Change Makers with the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and the Technical Advisor to the Senior Minister

HR Focus Magazine has organised another groundbreaking event which saw the coming together of senior HR practitioners from both the public and private sectors of different industries in Ghana leading the drive for HR transformation.

A two-day summit dubbed the HR Change Makers summit was under the theme: “Transforming the Face of HR Management in Ghana.”

Present at the programme was the Deputy Minister of Labour and Employment Relations, Mr. Bright Wireko Brobbey, who asked Human Resource Practitioners to be bold and meticulous in applying sanction and reward systems that will increase work outputs. He encouraged HR Managers to be tough and “stand your ground because that is how we can move the country forward.”

Speaking on behalf of the Senior Minister, Mr. Robert Poku Kyei, Technical Advisor to the Senior Minister, touched on the National Public Sector Reform Strategy, emphasizing the need to “strengthen human resource capacity to improve service delivery to citizens and the private sector.”

On day 1 and 2 of the event, participants deliberated on three thematic areas including Organisational Culture, Recruitment and selection, and Performance Management, which were moderated by Ms. Taaka Awori, Managing Director-Busara Africa;Dr. Esi Ansah, CEO & Founding Partner-Axis Human Capital Ltd;Dr. Mrs. Ellen Hagan, Chief Executive, L’AINE Services Ltd. Respectively.

Research results from both the global and local context were discussed with participants breaking out into groups to solve pressing HR issues as pertaining to the Ghanaian work environment.

The HR Change Makers included: Ms. Hannah Ashiokai Akrong-Vodafone Ghana; Mr. George Panford-Hollard Insurance Ghana; Mrs. Akwelley Bulley-Kwakyi-UMB Bank; Mr. Samuel Kwame Boafo – CALbank Ltd; Mrs. Stella Agyenim-Boateng – Glico Group; Nana Elegba – The Multimedia Group; Mrs. Irene Asare – Tullow Ghana; Ms. Mary Mintah – Food And Drugs Authority (FDA); Mrs. Dora Yeboah-Boateng – Jospong Group; Felicia Gyamfi Ashley (SHRM-SCP)- Ministry of Finance; Ms. Patience Serwah Apeanti – Minerals Commission; Mr. Isaac Sackey – Learning Organization; Ms. Priscilla Quaye – Secure Revenue Services; Mr. Emmanuel Adjorlolo – Ministry of Finance.

The findings and conclusions of the robust brainstorming and idea-sharing sessions will form the first phase of the Ghana HR Report, which will be put together in conjunction with the African Think Tank, IMANI- Centre for Policy and Education and the UPSA Research team.

The HR Change Makers have laid in place policies and frameworks that will transform corporate Ghana.


On the evening of Day 2, HR Focus organised an awards ceremony dubbed, “An Evening with Top 40 HR Practitioners Doing ‘Big Things’ in 2018” where 40 HR practitioners were honoured for their meritorious contributions to HR Management development in their organisations.

Criteria for their selection included: Developing a strong employer brand; Demonstrating a strong focus on developing of people (every company’s most important asset) in their organizations; playing a major role in Change Management Programmes; Developing HR initiatives within and outside of their organizations, among others.

The Guest of Honour for the evening was Mrs. Florence Hutchful of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission. She urged Human Resource practitioners to ‘open up and share credible data that would further enhance the HR operating environment” and “to fashion out strategies that would ensure continuous engagement with the business so as to provide directional support.”

The summit and awards event took place at Tang Palace, Ridge on the 19th and 20th of September 2018.


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