Speaker Programme

HR and the employee journey:
Attract. Engage. Develop. Succeed

Topics for 2020 sessions

The topics of our 2020 sessions will be:

- Digital Transformation
- Leadership Development
- Change and Disruption in HR
- Employee Engagement and Experience
- Employee Wellbeing
- Performance Culture
- Multi-generational Workforce
- Assessment and Feedback

Please see below for the currently confirmed programme

If you are interested in a speaking opportunity, please contact georgina.kelly@summit-events.com

2020 Speaker Programme

Debra Corey

Speaker, Author and Chief Pay it Forward Officer

Driving change as an employee engagement rebel
  • Biography

    Debra Corey is a highly experienced and award-winning HR professional, two-time author and world-class speaker. She’s had a varied and exciting career over the last 20+ years, working for global companies such as Gap Inc., Honeywell, Merlin Entertainments and Reward Gateway to name a few, where she’s developed and delivered HR strategies in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo to truly drive employee engagement.

    She's also an accomplished author, publishing two best-selling books, and in addition writes blogs for Forbes as well as other industry publications, getting her innovative and rebellious thoughts out in a variety of ways.

    Debra has just moved into what she calls the 'pay it forward' part of her career, where she's using her experience to assist and influence others through her speaking, consulting and writing.

  • Presentation Outline

    The old ways of treating people at work has failed. With only 15% of employees globally engaged in their jobs, we need to start thinking and acting differently if our businesses are going to survive in this fast-paced world. We need to start breaking the rules of traditional HR and bring out our inner rebel when it comes to designing and delivering employee experiences and driving employee engagement.

    This presentation will introduce you to The Engagement Bridge model, a ten-part approach that helps you understand the key drivers of engagement. It will then provide you with practical and actionable tips as well as stories from rebels who have successfully challenged the status quo. You'll leave this session with tools to help you go back and build and maintain strong engagement at your organisation.

Niro Sivanathan

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
London Business School
Mobilising Others through Nudges
  • Biography

    Niro Sivanathan, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, is an award winning researcher and teacher at the London Business School. He is a sought after speaker for Negotiations, Influence and Leading Change at the London Business School and company and industry conferences.

    Niro Sivanathan graduated with a BA in Psychology (Honours) and an MSc in Management from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, before earning his PhD in
    Management & Organizations from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Before joining the London Business School in 2008, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a Lecturer at Kellogg School of Management, having won teaching awards at both institutions. In 2014 he was voted the best teacher by the graduating class. In 2016 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award by the London Business School – the highest teaching accolade awarded at the London Business School. Most recently, Poets and Quants chose him as one of the top “40 under 40” – a listing of the world’s top 40 business school professors under the age of 40.

    Niro Sivanathan’s internationally recognized and award winning research covers a range of topics including Power and Status, Decision-making, Negotiations and Influence, Reputations and Competition. His work has been presented at leading international conferences and published in the very top international journals in the field of Science, Management and Psychology, such as: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature: Human Behaviour, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Psychological Science. He has also translated this rigorous work into global practitioner outlets such as the Harvard Business Review.

    Over the past years, Niro has consulted for, acted as an advisor for senior leaders and worked on executive programmes for companies such as IBM, McDonald’s, A.T Kearney, Mars, Nestle, Merck, Petrofac, KPMG, Sanofi, Prudential, GSK, Rabobank, World Economic Forum, Young President’s Organization, P&G, Entrepreneurs Organization, Central Bank of Turkey, Nordea, Lufthansa, Roche, Mashreq Bank, Oman Oil & Deutsche Bank.

  • Presentation Outline

    The aim of this keynote is to leverage Nobel winning science on decision-making to explore avenues by which individuals can influence others within and outside of the organization. Participant’s pattern of answers from a short decision-making quiz will provide the basis for our discussion into how the human mind processes information and makes judgments/decisions with a view towards mobilizing these cognitive quirks to influence others. Understanding the mental structures will enable participants to frame proposals and present information to secure buy in and nudge others towards the vision and outcomes we desire.

Aseem Kapoor

Head of Talent, Emaar Group
Corporate Director of Human Resources
Emaar Hospitality Group
Leveraging Technology to reinvent People Experience
  • Biography

    Aseem Kapoor holds a dual role within Emaar Group – one of the world’s most valuable and admired real estate development companies – which is responsible for developing key world landmarks like Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.

    In his role as Head of Talent, Aseem is responsible for strategic People & Performance direction and business deliverables of Talent Acquisition, Leadership & Talent Development, Talent Engagement, Succession Planning, Internal Communication and People Experience within Emaar Group with a keen focus to enable the operations and build pipeline of talent for the local and overseas expansion within the Group. In addition, driving a strong and efficient shared services approach within the function whilst keeping the people experience, automation and digital transformation at the forefront are core areas of focus.

    He is one of the original members of the team that was present in the infancy stage of Emaar Hospitality Group and brings with him over 18 years’ experience of managing HR function. With immense knowledge and hands on experience in the hospitality industry, Aseem has had a major influence on structuring the Human Resource function for Emaar Hospitality Group which now operates 17 hotels in Dubai, Milan, Egypt with another 38 hotels in the pipeline.

    Over a span of 20 years, Aseem has worked for companies such as the Oberoi Hotels, Taj Hotels, as well as Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. Prior to joining Emaar Hospitality Group, Aseem held the position of Director of Human Resources at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. In this role, he was responsible for projects in destinations such as the Maldives, Seychelles, Oman and India.

    Aseem’s most recent accolade is being awarded as the HR / Training Professional in the Middle East Hozpitality Excellence Awards, 2018. In addition, along with the support of the team, he has achieved multiple employer brand awards as follows.
    • Winner - Employer of the Year - GCC Best Employer Brand Awards 2018.
    • Winner - Outstanding Change Management Strategy - GCC GOV HR Awards 2018.
    • Mark of Excellence - Employer of the Year - Future Workplace Awards 2018.

  • Presentation Outline

    VUCA world – once considered as something that will shape the dynamics of the future is already here! With markets becoming more volatile, increasing pressures on the bottom line, lack of predictability due to multitude of external factors, the challenges of attracting and retaining talent have peaked. With skills for the future changing considerably than what now exists, People and efficiency will definitely be key differentiating factors as business will need to transform not just to be successful but to survive.

    A combined strategy that pushes People Experience to the next level along with enhancing their productivity is more critical than ever. Digital Transformation - whilst carrying the myth that it takes away the “human from Human Resource” - is more relevant than ever to address this key issue facing all companies across markets. However, the journey can be simple or complicated – based on how one approaches it and finds that balance. As a case study, we will examine some of the key facets of our Digital Transformation Journey that we worked on:
    • Creating a Digital Experience Cycle to support the People Experience Cycle
    • Using automation and digital transformation to remove administrative task focus
    • Incorporating Predictive Analytics to engage better with people
    • Remaining connected with workforce - despite not being "there"
    • Chatbots - do they really add to the People Experience?

Florencio 'Rhency' Padilla

Head of People Experience - Group HR
Chaloub Group
HR on the driver seat – mapping the experience of employees throughout their life cycle
  • Biography

    Rhency has been working as an HR professional in Asia and Middle East since 2007. He has worked in the Learning & Development Departments of Etihad Airways and the British Embassy Dubai. Currently, he is the Head of People Experience Center of Expertise within Group HR at Chalhoub Group. He specializes in learning and development, employee engagement, organizational effectiveness and employee experience.

    Rhency helps leaders and organisations develop their people capability & enhances people engagement at work, using a wide range of practical interventions. He enables managers and organizations by using people data to understand the challenges of their people. He uses data insights to map and re-design experiences in different touchpoints throughout the employee lifecycle.

  • Presentation Outline

    Key takeaway:
    • Use design thinking as a methodology to map the experience of employees
    • Role of the different stakeholders in an employee journey mapping exercise
    • Putting employee journey mapping exercise in a sprint vs putting it in sprints
    • Create actionable insights through the employee journey mapping exercise
    • Employee journey mapping metrics – who is accountable?
    • Best practice when carrying out an employee journey mapping exercise

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