UKG Connect 2024

UKG Connect 2024
@Heineken Experience Amsterdam


Becoming a great place to work for all with UKG
Business Performance | Culture | Trust

We are very pleased to invite you to our UKG Connect Event 2024, at the iconic Heineken Experience in the heart of Amsterdam, on April 4th, 2024! You can now look forward to an exciting day, with inspiring speakers, networking with your peers, active break-out sessions... and fun activities!



9:00 – 9:30Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45Welcome & Introduction 
– by Gert-Jan Bakker     
9:45 – 10:45Elevate Your Mindset: Strategies for
Cultivating Happiness
– by Wouter De Jong
10:45 – 11:00Coffee Break & Networking
11:00 – 11:45Building a Business Case for
– by Avichal Kulshrestha
11:45 – 12:15HR Megatrends 2024: The Year of Trust
– by Neil Pickering
12:15 - 13:15Lunch & Networking
13:15 – 14:00       (Panel Discussion) Data Driven ESG:
How HCM Technology Can Support
Your ESG Goals – by Neil
Pickering, Gerard Penning, Filip
Gilbert and Thomas Koper 
14:00 – 15:00Brewery Tour
15:00 – 15:30Coffee Break & Networking
15:30 – 16:30Pub Quiz - Will you accept this
16:30 - 17:00Cocktails, Live Music & Networking
17:30 - 20:00Walking Dinner


Event Highlights:


Networking Sessions

Share experiences, challenges, and successes with your peers. Foster meaningful connections that extend beyond the event.


Insights on the technology behind UKG

Explore the vision and discover the latest features designed to elevate the workforce management experience with UKG.


Discover the Heineken’s oldest brewery, in the heart of Amsterdam.

It offers a unique opportunity to learn about Heineken heritage, the brewing process, and the story behind the star while enjoying a tasting session that will teach you how to best enjoy your beer.

Wouter De Jong
Wouter De Jong

Wouter de Jong is a Dutch compassion and mindfulness trainer. His expertise in mindfulness extends beyond the stage and screen, enriching the lives of many through his training and teachings. Wouter’s passion for mental well-being shines through in his work, inspiring others to find balance and presence in their lives.

Gerard Penning
Gerard Penning

HR Executive

Gerard Penning is an HR executive with experience in the design&execution of people strategies to help drive competitive advantage across the world. His most recent exec role was CHRO of ABN AMRO/member of the Executive Board, responsible for HR and Real Estate. Before this role he has held various executive positions within Shell over a period of 30 years, culminating into the EVP HR of respectively the Upstream and the Downstream businesses in the Hague and London. Gerard has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of SEforALL since 2018 - an NGO directly linked to the UN, backed by amongst others the Rockefeller Foundation, driving the practical execution of SDG7. Furthermore he has been appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of Alliander in early 2021, NL’s largest Power Network organisation and a key player/partner in the energy transition/electrification effort. In May 2023 he was elected chair of the Remco/Nomco of Alliander.

Neil Pickering
Neil Pickering - Senior Manager, HR Innovation at UKG

A veteran of 20+ years in the technology industry, Neil is an evangelist for driving business and people experience transformation using technology and culture. Through close collaboration with customers, research teams and partners across the supply chain, Neil develops and delivers content to bring stories of success to life, helping people and organisations understand how to achieve their greatest performance.

Avichal Kulshrestha
Avichal Kulshrestha

Avichal Kulshrestha, is a Principal Industry Insights Manager at UKG and brings over 12 years of engineering and leadership experience across various industries. His expertise lies in understanding key trends, insights, and best practices related to the latest technological innovations and their impact on people operations. His research emphasises creating an environment where workers feel valued, understand the impact of their work, and contribute to the company’s mission and business objectives.

Filip Gilbert
Filip Gilbert

Managing Director, Accenture

Event Details


Date & Time

April 4, 2024. From 9:00


Heineken Experience
Stadhouderskade 78
1072 AE Amsterdam

Public transport
Trams 1, 7, 19 and 24 and metro 52
stop right around the corner

APCOA PARKING Heinekenplein
Eerste van der Helststraat 6,
1072 NV Amsterdam, Netherlands

This event is Free of charge. Spaces for this exclusive event are limited. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of UKG Connect 2024. Register your interest by completing the form below and we'll be in touch to confirm your place.

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