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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

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
The New Rules of Talent Management: HR Goes Agile

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

  • Peter Cappelli - One of the Top 5 Most Influential Management Thinkers, The Wharton School
09:50 - 10:30 40 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Leading Business into the Future: Redefining your leadership model for the digital age

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, Julian Birkinshaw who is ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the most influential management thinkers in the world, acclaimed expert on innovation and renewal in large corporations and author of fourteen books, will show you how businesses and leaders create context to empower their people to make meaningful contributions in this disruptive era.

Focus: Building Disruptive Leaders 

  • Julian Birkinshaw - Renowned author and Deputy Dean of Executive Education, London Business School
10:00 - 10:45 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
The Early Stage Hustle
  • Junaid Seraj - Program Coordinator, Intelak Incubator
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Talent Management - Is Your Workforce Equipped To Perform

The changing nature of work is having profound effects on talent management strategy, yet only about 50% of organisations have the information they need to make good people decisions, and 61% don’t understand the workforce’s potential to deliver business results. Boost productivity with data-driven decisions – join this session to find out how.

  • David Edwards - Head of Talent Solutions Consulting Middle East and Africa, SHL
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Expat Executive: Traversing Across Cultures with Compassion

Not just the C-level but, today, every single executive has to become culturally savvy and effective. Of all the values and disciplines that fuel success across cultures, the habit of cognitively practicing compassion wins them all. In this session, dive into what neuroscience has offer in terms of compassion, leadership trust and growth in organizations.

  • Raju Mandhyan - Author, Speaker and Coach, Inner Sun
10:15 - 11:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Talent Mobility in the Middle East and Africa: Solutions to Immigration Challenges

The UAE continues to be a regional hub for businesses operating in various markets across the Middle East and Africa.  In an increasingly competitive environment, it remains critical to be able to mobilise human resources easily and quickly within a country, crossborder for short and long-term assignments or for business trips.

This session will focus on talent mobility from an immigration perspective. We will elaborate on potential solutions and best practices in view of challenges commonly faced by business. Impactful learning outcomes will be delivered through examples from countries including Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE, along with a short Q&A session.

  • Speaker Murtaza Khan - Partner, Fragomen
  • Speaker Kamal AlGarbani - Immigration and Mobility Manager, Cummins
  • Speaker Gavin Colaco - Practice Leader, Fragomen
  • Moderator Abeer Husseini - Senior Manager, Fragomen
10:15 - 10:45 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Innovative Learning Experience Platform - Future of Learning!
  • Viviana Cabrera - Business Partner, Al Masaood Group
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
10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Networking Break and Expo Visit
10:45 - 11:00 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
INNOWORK- Learning Experience Platform & Innovative Performance Module

Showcasing Training Calendar and explain how Learning Experience Platform and Performance module help the organization to achieve their business goals using the people skills.

  • Hussam El-Sharif - Customer Success Manager - INNOWORK, Training Calendar
10:45 - 11:00 15 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
11:00 - 11:15 15 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Off the Record with Peter Cappelli

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.

  • Peter Cappelli - One of the Top 5 Most Influential Management Thinkers, The Wharton School
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 - 11:45 45 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
Platform strategies for startups and marketplaces

Why are platform startups taking over old and traditional pipeline business? Learn a few strategies to launch and growth marketplaces, Achieve critical mass and become a successful matchmaker.

  • Gustavo Carriconde - Airline Pilot, startup investor, and startup trainer at Intelak aviation and travel incubator, Intelak Incubator
11:15 - 11:50 35 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Creating a Competitive Advantage through Diversity and Inclusion

In this engaging panel featuring top employers will share how they championed D&I to not only change mind-sets on unconscious bias but also create a business competitive advantage. Attend this session to hear the raw lessons learnt, key successes in changing mindsets and creating the business case of having a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Focus: D&I

  • Gabriele Metz - Head of Talent Management RMEA, Ericsson
  • Sudhir Saseedharan - Head of LEGO Workplace Design, The LEGO Group
  • Rachel Alidoosti - Director of HR, Virgin Megastores
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
From Stress to Engagement: Transforming Workplaces through Happiness and Mindfulness

Based on Gallup report the world highest percentage of actively disengaged employees are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which results in lost productivity, absence of creativity, absenteeism, presenteeism, errors and defects. Happy and engaged employees are your top competitive advantage. Companies with positive culture and engaged employees outperform their competitors by 147% in earnings per share, have 31% higher productivity, 41% lower absenteeism and 51% less staff turnover. We will learn 5 interactive ways to achieve long lasting employees engagement through finding meaning at work, building resilience with mindfulness, cultivating compassion, empathetic listening and appreciation.

  • Speaker Zhuldyz Koshpanova, - Chief Happiness and Mindfulness Officer, Happy Minds Life
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Reinforcing and Sustaining Change Outcomes

In today’s business environment where change is constant, technology is available and finding skilled talent is hard, managing change and change competency organizations are the key differentiator between those businesses that succeed and those that fail. The key is not that organizations must continually change, but how we can Reinforce and Sustain Change Outcomes.  With rapid change in technology, communications and information organization must examine the fundamentals of their organizations. To survive and succeed organization must continuously adopt and smoothly & quickly accept changes, endorse it, reinforce it and Sustain Change Outcomes.  Based on a study conducted by Harvard Business Review, 70% of all change initiatives fail and that they do not Sustain Change Outcomes. In this presentation the speaker will be talking from a 30-year international experience in Change Management for various government and private organizations, big and small, in all various industries and business

  • Khaled Al-Mobarak - President, Mawj Training
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
The Role of HR in shaping the Culture of Organisations: Placing Culture at the heart of your Organisation

Culture is often seen as an intangible. Because of this, many organisations pay little attention to defining it. It is usually just seen as part Mission, part Vision, or just “the way we do things around here”.  In fact it is about Values and Morals – and Morale – and Equality – and Respect. The focus of this session is on above words, with a strong focus on the specific role that HR must play  as the first and pivotal contact with new Talent, firstly displaying their professionalism in recruitment, and then in their ongoing relationship with internal and external customers throughout the Organisation.

  • Speaker Dennis O’Donnell - Chief Executive Officer, Oakwood International Limited
11:30 - 11:45 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Demo: The Feedback Solution Built by Employees for HR

The Sentemeter Demo shows how taking an innovative approach to receiving employees' inter-relationship feedback dramatically increases engagement and provides HR with a wealth of actionable information to drive change and add real value in the organisation.

  • Angus Fraser - Co-Founder, Sentemeter
11:45 - 12:00 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
SPOT - Next Generation Employee Engagement Mobile App

SPOT - Employee Engagement Mobile App Designed for next generation employee engagement. Modules Include: Employee Recognition Employee Engagement 365 days Evaluation Survey - Multi Language Micro Learning Wall of Fame Employee E Folio Events & Announcements Greetings

  • Deepson Thomas - CTO, Cadvil Solutions
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
11:50 - 12:20 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Creating Successful Leaders: The Biggest Missing Factor

Despite leadership investments accounting for one-quarter of the typical HR budget each year, leadership programmes are not translating into better performance on the job. Based on one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted on the predictors of leader success, we found that organisations need to rethink leadership selection and development. Join this session for more insights and best practices.

Focus: Developing Successful Leaders

  • David Edwards - Head of Talent Solutions Consulting Middle East and Africa, SHL
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 - 14:30 150 mins Free
Start-up Academy - FREE
HRSE Best Start-up 2018 Competition Pitch-off

Each start-up has 5 mins to pitch in front of the judging panel and 3 mins for Q&A from them. 2 runner ups will be chosen and 1 winner for the 2018 edition.

  • ChatFirst
  • StudentJobs.ae
  • Referbility.com
  • Sentemeter
  • QuikWORK
  • Happy Minds
  • Judge Junaid Seraj - Program Coordinator, Intelak Incubator
  • Judge Souheil Ali Hassan - Investment Associate, Webcor Group
  • Judge Pramod Dhalwani - CEO, IFC Group
  • Judge Gustavo Carriconde - Airline Pilot, startup investor, and startup trainer at Intelak aviation and travel incubator, Intelak Incubator
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
Future of the Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities from a Middle East Perspective

Job replacement and job creation by new technology is not new. It has been happening for millennia, and increasingly more since the industrial revolution. We, as humans, have continuously and successfully adapted to this change, so should now be any different? Well, the short answer is yes. In this session, David the People & Organisation Leader at PwC we will explore why now it is different from before, and answer the three critical questions 1) are organisations ready for the work of the future?, 2) how are they preparing for the workforce of the future? And 3) what are organisations doing in order to unleash great performance in the context of these future paradigms? In doing so, he will also compare how the view in the Middle East differs from the global averages.

Focus: The New Workplace

  • Speaker David Suarez - Partner, People & Organisation Leader, Middle East, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Experiential Activities: 5 Principles You Can Use to Drive Behavioural Change

This interactive session will demonstrate 5 principles of experiential learning that you’ll be able to use to deliver trainings on leadership, communication and team work.  Participants will learn 1) how to capitalise on the power of experiential learning to drive behavioural change, 2) what makes an effective experiential activity, and 3) the difference between a game that entertains and an experiential activity that leads to learning. The 5 principles of experiential learning will encourage participants to take responsibility for their own development, think critically about their behaviour and develop strategies for improving performance.

  • Speaker Jamie Thompson - Managing Director, MTA Learning
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
Motivating Employees to Own their Learning

You read the research on how to engage modern learners. You launched innovative ways for employees to learn. But you are still frustrated in getting them to own and be accountable for their learning.  You are not alone! During this session, participants will discover global best practices based on research by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) in motivating employees to OWN their learning.  Following the OWN model (Ownership, Winning, kNowledge) created by ATD, participants will leave this interactive session with several simple and easy tactics in how to flip the learning empowerment switch in your employees.

  • Speaker Elizabeth Hannah - Head of Education MENA, Association for Talent Development (ATD)
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Brain-Based Learning To Improve Collaboration in Your Organisation

This session presents a brain-based experiential learning on collaboration. You will experience the power of collaboration in a unique way through percussion. You will

  • learn data/facts about collaboration in companies based on info from Harvard Business Review among others
  • understand key aspects of brain-based learning
  • experience collaboration in a unique and unforgettable way through music and percussion  
  • discover MIT's Framework which you can put in practice in your workplace to strengthen collaboration
  • do a short exercise about MIT's Framework so that you can create action items to make impact at work

The session will be interactive & dynamic.

  • Mehmet Baha - Subject Matter Expert, -
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Artificial Intelligence: Managing Human Capital

This session will discuss how HR can benefit from Artificial Intelligence to better manage the human capital in the organisation. The session will cover the main challenges that HR professionals could face in implementing AI especially those related to ethical decisions and how to handle them. It will also tackle facebook AI initiatives and their impact on the organisation.

  • Fadeel Alfahoum - HR Chief Specialist; Faculty Member, Morgan International
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
12:50 - 13:20 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
The Power of Insight. Wellbeing Through Activity: The DNA of Our People

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

  • Clodagh Logue - VP of International HR, Fitbit
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
AI-powered employee insights platform.
  • Ankur Modi - CEO and co-Founder, StatusToday
13:15 - 14:00 45 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Networking Break & Expo Visit
13:15 - 13:45 30 mins Free
Informa Stand - FREE
Raju Mandhyan 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

  • Raju Mandhyan - Author, Speaker and Coach, Inner Sun
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
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
The Death of Performance Appraisals: Bye Bye to KPIs, and Hello to MSCs

One of the leading experts on “Next Generation Performance Management” is Robert Mosley, who developed MSCs two years ago to replace KPIs, and thousands of companies all over the world have moved to this new approach as we see the gradual death of performance appraisals.  In this session, Robert Mosley will share the latest global trends in Performance Management, and will share his insights on what is happening to the performance appraisal cycle.  The session will also cover the death of KPIs as companies move towards MSCs and monthly milestone assessments.  You will get hands-on experience on what happens to the annual performance appraisal and what is happening to performance ratings.  Robert will also discuss the infamous “bell curve” and what happens to forced distributions of performance ratings.  You will also have the opportunity to ask Robert any performance management or compensation questions that you may have.

  • Robert Mosley - Global Remuneration Expert and HR Consultant, Lemon Pip Consulting Limited
14:00 - 14:45 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
How to attract and retain great female talent – from entry to the boardroom…

This session looks to provide practical programs and support that businesses should be putting in place to ensure that they attract and most importantly retain female talent through their career lifecycle. From mentorship programs, flexible working, transitional maternity coaching, to unconscious bias training and Returnships programs. This session will provide real life examples into what leading companies are doing in the region to ensure that they have a diverse and talented female workforce throughout all levels of the business.

  • Speaker Louise Karim - Managing Director, Mums@Work
14:00 - 14:45 45 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.

  • Philippe Benamara - Growth Manager, Workplace By Facebook
14:00 - 14:30 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Infor Talent Science – The Art and Science of Talent Management
  • WHY TALENT SCIENCE MATTERS
    • Typical hiring trap of hiring for the skill and then firing for the will (rather, the lack of it)
    • Right person for the right job | skill can be taught, will/ behavior cannot be
    • Thus, behavior is the number one predictor of success, though, not the only one

  • HOW INFOR TALENT SCIENCES MATTERS
    • Established methodology: Infor Personality Inventory of 26 attributes | mapped to either your competency framework or the delivered one from Infor TS
    • Validated approach: Every role, based on its KRA/ KPI/ cultural/ local factors used to create the role profile in terms of the 26 attributes | validated by administering the same to best performing and worst performing incumbents
    • Simple administration: One assessment for the individual applies to all positions | can determine career path fitment for an individual

  • HOW INFOR TALENT SCIENCE IS UNIQUE
    • Only HCM solution provider with behavioral science at its score
    • Behavioral fit for “right person for the right job” philosophy | internal and external recruitment + succession planning
    • AI infused talent products with TS at the core: Learning Optimization | Best Team Fit.
  • Shubh Saha - Solution Consultant HCM, Infor
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
14:20 - 14:30 10 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Re-aligning Performance Management to Optimise HiPo Talent and Drive Bottom Line Growth

Learn how line management can empower and coach their employees in such a transformative business environment to drive performance.  Performance management process to drive solid, long-term and sustainable outcomes.

Focus: Talent Performance and Management

  • Oluyomi Okunowo - Compensation and Benefits Director, Coty
14:30 - 14:55 25 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Leverage Analytics for Business Value in the Middle East

In this ground-breaking study for MENA, 33% percent of organisations responding to the HR Summit, ATD, and ROI Institute research study tell us that they are just beginning their analytics journey; and 23% indicate they lack an understanding of how to leverage analytics for business value. Where do you stand? Join Elizabeth Hannah, Head of Education MENA for the Association of Talent Development, and Dr. Patti Phillips, President & CEO, ROI Institute, for an interactive session describing the current state of human capital analytics in our region. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the strategies your colleagues currently employ to make human capital analytics work for your business benefit. The intent is for you to walk away with an action plan to make progress on your analytics journey. During the session, you will learn:

  • what skills are most important to the analytics practice and how organisations are helping their teams build those skills
  • the types of analytics projects currently under way
  • how can talent analytics be used to drive business value
  • technologies employed to support the analytics practice

Focus: Analytics for Business Value 

  • Patti Phillips - President & CEO, ROI Institute
  • Elizabeth Hannah - Head of Education MENA, Association for Talent Development (ATD)
14:30 - 14:45 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Demo: Infor Talent Science – The Art and Science of Talent Management
  • Shubh Saha - Solution Consultant HCM, Infor
14:30 - 15:30 60 mins
Start-up Academy - FREE
Why part-time hiring is right for your start-up?
  • Aalap Ghosh - Founder & CEO, QuikWORK
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 - 15:00 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
14:55 - 15:30 35 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
The Workforce of the Future: Arriving Now

Technology and digital is reshaping almost every aspect of the modern workplace, driving many organisations to reconsider how they design jobs, organise work, recruit / develop young talent, and plan for growth.  HR and business professionals must understand the impact of change and develop a new set of rules to reflect the shift in mind-sets in order to successfully lead, organise, motivate, manage, and engage the 21st century workforce. This panel session will discuss how can HR and L&D leaders prepare for tomorrow’s reality and make their departments an effective change agent that shapes the future of the workplace.

Focus: Business Changing Landscape 

  • Carys Richards - Vice President Talent Management, MasterCard
  • Sriram Rajan - Head of OD & Knowledge Academy, SIG Combibloc Obeikan
  • Oluyomi Okunowo - Compensation and Benefits Director, Coty
  • Moderator David Cohen - Professor & Founder, Schulich School of Busines / York University, DS Cohen & Associates
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!

15:15 - 15:30 15 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Demo: Virtual Assistants (Chatbots) With Artificial Intelligence to Automate Internal Business-Process
  • Pavel Osadchuk - Founder & General Director, ChatFirst
15:30 - 16:10 40 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Becoming an Employer of Choice

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

  • Henry Fares - VP of HR - MENA, DHL Express
  • Anu Daga - Head of OD, DHL Express
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 1 - FREE
Developing a Mentoring Programme that will benefit your People

This seminar will provide a comprehensive guide to developing an inhouse mentoring programme.  Participants will learn the exact purpose of a mentoring programme, the roles of mentors and mentees, and the core skills needed to become a successful mentor.  What can you get out of being part of a mentoring programme? How exactly does a mentoring programme work?  Can anyone just be a mentor?  All these questions will be answered and discussed among Niamh during this session.

  • Niamh Briody Jordan - Executive Coach and Education Professional, Independent
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - 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
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
HR Transformation and Improvement Opportunities: Cost to Profit Centre

The content of this session is to lay out key elements of  strategy and implementation tactics for restructuring  a company’s Human Resources Department in order to enhance its effectiveness and efficiency through applying a short and long  term strategies to transfer the Human Resources Department successfully from cost to profit centre. Participants will learn how to identify strategy, structure, process and system related issues from a holistic view, as well as to develop initiatives that will address HR transformation.

  • Rami Tarakji - Group Total Rewards & Talent Manager, Al Babtain Group
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins Free
Innovation Stage - FREE
Empowering and Retaining Employees Through A.I. and Digital IQ

As the technology footprint of organisations grows and your workforce changes, there is an expectation that fewer people will do more work. We expect teams to leverage technology to a high degree of excellence. Consequently, most traditional HR or management models don’t have a solution for this challenge. This seminar will help you answer these questions 1) how can you leverage rivers of Information to drive careers and Business?, 2) what strategic adjustments need to be made to improve everyday life, and onboarding in this new environment?, and 3) how to incentivise and motivate teams to elevate their Digital IQ?

  • Christian Farioli - Digital Marketing Lecturer & Digital Transformation Advisor, ESD FZC, Al Habtoor Properties
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
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
Mentoring Mobile App

A unique mobile app which brings mentors and mentees together in an organisation and supports the ongoing achievement of objectives by the mentees.  Similar app can be developed for coaches and coachees within organisations.

  • Irfan Hafeez - CEO, Human Development Solutions DMCC
16:10 - 16:40 30 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Afternoon Networking Break and Expo Visit
16:15 - 17:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 2 - FREE
ASLI : Three Essentials of Leadership Influence

No organisational strategy is worth its mettle if it doesn’t reach into the hearts and minds of its stakeholders and move them from where they are to where they want to go. Leaders and those that are responsible for developing leaders find it hard to differentiate between strong impact and powerful influence. In this session, coach and keynote speaker Raju Mandhyan, will immerse you into real life business cases and frameworks where government organisations created and successfully executed a planned strategy for authentic leadership and influence.

  • Raju Mandhyan - Author, Speaker and Coach, Inner Sun
16:15 - 17:00 45 mins Free
Seminar Room 3 - FREE
Action Learning: Experience A Pragmatic Methodology for dealing with Difficult Challenges

During this interactive session, five 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.  Delegates will be able to define what action learning is, describe what a learner can get out of being part of an Action Learning Set and how it works. This session will provide a clear understanding of the purpose of Action Learning, real-life experience being an Action Learning Set participant as well as demonstrate and practice Active Listening.

  • Niamh Briody Jordan - Executive Coach and Education Professional, Independent
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
16:40 - 16:55 15 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Is Employee Happiness Just a Fad or Is It Actually Impacting Business Performance?

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!

Focus: Employee Happiness

  • Mansoor Habib - Senior Director - Employee Happiness Human Capital & Administration, du
16:55 - 17:35 40 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
Make Learning Stick! Conclusions and Main Take-Aways

This session is designed to collate all the learning that took place over the last 3 days through facilitating dialogue among the participants. The group will be divided into several discussion tables where participants will discuss on the top challenges regarding the summit themes. They will start with some questions about the themes (live poll using the audience interaction tool - Slido) and have the discussion with the people around them. Every discussion theme will be briefly presented. The group will come up with ideas and solutions on each table regarding modern learning. Shared ideas will be captured at the end and presented in a plenary summary. In this practical session, participants will walk away with being able to:

  • Leave with a 7 take away tool-kit for future learning
  • Achieve an international perspective on the future of the profession and workplace
  • Engage international and regional attendees to interact with each other
  • Share challenges & trends among HR professionals around the themes of the Summit
  • Embrace a co-creation approach to learning. Participants will co-create solutions on the top three challenges selected by the group
  • David Cohen - Professor & Founder, Schulich School of Busines / York University, DS Cohen & Associates
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
17:35 - 17:40 5 mins
Strategy Series - FOR PAYING DELEGATES
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