HR Tech Festival Asia 2024: What’s happening on Day 2

The second day of HR Tech Festival Asia 2024 continues, with more experts discussing pressing HR issues within APAC and beyond.
By: | April 25, 2024

The fun at HR Tech Festival Asia 2024 continues on Day 2, organised by HRM Asia and held at the  Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. Continuing its exciting, packed schedule, the event promises to keep HR experts, C-Suite leaders, and other HR professionals riveted as the event continues to act as a platform to share insight and evolving knowledge bases, experiences and skills that will shape the HR landscape in Singapore, South-East Asia and Asia-Pacific (APAC).

Those starting at the CHRO Symposium will be excited to get into the topic of Establishing Agile and High Impact HR Operations with Flexible Centres of Excellence. In certain cases, it means rethinking critical organisational capabilities and applying progressive practice to initiatives with a focus on Centres of Excellence, while driving cross-functional cross-functional HR partnerships. With moderator Dr Amy Tan, Chief Practice Partner, Centre of Organisational Effectiveness, listen to panellists Stephanie Nash, Vice-President, HR, Asia-Pacific, Ingram Micro; Priscilla Teo, Group CHRO, National University Health System (NUHS); and Vanessa Teo, Senior Vice-President, Head of HR, ST Engineering, discuss these topics and understand the importance of agility at work in organisations.

Sit in on a solo presentation that serves to discuss how any digital adoption platform gets employees behind any technology. The Digital Adoption Imperative: Realising the Value of your HR Investments to Manage Future Change, held at the CHRO Symposium, will see facilitator Raj Sundarason, Senior Vice-President, Asia-Pacific and Chief Evangelist, WalkMe, discuss identifying pain points in employee experiences and solving technology adoption challenges, as well as share actionable strategies and best practices for implementing digital adoption imperatives within HR processes.

For those looking to understand more about Diversifying Diversity and Taking Inclusivity to a New Dimension of Excellence, this panel, held at CHRO Symposium, will share how to overcome barriers and establish necessary structures to promote women’s leadership, share actionable insights to DE&I and the role of technology in creating inclusive and innovative workplaces. With panellists Sophie Guerin, Global Head of Inclusion, Wealth & Personal Banking, HSBC; Roman Matla, Director, Asia Pacific DE&I Leader, Google; and Marcela Esquivel, Vice-President, People Experience, Asia & Middle East, Sony Music Entertainment; along with moderator Dr Tanvi Gautam, HR Influencer, Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author & Transformational Leadership Expert, Leadershift Inc, sit in on these panellists and how they dissect the various dimensions of diversity, as well as offering a holistic view of inclusivity strategies.

Mastering the talent lifecycle for a healthy business growth and continuous improvement is one that needs to be learnt, especially with the use of technology to help boost, engage and develop the most precious commodity any organisation has: its workforce. At the Talent Unleashed theatre, watch Adam Walker, Vice-President, Asia Pacific, Avature, share Strategic and Agile Approaches to Total Talent Management so employers can power the ‘hire to retire’ process with a holistic talent management ecosystem.

Then, sit as Sujay Bhat, Human Experience Value Advisor, SAP Asia, shares tips on Building a Future-Ready Workforce – Top Trends in People Management, where he would guide attendees on how to build the right skills for today and the future in an era of accelerating innovation. He will also share how HR teams can identify the top trends in people management to address pressing talent challenges and insights into the latest innovations to help build a future-ready workforce

Later, at Talent Unleashed, learn to evaluate workplace culture and design purposeful HR programmes and policies at the session Embracing a People-First and Purpose-Driven Culture to Create Great Workplaces. Here, Loh Chuan Hui, Chief People Officer, Asia, Lendlease, will be sharing how to set cohesive workforce and talent goals beyond generational differences and stereotypes, and how HR managers can build an inclusive workplace culture to attract talent and combat attrition.

Reimagining the state of work in 2024 is something that continues to fascinate and encapsulate the attention of HR professionals and leaders everywhere. But how does one refocus on the leadership tracks and capabilities in 2024? In Leadership Reimagined: Unlocking Transformative Leadership Capabilities, speakers and presenters Martijn Schouten, Workforce Transformation Leader, PwC South East Asia Consulting; and Tina Wahi, Managing Director, Director, Workforce Transformation, PwC South East Asia Consulting, will share how HR leaders and organisations can combine technological innovation with human ingenuity to empower and enable change; garner insights into workforce strategy diagnostics and accelerating digital upskilling for enhanced productivity, and navigate transformation impact and focusing on real business outcomes and value creation.

How should HR leaders and teams approach talent recruitment and outsourcing in 2024 and beyond? Adopting a Balanced Digital-First Approach to Talent Recruitment and Outsourcing attempts to answer this, with panellists Agnes Goh, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, SAPMENA, L’Oreal; Tosh Onishi, Senior Director, Head of Talent Acquisition, Asia-Pacific, Visa; and Deepthi Susarla, People & Organisation Director, DB Schenker Asia-Pacific. Moderator Laure de Panafieu, Partner, Asia Head of Employment & Incentives, Linklaters, will lead the panellists into discussing streamlining different phases of recruitment in 2024, raising the standards of the job candidate experience at the interview stage. The panel will also discuss what it takes to thrive in the age of data; how organisations can develop a digital mindset, and how organisations can work towards a future-ready target operating model to enable high workforce performance.

READ MORE:  HR Tech Festival Asia 2024: What’s happening on Day 1

Lastly, what are the best strategies to successfully evolve workforce development and workplace transformation programmes? The last panel at Talent Unleashed, titled The Ins, Outs and Best Practices to Remodelling People and Workplace Strategies, will see panellists Sushil Kumar, Senior Director, Real Estate & Workplace, Asia Pacific, VMWare; Alexander Boe, Head of People & Operations, Telenor Asia; Sharon Pock, People, Culture & Workplace Global Director, Voyager Worldwide; along with moderator Caroline Burns, Founder & Managing Director, Workplace Revolution, to discuss how to streamline workplace IT and service delivery to simplify and harmonise work dynamics, and share the future challenges and new roadmaps for work, digitisation and employee experience.