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GCC GOV HR Awards honours region’s people first initiatives

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Recognising the region’s most inspirational and forward-thinking leaders and initiatives from across government and public sector organizations, the prestigious GCC GOV HR Awards took place on 31st October at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Held in conjunction with the 5th Annual GOV HR Summit, the awards recognized the outstanding contributions and achievements of 18 governments, business organizations, and individuals who have raised the benchmark of people performance in the region, across 15 categories at this high level, by-invitation-only gathering.

Ackash Jain, Director, QnA International, said, “The GCC is one of the most progressive regions in terms of its initiatives directed at nurturing human capital growth which in turn spurs economic development. The GCC GOV HR Awards recognizes those companies and leaders who go above and beyond to create and support real change. Year on year we have highlighted outstanding talent and path-breaking initiatives across the GCC and this year was no different. In 2017 we truly saw the best of the best receive the honour and celebration they deserve for their phenomenal work.”

The winners of the GCC GOV HR Awards 2017, are:

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Organization of the Year for Women Empowerment : Ministry of Health, Bahrain

Organization of the Year for Youth Empowerment EXPO 2020 Dubai, UAE

Best Nationalization Initiative in the GCC Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Bahrain

Best Nationalization Initiative in the Private Sector Petrogas E&P, Oman

Innovation in Employee Engagement in the Private Sector

Chalhoub Group, UAE

Organization of the Year for the Best Happiness Initiative in the Private Sector

Al Fahim Group

Organization of the Year for the Best Happiness Initiative

Federal Authority of Government Human Resources (FAHR), UAE

 “Happiness First” Leader Award

Haidar Ali Senior, Vice President – People Happiness & Innovation, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, UAE

“People First” Leader Award

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General & Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), UAE

GOV HR Leader of the Year

Aysha Sulaiman, Group HR Director, Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone – Government of Ras Al Khaimah – RAKEZ, UAE


Othman Al Khoori, , Senior Vice President – Human Capital, Mubadala Petroleum

GCC GOV HR Team of the Year

Etisalat, UAE

Dubai Police, UAE

Excellence in Talent Management Award

Mobile Telecommunications Co. – Zain Kuwait

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, UAE

Most Distinctive Learning and Development Strategy  

Royal Commission at Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

Digital HR Award of the Year

Dubai Smart Government, UAE

Innovation in Employee Engagement

Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, UAE

Ackash Jain added, “The government and public sector faces a series of unprecedented and unique HR challenges in the coming years and, to be successful in navigating these, they must continue to innovate and champion change. QnA International is honoured to celebrate the organizations and people leading the development of public and government sector HR in the region and we wish all our winners the very best in their continued work to revolutionize how we nurture a workforce that is agile, dynamic and equipped with the skills necessary to excel in the knowledge economy.”

About the GOV HR Awards

Now in its 5th Annual edition, the GOV HR Summit is undoubtedly, the biggest gathering of C- level Executives and human capital professionals from public and government sector organizations from across the GCC. This year the summit will  provide the perfect knowledge sharing platform to reimagine HR, benchmark employee experience, create tools and implement a sustainable HR model, while still walking away with effective solutions to the constant challenges of human capital management (HCM).

Organizer: About QNA International

QNA International creates and delivers business learning and development exchange platforms through B2B conferences, bespoke events and trainings. The company also has an expertise in outsourced sponsorship sales and key account management. www.qnainternational.com

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