Yi Ling Chionh

Country Human Resources Director
IBM Singapore

Yi Ling Chionh

Country Human Resources Director
IBM Singapore

Yi Ling Chionh is responsible for the "people agenda" of the company. Under her leadership, IBM Singapore won several accolades including the "Top 10 Best Tech Company To Work For" by Singapore Computer Society, "Top 10 Companies That Singaporeans Are Dying To Work For" by JobStreet.com, "Top HR Team" by HR Director Asia and "Singapore Health Award" by Health Promotion Board. IBM Singapore was also named one of the "Top 20 Randstad Most Attractive Employer" award, the only IT company on the list.

Yi Ling is passionate about the contribution of HR in making a difference to the business.

Jessica Dourcy

Chief Happiness Officer/Global HR Director
PALO IT

Jessica Dourcy

Chief Happiness Officer/Global HR Director
PALO IT

A former solicitor who specialized in employment law, Jessica is a Strategic Global HR advocate and Director at PALO IT responsible for strategic HR planning globally across 9 offices. With a Bachelor’s Degree in International Law, Master’s Degree in International and Development Studies, and currently pursuing an Executive MBA, Jessica is well-versed in a wide range of topic areas covering HR and development. They include organizational effectiveness; employee engagement; talent management; bespoke learning and development; talent attraction; personal development; and leadership development, to name a few.

Deepali Jain

Director, People and Organization
PwC

Grace Kerrison

Managing Director (APAC) & Vice President of Global Accounts
pymetrics

Grace Kerrison

Managing Director (APAC) & Vice President of Global Accounts
pymetrics

Grace Kerrison is pymetrics' Managing Director for Asia Pacific, and also Vice-President of Global Accounts. She is a seasoned business leader with 20+ years experience working across Canada, Australasia and Asia. Prior to joining pymetrics, Grace held senior sales and marketing roles at Telecom NZ, Cisco, Microsoft and more recently LinkedIn. Throughout her career, Grace has incubated and taken to market new products and business groups, and at the same time has gained a reputation for developing high performing teams.

Gary Lee

Global Head of Leadership and Organisational Development
Sivantos Group

Chan Chong Kong

Director - Human Resources
PwC Singapore

Chong Kong is the Human Resources Director of PwC Singapore where he oversees the Human Capital function of PwC and drives PwC’s human capital strategy and performance in Singapore.

An award-winning Marketer turned Human Capital Professional, Chong Kong brings with him extensive working experience in Human Resource (HR) Management covering core functions such as Organization Development, Change & Transition Management, People Experience, Talent Attraction & Employer Branding, Talent & Performance Management, HR Business Partnering, Employee Communications, Employee & Industrial Relations and Learning & Development.

In the earlier years of Chong Kong’s career, he had also gained marketing, branding & communications management experience in advertising, sales & marketing areas covering the IT and FMCG industry.

Chong Kong assumes both human capital and marketing roles in MNC environment such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett-Packard, Intel Technology, Philip Morris, Dell Computer, 3M, and Ogilvy & Mather with regional responsibilities covering Singapore market and the Asia Pacific region.

Chong Kong graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Joel Leong

Director, Talent Management and Global Lead, Talent & Performance (Workday Implementation)
Jabil

Laura Cole

Head of HR Transformation
Standard Chartered Bank

Laura is currently Head of HR Transformation at Standard Chartered Bank where she is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the business solution design within the Bank’s HR Transformation portfolio enrich the employee experience and deliver overall HR organisational and functional effectiveness across the Standard Chartered Bank Group.

Laura’s background is a blend of operational and specialist HR, including managing large-scale HR programmes, transformation and change management. She has extensive implementation experience of enterprise-wide HR technology deployments (Oracle Fusion HCM and HR Helpdesk, Taleo ATS, ServiceNow, Saba and PeopleSoft) across multiple geographies with varying employee size and complexity.

Originally from the UK, Laura spent over five years working in Hong Kong with BT (British Telecom) and held a variety of senior regional HR roles during this time. She relocated to Singapore in June 2017 to join Standard Chartered. Laura is passionate about technology in the HR space and what the advent of AI and robotics means for the future of work, and consumerization of HR services.

Stephane Michaud

Senior Director – Human Link Asia, Mitsubishi

Sudakshina Ghosh

Regional Director HR - APAC, Japan & India
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Sudakshina Ghosh is Director, Human Resources and Head of HR for HPE Pointnext business across Asia Pacific, India and Japan Geographies.  

In this role, Sudakshina is responsible for business partnering with the Regional GMs and senior leadership team, and leads a team of HR professionals who are focused on driving a best-in-class Technology Services and Support organization that consistently achieves profitable growth and market share expansion. To achieve this goal, Sudakshina is responsible for driving strategic human resource direction and execution of all people and talent needs of around 10,000+ employees across the geographies. Sudakshina is also a member of the APJ and WW HR leadership team.

Based on education and experience, Sudakshina considers herself an organizational change practitioner who is excited by big, hairy, audacious challenges and is passionate about leaving a legacy which has tangible outcomes for business and people. Having worked in both external consulting and internal HR leadership roles, and with a strong understanding of mature as well as growth markets, she has a proven track record of leading large-scale organizational transformation, scaling teams in high growth environments and upgrading HR processes and competencies. She is passionate about talent; andleading and mentoring cross-geographical teams with a focus on the right culture for long-term value creation energizes her.

Sudakshina has a Master’s degree in Organization & Change from Columbia University, New York and also a Masters in Human Resource Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. On a personal front, Sudakshina is married with two children who keep her very busy in her mommy-shift. Outside of work, she is passionate about natural living, clean eating and loves to travel and experiment with different cuisines across the globe.

Melanie Sharpe Nseir

HR Lead – Microsoft Services (Asia)
Microsoft

Melanie Sharpe Nseir

HR Lead – Microsoft Services (Asia)
Microsoft

Melanie Sharpe Nseir is the HR Lead for Microsoft Services in Asia Time Zone. Melanie is widely acknowledged for her global perspective, energy for transformation and enthusiasm for change. She has held various roles across HR in Organizational Development, Business Partnership, Talent Acquisition and Business Management in Seattle, Beijing and Singapore.

Prior to Microsoft, Melanie was in the financial industry and started her career as an educator. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington, a Master’s in Education and is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sarajit Poddar

Director, Workforce Planning & Analytics (SEA, Oceania & India)
Ericsson

Sarajit Poddar

Director, Workforce Planning & Analytics (SEA, Oceania & India)
Ericsson

Sarajit is a Subject Matter Expert in Workforce Planning & Analytics for Ericsson, a world leader in the information and communications technology industry. Ericsson operates in 180 countries and employs over 100,000 people.

 

Sarajit joined Ericsson in Singapore in 2013, where he works with the regional and global leadership teams to implement processes and practices in strategic and tactical workforce planning, as well as workforce analytics.

 

Prior to working at Ericsson, Sarajit was a Management Consultant with Deloitte and several other consulting firms. Over 17 years he helped to lead organizations in APAC, implementing solutions to improve their HR strategy, HR delivery model, and HR processes and systems. He brings a wealth of knowledge around end-to-end HR practices. Together with his consulting approach and data science knowledge, he drives value in an organization through workforce analytics. Sarajit is an MBA from XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, a premier management institute of India.

Karunesh Prasad

Founder and CEO
Change Et Al.

Karunesh Prasad

Founder and CEO
Change Et Al.

Karunesh is the Chief Executive of Singapore-based company Change Et Al.

Karunesh is passionate about HR technology and uses his global experience in HR, Lean Six Sigma, Design Thinking, Change management and Digitization to help companies drive  Change and Transformation.

Karunesh worked with GE for many years in Global and Regional roles in India, Belgium, Singapore and USA in roles like Global Head for Quality, Regional Head of HR, Global Head for Culture Integration and many others. Karunesh works out of Singapore running Change Et Al and working with clients globally.

CheeWei Tan

Regional HR GM – Lubricants Asia Pacific & Middle East
Shell

Wendy Tan

HR Director (APAC)
Unity Technologies

Wendy Tan

HR Director (APAC)
Unity Technologies

Wendy has 20 years of experience in Human Resources across varied industries – pharmaceutical manufacturing, logistics, power and technology. She is currently the Human Resources Director for APAC at Unity Technologies and leads a regional team on partnering and advising businesses on performance, talent management, compensation, learning and development. She is also responsible for piloting innovative and progressive HR practices and scaling the APAC HR function in line with Unity’s strategic objectives and goals.

Wendy joined Unity Technologies in 2013 and was part of the pioneer team which started and built up the APAC region to what it is today.

Wendy firmly believes in 3 things which is crucial to being a successful HR Business Partner: being a trusted and valued HR Partner to the business leaders, the need to understand the business and the various geographies in which the business operates and the innate ability to discern what is practical and what works for the business. 

Adrian Tan

Co-Founder
The Resource Group and Career Hero

Adrian Tan

Co-Founder
The Resource Group and Career Hero

Adrian is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of The Resource Group, an HR consulting agency that specializes in HR and grant consultancy for SMEs. With over 15 years of HR entrepreneurial experience, he won two HR Vendors of the Year award and SHRI HR Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. He is the creator of first HR Tech Market Map that covers Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, China and Japan. Adrian continues to write regularly about HR Tech on his blog - adriantan.com.sg.

Chris Teo

Co-Founder & CEO
Mednefits

Chris Teo

Co-Founder & CEO
Mednefits

Chris has spent the last 10 years in the insurance industry. Prior to starting Mednefits, Chris spent 4 years at AXA in business development and managing AXA’s direct portfolio. Chris is passionate about technology and design. He hopes to leverage on technology to reduce inefficiencies in the healthcare sector to deliver a better healthcare experience for companies and individuals - the kind we want for ourselves, and our loved ones.

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