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What was evident throughout our learning process was your passion for HR and the drive to help us be the best we can be. Your ‘challenge’ always felt like it was coming from this place, so was consistently well received, as well as your support and readiness to share research relevant to what we’re seeking to achieve. Overall, a very good process which has enabled the function here to step out of its comfort zone and begin to build confidence and clarity in the way that we operate.

L&D, Manager, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The research that CRF produces navigates the fine line between academia and practitioner very well. I find the combination of these means their research is robust, but importantly, practically applicable to the way we manage talent in the organisation. I’ve reverted back to the CRF research many times and often it will influence a future course of direction to help us better align our talent practices to organisation needs.

Reed Sylvester, SVP Talent Management, e& (formerly Etisalat)

e& (formerly Etisalat)

CRF is peerless in the field of HR thought leadership, bringing together the best of academic thinking and real world application. This creates a stimulating – often provocative – but always constructive environment in which to share ideas and learn. Nobody does it better.

Dan Simpson, HR Director UK&I, Siemens Energy

Siemens Energy

Each year, the array of CRF events offer evidence-based insights into optimising individual and organisational performance. With dynamic change becoming the new constant, the CRF team help their members to focus on the most relevant topics just before we need the insight.

Jeff Lindeman, Chief People, Culture and Capability Officer, WD40

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CRF’s annual programme is a dynamic learning environment to build knowledge, maintain networks and meet new friends. They’ve supported me and my teams for over 10 years and I value their partnership.

Steve Bright, Director of International Human Resources, Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman

CRF events are the ones that we always make time to attend, because we know the investment will be worth it. The quality of content, presenters and attendees is consistently outstanding and manages to perfectly bridge broad, future-focused academic thinking with pragmatic, practitioner-led discussion.

Neil Morrison, Group HR Director, Severn Trent

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Severn Trent

CRF provides valuable insight through research and events which are credible, pragmatic and engaging – helping us stay on the forefront of what’s next in the rapidly changing world in which we operate.

Mark Sandham, SVP and Chief Operating Officer, Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters

CRF offers us access to quality research, networking, resources and meetings that energise, engage and develop our diverse Human Resources community. Feedback from our HR team is always positive, stressing the pragmatic and freshness of the discussions and ideas.

Bev Cunningham, Senior Vice President HR Europe, Ricoh Europe

Ricoh Europe

In today’s world, knowledge and innovation drive success for organisations. Corporate Research Forum offers senior HR executives a unique opportunity to learn from peers, share innovative approaches to HR, and connect with global thought leaders.

Prof. Patrick Wright, Thomas C. Vandiver Bicentennial, Chair in Business, Director, Center for Executive Succession, University of South Carolina

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University of South Carolina

I continue to be impressed by the way Corporate Research Forum links the best of leading academic input to the real organisation and people issues faced by businesses in today’s uncertain environment. Added to that, they are always a pleasure to work with.

Amy C. Edmondson, Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

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Harvard Business School

Corporate Research Forum is the place to turn to for the latest thinking, best practices and top influencers in HR today.

Herminia Ibarra, Professor of Organisational Behavior and the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD and author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, INSEAD



In the international employment team at Bird & Bird we are delighted to partner with CRF. In order to provide advice which is tailored to our client’s needs, it is essential to keep up to date with the challenges and opportunities facing international HR directors in a fast changing business environment. CRF help us to do that, enabling us to offer clients that extra insight which helps us to stay on top of our game. It is a genuinely collaborative relationship, which is why it is so successful

Ian Hunter, Partner & Co Head of International Employment Group, Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

We have partnered with CRF for some years and find the quality of their research and HR network exceptional. It enables us to stay connected to the current thinking in HR and provides opportunities to engage with the HR community about meaningful and relevant challenges they face.   

Simon Callow, Senior Partner & Region Leader – London, RHR International

RHR International

CRF Learning have proved to be an essential partner to me as I look to build the capability of my HR team. They have been a collaborative partner in co-designing a bespoke cost-effective solution which has evolved from face-to-face sessions to a purely digital experience run for nearly 250 participants from Australia to the US in five sessions per week spread over eight weeks. The impact of both has been immense and I look forward to continuing into the next phase of our partnership.

Caroline Fanning, Chief People Officer, Avanade


Thank you so much again for everything you have done, organised and contributed to make our programme such a success. I am so glad I have done it – absolutely invaluable insight, knowledge and networks gained. And perfect timing for me too. You have been so generous in sharing your knowledge, perspectives and contacts. I hope I can put it into practice in a new role soon!

Emma Rose, Chief HR Officer, Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and thought the content was just right. I particularly enjoyed the practical sessions where we could put some of the tools to use and I will be using these with my Business Partners.

Clare Booth, Head of Reward & People Services, Mercedes-Benz

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Over the last years, we have seen an increased number HR events in the UAE, however very few come close to what CRF actually offers. I have been impressed by the professional level of the content that gets shared as well as the regional HR and Talent professionals they attract and bring into the conversation.

The beauty is that the conversations continue beyond the events through the community that CRF has managed to create which has brought us professionals closer together, acting as sounding boards and advisors to each other.

Gabriella Planojevic, MEA Talent Director, Kearney


I attended the CRF Learning HRBP Business Catalyst Programme. The course was very well run. Leading up to the event day, there was the right amount of pre-reading: enough to get the brain juices flowing but not overload. The team I was in touch with was helpful, friendly and professional. Seamless and no hassle. The course itself was thought-provoking, informative and hit the mark in terms of why HRBPs are a valuable part of any business and how we as professionals can develop this even further. Nick used his experiences and at times wit, to bring everything to life in a meaningful way. An hour’s follow-up was organised for us to recap and share our learnings. This was a nice touch! Without doubt I would recommend this course. A big thank you to Nick and team for such a memorable day that I know will stay with me and help me as I journey through my career.

Sinead Hyland, HRBP / Transformation Specialist, BT Group

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