Conference: 24 – 25 February 2020 | Workshops: 23, 26 & 27 February 2020 |Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai, UAE
Global keynotes

Josh Bersin

Global Industry Analyst and Dean of the Josh Bersin Academy

Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world.

He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next ten years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. He currently sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education.

Global keynotes

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Taylor is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents nearly 300,000 students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this role, he became a prolific fundraiser, amassing over $100 million in grants and gifts. As an influencer in his field and community, he was named one of the Ebony Magazine “Power 100” in 2011.

H.E. Dr. Abdurahman Al Awar

Director General, FAHR

Dr. Abdulrahman has a Ph.D. in Geology and Geological Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, USA, 1995. He started his career in Dubai petroleum Company in 1996.

Dr. Al Awar has over 23 years of experience in executive roles in Public and Private sectors and across various industries (spanning Oil & Gas & banking, etc.). He served previously as Executive Vice President of Business Development – New Smelters in Dubai Aluminium Company (DUBAL). The Business Development division was responsible for developing multi billions US$ smelter projects in the UAE and the Region. In addition, he served in Mubadala, Dolphin Energy, HSBC and Dubai Petroleum company. In addition, he served as a Director General of the National Human Resource Development & Employment Authority “TANMIA”.

Dr. Abdulrahman A. Al-Awar is currently the Director General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR).

2020 Speakers

Amal Haliq

CHRO, Meraas

Caspar Herzberg

President, Schneider Electric Middle East & Africa

Faisal Aljalahma

Chief Human Resources Officer, Batelco

Julie Sloan OAM

Chief Executive, Workforce Planning Global

Achal Khanna

CEO, SHRM India and Business Head – MENA & APAC

Halyna Kitor

Head of People, Noon

Dena Almansoori

Former CHRO – Central Bank of UAE, Founder & CEO of WhiteBox HR

Dr. Ghalib Al Hosni

Chief People Officer, Omantel

Caroline Hudson

Chief Organizational Development Officer, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company – SEHA

Amer AlMawed, SHRM-CP

Manager, Expo 2020 Volunteer Programme

Joseph Hayes

Director, Learning & Development Planning, Etisalat

Andreas Binmyr

Group Head of HRIS, Al Futtaim

Christine Belanger

Senior Vice President, Performance Development, Mubadala Investment Company

Dr. Ahmed Al Banna

Board Member, International Federation of Training & Development Organizations (IFTDO)

Dominic Peters

Group HR Director, Axiom Telecom

Nouf Al Sowaidi

Director HR, Gulf Air

Salwa Abdulla AbdulMunem Abdulla

Director – Projects and Programs Department at FAHR

Peter Lemperis

Global Director of Compensation, Benefits and Mobility, Aramex

Hazel Jackson

CEO, Biz Group

Nishchae Suri

President - Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, EdCast

Ali Shabdar

Regional Director MEA , Zoho Corporation

Joe Chalouhi

Senior HR Director, McDermott International

Subbu Viswanathan

CEO & Co-Founder, Disprz

Dr. Abdul Q. Mohammed

Asst. Professor in Business, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

Todd Brodie

SHRM Faculty

Quentin O’Grady

Global Lead, Analytics and Organisational Design, Workforce Planning Global

Hesham Salama

Senior Consultant, Gallup

Mayank Sharma

Data Scientist, SquareOne Technologies

Hessa Al Ghurair

Director for Human Capital, GCAA

Fara Siddiqi

CHRO, Aster DM Healthcare

Karthik Nagaraj

Vice President for enterprise Solutions, edcast

Mayank Pande

Head Strategic Alliances and Partnerships - Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, EdCast

Mukul Jain

Founder & CEO, HONO HR

Randeep Singh

Head of Business Operations, HONO HR

Imran Ahmad

Group CHRO, Jashanmal Group

Mahdi Shehimy

Director Special Projects, HONO HR - Middle East

Nisha Verma

CHRO, Apparel Group

Samer Younis

Senior Systems Development Consultant, ACS

Fadeel AlFahoum


Hani Ismail Saleh

HR Director, Al Futtaim Construction

Maysoun Ramadan

Head of HR and Communication, Roche Diagnostic

Pankaj Soni

Head, Sales and Marketing SEA

Zakir Hussain

AVP, EMEA Business Operations

Nada Makki

HR Digital Transformation Lead, Saudi Aramco

Berry Lumpkins

Group Head of Culture, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Mohamed Alaydaroos

Associate at the Sustainability Pavilion, Expo2020 Dubai

Tipu Zaheer, SHRM-SCP

Head of Compensation & Benefits @ ENGIE Middle East South & Central Asia Turkey, Dubai

Mohamed Ebrahim

Managing Consultant

Dr. Zakir Malik

Group HR GM, Al Shirawi FM

Govind Rao

VP, Indirect Acqusitions, Etisalat Telecommunications Corporation

Osama Al Rahma

CEO, Al Fardan

Hannah Matta

Senior Director - Talent, Learning and Culture, Careem

Gaelle Lahad

Associate Director Partnerships, SHRM

Mark Salisbury

Regional Talent Acquisition & Mobility Manager, WSP

Steve Atkinson

Head of Sales, EMEA, Enboarder

Fadi Ganni

Chairman, Morgan International

Ritika Bhandari

Vice President, Human Resources, Teleperformance

Ali Al Ghurairi, CHRMP

Former Sr. HR Specialist, Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation

Samir El Masri

CEO, Digitization

Mahmoud Mansi

Founder of HR Revolution, Author & 7 Times TEDx Speaker

Ravi Kesavan

Sales Director – Middle East, Disprz

Matt Wilkins

Head of Digital, Biz Group

Yamen Zein

SHRM-SCP, Associate Director – Educational Programs

Sherif Zaki

CEO/Cofounder, The Ambassador

Meghana Murali

Senior Business Manager,

Sarah Schwab

CEO, The Experience Accelerator

Abhimanyu Choudhary

Chief Business Officer, xoxoday

Annie S.

Product Consultant, Zoho People

Marwan Al Mheiri

CHRO, Emirates Islamic Bank

Hanna Nordell

Chief People Officer, Talabat

Lama Al Masri

People Experience Director, STC

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