Day One: Monday, May 7th, 2018

08:00 - 08:45
Registration, Networking and Welcome Refreshments
08:45 – 09:00
Opening remarks from organizer – QnA International and the Master of Ceremonies
His Excellency Dr. Omar Al-Nuaimi,
Assistant Undersecretary for Communications and International Relations, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, UAE
09:00 - 09:25
Own the Future: Where will technology take HR next?
  • Impact on the worker: How advances in technologies could change the way we live and work?
  • Embracing the future: What is HR’s role in the digital transformation process?
  • Technology influence: What’s next in Human Resources Technology?
  • Massive take over: How digital transformation is radically disrupting and redefining the future of HR?
  • Cloud is here to stay: How can the MENA region catch up?
09:30 - 10:10
AI for work – beyond the hype
  • AI’s impact on HR : Decoding the business value in implementing AI
  • The rise of AI and the revamp of HR : Unravelling AI’s potential to reshape HR
  • The Billion dollar question: Will AI ultimately displace HR professionals or will it mean more meaningful work?
  • AI – HR’s greatest agenda or biggest fad?
10:15 - 10:35
The Future of People Analytics: Breaking barrier with the right data strategy
  • Big data to actionable data: Where to start to make data analytics work for your organization
  • People analytics starts with data strategy: Figuring the right data strategy for your organization
  • Invest in cleaning data: Do not let data management be your biggest barrier
  • Connecting the dots: Combining people data with other business information to improve overall business performance
10:40 – 11:10
Networking Coffee Break and Visit to the Boutique Exhibition Lounge
11:10 – 11:30
Top trends in HR Technology that will rule 2018
  • Disruptions ahead: Massive shift from “Automation” to “Productivity”
  • The inevitable move: Going from “If” you go to the cloud to “when” and “how”
  • Bursting the bell curve myth: Getting onboard with the continuous performance management
  • Explosion in feedback, engagement and analytics tools as HR pushes for more easy-to-use systems
  • A new makeover: Reinvention of corporate learning and recruitment for the future
  • The big move from employee wellness to employee wellbeing
11:35 – 11:55
Elevating the user experience: Roadmap to successful technology adoption
  • First things first: Creating a business case with a well-defined and realistic ROI
  • Taking ownership: Align your technology strategy with key HR and business goals
  • Better together: Liaising with IT on regular basis during the implementation journey
  • Getting a grip on the future vision: Clear definition of HR’s role in leveraging technology along with IT
  • Leave room for change: Implement technology that facilitates the organization’s ability to change
12:00 - 12:20
Leveraging HR Cloud
  • Be the agents of change: How to make your case for moving to cloud?
  • To move or not to move: What to consider if you are still on the fence?
  • Mastering the digital transformation of HR: Tips for successful HR cloud migration
  • Cloud is the future: Position your organization for future digital disruption and workforce changes
12:25 - 12:45
Networking Coffee Break and Visit to the Boutique Exhibition Lounge
12:45 - 13:05
Don’t get left behind: Performance Management for the Next Generation
  • The big shift from once a year formality to ongoing continuous feedback
  • Simplifying the performance management process by decluttering the unnecessary and time consuming steps
  • Reinventing performance management to be more development focused
  • Getting ready for gen Z: Adoption of new performance management software tools
13:10 - 13:30
Enhancing Employee Experience in the digital workplace
  • How to align technologies and processes to positively impact employee experience?
  • Developing high potentials into high performers by proper workforce engagement
  • The future workplace: Creating a better overall workplace experience
  • Delivering people centric HR experiences to increase engagement
  • Driving employee satisfaction, collaboration, innovation, retention, and ultimately business performance through right engagement strategy.
13:35 - 14:35
5 star Networking Luncheon
14:35 – 15:15
Leadership Driven HR: Exploring the criteria for development in today’s marketplace
  • Leadership redefined: What does digitalization mean for the leadership team?
  • Digital leadership : A new breed of leaders to tackle the technology challenges
  • Importance of developing digital leaders to tackle changing organizational structure and emerging technologies
  • Lessons from the frontlines: Transformational lessons in leadership
  • Rethinking leadership - Wearing your vision on your sleeve: Leading by example, passion and Learning
15:20 - 16:05
HR & IT: True Partners in the evolving workplace
  • The successful partnership: How can HR and IT truly work together to drive organization’s digital journey
  • Staying relevant to current time: How is the region coping with digital disruption?
  • Working together: Identifying the right technology solutions for HR
  • Rewriting the rules for the digital age: Simplifying complex HR issues using technology
16:10 - 16:20
Raffle Draw and Closing Remarks for Day One by Master of Ceremonies

Day Two: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 – TWO PARALLEL SESSIONS


08:30 - 08:55
Networking and Welcome Refreshments
08:55 - 09:00
Opening remarks for Day 2 from the Master of Ceremonies
09:00 - 09:20
Embracing digital: Talent management plan for the digital age

  • Modernizing talent management: How will you drive talent strategy in the digital age
  • The connected workforce: Empowering people to be their best
  • Leveraging technology: The big shift from human judgment to data-driven decisions
  • Redefining the meaning of talent: Changing the way we manage talent in the digital age
09:25 - 09:45
Modern day workforce management: Putting people at the heart of technology transformation

  • Keeping up: A look at workforce transformation in the last 2-3 years(Remove question mark)
  • What are the biggest challenges facing talent leaders when it comes to workforce management?
  • Changing mindsets: Catering to the expectations of multiple generations of workforce
  • Driven by technology: Leading the way for the future of HR by embracing innovation and risk taking
09:50 - 10:10
Reinventing the talent market as HCM moves to the cloud

  • Embracing the evolution: Become a true leader in the technology era by taking your core HR application to the cloud
  • Priorities: What you need to know before moving to cloud
  • Preparing for the big change: Impact of taking your people management to cloud
  • Moving towards impactful talent management using cloud to recruit, grow and retain talent
10:15 – 11:00
How do we create a culture of collaboration?

  • Laying the foundation right: Communication is key in transforming corporate culture
  • Creating the right mindset for collaborative workplace culture that encourages loyalty, trust and cooperation
  • At the heart of collaboration: What goes into fostering a culture of collaboration?
  • Step by step: Understanding cultural differences and encouraging team work
11:00 – 11:30
Networking Coffee Break and Visit to the Boutique Exhibition Lounge
11:30 – 11:50
Exploring the rapidly changing recruitment market

  • Diving deep: Trends changing the talent acquisition landscape in the region
  • From candidate experience to onboarding practices: Addressing the challenges in the recruitment industry
  • Building the right employer brand to attract and retain the right talent
  • Modern day recruiting: Secrets to recruiting millennials and gen Z in a candidate driven market
11:55 – 12:15
Let’s talk Compensation: Unfolding the power of recognition

  • A look at compensation and benefits trends that attract and retain best talent
  • Customized reward packages to prevent attrition: Creating a sound compensation program that suit your company culture
  • Beyond salaries: Just how important are benefits to employees
  • Rewarding your talent: Creating a robust compensation program using rewards and recognition technology
  • Separating compensation from annual performance: Exploring the strong need for this disconnect
12:20 - 12:40
Networking Coffee Break and Visit to the Boutique Exhibition Lounge
12:40 - 13:30
Roundtable Discussions
13:30 - 13:45
Roundtable Results
13:45 - 13:50
Closing Remarks by Master of Ceremonies
13:50 - 14:50
5 star Networking Luncheon


08:30 - 08:55
Networking and Welcome Refreshments
08:55 - 09:00
Opening remarks for Day 2 from the Master of Ceremonies
09:00 - 09:20
Surviving digital disruption: Going from traditional to digital learning ecosystem

  • Taking the big leap: The Time to go digital is NOW
  • Traditional-digital cross over point: Defining your organization’s learning strategy
  • Dynamic, personal and continuous: Learning on their terms for the digital savvy employees
  • Learning in today’s world: Moving to training at convenience and learning at own pace
09:25 - 10:10
The CLO panel: Addressing the rapidly changing role of a CLO

  • Learning at the heart of talent management: Moving away from the traditional role of a CLO
  • Ever-changing role of a Chief Learning Officer: Building the foundation of a great place to work
  • How can the CLO help show value: Don’t end at training programs but dive deep into talent development and retention
  • Shifting priorities of a CLO: Managing a multigenerational workforce and keeping up with latest technologies
10:15 - 10:35
Limitless learning: Five disruptive technologies that will transform the learning experience

  • Surviving digital disruption using Artificial Intelligence, Machine-Learning and Virtual Reality
  • Micro learning is here to stay: Creating effective user experience in the digital age
  • Going strong: Game-based learning and gamification will continue to dominate
  • Learning like no other: Storytelling and experiential learning are the way to go for millennials and generation Z
  • Mobile, social and Adaptive Learning: Adopting new technologies to solve old training problems
10:35 – 10:55
Transforming your learning ecosystem to drive results

  • Self-evaluation: Is your organization ready for the inevitable transformation in learning sphere
  • Transforming learning: Why you need to move from a traditional training function to a state-of-the-art, employee centric learning platform
  • Creating a vibrant vision: Gain buy-in from senior leaders along this journey
  • ROI in learning: Key metrics to track to measure performance development
11:00 – 11:30
Networking Coffee Break and Visit to the Boutique Exhibition Lounge
11:30 – 11:50
Artificial Intelligence in eLearning Systems: The Future

  • Science fiction becomes fact: Unveiling AI’s potential in learning space
  • How is AI transforming the L&D Industry through adaptive learning environment?
  • The wining game: Creating learning experiences through proper use of AI
  • Personalization: How AI will reshape eLearning?
11:55 – 12:15
Building a skilled workforce for the digital economy

  • Navigating change: Preparing your workforce for a digitized economy
  • Adopting agile approach: Incorporating a culture of lifelong learning in order to stay relevant
  • Embracing the digital revolution: Preparing for the future by creating a learning culture
  • Continuous Learning: Bridging the skill gap to tackle the impact of digitization and automation
12:20 - 12:40
Networking Coffee Break and Visit to the Boutique Exhibition Lounge
12:40 - 13:30
Roundtable Discussions
13:30 - 13:45
Roundtable Results
13:45 - 13:50
Closing Remarks by Master of Ceremonies
13:50 - 14:50
5 star Networking Luncheon
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