HR Summit to feature world renowned HR specialists

Published August 23rd, 2005 - 12:31 GMT

Speakers and industry experts from the top echelons of the global HR industry will be featured at The 2nd Middle East HR Summit - the region’s premier HR industry event - to be held at the JW Marriot Dubai from 18 - 21 September 2005.

“The Summit features an excellent line-up of HR practitioners spanning across various industry and regional sectors, bringing with them a vast resource of experience. The coming together of like minded HR professionals to share ideas will be very beneficial to HR practitioners in the Middle East. Participants will have a unique opportunity to learn from the best the HR profession has to offer,” said Charles Wilson, Summit Chairman.

Diaa Mohammed, Regional HR Director, MEA, Motorola, will be addressing participants on the strategic role of HR in modern organisations. “Employees are an organisation’s greatest asset and must be looked upon as such. I believe the Middle East is one of the fastest growing regions in the world today and has the potential to grow exponentially,” said Mohammed.

Representing the local contingent, Samar Al Khatib, VP & Director, HR & OD, Al Fardan Group commented on the development of locally owned companies. “The Middle East HR Summit is a brilliant opportunity to portray our strengths as implementing progressive HR practices in the private sector.”

HR specialists such as Nanette Fairley, MD, Innovative HR Solutions (IHS), are of the opinion that it is important for organisations to be aware of their employee’s talents in order to support succession planning initiatives. “Organisations that have more information on their talent are better able to make decisions about people that are beneficial for both the individual and the organisation. This is particularly important when young nationals are being groomed for key positions in the future,” said Fairley.

The general consensus among speakers and participants attending the Summit is that the future of HR in the Middle East is very positive. As HR continues to grow in stature within the Middle East, with the right direction and events such as The Middle East HR Summit, HR practitioners are optimistic that the   profession will continue to play a key part in driving organisations forward

Organised by IIR, the Summit will commence with a thought provoking presentation by management guru Tom Peters. The event will proceed to involve participants through networking opportunities and expert panel discussions, including for the first time in the Middle East, the HR Excellence Awards.
The Middle East HR Summit is organised by the Institute for International Research (IIR). In the 2nd successive year of showing, the Middle East HR Summit provides a forum for visitors to share questions, goals, challenges and experiences with the conference faculty as well as peers from almost every region of the world. The Summit focuses on the strategic level of HR, with a strong emphasis on existing global best practice, using a dynamic mix of case studies from leading local, regional and international blue-chip companies. The 1st Middle East HR Summit, held in September 2004 in Dubai, attracted over 200 human resource professionals and 43 leading regional and global practitioners.


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