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Written By: Farah Ahmed

As you are now used to have the striking dose of I-Gamify’s summit with superb speakers, let’s take a closer look at the latest 4 days’ panels!

Day 9 was a helping hand for the stress that we are all feeling during this time. Linda Asbahan Chaccour a Positive Psychology Practitioner and Addiction Recovery Coach, Bassem Henri the CEO of 360 Experimental Solutions and a Motivational Speaker, and Yasser Shaker the CEO of the Optimistic Spark Center and a Motivational Speaker were here to help us adapt to COVID 19 with a positive mindset.

The discussion was around “Building Resilience, Staying Positive, and Increasing Happy Emotions during COVID19”. Opening with the question of “How can you manage negative self-talk?” Linda advises that to deal with it, you have to be aware of your thoughts to manage your emotions. It’s important to know what’s triggering this specific emotion, especially the ‘disempowering’ one. So, understand it, process it, and express it positively. While Yasser talked about the approaches of ultra-high self-efficacy level self-talk and shock-denial as causes for negative self-talk.

Bassem then elaborated on the issue of adapting our growth mindset in such a pivotal time. He explains that we have to understand our “6 Dimensions Wellness Wheel” and then start building them to make them equal. He highlighted that we have a lot of time during quarantine to work on these 6 dimensions. For example, it is a very good time to focus on the psychical part by exercising, reading is for the intellectual time, and for the social part spending time with our family. Yasser added 5 tips to work on if you want to enhance your ‘growth mindset’, but you have to clarify ‘your reason of being’ or ‘why you do this’ as an incentive for you:

  1. focus/attention,
  2. energy/passion,
  3. learn something new about the thing I set my mind on it,
  4. learn from my mistakes and others (accept feedback),
  5. give it more time.

“The Future of Learning and Development after COVID19” was the focus of the 10th day.  Moamen, who has a personal and professional interest in the field, was pleased to tackle the topic with 3 spectacular L&D trainers. Nelly Habib a certified manager and coach, Samy Morsy a certified career coach and ‘WE’ L&D manager, and Wael Bakhaty a certified business and life coach.

Nelly sees that the future of L&D, particularly post-COVID 19, will witness the enhancement of the online learning/training and blended learning. Nelly believes that the learner will have more responsibilities, the training itself will be prioritized; as people require emotional intelligence, crisis management, and handling virtual teams. For Samy, this challenge has affected the L&D field by changing the mindsets of L&D trainers, as it pushed the e-learning into a high level. Furthermore, he believes that some business objectives and strategies will start to be altered and modified post-COVID 19. Thus, L&D departments have a role to acknowledge how to address such changes, revisit business objectives, and coach the leaders in the scope. Wael considers it as a positive challenge as it changed the learners’ culture; they became more engaged in online learning and conducting their work using technological methods. He stated that to be more effective, it is necessary to deal with resilience and agility.

They argued that the onsite training, in the future, is irreplaceable because some business and training require face to face interaction, yet it will have to be modified. Also, it will depend on the role of the trainers and whether they managed to add value to the leaner from the virtual training or not.

The 11th Day was more oriented to the technical field, under the title “Technologies from a Different Perspective” with Khaled Eldesouky, Mohamed Elbehaery, and Asmaa Ibrahim.

Asmaa as an artificial intelligent owner in Vodafone and founder of Seba talked about the recent growth in the ‘Cloud Computing System’. This platform facilitates the processes of any startups; as it decreases the cost of failure, enhances the user’s experience, and quickens the infrastructure process.

Khaled as an enterprise architect in KSA and a blogger discussed the means of enterprise architecture to support business strategy. This office builds the strategy for the company by collecting the business needs, as well as inserting new technologies like digital transformation and EI. Afterward, it builds a road map, based on these needs and the new technologies, for 3 to 5 years maximum, and then transform it into projects.

Mohamed as a sales manager and expertise in business development explained the security concerns related to the Internet of Things ‘IoT’. He stated that the application is produced as an IOT form, and there are 3 layers:

  1. securing the hardware (differ depending on multiple sensors),
  2. securing connectivity (differ depending on the application), and
  3. securing cloud services and applications.

They debated on the impact of replacing laborers to robots and unemployment, automation, and potential AIO domination after COVID 19. They agreed that a Digital Transformation Committee is a prerequisite to enable adapting to the transformation after this period.

Day 12 tackled pure business matters, focusing on “Enhancing your Business during COIVD19”. Our experts are Marwan Abdin a business administration consultant and founder of ACG – Abdin’s Consultancy Group, Nadeem Barakat head of business development in Homzmart, and Mohamed Green a business architect and CEO of X-Zone.

When asked “How the Partnership Model can support during COVID 19?”, Nadeem replied referring to the new direction for companies is searching for partnerships, like with the E-learning sector. The affected sectors seek this partnership to continue and survive during and after the epidemic. While Marwan further discussed the ways to stay productive while working from home. He highlighted the importance of the psychological aspect and the value of educating employees on how to work from home. He advised on employment and stakeholder engagement, as well as the role of HR (Talent Management Committee) in counseling employees and coaching managers. “How can I perform as a freelancer during COVID 19?” was the specialty of Mohamed. He referred to the increasing competitiveness in the field and laid down some steps to follow as a beginner. First, you must set the kind of services you provide. Second, work on personal skills. Third, focus on personal branding. He assured that nowadays business sectors pay attention to reputation and experience while hiring a freelancer.

Throughout the panel many major points were examined as such; E-commerce, the importance of partnerships for startups in particular and its advantage in outsourcing, the role of HR as a business partner, and also the dilemma of loyalty and laying off employees.

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How did the International Certification from the HRCI change your career?



Testimonials from Certified HR Professionals in the Middle East

Journalism: Menna Hamdy

Mostafa Gallal (PHRi, Egypt) – Recruitment Manager at Al Ezz Dekheila Steel

“The most important thing about the certification content is that it helps us to understand the HR science from a global perspective. In addition, to updating us about the new HR trends.

Most of us don’t practice at work all the HR functions, so it allows me to learn about all the HR functions.

Being certified gave me the opportunity to take a role in many projects, as well as participating in many events that added a real value for me.

My mindset started to think about top management decisions and how I can solve the regular issues that happens between top management and unions. I learnt that when proposing any new idea, I should take into consideration how to apply it in a way that fits my company culture

I would advise HR professionals when approaching their HRCI Certifications content study; to try to understand the practical way of each module, and to get acquainted with the HR Expressions and abbreviations as they are very important; they have to study them very well.”

Ezzddin Malek (SPHRi – PHRi, Egypt) – HR Manager at Misr Capital S.A.E

“I acquired my PHRi and SPHRi certifications in 2017 and it gave me an edge to make 2 steps up in my career from senior HR specialist in 2017 to Head of HR in a multinational company within just 2 years and I was chosen by HRCI to be an exam development panelist since 2018.”

Mina Adel (PHRi, Egypt) – HR Manager at IRAM JEWELRY

“Knowing the latest internationally applied methods of human resource management and being a certified practitioner from the premier human resources certification institute (HRCI) made me qualified to undertake larger tasks and assume advanced responsibilities in the field of human resources”

Mohannad Albashabsheh (SPHRi- PHRi, Jordan) – HR & Training Section Head in JBC

“Practicing HR Professionally is an outstanding responsibility. Being SPHRi certified facilitated for me the knowledge, skills, attitude and resulting power to be successful HR Professional”

Dana Hasan (PHRi, Jordan) – TA, LD Section Head

“I have got my first HRCI certification in 2014, then I got my recertification in 2017 as PHRi. Getting such certification helped me to grow in my HR career, stand as a distinguished HR professional in international and multinational companies. 

One of the main reasons that enabled me to work for big companies and be a business partner is having a professional certification.

I advise each professional: Invest in yourself, strengthen your experience with knowledge”

Mariham Magdy (PHRi, Egypt) – HR, Strategy and Management Consultant & Trainer

“As an HR Trainer & Consultant I believe that one of the most important benefits of the International Certification by the HRCI is how efficiently it builds the mind-set of the HR professionals acquainting them with the technical know-how for HR, spoken and standardized in an international language.

The HRCI exerts sound efforts to provide learners with valuable framework that can help them understand technically correct the processes of the different HR functions.

The HRCI Certification enabled me to understand the HR science from an international perspective, which gave me confidence in my work as an HR practitioner and Trainer.

The knowledge learnt throughout the certifications content designs for us a reliable road-map for the right steps to follow for decision making in HR.

I strongly recommend the certification for each professional aiming to progress his/her career in the HR field. Take a step today that you will thank yourself for it tomorrow”

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HRCI Assumes ISO International Secretariat Role for Technical Committee 260 on Human Resource Management



May 04, 2021 07:00 ET | Source: HRCI

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HRCI®, the premier HR credentialing and learning organization, is honored to announce that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has appointed HRCI as the International Secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 260 on Human Resource Management. ANSI is the U.S. member body to the ISO.

ISO TC 260, formed in 2011, is responsible for the development of a series of standards for human resource management processes and practices. There are 19 standards and technical specifications published, with 13 more under development. One of the most noteworthy standards from this work is ISO 30414, Human Capital Reporting, which many Chief Financial Officer’s believe is a safe harbor for the recent ruling from the SEC requiring Human Capital Management Disclosures. The forthcoming ISO 301415 standard will also be an important standard for organizations, helping them create a culture of Diversity and Inclusion.

HRCI looks forward to providing effective leadership and continuing the development of additional standards to guide and optimize organizational performance, value creation, sustainable development and workforce productivity/satisfaction/engagement.

“In keeping with HRCI’s role as the global leader in certification programs, we are excited to be selected as the ISO Technical Committee on Human Resource Management. Leading this initiative to develop standards and practices for global human resources management is a natural expansion of HRCI’s responsibilities to the HR community,” said Dr. Amy Dufrane, SPHR, CAE, HRCI Chief Executive Officer.

“We are proud that HRCI is at the helm of standardization efforts that focus on human resources, which is often a vital factor in an organization’s success,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “We are excited to see additional progress unfold that will protect and support the interests and vitality of companies, and their employees, on a global scale.”

About HRCI®

HRCI®, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is the premier credentialing and learning organization for the human resources profession. For over 45 years, we have set the global standard for HR expertise and excellence through our commitment to the development and advancement of businesspeople in the people business. HRCI develops and offers world-class learning, as well as the administration of eight global certifications and is dedicated to helping professionals achieve new competencies that drive business results. Learn more at

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit

About ISO
ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 165 national standards bodies through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. The Central Secretariat in located in Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more about our structure and how we are governed.

ISO is the Organization for International Standards. It is a non-governmental global entity founded in 1947 and is comprised of 165 countries who come together through National standards bodies to develop proprietary, industry, and commercial global standards. The most recognizable and noteworthy series of standards is ISO 9001 Quality Management.

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Interview with Eureka (ICS Learn Student) Customer Service Agent – Qatar Airways



Interviewer: Mariham Magdy

1. HR Revolution Middle East: Welcome to HR Revolution Middle East Magazine. It’s a great pleasure to have the opportunity to make this interview with you.

What special recommendations would you share with CIPD students to encourage them to progress in their study?

ICS Learn Student:

Going through a period of change is very challenging and emotionally draining with the end outcome almost always unforeseeable. Everything seems to be unpredictable, but that is okay! Take some time to adapt to this new situation, accept it as positive reinforcement to yourself. Add value to yourself. Break through the situations in life. Continuing to learn will bring you academic and professional value to be the person whom you always want to be.

2- HR Revolution Middle East: How did the online set-up provided by ICS learn supported you to finish your CIPD Certification?

ICS Learn Student:

As a CIPD student, I am very glad that I choose ICS Learn as my platform. The online set-ups are very easy to go through and convenient to manage time. Especially as I am a full-time worker, it is very challenging to manage time for study or attend classes. However, ICS Learn supports you with recorded classes and fast responsive tutor support. That connection always made me feel that I was in a live classroom.

3- HR Revolution Middle East:  To what extent do you believe that the CIPD has helped you to progress on your professional path and opened new doors for different career opportunities?

ICS Learn Student:

CIPD is an internationally recognised professional body. Most employer’s value and recognize the professional certification of CIPD. Being a CIPD Member gives professional values to my CV, especially in the field of Human Resources Management.

4- HR Revolution Middle East: How did your HR practice at your organization changed after acquiring the CIPD certification?

ICS Learn Student:

My organization recognized me as an HR student as I am successfully achieving my professional qualifications with CIPD. I feel more confident as they look at me as someone whom they can rely on professionally at any given task.

5- HR Revolution Middle East: What special support have you received from your Tutors at ICS Learn that evidently helped you to finalize your certification?

ICS Learn Student:

During my study period, the support that I received from all ICS Learn tutors is special. Personalized feedback with regards to any assessments helped to achieve pass grades. I highly appreciate that all my tutors are available to answer or clarify any inquires related to my assignments or theoretical doubts in the one-to-one online chat forum.

6- HR Revolution Middle East: The online administrative support is one of the most important things an online global learner need, how was it flexible to proceed with such important certification through the online platform of ICS Learn?

ICS Learn Student:

ICS Learn is one of the best and most recommended online learning providers. The online admin support is a click away as we all are connected in different time zones in the world. That is very important as an online global learner. They do not only support academically but also technically. As a path connecter to the CIPD body, ICS Learn have a very professional admin team.

7- HR Revolution Middle East: How did your problem-solving techniques changed in dealing with HR challenges after finalizing your CIPD certification?

ICS Learn Student:

As an HR student, a CIPD qualification will enrich you with academic techniques. I have improved lots of skills that are helping me to handle challenges in a patient and professional manner. All the studies are practical scenarios rather than theoretical ones which allows me to improve as an individual and improve my behaviours as a people person.

8- HR Revolution Middle East: What would be your next academic degree in mind after the CIPD?

ICS Learn Student:

I would like to do a master’s degree in Human Resources Management.

9- HR Revolution Middle East: Do you believe HR/L&D professionals shall create communities of practice to encourage one another in finalizing their CIPD certifications and nurture the profession that way?

ICS Learn Student:

Yes, I do believe so. Being connected to a community that is driven by the same goals and targets is encouraging. It also helps to build confidence and practice some of the professional behaviours by supporting each other. Sharing each other’s knowledge and giving feedback and different viewpoints always achieves a better outcome.

10- HR Revolution Middle East: What are the needed competences for an HR professional to excel in his/her CIPD studies?

ICS Learn Student:

The field of HR is dynamic and our ability to process and understand it requires self-motivation. Growing in your job means being receptive to new ideas, wherever they may come from. HR professionals who never stop learning are well-positioned to translate well thought out industry trends and data into actionable insights. CIPD is the perfect gateway to our dream career. They support choosing the right course to up-skill your HR practice and stay motivated remotely.


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