Sunshine, poolside cocktails, facilitated networking and a conference with some of the most senior HR professionals from around the region and further beyond – welcome to the third annual HR Leaders Summit!

This summit, held in Phuket, Thailand, at the beautiful Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, hosts more than 50 senior HR leaders chosen to join Human Resources for this exclusive invite-only event.

The agenda for this year is packed with keynote presentations, panel sessions, lunches, dinners and cocktail receptions.

The cream of Asia’s HR industry will share their expertise and insights on various areas in human capital strategy and business which challenge HR leaders.

On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference – from all the tweets on #HRLS2016 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, with some photos through the day.

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Day three - May 18, 2016

Opening day three of the HR Leaders Summit 2016 is Lisa Mulligan, executive director HR - international, for MRC Global. She brings forth 5 specific ideas on how women can thrive in male-dominated businesses.

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Day two - May 17, 2016

Norbert Modla, global head of HR for JF Hillebrand Group, leads delegates into a keynote around new opportunities in HR - a focus on culture, engagement and technology.

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Taking the stage just after lunch is our senior journalist, Akankasha Dewan (extreme left), hosting a panel on bridging the gap between marketing and HR.

Joining her are panelists (L-R): John Mullins (chief development officer, Ruder Finn); Ken Hoskin (head of APAC talent, Airbnb); and Jean-Michel Wu (chief talent officer, McCann Worldgroup).



Paul Hotchan, assistant vice-president, human resources, Galaxy Entertainment continues the conversation on HR's transformation by dwelling on the best ways to optimise the use of multiple social recruitment channels.



How can CHROs bridge the skills and talent gap in a volatile business environment? HR experts from Archroma, Digi Telecommunications and Felda Global Ventures discuss in a panel moderated by Human Resources' regional editor, Aditi Sharma Kalra.



At our first keynote of day 2 of HR Leaders Summit, Sunil Narang, CEO and president of WDHB Strategic Learning reveals the best ways of developing leaders with a clear strategic benefit.

"If you got 60% of the information, go ahead and make that decision," advises Narang.



Human Resources' regional editor, Aditi Sharma Kalra, opens the conference to welcome all speakers, sponsors and delegates at day two of HR Leaders Summit 2016.

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And that's the end of the first day of HR Leaders Summit 2016! Stay tuned for more updates!

Coming up next on the first day of HR Leaders Summit 2016 is Michael Jenkins, chief executive officer at Roffey Park with new perspectives on employee engagement, and the top ways to foster productivity amid organisations today.

"Does recruiting for compassion improve performance?," questions Jenkins?

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What can CHROs really do to drive the innovation culture at their companies? Haroon Bhatti, chief human resources officer at Digi Telecommunications debates.

"If we wanted to make a change, we had to target the bulk of our workforce i.e. our full time employees," Bhatti recounts.



Opening HR Leaders Summit 2016 is Stephen Mosely, president and managing director, L'Oreal Hong Kong with a keynote on how HR can boost its credibility in the eyes of the wider business.

"The most effective organisations are those where people who retired still get together and talk about the fun they had 'back in the day," advises Mosely.