Mar 31, 2015 - Apr 01, 2015
The ICEDR Emerging Talent Leaders Program - Asia Pacific is hosted by Singapore Management University
Sponsor companies may send 4 participants.
Partner business schools may send 1 participant
About the Program
Companies have come to believe that the best way to achieve competitive advantage is through leveraging human resources strategically. The key question is: do your organization’s talent professionals in Asia Pacific have the strategic thinking skills, action orientation and business acumen required to help your company achieve its objectives? The ICEDR Emerging Talent Leaders Program - Asia Pacific has been created to help your organization develop these critical capabilities in your next generation talent professionals in Asia Pacific.
- Large-Scale Competitive Trends in Asia
- Developing a Human Capital Strategy Across the Region
- Creating a Game-Changing Talent Strategy
- Innovations in Learning and Leadership
- Renowned faculty present their most recent thinking and lead participant discussions
- Senior corporate HR executives from leading companies present case examples of HR effectiveness
- Facilitated peer discussions and back-home action planning
- Understand cutting edge practices in talent management globally and locally in the region.
- Learn about strategic trends that impact talent management in the region.
- Gain insights into new challenges and proposed actions for rising HR executives.
- Build a network of other high potential talent management executives at world-class companies in the region.
Who Should Attend
Sponsor companies may send 4 participants. Partner business schools may send 1 participant.
The ICEDR Emerging Talent Leaders Program—Asia Pacific is intended for individuals who are, for example:
- A Regional HR head or one or two moves away from the top HR job in their region
- Head of the HR function for a business unit
- Global HR Directors, responsible for a component of the corporate HRD operation worldwide
- At a career midpoint, with about 10 years of experience in HR
Managing Director and Global Executive Coach, Inspire Imagine Innovate
Kevin D. Asbjörnson, MIM is a professional educator, international performing artist, and inspirational speaker and thought leader in the areas of global leadership, creativity & innovation in the workplace, cultural competency and performing arts-based learning.
Kevin earned a Master of International Management (MIM) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Bachelor of Arts-Cum Laude in International Studies & Business from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Diploma-Valedictorian of European Economics, Legal and Political Studies from the University of Vienna, Austria. He is a Certified Cultural Orientations Practitioner with TMC-Berlitz Cultural Consulting Group.
His corporate experience as an International Marketing Manager and Director-International Distribution included assignments with American Express Financial Services, Information Handling Services, American Tool Companies and Tandem Computers.
He is Founder & Principal Performing Artist of Inspire! Imagine! Innovate! – an international consortium of leadership and performing arts professionals whose unique musical keynote events, performing arts-based training programs and interactive workshops inspire leaders, unleash the imagination and promote organizational innovation.
Kevin serves as Senior Adjunct Faculty & Performing Artist in Residence at the Center for Creative Leadership. Boeing Leadership Center, IBM Learning Center, Thunderbird School of Global Management-Executive Education, Irish Management Institute and Banff Centre for Performing Arts & Leadership Development.
Kevin has published numerous articles on inspired leadership, leadership as a performing art and the art of communication and produced seven Compact Discs of original, contemporary piano and acoustic instrumental music and an International Telly Award winning DVD entitled The Artistry of Leadership-Creating Meaningful Connections®. His original music can be heard on Apple iTunes, www.CDBaby.com www.Pandora.com and www.InspireImagineInnovate.com.
He is recognized by the Marquis Who’s Who in the World of Global Citizens for his creativity with the integration of music, performing arts-based learning and 21st Century Leadership!
Principal Consultant, Jump Start Consultancy
Caroline Buhagiar is the Principal consultant for Jump Start Consultancy based in Singapore. She is an experienced business leader recognized for leading profitable Corporate Universities and Learning and Development functions worldwide. She has implemented different Quality Management programs aimed at improving processes, systems and customer KPIs. She has driven change programs across functions and business regions to increase organizational effectiveness. She has designed, developed and delivered leadership and top talent interventions to support the Human Capital strategy of organizations.
Caroline has 24 years of business experience both in the high tech industry for twenty years and then in the finance sector for the last four years. During her time in the corporate world, Caroline has gained expertise in many areas of business starting in manufacturing excellence where she drove ISO, OHSAS and EMAS Compliance. She conducted and supported both internal and external audits to help achieve accolades such as the Malcolm Baldrige Award, EQA Award, CLIP Award and other National Quality Awards in different countries.
She has developed numerous improvement programs, leadership and management programs for all levels of the organization. She has implemented various SOPs, processes and systems that are aligned with the voice of the customer and support the growth and development of employees.
She has managed different Corporate Universities (both physical and virtual) in Europe, USA and Asia. She has strong entrepreneurial skills which allowed her to lead Learning and Development functions with a P&L operating model. She implemented rigorous needs assessment and proper learning metrics to ensure all development interventions impact business and customer results.
She is fluently conversant in leading multicultural teams, remote projects, and possesses good team management skills. Her belief is that leaders and managers need to know and implement rigorous performance management practices to create an organizational culture that excels in everything they do.
Caroline is often a lead speaker at many regional conferences focusing on Human Capital, Talent Management, and Trends of people practices in Asia and the rest of world. She was featured in the Worldwide “Who’s Who” publication in December 2014 for her accomplishments. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education in 2004 from the University of Malta, and her Master’s Degree in Business Psychology in 2010 from the University of Leicester, UK. She is a fully qualified coach through CoachU, USA and certified Level A and Level B in psychometric testing. She has published various studies with the Journal of Applied Metrics on human behavior and is an active member in the Learning and Development community of Singapore and APAC region. She is originally from Malta and speaks fluently Maltese, English, Italian, French and elementary Arabic.
Advisory Board Member, Singapore Management University
Fermin Diez has more than 30 years of experience in human resources, which includes consulting, corporate and academic roles in 40 countries in all continents.
As a consultant he has advised major multinationals, large local companies and public sector organisations at the Board and C-Suite levels. He has also managed the P&L in several geographical locations and businesses.
As an HR leader, he has been Regional Hear of HR for two large MNCs in AsiaPac and in Latin America.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor at SMU and co-author of the book 'Human Capital and Global Business Strategy' along with Dean Howard Thomas and Rick Smith from SMU. Fermin has also previously taught Business Policy and Strategic Planning. He has been teaching WorldatWork course for more than 10 years in the US, Puerto Rico, Australia, the UK, Malaysia, India, Singapore and Hong Kong.
He serves on the Singapore Management University Business School Advisory Board, on the Children's Cancer Foundation Board and is a former member of the Board of Directors of World@Work.
Fermin is a frequent speaker at regional and global forums, including CNN and Reuters, as well as the 2004 Global HR Conference in Rio de Janeiro and the 2008 Global WorldatWork Conference in Philadelphia. Fermin obtained his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Specialities: Compensation (particularly incentives and executive compensation), strategic HR, talent management and development, career planning, mergers and acquisitions from an HR perspective, building teams, global HR, education and public sector HR practices. He is certified as a CCP and as an SPHR.
Senior HR Manager Singapore and APAC, Microsoft
Theresa Fitzpatrick has worked in the global HR arena for the last 20 years. During that time she has lived and worked across the North American, Europe, and Asia regions. She is a proven senior Human Resources Manager with years of progressive experience in various corporate cultures and industries.
Theresa’s industry experience spans FMCG, professional services, financial services, pharmaceutical, and IT. She has worked for many prestigious companies such as Philip Morris, Oliver Wyman, Financial Services Authority (UK), IMS Health, and Microsoft.
Theresa has worked in many generalist roles in her 20 year career. This has equipped her with a deep knowledge of many areas of HR with a particular strength in designing, driving, and implementing corporate strategies related to people.
Since joining Microsoft 4 years ago, Theresa has supported various segments including Engineering and Corporate Functions. Her latest role at Microsoft is as Sr. HR Manager to the corporate functions (Finance, IT and Legal) across APAC as well as Compensation and Benefits Lead for Singapore. Her role responsibilities include building succession and talent pipelines both internally and externally, coaching leadership teams to enable their teams to develop in the changing strategy across the company, as well as driving and facilitating change management in these teams. In addition, she leads the benefits agenda for MS Singapore which has led to changes in the strategy overall.
Theresa has received the Brain Based Coaching Certificate from the NeuroLeadership Group in Singapore.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family including her husband and two girls. As a family they like to keep active and fit and can often be found bike riding and walking. They also like to travel to the various APAC countries and explore and understand the different cultures.
Program Director, Singapore Management University & Founder and Managing Partner, Global People Tree
Dr. Tanvi Gautam is an international speaker, facilitator, consultant, & the only Asian woman on the executive board of the elite think tank, The Leadership Transitions Institute. Dr. Gautam has been published in Harvard Business Review,Business Times, Economic Times, and on Forbes.com, serves on the board of ARTDO international, is the programme Director of Women & Leadership at Singapore Management University, & teaches at the university's Business School. She's the host of Asia's first trending Twitter chat for HR leaders, CEOs and CLOs, #ihrchat.
Program Director, SMU Executive Development
Katharina is currently Program Director for Singapore Management University (SMU) Executive Development. She has expertise in entrepreneurship, strategy, and leadership.
She has published case studies designed for teaching in Executive Education classes, on the topics of intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial leadership, and business model engineering.
Prior to joining SMU in 2013, Katharina worked for 5 years as Head of Practice Group Life Science Industries at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany.
She has designed and taught extensively in executive education programs. Her clients have included European and multi-national corporations such as Galderma (France), Johnson & Johnson Medical (Russia), Sanofi-Aventis (Germany), West Pharma (Germany), Bayer Material Science AG (Germany), Skolkovo Foundation (Russia). She also has nine years of strategic consultancy experience with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, which honed her analytical and professional skills.
Her PhD in pharmacology & toxicology adds the empirical skills of a natural scientist to her profile and substantiates her interest in the Life Science Industry.
Senior Vice President, Performance & Rewards, HSBC Singapore
Shagun Malik currently heads Performance and Reward matters for HSBC Singapore across businesses and entities. She is also responsible for leading Employee Relations and Industrial Relations including managing three Unions in Singapore.
Her prior roles have included Regional HR Consulting experience in Asia Pacific, involving advising clients across multiple industries such as Financial Services, Technology, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and Retail.
She has built expertise across the HR spectrum including Talent & Organizational Development, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Relations and Industrial Relations.
Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, Singapore Management University
Thomas Menkhoff is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources (Education) at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Academic Director of the MSc in Innovation programme. His research interests include: Managing Knowledge in Organisations; Human Capital and Leadership Development; Asian Entrepreneurship and Ethnic Chinese in Asia; and Knowledge Governance, Development and Knowledge Economy.
He has received several awards, recognitions and honours, including Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, Singapore Management University, 2010; Special Award for Innovation by SMU's Teaching Excellence Taskforce, Singapore Management University, 2009; Nominated for SMU's Special Award for Innovation 2008; and Dean's Teaching Honour List, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University, 2007. He was awarded a Professional Development Grant by Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University, to participate in 'Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Program', John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, April 2008, and invited as Keynote Speaker at the International K4D Conference 'Knowledge Management as an Enabler of Change and Innovation: A Conference for Policymakers and Practitioners' organized by the World Bank Institute, Knowledge for Development (K4D) Program, Cairo, Egypt, June 2007.
Academic Director, SMU Executive Development
Michael serves as the Academic Director of SMU’s Executive Development office and delivers courses on leadership, strategy, implementation and digital media. In 2010 he was named a Fellow to the Society for New Communications Research. In 2011 he received the Champion’s Award from the Central and Eastern European Management Association for innovative course design and delivery. A dedicated internationalist, Michael has lived and worked in USA, Japan, Germany, Argentina, Finland, and Slovenia. Michael moved to Singapore in 2002 after six years of teaching in the MBA program at, and earning his PhD from, the University of Minnesota.
An enthusiastic teacher, Michael leads executive, MBA, and undergraduate courses and has completed the participant-centered learning program at Harvard Business School. He also founded and led SMU’s teaching excellence initiative, and has written or served as the academic director of more than fifty business case studies. His books discuss workplace communication skills, and his forthcoming book examines corporate reputation practices across Asia.
Since 2000, Michael has also served as a qualified neutral and mediated numerous disputes for small businesses and communities. He remains registered with the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota as a court-appointed mediator.
In the executive education arena, he was faculty director of the Wharton-SMU Strategic Leadership and Change Management Program and taught in the President’s MBA Program at Slovenia’s Bled School of Management. He has also led executive programs for Intercontinental Hotel Group, IBM, Unilever, Singapore Airlines, TCS, Koram Bank (South Korea), Singtel, Singhealth, and CARE.org.
Director, Marketing, Talent Solutions, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn
After a successful and fulfilling 15 year career at IBM, Virginia started the "second" phase of her career at LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network!. As an avid social media consumer and self-indulgent blogger, she enjoys engaging with her network on topics that she is passionate about, primarily marketing, technology, talent and sometimes her dog. She considers herself a strange breed of left and right brained, with an undergraduate degree in marketing and management and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship. She loves running, golfing and dancing and recently got her sailing certification.
Virginia joined IBM after graduating from the University of Virginia in 1999. She rose through the ranks at IBM in various global and regional marketing roles, including in Asia Pacific and North America. In 2008, she became one of the youngest executives at IBM. In 2009, she moved to India and subsequently became CMO of IBM India/South Asia, one of the most vibrant markets in the world when it comes to talent. During that tenure, she was awarded the Top 25 Outstanding Marketing Leaders of India and was an active member of various CMO advisory councils in India. She also served as chairperson of the Data Driven Marketing and Advertising Conference in June 2013.
Richard R. Smith
Senior Lecturer, Singapore Management University
Rick Smith is Senior Lecturer, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. Before joining SMU, he led Accenture’s consulting focus on Human Capital in Asia while serving as the global leader of Accenture’s Leadership Consulting Practice. He has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of leadership and human capital from his work with multiple client organisations around the world as well as from his personal experience as a former CEO, HR Director, and Manufacturing Manager. Rick earned a degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University and completed his graduate work at The Pennsylvania State University in Organisational Behaviour. He serves as a board member for the Villanova University Business School’s Global Leadership Center.
Chief Learning Officer, Accenture
Accenture Chief Learning Officer Rahul Varma is responsible for learning and talent development globally. He oversees an annual training budget of over $800 million and teams doing award-winning work driving strategic learning, onboarding and integration, career development, career transitions and performance management for 300,000 employees worldwide. Passionate about the role of Human Resources in unlocking human potential, Rahul relentlessly champions innovative solutions in this field.
In his previous role as Accenture’s Senior Director of HR Strategy and Enablement, Rahul led a three-year global HR transformation and innovative initiatives including industry-academic training programs for HR professionals across India, the Philippines, China, South Africa, and Europe. While serving as Accenture India’s first HR Director, from 1999 to 2007, the company grew from a niche management consulting firm of 200 to a multi-business organization with 37,000 employees. This historic organic growth story became a Harvard Business School case study and earned Accenture recognition for HR thought leadership globally. Rahul first joined Accenture in 1994 on the India HR team.
Rahul is a frequent speaker at conferences in the US, Asia, and Europe on a range of talent and development issues. His team has won dozens of learning awards, including top rankings on the prestigious CLO magazine LearningElite Award in 2014.
Rahul earned his Master’s degree in Personnel Management (MPM) from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, and has a BA with honors in Economics from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. Rahul was recently appointed as a workgroup co-chair on the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Training and Adult Education (TAE) Skills Council, which aims to transform the TAE sector of Singapore. Rahul lives in Singapore with his wife and their dog, Kulfi, perhaps the world’s only German shepherd named after Indian ice cream. He enjoys walking in the mountains, philosophy and single malt whiskey.
Affiliated Professor, Strategy and Management Practice Executive Director, Singapore Management University
Stephen is one of the most experienced practice-track faculty members at SMU, having spent 20 years addressing issues of competitive strategy in Asia with a focus on the issues of international strategy. Stephen’s initial insight on competitive strategy in Asia was developed through the research for his Master’s thesis “East-West Joint Ventures” (Cambridge University 1989), conducted with the CEOs and Chairmen of over 50 major companies across the East Asia region. Stephen then joined the strategy consultancy founded by Michael Porter, Monitor Company, working with corporate and government clients throughout Asia on issues of firm level competitive strategy and national policy. As global partner of the firm Stephen led the South East Asia region until 2007 at which point he relocated to Shanghai, China.
In July 2012 Stephen took over the leadership of Executive Development at Singapore Management University (SMU-ExD) and remains an active member of the faculty sharing his knowledge and experience in competitive strategy in Asia.
Working on issues of company strategy and business innovation in his roles of Professor of Strategy at Hult Business School (Shanghai) and as Managing Director of the Innovation training & consultancy company 'IXL-Center, Stephen has developed significant insight on the issues of business in China and particularly international companies operating in China. Client companies included Nike, Syngenta, Samsung-Cheil, Pernod-Ricard, Alcatel-Lucent, AkzoNobel, Bayer, Cigna amongst others.
In 2012 his book 'Connectivate' co-authored with partners in IXL-Center was published, profiling companies that have succeeded in creating new business models through embracing the possibilities of 'anywhere-anytime-always available' which are accelerated by digital media.
Tuesday, 31 March
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00-9:20 Welcome and Introduction
- Steve Wyatt, Executive Director, SMU Executive Development
9:20-10:30 Competitive Trends in Asia: Is there a War for Talent (if so, how is it being won?)
- Caroline Buhagiar, Principal Consultant, Jump Start Consultancy
10:50-12:30 Knowledge-Sharing Exercise - How Managers and Leaders Learn their Craft: The Role of Assignments, Coaching, Network Cultivation, and Corporate Academies
- Katharina Lange, Program Director, SMU Executive Development
13:45-15:00 Creating a Game-Changing Talent Strategy
- Tanvi Gautam, Program Director, SMU Executive Development
- Virginia Sharma, Director, Marketing, Talent Solutions, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn
- Kathy Tingate, Head of Organizational Effectiveness and Business Management, HR IIB, ANZ
- Rahul Varma, Chief Learning Officer, Accenture
15:30-17:00 Knowledge-Sharing Exercise - How Talent Strategies Contribute to Building a Competitive Capacity
- Fermin Diez, Advisory Board Member, Singapore Management University
17:00-18:00 Networking Reception at Singapore Management University
Wednesday, 1 April
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Knowledge Sharing Exercise - Management and Leadership Challenges: Asian Transformation
- Michael Netzley, Academic Director, SMU Executive Development
11:00-12:45 Company Panel Presentation - Developing a Human Capital Strategy across the Region
- Rick Smith, Senior Lecturer, Singapore Management University
- Theresa Fitzpatrick, Senior HR Manager, Singapore and APAC, Microsoft and Sital Ruparelia, Executive Recruitment and Talent Planning, Microsoft
- Shagun Malik, SVP, Performance & Rewards, HSBC Singapore
- Elizabeth Strong, Human Resources Manager Asia, Qantas
13:45-14:45 Human Capital Leadership in Asia
- Rick Smith, Senior Lecturer, Singapore Management University
15:00-16:15 Global Mindset - A Competitive Talent Differentiator of Emerging and High Potential Asian Leaders
- Kevin Asbjornson, Managing Director and Global Executive Coach, Inspire Imagine Innovate
16:15-16:30 Closing Remarks
- SMU Team
*schedule is subject to change
A Whole New Global Mindset for Leadership
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The program will take place at the Singapore Management University campus in the Bras Basah area. The program will start on March 31 at 8:30 AM and end at 16:30 on April 1. Please plan your travel accordingly.
Singapore Management University
SMU Administration Building
81 Victoria Street
+65 6828 0100
The SMU Campus is about a 20-minute drive from Singapore Changi International Airport (no traffic). The campus and area hotels are accessible by bus, shuttle service, rapid transit and private car. Taxis are easily available at Changi International Airport. There is an MRT train to and from the airport, a roughly 35-minute journey (http://www.transitlink.com.sg/eservice/eguide/rail_idx.php). Please note that there is a S$15 departure tax incorporated into tickets issued and paid in Singapore. If this tax has not been billed into your ticket, the tax will require payment at the airport check-in counter.
NOTE: Hotel reservations must be made by the participants.
For participants who need hotel accommodations, there is a range of hotels located within short walking distance of the campus. Please download the list at the bottom of this page and mention SMU when you make your reservation to obtain the reduced rates.
Comfortable, casual clothing is recommended for the entire program.
A continental breakfast buffet and lunch will be served near our meeting room at Singapore Management University. After the end of the session on 31 March, we will have a reception on the campus for all participants. The reception will be informal, fun and important for networking with program faculty and participants. Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend. Note: If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Jackie Dufault (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP so that we may make arrangements.
Global Mindset – A Competitive Talent Differentiator of Emerging & High Potential Asian Leaders
Kevin Asbjörnson discusses Global Mindset – A Competitive Talent Differentiator of Emerging & High Potential Asian Leaders during ICEDR's Emerging Talent Leaders Program in Singapore.
Competitive Trends in Asia: Is There a War for Talent?
Caroline Buhagiar discusses Competitive Trends in Asia: Is There a War for Talent (if so, how is it being won?) during ICEDR's Emerging Talent Leaders Program in Singapore.
Candidate First: The Art & Science of Recruiting Like a Marketer
Virginia Sharma from LinkedIn discusses Candidate First: The Art & Science of Recruiting Like a Marketer during ICEDR's Emerging Talent Leaders Program in Singapore.
Talent Strategies for the Asian Region
Rahul Varma, Chief Learning Officer, Accenture discusses Asia's talent challenges and opportunities at the ICEDR Emerging Talent Leaders Program - Asia Pacific.
This is the participant list for ICEDR's Emerging Talent Leaders Program in Singapore, 2015.
Creating a Game-Changing Talent Strategy
Professor Tanvi Gautam discusses Creating a Game-Changing Talent Strategy during ICEDR's Emerging Talent Leaders Program in Singapore.