Dr Helen Turnbull
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.[Read more]
In addition to her PhD, Dr Turnbull has two Masters Degrees in Organisational Behaviour and Mental Health Counselling and an Under-Graduate Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She is a member of a number of professional societies, including Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, American Sociological Association and American Society for Phenomenology; The Neuro-Science Institute for Leaders and the OD Network. In 2009, she won the "Distinguished Research Award" for a journal article - "Diversity & Inclusion: Developing an Instrument for the identification of Skills deficiencies" published in the Academy of Strategic Management Journal. It was also published in the Organisational Culture, Communications and Conflict Journal and the Reflective Practioner Journal. Her latest book is "Blind spots: A conversation with Dr Turnbull about Unconscious Bias". Her upcoming book "The Illusion of Inclusion" will be available in March 2015 and her next publication will be "Looking through the Liking Glass".
Dr Turnbull is also a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) member of the National Speakers Association and The Global Speakers Network. She is an accomplished keynote speaker, particularly in the area of Global Inclusion and Unconscious Bias.
Ms Angela Sim
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.[Read more]
Angela holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) (BBA) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). With her extensive experience in marketing strategy, brand promotion, brand communication and the management of public perception specially tailored for SME operations and risk appetites, Angela is able to advise businesses on how to add value to their companies via various channels through the most cost-effective means.
Prof Annie Koh
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.[Read more]
Annie is a recipient of the prestigious Singapore Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2010. She chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Southeast Asia and the Asian Bond Fund 2 Supervisory Committee of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. She is a member of the Advisory Boards for the School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University and i3L Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences. She was appointed as board member and audit committee member of Singapore's Central Provident Fund and a member of the Research and Publications Committee of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Annie is on the investment committee of i-Globe, an independent director on the board of k1 Ventures Ltd, and an advisor to a number of family businesses.
She co-authored "Financial Management: Theory and Practice", "An Asia Edition (2014), and Financing Internationalisation - Growth Strategies for Successful Companies" (2004).
Ms Esther Lim
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.[Read more]
She is also the Regional HSE Manager responsible for developing and promoting a strong culture of health and safety across the business units in the Scania Southeast Asia region.
Ms Helen Lim
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.[Read more]
In March 2009, Helen decided to seek an encore career that allowed her to be her own boss, yet be surrounded by trusted friends. Silver Spring was the answer.
Silver Spring is a social enterprise based on the business model of helping seniors become resilient and seek new challenges. Helen focuses on Re-Career coaching and placements, dedicated to "put the Bounce Back in Your Life". Her passion is to help more people seek their encore careers and discover their unique ways to being fulfilled.
Since December 2009, Silver Spring has operated a Cafe, Chatters @ Silver Spring. It is about seniors coming together to display their cooking and serving talents.
Helen has also founded Silver Horizon Travel Cooperative together with 17 other seniors, and has been the Chairperson since the Cooperative was started in February 2012. It is about travel for seniors by seniors.
Dr Jack Loo
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.[Read more]
In his previous capacities, Jack has assumed a number of leadership positions including Senior Project Director, Towers Perrin-International Survey Research; Vice-President, Market Probe; President, NetValue Asia and Research Director, The Gallup Organisation.
Jack has a BCM, Bcom (Hons), MCM and PhD. For his active contribution in community work, he has also been awarded the National Day Award by the former President of Singapore, Mr S.R. Nathan in 2007.
Dr Kelvin Pang
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
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
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.[Read more]
Kerrie's experience also includes various projects where she provided advice and guidance to multinational companies with extended business traveller and international assignment populations. This includes coordination of advice for clients in the Asia-Pacific region and providing insights with regard to changes in tax law, global mobility trends and related business practices. In addition, she is also a frequent speaker at professional seminars.
Mr Mohd Heikal Bin Mohd Yusope
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.[Read more]
As a Course Manager in the Institute of Technical Education, Heikal played a monumental role in overseeing the College's physical education/sports and wellness programmes for over 10,000 tertiary students as well as promoting innovative and entrepreneurial activities (such as initiating the Motorsport Club), encouraging the development of students' personal interests and fostering inter-cultural activities amongst students.
Currently, Heikal is the Executive Director of Business Development for SSTC Institute, Singapore, overseeing all business and academic programmes from preparatory to post-graduate programmes.
Mr Saurav Atri
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.[Read more]
As a Learning and Development Consultant, Saurav has a passion for helping leaders, managers, and employees maximize their strengths to increase performance. His work helps organisations build engaged workplaces, measure individual contributions and align employees' roles with their talents. He also helps managers understand and implement effective tactics and best practices that engage employees and customers and drive increases in productivity, profitability, and retention. He is in a Strengths Based Executive Coach to many CEO's, Senior Leaders, Executives and Managers for Gallup's clients in the Asia Pacific region.
As a Strengths Evangelist, he is also responsible for driving the Strengths Movement in Asia Pacific for Gallup, including building an Eco-system for Gallup Certified Strengths Coaches, Strategic Partnerships and Marketing and Leading Gallup's Accelerated Strengths Coaching Courses as a primary leader. He also hosts the Called to Coach - South East Asia Edition.
Mr Simon Hirst
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).[Read more]
Simon established his reputation in the hotel industry over 15 years working with hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. In 1997, Simon was appointed opening General Manager of One Aldwych London. In 2008, he moved on to be Operations Director of CampbellGray Hotels, overseeing the whole hotel collection.Simon joined the Raffles family in February 2012, as General Manager of Raffles Praslin Seychelles. Since then, he has solidified the reputation of the resort as one of the leading properties in the Indian Ocean.
Mr Stephen Tjoa
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.[Read more]
In addition to his full-time partner-level role heading the internal HR function in KPMG, he serves as Chairman of the Singapore Polytechnic Business School Advisory Board, Board Member of Enactus and Member of the Employer Alliance in Singapore.
Stephen also received the national HR Leader of the Year award in 2010's Singapore HR Awards. Stephen has also presented in various public seminars and conferences, and is a regular contributor in the academic and professional institutions providing thought leadership in contemporary human capital issues.
Ms Tan Lee Choo
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
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.[Read more]
From 2004 to 2010, she was seconded to head MENDAKI Social Enterprise Network Singapore Pte Ltd (MENDAKI SENSE), Yayasan MENDAKI's then newly-formed social enterprise. Her responsibilities as General Manager included building the corporate infrastructure, ensuring its workability and engaging the authorities in piloting strategic programmes to help the community gain economic stability through employment. She was asked to return to headquarters in 2011 to assume her current position as Senior Director for Corporate Development, looking at the strategic role that the self-help group can take on in helping the community move forward. Her portfolio covers corporate planning, building the corporate culture and oiling the organisational processes and systems to drive MENDAKI towards organisational excellence as well as building a team of effective human resource for the organisation.
Mdm Zulaiha is married and a mother of 2 children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from NUS and a Master of Arts in Communication Management from University of South Australia.