President’s Message

HR Journal (December 2018 Issue)


A Resounding Success for 2018 HKIHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition


Dear Members,


I’m pleased to share with you that the 2018 HKIHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition which took place on 27 & 28 November has been a great success. I trust that all of you who attended this year’s Conference will agree that this leading people management event in the region has grown from strength by strength in terms of scope, content, and user experience, and I’m sure you’ve enjoyed this wonderful platform for learning and exchanging ideas with gurus and fellow HR practitioners


This year’s two-day conference focused on Human Resources, agility and resilience. It was our great pleasure to have the Honourable Dr Law Chi-kwong’s presence, GBS, JP, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare to open the event with his enlightening speech. He remarked that resilience on the personal level involves one’s ability to cope with challenges, problem solving competency and positive thinking. On the corporate level, the HR function plays an important role in driving organisational agility and resilience in both action and decision making. He recognised the importance of the Conference as a key platformprovided by the Institute in preparing HR professionals to rise to future challenges shaped by technology, artificial intelligence and innovation.


Well attended by over 1,200 participants, the two-day Conference brought together a diverse mix of more than 40 speakers from top-level HR roles and C-suite executives of leading local and multinational organisations. They offered fresh perspectives on a wide range of topics including technology disruption, organisational effectiveness, talent management, learning and development, as well as employee engagement and employer branding, just to name a few.


Whilst we’re still collecting participants’ feedback on the conference, it looks to us that people really enjoyed the interactive sessions of the CEO forum and senior HR forum. We will continue to explore technology in order to give participants the best experience in these sessions in future events. Also very highly rated were the guru sessions with Dr Leonard Lane and the inspirational plenary with Dr. Alman Chan. Participants found their sharing inspiring and thought provoking.


In addition, during the concurrent sessions, speakers shared real life cases and their personal experience to illustrate how innovative HR approaches and practices can be adopted to tackle challenges brought about by technological disruptions, multi-generational workforces, manpower shortages and an increasingly stringent legislative regime in labour and employment.


I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the speakers, sponsors, business partners and supporting organisations for their contributions for having made this event a great success. Special thanks go to organisations that sponsored the talent development scheme, the Institute’s CSR initiative that subsidised HRM students from local universities to participate in the Conference and to get inspired by thought leaders. This initiative demonstrates our commitment to nurturing the next generation of HR practitioners and sustaining a talent stream for the HR profession in Hong Kong.


As we approach the holiday season in December, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2019!


Margaret Cheng
President of the HKIHRM


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