Raytheon Symposium 2015
Shaping the Future of Learning

June 25, 2015
Frankfurt, Germany
09:00 - 14:00

Bert De Coutere
Solutions Architect, Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
Bert De Coutere’s professional life is all about competent people. He thinks, publishes, consults, designs and sets up learning and development projects for corporations. His areas of expertise include technology enhanced learning and leadership development.

Bert has been active in the field of corporate learning and e-learning for the last 12 years, first as instructor and course designer, later as project manager, consultant and business development manager. He worked at IBM Learning Development Europe where he was responsible for commercial e-learning development projects across Europe, and the management of the learning innovation initiatives. Recently he joined the Center for Creative Leadership as a solution architect, designing custom leadership development experiences. He worked with clients such as Maersk, FOD Financiën, Nationwide, La Poste, ING, Rhodia, PMI, European Union, Shell, etc.

Bert is currently Solutions Architect in the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) EMEA office. In his role he designs customized leadership interventions and programs for clients and bring these designs to fruition based on CCL’s solution architecture portfolio.

Bert holds a degree as Commercial Engineer in Information Management (KULeuven) and an Executive MBA title from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. Bert wrote the book 'Homo Competens – Let’s talk about competent people in the network age', frequently speaks at conferences and blogs at homocompetens.blogspot.com.


Ralf Hirche

Director of Sales, Raytheon Professional Services

Ralf Hirche is the Director of Sales for Raytheon Professional Services GmbH. He is responsible for the expansion of the RPS business in Germany and further leads and supports European and Worldwide expansion projects. Ralf has more than 13 years of experience in the learning industry with leading roles in various functions such as International Project Management and Account Management. Complementing his current role, Ralf has past experience from the Banking, ITC and Semiconductor industry with various roles in Finance and Service.

Jesper Lillelund
Partner & Co-Founder, CorporateLeaders
Jesper Lillelund has been engaged in building valuable business networks on the international scene for over 15 years. Jesper combines his in-depth industry knowledge, access to a wide network of business leaders, and market development skills focusing on making business transformation and corporate excellence part of the business agenda.

Prior to co-founding CorporateLeaders, Jesper was instrumental in building a leading independent business transformation association from an informal business community to a global player. He also served as the Marketing Director at The Wall Street Journal Europe where he was responsible for managing brand, direct and on-line marketing. In his career at the Journal Europe, Jesper was also responsible for developing new revenue generating businesses. This included launching The Wall Street Journal Europe’s conference operations starting with the highly sought after European CEO Summits to the regional Central European Economic Review conferences. Prior to the Journal Europe, Jesper held market analyst roles at MAN B&W Diesel and Danisco in Denmark.

Jesper holds an MBA in International Management from the University of Dallas and a BBA in Management and International Business from Baylor University in Texas.


Simone Lietz-Gresens

Vice President Human Resources, Europe, MasterCard

Simone Lietz-Gresens is the VP of HR for MasterCard’s Central, Eastern and Southern Europe Regions and is responsible for creating and driving the HR strategy and people agenda across the various markets in support of the region’s business goals.

Simone began her career as an HR consultant at the Royal Bank of Scotland, and moved to Santander Consumer Bank focusing on merger, acquisition and integration activities. Prior to joining MasterCard, Simone held the role of Head of HR Europe at Asus Computer based in Germany. She gained invaluable experience managing core HR disciplines including employment relations, compensation and benefits and talent management and development. Simone has a passionate interest in creating and driving experiences for employees to accelerate their development and coaching employees in managing their careers.

Simone has a law degree from the University of Dusseldorf, including certification in Anglo-American Law and is a member of the chamber of Lawyers in Dusseldorf. She also recently participated in the Talent Management Institute Program at the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School.


Talat Riaz

Senior Training & Development Specialist, Raytheon Professional Services

Talat Riaz is a training and development specialist and lead programmer for RPS EMEA, With over 18 years of industry experience in training, facilitation, process analysis and courseware design and development for all training mediums, Talat is focused on developing best in class and innovative training solutions for RPS' international customers.

He is a qualified Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist, certified analyst and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and is based in Milton Keynes.


Aushima Thakur
Senior Manager Communities of Practice, Philips Lighting

Dr. Aushima Thakur is a Senior Manager, Communities of Practice, at Philips Lighting where she helped launch and deploy successful learning communities across many teams. She has a wide experience in learning and has worked for Google with the Learning and Development team in the past. Presently her focus and keen interest is in Social Learning, Communities of Practice and KM in organizations. Aushima has an MBA from Erasmus University in General Management and also holds a Doctorate degree in Linguistics. She is a holder of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in the US. She also loves writing and was a regular blogger for the Financial Times blog.

Steve Thompson
Director Business Development EMEA, Raytheon Professional Services
Steve Thompson is Director of Business Development for Raytheon Professional Services LLC (RPS), a unit of Raytheon Company. Delivering more than nine million hours of custom training in 28 languages to learners in more than 100 countries, RPS is a global leader in training services and outsourcing. RPS improves clients’ business performance by redesigning how they train their employees, customers and partners; implementing their new training design; and managing their training in long-term outsourcing engagements.

Steve has held several positions within the RPS management team in the UK and EMEA headquarters over the last 14 years. In his current role as Director of Business Development, he is responsible for expanding RPS’ business in Europe, Middle East and Africa in the commercial segment beyond its automotive core to other industries. Under his business development leadership, RPS EMEA will continue to strive to be the best training provider worldwide.

Steve has 25 years of experience with a primary focus on operations, business development, project management, and transition; he is a subject matter expert in project management including implementation and adaptation of processes.

Since joining RPS in 1998 his roles have included UK Operations Manager (Vauxhall, Renault, Nissan, Opel Ireland, Saab, and Chevrolet) and GM Europe Account Management in the RPS EMEA headquarters in Germany. Most recently he led the implementation of a major outsourcing program in Asia. This role included the set up of the team of experts as well as the consultancy on transforming existing processes, roles and tools in a multi-cultural environment requiring the usage of all his change management expertise.

He is a qualified Raytheon Six Sigma™ Bronze Specialist.

He is a serving Non Executive Director of the Institute of the Motor Industry Awards Ltd (IMIAL) representing training interests on behalf of dealers and manufacturer in the UK automotive sector.








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