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Keynote speaker: Prerana Issar – U.N. World Food Programme

We are pleased to announce that Prerana Issar, CHRO at the United Nations World Food Programme will be one of our keynote speaker for the Beyond HR Forum 2017.

After 15 years in increasingly senior HR roles at consumer goods giant Unilever and her last role there as Vice President HR for the US$15bn global foods business, Prerana accepted the challenge to move as CHRO to the U.N. World Food Programme – the world’s largest and leading Humanitarian agency, which reaches US$ 6bn of food assistance to 100 million people across 80 countries every year.

For the last four years, Prerana has shaped the first organization-wide transformation (people, performance, regulatory framework, culture) in the history of the U.N. World Food Programme. In addition to leading the HR function of 450 people across 80 countries, Prerana works with the governments who are members of WFP’s Executive Board, to build support for WFP’s People Strategy and has successfully raised funds for the transformation. In a highly centralized and regulatored framework of the UN, transformational changes have been made at WFP; employee engagement has gone up, more female leaders than ever before in the 20 years history of the WFP have been appointed in leadership roles in the world’s most challenging locations and 600 leaders have gone through a tailored Humanitarian leadership development programme over a 2 year period.

Prerana leads from a strong understanding of the levers of business and operations, her global outlook formed from living and working in 5 countries across 3 continents, as well as deep insights into organizational and individual behaviour through her training as a psychologist.