Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe

HUMANE Spring Seminar

Bridging the past and future: developing the next generation of 21st century university leaders

DAY ONE: Thursday, 23 March 2023





Registration and networking


Welcome  from the University of Padova and introductory remarks on the seminar’s theme: leadership’s role in bridging the past and the future

Antonio Parbonetti, Vice-Rector of Organisation and Budget and Alberto Scuttari, Director General, University of Padova

Theme: practice makes perfect: reflecting on systemic OD change – two institutional experiences


Case study  Towards a future-proof university – can systemic leadership and organisation development do the trick?

Riitta Silvennoinen, Chief HR Officer, Aalto University; and Tiia Tuomi, HR Director, University of Helsinki


Buffet lunch

Theme: a radically uncertain future and leadership’s role in shaping it


Keynote  Future university work scenarios and their impact on leadership and management development programmes

Nicky Dries, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Department of Work and Organisation Studies, KU Leuven

Theme: reflecting on the process for achieving systemic OD change for leadership development


Workshop  Advancing leadership development in an almost 400-year-old institution

Ineke Verhagen, Director of HR Development, University of Utrecht


Coffee break

Theme: practice makes perfect – case studies of individual institutional OD programmes


Case study  Enabling transformational change: the University of Padova’s leadership and management development programme

Veronica Furlan, Head of the Organisational Development Office and Tommaso Meacci, Human Resources Director, University of Padova


Optional short, guided tour of the Orto Botanico followed by return to hotels


Drinks and HUMANE Spring Seminar dinner


Depart for hotels

DAY TWO: Friday, 24 March 2023




Theme: leadership, institutional OD partnerships, and leadership and belonging


Workshop  Is it safe for your team to bring their A-game? Reflections on leadership’s role in fostering psychological safety and intersectionality

Gabrielle Ferguson, Gabrielle Ferguson Coaching


Coffee break

Theme: using partnerships to achieve progress – two case studies of OD programme partnerships


Case study  Leadership development thinking at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the UTOPIA Alliance of European Universities.

Raf Devos, Director People & Organisation, and Public Affairs; and HR development lead, EUTOPIA Alliance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Case study  Leadership development: critical success factors for an effective Organisational Development function in UniTO (University of Turin) and UniSOF Community (Italian Universities Consortium of Training)

Vilma Angela Garino, Director of the Organisational Development & HR Department, Università degli Studi di Torino


Buffet lunch


Depart for transport

Note: the programme is subject to marginal change.

Important information:

HUMANE and the University of Padova fully intend to deliver the HUMANE Spring Seminar. If however, public health restrictions associated with Covid-19 require it to be postponed, participants will be notified with as much notice as possible.

Neither HUMANE and the University of Padova are liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects during the HUMANE Spring Seminar. Participants attending the HUMANE Spring Seminar do so at their own risk and responsibility.