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Key Sessions

Michael Useem

Change Management: How Can HR Effectively Manage Change, Change Strategies, Communicate Change and Develop Resilience

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Chris McChesney

How to Execute on Results That Demand a High Degree of Human Engagement

FranklinCovey

08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
Guru Stage - PREMIUM
Delegate Registration
09:00 - 09:15 15 mins
Guru Stage - PREMIUM
Chairman's Opening Remarks
  • Shane Phillips - CEO, The Phillips Group
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09:15 - 10:30 75 mins
Guru Stage - PREMIUM
Change Management: How Can HR Effectively Manage Change, Change Strategies, Communicate Change and Develop Resilience
  • Michael Useem - Professor of Management and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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Intensifying demands for high performance are pressing organizations to become more agile and fast-acting. They are finding that such initiatives require effective leadership and a supportive culture, and this has become all the more critical in an uncertain and turbulent environment. The challenge is to build resilient leaders and well-led teams throughout the enterprise, and that requires a capacity to think strategically, communicate persuasively, and decide decisively. Drawing on challenging times and moments of decision, Michael Useem identifies what is required for leading organizational change.

10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
Guru Stage - PREMIUM
How to Execute on Results That Demand a High Degree of Human Engagement
  • Chris McChesney - #1 Best Selling Author & International Strategy Guru, Global Practice Leader of Execution, FranklinCovey
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Leading a strategy that requires a significant change in people’s behavior is the greatest challenge most business and HR leaders will face. Execution of human behavior-based strategies are challenged by the conflict between the energy required to maintain the organisation (the whirlwind) and what is required to move the business forward (Strategic Priorities), and it is this whirlwind that chokes strategy execution and innovation. In this session, Chris McChesney, one of the world’s top strategy pioneers, will discuss the Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) – Focus, Leverage, Engagement and Accountability – which is the key to successfully driving high employee engagement and strategy execution

11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
Networking - PREMIUM
Scheduled Speed Networking (Premium - for paid delegates)
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Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your favorite keynote speakers, HR peers and colleagues.  Don't forget to get your business cards with you! 

11:30 - 12:30 60 mins
Guru Stage - PREMIUM
Transformational Leadership: Strengthening Strategic Leadership to Successfully Manage Organisational Change in the Workplace
  • Michael Useem - Professor of Management and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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Drawing on times when company managers confronted fast-changing markets and faced critical decisions, Michael Useem builds a personal leadership template for leading change, with a special focus on a distinct set of emerging leadership capacities that will be essential in the years ahead and the steps that managers can take to master and build them throughout their enterprise. We focus on the essentials of leadership for strategic redirection, and we identify what is required for building your leadership and teams for that change and restructuring.

Michael Useem is Professor of Management, Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management, and Faculty Director of the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He the author of several books on management and leadership, including The Leadership Moment and The Leader’s Checklist, and co-author of The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap and Boards That Lead.

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
Guru Stage - PREMIUM
The Neuroscience of Leadership and Change
  • Jacqui Grey - Managing Director, Neuro-Leadership Institute
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Research in the cognitive sciences is leading us to a greater understanding of how to improve personal and leadership behaviors and performance. Those who grasp the meaning and implications of this research will be positioned to take competitive advantage This session will introduce key neuroscience principles to create a more engaged, positive and flexible leadership development programme.  Jacqui will share the challenges and complexity of 21st Century Leadership and an understanding of the brain’s response to change.  The keynote is designed to help leaders significantly improve their ability to self-regulate and enable them to have the clarity and agility to lead others through change. Leaders will develop new skills to enhance resilience and build brain health including mindfulness and labelling (emotions)

13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
Networking - PREMIUM
Networking Lunch
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins
Employee Engagement - FREE Seminars
Ensuring Employee Empowerment and Engagement for the Right Reasons
  • Wolfgang Amann - Professor of Strategy and Leadership, Academic Director, HEC Paris
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Empowerment and engagement have become popular concepts. Yet, in which situations do they fit best? With what kind of audiences? In which industries? How can they be linked to other emerging concepts, such as industry 4.0, big data, and sustainable development goals? Would staff members perform better if they are empowered and engaged or is there more to the story? Is reaching another performance level all there is behind these concepts? This session critically reviews these questions and offers opportunities for reflection on why a more humanistic management can help leaders and managers create better organizations. It builds holistic solutions ensuring that empowerment and engagement are integrated initiatives and take place for the right reasons. While converging on solutions, the session will take cultural and business models aspects in different industries into consideration. 

10:15 - 11:00 45 mins
HR Tech, Digital HR & People Analytics - FREE Summit
Change Management: Essential for Success of ICT projects
  • Khaled Al-Mobarak - President, Mawj Training and Consulting
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For Organisations to be successful and competitive they must continually introduce and implement the latest information and communications technologies. Attend this practical session to learn how improve services, streamline and optimise business processes when implementing large and complex ICT project while managing is the “people” challenge. Khaled will reveal how to get buy-in and engagement from employees, customers and key stakeholders to be project ready. The audience will learn how to manage change through the organisation and identify the ROI of implementing change management for every ICT project. 

10:15 - 11:00 45 mins
Compensation, Benefits & Employee Wellness - FREE Seminars
How Can You Maximize Your Health Insurance Benefits?
  • Agni Skafidas - Managing Director, OLAM
  • Mirka Strano - Corporate Business Development Head, Pacific Prime
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Unveiling the latest updates on the health insurance market, this practical session will teach participants how to design / restructure a health insurance scheme in line with their company’s objectives (including cost containment, plan sustainability, staff attraction/retention, etc.). Agni and Mirka will explain the intricacies of managing health insurance premiums and share tips on how to control cost by changing employees’ behaviour. Participants will also learn from practical case studies.

10:15 - 11:00 45 mins
Business, Leadership & Strategy - FREE Seminars
Defining the Role of Leadership within the HR Function
  • Dennis O’Donnell - Chief Executive Officer, Oakwood International Limited
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In this highly engaging session, HR professionals will learn how to “raise their game” and move away from pure administrative aspects to adopting a more holistic view of how they contribute to their business. Dennis will share practical case studies that will help participants start thinking of the function as a significant part of the business and how to make a difference as a strategic function. 

10:30 - 10:45 15 mins
HR Tech Product Demos - FREE Tech Demos
Product Demo by Workfam: The Modern Workforce
  • Cameron Collins - Founder & CEO, Workfam
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WorkFam is a gamified employee engagement application that encourages the adoption of work-life integration, as opposed to seeking the mythical balance. Whether you’re a fitness freak, a foodie or an adrenaline junkie – our unique algorithm will match likeminded employees to our partners’ discounted services. Through more frequent face-to-face interactions, WorkFam enables companies to break work silos, optimize employee relations, and drive cross-segment collaboration to elevate Employee Engagement to new heights. Go ahead - modernize your workforce. Or as we like to call it, WorkFam.

11:00 - 11:15 15 mins
HR Tech Product Demos - FREE Tech Demos
Product Demo by International Youth Foundation: Passport to Success® in-a-Box
  • Sheerin Vesin - Director of Product Strategy & Commercialization – US, International Youth Foundation
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In partnership with Hilton, in support of their goal to open doors for 1M young people to careers in hospitality by 2019, IYF developed a ground-breaking blended-learning life skills training program. IYF is renowned for its flagship Passport to Success® in-person life skills program, shown to improve job performance and lower school dropout rates. But in a corporate setting, time for intensive, in-person training is scarce. PTS in-a-Box is a more scalable version of its namesake, which combines 5 classroom lessons with 5 online lessons, a training video, and user guidelines to create a flexible life skills training for companies. 

11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
HR Tech, Digital HR & People Analytics - FREE Summit
Developing Your Online Learning Strategy for Business
  • Keith Watson - Director/Head of Consultancy Services; CIPD Tutor, 360 HR Solutions; ICS Learn
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Online learning is part of a digital revolution that’s changing the world. Today’s businesses are realising the need to embrace digital tools and training methods to meet the demands of the modern age – an age that’s global, connected, and moving faster than at any point in history. Businesses must equip their workers with the digital skills they need to succeed in the 21st century, and at the same time employ digital teaching methods to ensure their learning process fulfills the needs and expectations of modern learners. 

11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
Professional Development - FREE Seminars
The Resilience Advantage: Five Essential Elements for Peak Performance in Business and in Life
  • Julie Lewis - Director, Mountain High
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This highly engaging, interactive session will be filled with practical advice to give participants a resilient leading edge and solid take-away ideas to implement immediately in their business & life. The subject material is science and research based using results from over 35,000 RQ reports and focused case studies. Julie will show how resilience is built and why it is important, she will introduce the skills and behaviours linked to the Five essential elements of Resilience: Optimism, Solution Orientation, Individual Accountability, Openness & Flexibility, Managing Stress and Anxiety.  Participants will walk away knowing how to activate a solution focused – action orientated mindset,  adapt swiftly to market changes and challenges, as well as increase individual accountability.

11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
Professional Development - FREE Seminars
Finance Fundamentals for HR Professionals
  • Fareeha Hussain - Resident Instructor, Morgan International
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The seminar session will explore the 5 Financial Statements and their key components. Special focus shall be laid on ‘practical’ skill enhancement so henceforth participants can positively add value to corporate capital budgeting and strategic decision-making process at their organisations. This session will enable participants to understand and utilise the 5 key financial statements to HR professionals. Participants will also learn how to develop talent trend and market analysis by utilising the different components of income statements, balance sheets and cash fow statements.

11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
Business, Leadership & Strategy - FREE Seminars
Digital Transformation – An approach to Leadership
  • Paul Gledhill - Co-Founder and Executive Director, XpertLearning
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Increasing number of Executive Leaders are starting to understand that digital transformation needs to be more than evolving business operations, Paul Gledhill will share insights and essential traits all leaders should follow to keep their organisation moving higher with digital age.

12:15 - 12:30 15 mins
HR Tech Product Demos - FREE Tech Demos
Product Demo by 2daysmood
  • Selma Fehrmann - Director EMEA, 2daysmood
  • Robin van der Meulen - Product Manager & Happiness Consultant, 2daysmood
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Our mission is to co-create employee happiness in your organization. With our innovative 15-second-survey® we gather information about how people feel at work and why. The results we present in an online dashboard and weekly reports that spark action. We also provide services that secure the follow-up of the results.

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
Business, Leadership & Strategy - FREE Seminars
The Art of Mobilizing People to Drive Change
  • Youssef Salloum - Global Head of Human Resources, BB Energy
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You might think leadership is hard when you break it down, where to start? what to do first? what is the process? how to gain influence? how to develop my team? how to transform followers into leaders? By attending this unique & interactive learning experience, you will get the answers to those questions and reach a level of maturity where you will start thinking beyond yourself all in the pursuit to aspire to develop leadership and inspire your organizations to achieve its maximum success.

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
HR Tech, Digital HR & People Analytics - FREE Summit
Making HR Seamless through Technology
  • Walid Idris - CTO, ONPRO
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HR is generally a term that causes anxiety to either employees or prospective employees. It is a source of authority, it is a reference point for leadership. Through technology it is possible to make HR seamless and enable users to engage and contribute.

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
Compensation, Benefits & Employee Wellness - FREE Seminars
3 Questions that Define Employee Engagement & Wellbeing
  • Kimi Sokhi - Manager Employee Engagement & Wellbeing - Human Resources, EXPO2020
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Employee engagement and corporate wellness programs have gained a lot of traction over the last decade. There’s a ton of data, case studies and best practices telling businesses on how to foster an engaged and healthy workforce. In this session Kimi Sokhi will share the three basic questions that will cut out the noise and help your organization define its engagement and wellbeing strategies. Based on the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and other physiological principles, these three questions can help every organisation get clear on how to boost their employee engagement and morale.

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
Recruitment & Talent Mgmt - FREE Seminars
Millennials: Understanding Their Values and Motivations to Promote Commitment and Performance
  • Darren Hanson - Professor of Leadership, NEOMA Business School
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The Millennial generation has launched itself into the workforce – fully digitized, highly educated, and with values and motivations seemingly at odds with preceding generations. As HR professionals, how can we harness their energy and enthusiasm while simultaneously ensuring Millenials are fully engaged, committed and productive employees? Leadership expert Dr. Darren Hanson presents a highly interactive session that begins by reflecting on 2017 research that sheds light (and some surprises) on the values and aspirations of Millennials, and uses these insights to identify five key factors for the successful recruitment, performance and retention of Millennials.

13:00 - 13:15 15 mins
HR Tech Product Demos - FREE Tech Demos
Product Demo by Cornerstone OnDemand/XpertLearning - Understand your HR & talent data faster
  • Paul Coulthard - Implementation Consultant, XpertLearning
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Access HR & talent data from across your Cornerstone Unified Human Capital Management products. Easily discover your top performers and future leaders to proactively answer workforce questions.

Use Cornerstone Benchmark to optimize your HR efforts. We automate the benchmarking process so it's efficient and timely. This way, HR and business leaders can leverage insights across key workforce metrics that drive amazing business outcomes.

13:45 - 14:00 15 mins
HR Tech Product Demos - FREE Tech Demos
Product Demo by Disprz
  • Ravi Kesavan - Regional Head, Middle East., Disprz
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Disprz’s state-of-the-art mobile-first, cloud and AI-powered platform, creates tangible business impact through 3 themes:

Continuous skill enhancement: Every role in your organisation is broken into on-the-job competencies, around which professional development can be delivered continuously in several flavours - mobile micro-learning, live virtual coaching / mentoring as well as through content from leading MOOCs like Udemy and edX.

AI-driven team management: Through Disprz, managers directly provide professional development input to their reportees on-the-job. Disprz’s AI-driven tools that are embedded in daily chat conversations, social knowledge feeds enable managers to micro-appraise and provide learning recommendations on a daily basis.

Knowledge linked with Impact Analytics: Disprz’s analytics suite tracks achievement data from CRMs and PMS systems and correlates it with learning assessment data, employee mood and daily performance gleaned from chat-based interactions, to provide actionable learning recommendations to individual users as well as aggregate skill gap insights to managers and functional leaders.

14:00 - 14:45 45 mins
Employee Engagement - FREE Seminars
The Critical Ingredient for Engagement: A Leader’s Behavior while driving Employee Performance
  • Debbie Nicol - Managing Director, Business En Motion
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In this interactive session, participants will explore 35 years of cutting-edge leadership research by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner that will enable them to associate engagement with ‘the way a leader behaves’ and not necessarily ‘who a leader is’.  Debbie, a leadership and change specialist, will demonstrate the impact of highly engaged leaders on employee productivity and business performance.  You will be able to explore solutions that have been tested and proved by business leaders to increase employee engagement rates across your workforce. 

14:00 - 14:45 45 mins
HR Tech, Digital HR & People Analytics - FREE Summit
HR, The Last Analytic Frontier
  • Christopher Arnold - The Data Whisperer; Head of Knowledge Services, Wells Fargo
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No other corporate function has more data than HR. HR has finance data, expense data, head count data, position data, recruiting data, performance data, salary data, complaint data, data data data. In fact, HR has so much data that at times it seems HR has no data at all. Nevertheless, HR tends to be the function least engaged with data. When corporations claim their people make a difference, it is no longer sufficient to say that HR professionals are “people people, not data people.” In an engaging, often humorous, and sometimes challenging session, the Data Whisperer will introduce the audience to three approaches (basic, intermediate, and a little bit advanced) to move HR from a corporate necessity to competitive advantage.


14:00 - 14:45 45 mins
Learning & Development - FREE Seminars
Strengths Based Development: Using StrengthsFinder to build better teams and raise performance
  • Holly Fenton - Director, FH Insights
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Many organisations know the value in using a strengths-based approach for employee development. However, established company processes and managers’ mind-sets, mean that weakness fixing is often the focus and strengths development gets neglected. In this interactive session, you will gain an insight into the most valid strengths identification tool on the market and see how it can help you build better teams and raise performance. StrengthsFinder certified coach, Holly Fenton will help you to start creating a strengths-based culture in your organisation. You will also gain important insights into your own strengths and how to make the most of them.

14:30 - 14:45 15 mins
HR Tech Product Demos - FREE Tech Demos
Product Demo: Optum My Wellbeing
  • Margaret Rolo - Head of Global New Business Development, Optum
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Optum My Wellbeing is our digital engagement solution combining clinical programs and engagement expertise with mobile technologies, social networking and gamification. The platform offers multiple levels of personalised engagement: goal setting, tracking, challenges, and communication triggers to motivate users to achieve their goals. It puts users in charge of managing their health and refers them to other opportunities to improve their mental and physical health. This next generation digital experience can improve the health of a company in a variety of ways, including:

• Reduced employee health risk

• Improved employee productivity

• Increased engagement with health and wellness programs

• Increased employee satisfaction

15:15 - 15:30 15 mins
HR Tech Product Demos - FREE Tech Demos
Product Demo by CivilSoft: CivilSoft Strategic HCM
  • Mohammed Nagdy - Founder & CEO, CivilSoft
  • Jenna El-Attal - Business Consultant, CivilSoft
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CivilSoft Strategic HCM is a unified suite of HR applications encompassing core HR and payroll, workforce planning and scheduling, talent acquisition and talent management. In this demo, CivilSoft will be demonstrating how organizations can leverage the huge amounts of data they generate to optimize their human capital investments and direct scarce company resources to activities that derive the most value and contribute to business outcomes.

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
HR Tech, Digital HR & People Analytics - FREE Summit
Enhancements to the Human Resources Performance and Cost Effectiveness in Organisations
  • Joanna Harrop, The University of Manchester; The George Washington Business School; Cass Business School
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Modern organisations emphasise the need for effective and cost efficient HR services. This practical case study session will focus on key enhancements that contribute to the HR services’ success: (1) technology (2) lean six sigma and (3) HR shared services. Participants will learn how technology enables the HR business processes efficiency and will share tools for improvements. 

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Business, Leadership & Strategy - FREE Seminars
Leading Diverse Groups of Employees: Why Diversity Is Good for Business
  • Nicolina Kamenou-Aigbekaen - Professor in International Human Resource Management and Diversity Management, College of Business,, Zayed University
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This session will actively engage participants with diversity and equality in employment, focusing on leading and effectively managing employees from diverse backgrounds. This will be examined in terms of key ‘diversity strands’ such as gender, nationality, religion, age, ethnicity etc. The session will focus on the benefits of diversity in the workplace (the business case) but will also look at the social justice (moral) case and the legal case for ensuring all employees are treated fairly at work in terms of key HR activities (recruitment, selection, performance management, HR development and reward management).

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Learning & Development - FREE Seminars
Designing Agile Organisations in the GCC for the Future Now
  • Frederik Haentjens - Organization Design Advisor, Sadara Chemical Company & Boxology
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Organisation Design was always, and has in the last few years become, even more, a crucial offering that HR and OD professionals are being asked to provide to their clients and their management. This seminar will allow participants to understand better organisation design and how it fits within the context of broader organisational development work. Fredrick will demonstrate the interrelationship between organisational structure and customer service, technology, performance, processes, and people. During this course, we will also look at the impact of Value Networks, Millennials in the workforce, the impact of AI, Robotics and the Organization Agility Models that can be applied.

16:15 - 17:00 45 mins
Compensation, Benefits & Employee Wellness - FREE Seminars
The Death of Performance Appraisals: Bye Bye to KPIs, and Hello to MSCs
  • Robert Mosley - Global Remuneration Expert and HR Consultant, CEO of Lemon Pip Consulting Limited (UK and GCC and Asia) Formerly SVP Human Resources at Emirates Group
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Robert Mosely will be sharing the latest global trends in Performance Management, Performance Appraisal Cycle, the latest in KRAs, annual KPIs.  He will also share the newest trends in monthly MSCs, how informal monthly scores work and what happens in annual performance appraisals.

16:15 - 17:00 45 mins
HR Tech, Digital HR & People Analytics - FREE Summit
How Technology and Analytics Can Reinvent HR and Businesses Today
  • Farzana Kazemi - Global HR Director, KEF Holdings
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Finding the right technology tools and solutions so HR can drive workforce performance and overall value to the business is the biggest challenge. Practical real live examples will be presented from KEF Holdings by their HR Director, Farzana Kazemi, on how they selected, helped design and implemented an integrated system to manage HR processes from basic payroll, in multi-currency multi-geographical locations for over 1,500 employees to developing L&D tools including induction programmes and digital learning solutions to an employee self-service portal. Participants will also learn the benefits of plugs in such as time and attendance across project sites, Finance, Production, and Performance; thus driving a strategy for digital HR across the business. Delegates will learn what HR needs to look for, in a HR system that is right for your business and that will add value and make a positive impact on the your business and people.

16:15 - 17:00 45 mins
Business, Leadership & Strategy - FREE Seminars
The D-Word: Value and Challenge of an Inclusive Organization – A Local Perspective
  • Reem Al Fahim - CEO, SEDRA Foundation
  • Renate Baur-Richter - Program Manager, SEDRA Foundation
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Supporting, recruiting and retaining People of Determination (Persons with Disabilities) is on the rise - most companies have an articulated D&I strategy. The situation on the ground looks differently:  The Inclusion of People with Disabilities touches a company at the very core level, the C-level: Culture and Climate, Coordination and Control within the organization. Against the backdrop of a regional perspective the SEDRA experts explore failed and valid ideas, update on the new UAE policy for People of Determination and present robust navigation tools towards more inclusion on all levels: An antidote against D&I fatigue.  

16:15 - 16:30 15 mins
HR Tech Product Demos - FREE Tech Demos
Product Demo by gulfHR: gulfHR HRMS system demo
  • Diana Geldenhuys - Managing Director, gulfHR
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We’ve been busy this year utilising technology to take our customers to the next level and a perfect work experience.

Mobility: introduced gulfHR App for Android and iOS as an extended channel for the employee self-service portal.

Visibility: gulfHR launched the HR Analytics Dashboard. This gives insight into your organisation, and full visibility on the hidden facts and trends, empowering you to confidently take proven decisions.

Extendibility: Our cloud setup is now on Microsoft Azure. Our customers are very satisfied with the security and privacy, and really appreciate the flexibility to mobilise resources for better efficiency whilst they grow.

17:30 - 18:30 60 mins
Professional Development - FREE Seminars
SHRM MENA Student Case Competition – Undergraduate Finals
  • Robert Garcia - VP Global Business, SHRM
  • Joseph Jones - Director, Research Insights and Applications, SHRM
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This is the third year of the Annual SHRM MENA 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.

11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Scheduled Speed Networking
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Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your favorite keynote speakers, HR peers and colleagues.  Don't forget to get your business cards with you! 

11:30 - 12:15 45 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Campfire sessions - HR Business Transformation Framework
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A laid-back environment, simulating a campfire storytelling time in a roundtable setting that discusses how to go about developing an HR Business Transformation Framework.  This peer-to-peer interactive format will allow you to share your own experiences, exchange best practices and build new connections. 

13:00 - 13:30 30 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Scheduled Speed Networking
more

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your favorite keynote speakers, HR peers and colleagues.  Don't forget to get your business cards with you! 

13:30 - 14:00 30 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Chris McChesney Book Signing
  • Chris McChesney - #1 Best Selling Author & International Strategy Guru, Global Practice Leader of Execution, FranklinCovey
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Meet, take photos with and get your own personalised signed books by world renowned best-selling authors. 

13:45 - 14:15 30 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Work workouts- 10 smart ways you can exercise at your desk
  • Jackson Litchfield - Performance and Leadership Coach, Calibre Performance
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This fun and energising session will demonstrate the best ways to stay fit while at the workplace.  Many organisations are promoting fitness in the workplace for improved health and well-being - participate in this session to know how you can stay fit at work and advocate fitness among your team.

14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Michael Useem Book Signing
  • Michael Useem - Professor of Management and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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Meet, take photos with and get your own personalised signed books by world renowned best-selling authors. 

14:45 - 15:30 45 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Meditation for Inspiration
  • Jelena Petelinkar - Wellness and Mind Coach, JPXFIT Mindfulness Company
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A 45 mediation session led by a Holistic Mind, Health and Fitness coach - Jelena Petelinkar. This session will help energise and inspire you for the rest of the day. Come with an open mind and relax.

15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Scheduled Speed Networking
more

Want to get away from the large event crowds? You will get the chance to take part in more intimate meet ups with your favorite keynote speakers, HR peers and colleagues.  Don't forget to get your business cards with you! 

15:30 - 16:15 45 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Campfire sessions - HR Business Transformation Framework
more

A laid-back environment, simulating a campfire storytelling time in a roundtable setting that discusses how to go about developing an HR Business Transformation Framework.  This peer-to-peer interactive format will allow you to share your own experiences, exchange best practices and build new connections. 

16:00 - 16:30 30 mins
CONNECT+ FREE
Work workouts- The ultimate 10-Minute office workout
  • Jelena Petelinkar - Wellness and Mind Coach, JPXFIT Mindfulness Company
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This fun and energising session will demonstrate the best ways to stay fit while at the workplace.  Many organisations are promoting fitness in the workplace for improved health and well-being - participate in this session to know how you can stay fit at work and advocate fitness among your team.

14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
Engagement Track - PREMIUM
Empowerment vs Engagement: Knowing When to Engagement to Drive Business Performance
  • Wolfgang Amann - Professor of Strategy and Leadership, Academic Director, HEC Paris
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Empowerment and engagement have become popular concepts. Yet, in which situations do they fit best? With what kind of audiences? In which industries? How can they be linked to other emerging concepts, such as industry 4.0, big data, and sustainable development goals? Would staff members perform better if they are empowered and engaged or is there more to the story? Is reaching another performance level all there is behind these concepts? This session critically reviews these questions and offers opportunities for reflection on why a more humanistic management can help leaders and managers create better organizations. It builds holistic solutions ensuring that empowerment and engagement are integrated initiatives and take place for the right reasons. While converging on solutions, the session will take cultural and business models aspects in different industries into consideration.

14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
Engagement Track - PREMIUM
Building Effective Teams to Enhance Communication and Drive Business Productivity
  • Paul O’Neill - VP Creative, Guinness World Records
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The brand started by being a book of superlatives over a gaming birds’ dispute, but over the past 6 decades Guinness World Records evolved in to global authority on record breaking events having six key business areas, one of which is employee and staff engagement.  This strategic session introduces a powerful and innovative programme that supports HR to achieve high employee engagement and drive team performance in today’s hypercompetitive and uncertain environment.  Paul will share several case studies on how the Guinness World Record’s Engagement programme help accelerate employees’ energy, performance and confidence to build effective team units.

15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
Networking - PREMIUM
Networking Break
15:30 - 16:15 45 mins
Engagement Track - PREMIUM
Think Like a Marketer: Make Learning & Development Irresistible
  • Sushma Panikker - Director of Leadership Development & Talent Management, Emaar Hospitality
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We live in a noisy world - technology, social media means that we are all connected 24/7. If we want to succeed in creating a learning organisation we need to start thinking like marketers and cut through the noise to make learning irresistibly appealing. This fast paced session will help L&D leaders identify hidden learner needs & stakeholder expectations, utilise psychology to keep up learning momentum beyond the launch, and counter employee cynicism, disengagement and move people to action.

16:15 - 17:00 45 mins
Engagement Track - PREMIUM
Taking a Customer Centric Approach to Developing Talent and Employee Engagement
  • Imran Ahmad - Chief Human Resource Officer, RED TAG
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14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
Strategy Track - PREMIUM
Leading the Transformation of HR: Learning from the Procter & Gamble Experience
  • Moheet Nagrath - Leadership Architecture Worldwide LLC;, ex- CHRO, P&G
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Key insights and learning from the experience of transforming HR in Procter & Gamble worldwide on a broad range of challenges: changing the role and work of HR, increasing the strategic impact of HR outcomes, strengthening the influence of HR practitioners, redesigning the HR organization structure and operating model, governing HR as an integrated function, developing capability of HR talent, and managing the challenges of change.

14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
Strategy Track - PREMIUM
How People Analytics Can Boost the Predictive Power of Talent Acquisition Processes
  • Jouko van Aggelen - Partner, Head of People Analytics, Cubiks
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The world has truly entered the so called digital era and the 4th industrial revolution. Although HR has not been a front runner in these developments, things in the world of People Analytics are now accelerating. More and more companies have deployed People Analytics projects that have had a direct impact on employee performance and their business. In this session, Jouko will share some practical case studies on how Talent Acquisition can be perfected using people analytics programmes that work for you.

15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
Networking - PREMIUM
Networking Break
15:30 - 16:15 45 mins
Strategy Track - PREMIUM
How to Execute on Results That Demand a High Degree of Human Engagement
  • Chris McChesney - #1 Best Selling Author & International Strategy Guru, Global Practice Leader of Execution, FranklinCovey
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Leading a strategy that requires a significant change in people’s behavior is the greatest challenge most business and HR leaders will face. Execution of human behavior-based strategies are challenged by the conflict between the energy required to maintain the organisation (the whirlwind) and what is required to move the business forward (Strategic Priorities), and it is this whirlwind that chokes strategy execution and innovation. In this session, Chris McChesney, one of the world’s top strategy pioneers, will discuss the Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) – Focus, Leverage, Engagement and Accountability – which is the key to successfully driving high employee engagement and strategy execution.

16:15 - 17:00 45 mins
Strategy Track - PREMIUM
Workforce Planning: Elevating Your Talent Selection and Recruitment Processes with Innovative Strategies and Technologies
  • Moderator Sheerin Vesin - Director of Product Strategy & Commercialization – US, International Youth Foundation
  • Speaker Koray Genckul - Senior Director HR Operations ME, Hilton International
  • Speaker Gavin Walford-Wright - Executive Director; Talent Acquisition & International Mobility; Human Capital, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • Nahla El Geddawy - HR Director for Learning & Development, PepsiCo AMENA
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In today’s talent marketplace, it is becoming increasingly challenging for recruiters and hiring managers to select great future employees. CVs only tell one side of a complex story – pointing to experience, education and technical skills but not necessarily “work readiness.” In addition to being a costly way to sift and rank thousands of applicants, interviews don’t necessarily provide employers a clear indication of how effective an applicant will be on the job; meanwhile hiring the wrong person contributes to the high turnover costs. So what are the innovative tools and strategies HR leaders are employing to ensure they aren’t wasting valuable time and money finding the right people, while also ensuring they don’t overlook a potentially great candidate?  In this interactive panel discussion, HR leaders from three globally-renowned brands, Hilton, PepsiCo, and Cleveland Clinic, will discuss their answers to these questions – and more.

  • New strategies to increase the size and quality of your talent pool
  • Pioneering technologies to identify the most promising candidates – even before the interview!
  • Innovative on-boarding processes to ensure you get the best out of your new hires