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Monday, November 14
 

9:30am

Visitor Registration
Monday November 14, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Engagement Theatre

10:15am

Adapting to the Age of Globalization
Globalization of companies and markets over the past decades has changed the environment of business. Companies continue to expand operations in new markets and even local businesses are facing competition from other parts of the world. To respond to this new global competition, companies turn to new technologies to provide better, lower-cost solutions for their customers, but these technological innovations have led to constant movement of customers and competitors. All of these challenges are pushing companies to manage their human assets more effectively. This presentation will explore a variety of ways to adapt your overall HR strategy to the new realities of global competition.

Speakers
avatar for Bettina A. Deynes

Bettina A. Deynes

VP - Human Resources & Diversity, SHRM
Bettina Deynes, SHRM-SCP, IPMA-CP, joined the Society for Human Resource Management as the vice president of human resources & diversity in 2014. In this role, Deynes provides overall direction and guidance to the human resources function and serves as a business partner to the senior... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Seminar Room 2

10:15am

How mHealth is driving the UAE health insurance industry forward?

Using the example of mobile health (mHealth), this session will demonstrate the impact of new combinations of medical and health knowledge, digital technology, workflows, and user experience insights on health insurance’s work environment, and subsequently, the evolving new competencies and skills requirements.


Speakers
avatar for Ingo Pischetsrieder

Ingo Pischetsrieder

Director Digitalization and Innovation, Daman
• Started his career with Arthur Andersen, specializing in government services / public sector and statutory health insurance• “Day-One” Daman team member• Supported the growth and scaling of operations in the first years of Daman, holding various positions, last as Director... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
HR Tech Seminar Room

10:15am

Employment Law Disputes and Key HR Issues in the UAE and Middle East
With sophisticated and diverse workforces and the implementation of various Labour Decrees in 2016 alone, managing workforces within the UAE has never been as challenging and complex as it is in the current environment. This session shares essential legal and practical know-how for HR professionals, senior managers and in-house lawyers who practice within the UAE and Middle East. Luke will present case study examples to demonstrate how legal issues are managed in practice and explain the approach of Free Zone Authorities, Ministry of Labour and Labour Courts to red-flag employment disputes that arise in the workplace.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Tapp

Luke Tapp

Head of the Middle East Employment Practice, Pinsent Masons
Luke leads the firm’s UAE and Middle East employment practice. Luke advises clients based in the UAE and Middle East region on a wide variety of employment and labour law issues.Luke regularly advises clients in the energy and construction sector on all aspects of employment law... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Seminar Room 1

10:15am

Want Efficiency and a Great Candidate Experience? Situational Judgment Tests Deliver the Best of Both Worlds
Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) assess a candidate’s ability to choose the most appropriate action in workplace situations. These assessments are designed to assess how a candidate would handle situations that they could encounter in the job they are applying for. SJTs are best used early on in the selection process to filter out unsuitable candidates and to reduce the applicant pool. This session will be exploring a case study of a world leading healthcare and pharmacy retailer who used a bespoke SJT to reduce their sales assistant candidate pool and to engage candidates by giving them a realistic job preview.

Speakers
avatar for Ehsan Fahmi

Ehsan Fahmi

Consultant, Cubiks Dubai
With over five years of experience, Ehsan delivers a range of tailored assessment solutions for a wide variety of clients in different sectors. Ehsan’s projects include the design of business simulations for Shell’s scholarship students, and developing the Dubai Duty Free bespoke... Read More →
avatar for Chantal Horton

Chantal Horton

Country Manager, Cubiks Dubai
Chantal is a Business Psychologist with a wide range of experience in delivering HR solutions for selection, development, talent management and organizational development to a diversified client base. Chantal possesses over 15 years of human resource consulting experience, eight years... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Engagement Theatre

11:00am

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Monday November 14, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

11:30am

Aligning Employees’ and Business KPIs for better Business Outcomes
Organizational key performance indicators are always measurable and focus on outcomes. When it comes to employees, there are numerous inherent issues in performance management including the misalignment between employee KPIs and organisational KPIs, and that measurement is focused on ‘job activities’ and ‘personal attributes’ rather than performance outcomes. This practical session will uncover a methodology for cascading organisation KPIs to employee KPIs for better business outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Zahid Mubarik

Zahid Mubarik

Leader, SHRM Pakistan CEO, HR Metrics, SHRM
Zahid Mubarik is CEO HR Metrics and founder Leader SHRM Forum Pakistan. He has served as the member of Special Expertise Panel, Human Capital Measurement Metrics in SHRM USA. He was pioneer in introducing Human Capital Measurement Metrics in South Asia. He has provided extensive consulting... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room 1

11:30am

How to Define and Communicate your Total Rewards Philosophy
What’s your total rewards philosophy? Haven’t had time to review what you decided some 20 years ago? Find out how you can (re-)define your total rewards philosophy to your organisation’s goals and value and identify the rewards mixture you want to offer. Learn how you can effectively communicate your philosophy and mixture to your leadership and employees.

Speakers
avatar for Agni Skafidas

Agni Skafidas

Director, Total Rewards (APAC and Emerging Markets), Smith & Nephew
Agni has gained extensive HR and specialised Compensation & Benefits experience while working on 3 continents over the last 16 years. Translating business requirements into suitable programmes and initiatives, Agni has been recognised for her excellent business acumen and simplifying... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room 2

11:30am

Develop Your Talent Pipeline for the Future
This session will provide information on how technology will enhance services in HR, to identify, develop and retain talent. The growing skills shortage, an aging workforce, and global competition for high performers make it critical for organisations to invest more time and resources in succession management. In this session, Paul will cover how to create a powerful succession plan and how HR can help executives get the big picture using Unified Talent Management system.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Gledhill

Paul Gledhill

Co-founder and Executive Director, XpertLearning
Having worked in the travel industry in some of the world’s most exotic locations, Paul returned to the UK to continue his training career and development studies. He worked for the UK Government as Business and Training Advisor and received several awards from the Training and... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

11:30am

Neuroleadership & Coaching – Tools to Navigate the VUCA World
The ‘Information Age’ is in our rear-view mirror, we are now in the ‘Imagination Age’. Are you and your people ready to succeed in this Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world? Organisations need more from their leaders than ever before. In this session you will learn how to navigate from a leader to a Neuroleader, as well as strategies to create more ‘brain-aware’ teams and organisations.  It will uncover the importance of coaching in assisting our emerging, seasoned and superior leaders in continuously unlocking their potential. Stuart will share the tools and resources in this latest area of Neuroleadership.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Jenner

Stuart Jenner

Director – Global People Capability, Eyezon Group
Stuart Jenner is an experienced leadership and human resources professional with 17 years’ management experience in leadership, organisational development, human resources, health and safety and learning and development, comprising 12 years’ at senior executive management level... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Engagement Theatre

12:15pm

Team Leadership Strategies to Maximise Performance – Volvo Ocean Race Case Study
This case study session explores the performance and leadership dynamics of a winning team in the demanding and competitive context of around-the-world ocean racing. This context, while exceptional, also bears clear comparison to the day to day business challenge of co-coordinating the efforts of diverse and talented individuals into effective teams to maximise performance within a competitive intense business environment. You will walk away with a number of key principles that one might anticipate or expect to see in successful teams, and a number of additional challenges and complexities that teams and team leaders need to be aware of and actively manage.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Davda

Alex Davda

Client Director, Ashridge Executive Education
Alex Davda is a business psychologist and client director at Ashridge, based in the Middle East. Alex has deep expertise in the application of psychometric instruments as methods for individuals and organizations to begin to assess their management and leadership capabilities, from... Read More →
avatar for Rory Hendrikz

Rory Hendrikz

Director, Ashridge Executive Education
Rory Hendrikz is the Ashridge Middle East Director. Rory has a combination of international corporate and consulting experience, with a valuable understanding of the Gulf Region business environment.Rory has a sum of 25 years international business, consulting and executive coaching... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Engagement Theatre

12:15pm

Evolution of HR: CIPD Middle East Workforce Insights
Over the last two decades we have seen radical and unprecedented changes in the Middle East. The pace of this change along with the complex environment that is evolving, is placing a demand on HR to become more responsive. HR has an exciting role to play in these fast changing times. Amy will discuss how HR professionals need to ensure they understand the changing real world context in which they are operating and evolve their ways of working to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Amy will launch and share the findings from CIPD’s recent regional research into how ready HR and organisations in the region are for the future world of work.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Baxendale

Amy Baxendale

Senior Employer Solutions Manager, CIPD Middle East
Amy is the Senior Employer Solutions Manager for the CIPD in the Middle East – the UK’s professional body for HR & People Development. She has worked extensively across the UK and the Middle East and for the last 3 years she has lived and worked in Abu Dhabi having previously... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Seminar Room 2

12:15pm

Designing Your Company’s Digital Transformation
Today, HR is expected to streamline processes, help employees manage information flows, and create an environment that enables interaction, teamwork, and motivates staff to search and adopt innovations. To become such catalyst, the HR team should be agile, employ design thinking, datafication and advanced HR analytics, gamification and other IT tools. Design-led digital transformation is leveraging breakthrough technology trends, re-inventing business processes and business models, and re-imaging customer and user experience to achieve design-led innovations. During this extensive session, Polina will share how to leverage technologies in HR, such as the data-driven approach to improve staff recruitment and retention, and utilise corporate media and mobile apps, virtual reality and e-learning. You will learn how technology can help you to build an agile model of HR.

Speakers
avatar for Polina Khabarova

Polina Khabarova

Сo-founder, NNTC (Nomad Networks Training Centre)
Polina is one of the founders of NNTC international training center headquartered in Dubai, UAE. The center has more than 300 highly qualified instructors holding international certificates.Polina supervised the creation of the core NNTC concept, which programs help companies prepare... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

12:15pm

How to Enable Internal Talent Mobility
This interactive seminar session will demonstrate the impact of internal talent mobility on employee engagement and satisfaction, and how you can create a formula to enable greater talent mobility within your organisation. In this session, you will learn the significant relationship between internal mobility and corporate performance and the key metrics to track success of your internal talent mobility initiatives. You will also learn how to create an internal talent mobility program – best practices and key steps.

Speakers
avatar for Nina Mehta-Vania

Nina Mehta-Vania

Talent Management Consultant, Halogen Software
Nina Mehta-Vania is a Talent Management Consultant for Halogen Software responsible for delivering continuous advancement consulting services to clients across EMEA. In her role, Nina works with clients to evaluate their talent management strategy in order to structure the best solution... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Seminar Room 1

1:00pm

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Monday November 14, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

1:30pm

Dave Ulrich Book Signing
Book Signing

Meet, take photos with and get your own personalised signed books by world renowned best-selling authors.

No pre-registration required. Just show up!

Speakers
avatar for Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich

The World's Most Influential HR Thinker
Ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as one of the world's top 10 creative people in business, a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world's leading business thinkers, Dave Ulrich has a passion for ideas with im... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

2:00pm

The Science of Performance Feedback in the 21st Century
This session will discuss the relevance of feedback in enhancing employee performance & how technology has made it instantaneous, pervasive and massively scalable. Participants will learn how feedback leads to behaviour change and performance enhancement, as well as science based proven facts on why people don’t give or ask for feedback. How does technology make feedback timely, specific and relevant? How real-time feedback generates powerful analytics to tell a compelling performance story? This session will help audience understand the science of feedback; how behaviour science and performance feedback actually help change behaviours and how to implement these in their organisations.

Speakers
avatar for Rajan Kalia

Rajan Kalia

Co-Founder, Salto Dee Fe
Rajan holds more than 24 years of rich experience in managing and leading HR function in various industries.Successful in working at the intersection of Strategy & HR, Sales & HR, he is a master of Business HR role, Large Scale Transformation, Organization Enablement , Performance... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

2:00pm

The Ershad Coaching Process: Goal-setting and Motivation in an Islamic Context
In this interactive seminar, Dr. Christian van Nieuwerburgh will discuss goal-setting and motivation within Islamic contexts with particular focus on the Gulf region. In an interactive session, he will explore the role of goals and intentions in increasing engagement and motivation using a new coaching approach that is aligned with Islamic principles and values.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Associate Professor, Henley Business School
Seen as an international authority in the field of coaching, Christian is the Executive Director of the Henley Centre for Coaching ad Behavioural Change. He regularly speaks at conferences in Europe, Australia and the Middle East. He has published a number of books including Coaching... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Seminar Room 1

2:00pm

Recruiting Efficiently for Better and Faster Hiring Decisions
HR departments who deal with volume recruitment are at full stretch. In fact, 1 in 4 admit that the sheer quantity of applications has led to a drop in standards. Contrary to popular belief, improving the candidate experience does not necessarily mean a greater strain on your resources. Organisations have found they can achieve better business outcomes by being smarter, not by working longer. Using insight into talent metrics, CEB talent assessment tool can help you develop a process where unsuitable candidates opt out themselves (instead of requiring to filter them). David will also show you how to focus on high-value recruiting activities and move away from those that simply soak up your time and resources.

Speakers
avatar for David Edwards

David Edwards

Principal Consultant Head of Talent Solutions Consultancy, Middle East, CEB – Middle East
David J Edwards is a chartered occupational psychologist, Head of Talent Solutions Consultancy, Principal Consultant at CEB Middle East and has served SHL Talent Measurement™ clients for over 16 years. David’s managing consulting experience spans selection and development, assessment... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Seminar Room 2

2:45pm

Meditation Moment
Meditation Moment

Breaks where you can stretch and meditate between sessions. Learn relaxation and deep-breathing techniques to sharpen the reflexes and awaken your mind in preparation for more learning.

No pre-registration required. Just show up!


Speakers
avatar for Kyra van den Berg

Kyra van den Berg

Born and raised in the Netherlands, my interest in alternative therapy and meditation was sparked in my early teens. I read books about the subject and started understanding my sensitivity better. I continued my development by taking ‘improve your intuition’ classes, training... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Seminar Room 1

3:00pm

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Monday November 14, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

3:15pm

Innovative Non-Financial Rewards: What Alternative Rewards Are Available For Companies Watching Their Recognition Budget?
These days, recognition budgets are even smaller than merit budgets and yet, they have to retain employees and keep them motivated. Discover how to move away from traditional bonus payments and recognise your employees’ performance. This session will uncover the innovative, alternative reward schemes you can create to effectively reward, motivate and influence your people’s behaviour and performance. Find out what different schemes Smith & Nephew offer in the Middle East.

Speakers
avatar for Agni Skafidas

Agni Skafidas

Director, Total Rewards (APAC and Emerging Markets), Smith & Nephew
Agni has gained extensive HR and specialised Compensation & Benefits experience while working on 3 continents over the last 16 years. Translating business requirements into suitable programmes and initiatives, Agni has been recognised for her excellent business acumen and simplifying... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Seminar Room 1

3:15pm

Recipe for People Effectives: Using HR Analytics to Link People and Business Strategies
Top performing organisations are more likely to be sophisticated users of people analytics. Applying logic and analysis techniques on people (workforce) data can provide great insight on the efficiency, effectiveness and maximizing investment in human capital. In this dynamic session, delegates will learn to identify the key people capital measures most applicable to your organisation's context and strategic objectives, as well as determine a framework for linking people and business strategies through data.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl J. Thornton

Cheryl J. Thornton

HR Director – People & Performance, Gulf Marketing Group (Nike GCC)
Cheryl Thornton is the Group HR Director for Gulf Marketing Group and has group-wide responsibility for business transformation, organization development, change management, leadership development, talent management, performance management, engagement and culture. Cheryl’s remit... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

3:15pm

Cognitive Neuroscience: The Future of Corporate Learning Practices
The session describes the psychology and neuroscience underlying effective, successful training and learning. It describes the latest research concepts, suggests practical tools, techniques and ideas to enhance organisational learning and development.

It explains the science behind creative training delivery, neuroscience of attention, memory and habits so that learners will be motivated and remember what they learn and be able to apply it back at work.

Participants will be able to distinguish the neuro-myths from the neuroscience and they will find out which elements of brain science offer evidence for current practice as well as discover new ideas for enhancing learning initiatives.





Speakers
avatar for Seema Nagrath Menon

Seema Nagrath Menon

MD & Founder, CALM Worldwide (Center for Action in Learning Management)
Seema Nagrath Menon is a Corporate Trainer, Coach and Learning & Development Specialist. A Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP®) and a qualified COTU-BPS (Level A & B) from Cambridge University, she has blended these skills into developing effective developmental... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Seminar Room 2

4:15pm

An HR seat at the top table
The objective of this session to help you drive HR functions to achieve, and to merit, a seat at the top executive table, rather than to be relegated as a “level 2” operational / admin support. As an HR professional, you will better understand how to manage the paradigm shift from traditional HR to “Strategic HR” in which the HR function can effectively lead the top team on people and corporate culture issues. Alan will help you define measurable corporate strategy as it relates to people and culture, as well as design a measurable strategy of the HR function – to enable it to merit the top table seat and to be a value-add strategic partner to the organisation as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Fell

Alan Fell

Senior Associate, Balanced Scorecard Institute
Alan is a Balanced Scorecard Institute Senior Associate and a UK-based management consultant and trainer who has focused his last 22 years’ experience on the Balanced Scorecard and its practical application as the key enabling tool to achieve effective strategy execution.After an... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Seminar Room 2

4:15pm

How to Design and Develop Blended Learning Solutions
When designing and developing effective blended learning solutions, performance improvement is the focus, with the work context and flow playing important roles of the learning space. How can you structure blended learning solutions? How can you deliver a platform for the modules and integrate the different modules? Peter will answer all these questions, as well as share how businesses develop the e-modules make them available for the learner. Find out how to develop and design blended learning solutions in this practical seminar.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Byebierggaard

Peter Byebierggaard

Global Teams, Managing Partner
Peter Byebierggaard has a strong background in the development of global leaders and corporations – using various blended learning solutions.Global corporations where both the cultural and the geographic dimensions influence how transformation is most efficiently performed.Global... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

4:15pm

Implementing Lean & Six Sigma to Enhance HR Processes and Reduce Costs
HR is about People, but it is also about processes and the HR operational processes must be both effective and efficient. Lean thinking focuses on removing or reducing waste in a process in order to improve cycle time and reduce costs; Six Sigma has a focus on removing or reducing variation in a process in order to improve consistency as well as reducing costs and cycle time. This session will outline the principal of Lean & Six Sigma and the benefits of applying them in the HR Department. You will be able to identify key HR processes that will benefit from the application of Lean & Six Sigma tools and techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Power

Alan Power

Managing Director, Mpower (UK) Ltd., UK
Alan Power has a wide range of experience, with expertise in the areas of Operations Excellence. He is an expert in the application of new approaches to developing and managing business operations to a level where his expertise is sought as a consultant and corporate trainer. Alan... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Seminar Room 1

5:30pm

SHRM Student Case Competition
This is the second year of the Annual SHRM GCC Student Case Competition. Participating schools are provided a regional case study two months prior to the event to prepare their analysis and recommendation. The shortlisted schools are announced as finalists and during this session each of the finalist 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 Brad Boyson

Brad Boyson

Executive Director, SHRM MEA
Prior to becoming Executive Director for SHRM MEA Dubai in 2012, Brad Boyson spent 15 years holding senior HR roles in globally diverse organizations including Mitsubishi Corporation (Tokyo), Royal Caribbean International (Miami) and most recently Hamptons/Emaar (Dubai).A globalist... Read More →


Monday November 14, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Seminar Room 2
 
Tuesday, November 15
 

9:30am

Visitor Registration
Tuesday November 15, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Engagement Theatre

10:15am

Going to the Mattresses: How to Instigate Change in your Organisation
People development is more than teaching it is transformation. In this highly interactive session, you will learn the “Lost Art of True Leadership” while understanding the techniques used to instigate strategic conflict and mobilize people to achieve your goals. Participants will know how to deal with your authority while identifying your strategic alliances, partners, oppositions and protecting yourself against the pitfalls of intra-organizational politics.

Speakers
avatar for Youssef Salloum

Youssef Salloum

Founder, House of Leadership Development Centre
Youssef A. Salloum is a respected educator, executive coach and speaker on personal development and leadership.His purpose is to develop people and organizations by sharing his knowledge with those that have a hunger and passion to succeed. For over sixteen years, Youssef held several... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Engagement Theatre

10:15am

Personal, Social & Mobile - Three Words That Change Front Line Learning Forever
Technology creates life at our fingertips, so it’s no surprise that two-thirds of people want to access workplace learning on the move. This session will demonstrate how self-directed mobile programmes can support managers who lead at least 80% of employees at the front lines of large organisations (and the people talking most to customers). With insight from powerful case studies, this session will demonstrate the potential of social learning and story-telling as new ways to support and engage at an enterprise level; improving productivity, increasing customer satisfaction and creating powerful platforms for future development.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Robson

Tim Robson

Founder, NSU Media Ltd
Tim is the author of Showing Up: How to Make a Greater Impact at Work.An inspirational thinker, speaker and coach, he brings a fresh approach toperformance, work and the professional mindset.Tim's passion for coaching and developing teams started early in hiscareer with Prudential... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
HR Tech Seminar Room

10:15am

Redefining the Value of L&D: Creative Approaches to Win Hearts and Minds
Times are changing. L&D needs to build confidence and credibility as we approach business leaders with bold solutions to challenging business problems. Demonstrating value is just one characteristic of high performing learning organisations, it goes hand in hand with the ability to understand performance requirements. This session will explore in a participative way, the following outcomes and objectives: defining what value L&D adds, examining why it is so vital to demonstrate value, exploring ways we currently demonstrate our value to stakeholders, and identifying creative ways to engage our stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Cherniawski

Tara Cherniawski

Chief Learning Officer, Inspirus Learning
Tara is an experienced executive coach and organisational development expert, working in the fields of leadership development, learning strategy and instructional design for over 15 years in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. She is currently the head of Inspirus Learning, a vibrant... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Seminar Room 2

10:15am

When The Glass Is Half Full And Half Empty: Ambivalence In Leaders' Strategic Decision Making
Have you experienced situations in which you felt very positive and very negative at the same time about a key issue that your company was facing? What was it like to be torn between the two evaluations? In this session, Dr. Nils will not only share insights about the drivers and consequences of leaders' ambivalent evaluations, but also underline the practical relevance of these findings. The presentation will share current research to help HR junior or senior executives learn to make better strategic decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nils Plambeck

Dr. Nils Plambeck

Dean & CEO, HEC Paris in Qatar


Tuesday November 15, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Seminar Room 1

11:00am

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

11:30am

Pursuit of Corporate Happiness: A Culture That Maximizes the Value of People
This session will unveil how Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority integrated a complete scientific program aiming at achieving corporate happiness to empower and engage employees. Ali will share how they developed the happiness framework to measure happiness across the company. You will learn how to centralise the happiness data to help in designing engagement initiatives, as well as design creative labs with undergraduates to identify factors of a great place to work.

Speakers
avatar for Ali Haider

Ali Haider

Vice President – People Happiness & Innovation, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
Haidar Ali is Vice President – People Happiness & Innovation at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority brings with him extensive experience in Human Resources, Strategy, Excellence, Innovation, Happiness and Projects Management. Earlier he worked as General Manager HR and Quality at Dubai... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Engagement Theatre

11:30am

Big Data Capability. The Need for Big Data Expertise in the Industry
This session will discusses the challenges and the need of big data for the insurance industry. Marco will share the skills and competencies required to manage your organisation's future advanced analytical requests.

Speakers
avatar for Marco Roehrle

Marco Roehrle

Project Manager, Daman
Marco Roehrle leads the Intelligence department at Daman. As project manager for the development of the analytical data model, he has been on board right from the beginning of the journey that has transformed Daman into an agile and efficient data-driven company. He has a diploma... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

11:30am

Harnessing the Science of Learning
Is training worth the investment? Does training really bring about a change in your bottom line results? How does learning take place? Organisations are increasingly demanding justification for the training investment and its benefit towards the bottom line results. Today, it’s about creating an environment and culture where people choose to learn. In this interactive session you will learn how neuroscience focuses on the brain and its impact on behaviour and cognitive functions. You will discover new possibilities in the way we engage and encourage a learning environment as well as cultivate creativity and innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Talbot

Carol Talbot

Master Trainer of NLP, Matrix Consulting
Carol Talbot has guided and inspired people in over 17 countries offering motivating events for world class companies globally. A professional speaker, Carol is a Master Trainer & respected authority on NLP. Based in the Dubai, she’s often called ‘the FIRE-STARTER’ as she ‘fires... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room 1

11:30am

Coaching – A Critical Skill for HR Professionals in the New Economy
In this interactive session, participants will learn why coaching is a critical skill for success in the New Economy, the essentials skills required for coaching and the personal and organisational benefits of being a coach. Almost all senior HR roles today require coaching skills. HR is required to both coach and develop coaching capabilities in their organisaitons, thus a very good understanding of coaching is critical. The presenter will bring personal experience of what happens when an Executive and Life Coach leads the HR function in an organisation.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Ram

Shane Ram

Executive Manager – Human Resources and Administration, Angostura Limited
Shane Ram is an HR Executive, International Consultant, Coach and Author. Shane is an expert in Strategic Human Resource Management, Information Technology and Coaching. Shane held senior HR positions in companies in the Energy, Telecommunications, Financial, Technology and Manufacturing... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room 2

12:15pm

Creating Effective Employees: Align Engagement Initiatives with Organisational Culture and Strategy
In this session, participants will learn approaches to increase employee effectiveness by aligning engagement initiatives with their organisational goals and culture. Examine a broad range of employee engagement concepts to identify drivers and barriers. This will also enable you to identify and apply techniques to integrate and engage employees at key career milestones. You will learn how to define your engagement HR strategy based on organisational vision and goals and recognize the difference between employee engagement and job satisfaction.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

Vice President, Global Operations, SHRM
Robert is Vice President, Global Operations at SHRM. He is responsible for establishing and growing business relationships with key business leaders and HR executives in multinational and large national companies, accredited universities, human resource associations, and training... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Seminar Room 2

12:15pm

Utilising Psychometric Measurement Data to Drive your Talent Strategy
Most organisations generate huge amounts of data about the people they hire and don’t hire. They also usually have lots of data on the people who work in their organisations, the strongest performers, the weakest performers and those in the middle. This practical session aims to give organisations a clear and structured approach to using some of this data to make sure they hire and develop the people most likely to succeed.

Speakers
avatar for David Barrett

David Barrett

COO, cut-e
David Barrett is a business focused occupational psychologist and leading speaker in all areas of online assessment, recruitment, talent and human resources technology. David is cut-e group COO and has founded the North American, UK & Ireland, MENA, ASEAN and Australian cut-e organisations... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

12:15pm

The Legal Lab: Managing a Workforce Across the MEA Region
The MEA region continues to become an increasingly important part of the global economy and employers worldwide are having to become familiar with the, often complex, legal requirements around employing staff. Sara and Rebecca will share the intricacies of managing a workforce across multiple jurisdictions. Attendees will receive strategic and practical guidance on issues such as operating common policies, workforce nationalisation and international assignments.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Ford

Rebecca Ford

Partner, Clyde & Co
Rebecca is a partner in Clyde & Co's MENA Employment Group, described as a "leading lawyer in the employment area" in Chambers & Partners. Before joining Clyde & Co LLP in 2012, Rebecca was a partner in a large regional firm based in Dubai and prior to that was the head of the European... Read More →
avatar for Sara Khoja

Sara Khoja

Partner, Clyde & Co
Sara is a bilingual partner in Clyde & Co's MENA Employment Group, recognised as a leading individual in employment by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, she advises multinationals and local companies, including Government owned entities on the full spectrum of employment issues... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Seminar Room 1

12:15pm

Nationalisation in a New Age: An Update from Employers
Nationalisation continues to dominate the talent acquisition agenda in the GCC. So what skills do our nationals needs to develop and what role do employers have in training them? This seminar session will be a panel featuring senior HR leaders sharing their insights and practical tips on how HR can lead the nationalisation agenda. The panel will discuss the impact of culture and engagement in attracting talent and the nationalisation targets and what impact they have on talent development.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Appleton

Mary Appleton

Director & editor in chief, Changeboard
Mary is responsible for leading Changeboard’s team of editors and overseeing the portfolio of editorial products across print, digital and online in the UK and the Middle East. She joined Changeboard in 2007, launched the Middle East magazine in 2012, and became group editor in... Read More →
avatar for Michael Osbaldeston

Michael Osbaldeston

Special Adviser and Skills Ambassador, City & Guilds Group
Michael is the Special Adviser and Skills Ambassador for the City & Guilds Group having been with the Group for over 20 years.  He has almost 30 years’ experience in the skills and technical education world. Prior to joining the City & Guilds Group he developed programmes for long... Read More →

Speakers
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Mohammad Abdullah

MD, Dubai Knowledge Park and Dubai International Academic City
Mohammad Abdullah is the Managing Director of Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). He is responsible for strategically steering all DIAC and DKP academic entities and further consolidating their statuses as leading centres of learning excellence... Read More →
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Hessa Al Ghurair

Chief Human Resource Officer, CBI
With over 15 years’ experience in the banking industry in senior HR roles, Hessa hasbecome a trusted advisor to senior business leaders in the UAE across all criticalaspects of HR. Currently, Hessa works at CBI as its Chief Human Resource Officer, supporting over 750employees across... Read More →
avatar for Abdulrahman Saqr

Abdulrahman Saqr

HR Director – Automotive, Al-Futtaim Group
Abdulrahman Saqr is an Engineer by profession where he obtained a BS in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Indiana State University and worked in the Oil & Gas industry locally and overseas. Following ten years at various engineering posts at onshore and offshore locations... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Engagement Theatre

1:00pm

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Tuesday November 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

1:30pm

Peter Cappelli Book Signing
Book Signing

Meet, take photos with and get your own personalised signed books by world renowned best-selling authors.

No pre-registration required. Just show up!

Speakers
avatar for Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli

Professor at Wharton Business School
Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources. He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential management thinkers. He received the 2009 PRO award from the International... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

2:00pm

Enterprise Leadership: Benchmark Your Leaders to Better Develop and Empower Teams
Are your leaders great at executing within a narrow scope of control, but missing the bigger picture? The best leaders break down collaboration barriers and empower teams. However, most organisations fail to assess, develop, or reward network capabilities and behaviors. CEB's new leadership insight and solution helps organisations redefine leadership, focusing on the leader behaviors with proven return on investment.

Speakers
avatar for David Edwards

David Edwards

Principal Consultant Head of Talent Solutions Consultancy, Middle East, CEB – Middle East
David J Edwards is a chartered occupational psychologist, Head of Talent Solutions Consultancy, Principal Consultant at CEB Middle East and has served SHL Talent Measurement™ clients for over 16 years. David’s managing consulting experience spans selection and development, assessment... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Seminar Room 2

2:00pm

How Technology is Disrupting HRIT Initiatives and Keys to Success
In this session, HR professionals will understand the trends in technology, the impact it will have on employee expectation, performance and engagement and how to set up for success. Our employees are consumers, and consumer technology is outpacing organisational technology. This is putting extreme pressure on organisations to keep up as employees have higher expectations of what technology solutions the company delivers for employees to use. Shane will share an example of communication technology in performance management to demonstrate this.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Ram

Shane Ram

Executive Manager – Human Resources and Administration, Angostura Limited
Shane Ram is an HR Executive, International Consultant, Coach and Author. Shane is an expert in Strategic Human Resource Management, Information Technology and Coaching. Shane held senior HR positions in companies in the Energy, Telecommunications, Financial, Technology and Manufacturing... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

2:00pm

5 Steps to Effective Decision Making For Leaders: What Lobsters Can Teach Leaders about Stress and Change
The purpose of this session is to uncover, and share, practical tools for making the most effective, unemotional decisions, simply, easily and without stress, even in stressful situations. Stress free consultation, collaboration and effective decision making for individuals, teams and organisations. With leaders making around 35,000 decisions a day, it is, and will continue to be, critical that they make the most informed and best decisions possible for us all. This session is for professionals who want to understand and seek effective ways to make decisions and share these with their colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Munro

Veronica Munro

International Strategic Business Partner / Leadership Facilitator and CEO/C-suite Executive Coach, Veronica Munro FZ
An international highly effective Strategic Business Partner / Leadership Facilitator and CEO/C-suite Executive Coach who produces significant and sustainable results across Middle East, Africa and Asia.With 20+ years experience, Veronica has specifically facilitated and coached CEOs... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Seminar Room 1

2:45pm

Meditation Moment
Meditation Moment

Breaks where you can stretch and meditate between sessions. Learn relaxation and deep-breathing techniques to sharpen the reflexes and awaken your mind in preparation for more learning.

No pre-registration required. Just show up!


Speakers
avatar for Kyra van den Berg

Kyra van den Berg

Born and raised in the Netherlands, my interest in alternative therapy and meditation was sparked in my early teens. I read books about the subject and started understanding my sensitivity better. I continued my development by taking ‘improve your intuition’ classes, training... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Seminar Room 1

3:00pm

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

3:15pm

Organization Design: The Missing Piece in The Strategy Puzzle
The purpose of this session is to provide business and HR leaders with an overview of the link between strategy and organizational design & the impact this has on organizational performance, capabilities and competencies. This session will offer practical content in a form of a case study that will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to apply a design model, tools and processes for developing an effective organisation.

Speakers
avatar for Kifaya Abu Thallam

Kifaya Abu Thallam

Group Advisor, Organization Design, Tawazun Economic Council
Kifaya is a seasoned HR Executive with over 20 years of experience, holding several key positions in Human Resources including, but not limited to Group HR Advisor, Regional Head of HR, Chief HR Officer and Group HR Director, in local & multinational companies in the Middle East.Active... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Seminar Room 1

3:15pm

HR Analytics – People Resources or Relations?
With the digital revolution, analytics has gained immense importance. Big data computing has made it easy to quantify many subjective facets. Some analytics systems are gearing up to predict the exits of employees by registering and quantifying various data. Such advances are found to be exciting and scary by many in the fraternity. Polarisation has its own disadvantages. This session will help delegates understand the advances in HR analytics and how HR fraternity needs to seek the benefits selectively so as to maintain HR as Human ‘Relations’ and not Human ‘Resources’.

Speakers
avatar for Sachin Narke

Sachin Narke

Chief Learning Officer, Forbes Marshall
A Human Resource leader with over 16 years of experience with Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, and Forbes Marshall. Currently Leading Learning and Organisational Development function at Forbes Marshall. Also, heading HR function of the Controls Instrumentation Group of Forbes Marshall... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

3:15pm

Lock Down Senior Talent through Biographical Interviewing
Biographical interviewing (BI) as a method for selecting senior talent is becoming extremely popular amongst Fortune 100 and Blue Chip players. BI provides an in-depth picture of the candidate ahead of hiring them, which is the level of guarantee that most recruiters are looking for from the staff assessment tools they select. This seminar promises to raise your awareness of Biographic Interviewing and how it serves to complement and add value to the more popular tools such as psychometrics and competency-based interviewing. You will learn how to identify those candidates who are likely to perform well in the role, respond well to organisational change, be more engaged at work, and able to manage conflict. By the end of the seminar, delegates will be able to define BI, outline the process involved and practice using BI tools to select staff, and discuss the implications associated with BI tools.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Hunter

Michelle Hunter

Director, Occupational Psychology Practice International (TOPPI)
Dr Michelle Hunter, CPsychol, CIPD, AFBPsS, PhD is a Chartered Business/Occupational Psychologist/Scientist & Systems-Psychodynamic Consultant who specialises in helping organisations to understand and better manage the hidden psychological roots behind organisational behaviours... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Seminar Room 2

4:15pm

Creating a High Performance Workplace Culture: Dynamics of Change Leadership
The world of business is undergoing drastic change. The dynamics at work is influencing the way businesses are organized and operated in the 21st century. When managers hear the word change, it negatively affects how we behave, therefore if change is strategised and actioned, it adds value to the business and the people. Business demands smarter leaders, the way forward is to understand the expectations millennials are initiating. This session will capture the key strategic transformational pillars that will create a high performance workplace, igniting top calibre performance whilst promoting the brand in the market. The session is highly interactive, thought provoking and provides scope for leaders to grasp and action. A much needed session that will help leaders understand strategic leadership at micro and macro level.

Speakers
avatar for Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh

CEO, Bluefin Consultancy
Ravi Singh is the CEO of Bluefin Consultancy based in Dubai. An academic with University of Western Sydney as well as a Justice of the Peace for NSW Government. He was the Senior Executive Director of THE One, best employer in the region and in Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Seminar Room 1

4:15pm

Market Pay Trends in the GCC for 2016
This interactive seminar will cover the main trends within for pay movements, basic salary, bonuses and variable pay, benefits and allowances. It will also share the latest on allowances and benefits payable to GCC nationals and pay-for-performance models. You will get hands-on experience on market pay surveys and definitions of remuneration levels, different options for managing “pay premium” for specialist roles and the opportunity to ask Robert any compensation questions you may have.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Mosley

Robert Mosley

CEO, Former SVP Human Resources, Lemon Pip Consulting Limited, Emirates
Robert Mosley is widely recognised in many industries and many countries as one of the leading global experts on compensation and benefits, and is also a leading expert in the more general field of human resources and performance management. His main areas of expertise and specialism... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Seminar Room 2

4:15pm

Driving Business Transformation through HR Technology
5 years ago, Al Tayer group embarked on an initiative to establish an HR Shared Services (HRSS) center to serve over 9000 employees across 12 countries and 80+ brands, thus overhauling HR Service Delivery and transforming their HR function into a revenue center. Having established and run the HRSS center at the group, Ehsan reflects on his journey and showcases an amazing example of how HR Technology can drive business transformation, shedding light on how to select and deploy technology to support and enable business initiatives. Ehsan also highlights the maturity stages of the HR function and HR Shared Services, and tackles aspects such as accessibility to data and information, the impact on employee engagement, and shifting the mindset from reactive to creative. 

Speakers
avatar for Ehsan Shammasi

Ehsan Shammasi

Head of HR Shared Services, Al Tayer Group
Ehsan has established and currently heads the HR Shared  Services at Al Tayer Group.  Ehsan has developed a passion in shared services as a topic and actively follows and participates in various events and conferences as a speaker in in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Born... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room
 
Wednesday, November 16
 

9:30am

Visitor Registration
Wednesday November 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Engagement Theatre

10:15am

How the Sharing Economy Changes a Lot about HR Strategy (if not Everything)
Two game changing impacts are rocking the 21st century economy. First is the shift from an economy of scarcity to an economy of abundance. Second is the move from an economy of ownership to an economy of access. Companies such as AirBnB have disrupted the hotel business. Über, BlaBlaCar and Zipcar have all shaken up the car industry. This session explores how companies facing the threat of the Sharing Economy should re-think their HR strategies for survival and success. In particular, the way companies find, develop and promote talent should reflect this fundamental shift in economic structure – with an emphasis on new competencies in their staff such as entrepreneurial mindset and capacity.

Speakers
avatar for Yusaf H. Akbar

Yusaf H. Akbar

Professor of Global Strategy, Hult-Ashridge International Business School
Dr. Yusaf H. Akbar is Professor in Global Strategy at Hult/Ashridge and Professor of Management at CEU Business School. With extensive research and consulting experience in emerging markets, Yusaf’s  research interests are currently focused on the emergence of economic sharing... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Seminar Room 2

10:15am

Adding Global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Benchmarks to Your HR Toolkit
Learn how to demonstrate D&I initiatives can be strategic and integrated into a system to support the organisational vision and goals. You will discover how to have a positive individual impact on D&I in your organisation regardless of your role. In this session, you will learn how to use the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) to set short and long-term D&I goals, measure activities and results. These Benchmarks apply to all organizations: they are not specific to any country or culture. Learn how diversity can be leveraged to recognize and overcome unconscious bias, and to create a fair, equitable, healthy, and high-performing organisation, where all individuals feel engaged and motivated.

Speakers
avatar for Lorelei Carobolante

Lorelei Carobolante

President & CEO, G2nd Systems
Lorelei Carobolante leads G2nd Systems, a Global HR Research and Development Consultancy dedicated to improving quality and equity in globally diverse workplaces by providing products and services that enhance workforce communications across non-native and native English speakers... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
HR Tech Seminar Room

10:15am

Truth or False? Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility
92% of HR professionals think they are lied to every week and 49% of them admit that they lie as well (survey by “People Management”). Our relationships, our work, recruiting process, performance appraisals, conflict resolution are built on trust. Our ability to know when we’re deceived, to evaluate the credibility of what people say is a critical skill. Based on the research of Dr. Paul Ekman, this session will share the psychological model behind truth and lies, to identify 'hotspots' - where there is a strain and incongruity between the words, the body language and the emotions because of possible deception.

Speakers
avatar for Imad Lahad

Imad Lahad

Communications Specialist & Behavior Consultant
Imad Lahad, Senior Director, is APCO Worldwide's Global Digital Practice lead based in Dubai. Imad helps the firm’s clients define and implement their digital and social media strategies, supported by a team of seasoned digital strategists and community managers.With extensive experience... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Seminar Room 1

10:15am

Emerging Trends Shaping the Talent Agenda
The session will discuss the changing landscape that impacts today’s workforce, and how organizations are responding to these changes. Nowadays employees have more options about where, when, and how they work than ever before. They are demanding a new value proposition that provides greater career support, combined with new flexibility in managing their work and building their skills. The session will highlight current issues in the world of work and identifies priorities that demand immediate attention. The audience will assess whether their organizations are facing the same challenges and how are they preparing for such challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Nuno dos Santos Gomes

Nuno dos Santos Gomes

Principal, Talent Leader MENA, Mercer
Nuno is a Principal and leads Mercer’s Talent line of business for the MENAT region (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey). Nuno has been based in Dubai since 2008; he transferred from the Mercer Lisbon office where he joined in 2005. In his current role, Nuno leads a team of highly... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Engagement Theatre

11:00am

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

11:30am

Millennials and the Future of your Business
By 2020, 75% of the global workforce will be Millennials (Deloitte). The Millennials generation is creating a major shift in the way business is conducted and what employers must provide to attract top talent. This generation’s values are transforming the workplace for all ages as they utilize more technology, require social purpose in their work, seek more flexibility and look for entrepreneurial-inspired roles. In this session you will understand these important preferences and gain insight into the impact they are already having in the workplace today.

Speakers
avatar for Marti Wigder Grimminck

Marti Wigder Grimminck

Founder & CEO, International Connector
Marti is a veteran traveler, creative marketer and social entrepreneur.  As Founder & CEO of International Connector, Marti has developed innovative programs and unique research methods that attract and engage Millennials and GenZs. Their perspectives and ideas are gathered and shared... Read More →
avatar for Susan Maravetz

Susan Maravetz

Director of Business Development, International Connector
Life-long learner, passionate about innovation, Susan Maravetz has enjoyed a  wide variety of creative, entrepreneurial and corporate roles within the  echnology, consulting and personal development space. Understanding and solving business problems is always top of mind; Susan’s... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

11:30am

Turn Up For What? Engaging Employees in Today’s Workplace
Today, engagement is more than merely about “turning up for work”. Global statistics highlight the worrying trend of employee disengagement across the globe. Engagement is increasingly surfacing as a top priority for corporations because of the impact on performance. This session seeks to take you beyond the traditional approaches to assessing engagement, and instead explain how you can assess, and subsequently unleash the power of engagement. By truly understanding the “real” culture inside your company, you will learn how to make it work for you, rather than against you. Walk away with tools which will enable you to build a business case for investing in measuring engagement and positioning HR as the strategic leader to align engagement and performance.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Trehan

Rita Trehan

Chief Capacity Officer, Rita Trehan LLC
Rita Trehan has been a leading CHRO and business transformation specialist for more than 20 years. She has helped Fortune 200 companies and large corporations worldwide to improve operational efficiency, performance, consistency, and profits, successfully delivering transformation... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room 2

11:30am

Developing Your L&D Team for Future Agility
Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, the term VUCA has gained traction as a way of describing today’s business world. It is essential that organisations today can change, flex and adapt to be able to succeed and this need for adaptability is vital in terms of our learning and development function and teams. In this practical session, Tara will help you define L&D’s role in meeting future business challenges and drive agility by utilising L&D tools effectively. You will also learn how to identify strategies for future business needs by developing an adaptable and dynamic L&D team.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Cherniawski

Tara Cherniawski

Chief Learning Officer, Inspirus Learning
Tara is an experienced executive coach and organisational development expert, working in the fields of leadership development, learning strategy and instructional design for over 15 years in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. She is currently the head of Inspirus Learning, a vibrant... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room 1

11:30am

The Spiral Effect: 4 Keys to Unlock the Divine Genius in your Organisation
Is your organisation creating a spiral of energy to move forward or spiral downwards? As we move deeper into the 21st century, new products, new technologies, unexpected opportunities and unforeseen challenges lie ahead while the speed and pace of global change means that as a leader you’re forever challenged. Discover what lies beneath the hard drive of your organization, harness chaos to trigger a shift and ignite a morphogenic field to set in motion infinite expansion. It all starts with YOU.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Talbot

Carol Talbot

Master Trainer of NLP, Matrix Consulting
Carol Talbot has guided and inspired people in over 17 countries offering motivating events for world class companies globally. A professional speaker, Carol is a Master Trainer & respected authority on NLP. Based in the Dubai, she’s often called ‘the FIRE-STARTER’ as she ‘fires... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Engagement Theatre

12:15pm

How to deliver excellence on your HR strategy, in today’s competitive climate?
The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple and proven formula for executing on the most important HR strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following these disciplines, participants will be able to produce breakthrough results, even when executing the HR strategy requires a significant change in behaviour from your team. Sherif will introduce you to a new way of thinking and working that is essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate and will help you and execute with excellence on your strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Sherif Selim

Sherif Selim

Senior Consulting Partner, FranklinCovey Middle East
After obtaining his Bachelor Degree in Tourism & Hotel Management, in 1992,Sherif began his career in tourism working with Wagon-Lit. He later moved toEmirates Airlines, where he spent 10 years in a learning and development role.Sherif then moved to Etihad Airways where he successfully... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Seminar Room 2

12:15pm

The Future of Learning in a Changing World of Work
This brief session will help HR & L&D professionals to understand how the rapid changes they face in the changing world of work impacts the future role of L&D in their organisations. Participants will walk away 6 key areas that can lead to greater success and help their companies prepare for the future of learning. They will also be able to identify the new skills and capabilities needed by L&D to keep up with the changing landscape, as well as demonstrate CIPD’s Future of Learning Hub.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Senior Learning & Development Consultant, CIPD Middle East
Sarah currently leads the CIPD’s Learning and Development initiatives in the Middle East. She has collaborated with the CIPD ‘on and off’ for nearly 10 years, delivering HR qualifications and short training courses to CIPD clients in the Gulf and Europe. Before moving to the... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Engagement Theatre

12:15pm

A Toolkit Approach to Leadership Credibility and Communication
The best leaders have a credible leadership style that allows them to both get results and create followership. They know their style should be flexed depending on the needs of the situation, and have mastered how to do that in an authentic and compelling way. This session will share insight on the evolving nature of HR and L&D leader roles, and the value of a more strategic communication style in your world. You will learn how to create a broader range of style to influence people, gain advocates, and impact results.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christine Pearson

Dr. Christine Pearson

Professor of Global Leadership, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University
Dr. Christine Pearson is Professor of Global Leadership at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Christine is highly sought for her expertise in organizational crisis management, global leadership and interpersonal dynamics. As a consultant and executive-development... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Seminar Room 1

12:15pm

Talent Capacity: Solving The Talent Issue Once And For All
CEO’s have been saying for years that having the right talent is one of the top 3 concerns they face when it comes to delivering on business potential. For years, HR has been wrestling with trying to define the best ways to identify, manage and develop talent and seem to fall short. In this session, you will get the opportunity to pilot test a new, innovative, proven methodology which will set you apart from your competitors and place HR at the forefront of solving the talent problem. Don’t miss out on finding the secret sauce to great talent.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Trehan

Rita Trehan

Chief Capacity Officer, Rita Trehan LLC
Rita Trehan has been a leading CHRO and business transformation specialist for more than 20 years. She has helped Fortune 200 companies and large corporations worldwide to improve operational efficiency, performance, consistency, and profits, successfully delivering transformation... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

1:00pm

Malcolm Gladwell Book Signing
Book Signing

Meet, take photos with and get your own personalised signed books by world renowned best-selling authors.

No pre-registration required. Just show up!

Speakers
avatar for Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

Best-Selling Author And Visionary
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and now, his latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
KNect Informa Stand E50 KNect Informa Stand E50

1:00pm

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Wednesday November 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

1:30pm

Rita Trehan Book Signing
Speakers
avatar for Rita Trehan

Rita Trehan

Chief Capacity Officer, Rita Trehan LLC
Rita Trehan has been a leading CHRO and business transformation specialist for more than 20 years. She has helped Fortune 200 companies and large corporations worldwide to improve operational efficiency, performance, consistency, and profits, successfully delivering transformation... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

2:00pm

Inspire Like a CEO
There is a certain charm, a certain charisma about how leaders and successful CEOs speak. Where do they acquire such talent? Where do the power and the confidence come from? It cannot emanate from the position they are in. When inspiring CEOs speak they integrate wisdom, structure, clarity and precision not just of words but of awareness, presence and projection. In this high-octane session, Raju will expose the science and secrets employed by successful CEOs.

Speakers
avatar for Raju Mandhyan

Raju Mandhyan

CEO and Chief Facilitator, Inner Sun Consultants
I have authored five books on communication skills and leadership. As a cross-cultural coach/learning facilitator I have 15 years of experience in personal and organizational development. I have coached thousands of executives and delivered keynotes at conferences across the Asian-Pacific... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
HR Tech Seminar Room

2:00pm

Utilise the ATD Competency Model™ to Create a Competitive Advantage
This session will introduce the ATD Competency Model™ - a strategic framework for talent management, describes an ideal performer and is essential in attracting, developing, and retaining the best people. Elizabeth will uncover how to leverage the ATD Competency Model™ to achieve high performance aligned with the organisation's strategy. Learn about the external trends transforming the T&D industry and new roles and requirements for T&D professionals. You will walk away with practical steps to utilise the model for your own professional development and for your organisation.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Hannah

Program Quality, Partnerships, & Facilitators, Association for Talent Development (ATD)
Elizabeth Hannah, has over twenty years’ of experience in the adult learning profession including managing the strategy and implementation of education programs. She is a manager with the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD), the world’s largest association dedicated to... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Seminar Room 1

2:00pm

Succession Planning: Risk Management in the Leadership Team
This practical seminar session will share learnings and best practice relating to how companies approach leadership succession planning and prepare for planned or unplanned vacancies in business critical roles. Participants will learn how to decide which roles are business critical and how do they build bench strength, particularly in times of transformation.

Speakers
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Paul O’Carroll

Managing Director, Succession Research
Paul O’Carroll is the Managing Director of Succession Research, a firm specialising in leadership succession planning and global talent pipelining. Paul partners with global organisations to help them identify future leadership talent in the external market. Paul’s background... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Seminar Room 2

2:45pm

Meditation Moment
Meditation Moment

Breaks where you can stretch and meditate between sessions. Learn relaxation and deep-breathing techniques to sharpen the reflexes and awaken your mind in preparation for more learning.

No pre-registration required. Just show up!


Speakers
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Kyra van den Berg

Born and raised in the Netherlands, my interest in alternative therapy and meditation was sparked in my early teens. I read books about the subject and started understanding my sensitivity better. I continued my development by taking ‘improve your intuition’ classes, training... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Seminar Room 1

3:00pm

Speed Networking
Scheduled Speed Networking

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your HR peers and colleagues.  Make sure you bring a hefty stack of business cards with you!

Registration is on-site at the the networking area.

Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Networking Zone Halls 5 – 6, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, UAE

3:15pm

How to Think, Eat, Move and Sleep For Peak Performance and Productivity?
In today’s fast-growing business environment, employee wellness is essential for individual, team and organisational success. Numerous studies show that keeping staff healthy, happy and engaged positively impacts creativity, productivity, performance and talent retention. Participants will be introduced to a simple, effective and easy to apply TEMS © system that they can action and incorporate into their daily lives & work. TEMS © is a mastermind and body principle: Think Eat Move Sleep. The balance, harmony and integration of these four principles is essential for employee wellness, performance management, retention.

Speakers
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Julie Miles Lewis

Director, Mountain High & Julie Lewis Consulting
Julie Miles Lewis is a high energy catalyst for personal and professional transformation. She established Mountain High in Dubai in 2003 and since this time has trained and led multi-national teams of women & men on more that 55 expeditions to 20 countries to include the Arctic and... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Seminar Room 1

3:15pm

Performance Management: Results Assurance and Creating a Culture of Feedback
The purpose/outcomes of the session is to provide practical tips on creating a high impact Result Assurance Program. This practical seminar will cover basic flaws in Performance Management Programs (PMP), and why they need to be called Result Assurance Programs(RAP), and how you can make a success of your RAP. You will be able to create and embed a culture of feedback in your organisations, in order to inspire better standards of performance.

Speakers
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Ranjan Matthew

Director – Human Resources, Viola Communications
Ranjan has had operational and strategic HR leadership experience with global brands such as Oracle, Citigroup, Mashreq and worked in industries like Technology, BPO, Banking, Supply Chain, Communications.An MBA with a specialization in HR, Ranjan has an engineering degree in Electronics.A... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Seminar Room 2

3:15pm

Storytelling for Employer Branding
The internet and social media has made storytellers of everyone. Yet Employer Branding continues to focus on a single, often generic, employer brand message and image. Henry will explore how employers can engage talent more effectively and build their employer reputation by making storytellers of their people, exploiting social media and digital channels, and building advocacy.

Speakers
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Henry Davies

Communications Consultant, 106 Communications


Wednesday November 16, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
HR Tech Seminar Room