Masterclass 1: Global Trends that are Shaping the People Agenda


To identify and develop leaders, one has to understand the new workplace and its requirements. Thus, understanding what it takes to re-engineer the future for the only resource in Singapore becomes of paramount concern.

Will your job still exist in 2030? What will the workplace look like in 15 years’ time? What does this mean for employers and employees? A 2014 study launched by CBRE and Genesis discussed how workplaces will change and alongside with it, how employees will change. The people agenda will take on more urgency as to how people are employed and deployed; where they work, what their motivations are, become top concerns leaders in organisations would have to grapple with. Clearly, accelerated globalisation, climate change, demographic shifts (war for talent rages on), digitalisation, individualism, and technological convergence are mega trends that will significantly impact our workplace and people.

Amid the mega trends, people issues are the top most concern as found by a recent study by the Singapore Human Capital Leadership Institute. In fact the number one issue that keeps regional HR directors awake at night is that of identifying and developing the next generation of leaders.

Next Course Starts On28 Jan 2016 (Thu) See Full Schedule
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1 day


Singapore Management University

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Learning Objectives

This session will examine the mega trends that are shaping the people agenda in organisations. Specifically, the session aims to:

  • provide an avenue for leaders to systematically assess the impact of mega trends on their people function.
  • share different ways of re-engineering and envisioning work in the future.
  • assist the Singapore growth oriented companies in overcoming their people challenges by presenting them with the necessary strategy that need to be put in place to grow their international presence.
  • Learn from the experience of two very diverse industries – Zalora and Pan Pacific Hotel – and what they had done to ameliorate/overcome the manpower challenges to grow their businesses. (Zalora had grown from 20 staff to 2,000 staff in 3 years with regional presence).

Who Should Attend

Senior leaders and HR professionals from growth oriented corporation which has internationalised or is on the verge of internationalisation.


Why You Should Attend

Fees and Funding

Fees per Masterclass (Singapore Citizens & Singapore PRs)

S$181.90 (incl. 7% GST) per person

Sign up for all 3 Masterclasses at SGD481.50 (SGD64.20 discount)

Fees per symposium (foreigners)

S$267.50 (incl. 7% GST) per person

Sign up for all 3 Masterclasses at SGD749.00 (SGD53.50 discount)

SkillsFuture Credit is not applicable to this programme.

Fees include:

  • seminar
  • course materials
  • case study
  • instructors’ fees
  • tea break refreshments (excluding lunch) during the Masterclass.


Start Date(s)
Intake Information
28 January 2016(Registration: 8.30am - 9.00am ; Masterclass & Tea Reception: 9.00am – 12.30pm)


8.30am – 9.00amRegistration
9.00am – 10.30amSharing by the lead facilitator
10.30am – 11.00amTea break
11.00am – 12.30pmSharing by 2 guest speakers moderated by the lead facilitator
12.30pm – 12.40pmWrap up on key learning by the lead facilitator 

Speaker/Trainer Bio

Associate Professor of OB & HR, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU

Dr Tan Hwee Hoon earned her PhD in Management from the Krannert School, Purdue University in December 1996. She taught at the School of Business at the National University of Singapore from June 1990 to November 2005 and was the Head of the Department at NUS between 2004 to 2005. Hwee Hoon has been with the Lee Kong Chian School of Business of the Singapore Management University since December 2005. Dr Tan’s research interests are in the areas of interpersonal trust, cross cultural awareness and emotional management at the workplace. She has published in many international journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations and many others. She was also the Asia-Pacific Editor of the Journal of World Business from 2000-2004. Dr Tan is also actively involved in Executive and Professional Teaching, both in English and Chinese and has trained for major organisations in Singapore and China such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore, SingTel, SIA, Kerry Oils and Alcatel Asia Pacific. She also consults for organisations such as the Singapore Tourism Board, IE Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Director, Human Capital & Development, Pan Pacific Singapore

Ms Alice Lee is the Director for Human Capital & Development at Pan Pacific Singapore, and is responsible for overseeing the entire spectrum of Human Resources and Human Capital Development in the hotel, including talent management, industrial relations, quality and process improvements, compensation and benefits.

Ms Lee has more than 20 years of HR experience in various Human Resources and managerial roles within the hospitality and property industry. Prior to transferring to Pan Pacific Singapore in June 2014, she was the Director of Human Capital & Development for Pan Pacific Orchard for closed to 2 years. Before that, she was also the Director of Human Resources with Mandarin Orchard for 2 years. She move on from the ACCOR group after 8 years with her last position as the Area Human Resources Manager – Singapore, where she handles the pre-opening of the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel and the Novotel Clarke Quay and achieve the certified trainer status for numerous keys ACCOR training.

Ms Lee takes immense pride in her work, and her joy and satisfaction stems from witnessing the career growth and advancement of associates at Pan Pacific Singapore.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University and Master in Business Administration from the Southern Cross University.

Group HR Director, ZALORA

Mr Foo Chek Wee is a Human Resources professional with over 10+ years of accelerated HR experience in notable companies such as American Express and Visa. He is currently serving as ZALORA Group HR Director, based in Singapore, partnering with stakeholders across Southeast Asia, Australia & Hong Kong.

Mr Foo has achieved many honors, including being among the winner of the coveted Best HR Manager Award by HRM Asia, and HR Leadership Award by Employer Branding Institute. These awards came due to his devotion to contribute to his organisation. He understands that in order to do this effectively, human capital management is the key to gaining a competitive advantage for an organisation. With this in mind, he hopes to make a significant difference in people’s lives through being a strategic planner and an employee advocate.

Mr Foo has many certifications and a successful educational background that includes a Bachelor Honours degree in Arts and Social Sciences, with a major in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore. In addition, he is accredited with Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management (GDipHCM) and an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). He is also a Certified Facilitator in DII Leadership Solutions™.


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