Bahri recognized at CIPD Middle East People Awards

On behalf of the company, Hisham Alkhaldi, chief support officer of Bahri, accepted the award at a ceremony hosted by CIPD.
Updated 23 April 2019

Bahri recognized at CIPD Middle East People Awards

Saudi logistics and transportation company Bahri has won the Best Recruitment & Talent Management Strategy award at the inaugural CIPD Middle East People Awards held on April 11 at Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai.

Hisham Alkhaldi, chief support officer of Bahri, accepted the award during a ceremony hosted by CIPD, a London-headquartered professional body for HR and people development. The awards recognized individuals, teams and organizations for their outstanding achievements in people management and development. 

“Bahri has been actively pursuing its ambitious business strategy to grow and diversify its business and expand its local and global market footprint. With people being central to the realization of these objectives, we have sharpened our focus on investing in our human capital,” said Alkhaldi.

“It is our vision to create a strategy and an integrated system for attracting, sourcing, managing, developing and retaining talent, and provide a structured approach, supported by our HR digitization initiatives, to capitalize on human capital potential that led to the establishment of our Talent Management Framework. This framework has remained key in developing and sustaining an agile, motivated and dedicated workforce that possesses the right skills and knowledge to steer Bahri in a dynamic and competitive environment both locally and internationally,” he added.

An independent panel of HR professionals and CIPD subject matter experts chose Bahri for the award, which was presented by Peter Cheese, CEO of CIPD.

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.