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Sharon Anthony
Director of People and Culture , International non-profit
Dhaka, Bangladesh
In the Organizations that I have worked for, I have always partnered with senior leadership to drive change, grow talent, increase performance levels etc. I have a certification in Psychological First Aid security and safety,problem solving,am a change agent, a behavioral interview and assessment center selection expert. I have experience in start-ups in the private sector and Development (NGO).
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
Professional Experience:
I am a Senior Human Resources Leader with General and Strategic Management experience coupled with global and multicultural exposure and a successful track record leading diverse multicultural teams. I am passionate about Human Resources and I believe in forming collaboratively relationships within the Organization and developing an engaged workforce. I am confident that with my years of experience in leadership positions in Human Resources, I will be able to lead an Organization and its people to the next level.

In the Organizations that I have worked for, I have always been as an advisor to the CEO and have partnered with senior leaders from a strategic leadership lens to drive change, grow talent in the Organization and increase performance levels. In the course of my career, I have acquired a wealth of experience in start-ups and international organizations in the Oil and Gas sector, Information, Communications and Technology and International Non-Government Organizations or INGOs. In my current role as P&C Director with an International NGO in Bangladesh, I have acquired experience in managing grants projects from a HR perspective, including inculcating a change of mind-set from asponsorship operations to a grants mind-set with a focus on quick deliverables. My team and I project Mpmanaged the recruitment of approximately 130 staffs who were ready to be deployed at the commencement date of the project. I continue to work on the sustainability of change in the Organization as we acquire new grants in different geographical contexts and with varying expectations of donors, to ensure that staffs are ready to deliver as per the donor’s expectation.

I also possess Emergency Response experience in coordinating and ensuring timely talent on the Response by coordinating with other Country offices and South Asia leadership in ensuring availability of talent. Currently I am leading P&C in ensuring the recruitment of the right talent and a building of capacity in the Response with the influx of the Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh and to date we have recruited over 250 staffs on this Response.

I have set up the Human Resources Business Partner structures, driven a major change with my team in an international Organization in the private sector and retained key talent which was crucial for business continuity in a USD 1 billion business takeover. I have been involved in the holistic OD assessment of the Organization and have advised on succession planning and shaping of careers in a competitive market, spearheading major recruitment drives and successfully managed human resources audits and compliance as well as human resources budgeting. In the Humanitarian sector, I have successfully led a gender equality drive in raising awareness on the need for gender equality and consequently increasing female staffs of merit, I have led teams in a business process re-engineering project with two major restructures and with zero litigation.
Education:
I have a Masters of Science in Applied Psychology from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, an LL.B pass at Intermediate Level from the University of London in the United Kingdom, HR Certification from the Charles Rivers Centre and The Harvard Club, Kuala Lumpur and an A Levels certification from the Associated Examiner's Board London in the United Kingdom.

I have acquired over the years certification in Behavioral Interviewing skills, HAY Job Assessment skills, Cross Cultural Training, Security and Safety Training, Critical Problem Solving Skills, Critical Negotiations Skills, Labour Law application for Malaysia, Mongolia and Bangladesh, Finance for Non-Finance Manager's training, Staff Care and Peer Support Training and many others pertaining to Human Resources and General Management skills.
Affiliations and Achievements:
In the course of my recent experience with an American INGO based in Bangladesh, I have undertaken negotiations with major international Donors in the development field at the proposal designing stage such USAID with respect to manpower budgeting, terms and manner and timeline of deliverables. I have also worked closely with the requirements of the host government in Bangladesh with respect to formal letters and approvals from the Government for the commencement undertaking of the grant project which in this case is a Title II Food Assistance Grant at the value of approximately USD 73.9 million.

I have worked closely towards the successful establishment of my Organization's presence in support of the influx of the Rohingya people to Bangladesh in the Refugee crisis currently in faced in Bangladesh. I have also undertaken 3 major restructuring processes with zero litigation by having in place, a well-managed and transparent process which involved cumulatively 400 plus staff released from the Organization without any legal or otherwise any incident.

I am currently leading in a gender equality and parity initiative in working towards a 50:50 equality in numbers and rights of female staffs in a patriarchal culture and society of Bangladesh. I have managed to raise the percentage of females in the Organization by 9% bringing the female population from 19% to 28%. This has been the highest number of females in that World Vision as an Organization had ever seen in the 45 year history of the Organization in Bangladesh.

In the corporate sector, I project managed the global recruitment of almost 350 Oil and Gas specialists and scientists in the start-up phase of this Oil and Gas Organization while ensuring competitive compensation and benefits in a competitive market at the time.

I also spearheaded a major change process utilizing John Kotter's 8 step change process to ensure an almost 99% cross over of highly technical IT specialists with a niche knowledge in IT storage systems with an Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Co in a USD 1 billion take-over of the asset, intellectual property and manpower of Shell IT by T-Systems which is part of the of Deutsche Telekom Group in Germany.

I have apart from Human Resources managed the entire Organization such as the Operations, finance and deliverables and output of the Organization while in an Acting National Director role in the development sector. In the private sector, I have managed also the Communications and Branding Dept.and in ensuring that the Organizations that I worked with were strategically positioned as employer of choice.

In summary, my key achievements have been to set up the Human Resources Business Partner structures following the Dave Ulrich Business Partner model designed to reach and address all HR key challenges within the Organization. I have also as mentioned driven a major change with my team in an international Organization in the private sector and retained key talent which was crucial for business continuity in a USD 1 billion business takeover. I have been involved in the holistic OD assessment of the Organization and have advised on the training and capacity needs of the Organization, succession planning and shaping of careers needed in a competitive market, spearheading major recruitment drives and successfully managed human resources audits and compliance as well as human resources budgeting.

In the Humanitarian sector, I have successfully led a gender equality drive in raising awareness on the need for gender equality and consequently increasing female staffs of merit, I have led teams in a business process re-engineering project with two major restructures and with zero staff litigation due to the ability to interpret and adhere to local Labour Laws and Organizational policies while employing sound staff care methodologies. I stay on top of current market Human Resources, Programming and Donor trends.

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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil, Basic Mongolian and Bengali
    Nationality:
    Malaysia
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