Main Stage Schedule

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

8:15am Registration opens

Welcoming remarks from the Chairperson

Evelyn Chow, Managing Director, DecodeHR


Welcoming remarks from the Event Partner

John Antos, Vice President Strategy & Marketing, ADP

9:00am PANEL: How Asia’s best employers engage their employees

The workplace is becoming increasingly diverse and keeping people engaged continues to be a challenge for teams today. This session discusses HR strategies to drive engagement.

  • How can you identify the key drivers for employee satisfaction?
  • Examples of successful initiatives leading to engagement
  • Tools and programs to measure growth and ROI
  • Creating a conducive work environment to enable teams

Gloria Chin, HR Director, National Environment Agency
Jocelyne Loh, Country Head of HR & Regional HR Leader, Accenture
Aditi Mahadevan, APAC HR Head - Markets and Securities Services, Citi
Elisabeth McAuliffe, Regional HR Director, Deloitte

Lewis Garrad, Business Lead for Employee Experience Research - Growth Markets, Mercer


At the crossroads in the digital workplace

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.

  • How will the role of Asia’s business and HR leaders change over time?
  • Maintaining the well-being of talent while navigating disruption
  • How to lead and drive business growth in the evolving workplace

John Antos, Vice President Strategy & Marketing, ADP

10:15am Morning refreshment and networking break
10:45am CASE STUDY: How CBRE uses HR data and metrics

HR analytics is growing exponentially in importance, with many organisations now developing sophisticated data teams and systems to inform HR strategies.

  • Using data to predict the “high flight-risk” employees
  • Predictive models directed at improving the employee experience
  • Going beyond recruitment and retention numbers to talent and performance management
  • Can data be used to measure the adoption of cultural values?
  • Turning data into useful information to enable business leaders to make more robust decisions

Susan Vaughan, HR Director, Asia Pacific, CBRE


Developing the next generation CHRO

Recent disruptions have transformed the role of the CHRO in the workplace to adapt to current organisational needs. 

  • What is the role of the Chief Human Resource Officer and how is it changing?
  • How does a career in HRM pave the way to a CHRO role?
  • How will CHRO’s create business impact in the future?
  • What are the identifying characteristics of the future CHRO?

Rick Smith, Professor of Strategic Management (Practice) and Deputy Dean, Programmes, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University


CASE STUDY: How the HR team at IBM embraced digital disruption

As digital disruption transforms businesses across Asia Pacific, successful organisations (such as IBM) have learned to change and adapt quickly and embrace the dynamically changing career demands of their people.

  • Securing and galvanising support and investment for HR initiatives in a dynamic environment
  • Real-time learning programs that prepare employees for rapidly-changing conditions
  • Creating an agile workforce and future-proofing HR strategies against digital disruption

Neha Pareek, Chief of Staff to Head of IBM Asia Pacific, IBM

12:45pm Networking lunch

Advanced business partnering for HR professionals

HR professionals need to provide solid technical guidance with a calm, clear and consistent approach. As the recognition of the importance of HR increases, influencing skills have never been more important than today.

  • The power of influence - convincing managers about the importance of developing their people
  • Winning the trust of line managers and leadership throughout the organisation
  • Conveying messages with authority and persuasion

Sudakshina Ghosh, Regional Director HR – APAC, Japan & India, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

2:30pm Understanding the impact of technology on HR

In this session, we will explore the past, present and future impact of technology on HR and how HR teams can embrace an augmented future.

  • How has HR’s experience with technology over time affect current organisational challenges?
  • What does the HR tech landscape look like today, and where is it going?
  • Mapping the multiple forces influencing the future of work, and how to remain relevant in a digitalised future

Philippa Penfold, Vice President, People and Strategy, Peoplewave

3:00pm Afternoon refreshment and networking break
3:30pm Creating the right mindset for organisational change

The future of work is disrupting existing structures, roles and technology. How can organisations equip and prepare employees to adapt and overcome transformation?

  • Identifying key skills to become an agile leader
  • How to effectively communicate and provide resources for self-learning
  • Dealing with change-resistant mindsets

Ilja Rijnen, Regional HR Director Emerging Asia, Beam Suntory

4:15pm PANEL: Leadership insights from Singapore’s top HR leaders

In this panel, HR directors featured in HRD Asia’s Hot List will share their challenges and insights into successful HR leadership.

  • What is the key to success in HR leadership today?
  • How is digital disruption changing the practice of HR?
  • How to inspire, lead, and manage a dynamic and rapidly changing workforce


Subhankar Roy Chowdhury, Executive Director HR, Lenovo Asia Pacific
Phan Yoke Fei, Senior Director, HR & Corporate Administration, Gardens by the Bay
Kunnumal Sudeep, Director - HR, Asia Pacific, Tata Consultancy Services

Siddharth Mehta, Career Business Leader - Singapore & Indonesia, Mercer

5:00pm Networking drinks hosted by Indeed



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