HR for national prosperity:
Insights, initiatives and implications
The countdown has almost ended. It is only two days to the biggest HR
event in South Asia. I am delighted to lead a dedicated team to make it
even bigger, better and brighter.
This article is all about the National HR Conference (NHRC) 2015.
National prosperity encompasses a variety of aspects including economic
development, social well-being, environmental protection and peaceful
Public sector administrators and private sector managers have a
crucial role to play in such a mammoth endeavour. This is more critical
with accelerated development on all fronts. Human Resources (HR) as a
profession cannot operate in isolation ignoring these realities.
The Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) Sri Lanka, being
responsive to national needs, will focus on the conference to reflect on
and relate to its obligations to the nation. HR can be a bridge between
private and public sectors as its key functions have an overarching
effect on using the most precious resource of any organisation.
We want to showcase how HR can contribute to national prosperity with
clear insights, clever initiatives and combined implications. A variety
of eminent resource personnel from here and abroad will have their
impactful presence through talks, panel discussions and other novel
interventions as well. Participants are expected to be informed and
inspired to takeaway key ideas for impactful implementation.
We brought you 'In Search of HR Excellence' in 2013 which was an
overwhelming success. We hosted the largest ever attended HR event of
IPM in 2014 on the theme, 'Redefining HR for Boosting Performance'.
South Asia's largest HR event will come to you, more enhanced and
enriched. Keep June 16 and 17 reserved for this engaging and energising
experience. We will assure you immense insight, initiatives and
implications in line with HR for national prosperity.
"As in previous years, NHRC 2015 provides an excellent forum for
exchanging information and discussion on a wide variety of timely HR
topics, representing the latest developments and future trends in the
world of work," said President, IPM Sri Lanka, Rohitha Amarapala.
"Our endeavour is to raise the professional bar of HR practitioners
and all others involved in the discipline of people management," said
CEO, IPM, Sri Lanka, Dyan Senavirathne.
NHRC 2015 begins with a service providers exhibition. It will
showcase a diversity of people-related services such as employees
provident fund, IT solutions and training interventions.
It, in fact, is a meeting point of a multitude of suppliers and
customers, in the broader context of HR. It has been designed to
accommodate more quality displays with novel features this time. The
next sought after item in the agenda will be the 'Great HR Debate'.
There is increased awareness this time with regard to participation.
The two finalists will battle for the crown on June 16. This will be
followed by the inauguration and awards ceremony. 'IPM Sri Lanka People
Leaders' Awards' has been described as a national level initiative
undertaken by IPM Sri Lanka to recognise professionals for their
contribution to promote, sound and vibrant, people management practices
in the world of work.
With much expansion this time, the awards will be delivered in
cooperation with five leading professional bodies, The Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, The Institution of Engineers, Sri
Lanka, Chartered Institute of Marketing - Sri Lanka Region, The Computer
Society of Sri Lanka and The Institute of Supplies and Materials
Evaluated by an eminent panel of judges, facilitated by the Nielsen
Company with their research and feedback. IPM - hSenid National HR
Excellence Awards are dedicated to recognise outstanding contributions
and achievements of people, teams and organisations who have
demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment in promoting and
propagating the discipline of human resource management.
The pinnacle of all these, will be the IPM Lifetime Gold Award. I am
humbly happy to read the citation of this year's winner (who is yet to
be selected) as it is traditionally read by the previous year's winner.
The second day is all about insights, initiatives and implications with
regard to HR for National Prosperity. The 'opening batsman' will be
Prof. Srinivasan Raghavan from the Indian Institute of Management,
He will speak on 'Why HR for National Prosperity in offering a global
perspective'. The second technical session will be conducted by Dr.
Chandra Embuldeniya. He is a thought leader and an international
consultant for entrepreneurial higher education and skills development.
He is also on record as the first private sector executive to have had
the honour of being invited by the Government to become a Vice
The second segment of the technical sessions is an interactive panel
discussion. It will be on 'HR for National Prosperity - Best Practices
for Institutional Strengthening'.
HR Strategist and the Director - HR Services, Kent Ridge (Pvt) Ltd,
Janaka Kumarasinghe will be the moderator.
A clear accumulation of expertise can be seen when you look at the
panelists involved. Supply Chain Director, GlaxoSmithKline, Rajeeve
Goonetileke, Senior Vice President and Head of Digital, Virtusa, Madu
Ratnayake, President, Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource
Management, Musharrof Hossain, President, National Institute of
Personnel Management, India, Somesh Dasgupta, Executive Director, HR and
Administration, Loadstar (Pvt) Ltd, Sarath Kumara, Vice President,
Freight Links International (Pvt) Ltd, Ravi Edirisinghe and Program
Director, Public Policy, Postgraduate Institute of Management, Dr. Lloyd
'Engaging the fickle Mind' is the topic on which Consulting Partner,
Sensei International, Ranjan de Silva will take the participants through
an interactive experience after the lunch break. Senior HR Specialist,
Saudi Investment Bank, C. Hewapaththini will speak on 'The changing face
of reward - a global perspective'.
International Director of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development (CIPD), UK, Alan Ovens will be the cynosure of all eyes at
the grand finale. He will speak on why Governments and organisations
increasingly see HR as key to creating better businesses, societies and
economies. There is a plenty more about NHRC 2015. My invitation as the
Chairman of the NHRC 2015 is simple and humble. Be there on June 16 and
17 to witness South Asia's largest HR event becoming bigger, better and