HR Jobs and Ideas is a LinkedIn group with a membership of more than 200,000 HR professionals around the globe.
HR Upgrades is a technological spin-off aimed at helping companies enhance their HR management capabilities through innovative products, based on the latest technology and research.
Our vision of future HR operations needing to be powerful, well-staffed and armed with the latest knowledge and technology, came about when a small group of people from different walks of life – from psychologists and teachers, to business and management engineers started to gravitate around a common belief: during the next decade Human Resources management will become the most important in-company discipline of all.
This prediction is based on the observable trajectory of two well defined macro-trends: the rise of corporate power and the movement toward a human-capital-centric economy.
There is little doubt that the power wielded by corporations has grown enormously; take a look at the wealthiest 100 organizations on the planet and you are as likely to see a company listed there as a country. As corporations progressively control an ever larger share of global resources, they will be increasingly under pressure to demonstrate their legitimacy to employees as well as to the wider public. We need to see increasing corporate engagement with environmental, social, and humanitarian issues.
The second macro trend is the ever expanding ‘gig’ economy and the changes technology are bringing to our ways of working. We are rapidly moving toward the age of human capital, a new age where individual creativity, innovative capacity, and entrepreneurship are becoming the defining element of competitiveness and value generation for a significant section of workers.
We believe that HR departments will soon find themselves right at the intersection of these two very different, almost antagonistic, macro trends.
The way the inconsistencies of these two different forces are resolved and integrated will in no small part determine how people live and work together now and in the future.
At HR Upgrades we aim to positively impact the process through the development and sharing of HR management knowledge and new technologies – and by facilitating network on a global level.
Our guiding lights
Clever HR management is vital to business success
HR can and should be a force for good
Knowledge and technology can be powerful allies
Business Development Director
Hello, I am Alessandro Pala, Business Development Director and co-founder of HR Upgrades. I am also the owner of HR Jobs and Ideas a LI network of more than 200,000 HR professionals. Having trained in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Edinburgh, and later at UCL in London, I have keen interest for research, technology and innovation. At the same time 20 years of business management experience around the world has taught me that out in the real world it’s often people and their personal qualities which make all the difference. Setting up HR Upgrades offers me the possibility to bring together my belief in personal development with my passion for business and innovation.
Head of Research & Communication
Hi, I’m Ally Micklem – the Head of Research and Communication at HR Upgrades, and Group Manager of HR Jobs and Ideas. I have a background in local press, an MPhil in European Journalism from the Cardiff University, and am now really enjoying getting involved in researching, writing and editing our communications materials. I have been a language teacher for more than ten years, so have particularly enjoyed getting involved in the development of the new E-learning business simulation game, SolarHR (V3 out soon!) I still teach, and am an MBPsS at the British Psychological Society, Education section, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.
Freelance Project Manager
Hello – I’m Florentina Anghel, a young professional graduate of Management Engineering . During my university studies I worked with the European Institutions and other organisations to help create a better entrepreneurial environment for young people. I’m passionate about high-level events management and start-ups – and I’m following both interests by working with an international company providing protocol services and being a freelancer Project Manager here at HR Upgrades.
Hi, I am Kristina Chervinska – a graduate of International Economic Relations, from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. I am a well-read specialist in International affairs, with experience of working with global companies at the Romanian Chamber of Commerce in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. I am really interested in the area of IT, and the continuous innovation and development going on in the sector right now. My current specialization is in international business communications. My personal motto is: Be innovative, be proactive!
Hi, I’m Tommaso Terenzio – Graduated in Management Engineering at the University of Calabria. I am Business Simulation Analyst and Project Manager at Artémat S.r.l., gaining nine years’ experience in designing, developing and implementing business game economic models and as facilitator in business gaming events. The business simulation sector is very interesting and engaging for a Management Engineer like me! It is the right mix of creativity and logic-mathematical relationships. I am the Export Manager of Artémat since 2015, managing the communication with the company partners and promoting Artémat tools around the world.
Junior Marketing Manager
HI – I’m Svetla, an ambitious young professional, and a recent Marketing graduate. Following my experience at university where I participated in some projects with Google Adwords and other SEM tools, I have been feeding my passion for digital marketing and am keen to keep on growing in this field. I truly believe in “loving what you do” and facing challenges to see where they will lead me. I am interested in travelling and I am curious about lifestyles and cultures around the world. In my free time I like to get involved with different sports and explore the world with my books from an armchair.
Hello, I’m Helka. My background is in social anthropology, teaching and “horse whispering”. I’m passionate about people, behaviour, communicati
Business Development Manager
Hi, I am Maurizio Nocciolini, Business Development Manager at HR Upgrades. I have educational background in Business Administration. Over my 20 years of managerial experience I’ve been involved in in several experience with one common denominator: technology ! Then the Loyalty Program experience taught me the key element of people and relationship. My motto is ‘’digital world with human touch’’ hence HR Upgrades gives me the real opportunity to embrace my beliefs!
Junior Occupational Psychologist
Hi! I’m Lucrezia, a young graduate with a background in psychology. I am currently pursuing a Masters in HR Management at Bologna Business School. Languages, human relations, behaviors and interactions are some of the things that fascinate me most. I care about wellbeing, conflict management, motivation, satisfaction, and finding and achieving the best of ourselves. I believe that these key aspects are fundamental to everyday life and are important resources, especially in the workplace. I’m proud to be part of the international and innovative company that is HR Upgrades, as it gives me a real opportunity to bring together both my work values and my personal beliefs.
HR Jobs and Ideas Group Manager
Hello, I’m Jay, an experienced and committed legal professional with over a decade of diverse work experience within large global organizations and law firms. I am a qualified attorney, a law graduate and I also have a post graduate qualification in business administration. I have had exhaustive exposure in across-the-board Contract Management, Legal Compliance, Litigation Management, Employment Disputes, Global Immigration, as well as pleading in various courts & tribunals.
HR Jobs and Ideas Group Manager
Hi, I’m Syeda Manisa Kabir. I’m an HR professional with 3 years of experience in international management consulting industry. Currently I am pursuing a Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (MIRHR) at University of Toronto, Canada. I am also working as an HR Associate at RSC Business Group Alpha, a Canada-based company that provides training and business strategy to entrepreneurs and various business organizations. Having grown up in a business environment, I feel blessed with a naturally pro-active and experimental mindset. I consistently strive for self-development and improvement and settle for nothing less than great results.
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Local Partner West Australia
Hello – I’m Ioana. I have extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, career management strategies, recruitment strategies, training and development, employee induction and motivation, career transition support and career counselling. I earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Education Science, and was certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). While managing my own career counselling private practice, I am now representing HR Upgrades across Australia. I have a strong passion for strategy games, and how they can benefit mental health, learning and brain development.
Local Partner Milan
Hi, I’m Gian Carlo Manzoni. I am a Management and Organizational Development Consultant with extensive knowledge in HR, including talent management coaching, experiential learning activities and building high performing teams. As a coach and facilitator I am passionate about creating active learning environments and specialise in customer care training, and leadership skills. My communication style is highly interactive and I thrive on leading people to a consensus. I am particularly interested in e-learning and web communities and am currently building closer links with marketing and communication agencies.
Expert HR Advisor
Hello, I’m Celina, and as a senior leader, my passion is to partner with organizations to align business strategy with operational excellence, resulting in a culture that delivers results and in which employees thrive. A hands-on professional focusing on Human Resources (HR) & Organizational Development (OD), I can offer an array of expertise. My leadership roles include leading organization-wide transformational efforts in healthcare, coaching/developing/delivering global leadership development in high-tech, leading balanced scorecard efforts and competency modeling in higher-education, and delivering non-profit city-wide community workshops on eliminating human oppression.
Expert HR Advisor
Hello! I am an independent organisational development specialist and executive coach with over 20 years’ experience developing and delivering solutions to improve organisational effectiveness. I’m passionate about supporting and enabling people to achieve their best through coaching and development. During my career, I’ve worked with small and large organisations across a range of industries within private, public and not for profit sectors. I have a deep expertise in recruitment and talent – alongside organisational development, leadership coaching and business change experience.
Expert HR Advisor
Hi – I’m Ruth, Recruitment Manager at one of the top international industrial services and solutions companies. I am passionate about people and love to get the best out of the teams and the companies I work with through motivation, innovation and sharing best practice. I have over 14 years’ experience working in HR in international fast-paced environments. My expertise includes team and people management, global talent management, HR transformation and business process improvement. Sectors covered include Environmental Services, Technology, Consulting and FMCG.
Expert HR Advisor
Hi! I’m Anna Sabot, HR Global Process Coordinator at Accenture, a global a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. I am passionate about innovation and about coaching people to get the best from themselves. I possess more than 8 years of human resources experience, and am used to working with multicultural teams, under pressure. My expertise includes managing and implementing HR processes within different service lines over 42 countries, HR Systems Implementation, HR Transformation , training and driving continuous improvement across teams.
Expert HR Advisor
Hello! I’m Maximillian, an Organizational Devepolpment and Training manager with over 30 years of experience developing groups and brainware solutions to improve Organizational Cultures. I’ve been a training professional in Pirelli Corporate, training manager in Ipsoa Business School, Director of Didasbank (Italy Private Banks Business School), Director of AIF (Italy Training Association) “Train the Trainers” area. Actualy i’m the ComeNetwork’s Owner , a project focused on the relationships between Art and Organization.
Expert HR Advisor
Hi! I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organization at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics (FELU), Slovenia, teaching courses such as Human Resource Management, Learning and Knowledge Management, and Creativity and Innovation Management. My previous work experience is in co-creation of disruptive solutions for hi-tech entrepreneurship and fostering innovation. My research interests include non-technological innovations, creativity, organizational behavior and psychology, job design, leadership, and multi-level issues in management. I also serve as an editorial board member in The Leadership Quarterly and Economic and Business Review, and as Editor-in-Chief of the Dynamic Relationships Management Journal.
Expert HR Advisor
Hi! I’m Biliana – HR Consultant, Researcher, and University Lecturer. I have more than five years of professional experience in recruitment and HR consulting, both as an external and internal specialist. My expertise is in working with different industry profiles (eg. IT, Finance, Engineering, supply chain) to optimise processes. I’ve worked in global teams, participated in and organised HR related events and conducted employee satisfaction surveys. I am currently a PhD student in Work Psychology; my main interests are: organizational behavior, HRM practices, development and inspirational teaching. I have published different papers on the topic and conduct seminars with students in Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development and Consulting.