Dr John Sullivan is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high business impact; strategic Talent Management solutions to large corporations. He’s a prolific author with over 900 articles and 10 books covering all areas of Talent Management. He has written over a dozen white papers, conducted over 50 webinars, dozens of workshops and he has been featured in over 35 videos.
Dr Sullivan is an engaging corporate speaker who has excited audiences at over 300 corporations / organizations in 30 countries on all 6 continents. His ideas have appeared in every major business source including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, CFO, Inc., NY Times, SmartMoney, USA Today, HBR and the Financial Times. He has been interviewed on CNN and the CBS and ABC nightly news, NPR, as well many local TV and radio outlets.
Fast Company called him the “Michael Jordan of Hiring”, Staffing.org called him “the father of HR metrics” and SHRM called him “One of the industries most respected strategists”. He was selected among HR’s “Top 10 Leading Thinkers” and he was ranked #8 among the top 25 online influencers in Talent Management. He served as the Chief Talent Officer of Agilent Technologies, the HP spinoff with 43,000 employees and he was the CEO of the Business Development Center, a minority business consulting firm in Bakersfield, California. He is currently a Professor of Management at San Francisco State (1982 – present).
For the last years, Charles has been the Director of Research and Development for Trompenaars Hampden-Turner. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Judge Institute of Management Studies at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Cybernetics Society.
Charles corporate work began in 1985, when he was appointed Royal Dutch Shell Senior Research Fellow at the London Business School, moving to the Cambridge University Judge Institute in 1992.
He was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he is also an Honorary Fellow of Arts and Business, and was the Goh Tjoe Kok Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In addition, he has been the Cambridge University Hutchinson Visiting Scholar to China in 2003, touring Chinese Universities at the invitation of Li Ka Shing Foundation.
He has consulted to, among others: Royal Dutch Shell, Rockwell Automation, Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Materials, BZW, KMPG, AT Kearney, McKinsey, The British Council, Scottish Enterprise and British Airways.
Other client work includes: BP, Digital Equipment, The Economic Council of Canada, the BBC, Philips, Nissan, Ernst & Young, DSM, Dow Chemical, Balzers and Leybold, Sematech, Apple computers and the London Cabinet Office.
Louis Carter founded Best Practice Institute in 2001. Since founding BPI in 2001, Lou has led the company to become one of the top associations for leadership and human resource development in the world with over 42,000 subscribers, receiving Leadership Excellence’s Best in Leadership Development Award and Training Industry’s Innovations in Leadership Development Watch List.
Carter has written 11 books on best practices and organisational leadership, including the Best Practice book series and Change Champion’s Field Guide published by John Wiley & Sons. He became the Chairman of the Best Practice Institute Senior Executive Board in 2005 after Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of America, Corning, Saudi Aramco, Volvo, Boston Scientific, and The Gap became founding corporate members.
He is the creator of the new 360-degree feedback tool based on a new social networking platform www.Skillrater.com and the BPI Online Learning Portal on www.Bestpracticeinstitute.org. He received his undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and Brown University with honors in Political Science and Economics, and his Graduate degree in Social/Organizational Psychology from Columbia University with honors.
Maya Hu-Chan is an international management consultant, executive coach and author. She specializes in global leadership, executive coaching and cross-cultural business skills.
Maya is the founder and President of Global Leadership Associates, a management consulting firm based in San Diego, California.
Since Global Leadership Associates was founded in 1992 Maya and her associates have trained and coached thousands of leaders in Global Fortune 500 companies throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe.
Presently the Human Resources Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders - Hong Kong, Jagmohan Singh has been with the organisation since 2005. The scope of his current responsibilities in managing HR strategies and activities span over 13 countries which include mainland China, greater China and South East Asia.
As part of his role, Jagmohan represents this region in international HR platforms (Belgian group of 9 & International Human Resources Director’s group of 24) and contributes to the strategic HR development of the movement, world-wide. His expertise has been regularly sought in various international working groups over the years. Along with the valuable support of his dynamic team, he’s built a solid reputation for MSF-Hong Kong as a section which is known among the global movement to supply high quality human capital from this region, making it a model often sought by other offices in the interest of learning best practises.
John Haley is the chairman and chief executive officer of Towers Watson. He joined the company in 1977 and throughout his career served in a variety of roles including consulting actuary to several of the company’s largest clients, manager of the Washington, D.C. consulting office and leader of the global retirement practice. John was named CEO in 1998. Under his leadership, the company went public in 2000 and completed two historic mergers, in 2005 and 2010, that formed present-day Towers Watson.
John also serves on the board of directors of the U.S.-China Business Council, MAXIMUS and Hudson Global, Inc. He is a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and has served as a trustee of The Actuarial Foundation.
John has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rutgers College and received a fellowship for two years of study at the Graduate School of Mathematics at Yale University.
As Vice President, Human Resources, Asia Pacific, Alexander is responsible for all aspects of human resources operations for all three brands in the Asia Pacific region. (Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel)
Alexander brings over 20 years of hospitality and Human Resources experience to this position. She began her career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in 1993 where she held progressive positions, in Operations and Human Resources in Australia, Hong Kong, Qatar, and Washington DC. As Vice President, Human Resources overseeing the International Division Shelley led the staffing and opening of 20+ hotels internationally including 7 in China.
Alexander holds a Graduate Certificate in Business/Human Resources from Central Queensland University, and has also completed the Executive Development Program at The Aspen Institute, Maryland.
Aditi Madhok-Naarden is the Regional Head of Talent for MasterCard across Asia Pacific and heads the team responsible for Talent Acquisition, Management and Development across the region. She is based at MasterCard’s regional headquarters in Singapore. Prior to joining MasterCard in April 2012, Aditi was Vice-President - Talent and Development for Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific, also based in Singapore. Her prior work experience includes heading Leadership and Talent as well as Resourcing and Talent for Prudential UK & Europe, while being based in London.
She started her career in London at IBM where she joined as an HR Business Partner for Integrated Technology Delivery before becoming a manager for Pan European HR Commercial Engagements and Alliances
Aditi has an MSc in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics and is a member The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).
Shalini is the talent management director for Schneider Electric- A global specialist in energy management. She is an engineer and a management graduate and joined the company in 1997. Through out her career she served in a variety of roles spanning sales, product marketing, strategy, and now HR. In HR , she has mainly been focused on learning, coaching HIPO development and talent management. In the career spanning eighteen years, she has worked in India and now Singapore in local, regional and global roles.
She is a HR person with a strong business back ground , bringing in the business perspective to HR .
Subarna Malakar is Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion (CRI) in Asia for Thomson Reuters. In this role, he is responsible for implementing CRI transformation strategies and programs that are effective, sustainable and achievable in Asia, as well as provide direction, input and guidance to Regional Diversity and Inclusion Council, Human Resources Leadership Team, senior leaders and Business Resource groups.
Prior to this role, he was with Unilever, based in London and Singapore, where he led the global external diversity relations, global diversity and inclusion communication, global diversity learning and flexibility. As part of this effort, Unilever won the prestigious 2013 Catalyst Award, European Diversity Award 2012, the Women in Leadership: China’s Most Friendly Employer 2012, and the WorkingMums.UK Employer of the Year Award 2012.
Subarna holds a Masters in Business Administration from Temple University, Fox School of Business and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland from USA. Subarna was born in Nepal, brought up in US, and currently lives with his wife and daughter in Singapore.
Amarjeet Kaur started her career in talent management as a training manager in a multinational electronics corporation, moving on to the role of internal team consultant responsible for forming and nurturing self-managed teams at various levels in the organization.
Since joining DDI Malaysia in 2001, Amarjeet has worked with both global clients and local organizations from various industries on their selection, assessment and development initiatives.
A firm believer in continuous learning, she also provides feedback and coaching for both internal and external assessors.
Jeannine Hertel has been with Mercuri Urval since 6 years and is today the Chief Operating Officer of Mercuri Urval in Singapore, covering Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan. Before joining Mercuri Urval she was working for an international communication consulting firm and an HR Consulting boutique in Europe, focusing on Human Resources Strategies and Change Management. Today, Jeannine conducts Executive Search Mandates and Consulting assignments in different industries and comes with comprehensive experience in Selection, Talent Management and Leadership Development projects for multinational companies and SMEs.
Jeannine studied political science in Germany with several research stays in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia and holds a PhD in International Politics from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz / Germany, focusing on regional power relations in Southeast Asia.
Greg has over 20 years' practice in corporate learning and talent management with clients in the Asia-Pacific, USA, UK, and Australia. He has enjoyed developing solutions for companies from a diverse range of sectors, including airlines, banking, education, government, health, IT, media, mining, and retail. In addition to consulting engagements, he has held senior people development roles at Standard Chartered Bank, The British Council, Singapore Technologies, and two start-up companies. With his understanding of the ups and downs of talent management his primary aim is 'best fit' rather than 'best practices'.
Greg has a Master’s in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.
Caroline Palmstedt is the Regional Talent Management Lead at Monsanto, Asia Pacific.
Previously she held the position Regional Director, Asia at Institute, a leading global human performance development research and educational institute, developing the emerging field Of NeuroLeadership. The field of NeuroLeadership connects neuroscientific knowledge with the Fields of leadership development, performance and talent management and behavioral change management.
She also held the position Regional Head of Practice Change Management with Ericsson Telecommunications, South East Asia, where she headed a transformational change program, defining a people strategy, developing framework and approach for a behavioral transformation change part of Ericsson’s global business strategy in launching a new business model. The program drew learning from neuroscience in developing brain friendly change approaches to enable sustainable behavioral change.
She has an extensive corporate experience with more than 20 years of management experience in large multinational companies, with cultural exposure having worked for American, European And Asian companies. She was the Chief Financial Officer at Previa Healthcare, and Regional Finance Manager at Johnson & Johnson.
Originally from Sweden has lived and worked in Singapore since 2006. She holds a Post Graduate Degree in Neuroscience of Leadership, Middlesex University, a Diploma in Finance Accounting and recently completed the Executive Masters in the Neuroscience of Leadership.
Victor L. Magdaraog is Vice President with operational responsibility for the Philippine, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore markets. He has over 35 years working experience in various line and consulting positions in the human resource development and talent management. Having been a part of hundreds of assessment center implementations, Vic has seen some of the best talent in Asia uncovered even before they were hired and developed to be even greater leaders.
Currently VP Sales Asia Pacific for Avature, a fast growing global enterprise HCM platform, Riges has been involved with five start-ups in HR Technology in US, UK and Australia. His uncanny knack for staying ahead of the curve saw him launch, in 2008, Australia’s first social recruiting and employee referral platform.
A subject matter expert on talent acquisition and proactive recruiting, Riges possesses an acute grasp of the big picture with a strong focus on how to leverage technology to achieve talent acquisition, talent attraction and talent management objectives.
Graduated from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rolf has more than 10 years of experience in the HCM software industry, over 5 years of which in Asia. An expert in cloud technology, Rolf specializes in HCM, Talent Acquisition and Talent Management.
During his career in HCM, Rolf has successfully worked with some of the leading companies in the world building talent advantage by formulating strategies to attract, hire, engage and retain the best talent.
Another field of expertise is building leadership advantage for organisations by enabling talent to fulfil their potential and meet business goals. Rolf firmly believes agile technology is a critical business enabler for HR to enrich and evolve HR programmes and solutions.
Houghton is currently the Director of Global Talent Management for Liberty Mutual Insurance, a leading diversified global property and casualty insurer. In this capacity he leads critical work that enables a culture of managing and developing the best talent across the company’s international operations in 29 countries.
In 2012, he was selected for a key expatriate assignment in China where he successfully partnered with the regional and local Executive teams to develop and implement the talent strategies necessary to support the company’s growth plans in China. Prior to his assignment in China, Houghton held other significant Talent Management roles at Liberty across several different lines of business focusing on talent acquisition and selection, high potential identification & development and succession planning.
Before joining Liberty Mutual, Houghton held an HR management role for Daou Systems, a technology consulting firm in the Washington D.C. area. He received his graduate degree in Organizational Learning from Suffolk University.
Garrad leads Sirota’s Asia Pacific consulting practice where he applies his training in organisational psychology and experience in the development of employee feedback and engagement programmes to help HR and Executives link them to organisational strategies and goals. His focus is helping to unlock the potential of people through developing more engaging places to work.
During his career Lewis has led the implementation and evolution of several global employee engagement projects for Sirota’s largest clients including companies like Shell, Lenovo, TNT and Ooredoo. Having held a number of positions at Sirota, Lewis was promoted to Managing Director in 2012 to oversee Sirota’s operations in Asia Pacific.
Chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an Occupational Psychologist, he graduated from the University of Nottingham in the UK with an MSc in Occupational Psychology and a First Class Honours BSc in Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience. Lewis is also qualified by the British Psychological Society to use both ability tests and personality questionnaires (NEO-PI-r) although he specialises in employee attitude assessments.
Anita Wingrove is the Managing Director of Korn Ferry’s Leadership and Talent Consulting business in ASEAN & Hong Kong, based in the Firm’s Singapore office.
Ms. Wingrove draws on twenty years of business and human resources experience across Asia, as well as deep leadership and talent experience to deliver growth for businesses. She has conducted senior leadership reviews, CEO succession planning, and talent development initiatives for clients across various industries, and led numerous business-wide talent and change programs that have delivered significant positive results.
Ms. Wingrove has worked with organisations to build change leadership capabilities, and prior to joining Korn Ferry, she operated her own business, working as an executive coach, facilitator, and consultant to businesses looking to grow through unlocking the potential of their people.
Previously, Ms. Wingrove headed human resources for a large division of a large Asian financial institution. There, she also led human resources for a global business and held line, marketing, and project roles.
Ms. Wingrove is a registered psychologist and holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Melbourne, graduate diploma in applied psychology from Monash University, and a master’s of commerce (honors) from the University of Melbourne.
As a Sales Director for Saba Software Inc., Carrie is responsible for all business development and sales activities for large enterprise and mid-market customers in South East Asia, Hong Kong and Macau. Carrie has 15 years’ experience in the technology industry with strong focus on customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Saba, she served as a Senior Client Manager at Training Partners HK. Prior to Training Partners, she held various positions at CA Inc.
Carrie has a degree from Cal Poly Pomona, Los Angeles, USA.
Based in Hong Kong, Candy joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2004 and she has been responsible for country, region and global roles in Talent & Learning. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Candy has over 10 years of experience working in front line roles in Consumer and Corporate Banking with Citibank, Bank of America and GE Finance in the US and Hong Kong.
Candy has led the Talent & Learning team winning a few awards including “Excellence in Training & Learning Development” by Hong Kong Management Association, “Best Practice Award in Training and Talent Development” by Best Practice Management Association and “Best HRM Talent Management Award” by Human Resources Management Association.
Candy holds an MBA degree from San Francisco State University, from which she also obtained a BS degree, majoring in Business Management. She is a member of Golden Key National Honor Society in the US. Candy is also the certified Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach.
Karen Cariss is one of the founders of the award-winning global talent management software provider, PageUp. A key driving force behind the company's success, she sets its strategic direction as well as ensures synergies across all its divisions. Cariss has been lauded as one of the HR technology industry's exceptional entrepreneurs, having raised $10M in growth equity for her company in 2012.
Cariss' extreme passion for the company is evident in her work and attitude, which has been publicly acknowledged by being listed as 28th on BRW's Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs in June 2006 and winning the Ernst and Young 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' for 2008 and the Victorian Telstra Women's Business Award in 2009. She is formally qualified with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Honours in Science.
Born in Australia, Cariss experiences talented Southeast Asia first-hand. She currently resides in Singapore with her family.
In his current role for Pall Corp. in the Asia Pacific region, Srikanth is responsible for Organizational Development, Performance Management, Learning and Development including Leadership Hiring and Development. Prior to this, Srikanth has held regional and global HR roles with Honeywell, EMC and Bombardier.
15 years experience in Human Resources with regional exposure in APJ region. Focus towards regional total rewards in hi tech technology industry. Key areas of exposure include; Market pricing, Salary structure, Compensation programs
Benefits design, Total rewards set up in new locations, Variable pay design and implementation and Project management.
Sunil Narang is WDHB Strategic Learning’s President & CEO. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the US and a Chartered Accountant in India. His career began in corporate accounting and finance with positions in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Over the years, his expertise evolved into managing cross-functional teams worldwide on financial, business transformation and innovation projects. Sunil has been instrumental in setting up a shared service center for a large multinational in Singapore and has trained many executives across the world on process re-engineering and business integration.
As the CEO of WDHB, Sunil leads the company’s mission to create exciting, impactful learning experiences for clients. He also facilitates programs on leadership and business transformation, as well as leads workshops on solutions implementation. Sunil believes in giving back to the community and the employees of the company. Their progress and the success of WDHB’s clients are the main motivators for him.
Additionally, Sunil is a regular speaker at executive MBA programs and Ethics and Integrity bootcamps in Colorado. He has also presented on various business topics at leadership conferences in the US and Europe.
Charandeep David is currently the head of HR, Aircel Academy at Aircel Limited, and joined the company in 2010, as head of the college of Customer Service.
Her key focus in the company has been on leadership learning and organizational development initiatives within the company’s HR function.
David prides herself on ensuring seamless integration amongst various verticals of HR, alignment between the talent acquisition and development, and management strategies of the organisation.
She is also involved in managing HR initiatives such as on-boarding, talent identification, talent management and employee value proposition.
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