5th Annual Talent Agenda Series East Africa

19-20th September 2018, The Radisson Blu Hotel,  Nairobi, Kenya

Back for its 5th year, the Talent Agenda Series- East Africa meeting once again brings 200 key decision makers, HR Directors and senior executive business leaders to discuss human capital and its critical role in achieving its potential. Employers, government, multi-laterals and talent come together at the Talent Agenda Series East Africa human capital conference to define, discuss and debate the best practices, trends, opportunities and challenges at the heart of the region's human capital landscape. Join 200 senior HR and business leaders for interactive session formats and discussion on the key topics of the day, delivered by the brightest minds, the most experienced practitioners and the leading providers in the region We aim to give all attendees the opportunity to enhance their Human Capital competences and capabilities via several initiative such as gaining CPD points. 


The conference was excellent. Incomparable.
— Africa VP of HR, Schneider Electric

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The conference addresses the key themes, latest trends and current challenges identified by our steering committee of experienced regional HR experts in East Africa. Recent themes and sessions include leadership development, employee engagement, employer branding, recruitment, training and development, compensation and benefits and workplace design. A handful of our sessions and themes are featured opposite, but for the full and frequently updated agenda, please see the link below.


The Talent Agenda Series East Africa Conference is the regional meeting point for expert HR practitioners and progressive business leaders who put human capital at the core of their strategies. The audience at the event will include 200 senior HR and business leaders, including Chief Human Resources Officers (CHRO), HR Directors, Heads of Human Capital, CEOs, Country Managers, Managing Directors, General Managers, Talent Managers, Heads of Talent Attraction, Employer Brand Managers, Corporate Communications Heads and a variety of other related roles. 

Seeing CEOs and HRDs collaborate at these events shows HR accorded the right strategic input and importance.
— HRD, Sparkwest Steel Industries


The 2017 Talent Agenda Series East Africa Human Capital Conference welcomed a stellar line-up of speakers and an engaged audience of influencers. Debate and discussion flowed, with panel discussions between senior leaders a highlight..

Great event! Content rich and current to develop my regional HR team.
— HRD, Aggreko International Projects


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Each conference will address and discuss today’s human capital advancements and issues within their specific African region, how they relate to Africa as a whole and the global market. People are the core of every business, so it is vital that your HR team is not only well trained and capable but also up to date with the latest HR news, trends and best practices. HR is such a fast-moving area that it is very easy to fall behind.

During the conference delegates will:

  • Learn about the emerging human capital trends in Southern Africa, how they relate to the rest of Africa and the global market
  • Network with key business leaders and HR trend setters
  • Learn how to attract, keep, motivate and inspire your work force to help them reach their potential
  • Pursue new business opportunities across the region
  • Discuss future leadership development
  • Seek out potential support and funding for your various projects
  • Listen to different case studies and verbally test out different ideas with no risk


This conference is ideal for business leaders, HR directors and heads of HR departments, looking for new ways to attract, keep and inspire their workforce to be the best they can be. Additionally, the conference focuses on inspiring the leaders of tomorrow, so it is also a great opportunity for the your future HR leaders. The programme will take place over one and a half days, making it an ideal chance to develop your knowledge base, network and make excellent contacts in an efficient way.

If you are interested in developing your knowledge in one or more of the following topic types, then this conference is perfect for you:

  • New and upcoming HR trends, and how they relate to the local, regional and global market
  • Business development, attracting and keep talent
  • Diversity in the work place
  • Inspiring the future leaders of tomorrow to ensure your company’s future success
  • New business wanting to make their mark
  • Local and regional business looking to develop within the region or move into the rest of Africa
  • International companies looking to develop their reach and contacts in the region
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PREVIOUS Speakers at the talent agenda series East Africa Conference


Ready to lead the talent agenda in East Africa?

The Talent Agenda Series East Africa Conference brings together 200 of the region's senior HR and business leaders, for discussion and debate around the key challenges, themes and best practices of the moment.

See below for the themes, topics and formats of the 2017 conference. 

Winning at Talent: Mastering Disruptive Trends in East Africa

Day 1

Morning Session

Chair’s Opening Address - Stephen Tio Kauma, HRD, Afreximbank

Interactive Panel Discussion

Investing in East Africa: Unlocking the Potential of the Region’s People, Organisations & Industries

Moderator: Alban Mwendar, Director, Great Lions Ltd.
Freddy West, Consultant, CDC Group
Yida Kemoli, Partner, Phatisa
Michael Turner, Managing Director, Actis


Careers in Africa Insight

What Talent Wants: Employer Value Propositions for East Africa


Alex Mugan, Director, Global Career Company

East African Employee Insights

Attracting, Engaging, & Retaining Talent: Sustainable Employee Engagement as a Tool to Improve Business Performance

Review the results of advanced analytics and exclusive evidence based research to explore ways of creating and leveraging an employer value proposition (EVP) that attracts, engages and retains the right talent pool for your business. Examine the practical steps you can take to build a superior employment deal, implement necessary change, and shape a high-performance culture that produces an engaged workforce, equipped to achieve your business objectives and deliver measurable results.

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Matthew Mcdonnell, Willis Towers Watson

Networking Break

Take 20 minutes of your day to ensure you pick up with the contact details of those who can help you solve your human capital challenges. This fast paced session puts you face-to-face with practitioners, speakers and solution providers and ensures that you leave with key business card that help you to expand your network to share and receive best practice. Don’t forget your business cards.


Digital HR Insight

Digital HR Solutions to Disruptive Trends

SAP’s human capital team delivers cutting edge insight on the latest solutions which can underpin smarter human capital practices in a digital age.


Dr. Gilbert Saggia -  Managing Director East Africa


Interactive Panel Discussion

Redefining the Talent Management Frontier for a Multi-Generational Workforce

How will the talent mix of Millennials, Gen X and Babyboomers transform the workplace and traditional ways of working? What are the tools and systems you need to manage the potentially incompatible perspectives, differing needs and conflicting expectations of the different generations? How can you prepare your leaders to avoid stereotyping and unconscious bias and get the most from your teams? 

Evaluate talent management for fostering a culture of innovation throughout, creating collaborative, effective and motivated employees and inspiring the results your business needs. 

Moderator: Abdul Kibuuka, Head of Human Resources, Tullow Uganda, Tullow Oil
Fredrick Kanga, Head Human Resources, Exim Bank Tanzania
James Maitho, HR Director, Britam
Bruno Bianchi -  Global Executive Advisor, HR Strategy & Transformation, SAP
Stella Atela, Senior Strategic HRBP East & Central Africa Regional Bureau, World Health Organisation


Lunch Plus Meet the Speaker Lunch tables

Afternoon Session

Quick Fire Case Studies

Visionary HR Strategies

Hear three ten-minute snapshots and participate in an interactive open discussion to gain insight into the new advances, methodologies and practical solutions being used by innovators in HR and talent management. What are the emerging lessons these forward thinkers can share and how can you adapt and apply them to the HR challenges you are facing? 

  • Leadership Development
    New strategies for getting the most out of your leaders of the future

Josephine Mwaniki, HR Director, Nielsen

  • Recruitment Strategies
    Innovative and cost-effective approaches to sourcing and attracting talent

Razeeah Belath Area Head of HR, East & Central Africa Area, British American Tobacco

  • Change Management

Revolutionising agility in governance, processes and approaches to working during times of change

Bancy Gakuru, Head Talent Management - Africa and Middle East, Syngenta

  • ·IHRM Kenya

Dorcas Wainaina, Executive Director, IHRM

Followed by an Interactive Open Discussion

Moderator: Alban Mwendar


Disruptive Trends and HR
Cyber Security – A People and Culture Issue
Willis Towers Watson, through exclusive data, provide an insight into the true nature of a topical disruptive threat to your business, and how you can really impact it.

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Crispin Marriot, Willis Towers Watson


Networking Break


Interactive Panel Discussion

Blending Local, Diaspora & Expatriate Talent Pools: Achieving a Melting Pot of Success

Moderator: Nigel Bastow, Principal Consultant, Global Career Company
Paul Kasimu, HR Director, EABL
Carol Hondonga, Global Talent Acquisition CoE Leader, Sub Saharan Africa, GE Africa
Fatema Jafferali, Head of Talent and Capability, Airtel
Seema Dhanani, Chief Representative – Kenya, Mauritius Commercial Bank
Claudiane Johnson, Senior HR Specialist, Global Mobility Africa, World Bank Group 

Chair’s Remarks & Close of Day 1


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Baada ya Kazi’ Roundtable Discussions

Select a topic of your choice and join in an expert-led small, interactive group discussion with your peers over a refreshing drink, courtesy of our sponsor EABL.

Paul Kasimu, HR Director, EABL

Ben Lanya, General Manager, Human Resources, Housing Finance Group

Irene Gikemi, HR Director, Airtel

IHRM: Dorcas Wainaina, Executive Director, IHRM Kenya

Emmanuel Mnyawami, CEO & Consulting Director, EMARON Group & Head, Human Resources Society of
Tanzania (HRSTA)

Recruitment and Talent Branding: Nigel Bastow, Principal Consultant, Global Career Company

Alban Mwendar, Director, Great Lions Limited

Abdul Kibuka, Director, True North Consult


Chair’s Remarks & Close of Day 1


Networking Drinks Reception

Meet and network with senior HR and business leaders from across the region. Reconnect with old friends and make new contacts whilst you digest the takeaways of the day over a drink in a relaxed environment..

Day 2

Morning Session

Breakfast Briefing

Elevating Women in Business

Join like-minded peers and share breakfast, experiences and strategies for raising the position of women across all sectors of East African industries.  

Open to male and female advocates of diversity, and chaired by a panel of recognised thought leaders in the field, the discussion is dedicated to sharing, developing and disseminating human capital strategies that contribute to the necessary movement towards change for women in business. 

Make the most of this informal and invaluable opportunity to network, challenge your way of thinking and be part of a unique human capital focused community that continues long after the conference.  

Florence Nyokabi, Head, Human Resources Kenya and East Africa, Standard Chartered

Philip Sakwa, HR Manager, Eastern Africa, Nokia

Angela Karuga, HRBP for East Africa, Nielsen

Jennifer Kaggwa, HR Director, Ugandan National Roads Authority

Benthe Legg, Human Resources Director, Maersk Line


Interactive Panel Discussion

Creating, Communicating & Leveraging a Strong Employer Brand: Harmonising HR, Marketing & The Business

How can you build an employer brand that attract the right talent, reflects your organisation’s culture and shapes conduct and behaviour within the organisation? Consider which stakeholders should be involved in making the change happen, and how best to create a harmonised, multi-functional approach to convey and embed the message of the brand. Evaluate creative and innovative ways for incorporating social media in your sourcing and recruitment campaigns that manages your EVP to appeal to both local and expatriate talent pools. Explore the best strategies to stay ahead of competitors from within, and outside of, your sector and build a brand that considers your staff as a customer and presents you as an employer of choice. 

Moderator: Alex Mugan, Director, Global Career Company

Susan Maingi, Communication & Sustainable Development Director, Bamburi Cement

Carol Hondonga, Global Talent Acquisition CoE Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa

Julius Ochieng, HR Head - Kenya, Safal Group

Fred Gituku, Human Resources Manager, Vivo Energy Kenya


Keynote Address
The Journey to Excellence: Applying the Discipline, Mentorship & Culture of Sport to Achieve Success in the Corporate World

David Kinjah, Kenya’s Most Decorated Cyclist & Mentor to Three Times Tour de France Winner Chris Froome


Networking Break


Interactive Panel Discussion

Leadership Development: Successfully Identifying, Shaping & Retaining Leaders of the Future

What are the competencies and qualities are required to drive businesses in the new working world? Examine how the different ways in which a future leader is defined and consider whose role it is to recognise, reward and retain high potentials. Address the role of data and analytics in building a successful leadership programme. 

Moderator: Abdul Kibuuka, Head of Human Resources, Tullow Uganda, Tullow Oil

David Kiambi, Group HR Director, Nation Media

Edward Mungatana, Head of HR, Tullow Kenya, Tullow Oil

Alban Mwendar, Director, Great Lions Ltd

Angie Garcia-Forner, Director, GFC


Closing Keynote: Chairman, Stephen Tio Kauma


Extended Interactive Workshops

Extended Interactive Workshop 1

Engagement and Culture Scans in East Africa

Led by Willis Towers Watson

Crispin Marriott and Matthew McDonnell

Break out into smaller groups led by subject matter experts and filled with invaluable data and practical exercises.

An opportunity to dig deeper into your topic of interest and collaborate with like-minded peers. Work together to develop key practical and strategic solutions that can be applied in your business.


Extended Interactive Workshop 2

Digital HR

Led by SAP

Shali Shambi & Grace Kiunga -  Solution Specialists

Break out into smaller groups led by subject matter experts and filled with invaluable data and practical exercises.

An opportunity to dig deeper into your topic of interest and collaborate with like-minded peers. Work together to develop key practical and strategic solutions that can be applied in your business.


Ready to lead the talent agenda in East Africa?

Raise Your Profile as an Event Partner

Do you want to meet decision makers, increase your brand presence or promote your product, solution or expertise to the senior East African HR community?

The Talent Agenda Series HR conference in Nairobi brings together East Africa's senior HR professionals and business leaders spanning the whole spectrum of the region’s industries. Become a Talent Agenda Series event partner and take advantage of a bespoke package tailored to meet your precise criteria and business objectives. You can find out full details at the link below, or get in touch with our team directly on +44 (0) 208 834 0300 to discuss objectives.

This year, The Talent Agenda East Africa, gathered the region top HR and Business leaders. The conference, amazing line-up of HR expert focused the discussion on How to MasterDisruptive trends in East Africa. 




September 2016 saw the gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, of 200 HR and business leaders to lead the talent agenda, across a series of events including a HR Conference, Employer of Choice Awards and Recruitment Summit.

To discover more about the sessions and speakers, or to download the programme, please click below

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