The Cyprus Human Resource Management Association (CyHRMA) organized yet another successful Annual Conference. The 2023 Conference took place on the 18th of May 2023, at the Ktima Kousioumi Oriental, in Nicosia with about 220 delegates; professionals, experts and academics from the HR sector.
Starting with welcoming speeches were delivered by the President of the Board, Mrs. Elena Stavrinou, the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance Mr. Yiannis Panayiotou, and Mr. Michalis Antoniou, the Director General of Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation (OEB); all expressed their thoughts of the future challenges and trends of the industry, the significance of this event and the Association’s work in general were acknowledged. Also, during the conference, Mrs. Elli Matsouka Board Member and Mr. George Phylactou, Member of IHRD Committee, presented a speech on «International HR Day» and Chat GBT and Artificial Intelligence respectively.
The Conference showcased the most up-dated, innovative and thought-provoking HR trends as well as the future challenges the sector will face. An elite group of global speakers shared their insights, experiences and ideas with the participants on the future role the HR function has to play and the forthcoming business success.
The five (5) subject matter experts who delivered keynote presentations were:
Kim Ades is the Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching™ and The Journal That Talks Back™. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of leadership coaching and thought mastery, Kim uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help leaders identify their blind spots and learn to direct their thinking to achieve extraordinary results. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mom of five, Kim’s claim to fame is teaching her powerful coaching process to leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs worldwide. She urged the audience to “Dream Big” and stay focused on what they really really want and what is stopping them from having it.
Mohamed Mossilhy is a master trainer and experienced HR and L&D professional with extensive experience in talent development projects. He currently heads the learning and performance management activities in Leejam Sports (the biggest sports chain in MENA). He has over 18 years of experience working in transformation projects including, digitalization, merger and acquisition and helped several organisations facilitate change using people-focused strategies with big organisations in different industries including sports, consulting, real estate, retail and hospitality. Mohamed’s proposed ways on how to increase employee engagement in 10 weeks and advised leaders to be “visible” and never to copy and paste what other companies are doing.
Katja Schipperheijn is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, author, learning strategist and guest lecturer on innovations that supports learning and growth in an increasingly fast-changing world. As keynote speaker, she focuses on the added value that the symbiosis between humans and machines has to offer to achieve sustainable growth with a focus on engagement and well-being. In doing so, she inspires by looking to the future through the eyes of children and young people who will soon be part of the future of work. Her inspiring book ‘Learning Ecosystems’ in which she neither shuns hypes such as the Metaverse nor supports old dogmas about learning and learning strategies. Often provocative, she offers insights and tools that support a future-oriented strategy to grow from continuous improvement, together with employees, the organization and society. Katja suggested that an intelligent symbiosis between humans and technology must be created, people should never limit their self believes, and when they want to innovate, they must slow down, go to nature and be inspired by it.
Natasa Nirou a highly experienced corporate yoga instructor and wellbeing coach with a passion for helping professionals reduce stress and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. With over a decade of experience in the field of yoga and meditation, Natasa has honed her expertise through extensive training in asana technique and physiology, Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness meditation, and relaxation techniques. She performed a revive session where everybody participated and enjoyed the exercises.
Christopher Armitage leads the Human Capital Portfolio for Deloitte Consulting in the Middle East. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience, across various industries including Financial Services, Central Government, Energy & Resources. He has led major organisation and HR transformation projects across the globe. His speech was on “Shaping HR’s Response to Today’s Market Realities” and recommended three key elements to become a successful professional, such as to set up the right priorities, have the right team and manage key relationships.
The expert speakers charmed the audience with their fascinating topics and unique presenting angles.
We sincerely thank all our Sponsors of the 2023 Conference. Their contribution was decisive in creating an unforgettable Conference. The event was sponsored by Deloitte as Gold Sponsor, Unicars, GRS Recruitment, Evalion-SHL and XM as Silver Sponsors, AlphaMega, Human Asset Ltd, CARDET Ltd, Deltasoft LTD, Supernova Consulting Ltd, Vassos Eliades Ltd, Hellenic Bank and Central Bank, as Bronze Sponsors. Media Sponsor was Alpha Cyprus. The Conference was supported by Mbloo as well as the Institutional supporters which were the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance and the Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation (OEB).
by Katja Schipperheijn
In this inspiring yet often provocative keynote, we try to imagine the speed of innovation and its impact on our organisation and lives. We start from a picture of the future and innovations that are already having an impact today. Will new innovations take over our jobs? Will we soon all have to work in the Metaverse? Will our brains be connected to each other to think together as one Superbrain? These imaginings are often frightening, yet many of them may be less of a distant future than we think. In this reality, we can become more human by developing future-oriented competences that support our wellbeing and, in the process, the agile growth of the organisation and, by extension, society.
During this keynote, you will not only be inspired by the future, but you will also be given tools to get started with future thinking and innovation yourself. For you as a person and to turn your organisation into a learning ecosystem based on continuous improvement.
Katja Schipperheijn is an internationally recognised keynote speaker, author, learning strategist and guest lecturer on innovations that support learning and growth in an increasingly fast-changing world.
As keynote speaker, she focuses on the added value that the symbiosis between humans and machines has to offer to achieve sustainable growth with a focus on engagement and well-being. In doing so, she inspires by looking to the future through the eyes of children and young people who will soon be part of the future of work.
As an author, Katja gained international fame with her inspiring book ‘Learning Ecosystems’ in which she neither shuns hypes such as the Metaverse nor supports old dogmas about learning and learning strategies. Often provocative, she offers insights and tools that support a future-oriented strategy to grow from continuous improvement, together with employees, the organisation and society.
Besides her work with multinationals, startups and universities, she draws her energy as a philanthropist among children. For their guidance, she already wrote the book Digital Citizens in 2018 (Dutch) to support parents and educators. She is also founder of the sCooledu foundation with which she reached more than 15 000 children who participated in her workshop on digital citizenship.
by Μohamed Mossilhy
This interactive session aims to help leaders and people professionals to develop straight forward cost effective solutions to retain employees during these turbulent times in relation to address retention issues through the great resignation and quit quitting using applicable ideas.
Mohamed is a master trainer and experienced HR and L&D professional with extensive experience in talent development projects. He currently heads the learning and performance management activities in Leejam Sports (the biggest sports chain in MENA).
He has over 18 years of experience working in transformation projects including, digitalization, merger and acquisition and helped several organisations facilitate change using people-focused strategies with big organisations in different industries including sports, consulting, real estate, retail and hospitality.
Speech: Thinking Strategies of Extraordinary HR Leaders
by Kim Ades
When we examine extraordinary leaders, we find a common thread. Leaders of this calibre share similar thinking strategies. During this highly interactive and engaging session, you will take a deep look at your own thinking to determine how it is impacting your results both personally and professionally, and you will learn the thinking strategies of the most successful leaders. You will learn tangible techniques for overcoming your most significant leadership obstacles. Be prepared to see the world through a new lens – the lens of an extraordinary HR leader!
Kim Ades (pronounced add-iss) is the Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching™ and The Journal That Talks Back™. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of leadership coaching and thought mastery, Kim uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help leaders identify their blind spots and learn to direct their thinking to achieve extraordinary results. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mom of five, Kim’s claim to fame is teaching her powerful coaching process to leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs worldwide.
Speech: Shaping HR’s Response to Today’s Market Realities
by Christopher Armitage
2023 feels a very different place to 2019. The “great disruption” and “great resignation” swiftly followed the pandemic and have highlighted the complexities inherent in a global workforce. Although the core demands on HR are the same as they have always been, a new set of business and talent priorities are emerging which require a considered approach from HR. In this session we will outline the impact of key trends impacting wider talent market and how HR can position itself to help their organisations respond to meet them
Mr Christopher Armitage leads the Human Capital Portfolio for Deloitte Consulting in the Middle East. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience, across various industries including Financial Services, Central Government, Energy & Resources. He has led major organisation and HR transformation projects across the globe
by Natasa Nirou
Natasa Nirou is a highly experienced corporate yoga instructor and wellbeing coach with a passion for helping professionals reduce stress and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. With over a decade of experience in the field of yoga and meditation, Natasa has honed her expertise through extensive training in asana technique and physiology, Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness meditation, and relaxation techniques. Natasa’s understanding of the corporate environment comes from her own background as a project manager for a cutting-edge digital agency. She has witnessed firsthand the effects that office conditions can have on our physical and mental wellbeing, and she believes that yoga in the workplace can be an effective way to reduce stress, increase strength and flexibility, and improve mental clarity for a better and more productive work experience. As a corporate yoga instructor, Natasa focuses specifically on the lower back, neck, shoulders, and hips, creating a customized experience for employees that is both unique and enjoyable. She brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to every class, helping professionals to achieve greater physical and mental balance and wellbeing. Additionally, Natasa is currently undertaking a mentoring program on the Iyengar Yoga method, further enhancing her expertise in the field of yoga and wellbeing.
Deloitte Limited is among the leading professional services firms in Cyprus, providing audit & assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services, as well as a complete range of services to international business, through over 800 people in Nicosia and Limassol. Deloitte Limited, is the sub-licensed affiliate for Cyprus of Deloitte NSE LLP, a UK limited liability partnership and member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Please visit www.deloitte.com/cy to find out how Deloitte in Cyprus is making an impact that matters. As part of the Deloitte global network, with approximately 415,000 people in over 150 countries and territories, Deloitte Limited has the advantage of global sharing of knowledge with local adaptation and personal approach, built on the solid foundations of over 60 years of successful operations on the island.
For 32 years we support 10.000+ companies to transform their business through the power of people, by combining occupational psychology with data science. Our experienced occupational psychologists and our innovative, scientifically proven tools can help companies of any size to attract, evaluate and develop their most important asset, their people. Our world-class solutions include: More than 1,000 psychometric tools, AI-powered virtual solutions, HR training courses, Assessment and Development centers, HR consulting services, and more
The GRS Group provides solutions in Permanent, Temporary and Contract Recruitment, Payroll Outsourcing, HR and Outplacement Solutions, Salary Benchmarking, CV Writing/Career Guidance and Hogan Personality/EQ Assessments.
Managing a vast range of career opportunities in Cyprus, we mix our unrivalled expertise, specific industry knowledge, exceptional online presence, and an extensive network with the largest candidate database, giving our clients access to the best human capital and talent.
Since 2005 we have placed thousands of candidates to advance their careers and meet our client’s strategic objectives. Our high-quality service is consistently committed to excellence where confidentiality, for both client and candidate, are at the forefront of our priorities. In this highly competitive market where finding and retaining top talent can be incredibly challenging, it has never been more critical to engage the services of GRS.
UNICARS, with its headquarters in Nicosia, is the importer of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, CUPRA and Škoda cars and is the authorised provider of Service & Parts for Lamborghini in Cyprus. Also, UNICARS is engaged in the commercial vehicles industry through Unicars Pro Solutios, the representative of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ΜΑΝ Truck & Bus AG and Neoplan in Cyprus. Furthermore, UNICARS is a major force in the local car rental sector through its subsidiary Uniwheels – the franchisee of SIXT Rent a Car in Cyprus
XM is a large and well-established global industry leader. Our extensive financial experience, state of the art trading environment and dedicated customer support makes XM the broker of choice for online investors. With its headquarters in Cyprus and offices in the US, UK, Australia, Greece and UAE, XM currently employs more than 1000 professionals. Our vision is to shape the future of online trading with innovation and excellence as well as pave the way for the next generations to come. Our people – across diverse cultures – unite their expertise and passion to keep us in the lead as a BIG, FAIR and HUMAN broker. As we stand for the exemplary standard of our core values, we take the extra mile to nurture talent and reward high performance.
We are a team of Human Resources professionals, passionate about delivering exceptional service in Recruitment, new Generation Performance Management systems, Salary Surveys as well as L&D solutions. Established in 1998, we take a Growth Mindset approach toward helping our clients transform their human capital into genuine human assets.
ALPHAMEGA’s story began in 1997 when the Charalambides Hypermarket in Nicosia was acquired by Mr Andreas Papaellinas. This store became known for 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. 20 years onwards the Company is a Hypermarket chain, operating at 19 salespoints across the island of Cyprus and employing more than 2000 individuals, including its Head Office and Warehouse Facilities personnel, thus rendering the Hypermarkets as one of the largest employers in the country. Constantly striving for innovation, ALPHAMEGA became the first Company to introduce self-check-out tills and a full e-commerce shopping experience to their customers. At ALPHAMEGA, customer satisfaction is our number one goal. 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. We take pride not only in offering the best to our customers, but also in offering the best to our personnel. Our front-line people are a vital part of our puzzle, as they are the ones who make our customers choose us for their shopping experience.
Established in 2004, CARDET is the leading independent research and Education Centre in Cyprus and one of the preeminent ones in the Euro-Mediterranean Region with a longstanding and diverse transnational work in the fields of education, training, skill development, new technologies, social affairs, digital skills and sustainable development. Additionally, CARDET benefits from a wide network of partners and associates at a local and transnational level, participating in international partnerships and networks, forging multi-level cooperations with renowned academic, government and private institutions. The Centre is also independently affiliated with YALE University, the University of Nicosia and the International Council of Educational Media and is a member of the European Association for the Education of Adults and the All Digital pan-European Association.
Over the course of its operations the Centre has amassed considerable experience and expertise in the development and offering of innovative vocational training programmes that correspond to modern trends and practices to build the capacities of professionals and organizations. Specifically, it is the first organisation in Cyprus to introduce and offer training for Chief Happiness Officers along with practical and engaging workshops on Talent Management and Hybrid work for executives and leaders. It also offers tailor made training and consultations for organisations and companies on employee wellbeing, performance management and other HR topics.
In today’s fast-paced and fast-growing environment where technology is constantly evolving, Deltasoft guides organizations along the path of innovation and digitization through the adoption of the latest technologies. Deltasoft provides consulting services and software solutions, specializing in Human Resource and Payroll management. The company was founded in 2008 and since then follows a course of continuous development and evolution, with a specialized team of consultants and a wide range of services offered through the AltusSF SuccessFactors product. With more than 15 years of experience, Deltasoft emphasizes on the most important factor of an organization, its Human Resource. AltusSF SuccessFactors is a complete software solution for managing personal and corporate employee data, organizational structures, attendance and absence, payroll, reporting and automating processes such as recruitment, appraisal, promotion/reward, company exit, training and development.
Deltasoft helps companies to streamline their HR management processes through AltusSF, resulting in increased productivity and consequently contributing to the effectiveness and sustainability of organizations. A strong advantage of the AltusSF solution is that it offers a powerful tool to put people at the front seat, gather employee experiences and optimize them to yield better results.
Hellenic Bank is one of the leading financial institutions in Cyprus. It provides businesses and households a full spectrum of competitive banking products and services including insurance services through its two insurance subsidiaries (life and general insurance companies). With strong capital adequacy and robust liquidity Hellenic Bank is at the forefront of financing the growth and transformation of the island’s most important industries and businesses. The Bank’s success is based on its customer centric, personal approach and the wide range of products and services it offers. Hellenic Bank accelerated its digital transformation and introduced first-class technologies to its digital channels offering seamless customer experience.
Supernova Consulting is a leading consulting, technology and outsourcing services firm serving clients in more than 30 countries. Combining unparalleled industry experience with leading technology offering, together with its clients, Supernova Consulting creates anddelivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. For over a decade, we’ve built a firm to help our clients accelerate business performance and realize their most important goals.
Vassos Eliades Ltd was founded in 1933 and is one of the biggest trading companies in Cyprus. Its main activities are the importation, sale and distribution of consumer goods through all the trade channels of the market. The range of products distributed is wide, ranging from foodstuffs, alcoholic beverages, mass market consumer goods, luxury watches, jewellery and accessories as well as fitness equipment. Vassos Eliades Accessories is a subsidiary of the group and operates a network of exclusive boutiques throughout Cyprus including Montblanc, Swarovski and VE Very Exclusive shop.