Wellbeing at Work Conference Programme 2017


08:00 – 08:50

Registration and Networking


08:50 – 09:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chairs

Lynette Oat, Chief Growth Officer; Margaret Rolo, Head of Global New Business Development Employee & Lisa Rowe, Vice President – Corporate Health & Wellbeing EMEA at Optum International


09:00 – 09:20

The Customer Happiness Formula

  • Aligning public services to create social good and satisfaction
  • Government’s role in putting the happiness of citizens at the forefront of its priorities
  • Delivering happiness and positivity through the workplace

Dr. Justin Thomas, Associate Professor, Zayed University and Author, Psychological Wellbeing in the Gulf States: The New Arabia Felix.


09:20 – 09:50

Promoting Corporate Wellness

  • After 10 years promoting wellness at work, what is the impact of health and fitness programmes on employees within businesses and organizations?
  • How can wellness committees enable employees to reach their health targets?
  • Creating an emotional connection between employees and the company
  • Can an employer put a monetary value on their return on investment into wellbeing?

Cedric Betis, Chairman – Wellness Committee, Dubai Holdings


09:50 – 10:15

How to Create a Great Workplace Culture

  • What are organizations globally doing to engage employees to drive innovation?
  • Resilient and mentally happy employees – what makes a great place to work?
  • What is the connection between financial metrics and the employee employer relationship?
  • What can organizations do now to ensure a healthy and engaged workforce?

Fadi Chamat, Regional Executive Director, Omnicom


10:15 – 10:45 Morning Networking Break


10:45 – 11:40

Strategic Moves for Wellness: A New Direction for HR in the Gulf

  • What is the current state of employee health and wellbeing in the Gulf region?
  • How important is it for employee health to have a seat at the strategic roundtable?
  • Physiological risks for the Gulf region – what is the leading thereat to the region and what can be done to address it?
  • What is the value of prevention to avoid future health costs?
  • How can corporate and health promotion programs reduce health costs?

Dr. Mansoor Anwar Habib, Senior Director – Employee Wellness & Happiness, du

Dr. Richard Jenkins, Vice President Medical Services, Emirates Airline

Anu Daga, Head of HR, DHL Express

Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Vice President – Medical Services, Etihad Airways

Fatima Haidar, CHRO, Hamad Medical Corporation

Chaired by Optum International


11:40 – 12:05

Employee Health and Wellbeing – The True Cost to Multinational Organizations

  • What is the true cost of unhealthy employees?
  • The impact of different health service delivery for international companies
  • Measuring employee health risk in order to manage it

Dr. Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer, Daman


12:05 – 12:15

The Application of a Smartphone App to Measure Brain EEG Data for Improved Wellbeing at Work

  • Presentation of the research study data demonstrated at the Harvard Medical School Conference, September 2016

Dr. Professor Justin James Kennedy, Founding Fellow, Institute of Coaching, Owner of ProfKennedy.com – N3 Executive Coaching Programs


12:15 – 13:10

Corporate Wellness as a Driver for Productivity and Engaged Employees

  • How can organizations create and sustain a healthy, productive and engaged workforce?
  • How do develop leaders that will drive a culture of physical wellbeing and enhanced performance?
  • Organizational health as a driver for talent recruitment and retention
  • Keeping expatriate employees happy and engaged

Glenn Saldanha, Head of Employee Wellbeing, Dubai Airports

Kabira Bhatporia, HR Director – MENA, Jones Lang LaSalle

Marisa Talamonti, Group HR Director – MENA, Virgin Mobile  

Emma Carbery, Founder & Managing Director, The Work Place Yogi

Maha Zaatari, Managing Director, Great Place to Work

Chaired by Optum International


13:10 – 14:10    Networking lunch


14:10 – 14:20     Energizer

Take 10 to re-energize your brain and body with the team from The Workplace Yogi. Experience their signature Brain & Body Booster workplace yoga technique involving breathing, stretching and mindfulness techniques, that will leave you feeling happy, healthy and ready to focus on the afternoon ahead.

Emma Carbery, Founder & Managing Director, The Work Place Yogi


14:20 – 14:45

Cognitive & Social Ergonomics at Work

For over half a century, ergonomic principles have been an integral part of Herman Miller’s products, environments, knowledge base and customer service. The purpose of this presentation is to give you an understanding of what ergonomics is, what we believe in when applying ergonomics to the design of workspaces, and how we have applied these principles to everything we do with real-life case studies.

Oliver Baxter, Insight Programme Manager, Herman Miller


14:45 – 15:10

The Pause to Happiness

  • Happiness and Wellness is an individual choice.
  • Workplace programs that are effective, strive to: engage, empower, enlighten and excite individuals to make better choices for their wellbeing.
  • The Pause to Happiness is a wellbeing model that focuses on educating and supporting individuals in these choices through.
    Covering Introspection, Reflection, Ideation, Intention & Action

Latifa Soobedar, Founder & CEO, Corporate Wellness Dubai


15:10 – 15:35

How can innovative physical exercise improve business performance

  • Case studies and success stories from leading organisations in UAE
  • Promoting physical exercise across the business to unlock potential
  • Healthy workforce helps to reducing absenteeism and save on the bottom line 

Speaker: Guillaume Mariole, CEO, Ignite


15.35 – 16.00    Afternoon Networking Break


16:00 – 16:20

Exercise4BrainFitness: the impact of exercise on the functioning of our brains

Can physical exercise lead to reduced stress levels, better focus, enhanced decision making and a more positive emotional state of mind?

The results from the first UAE based research programme examining the impact of physical activity on stress levels and executive functions will be presented. Other factors such as sleep, mindfulness and meditation, which can influence the functioning of the brain will also be discussed and their impact on the brain will be explored.

Speaker: Linda Jarnhamn, Founder & Managing Director, HRInspireMe


16:20 – 16.45

Corporate Wellness as a Business Model

  • What is the connection between business success and employee happiness?
  • Does happiness in the workplace lead to greater productivity?
  • How can organizations transform from stressful environments to creative workplaces?
  • What strategies can be employed by organizations to change their culture?

Michael Lahyani, CEO & Founder, propertyfinder.ae


16:45 – 16:55
Chair’s closing remarks


17:00 – 18:30
Please join us on the lawn to watch the fountains and for some canapés to close the conference.