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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.

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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
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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)

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MAHRP to Host ‘HR Best Practice Share” session in Addu

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has announced plans to bring its popular knowledge sharing series — The Great HR Best Practice Share — to the southernmost atoll of Addu.

The session — the first event in Addu by MAHRP — will take place from 10am to 12pm on Saturday at Equator Village resort. It will be conducted in partnership with Equator Village, as well as Southern Community Empowerment Association of Maldives (SCEAM) and AO News.

The Great HR Best Practice Share session in Addu will focus on topics related to change management and mindset, disciplinary procedures and their relation to HR professionals. A panel discussion will also be held on key challenges such as gender equality and harassment at workplace.

Ahmed Ibrahim, Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives (BML), will deliver a keynote on the topic, ‘Change 4.0 – Transformation Meets Agility’, where he will highlight specific aspects on developing the mindset necessary for any successful change management project or transformation. Ali Adam, General Manager HR at Universal Enterprises, will share the best practices in handling disciplinary issues with respect to existing labour laws.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Athif, Director of HR at Kandima Maldives, will moderate the panel discussion on the topic, ‘Gender Equality and Harassment at Workplace’.

Confirmed penalises include Aishath Manal Khalid, former Assistant Research Officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission of Maldives who is currently pursuing higher studies at ADA University in Azerbaijan; and Mariyam Shifana, an educator and community leader who had previously served as the principal of Adh. Dhigurah School.

Two more panellists are awaiting confirmation.

“MAHRP encourages all interested HR professionals, community and business leaders attend this event. During this event, MAHRP will also facilitate and introduce its membership programs to Addu community,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

“MAHRP takes this opportunity to thank the Addu community and its leaders for their tremendous support to this event.”

The HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session 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.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, the first ever National HR Convention and Expo, and the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives.

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.

To register in MAHRP’s Great HR Best Practice Share session in Addu, please use this form, call +960 7778035, or email events@mahrp.org.

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MATI, MAHRP host career guidance talk for A-Level students

Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) and Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has held a career guidance related talk targeted at A-level students.

Organised in association with Villa International High School, the talk was titled, ‘Dream, Decide, Develop – Seizing your dream career within the Hospitality Industry.’ The aim of the talk was to enhance awareness of the widespread career paths available in the hospitality industry and disseminate knowledge and insights that would assist in pursuing them.

State tourism minister Ahmed Solih, Villa College Rector Dr Ahmed Anwar, Villa International High School Principal Saeed Ahmed attended and spoke at the event.

Other attendees included executive board members of MATI and MAHRP, as well as senior management personnel of Villa International High School, teachers and A-level students.

The event included a keynote address with the theme, ‘What to consider when choosing a career?’ by MAHRP President Hussain Afeef. Case study presentations were also delivered by two guest speakers — Mohamed Adil, Jr. Sous Chef at Faarufushi Maldives resort, and Azhoora Ahmed, Surf Experience Manager at Soneva Fushi resort — 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?’ The panel consisted of Iyaz Waheed, Executive Board Member at MATI, Ali Adam, Executive Secretary at MAHRP, and Tharaka Appuhamy, Assistant General Manager of Talent Management and Quality Assurance at Aitken Spence Hotels.

This is the inaugural career guidance event organised by MATI and MAHRP, more of which are to be organised and executed across the country.

As a non-profit established since the introduction of tourism in Maldives, MATI has been at the forefront of almost all travel and tourism related activities and issues in the Maldives for the past three decades. The association coordinates with government and liaise with organisations locally and internationally to solidify member services and operations in the tourism sector.

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.

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MAHRP Launches Speakers Club

Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) has launched its Speakers Club, a first-of-its-kind initiative in Maldives.

The club was launched at a special function held at Maldives National University’s auditorium Sunday evening. It was attended by over 85 HR professionals and various business leaders from all aspects of operations.

During the inaugural function, MAHRP hosted two keynote speeches by international experts. Shia Nacino, Founder of HR Summit Global and international speaker, shared tips on overcoming stage fright, whilst Kenneth Kwan, a leadership speaker and high performance strategist, spoke on improving public speaking skills.

With the launch of this club, MAHRP aims to help, support and facilitate in developing great speakers throughout Maldives. This platform will provide opportunities for HR professionals and others interested in developing their speaking and public presentation skills.

The ultimate goal of MAHRP is to provide speakers a platform to perform at local and international events, beginning from local ones and gradually reaching international stages. Participants will gain the confidence required to develop public communication skills for a panel discussion, to participate as a moderator, facilitator or even as an MC.

Monthly sessions will be held under the new initiative, focusing on structured workshops, brand development as speakers, enhancing social media connection as speakers and many more.

MAHRP will be partnering with TEDx to ensure the quality and consistency of its speaking events and teaching practices.

“Building professional and better speaking networks is one need of our members, hence one reason why we launched the Speakers Club. We intend to bring Toastmasters International and TEDX talk to Maldives under MAHRP Speakers CLUB,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

MAHRP will also host the Maldives’ first Speakers Convention on August 8, 2020 in which world-class speaking professionals’ associations will participate. Potential participants include officials from Asia Professional Speakers Association (Singapore), India Professional Speakers Association (India), Ted Talks, and Toastmasters. This event will feature the best of the best in the world of speaking and at least two world champions in public speaking.

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 also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, the first ever National HR Convention and Expo, and the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives.

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.

MAHRP’s Speakers Club is open to its members as well as students and everyone interested in public speaking and improving their communication skills. Those who are interested can sign up using the form below: https://form.jotform.me/90695404416459

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MAHRP Hosts Maldives’ first Learning, Development Conference with over 230 participants

Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) has successfully hosted the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives, with over 230 professionals attending the one-day event.

Held at the Maldives National University’s main auditorium on Saturday, the Maldives Learning and Development Conference 2019 focused on finding smart, creative strategies and techniques to meet the current demand and needs of learning and development, to address today’s challenges and to handle the future workforce.

Topics that were covered during the conference include: global best practices in training, supporting a culture of learning, redefining learning ROI, building effective learning and development programmes, learning for millennials, strategies to attract Gen Z workers, retaining top talents, and successful programmes to get new talents on board.

Some of the speakers include:

  • Kenneth Kwan: leadership speaker, author and high performance strategist
  • Tharaka Appuhamy: Assistant General Manager – Talent Management and Quality Assurance at Aitken Spence Hotels
  • Ahmed Saeid: Director of HR and Training at Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
  • Ahmed Ibrahim: Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives
  • Mohamed Ashraf: Manager, Learning and Development at Bank of Maldives
  • Iyaz Waheed: President of Universal Foundation
  • Shia Nacino: Founder of HR Summit Global, and international bestselling author and speaker
  • Adam Naseer: Director of Technical Services at Auditor General’s Office
  • Emma Jackson: Lead Engagement Consultant for Asia at CIPD
  • Dr Ibrahim Zuhuree: Secretary General at Civil Service Commission

“It was amazing to see the response from the public for this event and we saw the need of having forums that add value to professionals. MAHRP will continue its efforts to develop the nation’s HR strategies and other related activities,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

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 also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, and the first ever National HR Convention and Expo.

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.

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The session on Employee Relation was well received – President Hussain Afeef

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has successfully concluded an HR best practice share session.

The Great HR Best Practice Share July 2019 edition, which was held at the Faculty of Education Auditorium on July 14, attended an audience of 115 participants. The theme of session was Employee relations focusing on grievance management, handling discipline issues, policies and procedures; and a panel discussion on equipping today’s HR Managers to handle employee relations.

Mohamed Shihab, Chief Operating Officer, Damas Pvt Ltd, gave a presentation on employee Handling disciplines policies and procedures, whilst Guraisha Ismail, Manager Employee Relations, Maldives Airports Company Ltd, shared practical aspects on managing grievances at workplace.

The panel moderated by Alim Adam, Human Resource Manager at Voyages, walked the attendees through several aspects of employee relations and key touch points. Lawyer Hussain Siraj, Maldives Law Institute, Mohamed Athif – Director Human Resources, Kandimma Maldives, and Asiyath Mohamed – Manager Employee Relations highlighted the importance of having clear guidelines in place to ensure consistency of decisions made by the management, and importance of considering all aspects when making decisions.

“This session is very well received by the public, and this is our first event held on week days. Success of this event shows HR professionals always find time for self development and their eagerness to learn and share their knowledge with others” says Present of MAHRP. Further he thanks all the speakers and panelists who contributed for this event.

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 monthly sessions always bring out wonderful stories of how things can be done in organisations regardless of their resources or financial strength.

Following the successful HR best practice share session, MAHRP is gearing up to host first ever Learning and Development Conference in Maldives. Total 06 international speakers and 05 local speakers will share knowledge on very specific and important themes for L&D professionals. This one-day event will happen on 3rd August 2019 at MNU Business School Auditorium.

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MAHRP to host “HR best practice share” session on Employee Relations

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has announces plans to host an ‘HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session’ on employee relations.

This latest edition in MAHRP’s series of ‘HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session’ initiative will be conducted on July 14. The session will take place at the Maldives National University’s Faculty of Education Auditorium from 8-10pm.

During this session, Mohamed Shihab, the Chief Operating Officer at Damas Pvt Ltd, will give a presentation about the best practices in handling disciplinary issues as well as related policies and procedures at workplace, whilst Guraisha Ismail, the Manager Employee Relations at Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) will speak on grievance management and its implications at workplace.

Followed by these two presentations, a penal discussion will be held on the topic of, “How equipped are today’s HR managers to handle employee relations?”

The HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session 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.

Meanwhile, MAHRP is gearing up to host the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives. Set to take place on August 3 at the Maldives National University’s main auditorium, the Maldives – Learning and Development Conference 2019 is a one-day event focused on finding smart, creative strategies and techniques to meet the current demand and needs of learning and development, to address today’s challenges and to handle the future workforce.

The association will also launch its Speakers Club initiative on August 4.

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 also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, and the first ever National HR Convention and Expo.

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.

Those interested in participating in MAHRP’s next edition of the HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session series can register here

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MAHRP to host Maldives first Learning and Development Conference

Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) has announced plans to host the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives.

Set to take place on August 3 at the Maldives National University’s main auditorium, the Maldives – Learning and Development Conference 2019 is a one-day event focused on finding smart, creative strategies and techniques to meet the current demand and needs of learning and development, to address today’s challenges and to handle the future workforce.

Topics that would be covered during the conference include: global best practices in training, supporting a culture of learning, redefining learning ROI, building effective learning and development programmes, learning for millennials, strategies to attract Gen Z workers, retaining top talents, and successful programmes to get new talents on board.

Some of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Kenneth Kwan: leadership speaker, author and high performance strategist
  • Tharaka Appuhamy: Assistant General Manager – Talent Management and Quality Assurance at Aitken Spence Hotels
  • Ahmed Saeid: Director of HR and Training at Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
  • Ahmed Ibrahim: Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives

“We saw the need of having an event like this, targeting one of the key components of HR and organisational development which is learning and development. Through this event, we want to value and connect with the learning and development professionals in the Maldives,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

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 also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, and the first ever National HR Convention and Expo.

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.

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