Balance for All

Online International Conference FOR EMPLOYERS on the WORK-LIFE BALANCE SPEAKERS


Dr. Mireia Las Heras

ICWF – International Center for Work and Family, Professor of Managing People in Organizations

Contemporary role of work-life balance in competitiveness and productivity

Mireia Las Heras is a Professor in the Managing People in Organizations Department at IESE Business School. From 2010 to 2019 she was the Research Director of the International Center for Work and Family (ICWF). In 2019 she became the Director of it. She is an Industrial Engineer by training, holds an MBA from IESE Business School, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Boston University.

She has widely published and researched on Work Family issues around the World. She’s published extensively in high impact journals such as Human Relations, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management Journal and Journal of Business Research among others. She has coedited five research books (one about to come out). She is the chair of the International Work Family Conference in Barcelona every two years, which brings together researchers from all over the World and in 2019 celebrated its 8th edition.

She loves Social media and is rather active, especially in Linkedin. She uses Instagram to showcase her passion for drawing and photography.


Ms Barbara Gerstenberger

Head of the Working Life unit

Contemporary role of work-life balance in competitiveness and productivity

Head of the Working Life unit at Eurofound. She joined Eurofound in September 2001 as a research manager in the then newly established European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC). In October 2007, she moved to Eurofound’s Information and Communication unit as Head of Communication Products, before being appointed Coordinator in the Directorate in March 2011. Previously, she worked as senior research officer in the European Metalworkers’ Federation in Brussels (1993–2001) and was seconded to work in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion for a year in 1999–2000. A graduate in political science from Hamburg University, she completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Mr Ilari Kallio - Finland

Chief Policy Adviser, EU Affairs and Corporate Law
Finnish Commerce Federation

The family leave and child care schemes in Finland – towards more equality?

Legislation and collective agreements can and should be used to promote equal child care duties between parents and improve women’s labour market participation.

Mr Kallio works currently as Chief Policy Adviser on EU affairs and corporate law for the Finnish Commerce Federation. Previously he has been employed i.a. by the Confederation of Finnish Industries, including five years at their Brussels office focusing on EU social affairs and internal market regulation, and by the Technology Industries of Finland as a labour market lawyer. Mr Kallio holds a degree for Master of Laws with court practice and has written several academic articles on labour and social law in Finland.


Policy Expert, Employment & Labour Market, Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV)

Work-life balance: The Gender Dimension

Yannis is a Graduate of Business Administration of the Athens University of Economics and Business, with a professional experience of more than 30 years in human resources, management, quality, change management, corporate culture, team development and entrepreneurship. Since 2016 he has been working at SEV- Hellenic Federation of Enterprises as a Policy Expert on HR management systems, labor productivity and the impact of the digital transformation on labor.


DR. Živa Humer - Slovenia

PhD Researcher
Peace institute

Awareness raising for work-life balance issues of fathers and creating a more family friendly workplace culture

Men’s involvement in care obligations in their private lives have positive effects on themselves, on children, partners and other family members, on employers/companies and the whole society. Employees with quality work-life-balance are more satisfied with their life, show a greater loyalty towards their companies and develop more competencies.

Sociologist is acting as a research fellow at the Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her current research interests are gender equality politics in Slovenia and EU, family and social politics, work-life balance issues, men and gender equality. Currently she is a national coordinator of the project “Men in Care. Workplace support for caring masculinities” (2019-2022, Progress/EaSI). She is a member of the project team Action Dad, coordinated by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social affairs and Equal Opportunities. Živa Humer is the author of numerous articles in the field of care, gender, family life and gender equality politics. She has co-authored monograph Novo očetovstvo v Sloveniji (New fatherhood in Slovenia) in 2008 and co-edited electronic book Očetje. Kratke zgodbe o sodobnem starševstvu (Fathers. Short stories about contemporary parenthood (2016)).

In 2017 Živa Humer was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia as a member of Council of the Republic of Slovenia for children and family. Since 2009 she is active in the Women’s Lobby of Slovenia (member of the European Women’s Lobby) and since 2019 she is engaged in the EAPN Slovenia (member of the European Anti-Poverty Network).

Shane Kelly

Mr Shane Kelly

Head of Diageo in Society (Europe), Diageo plc

Inclusion and Diversity – Shaping Organisational Culture

Shane Kelly has been with Diageo for eight years and is currently the Head of Society in Europe, where he leads the implementation of Diageo’s 10-year action plan to help create a more inclusive and sustainable world. Prior to Joining Diageo, Shane held senior leadership positions with several charities, political organisations, and NGO’s in Ireland, with a particular focus on Children’s Rights, Equality, and Climate Change. He holds an undergraduate degree in business, and a master’s degree in politics.


Mr Tim Berghmans

Iespēju radītājs (COO), Marbles

Freedom as a driver for employee engagement

Tim Berghmans is the leader of Marbles, a Belgian communication agency that is primarily known for its ‘HR innovator’ status. Marbles consistently – and relentlessly – challenges the status quo. Their goal: maximising their employees’ happiness through self-managing teams and the elimination of rules as much as possible. This powerful and far-reaching vision on employee happiness proves to be an inspiration for companies who want to put the well-being of their employees at the center of their organisation. In his talk, Tim will explain how Marbles was able to fundamentally increase the employee engagement by giving its employees the freedom to make their own decisions.

Jānis Palkavnieks

Mr Jānis Palkavnieks - Latvia

Draugiem Group runasvīrs

Man. Nature. Work.

Employees are the most valuable asset of our company, but no one has nine lives. That is why, to get the best performance on an eight-hour day, we need to help make sure that the remaining twelve hours are spent under a lucky star.

Jānis Palkavnieks is a spokesperson of Draugiem Group. His career started by heading the development of the pubic relations department of the University of Latvia and leading as the director. Later he offered PR consultations to members of the European Parliament. Afterwards he worked as the editor of politics at, and created and lead the first Latvian internet television, Diena.Tv. His career continued in TET (Lattelecom) as a PR specialist, blogger, and creator of the social media communications strategy. Palkavnieks has studied religion and law sciences at the University of Latvia, and has interned in crisis communication management at Akademie Führung und Kommunikation and brand management MBA at the London Business School.


Mr Klaus Hochreiter - Austria

eMagnetix Online Marketing GmbH

3 years working time reduction at full pay … and still a WIN-WIN-WIN situation

Klaus Hochreiter is CEO and co-founder of the company eMagnetix Online Marketing GmbH in Austria, which was founded in 2008. Before he was studying information systems and started as a self-employed person even in 2005. eMagnetix has about 300 clients from 11 countries and 30 employees at the head office.

Since February 2018, eMagnetix is well-known in Austria und even partially in Europe because of their innovation of 30-hours-working-per-week but at full pay (= #30sindgenug) which is unique in Austria.


Ms Trine Birgitte Hougaard

Senior Adviser, Confederation of Danish Employers (DA)

Promoting work-life balance in collective agreement

Ms Hougaard is a senior adviser working for the Confederation of Danish Employers in Copenhagen. She works with labour law, gender equality and EU-affairs. Before joining the Confederation of Danish Employers Ms. Hougaard worked as civil servant in the Ministry of Employment and as Employment Counsellor at the Danish Representation to the EU for almost 4 years. Ms. Hougaard holds a law degree from University of Copenhagen.

Mr Roberto Suarez Santos

Ģenerālsekretārs, Starptautiskā Darba devēju organizācija (IOE)

Future of work

Roberto Suárez Santos was appointed Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) on 26 October 2018, having held the post of Deputy Secretary-General since December 2012.

Prior to joining the IOE, Roberto was ILO Programme Director for the promotion of youth employment in the Maghreb region. He previously worked at the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations in areas ranging from comparative labour policies and labour relations to youth unemployment and social and employment policy. He was BUSINESSEUROPE’s Vice President for Labour Affairs for several years. He also was Vice-President of Business at OECD’s Employment and Labour Affairs Committee, and a member of various follow-up committees for the European Social Fund and the EU Economic and Social Committee.

Roberto’s experience extends to academia, having served as associate professor of European Social Law at both the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Spain.

Roberto is a lawyer with experience in European and international labour law, as well as in international

IOE is the largest private sector network in the world. With 159 business and employer organisation members in 150 countries, IOE is the powerful and balanced voice of business at the international level.


Dr. Riel Miller

UNESCO, Head of Futures Literacy

Future of work

Dr Riel Miller is one of the world’s leading authorities on the theory and practice of using the future to change what people see and do. He is recognized as an innovative and globally experienced project initiator, designer and manager. He is widely published in academic journals and other media on a range of topics, from the future of the Internet to transforming strategic processes. He is an accomplished keynote speaker and facilitator.

Riel has worked as a senior manager in the Ontario public service (Ministries of Finance; Universities; Industry) and at the OECD in Paris (Economics; Science & Technology; Education; Territorial Development; Development Centre; International Futures Programme). In 2005 he founded a consultancy – xperidox to advise clients on how to use the future more effectively. In 2012 he was appointed Head of Foresight at UNESCO. Riel Miller has been focusing specifically on the dissemination of Futures Literacy throughout the UN system and worldwide ever since.

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Chief HR Officer, Alpha Bank Greece

Work-life balance: The Gender Dimension

Fragkiski Melissa studied Psychology at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and has obtained a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Studies from Columbia University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Studies from the New School for Social Research. She has 25 years of experience in the area of human resources and recently joined Alpha Bank after spending 8 years as Human Resources Director at Vodafone Greece and Romania. Previous positions throughout her career include that of Regional Human Resources Director for Southeastern Europe at Colgate Palmolive, as well as positions of responsibility at Makro Cash & Carry and KPMG.

Dario Migliavacca

Mr Dario Migliavacca - Italy

Leadership and Team development manager
Nestlé Italy & Malta S.p.A.

Inclusion as a performance engine

Dario Migliavacca joined Nestlè in 2011. he currently works in the HR function, in the Talent & Development department; his role is Leadership and Team development Manager.

He is responsible for the design and execution of leadership development initiatives both on individual and team level for the Italian Market. His main interest is team effectiveness. In supporting the teams to work together effectively, he has understood how important is to recognize, enhance and integrate all kinds of diversity and promote inclusion at any level in the organization.

He is a trainer, a coach and a professional counselor; his main area of intervention is on emotional intelligence, coaching, unconscious biases and diversity topics.

Additionally, Dario participates in cross-company round tables and with local associations and institutions in the development of initiatives in favor of inclusion with a prevalent focus on LGBT+ and differently abled people issues.

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Mr Andrea Rubera

Engagement Manager, TIM (Telecom Italia)

Inclusion as a performance engine

I can define myself as really “passionate” about D&I. I think that, among all the experiences I went through my career, this is the one which let me express the best of my skills, talent and potential, also because it mixes competencies which I acquired both from inside and outside the work context.

Andrea Rubera, born in Rome (Italy) in 1965, is actually TIM’s (other name for Telecom Italia S.p.A., the Italian major telecommunication company) Engagement manager.

He is also member of the board and Vice President of PARKS-Liberi e Uguali, the Italian association of company for the promotion of inclusion of LGBT+ people in the workplace.

His actual role includes the following areas: D&I, Welfare, People Caring, and Internal Listening System.
His former work experience moves from Market Analysis, Brand Strategy, Internal Communication, Budgeting & Planning.

He has a degree in political science and a master’s in business communication.

He is married and father of three kids.


DR Inese Stepiņa

Deputy-Director General, Advisor on International and EU Affairs, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK)

Work-life balance in Latvia: lessons learned and way forward

Inese Stepina, Deputy Director General of the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK), expert in international and EU affairs. Member of the Social Dialogue and the Social Fund Committees of the European Commission. Lecturer at the University of Latvia Faculty of Business, Management and Economics and Faculty of Social Sciences, from 2011 to 2019 – guest lecturer at the School of Business Administration “Turiba”. Specialization in comparative politics, EU policies and law. From 2002 to 2007 worked at the European Commission – Acting Head of the Representation in Latvia, Head of the Press and Information Division of the Delegation in Latvia.

Krišs Lipšāns

mr Krišs Lipšāns

Labklājības ministrijas parlamentārais sekretārs

Liga Mengelsone publicitates foto

Ms Līga Meņģelsone

LDDK ģenerāldirektore

Liga Mengelsone works as director general in Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) since August, 2011. She is representing interests of employers in the dialogue with Latvian Saeima, government, trade unions, regional partners both, at the national and EU level.

Liga Mengelsone is a member of association “The Leader” – public organization that unites Latvian women entrepreneurs and higher level managers. Liga practises coaching by giving advice related to marketing and business development.