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APAC Virtual Summit 2021

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This APAC Virtual Summit will feature experienced global talent mobility professionals who are well-versed in the unique needs, challenges and opportunities of operating from an APAC HQ and throughout the region. This program will empower participants to sign off with some new knowledge, connections and solid take-aways for their own programs and teams.

June 24, 2021

9:00 AM -9:10 AM

Opening General Session – Welcome and Greetings

Lynn Shotwell, GMS
President and CEO
Worldwide ERC

Lynn Shotwell is President and CEO of Worldwide ERC®, the world’s leading association for professionals engaged in global talent mobility. A visionary leader with expertise at the intersection of international employment law, global talent mobility and corporate social responsibility, Lynn has worked with companies and governments to advance policies to facilitate global talent mobility. Prior to joining Worldwide ERC®, Lynn served as Senior Vice President, Global Outreach and Operations for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and as Executive Director of the Council for Global Immigration. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of World Education Services and is co-chair of the Business Advisory Group to the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Lynn received her JD from the University of Michigan and BA from Michigan State University and holds GMS and SHRM-SCP certifications.

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Economic Overview of the APAC Region

Brendan McKenna
Vice President and International Economist
Wells Fargo Securities

Brendan McKenna is a Vice President and International Economist with Wells Fargo Securities. Based in New York, he provides commentary on global macroeconomic developments and foreign exchange markets through several Wells Fargo publications, with primary focus on emerging markets. Before joining Wells Fargo, he worked as a macro strategist for Citigroup in New York, where he was responsible for identifying thematic macroeconomic trends as well as analyzing individual economies with a particular focus on emerging markets. Brendan graduated from Fairfield University with a B.S. in finance and received his M.B.A. with a dual concentration in capital markets and investments as well as corporate finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

9:30-AM - 9:50 AM

State of Work in the APAC Region

Greg Chen
PT. Outsource Indonesia

Greg Chen is currently serving as CEO of PT. Outsource Indonesia, which is a formal sector company specializing in private placement, recruitment, payroll & HR managed services in Indonesia. Greg also currently holds leadership positions at several business and sectoral organizations, including the Indonesian Outsourcing Association, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, The Employers Association of Indonesia and the World Employment Confederation.

9:50 AM -10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Immigration Spotlight sponsored by Fragomen

Mark Buchanan
Regional Partner – Asia Pacific

Mark Buchanan is the firm’s partner for the Asia region based in Fragomen’s Singapore office. He has practiced for more than 20 years with leading local and international law firms providing corporate, employment and immigration law advice and services to local and multinational corporations in the Asia Pacific. Today, Mark provides comprehensive immigration consultancy services and overall immigration management to local clients.

Charles Johanes
Special Counsel

Charles Johanes is Special Counsel in Fragomen’s Asia Pacific Advisory and Compliance Practice. He is a Solicitor (NSW) with over 15 years of experience, as well as an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, recognized by the NSW Law Society. Charles partners with corporate clients to assist in reviewing internal policies and processes in order to implement best practices and ensure compliance with obligations under local immigration laws. He also provides strategic immigration advice as part of broader workforce planning, talent attraction, mobilization and retention, and in situations where immigration law may intersect with other areas of law, such as family law, employment law, mergers and acquisitions or business restructures).

Working with corporate clients that operate across a variety of sectors (including telecommunications, information technology, engineering, financial services, retail and professional services), Charles has worked with a number of the world's largest multinational corporations, major Australian corporations, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and start-up companies. He has also assisted individual clients with a broad range of temporary and permanent visa applications, including applications for review. Charles speaks fluent English and Indonesian and conversational Japanese and Chinese.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Roundtable Session Sponsored by AIRES – Working from Anywhere – Cross Border & Location Based Compliance

Fiona Williams, GMS
Director, Strategic Solutions

Tom Crosby
Director, Consulting Services
Tracker Software Technologies

Voon Lee
Managing Partner
Voon & Associates

Ruiyuan Tan
Senior Manager, Tax
Grant Thornton Singapore

Ruiyuan is a certified Chartered Accountant (CA) in Singapore with over 13 years of experience in the areas of individual income tax and employment tax in Singapore. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he spent 9 years with two of the Big Four accounting firms and was the Regional Expatriate Tax Manager in a global bank. Ruiyuan brings his in-house experience to the table to ensure that the Singapore team provides pragmatic solutions to their clients rather than just technically correct solutions which are challenging to implement in the real world.