AbuDhabi: Etisalat Academy’s 5th Middle East HR Conference


Emirates News Agency
March 7, 2006 Tuesday 3:40 PM EST

Under the patronage of Mohammed Hassan Omran, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation – Etisalat,
and with the presence of Nasser Bin Obood, Deputy CEO, Etisalat,
Etisalat Academy has opened the 5th Middle East HR Conference and Expo.

The theme of the conference for this year is ‘Importance of Human

The two-day conference is being held on the 7th and 8th of March
in the Majlis Al Salam Ballroom of Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai, and is
attended by a number of experts, international HR consultants and
delegates representing government and private organizations and
prominent corporations and companies from across the GCC and the
Middle Eastern region.

The conference focuses on the latest HR mechanisms of developing
and enhancing human resources at the GCC, regional and international

Delegations from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Sudan,
Egypt, Palestine, India, Pakistan and The Republic of Armenia are

Dr. Doaa Fares, General Manager of Etisalat Academy said: “The two-day
conference brings into focus the human asset, the HR challenges and
the potential value that human resources adds to corporate activities.

Other topics are also discussed during the conference such as the
future of human resources, HR executive competency, professional and
career development assessment, staff survey and evaluating the role
of HR development as a key player in corporate success.”

“The conference highlights the obstacles faced by ‘Change Management’..

The career building processes discussed would focus on international
developments in measuring competency, income to human investment
relation platforms, the latest in training systems and designing and
managing human resources projects”, he added..

The conference is headlined by Professor Stephane Garelli, of the
International Institute for Management Development and the University
of Lausanne, Switzerland, and past Managing Director of the World
Economic Forum and of the Davos Symposium.

The conference will also host the international expert, David Creelman,
CEO, Creelman Research, HR.Com, Ken Graham, Consultant, Leadership
Development, USA, Virender Kapoor, Director of Symbiosis Institute
of Management, India, Professor William Scott-Jackson, Co-Director,
Center for Applied HR Research Management, Oxford Brookes University,
, UK, Abdulaziz Al Sawaleh, Executive Vice President- HR, Etisalat,
discussing ‘Leadership Re-engineered – The Pragmatic Essentials’
and Mr. Abdulqader Obaid Ali, Chairman of Dubai Quality Group,
discussing the mechanisms of HR management and measurement..

Each day of the conference concludes with a panel discussion to
discuss the role of HR development as a major asset in the success
of any organization..

Speakers will talk about studying and analyzing the role of the HR
departments in corporations, determining the role of HR in performance
management, leadership culture, how IT can sustain the role of HR
and many other related issues..

Aisha Bin Swaira, Training Operations Manager, Etisalat Academy said:
“The good response from different participants has assured us of the
necessity and importance of this event.

Participants such as regional and international governmental and
private departments and companies prove the impact of the event by
incorporating its recommendations into their practices.”

The conference has been exceptionally successful over the last four
years, attracting many executives, decision makers, hiring and HR
development managers, training and localization experts, manpower
and HR consultants and specialists as well as a large number of
professionals interested in performance and statistical indicators
in both the GCC and Middle Eastern regions.

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