9th - 11th of April 2017
Grand Millennium Muscat

why oshrm conference?

OSHRM's conferences feature regionally recognized leaders from the world of human resources profession. OSHRM is one of the most respected and well recognized brands in the HR sector in Oman.

HR specialists, those who are truly knowledgeable about the latest HR developments and trends, are our event organizers. The intergrity of OSHRM lends weight to the conference and out memebers and delegates appreciate the non-commercial and educational approach we take.

Presentations address key topics to enable HR professionals to develop and execute the strategies needed to align their people and practice with overall organizational goals and thereby contributing to the bottom line.

The aim and the objectives of IFTDO World Conference 2017 is to bring together a diverse group of high thinking leaders and practitioner, to align our combined resources to extend and expand the following areas: HR Strategy and Planning; Leadership Development; Talent Management; Organizational Effectiveness and Building a Strategic HR Function.

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honorable speakers

  • H.E Dr. Mohammed Al Rumhi

  • Dr Mona Al-Said

    Chairperson of SQU rebranding initiative tasked to study the existing brand and come up with rebranding strategy coupled with a marketing working plan for SQU

    Chairperson of the annual nominations for best SQU staff, the committee meets annually to assess and shortlist best performing staff of SQU to be rewarded in the university day

    Chairperson of the working committee to restructure the payroll grades of different working schemes at SQU looking at the existing grades and proposed ways to merge some of the grades and suggest alternative systems

    Chairperson of monetary rewards systems at SQU tasked to put a system governing the rewards system at SQU at all levels

    Chairperson of the Medical Training committee to look into finding alternative spots for the ever growing number of medical graduates working at SQU Hospital

    Member in Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science

    Chairperson of the sub-committee for Science

    Chairperson of the working group for the languages institute at SQU, the main task was to propose a working plan to establish an institute for different languages at SQU

    Chairperson of the organization committee for Oman – Africa relations at SQU

  • Talal Al Rahbi

    His Excellency Talal Al Rahbi has spent all his working life in public service, starting his career at Oman’s elected lower house of parliament (A’Shura Council), before returning to the US to complete his MPA in Public Policy and Management from at University of Oregon. Earlier he earned his Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Louisiana. After completing his MPA studies and gaining valuable experience at the local government level in Lane County OR, Talal returned to Oman and went on to become a key figure in developing Oman’s Information Technology for the digital age, at a newly-formed national Information Technology Authority. Between 2010 and 2013, Oman rose ten places in the international Network Readiness Index.

    In February of 2013, Talal was appointed by Royal Decree as Deputy Secretary General to the Supreme Council for Planning – a cabinet council chaired by His Majesty the Sultan of Oman - that shapes Oman’s economic planning and prioritizes the entire country’s capital budgets. Talal was decorated by HM Sultan Qaboos with the Civil Order of Oman in 2015.

    In 2016, Talal managed the inception of a five year program for national economic diversification, under the banner “Tanfeedh”, or “implementation”. Based on Malaysia’s “Big Fast Results” methodology, the project brought together stakeholders from the public, private, academic and voluntary sectors to create accelerated change in priority economic areas. These intensive working groups have created over 120 initiatives with the aim of creating over $38 billion in total investments over the next four years.

    Among many board and representative positions, Talal currently serves as Chairman of a new Oman Technology Fund, Deputy Chairman of the Public Authority for SME Development, and board member of the Oman Rail Company, Public Authority for Electricity and Water, Public Authority for Craft Industries, and member of Oman Vision 2040 Committee. He also served as First Deputy Chairman of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2010-2013).


    Robert is Vice President – Global Operations at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management representing more than 285,000 members in over 175 countries by serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the interests of the HR profession. He is responsible for establishing and growing business relationships with key business leaders and HR executives in multinational and large national companies, universities, human resource associations, and training providers globally and is responsible for the global staff at SHRM World Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, USA and SHRM offices in China and United Arab Emirates.

  • Sheikh. Talal Al Maamari

    Mr. Talal Said Al Mamari is the Chief Executive Officer of Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) since 29th June 2014. He has 22 years of experience in the telecom sector working. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held several leadership positions at Omantel, of which the last was Chief Financial Office.

    Mr. Talal Said Al Mamari played an instrumental role in different initiatives and transformational projects carried out by the Company, including the IPO in 2005, the restructuring of Omantel by bringing the mobile and fixed operations together and later the full legal merger of Oman Mobile with Omantel.

  • Dr Albert Marcella

    Dr. Marcella, President, Business Automation Consultants, (BAC) LLC, is an internationally recognized public speaker, researcher, and workshop and seminar leader with 38 years of experience in IT audit, risk management, security and assessing internal controls. Dr. Marcella, has authored numerous articles and 28 books on various IT, audit and security related subjects.

  • Khalid Al Yahmadi

    Khalid was elected to be the CEO of the life quality development and investment company in Oman; Muscat National Development and Investment SAOC "ASAAS" on the last quarter of 2014. He got a bachelor degree in building engineering from college of Architecture and Planning, King Faisal University, KSA. He was the first undergraduate student in the Middle East to research and design a Building Energy Management System and he was the first undergraduate to get the certificate in BEMS from Johnson Controls (BMS International Manufacturer).

  • Kevin Johnson

    Kevin Johnson, OnTrack International’s CEO gained the majority of his business experience in senior management in the financial services industry. He has been involved in training and development for over 15 years.

  • Shadha Al Maskari

    Shatha is the Managing Director of Protiviti in Oman and a solution leader in Organizational Transformation & Human Capital Consultancy. She has 18 years of international experience which span across business, technology and risk consulting with Arthur Andersen, PwC, and Shell. She won three awards in the USA: for being an exceptional Coach at PwC, for her contribution in Research and Technology at PwC, and her latest win for the best global innovation idea at protiviti. Shatha was also awarded with the HR Professional of the Year at a Middle East Level in 2015 which was organized by informa at the HR Excellence Awards.

  • Paul Gregorowitsch

    Paul's career spans over 35+ years in the airline industry having his career with KLM, Air France/KLM, Martinair Holland, followed by the German based low cost carrier Air Berlin. This has given him a deep understanding of sales, marketing, customer service, operations, general management and at Board level in global-, full service-, charter-, cargo- and low cost/low frills airlines.

  • Dr Ramin Mohajer

    Dr Ramin Mohajer, Graduated in an Honors Bachelor “Microbiology with Biochemistry & Physiology” and Masters in “Food Science” both from the University of Reading (UK), PhD in Bus-Economics from the University of London, and an MBA with concentration on tourism development from Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia). During the past 22 years, Locally, he has worked for Muscat Municipality as well as the Sohar Development Office (Diwan of the Royal Court) as Training and Development Advisor, at Al-Mouj Muscat in the field of HR as well as Communications, and currently as the HR & Development Advisor to the CEO, at the Information Technology Authority ITA in the Sultanate of Oman. Internationally, he has worked for Glaxo Group Research (UK) as well as the Royal Berkshire Hospital (UK), Coles-Myer Group (Australia), and the Australian Federal Government in Canberra. More recently, Dr Ramin has been involved in representing the Sultanate in the Dubai Human Development Award (Mohammed bin Rashid Excellence Award) as one of the judges (2013-2015). He is also currently a Fellow and Board Member of the Gulf Talent Advisory Board.

  • Sheikh Kahlan

  • Samie Al-Achrafi

    Samie Al-Achrafi is a leading global culture change expert, recognised for creating high performance cultures underpinned by values. He is known for his progressive learning interventions that transform organisations and embed lasting change. Born and raised in the Middle East, Samie moved to the UK and USA before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was posted to Romania.

  • Brad Boyson

    Prior to joining SHRM MEA in 2012, Brad has spent 17 years holding senior HR roles in globally diverse organizations like Mitsubishi Corporation (Tokyo), Royal Caribbean International (Miami) and most recently Hamptons/Emaar (Dubai). He holds the rare distinction of having practiced embedded HR on every inhabited continent including possessing HR experience in almost every major industrial sector. He was also one of the first people in the world to have earned a professional HR certification in two international jurisdictions (USA and Canada) and has first-hand HR experience supervising employees from over 120 different nationalities.


    Mr. Badr is an Organization and Management Development Consultant working in the fields of Post-Merger Transformation, Organization re-structuring, Leadership Training and Human Resources Systems Development for companies since 1997. Over the last 20 years, his Consulting & Mentoring career supported dozens of partner companies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


    Raheen Sacranie is a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), in the UK. Following a stint with KPMG in London, where he was involved in well over a hundred operational investigations and audits, he has worked as a financial and technology consultant and trainer in over 600 companies across the world. His experience straddles all industries, in the commercial and the public sectors, and a career that spans over 25 years.

  • Mohamed Elyas

    Mohammed Elyas gathered his 19 years’ experience from 4 different industries, and by 2006 he decided to give up his commercial Pilot license to develop People instead of working with machines. He earned Bachelor Degree in Business Management from King Abdulaziz University. Mohammed is enjoying his current role as Talent Management & Leadership Development senior GM,and working smart to identify & develop talent. And Mohammed’s personal mission statement is “guiding people to what’s better for them”

  • Micheal Kouly

    From as far back as he can remember, Michael Kouly has been fascinated by the art of leadership. He has spent his life learning about leadership, strategy, growth and purpose at the world’s top schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Michigan and Maastricht. He has practiced leadership as a two-time CEO at both Reuters and Orbit Corporations, for more than 30 years in 22 countries. He is also an advisor to state leaders.

  • David Edwards

    David J Edwards is a chartered occupational psychologist, Head of Talent Solutions Consultancy, Principal Consultant at CEB Middle East and has served SHL Talent Measurement™ clients for over 16 years. David’s managing consulting experience spans selection and development, assessment center, job analysis and competency design, as well as delivery of CEB SHL training courses. He has travelled extensively managing and delivering small through to large scale projects for clients across many different industry sectors.

  • Abdurahman Al Hatmi

    Senior executive with 22 years of diverse experience and verifiable success in achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up, turnaround, and rapid-change environments. Proven track record of understanding critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries.

    Highly successful in building relationships with decision makers, seizing control of critical problem areas, and delivering on commitments. Customer focused and performance-driven.

  • Abdel Bari Durra

    A member of the Board of Jerusalem day Society (JDS) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Jerusalem Studies, branch of JDS.

    A founder of a al khalil (Hebron) Forum For Comprehensive Development.

    Established in cooperation with voluntary societies in Al khalil (Hebron) in Palestine. A school named after the late his father and a kindergarten by his name in Wadi Hariyya area, Al Khalil (Hebron).


    Mr. Ahmed Ali Akaak is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Salalah. Mr. Akaak has been with the port since January 2000 where he has worked in several key positions including Chief Corporate Officer and General Manager for Human Resources. Ahmed brings to the position board industry knowledge and executive experience in all aspects of management, including strategic planning and organizational development both locally and nationally.

    Mr. Akaak is a seasoned professional with verifiable year after year success achieving business objectives and promotes revenues, profitability and growth of Port of Salalah which is managed by APMT one of the world class Port Operator and Maersk associate. He is a strategic planner with proven ability to improve operations, in identification of strategic partner and directing value creation plans.

    A keen analyst with exceptional negotiation & relationship management skills and abilities in communicating with the Board of Directors and other supervisory committees, and promoting the best-in-class corporate governance practices with an emphasis on accountability, transparency and equity.


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Event Location

Grand Millennium Muscat

Event Date

9th - 11th of April 2017