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Monday, November 16
 

10:00

Decision Making in the New Age: How to take Effective and Strategic Decisions

Taking strategic decisions is massively challenging in this highly interconnected and fast-changing world. Getting it right or wrong can have serious and far-reaching consequences, which reach far beyond the decision-makers themselves. The purpose of this session is to help individuals and organisations to improve their decision-making. It covers some of the major reasons why your decisions do not always turn out the way you had anticipated or wished for; and then looks at the key habits that will help you in increasing the probability of arriving at the right outcome.


Speakers
avatar for Simon Gifford

Simon Gifford

Adjunct Professor of Strategy, IE Business School
Simon has 30 years of business experience, most of which has been dedicated to strategy consulting with a focus on strategic decision making where he has worked with large corporates around the world. He currently delivers this consulting through his company: Genesis Management Consulting... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 1

10:00

The Transparency Dilemma: Managing Emotions and Engagement in the Transparent Organisation
As information becomes increasingly abundant and accessible, HR professionals face a dilemma: limit access to protect sensitive information, or open access to enable the free flow of information. This session highlights this tension and reflects on the modern movement toward radical transparency in organisations. The session will address the successes and failures of organisations that have gone beyond transparency in compensation and performance, and into the unknown frontier of transparency in information flows more broadly. The objective of this session is to explore how organisations can anticipate and address changing expectations and demands for radical transparency in today's organisations.

Speakers
avatar for Sebastien Brion

Sebastien Brion

Assistant Professor - Managing People in Organisations, IESE Business School
He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. In his research, Professor Brion explores the psychological effects of power, focusing on the attainment, maintenance, and loss of power in group and organizational settings. Professor... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 2

10:00

Achieve Nationalisation Through an Integrated Talent Management Approach
Nationalisation is taking on more significance than ever in terms of trying to increase the ratio of Nationals to expatriates. This session will outline not only the great benefits that Nationalisation can achieve, but also how a joined up and integrated talent management approach is essential. This includes linking talent mapping, successional planning (with integrated Nationalisation targets) and subsequent development plans in order to help achieve Nationalisation in both an efficient and sustainable way, whilst at the same time ensuring capability risks are mitigated.

Speakers
avatar for Phineas Johnston

Phineas Johnston

Talent Manager, BAE Systems
Phin currently leads the Talent Management Team for BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia. He has worked for a variety of multi-national companies and different industries including Tesco (British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer with more than 500,000 colleagues spread... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 3

11:00

Introduction to Corporate Health and Employee Wellness

Corporate Health and Wellness has been gaining popularity amongst the HR community. The concept has come a long way since boot camps came off their beaches and began to view the corporate wold as a target. This workshop will address how you in HR can start your Corporate Health and Wellness Programme, where to begin, who to engage with during the initiation and launch and what type of investment is required to start the programme. It will also help you to understand how you can define and measure tangible outcomes with case studies of successful wellness initiatives. 


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Philips

Andrew Philips

Marketing Director, Daman
Andrew Phillips is Marketing Director at National Health Insurance Company – Daman. He is responsible for the company’s advertising, sponsorship and other promotional activities. Andrew has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications having held different senior... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 2

11:00

Using Neuroscience to Ensure Leaders Thrive and Survive in a Volatile World
When the world is round, don't pretend it’s flat; based on over a decade of Ashridge research, hundreds of senior leaders were asked two fundamental questions. First questions was “picture yourself 10 years ago, what do you know now that you wish you’d known then?” and the second was “what have been the most critical incidents during your career that have truly shaped and developed you as a leader?”. In this session Vicki will share with you the results of this research and the ‘fight or flight’ element that explores participants’ physiological response to critical leadership incidents. Join Vicki and find out how you can also shape your leaders for success in a volatile world.

Speakers
avatar for Vicki Culpin

Vicki Culpin

Dean of Faculty & Director of Research, Ashridge Business School
Vicki specialises in organisational behaviour, specifically well-being at work. She has spent over 17 years in academia, researching memory with a variety of individuals including older adults, children and forensic populations. More recent research includes the relationship between... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 3

11:00

An Evolution of HR Analytics: A Middle East Perspective
This presentation will showcase the findings from the recent CIPD HR Analytics research undertaken in the region. The research was a combination of 10 organisational case studies and an online questionnaire. The session will provide you with insights into the extent to which HR analytics is being embedded in organisations across the Middle East and what the barriers and enablers to HR Analytics success are. Matt will also share CIPD’s recommendations for the future of this important HR discipline and the metrics currently being measured by organisations across the region to help you with your analytics journey.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Mee

Matthew Mee

Managing Director - Middle East, CIPD
Matt has lived and worked in Dubai for the last 7 years – where he headed up HR globally for luxury hospitality company, Jumeirah Group and subsequently joined IBM Smarter Workforce to head up operations across the GCC and Africa. In his earlier career he worked for a number of... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 1

12:00

Mindful Listening for Leaders: Practical Tools For Engaging Those Around You
Research identifies one skill as utterly critical for the leader wishing to engage people for greater productivity – effective active listening. Every leader knows this intuitively, but few of us are as good with this key skill as we could be. In this experiential workshop, Deiric will teach you a practical approach to listening mindfully and bringing empathy to your interpersonal communications – in this brief session you’ll learn, and practice, a valuable practical tool you can apply immediately to making a more engaging impression upon those who work for you, and with you.

Speakers
avatar for Deiric McCann

Deiric McCann

Executive Vice President, Profiles International
Deiric is Executive Vice President for Profiles International. He authored 4 books: Leadership Charisma, Winning Business Proposals, The Customer Continuum and co-authored 40 Strategies for Winning Business and has had more than 1,000 articles published worldwide. As a Profiles... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 2

12:00

Pension Plans for Expats: How to Help your Employees Invest for Retirement

A company that invests in its employees is a company that becomes an employer of choice. Step in to understand pension plans and how they can be leveraged as an important talent acquisition and retention tool by a benefit savvy employer. Employers in the region increasingly recognize pension plans as a unique value proposition to attract and retain their employees. Having such plans in place inculcates a savings culture and promotes a strong sense of financial security to the employees.  Offering pension saving schemes then develops into an indisputable benefits tool, advocating its HR team as engaging and progressive. 


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Brody

Andrew Brody

Senior Vice President - Life Insurance, Oman Insurance
With an insurance career spanning a decade, Andrew’s industry expertise plays a key role in driving forward OIC’s Life insurance portfolio. Andrew brings to his role in-depth product knowledge from his prior tenure with Metlife - Dubai, as Business Development Director, advancing... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 3

12:00

Employment Law in the UAE: The Essential Know-How for HR Professionals
The session will cover the essential and burning legal issues that all HR professionals operating in the UAE and wider GCC region must be aware of.  During the session Luke shall discuss the crucial risk areas of the employment relationship.  How recruiting, managing and dismissing employees in accordance with the UAE labour laws work and the key local and international compliance issues you need to be aware of. The session will include real-life examples of how the UAE and GCC Labour Laws impact on employers on a day to day basis.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Tapp

Luke Tapp

Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP
Luke Tapp is a Senior Associate for Pinsent Masons (Dubai office) and leads the firm's UAE and Middle East employment practice.  Luke’s non-contentious practice includes preparing handbooks and senior executive agreements, assisting with cross-jurisdictional secondments, senior... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 1

13:00

Challenging Conventional HR Thinking in the Middle East

This session discusses the unconventional HR approaches at Tanfeeth and how the business has benefitted from them. Tanfeeth's CEO will showcase how they use a scientific approach applying analytics to test and challenge HR thinking. You will hear examples on how Tanfeeth is challenging notions of “HR norms” including standardisation and the successful (and unsuccessful) new approaches they have taken in HR and the lessons learnt. Suhail will inspire HR leaders within the region to push beyond HR norms and discover new and different ways to approach HR practices and strategy.


Speakers
avatar for Hessa Al Ghurair

Hessa Al Ghurair

Chief People Officer, Tanfeeth
Hessa is a member of the Executive Committee as Chief People Officer for Tanfeeth; the GCC’s first-ever Shared Services organization and fully owned subsidiary of Emirates NBD.  Hessa has established and drives the HR function for Tanfeeth and demonstrates capability in leveraging... Read More →



Monday November 16, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 2

13:00

How L&D Managers Can Really Make an Impact on Employee Engagement

In this interactive sessions Tim Robson, bestselling author, international speaker and coach, will show you how to get the best of your employees by encouraging them to thrive and fulfil their potential. He will show you how to ensure they bring their best self to work – so they’ll really enjoy their job, feel good about themselves and start achieving great things. Learn to ignite some passion in your people and show them how to inspire that same drive in others, to improve performance, reduce costs and deliver against ever stretching commercial outcomes and competition.


Speakers
avatar for Tim Robson

Tim Robson

Founder, Now Show Up
Tim Robson, Content Director of Now Show up and Bestselling Author of Showing Up: How to Make a Greater Impact at Work. An inspirational thinker, speaker and coach, Tim brings a fresh approach to performance, work and the professional mindset. As well as holding leadership positions... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 1

13:00

10 Killer Interview Questions to Differentiate Top Talent from the Pool
Behavioural interviewing technique (e.g. describing a situation, one’s action and subsequent outcome) is a popular competency-based model used by many companies over decades. Pejman will discuss the limitations of this technique in the face of 21st century workplace complexities and over-saturation of highly competent applicants, especially the millennials. You will then learn about a fast-paced hybrid model of competency-personality assessment to be used for any interviewing situations. Finally, a sample of 10 questions that were used in over 200 job interviews will be presented as a take away for participants to be used at their organisations.

Speakers
avatar for Pejman Azarmina

Pejman Azarmina

Founder, Thinkocrats
Dr. Pejman Azarmina is the Founder of Thinkocrats, a US-based Leadership Development think tank with a mission to develop the next generation of thoughtful leaders. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Medical Director at Pfizer and a Research Fellow and Analyst at UCL and NHS. He... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 3

13:45

Meditation for Inspiration with Kyra van den Berg
Join Soulcoach Kyra van den Berg for a 1/2 hour mediation session that will help energise and inspire you for the rest of the day. Come with an open mind and relax. 

Speakers

Monday November 16, 2015 13:45 - 14:15
Seminar Room 1

14:15

Social Learning is Taking Off, Are You On Board?

Discover how leading companies are leveraging social learning to improve their learning programs and culture. Social Learning, after a number of fits and starts, is finally taking off and gaining momentum. Today, over 70% of companies are using social or collaborative learning because they are realizing social learning plays a key role in establishing a culture where collaboration, innovation and learning thrive. We will explain how leading companies have redesigned their learning programs in similar ways to improve employee performance and elevate engagement with social learning. This will include how culture and leadership will shape your program and its adoption, the 3 most common objections and how to overcome them, and the skills and mind set your L&D team will need to embrace.


Speakers
avatar for Olivier Ghezi

Olivier Ghezi

Senior Vice President, Saba
Olivier Ghezi is responsible for managing Saba’s EMEA Continental Region, Japan and Middle-East. Olivier joined Saba in 2000 and established Saba’s presence in South Europe. Olivier then served as Senior Vice President EMEA, then managed Alliances & Channels globally and most... Read More →
avatar for Tarek Kuzbari

Tarek Kuzbari

Managing Director Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Saba
Tarek Kuzbari joined Saba Software in 2014 as the MD of Saba Software for META region, after working at Kaspersky Lab as a MD where he helped to expanding the brand in the region. Mr. Kuzbari has been recognized at the top 30 under 30 in GCC by Gulf Business Magazine as well as among... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 1

14:15

’Me, Inc’ - Creating Your Own Innovative Path to Success

Regardless if you want to run your own company or have a corner office leading others, you probably have goalsin mind for your career and personal development. But, how do you actually get there? This interactive sessionhelps individuals see the steps involved in reaching their career goals and to gain a more realistic understandingof what it takes to achieve their aspirations, including tending to your personal brand, proactively managing yourcareer, claiming your worth and leading with vision. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how apersonal development strategy links to individual and organisational success. 


Speakers
avatar for Todd Brodie

Todd Brodie

Principle Consultant - Caid Associates, SHRM
Todd is a Global HR and Leadership Development Professional who provides strategic support to leadership teams located throughout North America, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and the EU and UK. His experience includes Leadership roles in the Financial Services, Hospitality, Entertainment... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 2

14:15

Implementing a Robust Performance Management System - Sweets of Oman's Story
Sponsored by Halogen Software

The presentation will showcase the journey of Sweets of Oman in implementing a robust performance management system. The seminar will discuss the step by step activities which were undertaken to roll out the system and challenges and issues faced while implementing them.The key takeaway would be a clear step by step roadmap on implementing a robust performance management system in an organisation. 

Speakers
avatar for Sukumar Balakrishna

Sukumar Balakrishna

General Manager, Sweets of Oman
S. Balakrishna holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Post Graduate in Industrial Engineering.  He has worked with Cadbury India Limited for about 12 years holding various positions in Sales and Marketing including Marketing Manager and National Sales Manager.  He has... Read More →
avatar for Venkatesh Palakkad

Venkatesh Palakkad

Principal Consultant and Business Head, MPower-HR
A Middle East based HR Consultant for the last 15 years. Heads MPower HR an HR consulting firm based out of Muscat, Oman. The firm represents several renowned HR Service Providers like Halogen Software, Harrison Assessments etc. He was awarded the Global HR Leadership Award by the... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 3

15:15

Design Meaningful Experiences that Facilitate Learning, Performance, Productivity & Innovation

Designing the best fit between business /company goals and individual employee goals is a core challenge in a world where the characteristic of the workforce are changing ever more rapidly. So how do you tap into the core drivers of your present and future employees? (Re)designing the employee journey could be a starting point. KLM started at Onboarding and in this talk we will show how we crafted and designed the concept and how we developed and piloted the onboarding app “Take-Off”. Exclusive: you will also be amongst the first to learn the latest in blended learning: anytime, anywhere immersive learning - using real job environments, virtual reality and gamification.


Award Judges
avatar for Guido Helmerhorst

Guido Helmerhorst

Innovation Technology and Learning Lead, KLM
Guido Helmerhorst helps to reach business objectives while maximizing employee experience and engagement. In this time of change, with rising technology and a demanding workforce this challenge is pertinent. Guido connects (technical) innovations and concepts like design thinking... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 2

15:15

Unleashing Capacity - The Hidden Human Resources
CEOs have been waiting for HR to become a stronger and more capable partner. According to Deloitte 2015 Global HR Trends, 40% of CHRO hires now come from outside of HR and Business leaders rate HR 20% lower than HR rates itself, when it comes to how effective HR is. HR needs to focus on managing the capacity - the lifeblood - of a growing organisation. Rita will share a framework to think differently about not just the HR function, but also about what it will take to lead HR activities in the future. You will learn that by becoming more business centric, the function focuses on the business opportunity first and then seeks to apply functional expertise to the problem at large.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Trehan

Rita Trehan

Chief Capacity Officer, Rita Trehan LLC
Rita Trehan has made a career of business transformation within Fortune 200 companies. As a global HR leader at Honeywell and CHRO at AES Corporation she helped rethink how business got done. Today, she helps organizations both large and small continue to up their game through teaching... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 1

15:15

Transform Recruitment with Developing Employee Advocates
Employee advocacy can transform your recruiting efforts. By empowering your employees to share their stories – and yours - and connect with talent, you can reach and influence candidates far beyond traditional recruitment and marketing efforts. How do you start? What stories do you share? What are the key steps to doing this? This session provides practical steps to building an advocacy programme for organisations of all sizes. You will leave with key insights into the power of employee advocacy and practical steps to implementing.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Davies

Henry Davies

Communications Consultant, 106 Communications
Henry Davies is the founder of 106 Communications, an award-winning communications business focused on helping to engage employees and build reputation from the inside out. He has recently worked with organisations such as Accenture, Petrofac, State Street, RBS and Bechtel, on a range... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 3

16:15

Pay Trends in the UAE and GCC
This interactive seminar will cover the latest pay movement trends in UAE and GCC including trends on basic salary, trends on allowances (including housing), trends on bonuses and variable pay and incentives, trends on benefits (including school fee limits), trends on allowances and benefits payable to “nationals” across the GCC and trends on pay-for-performance.  Robert will also have an open Q&A session to cover any of your questions. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Mosley

Robert Mosley

CEO, Lemon Pip Consulting
Global Remuneration Expert and Consultant, former SVP Human Resources, Emirates Group Robert Mosley is widely recognised as a leading global expert on compensation and benefits. He worked as a Principal Consultant with the HAY Group in the UK and the UAE for 6 years. After which he... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 16:15 - 17:00
Seminar Room 1

16:15

Engaging the Middle East Workforce: Insights and Opportunities
Gallup research has found that companies with highly engaged employees outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share and they have 37% less absenteeism – however - only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. This session will reveal global and regional trends from Gallup’s employee engagement research, and best practices from leading Middle East and global organisations to help participants understand the factors that influence employee engagement, how to create a best practice organisation-wide engagement strategy, and the potential barriers to achieving an engaged workplace culture.

Speakers
avatar for Vipula Gandhi

Vipula Gandhi

Managing Consultant, Gallup
Vipula Gandhi is a Managing Consultant based in Gallup’s Singapore office with regional responsibilities in South East Asia, Middle East and Africa. Vipula helps organizations create value through organic growth by focusing on human capital management and customer engagement. She... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 16:15 - 17:00
Seminar Room 3

16:15

Maximising Your Talent in Global Multinational Organisations
We often here that our people are our best asset, yet many organisations fail to identify, develop, progress, retain and attract their talent. This session will outline how you can manage talent through times of economic downturn and be better positioned for when the market improves. You will learn how talent management adds value to any business and why it cannot only be undertaken in the ‘good times’. You will explore the important linkage of talent management to recruitment, learning and development, and performance management.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Jenner

Stuart Jenner

Executive GM – People Capabilities, Emeco Group
Stuart originally commenced his career as a Software Engineer and when he was not satisfied with that pathway, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an Officer. Involved with aircraft operations, force protection and emergency management, he undertook various strategic... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 16:15 - 17:00
Seminar Room 2

17:30

SHRM Student Case Competition

This is the first time the SHRM Student Case Competition is being held outside of the US. Participating UAE schools are provided with two months prior to the event to prepare their analysis and recommendation of the same UAE-based HR case. During this session each school will make an interactive presentation to a judging panel of SHRM experts who will vote on and announce the winners at the end of the session. A few audience questions will also be selected by the judges via an aggregated twitter feed.


Speakers
avatar for Todd Brodie

Todd Brodie

Principle Consultant - Caid Associates, SHRM
Todd is a Global HR and Leadership Development Professional who provides strategic support to leadership teams located throughout North America, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and the EU and UK. His experience includes Leadership roles in the Financial Services, Hospitality, Entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Ran

Patrick Ran

COO, SHRM China, SHRM
Dr. Ran is in charge of SHRM’s business development and operation in the Greater China region, with responsibilities including establishing and implementing business strategy, developing effective relationships with the government, business, academic and professional world, and... Read More →
avatar for Howard Wallack

Howard Wallack

Global Markets Executive, SHRM
Howard is currently Global Markets Executive at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), where he shares responsibility for SHRM’s global business development, with specific accountability for Africa, Brazil, AsiaPac, and Europe. He is a cum laude graduate of Hamilton... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 17:30 - 18:30
Seminar Room 1
 
Tuesday, November 17
 

10:00

When Employees Become Brand Advocates
Your team is your greatest untapped resource for promoting of your brand. It can be very difficult to reach out to your internal market efficiently and to stay ahead of the competition whilst working in HR. That is why it can be very valuable to turn your employees into brand advocates, raising the value of your (social) HR strategy. All it requires is a little training and a solid support strategy so you can find the best way to recommend your brand, remember that it can potentially reach thousands daily through word of mouth. This session uses the playful learning concept to focus on the key steps to a happy and successful workforce full of HR and company brand advocates.

Speakers
avatar for Rawan Albina

Rawan Albina

New to HR
For more than ten years in multinationals like TetraPak and Nestlé, Rawan accrued a track record of achievement in business objectives and targets. She led cross-functional teams and guaranteed buy-in on sales and marketing plans for multinational business units. Rawan spearheaded... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Dominique Le Maire

Nicole Dominique Le Maire

CEO, New To HR
Nicole Dominique Le Maire is the proud CEO of The People Engine Ltd. with the brands New to HR, The Female Leader and Human Resources Global, she is an internationally recognised HR leader (revolutionary). Nicole is an expert in leading people-based activity from a strategic and operational... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 1

10:00

Reinventing Learning: Bringing the Value of Neuroscience to L&D Practices
The purpose of the session will be to introduce or develop L&D professionals knowledge on the basics of neuroscience and to explore using case studies how Neuroscience can bring value to L&D practices within organisations. You will be exploring how to use brain based insights to inform learning design and delivery. You will understand how utilising the AGES Model in learning practices can benefit your organisation and what the challenges of incorporating neuroscience principles are.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Cherniawski

Tara Cherniawski

Chief Learning Officer, Inspirus Learning
Tara is an experienced coach and learning expert, working in the fields of leadership coaching, instructional design and facilitation for over 15 years both in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. She founded Inspirus Learning Consultancy based in Dubai in early 2015 where her passion... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 2

10:00

Labour Law Clinic: Key Legal Issues in the UAE, Qatar, and East Africa

This seminar will cover the most common challenges facing employers in several key jurisdictions in the Middle East and Africa, and will offer guidance on practical solutions and ways to avoid pitfalls. The session will be a combination of short presentations, and an inter-active discussion and questions from the delegates regarding the relevant jurisdictions. Bring your most pressing labour law questions and get an expert advice from our speakers. 


Speakers
avatar for Sara Khoja

Sara Khoja

Partner, Clyde & Co
Sara joined the Dubai office in January 2008 establishing the employment team, prior to which she practised employment law in London for six years. She has a focus on multijurisdictional projects and advising employers within the insurance, infrastructure, TMT, hospitality, retail... Read More →
avatar for Sonal Sejpal

Sonal Sejpal

Director, Anjarwalla & Khanna
Sonal has been a full-time Director with Anjarwalla & Khanna, a leading law firm in Kenya, for over 15 years.  Prior to joining Anjarwalla & Khanna, Sonal worked at Franks Charlesly & Co. in London for 11 years (6 of those as a partner).  She is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 3

11:00

Emotional Intelligence Capital: The Organisational Asset You Can't Afford to Ignore
This session will help you better understand how emotional and social skills impact your performance and how you can strengthen your effectiveness by using these skills successfully. It’s not just about how smart or experienced you are but also how and when to handle yourself and others. You will understand the important of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in organisations and discover its major components. You will be able to recognise the behaviours and characteristics of an emotionally intelligent person and identify areas where you can apply emotional intelligence. You will also be able to evaluate your own emotional strengths and opportunities for growth.

Speakers
avatar for Samineh Shaheem

Samineh Shaheem

Assistant Professor of Cross Cultural Psychology
Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Psychology, Learning & Development Specialist and the owner of Life Clubs UAE. Learning and development has been the main focus of her career (18 years), in a deep and deliberate manner, through the application of psychological and... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 2

11:00

Using Strength-Based Assessments to Identify, Select and Develop Talent

This session will introduce Strength-based Assessment and its value add in identifying, selecting and developing talent in your organisation. Learn how it works and explore options for this emerging way of assessing talent. The seminar will help you understand what a strength-based approach is and how it is different from other approaches. You will also learn how to compare it to competency based approaches as well as the advantages and limitations of the strength-based approach. Attend this session to find out how you can implement a strength-based approach in your organisation to work alongside your standard and competency based frameworks. You will also discover how to use internet and technology to support and enable such types of approaches.


Speakers
avatar for David Barrett

David Barrett

Managing Director, cut-e
David is a business focused occupational psychologist working with clients across a spectrum of challenges from large scale international psychometric, assessment, development and performance management projects to competency based development and executive coaching for entrepreneurial... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 1

11:00

Framework for Success: Helping Organisations Navigate the HR Analytics Journey
Many believe that the HR function needs to undergo massive change in order to effectively transform data into information, insight and action. One of the greatest challenges and opportunities for HR Directors is addressing this disconnect between the desire to create evidence-based workforce action and the lack of organizational ability and experience to do this effectively. Knowing where to start, what to measure and how it can support strategic business decisions can be difficult, but at this session our experts will provide a critical introduction to help you achieve this.

Speakers
avatar for Dion Groeneweg

Dion Groeneweg

Partner, Mercer Consulting
Dion is a Partner at Mercer and the Growth Markets Practice Leader for HR Transformation and Workforce Planning & Analytics based in Singapore. He has over 25 years of experience designing and developing human-capital related Dion is specialized in formulating and aligning organizations... Read More →
avatar for Saqr Ahmad Mohamed

Saqr Ahmad Mohamed

Principal, Mercer Consulting
Saqr is a Principal based in the Middle East office in Dubai. He brings to this role an extensive experience more than 15 years in working with a leading government and semi-government organizations with an extensive expertise in Human Capital management. He directed the full spectrum... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 3

12:00

Situational Leadership® to Drive Behavioural Change and Increase Productivity
With over 14 million leaders trained, Situational Leadership® is the most successful and widely adopted leadership model available. Situational Leadership® transcends cultural and generational differences and equips leaders around the globe with the skills necessary to address their most pressing business challenges, drive behavioural change and increase productivity. Situational Leadership® achieves these goals by stressing practical application and simplicity through four easy steps. Attend this session to learn more about the steps and leave with an understanding of the importance of ‘Situational Leadership’ in influencing and getting the best out of others.

Speakers
avatar for May Jabri

May Jabri

Senior Consulting Partner, Qiyada Middle East
May is an enthusiastic, motivated and caring bilingual learning and teaching professional, with extensive experience of people management, HR and English language teaching. She has been working in learning and development for 25 years and gained a broad international management and... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 1

12:00

Workplace Savings - The Missing Link in Your Benefits Strategy
Most companies value their staff enough to provide cover in the event of death, disability or medical expenses. But what about their financial future and the need to save? Individuals are not saving enough for their later life, a problem compounded by the fact that they will be living longer. Our research shows that a vast majority of individuals look to their employers for help. Peter will examine this missed opportunity and look at the ways that forward thinking companies can respond to this need, become 'employers of choice' and be rewarded with the ability to attract and retain top talent.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Cox

Peter Cox

Head of International Pension Plan Sales - APAC & ME, Zurich International Life
Peter has been involved in the development and promotion of retirement savings related products for over 20 years in the UK, Hong Kong and the Middle East.  He was previously Head of Defined Contribution Services HSBC Global Asset Management, before joining Zurich. Peter has a strong... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 2

12:00

How to Engage Your Employees through Change Management

Organisations continually introduce and implement the latest information and communications technologies. They change policies, expand, downsize, and change business processes to improve business performance and stay competitive. Based on research, 70% of all “change” projects/initiatives fail and that applying a Change Management approach to your project will leave employee engaged and significantly increase the percentage of your project success up to 96%. 

The  big challenge facing any organisation when implementing any kind of “change” projects is the “people” challenge. Getting staff, customers, clients and the people impacted by the “change” ready, engaged and involved.

This presentation is a great foundation for HR professionals and managers to clearly understand how to engage all staff during change.


Speakers
avatar for Khaled Almobarak

Khaled Almobarak

President, Mawj Training & Consulting
Khaled Al-Mobarak has more than 30 years working experience in both public and private sectors. He started his working experience in Information Technology and in the past 15 years practiced Change Management. He worked for Saudi Aramco for more than 24 years. Khaled became certified... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 3

13:00

Sustaining Competitive Advantage by Building Culture of Innovation

How sustainable is your competitive advantage in the times of great change.  How should leaders think about strategy and what can HR do about it? Is Innovation an answer to the problem? Innovation is a core capability that firms need to sustain competitive advantage and grow. It is a skill that can be learned, practiced and mastered. It can be made a part of a firm’s culture. But doing this is hard. It requires openness to disciplined experimentation and uncertainty. It requires looking at customers and markets in new ways. It requires an ability to simultaneously scale today’s business model while directing resources to discover tomorrow’s. Most of all, it requires a willingness to challenge the assumptions that may have made the company successful in the first place. Delegates will get a perspective where they will be exposed to an idea that innovation is not just a capability but also a way of managing business.  


Speakers
avatar for Taimur Kiddie

Taimur Kiddie

Director – Middle East, BTS
Taimur is the BTS Director for Middle East & Africa. In this capacity, he manages the BTS operations across Middle East, Iran and Pakistan, handling client relationships in addition to designing and facilitating strategic execution and business transformation programs. Taimur has... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 1

13:00

The Power of Storytelling to Engage Employees

Storytelling is a powerful way to engage employees, make them part of the company story, and encourage them to connect with colleagues, and learn from each other.  It drives understanding, showcases innovation, and also promotes greater inclusivity.  More and more organisations are now using storytelling programmes to focus on key engagement areas – from building the values of the organisation to improving collaboration. 


Speakers
avatar for Henry Davies

Henry Davies

Communications Consultant, 106 Communications
Henry Davies is the founder of 106 Communications, an award-winning communications business focused on helping to engage employees and build reputation from the inside out. He has recently worked with organisations such as Accenture, Petrofac, State Street, RBS and Bechtel, on a range... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 3

13:00

A Holistic Approach to Organisational Development

Improving performance and productivity in an organisation is often done in haphazard ways. The method used usually depends on newly discovered products, new guru insights, the personal view of the OD manager or those who have the most influence in the organisation. As a result, OD often oscillates between a focus on structural changes, performance management, training and development, culture change, strategic alignment, engagement, or other performance improvement measures. Seldom does it mean a structured holistic 18 months process which will address all these elements. The seminar will introduce and discuss the OD process that measures each element and provides an opportunity to benchmark the results. 


Speakers
avatar for Richard Scott Taylor

Richard Scott Taylor

Managing Partner, Innesskirk Global
Scott is a recognized expert in legal matters such as preparation and presentation of legal cases, client interviews, strategy sessions and settlement conferences. He has diverse and in-depth  experience in the financial services industry, from specializing in regulatory compliance... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 2

13:45

Stress-Relief Meditation with Kyra van den Berg
Join Soulcoach Kyra van den Berg for a 1/2 hour mediation session that will help you de-stress after a busy day. Come with an open mind and relax. 

Speakers

Tuesday November 17, 2015 13:45 - 14:15
Seminar Room 1

14:15

The 5 Drivers Checklist for Leadership Development

Why do organisations invest in Leadership Development? This session will explore the organisational drivers for leadership training. It will walk you through setup to setdown. What do you need to do before you start? What do you need to think about when it’s running? How to embed, keep the pace, energy and expectations. Iona will share her own experiences of leadership development activities that have worked well; those that worked less well and what we can learn from these mini-cases.


Speakers
avatar for Iona Thomson

Iona Thomson

Client Director, Executive Education, Cass Business School
Iona has 10 years’ experience in Executive Education, having worked at Warwick and Cambridge Judge Business Schools before joining Sir John Cass Business School in London. From a family of educators, she found her passion for education and development in higher education. Role focus... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 2

14:15

A Toolkit Approach to Employee Communication and Engagement
As John Powell said: “communication works for those that work at it.” As HR professionals, you probably spend 85%+ of your time communicating – with new recruits, employees, and their managers. Likely, you will find that certain things are easier to communicate than others; talking about public holidays is easier than speaking about new parking restrictions or changes in policies and procedures. This ‘regulation and compliance’ aspect of internal communication is often neglected, but is the foundation of any effective employee engagement initiative. Learn how to use toolkits to bridge this communication gap and support effective orientation, engagement and change management.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda O’Neill

Brenda O’Neill

Strategic Partner, In2 Consulting
Brenda O’Neill has spent over 23 years in communication and training in Europe, Japan, South East Asia and in Dubai. She has a Masters in Professional Communications and was responsible for setting up the Internal Communications Department for a Dubai-based international company... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 1

14:15

Effective Talent Management Strategies To Facilitate Organisational Change
In 2010, Cafcass was declared ‘not fit for purpose’ by the Public Accounts Committee; high sickness rates, low compliance from staff and ineffective use of technology was crippling the organisation. Four years later, following its first national inspection by Ofsted, Cafcass has been assessed as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ national leadership. Discover how the transformation took place by creating an innovative, engaged organisation that strives for continuous improvement and by adapting organisational culture to build trust, self-regulation and increase productivity. Talent was critical in ensuring that the organisation has the ongoing capability and capacity to adapt to changing future contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Jabbar Sardar

Jabbar Sardar

Director of HR & OD, Cafcass
Jabbar joined Cafcass in October 2006 and is responsible for the HR, Organisational Development, Health, Safety & Wellbeing and Legal functions. Over the past 8 years, Jabbar has been instrumental in transforming the way in which the organisation delivers its services and develops... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 3

15:15

From Aspiration to Achievement: How Strengths Accelerate Performance
The session introduces a powerful new approach that supports line managers to achieve high employee and team performance in today’s hypercompetitive and uncertain environment. The session is based on the latest theory, research, and practice from the fast-growing field of positive psychology. You will develop a clear roadmap for applying the strengths-based approach to accelerate employees’ energy, performance and confidence. You will discover refreshingly new ways of understanding and addressing performance blockers, risks and weaker areas in a way that is both empowering and effective. Lastly, you will find out how culturally a positive psychology approach enables feedback that leads to high performance.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Moran

Michael Moran

Founder and CEO, 10Eighty
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in leadership development, coaching, organisational change and talent management across multiple sectors and geographies. He has worked with a wide range of UK and international brands including Bank of America, Balfour Beatty, Deutsche Bank... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 1

15:15

Using Analytics to Gain Buy-In from Your CFO for Your Compensation Projects
Finance and C&B are often perceived as “frenemies”. In this session, you will discover why both departments are much closer in reality and share common goals. You will then explore some tactics on how to get buy-in from the CFO, and see how to use analytics in order to build the credibility of your proposals. Besides a conceptual framework, the session will include a number of real-life examples and a quick case study based on the presenter’s extensive experience, so that you can leave with practical tools to use in your own conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Sandrine Bardot

Sandrine Bardot

Total Rewards Trainer, The Bardot Group
Sandrine’s 20-year C&B career with Microsoft, Airbus, Apple, Fiat and more, culminated with global positions of Head of Performance and Reward at Majid Al Futtaim (Dubai) then Mubadala (Abu Dhabi). She is now offering specialised C&B training, consulting and keynote speaking services... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 2

15:15

Insights For a New Generation of Custom Learning Interventions
In this session, Wolfgang from HEC Paris business school will share and explain some of the key drivers behind successful custom programming in the current market environment with a specific focus on the Middle East and the rapidly changing stakeholder expectations. Participants should expect to walk away with a new and updated framework on how to understand and capture the value of custom learning programs.

Speakers
avatar for Wolfgang Amann

Wolfgang Amann

Academic Director, HEC Paris
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Amann has been designing, directing and teaching in executive education seminars for more than 15 years. Based at HEC Paris in Qatar, he now serves as academic director of key custom programs in the Middle East. Next to his doctorate in international strategic management... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 3

16:15

Managing the Distribution Curve of Performance Appraisal Ratings

You have probably heard of “compa-ratio” but have you heard of “snap-ratio”? This interactive seminar with Robert Mosley will cover the different types of performance rating scales (4 to 6 point systems) and the wording and language used in rating scales.  Robert will also cover weighting of “objectives and goals” versus “competencies and behaviours” and forced distributions of ratings and advantages and disadvantages. He will answer questions like why the bell-curve is not working and wow much skew on the curve can we tolerate? You will also learn using “Snap-Ratio” to manage the distribution curve of performance ratings. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Robert Mosley

Robert Mosley

CEO, Lemon Pip Consulting
Global Remuneration Expert and Consultant, former SVP Human Resources, Emirates Group Robert Mosley is widely recognised as a leading global expert on compensation and benefits. He worked as a Principal Consultant with the HAY Group in the UK and the UAE for 6 years. After which he... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 16:15 - 17:00
Seminar Room 1

16:15

Communicating and Leading Across Cultures
The world has been fast-flattening for decades now and the rules to succeed in business, though level, have become more challenging. Global leadership knowhow now is not just a trend but a necessary set of beliefs and competencies that every executive person needs to acquire. Beliefs, behaviors and business results as we all know are intricately woven into each other. In this research influenced and high-octane interaction, discover and employ rules of thumb that will help you unleash potential from people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Walk away with insights into assessing people correctly and then connecting, engaging and influencing them ethically and ecologically.

Speakers
avatar for Raju Mandhyan

Raju Mandhyan

Chief Facilitator, Inner Sun Consultants
Author, Cross-Cultural Coach and Learning Facilitator Raju Mandhyan has 15 years of experience in personal and organizational development. He has coached thousand of executives, delivered keynotes for hundreds of conferences across the Asian-Pacific region. He is certified in Neuro... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 16:15 - 17:00
Seminar Room 2

16:15

Why Your Top Talent Leave and How to Retain Them
There is an ongoing battle between attraction and attrition. Money can help to attract top talent but to retain a motivated, committed and dedicated workforce is a completely different challenge. The direct cost of losing one employee varies between 6-9 months’ salary, and the performance of the newly hired can’t be guaranteed. Organisations need to implement key retention strategies to be imbedded in its DNA before starting the attraction efforts. This presentation will cover retention techniques, communication cycles and market challenges. You will learn how to build a dynamic work environment that encourages recognition and feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Ahmed Salama

Ahmed Salama

Head of Human Resources UAE, Carrier
Ahmed Salama is the Head of Human Resources for Carrier and Otis in the UAE, which are parts of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a division of United Technologies Corp. Ahmed brings more than 10 years of experience in Human Resources Management in various industries such as manufacturing... Read More →


Tuesday November 17, 2015 16:15 - 17:00
Seminar Room 3
 
Wednesday, November 18
 

10:00

Leadership – Walking on a Needle’s Edge

You might think leadership is hard. You probably have a few questions going on right now: "Where do I start? What processes to use? How to gain influence? How to develop my team? How do I turn followers into leaders and non believers into believers?" By attending this unique and interactive experience, you will get the answers to those questions and reach a better understanding of the purpose of leadership and the importance of your personal development to your personal and professional success.


Speakers
avatar for Youssef Salloum

Youssef Salloum

Human Resources Director, Goodyear MEA
Youssef Salloum is a respected educator on personal development & leadership delivering the breakthrough courses Leadership Awakening & Art of Leadership. His purpose is to develop people & organizations by sharing his knowledge with those that have a passion to succeed. He has... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 3

10:00

When to Customise or Standardise Your Health Benefits

In a highly competitive marketplace, when should a company look to customise or standardise health benefits? The workshop will examine when customisation is not beneficial when addressing challenges within the regulatory framework. You will be hearing about the impact of customised plans from a customer experience perspective on your employee benefits strategy. The seminar will also paint a picture for the future of administration of customised health benefits in the region.


Speakers
avatar for Mohit Saini

Mohit Saini

Director of Product & Business Development, Daman
Mohit has been with the company since 2011 joining as Manager of Product Management. In his role, he is responsible for managing and developing health insurance plans and services as well as identifying new areas of growth for the company. Prior to joining Daman, he was Assistant... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 2

10:00

Improving Performance Management through Technology

Emaar the Economic City shares their experience in implementing a successful employee performance management process that leads to improved employee and organizational performance. This session includes insights with useful tips, best practices that guide you through implementing a best-practice performance management process within your organisation. It starts with the identification process, project objectives and success criteria and ends with best practice for implementation. 


Speakers
avatar for Nadir Anjum

Nadir Anjum

Organisation Development Manager, Emaar, The Economic City
Nadir is Senior Manager, HR Business Partner with Emaar, The Economic City; world’s largest Real Estate project based in Saudi Arabia. Previously he was Head of Organization Development with them. Prior to moving to KSA Nadir worked with Drake & Scull in UAE Corporate Office leading... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:00 - 10:45
Seminar Room 1

11:00

The Impact of Chinese Organisations Going Global - Lessons for the GCC

China has recently emerged as the world's second largest economy; some are projecting China to overtake the US as the world's largest economy by 2030. While it is commonly known that China has become the manufacturing epicenter of global production, what may not be as well-known is the number of Chinese companies that are expanding their operations outside of China. Using real world case studies with an emphasis on the strategic and HR implications, Dr. Ran will outline some of the expected and perhaps unexpected behaviors these new Chinese multinationals engage in when they set up operations abroad. 


Speakers
avatar for Patrick Ran

Patrick Ran

COO, SHRM China, SHRM
Dr. Ran is in charge of SHRM’s business development and operation in the Greater China region, with responsibilities including establishing and implementing business strategy, developing effective relationships with the government, business, academic and professional world, and... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 3

11:00

Positive Psychology and the Future of Assessments & Learning: Latest Developments for the HR Practioner

Our research shows that companies in the GCC spend an average of USD 19,395 per graduate and USD 33,200 per leader annually towards learning and development. A majority of this budget is spent on developing soft skills such as communication and team-work. However, recent developments in positive psychology have proven that assessing and developing attributes such as grit, resilience, self-efficacy and positive mindset are absolutely crucial for your workforce, both for nationals and expats. This engaging session by leading experts David Jones & Radhika Punshi will showcase the latest research and practice of strengths-based approaches to psychometric assessment and learning. A session not-to-be-missed. 


Speakers
avatar for David Jones

David Jones

Managing Director, The Talent Enterprise
David is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director at The Talent Enterprise. With a background in labour market economics, David has over 23 years of work experience spanning consulting and line HR in Europe & the Middle East. He has recently co-authored a book on the talent landscape... Read More →
avatar for Radhika Punshi

Radhika Punshi

Director of Innovation, The Talent Enterprise
Radhika is the Consulting Director at The Talent Enterprise. As an HR professional and organisational psychologist, she has lived and worked in the GCC region for over 12 years. Her prime focus is on nationalisation and local talent development, with an emphasis on gender and youth... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 2

11:00

Self-Awareness: The Quality All Successful Leaders Need

Self-awareness may not be one of those critical qualities you look to develop in yourself or in your organisation. Honesty, ability to delegate, communication and vision are likely to be higher up the list, but the quieter mastery of self-awareness enables those supercharged skills to work. We will share with you a powerful tool based on sound psychology, which can help you achieve the optimal mind-set for more of the time and inspire it in those around you.  


Speakers
avatar for Nodge Greatorex

Nodge Greatorex

Consultant, Mary Gober International
Nodge is an expert in the The Mindset, Language & Actions of ServiceTM  and is delivering to MGI clients across the world. Before joining MGI, Nodge spent 14 years with British Airways, leading teams of cabin crew as the Cabin Service Director. As a very experienced consultant, trainer... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 11:00 - 11:45
Seminar Room 1

12:00

Building a Successful Coaching Culture Based on ICF Research

More and more organizations have recognized the value in building a culture of coaching that offers employees at all levels—not just executives and managers—the opportunity to grow their skills, enhance their value and reach their professional goals. But not all coaching is equal. To ensure successful results that go beyond skills training and truly enable the company to increase employee engagement and retention, the organization must develop a comprehensive coaching plan that addresses both current and future needs. The International Coach Federation (ICF) presents research to assist organisations in making better decisions when looking for a coaching culture shift.


Speakers
avatar for Nic Woodthorpe-Wright

Nic Woodthorpe-Wright

Managing Director, WWA Coaching
Nic Woodthorpe-Wright PCC is Past President of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Dubai Chapter, where he served as President for 2 years 2012-14. He is a founding member of regional ICF representation and continues to drive understanding and awareness about coaching in the... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 2

12:00

Global HR Trends and How to be Globally and Culturally Effective

In this session, you will learn about current global HR trends, presented from three different perspectives. You will learn why having global competencies is important, particularly in light of current gaps in the effectiveness and urgency of international HRM. You will be introduced to the SHRM HR Competency Model and a clear definition of the global and cultural effectiveness competency. The session concludes with the “L.E.A.R.N.” framework for cross-cultural effectiveness, the speaker’s 13 personal tips to build trust and success in business across borders based on experience in over 90 countries, and final thoughts on globalisation.


Speakers
avatar for Howard Wallack

Howard Wallack

Global Markets Executive, SHRM
Howard is currently Global Markets Executive at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), where he shares responsibility for SHRM’s global business development, with specific accountability for Africa, Brazil, AsiaPac, and Europe. He is a cum laude graduate of Hamilton... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 1

12:00

Finding the HR Technology Solution Provider that's Right for You

HR Technology projects are traditionally expensive, time consuming and resource intensive; choosing the right solution provider is integral in ensuring those projects get their required return on investment. The purpose of this session is to help executives embark on more successful HR Technology initiatives through the correct selection of their HR software provider. From defining and prioritizing requirements through managing vendor relationships to conducting reference checks and negotiations, the session highlights the DOs and DONTs as well as the key criteria to consider when choosing your software vendor.


Speakers
avatar for George Saab

George Saab

Human Resources Consultant, Civilsoft
George Saab has been an HR practitioner since 1988. He studied International Affairs at LAU and holds an MBA from L’Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) Lebanon.  For 8 years, he headed the HR at Chalhoub Group as their CHRO (11000 employees today) where he was entrusted with building... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 12:00 - 12:45
Seminar Room 3

13:00

The 3 Brains of Leadership
In the increasingly complex and volatile business environments, leaders who are unable to tap into and harness their full intuitive and innate intelligence of their multiple brains (head, heart and gut brains aligned together) are at a distinct disadvantage. The new field emerging in leadership development is known as mBIT (multiple brain integration techniques). The purpose of this session is for delegates to explore and experience this new ‘technology’ for themselves and uncover new ways to support leaders in their organisations to make optimal decisions as well as solving complex problems effectively

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Munro

Veronica Munro

International Executive Coach, Business Performance Facilitator
Veronica Munro is a highly respected International strategic Executive C-suite Coach and senior business Performance Specialist / Facilitator who has worked with over 100 CEOs and country, regional and global teams across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Pakistan, Europe and the Americas... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 3

13:00

Understanding Executive Coaching and its Role in Developing National Leaders
This interactive panel discussion with heavyweight panellists puts executive coaching into perspective and the context of national leadership development.  The session will propose questions like: How does executive coaching fit into wider National development programmes? What are the unique challenges for executive coaching in the GCC? What are the key elements of a powerful executive coaching process? How do you ‘sell’ the benefits of executive coaching within your organisation? With whom and when is executive coaching most effective?

Moderators
avatar for Youssef Salloum

Youssef Salloum

Human Resources Director, Goodyear MEA
Youssef Salloum is a respected educator on personal development & leadership delivering the breakthrough courses Leadership Awakening & Art of Leadership. His purpose is to develop people & organizations by sharing his knowledge with those that have a passion to succeed. He has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ibrahim Moosa Jamel

Ibrahim Moosa Jamel

Director of Operations, Dubai Knowledge Village
Ibrahim Moosa Jamel is Director of Operations for Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). Ibrahim has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resource Management covering various fields of the HR profession in some of the largest and most dynamic... Read More →
avatar for Anna Schebsdat

Anna Schebsdat

Managing Director, Eruditus Executive Education
Anna is the Managing Director of Eruditus Executive Education in the MENA, credited with setting up the branch office in 2013. Anna’s experience spans across Executive Education and FMCG in Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, where she has managed categories worth USD24... Read More →
avatar for Suhail Bin Tarraf

Suhail Bin Tarraf

Chief Executive Officer, Tanfeeth
Suhail previously spent ten years in senior leadership positions at Emirates NBD; the leading banking group in the GCC.  Suhail’s last role at Emirates NBD was as General Manager, Human Resources (HR). He was credited as one of the pioneers of the 2007 merger between Emirates Bank... Read More →
avatar for Tom Young

Tom Young

Director and Master Certified Coach, Spring Coaching
Tom is an executive & team coach with 25 years’ experience catalyzing growth in the corporate world. He has a proven track-record as a knowledgeable, challenging, and effective coach for C-suite and senior leaders across multiple industries and countries. A pioneer of coaching in... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 1

13:00

Succession Planning Simplified: 7 ‘Must-Know’ Steps in Identifying & Developing Leadership Potential

According to research by The Talent Enterprise, more than 75% of organisational & HR leaders across the region identify succession planning as one of their crucial priorities upto 2020. This ‘must-attend’ session will provide a detailed walk through of the 7 ‘must-know’ steps in assessing and developing talent, managing people risk, identifying leadership potential and future successors. Participants will walk away with practical information which they can implement within their organisations, with resources and case-studies from leading employers in the region. 


Speakers
avatar for David Jones

David Jones

Managing Director, The Talent Enterprise
David is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director at The Talent Enterprise. With a background in labour market economics, David has over 23 years of work experience spanning consulting and line HR in Europe & the Middle East. He has recently co-authored a book on the talent landscape... Read More →
avatar for Radhika Punshi

Radhika Punshi

Director of Innovation, The Talent Enterprise
Radhika is the Consulting Director at The Talent Enterprise. As an HR professional and organisational psychologist, she has lived and worked in the GCC region for over 12 years. Her prime focus is on nationalisation and local talent development, with an emphasis on gender and youth... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 13:00 - 13:45
Seminar Room 2

13:45

Stress-Relief Meditation with Kyra van den Berg
Join Soulcoach Kyra van den Berg for a 1/2 hour mediation session that will help you de-stress after a busy day. Come with an open mind and relax. 

Speakers

Wednesday November 18, 2015 13:45 - 14:15
Seminar Room 1

14:15

Innate Leadership: How to 'Be Yourself' as a Leader

All Leadership Research aims to identify 'what makes a Leader' and often provides insightful outcomes. Most of us try to follow these research findings. However, following a recipe does not always work. Applying certain behaviors, especially if far from our preferences, is difficult to sustain over time. What if you could identify and leverage what makes you really unique as a Leader, instead of trying hard to follow a specific recipe? Innate Leadership is about discovering and utilizing your innate strengths. In this session you will leverage the depth of Archetypes when exploring your own unique Leadership style.


Speakers
avatar for Vasileios Chantziaras

Vasileios Chantziaras

Managing Director, Self Transformed
Vassilis is the Founder & Managing Director of Self Transformed Ltd. He has been a professional Coach and a Trainer since 2004. He is a certified Coach, MBTI & HeartMath Practitioner. He is involved in various Leadership & Development  assignments from U.S. to India. In the course... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 3

14:15

How to Implement a Total Reward System to Survive Difficult Economic Times
HR can add value to a business by developing, implementing and measuring Total Reward strategies across the business. HR can improve its performance but also not increase its cost and ensure it survives difficult economic times. Hear how KEF Holdings HR team developed and implemented Total Reward strategies for its workforce in various businesses and locations using multiple interventions. You will learn how this made a positive impact to the business as well as leading to a happier, productive workforce and reduced attrition without increasing salary costs. Leave with practical takeaways on how you can add value to the bottom line by developing and implementing total reward systems to attract and retain their people.

Speakers
avatar for Farzana Kazemi

Farzana Kazemi

Head of Human Resources, The KEF Company
Farzana is an accomplished Chartered Fellow of CIPD and has over 17 years’ experience of working at a strategic level with some of the world’s successful FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 companies including Carillion , Severn Trent, McKesson as well as private conglomerates such as Aurecon... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 1

14:15

L&D Strategies for Maximum Employee Engagement – LUX* Maldives Resort Case Study
Striving to be an employer of choice in the world’s most competitive hospitality destination is not an easy feat. Maldives is home to 112 resorts all operating on a unique ‘one island –one resort concept with an average of 600 employees living as well as working on each island. Join Afeef in this informative presentation where he will highlight the robust strategies implemented in one of the Maldives leading resorts to attract and develop key talent in order to achieve maximum engagement and retention results and best practices of implementing strong employee engagement strategies and opportunities to engage employees at all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Hussain Afeef

Hussain Afeef

Director of Training and Development, LUX* Maldives
Experienced in the areas of HR strategy, talent, performance management and learning and development, Afeef Hussain has been in the hospitality industry for over 14 years. He has lived and worked in diverse geographies including Malaysia, Singapore the Middle East. Currently at the... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 14:15 - 15:00
Seminar Room 2

15:15

How to Manage a Multigenerational Workforce in the GCC
GCC business leaders will find themselves managing three generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. As each generation cohort has different leadership style then others, the leader has to equip himself/herself with tools that assist in managing the multigenerational employees in a motivated manner. During this session, the presenter will provide up-to-date leadership styles that would be used to manage each generation of employees by concentrating on their values and characteristics in the workplace.

Speakers
avatar for Raed Almubarak

Raed Almubarak

Chief of Training, Electricity and Water Authority
He is a member of American Talent Associate and certified for creating new managers training programs in 2014 from US. Raed worked in Canada as business consultant and business developer for different businesses. He graduated from King Saud University as planComputer Engineer then... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 2

15:15

How to Get Your Employees to Forget About Money
We should design our pay policies in order to motivate our staff to focus their energy and time on achieving and exceeding their targets. Staff reach this stage by challenging the norms and anticipating various business challenges both internally and externally. In reality and unconsciously when we design our pay policies, we do so without keeping the end goal in mind. This usually leads staff wasting their energy and time on unproductive peculations about pay. This session shows you how to bring back retention and motivation into your pay policy planning.

Speakers
avatar for Ahmed Hamza

Ahmed Hamza

Policy & ER/IR Manager, Shell International
Hamza is an accomplished seasoned HR Leader who managed various projects in 10+ different countries across the Middle East, Europe, US, and Russia. With more than 10 years of progressive global presence with Unilever & Shell, Hamza is able to influence the business by providing strategic... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 1

15:15

Why Engaging through Employee Values and Beliefs Works

Employees don’t join organizations with merely their qualifications and competencies. They join with a diverse set of personal values and professional belief systems. Conventionally, employee engagement was achieved through financial incentives and inspiring mission and vision statements communicated by senior leadership. Increasingly, companies are shifting toward a more tailored approach to engagement, acknowledging each employee’s value and belief system. At this session, we are going to entertain an HR case for how this can be streamlined at the enterprise level with a prerequisite to systematically assess employees’ values and professional belief system as a starting point.


Speakers
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Pejman Azarmina

Founder, Thinkocrats
Dr. Pejman Azarmina is the Founder of Thinkocrats, a US-based Leadership Development think tank with a mission to develop the next generation of thoughtful leaders. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Medical Director at Pfizer and a Research Fellow and Analyst at UCL and NHS. He... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 15:15 - 16:00
Seminar Room 3