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Awards for HRD of the Year, TA Leader of the Year, Leaders of Distinction Presented at HRO Today Forum EMEA in Athens

Honored professionals from a variety of markets gather in Greece to receive recognition for their HR leadership and innovation

Key Takeaways (TLDR)

  • The HRD of the Year Awards recognize HR leaders for innovation in employee engagement and retention.
  • 2022 Individual Award Winners include Murad Sahawnea, Isil Tekan Ata, and Natalia Patleva.
  • Talent Acquisition individual awards went to Alvina Savchenko, Ayesha Khais Al Amri, and David Priestley.

Athens, Greece ( Wednesday Nov 2, 2022 @ 7:00 AM EDT —

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"The group of HR leaders in attendance is impressive and they have been very engaged in the event. It's been enlightening to discuss the issues they're facing in their countries," Elliot Clark, CEO.

The HRD of the Year Award recognizes HR leaders that help drive workforce initiatives through innovation with measurable excellence in employee engagement and retention to prove it. These HRDs are responsible for providing leadership to ensure talent acquisition and retention, business growth, and a culture that can lead in a global workforce.

The 2022 HRD of the Year Individual Award Winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Murad Sahawnea, Power International Holding, Qatar
  • Non-Profit: Dr. Paul Tladi, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
  • Sustainable Workforce: Isil Tekan Ata, Cigna Insurance Middle East
  • Large Market: Kutay Kavukcu, Novo Nordisk, Turkey
  • Mid-Market: Natalia Patleva, SkyUp, Ukraine

Our 2022 HRD Leaders of Distinction are:

In the Talent Acquisition categories, the 2022 Individual Award Winners are:

  • Small Market: Alvina Savchenko, Miratech
  • Mid Market: Ayesha Khais Al Amri, Al Meera
  • Large Market: David Priestley, Lonza

TA Team of the Year Winners are:

  • Mid Market: HTEC, Talent Acquisition Team, Led By Predrag Pivarski
  • Large Market: Adidas Talent Acquisition Tech, Digital & Data Analytics Team, Led By Mick Bradfield

Our TA Leaders of Distinction for 2022 are:

  • Carolina Herrera - Head of EMEA and APAC Talent Acquisition, PIMCO​
  • Gargy Mohanty​ - Head of Clinical Talent Acquisition, Aster DM Healthcare
  • Mohamed Othman​ - TA Head, Yas Holding​
  • Lance Petersen​ - Vice President: Talent Acquisition, Imperial (a DP World Company)​

For more on the 2022 HRO Today Forum EMEA Awards, visit

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