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Hr Analytics Seminar 2017 - CAPE TOWN

Data-driven HR for business success


25 October 2017
Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, Cape Town

More companies are seeking to improve their organisational effectiveness through smarter planning and quicker decision making, particularly when it comes to talent. The modern HR function collects an immense quantity of data, however data in itself, has no value. It is the analysis of the data for improving decision-making that makes it incredibly powerful. Recruiting top talent is competitive business and talent analytics plays a central role in making HR and recruitment smarter. HR has been talking about building analytics teams for a number of years but more recently recognised that data is needed to figure out why people join a company, perform well in, and stay with, who will be more likely to be successful, and who are likely to be better leaders . All of this can be informed by people analytics and when used effectively, can drastically transform your approach to recruitment and performance.

However, with all attention being paid to analytics today there is still a large amount of confusion regarding where people should be focusing their attention and what they should be doing. Business leaders are demanding that HR rethinks how it makes decisions, reskills for the age of data and retools in order to provide the descriptive and predictive insight necessary to maintain a competitive edge.

Are you fully aware of the benefits of HR analytics? Are you ready to assume a more data-orientated role? How do you leverage on the massive workforce metrics for better strategic HR decisions? Attend the KR one day HR Analytics Seminar and develop your capability as an HR leader.

Who should attend?

VPs, Heads, Directors and Senior Managers in charge of:
  • HR/People Management
  • HR Metrics and analytics HR Data,
  • Reporting & systems workforce planning/workforce Intelligence
  • HRIS/HR technology
  • HR transformation
  • Organisational development/organisational effectiveness
  • HR strategy and analytics
  • Talent development

Why attend?

  • Understand how HR data can support your organisation’s strategic and growth objectives – how to use data to make strategic human capital decisions
  • Discover how to leverage your talent pool through data analytics
  • Learn more about how companies use data effectively and the impact of analytics on the future of HR
  • Build your HR analytics capability
  • Hear how analytics can solve real business challenges

For more information about the Pre-conference workshop, please contact Debbie Atwell on or +27 83 651 1664.




REGISTRATION | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff


Welcome by Chairperson: Tony Cohn, Director, QBIT


HR Analytics: It’s all about the base – understanding the importance of organisation, work and people data fundamentals in the journey to analytics

Tony Cohn
, Director, QBIT


HR Data storytelling: apply storytelling to analytics for real business change.

Martin Sutherland, Director, People Tree Talent Analytics

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry

11:00 – 11:45

Positioning your organisation for predictive people analytics

Bernice Wessels,
Senior Manager, PwC

11:45 – 12:15

Discussion: Impact of analytics on the future of HR and what’s next on the horizon for analytics?

Q &A session (3-4 speakers)

12:15 - 13:00 LUNCH | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal

13:00 – 13:45

Bringing people data to the boardroom table

Megan Yates, Chief Scientist

13:45 - 14:00 Afernoon Break | Quick leg stretch

14:00 - 14:45

The changing world of work: Implications for People Analytics

Chris Williams, Head: People Analytics, FNB

14:45 - 15:30

An analytical view of learning agility

Benjamin Buckingham, MD, HFMtalentindex South Africa


Wrap up


Martin Sutherland, Director, People Tree Talent Analytics
Martin is the Global Director of PeopleTree Talent Analytics International, a software and consulting firm focused on talent analytics. He is a founder member of the company, launched in 1998, and has been responsible for its global expansion. Clients are spread across 47 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the US, Central and South America and recently India. Prior to the formation of PeopleTree, Martin was a director of the largest public relations and communications company in South Africa. He regularly speaks at international conferences and publishes articles on the topic of talent management. He has 23 years of professional consulting experience in the ICT, Energy and Power, Financial Services & Banking, Transport, Retail and Manufacturing sectors.
Tony Cohn Director, QBIT
Tony is currently a director at QBIT. A seasoned professional, Tony has done work in Process Engineering (BPMS Assessment and Six Sigma/ Lean) at Standard Bank of South Africa; Six Sigma and Projects at Medscheme; has been the head of the Project Office at Discovery Health; Divisional Manager Business Processes at Discovery Health Johannesburg; Senior Business Consultant at Astrolabe Technologies Group and a Consultant at IBM South Africa. Tony received his degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and his post graduate studies completed at the Wits Business School
Megan Yates, Chief Scientist, Ixio, Analytics
Megan founded Ixio Analytics in 2012 after seeing a need for strong, data-led modelling and analytics in business. As Chief Scientist at Ixio Analytics, Megan leads Ixio Analytics advanced modelling programs and coordinates the technical requirements for our clients. Her background in Evolutionary Biology allows her to bring a rigorous scientific approach to analytical problem solving. Megan has developed several predictive modelling solutions around customer payment behaviour, resulting in revenue of over R200 million for our clients

Bernice Wessels Senior Manager, PwC
Bernice is a senior manager in the PwC ARQ practice with 6 years of consulting experience. She is a nearly-qualified actuary and student member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. Her actuarial exam specialisation is in the Finance and Investment application and the pension environment. Bernice’s key areas of expertise include analytics and statistical modelling, employee benefits, healthcare and short-term insurance. Her focus is on supporting public sector and corporate clients in the development of sustainable and outcomes-based approaches to the management of HR while employing robust analytics and benchmarking, as well as modelling to provide the evidence base for change.
Benjamin Buckingham, MD, HFMtalentindex South Africa
Benjamin Buckingham is an entrepreneur with experience in the online technology and talent management fields. As Managing Director, he has set-up the South African arm of HFMtalentindex, an online talent management and analytics solution with a global footprint. Locally, HFMtalentindex has partnered with private and public corporations of various sizes, to provide assistance with their endto- end talent management strategy and assessment needs. Some examples of our South African clients include Pep Stores, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), ENS Africa and Derivco.
Christopher Williams, Head: People Analytics, FNB
Chris completed his post-graduate studies in Industrial Psychology and is a Chartered HR Professional registered with the South African Board for People Practices. He also has training and experience as a SAP configuration consultant and has recently completed an international HR Executive training programme through the Corporate Executive Board. Chris started his career at Deloitte Consulting gaining experience in SAP configuration, organisational and business architecture design, change management and strategic management consulting across multiple industries including the mining, public sector, financial services and manufacturing industries. In 2011, Chris joined FNB as a Strategic HR Business Partner and was accountable for a number of HR projects and practices across the support segments within FNB. In January 2013, Chris was appointed to the Head of People Analytics role within HR Shared Services. This role is accountable for regulatory, operational and strategic HR reporting across the FirstRand Group including the management of related HR business intelligence systems. Since being in his new role, Chris has successfully implemented HR reporting initiatives for a number of Oracle HR modules as well as guiding the team towards delivering strategic, innovative and value adding human capital analytics. Chris’ vision for the team is to make analytics central to the people discourse and decisions across the FirstRand Group and for the FirstRand Group to become a global leader in applying sophisticated and applicable Human Capital Analytics to its day-to-day operations and strategic intent.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Barbara Spence


25 October 2017 HR Analytics Seminar
R3 950.00 excl. VAT

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  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
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