The Agile Working Event UAE 2018

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The Agile Working Event is a one-day conference in Dubai for HR, Estates and facilities business leaders. The Agile Working event brings together the most senior industry audience across multiple sectors to debate and consult on the future of work, and of whom have responsibility for implementing smarter ways of working as more and more organisations consider an agile working approach.

The event was inspiring and the sessions were informative, thought provoking and engaging. Lots of positive initiatives to take back to our workplace – thank you!

HR Director, HP

This event explores the workplace of the future, whilst it continues to challenge and evolve workplace practise and new and existing policies when it comes to the way a business functions.

New ways of working is now a boardroom discussion and The Agile Working Event includes a programme of influential speakers, debating panels, workshops and networking sessions where delegates can ask questions, exchange ideas and share experiences on a subject that has the potential to change the world of work, forever.

A genuine opportunity to step out of the office and see whats going on in the world of smarter ways of working.

Head of Real Estate, Investec Bank

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Hessa Al Ghurair, Chief Human Resource Officer, Commercial Bank International
Hessa Al Ghurair, Chief Human Resource Officer, Commercial Bank International

Hessa is the Chief Human Resource Officer of CBI and appointed Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ziad Hasbani, CEO, Weber Shandwick
Ziad Hasbani, CEO, Weber Shandwick

With more than 20 years experience in the communications industry, Ziad leads the Weber Shandwick Middle East and North Africa network.

Dr. Mansoor Anwar, Senior Director, du
Dr. Mansoor Anwar, Senior Director, du

Dr. Mansoor Anwar has worked in many senior roles since joining du in 2009. Most recently, Senior Director-Employee Wellness & Happiness

Gabriele Metz, Head of Talent Management RMEA, Ericsson
Gabriele Metz, Head of Talent Management RMEA, Ericsson

Gabriele has experience in many different specialties in HR spanning across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Kabila Bhatporia, HR Director, JLL
Kabila Bhatporia, HR Director, JLL

Kabira has managed all HR related activity for Jones Lang LaSalle for the MENA region since 2014.

Linda Holbrook, HR Business Partner, AXA Insurance (Gulf)
Linda Holbrook, HR Business Partner, AXA Insurance (Gulf)

Linda is HR Business Partner for AXA Gulf.Linda has many years experience leading organisational change & is also the I&D lead for the Gulf.

Event Agenda

08:15 – 09:00 Registration and Networking


09:00 – 09:10 Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks


09:10 – 09:40: Opening Keynote Address

Winning the Talent Challenge – have you got what it takes to be the UAE’s top employer?

In this session hear how to get to grips with strategies for linking business diversity and flexibility to talent acquisition and retention and understand what employees value to define a path for successful growth and talent management!

Speaker to be announced shortly


09:40 – 10:10: Leadership Panel

‘Agile’ Perspectives from the Boardroom

  • What does a convincing argument for agile working look like?
  • What role does the C-suite play in framing, shaping and implementing an agile business culture?
  • Overcoming internal barriers
  • The bottom line – assessing the costs of agile

3 leading executives from some of the UAE’s leading companies will take to the stage to discuss tactics and strategies for creating more agile work environments to foster innovation and growth in an era of rapid change!  

Ziad Hasbani, CEO, Weber Shandwick


10:10 – 10:40: Case Study Session


10:40 – 11:10: Networking Break


11:10 – 11:40:  Pinpointing Cultural Commonalities to Promote Increased Workplace Collaboration

As much as we all need to respect the differences between cultures if companies focus on commonalities and what unites   groups of employees this will allow for increased collaboration and lead to heightened business performance! How is diversity good for your business and what can be done to use cultural differences to a competitive advantage!

Nicolina Kamenou-Aigbekaen, Professor of International Human Resource Management and Diversity Management at the College of Business, Zayed University 


11:40 – 1210:  ‘New Ways of Working’ – how AXA is enhancing workforce engagement  

Get up close and personal with Linda Holbrook, to gain hard-hitting insight into what AXA are doing internally to enhance engagement with its workforce and the knock on effect this has had on productivity, communication and wellbeing.

Linda Holbrook, HR Business Partner, AXA Insurance (Gulf)


12:10 – 12:40: Fireside Chat:  ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy:  Fostering a Culture of Engagement and Prosperity by Understanding What Makes People Happy

Employers need to have deep understanding about their employees and make sure the expectations of their staff are met. How can
people centric strategies designed to increase employee happiness empower employees to achieve goals and sustain business growth?

Dr. Mansoor Anwar, Senior Director – Employee Happiness Human Capital & Administration, du


12.40-13.45: Networking lunch


13.45-14.15: Creating a Collaborative Workspace

  • The top 3 benefits of collaborative working
  • Facilitating a culture of collaboration – what does a collaborative workspace look like?

Andrew MacDonald, Regional Design Manager, Standard Chartered Bank


14:15 – 14:45: Case Study Session



Leveraging Mentoring and Coaching Circles to Increase Employee Satisfaction

In this session hear how Ericsson is using coaching as a vehicle to increase employee satisfaction and happiness in their professional and personal lives.  What are some top tips for setting these coaching services up?

Gabriele Metz, Head of Talent Management RMEA, Ericsson 


15.15-15.45: Double- Header Case Study

Leveraging Technology to Narrow the Gap Between the Physical and Digital Workplace

  • Adopting new technologies to increase staff productivity and satisfaction and improve workplace culture
  • Supporting colleagues ‘on the move’ to enable greater efficiency and productivity
  • Enabling teams to think, work and learn together
  • Improving engagement, happiness and retention in the modern workplace
  • Technology as an enabler for people and organization growth
  • Balancing needs and costs

Hessa Al Ghurair, Chief Human Resources Officer, Commerical Bank International 


15.45– 16.15: Networking Break

People Over Process – Fostering an Agile Culture to Win the Competitive Edge in the Digital Today!

Technology, globalisation and demands for a better work/life balance have driven the need for companies to promote more agile working practises; often placing people before process.  Hear first hand what an agile business culture looks like and how to create a killer blueprint for success and to gain boardroom buy-in!

Kabira Bhatporia, HR Director – MENA, JLL 


16.50-17.00: Closing remarks from the chair



Please join us on the lawn to watch the fountains and for some canapés to close the conference. 


Future of Work Insights

Future of Work Insights

Future of Work Insights provides global insight, intelligence and the latest trends around the future of the workplace

Herman Miller

Herman Miller

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The Palace Hotel
Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates