Annual Conference & Expo 2016


                         CyHRMA Annual Conference & Expo
                                               15 June 2016
                                                                     Nicosia, Filoxenia Conference Centre

      Speakers         Sessions         Sponsors         Exhibitors         Presentations


Οn the 15th of June 2016 the Cyprus Human Resource Management Association (CyHRMA) organized its Annual Conference at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia with the participation of a large number of HR professionals. Once more, the Annual Conference established by now in the Cyprus business community and recognized as one of the most important and valuable events in the field of Human Resource Management, was completed with great success.

The 2016 Annual Conference was an excellent learning and networking opportunity for professionals, academics and students in the field of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. The “Exhibition (EXPO) Experience” was added this year, a new feature that enabled participants to interact even more and get insight into the latest HR innovations and trends. The EXPO hosted services and businesses which operate in the sector of Human Resource Management, as well as companies that wished to have access to the HR Professionals Network.

The Conference began with welcoming speeches by Mr Panayiotis Thrasyvoulou , Conference Chairperson and Secretary of the CyHRMA Board of Directors, Mr George Pantelides , President of the CyHRMA Board of Directors and Mr Alexandros Alexadrou , Director of the Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, who represented the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance Mrs Zeta Emilianidou.

This year's Conference hosted forward-thinking speakers from Cyprus and abroad who shared their experiences and presented specialized knowledge, innovative ideas, practical and tested solutions and practices as well as recommendations which HR Professionals can implement.

The first keynote speaker was Mrs Maria Provelegiou, HR Director of the company Unilever Greece & Cyprus. Through her topic titled “What are the factors that will continue to shape the HR Agenda and what Unilever does to prepare for this change” Mrs Provelegiou made a reference to the trends that currently exist within the new world of VUCA (Volatility - Uncertainty - Complexity – Ambiguity) we are all living in and how these trends affect the HR Agenda of organizations.

The second keynote speech followed by Mr Eleftherios Paraskevas, Talent Manager, Northern Europe of the company Procter and Gamble titled “Diversity and Inclusion: the Future of Talent Management”. Mr Paraskevas spoke about Talent Management which, will remain relevant and effective only to the extent it can follow the trends of an increasingly diversified workforce. Attraction, selection and retention, as he mentioned, need to be fully integrated with a strategic approach to Diversity and Inclusion.

After the end of his speech, a short break followed within the Exhibition area.

Then, all participants gathered in the main Conference room to attend the Panel Discussion with the participation of four Cypriot CEOs who debated on the topic “What CEOs expect from HR”. The four CEOs were: Mr Alexandros Diogenous, Chief Executive Officer of Unicars, Mr Christos Mouskis, Executive Chairman of Muskita Hotels, Mr Christos Papaellinas, Chief Executive Officer of C. A. Papaellinas and Mr Panayiotis Papaphilippou, Managing Director of P&P Ice Cream Group. Coordinator of the Panel Discussion was Mr George Pantelides, President of the CyHRMA Board of Directors. Topics discussed, among others, were:
1. What are the expectations of CEOs from HR taking into account the current business challenges;
2. How can the role of Human Resource Professionals strengthen and how they can participate more actively in strategic issues;
3. What behaviours and abilities HR Professionals must possess in order to win trust from both the staff and the management;
4. What are the behaviours required by HR Professionals during the implementation of 'tough' decisions within an organization.

The participants posed several questions related to the topics under discussion and the invited CEO’s responded with interesting answers within the framework of the Cyprus reality and their own experience.

A short presentation followed by Mrs Valentina Kislaya, President and Founder of Leaders and Image titled “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, or Creating Leadership in the Corporate World”.

Then, it was time for the First Part of the Parallel Workshops to take place. Participants were divided into three (3) different groups according to their own preference and participated in the following parallel workshops:
Apple Project
– Facilitator: Mrs Zoi Zachariadou, People & Culture Director of ISS Facility Services S.A.
Promotion of holistic health within Piraeus Bank. The opportunity in adversity!
– Facilitator: Mrs Evi Chassapoyianni, Senior Manager, Human Resources & Organizational Learning of Piraeus Bank Group
Talent Management
– Facilitators : Mrs Maria Sergiou, Head of HR of MTN Cyprus and Mrs Ioanna Savva Ioannou, HR L&D and Talent Manager of MTN Cyprus

The primary aim of the Conference’s workshops was to present practical applications/innovative projects that were implemented within the organization of the Facilitators/Coordinators and had a real impact.

Lunch followed where participants had the opportunity to network again within the Exhibition area.

After that, the SecondPart of the Parallel Workshops took place with the following topics:
Applying Field Coaching on Sales
– Facilitator: Mr Marios Mouzouris, Human Resources Manager of Leroy Merlin Cyprus
Transforming Corporate Culture – 7 Insights from the Celestyal Cruises journey–
Facilitators: Mrs Taleen Tchalikian, Human Resources Director at Celestyal Cruises & Mr Paris Thomas, Director – Change Strategist at Open Box Communication
Integrating Succession Planning in Talent Management Strategy: Key for Sustainable growth
– Facilitator: Mrs Nita Jha, Head of Group HR & Support Services of MSC Shipmanagement Limited

The closure of the Conference followed late in the afternoon.