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Shaping Egypt’s Future in TEDxGUC 2016 Event “Cascade”

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TEDxGUC launches its 4th event in 6/8/2016 with 13 speakers and around 1000 attendees.

The success of the event wasn’t entirely built on the excellent diversity of the speakers and the topics, but there was something else that made this event a true “cascade”. The talks didn’t focus on “motivation” only yet they had well-planned solutions for contemporary and future problems that may occur. The speakers shared in details their projects and plans in narrowing cultural gaps, creating new management solutions, using the environment to construct healthier buildings, using biology to predict future health threats, and communication challenges that people face with each other, whether with the self, with patients like “Alzheimer” or sexual abuse in children.

It felt like attending several TEDx events on the same day. It was more of an event that reflected the degree of human intelligence that we have reached.

Among this diversity, there was something common between all the speakers; all of them had been through negative experiences through their lives; but that’s not the thing. All of them used the negative experience that they went through and converted it into a success factor. This reminded me by the book “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho, where it tackled the idea of “turning dust into gold”. Each speaker of those was able to turn the dust in their lives into gold. They are all alchemists, that’s a strong reason behind their success.

In the break time the attendees had chances to do a lot of activities. There was a well-organized program for them: coloring, meditation, working out, playing games, finding learning opportunities, talking with the speakers, and also submitting their startups ideas.

TEDxGUC had also launched the “No Absolutes Art Contest” where they gave chance to artists to participate and win free tickets to the event. After a very tough competition from over 40 proficient artists, the winners were announced: Celine Gamal and Nancy Hassab. And the Honorable mentions went to: Alhussain Shaker, Nihal, Sara Samir, and Modather Zaki.

What made the event successful was not only the speakers; The TEDxGUC team had an outstanding spirit that they were able to deliver it to every member, speaker and guest. The synergy between them as they work together, as they interact with the speakers and the guests is what is “real” success all about. If the corporate world has this kind of energy the world would have been truly a different place. The new generation will someday lead the corporate world, and this small business model is an example of the lasting output that will happen.

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Ahmed Amr Abulnaga – the Chairman of TEDxGUC / Photography: Alia Faramawi

Ahmed Amr Abulnaga – the Chairman of TEDxGUC – highlighted that 1000 hearts and minds were touched by the ideas of those speakers, but it is not enough, and it is not the aim of the event. The aim is that each person of the 1000 would spread what they have learnt.

Supporting the global message of TED & supporting the community of TEDxGUC the Chairman and team members of TEDxAAST and of TEDxSmouha have attended the event, and shared its success on their social media channels. This is a sign that “we” do not think as “competitors” anymore, “we” are all “partners” into making the world a better place. This is the new world order, and these are the new rules.

Written By: Mahmoud Mansi

Speakers:

Mahmoud Mansi, Nagwa El-Badri, Mohamed Mounir, Radwa Rostom, Ahmed SaqfAlHait, Mona Marie, Lobna Mourad, Sara Aziz, Khaled Abdou, Yousra Mounir, Amira Al Baqary, Mahmoud El Ghawaby, Yasmine Youssef.

Chairman of the day:

Kareem Helmy.

Performances:

Ramy@Majdoub, (Amir Zarkany and Mariam El Shala’any), (Nour El-Din and Ali Khattab).

Media Partners & Sponsors:

Designopia Zone, Chamelon Co working space, Artkhana, Auc Venture Labs, AlMakina, Creative Zone, Room Art and Space, 3elbet Alwan, Null, Emmkan, Sarah Aziz booth, BECASUE.CZ, InsiderGUC, HR Revolution, Emmkan, Injaz, Tenra, Bikya, AlMaqaar, AiesecGUC, 7 Ayam Magazine.

FR Sponsors:

Nescafe, Lulu, Graphica, Aplixion, Cupkaksa.

Activities:

Artkhana Doodling and Origami, Null Virtual Reality Game, AlMakina, Meditation by Maddu, Wakeup Exercise by Mohamed Tarek Manni, Speakers Corner, Chamelon Games.

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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: Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

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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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