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Lessons from World Bank Human Resource Vice President

  Oct 5, 2012

The Vice President of Human Resource at the World Bank, Sean McGrath gave a session to the MBA 1st year students on 3rd October 2012 at Strathmore Business School. The knowledge session was themed on Human resources management which deals with aspects of optimising the resources inherent in human beings working within a working environment.

Mr McGrath stated that people are key assets in the organisation and can either make or break an organisation. They can also accelerate the pace at which an organisation achieves its goalsor deceleration it.

The HR practice has vastly evolved to encompassing matters personalities and temperaments, talent management, human relations management and other contemporary facets. Recruiting people who ‘get’ your organisation’s brand and are attached to it will put your organisation’s growth path in the right route, with no deviations. In turn however, an organisation needs to ensure that its human resource is self-motivated through providing the necessary enablers aside from monetary value such as good working conditions, staff recognition systems among others and to ensure that all staff are genuinely tuned into the purpose of the organisation.

About Sean McGrath

Sean McGrath joined the World Bank in March 2012 as Vice President of Human Resource. An Irish national, Sean has senior HR experience within global, European and Irish organizations—both private and public sector—where he gained a reputation as a change agent and implementer, adept at aligning the HR function with the business side. Sean started his career in the Irish Defence Forces and served on three different occasions in the Middle East with the United Nations Peacekeeping missions. He then led European Operations for a US manufacturing corporation with sites in Ireland and Poland, before joining EBS Building Society as their Head of Retail and Head of HR.

In his next position with the National Irish Bank, a subsidiary of Danske Banking Group, Sean held the position of HR Director and was a member of their executive management team. He then worked as Group HR Director for the Irish Health Service, where he led the largest workforce in Ireland with approximately 100,000 staff represented by over ten different public sector trade unions.

Sean is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the British Academy of Management. He holds a BA from University College Galway, a Masters from Dublin City University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University in the UK.

Adapted from World Bank

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