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The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) in collaboration with the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) is proud and privileged to present you the world’s most premier people event, the World HR Congress (WHRC) on December 6 -8, 2021 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as a virtual experience. Amid a planetary pandemic where people factor is in the pinnacle of limelight, we have aptly selected the theme: “Exalting People Professionals Amidst a Planetary Pandemic: Explore, Expand and Excel”. We will deliberate on digitalization, disruption, diversity, and diligence regarding the distinct dimensions of human resource management (HRM).


The WHRC has been held since 1986 in seventeen different countries and the next venue is Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean. The WHRC enables people professionals to build a global community of peers, to discuss new developments in HRM, and to network with colleagues from around the world who face similar complex challenges in HRM. For the first time, it comes to a humanly rich (HR) region which is South Asia. It will be the pinnacle of the evolution of the premier HR event in South Asia hosted by the CIPM.


The CIPM brought you “In Search of HR Excellence” in 2013 with an overwhelming success. We hosted the largest even attended HR event of CIPM in 2014 with the theme, “Redefining HR for Boosting Performance”. It further expanded with the theme, “HR for National Prosperity” in 2015. Then, we zoomed into the aspect of competing as a nation in a global scale in 2016 with the fitting theme, “HR Ecosystem for Competitiveness”. In 2017, the focus was on “Emerging HR Leaders: High Tech and High Touch”. We have moved further in 2018 with the novel theme, ““Transformation of HR in the Digital World”.  In 2019, it took a dynamic turn with a distinctly different theme, “Radically Reinventing Reality”.


In 2021, the South Asia’s largest HR event is becoming the World HR Congress 2021, in taking a giant leap. It is coming to you, more enhanced and enriched with an exciting flavor of global, regional, and local blend. It also paves the way for a refreshingly rewarding experience of authentic Sri Lankan tourism for the valued international delegates. It also provides an alternative to be a virtual participant from anywhere around the globe. Do keep December 6 -7, reserved for this engaging and energizing experience, taking place as a virtual event. We will assure you immense insights, initiatives, and implications in line with an invitation towards transformation.

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