Dubai UAE

TALiNT Partners Middle East Summit

How are the best employers in the Middle East recruiting and retaining the skills they need?


02/11/2022 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM +04


Conference & Lunch


Talent Acquisition Leaders


Dubai, UAE
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About this Event

Date 02/11/2022 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM +04

Venue: Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai

How are the best employers in the Middle East recruiting and retaining the skills they need? 

Why attend this event?   

As employers across the Middle East face disruption, talent shortages, new employment models and increased expectations of equity, inclusion, and flexibility across the workplace, we will explore: 

  • How can Talent Leaders plan and deliver the skills needed to realise their strategic goals? 
  • How are new tools, digitalisation and approaches to employer brand, ED&I, and the candidate experience helping employers to compete for the best talent in a complex talent market? 
  • How can organisations hire for retention and increase internal mobility to reduce attrition into 2023? 
  • How can employers and staffing companies best work together to attract the best talent to the UAE and Middle East as global competition increases? 
  • How are recruiters adapting to their own talent and skills shortages and building their own employer brands? 
  • The Future of Talent Management in the UAE and across the Middle East 

What to expect: 

TALiNT Partners events are highly valued for the quality of speakers, senior delegates and insightful content. Expect a fast-moving morning of presentations, panel Q&A and roundtable discussion. We finish the event with the popular Talent Leaders Lunch in Sloanes restaurant.  

This annual event is a great opportunity for senior HR, Talent and Recruiting leaders to connect and learn with peers, discuss your challenges and discover new solutions to help you plan and prepare for 2023 and beyond. 

Who will attend? 

We have Talent Acquisition  & HR Leaders from a range of industries across the MENA Region.

This event is free for Talent Acquisition, HR and Recruiting Leaders.


  • Day 1 – Conference

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast & Registration
  • 09:00 - 09:15 Welcome & Introduction Ken Brotherston, CEO, TALiNT Partners
  • 09:15 - 09:35 The State we are in: The Global Talent Landscape Ron Thomas, Managing Director, Strategy Focused Group
  • 09:35 - 10:05 Panel Session: Global Talent Acquisition 2023: Disruption, Digitalisation, Transformation  Ron Thomas - Strategy Focused Group, Danish Khan - e&, Aws Ismail - Marc Ellis, Rahul Lal - i12WRK
  • 10:05 - 10:35 Roundtable Session Managing disruption & impact of ai and digitalisation 
  • 10:35 - 11:00 Coffee & Networking Break
  • 11:00 - 11:15 Fixing talent shortages by focusing on internal mobility, hiring for potential not experience and increasing retention Divya Agarwal, Head of Talent, VMware
  • 11:15 - 11:40 Panel Session: Growing Talent from Within – How can Internal Mobility and Employee Development Increase Retention and Tackle Talent Shortages for Employers in the Middle East? Divya Agarwal - VMware, Jonathan Rook - Sova Assessment, Ghenwa Habbal - Ford Middle East & Africa, Darren Grainger - NES Fircroft
  • 11:40 - 11:55 Interactive Session: Workplace Wellbeing Becky Playfoot, Occupational Therapist
  • 11:55 - 12:20 Roundtable Session - ED&I and Workplace wellbeing Creating an inclusive, healthy and thriving workplace
  • 12:20 - 12:45 Optimising your talent acquisition capability - building in agility & scalability Eman Aboulkhier, Recruitment Operations Director - MENATI & APAC, Baker Hughes
  • 12:45 - 13:00 Final Conclusions, Questions and Wrap-up
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Talent Leaders Lunch at Sloanes sponsored by NES Fircroft


  • ken brotherston TALiNT Partners
    Ken Brotherston TALiNT Partners Chief Executive Officer
  • Ron Thomas
    Ron Thomas Strategy Focused Group Managing Director
  • Divya Agarwal VMware Head of Talent
  • Danish Khan
    Danish Khan e& (Etisalat) Group Director of Talent Acquisiton
  • Aws Ismail
    Aws Ismail Marc Ellis Director - Leader of the Year (Winner 2021)
  • Eman Aboulkhier Baker Hughes Recruitment Operations Director - MENATI & APAC
  • Darren Grainger NES Fircroft
    Darren Grainger NES Fircroft - Middle East Managing Director
  • Ghenwa Ford Middle East & Africa
    Ghenwa Habbal Ford Middle East & Africa Regional Talent Management
  • Jonathan Rook
    Jonathan Rook Sova Assessment Managing Director (CPsychol AFBPsS)
  • Rahul Lal i12WRK Chief Executive Officer
  • Becky Playfoot
    Becky Playfoot CPsychol, AFBPsS Occupational Psychologist



9:00 AM - 2:00 PM +04
Event Category:


TALiNT Partners


Event Types
Conference & Lunch
Event Audience
Talent Acquisition Leaders
Event Intro
How are the best employers in the Middle East recruiting and retaining the skills they need?
Event Region
Dubai, UAE
Virtual / In-Person


Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai
Al Emreef St - Dubai Marina
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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