As we approach our 10th anniversary this year we’re excited that the Middle East features so strongly in Changeboard’s plans for the future. In this Q&A, Changeboard’s editor Mary Appleton talks to Katie Richard about the plans for Changeboard’s Middle East magazine in 2014, who we’ll be featuring in our next issue, and the key challenges for HR professionals this year.
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What is the purpose of Changeboard magazine in the Middle East?
Changeboard’s mission is to create a community of well-informed professionals, by providing high quality insights and thought leadership from significant HR sources across the region. The magazine now has over 10,000 subscribers.
Our editorial ambition is to inspire and inform senior HR professionals – we are focused on career development from an organisational and individual level and from a global perspective.
What topics do you cover?
We explore topics that have universal relevance, such as recruitment, leadership etc but we also engage our readership by covering region-specific issues, such as nationalization and developing sustainable talent pipelines for certain areas of growth (such as oil & gas).
Reflecting the current professional and economic trends in the region, Changeboard magazine acts as a facilitator in highlighting the challenges faced by HR; showcasing collaborative frameworks for answers to these by unearthing inspiring role models and showcasing practical, achievable solutions from both employers and employees.
Why did you decide to launch a magazine for the Middle East market?
Demand – there was previously no dedicated publication for HR leaders in the region, yet there is such a vibrant HR community out there who are hungry to share their knowledge and insights, it was a perfect opportunity for us.
What are the main challenges faced by HR in the region?
One of the biggest tasks facing leaders in the Arab world right now is job creation – 80 million positions are needed by 2020. And with youth unemployment tipping almost 30% – the highest in the world – we’re entering a challenging time.
But there’s real opportunity for HR to become a real strategic player in the business, by helping contribute to the solution.
This year, Changeboard is calling the HR community to stimulate real conversation, inspire support and propose practical action by asking you to share your knowledge in this space. We’re asking HR professionals to consider how they can leverage their position to tap into under-used talent pools.
Who will be featuring in the next Middle East Changeboard magazine?
This issue, we ask HR directors from Visa, Virgin Mobile, Zamil Industrial, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, Saudi Tadwadi and Saudi Human Capital Club, to reveal what’s top of their people agenda in 2014.
Sophia Panayiotou, senior VP HR at Emirates Group, explains how its national workforce has grown year on year . And we find out why peer-to-peer mentoring is key to retaining top employees at Ernst & Young.
John Harker, VP HR at Al Futtaim, sets out how he’s using HR to drive strategic value . While Diaa Mohamed, VP of global HR services at technology giant HP, explains why HR is central to the organization’s five-year turnaround plan .
We’re also shining a light on female talent. We speak exclusively to Fareda Abdullah, VP of human capital at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, on balancing work & family. And Joanna Al Najjar shares her knowledge of the public and private sectors and why she feels HR is poised to bridge the gap and drive growth (p34).
Meanwhile, we explore the future of work and Dave Ulrich outlines what key competencies are needed for HR this year.
How can readers access Changeboard?
Changeboard magazine is available in a variety of formats to suit the reader. You can sign up for a complimentary individual or corporate subscription so you can enjoy with your whole HR team. Alternatively, you can read the digital version on your desktop or download our free app to enjoy on the move. Plus, we showcase all our articles on the Changeboard website.