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CYHRMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

Our Speakers

Amy McKeown

Amy McKeown is an award-winning health, mental health and wellbeing consultant. She coaches organisations of all sizes to build strategies with are both innovative and measurable, whilst providing unique expertise in implementing said strategies. Amy is also a respected thought-leader within her field, sharing her advice regularly on LinkedIn and at speaker events such as Mad World.

“Do Workplace Health Right”

‘Do Workplace Health Right’ – Why Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing is a Board Level issue and how to build change at an organisational level.

An exploration into why workplace health, mental health and wellbeing needs to be taken seriously at Senior Levels and what frameworks to use to write and implement wellbeing strategies with impact.

Donald Clark

Donald Clark is a Learning Tech Entrepreneur, Professor, CEO, Author, Researcher, Blogger and Speaker. An expert in AI for Learning, he literally wrote the book on the subject. He has spent 38 years in delivering learning through technology.As the CEO of Epic Group plc, he established it as the leading company in the UK online learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005 and been involved at all levels of investment – angel, VC, growth, PE and IPO. As well as being the CEO of Wildfire an AI learning company, he also invests in, and advises, learning technology companies.

An investor and board member of learning companies such as Cogbooks (sold in 2021 to Cambridge University) and Learning Pool (sold 2021 for $200 million), he was also on the Boards of City & Guilds, Learn Direct, University for Industry and the Brighton Dome and Festival.

He has published 5 books, on AI for Learning (2 Editions), Learning Experience Design, Learning Technology and Learning in the Metaverse. Alongside these he has completed a series of articles on over 260 learning theorists from the Greeks to the Geeks and over 30 podcasts (Great Minds in Learning) derived from these articles.

Donald has over 37 years’ experience in online learning, video, simulations, adaptive, chatbot, social media, mobile learning, virtual reality and AI projects. He has designed, delivered and advised on online learning for many global, public and private organisations.

His interest in AI started at Dartmouth College in the US, continued in Expert Systems in the 1990s and in adaptive learning company CogBooks in 2013, also Learning Pool. He founded the world’s first AI content generation company ‘Wildfire’ in 2014 and has been involved in several major AI for Learning companies and projects, delivering real product.

An evangelist for the use of technology in learning, he has won many awards, including the first ‘Outstanding Achievement in E-learning Award’ and ‘Best AIM Stock Market Company’, ‘Most Innovative Online Product’, ‘Best Online Learning Project and ‘JISC EdTech Award’.

An award winning speaker at national and international conferences, he has delivered keynotes in the UK, Europe, US, Africa, Australia, Middle and Far East. Last year he spoke in Singapore, Senegal, South Africa, US, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Spain and Portugal.

…… also a regular blogger (15 years+) on learning technology.

“AI is not the future – it is now.”

AI changes the very nature of work, it therefore changes what HR is, what it has to do and how it must change in this new era. Donald will explain how AI affects productivity and processes within HR, also specific areas such as recruitment, onboarding, provision of employee information, also L&D. AI is not the future – it is now.

Susan Hetrick

Dr Susan Hetrick is an organisational psychologist, HR business leader, academic, and author of Toxic Organizational Cultures and Leadership, How to Build and Sustain a Healthy Workplace (Routledge, 2023).

Over more than 35 years Susan has worked with global and multicultural organisations such as the World Bank Group, RBS Group, Aegon, Arab Banking Corporation, HSBC, and Deloitte. Her career has enabled her to live and work in the UK, the USA, Europe, and the Middle East.

She has held academic roles with the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, and London, as well as Birkbeck College and Helsinki School of Economics. Her doctorate in Organisational Psychology was awarded by City University Business School.

Susan has had numerous articles on corporate culture and HR published. Toxic Organizational Cultures and Leadership is her second book. Her first, Corporate Reputations, Branding and People Management, was co-authored with Professor Graeme Martin.

She runs her own specialist culture consultancy, zuhra consulting, and is Chair of the Board for Dundee Rep and the Scottish Dance Theatre.

www.zuhraconsulting.com

“Toxic Workplace Cultures “

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!

Zachos Anthis

Zach is a pure mathematician admittedly turned computer scientist. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics with integrated MSc in Quantitative Methods, from the Department of Culture, Communication, and Media at University College London (UCL). He received a Full Doctoral Scholarship from the Centre of Digital Innovation (powered by Amazon) and an Expert Research Area (ERA) Chair Fellowship from the European Commission. He also holds honorary teaching positions as Teaching Fellow for the UCL Knowledge Lab and Visiting Lecturer for the Department of Management Science at the University of Miami (Herbert Business School). He has previously worked as a Senior Researcher for the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Informatics (EECEI) at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and an Associate Lecturer in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics for the Department of Computing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAn Cyprus). In 2016 he was appointed as Director of Education and EU Programmes Office at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI). He has formerly served as a reviewer in a range of scientific journals from various academic disciplines, such as International Journal of Human and Computer Studies (IJHCS), IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), Operational Research International Journal (ORIJ), etc.

 “Not-so-Human Resources: A Just Transition to AI-Driven Organizational Success”

In the ever-evolving HR landscape, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) marks a transformative shift, ripe with both promise and peril. This presentation introduces a structured (step-by-step) framework designed to empower practitioners in navigating the nuanced realm of AI adoption with critical knowledge. From dispelling myths to unveiling Machine Learning (ML) true potential through expert collaboration, participants embark on a journey to align techno-centric evaluations with organizational objectives, while leveraging compelling case studies and statistical rigor to support informed strategic decision-making in the field. Finally, a comprehensive assessment of the tools available against key success criteria along the way, enables them to effectively translate HR initiatives into sustainable business value and supports them in figuring out how best to work alongside (or ideally, work along with) these technologies. Attendees emerge equipped with actionable insights to harness AI for HR excellence, fostering a seamless transition towards a future defined by AI-driven organizational success.

Sripada Vittala

Sripada is an AI & Insights Leader at Deloitte Consulting. He specializes in helping large companies set up & operate their AI capabilities. He is immensely passionate about transforming HR operations & spends a lot of his time with HR leaders to help them deliver business value with AI.  

 “Elevating the Human Experience with AI”

Sripad will talk about “Elevating the Human Experience with AI”, in which he’ll bring to life the exponential change AI is delivering to every aspect of HR. He will showcase a proven approach for companies to build AI as a robust capability for the long run (instead of a pure use-case driven approach) with real industry examples. He will also shed light on the key enablers for HR leaders to succeed in setting up & delivering on their AI agenda. If you are a HR professional keen to ride the AI wave & experience a journey like never before, don’t miss this.  

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

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.

Silver Sponsor

ANI Brokerage stands as a key strategic ally for numerous international firms, delivering personalized insurance solutions that address the unique needs of clients both locally and globally. Covering a spectrum from medical and life insurance to initiatives promoting wellness and mental health, they enable organizations to cultivate environments that are conducive to employee wellbeing and happiness. Through collaboration with ANI Brokerage, companies unlock access to a comprehensive suite of resources and strategies meticulously crafted to provide holistic support for their workforce.

Empower Your Business, Protect Your Future: Explore Your Options at ANI Brokerage at: https://www.ninsurances.com

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. With presence in 90 countries, we survey, every year, 10,000 companies and use these survey insights to define what makes a great workplace experience. We help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Our certification badge and recognition practices help companies showcase their workplace culture and enhance their employer branding. Our mission is to help every place become a great place to work for all. We give leaders and organizations the recognition and tools to create a consistently and overwhelmingly positive employee experience, fostering cultures that are proven to drive business, improve lives, and better society.

The HRDA is a semi-government organisation which reports to the Government through the Minister of Labour and Social Insurance and governed by a 13-strong tripartite Board of Directors, comprising government, employer and trade union representatives.It’s vision is the continuous enrichment of the human resources of Cyprus with the appropriate knowledge and skills, in order to respond effectively to the constantly changing conditions of the economy and the labour market and to contribute to the strengthening of the competitiveness and the increase of productivity of the enterprises/organisations.

The main objectives in the field of training and life-long learning are the following:

  • Upgrading the country´s human resources through the continuous lifelong learning of the employed, the unemployed and the inactive, with emphasis on young, older-age and low-skilled persons and the long-term unemployed.
  • Improving the productivity, enhancing the competitiveness and developing the resilience of Cypriot enterprises through the improvement of their potential for adaptability and the better utilisation of their human resources.
  • Enhancing the quality assurance and the efficiency of the system for the training and development of human resources through the assessment and certification of training provision, the strengthening of controls for systems and procedures as well as the knowledge, skills, attitudes and vocational qualifications of the country’s human resources.

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.

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help individual and institutional customers build a more confident future. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 markets globally and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

MetLife Europe d.a.c has been operating in Cyprus, providing Life, Accident and Health Insurance Plans as well as Group Employee Insurance, since 1955.

For more information, visit www.metlife.com.cy

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

Bronze Sponsors

Cyta, is the leading provider of integrated electronic communications in Cyprus. Making the most of its technologically advanced networks, it offers a wide range of services and solutions to meet the ever-increasing demands of its residential and business customers for voice, data and content applications.

With a pivotal role in the digital transformation of our country, Cyta is deploying an island-wide, fiber-optic network, while it progressively upgrades its mobile network technology. It advances and maintains subsea and satellite networks for international connections of strategic importance that have established our country as a regional telecommunications and connectivity hub in the Eastern Mediterranean”

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.

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.

AIMS International is a global partnership of leading Leadership Advisory firms and is among the Top 10 Executive Search firms worldwide. Founded in 1992 with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, AIMS International is today represented in over 55 countries with more than 80 offices and more than 600 Partners, Consultants and Analysts worldwide. Our “Find and Grow your Leaders” approach describes in a nutshell our core services:

· Our Retained Executive Search Services range from single assignments to preferred supplier agreements which include multiple positions in various locations.
· Our Leadership Consulting Services include programs for corporate culture change, leadership assessment and development, succession planning and leadership pipeline building.
· Our Board Services aim at upgrading the overall performance of Boards and include NED search and selection, assessment of existing NEDs and evaluation of the Boards’ structure, dynamics, functionality, and effectiveness.

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.

 

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.

SportBenefit.eu offers a game-changing solution – providing convenient access to over 210 diverse sports and fitness facilities and activities across Cyprus, all within one membership. With our mobile app in hand, your team members can choose from gym sessions, yoga classes, swimming, dance studios, rock climbing, tennis, padel, and much more, all on a daily basis. The flexibility to switch between these options based on personal preferences is a standout feature.

However, what truly sets us apart is our approach to collaboration:

– Simplified Agreements: Just one contract between your company and SportBenefit.eu streamlines administrative tasks for your HR and accounting teams.
– No Long-Term Commitments: Update your active user list monthly, paying only for those who choose to participate, with the freedom to pause and restart at any time.
– Cost Efficiency: Save up to 40% on social taxes and VAT compared to traditional gym reimbursements, providing substantial savings for both your company and employees.

These benefits offer a clear departure from conventional fitness compensation methods, such as single gym subscriptions. It’s a holistic approach to employee wellbeing that your team will appreciate.

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