The 11th 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
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Share knowledge through 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.
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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Listen to expert speakers from across Middle East and North Africa
tackling some of the most pressing issues facing HR professionals in the region.

Fatma Hussain

Chief Human Capital Officer, TECOM Group View Profile

Yvonne Agyei

VP, People Operations, Google (UK) View Profile

Carl Rhodes

CEO, Human Capital Institute (HCI) View Profile

Waleed Al-Abdulsalam

Executive GM – HR Strategy & Development, Mobily View Profile

Michael Lahyani

CEO and Founder, View Profile

Edward Matti

Managing Partner, CCM Consultancy View Profile

Fatma Hussain

Minister of Economy, UAE

Fatma Hussain Al Mulla is the Chief Human Capital Officer at TECOM Group. Fatma brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the Human Resources field with over 16 years of experience. In her role she is responsible for planning, leading and managing the execution of the Human Capital strategy to support the implementation of TECOM business plans and overall strategy.

Prior to joining TECOM, Fatma has worked with several reputed Private and Government organisations in the region and has in-depth experience in the areas of Performance Management, Total Rewards, Talent Development, Recruitment, Emiratisation, Talent Redeployment etc. She has also managed Quality Management and Business Process Improvement related projects in her previous organisations.

Fatma is a Senior Assessor with the Department of Economic Development in Dubai for Human Development Awards since 2005.

She also has many achievements and awards to her credit in the Human Resources & quality management fields. Fatma holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from a reputed university. She is a board member of the Alumni Association since 2013 and has completed a leadership programme from the Wharton Business School in USA.

Yvonne Agyei

Minister of Economy, UAE

Yvonne Agyei joined Google at its California headquarters in 2003 when the company was just over 1000 employees. She was promoted to Vice President in 2012 and became head of the newly-created International People Operations (iPOps) team in early 2015. Created in recognition of the growing complexities of uniting a working population of 55,000+ spanning 100 offices in 50 countries, the iPOps team is a task force of thought partners and program managers which gathers and leverages insights from across all of the company’s functions in order to support the unique Google culture and enhance the experience of Googlers in the smaller offices distributed all around the globe. Before leading this team, Yvonne spent nearly 6 years as the company’s global head of Benefits, overseeing the full range of core employee offerings alongside a host of other “Googley” initiatives such as wellbeing programs, onsite clinics and the take-out benefit for new parents.

Among other prior roles at Google, Yvonne has led the global university and other staffing programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford, an MA in psychology from Northwestern University and an MA in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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Carl Rhodes

Minister of Economy, UAE

Mr. Rhodes is the Chief Executive Officer of HCI. Prior to joining the company in 2009 as its Chief Operating Officer, he was the co-founder and General Manager of Kairos Networks, and was a senior leader with CEB, where he specialised in developing and scaling new products and services for networks of senior executives in general management, strategy, IT and HR.

His work has been cited in the Harvard Business Review, the Economist and the Washington Post, among other media outlets. He started his career as a Professor of Methodology and American Politics at the University of Cincinnati. There, his work appeared in leading academic journals and in a volume compiled and edited by a Nobel Laureate, and was competitively funded by the National Science Foundation.

He holds a PhD from Rice University and BA from Colorado College.

Waleed Al-Abdulsalam

Minister of Economy, UAE
  • A senior executive with more than 24 years of hands-on experience in the private sector, with a track record of leading and delivering operational excellence to enable growth and continued success.
  • Built credentials of articulating visions, building structures, teams and aligning efforts for optimal performance.
  • BS Electrical Engineering from KFUPM and MBA from the USA.
  • Currently Senior Vice President of Mobily – HR Strategy & Development in charge of:
    • 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
  • Led intensive Human Capital Transformation projects within Mobily and Integrated Telecom earlier
  • Past experience include heading functions such as: PMO, Marketing, Communication & PR, Business Excellence (Total Quality Management), and General Management

Michael Lahyani

Minister of Economy, UAE

After gaining experience in working with print real estate listings, Michael recognized a gap in the market for online listings- and that’s when propertyfinder was born, soon becoming one of the most popular property portals in the region.

Since the company’s launch in 2007, Michael’s effective business model for brokerage firms has since attracted high-profile local and international investors, enabling it to operate successfully across the MENA region, with offices in seven countries. In 2013, the company won the SMEinfo “Online Business of the Year “Award and the ‘Dubai SME 100’, an index of the Dubai Economic Department, twice in a row.

Serving as a director on the board of various tech companies, Michael has become a regular speaker at the Harvard Business Conference.

Prior to founding the company, Michael began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in his hometown of Geneva. He holds an MBA with a specialty in finance from HEC Lausanne, having completed an exchange program at UCLA in California.

Edward Matti

Minister of Economy, UAE

As Managing Partner for CCM Consultancy, Edward Matti’s responsibilities put him in front of clients from all industries and with wide-spanning challenges. From effective talent management strategies to the design of complex progression models set to instil behavioural change, his team consults on end-to-end solutions for their clients.

Edward is an experienced leader with over 17 years of leadership experience in Human Resource Development and Financial Services, where he has proven his ability to manage, motivate and influence others through strong and effective communication skills and a commitment to realising individual and team success. Prior to moving to Dubai to head up CCM Consultancy, Edward lived in Toronto and was Regional Director for Canada’s largest financial planning firm.

An accomplished public speaker and TV commentator in Canada, Edward still meets with clients to consult on their issues, develop solutions and deliver riveting interventions.

Edward and his team have helped clients in sales, management and leadership needs as well as branded culture and customer centric experiences.

Ahsan Qureshi

Minister of Economy, UAE

Ahsan supports the Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace & Engineering Services (AES) to drive forward the strategic Human Capital (HC) vision and plans. Ahsan also advises all HC initiatives across the platform and portfolio companies.

He sits on the Human Capital Board Committee and undertakes an advisory role for a number of UAE and globally based companies including: Strata Manufacturing, Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overall Center (AMMROC), YahSat, Injazat Data Systems, Khazna Data Centers, SR Technics and Piaggio Aero Industries.

Ahsan is committed to developing best in class Human Capital Business Strategies support while enhancing talent and experience of UAE Nationals to enable the growth of next generation skilled professionals and business leaders for Abu Dhabi and the UAE

Ahsan has over 22 years of global experience and has been based in the UAE since 2009.. Prior to joining Mubadala, he held a number of Senior HR roles within General Electric Canada, HSBC Bank Asia Pacific and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company.

Ahsan works as a thought leader. His expertize includes performance management, talent  management, development of business transformation and Emiratization Strategy. Throughout his time at GE and HSBC Ahsan gained significant experience in restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, union negotiations and establishing start-ups.

Ahsan holds a Masters in Business Administration with HR specialization from University of Leicester – UK. He is a certified Green Belt Six Sigma from General Electric, a highly disciplined leadership program.

Joseph Chalouhi

Minister of Economy, UAE

Joe Chalouhi was born in Sydney, Australia. He attended the University of Wollongong where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in 1995, a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Western Sydney.

A registered psychologist, Joe began his career in Australia working with child and family protection and teaching at Sydney University. In 1995, he moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and worked in one of its hospitals.

Joe began his HR career with Schneider Electric in 1997 starting as the HR & Communications Manager based out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and then as the HR Director for Middle East & Africa, based in Istanbul, Turkey. During his tenure with Schneider Electric, Joe was based out of a variety of locations including Riyadh, Cairo, Istanbul, Beirut, and at the company’s International Division Headquarters in Paris.

From 2006 to 2008, he joined PepsiCo as the Organization & Management Development Director for Middle East and Africa based in Dubai and later in Cairo. In 2008, Joe returned to the Energy business with Areva Transmission & Distribution (now Alstom Grid) as the HR Director for the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Joe joined GE Energy in 2010 as the Senior HR Manager for Middle East North Africa & Turkey (MENAT). In 2012, he was transferred to Global Growth and Operations and took on the role of Organization and Talent Development Leader. End 2013, Joe was promoted to become the Senior Human Resources Leader for the MENAT Region. Since 1st May 2014, in addition to his role of Senior Human Resources Leader for GGO MENAT, Joe took-on the role of Senior HR Manager for Oil & Gas in MENAT.

Dr. Mansoor Anwar

Minister of Economy, UAE

Dr.Habib obtained his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2001.Thereafter he returned to the UAE and worked in government hospitals and clinics for 9 years, during which he obtained further specialty degrees in family medicine and occupational health.

In 2010 he was headhunted by the Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (du) to establish an in-house staff clinic and a dedicated wellness department. As a result, the wellness department at “du” won a prestigious award by the government of Dubai in 2014 for the employee wellness program implemented in the company. In 2016, he was given the task of ensuring employee happiness in addition to their wellness.

Dr. Habib is also the regional chair for the international association of worksite health promotion (IAWHP). He helped to promote wellness in the Arabian Gulf region via active participation in related webinars, seminars and conferences including employee wellness congress in Orlando in 2015. In addition, he chairs the wellness task-force at Dubai Chambers.

Dr. Habib writes regular wellness-related articles in various publications around the country. He recently published a wellness-related book titled “the broken carpenter door” in Arabic which features insights into UAE health and lifestyle culture.

Frank Farrell

Minister of Economy, UAE

Frank is a seasoned Banker, a multi-qualified HR professional and a certified Co-Active Coach. A people-centered thought-leader with a passion for bringing out the best in people by creating and fostering a caring culture that motivates all levels of employees to give their best; someone who has first-hand experience of most levels of business together with the ‘helicopter vision’ to contribute to the strategy of combining functional excellence with sustainable results.

With over two decades of combined HR and multi-vertical financial experience, Frank is a trusted advisor to C-suite executives and works with leaders at all levels to design and implement cutting-edge solutions in the field of performance management, talent & succession planning, job family frameworks; leadership, high-potential and graduate development.

Over the past five years, his primary focus has been in delivering bespoke learning solutions that are transformational in nature, enhancing the product & service offering of his organization’s award-winning & internationally recognized Corporate University, reinventing culture and driving workforce engagement and performance through use of people analytics.

When not trying to infuriate his HR colleagues with his views and thoughts on HR models and jargon, you will find Frank winding down with his gorgeous wife Meetu who has her own yoga practice, his beautiful 10-year old daughter Sarah and his energy-sapping Jack Russel ‘Jake’ who thinks he’s human like the rest of the family.

Cedric Betis

Minister of Economy, UAE

Cedric Betis is the Chairman of the Dubai Holding Wellness Committee – a global investment holding company with interests in 24 countries, employing more than 20,000 people from 121 nationalities. Dubai Holding is managed through two business groups:

  • Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group (DHCOG) that contains the Jumeirah Group, TECOM Investments, Dubai Properties Group and Emirates International Telecommunications.
  • Dubai Holding Investment Group (DHIG) that includes Dubai Group and Dubai International Capital.

In his capacity, Mr. Betis is responsible for developing the group’s wellness strategy, pillars, mission and program components while ensuring alignment with the overall business strategy.

Mr. Betis is also the Group Director of Wellness for the Jumeirah Group, the hospitality arm of Dubai Holding. He is heading Talise, the global wellness brand of the Jumeirah Group that regroups the Talise Fitness, Talise Spa and Talise Nutrition Divisions.

Mr. Betis is also a Special Advisor to some of the most influential leaders in the private and governmental sectors in Dubai.

Mr. Betis holds a Master’s Degree in Sports & Sciences with a Major is Sports Performance from Montpellier University – France.

Talat Sheerazi

Minister of Economy, UAE

Talat has over 28 years of experience, most of it in senior HR leadership positions in companies like British Airways, ABN AMRO Bank, British Petroleum, Glaxo Smith Kline, Abraaj Capital, Drake and Scull and Exeed Industries.

In her long career, she has been a speaker at various forums on HR Leadership, strategy and the People proposition and is passionate about the HR Business partnership within a corporation.

Within Abraaj Capital, as SVP HR, Talat worked with a number of portfolio companies to support their HR Functions and ensure that change management initiatives like mission statements and values were implemented through their HR functions so that the companies invested in were more aligned to the business objectives and gave a faster ROI.

Moustafa Hamwi

Minister of Economy, UAE

Moustafa is the Dubai’s real version of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, after buying a one-way ticket to a life changing journey across India he eventually came back to launch several platforms dedicated to empowering people work & live passionately including Passion Sundays, the region’s only online talkshow dedicated to Passion & Happiness.

Moustafa is acknowledged globally for his work on passion and its impact on leadership & employee engagement.

Events by Moustafa are awaited eagerly by trendsetters and followers in numerous industries across the globe and have been commended by global leaders, including President Jimmy Carter during his recent visit to Dubai.

Moustafa is highly Passionate and very inspirational, mixed with his entrepreneurial experience & world class qualifications in coaching his talks have been described as “ insightful, energetic and engaging” and “ exceeded our expectations” and are guaranteed to give you a dose of passion that lasts way beyond the event.

Hind Nezzaghy

Minister of Economy, UAE

Hind’s 15-year Total Rewards career with Unilever, BNP, Barclays, Hewlett Packard and more, culminated with strategic HR positions such as Head of Rewards -Performance& HR Governance at Nakheel (Dubai)  and Senior HR Advisor for at Musanada (Abu Dhabi). She is now the Head of HR for Gulf and EME (Emerging Middle east Countries) at Takeda pharmaceutical based in Dubai ; engaging and partnering with business leaders to deliver HR excellence services, aligning people strategy through Hr transformation with the business needs and ensuring a performance driven great place to work environment.  In addition, spearhead the regional talent role and deliver on the people needs for current and future Takeda throughout the Gulf and Emerging Middle East countries (Levant, Iran and Yemen). She is known to be hands-on, using pragmatic approaches with her internal clients, ensuring that the projects will have immediate impact and business value and don’t remain “an idea on the shelf”.

Hind Al Mualla

Minister of Economy, UAE

Hind Al Mualla is a people person. As KHDA’s Chief of Creativity, Happiness and Innovation (CHI), her passion for people ensures that the organisation nurtures the best talent, builds valuable working relationships and makes the most of innovative ideas.

Her team not only embodies the Chinese meaning of the word chi- life force- but forms the basis of the way we work, having positive relationships with our customers and each other, and being happier in our work and in our lives. “The Chi team’s role is to harness creativity to build a more positive education sector with happiness at the heart of everything we do,” she said.

Hind believes diversity is one of the most exciting aspects of her role. “We all share the same vision; to give students in Dubai a high-quality education. Everyone in education is passionate about what they do and keen to promote change and development.”

Abdulmuttalib (Talib) Al Hashimi

Minister of Economy, UAE

Abdulmuttalib (Talib) Al Hashimi is a UAE national entrepreneur, Nationalisation expert and founder of TBH Consultancy, the first Emirati Nationalisation Advisory firm in the UAE. He is also Managing Director and co-founder of Dubai based Recruitment consultancy Next Level which specialises in the recruitment of nationals. Through his work, Talib has helped several organisations in the UAE on their Emiratisation, Recruitment and Human Resources needs. He has been instrumental in advising senior managers on issues related to adopting the most effective ways to attract nationals, building a strong employer brand, engaging their local audiences and cultural integration in the workplace. Talib is also an Associate Partner with HR, Nationalisation and Research experts Oxford Strategic Consulting where he works along with a research team based in Oxford to identify critical issues in GCC Human Capital and recommend programs and strategies to tackle these issues.

Talib’s pursuit has been to identify critical issues that face a minority local workforce and establish progressive and relevant frameworks and solutions to address these issues, hoping that his work on Emiratisation could serve as blueprint for other regions which face similar challenges.
Abdulmuttalib continues to play an active role in society as he is a regular speaker in conferences, workshops and universities delivering a series of motivational speeches titled “10 Lessons I learned in 2009”. In addition to that Talib delivers public and in-house workshops in various topics. He is also a member of the advisory board for AIESEC, the International youth leadership organisation. He was also a columnist and writes articles for publications such as SME Advisor magazine, MBC Times and Gulf News. You can learn more about his thoughts and insights through his blog: and he is currently working on his first book.

Mohamed Mesbah

Minister of Economy, UAE

As a senior HR professional with 15+ years of experience in HR, training, coaching, and consulting, leader in HR in the area of empowerment, organizational structure and development, with a reputation as an expert on work and organizations is based on my successful academic and professional career, Expert in organizational effectiveness and human resources management, implements competency-based corporate leadership programs and consults to senior management on how to select and develop key employees. Focuses on helping implement the steps necessary to better align their organizational culture with their business strategies, consulting to senior management on the selection and development of top talent, my experiences included HR Strategy Planning & Implementation, Learning & Development, I have gained enormous exposure to several areas including spearheading recruiting and retention, compensation management, conflict resolution, succession planning, organizational safety, change management, benefits administration and implementation of  best practice programs.

Specialist in Online Assessments of Personality and Ability, 360 Degree appraisal application and feedback, Development Centres (ideal for succession planning / training needs analysis, Assessment Centres (ideal for selection /recruitment), Appraisal Training, Competency Based Interview Skills Training, Verbal, Numerical, Abstract Reasoning testing, Competency Framework design, Job Family development, Psychometric Testing, Personality Profiling.

A holder of MBA (HR), Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and multiple certifications in areas of human resource management included Chartered FCIPD, from Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD UK and Chartered Fellow CMgr FCMI , from Chartered Management Institute – CMI UK, Master Certified Trainer (IRAS) – International Academy of Advanced Research and Studies – London, Certificated Verifier Trainer, from Edexcel UK, – London and CEB SHL UK as well , Certificated in Progressive Strategies for Talent Management and Global Mobility from CIPD UK.

Strong leadership skills, developed from working at both a ‘grassroots’ and strategic level, which has led me to speak (Key note speaker and Motivational Speaker as well) at high profile events including Government Offices, French chamber of commerce events, Arab academy, and Egyptian television in different events and programmers, and social media professional.

Dynamic ‘facilitator of change’ and positive role model during organizational change – in fact, my experience in this area is unsurpassed, led many teams through significant change initiatives including a re-engineering process.

Currently functioning as Head of HR with American President Lines (global organization), I am involved in implementation of organization global restructure (Function Reporting Line strategy), recruitment process encompassing Occupational testing (OT), occupational personality (OPQ) and assessment/development centers. I have also been involved in setting up of local HR shared services to cater to 4 countries in the Middle East.

My current and previous  roles included Regional Responsibilities and projects in different countries, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Libya, Sudan, UAE, and Turkey , Responsible for the transformation program in Saudi Arabia/Bahrain and the overall country HR strategy and achieving the Saudization program, Leads and executes regional development and training projects and programs in Turkey, Libya and Saudi Arabia , Engaged in the Global HR system and the productivity matrix projects with The Global HR team in Singapore.

Akram Assaf

Minister of Economy, UAE

Akram is responsible for directing technology strategy, software development, and product delivery at since inception.

Prior to co-founding, Akram had worked in consulting at Oracle and Andersen Consulting where he led the design, development and delivery of enterprise solutions to leading corporations and Middle Eastern governments.

Akram is a graduate of Jordan University with a BSc. in Computer Science.

Moazam Ali Shah

Minister of Economy, UAE

Moazam Ali Shah is CFO at “Al Zamil for Industry & Trade”, one of the most successful and prominent family businesses operating in Saudi Arabia. The Company is head-quartered in Riyadh, and it specializes in Industrial Manufacturing and Contracting business.

Moazam has previously worked for some of the blue chip professional firms across the world including United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, Middle East and Asia. He is an alumnus of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York.

A licensed CPA from Colorado State Board of Accountancy in the USA, and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Moazam also holds Fellowship in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand.

Aside from work, Moazam has participated as a key-note speaker in a number of professional forums and CFO conferences held across the Middle East & North America.

Tariq Qureishy

Minister of Economy, UAE

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.

Ravi Kumar

Minister of Economy, UAE

Ravi Kumar is the Head of Human Resources at Roche Diagnostics Middle East (RDME), where he is responsible for executing Human Resources strategy, in alignment with business goals, for over 400 employees across 16 countries in the Middle East.

With over 20 years of professional experience across multinational organizations in the Middle East and India, Mr. Kumar’s key responsibilities include setting up a strong employee-engaging environment and a performance-driven culture, while leading a team of dedicated HR professionals.

Starting his career as a management trainee at Larsen & Toubro in India in1997, Mr. Kumar joined Roche India in 2006, as Head of Human Resources to initiate and implement HR Strategies that would assist in above-market sales growth and market leadership in the IVD segment. With increasing responsibilities that led him to his current role, Mr. Kumar is currently in Dubai as Head of HR for the Middle East region.

Mr. Kumar holds an MBA in Human Recourses from the Xavier Institute of Social Studies in India, and is a member of the Leadership Team responsible for driving Roche’s business in the Middle East.

Cordelia Henry

Minister of Economy, UAE

With over 32 years’ experience in retail finance for blue chip financial institutions in London, Asia and the Middle East, Cordelia provided solutions for an array of clients. She learned that many business owners lacked the skills of how to acquire new clients. Cordelia realised that filling this gap was where her true calling lay.

Cordelia is now the owner of the Referral Institute’s UAE franchise.  She shows business owners how to find their ideal clients, dramatically increase their profits by building business relationships with the RIGHT people!

Cordelia leads a community of like-minded female entrepreneurs who believe in the power of building their business through referrals & business networking. She uses her skills as an Imago Facilitator to empower her clients to replace self-defeating traits with effective skills and create amazing business relationships.

Combining these skills, Cordelia has a gift of connecting with people at an emotional and rational level.  She is a confident speaker, facilitator and advocator of women in business and how to network effectively.

Ron Thomas

Minister of Economy, UAE

Masam Ali Malik

Minister of Economy, UAE

As a Consultant with CCM Consultancy, Masam works on the design and deployment of complex initiatives for clients in a variety of industry facing wide-ranging challenges.  Along with the CCM Consultancy team, Masam provides end-to-end solutions to clients focusing on both process and people development.

A Chartered Financial Analyst having held management positions with one of Canada’s largest banks prior to joining CCM Consultancy, Masam has spent several years in Corporate Finance, People Management and Financial Services.  He moved to Dubai upon joining CCM Consultancy, bringing along Canadian corporate experience and a keen understanding of the Middle East & North Africa market to ensure practical application.

Masam’s experience has helped companies with sales management, team building, and leadership enhancement.  He has also assisted companies by designing (and delivering) engaging solutions that have measurable results and positively impact the organization’s bottom line.

Taj Elkhayat

Minister of Economy, UAE

Taj Elkhayat is the Regional Vice President for Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Riverbed Technology. His core responsibilities include expanding Riverbed’s penetration in new markets and industry verticals to grow its regional footprint, deepening engagement with channel partners, and securing the company’s position as a key technology provider for the hybrid enterprise. Having previously served as Riverbed’s regional General Manager and subsequently its Managing Director, Taj brings strong vision, leadership and passion to the team, where the focus is to sell solutions across the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, and drive even closer engagement with customers.

Taj has more than 15 years of regional sales, channel and executive management experience to Riverbed, and has played key roles in growing and scaling both emerging and Fortune 500 technology companies in the region.  His prior experience includes senior leadership positions at Juniper, Microsoft, Compaq Computer Corporations and IBM in the Middle East and the United States.

Taj graduated from the Jones Graduate School of Business from Rice University, whilst an undergraduate at the University of Houston.

James Vincent

Minister of Economy, UAE

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.

Lucy D’Abo

Minister of Economy, UAE

As Managing Director of Edelman DABO Experiential, Lucy leads all concept creation and strategy for the live events and experiential marketing division of the business.

Lucy brings with her fifteen years within the marketing and communications field, twelve of which were living in the Middle East.

Lucy’s career evolved from a background in advertising & marketing since 1998, which she then transferred to dedicated event management.  Prior to setting up DABO & CO in 2004, Lucy worked with advertising clients including Pirelli, BenQ, DSF, Dubai & Gold Jewellery Group and Unilever. Lucy then joined Streamline Marketing to head up their events division within which she managed the IMF and World Bank Meetings in Dubai on behalf of DIFC in 2001, the Formula 1 World Offshore Powerboat Racing Championships in 2002 and 2003, and the launch of the Lifestyles event in 2003.

Lucy prides herself on working with some of the region’s most prestigious brands and high profile events. Highlights include organizing the Ferrari Mondiali World Finals at Yas Marina Circuit and working with UNHCR for their first conference within the Middle East in 2014, the grand opening of the JW Marriott Marquis in 2012, the annual Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge with HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein since 2005, launch of TV channels MBC Action and MBC Max, celebrity management for events and conferences like GM Style, OK! Magazine, Atlantis and GGICO, and the opening of offices for international finance players such as Julius Baer.

Dawn Metcalfe

Minister of Economy, UAE

Dawn Metcalfe, Managing Director of Performance Development Services (PDS) is an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator.

Her first book, Managing the Matrix: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Organization was published in 2014 and will soon come out in Arabic.

She regularly writes for various publications across the Middle East Training Magazine Middle East, Gulf Business, Explorer UAE and LinkedIn (with one article generating over 80,000 hits).

Dawn also contributes to the Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8, speaking on various topics, and appeared at the Emirates Airline Festival
of Literature to discuss business writing.

Dawn regularly advises C-Suite executives and high potential employees to develop and deliver their events, ranging from simply delivering 30 minutes on a specific topic or moderating a panel to developing and facilitating a week-long corporate event.

Fiona Campbell

Minister of Economy, UAE

Hamza Enki

Minister of Economy, UAE

Hamza joined ABK in 2002, with the responsibility for Human Resources.  He is a seasoned HR professional with more than 34 years experience in the areas of manpower development, compensation, recruitment and training in the financial services industry.  Before joining ABK he worked for the National Bank of Kuwait in the HR Division for 22 years.  He is a graduate of Kuwait University with a Bachelor’s degree in Personnel Affairs, and has an MBA from the University of Scranton, USA.

Shane Phillips

Minister of Economy, UAE

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.

Mohamed Amr Sadik

Minister of Economy, UAE

A seasoned and accomplished HR executive with more than 30 years in key HR positions with local, regional and international diverse organizations, in the Arab Region, and have led successful formulation and integration of HR programs, strategies, policies, and procedures. Winner of HR Awards from UK, India, USA, and one of the top 20 HR most international influential thinkers in 2014selected by Ashridge Business School, Open University and HR Magazine in UK, and winner of Peter F. Drucker in Management award, Panama.

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CCM Consultancy

As clients’ needs have become more complex and specialised, thus widening the gap between HR needs and work force capabilities, we have proudly worked hand in hand to provide a variety of HR and training consulting services to assist companies in achieving more.

CCM Consultancy offers an integrated end-to end solution to human resource and people development needs. With executive search services, employee assessment programmes, training and development, and business consultancy, it ensures clients’ abilities to not just cope with the impacts of globalisation but rather prosper through them.

CCM Consultancy represents TACK International and TMI World, two of the world’s largest learning and people development companies with a longstanding history of 67 and 40 years respectively. It also represents the world’s top organisational development school, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University bringing innovative leadership programs to the region.

CCM Consultancy assists clients with branded customer experiences, leadership essentials, sales and management training, assessment programmes, service and productivity consultancy, personal development, executive search, and executive and competency coaching.

Al Alhi Brank of Kuwait

Our Vision: “Reimagining a Simpler Bank”
Our Mission: “To consistently provide experiences that  simplify and enrich people’s lives”
Our Core Values:
Transparency | Integrity | Simplicity | Excellence

ABK was established in 1967 with its Head Quarters located in Kuwait City.  The current capital is KD161,916,623. ABK is one of the leading banks in corporate and retail banking.  It delivers world-class banking services to satisfy its customers in Kuwait and in the Gulf region through its wide local network of branches in addition to two branches in Dubai and Abu-Dhabi in the UAE.  The recently acquired Piraeus Bank of Egypt will add another 39 branches to the ABK network to reach 72 branches in total. The new ABK subsidiary in Egypt will be rebranded ABK Egypt subject to name change approval by the official authorities, and the new identity will be rolled out over the 39 branch network in the first half of 2016.

ABK has key strategic alliances with world-class financial partners. Co-branding with Emirates Airline on ABK credit cards has ensured this to be a popular method of payment, allowing cardholders to earn and redeem Skywards Miles within a seven day period.

ABK’s efforts and performance have been recognized throughout the year with prestigious awards including: ‘ Best Retail Bank by Banker ME’,  The ‘Most Improved Retail Bank in the Middle East by The Asian Banker’, ‘Prepaid Marketing – Best Use of Segmentation 2015’ Award by Visa International’, the ‘Best Premium Credit Card’ by Banker Middle East, ‘Best Retail Bank’ by The European.

The Bank will continue to move forward in the same direction and build on its successful strategy of ‘Simpler Banking’, while keeping its customers’ best interests at the center of its operations.


Flabuless is a social fitness platform that motivates users to stay fit and promotes wellbeing. An innovative engagement tool for employers, it enables employees to participate in individual and team fitness challenges, and drives a behavioral shift to healthier lifestyles.

As a dedicated platform designed to promote corporate wellness, Flabuless allows users to earn points by staying active as well as checking-in at gyms, healthy eateries, wellness talks and more. Flabuless is equipped with real time leaderboards, wellness blogs, mobile reward redemption, push notification and polling capabilities. Integrated dashboards enable employers to monitor and measure the company’s health on an ongoing basis.

We leverage social networks and reward active behavior to create self-sustaining wellness momentum in organisations. Since our launch in the UAE in June 2015, Flabuless has partnered with over 70 reputable health and wellness merchants who offer a year-long reward program to our users.

Flabuless is a proprietary tool developed by Singapore based Rewardz (, which specialises in creating technology solutions to promote employee engagement. Our platforms are used by over 50 leading corporations and public entities across Singapore, Indonesia, UAE, Malaysia and more.

Building 11, 7th Floor, Business Bay,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
T: +971 4556 1594
T: +971 5095 47345 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, 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. 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'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, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Eastern Province, Jeddah, Manama and Riyadh. It is also evidenced by's leading track record of continued success serving the region's jobseekers and employers in finding top jobs and top talent respectively. With over 20,000,000 professionals and over 40,000 leading organizations using's recruitment platform across all industry categories and career levels, is today the single largest marketplace of professionals and companies in the region.

The Talent Enterprise

The Talent EnterpriseTM 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 un-cluttered, 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 policy-makers, private and public sector employers, as well as educational institutions seeking to get the best out of their people and organisations. We are an inter-disciplinary, multi-lingual 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 an relentless focus on quality and value, ensuring that our clients get the ‘right’ point of view which is implementable and has tangible impact. We are proud to announce and share the launch of our book ‘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. The launch of the book re-establishes our relentless focus on the elevation of human capital in the region. We hope the book will encourage greater dialogue, local research, active debate and deliberate action from policymakers, organisational leaders and HR professionals to address some of the key issues facing the business sector.

Passion Sundays

The world’s leading talk show dedicated to Passion and Happiness. Guests include global thought leaders, sports champions, award-winning artists and celebrities. In exclusive interviews, they speak about passion and its impact on all aspects of success.

This free to all online show is rich with inspiration, tools, tips and techniques to help you have a passionate week and win the game of work & business of life.

Human Capital Institute (HCI)

Today’s human capital professionals are constantly searching for the cutting-edge talent practices that can help their companies succeed.

HCI knows that and has developed a new model for insight. We aggregate open-source human capital best practices from prominent companies, thought leaders, and academic research. Our network includes expert practitioners, Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 corporations, government agencies, global consultants, and business schools — all sharing their new ways to manage talent.

Professionals like you turn to HCI. We want to alleviate the world’s talent problems, so we scour the industry to provide fresh, premium, and actionable insight aggregated in real time. Regardless of your level in the organization, you can take action right away and make a difference. And our content is presented the way you want it, when you want it.

It’s time to transform the talent in your organization, and we have the insights you need to do it.

Entrepreneur Middle East

The art of doing business effectively.

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.



TECH Technology-related features including and not exclusive to tech-oriented business endeavors and notable advancements.
MONEY Investments, trade developments, banking, finance, venture capital, how-to measures of business capital management, and strategic funding suggestions.
START IT UP Content covering areas of startup-related information including corporate initiatives to find startups, startup success stories, and mentorship.
‘TREPONOMICS Content focusing on the cultural capital of entrepreneurs including marketing and advertising discussions, skillset building, ethics, and corporate culture.
CULTURE Content discussing cultural endeavors in relation to business-models. Arts, literature, human interest stories, and travel directly linked to entrepreneurship and industry news. 


Entrepreneur ME is heavily invested in an effective and pervasive digital presence. In addition to our website, there is daily interaction on our newly launched social media platforms.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube


As part of Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur ME has full legal rights to syndicate any and all print and web materials. Entrepreneur ME includes syndicated pieces only when relevant to the MENA region as part of our content-localization commitment.

Afaq for Leadership Development

AFAQ for Leadership and Development. L.L.C. is a provider of human resource development activities. Recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting talent are key performance indicators for successful companies. AFAQ provides a complete suite of activities to help companies achieve outstanding results in this area.

AFAQ delivers and supports integrated solutions, from customised leadership training, psychometric assessments, project management and organisational design to team building, talent development and succession planning.

AFAQ is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) to deliver leadership and management qualifications.  AFAQ is also the only private training provider in the UAE that is certified to deliver development programs and qualifications accredited under the National Qualifications Authority (NQA). 

Our premises have a purpose-built immersive learning suite, and our multimedia equipped learning centres can accommodate a wide range of activities from small team activities to large group seminars. 

Afaq for Leadership Development

Floors 11 & 12 Capital Centro Building,
Khaleej Al Arabi Street,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

T +971 2 666 5860
F +971 2 666 5861


FitOnClick.Com - UAE's Fitness and Wellness Destination Finder is a first-of-its-kind integrated fitness discovery platform in UAE. We offer a complete value added and personalized solution in terms of corporate fitness program, fitness discovery platform, ordering healthy food online and lots more. Fit On Click is currently working with 500 plus fitness service providers and healthy food providers across UAE. We help UAE audience with an end-to-end solution to kick-start their fitness journey.


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.


Our experience in the corporate gifting sector extends from 1981 and we have remained amongst the most reputable suppliers in the UAE.

To complement our gifting business, we recently established (in late 2015) our chocolate manufacturing unit here in Dubai, and our specialty is complete customisation of chocolate based on your logo, message and designs.

At Chocovana, we create customised Belgian chocolates just the way you imagined. We customise individual pieces of chocolates to suit your needs. We also create the perfect packaging to compliment the chocolates and offer options to add customised ribbons and customised cards on the chocolate boxes.

The captivating taste of Chocovana is created by sourcing the finest ingredients from Belgium. Combined with skilled craftsmanship by our artisan chefs, a chocolate is born. A chocolate that awakens your senses and lets you achieve your nirvana. We offer milk, dark and white chocolates with a wide variety of flavours and fillings.

Somji Chocolatier LLC (Chocovana)
Unit No. 2, Bethab Building,
Street 2b, Al Khabaisi, Deira,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T +971 50 650 7860
F +971 4 352 8709

The Flower Market

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. 

Nahdi Medical Company

Nahdi is a leading Saudi retail pharmacy chain founded by Sheikh Abdullah Amer Al Nahdi in 1986. Headquartered in Jeddah, Nahdi manages and operates a 1,000+ store network across 125 Saudi cities and villages serving around 85 million guests to our stores annually, making it one of the most prevalent and fastest growing companies in the region. Today, our pharmacies are located 5 minutes away from 90% of the Saudi population.

Over the past 30 years, Nahdi has not only become a leader in the industry but also an important part in the daily lives of people. Nahdi became a destination not only for medical products but also for merchandise in baby care, beauty care, everyday essentials and health and wellness products.

In addition to the high-quality healthcare products and services it offers, Nahdi is keen to provide community service and health awareness and preventative campaigns. Nahdi follows the concept of acting as a “community pharmacy,” where it does not solely serve the community, but also educates it through health awareness and preventative campaigns. The company uses its extensive local knowledge and networks to invest in and develop the Saudi community.

Nahdi Medical Company

King Abdulaziz Road, Al-Murjan
21484 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Toll Free: +966 8001191198


A global leader in enterprise business solutions for human capital management (HCM) and finance, Nakisa delivers innovative, forward-thinking and robust human resource and financial management solutions that advance your business strategies. These solutions are available on-premise and in the cloud.

Working with a global network of partners and as a Tier 1 partner of SAP since 2007, Nakisa serves 800+ enterprise customers and over 4 million subscribers in 24 industries.

733 Cathcart
Montreal, Quebec
H3B 1M6, Canada
T +1 514 228 2000


Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise resource planning software and talent management solutions for people-based businesses. As a strategic partner to more than 22,000 global clients, we allow organisations to put their most valuable assets first and optimise their resources.  Our talent management solution helps you find, manage, develop and retain your best talent so you always stay a step ahead. Silversoft is the local Premier Partner to Deltek and has been implementing Deltek solutions for over 10 years.

Deltek’s areas of talent and HCM specialisation include talent acquisition, performance, development and compensation.

Deltek & Silversoft South Africa

54 Maxwell Drive, Woodmead,
Johannesburg, South Africa

T: +27 011 656 5298


Zain is a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and Africa providing mobile voice and data services to over 45.5 million active customers as of 31 March, 2016. With a commercial presence in 8 countries, Zain operates in: Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the Group manages ‘touch’ on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in ‘INWI’, through a joint venture. Zain is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (stock ticker: ZAIN).

Zain’s strategy is based on six transformational initiatives with the vision of building a sustainable digital communications company serving consumers and enterprises with a rich lifestyle experience.
These six transformational initiatives are: Customer Experience; Operational Effectiveness; Value Management; B2B; Digital Frontier and Innovation, and Talent Development.

Zain Group Head Office Bldg;
Airport Road, Shuwaikh,  PO Box 22244, 13083 Safat - Kuwait
T: +96524644444
F: + 96524644506

Thumbay Group

Thumbay Group is an international business conglomerate headquartered in Dubai. Founded in 1998, the group has successfully diversified into 14 different sectors in a span of just 17 years. The group today employs more than 4,000 people, which will rise to 6,000 with the completion of ongoing projects in the next two years, and to 15,000 employees by the end of 2020. The Gulf Medical University, the leading private medical university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group, has a student cohort of over 73 nationalities and faculty and staff from over 22 countries.

The Thumbay chain of hospitals, the constituent teaching hospitals of the Gulf Medical University, is one of the largest healthcare services providers in the UAE, serving over 2,500 patients daily, from more than 175 countries. Apart from being an acknowledged leader in the health sector, Thumbay Group operates a reputed pharmacy chain, diagnostic centers, multi-brand retail outlets, world-class wellness centres, a prestigious chain of coffee shops, restaurants, popular health and lifestyle publications, etc.

Thumbay Group

Al Jurf,
P.O. Box 4184,
Ajman, United Arab Emirates

T +971 67431333
F + 971 67431515

The Workplace Yogi

The Workplace Yogi is the region’s only dedicated provider of workplace mindfulness and yoga programs.  Having spent over 20 years as a HR professional, The Workplace Yogi was founded by Emma Carbery to bring tailored, culturally appropriate and accessible programs to the workplace to increase resilience, focus, wellbeing and performance. Our Workplace Yoga Programs are tailored to the objectives of the business and include a customised curriculum of classes, comprehensive education and communications package and pre and post program impact surveys.  Our most popular workplace yoga program needs no yoga mats or gym gear and can be taught in any cultural environment and any workplace setting.

Our Aware@Work Mindfulness programs deliver applied mindfulness based skills and techniques into the workplace to strengthen performance. Through a combination of Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience techniques we help participants to build a daily practice that empowers them to maximise their potential and effectiveness no matter what life and work throw at them.

We are passionate about enabling people and businesses to reach their full potential inside and outside of work. This means helping people create long lasting behaviour change and learning new skills that increase happiness, health and performance whilst delivering great value to the business.

Level 14, Boulevard Plaza Tower 1
Downtown Dubai
Tel: +9714 424 5119
Mob: +971 50 554 1463

MENA HR Excellence Awards

The forum also features the MENA HR Excellence Awards to recognise outstanding achievements
by individuals and organisations in advancing the HR function in their respective organisations.

The deadline to submit your nominations is Thursday, April 14th 2016

  • award categories


    award categories

    Organisational level categories

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    Individual level categories

    1. 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 well-being of staff.

    2. 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 well-being of staff.

    3. HR 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.

    4. Strategic HR Business Partner of the Year | Nominate now

    This award recognises a certified Strategic HR Business Partner [sHRBP] from a public or private organisation for his or her impactful contribution in the past 12 months. The nominee should demonstrate the key role that he or she played in providing HR solutions to solve critical business challenges and prepare the organisation for sustainable growth and profitability.

  • past winners


    Past Winners

    Individual Past Winners

    • HR Professional of the Year – Private Sector

      Nisha Nambiar

      HR Director for Gulf, Levant & AfME at Pfizer

    • HR Professional of the Year – Public Sector

      Younis Abdel Aziz Al Nimr

      Chief Human Resource Officer at Etisalat

    • HR Professional of the Year – Public Sector

      Ray Gammell

      Chief People & Performance Officer at Etihad Airways

    • Champion of Change – Public Sector

      His Excellency Mohammed Al Hadhari

      Security & Commodities Authority

    • Excellence in Employee Engagement


    • Excellence in Talent Management

      Thumbay Group

    • Best Nationalisation Initiative

      Etihad Airways

    • Employer of the Year – Public Sector


    • Employer of the Year – Private Sector


    • HR Team of the Year


    • Champion of Change – Private Sector

      Akbar Moideen Thumbay

      Director – Healthcare and Retail

    • Employer of the Year – Public Sector


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Al Futtaim

I think the openness and curiosity of my colleagues from various companies that participated was very energising and the topics were right on in terms of what’s on our minds and our to-do-lists.

Group Head of Talent, Al-Futtaim Group

Coca Cola

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

CCM Consultancy

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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