Speakers

Dr Helen Turnbull
CEO, Human Facets

Dr Turnbull is a world recognised Thought Leader in global inclusion and diversity. Her PhD dissertation research was on stereotype threat and internalised oppression across cultures. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of what it takes to create an inclusive environment. She is the author of two psycho-metric assessment tools on Unconscious Bias and Inclusion - Cognizant and the ISM profile and a new E-Learning program on Unconscious Bias and Inclusion. In May 2013 she spoke at TEDx on "The Illusion of Inclusion" and has recently developed a new model on the complexity of embedding an inclusive workplace culture. She keynotes on these topics globally and has spoken to senior executives in Australia, Asia, Europe, UK and the USA.

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Ms Angela Sim
Managing Director, Ence Marketing Group Pte Ltd

Angela is dubbed the company's Possibility Maker as she makes things happen. She has more than a decade of experience in local and regional business development and marketing. This brings an additional element of value to clients who engage Ence Marketing Group's services to strategically position themselves and holistically increase their bottom line. Prior to this, Angela was in charge of brand management for high-end lifestyle consumer electronics brands (Nakamichi, Oregon Scientific) in Singapore and the region. She was instrumental in the initial success of these brands in Southeast Asia. She set up their management processes and outlets and oversaw their development in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Prof Annie Koh
Vice-President for Office of Business Development, Singapore Management University

Annie Koh is the Vice President for Office of Business Development at Singapore Management University. A Professor of Finance (Practice), Annie also holds the position of Academic Director of The Financial Training Institute (FTI), Center for Professional Studies (CPS), International Trading Institute (ITI) and Business Families Institute (BFI) at SMU. A notable conference speaker, panel moderator and commentator, Annie serves on a number of councils, advisory boards and steering committees of regional and local economic, government and academic institutions.

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Ms Esther Lim
HR Business Partner, Scania Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Esther is responsible for implementing and driving the HR strategy and serving as a consultant, coach and advisor to Scania offices in Singapore and Malaysia. She has a wealth of experience in the area of Human Resources, with specialisation in competency development, employer branding, strategic policies development and leadership trainings in the region.

Esther has been supportive of fair employment and has worked with various agencies on fair employment practices in Scania.

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Ms Helen Lim
Founder and CEO, Silver Spring (Private) Ltd.

Helen has enjoyed 40 years of corporate life as an HR practitioner in both the Singapore Public Sector and MNCs.

In March 2006, Helen was invited by Singhealth to pioneer the Silver Connection Movement. In her 3 years with Singhealth as a Program Consultant, she was instrumental in creating a successful movement, engaging mature employees of Singhealth through a customised Personal Effectiveness program to stay employed and embracing the ethos of Renew, Refresh, Rewire, Not Retire. She further developed meaningful initiatives to invite retirees back to the healthcare workforce, on a flexible part-time basis. One meaningful project launched was the post-natal home care program, engaging some 40 retired nurses and midwives on flexible part-time basis.

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Dr Jack Loo
Chief Methodologist, Nexus Link Pte Ltd

Jack is currently the Chief Methodologist at Nexus Link. He brings with him several years of research experience, having worked and consulted on numerous marketing research and consulting projects for MNCs and government organisations in Asia.

He has extensive experiences in designing and directing studies, consulting with the clients by providing evidence-based advice, developing measurement systems to improve business outcomes and managing client growth and retention.

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Dr Kelvin Pang
Senior Lecturer, Director of Student Affairs at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore

Dr Kelvin Pang is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Student Affairs at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore. His specialities include Organisational Diversity, Leadership, Social Innovation and Conflict Management. He is the Principal Investigator of an ongoing research collaboration between TAFEP and NUS to develop a Fair and Progressive Employment Index.

Mr Ken Leong
Founder and Director, 361 Degree Consultancy Pte Ltd

Ken Leong is experienced consultant specialising in Accounting and HR consultancy for both MNCs and local SMEs. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Aust) and approved WorkPro Work-Life Grant Consultant. He is also the founder and managing director of 361 Degree Group, leading a team of more than 35 employees and having offices in both Singapore and Malaysia.

In the past 7 years, Ken has led the team and consulted more than 1000 companies on Accounting and HR related projects. He is a qualified trainer, and often receives positive feedback from participants for his strong ability to engage them and relate theories to practical examples.

As a champion for work-life integration who leads by example, Ken was featured as a 'Work-Life Mover' by Employer Alliance in 2011. He has also been frequently invited onto local television and radio programmes to discuss about work-life issues in Singapore.

Ms Kerrie Chang
Partner, Human Capital - Advisory, EY, Singapore

Kerrie is a partner in the Human Capital practice and has over 20 years of experience in providing tax consulting and global mobility tax services to a wide variety of clients throughout Asia.

During her career, Kerrie has supported her clients through providing advice and consultation on individual taxation, tax planning opportunities, structuring tax effective compensation packages, tax equalisation/protection arrangements and long term incentive plans. She has extensive experience in handling the review of employer's reporting of employee's remuneration, benefits-in-kind including employee share gains and working on tax remediation cases with her clients and liaising on their behalf with tax authorities.

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Mr Mohd Heikal Bin Mohd Yusope
Executive Director of Business Development, SSTC Institute, Singapore

Heikal brings with him over 17 years of educational experience, specifically in the realm of educational leadership and management, pedagogical and curriculum innovation, educational business development, entrepreneurial programming, and character education.

As Manager of Student Wellness, in a local polytechnic, Heikal initiated and oversaw the smooth running of the student council, student activities, students' clubs and interest groups and also conceptualised, developed and managed the Student Wellness Centre. As the Head of Department (HOD) of Character & Leadership Development in a secondary school (MOE, Singapore), Heikal continued to play a key role in the development of pastoral care services, promotion of National Education, counselling services, learning and behavioural support services, student council activities, student entrepreneurial programmes and international student engagement.

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Mr Saurav Atri
Director of Talent Sourcing, Gallup

Saurav Atri is the Director of Talent Sourcing for Gallup South East Asia, Pacific and Middle East. Saurav also serves as a Strengths Evangelist and a Learning and Development Consultant for Gallup's clients in Southeast Asia. He has consulted with clients in the government, banking and financial services, FMCG, oil and gas, retail, manufacturing, and automotive sectors.

As Director of Talent Sourcing, Saurav drives talent and recruitment strategies for Gallup across Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. He works closely with Gallup managers and teams to hire highly talented employees and position them in roles that give them the opportunity to succeed by using their talents, experience, skills, and knowledge.

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Mr Simon Hirst
General Manager, Raffles Hotel, Singapore

One of UK's best-known hoteliers, Simon Hirst, moved from sister property Raffles Praslin Seychelles to take up the position of General Manager of Raffles Singapore on 1 August 2013.

Simon's career began with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, where he held management positions in Hong Kong and San Francisco over 11 years. He then joined Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in 1988 as Resident Manager of the Four Seasons, Park Lane, London. He returned to Asia in 1991 as Hotel Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and then re-joined Four Seasons in 1994 as opening General Manager of The Regent Chiang Mai (a Four Seasons hotel).

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Mr Stephen Tjoa
People, Performance & Culture, KPMG, Singapore

Stephen holds a first degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Applied Social Sciences from Boston University.

He has over two decades of consulting and line experience in talent management and development. His forte lies in the development and delivery of people and change solutions, with a specific emphasis on the recruitment, development, management and retention of talent. He is also actively involved in the implementation of other innovative people solutions ranging from organisational change to business delivery and partnering programs to facilitate strategic transformation of the firm's people agenda.

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Ms Tan Lee Choo
HR Vice-President, IBM Singapore Pte Ltd

Lee Choo has been with IBM for 25 years. As the country HR Leader in Singapore from 2004 to 2007, she made significant contributions to improving organisational climate and culture. She organized multiple events to aid the transformation of IBM's workforce for the 21st century - focusing on innovative thinking and promoting diversity. These events included Women's Conference, Managers' Forum, Career Day and Skills Building Day. An advocate of diversity and work-life integration, she introduced Blue Oasis, an employee assistance program for employees who are looking to improve their work-life balance and emotional well-being. Her efforts earned IBM many external accolades as Employer of Choice and one of the Best Employers in Singapore. In her current role as HR VP in IBM Global Services, she ensures that skills and capabilities of a global workforce are leveraged to drive a more cost competitive workforce. She believes in leveraging on best practices and talents globally to bring world class solutions to the clients in Asia.

Mdm Zulaiha Yusuf
Senior Director, Corporate Development, Yayasan MENDAKI

Mdm Zulaiha's keen interest in community work started when she was a student leader in campus. She started writing social commentaries in campus journals and for the Malay daily Berita Harian as an undergraduate.

Naturally, this keen interest brought her to an early career in publication and she later joined Yayasan MENDAKI in 1993 as its Communications Manager. She spearheaded and oversaw a wide range of communications initiatives and events to help change societal mindset towards valuing education. She oversaw MENDAKI's rebranding exercise in 2002, through a series of activities in communicating MENDAKI's new focus and mission to its various publics.

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