Debaters

3-4 February 2020, Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai

Understanding lasting culture change
- This House believes that cultural change within business must come from the bottom

Confirmed debaters include:

Rohit Manucha, Head of Human Resources, Aujan Coca Cola Beverages Company

Rohit is the Head of HR at Aujan Coca Cola Beverages Company. His core expertise is in ‘Organisational Transformation & Effectiveness’ and has developed case studies, white papers which are featured in various publications and is quoted in a number of leading HR magazines on a host of HR related topics. He has chaired and been a key note speaker at a number of global events across the UAE, UK, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, KSA, Thailand and Singapore. Rohit advises Aujan Group Holding and its other entities on all HR related matters and functions as an SME in this field. He is also a Board member at the Change & Transformative Collaborative, UK; a visiting faculty at IMT Dubai, University of Dubai, PIBM India and Newstead Lab UK. He is also an advisor to the Ministry of Tolerance He won the ‘HR Director of the Year’, UAE, 2019; ‘Compensation & Benefits Leadership Award’, India, 2017; ‘HR Rising Star’, UAE, 2016; ‘100 Most Influential Global HR Professionals’, India, 2016; ‘HR Leadership Award’, UAE, 2015. In the course of his career, Rohit has worked in KPMG, Hay Group (Korn Ferry), PepsiCo (ORC), Dunia Group. He is an alumni of XLRI, India.

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Zarina Bell-Gam

Zarina Bell-Gam is currently the captain of the England World Schools debating team. In July 2019, Zarina led the England team to third place in the World Championships and is currently ranked in the top five debaters in the world. Zarina has taught debating all over the world, and has taken part in dozens of Showcase Debates, including the launch of the Bloomberg Equality Index at the company’s London HQ, and twice at the Capital Club in Dubai. She has been involved with Debate Mate since she was 13, attending Preston Manor School in North West London. Zarina is currently on her gap year, working as an Assistant Programme Director at Debate Mate, before hopefully reading Economics and Management at the University of Oxford.


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Ife Grillo

Ife Grillo is a young poet, campaigner and politics student at the University of Bristol. Ife has been both a youth Member of Parliament for a constituency in London and Vice Chair of the British Youth Council. He was also a member of England's winning team at the 2016 World Schools Debating Championships. He has taken part in Debate Mate since he was at secondary school, and worked in the Debate Mate office on his gap year before attending university. He has taught younger students to debate all over the world, including at the Parliamentary World Debate Congress in Japan. Ife regularly appears on national and international media and has spoken at a wide range of conferences including the Edinburgh International TV Festival alongside celebrities and industry heavyweights. Recently, Ife chaired the panel at both the inaugural Downing Street Debates and the 'Big Debate with Bill Gates'.

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Dinesh Chaudhari, Associate Director of Learning & Development, Jumeirah Group

Dinesh has over 16 years in five star luxury hotel chains like Kempinski and Jumeirah Group of Hotels and Resorts. Some of the big names he has in his profile include Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Leela Kempenski in addition to various other hospitality task force projects. During the span of his career, Dinesh has worked on several projects that turned out to be great success stories including the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award (DQAA) and Emirates Benchmarking Management (EBM) Award supported by Dubai Economic Department (DED). In 2018, Dinesh spearheaded the complete Training and Culture project as part of total hotel refurbishment and re-opening that included various initiatives focusing on Engagement and standards enhancement at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. As a result, Dinesh and his team were also awarded as ‘Highly commended’ HR/L&D Team of the Year at the CIPD Middle East People Awards 2019. In 2015, Dinesh was recognized by the Hozpitality Excellence Award MENA for excellence in Training and Development. Dinesh is a panel member of the Advisory Board for Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) as well as a certified Results Coach from the Neuro Leadership Institute.

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