WORKTECH16 Singapore - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace

 

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Caroline Burns

Caroline Burns
Founder & Managing Director, Workplace Revolution

Caroline is widely recognised as a leader in the workplace and real estate profession, and her extensive experience living and working across Asia is sought out by clients and colleagues.

Caroline’s 20 years of entrepreneurial business leadership and consulting experience have led her to successfully establish and grow professional practices within multinational firms and as new start-ups. Her strategic, nuanced perspectives are valued by clients and colleagues, and increasingly sought-after by the upcoming generation of young industry professionals who she enjoys coaching guiding through their career choices.

Caroline has also served on several private company and professional boards, including currently as a non-executive board director for CoreNet Global, the leading professional association for corporate real estate executives.

Her client experience ranges across banking and finance, technology, pharmaceutical, energy and resources, legal and professional services, consumer goods and public sector in Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Caroline brings this leadership experience, reputation, deep industry knowledge and passion to her role as Managing Director and Founder of Workplace Revolution, building the core team and Community of Partners across the region.

Low Cheaw Hwei

Low Cheaw Hwei
Head of Design, ASEAN Pacific & Head of Design Consulting, Asia, Philips

Cheaw Hwei is Head of Design for Philips ASEAN Pacific and Head of Philips Design consultancy for Asia. He is responsible for the overall direction of Philips Design in the region, leading the company through a design transformation, as Philips moves towards experience and solutions based innovation.

Based in Singapore, Cheaw Hwei first joined Philips Design in 1991 and has since held various creative and management roles within the Netherlands and Hong Kong, before returning back as Design Director for Singapore and Senior Design Director for Philips Consumer Electronics in Asia. Prior to his current role, Cheaw Hwei was Global Creative Director for Philips’ Consumer Lifestyle business (now known as Personal Health) as well as head of product and service design for the company from 2011 to 2014.

Through the years, Cheaw Hwei has led Philips Design in design-thought leadership, design management, and creative and brand design strategy. Beyond achieving commercial success with his design work, Cheaw Hwei has led teams to win multiple local and international design and innovation awards, including the President’s Design Award, iF, RedDot and S’pore G-mark.

A respected industry veteran, Cheaw Hwei has served as board member for various design platforms such as the Design Singapore Council, chaired various design initiatives including the organizing committee for the 2009 ICSID World Design Congress, judged at international competitions such as iF, and currently sits on advisory boards to design institutions and organizations including the Singapore Design Masterplan Committee. He is also a frequent speaker at various international design forums and events.

Meng Chew Ching

Meng Chew Ching
Workplace Services Director, Asia Pacific at Unilever Asia Pte Ltd

Meng-Chew is an experienced Corp Real Estate (CRE) executive well known in the Asian CRE circles, being one of the early pioneers in this region. Currently he is heading up Unilever’s Workplace Services (WS) organization for Asia, Africa, & Russia, which also includes Middle East, Ukraine and Turkey, and he sits on the Global WS Leadership Team responsible for Unilever’s Global workplace portfolio of more than 10 mil sqm.

Prior to joining Unilever, Meng Chew was the Asia Pacific Regional Director for GlaxoSmithKline and Nokia through the years 2005-2011. He started his corporate real estate career in Sun Microsystems in 1996 and lived in Shanghai through that 9 year period with SUN, kick starting and responsible for their property portfolio in those early China days. In the early 90s, Meng Chew spent stints in a MNC Real Estate Brokerage Firm and a Singapore listed Real Estate Developer, in consultancy and business development roles.

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Ben Gattie

Ben Gattie,
CEO, The Working Capitol

When it comes to real estate, it’s not just about property. For Ben, it’s the tangible way in which a property can be transformed to take on another life, changing the way people interact with it. After learning the ropes with Red Brick Properties in New York City, Ben returned home to Singapore in 2010 and founded The Bamboo Group, a boutique real estate investment and development company focusing on the acquisition and conversion of shop houses and small buildings.

The Bamboo Group’s portfolio includes APATO - simple studio living for young professionals, The Bamboo House - hostel accommodation for students and now, The Working Capitol.

Victoria Gilbert

Victoria Gilbert
Director, Delos Solutions

Twitter @DelosLiving

Based in Hong Kong, Victoria has extensive international project management experience, focused on integrating sustainability and wellness into corporate strategy and workplace design. Prior to working with Delos, Victoria worked for Haworth in Asia Pacific and led multiple workplace initiatives for the region, including project managing the design and construction of a new HQ showroom in Shanghai — to implement the pilot WELL Building Standard, and to achieve both LEEDv4 Gold and RESET certification.

Victoria holds an MSc in Corporate Responsibility and a BA in Geography and Chinese Studies from the University of Nottingham, UK. She has a thorough understanding of building and design, maintaining her WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C and RESET AP credentials.

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Tarun Gulrajani

Tarun Gulrajani
Head of Human Resources – Asia & Pacific, REHAU

Tarun’s career is as diverse as his qualities & roles that has spanned across continents & time span of 25 years. “Business First” as his mantra, Tarun has a knack of being a problem solver, hence loves challenges and amplifies the idea of providing solutions to help companies evolve into better workplaces. Tarun is currently based in Singapore and is the Head of Human Resources for Rehau. He is responsible for the overall HR strategy and execution in alignment with the functional business requirements.

His focus is Organizational Development and HR Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Rehau, Tarun was working with Haworth Inc. under various positions of Group HR Director and then Group Sales Director for Channel Markets reporting directly to the CEO of Haworth Asia. Born in Panama (Central America) and travelled and lived in the Americas, Middle East and Asia, Tarun’s diversity in working for various Fortune 500 companies like 3M, Ogilvy & Mather, Seagate, etc., has been the reason for his foresightedness & ability to see the larger picture. Prior to his career in Human Resources, Tarun was the Head of Information Technology for Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Martin Hoelzl

Martin Hoelzl
Manager, Strategic Services, Haworth

Martin Hoelzl is an experienced facilitator and strategist using a human-centered approach to guide organisations through change by developing and applying a co-creative process to problem solving. Martin has had significant engagements with national and multinational organisations across global geographies and in many different industry sectors.

Since innovation is the new norm, and multidisciplinary collaboration is the key to innovation, Martin believes a collaborative approach is fundamental in the creation of a collaborative environment and therefore the very people who will inhabit such places must also directly inform the design of these places. In this new order we refer to this process as ‘co-create’ or ‘co-design’.

As Manager of Strategic Services Martin is involved in many new initiatives such as the visualisation and realisation of Haworth's Organic Spaces strategy including The Porter business lounge at 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney. An experiment in the varibalisation of space through the creation of a curated and shared community experience. Informed by its users, the space is continuously reinvented and reconfigured, making it an intelligent, seamless and productive collaboration space. It offers an experience that inspires innovation and challenges traditional ways of working.

Martin has a background in education, lecturing at UNSW and Billy Blue College of Design.

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Susan Lim

Susan Lim
Head of Client Engagement, HASSELL

Susan brings over 22 years’ experience in workplace briefing, strategy, space planning, design and change management, working with a diverse range of corporate, government, healthcare and learning environment clients.

With a background in design and change management, her interests lie in how the behaviour of people is influenced by their environment and the experience of place over time and through change. She also understands the cultural perspective for workplace change in the regional context and has experience in implementing successful and complex organizational change programs in diverse locations and cultures.

At HASSELL, Susan leads client engagement, focused on client advocacy in order to create real value through high quality design outcomes aligned with client objectives.

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Steven Louie

Steven Louie
Senior Lecturer, School of Design - Temasek Polytechnic

Steven Louie has diversified experience in providing comprehensive solutions for strategic planning, design, and delivery of interior projects globally. His experience in the industry includes a span of more than forty years.

Prior to joining Temasek Polytechnic as Senior Lecturer, he was the Design Director of the Singaporean office of MMoser Associates. His extended responsibilities included business development, client account management, team leadership, branding, and conceptual designing.

Steven’s prior experience also included 28 years as Principal, and Design Director of Gensler. He led teams on major multi-national firms, such as Goldman Sachs, Becton Dickinson, and Zurich Insurance. During this time, he resided in Asia for 20 years, serving clients in Singapore, Shanghai, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan. Clients include CapitaLand, Athenee Plaza Hotel, and Siam Commercial Bank.

Tondy Lubis

Tondy Lubis
APAC Regional Workplace Leader, LinkedIn

Tondy focuses on creating workplace which translate the Company's vision, mission and business objectives. His experience has been providing the service to large multi-national corporations for their large geographic presence of their workplace in the region.

Tondy’s interest and research is on coping with individual differences in the workplace strategy, design and operation. He believes that workplaces should be able to accommodate everyone's needs. It's time to step out of generalizing everyone and to design/operate workplace as if everyone is the same.

Tondy initiated the Heart to Hear program in Colliers International Indonesia, where he recruited graduates of Vocational School for students with hearing disabilities, trained them with practical working skills and attitude, and channelled them for long term employments with multi-national corporations

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Larissa Murphy

Larissa Murphy
Co-Founder, Contrast

Contrast is a global design consultancy focusing on creating human centric, technology enabled and supportive work spaces. Contrast was founded as a reaction to the traditional and conservative nature of the construction industry. Focussed on the future and how to design space which will better support people and businesses in the digital age. Larissa has dedicated 18 years of her career to specialising in workplace design, creating innovative and interactive workspaces across Europe, Middle East, and Asia. As an architect and interior designer, she has worked with numerous blue chip clients in a variety of sectors to develop tailored workplaces to suit their company culture and brand. Understand the concept of workforce dynamics and believing that to create viable workspaces design must engage with and go beyond the aesthetic and real estate function. Larissa is passionate about human behaviour, and has a keen interest in the psychology of space and behavioural science, that forms the backbone of all her work. Her experience of working with a broad spectrum of people from a diverse range of professions within and outside client organisations has given her a unique perspective on the overwhelming importance of people, their behaviour and perceptions when considering design.

Caitlin Robinson

Caitlin Robinson
Creative Director, Experience Design, R/GA

Twitter @threebirddesign

Caitlin’s journey with R/GA started in company’s global headquarters in NYC. Whilst there, she lead work for clients such as Verizon Telecom, Samsung, Equinox and Nike. These projects covered ground from large-scale personalization efforts for Verizon to eCommerce solutions for Samsung and Omni channel service design for Equinox’s luxury clubs.

In 2012, she helped launch the first major update to Nike.com since 2008.this work transformed Nike’s direct to consumer arm into a $1 billion+ sales channel – placing them at #61 in Internet Retailers 2915 Top 500 Guide.

In 2014, she moved to R/GA Stockholm to develop global product, service and system design for clients such as Volvo, Vogue Eyewear, ICA and The Absolut Company.

Rounding out her experience, Caitlin is excited to join R/GA Singapore where she hoped to continue creating useful, usable and desirable solutions for users.

Caitlin received her Masters of Design from Carnegie Mellon University and BA from Duke university.

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.

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John M. Sellery AIA

John M. Sellery AIA
Group Managing Director, M Moser Associates

John Sellery has been significant contributor in shaping M Moser Associates’ strategy-led multi-disciplinary approach to design since 1989. As Group Managing Director, he consistently pushes the boundaries of the company constantly seeking new innovation in the way people work, engage and motivate. As leader and mentor to the broad base of the organisation, and with the opportunity of a fresh start in a new location emerging, John felt that it was the right time to not only update M Moser’s workplace but to fundamentally instil a new culture within the firm.

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.

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Woo Shu Fang

Woo Shu Fang
Senior Student, Temasek Polytechnic

Woo Shu Fang is a senior student at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, who is pursuing a diploma in Interior Architecture Design.

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Ben Gattie

Marie, Tan Pin Xuan
Senior Student, Temasek Polytechnic

Marie is a senior student at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, who is pursuing a diploma in Interior Architecture Design.

Primo Orpilla

Primo Orpilla
Principle, Studio O+A

Twitter @Primo_Orpilla

Primo is the co-founder and principal of Studio O+A, an interiors firm in San Francisco that specialises in workplace design. Establishing the company with Verda Alexander in Silicon Valley in 1991, primo drew on an early interest in engineering and a feel for the growing tech economy to orient O+A to a rapidly changing work environment. Moving to San Francisco a few years later, O+A quickly gained a reputation for being a design firm an innovative as its clients – Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Cisco, Uber and many others.

A believer in design as an art form that embraces all disciplines, Primo grew his company from a two-person space planning operation to a full service design studio with 40 plus designers, project managers, graphic artists and branding specialists. The firms work has been recognized for over two decades with international press coverage and multiple design awards. In 2015 Primo and Verda were inducted into Interior Design Magazines Hall of Fame. In 2016 O+A won the Cooper Hewitt Design Award for Interior Design.

As a lecturer on design and the future workplace, Primo speaks at schools and design conferences globally. The course in workplace design he and Verda teach at IE university in Madrid seeks to pass on to a new generation of designers the philosophy of immersion in a client’s culture that has been a driving force behind every O+A project.

In recent years, Primo has taken up a new passion: product design. His company Orpilla, Inc designs multi-faceted, versatile workstations and office products for OFS, Kimball Office, Martin-Brattrud and IdeaPaint, bringing principles of customization and adaptability that made O+A famous to the level of indicial workspace.

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.

Victoria Gilbert

Associate Professor, Christopher Vas
Director, SCRIPT – Murdoch Singapore

Twitter @drchrisvas

Associate Professor Chris Vas heads up the Singapore Centre of Research, Innovation, Productivity and Technology (SCRIPT) for Australia’s Murdoch University. Chris has considerable expertise in innovation and productivity policy, human capital development, public management issues and strategic future planning. He has designed and delivered leadership, strategy and management programs for public and private sector clients, including Oil & Gas Corporation (ONGC), Areva Energy, Maersk Ltd (Denmark), Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, Coca Cola and Vodafone. Beyond industry engagement, he has worked in policy advisory capacities in the Australian Government and enriched his research career leading the Productivity and Competitiveness policy research program at the Australian National University (ANU). He has also held visiting positions at Harvard University and Stanford University in the US.

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Audrey Zaimeche

Audrey Zaimeche
Associate, Workplace Strategy, M Moser Associates

Audrey joined M Moser 2 years ago as workplace strategist. With her background in branding and design identity she was the right fit to lead the designing thinking and strategy of the M Moser Future Office project. Audrey, driven by ambition and passion, strongly believes in the power of space and design thinking values. Going deep to understand any problem, she challenges perspectives to pursue ideal solutions. “When teams feel psychologically safe, when they are comfortable in sharing mistakes to learn from failure and to share ideas – that’s when you achieve innovation and better decision making,” says Audrey.

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If you are interested in speaking at WORKTECH16 Singapore please contact isabel.marks@unwired.eu.com

Sponsorship

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

Please contact Isabel Dewhurst-Marks for more information on commercial partnerships or speaking opportunities by emailing isabel.marks@unwired.eu.com
 

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