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HR GIG 8: Redefining Leadership

Monday, 11 September 2023, 09:59 Last update: about 11 months ago

Another hugely successful event which brought together the Island’s leading players in the Business and HR community

During the latest edition of HR GIG, Malta's top CEOs, HR professionals and decision makers met under one roof and discussed the Leadership topic in a 360 degree perspective. 

Hosted by renowned TV personality Lara Azzopardi, the event kicked-off with a speech by Joseph Farrugia, Founder of HR GIG and Director at StreetHR who elucidated the core mission behind HR GIG's inception - addressing a significant market gap. ''When HR GIG first launched, it aimed to bridge the gap between CEOs/business executives and Human Resources Professionals, who frequented separate conferences and discussed disparate topics. The primary objective was to unite these two distinct worlds under one roof, a goal that has since been successfully realised. The enduring role of HR GIG extends beyond event management; it continues to foster a culture of strategic HR collaboration.'' Joseph emphasised ''the imperative need for HR professionals and CEOs to work in tandem.'' He underscored ''that individuals from HR and various disciplines will be empowered to ascend to the company's highest echelons, assigning equal importance to people as we do to numbers.''

This was followed by the first keynote speaker. Kenneth De Martino, Chairperson and CEO at KDM Group, tackling the subject 'Numbers, People or Both?' In his post even comments he stated "Sharing of experiences and understanding how to redefine leadership was an ideal topic in this day and age. Participating and having such a great audience added to the success of the event"

In the second keynote speech of the event, Bernardette Bonnici Kind, Chairperson at Hospice Malta, tackled the subject 'Leadership in the New Era'. Looking into the topic from a Voluntary Organisation perspective, she stated 'When we describe a people-centric organisation, we are saying People come First.  Therefore  we  are  committing  ourselves  to  creating  and maintaining  a culture of caring  and inclusiveness  from  top to bottom and  across all levels,  It  underlines  the  fact that  each  individual   employee  is  equally  important to the enterprise,  not  just  because of  their  competencies,  but  above all, as Human Beings.''

This was followed up by two panel discussion sessions ably moderated by Rachel Attard from The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry. The sessions, which were enriched with contributions from the audience, encompassed high-level panelists including Kenneth Farrugia (CEO, Bank of Valletta), Pierre Mallia (CEO, iMovo), Mikela Fenech Pace (HR Consultant, Upstream), Geoffrey Debono (CEO Debono Group and Council Member at The Malta Chamber), Christine Coleiro (Group Chief Human Resources Officer, FIMBank), John Schembri (CEO, Shield Consultants) and Natalie Kenely (Senior Lecturer & Resident Academic, Department of Social Policy and Social Work - University of Malta).

Joining the event digitally, Chris Vassallo Cesareo, President of The Malta Chamber said, "In a rapidly evolving world, the concept of leadership is undergoing a profound transformation. No longer confined to a hierarchical structure, leadership has transcended traditional boundaries to become a dynamic force. Redefining leadership is about embracing this change and adopting a new perspective." 

The event also kept the tradition of delivering an element of fun and well-being via a custom created team-building activity which was once again impeccably rolled out by Outdoor Living. The interactive energiser engaged all delegates together in a fun and relaxing way.

HR GIG 8 came to a close with a stand-up lunch in the informal setting of The Xara Lodge. This made an excellent networking opportunity for all delegates who also enjoyed a live performance by talented musicians Mark Rapa and Sarah Bonnici.

Key Partners for HR GIG 8 were The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Shireburn, Indigo Suite, HSF Health Plan, Outdoor Living, StreetHR and Powerhouse.  Other sponsors included Bank of Valletta, Dakar Software, Costa Coffee, Franks, Corporate Gifts, NIUM Malta and The Xara Lodge.

HR GIG 9 will be held on the 6th September 2024 and will be titled 'Building Bridges - Uniting EX and CX' Further information on the next HR GIG in the series can be obtained by checking out or by dropping a line to [email protected]


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