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HR Directors Conference 2018

Growing the influence and impact of HR in Organisational Strategy


10 July 2018: Pre-Conference Workshop
11 July 2018: One-day Conference
AVANI Hotel, Gaborone, Botswana


Human Resources is now a key player in organisational strategy.

With the continuous growth of the Botswana economy, and the country’s commitment to increasing business performance, it is now mission critical that Human Resources professionals move from supporting players to leading roles in organisational strategy. But what does this shift mean for your HR department?

Find out at the HR Directors conference Botswana to be held at AVANI hotel, Gaborone on 10 and 11 July 2018.

As the longest running and most respected authoritative industry gathering for HR Directors on the continent, the HR Directors conference is spreading its wings from its South African base and will be hosted in Gaborone, Botswana for the first time since its inception!

The conference provides you an opportunity to engage with leading HR experts as they discuss and analyse strategies which will enable you to launch or advance your organisation’s HR capabilities.

The 2018 event themed, “Growing the influence and impact of HR in Organisational Strategy” focusses on unlocking the potential of people productivity, increasing efficiency and effectiveness in work practices and HR’s crucial role in the development of the organisation’s leaders.

You will receive practical insights to shape the future direction of work, the workforce and the workplace. You will also find out how you can grow your influence in the boardroom – thus creating an agile vision for the future of business.

With almost a decade of experience hosting the industry's most talked about conference on the continent, you can't afford to miss the first ever HR Directors conference in Gaborone, Botswana.


The 2018 HR Directors conference programme has been carefully designed to assist HR leaders in creating value and providing the tools, competencies and capabilities to playing a key role in bringing life to the organisations strategy as well as provide a platform for sharing tactics that will guide strategic growth.
  • Content Pillars address critical components of creating a high-performance organisation
  • 12 senior industry leading speakers, a pre-conference workshop and comprehensive topics on the conference day address the most pressing challenges for HR leaders at the moment
  • Topics and key learnings are thoroughly curated with each speaker
  • Network and learn from your peers with 2 days of dedicated content – as leading organisations share their HR strategies.

2018 Theme

Growing the influence and impact of HR in Business Strategy

Key Content pillars

  • HR Strategy
  • Leadership & the boardroom
  • Macro environmental factors for decision making
  • Human Capital trends
  • HR Analytics
  • Talent Management
  • Organisational culture and connectedness
  • HR Operational excellence


  • Learn skills and stay up-to-date: No matter how long you've been in HR, chances are there is still something you need to learn. Trends, new strategies, and innovations in HR happen all the time; to stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity like this that provides you with the full range of HR knowledge
  • Obtain practical take home insights and implementable strategies from top HR leaders
  • Benefit from proactive dialogue and purposeful collaboration between all stakeholders involved in HR management
  • Experience an environment that’s guaranteed to make peer-to-peer connection and contacts happen
  • Gain unlimited online access to updated and verified conference information that will serve as a helpful resource long after you have attended this conference.

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




REGISTRATION | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources registration staff


Chairperson’s welcome
Dineo Modimakwane,
Managing Director, Knowledge Resources


The CEO and HRD – a true people-focused partnership


Purposeful leadership: gearing up HR leaders to lead through tough times and a  changing business landscape

10:00 – 10:30 MORNING BREAK


Addressing top labour and human capital management challenges

11:15- 12:00

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

12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH

13:00 – 13:45

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

13:45– 14:30

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

14:30– 15:15

The dark side of leadership- the challenge for HR in leadership development

15:15- 15:30 AFTERNOON BREAK

15:30 - 16:15

Key essentials for engaging and retaining employees in the battle for talent

16:15 - 17:00

Closing panel discussion: Growing HR influence in the boardroom

17:00 - 17:15

Conference wrap up and integration of key learnings


Close of conference and cocktail function begins


Guests depart at leisure  

Conference Speakers

Speaker line Up to follow soon

Sponsors and Exhibitors


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!

Want to get involved as an exhibitor, sponsor, media partner or find out other ways in which you can let key decisions makers know about your companies offerings? contact Keel.

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Keel Heubner



Workshops 10 July 2018

Registration 07h30-08h30

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

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-personalise actions?
  • How do you create a sustainable source of quality data?

Martin Sutherland, Global Director, PeopleTree Talent Analytics International

About the facilitator

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.


  Price (Excl. VAT) 
Pre-conference workshop only: 10 July 2018

P 2 500.00
One-Day Conference only: 11 July   
P 5 999.00
Pre-Conference Workshop & Conference: 10-11 July  
P 8 500 .00 (Save P 999)

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking, workshop and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements

Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.


Please note that you will automatically be registered and invoiced for this event.



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