The HR Africa Summit, being held 5 – 8 October 2010 at the Sandton Convention Centre, will host Clem Sunter, scenario planner extraordinaire, as its guest speaker. His topic ‘The African business landscape & where you fit in – the world and Africa beyond 2010’ will offer delegates an opportunity to learn from one of the most respected speakers and writers on this topic in South Africa.
“Like most things these days, the HR field is changing very fast and you have to think like a fox to keep up with it. This means formulating different scenarios for the future of HR and labour markets, establishing the flags which would indicate a shift in circumstances and monitoring the disposition of the flags,” explains Sunter. “Equally, you have to work out in advance the best options for each situation so that your response to the changing environment is faster than your competitors. When the flag goes up, you can immediately start implementing a new plan of action.
“You also have to take into account the big picture scenarios like trends in the global economy and the future possibilities for Africa to calculate the most effective response. For example, Africa is now rated along with China and India as having better than average economic growth prospects. How will this impact on the availability of skills on the continent?
“Above all, you need to understand that life is full of things that are uncertain and beyond your control and, like a true fox, it is the speed and quality of your reaction that allows you to survive and prosper,” he concludes.
Sunter was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town for his work in the field of scenario planning. He was also voted by leading South African CEOs as the speaker who has made the most significant contribution to, and impact on, best practice and business in South Africa. In 2006, he was invited to give a scenario presentation at the Central Party School in Beijing – a rare privilege for a foreigner. He has also facilitated sessions on global warming in New Delhi and London.
“We are conscious of how exceptional a draw card Sunter is,” states Jelena Kucan, Divisional Manager: Specialised Events of IIR BV South Africa, organisers of the HR Africa Summit & Expo (Incorporating HRDE). “However, as the Summit is aimed at senior-level directors and HR practitioners coming from all over Africa to debate urgent issues driving the development of human capital, we felt it was essential for someone such as Sunter to set the scene for the rest of our exceptional line-up of guest speakers.”
HR Africa has been running for the past six years and has grown to be one of the most prestigious HR events in South Africa. Each year the event brings forth the latest in cutting edge HR solutions, as well as phenomenal networking opportunities. The Summit offers an early bird registration fee of R11 299 excl. VAT, a saving of R2 000. Registration to the Summit also allows delegates to attend the HRDE expo, which for the first time is combined with the Summit.
For further information, please visit: www.hrde.co.za.
Jelena Kucan, HR Africa Project Director, IIR BV South Africa, Tel: +27 11 771 7140, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louise Churches, Glass Slipper Communications, Cell: 083 703 3750, E-mail: email@example.com
Angela Groom, Glass Slipper Communications, Cell: 083 261 1370, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org