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CIPM at NHRC 2019 takes HR to a higher level

Dhammika Fernando, President, CIPM Sri Lanka and Director – APFHRM (4th from left) and Chief Guest Bob Morton, Secretary General, WFPMA, Ajith Bopitiya, Chairman NHRC 2019, Organizing Committee together with CIPM officials at the NHRC 2019 Inauguration Ceremony.

Dhammika Fernando, President, CIPM Sri Lanka and Director – APFHRM (4th from left) and Chief Guest Bob Morton, Secretary General, WFPMA, Ajith Bopitiya, Chairman NHRC 2019, Organizing Committee together with CIPM officials at the NHRC 2019 Inauguration Ceremony.

CIPM Sri Lanka, the Nation’s leader in human resource management, held its flagship annual event The National Human Resource Conference (NHRC) on September 17 and 18, at the BMICH in Colombo. Taking into consideration the proliferation of disruptive technology and its effects on life itself, the workplace and the way we work and live, the conference was aptly themed as “Radically Reinvented Reality.” CIPM President Dhammika Fernando, members of the Executive Governing Council of CIPM, Immediate Past President, Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri, Chairman of the NHRC 2019 Organizing Committee Ajith Bopitiya, CIPM CEO P. G. Tennakoon, together with Chief Guest Bob Morton, Secretary General, World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA), participated at the Conference. More than 1200 HR professionals, business leaders and academics, including foreign delegates of mutual exchange programs representing the National People Management Associations of neighboring countries including India, Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh together with their Presidents, participated at the Conference, which was organized to conform to international standards.

“This is the first NHRC under my tenure as President and also the first since CIPM was awarded the ‘Charter’ status which is a significant milestone in our journey to be the leading professional body in human resource management. The NHRC 2019 is also the precursor and stepping stone to hosting the mega people management conclave, “The World HR Congress2020” in Colombo next year,” said Dhammika Fernando, President, CIPM Sri Lanka, in his welcome address at the inauguration ceremony of the NHRC 2019.

“We are delighted to inform you that the theme, format, programme and the contributors that we have selected for the NHRC 2019 is most inspiring. This will take the delegates of the NHRC 2019, to a new dimension in human resource management,” he added.

Delivering the keynote address on “HR Mega Trends for a New Era,” Bob Morton, Secretary General of WFPMA and Chief Guest of NHRC 2019, said that in a world being increasingly dominated by technology, the disruption that it brings with it, it is important to bring the human element back into human resource/people management.

A well designed “CIPM Events App” was available to all participants to download free of charge which provided much needed information on the venue, speakers, locations, etc., for the convenience of participants.

The agenda and program over the 2 days put together by Chairman, NHRC 2019 Organizing Committee, Ajith Bopitiya and his team, was well received by the participants. The first event on the agenda on Day 1 was the presentation by Hayleys Plantations PLC, the winner of the CIPM Great HR Practices competition, on their winning “Green HR Drive” initiative, followed by the Grand Finale of the CIPM Great HR Debate 2019, the only corporate debating championship dedicated to human resource management, between Aitken Spence PLC (proposer) and Citizens Development Bank (opposer) on the topic of “Radical Reinvention can be replaced by human behavioral adaptability.” The opposing team CDB was adjudged winner by the Panel of Judges.

Thereafter, the much looked after event the “CIPM Lifetime Gold Award” Ceremony which selects and recognizes the most exceptional member of CIPM for his/her unparalleled contribution to advance human resource management discipline in Sri Lanka, was held under the Chairmanship of President, CIPM Sri Lanka. Dr. Neil Bogahalanda, Senior HR Consultant and CIPM Council Member, former Head of HR, Royal Ceramics PLC, was awarded the CIPM Lifetime Gold Award for his contributions to the HR fraternity. 


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