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Reimagining HR Business Partnering


Pre-Conference Workshop | 20 April 2021
Two-day Conference | 21 – 22 April 2021


Matching the people agenda with the business agenda has never been more critical for HR!

Following the advent of the novel coronavirus, never has there been a time when HR has been so fundamental in business strategy, with the people at the centre of everything.

A significant change is taking place in the workplace culture – the pandemic has accelerated existing trends and brought about a wider acceptance and adoption of hybrid working. The speed at which we are seeing businesses take a serious look at agile workplace strategies over the last few months is exponential! Many organisations have been seriously considering future office plans and we have seen big names such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, BP, PwC taking active steps to offer their employees more flexibility over how and where they work in the long term. Undoubtedly, the hybrid workplace has become the new normal and a permanent part of organisational life.

This year the KR HRBP conference will equip HR professionals with insights on how to make the hybrid workplace model successful in order to ensure agile, adaptive and innovative organisations within our new world of work.

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
  • HR Technology
  • Employment law and Covid-19
  • Future of Work


  • Discover how the role of HRBP will change in the new world of work
  • Hear case studies from companies with the best HRBP models
  • Get insights and examples of improved business results through effective implementation of the HRBP role
  • Learn how to create a meaningful workplace through driving purposeful organisations
  • Discover how to translate your organisation’s strategy into an effective and actionable HR strategy
  • Build a strong and credible relationship with line management after hearing how to be an internal consultant
  • Learn the critical success factors for establishing and keeping employee engagement high within your organisation


  • HR Business Partners
  • Human Resources Managers
  • HR Executives managing and developing
  • HR Practitioners
  • HR Directors
  • Talent Managers
  • HR Consultants
  • Line Managers (who would like to collaborate better with HR)


For more information contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba for more information +2711 706 6009 |


To book your seat contact Magdeline Matlatse on +2711 706 6009 |


DAY ONE • 21 APRIL 2021


Welcome and opening remarks by chairperson


Scene Setter - HR – At the Centre Stage

Panellist: Donald Khumalo, HR Director, JSE


Thriving in the age of hybrid work: The role of the HRBP in managing a hybrid workforce culture  

  • Creating the hybrid workplace – key success factors
  • Cultivating hybrid talent in your organisation
  • Fostering a positive hybrid culture

Speaker: Russell Coleman,
HR Director, Beiersdoff
25 minutes Discussion and Input from:

  • Dr Thuli Thabudi, Group Human Resources Executive, Spar Group
  • Jerusha Reddy, Human Capital Business Partner, Adapt IT

10 Minutes Q&A

10:30–11:00 Morning break


International keynote: Creating adaptive organsiations – the role of the HR Business Partner

  • How to build an organisation that is resilient and sustainable
  • Understand what should be stable and what should be dynamic in adaptive organisations
  • Leverage and build HR Capability
  • Utilise design thinking, insights and data
  • Increase transparency, cross-functional work and shared responsibilities
  • Accommodate changing jobs, skills, rewards and careers

Marianne Roux, Director, Roux Consulting

10 Minutes Q&A


Case study: Managing and implementing HR strategy in a hybrid workplace

  • Strategising for business continuity during lockdown
  • Adapting HR strategies to the hybrid landscape

Tswelo Kodisang, Group Chief People Officer, Discovery

10 Minutes Q&A


HR Agility: the new game changer in hybrid workplaces

  • Organisational agility as a strategic imperative
  • Agile adaptability in uncertain times
  • Exploring the capabilities needed to shape an agile organisation

Vanessa Martens, Managing Director, EOH Agile

10 Minutes Q&A


The Hybrid workplace and talent acquisition

  • Developing an effective recruitment strategy for the hybrid organisation
  • Hiring in a remote world – exploring online screening methods, tech and platforms available

  • Suhail Ramkilawan, People Measurement Practice Lead: Organisational Effectiveness, Momentum Metropolitan 
  • Marna Van de Merwe, Talent Lead, Momentum Metropolitan
  • Francois de Wet, Industrial Psychologist and Director, Wamly

10 Minutes Q&A

13:20–14:00 Lunch break


Case study: Learnings on effective onboarding in a hybrid workplace environment 

  • The old-world vs the new world- new employee onboarding and integration in the hybrid workplace
  • How can we generate excitement for remote/hybrid new hires?
  • Building a tech enabled onboarding process
  • Integrating new hires into the company culture

10 Minutes Q&A


Case Study: Building and scaling culture with a remote/hybrid workforce

  • Enhancing a one team culture virtually – lessons learned
  • Creating a culture of continuous engagement within hybrid environments

Lerato Thelejane, People and Change, BCX

10 Minutes Q&A


Transformational HR

10 Minutes Q&A

16:50–17:00 Wrap up and close day one


DAY TWO • 22 APRIL 2021


Welcome and opening remarks by chairperson 


Managing employee experience in turbulent times: new realities and insights for HR professionals

  • How to build and lead an engaging hybrid organisation
  • Redesigning your employee experience to inspire and retain your workforce
  • Leading a flexible working team
  • The hybrid workplace - shaping the future of employee experience in the new norm

Andy Golding, Employee Experience Specialist, Still Human

10 Minutes Q&A


Unleashing employee mental wellbeing in extra ordinary times

Prof Karen Milner,
Associate Professor: Psychology, University of Witwatersrand, Author of Mental health in the workplace, KR Publishing  

10 Minutes Q&A


Employment law during Covid-19 and in hybrid workplaces  

  • Legal updates for employment law during Covid-19
  • What are the obligations for employers?
  • Can you coerce your employees to be vaccinated?

Jason Whyte, Director, Norton Rose

10 Minutes Q&A

10:30–11:00 Morning break


Championing D&I: Why we can’t lose workplace Diversity and Inclusion to the Coronavirus

  • Covid-19 impact on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Examining the South African context – how are organisations dealing with it?
  • Encouraging Inclusive leadership in a hybrid workplace

Dr Preeya Daya, Executive Director, The Leadership Dialogue, Co-author of Diversity in South Africa, KR Publishing

10 Minutes Q&A


Case Study: Managing change in a re-imagined workplace

  • Navigating to a new hybrid workplace
  • Effectively leading change in the hybrid workplace
  • Influencing the strategic change agenda
  • Achieving successful change in a hybrid world

Andee A Uren, Executive Head: Organisational Effectiveness, Nedbank

10 Minutes Q&A


Addressing performance challenges in the new world of work

Effective performance measurement, management, and accountability have always been a challenge for most organisations. In this suddenly almost exclusively virtual world, where it’s much easier for employees to become almost invisible, how can we recognize and reward great performance and also deal with performance challenges? Join Craig, to unpack strategies for fostering high-performance within hybrid teams.

Craig Raath, Executive Director, 21st century

10 Minutes Q&A

12:30–13:30 Lunch break


Unpacking the popular HR tech trends and how these can benefit your organisation

Jo Doyle-Went,
Senior Manager: Human Capital Transformation, Deloitte
Robert Sutherland, Business Development Manager, Deloitte

10 Minutes Q&A


International presentation: Using people analytics to drive employee engagement in the age of remote/hybrid work

Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri,
Manager, Global People Research & Analytics, McGraw Hill

10 Minutes Q&A


Building psychological safety in a hybrid team

Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall, Founder, SynEnergy Consulting

10 Minutes Q&A

15:15–15:30 Close of conference


Speaker line up to follow soon…

Pre-Conference Workshop | Sponsors and Exhibitors

20 April 2021
Pre-conference workshop


Building future capabilities to navigate an unpredictable world


The world of work is changing exponentially as rapid technological innovation and global forces are compelling businesses to disrupt traditional industry models and adopt new digital strategies and skills to compete. This requires new future-fit thinking, habits and capability to learn, adapt, experiment and fail fast. We also need creative strategies and tools to be effective and build relationships and teams remotely.


Traditional business and people engagement models are no longer relevant. By applying the neuroscience and bio-chemistry of learning and change, we can unleash potential, creativity, focus, energy and enhanced performance. We can learn how to cultivate the identities, beliefs and habits of curiosity, creativity, courage, change, consciousness, critical thinking, collaboration and contribution… and thereby change organisations from the inside out.


We need to take time to examine our foundational belief systems and automatic neural pathways …. AND then consciously and powerfully cultivate and embed new neural paths and habits that are more empowering and effective. Embark on a journey to understand how to PowerUp your brain and build each of these core capabilities aligned to team or organisational culture. Create the thinking, beliefs, processes and habits for curious, creative, focused and effective individuals and teams.

What will be covered:

  • Top future trends and capabilities
  • Neuroscience of choice and change
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Courage and change navigator
  • Conscious and critical thinker
  • Collaborator and contributor

Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst, Author of several books including recently published book “Power Up8: Discover the 8 critical capabilities to navigate an unpredictable world


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

For more information and to book your seat contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba for more information +2711 706 6009 | busie


To register for the Pre-Conference Workshop Click here.
To register for the Two-day Conference Click here.
P.S. Delegates that will be attending both the workshop and conference are required to register separately on the 2 links above
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the login details.

REGISTRATION FEES | 15% Early bird special till 15 March 2021
  Excl. VAT
HR Business Partner Online Conference   
Option 1: HRBP Conference and Pre-Conference workshop 20,21,22 April 2021
Early special R 4463
R5 250.00 Excl.VAT
Option 2: HRBP Pre-Conference Workshop | 20 April
Early special R 1913
R2 250.00 Excl.VAT
Option 3: Two-day HRBP Conference | 24,25 April
Early special R 3825
R4 500.00 Excl.VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
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.

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