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Queen's MBA Career Networking Evening

May 8, 2024
Queen’s Business School, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5EE.
17:30 - 20:00

You are cordially invited to join us at the Queen’s MBA Spring Career Networking Event. The evening's theme centres around "Building Trust as a Leader within Organisations" and will feature insightful talks by esteemed leaders, Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank, Will Young Director of L&D, OH&W, and ER at NICSHR, and Keith Lippert, Consultant and former VP of Allstate.

This event presents an opportunity for organisations, alumni, and current MBA students to gain valuable insights from expert speakers and engage in a panel discussion. Following the talks, there will be an opportunity for business networking, while enjoying a light buffet.

Early registration highly recommended for this free event as numbers are restricted. 


Will Young assumed the role of Director of Human Resources at NICHSR within the Northern Ireland Civil Service in April 2023. His responsibilities encompass Employee Relations, Occupational Health & Wellbeing, and Learning & Development services for NICS staff, focusing on organizational resilience, change management, and enhancing employee experiences.

Before NICS, Will served as Assistant Chief Officer for People and Organisational Development at PSNI, overseeing HR, Occupational Health & Wellbeing, Health & Safety, and the NI Police College. With a background in health and social care, including roles in NI Fire and Rescue Service, Will brings extensive experience to his current position.

He holds the title of Chartered Fellow of CIPD, actively participating in professional networks and mentoring schemes. Additionally, he serves as a director of a local charity and recently became an Independent Panel Member of Diversity Mark NI.

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Caroline van der Feltz originally from Northern Ireland, has served as HR Director at Danske Bank since 2015. With a career primarily outside NI, she held senior HR positions in financial services and FMCG in London. Her experience includes 11 years at RBS Group and an Executive HR Director role at Coutts & Co. Before joining Danske Bank, she was Global HR Director at RB. Caroline is actively involved in various committees, including CBI People and Skills Committee and the Department for the Economy’s Northern Ireland Skills Committee. She received recognition with awards such as IoD EDI Director of the Year (2022) and CIPD Award for Outstanding Contribution to Development in Northern Ireland (2023).

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Keith Lippert boasts three decades of experience in financial services, notably serving as Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at The Allstate Corporation, where he pioneered security initiatives outside the United States. His expertise spans financial crime prevention, anti-terrorism, sanctions, money laundering, and fraud prevention. Prior to Allstate, Keith held leadership roles at Barclays Bank and American Express, and chaired banks internationally. 

Innovation marks Keith's career, evident in securing Patent No. 11,012,861 for 'Geo Location,' a fraud prevention tool, elevating Allstate's global status. Leading the Northern Ireland team, Keith garnered 21 cybersecurity awards, including Cyber Business of the Year 2020 and Responsible Business Champion 2020. He was recognized as Digital DNA Business Personality of the Year 2020 for his contributions to cybersecurity and promoting diversity in tech.

Keith's influence extends beyond awards; in 2023, he collaborated with the US White House on the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy, bridging UK and US cyber initiatives. Currently, Keith focuses on theoretical research, further enhancing his impact in the cybersecurity landscape.

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Event Format:
17:30 - 18:00 – Registration
18:00 - 19:00 – Expert Talks
19:00 - 20:00 – Panel Discussion, Buffet and Networking 

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Name Stephen Armstrong