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​​​Career Day Event

Saturday, September 24, 2016

CFA Career Day Event Agenda

9:00 am to 9:30 am          Registration and Networking

9:30 am to 9:35 am          Introduction and Welcome

9:35 am to 10:15 am        Build your brand for career growth


Ms. Rekha Utham, Head- HR & Training at Medgulf Takaful

Rekha Utham will  define  branding and its place in one's career in today's corporate world.  She will discuss the need to build a personal brand and the steps required to build it. You will leave this mini workshop with a definite plan as to how to define your own brand!


Rekha Utham, who joined the work place after 18 years of being a home maker, very quickly reached the top of her career in the very demanding Airline Industry. With a varied work experience both in India and Bahrain, in the prime of her career, Rekha left a Business Development job in the highly competitive airline industry to start a career with a multinational insurance firm in their human resource and admin department. Her customer care and crisis management experience with pioneer airlines such as DELTA, Singapore Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines was an expertise that propelled her career advancement in a completely new domain and industry. Little did she know that this was the beginning of a phenomenally successful and rewarding career in the business of managing people, organizational dynamics and dealing with varied cultures. Rekha today is Head of HR, Admin & Training in Medgulf Takaful playing a pivotal role complimenting her CEO in a text book role of HR as a strategic partner.

It is noteworthy that Rekha has not let corporate life come in the way of her meaningful and creative pursuits. She is a guest lecturer at CIPD, teaching HR courses to aspiring practitioners. Her interest in people has led her to her other major pursuit of counseling people to help them resolve their problems. She is a certified counselor well known in the community for her commendable work. Rekha also has a deep and abiding interest in teaching spoken English especially to laborers from the Indian subcontinent and has been engaged with workshops in the areas of communication and leadership and personality development as a Toastmaster. Passionate about language and literature she also conducts workshops for children and adults in Reading and Creative writing.

A creative personality and an avid reader Rekha writes poetry and prose in her spare time. Passionate about theatre Rekha has scripted, directed and curated plays in English which have had acclaimed stage debut in Bahrain and has also conducted theatre workshops for children.

With over 3 decades of work experience, Rekha has a Masters degree in English Literature, is an ACIPD from CIPD, UK, has higher Diploma in Counseling from ICM & Oxford College, London and is currently pursuing her second masters in Psychology & Counseling.

A dedicated person with two daughters both of whom are professionals in their own right, Rekha attributes her success to her ability to change, adapt and re-invent herself to the times and environments she exists in.


10:15 am to 11:15 am      Workshop:  CV writing and Interview skills


Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy EdD, MAEd, CPCC, PCC, CMCC, MAC

Competency based interviews: "Hello from the other side!"

What HR professionals want from you.


Clare is an internationally qualified Organisational and Executive Coach, Trainer and Founder of BIZNET and BECKETT MCINROY CONSULTANCY (BMC).  Clare has worked in a variety of positions including University Dean, Business Coach and Occupational Psychometrist in public and private education, medical, banking, telecom, oil and gas and hospitality enabling transformations in people and organisations.  Clare is registered as Level A (ability) and B (personality traits) with the British Psychological Society.

Her company, BMC, has worked with Governments, Fortune 500 and Blue Chip companies, Small and Medium Enterprises, ultra-high wealth families internationally, and across all sectors coaching, profiling, training and consulting.  Clare loves talent and leadership development, 'education', competency frameworks, succession planning, communication, team building and activating brand values as well as seeing coaching clients revel in their successes.

She designed and delivers BMC's own CoachME, Organisational Coaching and Leadership Coaching Programmes which are internationally accredited through ICF, AC and ILM.

Clare loves doing crafts and cooking with her children, spending time with her family, playing her drums, exercising, singing, learning, challenges, travelling and she is an adrenalin junkie too!

11:15 am to 11:45 am      Coffee Break

11:45 am to 12:30 pm     Change your life in 45 minutes! 

Taking the opportunity to co-present, David and Victoria will take you on an inspirational journey, focusing on career development, coaching and leadership to positively impact your life!

 David Collins LLB. Law, MA, Chartered Fellow CIPD, Fellow ILM

David is an inspirational Executive Coach, Thought Leader, Consultant, Leadership Mentor, Author, Trainer/Facilitator, Programme Designer and International Public Speaker.  He has a wealth of corporate experience in HRD, Operational Performance Delivery and Change Management.  After 30 years in Policing, he is now the CEO & MD of several Training, Coaching and Consultancy Companies with operations in the UK and across the globe

Dr. Victoria Ghurbal Ph.D, M.Phil, BA Hons, Member CMI

Currently HR Business Partner at Ahli United Bank, Victoria specializes in Career Development.  With extensive cross-cultural experience, she has delivered over 2000 training hours to participants in the region, focusing on Leadership, Marketing, Career and Soft Skills development, and has a proven track-record of organizational coaching.

12:30 pm to 1:15 pm       Panel Discussion - How to land your dream job!

Come to hear the panel discuss current recruiting trends and strategies to build your career. We will challenge the notion of a "dream job"!

Moderated by: 

steve.jpgSteve Wallace, Chartered MCSI, CAIA 

Steve is currently Director, Business Development, Institutional Partnerships EMEA for CFA Institute and is based in London. Steve has nearly 20 years' experience covering investment strategy reviewing investment funds and constructing portfolios for HNWIs and families in Australia, investment banking culminating in heading the CRM function for emerging market equities at ING, running the UK office of a hedge fund, heading the EMEA & Australia business development activities of CAIA Association and finally consulting / acting as commercial director to alternative investment managers & service providers regarding distribution.


David Collins LLB. Law, MA, Chartered Fellow CIPD, Fellow ILM

Victoria Ghurbal Ph.D, M.Phil, BA Hons, Member CMI

Ms. Rekha Utham, Head- HR & Training at Medgulf Allianz Takaful​​

1:15pm                                 Lunch & Networking