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The limitless potential of people came to the fore in the wake of recent disruptions in the world of work. As workplaces adopted technology to tide over calamity, we also learnt to embrace diversity and put the lens on the need for inclusion. It is time now, to co-create revolutionary strategies to help work, workers and the workplace level up and stand firm with organisational ethos.

The SHRM Annual MENA Conference 2023 will help emphasize the need to build long-standing partnerships at work, while celebrating victories, learning from the adversities and building on our collective efforts towards creating better workplaces. Now is the time to move Together Towards Tomorrow.

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HR & Tech Leaders
What You Can do at #SHRMMENA23
Get A Head Start Into The World Of Work & Be Future-Fit
Gain access to actionable insights and strategies to propel towards a business world that is progressive, empathetic, and novel, all at once!
Join The Most Influential Global Leaders & Subject Matter Experts
Be inspired by the unique insights shared by world-renowned influencers on tried-and-tested, yet innovative HR practices that will change the world of work
Make The Most Of A Plethora Of Mega Sessions To Maximize Learnings & Takeaways
Opportunity to attend and get certificates at world-class Masterclasses from SHRM and SHRM’s Global partners
Get Up Close With Thought Leaders & Network With Peers
Unique opportunity network with peers & experts to get abreast on the latest trends to stay ahead of the Best People Practices and Strategies for growth through group chats to grow your network
Stay On Top Of Your Hr Game: Gain Shrm Re-Certification Credits
Stay current with your SHRM CP® or SHRM SCP® certification - earn up to 15 re-certification credits (PDCs) with unique opportunities to learn over two days of intense, thought-provoking sessions
Invest Your Time Wisely
Over the past 75 years, SHRM has been elevating HR and SHRMMENA23 will equip you to navigate the future with knowledge and confidence

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

[President & CEO, SHRM]

Marc Effron

[President, The Talent Strategy Group]

Ron Kaufman

[Global Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author & World's No. 1 Customer Experience Guru]

Leanne Caret

[Former President & CEO, Boeing Defense]

H.E. Dr. Eesa Bastaki

[President, University of Dubai]

Achal Khanna


Abdullah Alzahrani

[Founder & CEO, Tharwah]

Major General Dr. Saleh Abdullah Murad

[Director of the General Department of Human Resources, Dubai Police]

Jonathan Holmes

[Senior Client Partner & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Korn Ferry]

Roberto Croci

[Director - Value Creation & Transformation, Public Investment Fund (PIF)]

David Fairhurst

[Founder, OrgShakers]

Scott Osman

[Founder & CEO, 100 Coaches]

Dr. Mohammed Alwaibari

[Board Member, Former Deputy Minister - Ministry of Commerce, CEO Advisor, Leejam Sports Company]

Dr. Lina Abu Baker

[Executive Director, Arab Women Authority]

Rami Busbait

[Head HR in Sales, Trading & Supply Planning, Saudi Aramco]

Dr. Butti AlMarar

[Human Resources Manger, Dubai Police]

Jacquelyn Lane

[President, 100 Coaches]

Ali AbuHaliqa

[SVP, Human Capital & Corporate Services, Mubadala Energy]

Lina EL Assaad

[Executive, Leadership & Team Coach President International Coaching Federation (ICF) UAE Chapter]

Khalid A. Aloraij

[Vice Chairman & CEO, KABi]

Abdulla Al Hamed

[Managing Partner, Intermid & IDP Global]

Abdulrahman Alsheail

[Director General - HR, The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) - Saudi Arabia]

Hind Ahmed Nasser

[Data Analyst, Dubai Police]

Turki AlNagaidan

[Chief Human Capital Officer, Saudi Credit Bureau]

Omar Al-Ammary

[Chief Shared Services Officer, Medgulf Saudi Arabia]

Noora Jassim

[HR Assistant Expert, Fahr]

David Jones

[Founder & CEO, The Talent Enterprise]

Mona Fekri

[Chief Human Capital Officer, Ducab]

Nihal Hammad

[Chief Human Resources Officer, Americana Foods]

Waseem Husami

[Sr. OD and Talent Management Consultant, Tharwah]

Fatima Alloghani

[Emiratisation Director, Majid Al Futtaim]

Susan Armstrong

[Managing Partner, Global Training Transformation]

Iktimal Daneshvar

[Vice President, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) - MEA, Korn Ferry]

Dr. Ahmad Khamis

[Board Member & Deputy CEO, KABi]

Mira Zakharia

[Senior Director, Human Resources, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority]

Jason Radisson

[Founder & CEO, Movo]

Dr. Muhanned Al Asfoor

[Head - Mashora (EAP) program, Omantel]

Najib Makarem

[Group Chief Human Capital Officer, BEEAH Group]

Hilal Al Jadidi

[Chief Human Capital Officer, Omran Group]

Emma Brain

[Presenter, Voiceover Artist, Events Host & Coach]

Rohit Manucha

[Human Resources Director, Core42]

Vijay Gandhi

[Regional Director, Korn Ferry Digital - EMEA]

Arpi Karapetyan

[Founder & General Manager, Cascade People & Business]

Abdulrahman Saud Algharbi

[VP - Business Development & Account Management Division, Emdad Al Khebrat]

Rahul Bharti

[Executive Vice President & Head of HR, Zee Entertainment]

Pavan Bhatia

[Founder, GenWE Inc, & Co-Founder]

Rebeca Fernandez

[CEO & Co-founder, AwAre]

Todd Holzman

[Founder, Holzman Leadership]

Dr. Arun Prasad

[Founder & CEO, Bullseye Experts]

Yasmine Dessouky

[Talent Management, DE&I and Leadership Development Senior Manager, Vodafone]

Vipul Mathur

[Country Leader, PeopleStrong]

Marc Abdo

[Managing partner, Digital Revamp]

Pallav Popli

[CRO & Employee Engagement Evangelist, Vantage Circle]

Mohamed Sami

[Associate CIPD/Managing Director, North Star Management Consultancy]

Chandrasekar S

[Chief Operation Officer & Business Head - EMEA, ZingHR]

Sid Ahmed Benraouane, Ph.D.

[Innovation & Foresight Advisor, Dubai Police]

Radhika Punshi

[Co-Founder & Managing Director, The Talent Enterprise]

Vivek Arora

[Managing Director, SHRM MENA]

Nida Shahid

[Senior Associate Director Knowledge & Advisory - SHRM India & Mena]

Yamen Zein

[Senior Advisor, SHRM MEA]

Shaheen Lakdawalla

[Business Head Talent Management - MENA, Weace]

Amit Jain

[Chief People Officer, PeopleStrong]

Nada Khalid Alhassan

[Senior Director of Business Development Department, Emdad Al Khebrat]

Deepika P Burman

[Head of Asia Pacific Operations, The Talent Enterprise]

Ehsan Fahmi

[Client Success Director, The Talent Enterprise]

Lyanne Nathaniel

[Head Retail & Customer Experience, SHRM India & MENA]

Rania Adnan

[Associate Director – Business Development, SHRM Mena]
Conference Topics At A Glance
The Great Power Shift
Exploring New Possibilities

Talent Strategies to Win the Great Reshuffle

Making Flexi-work Succeed

The Age of the Talent Ninja

Building Agile Businesses
Making Insight-led Decisions
the Centre of your Talent Strategy

Tomorrow’s Talent

Mastering a Changing Environment

Data Intelligence

The Key to Unlocking HR's Strategic Potential
Boundless, Fluid & Interdisciplinary
Reimagining the Future of L&D

Pivot from Inclusion to Belonging

Culture as Fulcrum

Financial Inclusion & Mental Wellbeing

Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Recruitment Done Right
Why Hiring Better & Faster is All Important

Staying Ahead of the Skills Gap

with Transformative Learning Experiences

Credentials vs. Competencies

Building a Future-Ready Team
Business Acumen for HR
Building your Credibility, Career, and Organization

Skilling for Tomorrow

Going Local for Scalable Impact

The Future of Wellness at Work

Using Technology to Invest in Employee Mental Health
From Mental Health Awareness to Action
Time for a Shift in Focus


From a Gender Perspective

HR Leadership

Servicing Both Employees and Business

Johnny C. Taylor

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

President & CEO, SHRM
Achal Khanna

Achal Khanna


Betty Thompson

Betty Thompson

Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton & Board Chair, SHRM

As we examine the future of work, the potential impression that HR's leadership can make in ensuring business success is immense. In keeping with our belief that HR has the power and the responsibility to advance the very nature of business to create better workplaces and ultimately, a better world, SHRM’s new brand initiative: Cause the Effect focuses on the new horizon of the world of work, and seeks to actively influence the landscape of business.

We are living an earned life when the choices, risks, and effort we make in each moment align with an overarching purpose in our lives, regardless of the eventual outcome. Know more about discovering the steps to earning your path to fulfillment and living without regrets - from the world-renowned executive coach and New York Times bestselling author himself.

Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith

Executive Leadership Coach and Author

Cultivating a strong company culture is more important than ever, especially with more teams working remotely and organizations are on a mission to reduce the stress of today's workforce and help them find a work life balance to improve their overall wellbeing. Beyond this, the need to ensure financial wellbeing of employees has gained popularity in recent times. In this session, know more about the benefits Financial Inclusion, Earned Wage Access (EWA), and how technology can help implement such benefits.

The workforce, and the workplace, are changing at a pace faster than ever before, and to deliver maximum impact on results and effectively align teams and talent with the organization's strategic plans, leaders must deeply understand the business, focus strategically, understand how to influence change, and play a key role in solving business problems. Join this session to be able to thrive in the business environment of the future by exploring progressive ways to evolve and disrupt traditional business practices, while building the relationships and influence necessary to gain approval and executive support.

Jim Link

Jim Link


Stories resonate and stick with the audience in ways that data alone does not. When it comes to presenting data effectively, the use of pictures and story-telling cannot be emphasized enough. Know more about eliminating clutter, building credibility and ultimately driving audiences to understand and act, as part of this session.

If there were any boundaries between work and life remaining, those were shattered as our work entered our homes on a more full-time (or over-time!) basis. And weren't we saying we were too busy before all of this? Professionals are being stretched to the limit, and burnout is just around the corner if we can't find and maintain balance in our lives. This session is a fresh breath of air for you to set boundaries, preserve your energy, and banish burnout once and for all, to reengage with meaningful work.

Samer M. Bokharee

Samer M. Bokharee

CHRO, Nahdi Medical Company
Nawaf Kably, Chartered FCIPD

Nawaf Kably, Chartered FCIPD

Chief Human Resources Officer – Saudi Arabia, Gulf International Bank – Saudi Arabia

The hybrid workplace has brought in the realization that blended learning is a common-sense concept that results in great learning success. The blended learning approach is a lot more than simply acknowledging that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to training. Blended learning can be a big advantage since more than one training method to train on one subject is utilized. Hear from experts on how the upskilling and reskilling requirements can be met aided by technology.

There is a direct and measurable relationship between employee engagement and an organization's success. Employees who know that they are working towards goals that drive business outcomes, as well as their own goals for professional growth and learning, develop ownership in the organization's success that boosts employee engagement. Join this session to connect the dots from organization goals to job descriptions to individual goals, learn the different goal types and measures, and see how ongoing coaching and feedback leads to a more effective performance review process.

In the GCC, the workforce has traditionally been cosmopolitan and mostly made of expats. This trend has been challenged over the past few years where GCC governments have taken a firm stand on nationalization efforts to ensure that the native population is not overlooked. Join this session to see how you can optimize your workplace to attract local talent and shift the mindset in your organization from seeing nationalization as a compliance mandate to seeing it as a socially responsible role to build the local talent and give back to the local communities as well as being a key competitive advantage and a driver for the economy.

Nabil Al Messabi

Nabil Al Messabi

CHRO, Taqa
Fatima Alloghani

Fatima Alloghani

Emiratisation Director, Majid Al Futtaim - Holding

Understandably, managers are the greatest drivers of engagement for their direct reports. People join companies, but leave managers. With the Great Resignation raging on, modern management is all about empowering teams and retaining top performers. Providing for superlative employee experience while ensuring ample avenues for career progression hold the key to long tenures in organizations. In this session, you'll learn how to build a high-performing and engaged team that can tackle any business challenge, any day.

Najib Makarem

Najib Makarem

Group Chief Human Capital Officer, BEEAH Group
Nadeem Baig

Nadeem Baig

CHRO, Aramex International LLC. – Dubai

Diverse, Digital, & Distributed workforces are the future. And in the absence of a culture of ownership, grasping success can be challenging. It is important to bring objectivity to subjective ideas in terms of what an ownership culture entails. Every workplace has Owners, Renters, and Vandals. Owners make big commitments, continually increase value, reach for responsibility, include others, and see the big picture. Shaping an environment, whether in-person or remote, where everyone wants to invest their best daily, transforms culture! This session will equip you with language, understanding, and tactical next steps towards achieving success.

The classic performance appraisal process has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. Shifting from a once-a-year review process to make pay decisions and disciplinary actions, the performance management system is now a business driver and an employee retention tool. Some organizations have abolished the performance appraisal but still have a performance management process. This session underscores the shift of the performance management system to a more productive, versatile, value contribution process that pleases employees, their managers, and top executives.

Jack J. Phillips, Ph.D.

Jack J. Phillips, Ph.D.

Chairman, ROI Institute

While technology is undoubtedly among the leading factors impacting business disruption, it often takes a lot more than technology alone to ensure business success. Organizations need to also consider the human side, to make digital transformation succeed. Leaders need to foster the right digital culture and enable the right technological tools and empower people for digital success. This session will explore actionable insights for leaders to improve digital leadership and culture in their organizations.

Most people are inclined to put their energy into dealing with what's right in front of them-that is, what needs to be done today. But when it comes to the future workforce, prioritizing the here and now is not the optimal strategy. To keep pace with the anticipated demands and priority shifts of the next decade, organizations must start actively engaging in developing workforces today, and technology plays a major role in ensuring this transformation. In this session, know how leaders can leverage the best of WorkTech with key leadership skills in order to engage their current workforce and motivate them to up their game.

Mussad Sabah AlDhobei

Mussad Sabah AlDhobei

CHRO, Takamol
Haithem A Albalawi

Haithem A Albalawi

Chief HR Officer, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH)

Hybrid work brought with it a unique set of perks, as well as challenges. With the flexibility and excessive exposure to technology, came the perils of weakened cybersecurity and its devastating after-effects. As the threat of malware attacks loom, organizations are having to ramp up their efforts to secure safe usage of technology and identify trusted devices so as to protect the emotional wellbeing of its people. This session explores how blockchain technology and quantum mechanics can be used to fortify your organization's cybersecurity safety net.

While referring to Technology and the Future of Work, it's only fair that organizations ponder over which path to adopt. Some experts predict a dystopia with high employee dissatisfaction caused by technology overdose, while others foresee a utopia where technology plays the role of a saviour in our lives. The determining factor would be how the world of work and its support system would respond to the ever-changing scenario. This session discusses perspectives associated with the need for WorkTech innovation and its ramifications.

Manish Misra

Manish Misra

Group Head HR Transformation & Special Projects, Emirates National Oil Company

Energy is everything. It is the spark that brings hope, joy and the ability to express who we truly are so that we may share our unique gifts with the world around us. Once we discover what energizes people, we must then create a space for their interests and passions to be nurtured, developed and shared. When this occurs, magic is born - especially when their story is aligned with that of the organization they work for. In this inspiring session, you will learn how to awaken the energetic potential of your workforce as a catalyst for sparking creativity, innovation and extraordinary career stories.

Simon Alexander Ong

Simon Alexander Ong

Life Coach & Business Strategist

In today's and future workplaces, organizations are under pressure to compete and sustain the growth of the business and its continuity. Leaders can no longer afford to rely on 'comfortable' hiring decisions and need to challenge their existing paradigms when it comes to empowering women, youth, and people of determination. Women are at times subconsciously dismissed because 'only a man can do the job', so are youth and people of determination because they either 'don't have enough experience' or 'are not fully capable' respectively. Join this session to see how you can shift this paradigm in your business and leverage these exceptionally capable diverse groups to help support your organization's vision, strategy, and business continuity.

Fara Sidiqi

Fara Sidiqi

Global CHRO, Aster Group

Mental health is overlooked by many people and stigmatized by even more. But attitudes are changing and the pandemic has accelerated that shift. As employees open up, the overall feeling is that they felt worn down, burnt out and irritable at the end of the workday. As organizations scamper to implement innovative EAPs encompassing mandatory, incentivized mental health days, mental health scheduling support, and subscription services for mental wellness, this session discusses how selfcare needs to be made the new norm to deal with the issue before it snowballs into an all-new pandemic.

Marjorie Morrison

Marjorie Morrison

CEO & Co-Founder, Psych Hub

Empathy is a critical HR leadership skill. It helps to build and sustain positive workplace relationships, foster diversity and inclusion, encourage cooperation and collaboration, and facilitate conflict management. Empathy generates an appreciation for others, paving the way to more productive working relationships. As managers realize the need to hone empathic leadership skills, improve leadership effectiveness and increase their organizational culture, this session explores ways to create a culture of empathy to have a pulse on your team and provide insights on how to meet the needs of your employees.



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