19 Apr 2023

Meet the speaker: Samantha Rockey

We are pleased to announce the first of our key speakers for the Memcom Conference 2023 New Horizons:

Samantha Rockey, co-founder and Director of London-based Leadership and Organisation Development Consultancy, Thompson Harrison.

Samantha Rockey 


As part of our People and Culture strand, she will present:

The Social Brain: Hybrid working and working culture
Hybrid working is not going away, but despite the magic - and many benefits - of virtual working, we are fundamentally social beings. The hardest part of the modern leader's job isn't strategy, finance or technology: instead, the biggest challenge is human-shaped.

The session will explore questions such as how to lead in this new environment, how to design a hybrid strategy and how to fast track social cohesion within your organisation. Samantha will make a compelling argument for a social strategy, backed up with 30 years of data.

More about Samantha: She began her career in the first democratically-elected government in South Africa in the arenas of development policy, strategy and change. More recently, she was the Global Head of Leadership Development for the FTSE top 10 company SABMiller, now part of AB InBev.

Samantha is an Associate Fellow at Oxford Said Business School and is a Programme Director, tutor and faculty. She has worked on the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme for a number of years as well as working on programmes for the Young Presidents Organisation and the Economics of Mutuality. Samantha has been on the Imperial College Business School Advisory Board for their Global Online MBA and on the Advisory Board of the Baobab Network, a start-up business focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Samantha is co-author of The Social Brain: the psychology of effective groups, along with Prof. Robin Dunbar (the 'Dunbar number') and Tracey Camilleri. Samantha has an MSc in Development Planning and a MM in Human Resources.

Look out for further speaker announcements over the coming weeks!