Strand Charing Cross London United Kingdom
06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Careers Group
The Rise of the Gig Economy and Portfolio Careers
Tuesday 14 November

As organisational philosopher Charles Handy predicted as early as the 1980s, the world of work has undergone profound change and portfolio working is fast becoming the norm. These changes raise a wealth of questions which our panel and guests will discuss, including:

What is the gig economy? Is it an opportunity or a threat to individuals? What are some of the main factors driving the rise of freelances, independent consultants and “portfolio careers”? Is it the end of lifetime careers? How do companies hold on to star performers when independence may attract them? Does this development pose a risk to organisations? Importantly, for individuals, can you actually make a living this way and how will companies adapt to this new reality? How will this affect government policies?

Andrew Bates is VP and Head of HR for EMEA at American Express. He works with Business Unit Presidents. Andrew has held a variety of increasingly senior HR Business Partner roles. He has also worked for Capital One Bank Europe and Michael Page International. Andrew has a BSc Hons, Geography & Management from the University of Leeds and has attended courses on Organizational Design at Cornell and INSEAD.

Marcelo Castro is an Executive in Residence at N2Growthand is Senior Advisor on culture transformation, strategy, and executive coaching practices. Before joining N2Growth, Marcelo worked for Grupo Santander for 30 years, where he was CEO of Global Banking & Markets of Grupo Santander UK, CFO and Board Member of Banco Santanderrio S.A., Global CFO of the Investment Banking Unit, Spain and Global Treasurer of Grupo Santander. Marcelo Castro was also a Member of the Board of ISDA, EMTA, MEFF (Spanish Futures Markets), Asociacion de Mercados Financieros (AMF) and Chairman of the Argentinian Electronic Market (MAE). He has degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina.

Olivier Van Calster (MBA 98J) is the Chief Executive Officerat Talmix, the Home of Independent Business Talent. He has 15 years’ experience scaling global digital businesses, most recently as Senior Vice-President and General Manager for International at He was previously UK Marketing Director at eBay, and held various commercial roles at the Financial Times. Olivier has Masters’ degrees in Engineering and Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.

Shivani Maitra is a Partner at Deloitte, leading Organisation Design for their Human Capital Consulting practice in the UK. Over the past 18 years she has led large and complex transformation programmes across industry sectors including life sciences and consumer business. As a leader in Deloitte’s Organisation Transformation and Talent practice, she has worked with chief executives, permanent secretaries and senior board members of FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 organisations, to define their strategy and assess the capabilities of their organisations.

VENUE Amba Hotel Charing Cross
Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5HX
Nearest tube: Charing Cross
TIME 18:30 for 19:00
COST Members £25 Members’ guests (non INSEAD) £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés

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