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Shaping Modern Learners at McCann & Petronas

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Esteemed HR leaders from McCann, Petronas, and P&A Grant Thornton will reveal their key strategies for cultivating modern learners in their respective organisations at Training & Development Asia 2017. From change management to L&D tactics, Training & Development Asia, the region’s biggest conference on learning and development, has the latest issues and trends in professional development covered.

“The exchange of knowledge and insights among industry leaders and training experts is the heart of training & Development Asia,” said Aditi Sharma Kalra, regional editor of Human Resources magazine. “This year’s speakers represent the most reputable companies across Asia with outstanding accomplishments in the areas of human capital strategy and employee development.”

Training & Development Asia, the region’s biggest learning and development conference, will take place in Kuala Lumpur on August 15-16, in Singapore on August 17-18, and in Manila on August 17. Training & Development Asia 2017 will explore the areas of learning and development, HR technology, succession planning, and talent development programmes. Among the speakers who will discuss these topics are:

Known for being a seasoned and well-rounded HR professional, Dr Makarand Tare currently serves as the chief talent officer at McCann Worldgroup. He has been exposed to a range of industries, including consulting, healthcare, FMCG, financial services and chemicals. He has experience in managing the HR function during business mergers, closures, downsizing, restructuring and change management, and he is experienced in organisational development and aligning employees under global HR policies/processes. Tare has a PHD in Human Resources and is an accredited coach.

Whether it is human capital strategy or HR processes, Rosehaida Ab Rahman has established herself as a veteran in the HR field. Before joining Petronas as the company’s general manager for human resources, Ab Rahman worked as an HR consultant. She successfully established succession plans and development initiatives at Malaysia Airports Holdings as senior general manager for human resources. Driving process improvement projects while maintaining cost savings and quality was considered her major achievement as head of human resources for Asia at Linatex Rubber Products.

Ramon Cristino San Jose is the L&D director of P&A Grant Thornton. Some of his previous leadership functions were AVP for learning and development at HSBC and global learning manager at Thomson Reuters. His areas of expertise included change management, employee engagement, talent management, talent acquisition, performance management, and succession planning. He holds an MBA degree in business from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Past Training & Development Asia conferences were participated in by MNCs and the most reputable firms across Asia, such as BNP Paribas, Citi, McDonald’s, Manulife, Seagate Technology, Telstra, VISA Worldwide and many more. All presenters and panellists, such as Mimi Fu, director of learning and development at Ocean Park, are director or vice president level HR professionals with regional responsibility.

To be held in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and the Philippines, Training & Development Asia is the region’s biggest conference dedicated to training and development. The two-day annual conference has been attracting top HR leaders who want to get credible industry insights on matters affecting training and development strategies.

For those who do not want to be left behind, discover this year’s agenda and list of notable speakers by visiting and register for a seat by contacting the team:

Kuala Lumpur: Adrian Ray, [email protected], +65 6423 0329Singapore: Renamel Torres, [email protected], +65 6423 0329Philippines: Heinz Bulos, [email protected]

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