DAY 1 | TUESDAY, 21 MARCH 2023

8.30am

Registration

9.00am

Welcome remarks

Aditi Sharma Kalra

Aditi Sharma Kalra

Editor-in-Chief

Human Resources Online

PLENARY SESSIONS

9.15am

[Opening Keynote]

Stronger together: Navigating the shifting economy and labour market recovery by putting people first
Business and HR leaders today are facing up to multiple challenges – the consequences of war, inflation, supply chain bottlenecks and a looming recession which are all affecting the labour market. As we struggle with multiple economic challenges, this opening keynote is aimed to give a dispassionate analysis of these issues and put challenges for government and businesses in context. This session will further explore how HR will lead the way in sharpening the organisation’s competitive edge in this changing economy and harnessing the full potential of an ever-evolving workforce.

9.55am

[Keynote]

Automate to humanate: Activating the human-centric autonomous future of work
The only way to solve today’s talent crises, labour shortages and employee burnout is with work design that empowers human adaptability. Intelligent technology must also be unleashed to automate ethically. This session will explore how a human-centric design balancing individual, team and business needs will enable organisations today to compete for scarce talent and drive performance for sustainable growth.
10.35am

Morning break

10.55am

[Keynote]

Talent beyond your teams: Developing a talent ecosystem approach for the internal marketplace

Talent shortage has consistently been identified as the biggest inhibitor to business progress across all key business functions. Contrary to the traditional linear talent recruitment and management approach, CHROs may benefit from treating talent as flow assets (networks of capabilities evolving and exchanging value in the flow of work), orchestrating internal talent, and leveraging external talent through a marketplace/ecosystem approach. This session will delve deeper into the rapid evolution of internal talent marketplace strategies, and how iterative design can accelerate adoption and transform the way organisations are positioned to manage the ever-changing workforce expectations.

Lance Foo

Lance Foo

Group Head of Talent Acquisition, Asia Pacific

NCS Group

11.35am

[Panel discussion]

Succession disrupted: Winning the battle for talent by resetting and building future-ready succession models
It has always been an ongoing challenge for organisations with talent and succession planning to identify, develop and retain diverse high potential talent, and to build and deliver leadership bench strength. This session will turn the table by delving deep into how can HR identify, develop and manage talent in a fast, flexible way to meet the changing needs of both the organisation and employees. Further, it will explore and discuss succession strategies fit for a fragmented world.

Moderator

Manish Verma

Manish Verma

Global Head of Talent

Cargill

Panellist

Ingrid D’Lima

Ingrid D’Lima

Director, APAC Head of Early Career, Employer Branding & Internal Mobility

Citi

Andrew Sam

Andrew Sam

Director, Global Talent Acquisition

Jabil

Karen Lim

Karen Lim

Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific Region

Skyworks Solutions Inc
12.15pm

[Fireside chat]

Work 3.0: How will Metaverse and Web3 transform the world of work?
There has been significant evolution in the HR industry over the past decade – from embracing digital transformation to hybrid working and more. The advent of Web3, along with AI, machine learning and robotic automation will continue to lead to massive disruptions in the HR tech space. This session will explore the limitless opportunities and possibilities supported by Web 3.0 allowing HR professionals to manage the endless complexities of people management, with insights into improving productivity, supporting a hybrid workforce, employee engagement, wellbeing assistance and more.

12.55pm

Networking lunch

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

TRACK A:
Culture and change management

TRACK B:
Employee and workplace experience

1.55pm

TRACK A:
Culture and change management

[Case study]

Culture 360: Reshaping and redefining organisational culture with purpose at its heart
  • Embedding purpose at the centre of strategy, decision making and culture.
  • Focusing on trust, inclusion, innovation and climate to create the right organisational culture with purpose at its heart.
  • Building and maintaining a purpose-led culture of trust in hybrid and agile working environments.

TRACK B:
Employee and workplace experience

[Panel discussion]

Elevating workplace experience: Building a forward-thinking dynamic, desirable, destination workplace
  • Understanding new hybrid workforce expectations around the office environment and what organisations can do to draw employees back to the office.
  • Learning how intuitive and user-friendly technology can support collaboration by delivering seamless and equitable employee interactions.
  • Exploring services and amenities that enable increased employee productivity and performance, and promote success.

Panellist

Gayatheri Silvakumer

Gayatheri Silvakumer

Chief HR & Talent Officer

McCann Worldgroup 

Dawn Wong

Dawn Wong

Head of People and Experience APAC

VaynerMedia

2.35pm

TRACK A:
Culture and change management

[Case study]

The great relationship reset: Shaping the future of business with deeper human connection
A stark new reality is reversing a decades-long trend: people are shifting their energy away from maintaining a wide array of casual connections to reprioritising and cultivating a smaller network of connections that matter the most. This session will discuss the importance of this profound mindset- shift, what it means for leaders today and how they can apply foresight to sharpen long-term brand and business strategy.
Sehr Ahmed

Sehr Ahmed

Global CHRO

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 

TRACK B:
Employee and workplace experience

[Panel discussion]

Boosting EX and morale: Redesigning employee experience with wellbeing at its core
  • Discovering how to detect and address burnout and employee wellbeing effectively.
  • Supporting employees’ holistic wellbeing beyond working hours.
  • Sharing tips and tricks on how to support your employees’ holistic wellbeing beyond working hours.
  • Highlighting use cases or success stories about improving overall employee experience.

3.15pm

TRACK A:
Culture and change management

[Panel discussion]

Leading beyond the numbers: Powering team success with EQ and inclusive leadership
  • Looking into how emotional intelligence and empathetic leadership can make or break employee engagement and productivity.
  • Discovering innovative ways for empathy skills development in leaders through coaching and training.
  • Developing a community of partners within employees for peer support to achieve best possible outcomes.

Panellist

Sharon Foo

Sharon Foo

Regional Human Resources Director

FrieslandCampina 

Saras Damodharan

Saras Damodharan

Talent Management Director, Asia

Lam Research

Cher Whee Sim

Cher Whee Sim

Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Talent Mobility

Micron Technology

TRACK B:
Employee and workplace experience

[CHRO debate]

Combating the rise of quiet quitting: Evolving EX to increase employee engagement

This session will deep dive into the good, bad, and ugly of the viral movement and how it is revolutionising the workplace from the perspective of leading CHROs in the region.

Key discussion points to be explore:

  • Is quiet quitting reflective of employee disengagement or poor talent management?
  • Why are employees mentally checking out, and what should be done to respond effectively to this growing trend?
  • Does quiet quitting link more to rewards and recognition or to overall organisational culture?
  • How can employers build workplaces employees would not want to leave?

Panellist

Sergio Salvador

Sergio Salvador

Chief People Officer

Carsome
Abhishek Mathur

Abhishek Mathur

Vice President, Human Resources

VNG Corporation

3.55pm

Afternoon break

4.15pm

TRACK A:
Culture and change management

[Case study]

The power of curiosity: Creating a culture that challenges convention and embraces growth mindset

Curiosity is a leadership superpower. Fresh ideas come from being open to diverse opinions, and the willingness to explore what you do not know is the foundation for leading more effectively.
By attending this session, you will:

  • Discover why curiosity is so important, the power of asking killer questions, and the environment that makes inquisitive minds flourish.
  • Obtain hands-on learning by question-storming real issues right in the room.
  • Walk away with actionable learning takeaways that stick.
Ben Ong

Ben Ong

Regional HR Director, Asia

Aramex Malaysia Sdn Bhd 

TRACK B:
Employee and workplace experience

[Case study]

Cut through the noise: Reinforcing desired EX with personalised and creative multichannel mix for effective reach
  • Leveraging employee listening tools to provide tailored communications which boost overall productivity and engagement.
  • Ensuring critical messages stick by utilising the right channel, with the right tone and message, at the right time.
  • Ensuring the right balance between digital communication channels and face-to-face communications is met for a hybrid workforce.

4.55pm

TRACK A:
Culture and change management

[Leadership exchange]

Adaptive leadership: Discovering how to respond to societal change as a community vs. business needs
  • Developing a future-fit strategy on how to deal with social fractures in Asian cultural context.
  • Dealing with the societal pressure to speak out on a wide range of social topics and managing effective communications.
  • Exploring the provocative scenarios and what HR leaders do to adapt and suceed in the process.

TRACK B:
Employee and workplace experience

[HR EXplores]

Learnings, tips and tricks from CHROs who are tackling the talent shortage

Business leaders around the world would agree that talent shortages are the single greatest risk to their business. In a global market where organisations across multiple sectors are struggling to not only attract but retain key talent, it’s essential to demonstrate an attractive and engaging employee experience. This session will explore proven EX strategies from leading CHROs across different industries to help your organisation weather the talent shortage storm:

  • Listen to your employees.
  • Evaluate your benefits package.
  • Consider the career paths available to your employees.
  • Assess your D & I policies and activities.

Panellist

Narelle Burke

Narelle Burke

CHRO, Human Resources, APAC Insights

Kantar

5.35pm

Closing and networking drinks

Lessons learned in expanding your role to achieve digital success

Have you made the transition from a HR leader to one who leads the use of technology to achieve business/mission value? This networking session will discuss challenges, hurdles and barriers faced in expanding your role as an executive leader; share lessons learned which others will benefit from; and identify best practices which you can readily apply in your current situation.