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Ron Thomas
Managing Director at Strategy Focused Group


Ron is Managing Director, Strategy Focused Group DWC LLC, based in Dubai. He is also a senior faculty member and representative of the Human Capital Institute [ ] covering the MENA/Asia Pacific region.

He was formerly CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and former CHRO based in Riyadh.  He holds certifications from the Human Capital Institute as Global Human Capital Strategist [ GHCS], Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP).

Cited by CIPD as one of the top 5 HR Thinkers in the Middle East.  He received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, and was named as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia

Ron's prior roles included senior HR roles with Xerox HR services, IBM, and Martha Stewart Living.

Ron is Executive Faculty at Howard University Business School, Washington, DC. His board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel, and HCI's Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy.

His work has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Inc. Magazine, Workforce Management and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India and the Middle East.

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Agenda Sessions

  • Lesson Learned from A Global Entrepreneur: Maximizing Your Start-up

  • Jobs in 2030: Upskilling, Career Mapping and the Digital Workplace