The Annual FHRD conference was held on Friday 21st October at the Hilton Conference Centre, Malta. This year’s overall theme was Revitalising HR: Leveraging Employer Branding.
Over 500 delegates attended the event. Moreover, 27 organisations participated in Expo. The perfect networking opportunity!
The first international keynote speaker at the conference was Johann Driessens, CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer and Serial HR Entrepreneur, tHRibe World. Johann, dressed up as superman, spoke about The employer branding experience! Your wake-up call! Next up was Reinhard Nissl, Director of HR Talent & Development at Microsoft. Reinhard shared Learnings from Microsoft´s cultural transformation journey and how hybrid work is defining the company’s management capabilities.
The morning progressed with the delivery of 2 workshops. Maria-Caterina Capurro, Executive & Team Coach, Trainer, Training Designer, and Author – PeopleSmart presented Employer branding and selection with Emotional Intelligence, and Michelle Fenech Seguna, Executive Communications Coach – SpeaktoMove presented The Influential HR Leader: Beyond a Seat at the Table.
Next up was a panel entitled ‘Innovative HR in Action’ together with a presentation of the FHRD Pulse Survey 2022. This year’s panelists were Matthew Naudi, FHRD President; Claudine Attard from PWC, Yasmin de Giorgio from Shireurn Software Limited, Sarah Mifsud from GO plc, and Eleanor Busuttil from Finaro. During the panel, these reputable HR professionals discussed findings from the survey as well as innovative HR practices within their organisations. The panel was moderated by Claire Farrugia, a journalist at the Times of Malta.
The morning concluded with the FHRD Quality Mark award ceremony. 15 organisations were presented with their certificates by FHRD President Matthew Naudi and the FHRD CEO Karen Muscat Baldacchino.
After the networking lunch, the conference resumed with an interactive energizer in line with the anticipated World Cup, followed by another two keynote speakers. Maria Dinu, Group Employer Branding Manager – Coca Cola delivered the third keynote and explained How Coca-Cola HBC’s Senior Leaders became Employer Branding Advocates. The final keynote by Frank Kellenberg, Global Head of Organization Development, Inclusion & Culture – Sandoz (a Novartis Division) focused on employee engagement to strengthen Sandoz’s employer brand in times of uncertainty and change due to a strategic realignment.
The afternoon concluded with delegates either attending one masterclass or a selection of two workshops out of four.
The masterclass entitled ‘HR Employer Branding Issues: The local scenario’ was moderated by Pamela Mamo, Senior Manager – PwC Academy (Strategy and Innovation). Local HR professionals namely; Nicholas Schembri, Chief HR Officer – Calamatta Cuschieri Investment Services Ltd; Annika Galea, Director of Human Resources – Hilton Malta; Kevin Paris, CEO & Director – FTIAS Ltd. and Nicki Spiteri Paris, CEO – BigBon Group also delivered during this masterclass.
The four workshops were delivered by international and local HR professionals. Lutfur Ali, Senior Policy Advisor – CIPD delivered a workshop entitled How can Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Impact an Employer Brand? Peter Grech, Founder & CEO – BRND WGN delivered a workshop entitled Challenges encountered to revamp an Organisation’s Employer Branding. Luke Todd, Co-Founder & CEO – MadeYou delivered a workshop entitled Starting With Business Leaders – how the Executive team sets the example for the company about Employer Branding, Talent, and Performance. Stefania Curmi, Head of HR (South) – Leo Vegas Gaming plc delivered a workshop entitled Authentic Employer Branding – It starts with engaged employees