Special massage from the President of MAHRP: Moment of Gratitude to All Speakers of MAHRP Virtual L&D Conference 2020

MAHRP – Maldives Association of HR Professionals had the privilege to host the Maldives First Virtual Learning and Development Conference. MAHRP was created with a vision of championing human capital excellence within the Maldives. Due to COVID19 and related challenges, we could not host the event as planned, hence moved as a Virtual Event. Attended by over 380 participants event took place from 11 – 12 July 2020. As the President of the Association, I wanted to take a moment and write a line of tribute to each speaker. This conference would not have been a success without these beautiful speakers and expert presenters and their added value throughout the program.

Ron Kaufman, was our keynote speaker and Chief Guest for the conference. He brought in so much value by explaining us the opportunities ahead to elevate our personal and professional life and drive it through a transformation. Ron, as always you did above and beyond. We are forever grateful for your contribution to our community.

Eddie Lee, brought a topic of coaching and how organisational leaders can bring a cultural change through coaches within an organisation and the role coaches can play in creating a value-driven learning culture. Eddie, you were a fantastic keynote speaker.

Ahmed Ibrahim, delivered a keynote on the topic of agility and transformation. The mindset organisational leaders need to bring. He shared examples from the day of the Industrial Revolution to the current concepts of human capital development. Ahmed, as one of the co-founders of MAHRP, thank you for what you do every day to make the lives of others better.

Ira Sha, presented a case study of how Islanders Education Group brought a revolution in
digital learning through their schools and learning institutions. Joined with her Mauroofa, from Billabong High International School, shared their knowledge and transformation during the COVID19 school closure period. Irasha and Mauroofa, we appreciate your sharing and showing the community and us what’s possible.

Iyaz Waheed, brought his favourite topic; growth mindset and how organisations can drive growth mindset. His belief around having a growth mindset as an essential topic in all schools and institutions was well shared. Thank you, Iyaz, for being the community growth mindset advocate.

Mohamed Ashraf, brought us an excellent case study of how the nation’s leading bank, Bank of Maldives, created a learning culture, challenged the status quo, and brought a complete transformation to their organisational performance through a continuous learning process. Ashraf, you did a fantastic job of delivering the case study.

Aminath Adhala, shared the importance of living a life driven by values. She gave a significant closing remark; that we should be asking every day “How do we want others to remember us when we are gone?”. Adhala, your message was profound and relevant to every aspect in everyone lives.

Ahmed Nasir, brought a thought-provoking concept and approach, invited all training providers, organisations to join TVET in transformative learning into practical certifications and skill-based experiences through an apprenticeship program or set of work experience initiatives. Ahmed, your message was what we needed to hear. Thank you.

Mavis Ureke, joined us from South Africa, she poured us golden nuggets on building emotional resilience and critical elements that will help us to transform our lives. Mavis, your genuine sharing was a great inspiration to all participants.

LeeSh Wisam, Dewdrop Shaheena, Dr.Safeeya Mohammed, covered an important panel discussion on wellness, wellbeing, happiness and creating a culture of gratitude within an organisation. Global and local context best practices were shared. Leesh, Shahina, Safeeya, your panel discussion and sharing was what every organisation should implement post COVID19.

Kiruba Shankar, shared wisdom on building a professional brand image as speakers, L&D Professionals and opportunities available. The choices we have in using social platforms and how we can use it to our advantage was shown with practical examples. Kiruba, your message of encouragement to use social platforms wisely was a message our community needed to hear.

Zaki Easa, brought a world-class case study on how Crown and Champa Resorts, handled the COVID19 and used Learning and Development function to drive the strategy to handle the crisis and keep the teams engaged. Zaki, this was one of the key highlights of the conference.

Sara Ballinger, shared a practical approach to identify, develop and grow talents within our community. Sara, your love to the Maldives and our community and to see locals grow beyond their potential was something we always appreciate.

Ibrahim Inaz, driving a culture of learning and the role of operational managers and their engagement was shared. Inaz, your thought-provoking approach and encouragement to L&D Professionals to be operationally visible was a perfect message.

Hassan Shamaam, A champion of good HR practices, shared insights of how we can transform the traditional recruitment process to a value-driven one by challenging the status quo. Shamaam, participants loved your story of how you challenged the purchasing team to get tomatoes and the way you handled it by exploring and growing your own tomatoes.

Ahmed Saeid, shared a thoughtful approach to how cognitive apprenticeship can change organisational learning cultures and added-value advantages one can have. Saeid, your sense of humour and energy enlightened the conference.

Mel Francisco, incredible closing keynote of how mentoring can play a crucial role in growing and developing talents within any organisation. Imelda, your closing keynote made a difference to MAHRP’s Virtual L&D Conference.

I should share a moment of gratitude to MAHRP EXCO, Advisory Team too. Their guidance made this conference a success. Ali Adam, your thoughtful approach in creating our virtual studio, added so much value to our event.

I share this moment of gratitude to all speakers as a reminder; that we must celebrate and always be grateful for every success and learning.

In the race of excellence there is no finish line… stay tuned as MAHRP will bring the Maldives First International Speakers Convention In September 2020.

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