About THRF

The Human Resources Forum (THRF) was founded in the mid 1970s by a number of enthusiastic HR Managers who were keen to network, share experiences and seek continuous professional development. The Forum is open to anyone who is connected with Human Resources and wishes to pursue those objectives.

The Human Resources Forum currently has over 300 members representing over 150 companies from most business sectors across the Emirates. The Forum is managed by an elected committee which meets monthly to organise approximately 20 seminars, workshops, site visits and other events each year to achieve the THRFs objectives. Noted international and local speakers are invited to address the Forum, on topics covering mainstream HR practices, Personal Development, Business Excellence and topical HR issues of common concern.

THRF also operates an online forum for members, providing discussion boards and blogs, to enable members to ask questions and get feedback, share ideas and discuss key issues in HR in the region. This area also enables members to post vacancies and CVs in order to facilitate inter-community cooperation with regards to jobs.

The individual membership fee is 300 AED per annum (January to December) and there is a 150 AED joining fee. There are also membership options for students and also for corporate members – detail can be found by clicking on the Join tab. All the events are free to members, including the annual social event which incorporates the AGM.

Latest Events 2015


 A leading European Negotiation expert at the THRF Forum


We have all learnt that it is important to prepare our negotiations. The key challenge in our busy life is to find the time for it.


On Tuesday the 24th of March we will welcome Giuseppe Conti for an inspiring talk on: "How to effectively prepare for a negotiation in 20 minutes". Giuseppe will present to us a simple methodology to quickly be ready for our negotiations and deliver superior results. There will also be a role play with participants. This event is free for all THRF members.  Please not seating is limited.



To register email:administrator@thrf.ae


Start time: 6.45 pm


Venue:Details on the venue will be sent out shortly


Guest fee: AED 100



Giuseppe Conti

Giuseppe is Italian, lives in Switzerland and lectures across the world in the field of Negotiation. In particular, he is a regular Lecturer at a number of leading Business Schools, including Oxford, Cambridge, INSEAD, IMD, HEC Paris, ESADE, and Bocconi. Managers from over 70 different countries have attended his highly interactive and pragmatic workshops. He is a seasoned negotiator combining academic content with a rich 20-year practitioner experience from his senior Procurement and commercial leadership roles with blue chip multinationals (Procter & Gamble, Novartis, Firmenich, Merck).  He is currently a Director with Merck in Switzerland.


If you want to familiarize yourself with some of his content on negotiation, read an article he has recently published on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141021190335-1249570-framing-your-message-for-a-successful-negotiation?trk=prof-post


Negotiation is a life-long skill. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from a leading European expert.





Effective Balanced Scorecard and the Modern HR Challenges

On Monday 16th March join us for a talk on Effective Balanced Scorecard and the Modern HR Challengesby David Jalili.This event is free for all THRF members.




Registration & Networking- 6.00 - 6.30 pm


Presentation starts- 6.30 pm


To register please email: administrator@thrf.ae


Fee for Guests: AED 100 payable on arrival


Venue: Wollongong University, Knowledge Village, Block 15, the Auditorium on the ground floor.




About Effective Balanced Scorecard and the Modern HR Challenges…

The HR Challenge

HR has come a long way in the past couple of decades. In some organizations it has achieved a strategic partner status but in many it still struggles to find a place at the leadership table.  Why? Simply because HR is not seen as delivering effective core HR functions, limiting trust and confidence in a vital function. At times indeed it is seen as a necessary evil that enforces rules, resists creativity, and impedes constructive change. HR is the corporate function with the greatest potential to be a key driver of business performance.



The HR Imperative

By thinking strategically and relying on proven business practices and tools, HR can show value and partner with the leadership team. The HR scorecard can be designed to allow HR to position itself, not just as a strategic partner of the organization, but as an effective function delivering core requirements meeting the operational needs of the organizationworking with the leadership team, line managers and executives.



The Balanced Scorecard

The premise for an HR Scorecard is that HR can and should develop objectives that are aligned with the organizational strategy encompassing strategic as well as operational objectives. Furthermore, those objectives should have related measures and initiatives that demonstrate how HR will achieve its contribution to the main goals. These could be the financial results in a private entity, or mission effectiveness in a government or non-profit entity.



The Short Talk

In this short session, the following will be highlighted:


·        The principles of the BSC and how cascade and alignment are achieved whether as part of a an organizational BSC or stand-alone HR initiative.


·        Identification of HR’s customers and the critical deliverables


·       Development of strategic focus areas, the themes, to address high level directional imperatives


·        Defining the HR activities that provide the critical deliverables (such as high-talent staffing or a retention initiative).


·        How HR practices are integrated with the overall business strategy


·        Samples of Corporate and HR Scorecards



About the Speaker…

David Jalili

David is an Executive Director of the People Partnership, based in Dubai, and a Senior Associate of BSI with specific focus on improving organizational performance through consultancy and training in areas such as strategy, performance, change management, processes, the excellence model and human resources. David has been working extensively in this area for over a decade. He has implemented the balanced scorecard and excellence model in numerous organizations in many countries around the Gulf. He has conducted many seminars, lectures and workshops for individual companies and international organizations. He has also fully supported the performance and excellence movement in Dubai. He is a Senior Assessor and past Jury member of the Dubai Quality Award (DQA). He has supported many organizations who have gone on to win the DQA and other prestigious awards.


Prior to consulting David held numerous positions with international companies including 10 years with Esso Petroleum Company (Exxon) in UK, 6 years with KPMG Peat Marwick as Senior Consultant in London and Consultancy Manager in the UAE, 5 years as GM in advisory and project implementation with the Government of Dubai and 2 years as GM of GIS, Oman.


David holds a B.Sc. In Mechanical Engineering from The City University, London, and an MBA from Kingston University, London. He is Chartered Engineer, Member of the Chartered Institute of Management, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute. He is a Certified Assessor for the EFQM (Europe), Certified Balanced Scorecard Master Professional by the Balanced Scorecard Institute. He is also a founder member of the Institute of Auditors, Dubai Chapter, Senior Assessor and ex-jury member of Dubai Quality Award.


In Strategy and Organization Performance Management, such as Balanced Scorecard (BSC), process improvement, HR performance and productivity, he has led and implemented systems in the government and private sector in the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, including Dubai Financial Market, Abu Dhabi Chamber, Qapco, Qatar International Petroleum Marketing (Tasweeq), Qatar Foundation, AST Middle East, Masafi, Gulf News and Alessa Industrial Company, as well as conducting numerous BSC and Strategy workshops throughout the Middle East and in Europe.



Thought Leadership Imperativesby Prakash Menon Monday 23rd February

Leverage your ideas for maximum commercial success

Venue: Wollongong University, Knowledge Village, Block 15, the Auditorium on the ground floor.


60-Minute Guide on How To Develop a Competencies Framework by Robert Mosley
at Wollongong University, Knowledge Village, Block 15, the Auditorium on the ground floor. Reg. 6.00 - 6.30 pm, AED 100 - Payable on arrival
Tuesday 10th February
THRF AGM and Adrian Hayes present on “The Real Art of Teamwork”
at Wollongong University, Knowledge Village, Block 15, the Auditorium on the ground floor. Reg. 6.00 - 6.30 pm
Wednesday 28th January
The Implications of Sharia Inheritance and Guardianship Laws for Muslim and Non-Muslim Individuals
Venue: To be announced in the next email. Reg. 6.00 - 6.30 pm, AED 100 – payable on arrival
Monday 12th January


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    The presentation will focus on the top regional priorities in human capital, associated challenges and potential realignment that may be needed in line with the dynamic business environment and changing talent space.

    The speaker , David Jones, will address specific research based outcomes on the latest labour market trends and challenges across the MENA region, the changes needed in the talent space to keep up

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Committee Members

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Martin Jalili

Committee Chairman

Managing Director of The People Partnership, an HR consultancy focusing on development and training.

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Mohammed Al Mahdi

Committee Member

Recognized human resource leader known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals

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Vijay Reddy

Committee Member

Founder and CEO of Q - People Consulting (www.q-people.ae)

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For any enquires please contact


The THRF Administrator

P.O Box 502221, Dubai, UAE

Dubai Knowledge Village, The Business Centre, Block 9, Desk 39.

Email: administrator@thrf.ae

Mobile: 050 501 8490

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