CyHRMA Annual Conference | 6 June 2018
Nicosia, Hilton Park

Be part of the largest and best HR Event in Cyprus!

The Cyprus Human Resources Management Association (CyHRMA), organized its 2018 Annual Conference on 6th June 2018 at Hilton Park, Nicosia.

The conference witnessed above 200 delegates, proving that after the overwhelming success of the previous years’ conferences, the CyHRMA Annual Conference has been established the premier destination for HR leaders in Cyprus.

Delegates were mainly Human Resource Professionals. The conference showcased the most disruptive and innovative HR trends.

The Conference began with welcoming speeches by the President of the Board of Directors, Mr. Panayiotis Thrasyvoulou, who welcomed the participants and thanked them for their presence in this important event for the Association. He also thanked Mr. Alexandros Alexandrou for attending the Conference on behalf of the Minister as well as for the Ministry’s decision to place the Conference under its auspices, acknowledging once again this great meaning to the Associations values.

An elite panel of global speakers was selected to share insights and ideas on the evolving role of the HR function as well as how we should be approaching this new era.

4 industry experts delivering keynote presentations:

Perry Timms a global & TEDx speaker, consultant and award-winning writer on the future of work took us through his vision, model and ways of being to describe the HR metamorphosis for a transforming world of work.

Alexander Grabner-Jarlung dazzled everyone on “The Art of Storytelling”. Alexander took everyone on a journey, or actually several journeys making each one to feel the power and the progression of strategic storytelling. Delegates had the opportunity to ‘experience’ the effects of good storytelling, but most importantly, got the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of why and how storytelling works.

Nebel Crowhurst spoke about embracing a culture of constant feedback in performance management. River Island is three years into a transformation from a traditional performance management approach towards a coaching style of support and feedback. Nebel Crowhurst, Head of Talent at River Island, said that the principle behind the change is the notion that meaningful conversations should be happening all the time, rather than solely during the end of year appraisal.

Ian Bailie with 15 years’+ experience in driving innovation and enabling strategic transformation within HR discussed how companies can prepare for the Future of Work by embracing a data-driven mindset in HR that will empower their people and help drive meaningful conversations with the business about engagement, talent strategy and workforce planning.

It was an extremely valuable day which managed to endeavor in bringing best minds on one platform providing opportunity for debate, discuss, and dissect evolving trends, key issues and challenges.

The event provided a stage gain insights, inspiration, and tools that will enable to bring the best to the practice of human resources in the complex, and ever-changing space of HR environment.

We would like to sincerely thank all Sponsors of the 2018 Conference. Their contribution was decisive in creating an unforgettable Conference. The event was sponsored by Deloitte as Gold Sponsor and CIIM Silver Sponsor, Alfa Mega, Homemate, Stylianos Christoforou Law Firm, Unicars Bronze Sponsors and CyBC as Media Sponsor. The Conference was supported by ΟΕΒ, Audiovibe and Mbloo.

Speakers & Sessions

Speech:HR Transformation
by Perry Timms

We are seeing some of the most challenging, disruptive and yet opportunistic times in the lives we live and the work we do. More than we’ve seen since some of the big shifts in the industrial revolution of the 19th and 20th centuries.

HR as a profession, is a product of the shift from production lines and manual labour, to the cognitive and creative ways we now serve people, build products and create platforms. Yet with more to come, it feels like HR is in need of a metamorphosis all of its own. Both to be more relevant and supportive to the people and the business of the future; and to help those people and the businesses of the future be smart, agile, and fair. Join Perry Timms as he takes us through his vision, model and ways of being to describe that HR metamorphosis for a transforming world of work. Helping us to reimagine the people profession and answer the question “So what’s’ HR ever done for us?”

Speaker’s Biography

Perry Timms is a global & TEDx speaker, consultant and award-winning writer on the future of work, HR & learning; which was recognised by his inclusion on HR’s Most Influential Thinkers List for 2017. He is Adjunct Faculy at Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School. Perry’s first book “Transformational HR” has already become an Amazon.com Top 30 HR seller.

You can find Perry online at www.pthr.co.uk or on Twitter (@PerryTimms) and his blog Medium.com/@PerryTimms

Speech:Performance Management
by Nebel Crowhurst

Traditional performance management processes can be ineffective when it comes to increasing performance and motivation. As a result, organisations and HR teams are returning to the drawing board and re-designing continuous feedback approaches that are tailored to their specific needs. Hear how two organisations are creating new, efficient systems by:
•upskilling line managers to deliver effective coaching conversations
•linking individual and team performance to the outcomes of their business unit
•reducing the focus on appraisals to make room for a new feedback system.

Speaker’s Biography

Nebel Crowhurst: Gr owing a career in Learning & Talent Development Nebel joined River Island in 2015 and leads people development initiatives across the entire business including; Head office, Retail, Distribution Centres and International Retail. Having spent the previous 7 years building a multi award winning Learning & Development function at Virgin Holidays Nebel has experience of people development at all levels from apprenticeships through to leadership development and talent identification. Nurturing a highly credible L&D team that aims to educate everyone uniquely is an ongoing priority; Nebel is focused on delivering development solutions which have a demonstrable business impact as well as improving employee experience.

Speech:The Art of Storytelling
by Alexander Grabner-Jarlung

Alexander Grabner-Jarlung will take you on a journey, or actually several journeys making us feel the power and the progression of strategic storytelling. The seminar will give you insights to the power of storytelling, practical and simple techniques on how to enhance your stories and most amazing of all, how specific stories change our biochemistry. Our brain is created, or rather completely optimized, for storytelling. With new studies literally pouring down around the topic we are now able to pinpoint, at a neurological, psychological and biological level, exactly why storytelling is so powerful and how to use it effectively to persuade, either with the purpose of selling, convincing or teaching someone something. In this lecture, you will experience the effects of good storytelling, but most importantly, you will gain a deeper understanding of why and how storytelling works. Just like all our other lectures, we will introduce several practical techniques and tools, in order for you to be able to deliver a story that sells, are convincing and creates memories within the listeners brain. The lecture is practical, useful and entertaining.


• The brain on storytelling
• Which hormones storytelling triggers and their differentiating psychological effects
• Effective Storytelling techniques — the world’s most effective communication tool
• Simple and effective techniques to enhance your stories.
• Stories of inspiration and practical tips

Speaker’s Biography

Alexander Grabner-Jarlung: To provide the tools to people who increases the chance and the possibility of success are the reason why Alexander Grabner Jarlung gets up in the morning. Teaching and inspiring in presentation, communication and storytelling skills in Europe and in the USA. With a half a decade of working with governments, major businesses and enterprises worldwide the passion of the spoken word is what he is most excited about. He has devoted his life studying and learning with the help of David JP Phillips and his methods for the last 10 years, the ability to convey these wonderful skills that will help people communicate in ways that have never been seen before. Based on every proof and science of how the human brain works, putting neurology and psychology together with the art of presentation and communication have created a unique organization that is leading the way for others. David JP Phillips and Alexander Grabner Jarlung has been giving out the whole box full of tools from day one and keeps on doing that 365 days a year. Right now Alexander is handing out to all of humanity the way that storytelling can change the presentation society that we live in today. With more than a decade of being in sales in different positions in Scandinavia, Alexander Grabner-Jarlung is now the CEO for David JP Phillips organization in the USA and a senior consultant at David JP Phillips organization based in Sweden. He have been working all over the world and have meet people from all different cultures, letting them become great in communicating with other human beings… because it’s a skill, not a talent.

Speech:People Analytics
by Ian Bailie


As the expectations of candidates and workers shift based on their career demands and experiences with consumer technology, organizations need to make sure their people, and an investment in People Analytics, are at the centre of their people strategies to attract, retain and engage their employees.
Ian Bailie will discuss how companies can prepare for the Future of Work by embracing a data-driven mindset in HR that will empower their people and help drive meaningful conversations with the business about engagement, talent strategy and workforce planning.


• How to get started in People Analytics and create a culture of data-driven decisions
• How to help managers, HR and senior leaders make informed decisions about their people on a daily basis
• How companies can build flexible talent pools and pinpoint which workers have the right skills, where they’re located and how much they cost
• How to get great results with a combination of simple analysis and dashboards as well as more complex analytics and advanced HR technology
Learn how to achieve these same things without an army of data scientists, just a mindset and framework to find a critical business problem and the right data to help find a solution.

Speaker’s Biography

Ian Bailie has 15 years’+ experience in driving innovation and enabling strategic transformation within HR and currently works as an advisor and consultant for start-ups focused on HR transformation and People Analytics. In his previous role as the Senior Director of People Planning, Analytics and Tools at Cisco Systems, he was responsible for delivering the tools and insights to enable and transform the planning, attraction and mobility of talent across the organisation globally. Ian is passionate about HR technology and analytics and how to use both to transform the employee experience and prepare companies for the Future of Work.

by Sylvia Ioannidou

Human resources management is the process of managing people in a structured manner with a focus on developing a work force which can effectively help the organization to meet its objectives. Studies show an increase in occupational stress which has an adverse effect not only on the health and wellbeing of the individual but also on the health of the organization.

In the frenetic world of today where management principles are being turned on their heads there are some principles and precepts which are constant and which can help in the development of human resources in such a way that the health of the organization and the health of the bottom line is safeguarded. In this short talk we will see how the science of Yoga – techniques & practices- can be helpful.

Speaker’s Biography

E-RYT® 500 Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher https://www.yogaalliance.org
Contact: +357 99 435632 | Email: Omtheyogastudio@gmail.com
Owner & founder of OM theyogastudio & thegardenstudio in Cyprus | affiliate school of Pyramid yoga center Thailand RYS® 200, RYS® 500 Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance https://chakrayogacyprus.com

Yoga teacher, educator, life explorer and traveler….
Silvia has been studying and practicing yoga for 25+ years. A very early touch with yoga & eastern philosophy (started from home & hobbies at the young age of 12) which continued to flourish throughout her life, led her to an endless exploration of travelling and studying in Asia for the last 18 years (Thailand, India, Philippines, Bali, Cambodia).
In 2007 she decided to leave her 10+ year job (Fashion Retail Management World / studied fashion Milan Italy in the 90’s) and traveled to Thailand to study with, Yoga Master David Goulet the science of yoga (a unique and comprehensive self-development teacher training program). Since then to today together with her partner in life Christos Georgiou they have been studying and working closely with their Teacher David Goulet.
She wants to share Yoga with the world in the way that it was intended – as a spiritual science designed to awaken us to our highest potential – lineage-based, handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years in an unbroken chain of personal transmission. Her main concern is to help each student realize their fullest potential and assist them to reach their level of zest for living “Love for life”. Her love and dedication to teaching and to her students shines through in all of her classes and trainings.
She lives in Cyprus; however, she often travels abroad to study and teach.


Gold Sponsor

Deloitte Cyprus is among the nation’s leading professional services firms, providing audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services through over 650 people in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte’s more than 245,000 professionals are committed to making an impact that matters.
Our Human Capital Services, part of the world’s largest HR Consulting Firm, with over 7.000 HR professionals, provide unrivalled breadth and depth of services to help our clients maximize the value of their people and to support business improvement and change. We differentiate ourselves by delivering strategic and practical HR solutions which range from helping companies align their people and business strategies to reorganising their service delivery models and improving their HR systems and policies. We support a wide clientele that consists among others the most recognized organisations in Cyprus and internationally.

Silver Sponsor

CIIM – The Cyprus International Institute of Management is a non-profit international business school established in 1990 by a group of business leaders and a team of prominent academics representing some of the world’s top business schools. Our aim has been to draw on the best professors, in graduate management education irrespective of location and make their talent and experience available in Cyprus. To accomplish its mission, CIIM has pioneered the modular educational model. This gives our programmes exceptional flexibility, enabling working students to focus on a specific subject within a short yet intensive time period. Academic programmes offered: MBA, MSc Human Resource Management & OB, MSc Business Management, MSc Financial Services, MSc Business Intelligence & Data Analytics, MSc Εκπαιδευτική Ηγεσία & Διοίκηση. The CIIM Executive Education Centre, the arm of the Business School, has developed a wide range of programmes and solutions to meet the developmental needs of all staff, from operational level to chief executive. CIIM, also operates the ENTICE centre – Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre, that launched at the end of 2013, specialising in consulting services, education and mentoring for the creation of innovative new ventures (start-ups) and in the improvement of the competitiveness of existing innovative enterprises.

Bronze Sponsors

Stylianos N. Christoforou & Co LLC is a boutique law firm established in 2005. Through constant innovation and hard work, we are proud to offer you a fully- fledged, modern law firm, compliant with international best practices. During the years, our team has always been looking for a constructive change, yet our core values and approach to you have remained the same.

We have successfully represented hundreds of businesses and individuals by providing custom-made legal consulting and litigation services including Corporate matters, Employment Law, Industrial Relations, Property Investment Recovery, Banking and Family Law and more.

Our proven track of Employment Law cases includes consulting of hundreds of HR professionals as well as representing Employers in all pioneer High Court cases related to Transfer of Undertakings. Outside the Courtroom, Stylianos N. Christoforou has handled one of the major Industrial Relations Cases in the Republic, representing 180 employees.

Our law firm also specialises in Data Privacy Law and GDPR. We are proud to be the first Law Firm in Cyprus to offer GDPR consulting and DPO as a service to help businesses break-through the complex nature of this regulation and achieve compliance. It is worth to mention that Stylianos is a Tuv Austria certified Data Protection Officer, which enables him to handle any GDPR related matter.

“Homemate Cyprus Ltd” is part of the AMS Group (www.alfmizziandsons.com), a leading Maltese conglomerate involved in various sectors of the economy and operating in a number of countries. Established in 1998, Homemate Co. Ltd is Malta’s largest Home Improvement Centre. At Homemate, we specialise in products that are great value for money, while ensuring that we provide a superior level of customer service.

One can find a wide range of products related to home improvement, from bathroom accessories to paints, coving, curtains and accessories, textiles, bedding, power tools, hand tools, household appliances to a wide range of dining ware, white goods, electronic goods, plastic ware, kitchen accessories, cleaning products, children’s products and various electronics, such as TVs and sound systems. At Homemate we stock everything needed to make your house a home.

AlphaMega is one of the largest and most well – known hypermarket chains in Cyprus. Its story begun in 1997 when the Charalambides Hypermarket in Engomis, Nicosia, was sold to Mr Andreas Papaellinas, the owner of C.A. Papaellinas Emporiki Ltd. This hypermarket became known as a store offering the finest and most varied selection of local and imported goods to its customers. In 2002, the hypermarket was renamed to ‘AlphaMega’, and the company expanded with the opening of its Acropolis store. This new Hypermarket introduced a new way of shopping, where both the customer and the trolley were carried from the ground floor to the first floor on a special escalator. In 2004, the company acquired and renovated a local supermarket in Larnaca, namely ‘Fthini Gonia’. In October 2007, C.A. Papaellinas Emporiki Ltd expanded to Limassol with the opening of a modern facility, offering the Limassol people the quality and elegance that only AlphaMega knows how to achieve.

In 2011 the ‘Green Valley’ supermarket in Deftera was turned into a store which was new to the AlphaMega family; namely, it was called ‘AlphaMega Fresh & Easy’ – it offers the same product quality that AlphaMega is known for, but it is a smaller-sized store. In late 2011 the company expanded to Paphos with the opening of a state-of-the-art facility. 2013 was a year of great expansion. AlphaMega opened new stores in Scarinou, Kolossi and Kapsalos (both located in Limassol) and Larnaca (this store was named Larnaca – Central). The Limassol-Marina convenience store opened its doors in August 2014, marking the 11th opening of an AlphaMega store.The chain welcomed its fourth hypermarket in Nicosia – and its 12th store – in October 2016 in the Latsia area. The AlphaMega quality and service can now be found in this warm, modern and medium-sized space. On the 25th of March 2018, the Alphamega Kiti Hypermarket opens its doors, increasing the Company’s personnel number to 1470.

At AlphaMega Hypermarkets, customer satisfaction is our highest priority. Our team works efficiently and collaboratively to make sure that everything, from product quality and variety to quality of service, lives up to our clients’ expectations and we take pride in making your shopping a pleasant experience.

UNICARS is the exclusive importer and agent for Volkswagen, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and Volkswagen Commercial vehicles and for Ducati motorcycles, and the authorised Service & Parts Partner of Lamborghini in Cyprus. UNICARS also participates in the heavy-duty vehicles sector via its subsidiary ΜΑΝ Sales & Services (Cyprus) Ltd, the agent for ΜΑΝ Truck & Bus AG in Cyprus and in the rental car sector via its stake in Uniwheels which is SIXT Rent-A-Car’s franchisee in Cyprus. The company employs more than 200 people and maintains nine Showrooms and five Workshops for the Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Audi and Volkswagen Commercial brands all over Cyprus. For Lamborghini and Ducati Motorcycles, after-sales services are offered in Nicosia. UNICARS is certified with the Quality Management System of the Volkswagen Group which includes quality standard ISO 9001:2015 and the company adheres to all other Volkswagen Group quality standards and requirements. Unicars ranks consistently amongst the top in new motor vehicles sales and has a strong client base with more than 30,000 active customers. The company’s mission is to offer the most reliable means of automotion, offering people a sense of safety, uniqueness and independence.

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