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Business & Money | Tuesday 24 October, 2023 12:30 pm |
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HR Summit & Expo Opens 21st Edition at Dubai World Trade Centre

HR Summit & Expo HR Summit & Expo (HRSE) 2023, the Middle East's most extensive and enduring HR event, successfully launched its 21st edition this year with a programme opened by His Excellency Abdullah Ali Bin Zayed Al-Falasi, Director General of Dubai Government Human Resources Department. Taking place at Halls 3 & 4, Dubai World Trade Centre until October 25, this event allows HR professionals and key decision-makers to come together, network and shape the future of the industry. 

 

After a powerful Masterclass by Dave Ulrich on October 23 at Park Hyatt, Dubai, the action-packed series of events will continue with the Conference and Exhibition today and tomorrow; the Future Workplace Awards taking place tonight at Park Hyatt, Dubai; and the Workshops from October 26 to 27 at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, UAE). 
 
“HR Professionals love analytics, we love data, we love evidence. It’s so critical for HR to not start with activity, but outcome, HR is not about HR, it's about doing HR so that we create value with a customer, with an investor, with a strategy." said Dave Ulrich, during his masterclass about ‘Upgrading your Talent – A Primary HR Agenda’. He also added “I think a trend is going to be an increasing connection between what we do inside the firm in managing people, talent and organisation, and how it creates value outside, through evidence and through analytics.” 
 
On October 24 the Conference and Exhibition featured a panel discussion on workplace challenges for 2024, including topics like prioritizing people over profit and employee engagement. Additionally, a keynote by Professor Serguei Netessine from the Wharton School highlighted the evolving landscape of business education and the role of innovative tools. 
 
HRSE attendees also had the privilege of witnessing luminaries like Lynda Gratton, a distinguished Professor and Organisational Theorist at the London Business School, renowned globally as a leading authority on the future of work. On the second day, Lucy Adams, former HR Director at the BBC, will share her experiences in managing significant change in complex organisations, addressing quick decision-making, moral considerations, and redefining leadership in an uncertain world. Lucy will also provide insights into managing public scrutiny and organisational challenges from her five-year tenure, offering fresh perspectives on leadership and employee engagement. Another unmissable talk is by Dr. Adam Hickman, Ph.D., Vice President of Learning, Organisational Development, and Cast Member Development at The Walt Disney Company, a renowned expert in leadership, HR, and organisational development. Dr. Hickman's session promises valuable leadership insights on October 25. 

 

 

The exhibition floor showcases global HR services and solutions from Zurich International Life Ltd. and Wharton as Headline Sponsors, Akrivia HCM as both Gold Sponsor and Coffee Sponsor, PeopleStrong/Vantage Circle as the Platinum Sponsor along with sponsorship for the Future Workplace Awards Gala Dinner and Drinks. Other Platinum Sponsors include Cigna Healthcare, Hayah Insurance, XpertLearning/Cornerstone and Knowledge Consulting Group. The Gold Sponsors are Darwin Box and Bupa Global/Sukoon.  

 

 

HRSE is also working to reduce its environmental impact through Carbon Neutrality by working with Renewable Electricity and minimising waste. Simultaneously, they have also been dedicated to empowering a diverse range of communities including non-profit organizations such as Al Noor and ImInclusive. The next step in their sustainable journey is working towards CarbonNeutral® Event Certification is to be powered by 100% renewable electricity. Visitors will also have an opportunity to meet furry friends at the visitors lounge to de-stress. 

 

 

Following the Awards Ceremony and the Conference and Exhibition, the certified workshops are scheduled for October 26 and 27 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. These include:  
 

 

  • Total Rewards Design Thinking for Exceptional Employee Experiences - Presented by Dr. Todd Brodie, a faculty member at WorldatWork MENA.
  • Aligning Learning and Talent Development Strategy to Business Objectives  - Presented by Niamh Briody-Jordan, an expert associated with the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
  • Reskilling and Upskilling the Workforce - Presented by Dr. Pam Jackson, PhD, CEO & Founder of Driven Performance Consulting FZE.
  • Generative AI X HR - Presented by Frederik Haentjens, CEO Get Design Thinking.
  • Total Rewards in a Remote Work Era: Adapting Compensation and Benefits for the Hybrid Workforce - Presented by Dr. Todd Brodie, a faculty member at WorldatWork MENA.
  • Fundamentals of Training & Facilitation Certificate - Presented by Seema Nagrath Menon, MD, and Founder of CALM Worldwide, who is an ATD Master Trainer.
  • Career Capital Theory - Presented by Shad Rogers, Founder of Clairmont Development, delves into this subject.
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