Advances in technology and evolving transportation and logistics infrastructure have dramatically reduced the barriers for companies of all sizes to operate across borders. As business opportunities become increasingly international, organisations need to be able to access and deploy knowledge and skills across borders speedily and effectively to capture these opportunities.

However, while goods and services today can flow across borders seamlessly, the same cannot be said of human capital.  International assignments are often still seen as expensive and administratively challenging.  The complexities of cross-border mobility are further exacerbated by diverse compliance requirements and the individual expectations and circumstances of each employee.

Yet, as organisations grow, expansion overseas become inevitable and the need to move employees overseas become critical. It is therefore, imperative for companies to have well thought through HR frameworks on policies and processes that are effective, affordable and scalable.

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Singapore Management University

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Learning Objectives

Building on the second Masterclass, this session will:

  • examine the insights and experiences on how to manage the difficult equation of balancing the needs of the business with the needs and expectations of the employees. 
  • explore the various policies and compensation approaches and the key risks and common pitfalls of international assignments
  • discuss what motivates different types of employees to move across borders
  • share sample data for mobility to select countries in ranges to provide participants with a feel for some of the numbers.

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)SGD181.90 (incl. 7% GST) per person
Sign up for all 3 Masterclasses at SGD481.50 (SGD64.20 discount)
Fees per symposium (foreigners)SGD267.50 (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
22 March 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

Global Mobility Leader – Asia, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Mercer

Mr Mario Ferraro leads Mercer’s Mobility practice for Asia, Middle East, Africa & Turkey.  He is an experienced and dynamic leader with more than 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of effective Global Mobility solutions in a variety of markets and industry sectors.

Mr Ferraro’s experience in Global Mobility dates back to 1987, when he was responsible for the deployment of British academic staff to various African locations on behalf of The British Council. Over the years, he assumed global responsibility for International Mobility issues with For Logica International, a major IT and Management Consulting company, and was subsequently hired by Price Waterhouse (now PWC) where he established and managed their Global Mobility consulting practices. Mario went on to become the Group General Manager of International HR in the global headquarters of International SOS, before he left to join Deloitte as the Director of Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice in South East Asia.

Mr Ferraro brings to his clients a unique blend of consulting and hands-on operational experience, allowing him to deliver pragmatic advice and implementable solutions. His professional experience was developed in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.  He has lived in Asia since 1998. Mr Ferraro is widely recognised as a Thought Leader in the area of Global Mobility and regularly contributes to conferences, articles and media interviews. He has also actively contributed to the activities of Worldwide ERC, a professional association representing global mobility professionals, where he served on the Board of Directors and a Chairman of their Asia Pacific Committee.   He has trained many of today’s top Mobility professionals and received a number of recognitions and awards, including the first “Asia Pacific Global Mobility Professional of the Year” award by the Forum for Expatriate Management in 2013.

Managing Director / Group HR - Reward, DBS Bank

Ms Cheong Meng Foong is Managing Director of Reward, Group Human Resources at DBS Bank. She has more than 15 years of broad and deep experience in compensation and benefits throughout the Asia Pacific region.

She is responsible for leading and driving the Rewards function comprising compensation, benefits and international mobility for DBS Group with 22,000 employees across 18 markets. Prior to joining DBS, she has worked extensively across different sectors including financial services, consulting and technology. 

Ms Cheong holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from National University of Singapore. 

Vice President / Regional Head of HR, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd

Ms Grace Wong is the Vice President and Regional Head of HR, Samsung covering South East Asia, Oceania and Taiwan.  She has extensive experience leading a team of HR professionals in the area of Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Total Rewards.

Prior to Samsung,   she was with Thomson Reuters.   Ms Wong has worked for MNCs in similar regional capacity in the Information and Technology sectors.  

She is a certified coach and trainer as well as being a Master Mediator.


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