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Raman Sidhu is a Global Learning & Development professional with a unique blend of business experience in Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain and HR spanning over twenty years, with demonstrable expertise in learning strategy and developing & deploying learning solutions. In his current role as the Global Learning Manager for Global Commercial at shell, he leads a team of senior L&D professionals and collaborates with the business to successfully deploy learning solutions that help the company address critical capability gaps and improve organisational effectiveness. He has successfully led global teams in L&D, Recruitment, Sales and Supply Chain, and has a passion for Performance Consulting, OE and L&D interventions to build individual, team and organisational capability.
Namrata Kohli is the Head of Human Resources, Southeast Asia for Lloyd's Register. With 17 years of specialised experience in HR, her core expertise lies in business transformation, employee engagement, coaching senior executive leadership, change management and devising HR strategies for the business. In the span of her career, Namrata has been in HR leadership roles across a wide range of industries, including technology, telecom, advertising, marine and energy businesses. She leads multinational teams across countries and cultures amidst complex organisational matrix structures. Namrata has successfully rolled out numerous HR initiatives and change management programmes from start-ups to well established companies. Namrata believes in leveraging on diversity and inclusion to enhance business performance and productivity.
Christopher Goh is the Director of Global Learning and Leadership Development at Keysight Technologies. He is accountable for the global implementation of Keysight’s enterprise-wide leadership development solutions. He leads a global team of program designers, trainers and facilitators. His areas of specialization and interests are in designing and implementing strategies, systems and processes in the field of leadership development, performance management, succession planning, change management, coaching, mentoring, 360 degree feedback and competency modeling. He is certified in NeuroLeadership Institute’s Brain Based Coaching, Ken Blanchard’s ‘Situational Leadership II’, Kouzes and Posner’s ‘Leadership Challenge’ and “Crucial Conversations” Program by Patterson, Grenny and McMillan. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts and Social Science (Economics) from University of Malaya, Malaysia, and a Master of Science in Asia Pacific Human Resource Management from National University of Singapore.
With over 20 years of experience in the communications industry, Phillip Raskin has led teams in global public relations agencies across Asia, the United States and Europe. Throughout his career, Phillip has developed a strong passion for the art of communications, as well as employee training and development. As the Learning & Development Director for Asia, Phillip strives to provide platforms for Golin's staff to reach new heights through combining training and learning sessions with self-development, opportunities for exposure and experience, mentoring, outside learning and study. He is constantly looking for innovative ways for the team in Asia to learn, collaborate and evolve as communications professionals.
Angelo Pinto is the Regional Head of Learning & Development and the Head of the APAC Campus for BNP Paribas since July 2013. He leads the Learning Function for the Bank in APAC while managing a team of learning professionals across APAC and the BNP Paribas APAC Campus in Singapore. He is responsible for establishing the Bank’s learning strategy in the region and delivering high impact programmes at the APAC Campus. He was previously the Head of HR for BNP Paribas in India for 12 years, and concurrently, Regional HR Business partner for the IT & Operations function for APAC. In 2005, Angelo was one of the founding members for two of the largest offshore entities of the BNP Paribas Group in India. Prior to BNP Paribas, he managed HR for a Tata Group company in India, bringing with him over 27 years of experience in the HR industry.
Abhilasha Krishnan is the Head of HR – Singapore, for JTI. A strategic HR leader with a decade of experience, she works across the spectrum of HR functions to unlock potential in the organization through nurturing a high-feedback and high-performance culture. In close collaboration with her leadership team, Abhilasha has helped JTI Singapore create a transparent and empowered culture, maintaining close to 95% engagement levels since 2012 and winning the Aon Hewitt Best Employer 2015 recognition in the first year of participation. With experience in building organizational resilience and learning agility, she strives to influence the white spaces between organizational boxes, create reflection points for personal growth and unlock enterprise performance.
Rupali is the head of talent development for APAC, LATAM and MEA and has been in this role for 3 years. She brings a unique mix of design ability along with implementation capability due to her experience in Management Consulting and line HR. She has international exposure in the US, UK, Brazil, Netherlands, Canada and Asia Pacific (Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea). Her specialties include leadership development, culture transformation, organization design and effectiveness, HR transformation, change management, performance and rewards, recruitment & staffing as well as process design and implementation.
Rajan Krishnakumar is the Head of Talent, Asia Pacific at Mastercard where he is responsible for talent acquisition, management and development for the region. He has over 10 years of Human Resources experience with proven track record in relationship management, performance management, talent acquisition, talent management, employee engagement, global mobility, and change management. Rajan has been previously with Dell, Standard Chartered Bank, and the Business Process Outsoucing industry with a multicultural work experience covering India, United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, South East Asia, North Asia, and Australia over the last 13 years.
Based in Hong Kong, Candy joined Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd in February this year and is responsible for learning, talent and leadership for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Bank Julius Baer, she has worked for Standard Chartered Bank for more than 11 years in country, regional and global roles in Talent & Learning. Candy has led the Talent & Learning team which has won 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 was the Executive Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers and also the member of the Banking and Finance Training Board in Hong Kong. She is the Chartered Fellow of CIPD, Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, Certified Practitioner for MBTI and Certified Coach for Hogan personality assessment.
Bernard leads the Talent Development and Learning function in Asia covering 18 countries. He is responsible for setting and driving the learning agenda for the bank and ensuring that all developmental interventions are competency based aimed towards enabling a high-performance culture, building organisational capabilities and enhancing operational excellence, thus bringing about sustainable business results and growth. Prior to joining the bank, his career spanned across industries in insurance, retail, hospitality, tele-communications and manpower security in areas such as HR Management, Talent Development, Talent Management and Organisational Development where he held leadership roles. Bernard is a strong advocate of “growing the people to grow the business”
Sara is Managing Director and Asia Head of Talent & Learning for Citi Asia Pacific where she focuses on senior leadership succession planning and the development of leadership pipeline in Asia. In this role, she is also responsible for Learning, Diversity & Inclusion and Performance Management. Sara joined Citi in May 1997 in New York as Leadership Staffing and Development Manager for the North America Consumer Bank and carried on in the role in Hong Kong's Citi Asia Pacific Corporate Bank. She later moved to Singapore as Regional Senior HR Generalist and was head of Singapore Country HR Services. Prior to joining Citi, Sara has worked at ICL as a HR generalist and Management Training and Development Head for the International Trade Division covering East & Central Europe and Africa. She then moved to Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine to be HR Head for Europe and was later the Asia Pacific HR Director.
Sormishtha Ghosal is the head of L&D at Cargill where she is leading the function for the region. As a passionate HR professional with over 15 years of experience, she has successfully handled a wide gamut of responsibilities, ranging from managing solutions that increase organisational capability through learning and development initiatives and systems support. Her core areas of expertise include Leadership and Team Effectiveness building, Performance Management, Career Development, Change Management, Process Optimisation and Coaching. She enjoys active facilitation for behavioral competency building across levels , geographies and cultures .
Ilja Rijnen joined Edrington in September 2015 as HR Director for the region as part of the Asia Pacific and India Leadership Team. He functionally heads up HR in the region and works closely with the senior leadership teams and the HR team in the region in building a strong people culture and enhanced capability. Edrington’s People development programmes are a significant priority for the region and Ilja is spearheading the design and delivery from the HQ in Singapore, whilst working with the global HR team to implementing Edrington’s 2020 HR strategy globally. Prior to joining Edrington Ilja has gained significant HR experience through Diageo in South East Asia as HR where he was the business partner and head of HR for various teams in the region. Ilja also brings a wealth of Organisation Design background which is being applied in building up the Training and Development activity in the region and launch as the lead region The Edrington Academy and Sales Academy.
Gary Lee is the Senior Manager, Group Talent Management with Grundfos. As a seasoned facilitator and People developer with over 12 years of experience in L&OD, talent management and training & consultancy, he has facilitated for participants from diverse backgrounds in the areas of Personal Development, Leadership, Change Management, Innovation and Strategy. Prior to his current designation, he was the Regional Head of Training of a consultancy firm with presence across 7 countries in APAC. He concurrently held the position of director of a group of learning centres. MBA qualified and accredited with various psychometric tools, he has developed and implemented numerous change initiatives and facilitated for over 200,000 participants across Asia. He has also held the position of Head of Learning & Development for a SGX listed company.
From her graduate business studies in France and Germany Magali gained immediate international exposure. In 2003 Magali joined BASF and has since held various leadership positions in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, after 10 years leadership experience in commercial roles, Magali created the opportunity to pursue her real passion to develop human potential and is now currently Vice President Talent Development, Learning and Perspectives for the Asia Pacific region.Magali has always been passionate about human relations in business, which led her to become certified as a professional coach and bring her passion to BASF by inspiring those skills in leaders across the region. Magali aspires to serve the development and growth of leaders and seeks to help transform organizations by bringing the energy and essence of what makes us human into the corporate world. Magali believes it is with a human touch that a leader will have a sustainable impact on business growth.
Erwin Lennertz is a senior consultant at DDI for leadership development programs and assessments. He brings with him over 12 years of multi-cultural and international experience in leadership facilitation and coaching and more than 10 years of experience in different leadership roles including Area Manager for a recruitment and staffing MNC, Talent Acquisition Manager, Global Learning Consultant and Practice Lead Leadership Development. As a trainer, coach and an assessor he has worked with an extensive pool of multinational clients across different industries including, pharmaceuticals, health care, logistics & warehousing, heavy industries, finance (banking & insurance), manufacturing, shipping, logistics, information technology, oil & gas, liquid chemicals, telecommunications and energy.
Bridget Beattie is the Group Executive Vice President for Asia Pacific Middle East for Right Management, the global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions within ManpowerGroup. In this role, Bridget is responsible for the strategy formulation and execution of Right Management’s vision for all markets within Asia Pacific Middle East. She also heads up Strategic Partnerships globally. In addition, Bridget continues to lead the Australia and New Zealand operations of Right Management as General Manager. Bridget has an extensive commercial background in senior management, consulting and the law, gained over thirty years. She is a regular commentator in the Australian, Indian and New Zealand business press, and a regular speaker at conferences in Asia. Bridget and her family live in Melbourne, Australia.
As Gensler's Firmwide Talent Development Lead for the Asia Region, Anjali Parmar leads the the organization’s human capital initiatives across nine regional locations. These include developing a 360 talent strategy, approach, and delivery method, as well as measuring ROI for talent development, talent acquisition, licensure management, training & development, leadership development and succession planning initiatives. Talented, enthusiastic and with a passion for human capital initiatives, Anjali's ensures that Gensler's policies, processes and programs are aligned with the firm's Asian business objectives leveraged on local voice and ownership. Prior to joining Gensler, she has had over 14 years of experience as a strategist, partner and thought leader for numerous multinational firms in the public and private sector working on higher education, corporate, hospitality, municipal, and visual arts projects in the United States, India, and Singapore. Anjali has been featured prominently as a speaker in management schools, multinational organizations and conferences.
Neema Mehta brings with her more than 15 years of talent management, organisational development and HR generalist experience from leading organisations including Chevron and PayPal. She holds a MBA in Strategy, Human & Organisational Performance from Vanderbilt University and BA from Rutgers University. Neema has worked in several industries including retail operations, Energy and manufacturing. Neema comes from an international background, having lived in Zambia, India, US, Thailand, China and now Singapore. She enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Roland B Smith is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Asia and an accomplished author with “Talent Conversations: What They Are, Why They’re Crucial, And How To Do Them Right” and “Influence”. In his role as a senior business leader as well as a leading faculty for the exclusive Leadership At The Peak program for C-Suite, Roland has been heavily involved with initiatives around global talent, global senior executive engagement, high performing teams as well as notable research on the paradoxes of leadership development in Asia, India and South Africa, in addition to guiding CCL’s regional strategy and operations in Asia Pacific. His past appointments within CCL include being an executive and organizational coach, and in leading CCL’s legal sector and professional service practice. Prior to joining CCL, Roland was President of a U.S. consulting firm, focusing on addressing organizational performance and talent management. He also served as President for a human capital consulting firm, Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award examiner and judge for the Louisiana and Idaho Quality Awards.
Kulwant Bardh has nearly 30 years of a good balance of MNC and SME experience in various industries. He was formerly Managing Director Asia for a public listed global strategy and technology consulting firm and was based in the US for two years. His most trying time was when he returned to Singapore to juggle managing his family, doing his MBA with University of Chicago and starting two companies and two non-profit organisations. These critical experiences prepared him well when he subsequently joined Mercer as the APAC business leader for HR Transformation where he also double hatted as Lead Faculty for leadership development, a new practice at Mercer. Kulwant's most recent two roles were as P&L head and Director of the Talent practices at DDI and Aon Hewitt respectively in Singapore. A former military officer who speaks five Asian languages and has work stints in different Asian cities.
Jennifer Neo sits on the People Development and Sales Capabilities Committees of Sealed Air in APAC. She is the Global Director for Talent and Learning and also oversees the APAC region in Talent and Learning, including talent acquisition, organisational culture, employee engagement, talent management and learning. Jennifer has more than 10 years of HR experience spanning from organisational design and development, talent management, performance management and HR business partnering. Prior to this, Jennifer has had years of experience in customer management and business development with MNCs.
Alexandre Paitre is a Vice President at BTS and a founding leader of BTS Asia. He has set up the BTS Asia business across 8 offices and played a central role in establishing the global BTS Innovation Practice. As a business and people leader, account manager, and facilitator, Alexandre currently heads the BTS Asia regional headquarter in Singapore. By leading organizational change projects, he is supporting companies in accelerating their strategy execution across strategic alignment and business acumen, leadership development, sales transformation, and innovation. Prior to working with BTS, Alexandre launched and headed the Learning Solutions and Change Management Practice of IMS Health in Asia-Pacific, a global leader in healthcare services. Alexandre is a French native and has lived in Asia for over 13 years. He is a graduate from ESSEC Business School and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
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