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HR Business Partner Conference | ONLINE CONFERENCE


Two-Day Online Conference: 12 and 13 August 2020

All presentations will be recorded and made available to delegates for viewing again after the event.

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In the last couple of months, we have experienced change like never before – due to the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace, much has changed in the world of technology; and much has changed in the world of HR.

The role of the HR professional is now in the spotlight. HR’s evolution will continue as current business issues place HR centre stage (e.g. the acceleration of the digital information age, enduring business continuity during crises) and HR needs to continually upgrade to respond.

The KR 2020 HR Business Partner online conference will address top HR Business Partner challenges during the coronavirus pandemic and explore how you can build high-performance HRBP competencies to successfully fill the role of strategic partner, employee mediator, operations and emergency responder, among others.

It’s an interesting time to be in the field of HR! Make sure you don’t miss this conference!

Conference Themes

HR Strategy: Management and Implementation
The evolving role of the HRBP
Agile HR Functions
Talent Management
Diversity and Inclusion
EVP and Employee Experience
Employee engagement and Performance
Change Management
Future of Work


  • Discover how the role of HRBP has changed in the “new normal” due to the impact of COVID-19
  • Find out about the competencies and professional make-up of the HRBP of the future
  • Discover how to translate your organisation’s strategy into an effective and actionable HR strategy (with a special focus on COVID-19)
  • Hear case studies from companies on how they have tailored their HRBP models under the current reality
  • Get insights and examples of improved business results through effective implementation of the HRBP role
  • Build a strong and credible relationship with line management from insights shared by our expert speakers
  • Learn the critical success factors for establishing and keeping employee engagement high within your organisation in spite of the coronavirus vortex


  • HR Business Partners
  • Human Resources Managers
  • HR Officers
  • HR Directors
  • Talent Managers
  • HR Consultants
  • Line Managers (who would like to collaborate better with HR)

For more information about the conference, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +2711 706 6009 .

Conference Programme

12 AUGUST 2020


Chairman’s opening remarks

Sam Shrosbree,
OD Specialist


Rethinking the role of HR: Health, safety and facilities management during COVID- 19

Trishana Maharaj
, HR & Health and Safety Director, G4S

10 Minutes Q&A


The HRBP’s Evolving strategic role: special focus on COVID-19

  • The critical importance of the role of the HR Business Partner in business strategy
  • Transforming the HR function through better business partnering, especially during the coronavirus pandemic
  • How to become a more effective partner to your line leaders

Pearl Maphoshe, Seasoned HR Leader (IPM HR director of the year 2018)

10 Minutes Q&A

10:05–10:30 Morning break


Competencies and professional make-up of the HRBP of the future

      • Changes in the business landscape and HR’s expected challenges
      • Looking into the future – what are the skills required for HR Business Partner success?
        • Becoming a fearless HRBP
        • Business Fluency
        • Crisis management – lessons learnt from COVID-19

Xolani Mawande, CEO, SABPP
Dr Jerry Gule, CEO, IPM
Pearl Maphoshe, Seasoned HR Leader (IPM HR director of the year 2018)


Creating a culture of recognition: the importance of an Employee Recognition
strategy to engage and retain top talent beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

Zia Atlee
, Head: Research, Knowledge Resources

10 Minutes Q&A


How to use HR Analytics to provide strategic advice to Line Managers in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic

Martin Sutherland, Director, Peopletree

10 Minutes Q&A

12:15–13:15 Lunch break


Rise of the internal talent market place
With the Coronavirus upon us, and more than ever, to ease the talent crunch (especially for sought-after skills), reduce employee attrition and increase intent to stay, HR should make it easier and more attractive for employees to move jobs internally. Learn how to build a vibrant internal labour market to better facilitate growth opportunities and increase employee retention. This session will unpack:

  • The talent marketplace and the future of work in relation to the coronavirus pandemic
  • How you can create a talent market in your organisation
  • Facilitating internal talent mobility

Jeff Phiri, Talent & Leadership Development and Corporate Learning, DHL

10 Minutes Q&A


Making Remote work, work – The power of Five

  • Leadership Competencies to effectively lead a remote team
  • 5 Team Practices to ensure successful delivery; and
  • 5 Essentials of a home office.
Janko Kotze, Managing Director and Industrial Psychologist, Human Interest

10 Minutes Q&A

Ask the Consultants

Janko Kotze
, Managing Director and Industrial Psychologist, Human Interest

Martin Sutherland, Director, Peopletree

10 Minutes Q&A

15:14 Wrap up and close day one
13 AUGUST 2020


Welcome by chairperson


Dealing with Corporate Politics in an ethical way

Niven Postma, Managing Director, Niven Postma Inc. Best-selling Author If you don’t do politics, politics will do you, KR Publishing

10 Minutes Q&A


Driving employee engagement through effective performance management

  • The intersection of employee engagement and performance management
  • How performance management can have a positive impact on employee engagement
  • Sharing effective management styles that HRBPs can use to create an environment where both engagement and productivity thrive

Xolani Mawande, CEO, SABPP

10 Minutes Q&A

10:05–10:30 Morning break


How to create a great Employee Value proposition and deliver a compelling employee experience
The coronavirus vortex has taught us that, it’s no longer enough for organisations to retain and motivate employees with compensation and benefits alone. These contractual rewards remain important and foundational, but during these unprecedented circumstances, employees expect and need more.
In this session you will learn how to:

  • Create a compelling employee experience in the “new normal”
  • Differentiate your employee value proposition with targeted rewards that respond to employee needs for wellbeing and purpose
  •  Drive employee motivation, satisfaction and commitment with a meaningful EVP

Melissa Padayachy, HR Specialist and Managing Executive, CMP Inspire

10 Minutes Q&A


How to be deliberate about D&I in your organisation during COVID-19

  • Learn the most innovative practices in embedding D&I initiatives into business practices during the current coronavirus vortex
  • Create a truly inclusive culture in your organisation: receive insights on how to enable inclusive leadership, culture change and internal buy-in

Samkelo Blom, Director and Diversity and Inclusion specialist, Nomatu Consulting

10 Minutes Q&A


Developing the skills of successful change management during and beyond COVID-19 for HR Business Partners
It’s inevitable - change affects all organisations. With the coronavirus crisis, its evident that leading change is not only for the Change Manager – the HR Business Partner also plays an integral role. As an HR Business Partner, how good are your change management skills in relation to our current reality?
Join Gareth Kingston and

  • Get equipped with the must have skills for managing change in your organisation
  • Unpack the key features of a successful change management strategy?
  • Explore the techniques required to implement and ensure a successful change management programme

Gareth Kingston, Senior Manager: Organisational Transformation, Deloitte

10 Minutes Q&A


Shaping organisational culture during COVID-19: how to drive a people culture strategy

Sarika Mahadeo – Diercks,
Senior OD Consultant, Woolworths

10 Minutes Q&A


Case study: A top employer’s journey towards an Agile HR function

10 Minutes Q&A

13:00–14:00 Lunch break


Mental wellbeing in the workplace: fostering grit, resilience and hope during a pandemic  

Lyn Muzondo
, HR Executive, Metropolitan

10 Minutes Q&A


HR operating models and the future of work: Why your organisations future demands a new kind of HR
How do you adopt an operating model of the future to upgrade the HR function’s strategy and management and help them achieve their goals of agility, customer centricity and operational efficiency? Find out more from Debbie Craig, MD at Catalyst in this session
Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst

10 Minutes Q&A

15:00 Close of conference


Pearl Maphoshe, Seasoned HR Leader (IPM HR Director of the year 2018)
Pearl is a seasoned HR practitioner and consultant. She has worked in Executive Director for HR positions at Aspen, Tongaat and Pick n Pay. Previously, Pearl came from South32 where she was Vice President Human Resources and Massmart Group where she was the Group Human Capital Executive. Prior to these positions, she was the Human Resources Director of Mass Discounters, the General Manager Corporate Services of Umgeni Water and has worked in various senior positions in transformation, procurement, Black Economic Empowerment and education at the University of Durban Westville, Telkom, Old Mutual, the National Independent Medical Aid Society and Kwazulu-Natal Society of Chartered Accountants. Pearl was a guest lecturer and external examiner on the MBA programs at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and a guest lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She established the Massmart Corporate University and created a new benchmark in the retail industry for education, talent management and executive succession planning, which are among her passions. Pearl was Chairperson of the Wholesale and Retail SETA until end of March 2018 and was also a member of the University of Zululand Council and used to chair the Human Resources Committee of Council until end of March 2018. Pearl is also a Board member at Knowledge Resources and holds the following qualifications BA (Hons), HDipEd (Durban-Westville), MA (London).
Dr Jeremia Majaheni Gule (known as “Jerry”), Chief Executive Officer, Institute of People Management (IPM)
Dr Jerry Gule is the CEO of the IPM (Institute of People Management). Prior to joining the IPM, Jerry founded Gule Executive Coaching (Pty) Limited in 2016 after successfully completing the International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified Coach Training programme at the University of Pretoria Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). During his career as an HR executive he was an internal coach and mentor to middle and senior managers. He continues to coach some employees from his previous employer and has a growing client base. Previously, Dr Gule was the General Manager: TOTAL Marketing Services Competency Centre (Pty) Limited. He joined TOTAL in August 2003 where he was first appointed Human Capital Consultant. Dr Gule holds a number of qualifications with his highest qualification being a Doctorate in Education (EdD) obtained from Harvard University.
Gareth Kingston, Senior Manager: Organisational Transformation, Deloitte
With over 16 years of experience in change management and learning, Gareth is an experienced Strategic Change Lead specialising in organisational transformation. He plays in the learning, collaboration and change space where he has delivered a number of complex initiatives across industries. He enjoys using innovative problem-solving techniques such as graphic facilitation, design thinking and experiential learning in delivering meaningful results to clients.
Melissa Padayachy, HR Specialist and Managing Executive, CMP Inspire
Melissa is a Human Resources Specialist with an industrial psychology educational background. She is passionate about seeing organisations thrive and is confident that the key to organisational performance is its people. Due to her highly scientific and problem-solving abilities, exceptional work ethic and superior people relationship skills, she swiftly moved up the Corporate ladder. She was an Executive Director of Human Resources before launching her own Coaching and Human Resources Consulting consultancy.
Samantha Nagel Head of Talent Acquisition; Rand Mutual Assurance
Samantha is currently employed as Head of Talent Acquisition at RMA. She has held various National as well as International Talent Acquisition portfolios and her experience ranges across industries including Financial Service, Consulting firms, Hospitality as well as Retail. Passionate about people and their potential, she is a true Specialist within the broader Human Equities space and flies the Talent Acquisition flag very high. The People Agenda is very close to her heart and she constantly engages her clients around the People Balance Sheet as well strategic metric that assist with growing businesses of significance. Samantha is currently studying towards her Masters in Industrial Psychology.
Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst Consulting
Debbie is the founder of Catalyst Consulting and holds a B.Comm, an MBA and is a qualified NLP practitioner, process facilitator, game ranger, reflexologist and Reiki Master. Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the field of strategy, leadership development, change management, talent management, high performance teams and organisational development. Her passion is transformation and empowerment. She has worked and consulted at leading local and global organisations in the private and public sector throughout Southern Africa and internationally.
Janko, Managing Director and Organisational Psychologist, Human Interest
Janko is an Organisational Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). His other qualifications include a BCom Sport Management, BCom Hons Industrial Psychology, Certificate in Marketing & Customer Centricity (Cum Laude) and an Intensive Coaching Training Accreditation (Cum Laude). He is the Founder of Human Interest, a bespoke talent management consulting firm that partners with organisations to create a high-performing, integrated talent ecosystem – characterised by highly motivated, engaged and committed people. He has extensive consulting experience and has designed and delivered people solutions across various industries.
Samkelo Blom, Founder, Nomatu Consulting
Samkelo is the Founder of Nomatu Consulting. Previously, he was the Group HR Executive at the Spur Corporation where he instituted Talent Forums together with other executives to identify, develop and review critical talent across the group. He was also responsible for Succession Planning, Career progression and Talent pools across the group globally and designed and implemented the Spur Leadership Development Programme (Assessment Centre, Executive Coaching. In 2014 as a first-time entrant he was instrumental in achieving the Deloitte Best Company to Work for the Spur Corporation. As a seasoned HR professional with background in Learning he has worked in various roles where he has been responsible for Talent Management (developing leaders, black graduates, gender empowerment, and talent practice together with solutions). Samkelo is also registered with SABPP and still continues to use his skill experience and wisdom to mentor and coach HR professionals. His energy, his voice (missed his DJ Radio calling) and passion for HR will surely challenge and inspire you.
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.

Sam Shrosbree, Organisational Development Specialist
Sam is the former Head of OD at Nedbank Limited. Prior to joining Nedbank she was Head of Organisational Effectiveness at Liberty for three years. She has over 15 years of experience and holds an MBL degree. She is currently studying towards a doctorate in strategy execution through human capital.
Xolani Mawande, Chief Executive Officer, SA Board of People Practice (SABPP)
Xolani Mawande is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the SA Board of People Practice (SABPP), an HR professional and a quality assurance body of South Africa. He is overall responsible for the new 2030 SABPP Strategy referred to as ‘THE PEOPLE FACTOR’ as the world gears itself in the 4IR era. Xolani is a strong supporter of youth emancipation through quality education and continues challenging HR professionals to be professional and competent and to master Digital HR, HR Analytics and Metrics in order to add greater financial value to their organisations. Xolani is registered with SABPP as a Master HR Professional and is a member of the Institute of Directors in SA. Previously he was the SABPP COO for about five years and before then worked in both public and private sector in the financial and people development sectors for over 18 years.
Jeff Phiri, Director: Talent & Leadership Development and Corporate Learning, DHL Express
Jeff Phiri is the Director: Talent & Leadership Development and Corporate Learning for Africa at DHL Express Pty Ltd. He is a Certified International Manager from NKD Learning UK. His employment career spans over 25 years and has held various positions at Executive level in three continents (Africa, Middle East and Asia). He operates out of South Africa and Ethiopia. A global Nomad Jeff has worked in UAE, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Singapore. He sits in various boards in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia and has greatly benefited in interactions with various stakeholders, boards and corporates. He runs a Mentorship Program aiming to develop leadership capabilities across Africa. Jeff holds a BSc (Hon) in Economics degree and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Lyn Muzondo; Human Capital Executive; Metropolitan Life
Lyn Muzondo is the Human Capital Executive for Metropolitan Life. In this role, her highest priority is to ensure that Metropolitan has effective people solutions that enable the business to succeed whilst building profound human connections. She is an Organisational Psychologist with experience in Human resources and organization development which includes leadership development, coaching, employee experience, team effectiveness and change management. Lyn’s purpose is to enhance individual and team growth through various methodologies.
Sarika Mahadeo-Diercks, Senior OD Specialist, Woolworths
Sarika an Organisation Development (OD) professional with a particular passion for Change Management. She is also a skilled and innovative facilitator. Her career history spans management consulting for a global organisation with experience across multiple projects and industries, and Human Resources experience for large national and multinational organisations. She has spoken at conferences on various OD topics for over the past few years. She is also a keen advocate of mindfulness and integrating it into the workplace. On a personal level, Sarika feels strongly about family time with her husband and 14-month old son. She is passionate about developing people having mentored a number of young professionals. She is also an integral life coach and is currently in the process of establishing a bespoke coaching programme for moms. Sarika holds a Social Science Degree in Psychology, Post Graduate qualifications in Human Resources and Business Management, and an Associate Coaching Certificate.

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HR Business Partner Online Conference 12 and 13 August 2020
All presentations will be recorded and made available to delegates for viewing again after the event.    
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