People Development Summit Dubai

4-5 February 2019, Habtoor Grand, Dubai

What is a Summit?

A Summit is a meeting of people who share a deep passion for the same topic. Our events are for experienced professionals dedicated to finding the best approach to delivering business success and interested in meeting like-minded peers to discuss how best to achieve that.

With a focus on Learning & Development, PDS19 – Dubai is an ‘invitation only’ event reserved for senior HR decision makers and leading vendors offering innovative L&D solutions

How will you benefit

The Summit is designed to be a relaxed and time effective way to discover what’s new in the market place and source partners for upcoming projects.

  • Network and share best practice with peers

  • Business ‘speed dates’ with top solution providers

  • Hear from leading speakers on hot L&D topics

  • Take part in strategy sessions and round table discussions

  • Informal networking opportunities during coffee breaks, lunches and the evening cocktail reception


Vendors - 20 L&D solution providers including; top business schools, innovators in learning tech and leadership development programmes.

HR buyers - 50 senior HR professionals representing top corporations from the Middle East and Africa.

Job titles will include:

  • Head of/Director of HR

  • Head of/Director of Talent, Learning & Development

  • Head of/Director of Organisational Development


The programme will be learning & development focused and will include:

  • Keynotes - 2 high profile speakers sharing latest L&D innovations will open the Summit each day

  • Strategy Group sessions - 5 one hour breakouts facilitated by senior L&D practitioners sharing case studies, with real-business examples of challenges, failures and successes, giving participants useful take-home data and expertise

  • Action Learning workshops – 2 round table topic-driven and interactive workshops

What's the investment?

If you are a senior Head of Learning & Development or equivalent, there is no charge to attend.

Your delegate place includes lunches & refreshments, the only cost to you is your time out of the office.

In advance of the Summit you will pre-select the sessions and vendors that are of interest and, based on your preferences, we’ll create your personalised schedule.

Is the Summit right for you?

For the Summit to work for you, you must feel comfortable with the following selection criteria:

  • You are a main L&D decision maker for your organisation and directly influence strategy at a divisional or group level

  • You personally control a significant L&D budget (this level of budget will normally relate to employee numbers in excess of 1000)

  • You have a need to meet a number of service providers that are relevant to your business needs during the Summit in a 1-2-1 meeting format

  • You are able to take 2 days out of a busy schedule to attend. The results will be worth it!

Hear it from others

Summit Events are based in London and have been organising sector leading industry networking events for over 25 years. Our aim is to provide a high-quality, personalised service to our clients, and ensure that they get the maximum value from each event. We are proud of our reputation and the long term relationships we have built through our consistent service.

“The People Development Summit continues to be an important component of Impact's marketing strategy. Summit events do a great job of bringing the right people to the table and we have made some great friends and formed positive professional relationships with some brilliant people as a result.”

David Williams, Founder and Managing Director

“What an excellent way to spend 2 days, meeting like-minded people with brilliant and innovative ideas. The Strategy Groups were so valuable, the content was appropriate for the audience, I learnt so much! The organisation of the event was second to none, so well planned and seamless. The Summit team are always there on hand to help and answer questions and even point you in the right direction.”

Bernadette Flynn, Global Head of Talent Development
Monsoon Accessorize

Lead sponsor

We can accommodate up to 20 L&D solution providers
Please register your interest for more information

Confirmed sponsors & partners

Confirmed delegates include

Some of our key clients


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4-5 February 2019, Habtoor Grand, Dubai

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“Great event for intensive meetings and good an opportunity to network and share ideas. Delegates are always engaging and it’s a jam packed few days”

Becky James, Director of Business Development Sales

“Always such a well organised event. Much less 'hard sell' than others of its kind - great opportunity to network with others and find people with common situations - don't miss the Strategy Groups, they are very enlightening.”

Catherine Cape, Director – Talent & Development
Deutsche Bank