Asia’s biggest and most popular HR event of the year is back!

Shalini Shukla 06 Feb 2013

The biggest and most affordable HR event in the region is back, and promises to be even bigger and better than last year! STJobs HR Summit 2013 returns on April 24 and 25 this year with a stellar line-up of speakers and exclusive presentations focusing on today’s most important HR issues, challenges and opportunities.

As Asia’s premier forum for HR and business leaders, expect high-calibre presentations and case studies from world-class organisations including: Walmart, UNICEF, Philips, Starbucks, CapitaLand, GE, and many more.

Each of the five tailor-made conference streams and price bands will be hosted by a renowned HR professional (see box). And while the different sessions presented during the STJobs HR Summit 2013 are a learning experience for all delegates, local HR professionals will also be sharing their views and personal anecdotes as session hosts, paving the way for further discussion beyond the speaker sessions.

Also, you can look forward to giveaways and games at various booths and free daily conference sessions during the Summit’s free Expo. Look out for more information on the free Expo in the coming weeks.

Plenary sessions

Plenary sessions are the highlight of the event. They feature outstanding HR leaders and thinkers from across the world. This year’s plenary sessions feature one of India’s most influential business leaders, Vinita Bali, Managing Director and CEO of Britannia Industries.

She is credited with turning around the ailing food company. In just seven years, she more than doubled the company’s market capitalisation to $1.1 billion. In 2008, Bill Gates cited Britannia Industries as one of the eight examples of “creative capitalism”. Forbes named Bali as one of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen in 2011.

In this Asia exclusive presentation, Bali will share her views and strategies on how investing in people can generate long-term returns for competitive advantage.

The plenary sessions also feature an iconic leader in Singapore’s business world, Claire Chiang, Chairperson of the Employer Alliance and Senior Vice President of Banyan Tree Holdings.

She serves on numerous public and private boards and has won national and international awards for her advocacy on social and community issues. Under her leadership, Employer Alliance has developed comprehensive resources and capabilities for companies to implement flexibility strategies. As Banyan Tree’s Senior Vice President, she plays an important role in the company’s business and human capital development.

Delegates attending this exclusive presentation have the opportunity to better understand why a confluence of leadership, organisational culture, HR practice, and business productivity is necessary for flexibility to become a competitive advantage in businesses and organisations.

From the western hemisphere, STJobs HR Summit 2013 also features Anja Foerster, an international speaker representing a new generation of European-based management thinkers.

The German-born bestselling author and management consultant works with leading business enterprises and is among the most influential voices on the European speaking circuit today. Her book Anything But Ordinary also won the Business Book of the Year Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

In this presentation, Foerster will leave the audience with exciting, and deeply relevant ways to think about both their leadership strategies and their own long-term careers.

CEO and panel sessions

A new addition to the event this year will be an exclusive CEO panel discussion with the theme of “Building a Global Workforce”, and featuring some of the top business leaders in the region.

This panel discussion will highlight how CEOs are adapting their workforce strategies to fit the new talent landscape, and the ways multicultural integration can be the key to successful business outcomes.

The CEO panel discussion comprises Helene Auriol, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore; Eric Teng, CEO – Property and Hospitality, The Straits Trading Company; and Kensaku Konishi, President and CEO, Canon Singapore.

Another panel discussion delegates can look forward to is titled “Productivity Improvement - Doing More with Less” and is in the Performance and Productivity stream.

Improving productivity without having to rely on external resources is something almost every organisation aspires to achieve. By engaging existing manpower and using systems more strategically, organisations can uphold an efficient and productive workplace. This panel discussion outlines the merits of an engaged workforce and will give audiences an insight into how to do more with less.

The panel comprises Tommy Ng, General Manager – Group HR, GuocoLand; Goh Ban Ping, Head of Regional HR, Sennheiser Electronics Asia; Gaurav Hirey, Regional HR Director, GroupM Asia-Pacific; and Ang Gey Wee, Head of HR, Maersk Singapore.

Bringing the region together

STJobs HR Summit 2013 not only brings speakers from within Singapore together, but also those from around Asia. Delegates can hear about companies based in Indonesia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and other countries – all at one place.

For instance, Daisy Dai, Vice President of HR at Walmart eCommerce China will share the retail giant’s unique people challenges, strategies and practices in China in the Strategy and Leadership stream. Aadil Bandukwala, Talent Acquisition Advisor – Social Media and Community Professional, Dell India on the other hand, will talk about boosting one’s social hiring and employer branding appeal in the South Asian markets.

HR gurus like Ron Kaufman and Professor David Clutterbuck will also make a comeback in the Learning and Development stream.

All in all, STJobs HR Summit 2013 promises to be full of the latest trends, take-home strategies and best practice case studies. You’ll never leave empty-handed!


Emcee extraordinaires

Blue stream: Strategy & Leadership

D N Prasad

Director & Head, People Technology & Operations,
Google Asia-Pacific

Grey stream: Performance & Productivity

William Chin

Director Staffing – Asia-Pacific, Qualcomm

Green stream: Learning & Development

Michael Blanding

Manager – Employee Engagement, InterContinental Hotel Group


Why attend?

•        Asia-exclusive presentations and case studies

•        Price pledge - the best value and ROI of any HR event

•        Hear from renowned international speakers and HR leaders

•        Best practices from some of the world’s leading organisations

•        The best HR networking opportunity of the year in Asia



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