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Top employers in the GCC recognised at inaugural CIPD Middle East People Awards



  • Over 200 senior HR leaders gathered at landmark event last week to benchmark their practices and celebrate the profession’s successes.
  • ADNOC, RAKBANK, Abu Dhabi Police and Kerzner International win big at the CIPD Middle East People Awards.

Over 200 business leaders, senior HR practitioners and people professionals gathered at the CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards, held at the Grosvenor House in Dubai last week.

Organised by the CIPD (the professional body for HR and the people profession), the two-day event explored the future of work through keynote addresses, panel discussions, interactive sessions and workshops. Centred around the theme of “HR now and in the future: Leading the change”, the event witnessed a plethora of discussions across workplace diversity, wellbeing at work, organisation design and the future of learning.

Some of the highlights of the programme include a case study by Mubadala on maintaining high level engagement through their 2017 merger with IPIC; the employer branding story of Tesco and a highly acclaimed keynote by Dubai’s very own Richard Dean, Presenter of The Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye and Author of ‘CROWDPLEASER’.

Although the CIPD has been operating in the Middle East for years, the CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards is the professional body’s first ever event held outside of Europe in its 130-year history.

The event concluded with the CIPD Middle East People Awards, which honoured individuals, teams and organisations for their commitment to promoting positive work cultures and best practices. Judged anonymously by an independent panel of HR professionals from across the region and beyond, the Awards recognised outstanding achievements across eight categories.

Bahri’s Chief Support Officer Hisham Alkhaldi receives ‘Best Recruitment & Talent Management Strategy’ CIPD Middle East People Awards

The Awards were handed by Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD and Louise Fisher, Chair of the CIPD, before a full audience at the Grosvenor House on Thursday evening.

Nouf A. Al Juaid, Chief HR Officer at Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company, took home the HR Rising Star of the Year Award – the only category singling out an individual. Ms. Al Juaidi’s contribution and leadership across several areas of the business align with the core values of the CIPD and demonstrate high potential. “As the first Saudi woman to take on this role within the aerospace industry in the Kingdom, she is also a role model for many young women across the nation and beyond”, adds Sarah Davis, Head of Partnerships at the CIPD and one of the Award judges.

Abu Dhabi Police won the Award for the “Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative” thanks to its 360-degree approach to women’s inclusion. In a traditionally male-dominated environment, the winning programme increased female representation by 5% between 2016 and 2018 across decision-making positions and carried out work to change the perception of women within the police forces.

ADNOC was awarded the ‘Best Learning & Development Programme’ award, a category which received over 25 entries – proving that the region is increasingly focused on upskilling its workforce for the future world of work. Competing with Commercial Bank of Dubai, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, WSP, McDermott and AFAQ Leadership in the final round, ADNOC unanimously won. “ADNOC’s L&D programme is truly innovative. The latest learning methods and thinking have been applied to the Learning Academies. With a vast breadth of projects and employees involved, the ROI is impressive”, comments Gill White, Director of Business and Markets Development at the CIPD and one of the Awards judges.

SRSC Chief HR Officer Nouf Al Juaid receives the HR Rising Star award from Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD

One of the run-away winners of the ceremony was RAKBANK, which managed to secure three spots in the top 2 for its strides in modernising the HR and L&D functions. The UAE bank ranked as a runner up in two categories, for its innovative recruitment and talent management strategy and for its digital initiative in HR. But the big win of the night came as they took home the “HR Team of the Year” Award – the most highly anticipated category.  

Ramy Bayyour, General Manager for the Middle East at CIPD, summarised: “For years, our members and partners in the region have asked us to bring our world-renowned awards to the Middle East to recognise the great strides they are making in championing better work and working lives. With over 80 entries from some of the region’s most innovative employers and people functions, the response to our inaugural edition has been overwhelming. This is a clear indication of the need for a platform that helps organisations benchmark their HR and people development practices against international standards.”

Key supporters of the event were online learning platforms AVADO and ICS Learn. Nominations for the CIPD Middle East People Awards 2020 open in September 2019. Details and the full list of winners can be found on

Participants from across the region gathered at CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards

Full list of winners:

  • HR Rising Star of the Year:
    • Winner: Nouf A. Al Juaid, Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company
    • Highly commended entry: Katie O’Flynn, Taaleem
  • Best Digital Initiative in HR and L&D:
    • Winner: Teleperformance DIBS
    • Highly commended entry: RAKBANK
    •  Best Health & Wellbeing Programme:
    • Winner: WSP
    • Highly commended entry: McDermott
  • Best Recruitment and Talent Management Strategy:
    • Winner: Bahri
    • Highly commended entry: RAKBANK
  • Best Employee Engagement Initiative:
    • Winner: Kerzner International
    • Highly commended entry: Bahrain Credit
  • Best Diversity & Inclusion:
    • Winner: Abu Dhabi Police
    • Highly commended entry: Expo 2020
  • Best Learning & Development Programme:
    • Winner: ADNOC
    • Highly commended entries: WSP, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • HR / L&D Team of the Year:
    • Winner: RAKBANK
    • Highly commended entries: Jumeirah Beach Hotel; Dubai Police
Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD, announces the winners of the Awards at the ceremony last Thursday
The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The not for profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. It has a community of more than 150,000 members across the world and 3,800 across the Middle East, provides thought leadership through independent research on the world of work, and offers professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and development.


Stevie Awards Winners’ Articles Series – Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna



“Continuous Learning, adopting innovation & creativity and teamwork are among the guiding principles of success and excellence in the government sector” Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna

Winner Name: Eng.  Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna

Winner Title: Director Assistance for Control & Inspection for Economic Activities at Ministry of Industry & Trade in Jordan

Winning categories:

  1. The Gold Stevie Winner in the category “the most innovative Communications Professional of the year “
  2. The Silver Stevie Winner in the category “Innovation in Community Relations or public Services Communications”
  3. The Bronze Stevie Winner in the category “Innovative Management in Government – Organizations with 100 or more employees”
Brief Biography about the Winner:

Abeer Ramadna is the Director assistant of control and inspection unit at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply (MIT) in Jordan, she has a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering- Engineering Administration / University of Jordan with “excellent degree”. Abeer has 20 years of experience in private and public sectors, and is a focal point for UNIDO at MIT in Jordan. Abeer is a certified Management development Expert from ITC/ Vienna in 2005, a certified Export Consultant to EU from CBI/Netherland in 2007, certified Lead Auditor for Quality Management ISO 9001:2015, a certified Engineer Expert in Quality and Environmental Management systems in 2018 and a certified EFQM Assessor from EFQM in 2019. Eng. Abeer has a wide professional expertise in many fields that allow her to provide consultations to the organizations in various fields including Quality Management, Environmental Management, preparing industrial polices, strategies and plans, Inspection polices, Monitoring & Evaluation systems, implementing the ISO9001, ISO14001 ISO14040s standards, and conducting technical industrial sectors studies.

Eng. Abeer won three Stevie Awards from three different categories after participation in Middle East Stevie Awards in 2020, these are:

  1. Gold Stevie Winner in a category:” The Most Innovative Communications Professional of the Year”. These categories honor the most innovation in communications practice, management, and use of technology.
  2. Silver Stevie Winner in a category: “Award for Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications”. These categories honor innovation in communications practice, management, and use of technology in the public sector.
  3. Bronze Stevie Winner in a category: “Award for Innovative Management in Government “. These categories honor innovation in executive management including the Award for Innovative Management in a number of industry sectors.

Abeer has been published scientific papers in one of the world accredited journals in E-government. Titled “Barriers to E-Government Adoption in Jordanian Organizations from Users’ and Employees’ Perspectives” in 2017, the link is:

and published another scientific paper titled: “SEM approach to determine factors affecting e-government success in Jordan”,  the link is: _to_determine_factors_affecting_e-government_success_in_Jordan

She was selected as a Judge at the Best Jordanian chemical product Award in all three cycles of it during 2015 to 2020, Judge in the 2019 management & entrepreneur Awards categories judging committee Stevie Awards, and Judge at the best industrial engineering project for the Jordanian universities in 2019. She participated in several national and International conferences, meetings and presented papers, as a representative of the MIT / Jordan.

Stevie Award winning Case Study:

  • Developing action plans of inspection development to governmental institutions (Inspectorates) work in fields of health, Environment, labor, safety for economic sectors in Jordan.
  • Supervision of developing Electronic Inspection System for governmental inspectorates.
  •  Conduct many awareness workshops for governmental inspectorates and for private sector institutions.
  • Conduct many workshops and training sessions as A National trainer of trainers in the shaping of future studies.
  • Secretariat of higher committee for Inspection development of Economic Activates that consists from high level management in governmental inspectorates.
  • Abeer is trusted as a competent team leader and confident expert in Quality management & Inspection systems
  • Abeer conducted in 2018 a study titled the Industrial engineering in the government sector in Jordan, current situation and future opportunities and present it in the 2nd International Conference on Industrial Systems & Manufacturing Engineering (ISME’19) Nov, 11-12, 2019 in Amman.
  • Abeer was chosen after a series of selection process as one of the National participants in the Civil Service Development Program in Jordan and attended all phases including the leadership and developing high performance teams at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst UK during 2019.

Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna “Continuing to contribute achievements and make positive impacts are goals that are achievable with the presence of strong & positive attitude, self-motivated character & determination.”

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Stevie Awards Winners’ Articles Series – Asiacell



“Winning such an award requires hard work and we encourage other companies to focus on their customers and local communities in order to excel”

Winning Organization: Asiacell

Nomination: Award for Excellence in Innovation in Technology Industries (including Telecom)

Brief about the Organization:

Asiacell is a leading provider of telecommunications and data services in Iraq. As part of international telecommunications company Ooredoo Group, Asiacell was Iraq’s first mobile telecommunications provider to achieve nationwide coverage. Asiacell is also a leading internet provider with its 3.9G data services, offering the best network coverage in all of Iraq since January 2015.

Stevie Award Winning Case Study:

As part of its commitment to expand network coverage in Iraq, Asiacell has continued to support the redevelopment of the country’s infrastructure and economy and the provision of high-quality connectivity solutions. It has enhanced its “Hot Zone” restoration strategy by putting 200 sites on air and connecting over 500 sites to 3G.

Focused on improving the quality of life for communities, Asiacell’s CSR initiatives are focused on key areas, such as health, education and culture. Asiacell has equipped several higher education institutions with computer labs and supported the renovation of schools, with the aim of providing quality education infrastructure. It also partnered with the Chibayish Environmental Tourism Organization to build the first Iraqi Marshlands heritage museum in Ahwar as part of its efforts to revive Iraq’s Marshland, while generating a positive effect on tourism and jobs creation. 

Recognising that its people are its key asset, Asiacell continues to roll out initiatives focused on engaging and empowering employees. It has invested heavily in digital transformation, including digital upskilling for employees, and streamlining of various internal processes in order to nurture a digital-first culture that embraces innovation.

We are so glad to be recognized as a successful and innovative telecommunication company in Iraq with a Stevie Award for “Excellence in Innovation in Technology Industries”. Recognition from the Stevie Awards means a lot to us and motivates Asiacell to continue to serve the community with professionalism. Winning such an award requires hard work and we encourage other companies to focus on their customers and local communities in order to excel.


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Qisaty Project & Developing Talent in Children with Special Needs in Egypt



Edited By: Mahmoud Mansi

Qisaty Project – founded by Mona Lamloum – was launched on 26th December 2019 to support children talents through a series of storytelling, writing and drawing workshops.

The total number of children who participated in the storytelling workshop is 60 including the most talented 20 who were selected to the story writing sessions, 16 children ranging from 6 to 14 years old got their stories selected to be drawn by 19 children with special needs.

The drawing workshops were held in 3 cities in Egypt with cooperation with 2 special needs associations; Nida Society Rehabilitation with both branches in Cairo and Luxor. 14 children, and Ashab El-Erada Association in Alexandria. 5 children.

The children have different disabilities, hearing loss, partial blindness, movement disability, learning difficulty disability, mental disability and increased electricity in the brain.

Of course such an interesting project needs proper preparation and an intellectual plan. Mona Lamloum shared some of the challenges that she and her team have faced during the project:

1-The global pandemic and the sudden lockdown.

2- The fact that most of the children with special needs suffer from many chronic diseases which lowers their immunity, in addition to the huge responsibility that lies on the team while holding the workshop during the pandemic.

3-The fear of the parents of the children with special needs participation at the drawing workshops due to the pandemic and the lack of their immunity. Which was managed to concur with the help of the project partners in drawing workshops. 

Eventually, Qisaty Project was held at exceptional circumstances and according to deadlines set up before the global Corona pandemic. However, the team did their best to get the project done within the lockdown with a quality that is aspired from the beginning, and that was done simply by teamwork, sharing a unified vision, and collaborating to find new solutions.

The result is 16 short stories in addition to 64 drawings by hands of talented children with special needs and with variable disabilities from three cities: Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor. Each drawing tells a different scene from a short story inspired from the children themselves to be published as a grand book that gathers the short stories and the drawings of all the talented young participants.


Qisaty Sponsors:

– Amideast: Hosted the story telling, story writing workshops and the day that gathered the writers and children with special needs mixed day.

– Nahdet Misr Publishing House.

Media Sponsors:

– Marj3 Platform

– HR Revolution Middle East


– Arablit Quarterly

Children with special needs Associations:

– Nida Society Rehabilitation with both branches in Cairo and Luxor.

– Ashab El-Erada Association in Alexandria.

Qisaty Trainers:

– Hanan El-Taher.

– Mona Lamloum.

– Zeinab Mobark.

Designing Storytelling and writing workshop:

-Mona Lamloum

Writing workshops:

– Mona Lamloum

– Yaqoub El-Sharouni

Drawing workshop:

– Under the supervision of Shoikar Khalifa,

 – With the help of respectful team at Nida Association at Cairo and Luxor.

 – Ashab El-Erada Association at Alexandria by Sahar Zaiton with the help of Aliaa Abd-Elsalam.

Team Members:

– Rawan Said

– Ahmed Ismail

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