Panel: Future of Learning & Development

Panel: Future of Learning & Development

New Skills, New Capabilities and New Solutions

The business of professional development has changed dramatically with the use of technology. The pandemic has only accelerated this trend. A radically different and uncertain world requires new business strategies and the right capabilities to execute these strategies.

Let’s hear from our esteemed panel:

  • What are the skills and know-how that organizations need now and in the future?
  • What do organizations need to do differently to build new capabilities?
  • What is needed from the speaking and training community to meet these new needs?

Moderator: Su-Yen Wong, Professional Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Trainer

Our moderator for this session is Su-Yen Wong, a professional speaker who engages audiences around the world about the future of work. She is a board director and helps organisations navigate the intersection of technology, strategy and leadership.

A bestselling author, Su-Yen is also training for Everest Base Camp to support of mental health.

Dr Kevyn Yong, Chief Learning Officer, Singapore Institute of Management

Dr Kevyn Yong has delivered customized leadership and innovation programs for many corporate partners, including Amazon and ATOS in France, eBay and Nike in China, and Danone, Deutsche Bank, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and the United Overseas Bank in Singapore. Dr. Yong was also Associate Professor of Management at HEC Paris and taught courses at Cornell University and the National University of Singapore.

Recognized for teaching excellence, he has been awarded the Pedagogy Innovation Prize by the HEC Foundation in 2011, and he made the Dean’s Honor roll at the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University in 2005 and 2006. Dr. Yong received his Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the National University of Singapore, and a Master’s degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University.

Pallavi Srivastava, Asia Pacific & GCG Talent Leader for IBM Global Technology Services

Pallavi Srivastava is currently the Asia Pacific & GCG Talent Leader for IBM Global Technology Services.  Prior to this role, Pallavi was the Country HR Leader for IBM Singapore, where she led a team of HR Business partners managing transformational business initiatives for IBM Singapore. Pallavi has more than 23 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, both as a Corporate HR Executive and as HR Consultant working with clients. As a global HR executive she has worked in India, the USA, and has been based in Singapore for more than 12 years.

A passionate believer in leveraging technology for HR solutions of the future, Pallavi has been closely involved with IBM’s HR transformation journey towards cognitive enabled HR offerings, and often represents her point of view on the future of HR at regional and international conferences.

A prolific speaker as a HR thought Leader, she is regularly invited for industry interactions as a guest lecturer with students in several Singapore universities – NUS, NTU, SP Jain and SUSS. Pallavi also articulates her insights on HR digital transformational through her articles in regional media publications.

She holds a B A (Hons) in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources. Pallavi also received the Business HR professional and Global Compensation & Benefits certification from Cornell University, and she holds several IBM certified Skill badges in Cognitive HR, Design Thinking, Agile, Big Data and Disruptive HR.

Pallavi was featured in the HRD Magazine’s HRD Hot List in 2017 and is a member of Asia’s Keynote Women Speakers’ directory.

Jessica Zhang, HR director, Asia Region, Arconic

Jessica Zhang is a senior HR professional with more than 20 years’ experience working for Fortune 500 companies, and is currently heading up HR for the Asia Region with Alcoa/Arconic – the world’s leading company in the light metal industry. Her HR responsibilities cover China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and India.

Jessica has extensive experience in interpreting and implementing strategic business plans into HR actions, as well as cultivating partnerships with business owners. Through her active leadership (corporate HR, BBHR, COE, shared services) and daily operational experience, Jessica has gained strategic partnership and hands-on experience, including organization design, change management (M&A, business divestiture, business restructure, business separation), talent management, HR transformation, employee engagement, cross-cultural management and overall HR solutions.

Jessica is a member of CHO100 (Chief HR Officer) in China, a member of China OD 100, and the first batch of Registered Organization Development Consultant certified by ISODC (International Society of Organization Development and Change).

Emma Hawker, CEO and Co-Founder, ALTAFY

Emma Hawker is the CEO and co-Founder of ALTAFY; an automated self-service event tech platform created out of a passion to bridge the gap between organisers and speakers to creating more meaningful live events. An accomplished conference and exhibition director with more than 13 years’ experience specialising in the B2B event space, Emma has previously worked in the aviation, garment, personal development and HR industries.

Accountable for the conceptualisation, planning and management of her previous company (HRM Asia’s) medium to large-scale events, Emma led the well-established and recognised HR Summit & Expo Asia (now ‘HR Tech Festival’). This is Asia’s leading and largest workforce management show, boasting over 4,000 attendees, and was key in winning the Organiser of the Year Award, at the Singapore Experience Awards 2015 (by Singapore Tourism Board).

Emma holds an LLB in English Law and French Law from the University of Reading in the UK. Born and brought up in Monaco, she is a British native and has lived in Singapore with her husband and two children for the past 10 years.