HR & Payroll Leaders Symposium – Dubai 2022

The GPA is pleased to invite all HR and Payroll Leaders to attend its Symposium on June 9, 2022

Date:  9 June 2022
Time:  2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue:  Shangri-La, Sheikh Zayed Road
Cost:  Free

In partnership with Ebury, the GPA is excited to announce that we are running our very first Symposium in Dubai! For the Dubai debut of this popular event, we have assembled a lineup of inspiring speakers who are leaders in their field and will provide the fundamental information to help Payroll and HR departments run more effectively. In addition to benefitting from expert perspectives on these pressing questions, the GPA Symposium will give you the perfect opportunity to network with our elite speakers and fellow industry guests to build invaluable relationships. It will be an unmissable event and we look forward to welcoming you!

Our Speakers


I have always found the GPA events to be extremely informative with high quality speakers covering key topics, great networking opportunities and fantastic value for money too!”

A great day and so good to have so many payroll professionals under one roof! As always the speakers gave a very good overview as to what is going on in the real payroll world

The GPA team were very helpful, professional and welcoming. This really made the day most very enjoyable as well as being informative. The setting for the venue was well-chosen for getting there and the meetings were well-organised and structured. There was something for everyone concerned with the complexities and issues in payroll both in the UK and globally, thank you GPA!

Graham Jenkins

Graham was previously the Global Process Owner for Payroll and T&E at IBM, where he was responsible for Payroll/T&E strategy, operations and resourcing during a 30 year career.

Patrycja Strzelecka 

Patrycja has many years of experience in outsourcing business services. She has built one of the biggest accounting companies in Poland, Extor S.A., which TMF acquired in May 2016. 

Joan Haafs

Joan leads TMF Netherlands' Global Business Services, including the Dutch international payroll business. He has over 17 years’ experience in the payroll outsourcing industry.


I had a very enjoyable day and it was great to catch up with delegates from last year. The event was very informative and featured some excellent presentations by your key speakers.

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In Partnership with...

Ebury specialises in global payments, currency risk management and financial solutions for outsourced and internal payroll teams making payments to employees and local authorities around the world. Our services aid the growth and accessibility many international companies struggle to achieve from typical financial providers, by developing our own technology and extensive liquidity partnerships. From international payments and trade finance to our integrated API system, our end-to-end solutions are built with our clients in mind.


Diana Geldenhuys
Entrepreneur, Founder and Owner 
Outsourced Payroll Solutions  

Melanie Pizzey
Global Payroll Association

Owain Walters
Global MD of Mass Payments


Craig Austin
Global Strategic HR Leader

Pareto People

Getting to the venue

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, is a 15-minute drive from Dubai International Airport.

Airport Connections

There are several options to reach Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai. Guests can choose between a hotel limousine pick-up, airport shuttle bus or taxi.

Hotel Limousine

You can book a limousine pick-up by providing your flight details and estimated time of arrival when booking online.

Alternatively, you can also contact the hotel directly at (971 4) 405 2530.  


Taxis are available outside the Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall. The fare to the hotel is approximately USD 11.

Airport Shuttle Bus

The bus arrives and departs at the city bus terminal, a five-minute taxi ride from the hotel.

Lara Smart
Payroll Transformation Consultant

Registration and Networking

Emma Seymour
VP of Worker Welfare
Expo 2020 Dubai

Session One: The new UAE labour law – Insights into the rollout.
The session will start with a look back at how the UAE’s labour law and ways of paying their workforce historically evolved, plus the governing and regulatory bodies that govern the law. Our focus will then turn to highlights of the Labour law clauses that have the biggest impact on business and their implementation.  We will look at 6 articles and consider how it influences payroll.
These articles include the effect of having only limited contract types, flexible working models, the controversy around the non-compete clause, progress on probation regulations, changes on leave (or holidays) and the revamp of end of service benefits, including gratuity.
There will also be an informative discussion on what the law doesn’t say, specifically around Emiratisation and the pending UAE pension scheme.

Presented by:
Diana Geldenhuys, Entrepreneur, Founder, Owner at Outsourced Payroll Solutions

Session Two: The Challenges of Business As Usual in an Ever-Changing Landscape
Our panel will lend their experience to some of the challenges you may face trying to ensure business as usual when running a company/department in this ever-changing landscape. The unmissable discussions will consider matters including how to influence your team or c-suite: building an agile workforce, paying employees across different geographies and the challenges you may face whilst paying employees. There will also be a vital conversation about worker welfare standards.

Presented by:
Lisa Orton, Director, Vialto Partners
Dr Greg Ward, Managing Director, Transguard Group LLC
Craig Austin, Global Strategic HR Leader, Pareto People
Owain Walters, Global MD of Mass Payments, Ebury
Emma Seymour, VP of Worker WelfareExpo 2020 Dubai
Lara Smart, Payroll Transformation Consultant
Melanie Pizzey, CEO, Global Payroll Association


 Networking Drinks

4.30pm - 5.00pm

2.00pm - 2.30pm

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Lisa Orton
Vialto Partners