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Media success in Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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Coverage: Omneiia Diiab

On second of April, BA has set up a seminar about successful experiences in the media field, which was held in its small theatre at 7:30 pm.

As a part of the framework of the cultural program for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s International Book Fair, this session was primarily made in order to; epitomize prosperous models in media career as: “Alexandria Media Forum”, represented by its founder Ahmed Esmat, and the experience of “e3lam.org”, illustrated by Mohammed Abdel Rahman. This was by the presence of Mohammed Sultan Mahmoud, who was the moderator of the event.

The book fair began on the 23rd of March and will continue until 7 April. The Egyptian Publishers Union is responsible for organizing the book fair, along with Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The fair includes a selection of such lectures and get-togethers to facilitate communication and enrich cultural life in Egypt and the Arab world. According to the website, the book fair is held to accomplish the Library’s mission: “This is in line with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s mission to raise awareness among all members of society, specifically the youth; to promote the needful impact of reading for different generations and create opportunities for dialogue between publishers, readers and writers.”

Mohammed Abdel-Rahman said that the media drove many things in society in recent years, hence the idea of ​​”e3lam.org” flourished directly after the Egyptian revolution. The role of the site was to follow-up what is happening in the media, having a main concern with positive well-targeted media.

The event was attended by a variety of audience from different educational background. Some were journalists, writers, poets and students. They all interacted positively when the floor was opened for questions and discussions, which indicated a high level of interest.

Hind El Shennawy, one of the attendees and a media student, said: “The seminar tackled a lot of important issues facing the media today. I think it has a huge power that influences the people. At the end the last word is for the people and the viewers, they’re the one’s who get to decide who stays and who goes, they get to decide who to follow and who to support. That’s why we need to enhance the public’s media literacy.”

“The people must act as watch dogs for the media”, Ahmed Esmat said, “In Sweden, for example, the government investigates the complaint submitted by the people against the media, which means that the media can bring a lot of problems to the community”. He also added that he believes that the public has a vast role in the suspension or continuation of any presenter.

Alaa Emara, one of the attendees and a media student, said: “E3lam.org is an outstanding gateway to rectify the media path through the positive criticism and experiences exchange.” Then she added about the forum, “Alexandria media forum is a very useful chance for any media man. For a country in our tight situation particularly, and with the increasing number of users and figures who report the ability of people to participate and to respond to media content, all of that really will push the media to achieve transparency, as well as; make it incapable of hiding information or submitting it incorrectly.”

Alexandria media forum began in 2012 as an idea, and was created in collaboration between Alexandria Cultural and Tourism Development Foundation and the Swedish Institute; in order to raise the operational performance of media skills in various fields. Also, to have a regular meeting for professionals on the local level in addition to Arab countries. The last three gatherings of the Forum were a success. The forth cycle will be running at the twentieth of this month in the Swedish institute after filtering the participants according to international standards through a set of juries.

“The event was great. It delivers a great message to me as a media student. The first forum is a great opportunity to learn and to gain experiences,” said Tala El Bahie, a student at the Arab Academy.

Abdul Rahman asserted, “The number of females in the media is much greater than the males maybe because they are more ambitious and have greater insistence. But the gender is not the name of the game; we are more concerned with the necessary skills and the ability of acquiring capabilities.”

By the end of discussions Essmat emphasized that the media won’t renovate without a political commandment.

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s trends and opportunities

Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

www.decodinghrevent.com

The world in 2020 has changed to a ‘new normality’ but what’s that ‘new normality’ everybody talks about? Is it here to stay? How is it affecting us in our daily lives in the different versions of ourselves? As a customer, an entrepreneur, a parent, a friend…a worker…

Our job is a key part of our lives and we are indeed living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and other HR challenges. It has become clear that few organisations are likely to revert to pre-pandemic practices even after a vaccine is found.

Decoding Future HR 2021 is bringing you the ideology of how today’s challenges are becoming tomorrow’s trends and opportunities resulting in HR excellence.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about the trends and best practices shaping future HR
  • Get valuable insights from expert speakers
  • Share ideas and research to help your organisation reach its goals
  • Understand what do employees want in ‘New Normal’
  • Develop new vision for HRBP and Centre of Expertise
  • Identify, integrate and understand stakeholders to create an intentional employee experience
  • Approaches and elements to leadership development.

Some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi , Human Resources Director, The HEINEKEN Company
  • Sarah Tabet, Global HR Director/ D&I Leader | Author for “Inclusion Starts with U”, Schneider Electric
  • Wadah Al Turki, Country Talent Manager KSA and Bahrain, IKEA
  • Lesha Chakraborti, Head of HR – EMEA, Travelex
  • Shaban Butt, Director HR & Administration, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sajjad Parmar, Head of Rewards – APAC, eBay
  • Katey Howard, VP, Talent Management AMESA, Pepsico
  • Chen Fong Tuan, HR & General Affairs Director, Samsung Electronics
  • Prerna Ajmera, Senior Director, HR Experiences and Solutions, Microsoft
  • Václav Koranda, Vice President Human Resources / Member of the Board of Directors, T-System
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Adwait Kashalkar, People Analytics and Programme Management Leader, APAC, Mastercard

Click here to view all speakers: www.decodinghrevent.com/speakers

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together once again as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. But meanwhile, life continues and we need to keep in touch and learn from each other. This 24-hour virtual event will be of great benefit and value to your businesses and its continued development during these challenging times. While this virtual event comes at a lesser cost, it provides for now a wider reach into an international audience, with flexibility of access to content as well as allowing you to have the same opportunity as at a face-to-face session for one-to-one business meetings. We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Date and time: 19-20 January 2021Where: Virtual engaging platform
  Further information and bookings: www.decodinghrevent.com        Contact:
marketing@wisdom.events   #WSDM_BI
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