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The HR committee is organising an event with an exciting line up of speakers to engage the HR community on employee engagement with a social impact, as well as discuss social impact projects as vehicles for employee learning & development.Speakers will include leaders from Danone, SCOR Reinsurance, NEEDeed Foundation, Essilor, and LinkedIn.

Registration begins at 8.30AM. The session will begin at 9AM.


Ellen Ruan, Regional Vice President, HR Asia/Pacific and MEA, Danone Asia

Ellen has been the HR Leader with 24 years of professional and diverse experience, having worked with FMCG, Food, Pharmaceutical and Chemical Companies. Her outlook is global with international and regional experiences, including: Paris, Shanghai, Singapore and Asia Pacific. She has taken leadership initiatives in driving the Culture and People transformations by streamlining the new structure, new ways of working, helping the business to turn around and accelerate the business results. Her passion is on Integrated Talent Management, she is the accredited internal coach, focusing on developing the Asian Talents, especially the Women Talents for Danone Asia.

Philippe Bonnet, Vice President, Global Head Learning & Development, Human Resources, Essilor 

At Essilor, Philippe has driven a number of initiatives across Asia linking Essilor’s business to needs in poor regions, to test eyesight and equip people with eyeglasses on a massive scale. He will give us a practical business case, as a EuroCham member, of the idea, the execution, the benefit and the ‘what next’


lldiko Modla-Szalai, Founder of NEEDeed Foundation

Ildiko’s interest is in how companies can work effectively with the non-profit sector. Her organisation, NEEDeed (http://needeed.org/) builds organisational capacities of local non-profits by leveraging skilled volunteers and technology and by enabling companies to think and act `beyond philanthropy`. Ildiko will highlight tangible benefits for corporate involvement, such as developing talent, influencing corporate culture and focussing on shared value creation. Easy to list but not that easy to implement!

Hosea Lai, Head of Social Impact, APAC, LinkedIn

Hosea Lai is the Head of Social Impact (APAC) at LinkedIn.  His work involves helping job seekers facing barriers connect to resources and networks to build meaningful careers.  Along the way, inspire everyone to help others in providing opportunities to those in need, without biases.  He is a strong believer that talent is everywhere, but access to opportunities is not.  As individual and as businesses, we can all collectively do something about it.


This event is open only to EuroCham members only.