Human resources
Human Resources (HR) Committee

The EuroCham HR Committee enables for senior level executives to share best practices, common concerns, and receive updates on regulatory developments and discuss matters pertaining to human capital including talent and leadership acquisition and retention, employee growth, internships, raising productivity and continuing education. Members define specific topics of interest and develop position papers while working closely with businesses and government representatives.

We aim to:
  • Identify and understand the relevant HR issues faced by members across industries
  • Serve as a platform for HR professionals and business leaders to exchange information and best practices in HR strategy
  • Build consensus by providing a platform for members to address common problems
  • Serve as a conduit between our members and the European and Singaporean political and economic authorities and business associations
On the 22nd of September, the Human Resources Committee met to discuss the topic: CSR – Improving our world through ethical operations, community involvement and broader social impact
In this session we had a special panel facilitated by Co-Chair Jeremy Blain who is himself involved in several charities. Panelists
  • Ms ldiko Modla-Szalai, Founder, NEEDed Foundation
  • Dr. Daiana Beitler, Philanthropies Director for Greater Asia and the Pacific, Microsoft
  • Mr Philippe Bonnet, Vice President, Global Head Learning & Development, Human Resources, Essilor 
IMG_20170407_091641.jpg On the 24th of February, our HR Committee Members visited IBM's new Watson Centre and held a discussion on artificial intelligence, and the future of HR in the digital era.   IMG_1138IMG_1120  

On the 7th of October, Human Resources Committee Members met to discuss why European companies have a special understanding of how regional management, as opposed to managing in a country, changes things. What is the management model emerging in ASEAN? What does it mean for HR leaders. ASEAN: the Emerging Management Model that challenges how HR professionals work.To answer these questions, our special session on ASEAN for the HR Committee invited SMU to share their recent study on this question, as well as speakers from outside Singapore who have a perspective on the subject. These were Elaine Tan, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, Mr. Stuart Dean, Senior Advisor at ASEAN Advisory and Dr. Michael Netzley, Academic Director of SMU’s Executive Development Office.


On the 2nd of September 2016, the Human Resources (HR) Committee participated in a discussion titled "SINGAPORE’S FUTURE: Scenarios for HR". The meeting involved several senior level executives from various sectors, including Ms. Sarah Dunleavy, CIPD’s Research Advisor in Singapore, and  Ms. Ms Yeefong Ng, Head of Learning and Development for LINKEDIN Asia Pacific. Mr Peter Tan Jin Aun, who is the Director and Senior Principal Organizational Psychologist of the Singapore Community Psychology Hub, also took part in the discussion. Attendants were divided into five groups and exchanged their views on which scenario was most likely to occur concerning Singapore's future.  


On the 17th of June, EuroCham met Mr. Christopher Koh, Director of the Foreign Workforce Policy Department at Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM). This fruitful meeting enabled the industry to engage in a productive dialogue with MOM on foreign manpower regulation and challenges. Participants identified the main areas where they are facing issues, and exchanged on the challenges encountered in terms of workforce restructuring. The dialogue also focused on how to improve the level of regulatory certainty from the authorities, as well as ways to implement stronger public communication strategies.  


On the 27th of May 2016, our HR Committee held an interactive session on "Mindfulness at work: what’s going on?" Our special guest speaker, Ms. Jane Grafton, Senior Trainer and Coach at Potential Project, put participants to the test with practical exercises to understand the concept and impact of mindfulness. Ms. Grafton also shared with members her own path on the mindfulness practice, her experience introducing it in the workplace, and why companies are increasingly interested to do so.

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On the 11th of April 2016, Eurocham proudly collaborated with the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) for a 2016 Post Budget Dialogue with the presence of Minister for Manpower, Mr. Lim Swee Say. This dialogue offered participants a platform to engage the Ministry directly on issues regarding employment, HR and industrial relations.   

On the 21th of April 2016, Eurocham was pleased to partner once more with NTUC for a closed-door dialogue on ‘HR and Talent Management’ with Minister Chan Chun Sing, NTUC Secretary-General. A panel discussion featuring an insightful report on “HR Leadership Stall Point" by Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) took place. This collaboration follows the fruitful exchange between the Minister and EuroCham last December 2015, which led to the publication of the White Paper "Human Development Priorities for the ASEAN Economic Community".


On the 18th of March 2016, members welcomed Mr. Calum Lawrie, former Scotland Yard Detective and Principal investigator at Playfair Investigations, for a presentation on ‘the Dark Side of HR’. Following the discussion, Mr. Eckart Jensen, CEO of HR Act, gave an overview of the Protection from Harassment Act 2014 applicable in Singapore since 15 November 2014.


On the 29th of January 2016, the HR Committee met at the Singapore Management University (SMU) building to adopt the reconstruction of the Chairmanship of the Committee, welcoming two added Vice-Chairmen, Mr. Jeremy Blain, Regional Managing Director of Cegos, and Mr. Anjaney Borwankar, Director of Corporate, Development for SEA of IESE. Members then discussed the topic of "EDUCATING WORLD CLASS HR PROFESSIONALS", featuring three presentations from Mr. Richard Smith, SMU, Mr. Jukka Majanen, ISEAD, and Mr. Jeremy Blain, Cegos. 

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On the 1st of December 2015, the EuroCham-EFMD White Paper "Human Development Priorities for the ASEAN Economic Community" was launched during an event gathering relevant government authorities, H.E. Michael Pulch Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Singapore, Deans of Asian Universities together with HR leaders from European multinational companies in the region.

During the discussion, the panel emphasized the need for the region to invest in and build its own identity but also underlined the responsibility of corporate to develop a framework allowing people to gain experiences within the region and be trained for their future job. Finally, the future of education toward the development and teaching of soft skills rather than hard skills was pointed out as key for Singapore’s workforce.

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On the 30th of October 2015, the Eurocham HR Committee organised a special panel discussion on a dimension of competitive advantage for companies in Asia that is changing fundamentally - Employer Branding. The three speakers, from organisations at the leading edge of branding strategy, shared their experience and research.

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On the 18th of September 2015, the EuroCham HR Committee organized a session structured in three speed panels around the theme "HR in 2025 - Preparing the Known Unknowns of Human Development".


The first panel discussed about HR changes with Mr. Simon Cheong from Daimler AG, Mr. Emmanuel White from Hudson Global Resources and Mr. Richard Raymond Smith from SMU as panelists. The second panel discussed about unprecedented changes impacting HR, with Ms. Anne Caron Perlon, Mr. Jeremy Blain from Cegos group and Ms. Audrey Chia from NUS as panelists.

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The third panel discussed about Asia leading Global Human Development, with Mr. Anjaney Borwankar from IESE, Mr. Sunil Puri from HCLI and Ms. Jennifer Ong from Bosch SEA as panelists. 

On the 10th of July, the EuroCham HR Committee is pleased to have the EU Ambassador to Singapore H.E. Dr Michael Pulch join our Committee meeting where members discussed how European companies can contribute to policies in building human capital and business leaders in ASEAN.

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On the 29th of May 2015, the EuroCham HR Committee invited guest speaker Mr. Pascal de Petrini, Head of Global Operations, Danone, to share his views on HR and its evolving role as a global leader based in Asia managing a major European multinational.

EuroCham is happy to have Mr. Philippe Bonnet, Vice President and Global Head of Learning and Development at Essilor and Ms Su-Yen Wong, Chairman at Marsh & McLennan Companies and Senior Advisor to Mercer and Oliver Wyman, to present on the topic of Value of Work in Asia. Oliver Wyman Mr. Sunil Puri, Head of Research & Insights at Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) presented his research findings with regards to Leadership Mosaics (28.11.14) Dr. Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, was invited to address the HR Committee on EFMD’s work and its role in enhancing excellence in management development around the World (19.09.2014) ?????????? Attendees had the opportunity to engage in a fruitful Question and Answer (Q&A) discussion following the presentation, in which Dr. Cornuel shared with the Committee Members how Europe has built quality for business education and corporate learning with EQUIS & CLIP, two accreditation schemes.

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