Talent Unleashed

People are the foundation of any successful organisation today. To unleash the full potential of your employees, this theatre highlights how organisations can create an inclusive and engaged workplace from an increasingly diverse pool of talent.

Track Schedule

Day 1 (April 24)


Organiser’s Welcome Remarks

Gnosoulla Tsioupra-Lewis, Chief People & Culture Officer – Arc Network


Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Steve Boese, President & Co-Founder – H3 HR Advisors


H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary General of ASEAN – Association of Southeast Asian Nations


OPENING KEYNOTEA Regulator’s Perspective on Global Human Capital Trends, Outlook and Technology’s Impact

  • Effects of global human capital policy, regulatory and enforcement developments on all HR aspects
  • Advice on HR regulation and compliance amidst trends in employee activism and discrimination
  • Promises and perils of deploying and using AI-driven technologies in HR and the workplace

Keith Sonderling, Commissioner – U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

LEADERSHIP PANELThe Future of Work: Value Creation through Innovative HR Strategies and Technologies

  • Resetting for relevance: Redesigning work, working and workplaces to scale performance
  • HR transformation and people dynamics – How, when and what to prioritise?
  • Boosting digital HR and moving from market hype to strategic investments

Parul Munshi, Workforce Transformation Partner & Regional Sustainability Consulting Leader – PwC South East Asia Consulting

Aslam Sardar, Chief Executive Officer – Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)
Aileen Tan, Group Chief People & Sustainability Officer – Singtel
Akarin Phureesitr, Chief People Officer – Central Pattana

Morning Tea Break

CASE STUDYSteering HR Transformation to Elevate Work and Deliver on Business Imperatives

  • Adapting to new work paradigms and holistic technology adoption
  • Embracing process innovation and data-driven insights for competitive advantage
  • Effective strategies and synergies for HR and EX to enhance business value

Melinda McKinley, Global Head, HR Strategy & Digital Transformation – Standard Chartered Bank

PANEL Future Proofing your Workforce and Enhancing Business Resiliency in the Age of AI

  • Prioritising workforce upskilling and reskilling in bridging the skills gap and digital divide
  • Supporting people development and change management with new age tools
  • Ensuring business sustainability with a skills-based talent model and agile work design

May-Ann Lim, Director, Data Governance | Executive Director – Access Partnership | Asia Cloud Computing Association

Dean Tong, Managing Director, Head of Group HR – UOB
Melissa Kee, Chief People Officer – Temus
Terence Chia, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Group | Cluster Director, Human Capital, Digital Industry & Talent Group – Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Tan Toi Chia, Chief of People, Organisation & Communications – StarHub

Lunch, Networking & Expo Hall Visit

Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

Hazriq Idrus, Founder – The Speaker Factory


KEYNOTESecuring the Future of Business: Boardroom Strategies for Leadership, Talent and Succession

  • Understanding the value agenda of managing, developing and growing your employees
  • Why and how a self-esteem-based leadership culture can help mitigate business risks
  • Enhancing organisational and workforce capabilities for sustained growth and outperformance

Martin Laschkolnig, Founder & Director – Institute for the Development of Potential

Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders – Unlocking Potential through Democratised Talent Decisions

  • Keeping score of your talent analytics strategy, structure, maturity and impact
  • Embarking on talent assessments to drive improvements and shape business outcomes
  • Gaining behavioural insights and eliminating unconscious biases for informed decisions

David Jones, Chief Executive Officer & Partner – Mercer Talent Enterprise

Investing in Human Capital – The HR Playbook to Redefining Talent Experience

  • Diagnosing jobs and skills challenges in a changing work landscape
  • Nurturing and developing talent by linking employee goals to business priorities
  • Focusing on the human capital imperative to deliver strategic, financial and people results

Anish Lalchandani, Global Head of Talent Management – A.P. Moller – Maersk

Afternoon Tea Break


Recognising Drives and Motivation – The Catalyst to Turning Potential into Performance

  • Adopting a practical and purposeful approach to individual, team and organisational development
  • Empowering growth and future-ready leadership through an active learning culture
  • Tuning in on strengths, motivation and behavioural insights to constructively unlock people potential

Stephan van der Vat, Chief Executive Officer – Management Drives International

Upskilling and Reskilling: New Technologies, Designs and Business Models for the Modern Organisation

  • Identifying key technologies and their application in L&D – What are some benefits and drawbacks?
  • Envisioning new learning designs and their impact based on organisational and employees’ needs
  • Exploring new business models that bring both fresh ideas and enhanced value

Dr. CJ Meadows, Director, i2e – The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre – S P Jain School of Global Management

Closing Remarks & End of Day One

Day 2 (April 25)

Chairman’s Recap

Joanne Flinn, Chairwoman – The ESG Institute


KEYNOTEBusiness Agility – The Golden Key to a Future-Proof Workforce

  • Rapid optimisation of talent supply and demand in an uncertain world
  • Supercharging talent mobility in a multi-generational and multi-geography workforce
  • Built-in business resilience by incorporating AI into workforce optimisation

Kris Wadia, Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Humanized Leadership

Strategic and Agile Approaches to Total Talent Management

  • Mastering the talent lifecycle for healthy business growth and continuous improvement
  • Utilising AI to empower employee engagement and talent development
  • Powering the ‘hire to retire’ process with a holistic talent management ecosystem

Adam Walker, Vice President – Asia Pacific – Avature

Morning Tea Break


Crafting a Multigenerational EVP and Bridging Generational Gaps in Employer Branding

  • Relooking at the essential elements of employer branding in a multigenerational workplace
  • Incorporating your EVP into the company’s culture and DNA
  • Impact of a multigenerational EVP on employer branding and its significance in talent acquisition and retention

Rachele Focardi, Founder & Chief Executive Officer- XYZ@Work

Building a Future-Ready Workforce – Top Trends in People Management

  • Building the right skills for today and the future in an era of accelerating innovation
  • Identifying top trends in people management to address pressing talent challenges
  • Insights into latest innovations to help build a future-ready workforce

Sujay Bhat, Human Experience Value Advisor – SAP Asia

PANELDesigning an Employee Experience that Drives Talent Attraction and Workforce Agility

  • Doing more with less amidst shrinking budgets, market volatility and an expanding EX scope
  • Scaling personalised and connected experiences to unlock employee energy
  • Boosting EX through talent management and performance measurement

Ho Geok Choo, Chief Executive Officer– Human Capital Singapore

Neetha Nair, CHRO – Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
Joan Soong, VVice President, Global Executive Recruitment – Schneider Electric
Brandon Lee, Assistant Chief Executive, Transformation Support Group – Workforce Singapore

Lunch, Networking & Expo Hall Visit


Using AI to Transform Talent Acquisition and Reveal Limitless Potential

  • Improving efficiency, effectiveness and fairness with skills-based assessment and automated processes
  • Using Human Potential Intelligence to predict hiring success and unlock the potential in every candidate
  • Optimising talent acquisition best practices through the latest AI-enabled hiring technology

Grant Meyer, Managing Director – Asia Pacific – HireVue
Jana Zafirovska, Customer Success Director – Asia Pacific – HireVue

Adopting a Balanced Digital-First Approach to Talent Recruitment and Outsourcing

Laure de Panafieu, Partner, Asia Head of Employment & Incentives – Linklaters

Agnes Goh, Vice President, Talent Acquisition – SAPMENA – L’Oreal
Tosh Onishi,
Senior Director, Head of Talent Acquisition – Asia Pacific – Visa
Deepthi Susarla,
People & Organisation Director – DB Schenker Asia Pacific

Afternoon Tea Break


Embracing a People-First and Purpose-Driven Culture to Create Great Workplaces

  • Evaluating workplace culture and designing purposeful HR programs and policies
  • Setting cohesive workforce and talent goals beyond generational differences and stereotypes
  • Building an inclusive workplace culture to attract talent and combat attrition

Loh Chuan Hui, Chief People Officer – Asia – Lendlease

Formulating an Integrated Approach to Total Rewards and Employee Well-being

  • Examining HR’s vital role in championing employee happiness and satisfaction
  • Devising an effective total rewards strategy for the hybrid and remote workforce
  • How total rewards can deliver total wellness to revitalise talent health

Rui Savio Dass, Head of Total Rewards – Asia Pacific – Netflix

Closing Remarks & End of Conference