+9607778035
admin@mahrp.org

Blog

Message from MAHRP

Dear All MAHRP Members and HR Professionals within our network!

Greetings from MAHRP EXCO!

We hope everyone is doing well and in good spirit. At this moment of time what we are going through is something that many of us have not experienced or seen in recent history. The last time the world has seen a pandemic was in 1918. COVID-19 is bringing new challenges which will last for months and in some cases for years.

As HR professionals, it is absolutely important to stay strong and lead the teams that we manage. This won’t be an easy task. To get through this pandemic from all aspects we need a different level of thinking and mindset. In this special message to all MAHRP Members we would like to share few tips on what that mindset is all about:

1. Be Energetic; Your colleagues are looking at you for answers and you are their hope. Therefore come to work with energy and enthusiasm. We will get through this.
2. Be Transparent; Keep your team informed about various measures you will be taking from financial stress and business continuity plan, Make sure your team gets it from you or your team directly before they hear it from a newspaper or an internal memo shared by someone else.
3. Encourage and Remind: Encourage your teams to stay alert and be aware of the information shared by the local authorities and national level preventive measures. Reminder your Team to follow those instructions diligently.
4. Be Available: Your team may ask the same question from you over and over again. Or different colleagues may ask the same question. During this time your team needs you more than ever. Be available for them at all times and be compassionate in your response.
5. Be The HOPE: There is a lot of uncertainty around the spread of COVID-19 and its direct impact on all types of businesses. HR Professionals can lead by being the hope for everyone and encouraging them to stay on course. There is no doubt times ahead will be tough. However, if we persevere we will get through this.

MAHRP EXCO and Team wishes you well, stay strong, lead and be the hope of everyone in your team and organisation.

We will get through this and come out even stronger.

Sincerely always
Afeef
President – MAHRP

Read more

MAHRP postpones National HR Convention over coronavirus fears

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has postponed the National HR Convention and EXPO 2020 due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

In a statement, MAHRP said on Friday that the convention, initially set to be held from March 14-15 at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, had been postponed due to the impact and high risks involved in hosting a mass gathering of 300 HR professionals and international speakers. The decision was taken after a careful review with Health Protection Agency (HPA), it added.

MAHRP stressed that the event had been rescheduled to July 6-7.

“We have received several registrations and each one of them will be updated with this change, for those who have already paid, we will be contacting you with various options. MAHRP assures you that July 2020 Convention will even be better with a world class set of speakers and experts,” the statement read.

“We apologise for any inconveniences this may cause to you. It was a very difficult decision and we made it for the best interest of our HR professionals, participants and the entire nation.”

The second National HR Convention and EXPO is themed under, “Transformation and Culture – Future of Human Capital”. All keynotes and sessions will focus on sub-themes: People Transformation and Culture, Talent Development and Retention, HR Tech and Agility, Wellness at Workplace, and Leadership and Human Capital Strategy.

The event will witness the attendance of world-renowned keynote speakers, as well as local experts and speakers covering industry best practices and new trends in HR strategies. They will also share stories of transformational experiences within the world of human capital development.

In addition to the learning opportunities from world-class speakers, the National HR Convention and EXPO will showcase products, services and solutions with a specific focus on HR and related technologies from service providers.

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.

In addition to the National HR Convention and EXPO 2020, MAHRP’s line-up of events for 2020 includes the second Learning and Development Conference in July, as well as sessions with world-renowned speakers such as Marshall Goldsmith, Robin Banks and Ron Kaufman. Regular HR best practice share sessions will also be held across the Maldives.

MAHRP will also continue its research partnership with Villa College and hospitality sector awareness programme with Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI).

Read more

MAHRP Signs MOU with Public Service Media (PSM)

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Public Service Media (PSM) to become media partner for various MAHRP events. “This agreement is valid for one year period effective February 2020 till January 2021, under this agreement PSM will play a vital role to disseminate information about very much needed for general public, especially those who manage human capital” said President Hussain Afeef. Under the MoU, Public Service Media company will get opportunity to tap various resources of MAHRP to enhance its human capital management system, and actively participate various MAHRP events.


The major events like National HR Conference and Expo, Learning and Development Conference, and thought leader progammes will advertised through this MoU. The 2nd edition of National HR Conference and Expo is a unique and innovative event designed to engage, challenge, develop and inspire business leaders and HR personalities in the Maldives. World-renowned experts as well as local experts are expected to share their ideas, opinions and insights, as facilitators during the event. It also serves as a complimentary business-networking event catered to senior-level professionals and HR professionals that will help organizations to make their choices that will drive business forward through successful HR management.

Read more

MARP held session on Income Tax for HR Professionals

MARP kickoff year 2020 by holding The Great HR Best Practice Share Session. MAHRP in association within with Farish & Co together with Maldives Inland Revenue Athority (MIRA) has conducted focused session on “Income Tax Matters and the Role of HR and Administration Teams” targeted to human resource professionals and payroll managers. Over 140 people took part in the session.

Ali Faris Mohamed was the main presenter in the session. He is the Founder and managing partner of Faris & Co, a registered audit and tax consultancy firm in the Maldives. He is a fully qualified member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a Level 2 Candidate of the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Program. He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from International Islamic University of Malaysia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Admin (Accounting) from Lewis-Clark State College, USA.

He is an experienced auditor registered with Auditor General’s Office, and a category 1 licensed tax agent at Maldives Inland Revenue Authority. He has several years of experience in the field of auditing, bookkeeping, tax consultancy and serves a diverse portfolio of clients from multinational companies to high net worth individuals and businesses in the Maldives.

Very prominent team from MIRA joined in the discussion after Farish’s presentation. MIRA Team includes;

Yoosuf Shiraz
Technical Director

Mohamed Siraj Muneer
Assistant Commissioner General, Revenue Operation

Moosa Haleem
Director General, Corporate Business

Mohamed Ali Waheed
Director General, Technical and Facilitation

MIRA team gave detailed information about the regulations, attended some of the question posed by the participants.  The seesion was held at Faculty of Education Auditorium. Parliament passed the income tax bill after much debate. The bill was passed in the Parliamentary session 4th December 2019 and was supported by 67 MPs. Imposing income tax is a promise of the current administration. It is also a source of income noted in the proposed state budget of 2020.

The brackets for the taxes are

  • 0 – MVR 60,000
  • MVR 60,000 – MVR 100,000: 5.5 percent
  • MVR 100,000 – MVR 150,000: 8 percent
  • MVR 150,000 – MVR 200,000: 12 percent
  • MVR 200,000 and above: 15 percent

Income act came to effect on January 1, 2020, and will be collected from April 1, 2020, onwards.

Read more

MAHRP opens registration for second National HR Convention

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has opened registration for the second National HR Convention and EXPO.

Set to take place from March 14-15 at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, the National HR Convention and EXPO 2020 is themed under, “Transformation and Culture – Future of Human Capital”. All keynotes and sessions will focus on sub-themes: People Transformation and Culture, Talent Development and Retention, HR Tech and Agility, Wellness at Workplace, and Leadership and Human Capital Strategy.

The event will witness the attendance of 14 world-renowned keynote speakers, as well as 20 local experts and speakers covering industry best practices and new trends in HR strategies. They will also share stories of transformational experiences within the world of human capital development.

Some of the confirmed international keynote speakers include:

  • Andrew Bryant – Global keynote speaker and executive coach on self-leadership
  • Karen Leong – Transformational keynote speaker
  • Kenneth Kwan – Leadership speaker, author and high performance strategist
  • Sara Ballinger – Managing Partner at Crew Glue and The Daisy Gray Partnership.

They will be joined by several experts from a wide range of local industries and sectors. The speakers representing the local industries include:

  • Adam Naseer – Director, Corporate Affairs at the Auditor General’s Office
  • Mohamed Ashraf – Head of Talent Development at Bank of Maldives
  • Ibrahim Inaz – Resort Manager of SAii Lagoon
  • Ahmed Ibrahim – Deputy Head of HR at Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL)
  • Mariyam Shifana – Dean at Clique College
  • Cherry Cruz – Area Manager of Talent and Culture at Accor Maldives

In addition to the learning opportunities from world-class speakers, the National HR Convention and EXPO will showcase products, services and solutions with a specific focus on HR and related technologies from at least 14 service providers.

“We were overwhelmed by the support we received from our community for the 2019 convention,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef”.

“We have taken a good note of all the things we should be doing for the 2020 convention. We can assure you that MAHRP will bring the best HR conference to Maldives with world-class speakers, topics and best practices at a very reasonable price. This is an event you do not want to miss in 2020; at many levels you will achieve professional and personal connections that can guide you during the year. We recommend all HR professionals to register soon for this conference.”

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.

Read more

MAHRP hosts knowledge share session on performance management

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has organised a knowledge sharing session on performance management, coaching and mentoring.

This latest edition in MAHRP’s series of ‘The Great HR Best Practice Share’ initiative took place Thursday evening at the Maldives National University’s Faculty of Education Auditorium.

The event opened with a keynote speech on performance management by Mohamed Athif, the Human Resources Director at Kandima Maldives.

It was followed by a Q&A session, and a panel discussion on the importance of mentoring and coaching.

The panel, moderated by MAHRP Vice President Ahmed Ibrahim, who also serves as the Deputy Chief of HR at the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), featured professionals from a diverse range of fields, including Hawwa Leesha, Co-founder and Managing Director of Women Centre, Ahmed Siraj, the Training Manager at LUX* North Male Atoll, Hawwa Shaheena, Managing Director at Addu Star, and Hassan Shamaam, Director of HR at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort.

During the event, MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, also present a highlight of events conducted by MAHRP during the past year and shared the organisation’s plans for 2020.

The Great HR Best Practice Share series is a special knowledge sharing forum where participating organisations will present their practices in various aspect of human resources management. These regular sessions always bring out wonderful stories of how things can be done in organisations regardless of their resources or financial strength.

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. 

Read more

Robin Banks Live successfully concludes by MAHRP

Maldives Association of Human Resources professionals (MAHRP) has hosted another remarkable session. “Success is a choice” as a theme.  The full day session was conducted by well-known international speaker and Mind Power expert Robin Banks. The session was held at Maldives National University main auditorium on Saturday 16th November 2019.

The Robin Banks Live session was well received by the participants. In this session he taught fundamental principles of success and the science behind the power of mind. He highlighted various ways in which how one can use their thought patterns to succeed in life. In the fun filled session he made the participants to experience how activities beyond personal control influence inner mind set, and technics that can apply to achieve our desired outcome.  This learning experience like never before encouraged people to become better in what they do.

Over 250 participants from several organizations took part in this leadership and community growth session. Robin Banks is the world’s leading authorities on the subject of Mind Power and Personal Mastery. He is a highly-sought after International Speaker and has spoken to CEO’s and Senior Management from Global Fortune 500 companies. He is a prolific speaker and presenter and has an amazing ability to combine solid content with a humorous and dynamic presentation. People from all walks of life, from shelf packers to CEO’s, have been transformed and inspired by Robin’s presentations.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

Read more

MATI and MAHRP host the 2nd edition of the ‘’Dream, Decide, Develop’’ career guidance series

The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) and the Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP), in association with Centre for Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has conducted the 2nd edition of the ‘’Dream, Decide, Develop’’– Seizing your dream career within the Hospitality Industry’’ career guidance series.

The aim of the series is to enhance awareness of the widespread career paths available in the Hospitality Industry and disseminate knowledge and insights that would assist in pursuing them.

The Minister of State for Education Hon. Abdullah Rasheed Ahmed and the Principal of CHSE Ms. Aishath Safoora attended and spoke at the event.

Other attendees included Executive Board Members of MATI and MAHRP, as well as senior management personnel of CHSE, teachers and A-level students.

The event included a keynote address with the theme ‘’What to consider when choosing a career?’’ by Mr. Ibrahim Inaz (Resort Manager, SAii Lagoon Maldives) and case study presentations by two guest speakers, Ms. Nina Nizar (Sales and Marketing Manager, Sun Travels and Tours) and Mr. Mohamed Azmeel (Photographer, Canon Brand Ambassador) detailing their journey within the Hospitality Industry.

The event also included a panel discussion and Q&A session with the theme ‘’How do you find your passion within the service industry’’ consisting of Mr. Rafil Mohamed (Executive Director, MATI), Mr. Ali Farooq (Operations Manager, Kurumba Maldives) and Mr. Ahmed Siraj (Training Manager, LUX North Male’ Atoll).

MATI and MAHRP, plans to host the 3rd edition of the series in B. Eydhafushi in November of 2019.

Read more

MAHRP took part in 38th NATCON 2019, India

A delegate from MAHRP took part in 38th NATCON 2019 by National Institute of Personal Management India (NIPM) National HR Conference on “India’s Changing Paradigm: Skills and Entrepreneurship for Global Competitiveness”. The conference was held from 26th to 28th September 2019 at B.R.P International Convention Centre in Bangalur, India. The Convention was officially inaugurated by the Vice President of India.   It is the largest national level HR gathering held every year in India organized by NIPM. MAHRP is also delighted highlight that Vice President joined panel discussion of Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM) during the event.

This year’s theme was decided targeting youth as India is the youngest nations in the world with nearly 54 percent of the total population falling below 25 years of age. 250 million young people will join the workforce over the next decade, bringing with them new skills, a desire to thrive and new challenges. The wave of technologies and digitization has transformed industry sectors and the skills set needed for the future workforce is being disrupted. To enhance this journey of human development through focused skilling efforts and talent nurturing, many innovative approaches have been adopted currently by several stakeholders in the larger talent and skilling eco-system. Also, it is essential to acknowledge the innovation and breakthrough processes that are needed for achieving and sustaining high standards of quality in skilling on the one side; and the scale of growth that is demanded by the developmental needs of the country on the other side.

The World Economic Forum estimates 35 percent of core skills will change causing more than million people to seek different employments. HR plays a significant role in this transition. Therefore, the focus of this conference is to ignite the mindsets of HR, help them discover the disruptive new ways of thinking, create an ecosystem that is amenable to this impending change and provide them with insights that help them to prepare for the future.

Sub-Themes Include:

  • A Framework for India’s Agenda – Building the Skilling Eco System
  • Skilling at Scale – Making an impact
  • Inspiration for Learning : Showcasing Best Practices
  • Learning from Global Best Practices
  • Entrepreneurship Ecosystem:  Building the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
  • Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Skilling Entrepreneurship and Job Creation
  • Entrepreneurship : Inside-Outside Ecosystem – How HR can drive change
  • NexGen Leaders & Entrepreneurs: Job Market Challenges and Opportunities
Read more

MAHRP held their first outer atoll event in Addu.

Maldives Association for HR Professional (MAHRP) has successfully conducted its HR Best Practice Share session in the city of Addu. The two hour session, held at Equator Village was attended by about 130 participants from different organizations. The areas focused on in the session included change management and mindset, disciplinary procedures and guidance for human resources professionals in these areas.

The speakers at the event included Head of HR business of Bank of Maldives – Ahmed Ibrahim, and the general manager –  HR of Universal Enterprises, Ali Adam. Moreover, a panel discussion on issues relating to gender inequality and harassment in the workplace was also organized within the session. The president of MAHRP, Hussain Afeef, who is also the regional director training of Lux resorts highlighted the positive response to the session which was directed for the human resources professionals of Addu city. He expressed interest in conducting similar sessions in the future as well as organizing a leadership conference in Addu.

MAHRP is the first NGO in Maldives dedicated to train and create awareness for HR professionals. The main objective of MAHRP is to provide assistance to HR professionals and to provide much needed resources for HR by connecting with key personnel from the international arena.

The co-hosting partner for the event was Equator Village, while Southern Community Empowerment Association of Maldives  (SCEAM) was its NGO support partner.

The first ever event of MAHRP organized outside the capital city was covered by its media partner, AO news.

(Captured from AO news)

Read more