INITIATE returns to discuss latest developments in human capital

The day-long summit on May 19 will focus on building a resilient work culture in the new normal

Chairpersons for INITIATE at the pre-event press conference: Perspective Insan founder YB Iswandy (L) and Grominda founder Aiman (R).

Brunei’s first human capital summit INITIATE will return for its second edition this May 19, focusing on building a resilient work culture in the new normal.

The day-long summit will be held at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex’s An-Naura Hall, and is targeting 200 participants keen on engaging in human capital development, including human resources (HR) staff, business representatives, academics, and students.

Co-organisers of INITIATE, Grominda and Perspective Insan Academy, said the summit was created to help advance human capital development in the country by gathering leading practitioners in the field for sharing sessions and workshops, while also connecting participants for networking.

To explore the theme of building a resilient work culture, the morning session will focus on work culture, with resilience the centre of the afternoon session. The morning and afternoon session each begins with a forum and are followed by a workshop.

INITIATE will also feature a partner’s pavilion which will showcase products and services relating to human capital, including human resource management systems and training programmes.

Founder of Perspective Insan and Legislative Council member YB Iswandy Ahmad explained that the summit’s theme will deliberate on changes to working culture, the need for resilience, and what is the future of work as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Work from home last year was (an) adoption, but some companies are operating totally online. So that can be discussed, how can you manage HR when you’re operating online?,” said YB Iswandy at a press conference last Friday to announce the summit.

Founder of Grominda Aiman Minorhadi added that it can be challenging for HR practitioners to discuss wider issues with people outside of their organisation, making the summit an ideal setting to collectively discuss manpower and human capital.

“Each level of organisation has different issues to solve in HR; some might be focusing more on retaining employees, (others) on business level (performance) or preserving human resources. These are types of things they would want to share,” said Aiman.

The Human Resource Society, a newly established, non-profit organisation (NGO) that aims to represent and develop human resource capability in Brunei, is the summit’s strategic partner and is expected to conduct the workshops.

Meanwhile another NGO, the Young Professionals Network Brunei, are scheduled to moderate the forums. The Manpower Planning and Employment Council are also expected to join and lend their expertise to the summit.

Attending the full-day summit is priced at $250 per person, with a half-day session – morning or afternoon – costing $180. Both packages cover the networking lunch, with the full-day package also including access to speakers and industry experts.

There are also discounted packages for groups: a full package for two people is $450, while a full package for four people is $800. All attendees will also receive an e-certificate for participation.

Registration is open until May 9; to sign up or learn more visit To get in touch directly, contact +6738297027 or