Thursday, April 5
Great Hall 5-6
Thriving in an Upside-Down World
Leena Nair, Chief Human Resources Officer, Unilever
That the world is changing is old news: The future lies in whether we’re able to adapt, evolve and thrive in a new world where uncertainty is the new certainty. Defiant in the face of apocalyptic theories surrounding a “jobless future” in which robotics rule the world, Leena Nair offers an altogether more optimistic alternative, arguing that now—more than ever—is the time that business must become “more human”.
Far from replacing people skills, innovation will, (as it has always done throughout history), unlock new human capabilities to meet the demands of this new world. Delving into neuroscience and proven data, Leena argues that as HR leaders, our primary responsibility is to understand people better. Only by recognizing human’s unique needs and capabilities – then enhancing and empowering them with disruptive technology—will transformative breakthroughs happen.
Placing this philosophy at the heart of everything she does at Unilever, Leena demonstrates how purposeful people have the ability to drive purposeful businesses and purposeful brands that outperform competitors—and thrive in our newly connected world.