Our APAC Summit Agenda Highlights

Everything in now in place for an intensive day’s discussion and learning at FEM’s APAC Global Mobility Summit in Hong Kong.

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I have been having briefing calls with many of our speakers and am confident that the real discussions on 7th September will be really fascinating.

There are so many challenges in the global mobility industry at the moment – but there are tremendous opportunities too – and so at this Summit we will not only explore the difficulties of moving people and business across the Asia Pacific region, but also share real-life case studies and high-level expert insight.

With a combination of keynote panel sessions, roundtable discussions, presentations and interactive workshops, and speakers drawn from across Asia and Australasia, we will be able to examine the key concerns and offer practical advice for delegates to implement within their own strategies.

It can be hard to take time out from the office sometimes – but if it is time spent at an intensive day of learning and collaboration then I think it is time well invested.

Here are just some of the highlights from the Agenda:

Our opening panel will be:

Regional mobility challenges in the context of business expansion
This session explores net movement and the challenges associated with a variety of APAC locations including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, India, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Japan.

  • Where are the net losses and net gains in associated APAC locations? What are the expectations of challenging regions such as China and Indonesia, particularly moving towards Tier 2 and 3 destinations in China?
  • Is the profile of assignees changing in assorted locations? Is the ‘expat model’ still a realistic representation of APAC mobility?
  • How can you manage tax compliance for short term assignments and business travellers within Asia, as well as Base Erosion and Profit Shifting?

Our panellists:

  • Adnan Altaf, Compensation, Benefits and Mobility Manager, ANZ, Holcim Australia Pty Ltd 
  • Lizzie Beard, Global Mobility Account Management Lead, EY 
  • Vivian Ng, Regional Mobility Manager, Asia Pacific, PPG 
  • Stephen Park, Head of Global Mobility, Fonterra

Attendees can then choose a Roundtable from this list:

Roundtable 1: Localisation and associated cost control
Hosted by Vivian Ng, Regional Mobility Manager, Asia Pacific, PPG

Roundtable 2: ROI and analytics: what to measure and how
Hosted by Lizzie Beard, Global Mobility Account Management Lead, EY

Roundtable 3: Flexible policies vs policies with some flexibility
Hosted by Stephen Park, Head of Global Mobility, Fonterra

Roundtable 4: Tackling Hong Kong as a destination
Hosted by Patrick Barneoud, International Mobility and Benefits Manager, Societe Generale

Roundtable 5: Emerging markets
Hosted by Barbara Lam, Regional Manager, Enterprise Mobility, Asia Pacific, Avery Dennison Hong Kong BV

Roundtable 6: Global Mobility best practice
Hosted by Adnan Altaf, Compensation, Benefits and Mobility Manager, ANZ, Holcim Australia Pty Ltd

Roundtable 7: Developing Asian talent to become global talent
Hosted by Maggie Zhang, Regional Head of HR, North Asia and Hong Kong, AIG Insurance Hong Kong Ltd

Roundtable 8: Diversity and global mobility
Hosted by Florence Chan, Senior Manager, Programs & Development, Community Business and Tina Arcilla, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Business

We also have expert insight sessions on:

  • The ABCs of China’s immigration reform
  • The future of global mobility: Standard Chartered Bank and the power of a strong ecosystem
  • Immigration challenges in APAC in the context of globalisation and isolation
  • Breaking down borders through global mobility ecosystems
  • Reducing the stress of talent mobility through ‘neuro-leadership’
  • Global Mobility service delivery - a shared services approach
  • Leading change: Mobility strategy driving global talent outcomes
  • Destination management in emerging markets

A second session of Roundtables will be available in the afternoon:

Roundtable 1: Hong Kong Immigration
Sharing of case studies and practical advice on proactive compliance management
Hosted by Joanne Ng, Senior Manager, Fragomen (Hong Kong)

Roundtable 2: Australian Immigration
Understanding 1st July changes and the impact on the 457 and permanent resident programs
Hosted by Mahrukh Mundul, Director, Fragomen (Australia)

Roundtable 3: Implementing a strong GM ecosystem
Hosted by Vicki Marsh, Head of Operations UK, Equus Software

Roundtable 4: Future trend of talent mobility
Mobility strategies are changing with the evolving new forms of mobility (Short-term assignments, project-based assignments, intra-country mobility, virtual mobility, etc.) How do you address the rising trends of personalised mobility programmes?
Hosted by Judy Chu, Director, Head of Accounting, Tax & Trade Services, TMF Group

Roundtable 5: Hong Kong: Mobility of tomorrow
What relocation challenges and misconceptions await companies and relocating employees today in Hong Kong? From housing and schooling availability, to infrastructure and areas of interest, join us as we discuss mobility in Hong Kong now, and how it is preparing for the future.
Hosted by Paul Lucas, Vice President, Dwellworks, Hong Kong Ltd

Roundtable 6: Health benefits – key to attracting and retaining talent?
Hosted by Hosted by Chris Campbell, Senior Sales Director, Government and Key Accounts, Aetna

We also have two sessions specially for global mobility service providers:

Workshop: Global mobility as a Centre of Excellence
Hosted by Soumen Chowdhury, Vice President GHR Shared Services APAC, State Street

Workshop: Succeeding in the New World of Talent Mobility
Hosted by Sean Collins, Managing Partner, Talent Mobility Search

We’ll end the day with our closing keynote panel discussion:

The ‘Future Workplace’, technology evolution and the impact on global mobility
And we’ll discuss:

How the workplace is evolving and its impact on global mobility, including technology development, compensation and benefits, demographic changes and diversity.

  • What is the ‘Future Workplace’? How are companies and individual roles evolving as Millennials step into more senior positions? What are the implications for C&B and mobility as younger people begin to move throughout APAC on assignment?
  • How is connectivity changing today’s workplace? How is global mobility affected as employees have increasing ability to work from anywhere?
  • How is technology changing the workplace, and more specifically mobility as a function? What are the opportunities for self-service and process automation?
  • How should technology tie into compliance?

Our panellists:

  • Patrick Barneoud, International Mobility and Benefits Manager, Societe Generale 
  • Prabal Chatterjee, Head HR – Australia and New Zealand, Tata Consultancy Services 
  • Grant Herbert, Founder & CEO, People Builders Institute 
  • Justin Liu, Regional Director, Compensation & Benefits, AXA Asia 
  • Maggie Zhang, Regional Head of HR, North Asia and Hong Kong, AIG Insurance Asia

Of course, then there will be a quick turnaround, before we move onto the APAC EMMAs – where the winners of FEM’s prestigious global mobility awards will be revealed!

To see the APAC Agenda at a glance, take a look at our Agenda Planner.

Claire Tennant-Scull

Global Director, Content & Events, Forum for Expatriate Management

Claire Tennant-Scull is Global Director of Content & Events at the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM). She produces and chairs all FEM’s Conferences and Summits in Amsterdam, the Americas, APAC and EMEA and oversees FEM's global awards (EMMAs). Claire works closely with key clients, leads FEM’s London Chapter and oversees the FEM website, reports and publications. In addition to her experience in Global Mobility, Claire has more than 20 years’ expertise in publishing, working as a managing editor, writer, journalist and broadcaster, both in the print and digital world. With thousands of contacts across the Global Mobility community, Claire is always keen to welcome new members and to broaden the FEM community.

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