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Lewis Garrad (Partner & Business Lead, People Science at Mercer Health & Benefits (Singapore) Pte Ltd)

Lewis Garrad

Partner & Business Lead, People Science at Mercer Health & Benefits (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Lewis is the Partner and business lead for Mercer’s People Science consulting practice. In his role, he applies his training in organisational psychology and experience in the development of data driven talent, engagement and employee performance programmes to help business leaders and HR executives design people practices that improve organizational performance. Prior to his role in Mercer, Lewis was the Managing Director for Sirota Consulting’s Asia Pacific operation.

Voted a top 101 Global Employee Engagement Influencer he is regular contributor to publications such as the Harvard Business Review and Talent Quarterly in the areas of HR data, employee engagement and leadership.

Lewis has designed and implemented some of the world’s largest HR initiatives including engagement programs. He has also supported the development of HR capabilities programs, including a leading role in the development of the HR Skills Framework in Singapore, partnering closely with the Ministry of Manpower, Institute of Human Resource Professional and SkillsFuture Singapore. He has deep experience making HR programs relevant for C-level executives in global companies as well as facilitating Senior Leadership Teams to help them unlock leadership effectiveness.

Lewis is chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an Occupational Psychologist, he graduated from the University of Nottingham in the UK with an MSc in Occupational Psychology and a First Class Honours BSc in Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience. Lewis is also qualified by the British Psychological Society to use both ability tests and personality questionnaires (Hogan, NEO-PI-r) to assess talent.

Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey (Dean of School of Management at School of Management, University of Bath)

Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey

Dean of School of Management at School of Management, University of Bath

Veronica is a respected leader with senior management experience in higher education. She also has significant experience and knowledge of leading and implementing change across a range of organisations in the private, public and non-profit sector. In her different roles as manager, consultant, board member and trustee she has developed practical skills in governance, strategy development, and organisational design. She has worked internationally and has insight into the challenges faced by organisations working globally.

As a mother of five daughters Veronica has particular interest in developing opportunities for girls and women around the world. She is acutely aware of the challenges they face and how organisations of all kinds need to develop cultures and policies that support women in work.

Veronica is currently Vice President of the University of Bath as well as Dean of the University’s School of Management. As Dean she leads a School with 2700 students, 215 staff and has a turnover of nearly £40 million. Prior to this she was Associate Dean at Cass Business School, City, University of London.

The School of Management has achieved outstanding success under her leadership. Some of the indicators of this collective achievement include: the commissioning of a new £75 million building; that the School has nearly doubled its income in the last five years; that the School’s Marketing undergraduate programmes has been ranked by the Complete University as first in the UK for the last four years and its Business and Management programme is now ranked second in the UK.; the most recent Global QS Research ranking placed the School 15th and 23rd in the world on its two research metrics.

Veronica is a member of the University of Bath’s Senior Management Team and through this role has developed understanding of the varied challenges managing academic and administrative staff, the wider strategic challenges facing the higher education sector. She has been actively involved in significant change processes including: the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor; the restructuring of the School of Management; and working to develop the University’s external profile in the UK and internationally. She has led University missions to China, India, Singapore and South Africa, and the USA – some of these with the Chancellor, the Earl of Wessex. As University Vice President Veronica leads on developing and facilitating long-term partnerships with business and industry.

Naveen Menon (President, Southeast Asia at Cisco)

Naveen Menon

President, Southeast Asia at Cisco

Naveen is the President for Cisco Systems in Southeast Asia and is responsible for driving profitable growth across 10 countries in the region.

Prior to joining Cisco, Naveen led the Communications, Media and Technology practice for Kearney in Asia Pacific. He served telecom operators, hardware, software, ICT, media companies and the public sector on strategy, M&A/investments, digital transformation, operations improvement, public policy and organization restructuring.

Naveen is a knowledge adviser to the World Economic Forum and his work in the area of personal data has been featured at several public and private sessions at the Annual Meeting in Davos. He is currently a board member of Digital ASEAN, a World Economic Forum initiative that aims to develop a single digital market, an enabling ecosystem, and an inclusive and upgraded system of digital infrastructure in Southeast Asia.

Naveen has a deep passion on how technology can support social outcomes. He has worked with non-profits, social enterprises, industry associations and governments, on a wide range of topics across sustainability, diversity and inclusion, economic development and education. He was the worldwide leader of A.T. Kearney’s Social Impact practice for 5 years.

He is regularly featured on TV, print and in the online press, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia and is an experienced speaker and facilitator in large global conferences.
Naveen began his career at General Electric Corporation where he was part of the Corporate Audit Staff and was trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau/Singapore).

Low Peck Kem (Chief HR Officer, Workforce Development cluster Public Service Division at Prime Minister's Office)

Low Peck Kem

Chief HR Officer, Workforce Development cluster Public Service Division at Prime Minister's Office

As the Chief HR Officer and Advisor (Workforce Development) for the Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, Peck Kem is responsible for professionalising HR in the public sector of 16 Ministries and more than 60 Statutory Boards. She is also the elected President of the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI).

Prior to her current appointment at the PSD, she was the Senior Director for HR & OD for a not for profit organization, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) based in Geneva, where she was responsible for HR, OD, Legal, Internal Audit and Corporate Administration for the 15 global offices at GAIN.

Peck Kem has the unique combination of experience from a quality engineer to manufacturing manager to VP Human resources in the private sector (Tandon, Western Digital, Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies & Avago Technologies), a Divisional Director of National HR Division in the Singapore Ministry of Manpower in the public sector, a Senior Director ODHR in GAIN, a not for profit organization based in Geneva to now a Chief HR Officer for the Singapore Public Service Division. This combination has widened her perspective in private, public and NGO sectors, and viewing the leadership from an Asian and European perspective.

Peck Kem has a Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from NTU. She is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and IHRP Master Professional.