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Key Sessions

Peter Cappelli

The New Rules of Talent Management: HR Goes Agile

The Wharton School

Julian Birkinshaw

Leading Business into the Future: Redefining your leadership model for the digital age

London Business School

Showing of Streams
09:10 - 09:50 40 mins
Strategy Series
The New Rules of Talent Management: HR Goes Agile
  • Peter Cappelli - One of the Top 5 Most Influential Management Thinkers, The Wharton School

Agile is more than just a buzzword in the HR world today - it’s transforming how organisations hire, develop, and manage their people. You could say HR is going “agile lite,” applying the general principles without adopting all the tools and protocols from the tech world. It’s a move away from a rules and planning based approach toward a nimble and faster model driven by feedback from participants.

Focus: Agile Talent Strategy

09:50 - 10:30 40 mins
Strategy Series
Leading Business into the Future: Redefining your leadership model for the digital age
  • Julian Birkinshaw - Renowned author and Deputy Dean of Executive Education, London Business School

The leadership model is broken – and an entire generation of potential leaders is on the verge of falling through the cracks. In this educational session, McKinsey Award-winning author, Tammy Erickson, will show you how businesses and leaders create context to empower their people with great ideas to make
meaningful contributions

Focus: Building Future Leaders

10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
Morning Networking Break and Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:20 20 mins
Strategy Series
Off the Record with Peter Cappelli
  • Peter Cappelli - One of the Top 5 Most Influential Management Thinkers, The Wharton School

This off the record interactive session will allow delegates to ask questions and engage with Peter Cappelli in an interactive setting. It will give you the opportunity to go deep and exchange viewpoints and ideas adopting an HR agile strategy and growth mindset.

11:20 - 12:00 40 mins
Strategy Series
Leadership Disrupted: Pushing the Boundaries for High-Impact Leaders
  • Waseem Hassan - Chief Business Support Officer, Dubai Parks & Resorts
  • Joanna Williams - Associate Director, Global Skills and Performance Development, Swarovski
  • Berry Lumpkins - Head of Leadership Development, Maersk

As digital disruption sweeps across every major industry, leadership capabilities are not keeping pace. This session will uncover the key pillars of a future leader i.e. understand how to build and lead teams; keep people engaged; collaborative nature; innovate and take risks. The topic of human capital vs. technology will be in debate to highlight that despite technology is critically significant, human capital remains indispensable for business success.

Focus: Leadership in a Disruptive World

12:00 - 12:25 25 mins
Strategy Series
The Power of Insight. Wellbeing Through Activity: The DNA of Our People
  • Clodagh Logue - VP of International HR, Fitbit

By 2030, the number one disease in industrialised countries will be stress-related conditions, according to the World Health Organisation. Wellbeing is not just another buzz-word, it is a key factor that will reduce high turnover and disengagement costs as well as improve engagement and productivity. Especially with the emerging millennial demographic, employers have to deliver different set of expectations from previous generations. You will learn how our mission to make everyone in the world healthier influences our workplace and encourages our teams to make the most of their energy at work and at home.

Focus: Wellbeing and Stress Management

12:25 - 12:40 15 mins
Strategy Series
Is Employee Happiness Just a Fad or Is It Actually Impacting Business Performance?
  • Mansoor Habib - Senior Director - Employee Happiness Human Capital & Administration, du

The topic of employee happiness and wellbeing has been on a lot of HR managers’ minds, even more so now since Dubai is aiming to be the ‘world’s happiest city’. Dr. Mansoor Habib, who in addition to heading employee happiness at du is also a practicing physician, will lead an open interview on this topic. Don’t hold back, there are no rules, no format and anyone can ask anything!

12:40 - 13:00 20 mins
Strategy Series
Building the Business Case for HR in a VUCA World
  • Anne Melaragni - VP of HR Middle East, UPS

The V in VUCA is for Volatility – referring to the unpredictable nature, speed, volume, and magnitude of the changing landscape. You will learn how to make the move from ‘managing’ to ‘enabling’ change to drive business performance, improve engagement and retain top talent. Game changing strategies for HR to drive commercial results and become more analytical in driving ROI.

Focus: HR Business Partnership

13:00 - 13:10 10 mins
Strategy Series
Millennials and Gen X: The Change Agents that Will Shape the Future Workplace

How does limitless vacation or personal time sound? What about the chance to have more time to spend with family after the birth? These benefits are becoming reality for leading-edge global employers like Netflix, Google, PayPal, Twitter and Facebook. Learn from a young millennial / Gen X successful businessperson on what the new workforce really wants, expects and needs from businesses. This pulse session is designed to provide you with direct access and insight into the mind-set of today’s millennial talent.

Focus: Millennial Talk

13:10 - 14:10 60 mins
Networking Lunch and Expo Visit
14:10 - 15:00 50 mins
Strategy Series
Tomorrow’s EVP: Employee Engagement First and Workflow Processes Second
  • Pallavi Kapoor - Director- Human Resource Business Partner, Dell EMC
  • Sudhir Saseedharan - Head of Employee Engagement Workplace Design, LEGO Group

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. Three different case studies from three top employers will be presented.

Focus: EVP and Employee Engagement

14.15 – 14.30 Case Study One:
Pallavi Kapoor, Director- Human Resource Business Partner, Dell EMC

14.30 – 14.45 The LEGO Group Case Study
How the LEGO Group integrated employees in designing the Shanghai offices to maximise engagement, and in turn improve performance and optimise business outcome.
Sudhir Saseedharan, Head of Employee Engagement and Workplace Design, LEGO Group

14.45 – 15.00 Case Study Three:

15:00 - 15:45 45 mins
Strategy Series
Becoming an Employer of Choice
  • Henry Fares - VP of HR - MENA, DHL Express
  • Anu Daga - Head of OD, DHL Express

DHL Express has earned a well-deserved position as an Employer of Choice over the years. This session, takes a deep dive into the concept of creating a highly engaged workforce where every employee’s potential is realised at its best and how a compelling workplace culture can become a catalyst for business success. Participants will break up into groups, each tasked with identifying the top 3 initiatives/challenges for becoming an employer of choice. Each group will get 10 minutes to brainstorm before learning from DHL Express how they became a top company to work for.

Focus: Employer Branding

15:45 - 16:15 30 mins
Afternoon Networking Break and Expo Visit
16:15 - 16:40 25 mins
Strategy Series
Building a Continuous Learning Framework for 18,000 UNDP Employees by Adopting a Culture of Innovation
  • Mariam Kakkar - Chief Talent Development Unit - Office of Human Resources, UNDP

Dubbed by CLO Media as one of the Innovation Award winners, Mariam Kakkar leads the creation of a culture of continuous learning, knowledge sharing and innovation for UNDP’s entire global workforce. This insight session will uncover how UNDP re-invented their learning function to unleash the potential of their
employees and create sustainable impact. Join this session to learn how to create sustainable learning from an innovation-centric organisation.

Focus: Innovative Learning Culture

16:40 - 17:05 25 mins
Strategy Series
Mapping the Employee Journey: Taking a UX Approach for Retaining Your Best Talent

Mapping the Employee Journey: Taking a UX Approach for Retaining Your Best Talent We’ve all heard of UX and CX but the question being raised by businesses today is whether they are putting enough thought into Employee Experience (EX) like they should? Learn how to utilise the core pillars of UX – content, design and interaction to transform individuals and teams’ experiences at the workplace to achieve higher productivity, lower turnover, and accelerated conversion of talent to profit

Focus: EX and Retention

17:05 - 17:30 25 mins
Strategy Series
Leveraging Talent Analytics to Empower Decision- Making
  • Damodar Padhi - Vice President & Global Head Talent Development, Tata Consultancy Services

This session will uncover how HR can use data science to build a robust talent strategy that supports and drives business goals. Enabling HR to visibly predict the future and take a more proactive role in attracting, developing, and retaining high-performing talent.

Focus: Workforce Analytics for High-Performing Teams

17:30 - 17:35 5 mins
Strategy Series
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