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Future of Work APAC

Previous Sponsors Include:

Future of Work APAC

2021 confirmed speakers:

Mondelēz International

Craig Taylor, Chief People Officer, Australia, New Zealand and Japan

Virgin Australia

Lisa Burquest, Chief People Officer


Sehr Ahmed, CHRO Asia

Schneider Electric

Gagan Bhargava, VP, Global HR and HR Academy

Procter & Gamble

Sonali Roychowdhury, Vice President Human Resources

Jardine Matheson

Peter Attfield, Chief Talent & Learning Officer

Johnson & Johnson

Katrina Symons, Head of HR Future of Work APAC


Jen Goeldner, Head of Workspace Technology

Charter Hall

Natalie Devlin, Chief Experience Officer

Future of Work APAC Agenda

10:00am - 10:20am

Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:20am - 11:00am

Panel: The Future HR leader

  • • What does the Future HR leader look like? What skills do they need?
  • • How can HR leaders gain and maintain their seat at the executive top table?
  • • Balancing the voice of the employee with the needs and goals of the company
  • • How can HR leaders strengthen and demonstrate their strategic ability?
  • What opportunities are there for HR in the new work paradigm?


Craig Taylor, Chief People Officer, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Mondelēz International

Lisa Burquest, Chief People Officer, Virgin Australia

Sehr Ahmed, CHRO Asia, Mercer

11:00am - 11:30am

Presentation: What’s next for the Hybrid working model?

  • • What have we learnt from the hybrid working model so far?
  • • How has your company culture changed?
  • • Strategies to integrate flexibility into the hybrid working model
  • • Building a business case for future hybrid work


Katrina Symons,  Head of HR Future of Work APAC, Johnson & Johnson



11:30am -12:00pm

Developing skill sets for the future workforce

  • • How can employers encourage growth and opportunities to its employees?
  • • Boosting capabilities and skills through training
  • • Do employees have the right skills to achieve drive future growth and performance?
  • • Building technical skills in areas such as data science, AI and cyber security
  • • Understanding emerging, existing and legacy skill sets
  • • Adopting a dynamic approach to reskilling and redeploying talent

12:00pm - 12:20pm

Coffee and Speed Networking

12:20pm - 12:50pm

Presentation: Future Proofing Talent & Learning strategy – the Jardine Matheson story

  • What one of Asia’s oldest and largest conglomerates is doing to be ready for the Future of Work
  • How they are modernising and refreshing talent and learning practices as a result
  • The role of Capability Academies in shaping the Learning agenda to support strategic capability development


Peter Attfield, Chief Talent & Learning Officer, Jardine Matheson


12:50pm - 1:30pm

Panel: Revamping employee experience and engagement

  • How are employers boosting the employee experience and engagement post covid?
  • How has the employee experience changed now there are new hybrid working models?
  • A look at the shift in employee engagement to focus on well-being
  • Extending trust and investing in creating frictionless employee experience
  • How can employers create an inclusive and company culture and a positive employee experience for all?

10:00am - 10:20am

Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:20am - 11:00am

Panel: The new era of Internal communications

  • How has the pandemic changed the role of HR and Internal Comms?
  • What new trends are we seeing?
  • Aligning communication priorities to business objectives
  • Crisis communications and communicating change through uncertain times
  • Strategies for reducing complexity and noise. Finding the right content, frequency, targeting and tooling.

11:00am - 11:30am

Presentation: Employee wellbeing in the digital age

  • • Tackling mental health and encouraging social connectivity
  • • Employing analytics to identify areas of concern
  • • Managing potential conflict between home and office workers
  • • How can remote workers keep separation between work and home life an avoid being on24/7.


11:30am - 12:00pm

Presentation: Harnessing the power of AI for HR

  • • What can AI help HR leaders to do?
  • • What impact can it have on your business?
  • • Creating and AI strategy that is right for your organisation
  • • What affect will automation tools have o the workforce?
  • Barriers to AI adoption

Speaker: Gagan Bhargava, VP, Global HR and HR Academy at Schneider Electric

12:00pm - 12:20pm

Coffee and Speed Networking

12:20pm - 12:50pm

Presentation: Becoming a resilient organization

  • • What challenges need to be overcome to become truly resilient organization? A look at skills and work design.
  • • Shifting focus from being an efficiency first to resiliency first enterprise.
  • • Leveraging employee and organizational agility to be prepared for continuous changes and respond with speed and effectiveness.
  • • Removing barriers to resilience.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Presentation: Driving diversity and inclusion in a remote workforce

  • How has the move to remote working impacted diversity in the workplace?
  • What role does internal communications play in creating workplace equality?
  • Creating protocols of language and behaviour.
  • Leveraging multiple digital channels to relay information, protocols and drive engagement.


Sonali Roychowdhury, Vice President Human Resources, Procter & Gamble

1:20pm - 2:00pm

Panel: Truths & Trends of the Digital Workplace

  • How are digital technologies improving the employee experience and new working models?
  • Managing change and measuring adoption rates among employees
  • Demonstrating ROI for digital workplace initiatives
  • Creating moments that matter and ensuring employee wellbeing in the digital workplace


Jen Goeldner, Head of Workspace Technology, Transurban