By Emma Okonji

Human Capital Asset Management Group (HCAM), a UK-based human resources firm, is set to hold this year’s Human Capital Summit in Lagos.

First held in 2009, the summit, which has recorded success in the past, serves as a valuable platform for human resource professionals to benefit from highly sought-after expert perspectives on local and global trends from reputed industry resource persons, and also to network extensively.

This year’s summit will focus on human empowerment, access to high-value network, expanding the human resource information pool and laying out strategic plans for professional and social impact.

The value proposition has appreciated with successive summits since its launch. Over the period of 2009 to 2015, the summit has attracted over 3000 participants and over 100 exhibitors. An elite group of resource persons have shared deep insights with participants over the years. Notable among them are: former Vice-President Africa, World Bank, and former Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili; Principal Consultant, RBL Group, Allan Freed; Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Dr. Babatunde Fowler; Managing Director/CEO, FITC, Dr. Lucy Surhyel Newman; Founder and MD of PeoplePrime and PeopleTemp Limited, Mrs. Nike De Souza; Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria, Mr. Chris Offokansi; HR Director, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs. Chizoba Mojekwu, among others.

For 2016, the Human Capital Asset Management Group decided that it was time to take the summit to the next level, extending its reach, broadening its scope and deepening its impact. To achieve this, a strategic partnership was entered into with Doheney Services Ltd, one of Nigeria’s foremost Human Resources (HR) organisations. Based on the industry-defining strategic partnership, the summit has been rebranded to take the status of an international summit catering primarily to African HR professionals; hence the new title: Human Capital Summit Africa (HCSA) 2916.

According to the organisers, the HCSA 2016 promises to be one of the biggest international professional events in Africa in 2016. The summit which is themed ‘The Future of Work’ is slated for April 21st – April 23rd at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The summit will feature four keynote addresses and 40 sessions with some of the best human capital resource persons from around the world and over 1,000 HR executives and professionals from across Africa. These sessions which include Master Classes, Case Studies, Panel Discussions and Presentations are structured to run concurrently over the course of the summit based on carefully selected summit topics like HR Essentials, Innovation, Digital and Technology, The Workforce of the Future, Creating High Performing Organisations, Learning, Performance, Compensation and Reward, Models for Progressive Leadership, among others.

A high-powered list of international HR resource persons have also been confirmed as speakers at the summit. They include Founder and Chairman, Future of Talent Institute, USA, Kevin Wheeler; Co-Founder and Head of Corporate Development, Joberate, Aki Kakko; HR Director, Central Bank of Nigeria, Chizoba Mojekwu; HR Director, Central Bank of Kenya, Mary Waceke; Country HR and Organization Director, Lafarge, Fidelia Osime; Vice Chairman, CIPD London,Dr. Dayo Olomu; Industrial Sociologist, Marjon Meyer Business Training, Marjon Meyer and Chief Executive, Abeceder HR Consultancy, Michael Millward, among others.

A major highlight of the summit will be the planned massive and broadly inclusive international job fair which will provide on-the-spot access to training, skills acquisition, business orientation, business funding and job opportunities.

The collaboration for HCSA 2016 International Job Fair is vast, as key human capital development stakeholders, such as jobseekers, government representatives, specialized human capital development organisations, skills acquisition centres, business development experts, HR training experts, and business funding organisations, will all be represented.