|26 April, 2018

13th edition of the Human Capital Forum takes place in Dubai

Leading forum on human resource management will provide strategic insight on such performance drivers as digitized HR and holistic employee engagement, while also tackling pertinent issues linked to national development agendas

Dubai, UAE - Leading business facilitation company Naseba has confirmed the 13th edition of the Human Capital Forum MENA will take place in Dubai on 2 – 3 May, 2018.

Gathering 150 privately-invited Chief HR Officers, CEOs and senior talent practitioners at the emirate’s prestigious Oberoi Hotel, the Human Capital Forum MENA provides an unrivaled opportunity to benchmark best practice, learn from peers and network to build valuable professional relationships.

A line up of leading personalities from the HR and business management sphere will take to the stage over the course of the Forum, including Global Leadership Development Coach, Linda Sharkey; Chief Storyteller, Stuart Maister; and Art Cozad, CEO of Cigna Insurance Middle East.


Flying the flag for the region’s leading organisations – and sharing their first-hand experience and best practices – the Forum will also welcome Yves Givel, VP HR Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and Kindah Sais, Global Diversity and Inclusion MEA, Boeing International.

Closely linked to national and international development goals, including the UAE’s Vision 2021 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the 2018 edition of the Forum will concentrate on leveraging HR to drive business sustainability in the modern operations landscape.

Linda Sharkey, Global Leadership Development Coach, emphasizes: “Fortifying the foundations for innovative, intuitive and aspirational human capital management for generations to come, the Forum paves the way for ongoing development and innovation across the region,”

Devised to echo the trends that define and drive human capital across the world of business today, the Forum is comprised of interactive talk shows, brainstorming sessions and guru mornings, in addition to more than 16 hours of business-focused networking.

Pertinent issues set to be explored include employee happiness, wellbeing and holistic engagement, where alternative approaches will be explored by the likes of Johannes Fleckers, Founder and CEO of Sound Leadership and Matthew MacDonald, Physical Education Curriculum Manager at NYU Abu Dhabi. On the trend toward adoption of HR technology and digitization, also addressed at the Forum, Jamil Girgis, Head of Performance Management, Rewards & HR Systems at Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) commented: “Any number of HR processes can be improved through automation and companies are turning to technology to address time-consuming, labor-intensive talent acquisition and management tasks that are susceptible to human error.”

Other topics include CEO/HR communication; achieving ROI on learning and development; corporate culture; engaging highly diverse teams; talent acquisition and retention; managing constant workforce changes; and increasing innovation.

Sophie Le Ray, Co-Founder, Naseba, said: “ Over the past 12 editions, the Human capital forum has been carefully designed to bring industry insight, practical toolkits, and case studies for senior executives to help them achieve affectively their business objectives this year, in a context of economic uncertainty and divestment, organisations must take a hard look at one of the key drivers of their success: the people who make the company. With increasing digital disruption, businesses will differentiate themselves and innovate by cultivating an agile, effective and proactive team first and foremost.”

As one of Naseba’s most esteemed annual events, the Human Capital Forum provides an innovative platform through which the HR sector is provided with real life case studies, as well as scalable and relatable strategies that are proven to transform results across businesses of all types and sizes.

Taking place on the side lines of the Human Capital Forum MENA 2018, the Human Capital Awards recognise the region’s leading organisations and individuals across eight categories:

· HR Team of the Year
· Excellence in Talent Management
· Excellence in Innovation
· Employer of the Year
· Best Nationalization Initiative
· HR Professional of the Year
· Champion of Change
· HR Young Leader of the Year

The Human Capital Forum 2018 precedes the Youth Speak Forum (YSF), scheduled to take place on 5 May and the World’s Largest Lesson (WLL), taking place on 6 May, organised in collaboration with AIESEC and providing a cross-cultural experience for the MENA region’s youth to enhance their personal development and learn how to create positive impact in the world.

“The Human Capital Forum is a great platform to exchange knowledge and best practices aimed at implementing the 7 Women Empowerment Principle in view of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin’ Women and Member of WEPS Taskforce, UAE said.

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Every year, the Human Capital Forum MENA brings together 150 CEO’s, COO’s, CHRO’s, HR Directors, Chief People Officers, Heads of Talent, Chief Happiness Officers to benchmark their practices, learn from one another, build relationships and bring the positive changes in business.

In constantly evolving economic environment, companies seek for solutions to retain & motivate top talents, and maximise existing workforce in order to boost business growth. This brings HR leaders to process optimisation and automation that requires a well balanced mix of technology and knowledge on how to use it efficiently to implement business strategies.

Held under the theme “HR driving business sustainability”, this year’s programme looks at human capital development as a key element of building a successful business.

The programme is designed to facilitate discussion, promote innovative thinking and provide attendees with actionable strategies to fuel the development of their human capital.

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).

Naseba creates growth opportunities, connecting people, partners and ideas. Focused on deal facilitation, it helps clients: raise capital, close sales, enter new markets, secure partners and educate workforces. Naseba’s goal is to create opportunity and add economic value at every stage of its client’s journey. It does this through three key areas: investor services, commercial services and leadership services. Since 2002, Naseba has facilitated more than a billion dollars’ worth of deals and has connected over 100,000 global executives through more than 1,000 proprietary business platforms in liquid growth markets. Naseba is a signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business, produced and disseminated by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact.

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