President’s Message

From HR Journal December 2017 Issue


Dear members,


Sustaining Continual Success through Innovation Drives

The HKIHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017 was again a great success this year. More than 1,700 delegates from the HR profession, business community, and academia participated in this leading HR event in Hong Kong and the region that took place on 21 and 22 November. Ms Sophia Kao Ching-chi, vice-chair of the Hong Kong Federation of Women, was invited to be our Guest of Honour. In her remarks at the opening ceremony, she highlighted the ways in which automation and digitisation will bring disruption to the workplace and shape the future of work.


In addition to illustrious speakers and HR visionaries, the conference and exhibition featured discussion forums, interactive workshops, case presentations in TED format, a technology zone, experiential learning opportunities, and ample networking. Delegates and visitors were able to experience at first-hand virtual reality solutions deployed for employee on-boarding and training, in a new approach to the future of HR from a technological perspective. One of the highlights of the conference was the APFHRM Forum, which brought together senior leaders from APFHRM member countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Pakistan to share their insights into ways of driving business innovation through technology, and sustaining manpower development. The APFHRM Forum has not only helped the Institute strengthen ties with APFHRM members, but has also deepened regional collaboration in HR initiatives and programmes. An article detailing the highlights of the conference will be published in the next issue of this journal.


Another flagship event in the pipeline that will attract a lot of attention from the HR community at the start of 2018 is the HKIHRM HR Excellence Awards programme 2017/2018, as it enters the final round of interviews with the finalists in January. Hailed as the HR Oscars, and open to organisations of any size with operations in Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China, and across the Asia-Pacific region, the awards programme will present 22 accolades across four categories, namely Organisational, HR Service Provider, SME, and Individual, to the winning organisations and individuals at a ceremony scheduled to take place in May.


Next year the Institute will see the launch of new initiatives and programmes building on the achievements of this year. The success of these can only be attained through strong leadership at the Secretariat. To this end, the Executive Council of the Institute has appointed Ms Teresa Lee as the new Executive Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, effective on 1 December 2017. Ms Lee brings years of management experience gained from organisations in the professional service sector. I am sure Teresa will work closely with the Executive Council and various Committees to fulfil the professional body's mission in developing, maintaining and enhancing HR management standards and professionalism through membership services and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors.


On a final note, I would like to thank members for their support for, and participation in, the work of the Institute over the year, especially when we celebrated the Institute's 40th anniversary. In this festive season, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful and fruitful year in 2018.


David Li

President of HKIHRM

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