Welcome to the Employee Benefits Asia 2017, Singapore, the region’s biggest conference dedicated to compensation & benefits strategy! This year's conference will see speakers from AIA Group, Fitbit, The Lo & Behold Group, and more unveiling the secrets to developing best practice rewards strategies. On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference, brought to you straight from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore – from all the tweets on #EBA2017 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, and photos through the day. Live feed: http://bit.ly/EBASG2017 #EBA2017 Tweets

Day Two

As curtains close on this year’s edition of Employee Benefits Asia, Aditi Sharma Kalra, regional editor of Human Resources takes the stage to thank everyone who made this possible – speakers, delegates and sponsors. 

Additionally, special thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors:

Platinum Sponsor
- AIA The Real Life Company

Gold Sponsors
- CXA Group
- Mercer Marsh Benefits™
- Virgin Pulse

Silver Sponsors
- Aetna International
- Aon

- Banyan Tree & Angsana Bintan
- Management Development and Consultancy (MDC)
- Prudential
- TMF Group


Drawing the day to an end, our next speaker started her career as a programmer, then picked up some business chops on how start-ups work while in a tech start-up and went on to found LittleLives.

As a tech start-up that fervently believes culture drives innovation, LittleLives has implemented many ideas on staff rewards, some more successful than others. Join LittleLives on its journey of creating strong employee benefits, loyalty, belonging and growth.

Sun Ho, founder of LittleLives takes the stage with her case study on boosting your employee value proposition with flexible staffing, finding the right DNA that gels company culture with organisational development, and more.

EBA SG 2017 Sun Ho


The next speaker has built the foundation of the HR division at Rakuten Asia, revamping all HR functions and policies to create a productive and conducive environment for all stakeholders. In fact, she has introduced creative initiatives and policies that have not only resulted in extensive cost savings, but also paved the way for her team to be nominated as one of the top HR teams in Singapore.

Today, Dawn Wong, general manager human resources and admin at Rakuten Asia, will be presenting a case study on empowering employee engagement through HR benefits.

EBA SG 2017 Dawn


Presenting the next case study, our next speaker has worked extensively in the field of analytics for marketing and operations, and is the founder and director of the “Chez Alexandre” boutique hotel in Greece. Currently, she is the managing director for foodpanda in Singapore. Before that she was the managing director of foodpanda in Malaysia and worked closely with the top management team leading analytics.

Sharing her expertise on restructuring expenditure without minimising benefits, here is Aspa Lekka, managing director of foodpanda with her insightful case study.

Aspa Lekka


Continuing with the topic on cost and governance, the next speaker is the head of human resources at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She has over 37 years of professional experience in leadership roles covering the full spectrum of human resources management, sourcing, supply chain management, finance and general administrative functions.

Her expertise and knowledge spans across various US-based apparel sourcing operations, retail, facility management, publishing and currently in the education industry.
Let's welcome Sim Choo Lee, head of human resources at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with her case study on designing a comprehensive total benefits package.

Sim Choo Lee EBA SG 2017


As delegates take a lunch break, let's thank our exhibitors Prudential and TMF Group. Please meet them while you're at Employee Benefits Asia 2017!

EBA SG 2017 Lunch Break D2


Before we head for lunch, delegates are presented with a case study by our next speaker. Being an expert in the C&B area for more than 15 years, he has been greatly involved in a wide range of human capital projects, which include organisation structure design, job analysis and evaluation and setting up grading structures.

More importantly, he has worked on the total rewards design, which comprises salary structure design and reviews, benefits programme reviews and harmonisation during the company’s transition and merger and acquisition, sales incentive design and more. Let's hear what Webster Zhou, total rewards director at Jabil has to share on governance versus diversity in a diversified portfolio business.

EBA SG 2017 Webster


The next speaker on stage leads the health analytics team at Aon Centre for innovation and analytics. In this role, he is responsible for co-ordinating Aon’s global strategy as it relates to health analytics.

He is focused on creating analytics capabilities that leverage multiple data sources, designing leading-edge strategies for employers and improving underlying individual health. Before moving to Singapore, he spent 10 years as a health and benefits consultant with Aon in Chicago.

Now, Geoffrey Kuhn, senior vice president and global health analytics leader at Aon will be sharing his expert opinions on the future of employee benefits.

EBA SG 2017 Geoffrey


Bringing you a ted-style presentation, our next speaker is the managing director for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong at Aetna International. Since 2011, he has led their expansion in the region from two countries to six through a combination of organic and inorganic growth.

In 2010, he relocated to Singapore to establish Aetna’s office there as a regional hub for its expansion into Southeast Asia. Since then, Aetna has seen record growth in membership numbers in the region, and momentum continues to build.

Let's welcome Derek Goldberg, managing director, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong at Aetna International on how innovation in health insurance can help firms save.

EBA SG 2017 Derek

Delegates take a break, and thank our exhibitors - Banyan Tree & Angsana Bintan; and Management Development and Consultance. Please meet them while you're at Employee Benefits Asia 2017!



Next, we have an exciting panel discussion on creating a cutting-edge compensation and benefits programme that stays competitive. Moderated by Joanne Chan, head of total rewards at Boston Scientific; the panel consists of Jeremey Broome, head of human resources (APAC) at Deutsche Bank; Katarina U. Hasbani, board member at Female Founders; Joy Chan Seah, director of business development at Ministry of Design; and Lim Teck Yong, head of people team at Shopee.
EBA SG 2017 Panel 2

The first speaker is Asia's regional director for Virgin Pulse, the world’s largest wellbeing company supporting more than 2,000 clients and 2.4 million employees globally. He is responsible for business growth across Asia. With an aim to assist the increasing number of enlightened organisations to understand employee engagement is a must have, he combines his passion for health and well-being with doing meaningful work daily. Let's welcome John Garrido, Asia regional director at Virgin Pulse for the first presentation of the day on the global shift from wellness to wellbeing - and why wellness isn't enough. EBA SG 2017 John

Regional editor, Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to welcome all delegates, sponsors and speakers to the second day of Employee Benefits Asia, the region’s biggest conference dedicated to compensation & benefits strategy.  EBA SG 2017 Aditi

We hope you enjoyed day one of Employee Benefits Asia 2017. We're on to our second and last day at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Stay with us for live updates. Today, the conference will see speakers from Virgin Pulse, Deutsche Bank, AON, and more unveiling the secrets behind developing best practice reward strategies. Live feed: http://bit.ly/EBASG2017 The registration counter is open and our team is all set to welcome today's delegates at Employee Benefits Asia 2017, Singapore. Live feed: http://bit.ly/EBASG2017


Day One

As curtains close on day one of Employee Benefits Asia, regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to thank everyone who made this conference possible - speakers, delegates and sponsors. Those sessions bring us to the end of day one of Employee Benefits Asia 2017, Singapore. Hope all of you had a great time and managed to bring home a few key takeaways from today. Thank you once again to all our speakers, delegates and sponsors, and we do hope to see you again tomorrow. 

Before we end the day, it's time for a panel discussion on the gig economy. Moderated by Anika Grant, HR director at Uber; let's welcome our panellists: Ng Kok Eng, director of human resources at Duke NUS; Fermin Diez, deputy chief executive officer at National Council for Social Service; and Julia Yeo, employment partner at Squire Patton Boggs. EBA SG 2017 Panel 3

Back from a refreshing break, let's welcome our next speaker. As the talent management leader (Southeast Asia) for Dow Chemical Pacific (Singapore), she is responsible for driving initiatives to enhance the capability and performance of employees and engaging the workforce to create a dynamic and inclusive workplace. Before Dow, she was with Federal Express Pacific (FedEx), responsible for leadership development for Asia Pacific. Let's welcome Rohaya Roslee, talent management leader, Southeast Asia at Dow Chemical Pacific (Singapore) with her keynote on distilling the essence of an effective wellness programme. EBA SG 2017 Rohaya

While delegates break for coffee and networking, check out cool insights from Employee Benefits Asia 2017 silver sponsors - Aetna International, and Aon. Silver Sponsors

Moving on to the topic of flexible benefits divide, delegates are engaged in an exicting panel discussion moderated by Alan Tan, head of human resources Asia at ERNI Asia Holding Singapore. Addressing the rising Millenial concerns in the digital age, let's welcome our panellists: Madhumita Banerjee, SVP of human resources at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Yvonne Koh, regional HR business partnet at Huntsman Singapore; Lai Looi Sing, regional rewards manager, APMEA at Kerry; Andrew Ing, chief operating officer at The Lo & Behold Group; and Atul Sharma, human resources director at Monsanto. EBA SG 2017 Panel 2

More on HR analytics and measures, the next speaker is a leader of Mercer Marsh Benefits’ employee health and benefits business in Singapore. He manages an extensive portfolio of clients and focuses on helping multinational corporations manage their benefit offerings from both a local and regional perspective. His career spans across numerous geographies, including Canada, India and ASEAN countries. In his previous role with Mercer, he was the retirement leader for Asia working with corporations and governments to manage their retirement benefit obligations. Now, Neil Narale, health and benefits leader, Singapore at Mercer Marsh Benefits speaks on the battle between opinions and data and how to make a data-driven approach work for you. EBA SG 2017 Neil Narale

Next up, we have a case study presentation by the director of Health Promotion Board. In his role, he oversees the planning and implementation of the national strategy to promote health in the various key workplace settings in Singapore. He leads the team in engaging policy and decision-makers in government, public agencies, businesses and unions to facilitate the roll-out of targeted health initiatives for the resident workforce. It's time to hear what Sim Beng Khoon, director at Health Promotion Board has to share on designing customisable HR options with data analytics. EBA SG 2017 Beng Khoon

As delegates take a lunch break, we thank our gold sponsors CXA Group, Mercer Marsh Benefits, and Virgin Pulse. Please meet them while you're at Employee Benefits Asia 2017, Singapore! CXA group mercer Virgin Pulse

Before we go for lunch, let's welcome our next speaker. She has spent 13 years at Mercer Marsh Benefits and Aon Hewitt in business development and consulting on health and benefits strategies, flexible benefits, total rewards, M&A, retirement, talent and communications. Holding more than 20 years of experience in the consulting industry in Singapore, Shanghai and New York City, she provides advice by addressing the demand for disease intervention and integrated health and wellness plans to drive employee engagement and productivity. Let's welcome Cecilia Deasy, regional consulting leader at CXA Group with her keynote on driving premium reductions with data.   EBA SG 2017 Cecilia

We welcome delegates back with an exciting panel discussion moderated by Rupert Slezak, director total reward AMEA, Mondelēz International. Joining the discussion, the panel sees Alvin Fu, chief corporate solutions officer at AIA; Stephanie Tan, HR business partner APAC at Fitbit; and Stephane Michaud, senior director at Mitsubishi Corporation. Today, let's hear from the experts on grooming leaders for employee-wide leadership and designign a sustainable total rewards model. EBA SG Panel 1

As delegates network during the coffee break, we'd like to thank platinum sponsor, AIA The Real Life Company. AIA

This next speaker, has had more than 24 years of experience in the insurance industry, having held senior management positions in life and non-life insurance in the UK, Middle East, India and continental Europe. In November 2016, he was appointed chief business development officer of group corporate solutions at AIA Group. Prior to that was he was CEO of AIA Sri Lanka from March 2010. Today, Shah Rouf, chief business development officer of group corporate solutions, AIA Group, takes the stage to share how firms can make a real difference to employee benefits. EBA SG 2017 Shah Rouf

To inaugurate day one of Employee Benefits Asia 2017, Singapore; Human Resources' regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to welcome all delegates, sponsors and speakers. Presenting the agenday for the day, she said: "One of the highlights this year is that the on-stage case studies and keynote presentation will be supplemented by a total of 4 panel discussions, covering topics such as HR analytics, total rewards strategy, wellness, and more." EBA SG 2017 Aditi

The registration counter is open and our team is all set to welcome today's delegates at Employee Benefits Asia 2017, Singapore. EBA SG 2017 registration