TALiNT Middle East Conference:

Building successful and inclusive organisations for the future

3rd Nov 2021
8:30 – 14:30
Free for
Recruitment & HR Leaders
Grosvenor House Hotel
El Emreef Street
Dubai Marina

About the Event

As in many parts of the world, Covid-19 has hastened changes in the talent landscape and exacerbated skills shortages in the Middle East. Employers are now fighting for talent and skills not previously considered. As we come out of the pandemic, talent leaders have a huge opportunity in this region to redefine their strategies in order to find – and keep – the right talent and build diverse, fair and inclusive companies. 

On 3rd November we’re bringing together senior industry leaders to connect at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai to share knowledge and source solutions to their talent challenges. This fast-paced event will combine insight from senior talent leaders and solution providers delivering insight, experience and expertise through punchy presentations, panel Q&A and roundtable discussion 

The event ends with our popular networking lunch on the stunning terrace to give you the opportunity to reconnect with peers in a relaxed setting. 

Speakers & Topics

The overall event theme is how to build successful and inclusive organisations of the future. A broad range of topics will be covered including attracting the best talent, developing your employer brand, engaging diverse talent, creating a better candidate experience, assessment, using the right technology, automation, using data, onboarding and more – all feeding into the overall theme. 

Who Can Attend?

Tickets are complimentary for senior HR and TA leaders, recruitment directors and industry leaders from a variety of employers, staffing and RPO businesses operating in the Middle East. If you are a supplier, please contact andy@talint.co.uk for sponsorship and ticket information. 

The Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai operates a safe Covid secure policy and follows social distancing protocols so please reserve your ticket early to ensure you have a place. We can safely accommodate up to 100 guests. 

Why Join?

  • Learn a lot, be inspired – a wide range of topics are covered with expert speakers sharing analysis, insight and knowledge covering the full spectrum of issues relevant to talent acquisition and management, ensuring you’re energised and full of ideas.
  • You’re in good company – participants are all senior professionals involved in hiring.
  • Share your challenges and knowledge with engaging Q&A and discussion opportunities.
  • Meet relevant suppliers in a collaborative environment for advice and market insight. We curate our sponsoring partners to ensure their solutions are relevant to what you do.
  • Connect with peers – meet your industry peers from varying sectors.


Andy Daniel

Commercial Director
TALiNT Partners

Ken Brotherston

Managing Director
TALiNT Partners

Rej Wilkhu

HR & Talent Acquisition Lead

Khairunnisa Mohamedali, PhD

Chief Innovation Officer
The Smarty Train

Peter Hogg

Director Talent Acquisition
Middle-East & Africa at Schneider Electric

Ghenwa Habbal

Regional Talent Management
Ford Middle East & Africa

Ahmed Saleh

Managing Partner
Antal International

Darren Grainger

Managing Director - Middle East
NES Fircroft

Becky Playfoot

Occupational Psychologist AFBPsS

Jonathan Rook

Managing Director (CPsychol AFBPsS)
Sova Assessment Ltd

Nihal B. Hammad

Director, Human Resources
Albatha Healthcare Group

More speakers to be announced soon


  • Each session consists of two fast moving talks. Our speakers will share challenges, case study, insight and take away solutions. There is time for a Q&A and we’ll have the opportunity to share our own experiences at the roundtable discussions. The event ends with the popular Talent Leaders Lunch where you can relax with your peers and enjoy the gorgeous restaurant at the Grosvenor House!

Session 1: Adapting to new client & candidate demands

  • 08:30 - 09:00: Registration, Networking and Refreshments
  • 09:00 - 09:05: Welcome & Introduction - Andy Daniel, Commercial Director, TALiNT Partners
  • 09:05 - 09:45: Session 1 - how has the pandemic changed the shape of demand planning in talent and skills attraction in the UAE?
  • 09:05 – 09:20 – Peter Hogg, Director Talent Acquisition,  Middle-East & Africa at Schneider Electric
  • 09:20 – 09:35 – Darren Grainger, Managing Director – Middle East, NES Fircroft 
  • 09:35 – 09:45 – Q&A
  • 09:45 - 10:25: Session 2 - The talent drain - how can internal mobility and employee skills development counter flight risk for employers across the region?
  • 09:45 – 10:00 – TBC
  • 10:00 – 10:15 – Jonathan Rook, Managing Director (CPsychol AFBPsS), Sova Assessment Ltd 
  • 10:15 – 10:25 – Q&A
  • 10:25 - 10:45: Refreshment Break and Peer-to-Peer Networking
  • 10:45 - 11:15: Round Table Discussions
  • 11:15 - 11:55: Session 3 - Driving ED&I in the UAE and Middle East
  • 11:15 – 11:30 – Ghenwa Habbal, Regional Talent Management, Ford Middle East & Africa
  • 11:30 – 11:45 – TBA 
  • 11:45 - 12:15: The Talent Panel - Q&A Session with our speakers
  • 12:15 - 12:30: Final Conclusions - Andy Daniel, TALiNT Partners
  • 12:30 - 14:30: The Talent Leaders Lunch


2020 Testimonials

"Great event with interesting speakers and topics. It was also a very good networking event! Would definitely recommend attending."
Mornay Schoeman
Inscape Education Management
"Well organized event, bringing together influencers, decision makers and candidates."
Deepa Hegde
TRAC Search & Selection

3rd Nov 2021

08:30 – 14:30

Free for
Recruitment & HR Leaders

Grosvenor House Hotel
Al Emreef Street
Dubai Marina