HRM Asia Watch List 2018: Evangeline Chua

The Chief People Officer for Singapore's national technology agency is all about keeping the human element in the new world of work.
By: | October 4, 2018

The HRM Asia Watch List 2018 (#hrmwatchlist), brought to you by Armstrong Craven, showcases the brightest next-generation HR leadership talent from across Southeast Asia.



Evangeline Chua is a veteran of the HR industry, but one whose trajectory shows no signs of tapering.

HRM Asia Watch List

Evangeline Chua

Chief People Officer, GovTech Singapore

Based in: Singapore

HR focus areas: Strategy, Coaching, Employee Engagement

Favourite aspect of HR: “Dealing with people and understanding their psyches – that’s why I chose HR as a career.”

Career-defining moments: “Making a difference to individuals and organisations.”

As the Chief People Officer of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore, she doesn’t just oversee the organisation’s talent prospects – she is also a part of GovTech’s efforts, in partnership with the tech industry, to ensure that the organisation is well-placed to meet the needs of a rising “Smart Nation”.

A recent project saw her team recently launch the Smart Nation Scholarship program to keep that talent pipeline replenished.

But her academic background is in much more of the “human” space than her current technology role might suggest.

Having majored in social work at university, she is very much interested in ensuring employees are not treated as nameless assets.

“Employees are not digits. We have to treat the employees more as individuals with their own strengths and capabilities.  The relationship between the company and employees is more than merely transactional,” she says.

Indeed, if there’s one thing Chua is proud of, it has been her work as an advocate.

“People have sought my advice in terms of career aspirations, even after they’ve left. It makes me happy to impact their lives positively,” she says.

With an impressive résumé that includes international, regional, and country-level HR leadership stints at organisations including Citi Singapore and Temasek International, no one could fault Evangeline for taking a break.

But that’s not in the cards.

In a time of disruption, continuous learning has been a crucial factor to cultivate in the workforce; and it’s also the main driver that keeps Evangeline herself going.

“Every role I take on, I look for challenges, and for something new to learn,” she says. “One should never stop learning, no matter your position.”

The HRM Asia Watch List aims to showcase the up and coming generation of HR leadership talent in Southeast Asia. The list will be unveiled daily between September 27 and October 19, 2018. Check the dedicated archive for the latest updates, follow #hrmwatchlist on social media, or see below. 

Introduction | Welcome address by Tom Mason

Profile #1: Jaspreet Kakar | Profile #2: Dianne Goette | Profile #3: Chen Fong Tuan

Profile #4: Felicia Teh | Profile #5: Monica Oudang | Profile #6: Evangeline Chua

Profile #7: Agapol Na Songkhla | Profile #8: Clayton Tan | Profile #9: Tony Tan

Profile #10: Vanessa Mercado-Maningas | Profile #11: Jahja Soenarta | Profile #12: Minn Yan

Profile #13: Rudy Afandi | Profile #14: Norazlina Idris

Profile #15: Naveen Chhabra | Profile #16: Monir Azzouzi