MTC’s Ekandjo gets HR Leadership Award
The award was conferred to Mr. Ekandjo at the 21st edition of the World HRD Congress which took place last week at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The theme for this year’s Congress was “The Future at Work” and it was attended by HRD experts from all over the world.
The Global HR Excellence Awards recognize individuals and acknowledge organizations for a professional cause in various award categories. The objective at core is benchmarking talent & HR practices. Against this background, the adjudicators and Council of Board members conferred the “HR Leadership Award” to Ekandjo in recognition of his contribution locally and at international HR forums. The award consists of a trophy and a citation.
“I am honoured to receive this international award from the World HRD Congress as not only on my commitment but on the commitment of those around me, I am therefore accepting this not just on my own behalf but also on behalf of those who contributed to my success and who are in pursuit of excellence”, said an excited Ekandjo.
Ekandjo stressed that it is important “to develop a culture of recognition and creating conducive environments in which we allow people to be creative and while doing so allowing room for mistakes because that can only make us better in the long run.”
In 2012, Ekandjo was also a recipient of the HR and Business Leadership Award at the Africa/India Partnership Summit which took place in Mauritius.
Presently, Ekandjo holds the position of Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer at MTC with a workforce of 421 employees, where he successfully turned around the HR strategy through an aggressive project called HR Excellent.
He is also the President of the Institute of People Management, an institution he help founded to chart the path of professionalizing the HR profession to ensure that HR becomes a recognized and respected profession. The IPM strives to achieve this target by proving stringent standards and ethical accountability through accrediting HR professionals through professional registration both at individual and organizational level and to provide a platform for HR professionals to interact and voice common concerns and challenges in Namibia.
The congress was an executive retreat and the key focus was to review trends in Human Resources Management that could change the paradigm on leading people at work. Other key focus areas at the congress were HR values, HR integration and HR performance. The World HRD Congress is governed by the Global Advisory Council which guides the strategic intent of the congress.