The Middle East’s most important HR thinkers

Author: PM Editorial | Date: 27 Jan 2016

We take a look at five people who are doing great things for HR in the region

People Management Middle East recently profiled some of the world’s leading HR thinkers. Here, we focus specifically on those who are doing great things locally.
Dr Tommy Weir
As well as founding the Emerging Markets Leadership Center (EMLC), Dr Tommy Weir is a CEO coach and author of Leadership: Dubai Style. He has provided CEOs around the world with leadership advice, and to date has helped more than 3,000 executives from 80 countries.
Dr Weir has a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University, and is a professor at Hult International Business School. He specialises in CEO coaching, leading in fast-growth and emerging markets, and Arab leadership, and aims to help good leaders become great.
Professor William Scott-Jackson
Professor Scott-Jackson is the chairman of Oxford Strategic Consulting and one of the most respected HR and management commentators in the GCC. He has written the Chartered Management Institute’s Guide to Managing Human Capital and the CIPD Guide to HR Outsourcing.
He is an advisor for the Arabian Society of Human Resource Management, a member of the CMI Academic Advisory Board and the CIPD Professional Standards Faculty. In December 2015, he told us why “SMEs need structure and strategic HR.”
Dr Abdulrahman Al Awar
As the director general of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR), Dr Al Awar is responsible for developing HR policies and projects for the UAE Federal Government. In 2014, his team won the government excellence award in the category of outstanding federal entity.
At last year’s HR Summit and Expo in Dubai, Dr Al Awar spoke of the importance of embedding enlightened HR practices across the Emirati public sector. He is also a board member of Emirate National Oil Company (ENOC) and Dubai University, and has a master’s degree in petroleum geology and a PhD in geology and geological engineering.
Shatha Al Maskiry
Shatha Al Maskiry is managing director of global consulting firm Protiviti and won the HR professional of the year award 2015 at the HR Excellence awards.
In 2014, the Oman Econmic Review (OER) named her for the second time as one of the most powerful businesswomen in Oman. At Protiviti, she promotes innovation and fosters leadership and entrepreneurial spirit to attract and develop local and regional talent to become thought leaders. She has also led successful humanitarian causes in Oman, as part of Protiviti's ‘i on hunger’ initiative.
Ron Thomas
Ron Thomas is the MD of StrategyFocusedHR, an HR consultancy based in Dubai. He is a regular speaker at HR conferences around the world and is a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute, from whom he has certification as a master human capital strategist (MHCS) and strategic workforce planner (SWP).
His consultancy helps implement large-scale HR organisational changes that have positive effects such as increased employee engagement. In 2013 he was awarded the ‘outstanding leadership award for global HR excellence’ at the World Human Resources Congress in Mumbai. He is also a blogger and columnist for several international HR publications.