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Making Employees Your Most Competitive Business Advantage

DUBAI, UAE, November 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Learning and development executives from the UAE will meet this December at The Training & Development Show to learn how to make employees their most competitive business advantage. Dubai, Dec. 4-5, 2012.

The show will be held under the patronage of the United Arab Emirates Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, under the theme of "Nurturing tomorrow's leaders".

The free two day show with 40 exhibitors, 70 free seminars and a keynote conference takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from December 4-5, and brings together learning and development professionals to discuss the development of talent.

"Your business is in the talent business - your success is dependent upon the quality of talent you attract, select, develop and retain. Your differentiator is your intellectual capital - your talent" said Laura Parker, general manager of Terrapinn Middle East which organises The Training & Development Show.  "Leveraging new technology in times of dramatic change can accelerate skill development, only those organisations that proactively fill performance gaps and prepare a highly adaptable workforce will be built to last.  For the foreseeable future, the ability to continuously train, transform and develop people and their skills will be critical for any agile, high-performing organisation."

According to Parker, the unrelenting change in the technology behind many training platforms has shaped the upcoming Training & Development Show.  For two days, hundreds of chief learning officers, human resource managers, and training managers will focus their attention on the theme "Nurturing tomorrow's leaders with effective training, succession planning and professional development initiatives".  The show features, 70 free seminars, over 40 exhibitors and a high-level conference designed to explore innovative techniques and technologies for making your employees your most competitive business advantage.

The Training & Development Show is the only show in Dubai offering such a wide variety of free seminars.  "Attendees get the real deal on training and development: how to design it, develop it, and deliver it for results that actually benefit the company, its employees and its stakeholders," said Nicola Wartnaby, Training & Development Show.

The event will run Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 December, with more than 1,500 delegates expected to attend.


Keith Reynolds, Associate Trainer, Bradfield Group

Jalal Alkhaled, Chief Human Resources Officer, Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company

Patricio Porras, Chief Learning Officer, Axiom Telecom

Michael Vaz, Cluster Director of Talent Development and Brand Excellence, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Shrikant Sinha, Corporate & Executive Education MENA, Manipal Global Education Services

Hamad Eghdani, Director of Government Relations & Emiratisation, Emaar Hospitality Group

Janine Bensouda, Founder & President, Bensouda Consulting

David Brennan, General Manager, Etisalat Academy

Shishir Jha, Group Head - HR, Jumbo Electronics

Chetan Rao, Head of Social Business, IBM

Sash Padayachee, Head of Talent Management & Acquisition, Landmark Group

Ajit Ranade, HR Advisor, Federal Authority for Government Human Resources

Fatimah Al Sawayah, HR Director, Ministry of Finance

Binod Shankar, Managing Director, Genesis Institute

Caroline Griffiths, Managing Director, Bradfield Group

John Izat, Managing Director, Edict Training

Navin Raigaga, MEA Regional Learning & Development Director, Microsoft Corporation

Kate O'Neill, Ph.D.  Executive Communication Advisor & Professor - Cross-Cultural Leadership & Organization Development, Zayed University

Narimane Hadj Hamou, President, Middle East eLearning Association

Shaikha Al Ghafri, Senior Manager- Customs Training Center, Dubai Customs

Paula McManus, SVP & Head of Learning & Development, National Bank of Abu Dhabi

David Yesford, SVP Global Learning, Wilson Learning

Paula Jane Cox, Training & Development Manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (Farah Leisure)

Nic Bruwer, VP HR, Dubai Duty Free

For more information and to register for the Training & Development Show, go to

About Terrapinn Middle East FZ-LLC

A world leader in business events

Nothing beats the experience of meeting people face-to-face to gain inspiration, to learn and to do business. At Terrapinn, we curate events that stimulate the brain, spur creativity and facilitate meeting. Our conferences are major industry gatherings focusing on strategy, innovation and technology and our trade exhibitions are marketplaces for global business.

And we deliver focused industry training in person and on-line.

Terrapinn operates from a network of offices in London, New York, Singapore, Sydney, Dubai and Johannesburg. This gives Terrapinn events a global reach and truly international perspective. And we've been doing this for over 25 years.

Living the brand

Our experience, skill, creative vision and commercial drive have built a large portfolio of successful international events. The kind of events that ensure your world class brand gets maximum value from a global stage.

Our brain power stimulates yours

And we believe in the inventive power of the right brain. We're a creative organisation and use design, story, play and meaning to make our events stimulating experiences that help shape your big ideas.

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