15 August 2023 – INITIATE 2023: Human Capital Summit, a dynamic and empowering two-day event, kicked off with resounding success on 15 August at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Brunei. Organised by Progresif, the summit gathered seasoned HR professionals, industry experts and participants in an event that promises to provide valuable insights, foster meaningful connections, and equip participants with the necessary tools to thrive in the ever-evolving professional landscape of human capital development in Brunei Darussalam.

The event was also graced by Yang Mulia Dr. Hazri bin Haji Kifle, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam as the Guest of Honour, where prominent HR professionals from various backgrounds and industries from both the public and private sectoeincluding academics, participated in the summit also gathered.

The event opened with a speech by Hjh Nurul Haniah binti Haji Jaafar, the CEO of Progresif, who expressed her profound enthusiasm for the summit. She emphasized the pivotal role of employees as the heartbeat of organizations, echoing the sentiment shared by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. His Majesty’s Titah to mark the 39th National Day mentioned that “national development … is more meaningful than building facilities and systems that give a positive impact on the people, just like the development of human resources to produce people who are progressive, independent, and not solely relying on the government”, a vision that aligns seamlessly with the INITIATE’s principles.

“We firmly believe that our most valuable resource lies in the intellect and dedication of our employees. Just as His Majesty reminded us, true national development extends beyond physical infrastructure to empowering our human resources. This resonates deeply with our commitment to the wellbeing of our employees, as we recognize that their success is intertwined with our company’s success,” stated Hjh Nurul Haniah.

In her opening remarks, the CEO of Progresif extended gratitude to the original founders of INITIATE, Iswandy Ahmad, CEO of Perspective Insan, and Aiman Minorhadi, CEO of Grominda, for their vision and dedication in laying the foundation for the summit. She acknowledged their foresight in fostering a platform that brings together HR professionals to exchange ideas and develop human capital in Brunei.

The Initiate 2023 was further enriched by collaborations with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as the summit’s official knowledge partner and the Human Resources Society Brunei (HRS) as a strategic partner. Their involvement added a significant layer of expertise and insight to the summit’s offerings.

The summit’s opening was followed by a keynote speech titled “Navigating HR in the New World”, by May Leng Kwok, Regional Head of APAC, CIPD. The summit promises to be truly worthwhile with a lineup of thirty speaker sessions and six engaging workshops, anchored by 3 themes; Employee Experience & Wellness, Talent Transformation, and Championing Learning & Development.

The summit’s success was further attributed to the generous support of sponsors and partners, including Cosmopolitan College, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre, University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, and Dynamik Technologies. Their commitment to advancing the HR profession and fostering innovation within the HR community was instrumental in making the event a reality.

The INITIATE 2023: Human Capital Summit successfully set the stage for a new era of human capital development in Brunei. The event continues to pave the way for transformative growth, fostering a community dedicated to enhancing HR practices, embracing innovation, and collectively contributing to the realization of Wawasan Brunei 2035’s aspirations. For more information about the INITIATE 2023: Human Capital Summit, please visit INITIATE Human Capital Summit on Instagram @Initiatechs.