20 April at 1:00pm CET

Virtual Fireside Chat – How to shape an inspired, curious, and unbossed culture

Having a business culture, where employees can speak up about new ideas and better ways to solve problems is vital to powering innovation.  

This requires organisations to invest in psychological safety – the belief that you can speak up, take risks, and be your true self without fear of consequences. Top Employers Institute will be hosting Inge Maes, Global Head of People & Organization at, Sandoz, and Markus Graf Global Head of Talent at, Novartis to discuss  psychological safety and promoting a culture with:   

  • Inspired employees  
  • Curious Minds  
  • Unbossed structures and leaders  


The fireside chat will take place on Wednesday, 20 April at 1pm (CET).  You will have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions directly – so come ready with any questions you might have!  You can also use the form on the side when registering to insert a question.    

Register Here


  • Inge Maes

    Global Head of People & Organization, Sandoz

    After practicing as a veterinarian for two years in Belgium, Inge Maes joined Novartis in Switzerland in 2002 and served in various R&D roles before transitioning into human resources. Her career path highlights the variety of professional opportunities and growth possible within Novartis.   

  • Markus Graf

    Global Head of Talent Management, Novartis

    Markus is a well-rounded HR executive with 20 years of experience in healthcare and consumer goods at Novartis, Merck, Boehringer and PepsiCo across HR, IT, Project Mgmt, and Commercial on the country, regional and global level. He partnered with C-suite executives and led diverse teams to shape business transformation and culture change. 

  • David Plink

    CEO, Top Employers Institute

    Throughout his career, David Plink has dedicated himself to providing employees with crucial information that guides their career path. As CEO at Top Employers Institute, he has successfully led the company over the past 13 years, focused on increasing its positive impact on the world of work. Currently, more than 7 00 000 employees of certified Top Employers benefit from audited best-in-class employee conditions. David steers the organisation’s ambition to increase this impact significantly over the years to come. Bringing the purpose of the Institute to life is David’s motivation to get up every morning and continue these efforts with his colleagues in creating a better world of work.