Agenda

MORNING WEBINAR 10:00am – 12:15pm SGT

10:00 – SUMMIT WELCOME

Tania Ferreira, Senior Conference Producer, Bonhill Group plc.

OVERCOMING GLOBAL CHANGES

10:10am FIRESIDE CHAT: The journey through COVID-19 – how far we have come
  • 1 year of COVID – assessing the impacts of the pandemic on APAC economy and tech industry 
    • What have been the challenges for companies and for employees?
    • Comparing this pandemic with previous crises  
  • What technologies and processes have become essential and ‘a must’ in digital transformation plans? 
    • What about for the future? 
    • Are we prepared for the recovery that is needed? If not, how do we get prepared? 
  • How has this experience impacted diversity and inclusion efforts in the region?  
    • Have we regressed or is there a feeling of togetherness? 

Speakers

Li Choo Kwek-Perroy, Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Customer Officer, Manulife  

Whee Teck Ong, CEO, Trusted Services and Deep Identity  

STREAM 1: ENSURING SECURITY AND TRUST

10:50 FIRESIDE CHAT: Cyber security - ensuring a safer all digital future
  • Discussing the benefits of this ‘forced’ digital leap forward 
  • Addressing our enhanced vulnerability to cyber-attacks 
  • What are the newest signs/treats that we should all be looking out for? 
  • How can we better secure our systems and data? 
    • Best practice / Case study examples 

11:25 PANEL DISCUSSION: Using AI Ethically
  • Highlighting some of the ethical issues of AI i.e. unemployment, inequality, humanity, mistakes, security, et al.
  • How can companies ensure that the AI they are adopting and scaling, is without/eliminating bias?
  • How to secure employee/customer trust  
  • Correct it now – discussing the top ‘must-dos’ for responsible implementation to avoid further tainted data 

STREAM 2: LEADERS INVEST IN THEIR PEOPLE

10:50 LIGHTENING TALKS: The organisational benefits of internal promotions and upskilling

Each speaker will share why their companies are actively seeking and promoting their employees, upskilling them and what the benefits are for all parties involved. Each speaker will have 10 minutes to present their case study 

  • Do you really know what the potential is of each member of your teams and surrounding colleagues? 
  • How putting employees “to the test” with simple tasks and different projects could help you tap into a talent pool you didn’t even know you had 
  • How do you include these subtle evaluations? How do you monitor and share the results across teams and departments? 
  • Understanding how this approach will open avenues of opportunities, restrict monotony and positively influences employee retention and loyalty 

Speakers

Grace Kerrison, Head of Sales Solutions, LinkedIn 

Angelena Cala, Global Head of HR – CCIB Products, Standard Chartered Bank  

11:25 PANEL DISCUSSION: Finding Your Voice

In many cultures around the world and even more so in Asia, females are raised to be polite and not speak up. So how do women find the right balance between finding their voice by being confident and assertive, and yet not come across as difficult or aggressive? 

Speakers will share their journeys of growing up in Asia, where speaking up was considered defiant but see where they are now. Hear tips on how to find your voice, be heard and respected.  

Moderator: 

Carolyn Chin-Parry, Managing Director, Digital Accelerator Leader, PwC Singapore 

Speakers

Georgette Tan Adamopoulos, President, United Women Singapore  

Karen Leong, Global Transformation Expert, Influence Solutions  

Neha Mehta, Founder, FemTech Partners 

12:10 – CLOSING REMARKS

12:15 – END OF MORNING SESSIONS

 

AFTERNOON WEBINAR 14:00 – 16:15 SGT

14:00 – AFTERNOON WELCOME

Tania Ferreira, Senior Conference Producer, Bonhill Group plc

WE ARE MORE THAN JUST OUR GENDER 

14:10 FIRSIDE CHAT: Creating true diversity in IT: Going beyond gender and how we can make a true difference

There has been much discussion around how to attract and retain more women in IT. However, this is only one segment of diversity. Whilst it’s important to ensure women are well represented in the field of IT, we should go beyond to include less represented communities such as those with special needs, low income individuals, LGBT, ex-offenders, long-term unemployed, those in remote regions, and many more. In the digital era, what can be done to truly increase diversity and inclusion and how can we truly make a difference? 

Moderator

Carolyn Chin-Parry, Managing Director, Digital Accelerator Leader, PwC Singapore

Speakers

Annie Lim, APJ Head of Talent Acquisition & Diversity Outreach, Citrix 

Su-Yen Wong, Founder and CEO / Bestselling Author, Bronze Phoenix / Unleash Your Voice  

STREAM 1: HUMAN FOCUSED TECHNOLOGIES

14:45 FIRESIDE CHAT: Responsible Tech – emerging in a better world
  • Addressing the need to be more proactive with regards to global challenges 
  • We’ve got the power! Highlighting examples of how we as tech professionals can create and develop technology to benefit our organisations, communities and the world 
  • How do we keep the momentum and ensure continuity? 

Speaker

Amra Naidoo, Co-Founder, Accelerating Asia 

15:20 PRESENTATION: Digital and wellbeing: it’s complicated
  • The detrimental impact of a digital and ‘always online’ lifestyle on our mental health 
  • How can technology professionals prioritize their wellbeing? What new pressures are there on our working environments? 
  • What innovations are being developed to combat and prevent mental illnesses? 

STREAM 2: ALLYSHIP – WE SUCCEED TOGETHER 

14:45 FIRESIDE CHAT: Champions and allies – we need to work together
  • Even as leaders, we still need to find people that will inspire and support us 
  • Looking closer to home 
  • How do we help each other and overcome the toxic “us vs them” environments? 
  • Who needs to talk to whom? What is missing to get us over this hurdle? 
  • Top tips from champions and allies 

Speakers

Dr Tanvi Gautam, Founder, Leadershift  

James Campbell-Grant, Career Exploitation Opportunist, Centre for Career Excellence  

Friska Wirya, Principal Owner, Fresh by Friska 

15:20 PRESENTATION: Sending the elevator down
  • Once you’re at the top, what can you do to help others climb the ladder? What small things can you take responsibility for? 
  • Motivating from beyond the ceiling: the value for underrepresented employees, to see leaders like them 
  • Should we really be expected to juggle a top-level career and support others? 

DIGITAL AND DIVERSITY GO HAND IN HAND

5:50 PRESENTATION: Shaping the digital and diversity agendas simultaneously
  • Technology is one of the richest and most influential industries – we cannot build tech for the people without the people! 
  • How do we can achieve success in both areas and be successful?  
  • What can you do today to ensure progress in your organizations and beyond? 
  • Invest in a united future 
16:10 SUMMIT ROUND-UP
  • Discussing the key takeaways from this inaugural summit 
  • What actionable takeaway will you do first? 
  • What topics would you like to hear about at the WIT Asia 2021? 
  • Tweet your pledge: Making your pledge for change 
  • Given the content and insights shared, attendees are asked to pledge an act for greater change 

16:15 – END OF THE SUMMIT – See you next year!