It is the age of “Knowledge Economy” at the global level. A nation that does not evolve to this state is at the risk of lagging behind.  To remain in competition, nations have to give emphasis on development of their human capital. Further, this has to be a continuous process to ensure that the growth is sustainable.

In this networked world marked by mobility and free flow of skilled manpower across national boundaries, a paradigm shift has occurred in the strategies required for human capital development, retention and continued excellence.

With this perspective, Bahrain Society for the owners of The Private Training Institute (“BSPTI”)  in association with the International Federation for Training & Development Organizations (“IFTDO”) announce the IFTDO Regional Conference, which will be held under the Patronage of the Minister of Labor, Chairman of High Council for Vocational Training His Excellency Mr. Jameel Bin Mohamed Ali Humaidan, on the 17th and 18th of June 2014 at Al Murjan Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain.


The two-day knowledge gain and networking experience will cover the following topics:

  • Strategic HCD: The Big Picture
  • HCD Strategic Thinking: Beyond the Operational Performance
  • Cascade: HCD Business Planning & Execution
  • HCD Strategies and Risk Management as an Opportunity
  • HCD Strategies as Part of the High Performance Business Model
  • Key Performance Indicators & HCD Strategic Planning
  • Beyond Quality Performance
  • Qualification Frameworks and HCD Outcomes
  • Role of Professional Qualification in HCD Sustainability and Growth
  • HCD and its impact on organizations and individuals


The conference will feature a Guest Speech, Keynote address, and specific workshops and will demonstrate the importance of Human Capital Development in the private and public sectors. Also the conference will highlight the positive contributions that such development will have on organizations and on the national economy.



Day One |

Keynote & Guest Speeches



Several discussions will be conducted to cover a wide range of topics in regards to promoting HCD as an investment and creating, presenting and implementing new initiatives to sustain development and growth.



  • Keynote Speaker | To Be Confirmed



  • AshourProf. Ahmed Sakr Ashour


Prof. Ashour obtained a Ph.D. in human resources and industrial relations (School of Business) from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. in 1970 and did his M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1966. He is   Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education for Strategic Planning and the Chair of the Commerce Sector Committee (the accrediting body for that sector) and the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt. Currently Prof. Ashour is a Repporteur of the Committee for Administrative Sciences, the Supreme Council of Culture, Egypt.  He has won several research and academic awards and recognitions, both internationally and at the regional level including the prestigious Kuwait Award for the Advancement of Science in Economic and Social Sciences (Management Science) for 2012.

Research achievements of Prof. Ashour include one hundred and fourteen (114) published articles and conference / symposium presentations as well as twelve (12) books.



  • zackMr. Zack H. Abdi


Mr. Abdi  held senior roles in the Oil & gas sector, such as Qatar Gas, ADGAS, Saudi Aramco; ART (Arab Radio & Television) and  was also managing & operating” Direct English”, English Language Training Center developing English language courses for vocational English for regional Banks, Hospitals, and other governmental agencies. His work arena include: HR Consultation, T&D management, nationalization programs, Career Development, and Program Development and Evaluation Analysis. Currently Zack is engaged in providing realistic and tailor made National Development process and recruitment solutions according to the clients’ needs.




  • bhuaininMr. Khalifa Mubarak AlBouainain




The Executive President of Saudi Unlimited Development Co. with 30 year of professional and leadership experience in petrochemical industries operations, supply chain, and business consulting and development.

Mr. Khalifa holds an MBA from the University of HULL with an associate degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech.University, Higher Diploma in Business Management from the University of HULL, besides executive certifications in projects management, quality auditing, business consulting and training. So far, working on DBA with Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Mr. Albouainain presented number of papers in local and international conferences and seminars, such as GPCA, ASHRM, Trainers Gathering Convention, IFTDO and ASIS, ARADO where the deliverables enriched the events, particularly in the area of maintaining sustainable and agile business organizations and the role of the leaders in leveraging prosperity through the latest management methodology, the Learning Organization Strategy.





  • wafaDr. Wafa Al Mansoori

Dr Wafa Al-Mansoori is Acting Senior Director of the Directorate of Vocational Reviews at the National Authority Qualification & Quality Assurance for Education and Training, Kingdom of Bahrain. She joined the Education Reform Project in 2007 and assisted in the development and piloting of the Higher Education Review System. Prior to her joining the Quality Assurance Authority, She was a faculty member in the University of Bahrain where she was an active member of the departmental Accreditation Committee. Dr Al-Mansoori is also a member of the Arab Network of Women in Science. She also serves on the External Reviewer Board for Oman Accreditation Council, Saltanat OmanShe received her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Bahrain in June 1996, her Master Degree in Microelectronic Systems and Communications from the University of Liverpool, UK in Oct. 1997, and her PhD Degree in electronics from Tufts University, USA in Feb. 1996.





  • haiderMr.  Hasan Haider



Hasan Haider is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Tenmou – the first Business Angels Company in Bahrain. He is committed, driven and dedicated to developing a start-up culture in Bahrain and helping other entrepreneurs make their ideas into a reality.

Hasan started his entrepreneurial activities by launching FILM2GO, an innovative start-up venture that provides an online DVD rentals, with free delivery and pickup. Hasan also has several years of investment experience, most recently as a Portfolio Manager at SICO Investment Bank. Graduated with a BSc(Hon) in Economics from University College London (UCL), and is a CFA Level 2 Candidate.

Hasan is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Adliya, and an Alumni member of the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association Bahrain, a Japanese government sponsored youth development and exchange program.





Panel Discussion


Panel Title:  Human Capital Development;  Challenges & Opportunities and the Way Forward


  1. Mr. Zack Abdi – Panel Moderator
  2. Prof. Ahmed Sakr Ashour – Panelist
  3. Dr. Michel Gagne – Panelist
  4. Mrs. Amal Al Kooheji – Panelist
  5. Mr. Hasan Haider – Panelist
  6. Mr. Saeed Al Khabaz – Panelist





Tentative Conference Agenda





Day Two | Workshops


Registered delegates will have the choice to select from three [3] parallel workshops to gain a valuable opportunity for intensive practical experience presented by internationally qualified trainers, which will take place during the 2nd day of the conference.


Limited seats for the following exceptional workshops:


Workshop I          Legacy LeadershipTM Featuring Dr. Michel Gagne


Workshop II*       Sustaining Growth Through Developing Employees’ Natural Talents Featuring Mr. Sami Al Buarki


Workshop III      Intergenerational Teams with EI Featuring Ms. Nicola Ablett



* Workshop Language Delivery  – Arabic

All workshops are Levy approved by the Directorate of Private Institutes Affairs at the Ministry of Labour – Kingdom of Bahrain.


Workshops Facilitators




Workshop I | Dr. Michel Gagne



Dr. Michel started training coaches in 1975 in Quebec, Canada. For 10 years his train the trainer program has successfully contributed to more than 35,000 coaches in Canada. Michel is a Certified Counselor with the International Society of Mental Training and Excellence. He is also a Certified and Licensed Leader with the Legacy Leadership Institute of Dallas, Texas and a Certified NLP Coach with Lambent do Brazil of Sao Paulo and the International Coaching Community (ICC). He is also a Master Course Conductor with the Coaching Association of Canada since 1972. Michel Gagne is a speaker, facilitator and International Executive and Corporate Coach with more than 35 years of experience and he has been in Asia for more than twenty years. View Profile




Workshop II | Mr. Sami Al Buarki



Mr. Sami holds a master’s degree in executive management – Business Administration EMBA from the University of Bahrain and he has been honored by His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman, the Prime Minister. Also, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in management from the same university. Sami obtained several professional certifications and international credits, being a certified instructor in the evaluation systems of personalities (Thomas International), a certified instructor for the 360-degree evaluation systems (Persona Global) USA, Certified Trainer (Service Quality Institute) that is specialized for customer service, Certified Consultant (Global Management consultants), Certified Trainer (Solution People) that is specialized in developing innovation, an American company, and many more certifications… View Profile







Workshop III | Ms. Nicola Ablett 9988


With many professional qualifications such as the College of Professional Management (UK), International Profiles, Training the Assessor, Compensation and Benefits, Level A and Level B British Psychological Society Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing, Assessment Administration, Certified PRISM Brain Mapping Practitioner and Certified Emotional Behaviours at Work Practitioner. Nicola is heavily active in coaching teams and creating Personal Development Plans for individuals to achieve personal and organizational objectives. View Profile






Bahrain Society of the Private Training Institutes aspires to make Bahrain a regional center for training, professional career development and sustainable human development.

BSPTI works with special local authorities to enable training institutes to perform their role as a strategic partner in the process of sustainable development, as well as their contribution to study the needs and the required renewable competencies in Bahrain’s labor market, and work to raise the level of administrators and leading institutes and providing training solutions based on international standards for relevant learning outcomes.






IFTDO was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1972 in order to develop and maintain a worldwide network committed to the identification, development and transfer of knowledge, skills and technology to enhance personal growth, human performance, productivity and sustainable development.

IFTDO is the most multinational, multicultural Training and Development organization in the world with a truly diverse Board of Directors leading the organization. Our members form a highly diverse network of human resource management and development organizations globally, linking HR professionals in HR societies, corporations, universities, consultancies, government organizations and enterprises. IFTDO currently represents more than 500,000 professionals in over 30 countries.





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