DFK EMEA Annual & Young Professionals Conference 2022

8 – 11 March 2022 Conference Vienna Marriott


Welcome to the DFK EMEA Annual conference 2022 in Vienna, Austria.

The DFK EMEA conference this year will be held at the Vienna Marriott. 

Registration is OPEN NOW, until 20th February 2022, or until we have reached capacity. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Please use #DFKVienna2022 when mentioningt the conference on social media!

We are excited to announce that registration is open for the DFK EMEA  Annual and Young Professionals Conference 2022! The conference will be held from 09-11 March 2022 in Vienna, Austria.

On behalf of DFK International and the DFK EMEA Executive Committee we would like to say how excited we are to see you at this conference again in person. We can't wait! 

The conference will include a full-day tax seminar on Wednesday 09 March. In a change to the usual format, the conference will conclude at midday Friday 11th March rather than the Saturday as in previous years.

Noting the uncertainty with international travel, we will delay issuing invoices until the beginning of February and delegates will be free to cancel without penalty until after the invoice has been issued. We encourage delegates to register as soon as possible once we have issued the registration pack so that we can get an understanding of the likely level of attendance.  

Delegate fee are quoted Net of VAT. All invoices are subject to Austrian VAT at 20%, part of which delegates may be able to reclaim.


In Vienna, the coffee house isn’t just a hangout - it’s an institution. According to UNESCO, lingering over a newspaper with a pastry and a strong espresso drink is officially a cornerstone of Viennese culture. Walk off your slice of Sachertorte with a self-guided tour of the city’s stunning traditional, Secessionist, and modern architecture, such as the Imperial Palace, the State Opera House, the Kirche am Steinhof, or the Kunsthistorisches Museum, an exercise in ornate geometry.

This website contains information about the conference and includes links to the conference booking system through which you will be able to book both your conference attendance and accommodation for the DFK EMEA Annual and Young Professionals Conference which will take place at the Vienna Marriott. You should find all the information you need in the relevant tabs and you should find the site easy to navigate, but if you do not find everything you need, please contact : Caroline Cassidy, DFK UK & Ireland/EMEA Executive Officer ([email protected]).

If you will attend with an accompanying person(s), you should register your accompanying person as part of your own booking by adding their details (name and dietary restrictions) at the bottom of the registration PERSONAL INFO PAGE and by using the Group booking facility under the registration booking tab GUESTS & ACTIVITIES and adding the ACCOMPANYING PERSON(S) and their activities. 

Registration is open now until 20th February 2022, or until we reach capacity.

To register for the conference, you will be able click on the Book Now button on the top right-hand side of this website. After you have completed the on-line registration form, you will receive an automatic confirmation by email which you should bring with you on-site as your record of the activities you booked to attend.  

You can log back into the DFK website to modify your registration, however, if you need to change anything after the registration site is closed or if you do not receive this confirmation, please contact: Caroline Cassidy, DFK UK & Ireland/EMEA Executive Officer ([email protected]) who will make the necessary changes for you.

Click on the HOTEL INFO tab on this page which contains information about the hotel and the link to the on-line hotel booking form. 

Click on the PROGRAMME/ AGENDA tabs for details on the conference timing and agenda. 

Click on the SOCIAL ACTIVITIES tab on this page for details on the social activities.

The DFK EMEA Conference is sold to delegates as a package and it will not be possible to offer refunds to delegates that opt out of the core elements, which include the Welcome Reception and Dinner; all business sessions; and the social activities and meals.

The DFK EMEA Young Professionals Conference is sold to delegates as a package and it will not be possible to offer refunds to delegates that opt out of the core elements, which include the Welcome Reception and Dinner; training sessions;social activities and meals.

Other than in exceptional circumstances, refunds to delegates who need to cancel will only be provided to the extent to which DFK is able to recover costs from suppliers. 

All travel and hotel costs are the responsibility of delegates and guests. DFK take no liability for these costs.

Minimum numbers are applicable to some activities and if we do not reach that minimum number, we reserve the right to cancel the activity before we go on-site.  In this instance, you will be pre-notified.

Click on the FEES tab for further details.

Noting the uncertainty with international travel, we will delay issuing invoices until the beginning of February and delegates will be free to cancel without penalty until after the invoice has been issued. We encourage delegates to register as soon as possible once we have issued the registration pack so that we can get an understanding of the likely level of attendance.  

If you need assistance on-site regarding the conference, the executive team will be available and located in Palasis Sachsen V.

Please forward the link to this conference website to the other partners in your firm as well as your spouse and other guests. If you need any further information or help please contact [email protected]




Please ensure you check the local and national guidelines on traveling before you commence your planning and again before you start your trip. Please see here for the latest restrictions for Austria.

Delegates are advised to check the visa regulations to find out whether they need to apply for a visa and to do so in a timely manner.

To find out if you require a visa, please visit the local embassy website for your region.

Your visa may require a letter of invitation from DFK International, to obtain this please contact [email protected] as soon as possible to ensure your visa is approved in a timely manner.


Attire for the is business casual for all business sessions. The welcome reception and all meals is smart casual. Please remember to dress appropriately for any activities you have selected.

The most important thing is to be comfortable and enjoy your time with your fellow DFK colleagues and friends.


The hotel for the conference is the Vienna Marriott

The Vienna Marriott hotel is located downtown in the historic City Center, with exceptional placement on the breathtaking Ringstrasse. Unwind in modern guest rooms and suites, many of which boast incredible city views.

DFK have negotiated a brilliant rate that covers 4th March through to 15th March. All American Breakfast and WIFI Internet Access included.


The DFK hotel rates are as below:
€179 Single, €199 double, per night including breakfast, Wi-Fi and VAT.

Cancellation terms: Cancellation and changes can be done free of charge until 24 hours before arrival.

Payments: Each guest will settle their own bill, Credit or Debit card details will need to be provided as a guarantee when making a reservation, DFK International is not responsible for any payments for the accommodation. No prepayment required (room and breakfast can be paid at checkout).

Please book with the DFK booking link (below) to ensure that you get your rooms from the DFK block of rooms.

All rooms will need to be booked by 21 February 2022.

We cannot guarantee the DFK rate or availability after this date. If the room block is sold out before this date we will endeavour to add more rooms but this is not guaranteed.

Please book your rooms as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
If you have any questions about this conference please contact Caroline Cassidy, EMEA/UK & Ireland Executive Officer & Conference Manager, here.

ACCESS FROM THE AIRPORT - Vienna International Airport (VIE)

Airport Phone: +43 1 70070

Hotel direction: 14.7 miles NW

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Take City Airport Train (CAT) to Wien Mitte/Landstrasse (non-stop, 16 minutes).; fee: 11 EUR (one way) ;scheduled
  • Estimated taxi fare: 55 EUR (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: 8 EUR (one way)
Visit VIE airport website


Driving directions

Follow the A4 Highway and take the exit 'Zentrum', which leads into 'Schuttelstrasse'. Continue along the Danube Channel and proceed to 'Untere Donaustrasse'. Turn left and cross the 'Aspernbrucke', proceeding straight ahead to 'Stubenring'. At 'Liebenberggasse' turn right, and take a left into the side lane of the 'Parkring'. The Vienna Marriott is located on the right hand side. (Approximate time: 20 to 30 minutes)

To view the hotel location please click here

Click here for the Hotel Website


*subject to change

Wednesday 9th March    


DFK Board Meeting (by invitation only) 9am - 5pm DFK INternatioanl Board Members
DFK International Tax Seminar 9am - 5pm Optional - addtional charge
Welcome Reception and Dinner 7pm - 11pm Delegates, Accompanying Persons, Young Professionals
Thursday 10th March    
Annual Conference Day 1 9am - 12.30pm Delegates
Young Professionals Day 1 9am - 5pm Young Professionals
Group Lunch 12.30pm - 1.30pm Delegates, Accompanying Persons, Young Professionals
Social Activities/Breakout Sessions 2pm - 5pm Delegates, Accompanying Persons, Young Professionals
Reception and Dinner 7pm -11pm Delegates, Accompanying Persons, Young Professionals
Friday 11th March    
Annual Conference Day 2 9am - 12.30pm Delegates
Young Professionals Day 2 9am - 12.30pm Young Professionals
Group Lunch 12.45pm - 2pm Delegates, Accompanying Persons, Young Professionals

*subject to change

Thursday 10th March

09:00 - 09:15      Registration       

09:15 – 10.00     DFK Welcome, Host Firm Welcome         

10:00 - 10:30      IWil Mentoring/Charity Update 

10.15 - 10.30      Sponsor Spotlight 

10:30 - 11:00      Coffee Break     

11:00 - 11:30      Eve Tomlinson – Thrive in the Hive – Making an Impact

11:30 - 12:30      Keynote Speaker TBC           

12:30 - 13:30      Group Lunch      

13:30 - 17:00      Break-Out Groups

Eve Tomlinson – Making an Impact

Jeremy Hyman – IT

Or - Depart Hotel for Group Activity

Please see a member of the executive team if you have any queries.

19:00 - 22:30      Group Meal       


Friday 11th March

09:00 - 09:45      Martin Sharp & Bill Wright, DFK International

09:45 - 10:30      EMEA VP and Executive Committee panel discussion on developing the region and presentation of EMEA firm of the Year

10:30 - 11:00      Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30      Keynote Speaker TBC

12:45 - 14:00      Lunch

*Agenda is subject to change

Getting People on board and making change stick

“There is nothing permanent except change” Heraclitus 500 BC

People generally fear change. Even in normal times a departmental restructure or even a simple reorganisation of the office space, can result in employees becoming distracted, confused, angry or disengaged. These are natural responses all of which can result in lowered morale and decreased performance.

Today in a post Covid environment, the way we work has changed forever. We live in a VUCA world – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. The future winners will be those organisations who can embrace innovative work practices, technology, and collaboration while taking their people with them on this change journey.

As a business leader, leading and implementing change while taking your people with you will be one of the biggest challenges you will face.

This programme will help you understand the impacts of change, and the practical ways that you can lead and manage your people to make change stick.

 You will learn:

  • The principles of “change management” and creating a compelling rationale and vision for change
  • To understand each stage of the transition curve and the behaviours associated with each one.
  • Leadership strategies to move team members through the transition whilst maintaining performance.
  • To recognise the impact of change on you as the leader and develop methods to better manage your own feelings and behaviours
  • Understand your people’s emotional response– why they react in the way they do.
  • To provide effective support and motivation to your people
  • The role of clear and consistent communication through the change journey


Welcome and Introduction

Session 1

The case for managing change

•Understanding Change
•The realities of change
•Recognising the impact change can have

Session 2


Our experience of change

•Drawing upon past experiences of change
•Kotters change model

Session 3


Emotional aspects of change

•Business and personal impact of change
•Identifying our own response to change
•The emotional journey – navigating the change curve

Session 4


Managing our mindset

•What is resilience?
•The three enemies of resilience
•Building our resilience

Session 5


Building momentum 

•Driving momentum
•Recognising the reasons for resistance
•Dealing with resistance
•Removing barriers to change

Session 6


Make it happen

•Planning change
•Engagement and leadership
•Creating short-term wins
•Keeping the momentum going.


Evaluation and Close




*subject to change

Welcome Reception/Dinner
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Welcome Reception/Dinner. It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends as well as network and make new connections with your fellow members.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Time: 7pm-11pm, Wednesday 9th March
Location: Ballroom
Delegates/Accompanying Persons/Young Professionals

Accompanying Persons

Accompanying Persons are invited to a tour of the beautiful Schoenbrunn Palace, an Authentic experience of Imperial Heritage. Followed by Strudel show & Applestrudel break at the imperial bakery Schönbrunn.

You love apple strudel and have never been to the Imperial bakery of Café Residenz? Then you should catch up as soon as possible! In this wonderful, historic vault is the paradise of all apple strudel connoisseurs. On of the experienced pastry chefs makes and bakes original hand-pulled Viennese apple strudel. The resulting fragrances make your mouth water. Well, and the gusto of a piece of oven-fresh apple strudel can be quenched right there. Best together with a Viennese coffee Melange

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Time: 9am - 1pm, Thursday 10th March
Accompanying Persons

Afternoon Activity
Options for the social activites are available to all Annual Conference Delegates & Accompanying Persons

City Bus Tour 

*Places are limited on this event and will operate a waiting list once we have reached capacity

**alternatively, Annual Conference Delegates may opt to attend a workshop listed in the Business Sessions Tab

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Time: 2pm - 5pm, Thursday 10th March
Annual Conference Delegates/Accompanying Persons

Informal Group Dinner
The group will enjoy drinks, dinner and music at Mayer am Pfarrplatz Heuriger

Dress Code: Smart Casual - Wrap up warm!
Time: 7pm -11pm
Location: Offsite - Mayer am Pfarrplatz, Heuriger
Delegates/Accompanying Persons/Young Professionals

Full delegate fee for Annual Conference - £625

Full delegate fee for Young Professionals Conference -  £520

Accompanying Persons - £315 (age 11+), £250 (age 4-10), free for those under 3 years

Tax seminar - £125 

Welcome Reception & Dinner only - £100

Noting the uncertainty with international travel, we will delay issuing invoices until the beginning of February and delegates will be free to cancel without penalty until after the invoice has been issued. We encourage delegates to register as soon as possible once we have issued the registration pack so that we can get an understanding of the likely level of attendance.  

Delegate fee are quoted Net of VAT. All invoices are subject to Austrian VAT at 20%, part of which delegates may be able to reclaim.

DFK is proud to encourage social responsibility practices.

As part of our social responsibility policy we have pledge to offset our carbon footprint when the Executive Office staff travel for DFK conferences and meetings.

We encourage DFK members to do the same when travelling to a conference.

Please see the website the Executive Office uses to offset our carbon footprint here.


09 March 2022, 9AM -5PM
The Vienna Marriott, Vienna



Name Company
Caroline Bill DFK International
Ms Anne Brady Crowleys DFK
Jonathan Brownson RPG Limited
Nick Donohue Royce Peeling Green
Gerd Hegmann BSKP
Mr Peter Jones Shaw Gibbs Limited
Mark Kearsley DSG Chartered Accountants
Mr. Chad Knippel Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP
Sam Lord Royce Peeling Green Limited
Mr Graeme Lovell Langdowns DFK
Mr Edward Murphy Crowleys DFK
Peter O’Connell Shaw Gibbs
Mr James O’Connor Crowleys DFK
Miss Alba Pich BNFIX
Mr Martin Sharp DFK International
Matthijs van Dorssen Alfa Accountants and Advisors
Marco Vermin Alfa Accountants and Advisors
Mr James Waters Langdowns DFK
Bill Wright DFK International



For all queries relating to the DFK EMEA 2022 Annual Conference registration, activities, logistics including changes/cancellations to your registration, please contact: 

Caroline Cassidy
DFK UK & Ireland Executive Officer; 
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 00 353 87 904 1630



Jeremy Hyman

On-demand Chief Technology Officer,Jeremy Hyman Associates Limited

Gerry McSorley Phd

job title,Marcomm company

Una McSorley FCIPR

Trainer, Facilitator and Executive Coach,Marcomm

Eve Tomlinson

Thrive in the Hive