dior Couture

14 March


08:30 - 10:00


The Importance of Work-Life Balance (family leaves, etc.)
Guest Speakers: Melanie Stancliffe, Employment Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP, Sarah Wallace, Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP

17 May

08:30 - 10:00

UK Tax Compliance Considerations for a Globally Mobile Workforce – the rules
Guest Speakers: Charlotte Firth, Manager, James Cowper Kreston and Lucy Langham, HR Manager, Mechadyne 

27 September


08:30 - 10:00


Innovative Employee Engagement Practices
Guest Speakers: Yves Duhaldeborde, Senior Director - Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson and second speaker to be confirmed

22 November

08:30 - 10:30

Moving From Diversity to Inclusion
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

17 January  




08:30 - 10:30  




The Future of Retail: Customer Experience (behaviour & knowledge/customer psychology, loyalty...)
Guest Speakers: Catriona Ferris, Consumer Insight Director, Unilever, Gareth Pope, General Manager EMEA, Lululemon and Megan Higgins, Leader, Customer & Retail Analytics, PwC

10 April


08:30 - 10:30


The disposal of old stock
Guest Speakers: Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go, Boriana Guimberteau, Partner, FTPA, Robin Osterley, Chief Executive Officer, Charity Retail Association
24 May 18:00 - 20:00

Retail Forum 1 Year Anniversary Cocktail Party

Venue: L’Occitane Flagship Store, 74-76 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5RL

26 September 08:30 - 10:30

Champions of e-commerce

Guest Speakers: Julien Callede, co-founder, MADE.COM and other speakers to be confirmed


 7 November  


08:30 - 10:30  


Product & pricing strategy + Brainstorming on the agenda 2019
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.

9 January



08:30 - 10:00



Legal Workshop: From Getting the Right Business Structure to Understanding Intellectual Property

Guest speakers: Jon Snade, Browne Jacobson and Andrew Hilton, Haseltine Lake LLP

8 March



08:30 - 10:00



Navigating Funding Options

Guest speakers:  James Shaw, Co-Founder and Partner, Life Sciences & Corporate, Jag Shaw Baker and David Szekely, Investor & Advisor, Columbvs


17 April 




08:30 - 10:00




Doing business with the Brits. Why is it sometimes SO DIFFICULT? 

Guest speakers: Cathy Wellings, Director, The London School of International Communication and Matthew Hill, Facilitator, Author, Professional Speaker and Coach, The New Leader's Club

5 June 

08:30 - 10:00


Start-ups and Corporates: Building and Evolving Valuable Relationships

Guest speakers: To be confirmed

11 September


08:30 - 10:00


Attracting and Acquiring Clients: Business Development Offline and Online
Guest speakers: To  be confirmed

6 November


08:30 - 10:00


Brainstorming Session for 2019 


Chaired by Tom Meggle, Former 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.


24 May


08:00 - 10:00


Breakfast at the Royal Academy of Arts

'Retail Museum' talk with  Dr Charles Saumarez Smith CBE, Secretary, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts and Jo Prosser, Commercial Director at the Royal Academy of Arts.



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

13 February



12:00 - 14:00



'Ethics & Truth'
Guest speaker: Susan Liautaud, JD PhD, Founder THE ETHICS INCUBATOR, Founder and Managing Director, Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited

10 May

12:30 - 14:00

'From the Kremlin to Konigswinter via Kowloon: Tales of Modern Diplomat'

Guest speaker: Caroline Wilson, Director, Europe, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Venue: Chanel Flagship store



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