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Key Sessions

Jason Averbook

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

Leapgen

Ankur Modi

Using Artificial Intelligence to Build Employee Analytics for Instant Decision Making

StatusToday

09:10 - 09:20 10 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Opening Remarks
09:20 - 10:00 40 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
What’s Required to Deliver a 'Digitalized' Workforce Experience

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


  • Jason Averbook - Author, Industry Analyst, co-Founder and CEO, Leapgen
10:00 - 10:25 25 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Using Artificial Intelligence to Build Employee Analytics for Instant Decision Making

- Using People Analytics to transform staff resourcing and headcount
- Measuring Engagement and Collaboration without surveys and manual data
- The role of Employee Intelligence in mergers, acquisitions and re-orgs
- Creating an Employer Brand quantified with data to compete effectively

  • Ankur Modi - CEO and co-Founder, StatusToday
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
How do you improve employee happiness and increase productivity?

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.

  • Speaker Steven Atkins - Alliances Manager, EMEA & APJ, Saba
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Change Management: Foundations for Effective Transformations

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.

  • Speaker Ashley Miller - Research Products Manager, SHRM
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
How to Support and Develop Leaders Who Can Drive Change and Make an Impact on the Business

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.  

  • Dr. Niloofar Rouhani - Senior Consulting Partner & Facilitator, FranklinCovey
10:15 - 10:45 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Augmented Human: Do we really know what’s coming up?

Do we keep up with the pace of technology changes? Do we really know what is AI? What are the consequences of AI for the workforce? Is Human & Robotic Resources Manager position already open? We will try to find answers to these and other questions that we are afraid to even ask.

  • Piotr Romek - Zayed Innovation Hub Leader, Oracle
10:15 - 10:30 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Meditation & Mindfulness

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Ishika Aswani - Silence & Well-being Coach, AXA
10:25 - 10:55 30 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Networking Break and Expo Visit
10:30 - 11:00 30 mins Free
Informa Stand - FREE
Jason Averbook Book Signing

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

Taking place at Informa Stand (Number C10) on the Expo Floor.

  • Jason Averbook - Author, Industry Analyst, co-Founder and CEO, Leapgen
10:45 - 11:00 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
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

  • Barry Hilton - Managing Director MIUK & Global Partner, Mercuri International
10:55 - 11:35 40 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
HR Leadership: Building a tech-enabled and human-centric organisation

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

  • Kinga Karpierz - Area HRIS Manager MEWA and APAC, Red Bull
  • Dana Hafeed - Senior VP of HR APAC, Mars
  • Kafa Al Tamimi - Director of HR, Dubai Entertainment
  • Moderator Toby Simpson - Founder and ex-Managing Director, Gulf Recruitment Group
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Networking Lunch and Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Networking Lunch and Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Networking Lunch and Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins Free
Networking Zone - FREE
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 favorite keynote speakers, HR peers and colleagues.  Don't forget to get your business cards with you!

11:00 - 11:15 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Chair Pilates

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Miriam Titmus - Pilates & Yoga Instructor, AXA
11:00 - 11:45 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
The Power of Women in Entrepreneurship

This session is for all women entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey, it is about how to own your power and voice and to recognize your value, the challenges and fulfillment of the entrepreneurship journey. It is about leadership with purpose and women entrepreneurs as catalysts of sustainable development.

  • Noha Hefny - Senior Consultant, UN Women
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Positive Leadership: Optimising Organisational Performance

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.

  • Speaker Declan Noone - Adjunct Professor, IE University, School of Human Science and Technology
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
The Future of Work is Now: How Will You Keep Up?

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.

  • Speaker Philippe Benamara - Growth Manager, Workplace By Facebook
11:30 - 11:45 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Administrate Product Demo: Scaling Your Training Operation with Disruptive Innovation
  • Bob Sabra - VP of Operations, Administrate
11:35 - 12:00 25 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Leverage the Cloud for a Seamless HR Experience

The HR division is a document driven department: pre-boarding, onboarding, renewals, deadlines and government processes. How can you automate these functions whilst engaging your own team and employees in the process? Learn how with the unprecedented potential of cloud, automation and agile technologies that can revolutionise HR.

Focus: Cloud Automation

  • Alexis Chiotis - Founder, OnPro
11:45 - 12:00 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
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.

  • Katharine Budd - Co-Founder, Now Money
11:45 - 12:00 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Chair Yoga

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Lara Bogdanovic - Yoga Instructor, AXA
11:45 - 12:00 15 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
12:00 - 12:30 30 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Tick tock…time to reinvent HR!

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 

  • Katarina Berg - CHRO, Spotify
12:00 - 12:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
12:00 - 12:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
12:00 - 12:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
12:00 - 12:30 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
12:15 - 12:45 30 mins Free
Networking Zone - FREE
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 favorite keynote speakers, HR peers and colleagues.  Don't forget to get your business cards with you!

12:30 - 12:55 25 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
The Future of Talent Assessment

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

  • Jouko van Aggelen - Executive Director, Cubiks
  • Thomas Eymond Daru - Partner Global Alliances, Cubiks
  • Alia Al Serkal - Vice President – Talent Development, Du
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Employee Wellbeing: A proven approach that delivers retention and profitability

Every organisation worries about retaining their employees and showcasing their competitiveness and differentiation in terms of benefits. In an economically challenging environment, smart organisations look at innovative ways of increasing retention. One of the most underrated approaches is to let employees feel that their organisations care for their health, lives and wellbeing. AXA, the number one global insurer for the 10th consecutive year, has developed a holistic approach to wellbeing aimed at helping employees and their dependents. As well as addressing employee’s health concerns, it tackles the cost of absenteeism and presenteeism that can impact organisations.

  • Sherif Mahmoud - Regional Head of Healthcare, AXA
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Value of Finance and Accounting training to the organization

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.

  • Aziz Tayyebi - Director, International Development, Wiley Professional Certification Solutions
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Enhancing Your Organisation’s Learning Initiatives through Neuroscience

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.

  • Seema Nagrath Menon - Managing Director & Founder, CALM Worldwide (Center for Action in Learning Management)
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Re-inventing the rules: HR Simplified

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.

 


  • Alexis Chiotis - Founder, OnPro
12:30 - 12:45 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Meditation & Mindfulness

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Ishika Aswani - Silence & Well-being Coach, AXA
12:45 - 13:45 60 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
12:55 - 13:15 20 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Creating a tech-powered great place to work

Great places to work lead to better customer experiences and improved business performance. This session explores how British Airways is investing in a transformed working environment, engaging their 42,000 employees as they head into the airline’s 100th birthday in 2019

  • Drew McMillan - Global Head of Colleague Communication & Engagement, British Airways
13:00 - 14:00 60 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
13:00 - 14:00 60 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Networking Lunch and Expo Visit
13:00 - 14:00 60 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
13:00 - 13:15 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Automate HR Processes & Increase Productivity with Sage 300 People

This demo is presented by Varselor, an award-winning Sage Business Partner and will provide a product overview and walkthrough of Employee Self Service module. Sage 300 People offers an agile, integrated, cost-effective, innovative solution for HR, Payroll and Employee Self Service. Over 56,000 companies use Sage 300 People processing data and pay packages of more 6,000,000 pay packages every month. The online, real-time design make processing easy to monitor, cuts down on errors and increases security and stability. The smart design ensures complete implementation in fraction of the time it takes to install other software of this calibre.

  • Elrona Dsouza - Principal HR Consultant, Varselor
13:15 - 14:15 60 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Lunch Break and Expo Visit
13:15 - 14:00 45 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
13:15 - 13:30 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Chair Pilates

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Miriam Titmus - Pilates & Yoga Instructor, AXA
13:30 - 14:00 30 mins Free
Networking Zone - FREE
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 favorite keynote speakers, HR peers and colleagues.  Don't forget to get your business cards with you!

13:45 - 14:30 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Launch Your HR Business The “Right” Way – Five Step Process
  • Kyla Neill - Certified Business Trainer, Start-up Coach
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
“HQ” Happiness Quotient; A New Dimension of the Personal Performance Optimisation

Happiness in the workplace is one of the new emerged dimensions in the corporate culture development. People who are happier at work are more committed to their organisation, healthier, more productive, creative and rise to positions of leadership more rapidly,. “HQ” Happiness Quotient is considered, as the new key for the individual and organisational performance optimisation and future success. This engaging seminar session will provide a conceptual framework for self-determination and management of happiness in the workplace.  Dr. Moustafa will also discuss the “HQ” researched-based strategies, clinically validated tactics and its well-defined key performance indicators “KPIs”.

  • Moustafa Hassan - Scientist; Integrative Medicine Doctor and Canadian Natural Health Practitioner, EMClinic
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
HR Now and in the Future: A look into CIPD’s new Profession Map and State of the Profession Survey

With change and innovation happening everywhere, this is an exciting time to be a people professional. The future will continue to raise new questions, but also present new opportunities to reinvent our work and workplaces. In this session, the CIPD will introduce findings from its State of the People Profession survey – a regional research that provides context to better understand the current state of the HR and L&D profession in the Middle East. Participants will also get a first look into CIPD’s new Profession Map, which sets the international standard for people professionals to make their greatest impact and thrive in the new world of work.

  • Ramy Bayyour - General Manager, CIPD Middle East
  • Sara Davis - Head of Partnerships, CIPD Middle East
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
The Most Powerful Questions to Get You and Your Employees Unstuck

Your employees get stuck at work every day. Stuck in a conflict with their team. Stuck with low motivation in business decline. Stuck in a career dilemma.  You can give them advice and guide them, but how effective and sustainable is this? Instead, asking powerful questions gets your employees curious and engaged. Powerful questions provoke thought, challenge assumptions and fuel creativity. They bring clarity and get employees unstuck. Most importantly, powerful questions enable you to create transformation, rather than a short-term solutions.  Learn how to ask powerful questions – and why you should never ask ‘why?’

  • Desi Jagger - Get Unstuck Coach, Desi Jagger International
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Harnessing the Power of Psychometric Assessments with A Multi-Criteria Approach

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.

  • Christine Confais-Morieux - Director of Business Development, Central Test
  • Laura Brady - Psychometrician & Consultant Psychologist, MBPsS, CentralTest
14:00 - 14:15 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Chair Yoga

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Lara Bogdanovic - Yoga Instructor, AXA
14:15 - 14:35 20 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
A Roadmap to People Analytics Maturity

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 

  • Jordan Pettman - Global Head, People Data Analytics and Planning, Nestle
14:30 - 15:00 30 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
14:35 - 15:00 25 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Role of AI in Enabling Strategic-HR

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                                                                   

  • Hussain Shaikh - Human Capital Management Strategy Leader, Oracle
14:45 - 15:30 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
14:45 - 15:30 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
14:45 - 15:30 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Meditation for Inspiration

A 1/2 hour mediation session that will help energise and inspire you for the rest of the day. Come with an open mind and relax.

  • Zhuldyz Koshpanova, - Chief Happiness and Mindfulness Officer, Happy Minds Life
14:45 - 15:15 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
14:45 - 15:00 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Meditation & Mindfulness

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Ishika Aswani - Silence & Well-being Coach, AXA
15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Innovation in Talent Management

With the increasing need for retention and succession planning programs in businesses specifically for those with critical positions and talented employees; organizations need to rethink their strategies and find ways to identify this group of people at an early stage and work on preparing them for future job opportunities. This session will include one of Dubai Police success stories in automating Talent Management initiatives and the impact it made on existing processes.

  • Captain Engineer. Nawaf Ahli - HR Planning Department Manager, Dubai Police
15:00 - 15:30 30 mins Free
Networking Zone - FREE
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 favorite keynote speakers, HR peers and colleagues.  Don't forget to get your business cards with you!

15:00 - 15:45 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
HR and Start-ups why hiring your friends might be a good idea
  • Fran Apprich - CreProject Manager, Talking Hands Entrepreneurial Startup
15:15 - 15:30 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Improving Engagement with Gamification and Saba
  • Ben Northcott - Senior Solutions Architect, Saba Halogen
15:30 - 15:50 20 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
The Next Revolution in Hiring – Artificial Intelligence and Talent Science.

The buzzwords abound: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Behavioral Analytics…in a talent environment where virtually everyone is using these terms, how do we identify the effective and responsible use of these important approaches? Learn how Talent Science has bridged the gap between decades of psychological insight and the latest in technological advances to finally help crack the code between understanding the optimal intersection of human behavior in the context of work.

  • David Hammond - Director Talent Science, Infor
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
The Confusion Between Culture and Strategy: The negative impact on engagement and productivity

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 organisations 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.  Learning objectives include 1) have a well-developed understanding of what defines a company culture and 2) realize that your company culture might be better than you think. 

  • David Cohen - Professor & Founder, Schulich School of Busines / York University, DS Cohen & Associates
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
The time for HR to shine is now - How to get buy-in from business leaders?

A practical session with real life examples of how the HR profession has matured in the middle east in the last decade or so. How HR best practices are being implemented and what needs to be done further to bring HR in line with international best practice standards in the Middle East? How HR professionals can help senior management differentiate themselves from other employers and have a happy engaged workforce where its people first? All these questions will be addressed during this interactive learning session. 

  • Farzana Kazemi - Chief Corporate Officer, KEF Holdings
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
The Behavioural Science of Reward

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.

  • Speaker Sandrine Bardot - Total Rewards Consultant and Trainer, The Bardot Group – compensationinsider.com
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Future HR – Are we ready for this dynamic and complex change?

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.

  • Todd Brodie - SHRM-SCP, Adjunct Faculty, SHRM (USA)
  • Trent Burner - VP - Research, SHRM
15:30 - 15:45 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Chair Pilates

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Miriam Titmus - Pilates & Yoga Instructor, AXA
15:45 - 16:00 15 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
15:50 - 16:20 30 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Networking Break and Expo Visit
16:00 - 16:15 15 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
16:00 - 16:15 15 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
16:00 - 16:15 15 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
16:00 - 16:15 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
16:00 - 17:00 60 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Hacking Human Resources: The startup with a million employees
  • Tiberiu Iacomi - CEO, The Improbable Agency
16:15 - 17:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Culture Transformation Through Talent Diversity. Workplace Diversity Through Recruitment.

Corporates have started to recognise the importance of diversity in the workplace as a business strategy that maximises productivity, creativity and loyalty of employees while meeting the needs of their clients or customers. An organization that puts people first – regardless of their race, religion, gender, age, sexual preference, or physical disability has an advantage over the other players, they benefit from diverse workforce, as in this case having an access to a greater pool of candidates resulting in hiring the best talent.

  • Jaya Bhatia - Managing Director, Advisor, Career Coach, JobHunt Gulf
16:15 - 17:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Big Data, Small World: Effective Employee Lifecycle Management in a Rapidly Changing Work Environment

The work environment has evolved and dramatically shifted over the last 30 years, requiring organisations to adapt how they manage the employee life-cycle. Redundant jobs and emerging ones, the successful organisations are those who keep up with the trends. This session begins by describing shifts in the work environment then familiarizes with the changes happening in the employee life-cycle and explores how organisations are shifting towards big data to optimize performance and enable informed talent decisions. Finally, the takeaways for HR professionals are understanding what drives performance and motivation for employees to ensure they effectively manage their employees’ life-cycle.

  • Khaled S. Fathi - Managing Director, Front Talent
16:15 - 16:30 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
AI-powered employee insights platform
  • Ankur Modi - CEO and co-Founder, StatusToday
16:15 - 16:30 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Office Chair Yoga

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Lara Bogdanovic - Yoga Instructor, AXA
16:20 - 17:00 40 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Our Talent Development Journey

Focus: Talent Development

  • Nick Babington - Regional Director, MEA, Saba
  • Khalid Hamadani - Head Performance Academy, Bank Dhofar
  • Venkatesh PV - Principal Consultant and Business Head, RAB
  • Akram El Sayed - IE Engineer, CPM, HRMP, EFQM, Royal Jet
  • Moderator Toby Simpson - Founder and ex-Managing Director, Gulf Recruitment Group
16:30 - 16:45 15 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Passive Talent Acquisition - the REAL recruitment problem and how referbility.com solves it

Let's face it: Your next best hire is probably already working for your competition. Great candidates are barely ever in need of searching for new opportunities - with 70% of the global workforce being passive candidates, the core problem of recruitment does not revolve around qualifying applications but sourcing them. 

See in this demo how referbility.com enabled you to hire the best talent imaginable through utilizing talent crowdsourcing.

  • Clemens Mielke - Founder, Referbility.com
16:30 - 17:00 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Blockchain technologies and how they will change HR forever

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.

  • Samir El-Masri - CEO & Professor, Digitalization
17:00 - 17:35 35 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Creating an ageless workplace today for the smart employee of tomorrow

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

  • Greg Shuler - Chief People Officer, UAE Exchange
  • Behshad Darvish - Regional HR Business Partner, Dell
  • Moderator Toby Simpson - Founder and ex-Managing Director, Gulf Recruitment Group
  • Jordan Pettman - Global Head, People Data Analytics and Planning, Nestle
17:00 - 17:15 15 mins Free
Wellness Zone - FREE
Work workouts - Meditation & Mindfulness

These fun and energising expert trainer-led sessions through-out the 3 expo days that will demonstrate how you can stay healthy and active in your office.

  • Ishika Aswani - Silence & Well-being Coach, AXA
17:35 - 17:40 5 mins
HRSE Tech Summit - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
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