In today’s highly uncertain market environment, what defines the success of an organization is not merely the product or service offered but the quality of the human capital, according to Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of TECOM Investments’ Education Cluster.
Dr Kazim added: “Selecting and retaining quality human resources is fundamental to business success. The dynamic market conditions and a change in the corporate success ‘formula’ have prompted a shift in the way organizations view and manage their people. Talented personnel who continue to develop skills and increase their contribution to the organization and customer are the most important resource.”
Dr Kazim’s comments came during a panel discussion on ‘Strategies to engage and retain key talent to drive and plan for long-term growth’ at the annual Middle East HR Summit and Expo, held from 20-24 November at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai.
Other panellists at the session included Rania Abi Raad, Human Resource Director, Beiersdorf Middle East, and Dr. Abhilasha Singh, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Institute of Management Technology – Dubai.
Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV), the region’s premier destination for human resources management and a member of TECOM Investments Education Cluster, was the ‘knowledge partner’ for the Middle East HR Summit and Expo, the premier annual conference and exhibition for human resource professionals. The event was organised by IIR Middle East under the patronage of the National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority.
Ryan O’Donnell, Senior Conference Director, IIR Middle East, said: “The partnership between the Middle East HR Summit and Expo and Dubai Knowledge Village brought to the table a wide spectrum of discussions ranging from HR expertise and knowledge to consultation and training on human capital development. The exchange of HR best practices at this year’s Summit and Expo reiterates Dubai Knowledge Village’s status as a center of excellence for professional development in the Middle East.”
The HR Summit hosted more than 350 delegates in its eighth year and featured over 30 speakers from eight countries. The Expo with over 40 exhibitors focused on recruitment and talent management, training and development, e-learning, HR and employee services.
Since its inception in 2003, the Middle East HR Summit and Expo has become the premier annual conference and exhibition for human resources professionals and established itself as the ‘must-attend’ annual event among the region's leading HR practitioners.