Boardroom Briefing on "Getting the best out of the ASEAN talent pool"


Southeast Asia’s growth story continues to hold opportunities for investors. But the region’s demographic, socio-economic and cultural diversity mean that business leaders cannot employ a one-size-fits-all approach to managing and retaining talent across different markets. This challenge is further compounded by an increasingly tech-savvy workforce with changing expectations of work. How can organisations build up a talent pool with the right skills and values to drive business growth across the diverse ASEAN markets? A recently-published book by two HR professionals puts forth several best practices in talent management. Talented Southeast Asia: Building Success through Talent Management Excellence (Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith and Karen Cariss, 2014) comprises insights gleaned from senior management of over 50 Southeast Asia-based multinational companies including Bosch, BHP Billiton, Deloitte, Dentsu Aegis Networks, DHL, Mastercard, Olam International, Pandora, and Smiggle. In a special session for IPS Corporate Associates, one of the book’s authors, Ms Karen Cariss, will highlight the workforce characteristics of six ASEAN countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – and analyse the implications for businesses looking to capitalise on opportunities there. She will also touch on the following issues in her presentation, and the subsequent Q&A:
  •  How will the free flow of skilled labour in the ASEAN Economic Community blueprint affect workforce planning?
  • Does the 70/20/10 reference model for training and learning in the workplace apply to talent development in Southeast Asia?
  • What works in retaining talent in this region?
  • How, and why, should organisations use HR analytics to ensure better recruitment outcomes and leadership pipelines?
Read the report — IPS Corporate Associates Boardroom Briefing: Getting the Best out of the ASEAN Talent Pool  


Ms Karen CARISS is one of the founders of the award-winning global talent management software provider, PageUp People. A key driving force behind the company’s success, she sets its strategic direction as well as ensures synergies across all its divisions. Karen has been lauded as one of the HR technology industry’s exceptional entrepreneurs, having raised $10M in growth equity for her company in 2012. Karen’s extreme passion for the company is evident in her work and attitude, which has been publicly acknowledged by being listed as 28th on BRW’s Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs in June 2006 and winning the Ernst and Young “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2008 and the Victorian Telstra Women’s Business Award in 2009. She is formally qualified with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Honours in Science. Karen is Australian, and lives in Singapore with her family.


By invitation only


If you have any enquiries, please contact Ms Vani Gunasilan at 6516-8377 or via email:  
Tuesday, 01 July 2014
8.15am – 10.00am