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13 November 2019

London, UK


a new future of learning

It’s impossible for us to know what the future of work will look like, but as People Innovators, it’s up to us to imagine the possibilities and bring them to life. We’re excited to bring the People Innovators Summit to London to embark on a journey to discover what programs, technologies, and initiatives innovative leaders like yourself are doing to propel organisations successfully into the future. Join us to imagine the future of work and how you can make your bold new ideas into reality.

The People Innovators Summit is hosted by Udemy, the world’s largest online learning marketplace. Udemy for Business supports organisations as a strategic learning partner to upskill their workforce and move skills forward.

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inspiring speakers

In the past, the Summit has brought learning leaders from organizations like PayPal, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Adobe to the stage.

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Build meaningful connections with L&D, HR and People leaders at the world’s leading organizations.

Attended by leaders at organizations like

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Matthew Luhn

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Former Pixar and The Simpsons Story Artist and Animator - Veteran of Pixar Animation Studios, The Simpsons, ILM, and other studios

Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller and instructor with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios including Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille. As one of the original story creators at Pixar Animation Studios, Matthew participated in building and sustaining the creative culture at Pixar from startup to the most successful filmmaking group in the history of Hollywood. Matthew’s engaging and action-oriented talk will provide strategies on how to create a culture that encourages and nurtures new ideas, and embraces fear and failing as a necessary part of the creative process.



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Abi Williams

Head of Corporate & Business Development, EMEA

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Abi is passionate about driving positive & sustainable growth in people, businesses and processes. She has spent over 15 years in tech working with organisations such as Oracle, LinkedIn, Facebook & Pluralsight in a sales & leadership capacity. The transformational power of an Edtech business such as Udemy and its mission to improve lives through learning brought Abi to Udemy where she leads the Corporate & Business Development team for EMEA. Abi has a masters in international business management and a bsc in Computer science.

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Diana Ochsenkuehn

Project Manager IT Learning

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Diana is the Project Manager within IT Learning at adidas. She joined adidas in 1998 and shifted to the IT Team in 2003. She was immediately (and remains) fascinated by the pace of change in this area of her work. She has always been passionate about the human side of learning- how it brings people together, and shifts change to chance for individuals, teams, and organizations.

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Max Mclellan

Head of Learning Operations

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Max is the Head of Learning Operations and Supplier Management within BT Group.  He has a purview across the organisation delivering learning programmes worldwide and managing the central connections to the many learning suppliers.  While at BT he has delivered the learning programme for BT for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and learning programmes to the NHS under the BT Health programme.  Prior to joining BT Max was the EMEA director for learning and development at Symantec and Project and Partner manager for Learning with IBM.

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Angela McKenna

Senior Vice President of Global Talent Development

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Angela McKenna is Senior Vice President of Global Talent Development at Salesforce, which Great Place to Work has named the #1 “World’s Best Workplace” for the past two years. Angela leads the company’s Global Talent Development team. In this role, she is responsible for creating the systems, conditions and inspiration that enable professional development and growth for all. Angela’s mission is to create a more human workplace where each individual employee is empowered to bring their authentic self to work every day. Angela started her career at Salesforce as Director of Learning and Development for EMEA. Previously, she worked in customer training, employee learning, and instructional design for various global companies. 

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Tim Munden

Chief Learning Officer

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Tim Munden has been Chief Learning Officer of Unilever since May 2016, responsible for learning and development for Unilever globally, and also responsible for Wellbeing. Tim focuses on building the leaders and teams needed for a purpose driven business, developing the skills and capabilities for a digital and disrupted world, and enabling people in Unilever to have the wellbeing needed for happiness and high performance. Tim joined Unilever in 1993 as a graduate trainee. His assignments have taken him to the Netherlands, Belgium, the US and around the UK. Before becoming Chief Learning Officer, he was Vice President of HR for Unilever UK & Ireland, one of the largest businesses in the Unilever global organisation. 

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Mark Heising

Head of Community & Engagement - CIO Office

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Mark is the Head of Community & Engagement within the CIO Office at adidas. He has been with adidas for almost 10 years holding roles in Public Relations and Brand Marketing where he worked on campaigns for adidas Rugby, Tennis and the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. Interested in learning more and contribute to the Digital Transformation within adidas, Mark joined the CIO Office in 2018 where he leads Community & Engagement. 

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Thibaut Yven

Head of Learning

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Thibaut is Head of Learning for the Akkademy, the Leadership University of AKKA Group. In this role, he is responsible for delivering improved learning experiences, tools and services in a blended approach, to new joiners (mostly juniors). Key focused for Thibaut are soft skills development for populations, as well as technical skills flexibility in a in a highly competitive European engineering market: key word is and will be agility for these new joiners! Prior to joining AKKA Group and the Akkademy, Thibaut has been working for Microsoft for several years in different positions, including Head of Training for retail activities on Windows, Office and Surface ranges of products.

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Marc Jansen

Head of People Development, EVP of HR

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As Head of People Development and EVP of HR at Rabobank, Marc focuses on aligning talent development initiatives with business strategic outcomes. He harnesses  the power of forward-thinking technology to develop innovative solutions that transform people and organizations. Prior to Rabobank, Marc led global learning and talent initiatives at

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Kim Edwards

Senior Talent and Leadership Development Manager

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Kim Edwards is a senior talent and leadership development manager at Getty Images. Passionate about inspiring and supporting people, she enjoys helping employees discover their strengths and talents, and how they can fulfil their potential. Key focuses for Kim this year are managing Getty Images’ global onboarding programme and designing new experiential leadership development programs. In her spare time, she’s a netball and yoga fan, foodie, and travel enthusiast.

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Stephanie Stapleton

VP of Customer Success

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As VP of Customer Success at Udemy for Business, Stephanie is dedicated to helping organizations achieve their business goals through learning. Stephanie leads global customer success strategy where she focuses on cultivating deep, authentic relationships with customers.   She has worked in customer-facing roles for her whole career and has been leading Customer Success at HR technology companies in San Francisco for the past 7 years. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Global and International Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Shelley Osborne

VP of Learning

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Shelley Osborne is Head of L&D at Udemy. She has 14 years of experience in the education sector and in corporate learning and development. Previously, she was VP of Learning & Development at Farside HR Solutions, specializing in talent leadership, management training, and soft skills development for startups. At Udemy, Shelley leads and executes the learning strategy for Udemy employees. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta.

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Bill O’Shea

Managing Director, EMEA

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Bill O’Shea brings more than two decades of experience working in the technology industry to Udemy for Business. In this time, he saw first hand the need for continuous learning and skill development. Bill currently serves as Managing Director for the EMEA region at Udemy for Business. Before joining Udemy, Bill served as Sales Director of EMEA at Qualtrics and helped drive significant growth of its SaaS offering. Prior to Qualtrics, Bill worked at Dell in numerous leadership roles in Sales, Marketing and Operations, including Executive Sales Director and GM for Dell’s UK Commercial Channel.

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Belinda Bowling

Social Impact Director

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Belinda Bowling is the Social Impact Director of technology investment giant Naspers, and the co-founder of Naspers Labs, a disruptive 21st century solution to South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis.  More of a brindle than a pure-bred, her career started with a foray into the private sector in law and investment banking, followed by 15 years in international development in Asia and Africa, working for the UN, nonprofits and social businesses.  One of only 3 foreign woman ever to be awarded a Presidential Medal by the Government of Afghanistan (where she worked for 7 years), Belinda’s academic background is law, and she holds a BA LLB LLM.

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Darren Shimkus


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Darren Shimkus has nearly two decades of experience building and growing high-performing sales, marketing, and product management teams. Darren currently serves as President of Udemy for Business at Udemy. Darren began his career in corporate education at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) in Washington D.C. and London and has built and grown several technology companies, where he served in various product development, sales, and general management roles. He received his BA from William & Mary and his MBA from Stanford University.


8:00 - 9:00

Check-in and enjoy a delicious breakfast with fellow Summit attendees.

9:00 - 9:25

Welcome to the People Innovators Summit Europe 2019!

Bill O'Shea, Managing Director, EMEA, Udemy for Business

9:25 - 09:50

Imagining a New Future for Learning

Darren Shimkus, President, Udemy for Business

09:50 - 10:20

Leading Transformation

Tim Munden, Chief Learning Officer, Unilever

10:20 - 10:45

Fuel up with a morning snack and coffee

10:45 - 11:25

Imagining the Next Five Years: L&D Best Practices and Programs through Digital Transformation

Abi Williams, Head of Corporate & Business Development, EMEA, Udemy for Business

Kim Edwards, Senior Talent and Leadership Development Manager, Getty Images

Max Mclellan, Head of Learning Operations, BT

Marc Jansen, Head of People Development, EVP of HR, Rabobank

Thibaut Yven, Head of Learning, AKKA Group

11:25 - 11:55

Fearless Teaming

Angela McKenna, Senior Vice President of Global Talent Development, Salesforce

11:55 - 12:50

Connect, explore, and enjoy lunch with your peers and experience a learning moment at Cafe Udemy

12:50 - 13:50

Embracing Your Imagination: Building a Culture of Creativity and Innovation

Matthew Luhn, Former Pixar and The Simpson's Story Artist and Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

13:50 - 14:20

Cultivating Your Organisation's Imagination through Change

Shelley Osborne, VP of Learning, Udemy

14:20 - 14:40

Enjoy a stretch break and grab a pick-me-up snack before an action-packed afternoon

14:40 - 15:10

From Why to What to How: Imagining Learning Experiences to Impact Transformation

Diana Ochsenkuehn, Project Manager IT Learning, adidas

Mark Heising, Head of Community & Engagement - CIO Office, adidas

15:10 - 15:15

Re-center and re-energize through a stretch break led by the Udemy team.

15:15 - 15:45

Imagine A New World: The Social Impact of Learning

Belinda Bowling, Social Impact Director, Naspers

Stephanie Stapleton, VP of Customer Success, Udemy for Business

15:45 - 15:50

Closing Remarks

Bill O'Shea, Managing Director, EMEA, Udemy for Business

15:50 - 17:00

After an action-packed day of insight, connection and learning, unwind with celebratory drinks and appetizers


The Brewery

52 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SD, UK
London, UK

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These hotels are in the heart of London City and within walking distance to The Brewery

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The Montcalm

22-25 Finsbury Square, Finsbury, London EC2A 1DX, UK

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The Moorgate

34 London Wall, London EC2R 6BH, UK

Spotlight on 2018

Check out some of the most memorable sessions from the 2018 Summit.

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Approaching Unconscious Bias with Authenticity

Molly Hill, VP of Global Talent at Starbucks

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What Is Learning Anyway?!

Uli Heitzlhofer, Director People Learning & Development at Lyft

Learning to

Learning to "UNLearn"

Dean Griess, Managing Director - Learning Delivery at Charles Schwab

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Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and In Life

Francesca Gino, Professor at Harvard Business School

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