HR & Payroll Leaders Symposium – Dubai 2024

Date:  29th February 2024
Time:  13.00 – 17.00
Venue:  Grand Millennium Business Bay, Marasi Drive, Business Bay, PO Box 98678
Cost:  Free

The GPA is thrilled to share the news that we're returning to Dubai for our in-person GPA Payroll Symposium, and it's completely FREE. We've assembled a lineup of dynamic speakers, experts in their fields, ready to deliver essential insights for enhancing the efficiency of Payroll and HR departments, with a focus on how it impacts the UAE. 

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

Getting to the venue

Al Abraj Street, Business Bay, P.O. Box 98678, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+971 4873 3333

A few minutes away from Dubai International Airport, World Trade Centre, DIFC, and the city's iconic attractions, Grand Millennium Business Bay offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The hotel features 11 meeting rooms abundant in natural light, equipped with the latest audiovisual technologies, in addition to direct access to an outside terrace overlooking The Dubai Water Canal. Event Planners can also benefit from our 846 sqm ballroom, divided into three separate spaces to accommodate different functions and a business centre to cater to all delegates' needs. 

Registration and Networking

Navigating Emiratization - Deep dive into the new regulations and laws

During this session, Liam will provide valuable insights on navigating the intricacies of Emiratization laws. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and understand how to effectively align their company's practices with the latest regulations pertaining to Emiratization. Liam's discussion will shed light on the nuances of compliance, offering practical strategies to ensure that businesses not only grasp the intricacies of Emiratization laws but also implement practices that align seamlessly with the evolving regulatory landscape. This session aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary for effective compliance and alignment with Emiratization regulations, contributing to the overall success and sustainability of their organizations in the dynamic business environment.

     Presented by: Liam Doherty, Enterprise Sales Director, Connect Resources 

 Payroll Controls and Compliance, coupled with the indispensable safeguard of Business Continuity Planning.

David James will discuss the vital aspects of organisational management: Payroll Controls, Compliance, and Business Continuity Planning.
In payroll management, robust controls are crucial for accuracy, compliance, and security. We'll explore best practices, covering internal controls, compliance updates, and technology to streamline processes. Prevention in controls and compliance can prevent legal and financial repercussions.
Resilient organisations prioritise sustaining operations during disruptions. A solid Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is not just a contingency but a strategic necessity. We'll delve into key BCP elements—risk assessment, continuity planning, crisis communication, and leveraging technology for uninterrupted payroll services. Implementing a tailored BCP instills confidence amid challenges.

In summary, the synergy of payroll controls, compliance, and business continuity blends precision with preparedness.

Presented by: David James, Payroll Consultant     


13.00 - 13.30

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Liam Doherty
Enterprise Sales Director
Connect Resources

David James
Payroll Consultant

Self Employed


 Payroll and Payment complexities - Navigating GCC landscape
Join our panel of experts as we dive into the intricacies of hiring, calculating payroll across different landscapes, WPS compliance, and how payments are a critical part of WPS and non-WPS compliance in the region. We will delve into employment laws, WPS reporting and compliance, and the pitfalls for not adhering to the GCC wise HR regulations . This panel discussion aims to be interactive, providing a platform for industry experts to share insights and practical strategies and engage with the audience. We encourage active participation, fostering collaboration to collectively navigate the GCC varying landscape.



Coffee and Networking

Henry Bridgwood
Key Account Director


Thenji Moyo
Gateley LLP

Presented by: David James -  Payroll Consultant, Liam Doherty - Enterprise Sales Director at Connect Resources, Thenji Moyo - Partner at Gateley LLP and Henry Bridgwood - Key Account Director at Ebury.