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Zia Paul-Birabi

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Zia is an HR consultant and advisor with proven expertise delivering tactical HR solutions for start-ups, SMEs and large organisations.

She has a Masters in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Fellow of HR's governing body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

In the past Zia has worked as an HR business partner at Barclays Capital investment bank and as an HR consultant for the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID).

Zia passionately believes HR has more to offer than reactive firefighting and compliance and helps organisations address operational and strategic HR challenges the world over.

Zia has come on board to help HVO Search develop deeper relationships with international clients and to support the executive search process.

What does she offer start-ups and SMEs?

HR services for start-ups centre around cost control, compliance and enhanced efficiency. These are context driven and targeted, helping achieve sustainable organisational performance and maximum impact, often with limited resources and time.

What does she offer large organisations?

Her HR approach with large organisations is to focus on future proofing performance through evidence based decision making, rigorous people design and planning, flexible and responsive innovations and strong performance management and visibility.

What can she do for me?

Zia take’s a structured, evidence based approach to solving people problems. 

Do you need some heavy lifting done? She has implemented new business structures and rolled out mergers and acquisitions, reducing resistance to change, effectively managing risk and supporting senior management with change leadership and employee engagement.

Are you wondering what to do with your people? She has managed sick people back to work, helped managers deal with conflict in the workplace and provided new, senior managers with the HR portfolio needed to enable them to quickly make an impact and address skills gaps.

The list goes on....

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Amalia Agathou

Founder - WINLeague
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Amalia is the founder of WIN League - a private network connecting women working in investment and women leading innovation and change in various fields of science, technology and business. She is also a consultant on innovation and the intersection of tech and the fashion industry.


Amalia has studied Information and Communication Systems Engineering and has held various roles within the startup scene, and the media landscape. She also has helped with the organizational part and appeared on stage at several events and conferences including: Startup Weekend Fashion, Digital Shoreditch, Hackers on The Runway, TEDxAthens, TEDxThessaloniki, Pioneers, e-nnovation, Bitspiration, Shift Conference, Wearable Futures, Decoded Fashion, Art & Fashion Forum.

Amalia has been involved with the fashion/tech community as an editor for Glamour Greece, The Next Web, working with London College of Fashion to develop its fashion/tech accelerator program, as a speaker on the topic at numerous events across Europe, organizer for Startup Weekend Global Fashion Battle, and an advisor at various startups and fashion designers.

She recently launched WINLeague. Its mission is to improve the quality of venture capital and startup scene.

A study by Harvard Business School recently highlighted that venture firms with women involved in investment decision-making are more open to backing a broader range of businesses.

This diversity enables firms to think unconventionally and increase their success rate, while companies with more women board directors experience higher financial performance.

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Uta Bonacker

Founder and CEO UB International Lugano, Switzerland
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Uta’s executive search firm UB International and HVO Search have recently forged a collaboration, working on projects in Europe and UAE. 

Uta is the founder of UB International, an executive search firm specialising in fashion senior hires. Previously, Uta was Head of Human Resources at Hugo Boss, HR Director at Ermenegildo Zegna and VP Human Resources at Guess.

Uta originally comes from Germany and also holds the Swiss citizenship. She runs her business in three languages: Italian, English and German.

She attained two University Degrees, one in HR Management from the ZFU, near Zurich, and one in Learning Psychology/Didactics/Literature from the Free University of Berlin.

Uta has lived and worked in the USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland and Italy and operates her own business from her base in Ticino, Switzerland, home since 2000. The company operates in a network of both international and local experts.

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David Bizer

Partner Talent Fountain Paris, France
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David is a trusted advisor on the digital projects for HVO Search, as well as being a great source of start-up talent globally.

David Bizer is a Partner with Talent Fountain, a boutique recruitment and talent management consulting firm. Talent Fountain is based in Paris, serving clients across Europe. 

Prior to Talent Fountain, David was Chief Talent Geek with HackFwd. David was responsible for identification and evaluation of talent for eventual investment. In addition, David crafted the curriculum for the portfolio companies and advised on a broad range of topics covering almost every aspect of startup growth.

He is a pioneer in global internet recruiting with a bi-continental background, discovering talent from Silicon Valley to the technology hubs of Europe. Over the past 15 years, David has led recruitment efforts resulting in the hiring of more than 4000 top-caliber candidates across more than 25 countries.

David began his career in staffing at just founded Netscape, before joining Trilogy to lead their European recruitment. In 2003, he was named the first European recruiter at Google and hired over 300 candidates in his first 18 months going on to lead Google’s staffing efforts across Europe for 20+ sales offices.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Colorado and has served as President of AIESEC United States. He and his family enjoy living and, especially, eating in Paris.

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Mark Eve

Founder and Chairman, Global Retail Forum (GRF) London, UK
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Mark and HVO Search are working closely to build the Talent division at GRF.

Mark started his retail career in 1999 when he joined the management trainee program at Littlewoods Index. After 3 years gaining experience in all areas of retail he settled in Business Development and the following 3 years he expanded his knowledge across multiple channels (stores, on line, catalogue, home shopping), identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and drive revenue.

Mark’s career took him to retail giant New Look in 2005 when he joined the international expansion team as Head of International Operations. Over the past 6 years he has been instrumental in launching New Look into 27 countries, over 300 stores and delivering a turnover in excess of £300m.

Mark is also Founder and Chairman of the highly respected Global Retail Forum (GRF), a professional networking group for International brands such as Apple, H&M, Zara, Forever 21, Burberry, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Sacks Fifth Avenue, Carrefour, Lacoste but to name a few.

GRF has over 47,000 GRF members across the world and has collaborations with World Retail Congress, British Retail Consortium, European Retail Round Table, Financial Times, Retail Leisure International Magazine, Retail Week, Drapers, DHL, Deloitte, SAP, Microsoft and many well known global brands.

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Carol O’Driscoll-London

Director, Archer Search London. UK
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The freelance research team at HVO Search are thrilled to benefit from Carol’s ongoing training and invaluable advice.

Carol is the head of Archer Search, an executive search research learning and development company focusing on delivering best practice for search professionals across Europe.  The company offers insightful learning and high quality executive search research. She has over 25 years of business research and knowledge management experience in blue chip companies at Russell Reynolds Associates, SG Warburg and Coopers and Lybrand.

Carol has successfully developed and implemented executive search training courses in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Her expertise includes hiring, developing, training and mentoring teams both locally and virtually across geographies. More recently Carol has been developing and training research teams in house, leading bespoke training programmes, conducting client feedback surveys and undertaking a variety of research projects. 

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