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Businesses operating in hyper-competitive regions such as Asia need an effective pipeline of leaders to sustain long-term growth. The lack of leadership talent is consistently rated amongst the greatest business challenges in Asia. 

While the specific nature of Asia’s leadership gaps vary across large local organizations and multinational corporations (MNCs), the magnitude and components of the challenge are consistent. MNCs can fill skill gaps with expatriates but struggle to capitalise on local expertise and relationships. Local family-owned enterprises often struggle to make the transition to a new generation’s way of leading.

With organisations in Asia grappling with change and challenged by multigenerational workforce management being one of the critical areas for HR professionals, combined with ongoing talent shortage for skilled professionals, it becomes increasingly important for organisations of today, to focus on development of talent succession pipeline and initiate best practices for high-performance leadership.

This raises important questions:

Is there a shortage of suitable talent and leadership in these regions? Or should we examine the validity of the “global leader” yardstick?

How can organisations in Asia Pacific bridge the leadership talent gap?

What are the reasons for leadership shortage in Southeast Asia and how can organisations in the region step up efforts to promote leadership development?

Can Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) help organisations rise to the challenge of leadership gaps?


09.45 am: Registration (sharp)
10.00 am: Receiving of Minister Chan Chun Sing
10.05 am: Welcome by Mr Stefano Poli, President EuroCham
10.10 am: Round Table discussion
11.15 am: End of the session

The VIP Reception of Europe Day Luncheon starts at 11.30 am.


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About the Speaker: 

Mr Chan Chun Sing
Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC)

Mr Chan Chun Sing is currently Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).  On 1 October 2015, Mr Chan was appointed Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association.

On 9 April 2015, Mr Chan was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and relinquished his appointments as Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence, both of which he had held since 1 September 2013.  At the Ministry of Social and Family Development, he was responsible for improving social service delivery, enhancing social safety nets and strengthening support for families in Singapore.  His previous appointments included Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (21 May 2011 to 31 October 2012) and Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts (21 May 2011 to 31 July 2012).

Mr Chan was appointed Secretary-General of NTUC on 4 May 2015 after the NTUC Central Committee unanimously elected him to this appointment on 8 April 2015.  He was first appointed Deputy Secretary-General on 27 January 2015 by the NTUC Central Committee after joining NTUC on 23 January 2015 to help strengthen labour leadership at NTUC and the link between the Labour Movement and the Government.  He was re-elected as the NTUC Secretary-General by the NTUC National Delegates’ Conference on 29 October 2015.

In 2011, Mr Chan left the Singapore Armed Forces to run in the 2011 General Election and was elected Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC).  During his military career with the Singapore Armed Forces (1987 to 2011), he held various appointments, including the Chief of Army (2010 to 2011), Chief of Staff of Joint Staff (2009 to 2010) and Chief Infantry Officer (2007 to 2009).

Mr Chan also served on various statutory boards and government-linked companies, including Singapore Totalisator Board (2011), ST Kinetics Limited (2010 to 2011), Civil Service College (2010 to 2011), Defence Science & Technology Agency (2009 to 2010), Defence Science Organisation (2009 to 2010) and International Enterprise Singapore (2006 to 2009).


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