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Jason Averbook

What’s Required to Deliver a 'Digitalized' Workforce Experience

Leapgen

Showing of Streams
09:10 - 09:20 10 mins
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HR Tech Summit
Workforce 2030: AI and Humans successfully working together

The UAE is amongst the most advanced and technologically advanced countries in the world. The global challenge for leaders how do develop
and nurture AI mindset to help accelerate positive impact of AI so organisational goals? Insights on how humanism will face the futurism.


Focus: UAE’s talent development strategy

09:20 - 10:00 40 mins
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HR Tech Summit
What’s Required to Deliver a 'Digitalized' Workforce Experience
  • Jason Averbook - Author, Industry Analyst, co-Founder and CEO, Leapgen

This session is designed to challenge your thinking and give you new techniques to reimagine the HR function to deliver a 'digitalized' workforce experience. Jason will offer insights to guide your team, empower your workforce and sustain new transformational processes that are built on a secure, “anti-fragile” foundation.

The four priorities are:

Importance of an action plan that’s tied directly to the business and people strategies of the organization;

Understand the importance of a solid, core foundation and build a people data plan;

Comprehend what makes up a digital workforce experience and know the difference between automation and digitization when thinking about processes into the future;

Determine what are the skills sets HR needs to be successful, and how to move strategy into an actionable plan for the organization.


Focus: Digital HR


10:00 - 10:25 25 mins
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HR Tech Summit
AI and Employee Engagement
  • Ankur Modi - CEO and co-Founder, StatusToday
10:15 - 10:45 30 mins
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Morning Networking Break and Expo Visit
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
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Seminar Room 1
How do you improve employee happiness and increase productivity?
  • Speaker Steven Atkins - Alliances Manager, EMEA & APJ, Saba

Join this interactive session to find out how you can help improve the happiness of your workforce by enabling you to quickly and easily: 1) capture, analyse and deliver continuous insights on employee and company happiness, engagement and performance, 2) take action based on your people data to trouble shoot problem areas and encourage positive behaviors, and 3) continuously improve and measure the impact on your HR strategy on individual and business performance.

10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
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Change Management: Foundations for Effective Transformations
  • Speaker Trent Burner - VP - Research, SHRM

Research has shown that the majority of transformations fail yet we are in a time where transformations are becoming commonplace. Leaders play a critical role in times of change as most employees will look to them to help them understand how the changes will impact them and their work. However, all too often, leaders underestimate their role and responsibility in the change initiative. This session is designed for any leader who manages employees through change.  During this engaging seminar session lead by SHRM, you will 1) learn the impact that chance management has on organizational and operating results, 2) understand the foundational components of change management and the role and responsibilities that managers must play for a successful change initiative, and 3) learn how to lead employees through change initiatives for successful transformation initiatives.

10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
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How to Support and Develop Leaders Who Can Drive Change and Make an Impact on the Business
  • Stéphane Gervais - Consultant, FranklinCovey

Based on FranklinCovey’s learning from over $150 million in research and development, 30+ years of curating best-of-class thought leadership practices, numerous best-selling books, and hundreds of thousands of client engagements around the world, this session will demonstrate how to develop a successful leader’s mindset.  During this session, participants will learn how to develop leaders so they can set up their team and achieve results; build a rich culture of feedback; lead teams through change; inspire trust by being models of character and competence; create vision by rallying their teams around an important purpose and coach potential leaders by unleashing the untapped talent of their team.  

10:15 - 10:45 30 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Oracle
10:25 - 10:55 30 mins
HR Tech Summit
Coffee Break and Expo Visit
10:45 - 11:00 15 mins
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Innovation Stage
Demo: A year of development in 15 minutes

Join us at the HR Tech Demo and discover a year of development in 15 minutes combining: Competence assessment, Online resource and digital tools, Classroom learning: leadership, simulation and forum theatre, Knowledge reinforcement, Coaching and ultimately Accreditation and Return On

10:55 - 11:35 40 mins
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HR Tech Summit
HR Leadership: Building a tech-enabled and human-centric organisation
  • Ruth Fletcher - VP of People, Careem
  • Kinga Karpierz - Area HRIS Manager MEWA and APAC, Red Bull
  • Dana Hafeed - Senior VP of HR APAC, Mars

In the new era of human resources executives will need to build the right capabilities to meet the growing business needs in this new digital landscape. Per Deloitte 79% of organisations initiated HR transformation efforts and there is no doubt HR is at a crossroad! Within this session participants can see Slido for their questions and get their answers!

Focus: HR Leadership and Tech

11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
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Positive Leadership: Optimising Organisational Performance
  • Speaker Declan Noone - Adjunct Professor, IE University, School of Human Science and Technology

This session will introduce how positive leadership, with its human-centre focus, can optimise an organisation’s performance. During this session, participants will learn how to address why a new leadership paradigm is required, understand what is positive leadership, and identify positive leadership skills and techniques needed to optimise performance. Declan from the IE University - School of Human Science and Technology will demonstrate how to examine the practical application of positive leadership throughout a working day to improve business productivity as a whole.Participants will develop an appreciation of the positive leadership, and how building new perspectives, skills, and techniques can optimise your performance, the performance of your team, and the bottom–line results of your organisation. 

11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
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The Future of Work is Now: How Will You Keep Up?
  • Speaker Philippe Benamara - Growth Manager, Workplace By Facebook

The purpose of our session is to share the three trends that will define the future of work: 1) mobile is increasingly becoming our #1 work device, 2) personal & business communication are merging together and finally 3) 50% of the workforce globally will be millennials in two years, with a whole set of expectations regarding the way they communicate with their peers.  Philippe the growth manager at Workplace by Facebook will share how work is evolving and what actions HR professionals need to make to keep up with these changes in their organisations.

11:30 - 11:45 15 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Demo: Administrate
  • Bob Sabra - VP of Operations, Administrate
11:35 - 12:00 25 mins
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HR Tech Summit
Dear HR department, seamless HR is here
  • Alexis Chiotis - CFO, OnPro

The HR division is a document driven department: job applications, pre-boarding, onboarding, referrals, expense processing etc. Learn how with the unprecedented potential of cloud, automation and agile technologies hr processes are revolutionised.

Focus: Cloud Automation

11:45 - 12:00 15 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Demo: NOW Money - Digital Salary Transfer

Explaining how NOW Money can be used to transfer salary to low-to-middle-income staff and a demo/screenshots of the app and how it works and other features including remittance marketplace and mobile top-up.

12:00 - 12:30 30 mins
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HR Tech Summit
Tick tock…time to reinvent HR!
  • Katarina Berg - CHRO, Spotify

By harnessing the power of technology and mobile hr is on the edge of becoming the main power engine for any organisation. This impactful session will highlight how technology has changed the mindset of employees and keeps reinventing culture.

Focus: Talent and Culture Change 

12:30 - 12:55 25 mins
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HR Tech Summit
The Future of Talent Assessment
  • Jouko van Aggelen - Executive Director, Cubiks
  • Thomas Eymond Daru - Partner Global Alliances, Cubiks
  • Alia Al Serkal - Vice President – Talent Development, Du

Jouko Van Aggelen and Thomas Eymond-Daru will be talking to Dr Alia Al Serkal, VP Talent Development at du, about how Talent Assessment is changing and what you can expect to see over the next few years. They’ll be focusing on:                                                                                                  

  • People – how will people and work-culture change? Which behaviours & competencies will link to high performance in the future                                 
  • Technology – how will the assessment environment change with the dawn of the 4th industrial revolution? How will new technologies like Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, video assessments & gamification add value? What is already available and what are you missing in the UAE?                                                                      
  • Big Data & People Analytics – Many organisations are sitting on mountains of information that is a few clicks away from driving better people & performance decisions. What can you do with the data you already have?                                                                              

Focus: RoI and Efficiency                                                                                                            

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
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How can Building Finance and Accounting Competencies Benefit Your Organisation?
  • Aziz Tayyebi - Director, International Development, Wiley Professional Certification Solutions

How can key financial and analytical skills make a difference in the overall efficiency of the organization? What is the ROI of investing in financial learning for your organization’s bottom-line? This session will provide insight into the value of equipping your managers and staff in general with key financial and analytical skills.

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
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Enhancing Your Organisation’s Learning Initiatives through Neuroscience
  • Seema Nagrath Menon - Managing Director & Founder, CALM Worldwide (Center for Action in Learning Management)

One of the most important and greatest challenges facing talent development professionals is ensuring effective learning transfer. But what is the best way to make learning stick? Recent findings from psychology and neuroscience studies offer new perspectives on how to facilitate learning in a ‘brain-friendly’ format in which learning transfer and retention is more likely. This research into the psychology of learning and neuroscience is providing significant insights that improve the design and delivery of learning. However, this has yet to be translated into widespread changes in practice, leading to a missed opportunity for many organisations to enhance learning effectiveness. In this session you will discover effective techniques that can be used to enhance learning & memory by using brain science to leverage learning and facilitate effective learning transfer.

12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Re-inventing the rules: HR Simplified
  • Alexis Chiotis - CFO, OnPro

Technology is disrupting how we work and there is a danger that it is distracting us from our work. This begs the question ‘What is Work These Days’? This session will examine the impact of technology on the changing modern work environment and how it may shape the future of work.

 


12:55 - 13:15 20 mins
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HR Tech Summit
Increasing employee engagement through tech-enabled experiences
  • Tony Cooke - Vice President HR, Adidas Group

Employee engagement is the backbone of any company’s success. Businesses are constantly challenged with aligning technologies to increase collaboration and engagement across all levels. Adidas is no different. With the help of high-impact technologies and apps, Tony Cooke will share why for successful organisations employees make all the difference.

13:00 - 13:15 15 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Demo: Workex AI
13:10 - 14:10 60 mins Free
Connect+
Networking Lunch and Expo Visit
13:15 - 14:15 60 mins
HR Tech Summit
Lunch Break and Expo Visit
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
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Seminar Room 1
The Confusion Between Culture and Strategy: The negative impact on engagement and productivity
  • Speaker David Cohen - Professor & Founder, Schulich School of Busines / York University, DS Cohen & Associates

Company culture is frequently talked about and mostly misunderstood. Too often what is called a change in culture is only a change in strategy. Knowing the foundation for the culture and celebrating that enable a smoother path to the new or evolving strategy. When the C-Suite abdicates to HR the commitment, accountability and consistency of culture organizations fail.  Attend this session and understand why company culture cannot change it only can evolve, very slowly. Stop being misled by consultants who say company culture can change reality quickly.

Key learning point:
• Have a well-developed understanding of what defines a company culture
• Realize that your company culture might be better than you think

14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
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Action Learning: Experience A Pragmatic Methodology for dealing with Difficult Challenges
  • Niamh Briody Jordan - Executive Coach and Education Professional, Independent

5 delegates will experience Action Learning by actively participating in an action learning set, led by a skilled facilitator using Fishbowl technique /other delegates will sit and observe the Action Learning Set role play, 10-minute set up and 5-minute debriefing

Outcomes

  1. Define what Action Learning is.
  2. Describe what you can get out of being part of an Action Learning Set
  3. Explain how an Action Learning Set works?

Learning Objectives

  1. A clear understanding of the purpose of Action Learning
  2. Experience being an Action Learning Set participant
  3. Identify and categorise powerful questions to ask
  4. Demonstrate and practice Active Listening
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Harnessing the Power of Psychometric Assessments with A Multi-Criteria Approach
  • Christine Confais-Morieux - Director of Business Development, Central Test
  • Laura Brady - Psychometrician & Consultant Psychologist, MBPsS, CentralTest

Despite the wealth of data we collect today, does it really improve the quality of our decisions? Good decision-making, especially in HR processes, is based on multiple sources of accurate, objective, and relevant information.  The field of psychometrics has been curating data for decades, allowing us to uncover the hidden aspects of human potential. This session will uncover how using psychometric assessment based on a multi-criteria approach can provide a finer and predictive analysis of people’s potential. This approach brings a myriad of benefits to HR, from mitigating cognitive bias to increasing the reliability of talent decision-making.

14:15 - 14:35 20 mins
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HR Tech Summit
A Roadmap to People Analytics Maturity
  • Jordan Pettman - Global Head, People Data Analytics and Planning, Nestle

Join Jordan Pettman, Nestlé’s Global Head of People Data, Analytics and Planning to understand how to democratize access, and capability to understand and use people analytics in order to support decision making across a global organisation, as we take a deep dive to discover: 

- The focus(es) of the People Analytics Function at Nestlé with examples of solutions used across the business                                                                                                                                                             - The journey towards maturity and Nestlé’s strategic roadmap for people analytics.                                

Focus: People Analytics 

14:35 - 15:00 25 mins
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HR Tech Summit
Role of AI in Enabling Strategic-HR
  • Hussain Shaikh - Human Capital Management Strategy Leader, Oracle

AI is one of the emerging technology that will change the world in coming few years. As AI will impact citizens and workforce across the globe, HR has to take the lead in understanding the impact of AI on workforce and planning the way ahead. AI cannot be left to the technologist alone and HR has to take the lead. This session will focus on explaining few focus areas where AI can significantly help HR reduce its operational burden, bring in better transparency and consistency and enable their strategic focus 

Focus: AI                                                                   

15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
HR Tech Summit
Session TBC
  • Captain Engineer. Nawaf Ahli - HR Planning Department Manager, Dubai Police
15:15 - 15:30 15 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Demo: Talent Development Solutions Demo
15:20 - 15:50 30 mins
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Afternoon Networking Break and Expo Visit
15:30 - 15:50 20 mins
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HR Tech Summit
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15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
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Session to be announced soon
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
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Seminar Room 3
The Behavioural Science of Reward
  • Speaker Sandrine Bardot - Total Rewards Consultant and Trainer, The Bardot Group – compensationinsider.com

Behavioural economics are having an impact on everything from government policies to healthcare interventions, and now Human Resources. This session will explain how our brains are “wired” with mental shortcuts, and explore some of these shortcuts to see how they affect employees’ reactions to incentives, benefits and rewards & recognition programmes. Participants will learn how to “nudge” (influence) employees to make healthier, more beneficial decisions and actions, and to design more effective Total Rewards interventions.

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Future HR – Are we ready for this dynamic and complex change?
  • Todd Brodie - SHRM-SCP, Adjunct Faculty, SHRM (USA)
  • Trent Burner - VP - Research, SHRM

Participants will gain a better understanding of the dynamics and complexity of Future HR what this looks like and what this means for today’s HR practitioner. The session will identify critical core focus areas that require flawless execution along with the necessary shift in individual and organizational perspectives that are needed to drive a greater collaborative effort in the Future HR role. Finally, we will take at where we are today, in terms of competence and capability, as HR professionals to determine if we are ready for this undertaking.

15:50 - 16:20 30 mins
HR Tech Summit
Coffee Break and Expo Visit
16:15 - 17:00 45 mins Free
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Seminar Room 2
Transform your Career Paths to survive the Knowledge Economy
  • Fred van Leeuwen - Management Consultant & Coach, LionXplors

Our career-paths are outdated. Almost without anybody noticing, their logic has become obsolete. In the knowledge economy, a company culture where employees compete to reach traditional management positions is counterproductive. Even disastrous, if they do so for the wrong reasons. As dinosaurs -type remains of the industrial revolution,  company systems and -culture are to blame. Today we need development of professionals. This session will give you a proven, practical way to revamp your career-paths. This will not only help you attract and  retain the most talented professionals. More-over, it will allow you to get much higher value out of them.

16:15 - 16:30 15 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Demo: StatusToday
16:20 - 17:00 40 mins
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HR Tech Summit
Our Talent Development Journey
  • Khalid Hamadani - Head Performance Academy, Bank Dhofar
  • Nick Babington - Sales Director for the Middle East, Saba

Focus: Talent Development

16:30 - 17:00 30 mins Free
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Innovation Stage
Blockchain technologies and how they will change HR forever
  • Samir El-Masri - CEO & Professor, Digitalization

Blockchain technology is not only about bitcoin. Blockchain drives new disruptive systems in banking, insurance, education, healthcare, supply chain, government, telecommunication, HR.

Enormous potential of applying Blockchain in HR operations such as Recruitment, Payroll, Talent management, learning and contracts. Blockchain will create a space where all the university degrees, industry experiences and performance of applicants are stored in public blockchain directly accessible by recruitment staff. Blockchain technology also makes it simple, fast, cheap and efficient to pay overseas and contractual employees. Using smart contract technology, HR will save time and money to exchange payment with contractors, suppliers and other partners.

17:00 - 17:35 35 mins
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Creating an ageless workplace today for the smart employee of tomorrow
  • Greg Shuler - Chief People Officer, UAE Exchange
  • Behshad Darvish - Regional HR Business Partner, Dell

The digital revolution has given us the opportunity to re-imagine the way how companies will attract, develop and keep the smart workforce of the future. In this futuristic but at the same time practical session participants can use SLIDO do share their journey on developing the workplace of tomorrow.

Focus: FoW – Future of Work

17:35 - 17:40 5 mins
HR Tech Summit
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