Duke CE leads ‘people first in a digital world’ conversation at Davos of Human Capital

July 16, 2019 • Digital Transformation, Events, Southern Africa

Duke CE leads ‘people first in a digital world’ conversation at Davos of Human Capital

Dr David Hanson during his keynote address.

On Thursday, 11 July 2019, Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE) hosted its annual Davos of Human Capital 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event explored the intersection of humanity, technology, the future of work and leadership, against the backdrop of change and transformation.  

The one-day conference brought together more than 500 senior leaders and HR professionals from across Africa with the goal of defining the future for business in an era of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation.

“Building relationships, empathy, and bringing humanity into the workplace, is the future of work,” says Sharmla Chetty, Duke CE’s President of Global Markets. “Organisations can’t protect jobs which are made redundant by technology, but we do have a responsibility to our people. Leaders have a responsibility to nurture agility, adaptability and focus on protecting people, rather than jobs, through reskilling.” 

This year’s conference shared an understanding of how to thrive through digital transformation, identify new trends, and harness the value of technology to build human-centred leadership strategies for a better world. 

“Technology-driven change is compelling us to become more flexible and open to new concepts and ways of working. We need to adapt to a new work reality in which careers become less linear and far more fluid. Change is accelerated and continuous which is why leadership will have a critical role to play on providing effective support and development opportunities for employees,” adds Chetty. 

The Davos of Human Capital 2019 also featured an appearance by Sophia the Robot, the world’s first-ever humanoid robot citizen, and her creator David Hanson, PhD from Hanson Robotics.

As innovation and adaptability become ever more critical, Chetty believes that prospering in this new era of disruption requires a distinctly human approach where leaders are intellectually curious, creative and inquisitive about new opportunities to shape a more inclusive and prosperous world.

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