Global Speakers


Annella Heytens

Chief People Officer

The Coca-Cola Company

Topic: Coca-Cola Case Study: Pinpointing The Critical Phases For A Workforce



Annie Lim

Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead


Annie has over 23 years of experience in the areas of Talent Management & Acquisition, Career Transition & Leadership Development, HR transformation, Change Management and International Recruitment. Annie graduated from The George Washington University (USA) with a Master’s in Human Resource Development (HRD) and a Degree in Business Marketing from the Monash University (Australia). She is also an alumni member of the IMD (Lausanne) business school. Annie enjoys being an in-house trainer for best talent acquisition and management practices, and is a certified coach in 360 degrees, SHL OPQ and DISC.

Sanofi has appointed Annie Lim as Global diversity and inclusion (D&I) lead, based in Singapore. In this global role, she manages and implements global strategic enterprise programs, develops and deploys global inclusive workplace practices, evolves cultural efforts to embed D&I into human capital strategy, drives women leadership advancement and enhance organizational engagement/EVP. She has spent 10 years based in Shanghai setting up Talent Acquisition CoE, moved to Australia for a short stint as the Regional Lead of Talent Management driving talent development exchange for Asia Pacific to accelerate talent growth.

Prior to joining Sanofi, French Pharmaceuticals healthcare major, Annie is with Pall Life Sciences, GSK, Adecco, Lee Hecht Harrison.

In her past remit, she has set up training academy, recruitment center, executive search, staffing and outplacement services as well as driving HR transformation change including ATS systems (Workday, Taleo, Success Factors) using hybrid models. Her regional HR success includes harmonizing processes, set up robust governance structure and sustainable improvements on compliance driving large scale HR projects.

She is active industry panelist for associations, universities and institutes. It gives her immense satisfaction to coach and develop people to be successful in their roles.

Bringing her broad expertise, it gives her great satisfaction to coach, nurture and develops people to be successful in their roles.

Topic: Sanofi: How Physical Workspace Design Can Influence Employee Experience



Bryden Toh

VP, Human Resources

Food Republic (BreadTalk Group)

Bryden Toh is an accomplished human resources leader, boasting more than two decades’ worth of experience across different industries. His diverse portfolio ranges from SMEs, listed companies to MNCs, across varying industries such as: pharmaceutical, resorts and hotels, building consultancy, and education. He is also one of the 88 in the pilot batch recently certified by IHRP, and was awarded the IHRP-Senior Professional certification.

In January 2016, he joined BreadTalk Group as the Human Resource Vice President (Food Atrium Division) where he oversees the human resource team across 6 regions for the Food Atrium Division. He plays a pivotal role in developing HR strategies to support the achievement of business, and creating a pipeline for succession planning. He also champions global HR initiatives to increase workplace productivity and streamline business operations.

A firm believer in people development, Bryden derives immense satisfaction in sharing his wealth of knowledge with others. This is aligned with his personal belief in sharing, where ‘the more you share, the more you have’.

Roundtable Discussion: Leveraging In Employee Experience To Engaging Front-Line Employees



Chinmay Sharma

Director, People & Culture

Philip Morris International

Chinmay is a global HR Leader with 16 years of experience across diverse geographies, cultures and scope in Procter & Gamble and Philip Morris International (PMI). His passion lies in building diverse teams and developing talent. He has a successful track record of leading change and implementing innovative HR initiatives to drive company vision. PMI’s bold vision of designing a smoke-free future requires a large scale cultural transformation and Chinmay is actively leading and contributing towards it in Malaysia. Chinmay is also an accomplished coach on topics like influencing, career development and performance effectiveness. Chinmay has lived in Mumbai, Delhi, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Kuala Lumpur. He enjoys traveling, reading autobiographies and playing tennis, badminton and cricket.

Topic: PMI Case Study: Employee Experience Vs. Employee Engagement, What Companies Should Focus Upon

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Deepak Bansal

VP, HR Analytics


Topic: Using Technology To Drive Employee Experience: HR Chatbots, Advanced Analytics And Automation

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Greg Kirwan

Director of Global Client Relations

Olivier Mythodrama

Topic: Cultivating Authentic Leadership For Improving Employee Experience



Kaustav Chakravarthy

Executive Director, Global Human Resources

Johnson Controls - Hitachi Air Conditioning

Topic: Johnson Control: Learning From Customer Experience And Design Thinking Principles To Develop Compelling Employee Experiences

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Laura Cole

Head of HR Transformation

Standard Chartered Bank

Topic: Standard Chartered Employee Experience Journey Mapping

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Leesa Rawlings

APAC Head of Talent Engagement


Leesa Rawlings’ professional career has been focused on finding, growing and keeping top talent working across the APAC market for over 20 years. She has held  APAC regional roles for recruitment agencies and set up her own recruitment consultancy before taking up internal talent leadership roles for MNC companies such as Mercer and Google in Singapore where she has lived and worked for over 10 years. Leesa currently heads up talent engagement for Diageo across APAC where she leads a high performing team delivering talent solutions to a fast paced consumer industry to meet business performance objectives. She strives to be at the forefront of recruiting innovation by deploying market leading ideas and solutions aligned to business goals and strategy across the complex APAC region.

Topic: How Diageo Creates Unique Employee Experiences With Its Workplace Design That Is Linked To Its Mission

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Lekha George

Head of HR - ASEAN


Topic: How Top Employee Experience Organizations Like Cisco Identify Moments That Matter For Their Workforce



Lisa Askwith

Vice President, HR


Topic: dnata Case Study: Leveraging On EX During Onboarding To Create Sense Of Belonging & Increase Competency



Ongmu Gombu

VP, Human Resources, Asia Pacific


Topic: GSK Approach: Modern Employer Agenda



Raamann Ahuja

Senior Director, Human Resources

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Topic: How Employee Experience During Recruitment And Onboarding Can Create A Culture Of Deep Connection And Drive Impact



Roxenne Holohan

Head, HR Portfolio Enablement

Standard Chartered Bank

Rox is currently Head of HR Portfolio Enablement at Standard Chartered Bank where she is responsible for the change management and adoption across the HR transformation portfolio, ensuring that business leaders and colleagues across the bank are empowered to drive real business outcomes.

Rox has extensive experience executing business strategy by leading large scale global transformation programs. With 20 years’ experience in consulting and industry combined, Rox has worked for companies in industries as diverse as professional services, financial services, telecommunications, and oil and gas.

Topic: Standard Chartered Employee Experience Journey Mapping

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Sylvia Lai

Chief Operating Officer, Group HR


CHRO Panel: How Employee Experience Can Be Continuously Measured



Thomas Schellerer

Director of HR, Asia Pacific


CHRO Panel: How Employee Experience Can Be Continuously Measured



Vikas Verma

Executive Director, Human Resources


Vikas is Senior HR Leader with over two decades of experience of partnering with senior leaders in crafting and executing HR analytics, strategic workforce planning, talent strategy, HR transformation, employee engagement, leadership development, succession planning, change management, and culture transformation. Vikas has worked across Asia, Middle East and Africa. Possessing a strong business acumen, he has set up new solution lines, transformed existing businesses and managed P&Ls. A passionate and engaging leader who believes in the potential of an engaged work force and works actively towards creating a culture that embraces change, accepts diverse views and agility.

Topic: Measuring Employee Experience: Tuning In To The Voice Of The Employee Using Analytics