HR leaders unite at CHRO Singapore to reimagine the future of work

Opening tomorrow, CHRO Singapore will equip HR leaders with transformative strategies and tech insights to navigate 2024.
By: | December 6, 2023

As the landscape of work continues to evolve at breakneck speed, HR leaders in Singapore are preparing to convene at CHRO Singapore, a pivotal event designed to equip them with the tools and strategies needed to navigate the challenges and opportunities of 2024 and beyond.

Organised by HRM Asia under the theme HR 2024 and Beyond: How CHROs Can Shape Organisational and Workforce Transformation, the event promises to be a springboard for HR leaders to delve into the most critical trends and topics shaping the future of work.

Setting the stage for this transformative gathering will be a welcome address by Low Yen Ling, Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth; and Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Singapore.

Following the welcome address, Dr Tanvi Gautam, HR Influencer, Keynote Speaker and Transformational Leadership Expert, will take the stage to deliver the opening keynote address titled Sustaining Success: Navigating HR’s Rebirth Amidst Disruption. Dr Tanvi will explore how CHROs can ensure the recent surge in HR success is not fleeting but rather becomes a core, sustaining capability in the face of AI’s rise and economic uncertainty.

The momentum continues with a panel discussion titled Challenging the Status Quo: Multi-Dimensional Approach to Supporting Talent Mobility. Moderated by Dr Tanvi herself, this panel brings together Sonali Roychowdhury, CHRO, AMEA Kellanova; and Ale Ferraro, CHRO, Growth Markets, Accenture. Together, they will challenge traditional perspectives on talent mobility, offering a transformative approach that transcends gender norms and leverages innovative, multi-dimensional strategies.

Next up, Jessica Zhang, Senior Vice-President, APAC, ADP, takes the stage for a session titled Leadership Redefined in A Hybrid World and Its Impact on Talent Management. As the lines between work and life blur in the hybrid era, this session will delve into the growing employee desire for flexible work arrangements and better work-life balance, and the increasing need for managers to be equipped with empathy and communication skills to connect and engage with both on-site and remote teams.

Following Zhang’s session, Dr Jaclyn Lee, CHRO, Certis, will delve into the heart of organisational success with her session titled Managing People, Data and Culture in The Modern Organisation. Going beyond just standout products and services, Dr Lee will explore the three fundamental elements of organisational success and share compelling case studies of how successful organisations have integrated these elements to achieve remarkable outcomes.

Dr Lee’s presentation paves the way for Yang Tham, Regional Sales Director, South-East Asia, Whatfix, to take the stage with his session Unlocking HR’s Potential with Digital Adoption Platforms. This session zooms in on the transformative power of digital adoption platforms (DAPs) in tackling the hurdles HR leaders confront today. Yang will also delve into how DAPs can revolutionise employee experience, training and onboarding, digital fatigue, and enhance employee engagement.

After which, Gianfranco Di Maira, Senior Vice-President, Partner and Managing Director, BTS Singapore and South-East Asia, will take the stage to tackle a fundamental question: How can HR leaders cultivate a culture that truly matters and sticks? In his session, Making Culture Matter and Stick, Di Maira delves into the profound impact of a well-defined, meaningful culture, exploring the intrinsic value of great culture and HR’s role in shaping it.

The next session, Embracing Digital Fluency Through Change Management, will be presented by Jennifer Yuan, HRBP Vice-President, UPS APAC Region, UPS. She will delve into how UPS, an organisation steeped in over a century of tradition, is leading the charge in empowering its workforce to become digitally fluent.

As Yuan paints a compelling picture of embracing digital fluency, Adam Gordon, Director of GLOBIS Corporation, steps up to address a critical concern for CHROs: employee wellbeing and talent retention in today’s business climate. In his session, Unlocking Employee Wellbeing and Talent Retention: The Secret to Corporate Longevity, Gordon goes beyond the typical carrots and sticks of salary and promotions. Drawing on the profound Japanese leadership philosophy of Kokorozashi, he will reveal the secrets to talent retention that lie not just in compensation, but in aligning organisational goals with employees’ life purpose.

In the next session, Zaid Hamzah, AI & Data Practitioner, Executive Education Fellow, Advanced Computing for Executives, School of Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS), will delve into the profound impact of generative AI and equip attendees to navigate its potential and pitfalls. Titled How Generative AI Will Transform the HR Sector, Zaid will highlight the transformative power of AI, share the practical considerations for generative AI implementation, and identify the risks of generative AI and how to manage them.

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As the day draws to a close, the final session brings together a panel of industry luminaries to delve into the ever-evolving landscape of work and the strategies needed to build future-ready organisations. Moderated by Philippa “Pip” Penfold, Managing Director of Integrating Intelligence, this panel discussion titled HR 2024 and Beyond: Building the Future Organisation Today promises to be a thought-provoking capstone to CHRO Singapore.

Join Rashmi Sharma, Head of Talent Management at GovTech Singapore; Virendra Shelar, President of OMRON Asia-Pacific and GM of Global Human Resources Strategy at OMRON Corporation; and Eddie Lee, HR Consultant (Chief People Officer) at Mewah Group, as they uncover the driving forces behind the evolving workplace, and how HR and business leaders can collaborate to develop and implement winning strategies that align talent management with organisational goals to drive long-term success. 

CHRO Singapore is supported by ADP, BTS, GLOBIS Corporation, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Whatfix, and will be held tomorrow, 7 December 2023, at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. To find out more about CHRO Singapore, click here.