From making the CEO your best friend to building effective company values, the HR Summit and Expo 2015, which took place 15-19 November 2015 in Dubai, was characterised by important themes and big name speakers. Three business gurus led each day, but plenty of insights were also provided during workshops and seminars. Authors Ram Charan, Fons Trompenaars and Jim Kouzes set the agenda for each day. Ram Charan called for HR directors to “be regarded as the number one in your company after the CEO”, with speed of decision making and adoption of technology vital in the new world of business. Fons Trompenaars advised the audience to “forget globalisation, what we need is reconciliation” in his fascinating keynote address.