The Global Workforce Summit:
Focus on Asia-Pacific 

March 10-11, 2010
Hong Kong 

Schedule of Events 


March 6, 2010
09:00 – 17:00 Global Mobility Specialist (GMS™) Training: Module 1
Kowloon Shangri-La, Kowloon, Hong Kong
March 8, 2010
09:00 – 17:00 Global Mobility Specialist (GMS™) Training: Module 2
Kowloon Shangri-La, Kowloon, Hong Kong
March 9, 2010
09:00 – 17:00 Global Mobility Specialist (GMS™) Training: Module 3
Kowloon Shangri-La, Kowloon, Hong Kong
16:00 - 18:00 Delegate Check-in / Registration
March 10, 2010
07:00 - 17:00 Delegate Check-in / Registration
09:00 - 10:30 Opening Plenary Session
10:30 - 11:15 Networking in the Exhibition Area
11:15 - 12:30

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Managing Talent in the New Economy
Come to this session ready to be stimulated!  Work with one of today’s most talented facilitators as we identify the challenges and brainstorm solutions for the reality of attracting, growing, retaining and deploying talent against the backdrop of the “New Economy.”  Come to this session ready to work and you will leave it armed with real-world strategies, techniques and tools for continued success in the competition for talent and the role of talent mobility.

Chin Teik Cheah,
Founder and President, Chin Teik Consulting Ltd., Hong Kong


The HR Discipline of Measuring ROI
One of the key trends in international assignment policy is the focus on cost containment.  Companies are under increasing pressure to track and measure the return on investment (ROI) of international assignments to ensure that cost-effective policies are in place to support international business expansion.  Yet a lack of measurement tools, decentralized data and time reporting issues are making this process difficult. This presentation will examine the latest trends regarding ROI and the approaches companies might take introduce internal metrics.

Cathy Loose,
Principal Consultant and Asia Pacific Regional Global Mobility Leader, Mercer, Tokyo


The Effect of Global Economics on Workforce Mobility and Mobility Benefits
This diverse panel of experts will look back on the effect that global economics have had on workforce mobility and mobility practices.  More importantly, they will guide us through a range of practices in use today and offer projections for tomorrow’s issues including how fluctuating exchange rates, real estate costs and a myriad of other economic realities will affect the practice of employee mobility.

Tom Farmer, Vice President, Compensation & Benefits, Asia Pacific, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Pacific, Singapore
Stephen Green, Partner/Global Employment Services, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Hong Kong
Alfred K. Schlomann, Managing Director, AIRINC Asia-Pacific Ltd., Hong Kong

12:45 - 13:30 Networking Luncheon
13:30 - 14:15 Dessert and Networking in the Exhibition Area
14:30 - 17:00

Afternoon Educational Sessions

Survive and Thrive in the ‘New Normal’ – Policy Trends Update and Interactive Workshop for Suppliers
Delivering professional relocation services in an ever-changing and challenging economy can be daunting.  Learn new skills to survive and thrive in this “new normal” world of global relocation. In an environment where less is more for relocation budgets and policy benefits -- one where suppliers are expected to provide more features and benefits -- how does a service provider bridget the gap to remain at the top of their industry segment while sustaining their profitability?

Hear from leading industry experts on relocation trends affecting our industry including policy and program benefits; review expat trends and discuss the innovative solutions that have been implemented by other organizations to help bridge this gap.  Round table case-study discussions will be included in this lively and engaging session.


17:00 - 18:30 Networking Reception in the Exhibition Area
March 11, 2010
08:45 - 10:00

Plenary Session: Global Thought Leaders: Senior Strategists Dialogue

Global Thought Leaders: Senior Strategists Dialogue
This session features a distinguished panel of business leaders who will discuss issues surrounding the global business forces that affect workforce mobility and international human resource issues. 

Charles Caldwell, Director, Human Resources, Juniper Networks Asia Pacific, Hong Kong
Martin Leese, Head of Rewards and Mobility, Citigroup, Hong Kong
Jennifer Loh, Director, Human Resources, Asia Pacific, Lexmark International (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore
Jessie Ma, HR Manager, Christian Dior Commercial, CO., Ltd, Shanghai
Christine Davies, Global Head of Global Mobility, HSBC Electronic Data Processing, India Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad


10:00 - 10:30 Refreshments in the Exhibition Area
10:30 - 11:45

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Focus on Assignments in Indonesia
Worldwide ERC® leaders say Indonesia is the economy to watch, as the country’s growth continues to affect the global economy.  Learn about the types of industries driving this economic growth and the realities of managing human resources in the Indonesian culture, and discover successful HR practices that meet the unique challenges of supporting assignees to Indonesia.

Andrea Adiwiataputra, GMS,
ASPAC HR International Mobility Lead, BP Indonesia, Jakarta
Anthony G. W. King, Senior Advisor, Trakindo Utama, Jakarta


Mobility Compensation Issues and Practices in Asia
Get the latest update on cross-border compensation issues in the APAC environment.  Discover general trends and prevalent practices for workforce mobility in key Asia Pacific locations and determine how companies are balancing the “war for talent” with total rewards costs and constraints.  Explore challenges and solutions for intra-regional and inter-regional assignments and understand the soft issues affecting attraction and retention of talent.  You will come away with an understanding of the alignment of the company’s rewards program with strategic talent management and mobility practices.

Alf I.H. Carlesater, GMS,
Manager, Global Mobility Services – APAC, General Electric Company, Singapore
Mario Ferraro, General Manager, International Human Resources, International SOS Pte Ltd., Singapore
Phillip A. Stanley, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, ORC Worldwide, Singapore

12:00 - 12:45 Networking Luncheon
12:45 - 13:15 Dessert and Networking in the Exhibition Area
13:15 - 14:30

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Understanding Localization and  ‘Local Plus’
Organizations seeking to be competitive in the global economy are constantly finding ways to balance the imperative to attract talent into key locations with cost control.  Hence terms like “localized,” “regional move,” “local plus,” “expat minus,” “hybrid assignees,” are being applied to the many creative methods companies are using to encourage and support workforce mobility while avoiding the traditional fully loaded packages.  Learn how three companies studied their practices and finalized their local and local-plus programs.

Mariam Kalam, Senior Mobility Analyst, HR, Europe and Asia, CA, Hong Kong
Greg Morley, Director, Staffing and Human Resource Services, Hong Kong Disneylans - The Walt Disney Company, Hong Kong


India: Trends in Workforce Mobility
The only controversy around India’s projected continued growth as a world economic power is whether it will outperform the other top powerhouse economy of China.  No matter what the answer, India will continue to be a leader in the global marketplace.  Get an update on current HR practices within India; learn about current-day and projected human capital issues from HR leaders guiding their Indian workforce.

Geeta Gwalani, GMS, Global HR Head, VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd., Mumbai
Vikram Tandon, Regional Human Resources Director, Chartis International – MEMSA Region, AIG Companies – India, Dubai


Exploring Commuter and Short-Term Assignments
Organizations continue to increase their use of short-term, commuter and business-travel assignments to achieve business results.  However, these assignments still carry complexity and risk.  Discover how three companies effectively manage the risks ands costs associated with these assignment types.

Aaron Guthrie, GMS, Senior HR Specialist - Remuneration & Mobility, Boeing Defence Australia Ltd, Brisbane
Anita Blanchett, Global Vendor Manager for International Mobility, BP International, Ltd, London
Jiang Weiwei, HR & OD Director, Tata Consultancy Services, Beijing


14:45 - 15:45

Concurrent Educational Sessions

The War for Talent in China:  Benefits Challenges
The Chinese economy continues to grow. And, while the clamor for talent may have moderated, it is still present.  Benefit plans can be key drivers in attracting and retaining talent, but statutorily required benefits can be difficult to understand and supplemental benefits, such as pension or savings plans, may be difficult to establish.  This session will provide you with the background you need to effectively manage and establish benefit plans in China, including a case study showing how the various components fit together.

Hao Yang, Founding and Managing Partner, Ray Yin & Partners PRC Lawyers, Beijing
Yi Zhou, Managing Partner/HK Registered Foreign Lawyer, Ray Yin & Partners PRC Lawyers/Christine M. Koo & Ip, Solicitors & Notaries, Shenzhen


Schooling Solutions for the Assignee’s Family
When an assignee brings along school-age dependents, the issue of finding good, affordable local schooling can be daunting.  Are there any solutions to negotiating the maze of difficulties?  Brainstorm different approaches to achieving success in finding and paying for suitable schooling.

Sunny Fok, Director, Compensation and Benefits, Asia Pacific, Avon Products, Inc., Hong Kong


Legal Update: Labor and Immigration Hot Issues
Participate in an overview of the latest labor legislation in China, and its implications for companies and human resource professionals. In addition, experts in labor and immigration issues will share their expertise to bring you up-to-date on the latest legislation, rulings, and pending actions throughout Asia Pacific. The question and answer format will enable you to bring your specific questions to ask these experts.

Brendan Ryan, Managing Director, Operations, Fragomen Global, New Jersey
Jennifer Van Dale, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, LLP, Hong Kong

16:00 - 17:00 Closing Plenary Session

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