10 - 11 April, 2019
Novotel Singapore on Stevens, Singapore

Conference Day One – Wednesday 10 April 2019

8:00 am - 8:45 am Morning Refreshment and Registration

8:45 am - 9:00 am Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

  • Action plan build to transform the workforce and workplace of tomorrow
  • Challenges and opportunities in today’s shifting workforce demographics
  • Adopting agile leadership and mindset in reshaping workforce development

Dr Michael Fung

Deputy Chief Executive (Industry), Chief Human Resource Officer & Chief Data Officer
SkillsFuture SG


Dr Jaclyn Lee

Chief Human Resources Officer
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


Mr Abhinav Singhal

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer – Asia Pacific

9:45 am - 10:15 am Embracing Digital Investments and Adoption for Greater Workforce Efficiency and Workplace Agility

  • Reinvention through strategy – How can digitisation and transformation improve workforce productivity?
  • Paving the way for better workplace experiences with continued advancements in digital technology and automation
  • Prioritising digital investments and exploring new ways of technology-enabled thinking and working

10:15 am - 10:30 am Speed Networking

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Networking & Refreshment Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am Powering Change, Collaboration and Innovation in the Modern Workplace

Mr Erwin Chong - Executive Director, Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration, DBS Bank
  • Meeting the new demands of a flexible and connected workplace with  agile CRE team structures and portfolios
  • Enabling future way of working through designing human-oriented work spaces with and for end-users      
  • Investing in integrated communication and collaboration tools to optimise workforce productivity and employee experience in the workplace 

Mr Erwin Chong

Executive Director, Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration
DBS Bank

11:30 am - 12:00 pm The AMEX Experience: Deploying Activity-Based Working (ABW) to Drive Workplace Agility and Employee Engagement

Mr James Foo - Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Enablement, American Express Singapore
  • Examining the challenges and opportunities for introducing Activity-Based Working  across the enterprise
  • The importance of aligning real estate, HR, culture and IT to support an activity-based working environment
  • Dissolving silos, enhancing cross-functional collaboration and encouraging autonomy  via Activity-Based Working

Mr James Foo

Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Enablement
American Express Singapore

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Delving into Evolving Workplace Trends in Asia and Transforming into a High Performance Workplace

  • Reconfiguring  office portfolios to incorporate modern workplace trends and adapt to changing business needs
  • Utilising human-centric workplace designs to elevate workplace efficiency and collaboration
  • Building effective workplace wellness facilities and programs for greater employee engagement and overall business performance 

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Enhancing Workplace Connectivity, Communication and Collaboration in the Digital Age

Mr Sheridan Perkins - Global Head - Workplace, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Leveraging digital workplace as a strategic asset to drive employee and organisational performance
  • Exploring investments in communications infrastructure, business applications, physical workplace and digital security to enable seamless, real-time work 
  • Re-engineering work and business processes to reap the full benefits of a digital workplace

Mr Sheridan Perkins

Global Head - Workplace
Standard Chartered Bank

  • The convergence of physical and digital: How can organisations redesign workplaces to create a more agile, empowered and engaged workforce?
  • Leveraging mobility and Internet of Things to create new modes of collaboration and intelligence sharing
  • Providing employees the tools and flexibility to work anywhere, anytime and connect seamlessly across borders

Mr Sajit Sankar

Vice President, Regional Head for Real Estate Services, Asia Pacific


Ms Nikki Tan

Chief Digital & Information Officer
Daimler Financial Services Africa & Asia Pacific


Ms Caroline Court

Head of Real Estate, Hub East Asia Oceania

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm How are Cloud-Enabled Workforce Models Disrupting and Reshaping Today’s Workplaces?

  • Achieving business scalability and workplace flexibility with cloud
  • Enabling Internet of Things for enhanced workplace productivity and efficiency
  • Strengthening workplace collaboration and overall employee experience by providing flexible and secure access to information

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break


Structured to maximise interaction and in-depth focus on a topical subject matter, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two roundtable sessions of their choice, which has close relevance to their area of expertise and / or scope of responsibility

4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Roundtable A: Creating a 360o Digital Employee Experience

4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Roundtable B: Driving Workforce Collaboration and Innovation

Ms Isabel Austin - Senior Director, Asia Pacific Recruitment & Talent, Covance

Ms Isabel Austin

Senior Director, Asia Pacific Recruitment & Talent

4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Roundtable C: Gen-Y versus Gen-Z: Engaging and Retaining the Millennials

Mr Narsingh Chaudhary - Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy & Business Excellence, Siemens

Mr Narsingh Chaudhary

Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy & Business Excellence

4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Roundtable D: Holistic Approaches to Employee Engagement and Customer Experience

4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Roundtable E: Optimising Work with Wearable Technology

4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Roundtable F: Governing a Mobile Workforce

4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Roundtable G: Shaping High Performance and Employee-Centric Workplaces

4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Roundtable F: Designing Smart Workplaces for Value Creation

5:25 pm - 5:30 pm Closing Remarks from Chairperson & Close of Conference Day One