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Virginia Motsepe
+27 (76) 251 1815

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22 - 23 May 2024


All Day

HR Business Partner Conference 2024

Embracing change: the evolving role of HRBPs in a dynamic business environment

In an era where the rapid pace of change is the only constant, the role of Human Resources Business Partners (HRBPs) has never been more crucial. HRBPs are the architects of talent strategy, playing a vital role in driving organisational performance and cultivating a workforce that can thrive amid disruption. The recent pandemic and technological revolution have fundamentally altered the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In this transformation, HRBPs are pivotal in navigating the complexities of a fluctuating labour market, advancements in technology, and the cultural paradigm shifts influenced by Generation Z and the Gig Economy.

This conference is crafted to empower HRBPs to become forward-thinking leaders who are well-versed in the latest research and best practices. It will provide a platform for HRBPs to tackle the myriad challenges presented by a transforming business landscape and to find common strategic solutions that ensure business success. Join industry experts and thought leaders as they share cutting-edge case studies and experiential knowledge, offering unmatched learning opportunities to help you evolve in your role.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Adapt to new leadership techniques to lead teams and employees as an HRBP
  • Enhance your communication skills and influence, mastering the art of business networking to drive strategic outcomes.
  • Discover insights on delivering an exceptional employee experience that drives performance at an organisational and individual level.
  • Engage with the latest trends in performance management and employee appraisal, understanding the impactful role HRBPs play in these domains.
  • Navigate through change models and projects with agility, leveraging strategies to overcome workplace transition challenges.
  • Stay ahead in a shifting labour market with proven strategies to attract and retain top talent, informed by global talent acquisition research.
  • Explore the transformative potential of AI in HR, examining how it redefines HR business partnering towards a more strategic, data-driven approach.
  • Immerse yourself in People and Culture Management best practices, fostering cultures that resonate with Generation Z and embrace the flexibility of the Gig Economy.


Confirmed Speakers

  • Lerato Mathibela, Head: Young Talent,  Nedbank
  • Tebogo Maenetja,  CHRO, MTN SA
  • Devaksha Christopher, Organisational Effectiveness Executive, Old Mutual
  • Phumzile Hlatshwayo, Executive Human Capital, Altron Digital Business
  • Laura Pycraft, Head of People Solutions, Humanity: The Employee Experience Company
  • Candice Booysen, Human Capital Director, Interconnect Systems
  • Charlotte Gurhoo, Director: People & Culture, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sive Nodada, Executive Director, 21st Century
  • Dvorah Stein, Founder, Facilitator, Leadership Coach (PCC), The Hive
  • Martin Sutherland, Global Director, Peopletree Group
  • Devaan Parbhoo, Head of Digital HR, Santam Insurance
  • Nene Molefi, CEO, Mandate Molefi
  • Dineo Sekwele, Chief People & Culture Officer, Nutun
  • John Botha, Joint CEO, Global Business Solutions
  • Claire Da Gama, Organisational Effectiveness: Employee Experience Senior Specialist , BCX
  • Samuel O. Ajayi – PhD, HR: Continuous Improvement/Lean Coach, Nigeria LNG Limited
  • Portia Thokoane, HR Director: East & Southern, Nestlé ESAR


About Sage

Sage – Silver Sponsor

Sage exists to knock down barriers so everyone can thrive, starting with the millions of small and mid-sized businesses served by us, our partners and accountants. Customers trust our finance, HR and payroll software to make work and money flow.  By digitising business processes and relationships with customers, suppliers, employees, banks and governments, the Sage Network connects SMBs, removing friction and delivering insights. Knocking down barriers also means we use our time, technology and experience to tackle digital inequality, economic inequality and the climate crisis.

About Outsized

Outsized – Silver Sponsor

Outsized is a talent-on-demand platform for highly-skilled, experienced, independent professionals. It enables large enterprises and consulting firms in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East to implement flexible workforce models by providing access to vetted talent from a host of professional disciplines. With a focus on experienced professionals, and full-time contracts, Outsized empowers and supports both the people and the businesses that use its platform. Outsized has local teams based in South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Bahrain and Australia, and is committed to creating a sustainable, win-win ecosystem for clients and talent.

Registration Fees:

Registration fees exclude VAT.
Registration fees include refreshments, lunch and a copy of the speaker slides.

22-23 May 2024 • In-Person registration fee R9 900.00
Online registration fee R8 000.00




Hourly Schedule

Day 1: 22 May 2024

08:15 - 08:30
Begin the day with networking opportunities while enjoying a selection of refreshments
08:30 - 09:30
Interactive Dialogue: The HR Business Partner’s Evolving Role
PHUMZILE HLATSHWAYO, Executive Human Capital, Altron Digital Business AND PORTIA THOKOANE, HR Director: East & Southern Africa, Nestlé ESAR AND WASHINGTON MASHANDA, Sales Director: Payroll & HR NCA, Sage
09:30 - 10:10
Mastering Effective Communication Skills and Influence for HRBPs
10:10 - 10:50
Crafting the Employee Experience
LAURA PYCRAFT, Head of People Solutions, Humanity The Employee Experience Company
10:50 - 11:20
Morning Tea Break
11:20 - 12:00
Change Management Mastery for HRBPs
DEVAKSHA CHRISTOPHER, Organisational Effectiveness Executive, Old Mutual
12:00 - 12:40
Rethinking Performance Management
SIVE NODADA, Executive Director, 21st Century
12:40 - 13:20
Data-Driven HR Analytics for Informed Strategic Decisions
MARTIN SUTHERLAND, Global Director, Peopletree Group
13:20 - 14:20
Lunch break
14:20 - 15:00
Recruiting in a Changing Labour Market: Strategising for the Gig Economy and Freelancing Trends
SAMUEL O. AJAYI – PHD, HR: Continuous Improvement/Lean Coach, Nigeria LNG Limited
15:00 - 15:40
Managing the Remote and Hybrid Workforce
CHARLOTTE GURHOO, Director: People & Culture, The Coca-Cola Company
15:40 - 16:00
Wrap-up of day 1

Day 2: 23 May 2024

07:15 - 08:15
Registration and Morning Refreshments
08:15 - 08:30
Opening Remarks Welcome and Introduction by the Chairperson
08:30 - 09:10
From Expertise to Empowerment: Navigating the Shift from Subject Matter Expert to Strategic Thinking Partner
DVORAH STEIN, Founder, Facilitator, Leadership Coach (PCC), The Hive
09:10 - 09:50
Improving Coaching Skills for HRBP
CANDICE BOOYSEN, Human Capital Director, Interconnect Systems
09:50 - 10:30
HRBP Implementing an Employer Branding Excellence Strategy: Elevating the Employee
DINEO SEKWELE, Chief People & Culture Officer, Nutun
10:30 - 11:00
Morning Tea Break
11:00 - 11:40
The AI Revolution in HR Partnering: Transforming HR Business Partnering with Artificial Intelligence
DEVAAN PARBHOO, Head of digital HR, Santam
11:40 - 12:20
People and Culture Management: Building Cultures in Harmony and Managing Gen Zs
LERATO MATHIBELA, Head: Young Talent, Nedbank
12:20 - 13:00
The Talent Revolution: Navigating the Future of Work with Talent on-Demand
JOHANN VAN NIEKERK, Co-founder, Outsized South Africa
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 - 14:40
Risk Assessment and Legal Compliance for HRBP: Navigating the Evolving Legal Landscape in Employment and Data Protection
JOHN BOTHA, Joint CEO, Global Business Solutions
14:40 - 15:20
Championing Diversity and Inclusion: Embedding Equality into Organisational DNA
Amplifying Employee Engagement: Creating Fulfilment in the Modern Work Era
15:20 - 16:00
Amplifying Employee Engagement: Creating Fulfilment in the Modern Work Era
CLAIRE DA GAMA, Organisational Effectiveness, Employee Experience Senior Specialist, BCX
16:00 - 16:15
Open Discussion
Wrap-up and Close of Conference
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