DUBAI: The 13th annual Asia HRD Awards 2015 honoured 23 leaders and organisations from eight countries for their contribution to people development.
Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia CEO/director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar received the lifetime achievement award at the ceremony at Grand Hyatt Hotel here on June 8.
Also from Malaysia were Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) which were honoured for their contribution to society; Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV), HRnetGroup, DCP Datuk Aishah Mohammad of the police and the Finance Accreditation Agency for “contribution to organisation” and, HRDF chief executive C.M. Vignaesvaran and International Council of Islamic Finance Educators project director/exco Dr Zulkifly Baharom for “contribution to HR community”.
The other winners were from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.
The Asia HRD Awards is organised by SMR Group, a talent management solutions company based in Kuala Lumpur, since 2003.
“These recipients are individuals who go about their daily work in a normal but highly passionate way with the objective in mind – the goal of developing people so that the people will have a better quality of life,” said Datuk Dr R. Palan, founder of Asia HRD Congress.
The awards was held in conjunction with the Asia HRD Congress 2015 also held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel here (June 8-11), an annual conference that brings together HR professionals and business leaders to exchange perspectives, strategies, tools and ideas to increase organisation performance.
A total of 76 nominations from organisations and individuals across the Asia Pacific and Middle East were in the running for this year’s awards – Lifetime Achievement Award for individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to people development; Contribution to Society Award for endeavours in advancing education and other learning initiatives; Contribution to Organisation Award for effective roles played in employee development; Contribution to HR Community Award for initiatives that have been proven impactful in the human resource sphere; and, Movers and Shakers for extraordinary accomplishments by actively challenging the status quo and influencing major changes in people development.
More than 160 professional leaders from 16 countries have been conferred the awards over the years.
Past recipients include former Philippines president Fidel Ramos (lifetime achievement award), AIRASIA group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (contribution to society award), and UAE Minister of International Cooperation and Development Sheikha Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi (lifetime achievement award).