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Brendon Chase

Brendon Chase
Director, User Experience Strategy @ MRM//McCann

Brendon is the lead strategist at customer experience management agency MRM//McCann Singapore. With more than 14 years’ experience in building digital experiences, he has spent the past 6 years in Asia, firstly in China and now in Singapore working on brands such as Unilever, Intel, General Motors, Far East Organisation, and Microsoft. Over that time he has won numerous awards for innovation, creativity, user experience, and strategy.

Brendon is also a technology and innovation journalist and has written for numerous articles for ZDNet, TechRepublic, CNET and New York Times.

James Grose

James Grose
National Director, BVN Donovan Hill

Twitter @JamesGrose

Working across a full range of project types and scales, James Grose has consolidated a position of accomplishment in the architectural profession through design innovation, built works, awards, professional leadership and publications.

Starting at the end of the 1980s with his own practice, Grose Bradley Architecture, before becoming a Principal of BVN Donovan Hill through a merger in 1998, James was appointed National Director in 2006. James has led the BVN Donovan Hill project team in a number of benchmark projects, from the seminal Campus MLC,and NAB at Docklands, through to the award-winning Brain and Mind Research Institute at The University of Sydney, and more recently, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and ASB North Wharf.


Jolyon Hillier
Director of Group Real Estate (ASPAC), BP

Having joined BP in 2012 Jolyon took responsibility for aligning RE strategy with BP’s new operational goals. Following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster the Group took the decision to build a stronger more centrally controlled RE function. Over the past 3 years Jolyon has focused on developing Policy, Best Practice, and Financial Governance. More recently he has taken on the additional role of Global Workplace Champion which sees a focus on enhancing the workplace through positive change. Prior to BP, Jolyon was Head of BT (British Telecom) for the Asia Pacific region having moved from London where he led GRE in the US and later EMEA.

Nick Hughes

Nick Hughes
Regional Head, CRES, Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank

Nick Hughes is the Head of Corporate Real Estate Services (CRES) for Singapore and ASEAN Region. Nick has worked on the Client and service provider side in Corporate Real Estate for the past 20 years in the Middle East and Asia. He has been based in Singapore for 18 months, and is responsible for all Property, Security and Health and Safety aspects of the Bank’s occupied premises. Recently, particular focus has been on delivering the Bank’s new Changi Business Park 2 facility in Singapore and managing the transition of facilities, project and asset management services to our vendor partners in ASEAN. Previously, Nick was based in Dubai where he managed the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region. Nick managed the DIFC Building acquisition and negotiated the Agreement for Lease for the new Dubai Head Office at Downtown. Nick also previously managed the Bank’s global M&A activity from a property diligence and integration perspective.

Owen King

Owen King
Consultant, Unwork

Owen focuses on helping clients understand their working practises through the application of data models and surveys. He has a commanding interest in the trends shaping the way we live and work, and has previously worked in a variety of research and consulting roles.

He holds a first class degree in History and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. While undertaking his degree, Owen specialised in quantitative methods, and graduated with a number of prestigious awards for the strength and originality of his statistical analysis.

Owen is also a Chinese speaker and has spent time living in both Hong Kong and mainland China.

Vivien Leong

Vivien Leong BOA ARB RIBA
Vice President (Architecture), CPG Consultants

Vivien is a Registered Architect in Singapore and the UK; and is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

She has 14 years experience in both public and private sector projects.

At CPG Consultants, she leads the Learning Hub project in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, London. Additionally, she leads a few teams to see through super high-rise condominium Setia Sky 88, luxury landed housing at Setia Eco Cascadia in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and the JTC Recreation Centres in Singapore.

Vivien’s prior experiences include the urban regeneration scheme Ram Brewery at the historic Youngs Brewery in Wandsworth, London, offices and hotels in Central London, and Marriott Hotel in the Central Market Development in Abu Dhabi.

Su Lim

Su Lim
Head of Client Engagement, Hassell

Su has had the privilege of being involved in a range of projects for over 22 years’, collaborating with a diverse range of people to imagine and create the future of work-life. With a background in design and change management, her interests and experience lie in how the behaviour of people is influenced by their environment and through the process of change. Su currently leads Client Engagement globally for HASSELL, a leading international design practice, focused on unlocking social, cultural and economic value through the power of design.

Ripy Mangkoesoebroto

Ripy Mangkoesoebroto
Chief Human Resources Officer, Indosat

Ripy Mangkoesoebroto is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Indosat. She joined Indosat in November 2012, bringing over 18 years of experience in Human Resources across consumer goods, pharmaceutical and consulting industries of national and multinational organizations. She was most recently Chief Human Resources at AXA Indonesia, part of the AXA Group, one of the largest insurance companies in the world. Prior to that she was Human Resources Director at MSD Group, which is owned by Merck & Co, the second largest pharmaceutical company worldwide. Ms. Mangkoesoebroto is a graduate from the faculty of Psychology of the University of Indonesia, with post-graduate MsC. in Education and Training System Design from the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

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Nayan Parekh
Gensler APC Regional Practice Leader – Consulting
B.Arch University of Mumbai, India
MSc London School of Economics, UK

As the Regional Leader of Gensler’s Consulting Practice in Asia, Nayan focuses on directing Gensler's consultancy business in APAC, with a strong focus on global client accounts within the region. Nayan has 13 years of experience in workplace consultancy, real estate advisory and design and urban strategy services.

Nayan is interested in interdisciplinary design that is end user led and creates business value. She is passionate about understanding how the rapidly changing nature of work impacts people, the buildings and cities they work in.

In her career, she has worked on projects across Asia, UK and mainland Europe helping global organizations implement workplace transformation programs that lead to improved performance. She has worked with organizations across sectors that include Life Sciences, FMCG, Technology, and Learning organizations.

Eric Phillips

Eric Phillips
Partner, NBBJ

Eric Phillips is a partner at NBBJ, a global architecture and design firm that has been ranked one of the most innovative in the world. As partner-in-charge of NBBJ’s China offices, Mr. Phillips oversees day-to-day business operations, manages business development opportunities and guides the long-term growth strategy for the region. In addition, he helps lead the firm’s overall workplace and commercial design practice, which includes high-profile projects for Alibaba, Tencent, Microsoft, CDL, Sinarmas and Swire.

Eric Phillips

Mark Podgornik
Fund Manager, Lend Lease One International Towers Sydney Trust

Mark joined Lend Lease in 2005 and was appointed to his current role in early 2015. Lend Lease One International Towers Sydney Trust is the investment platform for the largest of the three commercial office towers at Barangaroo South, known as Tower 1.

International Towers Sydney is set to become Sydney’s pre-eminent new financial services hub, delivering unrivalled efficiency and environmental performance for its tenants.

Previously, Mark was the Investment Manager for APPF Commercial where he oversaw the refurbishment and repositioning of 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney, including the introduction of The Porter to the ground floor lobby.

Frank Rexach

Frank Rexach
Vice President & GM, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Haworth

Twitter @Frankinshanghai

Frank Rexach is Vice President and General Manager, Haworth Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa reporting to the CEO. Based in the company’s regional headquarters in Shanghai, Frank oversees Haworth’s operations throughout the growth markets..

Frank’s focus is on developing new business models that support the co-creation of organic spaces designed to adapt as client needs evolve.

Frank’s experience spans multiple industries with senior leadership roles in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America based in Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong and Sydney. Frank was born in Germany, is a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of Australia.

Philip Ross

Philip Ross
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

Twitter @Pjnross

Philip is an author, consultant and commentator specialising in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn and enjoy leisure.

He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.

Grace Sai

Grace Sai
CEO and Co-Founder of The Hub Singapore

Grace is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Hub Singapore. An ecosystem builder, she is a node for entrepreneurship in Asia and speaks widely on that topic.

She has been invited by the Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore to share her inputs, and had advised the Malaysian government on a national entrepreneurship strategy under MaGIC. She sits on the Advisory Boards of Ben & Jerry’s Singapore. She is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and part of the global impact investor network, Toniic LLC. She has worked alongside some of the pioneers of the social entrepreneurship and impact investing movement globally.

Grace has been recognized as Prestige Singapore’s Top 40 Under 40 and Cosmopolitan’s Top 12 Female Leaders in Singapore, 2014, and was a nominated Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2013).

She has an MBA from he University of Oxford where she graduated with Distinction and is a Skoll Scholar. She has to ski and dive at least once a year.

Neil Salton

Neil Salton
Managing Director, ChangeWorq Pte. Ltd

Neil is an Independent Strategy and Change Management Consultant and is particularly interested in helping clients work through the organisational culture, psychological & technological factors in order to create more effective and inspiring environments. His approach is founded on data analytics to inform design and strategy decisions, running in parallel with business engagement to support strategic decision making. Neil’s experience of business outside the world of workplace strategy, enables him to connect in a unique way to drive positive business outcomes. His strategy work a range of options including covers Activity Based Working Strategies, Implementing Pilot Space Designs, Scenario Modelling to assess space requirements, Workplace Assessments, Design Briefing, Change Management Programmes and Communications.

Neil has lived in Singapore since 2008 and delivered major projects in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Korea, US, Canada, India, Australia and the UK across a variety of sectors including Commercial Workplace, Retail and Tertiary Education. Neil is an excellent communicator and very experienced in engaging with all levels of stakeholder groups, to ensure every aspect of their aspirational and functional needs are captured, prior to the start of the design process.

Global clients include Google, SingTel, Macquarie Bank, Bank of Tokyo, L’Oreal HSBC, Julius Baer, Standard Chartered Bank, Hewlett Packard, Deloitte, Nike, PwC, SAP, Nokia, and Microsoft.

Marc Shamma'a

Marc Shamma'a
Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Marc has managed the delivery of strategic consulting services across the property lifecycle. This includes campus master planning, portfolio strategy and occupancy planning, workplace strategy, change and communication management, cost reduction, FM procurement, process improvement and new development scoping. He is motivated by identifying the measurable benefits that underpin business cases. Significant achievements include demonstrating saving opportunities of USD $100m over 8 years for HSBC India, USD$30m for Shell Brunei, 15-20% FM cost reduction for Bombardier Transportation Germany and USD$5m p.a. savings for Celcom Axiata.

Heidi Smith

Heidi Smith
Partner, Gray Puksand

Twitter @GrayPuksand

A workspace strategy expert, Heidi has worked with diverse companies affecting culture change through comprehensive workspace design, with a focus on personalising workspace to suit the way a company carries out its business, in preference to mere trend following.

Actively researching new methods and advancements in workspace design, culture and management styles, Heidi demonstrates a genuine curiosity, and a passion for creativity.

Heidi’s expertise is examining a client’s brief through engaging user group interactions. These collaborative sessions inspire revealing responses from the participants, resulting in a better understanding of a client’s needs, and ultimately in workspace strategies that enhance and support a company’s cultural aspirations. It is through this understanding of the unique qualities of each organisation’s culture Heidi has achieved such positive workspace outcomes for her clients.

Vanessa Sulikowski

Vanessa Sulikowski
Distinguished Systems Engineer at Cisco

Vanessa is a Distinguished Systems Engineer for Collaboration, she has been working in the Networking and ICT industry for over 20 years. Vanessa joined Cisco in late 2000 as a Systems Engineer (SE) and for nearly 15 years Vanessa has specialised in designing and implementing Unified Communications and Collaboration.

Vanessa has a particular passion for workplace transformation and the role technology can play to enhance workforce experiences. She is considered a Trusted Advisor for many top customers and partners across the Asia Pacific region and is the global voice of the customer to Cisco’s business units.


Simon Trude
Managing Director, Gensler Sydney

Simon Trude is Managing Director of Gensler's Sydney office. As an award-winning, interdisciplinary consultant, strategist and creative director, Simon has spent his career focusing on the alignment of business strategy and integrated design solutions. He previously was Brand Design Director at Gensler New York before returning to Australia to spearhead Gensler's expansion into the Australian market. Simon believes in helping his clients achieve significant business results through authentic and unique design solutions that are fueled by research and global knowledge.


Dave West
Vice President, Enterprise Networking Sales, APJ
Chief Technology Officer, APJ

Dave West is the Vice President for Enterprise Networking Sales and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Systems Engineering and Architectures at Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ). He is a fifteen-year Cisco veteran with deep experience across engineering, solutions and sales, leading the thousand systems engineers supporting customers and partners in the Enterprise, Commercial and Service Provider markets. Dave West is one of the greatest advocates of Cisco’s networking business and technologies in the region, with a strong vision and understanding of the transitions happening in the market that need to be delivered in Cisco’s architecture and solution offerings. Previously, Dave West was the CTO for Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization, where he was responsible for working with partners to enable technical excellence in the partner technical community.

Dave has held a variety of other positions at Cisco, including: Sr. Director, Public Sector Systems Engineering and Architectures leading the systems engineers and managers supporting Federal, State and Local Government, Education; Director, Center of Excellence for Public Sector Solutions; Senior Manager, Systems Engineering, Department of Defense and Intelligence; Senior Manager, Advanced Technologies, responsible for voice, security, optical, and wireless engineering and pre-sales support for federal customers and partners.

Dave is a former Marine Officer, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. He holds an MS in Information Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Rhian Windridge

Rhian Windridge
Director Project Management APAC, Google Account at CBRE

Rhian believes that in order to optimise real estate in the workplace sector we need to challenge the norm in design. As a Global Workplace Director at CBRE currently leading the Google Projects Team in Asia Pacific, Rhian understands that harnessing rapid technology changes provides an opportunity for our work environments and city spaces. Rhian has worked in London, Sydney and Singapore, delivering workplace projects for Google, QBE and AGL. Her background in regeneration and complex Government projects in the UK also feeds into her understanding of the challenges of urbanisation and societal and environmental pressures in our cities. Rhian is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a RICS Board Member in Singapore.

Jose C. Yong

Jose C. Yong
YJM Consulting Pte Ltd

Jose is a Partner in YJM Consulting, a start-up research consulting firm that seeks to bring science into corporate firms and use knowledge in corporate firms to reinforce science. Jose has a wide-ranging research portfolio that seeks to understand how human nature is shaped by cultural and evolutionary processes. Jose has published articles and presented on topics including occupational prestige and social status, the effects of organizational structure on innovation, emotions and creativity, attraction and mate preferences, and the effects of competition on psychological well-being. Jose is a PhD candidate at the Singapore Management University and has a Masters in research and psychology..

Duncan Young

Duncan Young
Head Of Workplace Health & Wellbeing, Lendlease

Duncan has a strong background in workplace design and delivery developed over his 20 year career working with Lend Lease in Australia, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. Duncan is passionate about health and wellbeing and is a knowledge expert in this emerging sector. He understands the complexity of multi interventional health and wellbeing programs and how ‘places’ can anchor successful programs. He has worked with a range of clients, both locally and internationally to unlock the opportunities of wellbeing as a driver of high performance. Duncan believes that people are the key to the success of any company and that healthy and engaged workforce create healthy and successful businesses. His current roles is the Head of Health & Wellbeing for Lend Lease Workplaces.


Our market-leading WORKTECH conferences are “unmissable” events for senior corporate workplace professionals.

  • Over 3000 people attend WORKTECH each year and primary consists of Heads of CRE, Heads of FM and Chief Executives
  • The events cater to the educational needs of the top Global 1000 companies, relating to their global corporate real estate portfolios
  • The attendees want to learn about how they can help drive efficiencies in their workplaces and drive the productivity of their workforces
  • WORKTECH provides a vehicle to build your business relationships with these decision makers, develop senior contacts and enhance your credibility with key prospects by alignment with the event

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