HR & Payroll Leaders Symposium – Dubai 2023

The GPA is pleased to invite all HR and Payroll Leaders to attend its Symposium on October 17th 2023.

Date:  17 October 2023
Time:  1.30pm – 5.00pm
Venue:  Shangri-La, Sheikh Zayed Road
Cost:  Free

In partnership with Ebury, the GPA is excited to announce that we are once again running a Symposium in Dubai! For this 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.


Melanie Pizzey
Global Payroll Association

Henry Bridgwood
Mass Payments


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.

Registration and Networking

Recent Updates : UAE Employment and Immigration Law

The employment landscape in the UAE is dynamic and fast changing. Over the past two years, we have witnessed a complete legislative overhaul in the employment and immigration space. In order to mitigate organizational risk, it really is imperative that businesses and HR managers keep abreast with the latest legislative developments and emerging trends at all stages of the employment lifecycle. Our employment expert Thenji Moyo, is delighted to host this session in collaboration with GPA, where we will be highlighting the key legislative changes and latest trends in the employment and immigration space in the UAE.

Our employment expert will cover: 

  • Legislative changes
  • New visas
  • Emiratization
  • Short-term projects
  • New work models
  • Bullying & harassment
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • End of service gratuity

Presented by: Thenji Moyo, Partner and Head of Employment at Gateley LLP

AI in Payroll: From First Steps to Practical Implementation

"Mastering the AI Advantage: Navigating Payroll in the Brave New World with Ready-to-Use Insights"

Dive into the transformative world of AI in payroll, starting with its foundational role in the industry. Explore how to take the initial steps with readily available AI tools, without the need for customization. Gain actionable strategies with ChatGPT for enhanced efficiency. This keynote offers a concise guide to harnessing AI's power in payroll, making it accessible and practical for all.

Presented by: Diana Geldenhuys, CEO and OPS


1.30pm - 2.00pm

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Diana Geldenhuys

Thenji Moyo
Partner and Head of Employment

Gateley llp


Payment Compliance in GCC is Not Easy! And here's why......
The GCC network is a unified, yet divided, region for payments and compliance. As regulations get more mature, complexity will increase. How to keep compliant and avoid the heavy cost of non-compliance!

          Presented by: Sachin Goklaney, Head of Commercial - Mass Payments, Ebury and 
Henry Bridgwood, Mass Paymets and Ebury

Coffee and Networking

Sachin Goklaney
Head of Commercial - Mass payments