Wednesday 28 March 2018



8:15am – 8:45am

Main conference registration opens

8:45am – 9:00am

Welcome & opening remarks from the chairperson

Karunesh Prasad – Founder and CEO, Change Et Al.

9:00am – 9:45am

OPENING KEYNOTE: HR technology trends and the future of work

The pace of technological change and its impact on business is accelerating. What technology should we be putting in place today to prepare for tomorrow?

  • How far ahead can we really plan in today’s economy?
  • What are the emerging technologies that will shape tomorrow’s workplaces?
  • The top five disruptive trends in HR technology (and where they might lead us)
  • How will the Internet of Things impact on HR in the future?

Nutan Singapuri – Senior Director Human Resources, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn

9:00am – 9:30am

Tech talks registration opens


9:30am – 9:45am

Opening remarks from the chairperson

Sam Neo – Founder and Chief People Officer, People Mentality

9:45am – 10:30am

Leading cross border HR technology projects: What to focus on for an effective outcome

Driving a technology project across regions, jurisdictions and national workforces requires careful planning, leadership, coordination and diplomacy.

  • Implementing tech roll-outs across regional geographical boundaries
  • Incorporating national variations to account for different regulatory requirements
  • Communicating change across borders, cultures and languages
  • Managing diverse expectations, capabilities and needs

Sonam Jain – VP HR Asia Pacific Region, DHL eCommerce

9:45am – 10:05am

TECH TALK 1: #AlwaysOnHR – Rethinking the HR operating model

Drawing on data from a recent HR transformation study, this session will show you how you can use technology to improve your HR service delivery and transform your workforce.

  • Low effort, high impact – how to become future ready now
  • Aligning business priorities with talent outcomes
  • How to improve HR service delivery
  • Successfully leveraging and optimizing technology

Vikrant Khanna – Leader, HR Transformation Advisory (Asia Pacific), Alight Solutions


10:10am – 10:30am

TECH TALK 2: Being an Employer of Choice in the digital world

Innovative use of technology and social media can help you to promote an innovative, positive and agile employer brand.

  • The main drivers of employer branding
  • How to leverage social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram) communication
  • Practical examples of how technology and social media can make a difference to your branding

Sam Neo – Founder and Chief People Officer, People Mentality



Morning refreshments & networking break

11:00am – 11:45am

PANEL: How to build a compelling business case for HR technology investment

Successful HR technology implementation starts with strong senior executive support. In this session, panellists from diverse business sectors will discuss tips and methods of justifying HR technology investment.

  • Getting senior management on board with the idea of spending money on HR technology
  • Explaining how relevant data will enable senior leaders to make better strategic decisions
  • How to calculate the tangible value of technological investment in HR
  • Presenting a coherent and worthwhile business case to justify investment
  • Convincing senior management of the ROI and benefit of investment in HR technology


Chong Kong Chan – Director, Human Resources, PwC

Eugene Lam – Regional HR Director, Kimberly-Clark

Aditi Mahadevan – APAC HR Head – Markets and Securities Services, Citi

Vandna Ramchandani – Head  of Talent, Philanthropy & Engagement for AsiaPacific, Bloomberg


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

11:45am – 12:30pm

PANEL: Leading technology projects – Building a strategic HR-IT alliance

HR technology requires intense collaboration between HR and IT. In this panel, HR directors will join forces with CTOs to discuss ways that IT and HR can work together to create successful solutions.

  • Collaborative development efforts that blend HR and IT knowledge
  • Securing IT stakeholder buy-in to ensure successful technology implementation
  • Working effectively with IT teams who may not understand the needs and nuances of people management
  • Should HR or IT own HR technology roll-out?


Neena Bhaskar – Regional HR Director, Zanroo

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

Pallavi Srivastava – AP & GCG GTS Talent Leader and Country Human Resources Director, IBM

Makarand Tare – Chief Talent Officer – Asia Pacific, McCann Worldgroup


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

11:00am – 11:20am

TECH TALK 3: How to enable HR through AI

Significant developments in technology, such as AI programs, can help improve HR processes. This session will discuss examples on using AI to manage HR.

  • How will AI impact organisations?
  • Examples of current AI-enabled HR uses
  • How will AI continue to transform HR in the future?

Jocelyn Lam – Asia Pacific Skills Leader, IBM


11:30am – 11:50am

TECH TALK 4: Successfully evaluating a candidate’s tech skills

Evaluating the right skills is a top priority when building world-class tech teams. This session discusses how to leverage technology (and a new mindset) to reduce screening time by 75%.

  • Using skills-based assessments to power tech hiring in an unbiased manner
  • Aligning expectations of recruiters, hiring managers, and candidates
  • Ensuring candidates have a seamless experience

Alfred Alexander – Head of Marketing (Asia), HackerRank

Sharath Jagadish – Director of Enterprise Business, HackerRank


12:00pm – 12:20pm

TECH TALK 5: Strategic decision-making using big, deep data

Successful companies make intelligent, strategic decisions based on robust HR systems. How should we ensure that our big data is ‘deep data’?

      • Forecasting, predicting and building strong workforce management models
      • Analysing trends such as turnover by department, month, age and gender using analytics
      • Data metrics – Using the technology not simply to store information but to break down and improve business practice and procedures
      • What do the demographics really tell us when we don’t have a good handle on individual behaviour?

Wee Tiong Ang – Co-Founder, JobTech


Networking lunch

1:30pm – 2:15pm

CASE STUDY: Strategic planning success at Standard Chartered

Implementation excellence starts with insightful strategic planning. An HR technology strategy should take into account short and long-term business objectives and also be agile enough to cater to the constant disruption in today’s economy.

  • Building a road map to address future needs and possibilities
  • Delivering on both current and future business needs, particularly when the rate of change regarding future requirements is so fast
  • Mapping out system requirements, identifying and defining the specifications and communicating the roll-out to employees
  • Creating a rolling technology strategy involving regular evaluation processes
  • Engaging all employees on the new technology journey

Laura Cole – Head of HR Transformation, Standard Chartered Bank

1:30pm – 1:50pm

TECH TALK 6: The future of performance management

As many organisations move from formal paper-based appraisal processes to dynamic technological solutions, we look into the future of performance management:

  • Shifting performance-driven communication from a process of “record” to one of “engagement”
  • Introducing a transparent and dynamic conversation-based process
  • Fostering operational agility and team alignment using performance management technology
  • Objectives and Key Results (OKR) – how does OKR fit into corporate cultures such as Google, Intel, and LinkedIn?

Armin Sommerhuber – Head of Business Unit Talent Management, APAC, Lumesse


2:00pm – 2:20pm

TECH TALK 7: Redesigning corporate healthcare experience with technology

Corporate healthcare today is limited by older systems that were not designed to share data, work together, or learn from one another. How can your organisation use technology to enhance and simplify corporate healthcare experience?

  • Empowering employers to create a positive healthcare experience
  • Designing personalised health plans that best balances the needs of both employees and the company
  • Having technology that builds around a benefits plan – using big data and timely data that can lead to actionable insights
  • Streamlining HR and finance tasks using a single technology backbone
  • Driving employee engagement through effective healthcare access

Chris Teo – Co-Founder & CEO, Mednefits

2:15pm – 3:00pm

CASE STUDY: Implementation excellence at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

The success of an HR technology project hinges on the diligence and effectiveness of its implementation. In this session, hear how the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) overcame various challenges during their deployment phase.

  • Evaluating and changing business processes to implement new technology
  • Overcoming challenges in pilot testing and complete roll-out
  • Surmounting organisational, service delivery and technological constraints to deployment
  • Key lessons learned during the implementation phase

Dr Jaclyn Lee – Senior Director – Human Resources; Head of HR Technology and Analytics, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

2:30pm – 2:50pm

TECH TALK 8: Review of the latest and greatest HR apps

Over the last 12 months, the number of HR apps has exploded, with many organisations taking advantage of the mobility, flexibility and agility of workforce apps.

  • The driving force behind the massive HR Tech adoption
  • Three major impact areas by HR Tech
  • Top five HR Tech recommendations

Adrian Tan – Co-Founder, The Resource Group and Career Hero


Afternoon refreshment and networking break

3:30pm – 4:15pm

PANEL: Integrating legacy systems into a single HR system

Organisations with a lengthy history, or that have used many different systems, often have complex and messy data, which proves a challenge during implementation. This session will discuss the complexities of integrating multiple IT systems into a parent system.

  • Overcoming key challenges in integrating complex legacy systems
  • System integration – How to reconcile multiple systems containing partial, mismatching information
  • Integrating legacy systems and selecting a ‘fit for purpose’ solution that can do this
  • Connecting and converging many different systems to work together in synergy


Balaji Iyer – Global PMO, GE

Lee U-jin – HR Vice President, Sibelco

Reddiam Raghu Ram – Head of HR Global Specialities & Asia Talent Lead, Shell

Umamahesh Subramaniam – Senior Vice President, Service Delivery Manager – HR Risk, Reporting & Analytics, BAML


Sean Tan – Singapore Business Leader, Mercer Career Services

3:30pm – 3:50pm

TECH TALK 9: Designing and developing HR applications to improve user experience

A well-designed HR application can promote software adoption, increase productivity, drive organization change and enhance employer branding. This session will discuss how incorporating design thinking principles and techniques into HR application design can improve the user experience.

    • Overview of the design sprint process for an HR application
    • How to design with an employee-centric approach
    • Gamification and AI – how the latest technology affects application design and use

Lam Mun Choong – Founder and CEO, SelfDrvn Enterprise

4:15pm – 5:00pm

TECH DEN: Start-up competition

A list of curated start-ups will have three minutes to pitch and explain their solutions to a panel of judges and investors.

The winner will receive a $20k marketing campaign from Key Media in HRD Magazine and HRD Online plus the opportunity to secure funding from one of the investors.


Yee Hoong Chow – Investment Analyst, Monk’s Hill Ventures

Kuan Hsu – Co-Founder & General Partner, KK Fund

Adrian Tan – Co-Founder, The Resource Group and Career Hero