Asia’s only regional media & events brand, Human Resources, is delighted to announce that HRDF, the Human Resources Development Fund, Malaysia, has signed on as silver sponsor of the HR Excellence Awards.

This is Asia’s only regional HR awards programme that recognises both organisations and individuals that stand out in areas of HR strategy and execution, including employee development, recruitment & retention, CSR practices and use of innovative HR technologies.

HRDF’s chief executive officer, CM Vignaesvaran (Vicks), will be presenting the prestigious HR Grand Winner Award at the awards celebration.

"In recent years, Malaysia’s economy has diversified from commodities towards a high value manufacturing and service based environment,” said Vicks.

He continued: "The key for Malaysia to secure a lasting place among the ranks of high-income economies is very much dependent on the quality of human capital and the manner in which education and human capital development initiatives are structured, with the objective of increasing the skilled local workforce from the current 28% to 35% by 2020."

HRDF has recently taken on greater responsibility to reach out to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and corporations, in educating and motivating them to seek the benefits and value of HRDF programmes.

This signifies the evolvement of HRDF’s role from managing a sizeable fund to assuming a larger accountability of institutionalising competency needs across the nation’s 12 key economic areas (NKEAs).

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The HR Excellence Awards are judged solely by an esteemed jury of over 60 regional heads of HR from around Asia, making them the only HR awards in Asia based on a peer review system.

Companies represented on the jury are the most respected Fortune 500 organisations and some of the biggest employers in Asia, and the 2015 jury is no different.

Past HR Excellence Awards winners are a who’s who of the most respected HR teams in Asia – AccorHotels, Agilent Technologies, ANZ Bank, Astro Holdings, BASF, BMW, Cisco Systems, DBS Bank, Dell, Deloitte, eBay, Ericsson, Ernst & Young, Facebook, Fuji Xerox, Google, Groupon, KPMG, Land Transport Authority, Malaysia Airports, Manulife, Maybank, McCann Erickson, Media Prima, Ministry of Manpower, National Environment Agency, PwC, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, Singapore Telecommunications, SMRT Corporation, Star Publications, Starwood Hotels, Thomson Reuters, UPS, VMWare, Unilever, Waggener Edstrom and many more have all proudly accepted HR Excellence Awards trophies over the years.

The Malaysia edition of the awards will be held on September 17, the Singapore awards will be held on October 8, while the Hong Kong awards will be held a week later on 15 October.

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For more information on the HR Excellence Awards and to review the award categories, judging panel and to download the entry kit, please visit or contact Seraphine Neoh on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +65 6423 0329.