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HR Directors Conference 2018

Providing direction and hope in turbulent times

INFORMATION

13 March 2018: Pre-Conference Workshops
14-15 March 2018: Two-day Conference
CSIR International Convention Centre | Pretoria

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As the longest running and most respected industry event for HR on the continent, the HR Directors Conference attracts 200+ attendees and hosts 40+ expert speakers each year. This two-day conference offers you an opportunity to engage with leading HR experts as they discuss and analyse strategies that will enable you to launch or advance your organisation’s HR capabilities.

The 2018 event is themed: "Providing direction and hope in turbulent times" and will focus on today’s diverse and complex business environment and the challenges business leaders face. You will receive practical insights to shape the future direction of work, the workforce and the workplace – thereby creating an agile vision for the future of business.

In addition, the conference will also host an expo that will give you the opportunity to connect and network with exhibitors demonstrating the latest in HR services and solutions. Make sure not to miss it... You just might find the exact solution you’ve been looking for!

With almost a decade of experience hosting the industry's most talked about conference, you can't afford to miss it.


For more information about the Conference, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on busie@knowres.co.za or +27 11 706 6009.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

DAY ONE • 14 MARCH 2018

07:30–08:15 Registration
08:5–08:30

Welcome by Wilhelm Crous, Managing Director, Knowledge Resources

Chairperson Shirley Zinn, CEO, Shirley Zinn Consulting

08:30–09:15

IAddressing Africa’s top labour and human capital management challenges

Dr Joni Musabayana, Director, International Labour Organisation (ILO)


09:15-10:00

International keynote: IBM


10:00–10:30 Morning break

10:30-11:15

International Keynote - Adhocracy: An organisation fit for the future where talent can thrive

Professor Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Deputy Dean: Programs, Academic Director: Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School, Top 50 Thinker and best-selling author of Fast Forward


11:15-12:00

12h00 Examining the changing socio-political and economic landscape – implications for organisational strategy and the role of HR

Professor Steven Friedman, Research Professor:  Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg
Trudi Makhaya, Economist, Writer & Entrepreneur


12:00–13:00 Lunch

TRACK 1
13:00–13:45
Talent mobility in a globally connected world: opportunities and future challenges: Case study

Bebe Oyegun- Adeoye,
Director Talent Management: MEA Zone, Schneider Electric
TRACK 2
13:00–13:45

Purposeful leadership: gearing up HR leaders to lead through ambiguity, uncertainty, turbulence and tough times

Pearl Maphoshe,
HR Director, Pick N Pay

TRACK 3
13:00–13:45

Executive development, the challenges for now and the future: 

Lerato Mahlasela, Director: Custom Programmes, Gordon Institute of Business Science
Sharmla Chetty,
President: Africa, Managing Director: Europe, Duke Corporate Education
Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Former Professor and HOD, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg. Currently Visiting Professor at same Department
Mark Houlthousen, Head: Global Career Management, MTN


TRACK 1
13:45–14:30

Case study: Starting an HR department from the ground up

Nanda Scott, Executive Vice President: HR, Kwese

TRACK 2
13:45–14:30

The dark side of leadership- what HR can do

Dr Jopie De Beer, CEO, JvR Africa Group

TRACK 3
13:45–14:30

Addressing leadership challenges in HR: secrets of politically savvy leaders

Mark Houlthousen, Head: Global Career Management, MTN


TRACK 1
14:30–15:15

Executive Compensation: bridging the disconnect between pay and company performance  

Ray Harraway, HR Executive: Performance & Reward, Nedbank Group
Craig Raath, Executive Director, 21st Century  

TRACK 2
14:30–15:15

Thriving in the fourth industrial revolution: the importance of creativity

Professor Federico Freschi, Executive Dean, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, University of Johannesburg

TRACK 3
14:30–15:15

HR effectiveness – the importance of having the right strategy; the right measurements; and the right tools in place in order for HR to demonstrate credibility and effectiveness

Helen Clarke, Divisional Director HR: Group Arrangements CFU, Liberty

15:15–15:45 Afternoon break

TRACK 1
15:45–16:30

The changing face of L& D in an era of connected, self-service learning: what every HRD should know

Ilka Dunne, Head: Leadership, Culture and Young Talent, Rand Merchant Bank

TRACK 2
15:45–16:30

Case study: Key essentials for engaging and retaining employees in the battle for talent

Sithembile Bhengu,
Group Executive: Human Capital, CSIR

TRACK 3
15:45–16:30

HR in a connected world: Building an organisational culture based on humanity, connection and trust – why putting your people first is critical
Mechell Chetty, HR Vice President: Africa Unilever

Janet McNally, Human Resources Service Delivery Director, Unilever


16:30–17:15

KR HR Think Tank feedback session


 

Close of day 1 and cocktail function begins


 

DAY TWO • 15 MARCH 2018

08:15–08:30

Welcome by Chairperson:
Siphiwe Moyo, Chairman,
South African Board of Personnel Practitioners


08:30–09:15

Ethical, responsible leadership:  leading in dark times Showing courage, integrity and perseverance Introduction and discussion with:

Professor Stella Nkomo, Strategic Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria
Professor Derick de Jongh, Director: Faculty of Economic & Management Sciences, University of Pretoria
Dr Makhosi Khoza, South African Politician & former Member of Parliament

09:15–10:00

The CEO and HRD – a True people focused partnership


10:00–10:30 Morning break

TRACK 1
10:30–11:15

HR Transformation: the people function of the future
Redesigning your HR Function to make it fit for the future

TRACK 2
10:30–11:15

The future world of work and implications for Organisational design (Agile, Holarchy, Matrix)

Lisa Ashton,
Managing Director, BIOSS SA

TRACK 3
10:30–11:15

Diversity and inclusion at the heart of your people strategy: unpacking why you just have to get it right 

Nene Molefi, Managing Director, Mandate Molefi Consultants


TRACK 1
11:15–12:00

Creating the purpose led organisation

TRACK 2
11:15–12:00

Overcoming the challenges and complexities of managing your HR function across borders

Gerlind Smith,
Human Capital Director, PwC

TRACK 3
11:15–12:00

Fostering inclusive work environments to strengthen your talent alloy

Dr Liziwe Masoga,
Executive: Human Resources, Old Mutual
Eswhin Booysen, Head : HR, Vedanta Resources


12:00–13:00 Lunch

TRACK 1
13:00–13:45

Between the Tiger and The Abyss: addressing executive burnout, stress and unhappiness

Judith Ancer,
Director, Shrink Rap and co-author “Beyond tea and tissues: protecting and promoting mental health at work”

TRACK 2
13:00–13:45

Fast changing world -  the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, robotics and cognitive technology: a disruptive future for HR

Andre Vermeulen,
Associate Director: Human Capital Technology, Deloitte
Marienus Trouw, Senior Manager & Solutions Architect, Deloitte


TRACK 1
13:45–14:30

Experiential mindful practice: becoming more present in business and life - build your resilience as an HR leader

Marisa Lloyd, CEO, Mindful Revolution
Steven Heyman, Mindfulness Facilitator, Mindful Revolution

TRACK 2
13:45–14:30

The Digital organisation and digital organising


14:30–15:30

Closing panel: Developing the HR Executive for the future  

Shirleen Titus, President, SIOPSA
Dr Jerry Gule, CEO, IPM
Marius Meyer, CEO, SABPP
Professor Ophillia Ledimo, Chair: Department Industrial & Organisational Psychology, UNISA
Professor Freddie Crous, Acting Chairman, University of Johannesburg


15:30 Close of conference, afternoon tea and departure

Conference Speakers



PROFESSOR STELLA M. NKOMO, STRATEGIC PROFESSOR: DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
Professor Stella M. Nkomo is a Strategic Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria. Her internationally recognized research on race, gender, leadership and human resource management has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes. She is the recipient of the International Leadership Association 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Nkomo is the co-author of Courageous Conversations: A Collection of interviews and reflections on responsible leadership by South African captains of industry.
DR JONI MUSABAYANA, DIRECTOR, ILO PRETORIA
Dr. Joni Musabayana has a Doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA School of Business leadership, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a BSc Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Zimbabwe. He also has a Diploma in Training Management, Diploma in Computer Programming as well as numerous Certificates in Management, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship training. He has worked for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Higher Education 1989 – 1990, the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe 1990 - 1992 and then for the International Labour Organization from 1992 to date. Currently, he is the Director of the ILO Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa based in Pretoria covering 18 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa technically and five countries politically and administratively. His global work assignments have taken him to South East Asia, China, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe and Central America.
PROFESSOR STELLA M. NKOMO, STRATEGIC PROFESSOR: DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
Professor Stella M. Nkomo is a Strategic Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria. Her internationally recognized research on race, gender, leadership and human resource management has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes. She is the recipient of the International Leadership Association 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Nkomo is the co-author of Courageous Conversations: A Collection of interviews and reflections on responsible leadership by South African captains of industry.
PROFESSOR DERICK DE JONGH, FOUNDING DIRECTOR, THE ALBERT LUTHULI CENTRE FOR RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP (ALCRL), UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
Professor Derick de Jongh is the Founding Director of The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL) at the University of Pretoria. He holds a B Com, B Com (Hons) and an M Com (all cum laude) as well as a Doctorate in Commerce (Corporate Social Performance). He founded the Centre for Corporate Citizenship (CCC) at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2001. His expansive academic career includes numerous presentations at international symposia on the topic of responsible leadership, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate citizenship and corporate responsibility. Under his leadership a PhD programme in Leadership, a Masters degree in Responsible Leadership, a Masters degree in Development Practice and Leadership and a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Reporting was developed. He is a Visiting Professor at institutions such as the Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, Canada and at the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University, Australia where he serves as Adjunct Professor. Derick regularly participates in local radio talk shows on issues related to leadership and complex social problems.

NANDA SCOTT, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: HR, KWESE
Nanda is the Executive Vice President for HR in Econet Media whose consumer brand is Kwese. She leads a team of senior HR enablers responsible for acquiring, developing, mobilizing and rewarding the company's workforce across the continent. This means that she ensures that the Company yields returns on their biggest investment, their people. Nanda is an accomplished, strategic, results and relationship-driven, proactive and highly-commercial senior HR Executive, with a preference for start-up businesses. Prior to joining the Econet Group 5 years ago, Nanda was based in London for 12 years and has held several senior HR positions in global firms spanning various industries such as Telecommunications, Publishing, IT, Legal, Construction and Property management. She has worked in many countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Nanda holds a Master’s degree in HR and Development specialising in both culture & change Management as well as diversity & equality from the University of Westminster in London. She is also a fluent French Speaker.
SITHEMBILE BHENGU, GROUP EXECUTIVE: HUMAN CAPITAL, CSIR
Sithembile Bhengu is a Group Executive at CSIR responsible for Human Capital. Sithembile’s career spans over 17 years with a wealth of experience in strategic Human Capital leadership, training, leadership development, talent management and transformation from high-tech and knowledge intensive organisations. She has worked in industries such as aeronautics, chemicals and gas, financial services, management consulting and pharmaceuticals. Sithembile holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, both from the University of South Africa (UNISA), as well as a Leadership Development Programme qualification from Development Dimensions International (DDI). She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Business Leadership through the UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership.
ANDRE VERMEULEN, DIRECTOR: HUMAN CAPITAL TECHNOLOGY, DELOITTE
Andre is currently an Associate Director at Deloitte. He is the Human Capital technology lead that focusses on providing Human Capital related technologies to his clients across the globe. With his strong development and cloud background he is living out his passion for people by delivering world class solutions to top tier clients within the Human Capital space. Andre also leads the Human Capital Technology practice for Deloitte South Africa. He also has a seat on the University of Pretoria’s Advisory Board for Informatics and Computer Science.
MARIENUS TROUW, SOLUTION ARCHITECT, DELOITTE
Marienus is an experienced Solution Architect in the Deloitte Human Capital Technology team. With a Masters in Organisational Leadership and a degree in Information Technology he is involved with cross domain, cross functional, and cross-industry solutions. Marienus possesses a great passion and strong appreciation for market trends and a hunger to tackle problems through independent action, seek out new responsibilities, act on opportunities, generate new ideas, and practice self-development.
MARTIN SUTHERLAND, GLOBAL DIRECTOR, PEOPLETREE TALENT ANALYTICS INTERNATIONAL
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 India. Martin has always had a fascination with people and technology, and has used technology and research to understand what makes people successful when they tackle new situations and business challenges. The result is a robust talent process, driven by powerful talent analytics, which helps companies to effectively direct time, money and effort to grow and develop all their talent. 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.
ESWHIN BOOYSEN, HEAD OF HR: SA OPERATIONS, VEDANTA ZINC INTERNATIONAL
Eswhin is an enthusiastic Human Resources Professional with more than 13 years of hands-on experience in Human Resource management both in South African and International mining environments. Eswhin commenced his career at Kumba Iron ore as an HR Specialist and then later as a Senior Organisational Design Specialist. He moved to BHP Billiton and occupied various roles within the HR Function, including the role of HR Business Process and Data lead and the HR Manager for BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa. He joined Anglo American in 2014 as a Transformation and Organisational effectiveness specialist and is currently the Head of HR for SA operations at Vedanta Zinc International.
SHIRLEEN PRESIDENT, SIOPSA, HEAD: SCHOOL FOR FINANCE, RISK AND GOVERNANCE & STRATEGIC BUSINESS SERVICES, ESKOM ACADEMY OF LEARNING
Shirleeen is the President of Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA). She is also the Head of School for Finance, Risk and Governance & Strategic Business Services in the Functional Faculty of Eskom’s Academy of Learning. Her current responsibilities include providing cutting edge learning and development solutions to the discipline through establishing positive relationships and managing communities of practice in the organisation. She has followed a career path for the last 22 years within the Health, Aviation, Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Safety & Security, Technology and Utilities sectors. Shirleen’s areas of special interest include HR strategy consulting, leadership development and succession planning, talent management, performance management, organisational transformation, change management and supervising industrial psychology interns. Shirleen serves on the Management Committee of SIOPSA. She has been an Associate Lecturer at the University of Western Cape as well as an academic peer reviewer for the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology. Shirleen received the President’s Award for making exceptional contribution to SIOPSA in 2013. She is currently registered with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to conduct a PhD in Industrial Psychology with a research focus in leadership development, social capital and organisational effectiveness.
NENE MOLEFI, CEO, MANDATE MOLEFI HR CONSULTANTS
Nene was born in Soweto, (South Africa). She is the CEO of Mandate Molefi HR Consultants, a company with a track record that spans over 16 years. Her versatility and experience in partnering with boards and executive committees has positioned her well to work with large scale culture change, transformation and leadership development projects. Over the past 18 years, Nene has gained a reputation both locally and internationally as a thought leader in Diversity & Inclusion, Values Driven Leadership & Transformation. She is a regular presenter at conferences around the world, including Malaysia, Bangladesh, Boston, Miami, USA, Zimbabwe and Zambia. She is an author of numerous publications including a chapter in the “Leadership Perspectives from the Front Line”. She is an expert panellist for a Diversity & Inclusion Benchmark Tool. She is a member of the Diversity Collegium which is a think tank of globally recognised diversity experts. Nene is an associate lecturer for GIBS on Global Diversity and Unconscious Bias, an associate lecturer on Transformation Strategy for Stellenbosch Business School. Nene is committed to Social Entrepreneurship and her community involvement. She sits on the board of Meals on Wheels which is a non-profit organisation which provide food consistently to the homeless and those in need in South Africa.
DR KATHY BENNETT, LEADERSHIP COACH, ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER & OD CONSULTANT (AUTHOR OF LIVING AND LEADING THROUGH UNCERTAINTY)
Kathy has had experience in all facets of Human Resource Management in the pharmaceutical and FMCG industries, culminating in an executive role for five years with Adcock Ingram. Since leaving the corporate world, Kathy fulfils 3 primary roles: leadership coach, part-time faculty member on the M Phil (Management Coaching) programme at USB and OD consultant (with emphasis on change leadership). Kathy has a PhD from the University of Johannesburg and a Master’s degree in professional coaching through Middlesex University in London. Her doctoral study explored executives’ lived experience of uncertainty and the construct of a capability for uncertainty. She is the co-author of “A guide for Coaches: How to optimise your personal coaching journey”
TRUDI MAKHAYA, CEO, MAKHAYA ADVISORY
Trudi Makhaya is CEO of Makhaya Advisory, a research, advisory and stakeholder engagement firm. The firm acts as a consultant and advisor on competition regulation, economic policy, business strategy and stakeholder relations. Clients include blue chips companies, government entities, entrepreneurs and investors. Trudi holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, including an MCom in Economics and a BCom (Law). Trudi was an economist and later a member of the executive committee at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2010 to 2014. Trudi represented the Commission at various international fora including the OECD, BRICS, International Competition Network and the African Competition Forum. Prior to joining the Competition Commission in 2010, Trudi held various management consulting and corporate roles at Deloitte, Genesis Analytics and AngloGold Ashanti. As an active public commentator, writes a column for Business Day. Trudi has also published academic articles on competition economics and policy.
JOPIE DE BEER, CEO, JVR AFRICA GROUP
Jopie de Beer is one of the founders and currently the CEO of the JvR Africa Group of Companies. Established in 1994, the business entities in the JvR Africa Group have grown to include exceptional client solutions with regard to talent assessment and development. With a focus on the constructive use of assessment data and metrics, excellent client service, technology and innovation, the companies have built a recognised and respected brand for highly professional and trustworthy people solutions in Africa. Jopie is a psychologist with many years of experience. She relies on an excellent team of professionals who share her passion, drive and vision for every person to be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
JUDITH ANCER, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST & DIRECTOR, SHRINK RAP
Judith Ancer is a Clinical Psychologist who trained at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Natal (PMB). She is in private practice in Greenside, Johannesburg and has worked at Tara Hospital on the adult psychotherapy ward; at Crossroads Remedial School with children and parents; and as a supervisor and trainer of other mental health professionals. She is a director of Shrink Rap, a company that offers continuing professional education to healthcare and human resource professionals and provides training and counselling services to small companies. She often gives talks and runs workshops and used to write a weekly column called Letting Grow on parenting issues for the Sunday Times.
STEVEN HEYMAN, MINDFULNESS FACILITATOR, MINDFUL REVOLUTION
After completing his masters in economics at the university of Antwerp, Steven joined the Africa department of an international trading company. Living in Nigeria and later in South Africa, he travelled throughout the whole African continent to develop new business and start up and manage new offices. To stay well equipped for the demands of the corporate environment and the frequent travelling, Steven started practicing yoga and mindfulness in 2008. In 2013 /2014 he completed his yoga teacher training and a mindfulness based living course after which he left his corporate job to spread the benefits of these ancient practices with as many people as possible. Through his infectious joy and energy and playful approach, Steven motivates participants to try out mindfulness practices, stretches and breathing techniques and take positive steps towards increasing their resilience, creating more awareness and sparking creativity and innovation in both work and personal life.
PROFESSOR STEVEN FRIEDMAN, RESEARCH PROFESSOR: HUMANITIES FACULTY, UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
Professor Friedman is a political scientist who has specialized in the study of democracy. He researched and wrote widely on the South African transition to democracy both before and after the elections of 1994 and has, over the past decade, largely written on the relationship between democracy on the one hand, social inequality and economic growth on the other. In particular, he has stressed the role of citizen voice in strengthening democracy and promoting equality. He is the author of Building Tomorrow Today, a study of the South African trade union movement and the implications of its growth for democracy, and the editor of The Long Journey and The Small Miracle (with Doreen Atkinson), which presented the outcome of two research projects on the South African transition. His current work focuses on the theory and practice of democracy and his study of South African radical thought Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid was published in 2015. He writes a weekly column in Business Day on current political and economic developments
DR ILKA DUNNE, HEAD: LEADERSHIP, CULTURE AND YOUNG TALENT, RAND MERCHANT BANK
llka is an organisational and people developer (who believes education will solve all our problems). She holds a BA Dramatic Art Hons (Wits), an MEd (University of Johannesburg) and a PhD in Personal, Interpersonal and Professional Leadership (University of Johannesburg). Her diverse career began in an educational theatre company before moving into teaching in the ORT-STEP Institute, an international technology education NGO. This provided great foundational skills for starting her own educational consultancy: Actions Speak Educational Design. In 2006 Ilka re-joined the corporate world full time and has for the last 11-years worked in organizational development and learning for Rand Merchant Bank. Here she leads leadership, culture and young talent strategy for the bank. Her conference and publication activities span a range of domains including work in the areas of; arts based methods, teacher development, leadership, identity transitions, diversity, gender and graduate identity development.
ESWHIN BOOYSEN, HEAD OF HR: SA OPERATIONS, VEDANTA ZINC INTERNATIONAL
Eswhin is an enthusiastic Human Resources Professional with more than 13 years of hands-on experience in Human Resource management both in South African and International mining environments. Eswhin commenced his career at Kumba Iron ore as an HR Specialist and then later as a Senior Organisational Design Specialist. He moved to BHP Billiton and occupied various roles within the HR Function, including the role of HR Business Process and Data lead and the HR Manager for BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa. He joined Anglo American in 2014 as a Transformation and Organisational effectiveness specialist and is currently the Head of HR for SA operations at Vedanta Zinc International.

LERATO MAHLASELA, DIRECTOR: CUSTOM PROGRAMMES, GORDON INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS SCIENCE (GIBS)
Lerato Mahlasela is currently the Director of Custom Programmes at GIBS, a role that allows her the opportunity to work with and lead a talented team of individuals that partner with organisations to design and deliver relevant learning solutions that demonstrate value. She holds an Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology from Rand Afrikaans University and is registered as a Chartered HR Practitioner with the SABPP.
SHARMLA CHETTY, PRESIDENT: AFRICA & GLOBAL MANAGING DIRECTOR: EUROPE, DUKE CORPORATE EDUCATION
In this role Sharmla leads Duke CE’s client relationship management, advisory work and the building of client organizations’ strategic capacity and capabilities. Sharmla has deep experience working in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, and mining and in various regions, including Africa, China, Europe and India. Prior to joining Duke CE, Sharmla was the head of Human Capital Development at Nedbank. Sharmla is the recipient of the 2016 Award for Entrepreneurial and Academic Excellence on the African continent. Sharmla is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is passionate about developing the capability of women and of African talent.
PROF FEDERICO FRESCHI, EXECUTIVE DEAN AND FULL PROFESSOR: FACULTY OF ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
Prof Freschi was appointed Executive Dean and Full Professor in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg in January 2013. He began his academic career as a lecturer in History of Design at what was then the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology), and taught subsequently at the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, the Witwatersrand. He has taken occasional breaks from academia to work as a researcher and consultant, and more recently as Executive Manager and Senior Curator of the Goodman Gallery, Cape Town. His research focuses on South African modern art and architecture, with a particular interest in the construction of the canon of modern South African art. He has published a number of scholarly papers, book chapters and edited books on these and other subjects, and is frequently invited to speak on these and other subjects in national and international forums. In 2016 he was the South African curator of ‘Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning’ at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, the first exhibition of Matisse’s work on the African continent. Prof Freschi has active relationships with a number of professional bodiesand holda the following academic qualifications BA Fine Arts (Wits), BA Hons History of Art (UCT), PhD History of Art (Wits).
PROFESSOR FREDDIE CROUS, ACTING CHAIRMAN: DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY JOHANNESBURG
Freddie is a Professor of Industrial Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. In 1990 Freddie joined the programme in industrial psychology at the erstwhile Rand Afrikaans University, now the University of Johannesburg. From 1998 to 2002 he served as its programme leader. He has 22 years’ lecturing and research experience in a wide range of domains, such as consumer psychology, social psychology, career development, industrial psychological design, performance management, strategic management, organisational wellness, positive industrial psychology, facilitation of change, and coaching psychology. He obtained an M Com with distinction, with a dissertation in the domain of consumer decision-making. His doctoral thesis contributed to the contextualisation of entrepreneurship. He has published a variety of scientific articles, contributed to several books, and read papers at conferences both nationally and internationally. Freddie is a registered psychologist, and a member of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa. He served on the editorial board of the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology for 12 years, and is a consultant to various organisations and individuals.
PROFESSOR OPHILLIA LEDIMO COD: DEPARTMENT INDUSTRIAL & ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, UNISA
Prof Ledimo is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an Industrial Psychologist and a registered Social Worker. She holds a Doctorate in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She is Full Professor and Chair of the Department of IOP. She has led the Research Ethics Committee for the department of IOP. Prof Ledimo has supervised Masters and Doctoral students to completion of their degrees. She published articles and presented papers at international and national academic forums. She was awarded a Research Award by the College of Economic and Management Sciences (UNISA). Prior to joining Unisa, Prof Ledimo worked for FORD in the Human Resource Department managing the Employee Assistance Programme. She worked for Brunnel Institute of Social Sciences of South Africa (BIOSSA) as an Organisational Development Consultant. At BIOSSA, she was responsible for training, organisational development programmes and assessment / development centres. Prof Ledimo has consulting experience in the field of organisational development and psychological assessments within the public and private sectors.
LISA ASHTON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, BIOSS SA
Lisa has accumulated a wealth of consulting experience from a wide range of Human Resource and Organisational Change projects and interventions. Her areas of specialty include: Executive assessment; Succession Planning; Talent Management; Strategic Human Resource Planning and Coaching, she has a special interest in leadership and wisdom, women’s issues and diversity management. She firmly believes that leadership is about creating conditions for others to be successful. Lisa’s particular area of expertise is in the development of People Strategies to deliver on the Strategic Intent of organisations.

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OUR STORY

The HR Directors conference welcomes over 200 attendees and hosts solution providers each year. The conference is the largest and longest running event in Africa which attracts top HR leaders. For almost a decade we have helped shape HR capabilities in organisations through sharing knowledge and facilitating influential meetings.

Thousands of Rands have either been initiated, influenced or concluded on this platform. IBM, Oracle, Thomas International, 21st Century Pay Solutions, JvR, GIBS…just to name a few have all leveraged the HR Director’s conference as their once-a-year opportunity to meet and do business with new and existing customers.

Our mission is to maintain this forum as the industry meeting where HR leaders come and learn, share and explore strategies to ensure sustainable and bankable HR practice in their organisations.

Year on year the event provides our partners with access to top HR decision makers who traditionally are difficult to reach. We are proud to have hosted top employers such as Microsoft, Comair, Nedbank, Deloitte, Massmart, Shell, Oglivy & Mather, Pick N Pay, Old Mutual, Nestle, EY, Accenture and Unilver.

The HR Directors conference continues to provide the meeting place to buyers, sellers and their partners to do business that drive the HR profession upward.

This is the place where HR leaders find solutions to their challenges. Hundreds of Executives from across the country and other parts of Africa have attended the conference over the last 8 years. You should join us too! And we hope you leave the 2018 conference with new ideas and contacts to drive the industry forward!

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ABOUT THE PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Workshops 13 March 2018


Registration 07h30-08h30

Workshop 1 | People Analytics 101: It’s not what you know, but what you do with what you know

Full day workshop 09h00 – 16h00

The role of HR in a data economy

Data is the new currency and we have to work hard to acquire it, but more importantly, we need to make it work for us. People Analytics is the process by which we extract value from data. Value is created when we are able to answer questions that the business has about its people, but the greatest value is created by giving the business question which they haven't thought to ask.

There are two big challenges with people analytics:

1. Analytical Skills

There is a perception that to work with analytics you need a post-graduate degree in statistics. While there is some heavy lifting that needs to be done, we can start with some basic critical thinking by asking the 'what', 'how', 'why', 'where', and 'who' questions.

2. Data availability

Good quality data is notoriously difficult to find, maintain and manage. In this introduction we are going to work with some data that almost every organisation will have access to and start telling stories by combining simple data points together.

How to tell compelling stories with HR Data

  • What can you do with what you already have?
  • How do you turn data into insight?
  • What makes a story compelling?
  • How can analytics hyper-personalize actions?

Martin Sutherland, Global Director, PeopleTree Talent Analytics International


Workshop 2 | Competing through people: Put a strategic Talent Plan in place

Half day workshop 09h00 -12h00

Talent management will play a key role in the ability of organisations to compete successfully in the future given rising competition for key skills. Talent, alongside leadership excellence, are now the top two strategic people issues globally. These workshops cover the building blocks of crafting a strategic talent plan.

The workshop will cover:

  • the purpose and essential preconditions for strategic talent management
  • the building blocks of forming an integrated strategic talent plan
  • guidelines and best practice of sound strategic talent management
  • troubleshooting and dealing with derailed talent management

Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Former Professor and HOD, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg. Currently Visiting Professor at same Department

Leadership succession planning for the 21st century

Half day workshop 13h00 – 16h00

In today’s turbulent work environments, organisations need to place a premium on ensuring they have a viable leadership pipeline for the future. Having a succession plan to do this effectively is critical for fostering sustainable and competitive organisations. Yet the dynamism of these times requires more flexible and pragmatic approaches to leadership succession planning. Succession planning needs to factor in the changing nature of work, the changing demographics of workforces (with more than 65% comprising millennials) and the shift towards becoming more agile organisations.

This workshop will focus on:

  • The challenges experienced with current leadership succession planning
  • What are the implications for leadership of a shift to more agile organisations?
  • Emerging leadership capabilities as the foundation of succession planning
  • What are the critical success factors for leadership succession planning for the 21st century?
  • Making succession planning work for your organisation: Implementation guidelines & considerations
  • Dr Kathy Bennett, Leadership Coach, Adjunct Faculty Member & OD Consultant (Author of Living and Leading Through Uncertainty)







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