We’re back for the second year of Workforce Mobility Interactive 2016, Asia’s only regional conference dedicated to address staff mobility and best practices in expatriate management. This year's conference will see companies such as Fonterra, General Motors Company, REHAU and many more talking about the latest trends in talent mobility.

On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference, brought to straight from Shangri-La Singapore – from all the tweets on #WMI2016 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, with some photos through the day.

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That wraps up the live updates on Workforce Mobility Interactive! Stay tuned for photos and presentations. #WMI2016 Thanks for your support! See you next year.


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As curtains close on this year's edition of Workforce Mobility Interactive, Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to thank everyone who made this possible - speakers, delegates and sponsors.

Here's a list of our generous sponsors:

Gold sponsors 1. Brookfield Global Relocation Services 2. Crown World Mobility 3. ISS International School

Silver sponsors 1. AIRINC 2. SIRVA Worldwide

Exhibitors 1. Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) 2. ECA International 3. Nave Relocation 4. Nexus International School (Singapore) 5. Pan Pacific Serviced Suites & PARKROYAL Serviced Suites 6. Qxstate 7. Stamford American International School

Official Lanyard Sponsor K2 Corporate Mobility

Delegate Bag Sponsor Savills


We're back from that break, with the rapid fire round underway - moderators take turns to summarise their key takeways.

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Networking and tea keeps the delegates engaged, while also catching up with our gold sponsor, ISS International School.

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Today's final interactive session sees delegates at Workforce Mobility Interactive elaborating on their experiences using technology for mobility.

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We move on to the next interactive session - with delegates here discussing ways to navigate relocation risks.

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Next up is a panel discussion on how companies can leverage on mobility to develop their local leadership pipeline, moderated by Human Resources' Aditi Sharma Kalra. On the panel are (left to right) Tarun Gulrajani, head of HR for APAC at REHAU; Raghu Ram, global head of HR for the specialities business at Shell; and Makarand Tare, regional talent director APAC of McCann Health.

Gulrajani sets the context: “There are two aspects to this discussion, one is the skills gap and the other is development of talent. A lot of companies are looking more at the skills gap. But we have to look at the development and how we can bridge the skills gap using local talent.”

Ram provides one solution to the skills transfer issue: “Any expat who comes in must have a goal setting process as part of which at the end of the assignment, they have to train a local. To make this a reality, it is necessary for companies to hire graduates and local pipeline leaders.”

Tare points out a challenge mobility professionals are facing: “Who is going to take the responsibility to integrate the expat into the host team? There has to be someone to take responsibility of this, track results and to give reviews.”

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After that insightful presentation, we jump in to the next interactive session, with this table's delegates addressing the ROI of mobility programmes.

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With inspections and immigrations audits on the rise, how can companies up to date with worldwide immigration law changes? Stephen Park, head of global mobility at Fonterra, takes to the stage, with his recommendations.

Park reminds the delegates: “Immigration generally involves a government department, which creates a reputational risk in terms of your organisation’s relationship with the government.”

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Our journalist from Human Resources magazine, Jerene Ang takes over to host the second half of the conference.

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As the delegates take a well-deserved break for lunch, we encourage you to meet our gold sponsor Crown World Mobility and find out how they help corporations manage global talent.

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The buzzer indicates it's time for the next interactive session - one of the themes on this table is global talent management.

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It's time for our first interactive session at today's mobility conference - delegates here are talking about redefining the expat package.

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Taking the stage for this keynote is Dr Margaret Alvarez, head of school at ISS International School, with a view to help find the right schooling options for expat families moving to Singapore.

Dr Alvarez points out: “Globally, mobile students are perpetual outsiders, most of them were born in one nation, raised in others, and flung into global jet streams.

“Having said that, being an expat gives them opportunities to learn different languages and make connections.”

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We take a quick tea break, and thank our gold sponsor, Brookfield Global Relocation Services. Please meet them while you're here at #WMI2016!

Moderating this panel discussion on facilitating cost reduction in mobility while dealing with increasing employee demands is Ian Johnson, SVP of client development at Brookfield Global Relocation Services.

Joining him on the panel are: (left to right) Rita Chye, global lead for policy and administration of global mobility at General Motors Company; Tarun Gulrajani, head of HR for Asia and Pacific at REHAU; and Peng Yang Long, the client solution manager for Asia at AIRINC.

Says Chye: “We haven’t seen an unusual  increase in the types of expectations from assignees. What is really boils down to is better expectation management from both our side and the assignees.”

Adds Long: “No longer is the discussion about how much money assignees are going to make from this assignment. They are now asking about how this will affect their career.

Comments Gulrajani: “At REHAU, we do emphasise a lot on communication. The focus is a lot on the development of the individual rather than the policy and tiers.”

Inaugurating today's conference is Richard Willeter, director of corporate services Asia at Crown World Mobility. He's here with a take on disruption in the mobility function, with ideas on how organisation can prime themselves for success.

Says Willeter, “If we are moving into a more strategic place, we’ve got a problem, mobility managers are already having problems analysing all their data.”

“With the function getting more strategic, there’s only going to be more data and we’ll get lost in a fog of data.”

Willeter’s presentation helps navigate this fog of data.



A room full of top HR and mobility leaders are all set for today's unique interactive conference. Stay tuned to this page for the live feed for Workforce Mobility Interactive.

And we're off! Regional editor of Human Resources magazine, Aditi Sharma Kalra, takes the stage to welcome all speakers, sponsors and delegates at Workforce Mobility Interactive, Singapore.

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The registration counter is open and our team is all set to welcome today's delegates at Workforce Mobility Interactive 2016, Singapore. 

Good morning! For the last leg of our annual mobility conference, we're live at Shangri-La Hotel this morning for Workforce Mobility Interactive. Stay tuned for updates.

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