Every year, Naseba Human Capital Forum MENA brings together 150 privately-invited Chief HR Officers, CEOs and senior talent practitioners to benchmark their practices, learn from one another and build relationships.

This year’s conversation touches on issues we have found to be priorities for organisations in the region, such as:

  • The troubled dynamics of nationalisation, between expats and nationals
  • Corporate culture and employee engagement
  • Digitization
  • Employee well-being

It’s been amazing. Just the diversity of people here, from different backgrounds, different companies – some very interesting questions were asked from the panel I was a part of. It’s been wonderful.

Yvonne Agyei, Chief People Officer, Booking.com

Much more than a forum

Listen to some of the world’s leading experts on leadership and human capital as they reveal critical success factors in the HR function.

  • Marshall Goldsmith
    World’s no.1 Executive Coach
  • Kate Sweetman  
    Author of Reinvention, Global Management Consultant
  • Alexander Kjerulf  
    Happiness Coach

Choose from a variety of specialised masterclasses led by certified trainers, each delivering practical knowledge through simulations, group exercises and case studies.

Get your questions answered by region’s most successful leaders as they share their viewpoints on some of the most pressing issues facing HR professionals in the region.


  • Nationals vs expats: where’s the region headed to?
  • Digital transformation of human capital management
  • Organisational design: preparing for the transformation
  • The future of work: technology, flexibility and innovation
  • Agility: when everyone wants change, but nobody wants to change
  • Walking the talk: demystifying culture

Gain insight into some of the region’s best practices through real-life examples.

A highlight of the forum, the awards acknowledge prominent individuals for a variety of skills and acumen. The highest quality entrants ensure strong competition.

Get to meet prominent, like-minded delegates in a focused, five-star environment. You can conduct meetings, share strategies and ideas, explore business opportunities and build profitable professional relationships.

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Series speakers

Listen to expert speakers from across Middle East and North Africa
tackling some of the most pressing issues facing HR professionals in the region.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

World’s #1 Executive Coach Dr. Marshall Goldsmith View Profile
Kate Sweetman

Kate Sweetman

Author of ‘Reinvention’, Global Management Consultant Kate Sweetman View Profile
Alexander Kjerulf

Alexander Kjerulf

Founder and Chief Happiness Officer, Woohoo inc. Alexander Kjerulf View Profile
Paul Lalovich

Paul Lalovich

Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, ENEC Paul Lalovich View Profile
Dr. Haitham Jouher

Dr. Haitham Jouher

Deputy CEO, Chief of Corporate Excellence, Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank Dr. Haitham Jouher View Profile
Bader Aldulaimi

Bader Aldulaimi

Chief HR Officer, Alturki Holding Bader Aldulaimi View Profile
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith was recently recognized as the #1 leadership thinker in the world at the bi-annual Thinkers50 ceremony sponsored bythe Harvard Business Review.

Marshall Goldsmith is the million-selling author or editor of 32 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a WSJ #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His books have been translated into 28 languages and become bestsellers in ten countries.

Marshall’s professional acknowledgments include: Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded), American Management Association – 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal– top ten executive educators, Forbes– five most-respected executive coaches, Leadership Excellence– top ten thinkers on leadership, Economic Times (India)– top CEO coaches of America, Economist (UK)– most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award), World HRD Congress – 2011 global leader in HR thinking, 2011 -Tata Award (India) for Global HR Excellence, Fast Company– America’s preeminent executive coach and Leader to Leader Institute – 2010 Leader of the Future Award. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field.
Kate Sweetman
Kate provides a uniquely valuable international perspective on Leadership and Organisations, having an extensive history researching, facilitating, advising, and publishing on multiple aspects of client work around the globe. Her first-hand experience with world leaders, Fortune 100 organizations, and Asian multi-nationals provides a substantial foundation for insights that extend beyond borders. Kate was listed as a Thinkers50 for her body of work throughout her career. She co-authored the bestselling business book The Leadership Code.

Career highlights:
· Named an Emerging Guru by the London Times
· Worked in 25 different countries over the past 20 years
· Visiting coach and lecturer at MIT’s Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship
· Authored first-ever study of Asian Leadership (18 countries) called the Asian Leadership Index (ALI)
· Completed 3-year residency in Malaysia as Head of Leadership for Malaysia Central Negara Bank
· Interviewed on CNBC China, BFM Malaysian Radio, CFO magazine, and other entities in Turkey, China, Singapore, and India
· Served as Editor at Harvard Business Review

Publishing highlights:
· Co-authored The Leadership Code (translated into 15 languages)
· Former blogger for Fast Company magazine
· Authored more than 30 articles in places such as: Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management, Forbes, The Boston Globe, CFO Magazine and The Asian Economic Times
Alexander Kjerulf
Mr. Kjerulf is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Woohoo Inc. and one of the world’s leading experts on happiness at work. He is an author and speaker, presenting and conducting workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences in over 30 countries. His clients include companies like Hilton, Microsoft, LEGO, IKEA, Shell, HP and IBM.

He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Denmark, and was a co-founder of the Danish IT company Enterprise Systems. Mr. Kjerulf is the author of 4 books, including the international bestseller “Happy Hour is 9 to 5 – How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work”. The book has been well-received globally and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Vietnamese, Farsi, Indonesian and Chinese.

His work has been featured in CNN, The New York Times, Times of India, The Times, BBC, Financial Times and many others.
Paul Lalovich
A Strategic HR E xecutive with a track record of helping organizations move people strategy from the boardroom to the marketplace.

Human Resources professional with proven ability to develop forward thinking culture, attract and retain great people while excelling in the delivery of people strategies. A change agent who successfully supported rapid growth, turnaround, organizational excellence programs (EFQM Model) and right-sizing initiatives. Helping organizations to understand and actively manage their headcount, employee productivity and total cost of the workforce (TCOW) by making the most out of Organizational Design, Workforce Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning.

In the past worked extensively in the emerging markets of Europe and The Middle East for large public and private companies (du, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co, Gazprom NEFT NIS, Norconsult and Global Medical Solutions , an EIAG Company, Sadara Chemical Company and more recently with Mercer). Prior to this, during his career in anada he worked with many companies on the Fortune’s list “100 Best Companies to Work for in America”.

Currently, Paul is Organizational Effectiveness Consultant working at Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation in Abu Dhabi. He is serving as a strategic partner to executive management and supporting the leadership team in driving the corporate strategy through Organizational Design, Strategic Workforce Planning and overall Organizational Effectiveness.
Dr. Haitham Jouher
Dr. Jouher is Deputy CEO, Chief of Corporate Excellence at Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank a Jordanian industry leader in Islamic Banking.

Dr. Jouher possesses over 20 years of diversified experience in Canada, South Korea, GCC, and Jordan in the fields of management, corporate strategies, corporate culture development & formation, human capital management, EFQM excellence model, quality management, ISO, organizational development, corporate performance excellence, corporate governance, business planning, change management, corporate communication & marketing and corporate services.

Dr. Jouher is best described as intuitive change catalyst who is passionate about enabling businesses maximize their returns by focusing mainly on the strategic guidance of their talents and through managing efficient utilization of their resources. Through his career, Dr. Jouher is determined to continuously helping individuals make the most of their jobs & creating future leaders. In addition to his accomplishments in HCM & Corporate Excellence, he is eager to share his expertise and studies through supporting businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational entities reaching their best.

An industry icon and determined change leader, Author and researcher, Haitham holds a PHD degree in Management and International Relations.
Bader Aldulaimi
Kai L. Chan
Dr. Kai L. Chan is distinguished fellow at INSEAD (Abu Dhabi), where he is part of the Innovation & Policy Initiative. Additionally, he advises the UAE government on matters of competitiveness and statistics. Kai also worked on Dubai's successful bid for Expo 2020, where he modelled the visitor projections and revenues.

Before moving to Dubai in 2011, Kai worked at a boutique advisory and investments firm in New York in the specialty finance space. Before that he worked in the Singapore office a global management consulting firm with projects covering risk management and strategy for banks in Europe and East Asia.

Dr. Chan holds a BSc in economics & mathematics from the University of Toronto, and an MA and PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Kai grew up in Toronto, Canada. He speaks English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin and German, and is currently learning Russian.
Sami Baramki
Sami has over 20 years of experience in Human Capital Management acquired through working in different industries including high tech, retail, digital media and healthcare with national and international organizations. Over the years, he has gained in-depth knowledge and experience with HC operations including organizational design and development, employee engagement, talent acquisition, performance management and succession planning.

Sami joined Intel Corporation in the US in 1996, where he covered multiple roles in the Human Capital organization over his 12-year tenure with the company. He then moved to Dubai – UAE where he managed the setup of the HC function in the startup phase of a regional digital media company and building the team in his role as Vice President – Human Capital.

Sami moved into healthcare in 2013 and joined Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a world-renowned hospital launching its operations in the Middle East, as the Head of HR Operations. During the ramp up phase, he led the on-boarding project, which welcomed 2500 employees into the hospital in 6 months. He then moved on to head the Organizational Development and Design function.

He is currently the Chief People Officer at King’s College London Hospital in Dubai. Sami is married with 3 children.
Giovanni Everduin is a seasoned global expert on Organizational Strategy, Shared Services, Culture and HR, with deep experience in the Middle East region. He has worked in a variety of roles within industry and consulting environments, ranging from defining and executing organizational strategy to driving end-to-end HR transformation and technology implementations as well as leading large scale culture & change management programs for Fortune 500 companies across the globe during his time at Accenture in London.

A Harvard Business School alumni, he is currently Managing Partner of the ETNICITY Group, an independent boutique advisory firm that works with clients across the globe on defining organizational strategy, building culture and shared services design. In addition he serves as Senior Advisor of Product & Brand Strategy for Qlearsite - a Organizational Science startup based in London.

Before that he served as Chief People Officer of Tanfeeth, the GCC’s first, fast growing, Shared Services & Advisory organization in Dubai and a fully owned subsidiary of Emirates NBD. As part of the executive leadership team he was responsible for all companywide people strategy initiatives, including delivery of all HR/Talent, Branding & Communications and Culture & Change Management capabilities. In addition he oversaw all people migration efforts and helped build a unique Shared Services and service excellence culture that was documented in a Harvard Business School Case Study (Tanfeeth: Bringing Service Excellence to the GCC – 2015)

He In his spare time he is an avid collector of sneakers, besides being a published writer, global speaker and university lecturer on various HR/Culture topics .
Tracy May
Ms. May has been interested in coaching and leadership development and worked with high potential employees for more than 20 years. Having held roles within global engineering organisations as well as boutique strategic HR consultancies, she has a wealth of cross-functional and cross-cultural experience, which has been supported by her leadership experience within Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Having held senior people development roles in the oil and gas sector, she has broad experience in delivering talent solutions. As head of the Performance Coach, Middle East, she offers a broad range of people development services to a range of clients in the engineering, hospitality, transport, healthcare, media, FMCG, aviation, telecommunications and financial sectors.

Ms. May holds a B.Soc.Sci (Hons) in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology. She is a member of the IPSC (SA), British Psychological Society, Level A and B qualified in the use of psychometrics, accredited on MBTI, as well as many other psychometric assessment tools. She holds membership with the British Association of Coaching as as an Executive Coach (AC) and mediator (LEADRNZ). She is approved to run Coaching Accreditation Training to Practitioner (Postgraduate) level by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Portsmouth University (UK).
Raid Khawaldeh
Once completed his Masters of Science in Telecommunications Engineering, Raid worked in a number of fast-paced, up-scale environments throughout the technology industry.

With a keen interest in technology and a passion for reshaping workflows and process automation, he began working as an expert consultant for several enterprises across 20 countries. Raid mentored and lectured engineering and business & talent management across different colleges, and served as an advisor on multiple boards.

Throughout his endeavors. his boundless expertise was acknowledged and appreciated by the Senate office of the United States. His impressive resume lists numerous research projects in which he has been involved. In addition, he co-authored various publications in the field of Neural Networks Intelligence & Process Improve¬ment. Ultimately his hard work, dedication and experience enabled him to become the founder and owner of T-Force group of companies, in which was one of the 500 fastest growing companies in North America for consecutive years.

As a visionary, Raid continually invests in a number of startups and builds technology solutions across multiple industry verticals aspiring to revolutionize the way enterprises operate and do business.
James Vincent
James has been with ABK since 2015 and has operated globally for large blue chip companies including Barclays and HSBC. A commercially orientated HR Director with 16 years industry experience across Retail, Logistics, Environmental and Financial services.
Tariq Qureishy is currently the CEO of MAD Holdings and Vantage. These are specialist organizations developing strategic international and local projects and platforms focused in the Media, Technology & Telecoms space with innovation and entrepreneurship at it score. He was Media Representative and Consultant, responsible for business development with Bloomberg Media (2010-2014) for the MENA Region. Prior to that he was CEO and Publisher of the Times & Sunday Times newspaper responsible for the launch in the Middle East (2007-2009). For twelve years (1987-1999), he was with Dow Jones Markets and finally as Regional Director EMEA. Tariq’s media and broadcasting experience includes being a motivational speaker, panellist, chairing and moderating specialised global conferences and events. His broadcasting experience includes radio and television. He has a degree in Economics and studied at Harvard Business School. He is also Founder of 100% MAD (“Make A Difference”), a UK based, not for profit Social Enterprise, a global millennial movement and a new social model using the power of the digital environment to democratize philanthropy.
Dawn Metcalfe is an executive coach, facilitator, trainer and leadership advisor. She is also the author of Managing the Matrix (published in both English and Arabic) and Hard Talk™. Dawn is the founder of Dubai based PDSi, which helps individuals and teams get even better at what they do, and has worked with business leaders around the world to change the way they see the world, their behaviour and their impact on others.

Her insights and straight-talking approach has kept her constantly in demand from large multinationals and government entities, across the Middle East, over the last 10 years. Dawn’s latest project, HardTalk, is an innovative programme designed to help people get better at having the difficult conversations needed for success.

Dawn writes and speaks regularly in various media both in the UAE and internationally. And can’t be stopped from tweeting.
Shane is currently the CEO of The Phillips Group in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Helping companies build championship leadership teams has been a tradition in the Phillips family for two generations. From assisting Fortune 500 companies acquire and retain top performing senior executives or advising leading Chief Executive Officers on developing their human capital, Shane has executed CXO assignments all over the world. His passion for helping people and companies develop leadership capability has driven him to engage the media, where he is now the host of the MENA Region’s number one Talk Radio Career show on Dubai Eye 103.8 called “Eye On Careers”. He is also the Host of one of the leading Asian business TV Shows called “Top Guns” on Zee TV, the leading South Asian television satellite channel. Shane holds an MBA from London Business School and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He is a Non-Executive Board Member of Fortis Group Holdings. He is the founder of The Career Clinic and Risk Middle East Group. A former Executive Board Member of the Canadian Business Council, President of the Club for Canadians and a volunteer with the Families with Special Needs, the United Way and Young Achievers.
Dr Sabah Binali
Dr. Sabah bin Hamad al-Sabah al-Binali, Ph.D. is an active investor and entrepreneurial leader, with a track record of financing, building and growing companies in the Mena region.

He has served as the Chief Investment Officer of SHUAA Capital simultaneously serving as its CEO of Credit, Chairman of Zawya, Director of the Board at Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia, Chairman of Shuaa Capital Saudi Arabia, Vice Chairman of Gulf Finance Co., Chairman of Gulf Installments Co., founding CEO and CIO of Saffar Capital and Head of the Treasury and Investment Division at Union National Bank as well as Director of the Board at Visa International CEMA Region..

He holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the UK Institute of Directors.

Dr. al-Binali received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, dissertation title: Competitive Analysis of Risk-Taking and Valuation of Financial Derivatives, and a B.S.E from Princeton University.
Kathy Sorenson
Kathy is an Entrepreneur, Senior HR Director, Business Manager, NLP Practitioner, Certified TetraMap Facilitator, and Member of the CIPD Association. Both founder and MD of 1on1 HR Consulting who possesses over 20 years’ experience in business in the GCC, Canada and New Zealand across senior management and leadership roles. She has a background in business management, sales and human resources functions acquired through working in a variety of industries verticals such as Logistics, Human Resources, Hospitality and Retail and Entertainment.

Moving to Dubai in 2008, and seeing this dynamic city rich in diversity, Kathy understood the potential for growth in Human Capital development in the environment, therefore establishing 1on1 HR Consulting in 2011 as a turn key Human Resources and Business Management Consulting company designed to inspire growth of organisations. Through her passion and experience focusing on key elements of interdependence between departments, people, strategy and planning complete with engagement of the right people Kathy has successfully developed organisations to the next level.

Driven and passionate in her beliefs in right people, right process, right results, her main strengths are Talent Acquisition, Leadership development, Organisational structure and design, HR Policy and procedures, Training and Employee Engagement. She works as a hands-on contributor with people and organisations to help ensure engagement and return on investment.
Suha Mardelli
Suha is the Regional Director at Bayt.com. She joined Bayt.com in 2001 and was one of the pioneering members of this homegrown Middle Eastern start-up.

Suha served as HR Director of Bayt.com from 2009 until 2014. She was responsible for all aspects of employee relations, including operational management and wellness. She played a major role in creating and nurturing the corporate culture at Bayt, for which Bayt has won numerous awards for Outstanding Corporate Culture, most notably being voted a Great Places to Work for 5 consecutive years from 2010 to 2015.

Currently as Regional Director, her role is to continue to grow the business across the various vertical platforms including advertising. Suha remains involved in the day-to-day operations of Bayt.com and is an enthusiastic advocate of values-led HR and employee-motivation practices. She has been a member of the Executive Board at Bayt.com since 2011.

Suha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry from McGill University and a post-graduate degree in HVAC Engineering.
Eithne Treanor
Ms. Treanor runs a specialist media consultancy company based in Dubai. She is a professional conference moderator and facilitator and an expert media and communications trainer as well as a seasoned energy industry commentator.

She acts as OPEC’s official on-air conference and webcast moderator. She has moderated at a large number of other conferences, including the International Energy Forum, ADIPEC, World Energy Forum, the Africa Global Business Forum and the Excellence in Energy Awards. She is CNBC Arabia’s Special Consultant and she has worked as an international television journalist for ABC News, Sky News, BBC World, Bloomberg Television and CNBC Europe. She has interviewed thousands of leading politicians, dignitaries, energy ministers and high-ranking business people around the world. She is a guest presenter on Dubai Eye radio, on the award-winning Business Breakfast show, and she regularly comments on energy matters.

Ms. Treanor studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and holds a degree in Broadcast Communications from Columbia College in Chicago, as well as a post-graduate diploma in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Biju Sebastian
Mr. Sebastian boasts over 24 years of experience in IT has been providing strategic direction, development & growth to various organisations throughout the Middle East, US & India through his strong exposure in IT Management and Packaged Application implementation. His in-depth knowledge of modern concepts in end-to-end program planning and implementation has helped many organizations leverage their businesses.

His contribution in various positions has helped companies such as Emirates Airlines, Dubai (as Project Manager Information Systems), Emirates National Oil Company, Dubai (as Project Manager), Lucent Technologies, USA (as Principal Application Consultant), Mashreq Bank, Dubai (as Project Leader) & Mastek Ltd, India (as Systems Analyst).

He is also the General Manager of Andryan IT solutions, an IT solutions consultancy based in the Dubai Outsource City in the UAE, specialized in Oracle ERP Implementations, HCM Cloud services and Workforce management solutions.

He has an Engineering degree in Computer Science and is an effective communicator and team player with exceptional relationship management skills.
Hessa Al Ghurair
With over 15 years’ experience in the banking industry in senior HR roles, Hessa has become a trusted advisor to senior business leaders in the UAE across all critical aspects of HR. Currently, Hessa is the Chief Human Resource Officer of CBI and appointed Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. Supporting over 750 employees across the region, she is committed towards implementing best people practices that advance talent and leverage business strategy. Previously, Hessa was the Chief People Officer at Tanfeeth; the GCC’s first-ever Shared Services organization and fully owned subsidiary of Emirates NBD. She established the HR structure and function at Tanfeeth, which was highlighted as a business case study in Harvard Business School. Recently, Hessa's regional leadership and influence was recognised by Linkedin with a UAE Power Profile award and last year she was awarded "Inspirational Female Leader" at the 2016 IBX Awards for her expertise and innovative leadership style. Due to her accomplishments, regional leadership and expertise, Hessa is commonly requested to be a keynote speaker and awards judge,within the GCC and internationally. As a keynote speaker, she provides insights on cutting-edge topics such as: Talent Development, Emiritization, HR Strategy, Employee Engagement, Workforce Analytics and Women Empowerment & Leadership.
Piotr Romek
Cloud Evangelist with the economy and HR background. Digital transformation specialist. Social media and new technologies enthusiast. Piotr is on a mission to help companies build and grow modern digital, business-integrated HR departments. He has been working for financial institutions and HR organizations. Last two years Piotr has been helping Oracle customers on their digital transformation journey.
Juan David Quiñones
Juan has international working experience with more than 15 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry across Latin merica, entral East Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa.

He joined GSK in January 2015 as the Commercial Excellence Director, GCC. Prior to GSK, Juan held several senior positions in multinational pharmaceutical companies such as Merck & Co., Schering Plough, AstraZeneca and Organon.

Juan is a strong global leader combining high strategic and analytical thinking, execution excellence, results orientation and communication skills.

Juan is an Honours Graduate with a BSs from Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ USA in Economics & Finance, as well as an MBA also from Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ USA in Finance.
Brittany Frye
Brittany is the Middle East Analyst at International SOS and Control Risks where she focuses on travel security throughout the region. Prior to her current position, she worked at the Clinton Foundation in New York City and the White House in Washington, D.C. She has a BA in Politics and Middle Eastern Studies from New York University and an MA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut.
DR fanie jute
Dr. Fanie Jute, Regional Medical Director, EEMEA based in Dubai, a South African citizen with more than 25 years of professional experience. He completed his Masters in Family Medicine from University of Orange Free State, South Africa in 2000 and attained postgraduate qualifications in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and Travel Medicine.

He joined International SOS in 2008 as Regional Medical Director based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to joining International SOS Dr Jute was employed by an international mining company in 2003 as a health services manager to remote mining projects based in Mali and Tanzania. During this period he managed all aspects of remote health care delivery including Public and Occupational Health.

He is a member of various professional bodies including the South African Society of Travel Medicine, International Society of Travel Medicine and South African Academy of Family Practice/Primary Care.
David B. Jones
Mr. Jones is the co-founder and chief executive officer of The Talent Enterprise, the region’s premier human capital ‘think’ and ‘do’ tank. With a background in labour market economics, he has over twenty-five years of experience in consulting and HR across Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Jones is a senior adviser to the policymakers and business leaders on strategic human capital issues and challenges, and has lived and worked in Dubai for over eighteen years.
Gavin Walford-Wright
Mr. Walford–Wright is the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and International Mobility at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), reporting to the Chief of Human Capital. An outstanding HR professional and people strategist, he holds more than 15 years of experience and a proven record of success working in a diverse range of commercial market environments including Healthcare, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Retail within different geographies like UK, Middle East, India, Africa and Turkey. Upon joining CCAD in February 2016, Mr. Walford-Wright worked with the Chief of Human Capital to put in a place a robust Human Capital strategy to integrate and align all of the Human Capital functions to work in a more cohesive way and achieve the organisation’s strategic goals. This included transforming the Talent Acquisition and International Mobility (TAIM) teams, to develop a highly-capable, diverse team that manages clinical and non-clinical recruitment and on-boarding and off-boarding for all of the organisation. In line with the government’s vision for recruiting UAE Nationals, Gavin places Emiratization at the top of his priorities, to ensure that CCAD becomes the leader in employing UAE Nationals within the healthcare industry. Within one year, he successfully led the team to grow the Emirati population at CCAD from 8.4% to 15%, resulting in the team winning the Best Nationalisation Initiative 2016 by the HR MENA Excellence Awards, as well as the Emiratisation Initiative of the Year 2017 by the Tawdheef Awards. Prior to joining CCAD, Gavin also successfully implemented a talent technology and analytics program at du, in which he transformed the Talent Acquisition function through the use of technology, by pioneering change and tripled the anticipated cost saving. This decreased the time to hire and increased the quality of hire and internal satisfaction throughout the Company. Always looking to stay up to date with all the latest market trends, Mr. Walford-Wright has completed his Master’s Degree in Strategic Human Resources from Middlesex University in Dubai and is currently a PhD candidate at Middlesex University in London.
Raaid Damati
Mr. Damati enjoys more than 20 years of experience in IT and Consulting, 15 in which focusing in HR world. At Oracle, Mr. Damati holds a simple job title, but crucial role at the same time. His main objective is to assure good understanding and deployment of Oracle strategy in correlation to Oracle HCM offering. Throughout his working experience, Mr. Damati gained insight knowledge into HR business challenges cross different industries.
Jeremy Nicholas
Jeremy is an award winning TV and radio broadcaster, well known for his quirky ‘And Finally’ reports for BBC News. He devised the Talking Toolbox system as part of his campaign to make business conferences less boring. Jeremy coaches speakers on how to present with confidence and runs a Talking Toolbox Masterclass on how to be more entertaining and engaging. On television he’s reported on the face of Elvis appearing on a piece of Stilton cheese, the Moscow State Circus husband and wife crossbow act who were getting divorced but still had eighteen months left on their contract and Speedie the tortoise having an artificial leg fitted. Tragically pigeonholed as an end-of-bulletin man, he never gets the lead story. However every cloud has a silver lining and Jeremy is now a well-known voice on the after-dinner circuit and was the 42nd person in the UK to be awarded a Fellowship of the Professional Speaking Association. He helps other speakers to raise their game using his Talking Toolbox techniques. However kids of all ages are more impressed that he is the voice of the global bestselling football video game FIFA 15. TV sports fans will recognize him as the early face of live football on Channel 5, back in the days when the picture was a bit fuzzy. Jeremy’s career highlights include being punched by maverick football manager Brian Clough during an interview, losing out to Anthea Turner in the hunt for a new Blue Peter presenter and being ambushed live on air by an armed man claiming to be Jesus. He’s written a couple of books, one of which was good. His third book will be finished when his speaking work dries up and he can find time to write it. He enjoys sea salted caramels made by chocolatier Bianca Marton. In fact he likes them so much that in 2014 he did a Dragon’s Den style investment and now co-owns Bianca Marton Chocolates. Jem likes to think that his friends refer to him as Willy Wonka, but he may have misheard.

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T. +971 4 420 5599

Shepherd was founded in 2004 by a group of entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and technology experts who have been providing custom solutions to a range of multinational companies.

Built on its foundation, Shepherd operates globally and offers revolutionized solutions that aim to transform the way enterprises operate and do business.

They offer their users an end-to-end cloud-based talent management solution that enables organizations to connect, engage, manage and develop their workforce. From talent acquisition & development, to the core of human capital, Shepherd is driving engagement, retention, productivity and performance while improving efficiency.

As a key player in the talent management international market today, they operate with the highest technology standards to date and continually follow up on technological trends. With an ever-growing team, they have officially touched ground in several continents and continue to expand as their client list prospers.

Shepherd Technologies

4695 MacArthur Ct. Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
United States
T +1 949 302 3624

208B-777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON, M5G 2C8
T +1 949 208 1973

One JLT 5th Floor, Suite 11B
JLT, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
T +971 4 429 5827

1on1 HR Consulting is one of the leading specialists in Human Resource in Outsourcing Support, Recruitment and Employee Engagement in the region.

Founded in 2011 in the UAE, our company was born with the vision to support organisations growth, through offering practiced and bespoke Human Resource services that focus on the development of people, teams, processes and systems & align those to our clients vision and strategy to promote successful & sustainable growth.

Our clients are a range of multi-national corporations and start ups from small to medium enterprises within public & private industries across the locally and internationally.

We provide best practice Human Resources support, advice and implementation through a variety of unique Human Resources Services designed specifically to assist you.

1on1 HR Cover all aspects of HR including Talent Acquisition, Employee Management, Strategic Implementation of Systems and Processes, Employee Engagement, Retention.

Make HR Easier and let us help you with the management your HR Operations.

1on1 HR Consulting
3006 B, Mazaya Business Avenue
T +971 4 447 0173

satellite office
T +962 7 9558 5858

Andryan IT Solutions is an IT solutions consultancy based in the Dubai Outsource City in the UAE. Andryan delivers solutions that span the entire software lifecycle, encompassing consulting, software re-engineering, testing, integration, application support, package evaluation and implementation services. Andryan differentiates itself by its proven, reliable delivery of innovative and creative solutions to each client's individual business and technological needs.

Specialised in implementation of Packaged Software Products like Oracle for Enterprise Application, Kronos for workforce management, iLearning Plus for Learning Management, OCTA for Single Sign On, Andryan has brought together technical know-how and the latest software solutions to streamline business functions for regional and multinational organizations across multiple industries and sectors, including banking, aviation, insurance, construction, media and government. Andryan also has excellent capabilities in MAF for Oracle Mobile Application development / SOA Fusion Middleware development / ADF and Java for PaaS on Saas Development /.net / Oracle etc.

Andryan is specialised in the implementation of Oracle HCM Fusion Cloud. Throughout its journey, Andryan has helped organisations to implement best practices across HR functions including, but not limited to, Comprehensive Personnel Management, Recruitment & on-boarding, Training & Development, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Leave Management, Compensation Management, Payroll and much more.

G01, Al Shaiba Building
Dubai Outsource City
P.O. Box 502671
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 448 4314 / 050 5530848
F +971 4 448 4312
contact@andryan.com / bijus@andryan.com
International SOS (internationalsos.com) is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We care for clients across the globe, from more than 850 locations in 92 countries.

Our expertise is unique: More than 11,000 employees are led by 1,400 doctors and 200 security specialists. Teams work night and day to protect our members.

We pioneer a range of preventive programmes strengthened by our in-country expertise. We deliver unrivalled emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest.

We are passionate about helping clients put ‘Duty of Care’ into practice. With us, multinational corporate clients, governments and NGOs can mitigate risks for their people working remotely or overseas.

International SOS
Dubai Airport Freezone
Bldg 7W, B Block, 4th Floor
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 601 8888
F +971 4 601 8899
Ascender is a leading HCM Payroll provider in the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern region, servicing over 30 countries in 31 languages. We empower, enrich, and connect businesses and their people through a unified platform that is made for humans.

Our people, processes, and technology can integrate seamlessly with your current systems, or provide a holistic, human experience, for all your Human Capital Management needs.

Founded in 2003, Ascender was acquired by Potentia in May 2015; a private equity firm that prides itself on its transformational culture. We have over 700 staff, 3000 clients and more than 1.7 million employees across the region.

With headquarters in Australia and Singapore, the company has 10 delivery centres across the region and produces more than 20 million pay slips per annum.

Ascender HCM
Building 11, Ground Floor
Executive Office G 07, Dubai Internet City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 391 0543
Merite Incentive Solutions is a Dubai based company offering comprehensive expertise in the loyalty and recognition sphere.Founded in 2016, the company specialises in providing businesses with the most efficient systems and capabilities to maximise their loyalty and retention – whether it be for their clients, employees or partners.

Merite Incentive Solutions operates over three main divisions: gift fulfilment services, incentive and rewards software solutions and prime consultancy services.

Merite Incentive Solutions is part of the MyList Group, established in 2012 and specialised in activities surrounding the gifting & rewards industry.

Office 1102, Grosvenor Business Tower
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 319 7849
F +971 4 455 8556
Founded by Mr. Thumbay Moideen in 1998, Thumbay Group is a diversified international business conglomerate with operations across 20 different verticals including Education, Healthcare, Medical Research, Diagnostics, Retail Pharmacy, Health Communications, Retail Opticals, Wellness, Nutrition Stores, Hospitality, Real Estate, Publishing, Technology, Media, Events, Medical Tourism, Trading and Marketing & Distribution. Headquartered in Dubai, the group presently employs around 5000 people, which will increase to 6,000 with completion of ongoing projects.

Presently, Thumbay Group is focusing on its strategic long-term plans which will see the group scale its businesses almost ten times and expand its operations globally, in addition to employing 25,000 people by 2022. Accordingly, the Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1,000 beds in the UAE, 1,500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa by 2022, taking the total number of hospitals to 15 worldwide. GMU is soon to become a full-fledged University with Engineering and Management courses in addition to Medicine. Plans are also afoot to open three new University campuses across 3 different countries. By 2022, Thumbay Group also plans to add 25 Thumbay labs, 100 Thumbay pharmacies, 40 Zo & Mo Opticals outlets, 100 Blends & Brews coffee shops, 25 Body & Soul health clubs, 50 Nutri Plus Vita stores, as per its strategic plans.

Thumbay Group
Dubai International Financial Centre
P.O. Box 415555
Dubai, UAE

T. +971 4 298 5555
F. +971 4 298 9555

Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank has begun operations on January 17th, 2010 as a public limited company and a legal successor of “The Industrial Development Bank” following the Banking Law of Jordan and the instructions of the Central Bank of Jordan and compliant to Islamic Sharia.

Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank continued to provide a comprehensive array of Sharia-compliant banking solutions modernly formulated through a growing network of 25 branches located throughout the Kingdom. A team of highly qualified employees and experts, specialised in banking services, values the partnership with clients - a loyal relationship built on trustful behaviour, conscientiousness and quality.

The bank’s methodology has led to superior performance, uncompromising services, and brilliant annual financial results that positioned JDIB at the forefront.

Our vision:
Leading Islamic banking to serve all spectrums of the society.

Our mission:
To provide distinctive and innovative services emanating from the divine principles of Islam to build lasting and solid partnerships and to maximise benefits to all stakeholders.

Our values:
• Innovation
• Knowledge
• Quality
• Value
• World-class service

Products and services:
• Corporate banking
• Retail banking
• Small companies
• Treasury, Investment & Financial Institutions

Awards and certificates:
The bank’s continuous efforts in the development process have resulted in the achievement of over 52 awards and certificates from internationally recognised contributors: the prestigious King Abdullah II Award for Excellence – Private Sector, ISO27001:2013 for Information Security & ISO9001: 2008 Certificate in Management System.

Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank
Abdali Project - Suleiman Alnabulsi Street
P.O. Box 1982,
Amman 11118, Jordan

T +962 6 460 2200
F +962 6 460 2102
Riyad Bank is one of the largest financial institutions in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, with a strong corporate and retail banking franchise.

Mobilising its substantial capital base and with decades of expertise to assume a leading role in all areas of Saudi finance, Riyad Bank is a leading financier and arranger of syndicated loans in the oil, petrochemicals, and most of the Kingdom’s infrastructure projects.

We offer our customers an expanded network of more than 335 branches, including 79 dedicated ladies branches. A branch in London and offices in Houston, United States and Singapore help us support the international banking needs of our customers.

Our internet banking services use the latest electronic technologies to address the needs of our customers. The bank has also kept its lead in the ATMs network, as the number of multi-functional ATMs is more than 2,700 distributed in strategic and carefully selected locations.

Riyad Bank’s investment banking arm, Riyad Capital, is a leading player in the IPO advisory business and asset management in Saudi Arabia, having won numerous investment awards in categories ranging from “best mutual performance” to “best fund manager.”

Riyad Bank
P.O. Box 22622
Riyadh 11416, Saudi Arabia

T +966 11 401 3030
KPMG International's Trademarks are the sole property of KPMG International and their use here does not imply auditing by or endorsement of KPMG International or any of its member firms.

We are a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services across a wide range of industries, government and not for profit sectors. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 174,000 people working in member firms around the world. The KPMG network is coordinated by Swiss cooperative KPMG International (KPMGI). In the UAE, KPMG has been established since 1973. We are a leading professional services firm and we are proud of our reputation for delivering cutting-edge solutions and exceptional client value. With over 50 partners and directors leading 750 professionals across offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, we work shoulder to shoulder with our clients, helping them solve their most complex business issues in support of their growth objectives. We value diversity and inclusion, fostering a positive and encouraging culture.

As a result, we attract passionate individuals who share a common purpose of inspiring confidence and empowering change for their clients and the communities in which they live and work. Amid times of economic change, technology advancement and industry disruption, KPMG has the depth of expertise, global reach, clarity of insight and strength of purpose to work shoulder to shoulder with our clients – now and into the future.

KPMG Lower Gulf Limited
Downtown Dubai
Level 13, Tower One, Boulevard Plaza
Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 403 0300
F +971 4 330 1515
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unparalleled extension of US-based Cleveland Clinic’s model of care, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has five Centers of Excellence in the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye and Respiratory & Critical Care. Other institutes include Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, and Quality & Patient Safety.

In all, more than 30 medical and surgical specialties are represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards. The hospital is a 364 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American board certified (or equivalent) physicians.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Al Mariyah Island
P.O. Box 112412
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

T +971 2 659 0200
F +971 2 643 5377
GSK is a leading healthcare company on a mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer. Regionally and globally, we have a proven track record for providing medicines, vaccines, and consumer products.

GSK has a 300-year global legacy and 65 years of local presence in the GCC; GSK opened its first office in the region 65 years ago and has been providing greater access and innovation to patients and consumers ever since.

API Tower, 28th Floor,
Next to Fairmont Hotel,
Sheikh Zayed Road,
P.O. Box 50199,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 403 7100
F +971 4 332 9964
LafargeHolcim is the world's leading global building materials and solutions company. It has the assets necessary to address today's global challenges of a new world.

With a local presence in 80 countries, the most innovative cement, concrete, and aggregates solutions to meet our customers’ needs, and a commitment to health, safety, and sustainability, we have the most efficient business model and the best performing operating models and teams.

Following the merger of Lafarge and Holcim in 2015, Eric Olsen has been the CEO of the company. With 90,000 employees around the world, it has combined net sales of CHF 29.5 billion (EUR 27 billion) and a manufacturing capacity of 353.3 million tons worldwide.

Our solutions and services include cement, concrete, and aggregate solutions for the following businesses: buildings, infrastructure, distribution, oil and gas, affordable housing, and construction systems.

Dubai Festival City
20th Floor, Festival Tower
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 232 9894
F +971 4 260 3282
Bayt.com is the #1 job site in the Middle East, offering a complete range of end-to-end employment solutions and career planning tools. Founded in 2000, Bayt.com is fully functional in English, Arabic and French, and offers the fastest, easiest, most effective and cost-efficient methods for employers to find quality candidates, and for job seekers to find top jobs, in the Middle East and North Africa.

Bayt.com is firmly committed to the region and has an excellent and thorough understanding of the Middle East and North Africa recruitment market and business landscape. This evidenced by Bayt.com's fully trilingual recruitment platform, which is the first and only such platform in the region, as well as its 12 regional offices in Abu Dhabi, Al Kuwait, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Eastern Province, Jeddah, Manama, Muscat and Riyadh. It is also evidenced by Bayt.com's leading track record of continued success serving the region's jobseekers and employers in finding top jobs and top talent respectively. With over 26,500,000 professionals and over 40,000 leading organizations using Bayt.com's recruitment platform across all industry categories and career levels, Bayt.com is today the single largest marketplace of professionals and companies in the region.

Grosvernor Business Tower
Barsha Heights, Dubai
TEL: +971.4.449.3100

The Business Year (TBY) is a leading research firm and publisher of annual economic resources on national economies. Present in over 25 countries, TBY provides first-hand access to the people and ideas shaping business and policy throughout the world. Each country-specific edition contains a comprehensive range of interviews and analysis, offering an inside look at doing business in the world’s most dynamic economies. TBY’s interviewees, readers, and partners comprise an international network of thought-leaders who are helping to define the future of the global economy.

The Business Year (TBY)
Dubai Media City
Building Number 10, Office 143
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 551 9305
F +971 4 422 6573
Among the global ethical awakenings in our recent century, and among the glorious creative and business erections, the magnitude of the Human Resources aspect has proven to be greatly valuable. As the recent Middle East being a parlour of inspirations to the open-minded observers and thinkers of our planet, we – a group of Egyptian enthusiasts – decided to have the honour to start the HR Revolution Middle East Magazine. The magazine is an honest reflection of the Middle Eastern business environment empowered by clear case studies, articles and interviews professionally served to worldwide readers of researchers and learners.

We are simply an honest reflection of the Middle Eastern business environment empowered by case studies, articles and interviews served to worldwide readers.

HR revolution Middle East
Entrepreneur Middle East (ME) is a licensee of U.S.-based Entrepreneur, a monthly print publication devoted to business endeavors that acts as a valuable resource for businesspeople globally. In addition to print, Entrepreneur as a global brand makes strategic use of various other mediums in the realm of web and social media. Entrepreneur ME, in adherence with our global parent company standards, is committed to localized and high quality content delivery under the following section headers: Tech, Money, Start It Up, ‘Treponomics, and Culture.

Entrepreneur Middle East (ME)
DUPLAYS is a sports and social club that engages the public, company employees, and corporate brands in events that focus on sports, team building and networking.

Established in 2007 with a focus on bringing the community together through sports, DUPLAYS currently has 60,000 registered members, with over 2,000 players participating in its public leagues every week. The company has engaged employees in companies such as Standard Chartered, AW Rostamani Group, Etisalat, Ahmed Seddiqi, Samsung and SEHA. DUPLAYS has also conceptualised ideas for brands that include Gillette, Nike, FIFA, RTA, and du.

DUPLAYS is continuing with a strategy of local consolidation and regional expansion of its services. From its home base in the UAE, the company has now expanded into Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India and Jordan.

1805 Indigo Icon Tower, Cluster F
JLT, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 4 447 2394
Slim’n Lite is a healthy food-catering center that serves real food made from farm fresh ingredients that are unaltered, healthy, and genuinely delicious at the same time. Whether you’re looking to lose or gain weight, control a medical condition or simply eat healthy delicious meals, our team of highly skilled chefs and licensed dietitians will design a plan that is customised to both your targets and taste preferences, delivered to your doorstep.

At Slim’n Lite, we take pride in our deep understanding of your needs, your taste, and your busy lifestyles. We understand your quest for more, and that’s why we strive to offer you tailored advice and meal plans that meet your individual needs, so you can get more out of life. We don’t just offer meals, we help shape lifestyles.

Slim’n Lite
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
T +971 2 222 2677

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
T +971 4 558 4688

Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
T +971 3 767 6852

The Flower Market is a floral artistry studio with a passion for flowers and design. Our signature creations combine the uniqueness of each flower, their contrasting textures and organic elements in an arrangement that defies the traditional and embraces the contemporary.

We continuously evolve our style with new ideas and play with unique packaging and accessories. We design bouquets for personal gestures and floral arrangements for weddings, events and businesses.

Our studio is located in the bustling Dubai Healthcare City and boasts an inviting industrial rustic feel full of a whole load of gorgeous colours and fresh scents. Come in and talk to us about a wedding design, a bridal shower or a corporate event.

The Flower Market FZ LLC
Dubai Healthcare City
City Pharmacy Building No. 72
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

SugarMoo is a fun and funky dessert brand that takes desserts to a new level in UAE. With its creative designs, fusion hybrid recipes and corporate programmes, SugarMoo makes an impact with its customers and clients alike. SugarMoo provides unique desserts, corporate branded items, white label and private label products to over 120 clients in the region.

SugarMoo is proud to be the first dessert delivery business in the region that delivers within 90 minutes from when you place your order.

Our desserts come in all textures, mixtures, shapes, and they are designed to suit all tastes. SugarMoo was formed out of a University friendship that has blossomed into a flourishing business. Although there were variety of desserts, they discovered not many of them had a personalised twist to them. The partnership has been quite successful, and we deliver some of the tastiest desserts to your doorstep in the UAE.

DIB Warehouse 4, 318 Road, Al Asayel Street
Al Quoz Industrial 4
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T: +971 4 399 7371
The Talent Enterprise is the region’s premier ‘think’ and ‘do’ tank dedicated to the advancement of human capital.

We collaborate with our clients on their most compelling talent, employability, engagement, performance, leadership and retention challenges. We are dedicated to creating solutions which are uncluttered, evidence-based and locally relevant. Having worked in the MENA region for almost 20 years, our advisory and analytics team has an unmatched understanding of the regional talent landscape, with a key focus on nationalisation and local talent development.

Our clients include policymakers, private and public sector employers, as well as educational institutions seeking to get the best out of their people and organisations. We are an interdisciplinary, multilingual team of professionals with diverse backgrounds in HR, leadership, organisational psychology, behavioural economics and education.

Having worked with consulting firms as well as in leadership positions within line HR, we have a relentless focus on quality and value, ensuring that our clients get the “right” point of view which is implementable and has tangible impact. The Talent Enterprise recently launched “Unlocking the Paradox of Plenty”, a pioneering book about human capital opportunities in the GCC, written by our Managing Director David Jones and Consulting Director Radhika Punshi.

Talent Enterprise
Office G07, Block 2B
PO Box: 502221
Dubai Knowledge Village
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T: +971 44 34 29 45
M: +971 50 45 08 02 1 / +971 50 14 88 78 5
Since 2009, our professional training division (formerly called MiH Training Academy) has enabled over 5,000 professionals, managers and senior executives to develop their skill set and gain career-advancing knowledge.

Our wide range of training programs cover areas including finance, healthcare, hospitality, HR, IT, leadership and management, marketing, oil and gas, PA and strategy, as well as soft skills.

Qualified trainers from all corners of the globe have a wealth of experience in their respective fields and a proven track record of successfully helping clients take their careers to the next level.

Naseba professional training
Boutique Villa n°5, Media City,
P.O. Box 500563,
Dubai, UAE

T +971 4 367 1376
F +971 4 367 2764

MENA HR Excellence Awards

  • award categories


    award categories


    Rewards an organisation for its commitment to supporting employees at all levels through talent retention, employer branding, learning and development, CSR activities, health and safety, and diversity and inclusion.


    Rewards a government agency for its commitment to supporting employees at all levels through talent retention, employer branding, learning and development, CSR activities, health and safety, and diversity and inclusion.


    An HR team that truly functioned as a business enabler within their organisation will be recognised. Judges will look at the team’s strategy, planning and implementation, relationships with other functions, results achieved and how they were measured.


    Recognises an organisation for its excellence in talent management. Criteria for evaluation include effective employee onboarding, ongoing training and development, coaching and mentoring, assessing and developing leadership capabilities, monitoring talent and measuring talent management, designing effective
    compensation and recognition systems.


    Honours an organisation for specifically focusing on engaging employees through fostering a corporate culture, employee engagement surveys, onboarding, flexibility, transparency, recognition and team building.


    Rewards a company for successfully increasing and retaining the number of nationals through effective implementation of a Nationalisation initiative. All organisations except government agencies are eligible for this category.


    Recognises a private sector HR Leader for exceptional performance in the last 12 months. Criteria for evaluation include aligning the HR function with the organisation’s strategic direction, promoting a people-centric culture, implementation of innovative programmes, engagement of employees in CSR activities and a focus on the overall
    wellbeing of staff.


    Recognises a public sector HR Leader for exceptional performance in the last 12 months. Criteria for evaluation include aligning the HR function with the organisation’s strategic direction, promoting a people-centric culture, implementation of innovative programmes, engagement of employees in CSR activities and a focus on the overall
    wellbeing of staff.


    Recognises a C-level non HR executive for his/her contribution to the HR function of his / her organisation. Nominees are required to provide examples of their leadership, strategic thinking and key management decisions.


  • past winners


    past winners

    • Best nationalisation initiative


    • Champion of Change

      Ahmad Hanandeh, CEO, Zain Jordan

    • Employer of the Year – Private sector

      Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK)

    • Employer of the Year – Public sector

      Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Bahrain

    • Excellence in Employee Engagement


    • Excellence in Talent Management

      Banque Saudi Fransi

    • Excellence in Talent Management

      Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)

    • HR Professional of the Year – Private sector

      Suraj Padmanabhan, Thumbay Group

    • HR Professional of the Year – Public sector

      Adil Abbood, Royal Saudi Airforce

    • HR Team of the Year

      National Bank of Fujairah


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