The 12th Human Capital Forum MENA is the region’s leading HR platform dedicated to bringing together talent managers, business and thought leaders.
In the wake of the oil crash, organisations in the MENA region are faced with mounting pressure to decrease operational costs, increase productivity and better leverage their talent pool. According to recent research, 87% of HR professionals cite culture and engagement as one of their top challenges, while 68% report they are now focusing on HR optimisation.
These recent market developments have shaped the agenda of the Human Capital Forum MENA, which will be held under the theme of “leading in the new world of work”.
Key topics that will be discussed include:
- The white elephant in the room: Culture and engagement
- HR transformation: A business perspective
- The C-talk: Where is HR headed to?
- Lean organisation: Getting rid of the fat
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, VP, People Operations, Google (UK)
A format designed to engage
Listen to some of the region’s most successful and renowned business leaders revealing critical strategies and drivers for growth in the HR function.
Get your questions answered by expert panelists as they share their viewpoints on some of the most pressing issues facing HR professionals in the region.
Choose from a variety of specialised workshops, each delivering practical knowledge through simulations, group exercises and case studies.
A highlight of the forum, the awards acknowledge prominent individuals for a variety of skills and acumen. The highest quality entrants ensure strong competition.
Listen to expert speakers from across Middle East and North Africa
tackling some of the most pressing issues facing HR professionals in the region.
Alexander KjerulfFounder and Chief Happiness Officer, Woohoo inc.
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 LalovichOrganizational Effectiveness Consultant, ENEC
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.
FATMA HUSSAIN ALMULLAChief Human Capital Officer TECOM Group
YVONNE AGYEIVP, People Operations, Google
Natalie SejeanChief HR Officer, VFS TasHeel International and Vasco Worldwide
WALEED AL-ABDULSALAMExecutive GM – HR Strategy & Development, Mobily
- HR strategic planning activities
- HR Policies and Procedures
- HR Transformation and Projects Management
- HR Performance Management (Dashboard/KPIs)
- HR Analytics and Optimization
- HR Risk Management, Business Continuity, Audit and Compliance
- HR Excellence, HR Development and Continuous Improvement
- HR Budget Planning and Variance Analysis
- HR Information Technology / Automation
- HR Surveys design, rollout and analysis
James VincentAGM, Human Resources, Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait
MICHAEL LAHYANICEO and Founder PropertyFinder.ae
Suraj PadmanabhanHead – Talent Acquisition & Strategy Development, Thumbay Group
He is experienced in designing and implementing successful HR strategies and in leading, motivating and developing people across diverse cultures and in multi-lingual environments.
Mr. Padmanabhan also has many achievements and awards to his credit in Human Resource, Quality Management and Business Excellence. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management (MBA) from a reputed University (CMR IMS). He also holds a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIMA), is a Certified Human Resource Manager (CHRM) & Certified Learning & Development Manager (CLDM) from Carlton Advanced Management Institute (CAMI / ACI – USA) and a certified NLP Master Practitioner.
• HR strategy formulation based on business strategy, action planning & implementation
• HR policy and procedures
• HR transformation and project management
• HR process improvement including shared services design and implementation
• HR budget planning and budget variance analysis
• HR BCP, audit and center of excellence
• Talent acquisition and total rewards
• Executive coaching, leadership development, domain certification and communities of practice
• Learning and Development (DAP/Contact HR/ SABA/ ELMS/ CEGOS / Event Management)
• Knowledge management
• Talent management
• Employee management – Measurement using Gallup, DMAIC & RACI
• HR – People happiness
EDWARD MATTIManaging Partner, CCM Consultancy
AHSAN QURESHISenior Vice President Human Capital, Aerospace & Engineering Services, Mubadala
JOSEPH CHALOUHISenior HR Director MENA Turkey & Pakistan, GE
DR. MANSOOR ANWARSenior Director - Employee Wellness & Happiness Human Capital & Administration, Du Telecom
FRANK FARRELLVP - Learning and OD, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
CEDRIC BETISChairman, Dubai Holding Wellness Committee; Group Director of Wellness, Jumeirah Group
TALAT SHEERAZIVice President Human Capital Gulf Capital
Hind Al MuallaChief of Creativity, Happiness and Innovation, KHDA (Knowledge Human Development Authority)
AKRAM ASSAFCo-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Bayt.com
Moazam Ali ShahCFO, Al Zamil for Industry and Trade
TARIQ QUREISHYPresident and CEO, Vantage Holdings
Ravi KumarHead of Human Resources, Roche Diagnostics Middle East
Taj ElkhayatRegional Vice President for Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Riverbed Technology
LUCY D’ABOManaging Director Edelman DABO Experiential
DAWN METCALFEManaging Director, PDSi, Coach & Author
SHANE PHILLIPSCEO, The Phillips Group
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Thumbay Group plans to expand internationally and aims to develop 420 new establishments by 2022. The Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1000 beds in the UAE, 1500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa, by 2022, taking the total number of hospitals to 15 worldwide.
The Gulf Medical University – Ajman, is soon to become a full-fledged University with Engineering and Management courses in addition to Medicine. The Group also plans to open 3 new University campuses in 3 different countries. By 2022, Thumbay Group plans to add 25 Thumbay labs, 100 Thumbay pharmacies, 40 Zo & Mo Optical outlets, 100 Blends & Brews coffee shops, 25 Body & Soul health clubs, 50 Nutri Plus Vita stores. The group hopes to employ 20,000 staff, by 2022.
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MENA HR Excellence Awards
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR – PRIVATE SECTOR | NOMINATE NOW
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.
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR – PUBLIC SECTOR | NOMINATE NOW
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.
HR TEAM OF THE YEAR | NOMINATE NOW
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.
EXCELLENCE IN TALENT MANAGEMENT | NOMINATE NOW
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.
EXCELLENCE IN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT | NOMINATE NOW
Honours an organisation for specifically focusing on engaging employees through fostering a corporate culture, employee engagement surveys, onboarding, flexibility, transparency, recognition and team building.
BEST NATIONALISATION INITIATIVE | NOMINATE NOW
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.
HR PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR – PRIVATE SECTOR | NOMINATE NOW
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.
HR PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR – PUBLIC SECTOR | NOMINATE NOW
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.
CHAMPION OF CHANGE | NOMINATE NOW
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.
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
The summit gave us the opportunity to use the power of coming together to understand the challenges that we’re facing and come up with solutions by learning from each other. I think the openness and curiosity of my fellow participants from various companies was very energising, and the topics were spot-on in terms of what’s on our minds and our to-do-lists.
Group Head of Talent, Al-Futtaim Group
“ I feel such gatherings can really help us understand what others are doing in terms of HR management and confronting different challenges, and having different priorities and strategies.”
Group HR Director, MENA Business Unit The Coca-Cola Export Corporation
“ The event delivered an exciting and compact agenda, filled with valuable ideas. Meeting others in the industry really allows you to see that your challenges and opportunities are aligned. Great work!”
Managing Partner, CCM Consultancy
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