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Rodney Jordan, the Deputy Director, Employee Communications, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joins line-up of more than 20 leadership experts at upcoming HR Leaders Africa Conference in Lagos. HR Leaders Africa 2015, taking place from June 8 to 11 will welcome to Lagos, a distinguished panel of both international and regional experts who will share insights on unlocking the potential of human capital in Africa. In addition to Rodney, the fourth edition of the four-day conference will also feature the ultimate gathering of HR Leaders across Africa including HR Directors at Shell, Arcelormittal, Dangote, GlaxoSmithKline, Chevron, Vodafone Ghana, MTN, Flour Mill Group, British American Tobacco, GT Bank and Stanbic and many more speaking and gathering at the landmark conference. The conference therefore represents the ultimate think-tank gathering of HR leaders in the region to elevate human capital practices in Africa and develop talent across Africa. Kenneth Mukasa, Programme Director of HR Leaders Africa, commented: “With Africa’s economies registering growth rates of over 5% for the last decade, Africa is shedding its skin and adopting a challenger mindset to achieve parity with global competitors. Adopting a strategic approach to HR and building Africa’s workforce capability to compete globally will be the key to unlocking Africa’s potential.” A flagship study conducted by Informa of 85 leaders in the run-up to the HR Leaders Africa conference showed that transforming HR into a strategic partner of the business and implementing talent retention strategies are the two emerging themes in Africa. 47% of survey respondents cited transforming HR into a strategic business partner as a top priority. Ibiene Okeleke, HR Director of Sahara Group, said, “In the last five years, HR experts in Africa have become more strategic especially because organisation have realised the critical role that HR has to play in delivering the people agenda. As for implementing talent retention strategies, up to 44% of organisations said that it’s one of their top priorities. “Some of the key drivers for retaining top talent include a competitive pay/welfare package, excellent work environment, a company culture that respects the individual/diversity, provides growth opportunities and allows people to express themselves,” Ihuoma Onyearugha, the Director of HR and Medical, Chevron Nigeria said. Four in-depth workshops organised with George Washington University will focus on the potential strategic advantage that organisations can gain through best practices and high performance HR.  As testament to the aim of elevating workforce capability in the region, workshop attendees will receive certificates of attendance from George Washington University. The event will also provide a platform for exhibitors to share their latest HR solutions.   About the organisers Informa and Afrocet: Informa is part of Informa plc.(, and it is the leading international provider of specialist information and services for the academic and scientific; professional and commercial business communities. Informa has more than 150 offices in more than 45 countries, employs over 9,000 staff globally and is the largest publicly owned organiser of conferences and training courses in the world with an output of over 10,000 events annually. Afrocet is an African conference, exhibition and training organiser that is a key partner of Informa; operating locally to deliver high-end international events. It is headed by Dr. Adewale Balogun and Bryan Pearson whose experience of running such events in Africa dates back to a partnership they commenced in 1986. Afrocet, based in Lagos with offices in Ghana and Kenya, is your local touch point for all enquiries with regards Informa events. They can be contacted on +234 809 999 9246. For more information about HR Leaders 2015 in Africa, contact Tarina Newcastle via Tel Office: +971 (0) 4 4072590 Fax: + 971 (0) 4 3352711 Email:  

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This article was first published on 21st May 2015


Ejura Salihu is an Anatomist, Writer and Editor. She is currently the Editor-in-chief for Connect Nigeria. You can contact her via email: or follow her on twitter @icyquin_msc

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