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Benivo Strategy Council

Bringing expertise, network and insight to the development of Benivo technology for Global Mobility, Talent and HR teams at the world's top companies.

Brian Friedman

Strategy Council Chairman
ex EY & Founder of FEM

Prior to joining Benivo, Brian was Founder and CEO of the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM). Previously, Brian served as the CEO of both Ernst & Young’s and previously Arthur Andersen’s Human Capital practice. He has worked in Global Mobility and Expatriate Management for over three decades.


Michelle Durkin

Global Mobility Expert
ex Teva, Honeywell & KPMG

Strategic Global Mobility Executive. Repeated success devising and implementing strategies aligned with company culture and goals, in diverse settings, for end-to-end global assignment management. Proven ability to drive for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and employee satisfaction. Talent for cultivating client relationships and partnerships based on professionalism and integrity. Highly skilled and performance-driven with wide-range success strengthening multinational organizations through a changing business landscape. Experience spans the talent mobility space on both the corporate side and Big 4.


Wes Okumura

Tax Expert
ex EY Human Capital Services Partner

Wes Okumura is a Silicon Valley Mobility Legend. He is a 40 year veteran of EY's Global Mobility practice and for many years was their US Lead Partner for People Advisory Services. He is also a leading member of the Benivo Strategy Council.


Pankaj Bhatia

Immigration & Tax Expert
ex Honeywell, Genpact & Accenture
Professional with over 20 years experience in the area of Global Mobility and tax. Having diverse experience with a Big four accounting firm and with Fortune 500 companies.

Specialties: Global Mobility, Individual and expatriate tax, Corporate tax, International tax, Compliance, Company Secretary, Legal, Global Immigration, Policies, Team Management, Finance, Budgeting, Costing, Back office support, Process improvement

Mike Piker

Total Reward Expert
ex PMI, Naspers & Lenovo

Mike is a Global Human Resources (HR), People & Culture (P&C) executive who has Multi-sector working experience in: FMCG, Private Equity, IT, HR Consulting, Food Technology, Aluminium, Web Networking, Public Education, Non-Profit Trade Association.

He has lived and worked in nine countries: Japan (3x), China, Singapore (2x), Brazil, Switzerland (2x), United Kingdom (2x), Germany, Netherlands, United States (home country).

Mike is a demonstrated corporate/consulting expert in: M&A, Global Mobility, Total Rewards, Executive Compensation, Labour Relations, Performance Management, People Analytics, People Technology, IPOs, Organisation Development.


Alf Carlesäter

People Operations Expert
ex GE, Goldman Sachs & Crown

Globally experienced People Operations leader, strategic business partner and senior-level consultant, with talent for developing and deploying operational efficiencies and is multilingual in six languages.

Alf has...

• Designed talent mobility framework to enable establishing strategic secondary global Corporate HQ in Asia.

• Drove organisational design to balance functional integration and business need for prominent M&A project.

• Created operational capability for compliant staff deployment into Joint Ventures and organic business growth initiatives, aiding the expansion of GE’s global business footprint.

Alf is an avid mentor of on-site & remote teams, promoting a data-driven approach to continuous improvements and increased productivity. Champions cross-functional/cross-border/cross-cultural operational execution and delivers best-in-class employee experiences, leading with Integrity, Innovation, Inclusiveness, Engagement, Resilience and a sense of Humour.



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