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At the panel dialogue held on the 14th of February, EuroCham hosted 14 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) at a dialogue on building the next generation of HR professionals, and understanding what helps Singapore tick when it comes to manpower and labour practices. The session was catered to allow a frank discussion with EuroCham guests and the visiting MEPs about the unique ecosystem of collaborative tripartite partnerships.

Among the panellists were representatives from Singapore’s representative labour and manpower bodies including the NTUC, Institute for Human Resources Professionals (IHRP), Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), as well as the former CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), and representatives of various European companies. The session featured topics on how the EU may impart best practices in HR to Singapore and ASEAN, less in terms of minimum wage and freedom of association but through vocational training and international mobility. Singapore and the Southeast Asian region may also share about its experience with the contingent workforce and the challenging tasks of attracting and retaining talent. Panellists also shared about how institutes of higher learning will need to be transformed into institutes of continuous learning instead due to the ever-changing nature of industries, and thus encouraging the workforce to remain skilled and relevant.




16 Members of the European Parliament from the Friends of Singapore group in the European Parliament will be making a working visit to Singapore at the invitation of the Singapore Government.

During their visit EuroCham, in collaboration with NTUC, is hosting this breakfast event with the MEPs, alongside European businesses based in Singapore. Such an engagement will benefit the mutual knowledge sharing on the future role of HR in Singapore and the region.

Dr Bob Aubrey, Chairman, HR Committee EuroCham
The interactions between the EuroCham HR Committee and the Singapore HR Community.

Mr Mayank Parekh, CEO, IHRP
Sharing by Institute of Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) on Developing a Future Ready HR. From the discussion of a future-ready workforce, we dovetail into a future-ready HR as the HR function plays a key role in building a future-ready workforce.

Mr Eckart Jensen, CEO at HR ACT Pte Ltd
Ms Annabelle Thebaud, Head of HR APAC at SCOR Services Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Mr Vivek Kumar, Assistant Director–General, NTUC
Mr Edwin Lye, Director, Singapore National Employer’s Federation
Ms Su-Yen Wong, Former CEO, Human Capital Leadership Institute (Moderator)

8.45 am: Registration
9.00 am: Opening remarks Mr Vivek Kumar, NTUC Assistant Director-General
9.05 am: Keynote by Dr Bob Aubrey, Chairman HR Committee EuroCham
9.15 am: Keynote by Mr Mayank Parekh, CEO, IHRP
9.25 am: Panel debate moderated by Ms Su-Yen Wong
Former CEO Human Capital Leadership Institute
10.30 am: Close



Chairman HR Committee EuroCham

Dr. Bob Aubrey has led an esteemed and varied career as entrepreneur, writer, teacher, business consultant and representative of international institutions. He has lived in USA, Europe, China and Singapore and his work has taken him on assignments to more than 25 countries on 6 continents.

As a consultant he has designed several corporate universities in Europe and Asia and has set up global leadership and talent systems for companies. These include large projects for Apple, SAP, Volkswagen and Accor hotels and as well as corporate universities for SMEs and State-Owned companies.  As Senior Advisor for Asia of the European Foundation of Management Development, he organizes events and participates in Peer Reviews for the prestigious CLIP accreditation of corporate universities.

As a professor for business schools,  Bob has created programs for top business schools in France, China, Australia and Singapore on the subjects of career and personal development, leadership, strategic human resources and management strategy

Bob Aubrey is active in pro bono work as Chairman of the HR Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

As a writer, he has published 9 management books on the theme of work, learning and human development. His most recent books are Measure of Man: Leading Human Development McGraw Hill (2015); Creating Aspirational Leaders: the Global Workforce Advantage McGraw Hill (2013) and Managing Your Aspirations: Developing Personal Enterprise in the Global Workplace McGraw Hill (2010). He has also numerous written reports and white papers for international organizations.

Bob has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Paris, executive MBA from NEOMA Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California.

CEO at HR ACT Pte Ltd

Eckart Jensen is the CEO of HR ACT Pte Ltd, a HR consultancy firm that offers compliance and HR audit support for multinationals operating in Asia. He is also the chairman of the HR committee at the Singapore German Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he has held this position for over 10 years. Previously Eckart was Vice President at Daimler AG where he was in charge of HR compliance and HR audit covering Africa and the APAC region. He has also held senior roles within Daimler AG including head of HR sales and financial services in Southeast Asia. Eckart previously worked at Daimler-Chrysler as well as Daimler-Benz AG. Eckart obtained his MBA from the University of Kiel, Germany, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Head of HR APAC at SCOR Services Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Annabelle Thebaud is the head of HR at SCOR Reinsurance Singapore where she heads the talent acquisition and brand awareness efforts, while concurrently serving as the co-chairman of the HR committee at the European Chamber of Commerce. Previously she served as the regional and global HR business partner at Credit Suisse where she was in charge of the production and testing group. Prior to that, Annabelle was regional HR manager for Southeast Asia at Yahoo! and served also in senior HR roles in communication and employer branding at Credit Agricole CIB after a two-year stint at Banco Santander bank in Hong Kong. Annabelle is a certified career transformation and executive coach with a master’s degree in economics from the University of Nantes, as well as a post-graduate degree in audit-controlling from the University of Lille 1 Sciences and Technology

Assistant Director–General, NTUC & Director U Startup, U Associate, U Future Leaders, U PME

Mr Vivek Kumar is Assistant Director-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). He is the Director of U Startup, U Associate, U Future Leaders and U PME.

Under his leadership, his team grows the Labour Movement and builds relationships with 3gen NTUC members and networks comprising NTUC-affiliated unions and associations, NTUC Social Enterprises, NTUC U Associate professional guilds and professional groups such as startups and technopreneurs.

Vivek is presently a board member of NTUC Link Pte Ltd, NTUC Club, & PME Hub Pte Ltd. He is also a Board Member of the InfoComm Media Development Authority (IMDA), honorary Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, as well as a keynote speaker at regional conferences. He also writes in selected business publications.


Mayank has over 20 years of experience in regional, global HR and general management roles. He was the Senior Director, HR Operations APAC for Qiagen, a German MNC in Singapore before joining Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) as CEO in June 2017.

Prior to Qiagen, he was with Merial, the animal health division of Sanofi for 13 years from 2001 to 2014. Mayank started out as a Sr. Director, Asia Pacific, he became HR Leader for Global Business Operations based in U.S.A in August 2005 with responsibilities to deliver HR services to Merial businesses in 27 countries involving 2,000 employees. He was appointed Country Manager, India in July 2008 with overall P/L responsibility of Merial operations in India comprising 250 employees.

Mr Edwin Lye

Director, Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)

Mr Edwin Lye is a recipient of the SNEF-Stephen Lee Leadership Award and is presently a Group Director, Industrial Relations and Workplace Partnerships in the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF).
Before his present role in SNEF, Edwin was the General Secretary of the Singapore Teachers’ Union (STU) and the Vice-President of the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

He was also a Member of the Institute of Technical Education Board of Governors (2007-2013) and a Member of the People's Association Board of Management (2010-2015). In acknowledgement of his various contributions, Edwin received the NTUC Comrade of Labour Award in 2007 and was conferred the Public Service Medal Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) at the 2012 Singapore National Day Awards.

Former CEO, Human Capital Leadership Institute

Wong Su-Yen is a Board and C-Suite advisor to leading organisations in North America and Asia, with deep expertise in business strategy, organization transformation, human capital and leadership development.
She is a sought after keynote speaker and facilitator at conferences around the world, and a highly rated guest lecturer at universities including IE Business School, INSEAD, Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, San Diego State University, Singapore Management University, and Yale University.

Su-Yen currently serves on the Boards of several public, private, and not-for-profit organisations. She is Chairman of Nera Telecommunications, a global telecom and IT solutions provider that operates in Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa, listed on the Singapore Exchange Mainboard. She serves as an Independent Director at MediaCorp – Singapore’s leading media company which is wholly owned by Temasek Holdings; Yoma Strategic Holdings – a major conglomerate with diversified business interests in Myanmar; and NTUC First Campus – the largest provider of childcare services in Singapore. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Linfield College – a highly ranked liberal arts institution of higher learning in Oregon, USA.

Previously, she was Chief Executive Officer of the Human Capital Leadership Institute.
Prior to that, she was Chairman (Singapore) for Marsh & McLennan Companies.

She is a Fellow and member of the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Directors, and is an active member of Women Corporate Directors, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. She holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in music and computer science from Linfield College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has lived and worked in the United States, Thailand, Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.