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Held under the theme of “HR driving business sustainability”, this year’s programme looked at human capital development as a key element to build a sustainable business model. We brought together over 150 CEO’s, COO’s, CHRO’s, HR Directors, Heads of Talent, Chief Happiness Officers to benchmark their practices, learn from one another and build partnerships.
The agenda was designed to provide participants with the opportunity to network, engage and learn. The five tribes, hire, train, motivate, retain and the melting pot, were designed to create cross sector collaborations and discussions. The afternoons featured engaging brainstorm sessions, where participants had a chance to gain hands on experience and work on case studies.
INTERACTIVE TALK SHOWS
Listen and discuss best strategies and growth drivers in HR with the region’s most successful and renowned business leaders, during engaging talks combined with audience voting and Q&A sessions.
Choose the HR zone of your interest to learn about the main challenges in HT technology, learning and development, employee engagement and innovation, and brainstorm together with other HR and business professionals to find and share best practices and solutions.
16+ HOURS OF BUSINESS-FOCUSED NETWORKING
Get to meet prominent, like-minded delegates in a focused, five-star environment. Connect through HR tribes, open business meetings and speed networking sessions to share ideas, explore business opportunities and build profitable professional relationships.
Listen to some of the world’s leading experts on leadership and human capital as they reveal critical success factors in the HR function.
Past gurus include:
- Marshall Goldsmith
World’s no.1 Executive Coach
- Kate Sweetman
Author of Reinvention, Global Management Consultant
- Alexander Kjerulf
FUN AND UNCONVENTIONAL PRACTICES
Embrace your experience by actively participating in interactive musical performances, professional cooking presentations, a yoga session or a line dance class.
MENA HR EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Earn recognition for your outstanding achievements in creating inclusive workplaces and empowering human capital to drive successful businesses.
KEY ATTENDEE STATISTICS
BREAKDOWN BY INDUSTRY
BREAKDOWN BY JOB TITLE
- Consumer products
- Professional services
- Industrial products & trading services
- Public sector organisations
- Healthcare, pharma & biotech
- Diversified industries
- Energy & utilities
CHAMPION OF CHANGE
The Champion of Change category 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.
HR YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR
This category recognises a young leader for his or her contribution to HR and outstanding achievements in business or impactful initiatives over the past 12 months.
HR PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
This category recognises an HR leader for his/her 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 programs, engagement of employees in CSR activities and a focus on the overall well being of staff.
EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION
The Excellence in Innovation category recognises an organisation for its outstanding achievements in innovation that contribute to business growth and sustainability, and serve as a leading example and inspiration for other companies in the region.
EXCELLENCE IN TALENT MANAGEMENT
The Excellence in Talent Management award 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 performance and designing effective compensation and recognition systems.
BEST NATIONALISATION INITIATIVE
This category rewards an organisation 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 TEAM OF THE YEAR
The HR Team of the Year category recognises an HR team that truly functioned as a business enabler within their organisation. Judges will look at the team’s strategy, planning and implementation, relationships with other functions, results achieved and how they were measured.
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
The Employer of the Year category recognises an organisation for its commitment to supporting employees at all levels through talent retention, employee engagement, employer branding and targeting learning and development programs.
Champion of change
Young HR leader of the year
Mr. Suraj Padmanabhan
HR professional of the year
Mr. Khaled Alshareef
Group HR Head
Masdar Building Materials
Excellence in innovation
Excellence in talent management
Best nationalisation initiative
Kuwait Aviation Fuelling Company
HR team of the year
National Bank of Fujairah
Employer of the year
Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK)
#HCF18 IN PICTURES
AND THERE WAS MORE
In its support of youth empowerment and young leaders’ development, Naseba has collaborated with AIESEC to co-host Youth Speak Forum and World’s Largest Lesson on May 5th and 6th, 2018 in Dubai, UAE.
Scheduled as extensions of Naseba Human Capital Forum MENA, these platforms provide a cross-cultural experience for youth to gain personal development and leave an impact on the world.
These platforms will help develop a network of multicultural exchanges in the form of professional internships and volunteering experiences that are supporting one of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Youth Speak Forum (YSF)
May 5, 2018
Youth Speak Forum brings over 200 students, young/senior leaders – including Emiratis and expats – within the age group of 18 to 30 years.
It aims to create a platform for bringing different perspectives and in-depth discussions on the role of youth in helping enable the one or more of the 17 UN SDGs.
World’s Largest Lesson (WLL)
May 6, 2018
World’s Largest Lesson is mobilizing key YSF delegates to deliver awareness sessions on one or more of the 17 UN SDGs.
WLL is a first of its kind initiative, covering the 7 emirates of the UAE, reaching over 10 schools and creating a positive impact on an impressive number of more than 2,000 students – all in just one day!
WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES
Pledge your commitment to support women’s economic empowerment
The Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) is providing a platform for entities, organisations, individuals and governments to pledge commitments to action to promote a women inclusive economy through programmes, actions, research, policies and regulations or activities that will aim to increase women participation and integration in the economy, eliminating inequality in the workplace, and encouraging entrepreneurship. The pledged actions should be implemented before the end of 2019.
The 7 principles are:
- Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
- Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
- Promote education, training and professional development for women
- Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
- Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
- Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
As a signatory of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles, Naseba invites you and your organisation to take the pledge and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
For more information about the Women’s Empowerment Principles, please visit http://www.weprinciples.org/