Conference Schedule

CERTX will host for the second time a cutting-edge conference programme to explore the latest developments in the professional certification industry and international best practices. The conference will bring together thought-leaders and industry experts who will discuss innovative certification programmes and how the industry can provide effective solutions and meet the requirements of the job market. The conference will also highlight global best practices and how they can implemented in the local market.

08:00 Registration and networking coffee break

09:00 Welcome note
09:05 Conference Chairman opening address

09:10 Opening panel discussion: Investing in the country’s main national resource – Role of government programs in developing local human capital and achieving the National Transformation objectives

  • Building the foundation for transformation: Investing in the local human development and capabilities
  • Exploring current and future government programmes aiming at transferring the Kingdom into a knowledge-based economy
  • Discussing government programmes’ role in advancing knowledge localisation
  • Identifying best methods to activate and strengthen professional certifications’ role in the progress towards national transformation
Panelists: 
  • Dr. Ahmad Al-Meghames, Secretary General, Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA)

  • Abeer Adnan Al-Hashimi, Vice President of Upskilling, Takamol Holding 

  • Moderated by: Osama Al-Ansari, Entrepreneur and HR Consultant

09:40 Panel discussion: Professional accredited certificates and enterprise change management

  • Incorporating professional certifications in the change management strategy
  • Discussing the role of certificates in strengthening organization’s change management capability
  • Continuous employee learning and development to support the company’s growth
  • Exploring global and local experiences and success stories: how have professional certifications contributed to the success of change management?
  • What are the best practices in enterprise change management and how can they be implemented in the Kingdom?
  • The role of project management within the change management process
Panelists: 
  • Fouzi Bubshait, Vice President, Strategic Human Capital Programs, Maaden

  • Turki AlNagaidan, Chief Human Resources Officer, Saudi Social Development Bank

  • Dennis O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer, Oakwood International

  • Alastair Tyler, International Director, The London Institute of Banking & Finance

  • Simon Buehring, Founder and Managing Director, Knowledge Train

  • Moderated by: Osama Al-Ansari, Entrepreneur and HR Consultant

10:40 Executive networking coffee break

11:00 Panel discussion: The future of business and professional certification leaders worldwide

  • Exploring the global vision and international trend in the coming years
  • Identifying the future skills requirements and the main sectors of growth
  • Assessing the current certification market to identify gaps and best methods to meet the global business requirements
  • How will professional certifications shape the future of business?
Panelists: 
  • Saad Alkahtani, Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance

  • Suliman Alzahrani, Chairman, Bits Arabia

  • Rudolf Tegelaar, General Manager MENA, Prometric 

  • Sarah Davis, Head of Partnerships – GCC & Middle East, Chartered Institute of Personnel
    and Development – CIPD

  • Moderated by: Osama Al-Ansari, Entrepreneur and HR Consultant

12:00 Panel discussion: Linking the professional certificates with career promotions, retaining talents and competencies selection

  • Employers’ perspective: How can you identify the certifications that complement the competencies you require?
  • Looking at best practices in using certifications as a tool to measure skills, and evaluate employee career progress
  • Establishing a skills-certification index for key sectors in the Kingdom
  • What are the best methods to establishing a professional development strategy that helps deliver high levels of performance, career growth and productivity?
Panelists: 
  • Eng. Mohammed Ayed AlShamrani, General Manager, Learning and Development, Saudi Telecom Company (STC)

  • Mazin Alhomoud, Chief Human Resources Officer, Secretariat General, Council of Ministers

  • Martin Hutchins, Managing Director, Cambridge Professional Academy

  • Yasir Elkabbany, Territory Manager-Middle East & North Africa, CompTIA

  • Emrah Eren, Director of Global Sales, Human Resource Systems Group (HRSG)

  • Moderated by: Abdalkarem Hazim AlAbawi, STC Consultant for Strategies, Strategic Partnership and Alliances

13:00 Chairman closing address and visit to the exhibition

14:00 Executive networking lunch break

16:00 90 minute workshops

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