Dubai: The 9th edition of FAHR International Conference, held by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, begins tomorrow (Wednesday), in cooperation with INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding, at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. Running under the theme ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution Human Capital Challenges’, the 2-day leading HR gathering will be attended by over 600 professionals and executives from across 25 countries across the globe.

FAHR International Conference is a unique annual gathering, bringing together top HR experts from the public and private sector as well as top HR experts, speakers and participants representing top companies and businesses in the region and abroad. The conference agenda for this edition, will discuss the most pressing issues and feature specialized discussions addressed by top level experts highlighting the best solutions and strategies related to many important topics such as future of jobs, digital transformation and its impact on people and future of work and organizations of the future among others.  

Specialized workshop: 

Meanwhile a pre-conference workshop was conducted today by Stewart McNair, Senior Trainer, Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM, under the title ‘Change Management: Leading Successful Transformations’ focused on how managing change is becoming a major focal point for HR professionals, as organizations continue to adapt to an ever-changing workplace. The workshop was aimed at providing the knowledge and necessary skills as well as appropriate models to change initiatives while also offering a few guidelines and techniques for designing, facilitating and sustaining change.

Highlights of the conference: 

The 9th FAHR International Conference will be attended by over 20 speakers and experts from around the world, who will offer their insights on the latest developments taking place in the human resources sector as well as the most important challenges facing HR professionals in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Additionally, over 20 specialized sessions will address the 4 main topics in the conference such as Unconventional Work Options in the 4th Industrial Revolution, Human Capital Sustainability in the 4th Industrial Revolution, HR Customer Journey in the 4th Industrial Revolution and Job Opportunities in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Keynote Speakers & Topics:

The 2-day gathering of top HR experts will feature the presence of many international speakers who will highlight a number of topics such as ‘Better Workplaces, Better World’ addressed by Johnny C Taylor, Jr, President and Chief Executive Officer, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), USA, while Dr. Paolo Gallo, Adjunct Professor at Ashridge Executive Education and Bocconi, University of Milan, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker and Best Selling Author – Switzerland will offer his insights on another keynote session ‘Future of Jobs for the 4th Industrial Revolution’. Additionally, Dr. Lisa Belanger, Behavior Change Expert, Researcher and CEO, Founder of Conscious Works – Canada, will speak about ‘Technology and the Brain: Habits for the Brain to Think, Focus and Be Creative When Using Technology’ while another session ‘The Future of Work: Identifying the Talent Trends Hiding in Plain Sight’ will be highlighted by Dr. Kelly Monahan, Talent Research Lead Senior Principal, Accenture Research – USA.  

Furthermore, a number of important topics related to the main theme will be covered during the 2-day conference such as ‘Government Skills Bank’ by Laila Obaid Al Suwaidi, CEO – HR Planning and Projects Sector, FAHR, while Nelly Boustany, Digital HR Experience Director, EMEA, SAP, will address her topic ‘People at the Heart of Digital Transformation’. In addition, Sumit Tandon, Director Human Resources Middle East Africa, Boeing International, will speak about ‘Sharpen and Accelerate to Win’ while Jack Naidoo, HR Lead Middle East and Africa, CISCO, will offer his insights on ‘How Culture Will Shape ‘The Workplace of the Future’. Moreover, ‘The Science of Thriving Workforces in the 21st Century’ will be addressed by Lewis Garrad, Business Leader and Senior Consultant, Mercer Middle East – Singapore and Abdulaziz Harib Alfalahi, CEO Corporate Technical Support Service, Roads and Transport Authority, will focus his attention on ‘Unconventional Work Options in the 4th Industrial Revolution’. Additionally, ‘The Power of World Expos – Case of Expo 2020 Dubai’ will be highlighted by Fatima Alloghani, Head of Expo Academy & Emiratization – Human Resources, Workforce and Volunteers. 

Meanwhile, more sessions such as: Human Capital Sustainability in the 4th Industrial Revolution will be addressed by Dr. Ahmed Al Nuseirat, Senior Advisor – Government Performance, The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai, while Aisha Khalifa Al Suwaidi, CEO- HR Policies Sector, FAHR will speak about ‘Human Resources Maturity Index (HRMI). In addition, ‘Enabling Oil & Gas 4.0’, will be covered by Aseel Hamoodi, Senior Vice President, Talent and Capability Development, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), while ‘We are not alone…Using Human (and Artificial) Intelligence to Create an Awesome HR Customer Journey’ will be highlighted by John Hansen, Vice President, Cloud Development for Oracle’s Human Capital Management, Oracle – Australia. Additional sessions include: Becoming FutureFit: AI-Powered Pathways to Success in the New World of Work’ by Hamoon Ekhtiari, Founder & CEO, Audacious Futures – Canada while ‘Pillars of Unconventional Employment in the 4th Industrial Revolution’ will be addressed by Iman Alqasim, Director Group HR, Shareed Services Center, ENOC, LLC.  

In addition, ‘Innovation in HR Technology’ will be covered by Sarah Abdulla, HR Specialist, Dubai Police, ‘Leading the Workforce through Digital Transformation in the 4th Industrial Revolution’ will be highlighted by Dr. Mourad Mansour, Assistant Professor of Management/Mentor/International Speaker, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, ‘Can Middle East HR go Bionic?’ will be addressed by Dr. Stephen Anderson, PwC ME Clients and Markets Leader and Executive Board Member and ‘Re-skilling & Up-skilling the Local Workforce for the AI – Related Jobs’ will be covered by Dr. Daniel C. Daoust, Director of Learning & Special Projects, Higher Colleges of Technology.

Running parallel to the conference, the exhibition brings together 11 leading HR solutions providers, academic institutions and business establishments who will showcase their latest technologies, solutions and services related to the Human Resources Sector. Additionally, the exhibition will also offer all attendees a chance to interact with top HR experts and professionals and learn about the latest industry shifts and changes in the organizations of the future.

FAHR International Conference is sponsored by ENOC, SAP MENA LLC and supported by our Knowledge Partners Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Dubai Knowledge Park.

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