agenda

HR & Business Growth Summit 2024

08:30-09:00
Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:00-10:45
WORKSHOP A
Leadership in the era of AI – An organization’s significance or survival calls for huge mindset shift in leadership.

What will be covered? “Leadership in the Era of AI” delves into the transformative landscape of modern business, where AI-driven innovation and disruption are reshaping organizational lifespans and valuation timelines. This workshop explores the evolving roles of leadership in steering companies towards sustained success or survival in this fast-paced environment. Attendees will gain insights into the strategic shifts necessary for adapting to rapid changes, redefining organizational models, and embracing courageous leadership practices. The session will cover:

  • The crucial roles of CEOs, CHROs, and senior leaders in an AI-driven era
  • Practical steps for personal leadership development
  • Real-world examples that highlight the practices distinguishing exceptional leaders

Why you should attend?

  • Navigate Change Effectively: Understand the leadership mindset required to manage and thrive amid AI-driven disruption.
  • Enhance Strategic Thinking: Learn to adapt strategies and organizational models for accelerated business environments.
  • Leadership Mastery: Gain practical insights into evolving your leadership journey to meet new business challenges.
  • Real-World Insights: Draw inspiration from successful real-world leadership examples to enhance your own leadership approach.
Sook Hoon Cheah

ex-General Manager @ Microsoft

10:45-11:00
Networking & Coffee Break
11:00-12:45
WORKSHOP B
Brand You: Mastering Personal Branding for HR Leaders

What will be covered? Step into “Brand You,” a transformative workshop tailored for HR professionals focused on the power of personal branding. In the realm of human resources, your personal brand is a key driver for your professional success and organizational influence. This hands-on session will dive deep into:

  • Developing and refining your unique personal brand
  • Utilizing your personal brand to shape organizational narratives
  • Enhancing your influence across all levels of your organization
  • Mastering storytelling to bolster your brand and align it with business goals

Why you should attend?

  • Amplify Your Impact: Learn to harness the power of your personal brand to influence and lead more effectively.
  • Strategic Advantage: Position yourself as a vital contributor to business success through targeted personal branding.
  • Skill Enhancement: Acquire advanced storytelling and communication techniques that enhance your visibility and credibility.
  • Network Growth: Connect with like-minded HR leaders who are also on a journey to strengthen their personal brands.
Sam Neo

Founder and CEO @ Stories of Asia

12:45-13:45
Networking & Lunch
13:45-15:30
WORKSHOP C
Establishing the People Agenda in Organizations

Dives into the critical role of talent as a competitive advantage in the modern business and technological landscape. This workshop equips HR leaders with the strategies and insights needed to harness their people’s capabilities, ensuring organizational success and transformation. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of people management from a leadership perspective, learning how to align and elevate the people agenda within their companies. The session will cover:

  • How senior leaders view the people agenda
  • Aligning company objectives with people objectives
  • Elevating people and talent objectives as top company priorities
  • Enabling line managers to become effective people managers
  • Building a culture that promotes effective people management

Why you should attend?

  • Navigate Change Effectively: Understand the leadership mindset required to manage and thrive amid AI-driven disruption.
  • Enhance Strategic Thinking: Learn to adapt strategies and organizational models for accelerated business environments.
  • Leadership Mastery: Gain practical insights into evolving your leadership journey to meet new business challenges.
  • Real-World Insights: Draw inspiration from successful real-world leadership examples to enhance your own leadership approach.
Frank Koo

Ex-Head of Asia @ LinkedIn

15:30
Closing
08:00-09:00
Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:00-09:15
Welcome & Opening Remarks
09:15-09:45
OPENING KEYNOTE
Enabling the Future Workforce is Every Leader’s Business
  • Identify essential business trends that HR and business leaders should consider.
  • Understand what HR needs to consider when working with business leaders to drive business outcomes.
Ian Wong

Managing Director @ UOB

09:45-10:30
PANEL DISCUSSION
HR as Strategic Partner to “Business”
  • What do business leaders truly expect from HR?
  • How can HR engage with the business leaders differently to get their buy-in?
  • How can HR be seen as part of the leadership inner circle?
Dr Timothy Low

CEO & Board Director

Frank Koo

Founder @ Nextplay; ex-Head of Asia @ LinkedIn

Ferdy Nandes

General Manager @ Aspire 

Poh Meng Quek

Group Head Human Capital @ Times Publishing

10:30-11:00
Networking & Coffee Break
11:00-11:45
PANEL DISCUSSION
HR Wishlist: What Leaders Can Do to Better Partner With HR?
  • Ways leaders can back HR strategies to align with business objectives.
  • Importance of including HR in strategic decisions.
  • How leaders can equip HR to improve business and employee outcomes?
  • What are some ways to communicate these needs?
James Neo

Head of People & Culture APAC @ Siemens Healthineers

Lily Lee

CHRO & Business Partner @ UDC Pte Ltd – Anglo Indian Cafe & Bar

11:45-12:15
Expert Insight Presentation
Inclusive Leadership and Its Business Impact
  • Outline key traits of inclusive leaders, such as empathy, cultural intelligence, and inclusivity in decision-making.
  • Describe features of effective workplace inclusion, including transparency, fairness, and open feedback.
  • Highlight outcomes of inclusive leadership, such as improved innovation, increased engagement, and stronger financial performance.
  • Share initial steps to adopt inclusive practices, including targeted training and policy updates.
Nicole Golloso

Director of Human Resources and Corporate Communications, SG & HK @ McCann WorldGroup

12:15-13:00
PANEL DISCUSSION
Building ageless workforce
  • Discuss ways to challenge and overcome stereotypes about different age groups, emphasizing the value each brings to the workplace.
  • Highlight inclusive recruitment and retention practices that promote fairness and opportunity for all ages, such as anonymized resumes and age-diverse interview panels.
  • Focus on the benefits of a multigenerational workforce, including mutual mentorship and diverse problem-solving approaches, and strategies to foster collaboration between generations.
Kai Ning Lim

Co-Founder @ The Courage Chapter

Kelvin Kouk

Group Chief People Officer @ Lightstorm; Executive Director @ Mentoring SG

13:00-14:00
Networking & Lunch
14:00-14:45
PANEL DISCUSSION
Transforming HR into business leaders
  • Outline a strategic roadmap for HR to develop cross-functional skills and deepen understanding of core business operations.
  • Emphasize the importance of adopting a business-oriented mindset, with a focus on data-driven decision-making and strategic alignment.
  • Discuss the role of HR in leading organizational change, influencing company culture, and driving business results through effective people management.
Elliot Lee

President @ STEAM Education Association of Singapore

Lee U-Jin

International VP HR @ NCRAtleos

Bianca Wong

Vice President, Human Resources AMEA @ FedEx Express

14:45-15:30
PANEL DISCUSSION
HR’s Role In Driving The Sustainability Agenda
  • Explore ways where HR can play a more active role to partner the business to drive the sustainability agenda
  • What are some limiting factors and challenges?
  • What do HR need from the business side to complement them in this area of work?
Gary Lee

Organization & Business Partner Director @ DASSAULT SYSTEMES

15:30-16:00
Networking & Coffee
16:00-16:30
EXPERT INSIGHT PRESENTATION
Employer Branding: Beyond Talent Attraction
  • Detail employer branding’s influence on both employee retention and organizational culture, extending beyond mere talent attraction.
  • Highlight the integration of employer branding with business goals to boost performance and competitive edge.
  • Discuss the role of employees as brand ambassadors and the impact of their advocacy on broadening the employer’s reach and reputation.
Sam Neo

Founder and CEO @ Stories of Asia

16:30-17:30
GROUP MENTORING EXPERIENCE

Intimate Breakout Sessions: Allows for smaller group interactions.

Direct Engagement: Participants can engage closely with expert speakers.

Personal Mentorship: Opportunity for direct learning and guidance from industry leaders.

Mentors

Bianca Wong

Vice President, Human Resources AMEA @ FedEx Express

Dr Timothy Low

CEO & Board Director

Frank Koo

Founder @ Nextplay; ex-Head of Asia @ LinkedIn

Gary Lee

Organization & Business Partner Director @ DASSAULT SYSTEMES

Lily Lee

CHRO & Business Partner @ UDC Pte Ltd – Anglo Indian Cafe & Bar

Poh Meng Quek

Group Head Human Capital @ Times Publishing Limited

Kelvin Kong

Group Chief People Officer @ Lightstorm; Executive Director @ Mentoring SG

Ferdy Nandes

General Manager @ Aspire

Nicole Golloso

Director of HR & Corporate Communications (SG & HK) @ McCann Worldgroup

17:30-17:45
CLOSING KEYNOTE – Daily Reflection Board
08:30-09:00
Welcome Coffee & Networking
09:00-09:45
PANEL DISCUSSION
Challenging HR Norms: It’s Time To Reinvent Outdated Practices!
  • Evaluate current HR practices to discern what remains effective and what needs updating.
  • Critique outdated practices, encouraging a progressive mindset for transformative change in HR.
  • Advocate for evolution in HR by questioning ineffectual norms and prioritizing innovative approaches.
Jasmine Bahen

Chief People Officer @ GroupM

Isabel Austin

Senior Director, Global Talent Development and People Partner @ The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

09:45-10:30
PANEL DISCUSSION
HR in The Age of AI: Be The HR That Businesses Truly Need
  • Explore the evolution of HR in the era of AI, identifying key skills, mindsets, and strategies needed to align with business demands.
  • Emphasize the critical role of enhancing the employee experience at all stages to improve satisfaction and productivity.
  • Discuss the importance of HR in promoting agility and quick adaptation to maintain competitiveness in a changing business landscape.
Sook Hoon Cheah

Ex-GM @ Microsoft

Elaine Sor

Director – Learning & Development @ KPMG Business School

Ong Chee Ping

Senior Director @ NCS IT

Cyl Lin

HR Director & Business Partner @ Tech Data APAC

10:30-11:00
Networking & Coffee Break
11:00-11:30
Expert Insight Presentation
HR Leadership in AI Era
  • Discuss the transformative impact of AI on HR functions, such as automating recruitment, customizing training, and enhancing performance evaluations.
  • Explore the ethical challenges and strategic opportunities AI presents, emphasizing the role of HR in navigating these complexities.
  • Highlight the need for continuous learning and adaptation in HR practices to leverage AI effectively, preparing for future shifts in skills and roles.
Raunak Bhandari

Regional HR Leader @ Google Asia Pacific

11:30 – 12:15
PANEL DISCUSSION
Opportunities To Drive Customer Experience: What HR Leaders Need To Hear
  • Detail HR’s potential to enhance customer satisfaction through strategic employee engagement and culture initiatives.
  • Explore ways for HR to work alongside customer service teams to improve the overall customer experience.
  • Discuss approaches to track and showcase HR’s direct impact on customer experience improvements.
James Fong

CEO @ Jewel Changi Airport

Lee Jin-Hwui

Director, Human Resources & Organisational Development @ SPD Singapore

12:15-13:15
Networking & Lunch
13:15-14:00
PANEL DISCUSSION
Opportunities To Drive Employee Experience: What Business Leaders Need To Hear
  • Highlight employee experience as a joint effort between leadership and HR, emphasizing leadership’s role in prioritization.
  • Identify specific actions leaders can take to enhance employee experience at all levels.
  • Describe the mindset changes and practical steps necessary for leaders to improve workplace satisfaction.
Shawn Tan

Chief People Officer at Hearts on Fire

14:00-14:30
EXPERT INSIGHT PRESENTATION
The HR and Business Combo: Catalyst For Business Transformation
  • Explore the necessity of culture transformation in response to frequent disruptions in the volatile business environment.
  • Discuss the pivotal role of business and HR leaders as catalysts for driving culture change, fostering resilience and adaptability within organizations.
  • Outline a roadmap for achieving a balanced approach to culture transformation, ensuring alignment with both employee experience and business imperatives.
Seetha Cristian

Head of Change Delivery and Transformation @ Standard Chartered Bank

14:30-15:00
Networking & Coffee
15:00-15:45
PANEL DISCUSSION
Sustainable Business Growth Is A People Agenda
  • Highlight the collaborative role of leadership and HR in fostering an environment where people can drive business growth.
  • Identify specific actions business leaders can take to cultivate the types of talent needed for sustained growth.
  • Describe the mindset changes and practical steps necessary for leaders to support a thriving workforce.
  • Discuss what sustainable business growth looks like and the pivotal role HR plays in achieving it.
Lynn Dang

Director – People AsiaDirector – People Asia @ Snap Inc.

Atur Gaul

Regional HR Director – Consumer Products Division and Digital @ L’oreal

Velle Tay

Chief Business & Marketing Officer @ Tridentity

15:45-16:45
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GROUP MENTORING EXPERIENCE
  • Intimate Breakout Sessions: Allows for smaller group interactions.
  • Direct Engagement: Participants can engage closely with expert speakers.
  • Personal Mentorship: Opportunity for direct learning and guidance from industry leaders.

Mentors

Lynn Dang

Director – People AsiaDirector – People Asia @ Snap Inc.

Velle Tay

Chief Business & Marketing Officer @ Tridentity

Raunak Bhandari

Senior HRBP @ Google

Shawn Tan

SVP, People & Culture @ Hearts On Fire

Cyl Lin

HR Director & Business Partner @ Tech Data APAC

Seetha Cristian

Head of Change Delivery and Transformation @ Standard Chartered Bank

Sam Neo

Founder and CEO @ Stories of Asia

Jin-Hwui LEE

Director, Human Resources & Organisational Development @ SPD Singapore

Sook Hoon Cheah

ex-General Manager @ Microsoft

16:45-17:00
CLOSING KEYNOTE – Daily Reflection Board
08:30-09:00
Gathering at hotel lobby
09:30-12:00
SITE TOUR A
Snap Inc.

As part of the HR and Business Summit, we are excited to offer exclusive site tours to some of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in the industry

  • Exclusive Access: Visit top companies and explore their innovative office spaces.
  • Invaluable Insights: Learn about cutting-edge people practices and HR strategies.
  • First-hand Experience: See how progressive organizations drive employee engagement and positive culture.
  • Practical Ideas: Gain actionable strategies to implement in your own workplace.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry leaders and like-minded professionals.
  • Inspiration and Innovation: Witness the future of work and organizational excellence.
Lynn Dang

Director – People Asia @ Snap Inc.

12:00-13:30
Networking & Lunch
14:00-16:30
SITE TOUR B
L’Oréal

Office Address: L46 L’Oréal One Raffles Quay Office

  • Welcome to L’Oréal and L’Oréal Intro (Hiro)
    • Expect an engaging overview of L’Oréal’s history, values, mission, and perhaps a glimpse into our global presence.
  • DEI (Muazzez)
    • This session will cover L’Oréal’s commitment to creating an inclusive workplace, highlighting initiatives and programs.
  • L’Oréal for Youth (Agnes)
    • We will discover L’Oréal’s initiatives and programs focused on youth empowerment and development.
  • Office Tour and Engagement Games
    • A guided tour of the L’Oréal office space.
    • Interactive games and activities designed to foster engagement and networking among participants.
  • Networking
    • Dedicated time for attendees to connect with each other.
    • An opportunity to meet L’Oréal employees, ask questions.
  • This detailed agenda aims to provide attendees with a well-rounded introduction to L’Oréal, covering its culture, values, commitment to DEI, opportunities for youth, and a chance to network.
Hiromitsu Ota

HRD SAPMENA @ L’Oréal

Muazzez Gunay

LID South Asia and CPD Commercial HRD @ L’Oréal

Agnes Goh

VP of Talent Acquisition SAPMENA @ L’Oréal

16:00
Closing