How CHROs Can Shape Organisational and Workforce Transformation

While many factors are continuing to challenge and transform the way organisations work, forward-looking leaders are already looking to devise innovative strategies that will allow their organisation to navigate the challenges and thrive in 2024.These include formulating key people strategies that will allow them to retain the best talent at a time when employees are deciding on their key priorities and planning for their next career moves. At this event, we will be covering the key trends and addressing the pressing topics on how organisations can build a culture of belonging and equity in the workplace and deploy innovative HR technologies to improve employee experience.  Join more than 150 CHROs in your country for high-level networking opportunity, sharing of best practices and learning the latest insights from renowned HR thought leaders to successfully develop your people and organisation strategies for 2024 and steer your organisation towards growth.





Hilton Petaling Jaya
2, Jalan Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

22nd Nov 2023 CHRO Malaysia - Kristal Ballroom 1
Welcome Remarks:

Mallory Loone, Co-Founder, Work Inspires; and host of CHRO Malaysia


Opening Keynote Address

Navigating Malaysia’s Talent Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities

In an increasingly globalised world where businesses have a high demand for talent, this opening keynote session takes an in-depth look at Malaysia’s dynamic and evolving talent landscape, highlighting the key challenges faced by Malaysia while also spotlighting the opportunities that lie ahead.

Thomas Mathew, Group CEO, Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp)

How The Paradigm Shift from HR to HD Is Driving Transformational Change

As more organisations adopt a people-centric approach in building a sustainable workforce, the focus is increasingly on fair and inclusive development of employees and stakeholders, as well as the community around them.

This has led to the emergence of human development (HD) at work, which represents an investment in people to create better opportunities for themselves, while driving profits and purpose for organisations.

This session will provide an update on how HD is continuing to transform the workplace and elevating human capital development in South-East Asia.

Nadiah Tan Abdullah, CHRO, S P Setia; and Regional Chair ASEAN, AHDO

Harnessing The Full Potential of Today’s Modern Workforce

Are today’s organisations truly maximising the potential of their workforce? Organisations face a growing complexity crisis, fuelled by rapidly changing workforce dynamics and a fluid compliance landscape. Leaders are still grappling with pandemic workforce challenges, while navigating new ones stemming from the current business climate. Amid these challenges, there is a moment for opportunity for organisations to embrace this new reality and conquer complexity so their people and businesses can thrive.

In this session, we will cover these complexities and how leaders can mobilise their workforce, boost performance, engage their people, and build a stronger culture amid constant change.

Rob Squires, VP, Regional Head of Asia and Japan, Ceridian

Joshua Ooi, Senior Manager, Solutions Advisory, Ceridian

Morning Coffee and Tea Break
[PANEL DISCUSSION] Applying Human Development at Work: What’s The Secret Formula for Success?

To create a human development (HD) function, employers need to define its purpose, design the organisation and understand the metrics to measure HD.

While more organisations are investing in their people, many still lack the tools and knowledge to succeed with their HD strategies. In this panel discussion, hear real-world examples of how leading employers have implemented winning strategies to apply HD across their organisations.


Nadiah Tan Abdullah, CHRO, S P Setia; and Regional Chair ASEAN, AHDO


Ahmad Bukhari Mohd Yunus, Shell Global Head of Talent Upstream (Development, Wells and Exploration)

Anjali Menon, HR Director APAC, Sibelco

Leadership Redefined in A Hybrid World and Its Impact on Talent Management

Increasingly, more employees want flexible working arrangements as they seek better work-life balance. With stress and mental health issues persisting in the workplace, employees are also seeking more support from their managers.

Stressors from all parts of an employee's life, as well as blurring lines between home and work due to remote or hybrid work, are contributing factors to leaders needing to be equipped with the skills to connect and engage with both on-site and hybrid employees.

This session from ADP will provide key insights where organisations need to improve employee-manager relationships by equipping managers with the tips to help them communicate with empathy, and to be able to navigate this new people management territory.

John Antos, Vice President Strategy, Global Payroll & Asia Pacific, ADP

Lunch and Networking Break
Making Culture Matter and Stick

Why is great culture important to organisations? And what is the true value of getting culture right, making it meaningful and making it stick across the organisation?

In this session by BTS, discover how HR leaders can play a pivotal part in shaping the culture that will reinforce their organisation’s strategy and bring a transformative impact to the business.

Learn from real-world client case studies, where BTS supported organisations in making culture “real” with their advisory approach and to cascade its adoption through a bespoke simulation-based methodology, a narrative designed to raise the bar for learning and development. The methodologies discussed in this session will also empower your organisation to create alignment, shift mindsets, and enhance organisational capabilities.

Karnada Sharpe, Associate Director, BTS Asia Pacific

Onwards To a Sustainable Future: Leveraging L&D to Drive Sustainability Strategies

With sustainable business practices essential for long-term success, more organisations are increasingly prioritising sustainability as a key business objective.

This session aims to share PETRONAS' L&D practices in rallying employees to drive sustainability strategies and performance for speed, materiality, and alignment focus.

Junita Abd Aziz, Head of Global Learning and Development, Petronas

[PANEL DISCUSSION] HR Trends Overview 2024: Building the Future Organisation Today
What will HR and work look like in 2024?

With organisations already shaping strategies to drive organisational and workforce transformation for the new year, this panel discussion cuts through the noise to identify the key trends that HR and business leaders need to know about in 2024.

Join this exciting session to gain key insights into what you can do to navigate the challenges and opportunities in 2024, and how you can build a future-ready organisation that can thrive in an evolving world of work.


Dr Vinika Rao, Executive Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative and Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia
Adjunct Professor, INSEAD


Mitzie Antonio, HR Director at Nestle Malaysia and Singapore

Then Sik Kwang, Head of HR, DHL IT Services

Sugunah Verumandy, Country Head of HR, HSBC

Afternoon Coffee and Tea Break
Reimagine Human Development to Realise Human Potential

The rapid pace of technological innovation is transforming our world in profound ways. AI and machine learning leapfrogged into the limelight and generated awe and fear at the same time.

Once again, HR is leading at the forefront. This wave of change requires a reimagination of how we develop talent to fully realise human potential. A holistic approach is required, one that cultivates both technical aptitudes and human skills, to build a workforce ready for jobs of tomorrow.

In this session, we will share how Workday evolves its own human development initiatives to adapt to ever-changing needs. We will also share insights from a global study that examines the impact of AI and machine learning on the HR function and its strategic role.

Wong Pei Woan, Director, Asia, Office of CHRO and CIO, Workday

Closing Keynote Address
The Future is Now: How Human Development is Gaining Real and Tangible Traction

When discussing the future of Malaysia’s HR landscape, attention is increasingly turning to the concept of human development (HD), and how organisations can realise value by integrating HD into the workplace.

In this closing keynote address, Datuk (Dr) Nora Abd Manaf, Group Chief Human Capital Officer Maybank, will address some of the challenges facing organisations in Malaysia amidst uncertain times and how they can navigate these challenges by leveraging on HD.

Join this session to learn about the best HD approaches and practices that you can deploy to shape your organisation’s future – today.

Datuk (Dr) Nora Abd Manaf, Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Maybank

Closing Remarks/End of Event


Sustainability in Action
for CHROs

In conjunction with the CHRO series, HRM Asia will be launching a Masterclass series which offers HR leaders a chance to learn and hone their skills in special interest topics from experienced industry practitioners. Kicking off the masterclass series, the inaugural masterclass session entitled, "Sustainability in Action for CHROs" will be focusing on ESG to equip HR leaders with a solid perspective on the current ESG standards, pressures and future directions of Sustainability so that they can effectively guide the business and its people to attain the organisational ESG goals.

1 day workshop
23rd November 2023

Malaysia (KL)

Hilton Petaling Jaya
2, Jalan Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

23rd Nov 2023 ESG Masterclass - Serunai 1 & 2, level 1
9am - 9.15am

CHROs and the Sustainability Challenge

  • Sustainability and the role of the profession plays in transition to Carbon Neutral

Joanne Flinn, Chair of the ESG Institute

9.15am - 10.45am

ESG Masterclass #1: ESG Trends, Issues and Challenges

  • What is ESG
  • ESG trends and challenges in business
  • Implications to Leadership Responsibility
  • Understanding the additional duties of your company directors
  • Demystify Net Zero, Regenerative and Circularity
  • Understand ESG-123™ and how to guide your fellow business leader in sustainability
  • What is Sustainability Leadership today?

Joanne Flinn, Chair of the ESG Institute

Morning tea
15 mins
11am - 12.30 noon

ESG Masterclass #2: The Environment. Risk, Opportunities and Value

  • Science based origin of 'E'
  • Understand the 5 principles of ‘E’ related financial disclosure
  • Implications of Double Materiality
  • Evaluate implications to your Value Chain and what it means to people and culture
  • What people can do to reduce sustainability driven business risks
  • Principles for KPIs, metrics and measuring E from the HR perspective

Kris Wadia, Founder of Humanised Leadership or Jonathan Cheung, CEO the ESG Institute

1 hour
1.30pm - 3pm

ESG Masterclass #3: Social and Governance

  • Understand 7 elements of Social in the unique context of the HR profession
  • Sustainability updates to the 8 elements of good Governance
  • Four challenges faced by retail businesses
  • Identifying the impact of your business on social
  • The value HR brings to staying on customer procurement lists and avoiding greenwashing

Leadership or Jonathan Cheung, CEO the ESG Institute

Afternoon tea
15 mins

ESG Masterclass #4: Comply or Transform. Ready for the Future

  • Introduction to ESG linked reporting standards
  • What banks, insurers and investors are increasingly looking for
  • Creating an HR strategy for transformation using the ESG-123 Maturity Model™
  • How to select priorities to accelerate business results, your impact and show progress

Joanne Flinn, Chair of the ESG Institute


Participants of the full day are eligible to take the ESG-123 foundations Assessment

Successful candidates receive a certificate of achievement, a badge for use on their resume and LinkedIn Profile, and a year’s membership to the ESG Institute as an Associate Member

Online assessment


Specially designed for CHROs and human resource leaders, this programme will equip you with the most current ESG landscape, identify where your organisation is strong and where critical capacities are needed while getting you up to speed with Sustainability so that you can inspire your organisation, speak powerfully to your CFO on the business value for investing in your people and creating impact.

about the workshop

4 key points.
All in 1 day.

With the pressure for Sustainability and ESG disclosure coming from stakeholders ranging from employees, customers, regulators and investors, this one day workshop drills into 4 challenges leaders in Asia face.

Based on the book Greensight ~ The Sustainability Guide for Company Directors.

ESG landscape

Explore and have a clear understanding of the ESG landscape, and how to adequately approach it.

Pressure for change

Identify where and how the pressure for change is coming from, and the urgent need for transformation.

Gain clarity on key capabilities

Gain clarity on key capabilities required in the next 12-18 months

Articulate implications

With these insights, better articulate the implications of these in terms of business opportunities, risks and roles.

key topics covered

Lots to take home.
Much to takeaway.

This workshop is designed to give you a solid grounding in the current standards, pressures and future directions of Sustainability so that you can guide your business colleagues effectively.

On completion, you will be able to answer 5 important HR questions:

What is Sustainability in the work environment?

What’s happening to stakeholder expectations? And how does this impact HR?

What can you do to become a Sustainability Partner to the business?

How can you use Sustainability driven competency models?

How can you track and measure results?

At a personal level, you will enhance your leadership position by:

Simplifying the alphabet soup of acronyms that surround ESG

Helping your C-suite answer 3 critical questions

Demystifying Net Zero, Regenerative and Circularity

Integrating Sustainability into management and leadership

Outlining what to say to the CFO if and when you get pushback

How to avoid greenwashing and the resulting damage to your employer’s brand and employee value proposition








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Sugunah Verumandy

Country Head of HR, HSBC

Sugunah Verumandy is the Country Human Resource Director for Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in Malaysia (HSBC). She joined HSBC after a stint with Dairy Farm International, a retail arm in Food & Health & Beauty. Prior to Dairy Farm, as part of her passion for National Service, Sugunah led the Industry Partnership and Malaysia Professional team in Talent Corporation Malaysia, an agency within the Ministry of Human Resources. Other key roles she held were Human Resource Director for General Electric, (GE), Power Asia Pacific, a role she was promoted into after a stint as Corporate Human Resource Director for GE Malaysia and Brunei. She has led several major Human Resource initiatives for her previous Fortune 500 and leading employers such as Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ericsson Telecommunications. In all the companies, she has earned leadership awards and recognition.

A practitioner in the dynamics of human capital, Sugunah has led numerous human resource strategies that encompasses elements that drives business needs and supports employees’ aspirations. She has extensive experience in business partnering, organizational development, facilitating talent and change management including leadership, diversity and inclusion programs. Her role has brought her to many countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and United States. In GE, she led a number of change and pilot initiatives that were replicated in other markets in the region as a core best practice.

Sugunah received a Masters in Human Resource Management from University of Western Sydney, Australia and BSc Hons (Human Development) from University Putra Malaysia. Her efforts in women initiatives in GE and externally led GE to receive the Most prestigious Country Award for Empowerment of Women and other recognitions including Best Overall Company and Best Company in Workplace Practices based on her overall leadership commitment to add value to business and people. Sugunah was the Gold Award recipient of MIHRM Human Resource Leader for the Year 2014, been awarded Global Human Resource Leadership Award and been named as Top 6 Human Resources Coach for the prestigious General Electric Human Resource Leadership Program. Sugunah also devotes her time to volunteer activities and is passionate in partnering with human capital communities to add value to organisation growth and talent ecosystem

Thomas Mathew

Group CEO, Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp)

Thomas began his career in banking, working for several prominent commercial banks. However, it was his time with the National Asset Management Company, Danaharta, that opened his eyes to the jarring realities of business. Established in 1998 as a finite life institution, Danaharta exposed Thomas to the consequences that can arise when individuals and companies neglect the fundamentals of doing right and the consequent damage that could arise to the economy. During his tenure, Thomas led the Risk Management team and gained invaluable experience in assessing and mitigating potential risks.

Continuing his journey, Thomas ventured into the international arena through his involvement with the MBf group, a conglomerate operating locally and across the Pacific under the Carpenters group. His role allowed him to explore diverse markets, from the picturesque islands of Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Tonga to the developed economies of New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Thailand. As President of the MBf group, Thomas successfully helped navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by these different regions.

Eager for new experiences, Thomas then embraced Sri Lanka, taking on the role of Executive Director at the local conglomerate, Ben Holdings Group. This position allowed him to contribute his expertise to a significant organization within the country. Thomas successfully played a pivotal role in driving the growth and success of the conglomerate during his tenure.

Thomas recently joined Talent Corporation Malaysia, more commonly known as Talentcorp, at the conclusion of 2020. Reflecting on his 2.5 years to date with this government agency, Thomas firmly believes that individuals with corporate experience should actively serve in the public sector. He appreciates the unique perspective such individuals can bring and recognizes the importance of bridging the gap between the private and public sectors.

Nadiah Tan Abdullah

CHRO, S P Setia Berhad; and Regional Chair ASEAN, AHDO

Nadiah comes with more than 20 years of HR expertise, with focus on Organizational Development and Change Management. Her experiences span across both local and Fortune 500 multinationals in various industries with local/regional and HQ roles, winning regional and global awards for her contributions. This has given her both breadth and depth of understanding for the business, and ability to connect business results through creative People strategies.

A graduate of BA International Relations from the UK, she has the advantage of looking at HR from a global and holistic perspectives. She has been actively involved in creating positive and sustainable development. Her expertise lies in driving Change initiatives focusing on developing the optimum organizational structure, attracting the best talent, integrating business needs into the People Strategies.

Her passion has always been in the work around Women and Leadership and has played lead roles within diversity advocate initiatives with TalentCorp, Advisor to Gorgeous Geeks and CyberJaya Women network, Board of Advisors for Accelerate (a Social Enterprise working with youth employment issues) and now the Lead for the HR work stream for the 30 Club in Malaysia at the national level. She is also an elected Council Member for the Malaysian Employers Federation since 2018. A strong believer in Coaching and Mentoring as she is often invited to be involved in mentoring programs such as with Lean In and was called upon to be a Coach with the Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) Program for the Singapore Cohort in 2018. She is a certified Coach and an NLP Practitioner. She has recently been appointed as President for the Malaysian Chapter – ASEAN Human Development Organization.

Her contribution has been highly accorded with recognition through a number of Awards; Women Leadership Achievement Award at the 2nd World Women Leadership Congress Award 2015 in Mumbai; she received the Top 50 HR Leaders Award (Malaysia) by World HRD Congress in April 2017; in August 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Asia HRD Award for her contribution to development in the HR Community; Nadiah was also honored with the award of The Top 100 Global HR Leaders Award at the World HRD Congress 2018 in Mumbai; on 15th August 2019, she was awarded the HR Leader with CSR Initiatives at the Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards in Singapore. In September 2020, she was awarded HR Best Leader of the year by HRM Asia. Most recently in July 2022, she was conferred the 2022 Outstanding Women Chief Human Resources Officer (Leadership Excellence Award) at the World Women Economic Business Forum by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific.

Rob Squires

VP, Regional Head of Asia and Japan, Ceridian

Rob has over 30 years’ experience in leading software and technology companies across international markets, focused on go-to-market planning and execution, sales and marketing, professional services, and delivery. From early early-stage companies to global leaders, Rob has an energetic and passionate leadership style, now focused on launching, building, nurturing, and leading a world-class team focused on establishing Ceridian in the Asia and Japan Market.

Having been based in Asia for over 20 years, he thrives in the fluid and dynamic nature of emerging markets and multi-cultural environments; building and leading geographically dispersed teams in all facets of business execution. His success has been driven from the front line and in developing strong and advisory relationships with customers, whilst executing with professionalism and accountability in the sales function.

Rob lives in Singapore and outside of work he enjoys spending time exploring the tropics of Asia, both on and off-shore.

Then Sik Kwang

Head of HR, DHL IT Services

This year marks the 8 years young of Sik Kwang’s involvement in the areas of Human Capital. As a former IT practitioner, Sik Kwang has many years of experience working across a wide spectrum of IT areas. He joined DHL Group during his time in Singapore, in the year 2001, enjoying various roles in technology projects across Asia and Europe. He returned to Malaysia in 2012.

He is currently the Head of HR of DHL IT Services Cyberjaya as well as the Global HR Business Partner for Express Solutions Department within the organisation.

He believes in embracing change and marginal continuous improvement to transform challenging situations into a success which is reflected in his motto of “difficulties only make you do it better” supporting by his 4-leadership philosophy: “Gegenpressing”, “Your Voice Matters”, “Put Others First” and “Respect & Results”.

Ahmad Bukhari Mohd Yunus

Shell Global Head of Talent Upstream (Development, Wells and Exploration)

Bukhari has over 15 years of solid experience in the Oil and Gas industry as HR professional. Graduated with an Electronics Engineering degree, Bukhari started his career as a Solutions Consultant with an Australian consulting firm prior to joining Shell in 2007 as a HR Business Partner. In his tenure with Shell, Bukhari has ventured across various HR areas, including HR Business Partner, HR Center of Excellence (Policy, Rewards, Change Management, HR Systems, ER/IR), HR Operations and HR lead for Shell Business Operations Malaysia before being appointed as the Global Head of Talent for the Upstream Development, Wells and Exploration business in March 2023. Bukhari also holds an MBA in Strategic Management with IIUM and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration.

Being passionate and a strong advocate for Diversity & Inclusion as well as Talent Development, Bukhari has been actively involved in a number of initiatives by various government agencies including PEMANDU and MDEC in boosting Malaysian female talent returning to the workforce.

Beyond work, Bukhari enjoys cycling, reading, and spending time with his family. Bukhari and his wife Syiqin are blessed with a teenage son who is devoted to his online games.

Mallory Loone

Co-Founder, Work Inspires

Mallory Loone is the co-founder of Work Inspires, a people engagement and development company, who has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, both locally and abroad, customising for different level of employees. Mallory has also provided keynote sharing for companies like AirAsia, Orsted, HSBC, SP Setia, Unilever, Schneider Electric and many more.

Her experiences in the people development scene have earned her the recognition of Malaysia’s Most Talented Coach, 2019 by the World HRD Congress, Top 100 LinkedIn Icons to follow in Malaysia by Marketing in Asia, 2020 and was a 4 times TEDx Speaker. Work Inspires is also award Employee Engagement Consultancy by HR Vendor award 2022.

She continues to contribute to society by mentoring startups and youths. Mallory was also part of the Tulips Movement Council aimed to Inspire and Unleashed Women’s and Youth’s potential to grow as well as a board of the ASEAN Human Development Organisation Malaysia.

Datuk Dr. Nora Abd Manaf

Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Maybank

In addition to Datuk Dr. Nora Manaf’s role as the Group Chief Human Capital Officer and member of the Group EXCO of Maybank, Datuk Nora chairs several national-level committees and holds several Board memberships. Datuk Dr. Nora’s Board memberships include the Board of Etiqa General Insurance Berhad and MBB Labs Private Limited, Bangalore, as well as Board of Trustees of Khazanah Foundation.

Datuk Dr. Nora was conferred a Master Professional (MP) by IHRP in 2022. She was also conferred the Chartered Banker (CB) by the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2020.

Datuk Dr. Nora is actively engaged in the country’s Financial Institutions, Employers, and Education circles via the leadership roles she holds. Datuk Nora is President of the Malayan Commercial Banks’ Association (MCBA), Chairman of the Banking Sector HR Networking Group (HRNG), Council Member of Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), a member of the National Labour Advisory Committee (NLAC), a council member of Industry Advisory Council (IAC) of Department of Polytechnic & Community College Education (DPCCE), and an Advisory Council Member of Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera as well as for the University-Industry Advisory Council Universiti Utara Malaysia. Datuk Nora was recognised as a Global Top 50 Human Resource Professional and was appointed into Talent Compact 4.0, an Industry Talent Advisory Panel of Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad.

Datuk Dr. Nora is also a Member of the Board of Examiners for the Asia Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), Member of the Asia Pacific Industry Advisory Panel for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Qualified Person for Training (QPRT) for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Dr. Vinika Rao

Executive Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative and Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia
Adjunct Professor, INSEAD

Dr Vinika D. Rao is Executive Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative & Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, Asia. She is also Adjunct Professor for INSEAD and Singapore Management University. She sits on several Boards and Advisory Boards, including TiE Singapore, European Women on Boards, LiveWithAI, Nine by 9, and Hearth Ventures. She advises & trains global organizations on Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainability initiatives. She is also Ambassador, Power Women of India; International Advisory Committee, Mody University for Women & SP Jain Return to Work Programme; Ambassador, She2030 (Europe) and Advisory Council, Board MatchUp (Asia).

Vinika’s research is in diversity & inclusion in leadership, allyship and inter-generational influences on the future of work. She is frequently invited to speak on related topics and is quoted/ published in leading business publications. She started her career with an MNC bank and went on to become Managing Director of an Asian conglomerate, before making a serendipitous transition to education. Prior to joining INSEAD she was Associate Professor of Strategy at S.P. Jain School of Global Management. She has taught MBA, EMBA and UG students and conducted specialised programmes for corporate clients. She is an alumna of INSEAD (International Directors Programme), Singapore Management University (DBA, award-winning doctorate in leadership diversity), IIM Bangalore (MBA), and has completed various business management programs at INSEAD and CEIBS.

Vinika believes that business has the potential to be a force for good, led by managers who value social impact and are committed to the UN Sustainability Development Goals. She is passionate about supporting women managers to make fulfilling work-life decisions, aiming to do this through active sponsorship rather than mentorship alone. She strives to engage all genders in the effort to foster DEI in their organizations and communities.

John Antos

Vice President Strategy, Global Payroll and Asia Pacific, ADP

John Antos heads the strategy function for Global Payroll and Asia-Pacific at ADP. He collaborates with the ADP Research Institute® and other partners on research into human capital management and the future of work, and how it is evolving in Asia’s dynamic business environment.  He speaks on trends is AI, economics, innovation, and technology and how where these factors cross human capital management in the digital workplace.

Mr Antos is based in Singapore and has spent several years covering the region from China and Hong Kong to India and Australia.  Mr Antos career includes background in product innovation, fintech, HCM, consumer financial services, and corporate tax credits serving in leadership roles in marketing and strategy.

Mitzie Antonio

HR Director at Nestle Malaysia and Singapore

Mitzie Antonio, a well-experienced and seasoned Director for Human Resources Management with over 27 years of demonstrated track record of successful performance working in the FMCG – Food and Beverage industry.

Highly proficient in Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Professional Coaching & Mentoring, Total Rewards Management, Organizational Design and Development, Employee & Industrial Relations and overall People Strategy.

She successfully completed Management and Leadership courses at various business schools, particularly at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in the Philippines, the London Business School (LBS) in Singapore and at the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. In 2015, she achieved Certification for Accelerated Coach Program under the International Coach Federation (ICF). In 2018, she was conferred as a Certified Total Rewards Fellow (CTRF) by the ASEAN Total Rewards Institute Singapore and accorded as a Fellow in People Management (FPM) by the People Management Association of the Philippines.

Junita Abd Aziz

Head of Global Learning & Development, Human Capital Development Group Human Resource Management

Junita Abdul Aziz is the Head of Global Learning and Development of Group Human Resource Management, PETRONAS since 1 December 2021. She graduated with a Bachelor of Chemistry from University of Iowa, United States of America. Currently, she is pursuing her career aspiration as Talent Development Specialist.

With 28 years of work experience in PETRONAS, Junita has had various working experiences and leadership roles as a chemist, system analyst, brand management, business development, sales and operations, strategy and planning and human capital development.

Junita’s key contributions include lead the virtual supply & demand of products “Hospitality Arrangement” between PETRONAS and other oil companies in Malaysia, Diesel Subsidy Card Project for National Level, pioneering the development of Integrated Country Strategy for PETRONAS core countries and development of collaboration strategies for Upstream Business with partners like International and National Oil Companies.

Her involvement in Group HR provided her the opportunities to innovate leadership solutions for senior leaders creating impact to business results, for top talent under Redefining Talent Development Corporate initiative, developed Learning Strategy for critical business needs, rollout digital learning in PETRONAS to make learning flexible “learn anytime, anywhere”, revamped fundamentals of Career & Capability under embarc project and the implementation of the new Hybrid Learning Operating Model for groupwide.

Today, as PETRONAS pursue its business strategy into core and growth areas, she leads Global Learning and Development as the custodian of PETRONAS Learning & Development guidelines & processes including learning platform ensuring talent and leaders are empowered, agile and enabled via the mission statement: “Empowering talents and teams to achieve their full potential and unlock business results through holistic solutions and self-driven learning culture”.

Junita is currently a member of several strategic decision-making platforms to continuously redefine talent development efforts in PETRONAS via Human Resource Capability Committee, Business Skill Group Advisory Council, PETRONAS Leadership Centre Committee and Human Capital Development Leadership Team.

Karnada Sharpe

Associate Director, BTS Asia Pacific

Karnada Sharpe is an Associate Director at BTS Thailand. She joined BTS in 2018 and has been responsible for developing and delivering projects for leading organizations in Thailand and across South-East Asia. She helps clients accelerate their results by aligning their human capital with strategy.

Karnada has worked with some of the world’s leading companies in Banking, Insurance, Technology, Retail, and Manufacturing. Her work with clients in various practices including strategic alignment and business acumen, sales transformation, leadership and coaching, and assessment. Clients she works with include Kasikorn Bank, TMB, UOB, ING, Suntory, Air Liquide, UPM, Salesforce, Coca-Cola, Allianz, and EY.

Prior to joining BTS, Karnada was a Business Development Director for a corporate training company. She worked with top leaders in Thailand to produce world-class Executive education programs.

Anjali Menon

HR Director APAC, Sibelco

Anjali is a seasoned HR professional with over 18 years’ of experience across multiple sectors, with proven expertise in leading transformations, talent management, organization design and development, employee engagement and communication, diversity & inclusion, rewards, and HR business partners, across multiple countries.

Anjali is currently the Asia Pacific Human Resources Director of Sibelco, 150-year-old minerals company, leading the implementation of the people strategy, policies, and practices for the region to support long-term business needs. Prior to that, she was HR Director for Dutch Lady Milk Industries (FrieslandCampina) for Malaysia wherein among other initiatives she led the people transition for Supply chain and Commercial function. Till December 2021, Anjali was the Regional Head of Talent Centre of Competence, for Nestlé in Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa Region, wherein she was leading a multicultural, semi-virtual team delivering talent management, leadership, organization development, diversity & inclusion, and learning and capability building solutions. Since 2006, Anjali has held various positions in Nestlé, including Corporate People Development and Employee Communications Lead for South Asia, and Change, Organization Design and Communications Lead for Indochina between 2013–2018. Anjali started her professional career as Management Trainee in IT Services and Consulting firm, Infosys Technologies Ltd. in India in 2005.

Joshua Ooi

Senior Manager, Solutions Advisory, Ceridian

Joshua Ooi is a Senior Manager of the Solutions Advisory team at Ceridian, where he partners with HR leaders to address their business needs and drive digital transformation. With a decade of experience in corporate strategy, business development, and sales roles across South East Asia, Joshua excels at understanding the intricacies of HR operations and leveraging technology to enable organizations to achieve their goals. As a trusted advisor, he combines his expertise in technology with a keen understanding of the millennial workforce to help HR leaders navigate the rapidly evolving business landscape.

Wong Pei Woan

Director, Asia, Office of CHRO and CIO, Workday

With over 20 years of experience deep in the discipline of HR and Technology recommending and advising on transformation projects across organisations, Pei Woan firmly believes that driving positive change in organizations can be realized through harnessing the power of people and leveraging technology to accelerate the process.

Fuelled by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, she embraces challenges as opportunities to gain new insights and experience to stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving HR landscape. As part of her leadership portfolio at Workday, Pei Woan chairs multiple innovative projects and reviews people development needs both locally and globally. She constantly sets internal benchmarks in employee engagement that includes employee career growth, health, well-being and diversity and is an advocate for mutual respect and high trust between leaders and their people.

Joanne Flinn

Author of Greensight, the Sustainability Guide for Company Directors, and Chairwoman of the ESG Institute

Joanne Flinn, author of Greensight, the Sustainability Guide for Company Directors,and Chairwoman of the ESG Institute, walks alongside the C- Suite to build durable, sustainable organisations and teams that deliver results. She facilitates executive workshops for business sustainability strategy (virtual and physical) and runs masterclasses to build the mindset and competencies your people need for sustainable businesses. She led the country practice for Financial Services Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, was the Head of Change on the ITExCo at DBS a leading Asian bank, published 3 books and has given two TEDx talks. Her clients range from leading ASEAN businesses to global brands.

Kris Wadia

CEO of Humanized Leadership

Kris Wadia is the CEO of Humanized Leadership. He focuses on putting human beings, not processes or technology, at the core of any business that wishes to be successful. A former Partner at Accenture, with global experience across multiple industry verticals, his career journey has spanned over 70 countries. Most recently, Kris was a keynote speaker on ‘Habitual Hybrid Leadership’ for the UK’s Centre for Army Leadership, with a world-wide audience of over 6,000 attendees.

Jonathan Cheung

CEO of the ESG Institute and ASEAN Development Advisor Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Jonathan Cheung comes to the helm of the ESG Institute with over 37 years of leadership experience in 20 countries across the Asia Pacific region, North America, and Europe. His deep expertise in business, procurement and supply chain are uniquely situated to help organisations successfully tackle scope 3 emissions and improve value chains.

Jonathan brings invaluable expertise, collaborative muscle and big-picture vision to the ESG Institute through his external role as the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) ASEAN Development Advisor and his commercial acumen developed while the Executive Director/Regional Head of Citibank Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Services as well as his years at EDS, American Express, PwC Consulting, CAPCO, HP, and KPMG.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS); a licensed CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme assessor for Asia, and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). He is also an Exco member of The Supply Chain Asia (SCA) Procurement Council.