CRF in the Gulf

Access our Gulf region specific research and resources, join us for in-person events and senior leader networking, and develop your HR skills with our live, on demand or bespoke training

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Gulf Conference: Building Skills and Talent for the Future

Adapt your organisation's strategies to stay competitive in the evolving landscape of the Gulf region’s business environment

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Gulf HR Business Partnering Accelerator Programme

Supporting the development of emerging HR professionals by offering the skills and career boost they need to fast-track into senior HR roles

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Our 2024 programme in the Gulf builds the knowledge, capability and effectiveness of the HR function by providing access to new thinking, tools and frameworks, and exploring how to apply these in practice in the region. Our research explores strategic HR topics by highlighting the good practice undertaken by leading organisations in the Gulf region coupled with the latest academic thinking and practical recommendations.

Three themes underpin this 2024 programme:

Building LEADERS who are equipped to DRIVE CHANGE while delivering BUSINESS RESULTS


Creating a HIGH-PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENT that enables people to THRIVE

Who are our events for?

Our events are designed to bring together senior HR Leaders in the Gulf with interest and responsibility for talent development, acquisition, learning, career paths and future skills. Job titles include:

  • Group/Global HR Directors
  • Chief HR Officers
  • SVPs/VP People

If you are interested in attending any of our upcoming events and learning, or to find out more about CRF, please contact


The research that CRF produces navigates the fine line between academia and practitioner very well. I find the combination of these means their research is robust, but importantly, practically applicable to the way we manage talent in the organisation. I’ve reverted back to the CRF research many times and often it will influence a future course of direction to help us better align our talent practices to organisation needs.

Reed Sylvester, SVP Talent Management, e& (formerly Etisalat)

e& (formerly Etisalat)

What was evident throughout our learning process was your passion for HR and the drive to help us be the best we can be. Your ‘challenge’ always felt like it was coming from this place, so was consistently well received, as well as your support and readiness to share research relevant to what we’re seeking to achieve. Overall, a very good process which has enabled the function here to step out of its comfort zone and begin to build confidence and clarity in the way that we operate.

L&D, Manager, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Over the last years, we have seen an increased number HR events in the UAE, however very few come close to what CRF actually offers. I have been impressed by the professional level of the content that gets shared as well as the regional HR and Talent professionals they attract and bring into the conversation.

The beauty is that the conversations continue beyond the events through the community that CRF has managed to create which has brought us professionals closer together, acting as sounding boards and advisors to each other.

Gabriella Planojevic, MEA Talent Director, Kearney


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