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Highlights: Learning & Development Asia 2019, Singapore

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Highlights of the two-day conference, which saw a host of relevant sessions, including speed networking, two parallel streams, knowledge cafe, and a 20/20 case study discussion.

Bear with us as we take you down memory lane - in another era, most organisations had a dedicated training executive.

This person’s job was solely to: pull data from the training needs analysis; input it into an annual training calendar; book vendors to fill those slots; reserve the conference room, and keep a water bottle and stationery ready for every participant.

Fast-forward to today! Training executives have given way to comprehensive learning frameworks that pull data from every aspect of the talent life cycle to create custom learning paths. We have a whole menu of training programmes to choose from.

Most importantly – T&D is now called L&D, where learning & development represents a more comprehensive approach to all types of learning experiences. Which is why Human Resources Online chose to rebrand it's annual conference to Learning & Development Asia - bringing a more contemporary and progressive flavour of L&D content forward.

Produced by Prassana PillayLearning & Development Asia 2019, Singapore edition was held on 17–18 September 2019 at InterContinental Hotel Singapore.

The two-day conference saw a host of relevant sessions, including speed networking, two parallel streams, knowledge cafe, and a 20/20 case study discussion.

[Full set of photos: Learning & Development Asia 2019, Singapore]

Below are some insights shared by an array of experienced and impactful speakers:
To help build connections and see they are part of a bigger team, all new hires at MAS are part of the MAS Recreation Club, where they are involved in organising wellness programmes and social outreach. 
- Dr Goh Mui Pong, Deputy Director & Head of MAS Academy, Monetary Authority of Singapore


The skills in declining demand - such as manual dexterity, memory, or management of financial resources - are all skills that machines are able to pick up. However, skills like analytical thinking, creativity, and EI, will continue to be in demand despite the rise of machines. 
- Prakash Mathur, Lead Trainer, Professional Development Centre, British Council


A leader is someone who makes leaders out of others. Leadership development is not just focused on the top, it is for the whole organisation.
- Eng Poo Jiuan, Regional Human Resources Director, Baker Hughes


It's the people who make 'communities of practice' a success. It's not something that happens by magic - there has to be someone who plants the seed after which it grows by itself.
- John Augustine Ong, Head of Learning & Development, Singapore Exchange


The best form of learning is when you don't realise you are learning, or when you don't deliberately go searching for it.
- Keith Ng, Co-Founder, Gametize


Presenters, panelists, and moderators at  Learning & Development Asia 2019, Singapore included:

  • Raman Sidhu, Global Head Organisational Development & Learning, Global Commercial, Shell
  • Tricia Duran, Head of Human Resources, Unilever Asia
  • Shell Sharma, Head of Leadership, Talent, OD and Diversity & Inclusion, Aviva
  • John Augustine Ong, Head of Learning & Development, Singapore Exchange
  • Sonia Sant, Head, Learning Product Technology & Innovation and Operations, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Valen Ng, Regional Sales Director, Panopto Asia
  • Adrian Koh, Head of Organisational Development & Research, CXS International
  • Keith Ng, Co-Founder, Gametize
  • Konstantin A. Strangas, Director, Global Talent Management & Development, DB Schenker
  • Lawrence Chan, Head of Organisational Development, Talent Management & Learning, Income
  • Eng Poo Jiuan, Regional Human Resources Director, Baker Hughes
  • Avinash Kohli, Director of Leadership, Learning & Organisational Capability, Boeing International
  • Prakash Mathur, Lead Trainer, Professional Development Centre, British Council
  • Karina Kuok, Head, Professional Practices,Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)
  • Dr Goh Mui Pong, Deputy Director & Head of MAS Academy, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Dr Alvin Oh, Regional Lead, Talent Management & Learning, Panalpina
  • Cynthia Lee Mai, Head, Global Talent & Performance, HP Inc.
  • Anuradha Purbey, People Director, SEA, Aviva
  • Lauren Massa, Senior Director, Performance Advisory, Design, Development & Deployment, Marriott International
  • Aditi Mahadevan Nair, Head of Talent, Learning and Diversity, APAC, Citi
  • Guiam Wainwright, Head of Special Projects and Data, People & Culture, Circles.Life
  • Gary Lee, Global Head, People & Organisational Development, Sivantos
  • Jean Lua, Regional Learning and Development Lead, Shopee
Photo / Lawrence Chan, Head of OD, Talent Management & Learning, Income speaking to delegates who are passionate about building a flexible L&D function to lead evolution


Human Resources Online would like to thank its sponsors and partners for their support and belief in this event:

Gold SponsorsBritish CouncilPanopto

Silver SponsorInstitute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)

ExhibitorsMarketing Institute of Singapore (MIS)Right ImpactImpact International

Supporting SponsorCornerstone OnDemand

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