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Synopsis

The need for ASEAN digital workforce is growing across the region with diverse challenges from one country to the next. The Covid pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of ASEAN economies, providing opportunities for multinational but also for startup tech companies making ASEAN one of the top tech ecosystems globally.  Authorities are investing in programmes for upskilling of citizens and have made their countries more attractive to skilled foreign knowledge workers. But are these efforts enough to fill the gaps? What could be the role of Europe in this?
In this session we will highlight:

  • The challenges and opportunities for European companies operating in ASEAN. What will it take to bridge the digital skills gap in ASEAN? And do the European companies have the expertise to overcome this gap?
  • Europe has been one of the major investors in ASEAN tech economies and European companies are valued for their workforce development capability. 
  • Europe has provided a model for corporate-education partnerships through internship and applied research. Europe also has been a positive force in ASEAN on issues of data privacy, fair work practices and investments in human development. 

In this 2-hour session, you will meet human development professionals (many in senior HR positions) and European Chambers of Commerce from 4 ASEAN countries: Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Singapore.
After a brief virtual tour of the workforce potential and challenges, participants will dialogue on regional workforce strategy for digital business. 

 

Programme

3.45 pm Webinar Waiting Room Opens
4.00 pm Opening Remarks by Nele Cornelis, EuroCham Singapore
4.10 pm Introduction by Dr Bob Aubrey, Chair of Human Development, EuroCham Singapore
4.20 pm Virtual Tour of 4 ASEAN Technology Workplaces
– Vietnam:
AHDO: Ms Trinh Tieu (Talentnet Corporation)
EuroCham: Mr Bruno Sivanandan Roques de Borda (Credify / Eurocham Vietnam)
– The Philippines:
AHDO: Professor Virgel Binghay (University of Philippines)
EuroCham: Ms Amor Maclang
– Malaysia:
AHDO: Mr Fong Tuan Chen (Berjaya Corporation Berhad)
– Singapore: 
AHDO: Ms Shree Mogan (Riot Games)
EuroCham: Mr Clarence Quek (Randstad Singapore)
5.35 pm Moderated Panel Discussion with Q&A by Dr Bob Aubrey, Chair of Human Development, EuroCham Singapore
5.55 pm Conclusion by Dr Bob Aubrey

 


 

Moderator

 

Dr Bob Aubrey
Chair of the Human Development Committee 
EuroCham Singapore

Dr Bob Aubrey is Chairman of the Human Development Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Human Development Organisation (AHDO).
He has led a varied career as a business consultant, entrepreneur, writer and teacher. He has lived in the USA, Europe, China and Singapore and his work has taken him to more than 25 countries across 6 continents. 

He is an award-winning consultant working with Asian and European multinationals on leadership acceleration, organisations, learning and the human development function.
As a business school professor, he has taught Europe, China, Australia and Singapore. 

As a writer, he has published 14 books translated into 9 languages on the theme of leadership, learning, human development and the future of work. He is currently writing The Ethics of ASEAN in partnership with the ASEAN University Network and has recently published Human Development Careers: Leading the Future of Work (2020), Leading Human Development in ASEAN (2019), Measure of Man (2015). He has written numerous studies and white papers for international organisations. Bob Aubrey has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Paris and an MBA from Neoma business school. 

 

Speakers and Panellists

 

VIETNAM

AHDO Vietnam:
Ms Trinh Tieu
Founder & CEO
Talentnet Corporation

Ms Tieu Yen Trinh is the founder and CEO of Talentnet Corporation. Being an entrepreneur with a bold vision and charismatic leadership style, she has led Talentnet successfully to be in association with Mercer, ADP Streamline and People Strong. She has experience in advisory Boards and C-Suite to build up people agenda, and people strategy on many levels with an unparalleled depth of understanding of the Vietnamese labour market, and strong relationships with top HR professionals, industry leaders and other key contacts within this field. In early 2020, she was listed as an Outstanding self-made leader by Forbes Vietnam. Besides her contribution to the HR industry, she’s also an active member of various associations – Vice President of a number of associations such as Hawee (Ho Chi Minh City Association for Women Executives & Entrepreneurs) VNHR (Vietnam Human Resources Association) as well as AHDO (ASEAN Human Development Organisation).

 

Bruno Sivanandan Roques de Borda
Director of Operations, Credify
Chairman of the Digital Sector Committee, Eurocham Vietnam

From a computer engineering background, Bruno worked in OCR technologies (ITESOFT) before moving to international project management for TECHNIP implementing ITESOFT solutions in France, Scotland, Malaysia, Australia and the US (2015 – 2016). From this point, Bruno rose to consulting at the director level for THALES (2016 – 2017), issuing a roadmap for ITIL and ISO27001 compliance, with a focus on the CMDB and quality. After this experience, Bruno joined the firm WEAVE (2018- 2020) – Now ONEPOINT – for two more missions as an enterprise architect. CHANEL, working on the IS data architecture, and La POSTE on a migration toward a microservices architecture while fostering an ecosystem of start-ups for the firm. From now on, Bruno has got a strong technical background as an engineer, a practical knowledge of doing business that he learnt from starting a company from the ground up in Vietnam, and useful insights on regulatory matters through his involvement in the Eurocham Vietnam.

 

THE PHILIPPINES

AHDO Philippines:
Dr Virgel Binghay

Professor and Director of the Centre for Industry Productivity and Competitiveness
University of Philippines, School of Labour and Industrial Relations

Dr Virgel C. Binghay is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Industry Productivity and Competitiveness at the University of the Philippines’ School of Labour and Industrial Relations (UP-SOLAIR) in Diliman. He teaches graduate students courses in industrial relations and human resource management. He researches the same disciplines while also undertaking extension work with several organisations. He has published several books and dozens of journal papers, presenting them in different regions of the world. For more than 30 years, he has provided training and organisational interventions to more than 400 institutions across sectors. Besides that, he is a government-accredited arbitrator of labour-management disputes. He is also a Co-Investigator for Fairwork Philippines. Before joining academia, he worked as an HR executive for several firms in the Philippines, and early in his career, a writer and researcher for a government agency.

 

Amor Maclang
Chairperson ECCP Innovation Committee
European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

Ms Amor Maclang is an award-winning Brand Architect, Risk/Issues/Crisis Strategist, Movement Maker, and Marketing and Communications Innovator. She is the first in the Philippines to become an ISO 31000 Crisis Management Practitioner. Ms Amor Maclang is the country’s leading communications, marketing, and public relations practitioner in the sphere of digital transformation, blockchain, cryptocurrency and nascent technologies. As an internationally awarded champion of marketing as a force for good, her projects demonstrate that you can hit your business goals while still doing good for the country. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Reputation Architect of GeiserMaclang; Trustee and Executive Director of the FinTech Philippines Association; the Chair for Innovations of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; and the Founding Director of the Philippine Energy Independence Council. Ms Amor Maclang is also the Convenor of the World Fintech Festival and Digital Pilipinas, a whole-of-nation and whole-of-society movement to create a globally-competitive technology and innovation ecosystem for the Philippines.

 

MALAYSIA

AHDO Malaysia:
Mr Fong Tuan Chen
Group Chief People Officer
Berjaya Corporation Berhad

Fong Tuan heads HR for one of Malaysia’s largest and most diverse consumer groups – Berjaya Corporation. Qualified as a professional engineer, he also holds first-class honours in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, an MBA in Organisational Behaviour and a CFA. Fong Tuan’s brand of HR is data-centred yet intuitive, quantitative yet insight-driven. He started his career with Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia’s power utility company, where he was a scholar, subsequently leading and holding senior HR leadership roles for global MNCs and blue-chip corporations: Coca Cola, OCBC, Watson Wyatt, British American Tobacco, Maybank Group, B. Braun Asia Pacific and most recently Samsung. Fong Tuan has been recognised with multiple accolades including South East Asia HRM Watchlist, HR Excellence Awards Grand Winner, HR Asia Best Company To Work For and Asia Recruitment Awards.

 

SINGAPORE

AHDO Singapore:
Ms Shree Mogan
APAC Publishing HR Business Partner
Riot Games

C. Rajashree (Shree Mogan) has over 17 years of experience covering banking & financial services sectors and Fintech startups in Human Development. She has worked in HR business partnering, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Technology. She’s currently Head of People in FLOW Pte Ltd, a credit management company transforming the business of unsecured consumer finance through AI technologies and ethical practices in Asia. Shree has been deeply involved in local community projects and non-profits. In 2009, she took on the role of director in SYINC – a local youth non-profit that focuses on creating creative solutions for social impact. Shree has also been involved in Be the Change initiative, a member, (2012) – A government initiative to create community-owned ideas by youth leaders and was involved in UNLEASH programme 2018 held in Singapore which is a global innovation lab, which gathers 1,000 talent annually to collaborate on solutions to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Clarence Quek
Senior Client Solutions Director of Technology and Professional Services
Randstad Singapore

Clarence is the Senior Client solutions Director at Randstad Singapore. He joined Randstad in 2014 and brought with him more than 10 years of client management experience across the technology and professional services sectors. Working alongside several specialised recruitment teams, Clarence leads Randstad Singapore’s client engagement within the technology, telecommunication, digital and professional services space. Clarence is committed to delivering quality service excellence, by always sharing the latest market intelligence and HR trends to help shape the views of C-level executives and HR professionals of the recruitment landscape across the region. In his role at Randstad Singapore, Clarence drives business development strategies through relationship management and service delivery in areas such as talent attraction and recruitment, employer branding as well as workforce management. Clarence graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Computing, with a minor in Technopreneurship.

 


 

About the ASEAN Human Development Organisation (AHDO)

The ASEAN Human Development Organisation (AHDO) was created in 2018 and is the first regional organisation for human development professionals. Our mission is to improve human development at work and to build the ASEAN community of human development professionals. 

For AHDO human development professionals work inside organisations but are professionals in education, training, consulting, government organisations, non-government organisations, researchers and students of human development. Successful human development professionals often cross institutional boundaries to become leaders. 

AHDO defines human development beyond the scope of traditional human resources and human capital as having a dual purpose: people work towards the success of their organisation, but also the organisation works toward the development of people. AHDO defines human development in alignment with the United Nations sustainable development goals, human development metrics and the International Labour Organisation’s mission of decent work.

Since its founding, AHDO has established national chapters in ASEAN countries, published books and white papers, created the first certification programmes for human development professionals worldwide and is partnered with the University of Malaya to create ASEAN”s first Master’s degree in human development (first cohort 2023). AHDO also supports humanitarian projects for disadvantaged populations, youth employability, leadership and sustainability.

 


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