Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the 9th FAHR International Conference will be held on the 17th and 18th of April, 2019, at the Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel in Dubai. The 2-day premier HR conference, running under the theme ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution Human Capital Challenges’, brings together a number of world-renowned experts, specialists and professionals in the field of human resources, who will offer their insights on the impact of technologies on sustaining human capital while also focusing on the rapid shifts and key factors that drive the company’s performance and success.

This was announced earlier today during a press conference held at the headquarters of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources in Dubai in the presence of Dr. Abdulrahman Abdul-Mannan Al-Awar, Director General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) and Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding in addition to a number of officials, supporters, partners, and media executives.

During the press conference, Dr. Abdulrahman Abdul-Mannan Al-Awar, Director General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, stressed that the UAE has proven itself on so many levels especially in terms of the government efficiency, mobilizing human resources, and advancing government work system. This is a natural result considering the great attention paid by the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.

Dr. Al-Awar also pointed out that the UAE places utmost importance to human development and empowerment as well as developing their capabilities and upgrading their skills, talents and potentials in a way that would maintain the union of our country, confirming that the empowered individuals are the ones who honor their country and raise its name in all international forums. The UAE experience in empowering the human capital has been recognized worldwide as in UAE we do not only develop and improve the government work system but we also keep at pace with rapid global changes in various fields and strive to be part of this change.

He further stressed that the 9th FAHR International Conference comes at a time when the UAE is racing ahead to invest in the rapid technological developments in the world and employ them in the development of institutional work. In addition, the UAE is also focusing on enhancing the skills and competencies of employees as a fundamental requirement in response to future changes and correspondingly the jobs it will create.

Dr. Abdulrahman Abdul-Mannan Al-Awar also said that the 9th FAHR International Conference is a unique event in the field of human resources in the Middle East in terms of the content, speakers, participants, and topics. This all comes in line with the directives of our wise leadership in the development and empowerment of the government human resources.

He also indicated that FAHR International Conference is one of the most strategic initiatives of Federal Authority for Government Human Resources as it provides an important interactive platform for discussing and highlighting the various issues in the field of developing human capital in the public and private sectors, finding practical and intelligent recommendations and solutions for these issues and challenges, and identifying the best experiences, practices applied globally in this field.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding, said, “Today, companies are in the midst of building ‘organizations of the future’, as the advent of ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is forcing organizations to redesign their business models, analyze the risks and opportunities in their respective fields and facilitate rapid learning that meet the dynamic career demands of their employees. While the rapid pace of technological advancements such as internet of things, artificial intelligence and automation present untapped economic opportunities for businesses and establishments, they pose a serious challenge for those companies who lack the ability and the mindset to develop the necessary skills to thrive in the age of disruption.”

He added, “This year, FAHR International Conference being held under the theme ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution Human Capital Challenges’ aims to specifically address the major challenges facing HR personnel who are expected to change their redundant models, legacy practices and tried and test traditional systems that need to be discarded for real change to take hold. While the conference features key specialized sessions that explores best HR practices, new solutions and scientific experiences in the field of management and development of human resources, the exhibition offers leading HR companies and institutions a chance to gain unrivalled access and engagement with key decision makers, business leaders and industry experts.”

The conference this year includes a number of specialized sessions that tackle the best practices and solutions in the human resources field. While the accompanying exhibition provides a unique opportunity for HR companies and institutions to share, communicate and exchange experiences with key decision makers, business leaders and experts in this field."

From her side, Her excellency Laila Obaid Al Suwaidi, CEO - HR Planning and Projects Sector, pointed out that the 9th edition of FAHR International Conference is expected to attract more than 600 participants and visitors from the region and the world and witness the presence of over 30 speakers from the public and private sector who will share their insights on many key trending topics in the Human Resources Sector, such as ‘The Future of Jobs for the 4th Industrial Revolution’ where Dr. Paolo Gallo – Switzerland, Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author, will offer his key insights, while Lewis Garrad, Singapore, Business Leader and Senior Consultant, Mercer-Sirota, will speak on the topic ‘The Science of Thriving Workforces in the 21st Century’. In a few other sessions, Abdulaziz Harib Al Falahi – UAE, CEO – Corporate Technical Support Service, RTA Dubai, will offer his remarks on the topic ‘Unconventional Work Options in the 4th Industrial Revolution while Iman Alqasim – UAE, Director, Group Human Resources, Emirates National Oil Company Limited (ENOC), LLC will deliver his remarks on the topic ‘HR Customer Journey in the 4th Industrial Revolution.’

Additionally, Jack Naidoo – UAE, HR Lead, Middle East and Africa, CISCO, will address the topic ‘How Culture Will Shape ‘The Workplace of the Future’ and Fatima Bint Mousa Alloghami, Head of Expo Academy and Emiratization, EXPO2020 UAE, will focus on the topic ‘Unconventional Work Options in the 4th Industrial Revolution’. In other sessions, Dr. Kelly Monahan – USA, Future of Work Lead Researcher Greater Philadelphia Area Human Resources, Deloitte will speak on the topic ‘The Future of Work: Identifying the Talent Trends Hiding in Plain Sight’, while Dr. Ahmed Al Nuseirat – UAE, General Coordinator, Dubai Government Excellence Program will speak about ‘Human Capital Sustainability in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Ms. Al Suwaidi also mentioned that FAHR International Conference is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding and is supported by our Knowledge Partners Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Dubai Knowledge Park.


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