Guest speakers

Nikhil Arora
   
Senior Director, Total Rewards, APAC Eurasia & Middle East, The Coca-Cola Company
Nikhil leads Total Rewards for the Asia Pacific, Eurasia & Middle East regions for The Coca-Cola Company. He has over 20 years of experience, spanning both consulting and line roles in healthcare, financial services and consumer goods industries. Strategy is great, but he equally loves a complicated spreadsheet!
Dan Blackburn
   
Global Head of HR - Transformation and Technology, Standard Chartered

Dan Blackburn joined Standard Chartered as Head of HR, Transformation, Technology & Operations (TTO) in April 2023. As part of the Standard Chartered HR leadership team and reporting to the Global Head of HR for functions and TTO, Dan is accountable for leading HR strategy and organization transformation across TTO as well as being responsible for partnering both the bank’s CIOs for corporate and investment banking, wealth and retail banking and corporate functions and the bank’s transformation leaders across TTO and our three year ‘Fit for Growth program.

Key focuses for Dan are workforce optimization and organizational change, improving strategic workforce planning to enable a skills-based organization across technology as Standard Chartered continue to drive towards being a customer centric, data driven, digital bank.

Prior to Standard Chartered, Dan held a number of HR leadership roles in Dyson Technology and Vodafone working as an HR generalist and transformation leader in the UK, Singapore and the USA. With an engineering project management background, Dan started in telecoms leading large infrastructure programs before switching over to HR and focusing on organizational change and workforce strategy in a variety of generalist and COE roles.

Jason Tamara Widjaja
  
Executive Director of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Singapore Tech Center, MSD

Jason believes in working towards a better world through data and AI. As the executive  director of AI, he leads the global strategic direction of AI capabilities and best practices,  working in close partnership with key business and technology stakeholders.  

Jason’s work on AI capabilities spans both classical and modern approaches, including natural language processing, computer vision, machine learning and generative AI. His  team is consistently at the forefront of AI thinking and research, driving decisions and  guiding AI capability development by making the right bets in a fast moving and uncertain environment. At MSD, Jason is also responsible for AI ethics and governance maturity, as a  co-author of the company’s AI policy and leader of AI risk and trust and safety teams.   

He actively contributes to national initiatives including Singapore’s skills framework for data and AI careers, Singapore’s AI Governance Framework, and is an author for  Singapore’s AI Ethics and Governance Body of Knowledge. Jason also serves as the Vice  President of the AI & Robotics Chapter of the Singapore Computer Society and as one of  Singapore’s nominated representatives to the Global Partnership of Artificial Intelligence. 

Jason spent half his career in Australia before relocating back to Singapore in 2016. Since  then, he has been active in the local start-up ecosystem, as a co-founder of Lauretta.io with his brother Galvin, and a mentor to AI startups in partnership with local venture capital firms in Singapore. A recognized thought leader, Jason regularly speaks at international conferences and has been featured in the Business Times, TODAY and the  Sydney Morning Herald.  

Speakers

Kate Bravery
Global Leader, Talent Advisory & Insight, Mercer
Kate is a corporate psychologist with a keen interest in understanding human dynamics in the workplace. She is the author of Mercer’s highly regarded annual Global Talent Trends Study and co-author of Mercer’s latest book, Work Different: 10 Truths for Winning in the People Age. As Global Advisory Solutions and Insight Leader, Kate sets Mercer’s thought leadership agenda for corporate decision makers and knowledge managers. Her collaborative efforts with the World Economic Forum on the future of work and AI demonstrate her commitment to staying at the forefront of industry trends and developments.

With a diverse background that includes living and working in Asia, Australia, the US and Europe, Kate has an in-depth understanding of different markets and cultures. Her passion for driving meaningful change in the world of work makes her a trusted advisor and thought leader in the field of talent management. Kate’s insights and contributions continue to shape how organizations approach and optimize their most valuable assets — their people.

Elley Cao

   
Senior Principal, Mercer

Elley is Senior Principal and the leader of Mercer China Career Product business, based in Shanghai. She has over 20 years of human resource consulting experience. Her expertise includes compensation system design and implementation, job grading system design, benefits design, employee engagement, mobility program design, performance management, talent management and incentive design, career management, talent acquisition and retention, talent assessment and development.

Her clients include multinational organizations as well as private and state owned enterprises. Prior to joining Mercer, she worked for another leading global HR consulting firm as consultant of their Compensation Solution Team.

Richard Cooper
MMB Business Leader,  Mercer Marsh Benefits, Singapore

Richard is the Business Leader at Mercer Marsh Benefits (MMB) Singapore. Drawing upon his extensive experience, Richard identifies new growth opportunities, forges strategic partnerships and expands MMB’s market presence. While focusing on operational excellence, Richard implements innovative strategies to increase productivity and enhance MMB client focus.

Between 2019 and 2024, Richard was Chief Operating Officer for MMB Asia. Richard worked closely with MMB’s Asian business leaders to define and execute operational strategy, ensuring the establishment of a sustainable operating model. His efforts have been instrumental in driving consistency for MMB clients across Asia, supporting the company’s revenue and margin aspirations. He also played a pivotal role in optimizing service delivery at the country level, leveraging best practices in sales, contracting and service delivery.

Richard’s professional experience includes 16 years with Allianz where he worked in various distribution, program/project, consulting and transformation roles. He was also with Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) for 3 years, leading JLT’s Advantage program in Asia, which rolled out JLT’s Target Operating Model to JLT’s Asia entities and the EB program, which managed the role out of aligned operating model with technology.

Miriam Daucher
   
Principal, Lead HR Transformation Asia, Mercer

Miriam is Mercer’s Lead for HR Transformation in Asia. As a Principal at Mercer, she supports clients across industries and countries in designing, cultivating and empowering HR functions and workforces that are relevant, resilient and ready to tackle people challenges in an everchanging world of work.

Miriam is part of Mercer’s Global Transformation Center of Expertise and drives the expansion and continuous innovation of our advisory services with sales, capability upskilling and the creation of intellectual capital.

She studied for her Master’s in Psychology at the University of Ulm, having previously studied Psychology at the University of Bergen and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Chen Ding

  
Principal, Singapore

Chen is a principal consultant based in Singapore, where he leads the sales and delivery of multi-country health and wellbeing projects in the Asia–Pacific region. In his current role as health consulting lead, Chen’s focus is on growing MMB Multinational health consulting practice in Asia with a focus on large and strategic clients identifying emerging client needs, co-creating solutions with our clients and driving innovation and thought leadership.

He has over 10 years of cross-industry experience in banking, consulting and health-tech. Chen’s consulting experience is across benefits benchmarking, post M&A benefits harmonization, global benefits management, inclusive benefits, total well-being and telehealth.

Chen holds both a Bachelor of Business Management in finance and an MBA from Singapore Management University. He is licensed by MAS to provide regulated insurance advices.

Lewis Garrad
   
Career Business Leader Asia, Mercer

Lewis is Partner and Practice Leader for Mercer’s Career business in Asia.

In his commercial work, he leads a team of economist, social scientists, engineers and consultants to help clients and customers implement data-driven reward, talent, leadership and employee experience programs to improve organizational performance.

Lewis is a valued contributor to publications such as the Harvard Business Review and speaker in the areas of people science, HR data, employee engagement and leadership.  

Riko Gimbayashi
Associate Consultant, Mercer

Riko is an Associate Consultant of the Career Consulting Service Group at Mercer Japan. She has been involved in various projects, including the development of a new HR policy, compensation system, the implementation of a global job grading system and employee engagement surveys.

She has supported clients across multiple industries, including manufacturing, telecommunication, IT and the public sector. Before joining Mercer, she worked for other consulting firms, as well as in the medical industry.

Riko holds a BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University in Japan and a MSc in Human Resources and Organizations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK.

David Jones
   
Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Mercer Talent Enterprise 

David heads up business growth and expansion efforts across global markets and is instrumental in leading key client relationships across the organization. He is also the driving force behind the company’s research and innovation efforts to identify future human capital priorities.

With over 34 years of human capital experience, of which 26 years are within the Middle East, he has worked with clients in over 40 countries on a broad range of talent, leadership, assessment, performance, transformation, innovation and inclusion projects. He is experienced in using a wide variety of psychometric instruments.

With a background in labor market economics, David is a senior advisor to policy makers and organizational leaders on their most pressing human capital priorities. He regularly lectures at universities across the globe, including the University of Cambridge, the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin and the University of Bradford.

Jones holds an undergraduate degree from the University of York, postgraduate degree from University of West England, Executive MBA from University of Bradford and PhD from University of Leicester. He also participated in a leadership program in London Business School and is qualified with the British Psychological Society at both Level A and Level B. 

Jackson Kam
Regional Leader, Talent Strategy, Asia, Mercer

Based in Mercer’s Hong Kong office Jackson is the regional champion for talent solutions in Asia, playing the role of senior advisor to a large number of leading organizations. Jackson has over 20 years of experience in strategy and HR consulting. He has advised many clients on issues such as talent strategy, EVP/EX/engagement, organization design, strategic workforce planning, incentive design, culture and values, assessment/development and HR transformation.

Jackson also has extensive experience in the management of large-scale implementation projects, often involving multiple countries and entities. He has delivered both public and in-house training courses throughout Asia on a variety of topics.

Recognized as a leading voice in the region Jackson is also a regular conference speaker on HR issues and has spoken at numerous conferences and published multiple articles in the past few years.

Sean Letz
   
Asia Specialty Cyber Leader, Marsh

Sean is responsible for developing and executing a strategy to support Marsh Asia clients in understanding, measuring and managing their cyber risk. This strategy encompasses Marsh’s four pillars of cyber risk capabilities: insurance, risk intelligence, cybersecurity and incident management.

Sean executes this strategy by utilizing the full resources of Marsh (and Marsh McLennan’s other businesses) including market-leading global talent and digital tools. His expertise is sought to provide innovative solutions for Marsh’s largest and most complex clients.

Lionel Low
Senior Client Solutions and Executive Remuneration Leader, ASEAN Mercer

Lionel Low is the Senior Client Solutions Principal at Mercer where he oversees the most complex cross-disciplinary projects and puts clients at the core of what we do. He is also responsible for developing innovative solutions for early adopter clients and the development of rewards consultants in Singapore and emerging markets.

With 18 years of experience in HR consulting, Lionel has deep know-how in LTI design, executive compensation, competencies, training roadmap, performance management, job evaluation, career architecture, rewards philosophy, compensation and benefits, sales incentive, bonus plan and M&A integration. His client work has taken him across Asia, Europe and the US.

Examples of his projects include: Revamping the LTI and STI plans for top executives in a Temasek portfolio company that led to increased line-of-sight between rewards and business results. Designing sales incentive plans for a leading MNC across APAC that led to record-sales and diversified product portfolio. Streamlining an overly-hierarchical grade structure and instilling pay-for-performance in a life insurance firm that led to record-high engagement score. Developing sectoral career framework, salary ranges, competencies and training roadmap for the special education sector in Singapore that contributed to increased funding to the sector by the Government.

Prior to joining Mercer, Lionel was the Rewards Practice Leader of Willis Towers Watson in Singapore.

Lionel holds a Bachelors of Business, specializing in Human Resources Consulting, from Nanyang Technological University.

Kabir Nath
Strategic Initiatives Leader, Mercer Asia

Kabir currently serves as the Strategic Initiatives Leader for Mercer in Asia and Chief of Staff to Mercer President Asia. His primary focus is on enhancing the efficiency of time, information and decision-making processes within Mercer's fastest-growing and most diverse region, Asia. With a diverse range of roles under his belt, Kabir has been a constant force at Mercer for the last nine years. Before taking on his current pivotal role, Kabir spent seven years as the Skills Transformation Leader in Mercer Singapore's Career Practice.

Throughout his 13-year career in Human Resources Consulting, Kabir has consistently tackled complex people problems at the intersection of talent and reward. From Singapore and Malaysia to Vietnam, the Middle East and Shanghai, he has successfully led and solved challenges in workforce transformation, strategic workforce planning and talent management.

He holds a BA degree in Economics from St. Stephens College, as well as an MBA degree from the London Business School and The University of Hong Kong.

Tracey Ma
  
Regional Mobility Leader, Asia, Mercer

Tracey is the Regional Mobility Leader for Mercer, Asia. Her focus is designing compensation and benefit policies for enterprises with global presence, streamlining mobility process, conducting mobility, cross-cultural and compliance management workshops. Supported by the well-known Mercer survey reports, she is dedicated to helping companies expand overseas with customized solutions.

Before joining Mercer, Tracey was the global mobility program manager for a Fortune 500 company, supporting over 200 expats on assignments in more than 20 countries across America, Asia, Australia and Europe. She earned the GPHR certification from HRCI and is recognized as a Chartered Tax Adviser by the Australian Tax Institute.

Jean Martin
Global Head of Product, GBS and Career

Jean is Mercer’s Global Product Leader, GBS and Career, leading the Global Product function and work for Mercer across all global data and technology solutions.  She is also the Career GBS Leader for Asia, Middle East and Pacific. 

Jean joined Mercer in 2018 from Gartner and Corporate Executive Board (CEB) where she spent 22 years building businesses focused on innovations in HR skills, process and technology. She also has advanced background in analytics, econometrics and machine learning and is applying those actively to modernise Mercer’s extensive array of products and solutions for the future of work.

Prior to that Jean worked in public policy in the White House for President Bill Clinton, and for Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Sean Mei
Principal, Mercer

Sean is the Principal at Mercer’s HR M&A services. He specializes in supporting clients through all stages of M&A from due diligence to post merger integration. Prior to joining Mercer, Sean worked for over a decade for multinational companies including PwC, IBM, Shanghai Securities and Korn/Ferry International.

Sean is experienced in delivering excellence for his clients on HR workstream through various stages in M&A projects including HR due diligence, closing support and post-merger integration.

Satomi Murata
Senior Consultant, Mercer

Satomi worked for leading Japanese and multinational companies to develop strategic human resource policy and programs, including organization design, compensation and benefits, performance management, post merger integration, mobility, organization development, change management, culture transformation, diversity, equity and inclusion as well as leadership and talent management.

A graduate of Law at Keio University, Satomi is also a Master of Business Administration, graduating from Durham University Business School in 2019. She led a successful project to redesign HR management of the senior employees to enhance their performance in the workplace. 

Yasuhiro Tanaka
Senior Manager, Mercer

Yasuhiro Tanaka is a Senior Manager of the Career Consulting Service Group at Mercer Japan. He manages projects for major global and Japanese multinational clients in a wide range of fields, including the development of organizational and human resource management strategies, workforce planning, the design, implementation, and maintenance of human resource programs, business turnarounds, strengthening of human resource functions and the planning and execution of various training programs.

Prior to joining Mercer, he worked in frontline businesses and corporate HR in the transportation industry in Japan. He holds a BA in Social Sciences from Hitotsubashi University and an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Steven Yu
  
Mercer Marsh Benefits Leader, Asia

In his current role as Mercer Marsh Benefits Leader for Asia, Steven spearheads Mercer Marsh Benefits' employee health and benefits business, including global benefits management, broking, consulting and digital solutions across all countries and regions in Asia, overseeing the design and implementation of strategies and solutions to meet the evolving needs of multinational companies and their workforces.

With over 25 years of experience in employee benefits, actuarial and HR consulting, Steven delivers innovative and effective solutions for multinational companies across the Asia Pacific and the US, encompassing insurance and benefits design, communication and health management, total rewards and wellness, ESG/DEI implementation, retirement planning, risk management, pension and health plan modelling and valuations as well as benefits digitalization.

A fellow of the Society of Actuaries (2003) and the China Actuarial Society (2008), Steven also actively shares his knowledge and experience through speaking engagements and publications.

Haze Zhang
  
M&A Strategy and Commercial Leader, Mercer China

Haze is Mercer’s Greater China & SEA M&A Advisory Services Leader. She specializes in undertaking operational and HR diligence and leading post deal integration engagements for private equity and corporate clients. Haze is also proficient in identifying and quantifying synergy benefits and related implementation costs.

Prior to joining Mercer, Haze gained over fourteen years of experience working for PwC, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, L’Oreal Asia Pacific and Coca-Cola across Hong Kong and mainland China, with extensive exposure in organizational restructuring, strategic workforce planning, talent assessment and project management.

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