The winners of the 2023 Middle East People Awards were unveiled at the CIPD’s annual gala dinner in Dubai on 7 December. The awards recognised individuals, teams and organisations across eleven categories for their outstanding people management and development achievements. The judging panel of independent consultants, global experts and HR practitioners reviewed over 130 entries this year, ranking them against innovation, alignment with the business, impact, and relevance.
As Gulf countries continue to drive their nationalisation agendas in support of economic diversification, the CIPD introduced the Nationalisation Award to recognise the positive initiatives being rolled out in support of this. The winners, Emirates Group, impressed the judges with their focus on building Emirati talent through their whole sourcing cycle of candidates, from high school to post-graduate scholarship, focusing on first recruiting Emirati nationals for all their open positions at all levels.
For embodying the People First approach with an initiative that impacted over 15,000 employees and championing the holistic wellbeing of all, The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) took the trophy of the People Team of the Year.
stc Group won the best HR, OD & L&D Consultancy Award for innovatively implementing an AI-powered graduate development programme for the Saudi Ministry of Defence. Their approach boosted applications, cut costs, and expedited the selection of the candidates, widening access to the Ministry of Defence graduate scheme.
Faye Truin was named Rising Star of the People Profession in recognition of her efforts to set herself apart in her professional journey by making meaningful impact and contributing to the growth of Food People, a start-up specialist recruitment firm for the food industry.
For putting its people at the heart of the business and implementing practices that result in a productive, engaged and motivated workforce, Bupa Arabia was named Employer of the Year.
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Change Management Initiative
Winner: National Bank of Fujairah
Best Employee Engagement Initiative
Winner: Bupa Arabia
Best Learning and Development Programme
Winner: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Most Impactful Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
Winner: National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed)
Best HR Leadership Development Programme
Winner: stc Group
Best Recruitment and Talent Management Strategy
Winner: Savola Foods Company
Best HR/L&D and OD Consultancy
Winner: Ministry of Defence / stc Group - Fakhoor programme
Rising Star of the People Profession
Winner: Faye Truin
Best Nationalisation Initiative
Winner: The Emirates Group
People Team of the Year
Winner: ZATCA (The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority)
Employer of the Year
Winner: Bupa Arabia
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