2020 Agenda



10:25 am
10:40 am

Driving HR transformation beyond COVID-19

Covid-19 has propelled digital transformation from a competitive advantage to a business necessity, with a greater focus on redesigning HR processes and programs to better support and empower rapidly digitalising organisations.  

  • As we move through recovery, what HR tech lessons have we learned from the rapid transformation experience of COVID-19 
  • Aligning technological capability with HR program strategy  
  • Striking the right balance between tech-driven HR processes and the human touch  
Seema Barooah

Regional Strategic Workforce Planning Head, Asia and Australia, Allianz

11:10 am
11:10 am

Tech Talk 1 – How to simplify your skills framework

Your organisation’s skills framework for hiring, learning and development is critical to your success. But building a skills framework is difficult, time-consuming, and often out of date the moment it’s completed. So what if there was a better way?

In this session, we’ll show how Cornerstone’s AI-based career platform leverages bias-free algorithms and machine learning to make sense of complex, incomplete and unstructured career data, and detects skills and wishes in order to deliver tailor-made recommendations.

Ben Smart

Solution Consultant, Cornerstone OnDemand

11:25 am

PANEL: HR tech strategies for a post-COVID world

This panel will discuss the challenges of managing HR tech projects in the context of budget constraints and rapidly changing business strategies and priorities.  

  • Assessing tech investment in the context of rapidly changing business strategies 
  • Building a compelling business case for investment while budgets are tight 
  • Overcoming the challenges of integrating tech solutions with legacy systems  
  • Combining disparate systems for holistic support of the full employee lifecycle  
  • Demonstrating your return on investment to the executive team  


Sasha Wight

Founder & EX Lead, wrkflow


Kirby Grattan

Director, People Operations, Optus

Graeme Poules

People Director, Employee Experience, Bupa

Clare McManus

HR Director, SEA &A, Edelman

Tan Sor Cheng

Managing Director, Group Head of HR Technology, Shared Services and Risk, Group Human Resources, DBS Bank

12:10 pm
12:10 pm

Tech Talk 2 – Leveraging Technology for Employee Development

Developing employees is an essential focus for every organisation with benefits such as reduced turnover, a more engaged workforce and increased efficiencies. Technology plays a crucial part in the success of any employee development program, however, it must be carefully planned and executed to realise these benefits. This session will dive into the learning and development technology landscape, explore some of the drivers for technology innovations and see how technology can lay the foundation for a successful development program.

  • The shift to more employee driven learning solutions
  • How AI is changing the development landscape
  • Where technology is driving improvements in performance as well as skills development
  • How technology can deliver more targeted development solutions
Philip Tutty

Head of SAP Litmos Training Content, SAP Litmos

Claire Lavin

Product Manager, SAP Litmos

12:25 pm

Upskill, New skill, Re-skill – Why your skills strategy needs change.. Now

The post-pandemic workplace will be markedly different, with an upsurge of remote workforces and new ways of doing business. So as a HR professional, how do you respond? How do you ensure your organisation can survive what’s here today, and thrive in what’s to come?

In this must-attend session, Sue will share:

  • Why HR professionals are undergoing a radical rethink of what ‘super-skills’ mean in this environment
  • How to create a new skills strategy that meets today’s needs, as well as tomorrow
  • How to drive a more agile workforce in the face of diminishing face-to-face learning opportunities
Sue Turk

Managing Director, Cornerstone OnDemand

12:55 pm
1:20 pm

Tech Talk 3 – Using video interviewing for internal mobility

In this session, Dudley Levell and guest speaker Carly Drury, National Recruitment Manager, NZ Police will discuss:

  • How to get the most out of your video interview platform
  • Working with the business to promote using video interviewing for internal mobility
  • Efficiencies gained and outcomes achieved
Dudley Levell

General Manager, Alcami

1:45 pm

PANEL: Powering your performance management programs for remote workers

With the recent rapid shift to remote work, online performance management has never been so important. In this thought-provoking panel, HR leaders from very different organisations will share their experience in changing the way they measure, evaluate, recognise and learn from employee performance.  

  • Selecting the right technology and mapping performance management objectives against tech solutions  
  • Leveraging technology for check-ins, continuous feedback, goal transparency and rewards  
  • Gleaning insights from performance data to inform talent strategies    


Sasha Wight

Founder & EX Lead, wrkflow


Marcela Mihanovich

HR Director GCB Asia & EMEA, Citi

Jordan O’Connor

Head of Leadership, Team Effectiveness & Performance, Telstra

Joel Rethore

Group Head of Rewards, Performance & People Analytics, Healius

Seemali Shukla

Country HR Leader - Australia & New Zealand, HP

2:30 pm

Tech Talk 4 – Understanding your cultural DNA for HR tech to accelerate your business

HR tech can be a true enabler and can impact the business quickly, however people and culture leaders must first both define and embed your cultural DNA: knowledge management, communication, collaboration, connection and alignment. This session will cover key competencies to realise the potential of HR tech implementation.

Aaron Rau

Founder & Director, Emergo

2:45 pm

CASE STUDY: Delivering a personalised employee experience

As the workplace is transformed by advancements in technology, it is vital that employers take measures to improve the employee experience. A one-size-fits-all approach no longer sufficient, and HR professionals are increasingly looking to create personalisedindividualised experiences for their employees. How can you leverage technology to create a competitive experience throughout the employee life cycle? 

  • Mapping the employee experience journey   
  • Leveraging technology to apply scalable personalisation  
  • Developing tech-enabled, people management strategies that support employees as ‘whole people’  
  • Measuring the ROI of improved employee experience; engagement, retention and productivity  
Jennifer Tiffin

Human Resources Director, Bunzl APAC

3:30 pm

Tech Talk 5 – HR tech trends for 2021 and beyond

2020 created the opportunity for a reset of business operating models, the workforce and work itself as well as the employer and employee relationship. HR is under pressure to support growth, innovation and digitalization through an increase in cost-effective HR tech solutions. This session will cover several HR tech trends we can expect in the coming years.

  • The role of AI in attracting the right talent and skills at the right time
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in data processing
  • Identifying and executing action steps for HR leaders
Jakeline Wilson

Director, Sanwil - People & Culture Solutions

3:45 pm

PANEL: Facilitating change through data-driven insight 

The increasing importance of data in organisations has spun through the business world and landed firmly at HR’s feet. Although many organisations have the data and technology to predict employee needs, the success of use is not consistent. How do you turn data into meaningful insight to enable robust decision-making?  

  • Aligning your HR data strategy with changing business objectives  
  • Gaining a holistic understanding from disparate data sets  
  • Using analytics to drive employee engagement, productivity and workforce planning  
  • Navigating security and privacy constraints whilst leveraging data insight  
  • Assessing the implications of a data-driven workplace


Sasha Wight

Founder & EX Lead, wrkflow


Dr John Chan

Head of People Data & Analytics, QBE Insurance

Isaac Chin

Director, HR Technology & Analytics, Asia Pacific, Marriott International

Dr. Sydney Savion

General Manager, Learning, Air New Zealand

Bartek Sibilski

Head of HR Reporting and Analytics, APAC, JLL

4:30 pm

CASE STUDY: Transforming learning through virtual reality and augmented reality

The potential of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the workplace is fast becoming realised as the workforce becomes increasingly more flexible and remote, with immersive and employee-facing technology being used to transform learning and development.  

  • Creating immersive learning environments that aid performance 
  • Using AR / VR to facilitate varied and personalised learning and training   
  • Best practice for AI and VR implementation
  • Measuring the ROI; user experience, development of critical skills, retention and operational cost
Rhonda Brighton-Hall

CEO, mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human


Rosalind Tregurtha

Group Director - Employee Experience, Domain

5:00 pm
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