Wednesday 13th June 2018


Registration opens


Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Samantha Buttle - Director, Ka-Bloom Group

The forces of global change (and how they affect HR directors)

Globalisation, digital disruption, large-scale demographic shifts and technological advances will continue to change the way we work over the coming years.  What will the workplaces and workforces of tomorrow look like?

  • What does digital disruption really mean for long-term workplace planning?
  • How will we meet the high expectations of millennials by creating a rewarding work experience, defined by constant learning and dynamic career progression?
  • Which elements of traditional management and leadership remain consistent throughout the years?
  • How will organisational structures change in a rapidly-growing economy?

Eliza Ng - Director, Human Resources, Fuji Xerox


Leadership masterclass: Tips for becoming an excellent HR leader

A great HR leader has the ability to lead and inspire an entire workforce from senior management to the factory floor. This session will cover the key ingredients of successful HR leadership.

  • How to create a culture that supports people to achieve and exceed their goals
  • Balancing business interests with employee advocacy
  • Keeping it simple: Leading by simplifying otherwise complex workplace issues

Vicky Chiu - Manager - Talent & Organization Development, Hong Kong Broadband Network

10:15am Morning refreshment & networking break

Talent development: The changing landscape of talent Identification and development

As the speed of change increases and the war for talent wages on, companies need to find more targeted and agile strategies for identifying and developing talent to drive strong business performance now and in the future. Now more than ever, HR teams need to challenge traditional methods of selecting and grooming future 

  • How do we ensure that we have a strong leadership bench?
  • How can we make talent identification simpler and aligned to business strategy?
  • How do we help the business own the process and drive development?
  • What is the role of technology?

Leigh Chattington - Talent Development APAC, Bloomberg


Using technology to enhance and simplify global background screening

In an increasingly competitive and globalised landscape, the importance of background screening and its growing necessity in managing people risk has never been more imperative. Screening processes have transformed to adapt to the changing needs of the workplace, offering technological advances to enhance the candidate experience. How can screening technology enable your organisation to build a robust, risk-reducing background screening process?
  • The global dilemma – what can and should you include in your screening program?
  • Identifying current screening trends in Asia Pacific
  • How to ensure screening does not compromise employer branding – best practice
  • The digital transformation of screening – creating a more enhanced, mobile, and transparent experience for recruiters and candidates

Shawn Vaswani - Account Director, HireRight

12:00pm Networking lunch

CASE STUDY: Learning and development programs that engage millennials

Technological advances and demographic shifts are disrupting the learning and development landscape. Organisations are increasingly trying to compress training into shorter, sharper interventions to engage young employees who have grown up in a digitally-saturated culture.

  • What is the ideal blend for and L&D program?
  • How to incorporate massive open online courses (MOOCs) into a training program
  • M-learning and E-learning formats that keep learners engaged
  • Social learning and micro-learning - How quick is too quick when delivering training?
  • Engaging without sacrificing quality and depth of learning
  • Experiential training, including simulations, case studies, and flipped classrooms
  • Shifting from an internally focused, corporate-centric learning universe to a learner-centric one

Hussein Afeef - Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance, LUX*


PANEL: Big data and technology – What role should HR play?

Digital technology is disrupting business models and radically changing the way we work. With automation increasingly disrupting the workforce, what will this mean for the future role of HR departments?
  • The opportunities and challenges presented by mobile, cloud, big data and social technologies
  • How can we help employees shift to a ‘digital mind-set’?
  • How will HR itself revolutionise its own systems and ways of delivering HR services?
  • Will technological advances give HR professionals more time to focus on high-value tasks?
  • What does the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ really mean for the HR profession?


Nick DeMarinis - Head of Talent Solutions – North Asia, LinkedIn

Vidal Fernandez - Director – Big Data & AI, CLP Holdings

Maria Hui - HR Director, Microsoft

Jonathan Lo - Partner, Advisory, People & Change, HR Transformation (APAC), KPMG


Samantha Buttle - Director, Ka-Bloom Group


Inspiring workplaces through a compelling employee value proposition

An Employee Value Proposition (EVP) works on a simple principle - give your employees the best and you will get the very best out of them in return. The stronger your EVP, the better their engagement, behaviour, and rapport with your organisation. Identifying crucial moments in every employee’s lifecycle, an effective EVP can bring renewed happiness, productivity and loyalty.

  • Latest research findings on key EVP moments in employee lifecycle
  • The new rules of engagement in the employee landscape
  • Case study: Building and sustaining an effective EVP tailored for your organisation

Manav Batra - General Manager, BI Worldwide

2:45pm Afternoon refreshment & networking break

WORKSHOP: Managing constant change in your organisation

As the pace of change in the economy accelerates, CEOs are increasingly requiring their organisations and HR teams to be more agile. How are employees handling such incessant organisational change? In this interactive workshop, participants will hone their skills in change management and change leadership.

  • Igniting an appetite for change amongst employees who are suffering ‘change fatigue’
  • Creating an agile culture that can quickly adapt to changes
  • Bedding-down change through each stage of a business lifecycle
  • Dealing with change-resistant employees

Steve Wilson - HR Director - Solution Delivery, Asia Pacific Region, PepsiCo


PANEL: Managing cultural challenges within Hong Kong workplaces

Workplaces in Hong Kong are becoming ever more diverse, with employees from a range of cultural backgrounds including locals, expats and employees from mainland China working together. While diversity brings various benefits, it can also create challenges for leaders when it comes to communicating, engaging and collaborating.

  • Understanding the values of collectivist cultures
  • Similar but different: overcoming differences between Hong Kong and mainland Chinese cultures in the workplace
  • Avoiding misinterpretation and cultural faux pas in a multicultural workplace
  • Successful diversity and inclusion programs


Florence Chow - Head of Group Human Resources, HKT

Hussein Afeef - Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance, LUX*

Eva Iu - Human Resources Director, Schneider Electric

Cary Shek - Director of People and Culture, Publicis Communications


Samantha Buttle - Director, Ka-Bloom Group

4:45pm Conference concludes


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