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Key Sessions

Daniel Pink

The Cascade Effect: How Small Wins Can Transform Your Organization

NYT and WSJ Bestselling Author of Drive

08:55 - 09:10 15 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Opening Remarks by the Chairperson
  • Laura Buckwell - Former presenter and news anchor, City 7 TV
09:10 - 09:50 40 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Is Your Organisation Ready for the HR Paradigm Shift? 15 Proven Practices for Staying Ahead of The Game and Building the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Todd Davis the EVP and CPO at Franklin Covey Global will revisit FC’s rich history of practices, choosing the paradigms and behaviours that build and strengthen relationships by sharing real-world stories. Practice #1 – Wear Glasses That Work, is the foundational practice on which Todd will focus on. Gaining a clear understanding of this foundational principle is critical in this age of constant change. If we get stuck in our old paradigms, we will miss the many opportunities for growth and progress.

Focus: Cultural Paradigm Shift

  • Todd Davis - Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, FranklinCovey
09:50 - 11:00 70 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
The Cascade Effect: How Small Wins Can Transform Your Organization

We’ve all been there. An organization announces a huge, comprehensive, top-down change initiative. And we all know what happens next…almost nothing. The siren call of big, dramatic change is seductive—but the reality of how organizations really transform is more complicated, says best-selling author Daniel Pink. In his provocative and entertaining presentation, Pink will draw on his National Geographic television program Crowd Control, a wealth of social science evidence, and vivid examples from business to show that the most effective path to change is through small experiments that reveal larger truths and small wins that cascade to broader transformation. You will learn:

  • Why context matters more than content in changing behavior—and how to quietly reshape context to achieve your goals
  • How to disrupt people’s “default behaviors” through novelty and surprise
  • How to deepen results and response by moving from impersonal, abstract language to personal, concrete language
  • When to use games—and equally important, when not to use them—to alter behaviour
  • How to appeal not just to people’s intellects, but also to their senses
  • Why each week you should have two more conversations about “why” and two fewer about “how.”


Focus: HR Business Transformation

  • speaker Daniel Pink - One of the 10 Most-Watched TED Talks of all time, NYT and WSJ Bestselling Author of Drive
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Making Mobility Easy

Multinational businesses need mobile employees who are ‘ready to go’ – so the right talent can get to the right place quickly, both domestically and across borders. This is much easier said than done due to the increasing number of compliance and operational challenges that come into play. Global markets continue to demand employee mobility on an unprecedented scale. But the way employees are ‘moving’ is fundamentally shifting due to the attractiveness of non-traditional approaches that do not involve formal re-locations. Couple that with an expected global ‘talent gap’ and geopolitical uncertainty occurring around the world and a perfect storm of factors is requiring companies to revamp their mobility processes in order to be ‘fit’ for the future of work. Attend this seminar session that is led by PwC to learn how to be more agile and mobile in the new world of work. 

  • Speaker Sarah Gerges - Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Speaker Anir Chatterji - Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Measuring The Success of Executive Education - Driving Humanistic Change in an Increasingly Technocratic World

Convention says, that what gets measured, gets done. Or does it? This session will explore how to take success evaluations of executive education seminars to the next level. It will encourage a discussion on being customer-driven versus driving customers. In times of rapid and fundamental innovations in technology for the HR function and learning, such a discussion takes on especial importance. Focusing solely on latest tools can easily distract us from crucial reflections on the actual purpose of executive education. 

  • Wolfgang Amann - Academic Director of Open, Custom, Certificate and Degree Programs, HEC Paris
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Enhancing Employee Engagement by Streamlining Healthcare Costs

Employee engagement is not a new concept. Employers have struggled for years to control healthcare costs associated with risky lifestyles behaviours and chronic diseases. Today, innovative employers are implementing a combination of new solutions to inform the workforce, promote greater transparency and a deeper understanding of healthcare services, and ultimately, drive urgency to improve health behaviours.  In this session, HR professionals will become familiar with medical loss ratios, how the pricing of a medical insurance scheme is derived and the fundamental correlation between managing healthcare costs and employees’ engagement.  HR professionals will learn practical tips to develop an engagement strategy that changes risky lifestyle behaviours.

  • Mirka Strano - Corporate Business Development Manager, Pacific Prime
  • Colin Ward - Corporate Sales Director, Pacific Prime
  • Joe Barber - Director – Global client services, Pacific Prime
10:15 - 10:45 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Is Artificial Intelligence a threat to HR and L&D professionals

As we all know the advancement in machine learning and AI is threatening thousands of job roles we took for granted. How safe then is the role of HR and L&D and what are the skillsets needed and how will they differ from today’s competencies. Who needs to come HR and Learning professionals who are fearful of technology and are also fearful of their future careers

  • Paul Gledhill - Co-Founder and Executive Director, XpertLearning
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
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
It takes two to tango; Establishing sustainable relationships
  • Bob Sorensen - Partner and Managing Consultant, RedSpinach
10:45 - 11:00 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
OnPro Government Relations Portal
  • Alexis Chiotis - Founder, OnPro
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Networking Break and Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Networking Break & 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 - 12:00 60 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
11:30 - 11:50 20 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Off the Record with Dan Pink

This off the record engaging session will allow delegates to ask questions and engage with Dan Pink in an informal setting.  It will give you the opportunity to go deep and exchange viewpoints and ideas on how HR can play an active, strategic role in transforming organisations and disrupting traditional processes for effective wins, while bringing it all into the context of the region.

  • speaker Daniel Pink - One of the 10 Most-Watched TED Talks of all time, NYT and WSJ Bestselling Author of Drive
  • moderator Todd Davis - Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, FranklinCovey
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
HR Forecast: Sunny With a 100% Chance for Change

There are changes ahead that will require the HR leaders of tomorrow to get out of their comfort zones to add business value, not just HR value. Studies carried out by HRCI in collaboration with Inc. magazine and The Wall Street Journal, show that this transformation is already being demonstrated by many high-performance organizations. Future HR breakthroughs will require the equally important merger of the “human factor” with technology, rather than reliance on common HR best practices. These changes will require HR to work more closely with both line managers and the C-suite on talent initiatives.

  • Brad Wilson - Director and Global Markets Executive, HR Certification Institute ® (HRCI®)
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Recruiting Today For Tomorrow’s Jobs: The Competencies Of The Knowledge Revolution

Jobs are changing fast. We recruit today for positions that may become obsolete tomorrow, so how do we get the right people into our organisation regardless of the specific position they are hired to fulfill? The aim of this session is to explore the competencies needed in today’s knowledge revolution, the era where business environments are changing vastly and rapidly. Specifically, we will explore to concept of evidence-based management, and the underlying competencies that organization need to identify and develop in order to ensure long term sustainability of their current recruitment practices.  

  • Speaker Lina Daouk-Öyry - Asst. Professor in Organizational Behavior and HR Management, American University of Beirut (AUB)
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Too busy working to learn?

In an increasingly competitive 24/7 world, how can your workforce continue to develop the skills needed for today and for tomorrow? Globally technology has aided the introduction of flexible working practices, but often flexible learning has failed to keep up. It is more critical than ever for businesses to ensure the effective development of their people. With the range of needs and expectations of modern learners, what are the key elements a business needs to consider when developing an effective and efficient learning strategy?

  • Keith Watson - Director/Head of Consultancy Services, ICS Learn
11:30 - 11:45 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Enhancing effeciency, engagement & productivity through Compport

Comport brings an unmatchable efficiency in the rewards management design, decision making and processes and support organizations to engage their workforce in critical decision making processes, while enhancing leadership capabilities with in-depth organisational insights.

  • Sachin Bajaj - Founder & Managing Partner, Compport IT Solutions
11:45 - 12:00 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Delivering a Thriving Tomorrow, Today

Demo of Oracle latest Innovation in Human Capital Management (HCM) including Emerging Technologies like Digital Assistant, Chatbot, AI.

  • Mike Fadel - Principal HCM Architect, Oracle
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
11:50 - 12:20 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Tomorrow’s EVP: Employee Engagement First and Workflow Processes Second

As the war for talent heats up, and the skills gap in the market widen, businesses need to continue elevating their engagement activities and career opportunities to enhance their employee value proposition. This session will demonstrate moving beyond traditional engagement strategies and towards a holistic model that personalises EVP across the entire employee lifecycle. Led by the Head of Engagement and Workplace Design at the LEGO group, this case study will show how LEGO integrated employees in designing their Shanghai offices to maximise engagement, and in turn improve performance and optimise business outcome.   

Focus: EVP and Employee Engagement 

  • Sudhir Saseedharan - Head of LEGO Workplace Design, The LEGO Group
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
12:00 - 12:45 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Avoiding the pitfalls of Startup hiring
  • Tarek Ghobar - Startup Mentor, Investor, Advisor, Union
12:15 - 12:45 30 mins Free
Informa Stand - FREE
Todd Davis 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*
  • Todd Davis - Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, FranklinCovey
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!

12:20 - 12:50 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Revolutionising Employee Retention and Development: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy People, Healthy Businesses

The expectation an individual has of their employer has changed significantly over the last few years.  Much of that change is around getting and staying healthy, and in today’s world the provision of health insurance is just not enough to remain a competitive and attractive employer. Given the new challenges we all face – a globally dispersed workforce, shifting patterns of working hours, higher levels of stress – has the time come for us to completely change our focus on how we see health in the workplace?  To find out more, this talk will present the value of virtual healthcare, a comprehensive ecosystem of primary care, which promises to revolutionise how an employer can attract, retain and support the very best talent.

Focus: Building A Healthier Ecosystem Workplace

  • Sneh Khemka - Vice President, Population Health, Aetna International
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Being an Indispensable HRBP

HRBP role is one of the only two roles which can lead you to become CHRO in future, other being Talent Management. To be an effective HRBP, there are many hats one has to wear but the most effective being Courageous Advocate and Trusted Advisor with an ability to Influence others without Authority. The sessions will focus on some of the BASIC and Evolving skills needed to be an Indispensable HRBP

  • Speaker Rajan Kalia - Co-Founder, Salto Dee Fe Consulting
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
HardTalk: Effectively engage in the difficult conversations holding you back

When faced with workplace conflict 70% of us choose to ignore it. Would you have the courage to tell your boss they made a mistake, approach a direct report about underperformance, or even tell a colleague they smell?  HardTalk explores the reason behind communication behaviour and how to combat those that hold us back, no matter culture, background or experience.  During this session, you will learn 1) how our neurobiology makes difficult conversations even harder, 2) the impact of having difficult conversations on the bottom line. Avoid the spiral of doom that leads us to stay quiet when we should speak up.

  • Dawn Metcalfe - Managing Director, Trainer, Author and Speaker "HardTalk Handbook", PDSi
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Creating Positive Cultures to Drive Business Performance

During this seminar session, participants will learn how to communicate with a solution-focused mindset to enable better team working, collaboration, problem solving and ultimately better relationships. Barbie will demonstrate how to implement tailored and blended learning to equip people with the skills to handle any situation they encounter at work, to take more ownership and to be more resilient. Don't miss session if you want to gain tools on driving culture change, build resilience and deliver fantastic levels of customer service. 

  • Speaker Barbi Birdseye - Accredited ‘Gober Method’TM Consultant, MGI Learning
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
How Learning & Development Mangers can overcome 8 major issues they face.

The purpose of the session is to provide a clear path of victory to L&D managers most faced problems.

The outcomes: Attendees will come out of this seminar with a solid understanding of how to incorporate technology into problem solving the major operational issues they face.

Take-away: Learning how to implement adaptive learning techniques, acquiring employee ROI calculation methodologies and discovering the various ed-tech tools in the learning echo-system.

  • Bob Sabra - VP of Operations, Administrate
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 - 14:00 75 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
12:50 - 13:20 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
How Pizza Hut became UK’s 'Best Restaurant Chain’ Through Revolutionising Their People Strategy and Proving it on the Bottom Line

In any customer-facing business, talent management and work culture has a huge impact on the bottom line because the employees are the brand. Kathryn Austin’s hybrid role of Chief People and Marketing Officer, enabled her to create the 3-stage talent programme, which is part of the wider change business strategy, that promotes a culture of continuous improvement by involving every employee across 270 Huts. This session will demonstrate how marketing and people merge to help Pizza Hut create real commercial improvements after going through this talent management programme.

Focus: Cultural and Talent Transformation

  • Kathryn Austin - People & Marketing Director, Pizza Hut Restaurants
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 Break & 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
Demo: This is what your e-learning could look like

We will be showcasing some of our best e-learning practices and innovation that we've delivered to clients in the region.

  • Damian Hehir - Co-Founder, Capytech
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
13:20 - 14:20 60 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Networking Lunch and Expo Visit
13:30 - 14:00 30 mins Free
Informa Stand - FREE
Dan Pink Book Signing

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

  • Daniel Pink - One of the 10 Most-Watched TED Talks of all time, NYT and WSJ Bestselling Author of Drive
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!

14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Get Better – 15 Proven Practices to Building Effective Relationships at Work

Through authentic stories, powerful videos, and applicable job tools, Todd Davis, EVP and Chief People Officer of FranklinCovey will uncover the common relationship pitfalls that affect careers and results.  During this interactive presentation you will 1) receive an overview of the 15 Get Better Practices and go in-depth on a select few, 2) learn specific actions that leaders and individual contributors can implement immediately and lastly 3) discover how to assess challenging relationships and transition them to rewarding relationships.

  • Speaker Todd Davis - Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, FranklinCovey
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
How to use Storytelling to Drive Change

The storytelling technology is as old as civilization but still remains newer than new.
 
In fact, given that Learning and Development has now spread across multiple mediums and platforms the ability to use stories to put across novel principles and practices has become incredibly more important.

Stories, research claims reduce learning resistance and employ the whole brain. Stories are extremely high on engagement and transformations too.

In this session, Author and Facilitator, Raju Mandhyan will unravel the science and the art behind powerful storytelling from the book, the HeART of Story, to make learning stick and development happen.

  • Raju Mandhyan - Author, Speaker and Coach, Inner Sun
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Best practices in managing corporate health insurance policies

Purpose of this session is to highlight to the HR teams how to effectively choose a health insurance plan, what areas to look for when choosing an insurance company, what to expect when buying health insurance, how to manage the health insurance policy post enrolment using online solutions and how to spread awareness among insured members about their policy using latest technologies. This session will act as a useful guide with a lot of new insights that can help companies manage their staff health insurance more effectively.

  • Speaker Nour Albitar - Senior Officer, Corporate Engagement, Daman - National Health Insurance Company
14:00 - 14:30 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Mapping The World Of Work And Helping People Navigate Through It

The bar has been reset in terms of what employees now expect from employers. Employees now seek an employer whose values are consistent with their own, and this sentiment shows no signs of slowing. As employees continually seek new experiences to grow both personally and professionally, the traditional linear career paths are fast-becoming a thing of a past. Lateral career moves are now a common way of acquiring the necessary competencies and skills to ultimately lead to advancement. Join this session if you want to learn how you can implement innovative processes and technology to empower employees and create navigable pathways for career advancement.

  • Emrah Eren - Director, Global Markets, HRSG
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
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
How to ALIGN and GROOM your business for maximum VALUATION?
  • Pramod Dhalwani - CEO, IFC Group
14:20 - 14:35 15 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Rising to the Challenge: Women Leaders of the Future

Businesses that have a higher proportion of women are more successful.  However, many businesses still don’t know how to address this, and it becomes a subject side-lined by “diversity” initiatives. In this interview style session – Reem Al Ghanim, HR Development Lead at Saudi Aramco will be interviewed as a successful female leader within the GCC working in one of the world’s largest companies.
 
Focus: Women in Leadership

  • speaker Kafa Al Tamimi - Director of HR, Dubai Entertainment
14:30 - 14:45 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Product Demo: Cornerstone OnDemand – Recruiting Suite

Cornerstone Recruitment System is a complete cloud-based candidate sourcing solution for all organisation size and sectors. It helps employers to showcase best practices leveraged by the platform. Built user friendly careers sites that are mobile and tablet responsive. Manage and review multiple candidates and compare candidate in bulk making the short-listing process seamless. Schedule interviews and manage communication internally and externally using system notifications. Control hiring and onboarding of candidates by smart/custom workflows. Help analyse recruitment data that provides organisation to make strategic decision on workforce planning and talent management. Integrates with a broad range of apps and tools. From our large job board syndication network to your HRIS and more.

  • Bala Ganesh - Certified Implementation Consultant, XpertLearning/Cornerstone
14:35 - 15:00 25 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
The Pulse Report 2018: An International Study of Senior Management Attitudes to Leadership Development and Executive Education

The Pulse Report is an independent study of the business concerns of senior managers working in Western Europe, the Middle East and Japan. Now in its third year of publication, the report considers shifting attitudes to business priorities and challenges. The study identifies and analyses the major trends and influences that affect organisational performance and operation, revealing how executive development can best support business growth. Covering a sample of 1032 respondents from medium-sized to large companies around the world, this third edition of the Pulse Report focuses on the new realities of global business and their impact on leadership. This session will explore and highlight the global and GCC findings of the leading business concerns and challenges in 2018 and projections over the next three years, including C-suite attitudes on investment in leadership development. 

Focus: Organisational Performance and Leadership

  • Bassem Banna - Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, Financial Times, IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance
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
Stress-Relief Meditation

A 1/2 hour mediation session that will help you de-stress after a busy 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 - 15:15 30 mins Free
Informa Stand - FREE
Dawn Metcalfe 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


  • Dawn Metcalfe - Managing Director, Trainer, Author and Speaker "HardTalk Handbook", PDSi
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
14:45 - 15:00 15 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
15:00 - 15:25 25 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
How Landmark Group connected, engaged and trained their 55 000 employees

In a digital age where we talk to our customers via chat-bots on social media but still use emails to engage with employees, how do you create a strong internal culture? How do you connect your staff and help them grow internally? Landmark Group chose to update their internal communication platform with Workplace by Facebook, and they will share how they successfully managed to connect, engage and develop 30,000 of their workforce.

Focus: Employee Communication in the Digital Era

  • Philippe Benamara - Growth Manager, Workplace By Facebook
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
The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in The Middle East
  • Souheil Ali Hassan - Investment Associate, Webcor Group
15:15 - 15:30 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Demo: CivilSoft
  • Yassmine Gamal - Brand Ambassador, CivilSoft
15:25 - 16:00 35 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Curators of the New Leadership Landscape: HR Driving Productivity and Profitability

What is HR’s role in making leaders ‘fit for purpose’ in this new environment and what challenges will HR and L&D experts face in the journey to come? This session will answer all these questions and showcase how leaders can foster an environment where employees have a positive and energetic attitude, are emotionally and intellectually committed to the business vision, and are inspired to contribute their very best efforts to the organisation. Two different case studies from top employers - G.E. and Zurich Insurance, will be presented.

Focus: Productivity + Profitability 

15.25 – 15.40 Case Study One: Joe Chalouhi, Chief Human Resources Officer – MENAT, General Electric

15.40 – 15.55 Case Study Two: Berry Lumpkins, Group Head of Executive Development, Zurich Insurance Company

  • Joe Chalouhi - Chief Human Resources Officer – MENAT, General Electric
  • Berry Lumpkins - Group Head of Executive Development, Zurich Insurance Company
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Emotional to Intellectual Engagement: The Employee's Journey

Employee engagement has always been perceived from one perspective - teambuilding activities, happiness initiatives and organisational culture, and results are usually linked to retention & employee satisfaction.  Mahmoud will introduce the ‘intellectual engagement’ concept where it utilises the full spectrum of the talent organisations have.  During this session, participants will learn how to enable employees to generate more ideas, participate in decision-making, share insights and develop strategy, so leadership is cascaded upon all ranks. Intellectual engagement impacts retention, but it also impacts productivity and innovation.  

  • Mahmoud Mansi - Founder, HR Revolution Middle East Magazine
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Upgrade Yourself – Biohacking To Maximise Your Potential

Biohacking is the art and science of optimizing your performance, health and wellbeing with the help of technology and biology. This session will examine (at a high level) how when you can hack your sleep, nutrition, exercise, work and mind you take the fundamental aspects of your life to a new level, maximising your potential, sustaining high performance and developing a deeper self-understanding.

  • Marita Harrold - CEO and Founder, Tree Yellow
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Organisation Design Goes Beyond Drawing an Organisational Chart

The current economy is very  dynamic  facing many challenges, moving towards technology  is  considered the biggest challenge, from strategic perspective & in order for organisations to outperform its competitors and sustain in the market leadership has  to look at  organisation design, covering all elements not only organisation chart ;ie (Strategy, organisation structure , process, people, Reward, decision making authority ). This presentation will cover an overview of organisation design and will  provide  practical tools and methods.

  • Kifaya Thallam - Group Advisor, Organisation Design & HR, Organisation Design Advsior
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
16:00 - 16:30 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Afternoon 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 - 16:45 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
The power of coaching for CEOs of start-ups
  • Neeru Sharma - Executive Coach & Award Winning Entrepreneur, Marya Leadership Academy
16:15 - 17:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Why are 66.6% of new hires not working out?

Many managers, with years on the job, will say they are very successful at hiring new employees. Yet, we know that the majority do not work out. The failure is often in the first 90 days. If the employee does remain who is not a fit to the culture the negative impact last for the lifetime of the employee working with you and beyond. We will highlight why this happens and how to stop it.  Key learning points:

  • Why our need to interview for fit to your authentic, not aspirational culture. (What are the correct questions to ask.)
  • The on-boarding process starts before the first day on the job. When is that and how.
  • Why your Employer Brand might be preventing you from get the candidates you desire
  • David Cohen - Professor & Founder, Schulich School of Busines / York University, DS Cohen & Associates
16:15 - 17:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Passive Talent Acquisition: The real recruitment issue and how to solve 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. Learn more about the real recruitment issue and how to overcome it through utilising talent crowdsourcing.

  • Clemens Mielke - Founder, Referbility.com
16:15 - 17:00 45 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.

  • Sandrine Bardot - Total Rewards Consultant and Trainer, The Bardot Group – compensationinsider.com
16:15 - 16:30 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Demo: Workplace: your company's private Facebook

Workplace combines next-generation technology and easy-to-use features to transform communications, culture and workflows inside organisations of all shapes, sizes and industries. Communicate, collaborate and connect across desktop and mobile, using familiar features such as groups, chat and video calls. Because anything is possible when people work together.

  • Matt Le May - Client Success Manager, Facebook Workplace
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
16:30 - 16:45 15 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
5 Proven Steps to Impact Employee Engagement Effectively

Employee engagement ranks high on every business’s strategic agenda. Committing to a proven process up front can help your organisation succeed with increasing productivity, improving retention, enhancing performance and transforming into a high-performance culture. Ashok Gopal, Head of People Development at Employee Engagement award winning bank – Mashreq will share five steps that will put you on the road to measuring and improving engagement at your organisation. 

Focus: Measuring Engagement  

  • Ashok Gopal - Head – People Development, Mashreq Bank
16:30 - 17:00 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: Leadership Capabilities

Emerging technologies (IoT, ML, AI, etc.), not only call on developing the right infrastructure, but more importantly is leadership.  We shall review the Digital Mastery Framework (Westerman, Tannou, Bonnet, Ferrais, McAfee), focusing on Leadership Capability.  Organisations may demonstrate strong ability to incorporate technologies, but how well would they handle people matters?  Organisations practicing strong leadership capabilities are able to repeatedly drive transformation in their business.  During this session we shall focus on four key elements synonymous with Leadership Capabilities in organisations adapting digitalization models.  The hard part about digital transformation through technology is not technology. It’s transforming the organization.

  • Joseph Micallef - Chief Operations Officer (Partner), BEAT Ltd.
16:45 - 17:20 35 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Cracking the Code: Attracting, Engaging, and Nurturing the Multi-Generation Workforce of the Future

One of the youngest working populations of the world today reside in the Middle East, and Gen Z will be entering the workforce over the next few years. Businesses are grappling with how to manage three or four generations of employees at work. The needs, expectations and drivers of these diverse workforces stand out as different, and at times conflicting.  This panel session will explore issues like engagement, recruitment strategies, communication and leadership style for a multi-generational workforce in this ever-changing landscape. 

Focus: Bridging the Multi-Generation Gap 

  • Berry Lumpkins - Group Head of Executive Development, Zurich Insurance Company
  • Drew McMillan - Global Head of Colleague Communication & Engagement, British Airways
  • Ali Haidar - SVP People Happiness & Innovation, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
17:00 - 17:15 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
17:20 - 17:35 15 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Working Remotely: Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work Anymore

Focus: Managing Multi-Generation Workforces  

  • Samar Elmnhrawy - HR Vice President, Nissan Middle East
17:35 - 17:40 5 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
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