2024 Speakers

  • Ovul Sezer

    Ovul Sezer is a behavioral scientist and a stand-up comedian. During the day, she is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations at Cornell University, where she teaches Managerial Decision Making, Diversity and Organizational Behavior. Late at night, she performs stand-up routines in comedy clubs.

    She applies the same observational tools to both jobs, identifying a particular human behavior that seems interesting or confusing, either by studying it in-depth using experiments or describing it with humor. Her research focuses on Impression (Mis)Management – the mistakes we make when we try to impress others. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.

  • Ian Leslie

    Ian Leslie is the author of acclaimed books on human psychology and behaviour, translated into over a dozen languages. Malcolm Gladwell describes him as “one of my favourite writers”.

    Ian has a background in business; before launching a writing career he worked as a strategist for some of the world’s biggest brands at ad agencies in London and New York. He is a contributor to the Financial Times, the Economist, and the New York Times and a keynote speaker at companies and conferences around the world, on curiosity, innovation, and productive disagreement.

    In his popular Substack newsletter, The Ruffian, he writes about culture, politics, and creativity in the age of AI. Ian is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He lives in London with his wife and two young children.

  • Peter Newhouse

    Global Reward Counselor

    Peter Newhouse is a well-known expert on pay. Currently focused on the Future of Reward, he is a frequent speaker at international conferences, has had articles published in newspapers and specialist publications and has featured on television and radio.

    Peter was Unilever’s Global Head of Reward from 2010 to 2021. He was previously a senior executive at Ford in North America and Group Head of Remuneration at Standard Chartered Bank in London.

    After graduating with a Law degree, Peter started his career in Reward in 1980 when he joined the American consulting company Organization Resources Counselors Inc (ORC). As well as developing the Reward consultancy services of MM&K, specialists in executive and incentive compensation, Peter also ran his own Reward consulting business, Peter Newhouse & Co from 2000 until he joined Unilever in 2010.

  • Dr Meisha-ann Martin

    Senior Director of People Analytics and Research

    Workhuman

    Dr. Meisha-ann Martin is the Senior Director of People Analytics and Research at Workhuman, the company revolutionizing the way employees celebrate, connect with, and appreciate each other in the workplace.   

    Meisha-ann has a personal passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and loves using data and analytics to identify and remedy inclusion gaps in the employee experience. She is considered a people analytics/employee experience expert as she has led these efforts in companies like Flex, JetBlue and Raymond James Financial and is the former head of talent experience at ServiceMaster.   

    Meisha-ann has a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology based on her research on diversity attitudes in the workplace and has fifteen years of experience working in people analytics and employee engagement across a variety of different industries.  

    Meisha-ann regularly speaks at conferences, on webinars and on podcasts; her thought leadership has been featured in Forbes, HR Dive, and Benefits Pro.   

  • Chris Andrew

    Head of Caburn Hope

    Caburn Hope

    Chris has been working in employee engagement before it was even a thing. With a background in marketing and design, he has a passion for brand, driving behavioural change and using effective communication to help organisations to achieve their goals.

    He has developed inspiring engagement campaigns and transformation projects across the employee lifecycle for a wide range of organisations, including BT, Boots, Coca-Cola, London Stock Exchange Group, O2, S&P Global and Unilever.

  • Leigh Bornstein

    COO

    uFlexReward

    Leigh Bornstein serves as the COO at uFlexReward, where she leads the Client Engagement team and directs the client experience strategy to ensure seamless platform delivery. Central to her role, Leigh oversees the full spectrum of the client journey – from sales and project management to business strategy and customer success; aiming for optimal client satisfaction and operational efficiency.

    With over a decade of expertise in Reward and HR, Leigh has successfully orchestrated the launch of more than ten global Total Reward System projects, positively affecting over 100,000 employees across 100+ countries. Before joining uFlexReward, Leigh developed her skills in coaching and leading large-scale HR and reward transformation projects for multinational clients, with previous positions at Unilever, Xerox/Buck Consultants, Conduent, and Endava. Outside of work, Leigh is passionate about photography and adventure, including hiking, snowboarding, surfing, and yoga.

  • Simon Patterson

    Managing Director

    Pearl Meyer

    Simon Patterson is a managing director and head of the firm’s London office. He is actively engaged as advisor to the remuneration committees of several FTSE 100 companies and consults widely on executive compensation, incentive compensation design and performance measurement. 
     
    Prior to Pearl Meyer, he founded Patterson Associates with a stream-lined team focused on delivering business results by linking remuneration and reward systems to business needs and increasing returns for shareholders. Prior to that, Mr. Patterson was the worldwide partner in charge of executive compensation in Mercer’s London office and the co-founder of SCA Consulting in Europe. 
     
    Mr. Patterson holds a BSc (Hons) from University College London and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. 

  • Martha H. Cook

    Global & EMEIA Total Reward Leader

    EY

    Martha is the EY Global and EMEIA Total Rewards leader and leads EY’s Total Reward Center of Excellence. Martha advises global company Boards, C-suites and HR leaders on emerging global trends, leading TR framework designs and practical strategies to enhance their EVPs, employer brands, WF experience and retention while harmonizing across people, performance & rewards agendas.

    She has a proven track record of helping implement strategic solutions that integrate cost efficiency, market leading design, & employee engagement with digital insights that promote performance, wellbeing and long term value stakeholder outcomes.

    She a frequent contributor to the global total reward discourse through her participation in EY thought leadership, external webcasts, publications, and speaking events (most recently Davos in 2023).