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The Singapore Human Capital Summit: “People Strategies For Asia”

Top business leaders and human capital thought leaders to share insights on people strategies and talent management practices in Asia.

Singapore will host the inaugural Singapore Human Capital Summit 2008: People Strategies for Asia from October 22 to 24 this year. The first of its kind in Asia, the Summit brings together global and regional industry and thought leaders, as well as government leaders from the region, to share and deliberate on leading ideas and practices in human capital management, and their application to businesses and organisations operating in Asia. It offers a mix of presentations and plenary discussions involving global and regional CEOs, leading academics in human capital, as well as sharing of new research findings on strategic HR trends and best human capital practices for Asia.

2.   Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver the opening keynote address while Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew will join delegates in a round-up dialogue at the end of the Summit. The Summit will feature more than 50 global and Asian business leaders including Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC; Michele Burns, Chairman and CEO of Mercer; Harish Manwani, President Asia Africa, Central and Eastern Europe of Unilever Group; Yasuchika Hasegawa, President of Takeda Pharmaceutical; Kan Trakulhoon, President and CEO of Siam Cement Group; Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of CapitaLand Group; Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Group; and Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman of Shell Singapore.

3.   Thought leaders joining delegates at the Summit include Prof. Dave Ulrich, Partner and Co-founder of RBL Group and Professor of Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Prof. Peter Cappelli, Director, Centre for HR, Wharton University of Pennsylvania; Dr John Fleming, Principal and Chief Scientist, Gallup and Co-Author of Human Sigma ; Prof Edward E. Lawler III, University of South California Marshall School of Business and Prof Norihiko Shimizu, Visiting Professor, International Business Strategy, Hitotusbashi ICS.

4.   Asia is experiencing an exciting period of growth and development. Integral to this development and the competitiveness of economies and companies is human capital. The Summit will address issues like strategic responses to the competition for talent, demographic trends and the increasing mobility of skilled labour, as well as questions like how people practices and human capital management should develop for corporate success in Asia.

5.   The Summit features both plenary and concurrent seminars. In the plenary sessions, participants will profit from the insights and leadership perspectives of global CEOs with business operations in Asia, obtain the latest thinking in human capital development and management from global thought leaders and learn of Asia's trends and practices in leadership development and talent management through two specially commissioned research.

6.   “With the globalisation of the workforce and the fast-growing Asian economy, companies today have to work even harder to manage and retain talent. The Singapore Human Capital Summit will thus address two of the most critical issues faced by business leaders and HR practitioners – people strategies and talent management in Asia”, said Ong Ye Kung, Chief Executive, Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). “By providing a platform such as the Singapore Human Capital Summit, business leaders can come together to discuss the latest trends and practices in talent development and management, and look at ways to drive excellent people strategies that contribute to their business success”.

7.   “As we continue our successful growth in Asia, we must attract, retain and develop the best talent. To drive performance and engagement and build leadership capability, we need to provide rewarding international careers. How we manage our human capital is critical and we look forward to participating in this important new summit.'” said Peter Sands, Global CEO, Standard Chartered PLC and speaker at the Summit.

8.   The Singapore Human Capital Summit targets to attract more than 600 top business leaders and Chief Human Capital practitioners in the region. It is organised by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) in partnership with Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), UK, INSEAD University and Singapore Management University. The Summit is also supported by key local economic agencies and partners including The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS); Economic Development Board (EDB); The Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF); Infocomm Development Authuority of Singapore (IDA); International Enterprise Singapore (iE Singapore); , Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS); Media Development Authority (MAS); Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office (PSD); Singapore Tourism Board (STB); National Trades Union Congress (NTUC); Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF).

Singapore Human Capital Summit 2008 Factsheet

Singapore Human Capital Summit 2008 Programme