U Future Leaders Summit 2018

SPEAKERS

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
Adrian Tan

Co-Founder

The Resource Group

 

Adrian is the co-founder of The Resource Group, a HR consulting agency that specializes in HR and grant consultancy for SMEs.

 

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    With over 15 years of HR entrepreneurial experience, he won two HR Vendors of the Year awards and SHRI HR Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. He is the creator of the first HR Tech Market Map that covers Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, China and Japan. Adrian continues to write regularly about HR Tech on his personal blog - adriantan.com.sg.

     

    Title:

    How HR Tech Will Affect The HR Department In 2020

     

    Synopsis: Learn how to make your HR leadership future-ready in the rapidly changing business environment.

     

    Our presenter Adrian Tan, author, HR tech blogger and Co-founder of The Resource Group, a boutique agency that specializes in HR and grant consultancy for SMEs, presents “How HR Tech will affect the HR Department in 2020”

    You'll learn all about:
    • What is causing the change and how it affects organisation hierarchy and talent
    • How AI, Digital Sidekick, & Real-time Feedback influence HR practices
    • The future of HR in 2020

Alex Teo

Head of People-Ops

ShopBack

 

Alex Teo is part of the HR & People team at ShopBack – a start-up with regional presence that serves as a one-stop lifestyle portal which powers smarter purchase decisions…

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    Alex focuses on establishing systems to better serve internal stakeholders, leads initiatives to improve engagement, and runs L&D programmes. Before joining ShopBack, Alex spent over a decade in the government sector where he was Head of Infocomms & Media at the Economic Development Board (EDB). In that role, he led teams that partnered global technologies companies (e.g. Google, Grab, IBM, Equinix) and large local enterprises (e.g. SingTel) to strengthen their presence in Singapore.

     

    Panel Dialogue 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

Chia Hock Lai

President

Singapore FinTech Association

 

Chia Hock Lai has close to 2 decades of experience in the financial and technology industry and has worked in organisations like Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and NTUC Income...

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    Besides being the founding president of the Singapore FinTech Association, he is also a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science, member of the Banking & Finance and Fund Industry panel of Nanyang Polytechnic and advisor to start-ups.

     

    Hock Lai is passionate about how technology is disrupting the way financial services are being delivered to consumers and businesses, and in the process making the financial system more efficient and inclusive.

     

    Panel Dialogue 3:

    The Fintech Revolution – developing an innovative and competitive edge

     

    Synopsis: Payment networks will continue to transform rapidly over the next few years, with tractions over the blockchain technology that creates significant opportunities for banks and financial tech companies to capitalise on. Be part of the conversation as we share insights on the changes and challenges taking place in payments and how this drives FinTechs to further innovate, scale and revolutionise the financial industry and the way we work.

Ching Wei Hong

Chief Operating Officer

OCBC Bank

 

Mr Ching Wei Hong was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2012 and is also currently the Chairman of Bank of Singapore and OCBC Securities as well as Deputy Chairman of Lion Global Investors...

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    In his capacity as COO of OCBC Bank, he is responsible for the Global Wealth Management and Consumer division, focusing on building the OCBC Group’s consumer banking franchise and wealth management business in its key markets in Asia. Mr Ching also oversees Group Customer Experience and OCBC Bank’s fintech and innovation unit, The Open Vault at OCBC.

     

    In his tenure with OCBC Bank, he has held senior management responsibilities across various roles including Chief Financial Officer, Head of Group Operations and Technology and Head of Transaction Banking. Mr Ching has more than 30 years of experience in regional finance, corporate banking and cash management. Before joining OCBC, he was Director of Corporate Finance, Philips Electronics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He also held senior regional assignments in Bank of America and was Treasurer of Union Carbide Asia Pacific.

     

    Topic:
    Digital Disruption: Rising to the Challenge

     

    Synopsis: Fintech and digital technologies have emerged as key disruptors to businesses across many industries.

     

    Hear first-hand from OCBC’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Ching Wei Hong, on how OCBC takes on the challenge from these new and nimble disruptors by combining technologies and OCBC’s strengths in eco-system partnership, data analytics and segmentation, to create better value and superior customer journeys which are simple and personalised.

     

    Mr Ching will also be sharing how digitalisation and digital-upskilling are essential in empowering the workforce to face the ever-changing needs of customers.

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
Damien Cummings

Chief Executive Officer

Peoplewave

 

Damien is a digital disruptor and change agent with over 20 years’ experience in marketing and digital transformation. He is highly awarded, being honoured with a Doctor of Philosophy in Management (honoris causa) from KEISIE University, Korea in October 2017...

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    He's also been awarded “Global Top 50 Digital Marketing Leaders 2016”, “Financial Services Marketer of the Year 2016”, “Digital Marketer of the Year 2016”, "Most Influential CMO 2015", "Marketing Professional of The Year 2012" and the "Brand Leadership Award 2011".

     

    Damien is currently CEO of Peoplewave, a cloud-based software company revolutionizing people management and HR. He is also the Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blogger and Principal Consultant at Econsultancy. Before entrepreneurship, he was Global Head of Digital Marketing at Standard Chartered Bank and Chief Marketing Officer at Philips APAC. Damien has also worked at major global brands such as Samsung, Dell, Ogilvy & Mather, Citibank, Coca-Cola, NRMA and McKinsey & Company.

     

    He has been a judge for many awards and a top-ranked keynote speaker, chairman or commentator on marketing transformation and digital. Damien has held industry leadership positions including APAC Board Director of the Mobile Marketing Association, APAC Advisory Board of the CMO Council and the Global Executive Committee of the World Federation of Advertisers.

     

    Damien’s blog, Digital Future, is available at: http://www.digitalfuture.asia and his Twitter account is: @DamienCummings

     

    Topic:
    Succeed in HR's digital transformation: Understanding & solving challenges in tech, culture and employee expectations.

     

    Synopsis: Digital transformation is impacting HR at an incredible pace, but 84% of companies fail in their transformation efforts. Technology plays a big part but more importantly, there are cultural impacts, changes in employee and employer expectations, and more data (and decisions) to be made than ever before. So how does a CEO or CHRO keep up? This presentation covers how digital transformation affects HR, looks at how to cope with the rapid changes in technology and provides a roadmap of success.

Dr John Fong

Chief Executive Officer

S P Jain School of Global Management

 

Dr John Fong is the CEO of S P Jain School of Global Management in Singapore which has its Global MBA program ranked by Forbes to be amongst the Top 20 in the world…

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    His experience is diverse, having lived and worked in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the USA, where he has specialised in a variety of fields such as hospitality & tourism, business development, international relations and education. He is the immediate Past President of the European Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (EuroCHRIE) and an elected Board Director of The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) and a Board member of the Finnish Business Council in Singapore.

     

    Topic:

    Concept to realisation: Accelerating change in preparation for a digital future

     

    Synopsis: Technology is revolutionising the economy so rapidly that the jobs of the future are no longer predictable. With the future digital workforce expected to be more mobile and diverse, Dr. John Fong will use this opportunity to share some of the digital advances within the realm of education that are happening globally, and how a multi-country learning model offers global collaboration and equips the workforce with the skillsets that also adopt a multi-national working culture to create a competitive edge in a global business environment.

Gilbert Tan

Chief Executive Officer

Employment and Employability Institute

 

He joined NTUC’s e2i in 2009 to create solutions for better employment and employability through providing better jobs, developing better skills, and improving companies’ productivity and gain sharing for workers…

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    Since then, e2i has launched the Inclusive Growth Program to drive productivity-led wage increases for low wage workers, and led the way with professional development programmes to enhance the capabilities of PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians). In addition to deepening skills, e2i also equips PMETs with employability and horizontal skills enabling them to stay relevant and progress within or across sectors.

     

    Under Mr Gilbert Tan’s leadership, e2i pioneered partnerships with Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), Trade Associations and Chambers, and community groups to bring career coaching, training advisory services and industry transformation solutions to more Singaporeans. With its expanding role, e2i provides touchpoints at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh, Central Business District and localised Social Service Offices to effectively reach out to more job seekers, working people, employers and partners in these regions. New initiatives his team developed include the U Career Network and ULeap future of learning.

     

    Mr Gilbert Tan is the Assistant Director-General (ADG) of NTUC and a Member of: Ngee Ann Polytechnic Council; ITE Board of Governors; College of Science Advisory Board in Nanyang Technological University; Republic Polytechnic Board of Governors; and Singapore Management University Academy Advisory Board. He is also on the Board of the Chinese Development Assistance Council.

     

    Panel Dialogue 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

Hari V Krishnan

Chief Executive Officer

PropertyGuru Group

 

Hari is a seasoned general manager and board director, with nearly two decades of industry leadership in technology and consumer internet organisations across Asia Pacific and the United States...

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    He has spent the last dozen years helping offline industries in Asia ‘go digital’, and is passionate about driving the positive impact of technology on society.

     

    As the Chief Executive Officer and Board Director at PropertyGuru Group, Hari manages a team of 1,000 employees of the Group across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. He has been a Singapore Government advisor on Real estate industry transformation (2017-Present) and Skills development (2012-15).

     

    Prior to PropertyGuru, Hari was the Vice President & Managing Director, APAC & Japan at LinkedIn, having joined the company as the first hire in the Asia Pacific region. He has also worked in leadership positions in companies such as Fox Interactive Media, Yahoo! and Cisco, as well as start-ups like Travelguru.

     

    He sits on the board for the Singapore chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), an organisation focused on fostering entrepreneurship, and is an Advisor to innovative startups - BillionBricks, DataStreamX and HackerTrail.

     

    Hari has an MBA from INSEAD and an M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

Indranee Rajah

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office

Second Minister for Finance and Education

Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC

 

Ms Indranee Rajah is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. She is also Second Minister for Finance and Education...

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    She was educated at Raffles Institution in Singapore, and read law at the National University of Singapore. She was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1987 and had an active practice in Civil and Commercial Litigation and international arbitration. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003. She was Deputy Head of Drew & Napier’s Dispute Resolution Department until October 2012, when she left to join the government.

     

    Ms Rajah has been the Member of Parliament for the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since 2001. She chaired the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Law & Home Affairs from 2004 to 2006 and the GPC for Defence and Foreign Affairs from 2006 to mid-2009. She was a Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2006 to 2011.

     

    She was appointed Senior Minister of State for Law and Education in 2012. Under her law portfolio she co-chaired the Committees on Family Justice, the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. She also helmed the Steering Committee on the strategic direction of Singapore’s third law school at UniSIM.

     

    In her education portfolio, she led the Committee for Applied Studies in Polytechnics and ITE (ASPIRE) resulting in SkillsFuture, a national movement to align education with economic demand, career guidance and lifelong learning.

     

    Following the 2015 General Election, she relinquished her education portfolio, and was appointed Senior Minister of State for Finance concurrently with her Ministry of Law portfolio.

     

    Ms Rajah co-chaired the Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services, a sub-committee of the 2016 Committee on the Future Economy, the recommendations of which are aimed at transforming the legal and accounting industries in Singapore and catalysing the internationalisation of such professional services.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

Janet Ang

Vice President

Industry Solutions & Business Development

IBM Asia Pacific

 

Janet Ang is Vice-President, Industry Solutions & Business Development, IBM Asia Pacific covering Australia & New Zealand, India, ASEAN and Korea. Janet is also a Member of the IBM Industry Academy...

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    In her current role, Janet is responsible for leading IBM’s industry value creation for Asia Pacific clients across the key industries – Financial Services, Government & Healthcare, Industrial, Telco & Media, and Distribution - with Industry Solutions that bring together IBM’s portfolio of Cognitive Solutions, Cloud Platform Infra-structure and Systems of Engagement solutions as well as eco-system partner offerings. She also leads the charge for helping cities in Asia become smarter, cognitive cities.

     

    Janet was previously the Managing Director of IBM Singapore from July 2011 to May 2015, and earlier from May 2001 to Dec 2003. As MD, IBM Singapore, Janet was responsible for all of IBM’s business and operations in Singapore and was the chief IBM representative for all client and government relationships in Singapore.

     

    She had been on two international assignments and have lived and worked overseas for more than ten years. Most recently, Janet was based in Beijing for over eight years. She first moved to Beijing as Vice President, IBM Personal Computing (PC) Division, IBM Greater China in 2004 and then moved to Lenovo in 2005 as Global Head of Operations, Desktop Business Unit when Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC business. In 2009, Janet returned to IBM Greater China as Vice-President, IT Services and subsequently, took on the role of Vice President, Strategic Services, before returning home in 2011. Her earlier international assignment was to Tokyo, Japan, first as Director, Marketing, Small & Medium Business, IBM Asia Pacific (1997-1999) and subsequently, as Director, Sales Operations, IBM Asia Pacific(1999-2001). She started her career with IBM Singapore in 1982 as a Systems Engineer.

     

    Janet serves on various committees in the community. She is a board member of the Public Utilities Board(PUB), the InfoComm Media Development Authority (iMDA), and the Singapore Press Holdings. She is Chair of Caritas Singapore, Chair of the NUS Institute of Systems Science (ISS) and Immediate Past President of the International Women’s Forum (Singapore). Janet also serves on the National University of Singapore Alumni Advisory Board, is a Council Member of the Singapore Business Federation chairing it’s Digitalisation Committee. She is a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society, a member of Business China and also serves on Singapore’s Diversity Action Committee. Janet previously served on the Medishield Life Review Committee and was Vice-Chair, SingCham China from 2006-2011. In 2014, Janet was awarded the NUS Business School Eminent Alumni Award and in 2015, she received the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award. On March 9th, 2018 Janet was conferred the Singapore Computer Society IT Leaders Award 2018 – Hall of Fame award. Janet graduated with a Business Administration (Honors) degree from the National University of Singapore and is married with four daughters.

     

    Topic:

    Digital Reinvention In Action - How Can Leaders Make It Happen?

    Synopsis: Digital Reinvention has become an imperative given the transformative impacts of social media, mobile technology, analytics, AI and cloud. It has redefined how people and businesses live. These transformative forces have put new and increasing demands on leaders.  To succeed in this disruptive environment, leaders have to navigate their organizations to offer compelling new experiences, establish new focus, build new expertise and devise new ways of working. In the face of this, what strategies and values can leaders apply to differentiate and sustain their companies in the long run. Janet will share insights from her client engagements and from studies conducted by IBM Institute for Business Value as well as from IBM's own digital reinvention story.

Jeffrey Lam

Deputy President

ST Engineering Aerospace

 

Mr Jeffrey Lam was appointed Deputy President, ST Engineering Aerospace on 1 July 2018. In this role, he oversees operations within the group of companies at ST Engineering Aerospace with special focus on Digitisation & Continuous Improvement...

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    Prior to his current appointment, Mr Lam served in various roles within the group with P&L and Business Development responsibilities, including COO, ST Engineering Aerospace, VP/GM of ST Aerospace Engines and VP for Engine Total Support. He currently serves on the boards of various global subsidiary and affiliated companies of ST Engineering Aerospace.

     

    Mr Lam started his career with the Singapore Economic Development Board in 1997, where he led his team to secure major investment projects for the aviation, automotive, marine and intellectual property sectors in Singapore. Mr Lam also served in the Singapore Workforce Development Agency as Director of Manufacturing & Construction. More recently, in Pratt & Whitney Singapore, he took on various leadership roles in customer support, engineering, operations and general management across both engine overhaul and parts repair operations.

     

    Mr Lam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master of Science in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA. He also holds a Diploma in Economics from the Universite d’Aix-Marseille III, France. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program in Harvard University. Mr Lam enjoys reading.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
Jenson Zhang

Senior Workplace Specialist

EngageRocket

 

Jenson Zhang is a Senior Workplace Specialist at EngageRocket, a cloud-based software-as-a-service employee feedback and analytics company that helps companies drive employee experience with people analytics.

 

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    Jenson plays an integral role in helping EngageRocket has analyse over 500,000 survey responses with over 27,000 users across 13 countries and will be sharing key insights. Prior to joining EngageRocket, Jenson has held business development and managerial roles in diverse industries. He is a Registered Management Consultant and holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from National University of Singapore.

     

    Topic:

    The Age Of People Analytics: Supercharge Your Employee Experience With People Analytics

     

    Synopsis: Companies live in the age of disruption and need their people to constantly innovate in order to stay ahead. Increasing talent mobility further complicate matters. Understanding their workforce and delivering a better employee experience is therefore paramount to HR leaders, but conventional methods of collecting, analysing and intervening on people data is no longer sufficient in the digital age. People analytics will help and EngageRocket will share their experience and insights gathered in helping companies embark on their people analytics journey.

Joey Tan

Head of Global Strategic Initiatives

Alibaba Cloud International

 

As Head of Global Strategic Initiatives in Alibaba Cloud International, Joey is responsible for various portfolios, including leading special projects such as Alibaba Cloud Olympics team, working closely with the Olympics movement on innovations and digital transformation...

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    Prior to heading up the Alibaba Cloud Olympics team, Joey led the expansion of Alibaba global cloud datacenter coverage, and managed the global strategic alliances and joint ventures to form new partnerships with business leaders, incubators and educators to accelerate the development of cloud and data driven ecosystems for their local economy.

     

    In his various roles, Joey has coached and helped various entrepreneurs in the regions. He has a passion for business disruption and technology innovation.

     

    Joey has more than 19 years of experience in Infocomm Industry, of which 10 years are in business engineering and transformation. He currently sits on the board of directors for Alibaba joint venture companies and resides in Singapore.

     

    Topic:

    New Evolution of Cloud Technology

     

    Synopsis: What determines success in the future digital world? Learn how technology can empower businesses and individuals to build connections with human desire and passion. Alibaba Cloud takes on the challenges of transforming the Olympics through a series of innovations, targeted at hitting the core of human nature, helping the younger generation reconnect with the Olympics movement.

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
John Antos

Vice President Strategy and Marketing, Asia Pacific

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

 

Mr. Antos heads both the strategy and marketing functions for Asia-Pacific at ADP.   He collaborates with the ADP Research Institute® and other partners on research into human capital management and the future of work, and how it is evolving in Asia’s dynamic business environment...

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    He speaks on trends is AI, economics, innovation, and technology and how where these factors cross human capital management in the digital workplace.

     

    Mr. Antos is based in Singapore and has spent several years covering the region from China and Hong Kong, to India and Australia.  Mr. Antos career includes background in product innovation, fintech, HCM, consumer financial services, and corporate tax credits serving in leadership roles in marketing and strategy.

     

    Topic:

    At the Crossroads in the Digital Workplace

     

    Synopsis: Economic growth, technology, and automation are reshaping Asia’s business.  Employees are faced with changing environments – new tools, changing roles, and evolving organizational structures. Human resources leaders are uniquely in the center of every aspect of this change in workplace, whether it’s sourcing new talent, managing reskilling as digital tools enter the workforce, or managing automation-driven retrenchment.  The future role of Asia’s business and HR leaders will look different and present a challenge of maintaining the well-being of their organizations while navigating these shifts.

     

    Presenting Asia-specific findings from the ADP Research Institute® and ADP-sponsored research with MIT Technology Review, we will peer into the future for employees and employers and examine the crossroads of human capital and the digital workplace seeking to understand drivers to help make better decisions in this time of change.

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
Karen Blal

Regional Director, CIPD Asia

 

Karen Blal is the Regional Director of CIPD Asia.  In this role she is responsible for helping organisations all over the region to professionalise HR and build better ways of working. She has over 25 years of experience in organizational change with a particular focus on translating strategy into results.  Her expertise enables her to act as a strategic and tactical partner for senior teams...

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    Karen supports the CIPD Asia team in delivering solutions to its key stakeholders and oversees the development of HR networks and communities.

     

    Karen has worked in Singapore for over 18 years. Prior to the CIPD, she was the Managing Director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, helping organisations and individuals work effectively across cultural boundaries.

     

    Topic:

    The Digital Age: What It Means for Leaders

     

    Synopsis: Digital technologies have changed the competitive and organisational environment.  Leaders must develop new skills to effectively guide their organisations into this uncertain future.  These new skills need to be underpinned by principles which enable us to make good decisions.  Together, we will explore the challenges leaders are facing in the digital age and what they need to do differently in order to succeed.

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
Karina Kuok

Head of Professional Practices

Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)

 

Karina comes with more than 15 years of HR consulting and marketing experience in the U.S.A. and Asia Pacific.

 

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    In her previous role as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting Southeast Asia, Karina worked with multinational conglomerates, regional companies and government-linked organisations to execute projects across Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific. Her past project experience focuses on business transformation change and talent management. In addition, she also has experience across a broader spectrum of HR, such as in leadership and succession planning, learning and development, M&A integration, workforce transition, organisation design, employer branding, culture alignment and HR process assessments.

     

    Karina holds a Masters of Industrial Labour Relations and MBA from Cornell University (U.S.A.)

     

    Topic:

    Continuing professional development: cultivating a life-long learning mindset

     

    Synopsis: Karina Kuok, Head of Professional Practices at the Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) will share about IHRP’s journey towards cultivating a life-long learning mindset through curation of content themed on analytics that sparks learner interest and building a programming strategy that ensures continuous and sustainable engagement. She will also share on the infrastructure and resources required to catalyse self-directed and social learning.

Karl Mak

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Hepmil Media Group

 

Karl is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hepmil Media Group that runs the popular digital content platforms such as SGAG & MGAG, whose content is seen by over 10 million millennials across the region weekly...

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    His work at Hepmil Media Group has led him to establish strong partnerships with the largest agency networks in the region to co-produce some of the most viral and award winning branded content. Karl was recently named in Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30, class of 2017.

     

    Panel Dialogue 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

Mathieu Altwegg

Vice President, Innovation Engagement

Visa Worldwide Pte Ltd

 

Mathieu Altwegg joined Visa in 2017 as Vice President, Innovation Engagement, based in Singapore. He leads collaboration with Visa's bank and merchant clients in the Visa Singapore Innovation Centre, where his role involves connecting the dots between industry trends and client strategy to create new commerce experiences...

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    Mathieu has significant experience building and expanding businesses, with particular expertise in ecommerce and fintech. Prior to joining Visa, he was CEO of multi-national payment service provider checkout.com and spent part of his early career in McKinsey Consulting. Having worked on four different continents, Mathieu is passionate about growing companies across international markets as well as using technology and data to lead businesses.

     

    Panel Dialogue 3:

    The Fintech Revolution: developing an innovative and competitive edge

     

    Synopsis: Payment networks will continue to transform rapidly over the next few years, with tractions over the blockchain technology that creates significant opportunities for banks and financial tech companies to capitalise on. Be part of the conversation as we share insights on the changes and challenges taking place in payments and how this drives FinTechs to further innovate, scale and revolutionise the financial industry and the way we work.

Mayank Parekh

Chief Executive Officer

Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)

 

Mr Mayank Parekh has over 20 years of experience in regional, global HR and general management roles. He was the Senior Director, HR Operations APAC for Qiagen, a German MNC in Singapore before joining Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) as CEO in June 2017.

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    Prior to Qiagen, he was with Merial, the animal health division of Sanofi for 13 years from 2001 to 2014. Mayank started out as a Sr. Director, Asia Pacific, he became HR Leader for Global Business Operations based in U.S.A in August 2005 with responsibilities to deliver HR services to Merial businesses in 27 countries involving 2,000 employees. He was appointed Country Manager, India in July 2008 with overall P/L responsibility of Merial operations in India comprising 250 employees.

     

    Panel Dialogue 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

Muhammad Ridhwan

Singapore’s highest world ranked professional boxer

 

Singapore’s highest world ranked professional boxer, Muhammad ‘The Chosen Wan’ Ridhwan, is undefeated, with a record of 10 wins (7 by way of knockout)...

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    He made his professional debut in February 2016, following an amateur career which saw him participate in 140 amateur boxing bouts - including representing his country at the SEA Games 4 times.

     

    Ridhwan, who is signed to Ringstar Management, has won the WBA Asia Super Featherweight title, the UBO World Super Featherweight title, the IBO International Super Featherweight title and the IBO Intercontinental Featherweight title and looks forward to adding even more titles to his record.

     

    As the only boxing coach to be awarded the International Olympic Committee Scholarship in Singapore, which resulted in a three-month boxing coaching course in Budapest, Ridhwan has had the opportunity to train and compete in several countries, which brought him closer to his personal mission to put Singapore on the world boxing map and unite the country through the sport of boxing.

     

    When he’s not in the boxing ring, Ridhwan is busy being an entrepreneur and trying to find ways to give back to his community. He is co-owner of three businesses, a boxing gym - Legends Fight Sport, a strength and conditioning gym - Habit Sg and a hawker stall - Beng Who Cooks. Always looking for the next challenge, he believes the business world keeps his mind sharp and provides a platform for him to reach out to a bigger and more diverse audience.

     

Ng Jing Shen

Chief Executive Officer

Paktor Group

 

Jing Shen is an entrepreneur, engineer, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paktor…

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    Jing Shen was infected by the engineering bug by his father at a young age, writing his first text-based game in QBasic when he was 12. At 14, Jing Shen created a graphical role-playing game where one builds tanks to destroy other tanks. In college, Jing Shen created a web portal for the Life Sciences Institute to document proteins and worked part-time in the startup CircleLink to create a content management system for display ads.

     

    After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jing Shen joined Amazon.com in Seattle. In Amazon.com, Jing Shen reduced the client side latency of the world’s largest online retailer by 300ms, developed and launched AWS Marketplace and was part of the team that re-architected one of the world's first cloud computing services, S3.

     

    Prior to Jing Shen’s transition into the CEO role, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Paktor for 4 years. Under his leadership, Paktor Group moved from a Singapore-based technology startup into a position of strength. He delivered record user growth propelled by 2017’s market entry into Korea and global revenue has tripled, which resulted in Paktor Group’s business becoming profitable for the first time since its inception in 2014.

     

    In his spare time, Jing Shen goes wandering in the wild.

     

    Panel Dialogue 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
Nicole Wee

Head of Engagement

Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)

 

Nicole has more than 10 years of experience in business engagement and community building.

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    In her latest role as an Assistant Director at NTUC, she led the professional guilds and associations within the Banking & Finance portfolio, where she spearheaded sectoral programmes and industry initiatives to benefit the working people in the sector.

     

    At the B2C front, she launched several key community-building initiatives such as the U Creative and U Start-up programmes, bringing the value of the Labour Movement to over 15,000 working professionals in the creative communities and driving the growth of NTUC’s footprint in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

     

    Prior to NTUC, Nicole has experience working in government agencies in the areas of sports engagement and SMEs development.

     

    Nicole holds a BSc in Building (2nd Upp Hons) from National University of Singapore.

     

    Topic:

    IHRP Certification

     

    Synopsis: Nicole Wee, Head of Engagement at the Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) will share about the IHRP Certification that allows HR professionals to be benchmarked against the national standards. IHRP is the national HR professional body, set up by the tripartite partners - Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). IHRP is the only HR professional body in Singapore authorised to implement the national HR credentials - IHRP Certification. At this session, you will also get a first-hand account from one of IHRP’s certified professionals on her certification journey.

Patrick Tay

Assistant Secretary-General

National Trades Union Congress

 

Patrick Tay is the Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC and Member of Parliament of West Coast GRC. He currently chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower and Co-Chairs the Financial Sector Tripartite Committee with the Monetary Authority of Singapore...

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    In the labour movement, he oversees issues concerning Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) and is currently the Director of NTUC’s Legal Services Department and Future Jobs, Skills and Training Department. He represents the Labour Movement in tripartite workgroups to review/update employment and industrial relations legislation and has been pivotal in lobbying for the many changes to manpower related laws and policies in Singapore.  He also leads a team which works closely with tripartite partners and stakeholders in looking out for the future jobs, future skills and future training needs of workers.

     

    As the Executive Secretary of The Singapore Manual & Mercantile Workers' Union and the legal adviser to NTUC-affiliated unions in Singapore, he has advised/represented numerous unions/members in complex and contentious issues, dispute resolution, conciliation and in the Industrial Arbitration Court.

     

    Panel Dialogue 3:

    The Fintech Revolution: developing an innovative and competitive edge

     

    Synopsis: Payment networks will continue to transform rapidly over the next few years, with tractions over the blockchain technology that creates significant opportunities for banks and financial tech companies to capitalise on. Be part of the conversation as we share insights on the changes and challenges taking place in payments and how this drives FinTechs to further innovate, scale and revolutionise the financial industry and the way we work.

Professor Kenneth Kwek

Chief Executive Officer

Singapore General Hospital

 

Professor Kenneth Kwek is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of Singapore Health Services (SingHealth).

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    SGH was established in 1821, and is Singapore's largest acute tertiary hospital with 1,700 beds and is a referral centre offering a comprehensive range of 36 clinical specialties on its campus. Every year, about 1 million Singaporeans benefit from advanced medical care delivered by its 800 specialists. As an academic healthcare institution and the bedrock of medical education, SGH plays a key role in nurturing healthcare professionals, and is committed to innovative translational and clinical research.

     

    Prior to his appointment as CEO, SGH, Prof Kwek was CEO of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore’s largest and only hospital dedicated to women’s and children’s health.  He is an obstetrician specializing in Maternal Fetal Medicine, with a clinical interest centered around care for high risk pregnancies, particularly preterm labour, cervical incompetence, pre-eclampsia as well as post partum hemorrhage.

     

    Prof Kwek is passionate about improving the quality of patient care and harnessing process re-engineering, innovation and technology to enhance the safety and reliability of clinical care and patient outcomes.  In July 2017, Prof Kwek was concurrently appointed Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Organisational Transformation & Informatics), SingHealth.

     

    Topic:
    Riding the next wave of healthcare reinvention

     

    Synopsis: Healthcare has undergone many stages of development from digitisation to digital transformation, and now to digital reinvention. The next wave of transformation in healthcare will be one that is led by new innovative technologies, value-based care and personalised patient care that can be delivered more conveniently to patients. Hear from Professor Kenneth Kwek on how the Singapore General Hospital is approaching innovation and care transformation to create connected care systems of the future.

Rakesh Krishnamuti

General Manager, PayPal Singapore

 

Rakesh Krishnamuti is currently the General Manager for PayPal Singapore. Prior to his current portfolio, Rakesh led the Large Enterprise Acquisition & Relationship Management team for PayPal in Southeast Asia, where he was responsible for driving PayPal’s business in the region through acquiring leading e-commerce merchants and engaging with PayPal’s large merchant portfolio in Southeast Asia...

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    Rakesh has over twenty-years of experience in the consumer and merchant payments industry, covering product development, sales, relationship management and business development. In between corporate stints at Citibank, NETS and leading SEA payments provider 2C2P, Rakesh also co-founded and ran a regional marketing consultancy that served Visa, SingTel, MasterCard & United Overseas Bank.

     

    Rakesh graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors in Business Administration.

     

    Panel Dialogue 3:

    The Fintech Revolution: Developing an Innovative and Competitive Edge

     

    Synopsis: Payment networks will continue to transform rapidly over the next few years, with tractions over the blockchain technology that creates significant opportunities for banks and financial tech companies to capitalise on. Be part of the conversation as we share insights on the changes and challenges taking place in payments and how this drives FinTechs to further innovate, scale and revolutionise the financial industry and the way we work.

Srinivasan Ramabhadran

Managing Director – Asia Pacific

DuPont Sustainable Solutions

 

Srini leads DuPont Sustvolutions’ (DSS) Asia Pacific business as Managing Director and was previously a global practice leader driving DSS’ global growth...

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    Srini has more than 32 years of international experience that includes managing operations and management consulting. His consulting experience covers a broad range of industries such as chemical/petrochemical, refining, mining and metal processing, transportation and manufacturing.

     

    Srini has led cross-functional/cross-regional teams that facilitate the sustainable transformation of organizational culture in the areas of innovation management, operational excellence and operational risk management. He has facilitated leadership workshops and is a personal coach for management teams of several leading companies. He has been instrumental in establishing the learning and development curriculum for organizations.

     

    Prior to joining DuPont, he had represented Singapore in TC 207 for ISO 14000 standards and was part of a team that published a report on "Incentives for Eco-efficiency – Market Based Instruments for Pollution Prevention: A Case Study of the Steel Sector in India" as part of the UNIDO – IIED, UK - CII project. He was adjunct lecturer in National University of Singapore on environmental management. He is an external advisor to University of Newcastle on the BEnvOHS.

     

    Srini did his chemical engineering from BITS – Pilani, India.

     

    Topic:

    Accelerating (digital) transformation through effective innovation management

     

    Synopsis: The advancements of disruptive technologies and new business models fundamentally disrupted many industries and resulted in an increasingly complex business environment globally. In order to remain relevant, business leaders need to stay vigilant and adapt to the rapid growth of new entrants as well as changing customer expectations.  Large corporates are starting to rethink current practices and transform into more agile, digitally enabled organizations to compete better. On a broader scale, governments such as those in ASEAN have started actively advocating digitization and transformation, and supporting initiatives tangibly through various policy levers.

     

    In this session, we will explore the changing business context and talk about how to execute effectively on transformation and digitization efforts through a systematic, end-to-end innovation management approach. We will also share a case of how innovation transformation has been implemented with one of DSS’ partners.

Sunil Puri

Research Director

Asia Pacific

Center for Creative Leadership

 

Sunil Puri is the Asia-Pacific director of research, innovation, and product development at the Center for Creative Leadership...

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    He is a seasoned leadership and human capital researcher and thought leader with over 20 years of experience across large global organizations. Prior to CCL, he served as head of Research and Insights at Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), set up by the Singapore government to drive the global Asian leadership initiative. His current research interests include Asian leadership, global leadership development, cross-cultural influences, and HR transformation. Sunil has authored several research studies including Developing Global Asian Leaders: From Local Stars to Global CXOs, CHRO 3.0: Preparing to Lead the Future HR Function in Asia, Architecting Future-Fluent Culture: The Role of HR (Asia Study), HR Leadership Stall Points, Developing Next-Generation Indian Business Leaders: The Keys to Success, 7 Myths of Leadership Development in Asia. In 2015, he co-edited a book titled Human Capital Insights: Inspiring Practices from Asia, for Asia. Sunil is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
Tan Jian Hong

CEO & Co-Founder

Su-Ette Pte. Ltd

 

Tan Jian Hong has more than 17 years of experience in Human Resource Management and Development Functions across Asia Pacific. His human resource roles span from Government Ministry to Global Multinational Organizations…

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    Currently, he is the CEO & Co-Founder of Su-Ette, focusing on AI and NLP technologies to bring world-class computing technologies to serve the HR Digital space.

     

    Multiple years as a HR professional, Jian Hong is expert in diagnosing end-to-end business challenges to deliver holistic portfolio of solutions that leverages on the business dynamics and psychological influences. Acting as a strategic positioner to exercise his knowledge and skills to translate external HR business trends into internal organizational actions. Building relationships with the business leaders as credible activist to place and build a trusting partnership in his capacity of a HR Business Partner. Building capabilities within the business to shape culture, process and identity within the business functions and to leverage on personal capabilities as a change champion. A strong HR innovator and integrator that leverages on technology to shape the HR experience and efficiency for the business.

     

    He holds a Masters Degree in Human Capital Management from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) in Singapore, School of Human Development & Social Services, a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) in Singapore, School of Arts and Social Sciences.

     

    He also has a WSQ Diploma in Adult & Continuing Education (DACE) from Institute for Adult Learning, a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment (ACTA) and is a WSQ Certified HR Professional (Talent Management). He is also a certified Institute of Technical Education (ITE

     

    Topic:

    Technologies for Tomorrow’s HR Practices

     

    Synopsis: The role of Artificial Intelligence (A.I) is going to become weaved into the practices in HR. Ignorance to this wave of trends will degrade the competitive advantages of HR practices in companies.

    Keeping aware of the current developments and also how HR can ride on to enhance their people policies will be critical for digital enablement of business HR practices.

     

    While the fear of technologies and how the impacts are bringing across changes, businesses need to have the ability to digitize with ease and adopt leading edge technologies to enhance the employees’ experiences in growing the business. Driven by more powerful computing technologies, the developments of cognitive computing is now leading cost savings and productivity gains for tomorrow’s businesses.

    Take this opportunity to develop awareness in the session to look at how digitizing of HR processes can be simple and imperative for the future.

     

Thomas Jakob

Regional President Asia Pacific

Bosch Software Innovations

 

Thomas Jakob has been leading the company’s regional team since 2012, delivering Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions to various sectors…

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    including home and building, smart cities, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture and others.

     

    Thomas has over 25 years of experience in ICT industry in Europe and Asia in management, marketing, finance, and business development roles. Prior to joining Bosch, he ran a consulting firm providing strategy advice to high-tech companies, served as regional CEO of T-Systems, worked for Deutsche Telekom in Asia Pacific as well as for Hewlett Packard and Nortel in Europe.

     

    Thomas holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Dieburg, Germany, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

     

    Topic:

    The Bosch IoT Journey

     

    Synopsis: Many industrial players have embarked on the IoT journey over the last few years. In his presentation, Thomas will show how big industrial companies are approaching this topic with the example of Bosch itself.

     

    It’s an account of bold decisions Bosch has made in order to enable the company for the IoT era, challenges Bosch had to face, and its vision of the connected world of the near future.

     

Speaker for U Human Resource Leaders’ Forum
Ujjwal Sarao

Founder & CEO

TalentStrat Private Ltd

 

Ujjwal Sarao has been on the forefront of innovation in the talent management and HR industry in Asia Pacific for more than two decades.

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    During her career she has been future-proofing organisations by implementing cutting-edge L&D and Talent Management tools and integrating them with traditional talent management solutions. In her years working at the highest level she has become a strategic business partner with CEOs and their executive leadership teams. Her industry-agnostic approach has led to successful collaborations with Dentsu, Aegis Media, CNBC, ESPN Star Sports & Xerox Corporation.

    Ujjwal is driven by a desire to enable businesses to make the most of their resources and talent and help individuals optimise their career. As a strong early proponent of diversity, she has helped companies reflect the markets they operate in, which has allowed them to outperform the market and flourish. In addition to her accomplishments in Human Resources and Organisational Development, Ujjwal has also provided career transition services for more than five years through one-on-one coaching & group workshops. She is a certified Results Trained coach by the Neuro Leadership Institute.

     

    Ujjwal has been driving the agenda of human capital development not just within her companies, but also within the industry at large. As a regular speaker at Talent Management events, a jury member at award shows and through regular media appearances she communicates her vision to her peers and colleagues. Working with the “Design-for-success” principals she has been able to strategize and successfully execute her vision in volatile industries in some of the most challenging growth markets in the world.

     

    Ujjwal is a proud mother of two young adult sons. The scarce free time not spent with them, is used socialising or traveling.

     

    Topic:

    Rethinking Organisations For The Age Of Networks

     

    Synopsis: To rethink what organisations can do in the coming age, we feel that information must flow freely throughout the organisation to enable people to contribute meaningfully. This requires organisations to marry Culture and Tech. Only then can you find the mix of fluid, flexible talent, create relevant communities and move with the speed that is required in this day and age.

Vincent Ling

Deputy General Manager

UnionPay International, Southeast Asia

 

Vincent Ling is the Deputy General Manager of UnionPay International Southeast Asia. He is responsible for Regional Brand and Communications, Regional Marketing and Acceptance, as well as the Core Products portfolio...

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    As a finance industry veteran with 19 years of experience, Vincent has a wealth of expertise in the payments business, having held various positions in business development, sales and marketing at JCB International Asia Pacific, MasterCard Asia Pacific and American Express International Inc. Prior to joining UnionPay International, Vincent spent six years as Managing Director of JCB International Asia Pacific, leading the overall strategy and direction in growing the payment brand in Asia. Under his leadership, JCB made significant strides in growing its Cardmember base and acceptance network in Asia. Before this, Vincent also served as vice president of business development for global network products at MasterCard Asia Pacific, and the head of business development

    for bank partnerships at American Express International Inc. Responsible for developing, implementing and managing new business partnerships for charge and credit cards in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Canada, Vincent was awarded the American Express Ambassador’s Club Award for exceptional performance in 2005.

     

    Besides his professional responsibilities, Vincent serves on the board of directors of Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency Mercy Relief as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also the chairman of the advisory board for Corporation Primary School.

    Vincent graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and is based in Singapore with his wife and two children.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

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4 Oct 2018 • 9am – 5pm

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    With over 15 years of HR entrepreneurial experience, he won two HR Vendors of the Year awards and SHRI HR Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. He is the creator of the first HR Tech Market Map that covers Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, China and Japan. Adrian continues to write regularly about HR Tech on his personal blog - adriantan.com.sg.


    Title:

    How HR Tech Will Affect The HR Department In 2020/p>

     

    Synopsis: Learn how to make your HR leadership future-ready in the rapidly changing business environment.

     

    Our presenter Adrian Tan, author, HR tech blogger and Co-founder of The Resource Group, a boutique agency that specializes in HR and grant consultancy for SMEs, presents “How HR Tech will affect the HR Department in 2020”

    You'll learn all about:
    • What is causing the change and how it affects organisation hierarchy and talent
    • How AI, Digital Sidekick, & Real-time Feedback influence HR practices
    • The future of HR in 2020

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    Alex focuses on establishing systems to better serve internal stakeholders, leads initiatives to improve engagement, and runs L&D programmes. Before joining ShopBack, Alex spent over a decade in the government sector where he was Head of Infocomms & Media at the Economic Development Board (EDB). In that role, he led teams that partnered global technologies companies (e.g. Google, Grab, IBM, Equinix) and large local enterprises (e.g. SingTel) to strengthen their presence in Singapore.


    Panel Topic 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

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    Besides being the founding president of the Singapore FinTech Association, he is also a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science, member of the Banking & Finance and Fund Industry panel of Nanyang Polytechnic and advisor to start-ups.

     

    Hock Lai is passionate about how technology is disrupting the way financial services are being delivered to consumers and businesses, and in the process making the financial system more efficient and inclusive.

     

    Panel Dialogue 3:

    The Fintech Revolution – developing an innovative and competitive edge

     

    Synopsis: Payment networks will continue to transform rapidly over the next few years, with tractions over the blockchain technology that creates significant opportunities for banks and financial tech companies to capitalise on. Be part of the conversation as we share insights on the changes and challenges taking place in payments and how this drives FinTechs to further innovate, scale and revolutionise the financial industry and the way we work.

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    In his capacity as COO of OCBC Bank, he is responsible for the Global Wealth Management and Consumer division, focusing on building the OCBC Group’s consumer banking franchise and wealth management business in its key markets in Asia. Mr Ching also oversees Group Customer Experience and OCBC Bank’s fintech and innovation unit, The Open Vault at OCBC.

     

    In his tenure with OCBC Bank, he has held senior management responsibilities across various roles including Chief Financial Officer, Head of Group Operations and Technology and Head of Transaction Banking. Mr Ching has more than 30 years of experience in regional finance, corporate banking and cash management. Before joining OCBC, he was Director of Corporate Finance, Philips Electronics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He also held senior regional assignments in Bank of America and was Treasurer of Union Carbide Asia Pacific.

     

    Topic:
    Digital Disruption: Rising to the Challenge

     

    Synopsis: Fintech and digital technologies have emerged as key disruptors to businesses across many industries.

     

    Hear first-hand from OCBC’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Ching Wei Hong, on how OCBC takes on the challenge from these new and nimble disruptors by combining technologies and OCBC’s strengths in eco-system partnership, data analytics and segmentation, to create better value and superior customer journeys which are simple and personalised.

     

    Mr Ching will also be sharing how digitalisation and digital-upskilling are essential in empowering the workforce to face the ever-changing needs of customers.

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    He's also been awarded “Global Top 50 Digital Marketing Leaders 2016”, “Financial Services Marketer of the Year 2016”, “Digital Marketer of the Year 2016”, "Most Influential CMO 2015", "Marketing Professional of The Year 2012" and the "Brand Leadership Award 2011".

     

    Damien is currently CEO of Peoplewave, a cloud-based software company revolutionizing people management and HR. He is also the Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blogger and Principal Consultant at Econsultancy. Before entrepreneurship, he was Global Head of Digital Marketing at Standard Chartered Bank and Chief Marketing Officer at Philips APAC. Damien has also worked at major global brands such as Samsung, Dell, Ogilvy & Mather, Citibank, Coca-Cola, NRMA and McKinsey & Company.

     

    He has been a judge for many awards and a top-ranked keynote speaker, chairman or commentator on marketing transformation and digital. Damien has held industry leadership positions including APAC Board Director of the Mobile Marketing Association, APAC Advisory Board of the CMO Council and the Global Executive Committee of the World Federation of Advertisers.

     

    Damien’s blog, Digital Future, is available at: http://www.digitalfuture.asia and his Twitter account is: @DamienCummings


    Topic::
    Succeed in HR's digital transformation: Understanding & solving challenges in tech, culture and employee expectations.

     

    Synopsis: Digital transformation is impacting HR at an incredible pace, but 84% of companies fail in their transformation efforts. Technology plays a big part but more importantly, there are cultural impacts, changes in employee and employer expectations, and more data (and decisions) to be made than ever before. So how does a CEO or CHRO keep up? This presentation covers how digital transformation affects HR, looks at how to cope with the rapid changes in technology and provides a roadmap of success.

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    His experience is diverse, having lived and worked in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the USA, where he has specialised in a variety of fields such as hospitality & tourism, business development, international relations and education. He is the immediate Past President of the European Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (EuroCHRIE) and an elected Board Director of The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) and a Board member of the Finnish Business Council in Singapore.

     

    Topic:

    Concept to realisation: Accelerating change in preparation for a digital future

     

    Synopsis: Technology is revolutionising the economy so rapidly that the jobs of the future are no longer predictable. With the future digital workforce expected to be more mobile and diverse, Dr. John Fong will use this opportunity to share some of the digital advances within the realm of education that are happening globally, and how a multi-country learning model offers global collaboration and equips the workforce with the skillsets that also adopt a multi-national working culture to create a competitive edge in a global business environment.

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    Since then, e2i has launched the Inclusive Growth Program to drive productivity-led wage increases for low wage workers, and led the way with professional development programmes to enhance the capabilities of PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians). In addition to deepening skills, e2i also equips PMETs with employability and horizontal skills enabling them to stay relevant and progress within or across sectors.

     

    Under Mr Gilbert Tan’s leadership, e2i pioneered partnerships with Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), Trade Associations and Chambers, and community groups to bring career coaching, training advisory services and industry transformation solutions to more Singaporeans. With its expanding role, e2i provides touchpoints at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh, Central Business District and localised Social Service Offices to effectively reach out to more job seekers, working people, employers and partners in these regions. New initiatives his team developed include the U Career Network and ULeap future of learning.

     

    Mr Gilbert Tan is the Assistant Director-General (ADG) of NTUC and a Member of: Ngee Ann Polytechnic Council; ITE Board of Governors; College of Science Advisory Board in Nanyang Technological University; Republic Polytechnic Board of Governors; and Singapore Management University Academy Advisory Board. He is also on the Board of the Chinese Development Assistance Council.

     

    Panel Dialogue 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

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    He has spent the last dozen years helping offline industries in Asia ‘go digital’, and is passionate about driving the positive impact of technology on society.

     

    As the Chief Executive Officer and Board Director at PropertyGuru Group, Hari manages a team of 1,000 employees of the Group across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. He has been a Singapore Government advisor on Real estate industry transformation (2017-Present) and Skills development (2012-15).

     

    Prior to PropertyGuru, Hari was the Vice President & Managing Director, APAC & Japan at LinkedIn, having joined the company as the first hire in the Asia Pacific region. He has also worked in leadership positions in companies such as Fox Interactive Media, Yahoo! and Cisco, as well as start-ups like Travelguru.

     

    He sits on the board for the Singapore chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), an organisation focused on fostering entrepreneurship, and is an Advisor to innovative startups - BillionBricks, DataStreamX and HackerTrail.

     

    Hari has an MBA from INSEAD and an M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

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    She was educated at Raffles Institution in Singapore, and read law at the National University of Singapore. She was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1987 and had an active practice in Civil and Commercial Litigation and international arbitration. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003. She was Deputy Head of Drew & Napier’s Dispute Resolution Department until October 2012, when she left to join the government.

     

    Ms Rajah has been the Member of Parliament for the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since 2001. She chaired the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Law & Home Affairs from 2004 to 2006 and the GPC for Defence and Foreign Affairs from 2006 to mid-2009. She was a Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2006 to 2011.

     

    She was appointed Senior Minister of State for Law and Education in 2012. Under her law portfolio she co-chaired the Committees on Family Justice, the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. She also helmed the Steering Committee on the strategic direction of Singapore’s third law school at UniSIM.

     

    In her education portfolio, she led the Committee for Applied Studies in Polytechnics and ITE (ASPIRE) resulting in SkillsFuture, a national movement to align education with economic demand, career guidance and lifelong learning.

     

    Following the 2015 General Election, she relinquished her education portfolio, and was appointed Senior Minister of State for Finance concurrently with her Ministry of Law portfolio.

     

    Ms Rajah co-chaired the Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services, a sub-committee of the 2016 Committee on the Future Economy, the recommendations of which are aimed at transforming the legal and accounting industries in Singapore and catalysing the internationalisation of such professional services.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

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    In her current role, Janet is responsible for leading IBM’s industry value creation for Asia Pacific clients across the key industries – Financial Services, Government & Healthcare, Industrial, Telco & Media, and Distribution - with Industry Solutions that bring together IBM’s portfolio of Cognitive Solutions, Cloud Platform Infra-structure and Systems of Engagement solutions as well as eco-system partner offerings. She also leads the charge for helping cities in Asia become smarter, cognitive cities.

     

    Janet was previously the Managing Director of IBM Singapore from July 2011 to May 2015, and earlier from May 2001 to Dec 2003. As MD, IBM Singapore, Janet was responsible for all of IBM’s business and operations in Singapore and was the chief IBM representative for all client and government relationships in Singapore.

     

    She had been on two international assignments and have lived and worked overseas for more than ten years. Most recently, Janet was based in Beijing for over eight years. She first moved to Beijing as Vice President, IBM Personal Computing (PC) Division, IBM Greater China in 2004 and then moved to Lenovo in 2005 as Global Head of Operations, Desktop Business Unit when Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC business. In 2009, Janet returned to IBM Greater China as Vice-President, IT Services and subsequently, took on the role of Vice President, Strategic Services, before returning home in 2011. Her earlier international assignment was to Tokyo, Japan, first as Director, Marketing, Small & Medium Business, IBM Asia Pacific (1997-1999) and subsequently, as Director, Sales Operations, IBM Asia Pacific(1999-2001). She started her career with IBM Singapore in 1982 as a Systems Engineer.

     

    Janet serves on various committees in the community. She is a board member of the Public Utilities Board(PUB), the InfoComm Media Development Authority (iMDA), and the Singapore Press Holdings. She is Chair of Caritas Singapore, Chair of the NUS Institute of Systems Science (ISS) and Immediate Past President of the International Women’s Forum (Singapore). Janet also serves on the National University of Singapore Alumni Advisory Board, is a Council Member of the Singapore Business Federation chairing it’s Digitalisation Committee. She is a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society, a member of Business China and also serves on Singapore’s Diversity Action Committee. Janet previously served on the Medishield Life Review Committee and was Vice-Chair, SingCham China from 2006-2011. In 2014, Janet was awarded the NUS Business School Eminent Alumni Award and in 2015, she received the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award. On March 9th, 2018 Janet was conferred the Singapore Computer Society IT Leaders Award 2018 – Hall of Fame award. Janet graduated with a Business Administration (Honors) degree from the National University of Singapore and is married with four daughters.

     

    Topic: Digital Reinvention In Action - How Can Leaders Make It Happen?

     

    Synopsis: Digital Reinvention has become an imperative given the transformative impacts of social media, mobile technology, analytics, AI and cloud. It has redefined how people and businesses live. These transformative forces have put new and increasing demands on leaders.  To succeed in this disruptive environment, leaders have to navigate their organizations to offer compelling new experiences, establish new focus, build new expertise and devise new ways of working. In the face of this, what strategies and values can leaders apply to differentiate and sustain their companies in the long run. Janet will share insights from her client engagements and from studies conducted by IBM Institute for Business Value as well as from IBM's own digital reinvention story.

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    Prior to his current appointment, Mr Lam served in various roles within the group with P&L and Business Development responsibilities, including COO, ST Engineering Aerospace, VP/GM of ST Aerospace Engines and VP for Engine Total Support. He currently serves on the boards of various global subsidiary and affiliated companies of ST Engineering Aerospace.

     

    Mr Lam started his career with the Singapore Economic Development Board in 1997, where he led his team to secure major investment projects for the aviation, automotive, marine and intellectual property sectors in Singapore. Mr Lam also served in the Singapore Workforce Development Agency as Director of Manufacturing & Construction. More recently, in Pratt & Whitney Singapore, he took on various leadership roles in customer support, engineering, operations and general management across both engine overhaul and parts repair operations.

     

    Mr Lam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master of Science in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA. He also holds a Diploma in Economics from the Universite d’Aix-Marseille III, France. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program in Harvard University. Mr Lam enjoys reading.

     

     

    Panel Dialogue 1: Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

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    Jenson Zhang is a Senior Workplace Specialist at EngageRocket, a cloud-based software-as-a-service employee feedback and analytics company that helps companies drive employee experience with people analytics.


    Topic:

    The Age Of People Analytics: Supercharge Your Employee Experience With People Analytics

     

    Synopsis: Companies live in the age of disruption and need their people to constantly innovate in order to stay ahead. Increasing talent mobility further complicate matters. Understanding their workforce and delivering a better employee experience is therefore paramount to HR leaders, but conventional methods of collecting, analysing and intervening on people data is no longer sufficient in the digital age. People analytics will help and EngageRocket will share their experience and insights gathered in helping companies embark on their people analytics journey.

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    Prior to his current appointment, Mr Lam served in various roles within the group with P&L and Business Development responsibilities, including COO, ST Engineering Aerospace, VP/GM of ST Aerospace Engines and VP for Engine Total Support. He currently serves on the boards of various global subsidiary and affiliated companies of ST Engineering Aerospace.

     

    Mr Lam started his career with the Singapore Economic Development Board in 1997, where he led his team to secure major investment projects for the aviation, automotive, marine and intellectual property sectors in Singapore. Mr Lam also served in the Singapore Workforce Development Agency as Director of Manufacturing & Construction. More recently, in Pratt & Whitney Singapore, he took on various leadership roles in customer support, engineering, operations and general management across both engine overhaul and parts repair operations.

     

    Mr Lam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master of Science in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA. He also holds a Diploma in Economics from the Universite d’Aix-Marseille III, France. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program in Harvard University.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1: Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

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    He speaks on trends is AI, economics, innovation, and technology and how where these factors cross human capital management in the digital workplace.

     

    Mr. Antos is based in Singapore and has spent several years covering the region from China and Hong Kong, to India and Australia.  Mr. Antos career includes background in product innovation, fintech, HCM, consumer financial services, and corporate tax credits serving in leadership roles in marketing and strategy.

     

    Topic:

    At the Crossroads in the Digital Workplace

     

    Synopsis: Economic growth, technology, and automation are reshaping Asia’s business.  Employees are faced with changing environments – new tools, changing roles, and evolving organizational structures. Human resources leaders are uniquely in the center of every aspect of this change in workplace, whether it’s sourcing new talent, managing reskilling as digital tools enter the workforce, or managing automation-driven retrenchment.  The future role of Asia’s business and HR leaders will look different and present a challenge of maintaining the well-being of their organizations while navigating these shifts.

     

    Presenting Asia-specific findings from the ADP Research Institute® and ADP-sponsored research with MIT Technology Review, we will peer into the future for employees and employers and examine the crossroads of human capital and the digital workplace seeking to understand drivers to help make better decisions in this time of change.

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    Karen supports the CIPD Asia team in delivering solutions to its key stakeholders and oversees the development of HR networks and communities.

     

    Karen has worked in Singapore for over 18 years. Prior to the CIPD, she was the Managing Director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, helping organisations and individuals work effectively across cultural boundaries.


    Topic:

    The Digital Age: What It Means for Leaders

     

    Synopsis: Digital technologies have changed the competitive and organisational environment.  Leaders must develop new skills to effectively guide their organisations into this uncertain future.  These new skills need to be underpinned by principles which enable us to make good decisions.  Together, we will explore the challenges leaders are facing in the digital age and what they need to do differently in order to succeed.

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    In her previous role as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting Southeast Asia, Karina worked with multinational conglomerates, regional companies and government-linked organisations to execute projects across Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific. Her past project experience focuses on business transformation change and talent management. In addition, she also has experience across a broader spectrum of HR, such as in leadership and succession planning, learning and development, M&A integration, workforce transition, organisation design, employer branding, culture alignment and HR process assessments.

     

    Karina holds a Masters of Industrial Labour Relations and MBA from Cornell University (U.S.A.)


    Topic:

    Continuing professional development: cultivating a life-long learning mindset

     

    Synopsis: Karina Kuok, Head of Professional Practices at the Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) will share about IHRP’s journey towards cultivating a life-long learning mindset through curation of content themed on analytics that sparks learner interest and building a programming strategy that ensures continuous and sustainable engagement. She will also share on the infrastructure and resources required to catalyse self-directed and social learning.

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    His work at Hepmil Media Group has led him to establish strong partnerships with the largest agency networks in the region to co-produce some of the most viral and award winning branded content. Karl was recently named in Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30, class of 2017.

     

    Panel Topic 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

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    Mathieu has significant experience building and expanding businesses, with particular expertise in ecommerce and fintech. Prior to joining Visa, he was CEO of multi-national payment service provider checkout.com and spent part of his early career in McKinsey Consulting. Having worked on four different continents, Mathieu is passionate about growing companies across international markets as well as using technology and data to lead businesses.

     

    Panel Dialogue 3:

    The Fintech Revolution: developing an innovative and competitive edge

     

    Synopsis: Payment networks will continue to transform rapidly over the next few years, with tractions over the blockchain technology that creates significant opportunities for banks and financial tech companies to capitalise on. Be part of the conversation as we share insights on the changes and challenges taking place in payments and how this drives FinTechs to further innovate, scale and revolutionise the financial industry and the way we work.

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    Prior to Qiagen, he was with Merial, the animal health division of Sanofi for 13 years from 2001 to 2014. Mayank started out as a Sr. Director, Asia Pacific, he became HR Leader for Global Business Operations based in U.S.A in August 2005 with responsibilities to deliver HR services to Merial businesses in 27 countries involving 2,000 employees. He was appointed Country Manager, India in July 2008 with overall P/L responsibility of Merial operations in India comprising 250 employees.

     

    Panel Dialogue 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

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    He made his professional debut in February 2016, following an amateur career which saw him participate in 140 amateur boxing bouts - including representing his country at the SEA Games 4 times.

     

    Ridhwan, who is signed to Ringstar Management, has won the WBA Asia Super Featherweight title, the UBO World Super Featherweight title, the IBO International Super Featherweight title and the IBO Intercontinental Featherweight title and looks forward to adding even more titles to his record.

     

    As the only boxing coach to be awarded the International Olympic Committee Scholarship in Singapore, which resulted in a three-month boxing coaching course in Budapest, Ridhwan has had the opportunity to train and compete in several countries, which brought him closer to his personal mission to put Singapore on the world boxing map and unite the country through the sport of boxing.

     

    When he’s not in the boxing ring, Ridhwan is busy being an entrepreneur and trying to find ways to give back to his community. He is co-owner of three businesses, a boxing gym - Legends Fight Sport, a strength and conditioning gym - Habit Sg and a hawker stall - Beng Who Cooks. Always looking for the next challenge, he believes the business world keeps his mind sharp and provides a platform for him to reach out to a bigger and more diverse audience.

     

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    Jing Shen was infected by the engineering bug by his father at a young age, writing his first text-based game in QBasic when he was 12. At 14, Jing Shen created a graphical role-playing game where one builds tanks to destroy other tanks. In college, Jing Shen created a web portal for the Life Sciences Institute to document proteins and worked part-time in the startup CircleLink to create a content management system for display ads. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jing Shen joined Amazon.com in Seattle. In Amazon.com, Jing Shen reduced the client side latency of the world’s largest online retailer by 300ms, developed and launched AWS Marketplace and was part of the team that re-architected one of the world's first cloud computing services, S3. Prior to Jing Shen’s transition into the CEO role, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Paktor for 4 years. Under his leadership, Paktor Group moved from a Singapore-based technology startup into a position of strength. He delivered record user growth propelled by 2017’s market entry into Korea and global revenue has tripled, which resulted in Paktor Group’s business becoming profitable for the first time since its inception in 2014. In his spare time, Jing Shen goes wandering in the wild.

     

    Panel Topic 2:

    Building talent intelligence in a digitally skilled landscape

     

    Synopsis: Rapid pace of digital transformation in industries and organisations has triggered highly demanded talents with hybrid skill sets to form the future digital workforce. Join our panel of Startup leaders as they discuss the importance of leveraging the ‘right’ talents, and the talent movement within and into their industry to build their talent intelligence for a digitally skilled landscape.

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    In her latest role as an Assistant Director at NTUC, she led the professional guilds and associations within the Banking & Finance portfolio, where she spearheaded sectoral programmes and industry initiatives to benefit the working people in the sector.

     

    At the B2C front, she launched several key community-building initiatives such as the U Creative and U Start-up programmes, bringing the value of the Labour Movement to over 15,000 working professionals in the creative communities and driving the growth of NTUC’s footprint in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

     

    Prior to NTUC, Nicole has experience working in government agencies in the areas of sports engagement and SMEs development.

     

    Nicole holds a BSc in Building (2nd Upp Hons) from National University of Singapore.


    Topic:

    IHRP Certification

     

    Synopsis: Nicole Wee, Head of Engagement at the Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) will share about the IHRP Certification that allows HR professionals to be benchmarked against the national standards. IHRP is the national HR professional body, set up by the tripartite partners - Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). IHRP is the only HR professional body in Singapore authorised to implement the national HR credentials - IHRP Certification. At this session, you will also get a first-hand account from one of IHRP’s certified professionals on her certification journey.

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    In the labour movement, he oversees issues concerning Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) and is currently the Director of NTUC’s Legal Services Department and Future Jobs, Skills and Training Department. He represents the Labour Movement in tripartite workgroups to review/update employment and industrial relations legislation and has been pivotal in lobbying for the many changes to manpower related laws and policies in Singapore.  He also leads a team which works closely with tripartite partners and stakeholders in looking out for the future jobs, future skills and future training needs of workers.

     

    As the Executive Secretary of The Singapore Manual & Mercantile Workers' Union and the legal adviser to NTUC-affiliated unions in Singapore, he has advised/represented numerous unions/members in complex and contentious issues, dispute resolution, conciliation and in the Industrial Arbitration Court.

     

    Panel Dialogue 3:

    The Fintech Revolution: developing an innovative and competitive edge

     

    Synopsis: Payment networks will continue to transform rapidly over the next few years, with tractions over the blockchain technology that creates significant opportunities for banks and financial tech companies to capitalise on. Be part of the conversation as we share insights on the changes and challenges taking place in payments and how this drives FinTechs to further innovate, scale and revolutionise the financial industry and the way we work.

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    SGH was established in 1821, and is Singapore's largest acute tertiary hospital with 1,700 beds and is a referral centre offering a comprehensive range of 36 clinical specialties on its campus. Every year, about 1 million Singaporeans benefit from advanced medical care delivered by its 800 specialists. As an academic healthcare institution and the bedrock of medical education, SGH plays a key role in nurturing healthcare professionals, and is committed to innovative translational and clinical research.

     

    Prior to his appointment as CEO, SGH, Prof Kwek was CEO of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore’s largest and only hospital dedicated to women’s and children’s health.  He is an obstetrician specializing in Maternal Fetal Medicine, with a clinical interest centered around care for high risk pregnancies, particularly preterm labour, cervical incompetence, pre-eclampsia as well as post partum hemorrhage.

     

    Prof Kwek is passionate about improving the quality of patient care and harnessing process re-engineering, innovation and technology to enhance the safety and reliability of clinical care and patient outcomes.  In July 2017, Prof Kwek was concurrently appointed Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Organisational Transformation & Informatics), SingHealth.

     

    Topic:
    Riding the next wave of healthcare reinvention

     

    Synopsis: Healthcare has undergone many stages of development from digitisation to digital transformation, and now to digital reinvention. The next wave of transformation in healthcare will be one that is led by new innovative technologies, value-based care and personalised patient care that can be delivered more conveniently to patients. Hear from Professor Kenneth Kwek on how the Singapore General Hospital is approaching innovation and care transformation to create connected care systems of the future.

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    Rakesh has over twenty-years of experience in the consumer and merchant payments industry, covering product development, sales, relationship management and business development. In between corporate stints at Citibank, NETS and leading SEA payments provider 2C2P, Rakesh also co-founded and ran a regional marketing consultancy that served Visa, SingTel, MasterCard & United Overseas Bank.

     

    Rakesh graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors in Business Administration.


    Panel Dialogue 3:

    The Fintech Revolution: Developing an Innovative and Competitive Edge

     

    Synopsis: Payment networks will continue to transform rapidly over the next few years, with tractions over the blockchain technology that creates significant opportunities for banks and financial tech companies to capitalise on. Be part of the conversation as we share insights on the changes and challenges taking place in payments and how this drives FinTechs to further innovate, scale and revolutionise the financial industry and the way we work.

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     Srini has more than 32 years of international experience that includes managing operations and management consulting. His consulting experience covers a broad range of industries such as chemical/petrochemical, refining, mining and metal processing, transportation and manufacturing.

     

    Srini has led cross-functional/cross-regional teams that facilitate the sustainable transformation of organizational culture in the areas of innovation management, operational excellence and operational risk management. He has facilitated leadership workshops and is a personal coach for management teams of several leading companies. He has been instrumental in establishing the learning and development curriculum for organizations.

     

    Prior to joining DuPont, he had represented Singapore in TC 207 for ISO 14000 standards and was part of a team that published a report on "Incentives for Eco-efficiency – Market Based Instruments for Pollution Prevention: A Case Study of the Steel Sector in India" as part of the UNIDO – IIED, UK - CII project. He was adjunct lecturer in National University of Singapore on environmental management. He is an external advisor to University of Newcastle on the BEnvOHS.

     

    Srini did his chemical engineering from BITS – Pilani, India.

     

    Topic:

    Accelerating (digital) transformation through effective innovation management

     

    Synopsis: The advancements of disruptive technologies and new business models fundamentally disrupted many industries and resulted in an increasingly complex business environment globally. In order to remain relevant, business leaders need to stay vigilant and adapt to the rapid growth of new entrants as well as changing customer expectations.  Large corporates are starting to rethink current practices and transform into more agile, digitally enabled organizations to compete better. On a broader scale, governments such as those in ASEAN have started actively advocating digitization and transformation, and supporting initiatives tangibly through various policy levers.

     

    In this session, we will explore the changing business context and talk about how to execute effectively on transformation and digitization efforts through a systematic, end-to-end innovation management approach. We will also share a case of how innovation transformation has been implemented with one of DSS’ partners.

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    He is a seasoned leadership and human capital researcher and thought leader with over 20 years of experience across large global organizations. Prior to CCL, he served as head of Research and Insights at Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), set up by the Singapore government to drive the global Asian leadership initiative. His current research interests include Asian leadership, global leadership development, cross-cultural influences, and HR transformation. Sunil has authored several research studies including Developing Global Asian Leaders: From Local Stars to Global CXOs, CHRO 3.0: Preparing to Lead the Future HR Function in Asia, Architecting Future-Fluent Culture: The Role of HR (Asia Study), HR Leadership Stall Points, Developing Next-Generation Indian Business Leaders: The Keys to Success, 7 Myths of Leadership Development in Asia. In 2015, he co-edited a book titled Human Capital Insights: Inspiring Practices from Asia, for Asia. Sunil is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.

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    Currently, he is the CEO & Co-Founder of Su-Ette, focusing on AI and NLP technologies to bring world-class computing technologies to serve the HR Digital space.

     

    Multiple years as a HR professional, Jian Hong is expert in diagnosing end-to-end business challenges to deliver holistic portfolio of solutions that leverages on the business dynamics and psychological influences. Acting as a strategic positioner to exercise his knowledge and skills to translate external HR business trends into internal organizational actions. Building relationships with the business leaders as credible activist to place and build a trusting partnership in his capacity of a HR Business Partner. Building capabilities within the business to shape culture, process and identity within the business functions and to leverage on personal capabilities as a change champion. A strong HR innovator and integrator that leverages on technology to shape the HR experience and efficiency for the business.

     

    He holds a Masters Degree in Human Capital Management from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) in Singapore, School of Human Development & Social Services, a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) in Singapore, School of Arts and Social Sciences.

     

    He also has a WSQ Diploma in Adult & Continuing Education (DACE) from Institute for Adult Learning, a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment (ACTA) and is a WSQ Certified HR Professional (Talent Management). He is also a certified Institute of Technical Education (ITE

     

    Topic:

    Technologies for Tomorrow’s HR Practices

     

    Synopsis: The role of Artificial Intelligence (A.I) is going to become weaved into the practices in HR. Ignorance to this wave of trends will degrade the competitive advantages of HR practices in companies.

    Keeping aware of the current developments and also how HR can ride on to enhance their people policies will be critical for digital enablement of business HR practices.

     

    While the fear of technologies and how the impacts are bringing across changes, businesses need to have the ability to digitize with ease and adopt leading edge technologies to enhance the employees’ experiences in growing the business. Driven by more powerful computing technologies, the developments of cognitive computing is now leading cost savings and productivity gains for tomorrow’s businesses.

    Take this opportunity to develop awareness in the session to look at how digitizing of HR processes can be simple and imperative for the future.

     

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    including home and building, smart cities, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture and others.

     

    Thomas has over 25 years of experience in ICT industry in Europe and Asia in management, marketing, finance, and business development roles. Prior to joining Bosch, he ran a consulting firm providing strategy advice to high-tech companies, served as regional CEO of T-Systems, worked for Deutsche Telekom in Asia Pacific as well as for Hewlett Packard and Nortel in Europe.

     

    Thomas holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Dieburg, Germany, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

     

    Topic:

    The Bosch IoT Journey

     

    Synopsis: Many industrial players have embarked on the IoT journey over the last few years. In his presentation, Thomas will show how big industrial companies are approaching this topic with the example of Bosch itself.

     

    It’s an account of bold decisions Bosch has made in order to enable the company for the IoT era, challenges Bosch had to face, and its vision of the connected world of the near future.

     

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    During her career she has been future-proofing organisations by implementing cutting-edge L&D and Talent Management tools and integrating them with traditional talent management solutions. In her years working at the highest level she has become a strategic business partner with CEOs and their executive leadership teams. Her industry-agnostic approach has led to successful collaborations with Dentsu, Aegis Media, CNBC, ESPN Star Sports & Xerox Corporation.

    Ujjwal is driven by a desire to enable businesses to make the most of their resources and talent and help individuals optimise their career. As a strong early proponent of diversity, she has helped companies reflect the markets they operate in, which has allowed them to outperform the market and flourish. In addition to her accomplishments in Human Resources and Organisational Development, Ujjwal has also provided career transition services for more than five years through one-on-one coaching & group workshops. She is a certified Results Trained coach by the Neuro Leadership Institute.

     

    Ujjwal has been driving the agenda of human capital development not just within her companies, but also within the industry at large. As a regular speaker at Talent Management events, a jury member at award shows and through regular media appearances she communicates her vision to her peers and colleagues. Working with the “Design-for-success” principals she has been able to strategize and successfully execute her vision in volatile industries in some of the most challenging growth markets in the world.

     

    Ujjwal is a proud mother of two young adult sons. The scarce free time not spent with them, is used socialising or traveling.


    Topic:

    Rethinking Organisations For The Age Of Networks

     

    Synopsis: To rethink what organisations can do in the coming age, we feel that information must flow freely throughout the organisation to enable people to contribute meaningfully. This requires organisations to marry Culture and Tech. Only then can you find the mix of fluid, flexible talent, create relevant communities and move with the speed that is required in this day and age.

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    As a finance industry veteran with 19 years of experience, Vincent has a wealth of expertise in the payments business, having held various positions in business development, sales and marketing at JCB International Asia Pacific, MasterCard Asia Pacific and American Express International Inc. Prior to joining UnionPay International, Vincent spent six years as Managing Director of JCB International Asia Pacific, leading the overall strategy and direction in growing the payment brand in Asia. Under his leadership, JCB made significant strides in growing its Cardmember base and acceptance network in Asia. Before this, Vincent also served as vice president of business development for global network products at MasterCard Asia Pacific, and the head of business development

    for bank partnerships at American Express International Inc. Responsible for developing, implementing and managing new business partnerships for charge and credit cards in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Canada, Vincent was awarded the American Express Ambassador’s Club Award for exceptional performance in 2005.

     

    Besides his professional responsibilities, Vincent serves on the board of directors of Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency Mercy Relief as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also the chairman of the advisory board for Corporation Primary School.

    Vincent graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and is based in Singapore with his wife and two children.

     

    Panel Dialogue 1:

    Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader

     

    Synopsis: The presentation and panel discussion will highlight key findings from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)-NTUC joint research study “Imagining Asia 2030: Future Fluent Asian Leader.” The sharing will highlight megatrends that will shape Asia in the next 2 decades, and how they will impact businesses, societies and leaders in the region. In response to megatrends, how must future fluent Asian leaders shift their mind-sets, develop incremental capabilities, build heightened awareness, and undergo critical experiences. The panel discussion will focus on implications of critical megatrends for Singapore, and what next generation Singaporean leader must do to be future fluent.