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Live: Recruitment Asia 2016, Singapore

HR Masterclass from Human Resources magazine: High-level HR strategy training workshops
led by the world's most respected HR thought leaders & strategists.
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Welcome to the Recruitment Asia 2016, Singapore, the region’s biggest recruitment and talent acquisition strategy conference! The conference will see speakers from HP, Google, Airbnb, and more examining hiring trends, workforce challenges and the hottest talent platforms in the digital age.

On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference, brought to you straight from Shangri-La Singapore – from all the tweets on #RA2016 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, and photos through the day.


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Day 2 

Those sessions bring us to the end of Recruitment Asia 2016, Singapore. Hope all of you had a great time and managed to bring home a few key takeaways from the conference. Thank you once again to all our speakers, delegates and sponsors, and we do hope to see you again next year. 

 

RA D2 closing

As curtains close on this year’s edition of Recruitment Asia, Human Resources‘ regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to thank everyone who made this possible – speakers, delegates and sponsors. Check out our updates below to see what happened.

Here’s a list of our generous sponsors:

Gold sponsor
1. Work Group

Exhibitors
1. ServiceDott
2. Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)
3. Sonru
4. Verity Intelligence

Event partner
1. TMP Worldwide

 

Our next speaker leads the executive talent acquisition for Cisco Systems across 12 countries in Asia Pacific. Prior to this role, he has taken up high-profile roles in both EMEA and APAC, with tenures in executive search to board consulting and most recently internal executive talent and strategy. In fact, he is also in charge of the articulation and implementation of Cisco Systems’ executive talent acquisition strategy for the region, with leadership succession planning, governance structure for leadership talent initiatives, and executive diversity and inclusion, all on his plate.

Today, he delves into this vast experience to bring forth a case study on growing your own timber, or rather optimising your internal recruitment strategy.

Please encourage our next speaker up on stage: Jon-paul Pritchard, head of executive talent acquisition, APAC, Cisco Systems.

RA D2 Cisco keynote

 

We take a tea break, and thank our Recruitment Asia 2016 event partner, TMP Worldwide.

 

From that take on new employee orientation, we expand the conversation to include career planning, retention and motivation, in this next panel discussion.
Moderating this is: Satyakam Mishra, head of human resources, Bata
Joining him for this discussion are (L-R):
– Cindy Dermawan, head of talent and learning management, diversity and inclusion, Citi
– Tricia Duran, HR director, Unilever Asia
– Imre Vadasz, Regional director, human resources, AMEA, Sony Electronics

RA D2 Panel 2

 

Our next speaker, Philip Steggals, has been with Kadence for more than 10 years, first in the UK office and then moving to Singapore five years ago. He now heads up the regional Asian hub for Kadence, where he works with some of the biggest brands on their toughest and most strategic questions.

Equally experienced with quantitative and qualitative research methods, he is here today to present award-winning ideas for onboarding programmes, that not only help ramp up productivity of new hires, but also improve retention rates.

Please welcome – Philip Steggals, managing director, Kadence International.

RA D2 Kadnce International keynote

 

Now it’s time for a well-deserved break. Delegates take a lunch break, and gain some interesting insights from Recruitment Asia 2016 exhibitor, Verity Intelligence.

RA D2Verity Intelligence

 

Coming up next is Tiffany See, who leads the HR function for one of Dell’s global business units – i.e. commercial sales and enterprise solutions – in Asia Pacific and Japan. She has more than 20 years of experience leading HR in the IT and healthcare industries, having been with Dell itself for more than 15 years, in roles across Sydney, Penang and Singapore.

For her, a key priority is creating a culture of inclusion at Dell, and in doing that, recruitment of diverse talent is the first checkpoint. In her case study, she explains just how Dell communicates effectively with its Millennial candidate population.

We call on: Tiffany See, executive director, HR global commercial sales and enterprise solutions, Dell.

RA D2 Dell keynote

 

Next up we have another experienced HR leader from Asia Pacific, with 13 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, heading up HR and talent acquisition functions largely at ANZ Banking Group and Credit Suisse. She joined Manulife almost three years ago and is responsible for driving Asia’s talent acquisition function across 10 countries to deliver Manulife’s significant Asian growth plans.

She pools that experience for her presentation on leveraging digital and social tools for recruitment, we bring on stage: Suzie Custerson, head of talent acquisition, Asia, Manulife.

RA D2 Manulife keynote

 

We take a quick coffee break and thank our exhibitor, Sonru. Please meet them while you’re at Recruitment Asia 2016!

RA D2 Sonru

 

We now move into a panel discussion, continuing the theme of selection excellence, and expanding it to the need for upskilling the in-house HR team on new trends.
Our moderator is: Joan Soong, head of global executive recruitment, Schneider Electric.

Joining her are panelists (L-R):
– Vandna Ramchandani, head of recruitment, philanthropy and engagement, Asia, Bloomberg
– Jon-paul Pritchard, head of executive talent acquisition, APAC, Cisco Systems.
– Tiffany See, executive director, HR global commercial sales and enterprise solutions, Dell
– Eric Wong, head of talent acquisition, APAC, Fitbit

RA D2 Panel 1

 

Before joining Shell in 2002 as an HR leader for the downstream business, Lyn Lee was a managing partner for a management consulting firm, where she ran organisational development. At Shell, she has had global leadership roles in the areas of talent, learning and HR business partnering, leading HR and learning teams in the commercial businesses of trading, lubricants, bitumen and sulphur.

Today, her mandate is to present a case study on implementing a structured selection process to maximise our limited talent pools.

Let’s give a round of applause to: Lyn Lee, Global vice-president of human resources, Shell Business Operations.

RA D2 Keynore Shell

 

Human Resources‘ regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to welcome all delegates, sponsors and speakers to the second day of Recruitment Asia, the region’s biggest recruitment and talent acquisition strategy conference.

RA D1 opening

 

We hope you enjoyed day one of Recruitment Asia 2016. We’re on to our second and last day at Shangri-La, Singapore. Stay with us for live updates. Today’s conference will see speakers from Shell Business Operations, Fitbit, Dell and more unveiling the secrets behind developing best practice talent acquisition strategies.

The registration counter is open and our team is all set to welcome today’s delegates at Recruitment Asia 2016, Singapore.

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Day 1

Those sessions bring us to the end of day one of Recruitment Asia 2016, 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.

 

As curtains close on day one of Recruitment Asia, Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to thank everyone who made this conference possible – speakers, delegates and sponsors.

RA D1 closing

 

Our next speaker drives the talent initiatives in APAC which are part of the team’s efforts to create the “most loved place to work in the world”. As part of Airbnb’s APAC leadership team, he represents the interests of a diverse workforce across the region and aligns the talent strategy to the current business strategy so every employee is positioned to help grow and support the greater Airbnb community of hosts and guests.

Today he will share about the Airbnb’s success story in developing a comprehensive employee experience that attracts talent.

Please welcome, Ken Hoskin, head of APAC talent, Airbnb.

RA D1 Airbnb keynote

 

While delegates break for coffee and networking, check out cool insights from exhibitor, Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) at Recruitment Asia 2016.

RA D1 SNEF booth

 

Our next presentation sees something different – two speakers teaming up!

Starting his career in change management consulting, Neil Chowings moved into the marketing and communication sector and has been delivering research, branding and marketing solutions for more than 20 years across Europe, the US and more lately Asia Pacific.

Our second speaker, Rose Colledge has advised some of the world’s leading companies on their talent engagement strategies. Having started her career as a recruitment advisor in London, she became one of the founding team members that set up Work Group in 2001, a specialist employment marketing and resourcing business.

Together, they will reveal some helpful tips and tricks to digitising your employer brand for better attraction and engagement.

Please welcome Neil Chowings, managing director, APAC, Work Group; and Rose Colledge, managing director, international, Work Group.

RA D1 Work Group keynote

Neil Chowings, managing director, APAC, Work Group

 

 

Hope you all had a good meal and are ready to get back into the conference mode. Now it is time for our second panel discussion of the day, so get your questions ready! Moderating this conversation around fostering a successful partnership with external recruiting specialists is Colin Beames, MD of Advanced Workforce Strategies (extreme left).

Joining him are the panellists (from L-R):
– Rachael Pogson, VP, global talent acquisition and HR central, Seagate
– Jean-Michel Wu, chief talent officer, Asia Pacific, McCann Worldgroup
– Jay Chan, senior vice-president, talent acquisition, group human resources, United Overseas Bank.

panel discussion 1 colin beames

 

Thank you, Daniel! Some exciting possibilities for creating career paths there. Now up next is Rachel Fitton, who as HP’s head of talent acquisition for Asia Pacific, leads a high volume, multi-location talent acquisition and sourcing team of 40. She is also a member of HP’s global talent acquisition leadership team.

She has more than 16 years of blended recruitment experience, comprising retained search and in-house roles, understanding the complexities of hiring junior teams to searching for CEOs. She will take us through a case study today on designing a proactive candidate-sourcing strategy.

Please welcome: Rachel Fitton, head of talent acquisition, APAC, HP.

“Don’t let a lack of dollars and tech stop you,” says Fitton on designing a proactive candidate sourcing strategy. “If you’re going to creating a sourcing platform, just do it. Keep trying different ways of doing things.”

RA D1 HP keynote

 

Welcome back after that break! Our next speaker is the staffing leader for Asia Pacific at Google, based in Singapore since 2014. He currently manages the campus and university outreach, for which he leads a team of more than 40 recruiters and university specialists.

He joined Google after a solid seven-year stint with Cisco where he led the recruitment strategy across all jobs functions for both the APAC and EMEA regions.

Today he’s here to give us his expert take on graduate recruiting programmes, and the whole marketing, planning and career pathing that goes behind it.

We invite on stage: Daniel Wasik, head of talent and outreach programme, Google.

A third of Google’s hires in India are going to come from non-elite universities this year, and its GCode programme is enabling this move, which Wasik is detailing.

RA D Google keynote

 

We take a tea break, and thank our gold sponsor Work Group. Please meet them while you’re at Recruitment Asia 2016!

 

Taking the stage now is Colin Beames, a business-focused corporate psychologist who is based in Melbourne, and has more than 25 years of experience as an OD consultant across across Singapore, Malaysia, UK and South Africa. Among other successes, he was instrumental in improving senior management retention from 85% to 99% at Thomson Reuters, which translated into global cost savings of nearly £10 million.

In this keynote, he will focus on adopting a strategic approach towards identifying talent as well as developing your EVP. Please welcome: Colin Beames, managing director, Advanced Workforce Strategies

Beames brings out the importance of identifying the critical roles while building a strategic workforce plan – i.e. the roles ones that contribute more to business outcome. “The misidentification of critical roles will either result in poor performance, or loss of revenue.”

“Having said that, he points out just because a role is hard to fill doesn’t mean that it is critical. “It’s important to be able to differentiate hard-to-fill roles and critical,” he says.

RA D1 keynote Colin

 

The first thing on the agenda is a conversation on local versus international talent – and the key considerations in recruitment of either one. We’re fortunate that Brandon Lew, vice-president, human resources, T-Systems, will be moderating this.

Joining him are the panellists (from L-R):
– Freddie Chow, chief talent officer, APAC, Sanofi
– Adele Png, head of talent acquisition, ASEAN, Philips Electronics
– Rachel Fitton, head of talent acquisition, APAC, HP
– Jenny Chong, head of talent acquisition, HP

Chow from Sanofi sums up the issue facing employers: “From the government’s perspective, there is a need to create opportunities for local talent. That is why they set up policies that limit the no. of foreigners to a quota, as well as also raise the salary bar.”

However, from the company’s point of view, he points out employers need to expose their HQ talent to Asia to learn about emerging markets, especially for senior management to understand the opportunities in emerging market. “So the question is how we as a company can balance our needs and yet meet the market expectations of the government.”

Png takes the conversation forward by saying building local talent needs to start with the company’s workforce plan. The other thing is timelines, she says, as companies need to be prepared to invest. She adds: “Keep the communication lines open with the schools. Let them know that the future is going to look very different and if they’re ready for that.”

Moderator Lew affirms, whether local or international, talent must always be hired for the longer term. “We don’t just hire for the present; we also look to export the talent, especially to APAC countries – Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia etc. All the action is happening in Asia Pacific, so people are coming in from all over the world, especially from the headquarters.”

In response to a question by ANZ Banking Group’s Shmeer Bharoocha around minimising unconscious bias in all sorts of hiring, HP’s Fitton spoke about initiatives to promote gender diversity: “We set up a policy that for every senior leadership vacancy, one of them must be a female candidate. We have to start a pipeline today to ensure that we have enough female candidates at the top tomorrow.”

RA 2016  D1 panel 1

 

Delegates take 10 minutes for a speed networking session to get to know each other.

RA networking

 

To inaugurate day one of Recruitment Asia, Human Resources’ regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to welcome all delegates, sponsors and speakers.

She says: “In a market typically called out for by talent shortage and a changing legislation, Recruitment Asia hopes to provide feasible solutions for you to take back home.”

RA 2016 opening

The registration counter is open and our team is all set to welcome today’s delegates at Recruitment Asia 2016, Singapore.

HR Masterclass from Human Resources magazine: High-level HR strategy training workshops
led by the world's most respected HR thought leaders & strategists.
Review the 2019 programme here »

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