Strategic HR Business Partner Congress 2018
Strengthening HRBP’s Strategic Impacts to Achieve Greater Business Results

27 - 28 February 2018 | Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore



Registration and Coffee


Opening Remarks from Chairperson


Speed Networking Sessions

Speed networking is a facilitated networking session which allows you to connect and meet new people. Bring plenty of business cards to ensure you make the most of this session.

Beyond a Function: Rewriting the Role of the Strategic HR Business Partner to Maximise Business Impact

  • Understand HR's role and value statement 
  • Understanding the business and speaking its language 
  • Exploring HR’s common pitfalls
  • Partnering with business clients and learning how  to be a coach
  •  Knowing your CEO
  •  Gaining wings to fly and making the strategic impact
  • Redefining the value proposition of HRBP to the business
Speaker(s) of this session
Raamann AhujaSr Director- Human ResourcesThermo Fisher Scientific

Developing a Strong Stakeholder Engagement Plan to Gain Buy-ins and Align Strategies

  • Identifying HRBP’s key stakeholders
  • Gaining clarity and constructive engagement in business planning to deliver the right outcomes
  • Clearly identifying each stakeholder’s success metrics and objectives
  • Gaining organisation-wide supports such as financial resources and talent resources to deliver the strategies
Speaker(s) of this session
Amitabh NigamLead International HRBPAT&T

Morning Refreshment and Networking Break


Finding Talents and Building HRBP Capabilities to Incubate High-Calibre HR Partners

  • Who is the best fit for HRBP? Identifying success factors that early predict a high-impacts HRBP 
  • Grooming HRBP from HR talent pools via rotation programs for enhanced exposures 
  • Integrating HRBP strategic interventions into business planning to create rooms for growth 
  • Exploring alternative “partnering models” of HR: HR OD, HR SP 
Speaker(s) of this session
June ChoBusiness HR LeaderMicro Focus

Strengthening HR’s Business Acumen – A Comprehensive Approach

  • Integrating HRBP’s into the core leadership team to enhance functional exposure
  • Think business: how HRBP’s can shift to a business leader mindset
  • Rotating different business functions to gain multi-faceted exposure
  • Capturing business drivers, industry and market drivers 
  • How HRBP can effectively enhance financial literacy
  • How HRBP can create executive summary and capitalise on business competitive edge
Speaker(s) of this session
Rahul KaliaRegional Human Resources Business Partner (Head of HR) Asia PacificBayer Crop Science

Lunch and Networking Break


Nurturing Business Understanding and Commercial Mindset (BUCA) in the Workforce

This session will outline how HRBP’s can strengthen a BUCA culture which translates into a capability for business transformation or improvement
  • What does business transformation have to do with HRBP and BUCA?
  • The behavioural dilemma behind BUCA – it’s not just about skills
  • Building BUCA capability through strategy cascade, learning, engagement and recognition
  • Applying BUCA as an HRBP yourself: Translating a business strategy for organizational implementation & cascade
Speaker(s) of this session
Eric YimGlobal Head of Learning & ODShell

Localising Global HR Strategies – Tailoring and Implementing Head office’s Guidelines in Local Context

  • Aligning global, regional and country general guidelines to formulate consistent strategies 
  • Avoiding common legal pitfalls to ensure compliance 
  • Leveraging cultural differences to formulate unique strategies 
  • Driving consistent branded strategies that build corporate synergies 
  • Communicating localizing challenges with regional head to seek modified optimal agreement 
  • Singapore context: ensuring diversity in the constrained work-visa environment – how to tackle it? 
Speaker(s) of this session
Aditi MahadevanAPAC HR Head- Markets and Securities ServiceCitibank

Getting Buy-In From Business Leaders

As HRBP’s, establishing a strong partnership and a good operating rhythm with business leaders is important; demonstrating HR’s relevance and tangible value-add is critical. In this session, Kike will share her journey transitioning from a 15-year career with the business into an HR role where she herself, though curious, did not originally appreciate HR’s value. Over time, she has become an advocate for demonstrating the relevance of HR to the business during what has become a 12+ year HR career journey.
In this session, Kike will share what she’s learnt about getting buy-in from business leaders, including:
  • The art of demonstrating HR’s relevance
  • The importance of investing time in understanding the business plan and key priorities
  • Understanding your client and key stakeholders
  • Communicating the role of HR and managing expectations
  • Learnings, pitfalls and food for thought
Speaker(s) of this session
Kike AjeigbeGlobal HRBP - CF and PFStandard Chartered Bank

Afternoon Refreshment and Networking Break


How HRBP can Understand and Leverage on Digital and Technology Trends to Create Business Impacts

  • How HR tech has affected and transformed all aspects of the HR value chain
  • Why HRBP should view HR tech as a tool rather than as a threat
  • How to pick the right HR technology for your organization
  • HRBP serving as an internal evangelist and getting buy-in from key business heads
  • Going beyond HR: spearheading and disseminating digital transformation to other functions across the business
Speaker(s) of this session
Kenny JinHead of Talent Acquisition & HR Business PartnerReapra

Establishing the Key Competencies of a Strategic HRBP – One-Step-at-a-Time & Fit-for-Organizational-Purpose

  • Prioritising the key building blocks of an HRBP: Which one delivers the best outcomes?
  • Strengthening core HR functional expertise to articulate changes
  • Assembling competencies to drive organisational impacts
  • Putting each competency into a business context
  • Mastering the six core competencies of an effective HR Business Partner
• Credible Activists
• Strategy Positioners
• Capability Builders
• Change Champions
• HR Innovators and Integrators
• Technology Proponents
Speaker(s) of this session
Ajit IyerManaging Director - HR, WorldWide OperationsApplied Materials

End of Conference Day One


Registration and Coffee


Articulating Business Strategies into your People Agenda: An Art Worth Mastering

  • Identifying organisational competency gap 
  •  Educating business clients on people implications and key values to deploy
  • Demonstrating existing talent maturity and emerging talent trends to the business
  • Defining key people success metrics to benchmark the champions
  • Speaking human capital financial statements: Adjusting resources and costs
Speaker(s) of this session
John MayesGlobal HR DirectorSoftwareONE

Collaborating with the Business to Drive Leadership Development, Workforce Planning and Strategic Organisational Development

  • Cultivating knowledge on emerging organisational designs and impacts
  • Re-Shaping HRBP mindset into business leader’s role to capitalise talent values
  • Constantly assessing internal client’s needs
  • Aligning with business leaders to identify solid profile for leadership development
  • Ensuring effective implementation of succession planning
  • Coaching hi-potential employees to capitalize upcoming business opportunities
Speaker(s) of this session
Veli AghdiranAPAC Talent Development and Cultural DirectorEssence

Morning Refreshment and Networking Break


Partnering with Business Leaders to drive Business Transformation

The cycle of change often includes resistance, followed by acceptance and then performance. For this reason, it takes HR and Business Leaders partnering in order journey through this process in order to enable change and transformation. This has been the journey at IBM, and in this presentation, Brajesh will walk us through his insights and experience on HR’s role in partnering with the business to drive transformation, this session will explore:
  • The Mindset shift required for HR to lead transformation
  • HR’s need to learn and gain an outside-in perspective, gather business acumen, competitive knowledge on industry trends to gain a holistic perspective
  •  Enabling a growth mindset – coaching executives on the acceptance of failure, agile methods and tools such as design thinking
  • The need for keeping up with the 5-8 year cycle of macroeconomic change, and using data to create big picture
  • Building the skill-competencies for the new and future worlds of work – building the business case for investment in learning
  • The art of buy-in: understanding the businesses pain points and becoming a credible partner
  • Effectively introducing your program and articulating it’s value proposition HR driving growth and expansion by understanding the dynamics of the regional talent pool
Speaker(s) of this session
Brajesh SinghHR Leader- Acquisition Integration AP/GCG/Japan/MEAIBM

HRBP Project Management Skills – Managing HR Initiatives and Metrics to Constantly Deliver Client Satisfaction

  • Prioritising projects to identify quick value opportunities
  •  Formulating metrics to assess accurate cost and ROI of your  talent programs
  •  Leveraging supports from COE’s and business centers
  •  Managing timelines and client expectations
  •  Using “Storytelling” to demonstrate project outcomes and drive management buy-in

Lunch and Networking Break


Innovating Cost-Effective Total Rewards Strategies to Retain Critical Talent

  • Ensuring in-depth understanding of rewards dynamics to provide sound consultation: compensation, career progression, and non-monetary benefits
  • Effectively using data analytics to devise sound salary and flexible compensation suggestions
  • Ensuring relevant alignment with talent expectations
  •  Innovative best practices in compensation and benefit strategies
  •  Ensuring cost-efficient flexible benefits initiatives
Speaker(s) of this session
Paul O’MalleyDirector, Global Total RewardsFranklin Templeton Investments

[Panel Discussion] Harnessing Robust Talent Acumen to Spearhead Staffing Competencies for the Business

  • Exploring platforms to stay updated with emerging talent trends
  • How HRBP can lead the formulation of new competencies and talent requirements for new business portfolios
  • Understanding holistic talent supply and demand of today and tomorrow to proactively build concrete pipeline
  • Differentiating various new technical roles, and talent dynamics by putting into context


Speaker(s) of this session
Smita NigamSenior HR Director Diageo (Singapore)

HRBP’s as a Change Agent: Strengthening Change Capabilities to Curate Successful Business Transformation

  • Developing an agile culture within HR to cope with constant changes
  • Assessing change opportunities: why, where, when and what resources?
  • Building the right communication channels to constantly communicate outcomes, success and keep everyone involved
  • Curating workshops to provide timely supports
  • Phasing change to cater to the varying pace of employee adaption and adoption
  • Determining success metrics to benchmark change effectiveness
  • How HRBP’s can run M&A for the business
Speaker(s) of this session
NC PrakashRegional Director, Human Resources (Asia Pacific)Rohde & Schwarz

Afternoon Refreshment and Networking Break


Analytics: The Winning Card for HRBP’s to Deliver Competitive Business Insights

  • How to ensure quality data to drive solid insights
  • Communicating clear expectations to HR analytics team
  • Using HR analytics on a daily operation basis
  • Which metrics are the “North Star” for driving strategic values
  • Mastering the story-telling of insights to contribute to business dialogue

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