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MAHRP elects new executive committee for 2020 to 2022.

Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) has hosted its annual general meeting and elected the organisation’s new executive committee.

The annual general meeting was held virtually on Wednesday. Over 70 registered members of MAHRP the took part in the event, which was live streamed via the organisation’s Facebook page.

During the event, MAHRP President Afeef Hussain presented a summary of the organisation’s annual report, covering key milestones from the past year. Some of the achievements highlighted include:

  • Maldives’ first National HR Convention and Expo
  • Learning and Development Conference
  • Virtual Learning and Development Conference
  • Professional Speakers Club
  • Hosting events with world-renowned thought leaders like Ron Kaufman and Robin Banks
  • Linking up the Maldives HR community with regional and global HR platforms like Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka (CIPM) and Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM).

Under MAHRP’s charter, a new executive committee was elected. The newly elected executive committee members, who will serve for two years, are:

  1. Afeef Hussain – President
  2. Ahmed Ibrahim – Vice President
  3. Hawwa Shaheena – Vice President
  4. Ali Adam – Executive Secretary
  5. Fathimath Habeeba – Secretary
  6. Ibrahim Nishan – Treasurer
  7. Aishath Hussain Mohamed – Executive Committee Member
  8. Aminath Sudha – Executive Committee Member
  9. Hussain Shifau – Executive Committee Member
  10. Zakariyya Easa – Executive Committee Member
  11. Aminath Adhaala Rasheed – Executive Committee Member

“The last two years have been amazing in terms of leading, challenging our own status quo and driving human capital excellence throughout the nation,” MAHRP President Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

“Our new term will cover aspects such as developing and growing more leaders, as well as focus on youth engagement and leadership programmes, coaching and mentoring and building a bridge to work together with other professional NGOs in the area of human capital development.”

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development.

The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events.

The association has also organised exclusive training events in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman and world-renowned motivational speaker Robin Banks, the first ever National HR Convention and Expo, and the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives.

MAHRP recently partnered with Southern Community Empowerment Association of Maldives (SCEAM) to host a leadership and growth summit in the southernmost Addu city in November.

Some upcoming events of MAHRP include a Virtual Speakers Convention and National HR Convention. MAHRP will also launch its own podcast and Book Reading Club soon.

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HR Perspective Share Conversations by MAHRP: Guest Speaker: Mohamed Afeef – Director of Operations

HR Perspective Share Conversations by MAHRP – Segment 05

Guest Speaker: Mohamed Afeef – Director of Operations – Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort
Certified Coach of Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centred Coaching

Key takeaways
– Best advice received from his mother; wake up early, shine and do what you love.
– He credits his success to; Dedication, commitment, always wanting to learn and connect with other people, curiosity around what can I learn from others especially things I do not know.
– Advice to school leavers; Start somewhere, do not wait until you get the job you desire, start and keep moving, just in no-time you will land in your dream role.
– Learning never stops; every day learns and contributes to the growth of your community and nation.

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MAHRP successfully concludes Maldives first virtual learning and development conference

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has successfully concluded the first ever virtual learning and development conference in Maldives.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and related challenges, MAHRP could not host the event as planned. The event was shifted to a virtual platform.

Hosted on July 11 and 12, the virtual learning and development conference was themed as, “Creating a Value-Driven Learning Culture”. It was attended by over 380 participants, and featured speakers from the Maldives, India, Trinidad and Tobago and Singapore.

Ron Kaufman was the keynote speaker and chief guest of the conference. He brought in so much value by explaining the opportunities ahead to elevate personal and professional life and drive it through a transformation.

Eddie Lee touched upon the topic of coaching and how organisational leaders can bring a cultural change through in-house coaches. He also highlighted the role coaches can play in creating a value-driven learning culture.

Ahmed Ibrahim delivered a keynote on the topic of agility and transformation, and the mindset organisational leaders need. He shared examples from the days of the Industrial Revolution to the current concepts of human capital development.

Aminath Irasha presented a case study on how Islanders Education Group brought a revolution in digital learning through their schools and learning institutions. She was joined by Mauroofa from Billabong High International School, and together they shared the knowledge and transformative experienced gained during the school closures in the wake of the pandemic.

Iyaz Waheed brought with him his favourite topic: growth mindset and how organisations can drive growth mindset. His belief on instilling growth mindset through schools and education institutions was well shared.

Mohamed Ashraf brought an excellent case study on 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.

Aminath Adhala highlighted 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?”

Ahmed Nasir shared a thought-provoking concept and approach. He invited all training providers and organisations to join TVET in transforming learning into practical certifications and skill-based experiences through apprenticeship programmes or set of work experience initiatives.

Mavis Mazhura joined the conference from South Africa, sharing her insights on building emotional resilience and critical elements that will help us to transform our lives.

Hawwa Leesha, Hawwa Shaheena and Dr Safeeya Mohammed conducted an important panel discussion on wellness, wellbeing, happiness and creating a culture of gratitude within an organisation. They shared relevant global and local best practices.

Kiruba Shanker shared his wisdom on building a professional brand image as speakers, learning and development professionals. He showed with practical examples the opportunities we have through social media platforms and how we can use them to our advantage.

Zakariya ‘Zaki’ Easa presented a world-class case study on how Crown & Champa Resorts handled the challenges stemming from the Covid-19 crisis and used learning and development functions to drive the strategy to keep their teams engaged.

Sara Ballinger shared a practical approach to identify, develop and grow talents within our community.

Ibrahim Inaz touched upon the culture of learning and the role of operational managers.

Hassan Shamman, a champion of good HR practices, shared his insights on how we can transform the traditional recruitment process to a value-driven one by challenging the status quo.

Ahmed Saeid presented a thoughtful approach to how cognitive apprenticeship can change organisational learning cultures.

Imelda Sutisna delivered an incredible closing speech on how mentoring can play a crucial role in growing and developing talents within any organisation.

“I should share a moment of gratitude to MAHRP exco and advisory team. Their guidance made this conference a success. Ali Adam, your thoughtful approach in creating our virtual studio, added so much value to our event,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

“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.”

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit our routine, MAHRP has conducted several virtual learning experiences covering topics ranging from HR challenges in force majeure, emotional intelligence, workplace wellness and mental wellbeing, post-pandemic HR leadership requirements, and techniques to follow and engage teams when working from home.

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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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Notification for MAHRP Annual General Meeting 2020 – VIRTUAL (Wednesday 29 July 2020)

Dear MAHRP Registered Members,

Notice: MAHRP ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020 – VIRTUAL (Wednesday 29 July 2020)

MAHRP President and Executive Committee is delighted to invite all MAHRP Members for our next Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday 29 July from 20:30 – 22:00. This will be conducted via ZOOM. ZOOM Links will be shared with MAHRP Members a day before the event.

During this Annual General Meeting, the secretariat will facilitate the election of the new Executive Committee, sharing of MAHRP annual report and strategies for the next term. MAHRP executive committee is two years. Every Member of MAHRP is eligible to apply for an Executive Committee post. Executive Posts available are 01 President, 02 Vice Presidents, 01 General Secretary, 01 Treasurer and 05 Executive Committee Members.

Only MAHRP registered as of now are eligible to apply. New MAHRP Membership will be open only from 1 August 2020.

Should you wish to apply for any posts; feel free to apply via below link; MAHRP AGM Secretariat will contact you with verification and update you before the event.

Application click here

Agenda of the AGM – Virtual – Wednesday 29 July 2020

20:15 Members in Attendance – Virtual Verification
20:30 Recitation of Holy Quran
20:32 Program Agenda and Overview by the Host of the Event
20:35 Speech by the current term President of MAHRP – Annual Report Highlights
20:45 AGM Secretariat Takes over to elect the New Term EXCO August 2020 – September 2022
20:55 Secretariat sharing the voting guidelines
20:58 Announcing of the candidates applied
21:00 Candidates – remarks before the vote – each candidate to get 1 – 2 minutes to share with the audience their motivation to become a part of MAHRP EXCO
21:10 Voting and announcement of the new EXCO
21:30 Closing remarks from the Secretariat
21:45 New EXCO and Presidents remarks
22:00 End of the Event

We look forward to having you at the MAHRP AGM 2020; Thank you for your support and contribution to grow and lead.

Sent on behalf of the President and AGM Secretariat

Thank You
MAHRP

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HR Perspective Conversation by MAHRP SEGMENT 04, Hon Faisal Naseem. Vice President of the Maldives.

MAHRP had the pleasure of hosting Vice President Faisal Naseem, for MAHRP’s HR Perspective Share Conversation. This was a special segment.
During this segment VP, Faisal presented his views and key guidance point;
– We must work together, all stakeholders, NGOs and interest groups to ensure the localisation emphasis is strategies and move it forward with the intention to take action and guide everyone accordingly.
– Concentration, Focus, Working together, see the role of others and their work is valuable are some key elements to set and live with success.
– Make a habit to sleep early and wake up early; in general, be a 5am Club Member. This will ensure a healthy and successful lifestyle.
– Study and keep learning always, with every new position, a new mindset is required, so we must invest in ourselves.
– Don’t wait to lead, take the opportunities and be the first to show to serve.

 

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HR Perspective Conversations by MAHRP Segment 03, Fathimath Shazleen, Resort Manager, Soneva Jani.

MAHRP Team had the pleasure to speak with Shaaz – Resort Manager of Soneva Jani Fathimath Shaazleen as our guest speaker for the HR Perspective Share by MAHRP – Segment 03; She highlighted key points as:
– Hard work, determination and working for what she wanted are some factors that contributed to her role and where she is today.
– She believed coaching and mentoring is a key area we all need to enforce and make it as a part of your growth journey
– – Find what works for you and then work around it.
When you finish school, do not just stay at home, do something and take chances
– The more changes and opportunities you take on, the more growth will come your way
– Invest in your own growth, don’t wait or count on others to take responsibility for you, you have to do it and your growth is all about what you do intentionally.

Thank you, Shaaz, for your support to MAHRP Programs and sharing your story.
#MAHRP #HRPERSPECTIVESHAREBYMAHRP

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Work from home; the simplest way to occupy yourself and get the job done while you are stuck during lockdown:

It is exactly on this day in the month of April I received a call from my boss, “Hi Shippey, need you to work on some stuff while at home, can?”.

I responded, “Yes can, why not.” It has been three months since that day. I have learned few things while working from home.

Have a morning routine
I am someone who already has a morning routine of waking up at 5.30am, so that makes easier to start my day. From day one, I decided even if do not have any work I will wake up, get dressed and sit in the chair with a coffee to start my day.

Have a free dedicated space to work
At first I had a small table but it caused back pain since it was set low. So I got a proper table and chair for myself. I kept this place as neat as I could, same as my office desk; Space for a note book, coffee mug, pen, phone and that’s it.

Have scheduled working hours
I start each day by looking at my task list. Having a schedule for work hours saves my time, I had a clear idea of when I will be available for my team members’/managers’ questions and queries. This allowed me to have a balanced work and personal life and made me productive. I was able to finish my tasks, do online trainings and workout as well.

Schedule your break
When I am at the resort, I normally take a 30-minute coffee break in the morning and an hour for lunch break in the afternoon. I tried to maintain this routine even at home. The breaks uplift me and give me energy and I was able to manage work stress even in a different work environment.

Follow your calendar
I tried my best to make myself available to scheduled meetings, webinars and calls. Even if I do not have any office calls I find some webinars or training opportunities. This connects my mind with different people and mindsets, helping me to focus. Meanwhile, my learning curve has evolved to its best in terms of timings.

Have a positive mindset
I set my mind to this statement as if I am in a race to win. I target to close my day by putting a tick on each of my tasks. I target to read news daily to see what’s happening outside. I target to stay in touch with family and friends. I target myself to learn something new. This helps me to focus on the positivity and give me extra energy to stay positive and to spread positive energy over phone calls and most importantly to the team members who I meet at my home island.

Have an open communication line
I tried my best to keep my superiors posted on how I am completing my tasks. I do not simply send emails and wait for the response, rather I take my phone and ring the person to repeat the same thing which I mentioned on my email. This helps me to connect myself with people. Meanwhile, I also kept my WhatsApp and email cleared within the day. This motivates me during the day.

Spend time with family
Right after my work I go out to visit my family, have a bike round. This fills me with happiness of staying at home with loved ones. Even if I have unfinished work I feel like, “Yes, the day was productive”. I tried my best to keep the social distancing and follow the guidelines, knowing that soon when I am back to my real work place I have to follow certain rules.

Revisit your day before bed
Have 20 to 30 minutes before you sleep to review and revisit your day. This helps me to prioritise my tasks for tomorrow. This will give the happiness of “Yes, the day was productive” once again. Working from home is entirely new to me but I managed to complete my work and attend to some urgent tasks which I planned to finish after COVID-19, before returning to my office.

Working from home saves time and helps in managing time well. Working from home kept me connected to family, loved ones and let the day flow. Working from home helps to occupy yourself and organise yourself to be better as well. For sure when I return back to work, I will have so much to take and practice from this time.

About the Author:


Hassan Shifaau (Shippe);
Is Manager of People & Culture at Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas. he is a keen learner who believes in success through hard work. Able to work independently and as a team under pressure to achieve goals. He writes his experience and share his thoughts on many platforms. This article was originally posted on his linkdin page.

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