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. Check back soon for the announcement of your expert speaker faculty.

Winning at Talent: Mastering Disruptive Trends in East Africa

Day 1

Morning Session

Futurist’s Keynote Address­­­

New World Order: Global Trends, Regional Drivers & Disruptors of Tomorrow

Evaluate the socio-political challenges, digital and technological developments, demographic shifts and economic constraints that are driving the upheaval traditional business models across the globe. Assess the impact this will have on East African markets and the risks and opportunities you need to anticipate in order to stay ahead of the curve.

Stephen Tio Kauma, HRD, Afreximbank


Keynote Capacity Development Review

Promoting Trade, Economic Transformation & Regional Integration: The Roadmap to East African Success

Explore the role of key trade and development stakeholders in innovating and promoting trade, economic transformation and regional integration. Consider the macro-drivers impacting businesses across infrastructure, manufacturing, industry, agribusiness in the region, and how financial investment and advances in sustainability and good corporate governance will boost industry and infrastructure to promote the required growth in the East Africa region, and across the continent.


Interactive Panel Discussion

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

Moderator: Alban Mwendar 

Christopher Kirigua, Executive Director & Head of Public Sector, Standard Chartered 

John Ngoru, COO, My Gas 

Michael Turner, Managing Director, Actis

Careers in Africa Insight

Employer Value Propositions

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. 
Crispin Marriott, Willis Towers Watson
Matthew Mcdonnell, Willis Towers Watson

Networking Break Plus Speedy Networking

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.


CEO Roundtable – Leaders Talk Human Capital

Surviving & Thriving in the New Era of Business: Adapting to the Rise of Millennials, Digitization & the Gig Economy

What is keeping your executive board up at night? Hear what leading executives view as the game changers to their industry, and where the business needs to innovate and quickly adapt or risk becoming obsolete. Gain candid, high-level insight into how businesses can prepare themselves to anticipate the unforeseen, and how human capital can be leveraged as a tool to exploit golden growth opportunities.  

Moderator: Lanre Akinola, Editor, African Business


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

Janet Reuben-Lekashingo, General Manager, Organizational Effectiveness, Acacia Mining 

Stella Atela, Senior Strategic HRBP East & Central Africa Regional Bureau, World Health Organisation 

Philip Sakwa, HR Manager, Eastern Africa, Nokia


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

  • Organisational Design
    Revolutionising agility in governance, processes and approaches to working

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

Followed by an Interactive Open Discussion

Moderator: Alban Mwendar

Digital Analytics: Turning Digital Transformation into a Competitive Advantage

Hear the latest thinking in ways of embracing and embedding digital technology platforms to improve HR processes. Understand how metrics from HR analytics can be used to benchmark performance, add value to day-to-day work and demonstrate ROI. Evaluate ways of upgrading skills to take a futuristic and predictive approach to HR analytics that contributes to data management, sourcing, learning, business planning and growth. 


Networking Break

Interactive Panel Discussion

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

Moderator: Carol Hondonga, Global Talent Acquisition CoE Leader, Sub Saharan Africa, GE Africa 

Charles Kazuka, Chief Human Resources Officer, National Microfinance Bank (NMB) 

Claudiane Johnson, Senior HR Specialist, Global Mobility Africa, World Bank Group  

Yves Mayilamene, Group Human Resources Head – Affiliates, Ecobank  

Wycliffe Omondi, HR Business Partner, East Africa, Multichoice

Champagne Roundtable Discussions

Select a topic of your choice and join in an expert-led small, interactive group discussion with your peers over a glass of Champagne.

Ben Lanya, General Manager, Human Resources, Housing Finance Group
Irene Gikemi, HR Director, Airtel
Emmanuel Mnyawami, CEO & Consulting Director, EMARON Group & Head, Human Resources Society of  
Tanzania (HRSTA)

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 

Benthe Legg, Human Resources Director, Maersk Line

Angela Karuga, HRBP for East Africa, Nielsen


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 ex-patriate 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: Lanre Akinola, Editor, African Business 

Susan Maingi, Communication & Sustainable Development Director, Bamburi Cement

Fred Gituku, Human Resources Manager, Vivo Energy Kenya


Interactive Panel Discussion
Change Management, Change Agents & Changing Company Culture: Shifts Towards Innovation & Improvement

Moderator: Alban Mwendar 

Jonathan Muthige, HR Director, Atlas Mara 

Jennifer Kaggwa, HR Director, Ugandan National Roads Authority 

Julius Ochieng, Head - HR Kenya, Roofing & Steel, Safal Group


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
Elijah Teya Sitimah, Human Resources Director, G4S & National Chairman, Institute of Human Resource Management in Kenya (IHRM)

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

Coffee Break

Extended Interactive Workshops

Extended Interactive Workshop 3

Workplace Culture

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 1

Business Critical Talent Management

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

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.


HR Leaders of the Future

Day 1

A Practical Toolkit for the Next Generation of HR Professionals to Achieve Top-Tier Leadership Status  


Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction

90 Minute MBA

Future HR Leaders: General Business Managers with a Human Specialisation
Designed to provide a pan-regional and international outlook of the skills and knowledge needed to define your career, overcome potential hurdles and reach the top level of the HR function and the business.

Prepare yourself to undertake a key big-picture strategic role by broadening your thinking on the totality of business and your relationships between key functions including:
•    Accounting
•    Management
•    Finance
•    Marketing
•    Operations
•    Legal 

Explore how to develop and demonstrate your knowledge of your business’ objectives and how to align the HR function to achieve these. Explore how to discuss and deliver HR metrics in a way that informs the business and positions you as a professional taking steps towards an authoritative seat at the board level.

Networking Break

C-Level Q&A
Future HR Leaders: Exceeding the Executives’ Expectations
This interactive question and discussion session gives you first-hand exposure into the board’s view of HR and what you need to know, and do, to set yourself apart. 

Benefit from lessons learnt and gain the high-level vantage point of experienced C-Suite executives on the skills they value at the top level of their organisations. Use this to determine how to focus your self-development from a functional level, and what you can do now to clear the pathway to future advancement.

A Guide to Building Your Personal Brand
Future HR Leaders: Effective Communicators & Influential Decision Makers
To succeed as an HR leader requires the successful management of a host of stakeholders across a range geographies, nationalities and reporting lines as well as effective collaboration with peers from many different functions.

This session focuses on preparing you for business leadership by building your personal brand and selling yourself as such. Consider the communication styles that work with different individual and company types. Discover the brand building strategies you can adopt to shape the organisation and market’s view of you as a credible, influential and effective future business leader. 

Open Discussion
Discussion takes place throughout the workshop but take this opportunity to raise questions on any other professional issues. Take advantage of your Chairman’s vast experience, and the different experiences of your peers from other industries, sectors and company types. 

Closing Remarks & Close of Workshop


Ready to lead the talent agenda in East Africa?

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