28 January

Top Employers 2021 Certification Celebration

The Top Employers 2021 Certification Celebration will be hosted on 28 January. This year, we bring together HR leaders and their peers to connect, inspire, and celebrate a better world of work in an exciting virtual format. The event is open to certified Top Employers only.

As we build on the lessons learned during 2020, we continue to strive toward shaping a better world of work, and this is the overarching theme of the Top Employers Certification Celebration 2021.

After this year’s Top Employers are revealed, the programme will move on to breakout sessions, in which HR leaders from certified organisations will be presenting their HR best practices or sharing the stage in panel interviews on trending HR topics. 


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Professor, Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London (UCL). 
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) 

Director and Founder of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP)

Described by The New York Times as having the ears of world leaders and chief executives, Professor Mariana Mazzucato regularly gives talks to public and private sector organisations on the economics of growth and innovation. She was named by British GQ as one of the 50 most influential people in the UK for 2020.  Most recently she was appointed as the Chair for the Council on the Economics of Health for All by the World Health Organisation. The list of accolades behind Mariana’s name is extensive. Her current research projects include two funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme: Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (Dolfins), and a new project on Rethinking Medical Innovation by the Open Society Foundations.

David Plink
CEO, Top Employers Institute

David brings more than two decades of experience in general, commercial and change management in global, results-driven companies in the HR space. As CEO, David is responsible for general management within the Top Employers Institute. Under his leadership the company has spread its wings to 119 countries/regions, enriching the working lives of more than 6.9 million people.

Matimba Mbungela
Chief Human Resources Officer:Vodacom Group

Matimba Mbungela is passionate about helping people achieve ultimate success in their careers. Matimba joined Vodacom as the Executive Head of HR in 2003. He was responsible for Talent Management where he successfully delivered the integration of Vodacom's local talent strategy into the Vodafone global strategy. He relocated to London, for three years on secondment to Vodafone as the Regional Head of Organisational Effectiveness & Change, and Regional Head of Talent within the Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific region. He returned to Vodacom South Africa in 2013, and was promoted to his current role in 2014.

Rosa Lee
Executive Vice President, Bosch China

Bringing leadership experience from several multinational companies and having accumulated more than 20 years’ experience in HR, Rosa Lee joined Bosch in 2010 as the Senior Vice President Human Resources of Bosch China. Five years later she assumed the global title in Stuttgart Germany at the Bosch Global Headquarters. In February 2019, she joined the Management Board of Bosch China as the Executive Vice President, where her main responsibilities cover Human Resources in Greater China and ASEAN, and HR innovation projects in Asia Pacific.

Dr Thomas Ogilvie
Labor Director, Board Member for Personnel and Corporate Incubations, DHL Group

Thomas Ogilvie has been Labor Director and Board Member for Personnel of the world's leading postal and logistics group since September 2017. With the successful implementation of a modern and effective HR strategy, Dr. Thomas Ogilvie has made a decisive contribution to the success of the Group over the past two years.

Mechell Chetty
HR Vice President, Unilever Africa

Mechell Chetty is Vice President of Human Resources for Unilever Africa, and does so much more for Unilever than her role in HR. During her 20 year tenure at Unilever, Mechell has worked in HR on leadership development, organisational effectiveness, culture transformation, and business partnering. She has gained experience across Africa, including South Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey.

Sergio Ezama
Chief Talent Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Pepsico

Sergio Ezama has held eleven roles for PepsiCo in geographic and operational environments as diverse as the company’s products. Currently Chief Talent Officer for the company and Chief Human Resources Officer of all global groups and functions, he has been headquartered in Barcelona, Geneva, and Moscow, and is currently based out of Pepsi’s global headquarters in Purchase, New York. In his current role, Ezama leads both the enterprise-wide talent management practice and HR generalist agenda for teams across the globe, including finance, commercial, e-commerce, and supply chain.

Régis Blugeon
Director of Social Affairs of the Saint-Gobain Group, Saint-Gobain

Régis Blugeon joined the Saint-Gobain group as Head of Personnel in 1986 advancing his leadership to Director of Human Resources of Saint-Gobain Isover in 1998. In 2002, he left the Group to join the Fiat group as Human Resources Director of the Irisbus Iveco Business Unit.

In 2006, he returned to Saint-Gobain as Human Resources Director of Placoplatre and Isover, then Human Resources Director of the MHP Cluster in 2008. Since 2012, Regis is Director of Social Affairs of the Saint-Gobain Group and Human Resources Director for France.