Asia Panel Series

The Asia Panel Series is a series of panel discussions featuring business and thought leaders exploring the trends affecting today’s business professionals in Singapore.

ASIA PANEL SERIES: Succeeding at Real, Sustainable Organizational Change

Tuesday, 24 September
7 pm – 8:30 pm
IEEC Classroom @ 75 Bukit Timah Road, 05-15/16

Panelists: Denise Morris Kipnis, founder and principal at ChangeFlow Consulting; Chris Morris, independent consultant with Hay Group and others; and Aaron Mitchell, HR associate with Citi
Moderator: David Barker

Implementing real organizational change. As many leaders and human resource professionals have learned the hard way, it is a deceptively simple concept. In today’s constantly changing business environment and with complex, global competitive realities, there are real, long-term consequences to failing at organizational change. Real, sustainable organizational change requires: 1) diagnosing the reason for change; 2) designing appropriate interventions; 3) evaluating progress and; 4) course correcting as needed.

There’s no “one-size fits all” approach to achieving change, but there are best practices and leaders/human resource professionals who have successfully achieved organizational change. Join the Asia Panel Series as we bring together three change management veterans who will share practical, recent methodologies and experiences. Topics will include:

  • Given all that is out there, what do I really need to know about transformational organizational change?
  • What impact does the ride of cross-functional teams and virtual teams have?
  • What are the new technologies that are being used in change efforts?
  • How do I get people on board and how do I keep them there?
  • What are some best practices for measuring progress?
  • How can I fast-track organizational change?

Cost - $20 for pre-registered guest.  The event will conclude with an interactive Q&A followed by networking cocktails.  Click here to register.

Panel Members

Denise Morris KipnisDenise Morris Kipnis heads ChangeFlow Consulting, an organization development consultancy that specializes in transformational change. Known for organizational puzzle-solving and big-picture thinking, her areas of expertise include: organization design, change management, project management, communication, and inclusion. Denise has led change projects across various sectors and countries; her clients include multinationals such as Credit Suisse and BHP Billiton as well as SME’s, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Chris MorrisChris Morris, formerly a consulting director at Frost & Sullivan, is an independent consultant working with Hay Group amongst others. He has more than 13 years of programme and change management experience within the industrial, public and healthcare sectors. Especially skilled in the delivery of complex projects with multiple stakeholders, Chris has extensive experience of working within the government, industrial and healthcare sectors, where he has overseen several extensive organization-wide transformation initiatives.

Aaron MitchellAaron Mitchell is currently employed at Citi as a Human Resources Management Associate. His specific responsibilities include the end-to-end project management of an Asia-Pacific wide recruitment transformation initiative where all aspects of the recruiting model are in scope for 17 countries within the region. Essentially, Aaron is responsible for developing strategy and then turning that strategy into reality while trying to maintain harmony in a heterogeneous region. Aaron has extensive experience managing change without formal authority.

Moderator

David BarkerDavid Barker is president of ASIM Education, the parent organization for both the International Executive Education Center and the Asian School of International Management. His experience in the education sector has been focused on bridging highly ranked US graduate programs into Asian markets with Asian context. He is an experienced executive and has lectured in China, Singapore, and the US on change management and strategy.

 

 

ASIA PANEL SERIES: Fostering Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia

Tuesday, 30 April
7 pm – 8:30 pm
National Library Building (NLB), Level 5 Possibility Room
Free event, but pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. Click here to register. 

Panelists: Patrick Liew, director of HSR Property Group; Mike Holt, founder of Get2Volume; Sam Baker, CEO of StreetSine Group; Devin Kimble, founder and managing director of MENU Pte. Ltd. Food & Drinks Group
Moderator: Brent N. Smith
 
Entrepreneurs and their ventures are a driving force behind financial growth and innovation within the global economy. With its convenient location and business friendly structure, Singapore is an ideal place for today’s entrepreneur. Learn first hand from four successful entrepreneurs about their perspectives and experiences in Singapore and throughout the region and what they think aspiring entrepreneurs need to know to succeed.

The panel will tackle timely topics including:

  • How should entrepreneurs gauge opportunities and weigh risks to maximize chances for successful outcomes? Does this/should it differ from large corporate decision making?
  • Are entrepreneurs born or made?  What traits set successful entrepreneurs apart from the rest?
  • What special or unique issues exist for entrepreneurs in Singapore or in emerging Asian markets?
  • Sticking with the business plan versus adaptability? When do the benefits of changing direction outweigh perseverance?

The event will conclude with an interactive Q&A followed by networking cocktails.

Panel members:

PaPatrick Liewtrick Liew is CEO and Chairman of HSR Property Group and sits on the boards of several companies involved in education, info-communications technologies and investments. Previous roles include serving as regional director at Gartner Group, head of sales and marketing operations at Dow Jones Telerate and a member of the management committee at Siemens Nixdorf.

Patrick is the co-author of a best selling book and has co-produced more than ten personal development systems.  He has lectured on real estate issues all over the developed world and served as an advisor to the Singapore Polytechnic, International Board Member of a non-profit business association, past President of an entrepreneurs club, a past Vice-President of the Singapore Computer Society and a board member of two civic groups.

 

Mike HoltIn 2006 Mike Holt founded technology incubator and advisory firm Get2Volume, which has helped 15 technology companies grow revenue, win customers, raise money and get acquired. Prior to Get2Volume, Mike spent 15 years at Texas Instruments (TI) and Silicon Systems, which was sold to TI for $600M, in various leadership positions including product line manager for TI’s $200M storage DSP division where he managed a worldwide team of 130 employees.

In his role at Get2Volume, Mike has advised early-stage companies and been CEO for three high-technology startups (including raising $70M in start up funding). Mike is also the vice president/founder of Singapore Semiconductor Association (SSIA).

Sam BakerIn 2007, Sam Baker co-founded the StreetSine Group, a technology company that built the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (www.srx.com.sg) and is expanding into Hong Kong. The Singapore InfoComm Technology Federation judged StreetSine to be the Best Start-up in 2010.
 
During the initial start-up of StreetSine, Sam worked as an independent consultant advising US-based financial service companies and tech companies on market entry in Asia.  Specifically, he worked on an institutional investment in a Chinese insurance company, a joint venture in India, several market entry projects in Singapore, and an acquisition of an Indonesian subsidiary of a Malaysian company. Prior to forming StreetSine, Sam worked for American International Group (AIG) and Deutsche Bank, where he specialized in market entry start-ups and turnarounds.

Devin KimbleDevin Kimble is the founder and managing director of Singapore-based MENU Pte. Ltd. Food & Drinks Group, which owns and operates Brewerkz Restaurants & Microbreweries and Café Iguana. Formerly, Devin was the regional operations manager for Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill, which is headquartered in Hong Kong, and a multi-unit manager and corporate recruiter with Taco Bell in Connecticut, USA.

He has been a speaker and panel participant on various topics at Singapore-based universities and has been chief judge for annual business plan competitions. Starwood Hotels and Kraft Foods have invited him to speak at corporate gatherings on the topic of entrepreneurship and he has given presentations on brewing to Standard Chartered clients and at the Master Brewers Association of the Americas’ World Brewing Congress.
 

 

Moderator:

Brent N SmithBrent N. Smith is a senior financial executive with over 30 years of experience in global banking, corporate finance and private equity.  He is co-founder and managing partner of LevelOne Capital Limited, providing financial advisory and investment capital to entrepreneurs throughout Asia, and co-chairman of Asian School of International Management Education Limited. He was previously with DBS Bank Ltd, where he was managing director and group head of Corporate and Investment Banking. Prior to DBS, he was the managing director at Pacific Crest Securities; CFO of MegaPath Networks; and managing director in investment banking at J.P. Morgan where he completed assignments in New York, San Francisco, Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore.  He serves on several corporate and non-profit boards.

 

 

ASIA PANEL SERIES: Developing & Leveraging a Corporate Culture of Innovation

Fostering an innovative culture to create a competitive advantage for business growth

Wednesday, 20 March
7 pm – 8:30 pm
Microsoft Operations Auditorium (Level 21)
1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
Click here to register now. Event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Panelists: Ken Wye Saw, vice president (sales & marketing) at Microsoft Asia Pacific; Joe Listro, vice president of research & development, global prestige, salon professional and corporate functions at Procter & Gamble (P&G); Rex Widmer general manager of a start-up within the ultrasound business at General Electric (GE); and Steven Leonard, senior vice president at EMC Corporation
Moderator: Ravi Agarwal

Innovation is more than just a buzzword. It’s a competitive advantage and it’s a complex undertaking that requires an investment of time and resources.  Real innovation – the kind of breakthrough innovation that warrants a Harvard Business Review case study – requires the right people in the right place…and a culture that channels creativity, stimulates entrepreneurship and encourages teamwork. Join our panel as they discuss the key roadblocks to innovation (and how to address them) and how an innovative culture can be fostered.

The panel will tackle timely topics including:

  • What are the key roadblocks for innovation to succeed? How do companies address these roadblocks?
  • How to create innovative culture/DNA in a traditional large firm?
  • How can companies leverage Asia as a platform for globalizing innovation?

The event will conclude with an interactive Q&A followed by networking cocktails.

Panel Members:

Ken Wye SawKen Wye Saw is vice president (sales and marketing) for Microsoft in Asia Pacific. He is responsible for the sales and marketing functions for the regional operations at Microsoft. Prior to this role, Ken was the President for Southeast Asia for two years since Oct 2004, and had held direct responsibilities for providing strategic direction with Microsoft’s marketing, sales, operational and business development efforts in emerging markets.

 

Joe ListroJoe Listro leads the Procter & Gamble (P&G) global prestige beauty & salon professional R&D programs, as well as the global companywide flavor & fragrance R&D efforts. He has been with P&G for 27 years and has led innovations in several categories that have resulted in growth for many of the company’s most successful brands.

 

 

Rex WidmerRex Widmer is a passionate advocate of emerging markets innovation at GE Healthcare.  In his current role, Rex is the general manager of a small start-up within GE’s ultrasound business developing solutions designed for new users in emerging markets.  From 2009 to 2012, as the director of GE Healthcare’s Rural Health Initiative, Rex was responsible for the design, development and deployment of medical devices uniquely suited for low-resource rural settings of the developing world. Rex’s 13 years with GE have been global serving in a variety of functions for GE Plastics, GE Water, and GE Healthcare.

 

 

Steve LeonardSteve Leonard is a senior vice president of EMC Corporation and a member of the Office of the Chairman. With reported revenues of US$20 billion in FY2011 and employing more than 53,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations by delivering IT-as-a-Service. During his 28 years in the industry, Leonard has lived and worked in Asia or Europe for a total of 23 years

 

 

 

Moderator:

Ravi AgarwalRavi Agarwal is a senior global sales and marketing executive with 25 years of experience in the US, Japan, China, Asia Pacific and India with high-tech companies including Intel and Microsoft. As General Manager of Intel Japan, Ravi was instrumental in building Intel brand by conceiving and launching “Intel Inside” campaign. He teaches MBA/EMBA students on Emerging Markets Strategies and Leadership in Asia and consults MNCs on growth strategies and adaptive leadership in Asia. He holds a Master of Science from Oregon State University, and attended a four months Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.
 

 

 

ASIA PANEL SERIES: Leveraging Cultural Intelligence in Global Companies

The importance and implications of cultural intelligence in cultivating organizational success

Tuesday, 26 February
7 pm – 8:30 pm
Tanglin Club
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Moderator: David Barker
Panelists: Dr. Jane Horan, founder and CEO of thehorangroup; Penny Morris-Hardee, head of Society of Intercultural Educators, Trainers & Researchers (SIETAR) in Singapore; Subarna Malakar, global diversity and inclusion manager at Unilever; Andrea Muller, chief executive of Principal Global Investors in Asia
 
In today’s global marketplace, cultural intelligence is a critical skill for leaders and managers to work effectively across a variety of cultural contexts and with an increasingly diverse workforce. A leadership team with high cultural intelligence can cultivate success by effectively managing a diverse workforce. Join panel host David Barker as he delves into how companies can increase their understanding and awareness of cultural intelligence capabilities (how to lead, how to think, how to deal with diverse internal/external stakeholders) and translate those capabilities into tangible organizational outcomes.

The panel will tackle timely topics including:

  • Why do some managers flourish when they venture into new cultures, while other managers flounder?
  • How leadership will look in the future and how different will it be from leadership in the past? What will change? What will not change?
  • What are the key challenges in multi-cultural teams? How to optimize performance for multi-cultural teams?
  • How can “Cultural Quotient” lead to accomplishment of strategic business and organizational goals?

The event will conclude with an interactive Q&A followed by networking cocktails.

Click here to register now.

Moderator:

David David BarkerBarker is president of ASIM Education, the parent organization for both the International Executive Education Center and the Asian School of International Management. His experience in the education sector has been focused on bridging highly ranked US graduate programs into Asian markets with Asian context. He is an experienced executive with greenfield startups, merger and acquisition, and divisional expansion and has lectured in China, Singapore, and the US on change management and strategy.

 

 

 

Panel:

DrDr. Jane Horan. Jane Horan is the founder and CEO of thehorangroup, an organization focused on building gender rich, culturally aware work environments. Her areas of expertise include building a diverse and Inclusive workforce, making unconscious/conscious bias and embracing positive workplace politics. Prior to her current role she served as director of management and organizational development at Kraft Foods Asia. She holds a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Asian Women Leaders from the University of Bristol.

 

Penny Penny HardeeMorris-Hardee is the head of the Society of Intercultural Educators, Trainers & Researchers (SIETAR) in Singapore. Her work focuses on intercultural competence development, coaching, learning and development and global leadership and diversity/inclusion. She has coached, trained and mentored a variety of employees from 32 nationalities in 90+ multinational and global corporations in 12 countries. Her work includes executive, team, transition and career coaching, soft skills training, consultative sales and  employee assessments.

 

Subarna MalakarSubarna Malakar is is a proven leader with a decade of experience developing human resource management, diversity management, organizational and talent development. He is the global diversity and inclusion manager at Unilever where he leads the global diversity strategy, global external diversity relations and provides overall guidance to senior leaders. As part of this effort, Unilever won European Diversity Award 2012, the Women in Leadership: China’s Most Friendly Employer in 2012 and the prestigious Catalyst Award WorkingMums.UK Employer of the Year Award.

 

Andrea MullerAndrea Muller has more than 23 years experience working with large multinational firms and is chief executive in Asia for Principal Global Investors. In this role, she has has regional responsibility for the Asia (ex-­Japan) locations of Principal Global Investors, including the Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Dubai. She has oversight responsibilities for all staff located in the regional joint ventures in China and Malaysia. She is a member of the Principal Global Investors extended operating committee and is on the board of governors for the American Chamber of Commerce (Singapore).

  

 

ASIA PANEL SERIES - Leveraging Emerging Asian Markets

Identifying the opportunities, innovative strategies and challenges of operating in one of the world’s high-growth markets

Wednesday, 23 January
7 pm – 8:30 pm
The American Club, Colonial Room

Moderator: Ravi Agarwal
Panelists: Brent N. Smith, co-founder and managing partner of LevelOne Capital Limited; Göran L. Seifert, Managing Director of Anda Pacific Pte Ltd; Jeffrey J. Hardee, Executive Director, Government Affairs, Asia Pacific and Middle East of Dell Global B.V.(Singapore Branch); Steven Leonard, senior vice president and member of the Office of the Chairman of EMC Corporation
 
Bringing together business leaders and entrepreneurs in Singapore, the Leveraging Emerging Asian Markets panel will examine the business opportunities, innovative strategies and challenges of operating within one of the world’s high-growth markets. Panel host Ravi Agarwal, an accomplished businessman with extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience, will give participants a practical framework for developing and executing growth strategies for Asia’s emerging markets including China, India, Southeast Asia, etc.

The panel will tackle timely topics including:

  • What is unique about Asian Emerging Markets like China, India, Southeast Asia, and how does it impact MNCs business strategy?
  • What “Mega Challenges” are faced by MNCs in Asia in growing business? How do you address these?
  • How do you overcome IP and Ethics issues like Corruption in Asian Emerging Markets?
  • What successful strategies should Asian giants pursue to become global players?

The event will conclude with an interactive Q&A followed by networking cocktails.

Click here to register now.  The event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

Moderator:

Ravi AgarwalRavi Agarwal is a senior global sales and marketing executive with 25 years of experience in the US, Japan, China, Asia Pacific and India with high-tech companies including Intel and Microsoft. As General Manager of Intel Japan, Ravi was instrumental in building Intel brand by conceiving and launching “Intel Inside” campaign. He teaches MBA/EMBA students on Emerging Markets Strategies and Leadership in Asia and consults MNCs on growth strategies and adaptive leadership in Asia. He holds a Master of Science from Oregon State University, and attended a four months Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.

 

 

 

Panel Members:

Brent N SmithBrent N. Smith is a co-founder and managing partner of LevelOne Capital Limited, providing financial advisory, consulting, investment and business services throughout Asia and co-chairman of Asian School of International Management Education Limited. He was previously with DBS Bank Ltd, where he was managing director and group head of Corporate and Investment Banking. Prior to DBS, he was the managing director, group head - Communications & Core Technologies of Pacific Crest Securities, responsible for the firm’s investment banking and corporate finance activities across the sector.

 

Goran SeifertGöran L. Seifert has a 30-year track record as a successful leader of blue chip MNCs throughout Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. His Asia career has involved roles in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok including: managing director of Anda Pacific Pte Ltd; advising European mid-caps on Asian strategy; member of the group management committee and chief representative for Asia of Italcementi; sector president for Williams PLC; head of corporate regional operations for Philips Asia Pacific; president of Asia Pacific for Philips Lighting; and chairman and CEO of the Philips Group of Companies in Thailand.

 

 

Jeff HardeeJeffrey J. Hardee has worked in Asia for over 20 years and in June 2010 joined Dell as executive director, Government Affairs, Asia Pacific and Middle East. He manages a team of professionals and consultants in the region and oversees IT policy and government engagement. He serves on the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore and is also a member of the board of the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), which focuses on China.

 

 

Steve LeonardSteve Leonard is a senior vice president of EMC Corporation and a member of the Office of the Chairman. With reported revenues of US$20 billion in FY2011 and employing more than 53,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations by delivering IT-as-a-Service. During his 28 years in the industry, Leonard has lived and worked in Asia or Europe for a total of 23 years.

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