Keynote Speakers

Mary Yoko Brannen headshotMary Yoko Brannen is the Jarislowsky East Asia (Japan) Chair at The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and Professor of International Business at the University of Victoria, Canada.  She was recently inducted as Fellow of the Academy of International Business and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the Copenhagen Business School for her contributions to the field of cross-cultural management. Mary Yoko received her MBA with emphasis in International Business and PhD in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Having taught at various Universities in the United States, Japan, China and France, Professor Brannen's consulting specialty is helping multinational firms realize their global strategic initiatives by aligning, integrating and deploying critical organizational resources. 

Born and raised in Japan, having studied in France and Spain, and having worked as a cross-cultural consultant for over 20 years to various Fortune 500 companies, she has a multi-faceted, deep knowledge of today's complex cultural business environment. Dr Brannen plays a very active role in the academic community, having served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies, and on the Academy of Management International Management Division Executive Board. Her research has been published in influential outlets including the Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewCalifornia Management ReviewHuman RelationsInternational Journal of Cross Cultural Management, and the Journal of International Business Studies. Her most recent book, Language in International Business: Developing a Field with Terry Mughan is available from Palgrave-Macmillan.


David Collings is Professor of Human Resource Management and co-director of the Leadership & Talent Institute at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. Prior to joining DCU, he held faculty positions at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Sheffield. He was also Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He is Senior Consulting Editor at the Journal of World Business, and former editor of the Human Resource Management Journal and the Irish Journal of Management. Dr Collings is also permanent Chair of the EIASM Workshop on Talent Management. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 David was named by HR Magazine as one of the ‘Most Influential International Thinkers’ in the field of HRM.

Dr Collings’ teaching and research is focused on international human resource management with a particular focus on global staffing and global talent management. He has taught and delivered executive education in the UK, Iceland, France, Denmark and Singapore. He also actively consults with a number of global organizations. David has published widely in influential outlets and has edited seven books including the Oxford Handbook of Talent Management with Wayne Cascio and Kamel Mellahi and the Routledge Companion to International HRM with Paula Caligiuri and Geoff Wood. He sits on a dozen editorial boards including the Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management and International Journal of Human Resource Management.