Top HR issues take centre stage at HR Tech Festival Asia 2024

Global thought leaders will gather at HR Tech Festival Asia 2024 to offer insights on navigating the evolving HR landscape.
By: | March 6, 2024

The upcoming HR Tech Festival Asia 2024, taking place April 24 and 25 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore, promises to be a premier event for HR professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. With a focus on Engage. Grow. Transform. Designing the Future: How HR Can Be Architects of Change, the event will bring together over 8,000 attendees and offer a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders.

One of the highlights of the event is the Grand Plenary conference track, featuring thought leaders and exclusive sessions offering valuable insights into the future of HR.

The Grand Plenary will open with a keynote address by Keith Sonderling, Commissioner of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Titled A Regulator’s Perspective on Global Human Capital Trends, Outlook and Technology’s Impact, Sonderling will discuss the effects of global human capital policy, regulatory, and enforcement developments in all HR aspects. He will also advise on HR regulation and compliance amidst trends in employee activism and discrimination, as well as explore the promises and challenges of AI in the workplace.

Following the keynote, a leadership panel featuring Aslam Sardar, CEO, Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP); Aileen Tan, Group Chief People and Sustainability Officer, Singtel; and Akarin Phureesitr, Chief People Officer, Central Pattana, will delve into Future of Work: Value Creation through Innovative HR Strategies and Technologies. This session will explore how HR can redesign work, workplaces, and working styles to improve performance, navigate HR transformation, and prioritise people dynamics, while also discussing strategies for implementing digital HR solutions and moving beyond hype to strategic investments.

Melinda McKinley, Global Head of HR Strategy and Digital Transformation at Standard Chartered Bank, will then share a case study on Steering HR Transformation to Elevate Work and Deliver on Business Imperatives, offering insights on adapting to new work paradigms, leveraging technology, and using data-driven insights for a competitive edge.

The final session of the Grand Plenary will be a panel discussion on Futureproofing Your Workforce and Enhancing Business Resiliency in the Age of AI. Moderated by Lim May-Ann, Director, Data Governance at Access Partnership and Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, the panel will feature Dean Tong, Managing Director, Head of Group HR, UOB; Melissa Kee, Chief People Officer, Temus; Terence Chia, Assistant CEO, Corporate Group, Cluster Director, Human Capital, Digital Industry and Talent Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA); and Tan Toi Chia, Chief of People, Organisation and Communications, StarHub.

This panel discussion will explore strategies for upskilling and reskilling the workforce, supporting development with new tools, and ensuring business sustainability through talent management and agile work design.

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The Grand Plenary will take place on Day 1 of HR Tech Festival Asia 2024 on April 24, from 09:00am to 12:45pm. To find out more about HR Tech Festival Asia 2024, click here.