Date: Tuesday, 4th May 2021
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am (AEST)
Synopsis and overview of the session
Australia is making swift progress towards economic recovery. By internalizing the primary takeaways from 2020, businesses are materializing their future resiliency with a common denominator throughout the region: a talent-first strategy.
In early 2020, Australian companies were already looking to inject added competitiveness and resiliency to their models. As the year unfolded, speed of adaptation was key as companies navigated the market’s dynamic shifts.
Today, companies now know planning ahead is more important than ever when looking at business resiliency, diversification, and cash flow. In addition, a major mindset shift has taken place. Companies are transitioning from remote by necessity to remote by choice after seeing firsthand the efficiencies in flexible workplaces.
Remote work has unlocked a skilled international talent pool that has more than just one benefit. If Australian companies can tap into the newly available talent, their operations could take place anywhere in the world, further sharpening the competitive edge of their business model with the added perk of a global footprint.
Focus Network, in partnership with Globalization Partners, will host an executive roundtable on how building resiliency into businesses means adopting a talent-first strategy. Experts will cover:
- What business resiliency looks like for companies operating in a remote-first work environment.
- How remote work is already impacting Australia and how international talent is the key to growing a global footprint.
- How company leaders and decision makers can take the first step towards sourcing the world’s best talent – anywhere in the world.
Charles Hamilton Ferguson, General Manager, Globalization Partners (GP)
Charles Hamilton Ferguson is the general manager of Globalization Partners (GP) business in Asia. In this capacity, he is responsible for establishing scale and efficiency for GP’s and their clients business expansion in one of the most dynamic markets in the world. Globalization Partners flattens barriers to global business by making it easy for companies to hire employees anywhere in the world within a few business days. The company delivers these capabilities through its Global Expansion Platform™, which allows companies to hire employees throughout the world without having to navigate complex international legal, tax, and HR issues. Beginning in 2020, as an acknowledgement of his impact in the HR technology space, Charles was appointed as a start-up advisor and mentor for the Workplace Accelerator, which helps to discover and incubate the future of HR technology from Asia and beyond, and joined Advent International, the private equity firm with over $54B USD in AUM, as an industry advisor for Asia Pacific.
Charles was most recently group chief commercial officer for Tricor Group, a leading business expansion specialist in Asia, with global knowledge and local expertise in business, corporate, investor, human resources & payroll, and corporate trust & debt services. With a vast network of senior executives across Asia, status in the market as a cloud computing expert, and reputation as a trusted advisor amongst his peers, Charles was responsible for designing and executing the global sales, marketing, and product innovation strategy for the Group. Prior this role, Charles was president and general manager for the Asia Pacific region at ADP, LLC, where he brought his experience and technology passion to the fore as the driver for delivering ADP’s employee engagement and human capital management (HCM) solutions to firms of every size in Asia. Charles moved to this role from his previous positions as division vice president of Asia Pacific, and vice president of multi-national corporation sales and marketing, leading these efforts across Asia.
Before joining ADP, Charles co-founded the management consulting and advisory services firm ReedHamilton, where he led the technology and innovation practice. ReedHamilton had a team of consulting associates and offices in Singapore and Hong Kong serving firms across virtually every industry, providing guidance ranging from talent acquisition to go-to-market strategy. Prior to co-founding ReedHamilton, Charles was regional vice president for SAP on demand, cloud services, and outsourcing, Asia Pacific and Japan. In this capacity, he was responsible for helping design, deploy, and general manage SAP’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) business and cloud computing evangelism for the region. Previous to this role he led SAP’s Southeast Asia and emerging markets and technologies marketing organization. In the early days of SaaS in Asia, he joined salesforce.com as the North Asia regional director where he built and led the team in new market penetration efforts for Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, PR China, and Taiwan ROC. Previous to SAP and salesforce.com, he held senior sales, consulting, and services roles at Microsoft Asia headquarters and Intel’s supercomputer and enterprise platform group.
In addition to his corporate career, Charles has had several other successes as an entrepreneur. He founded and managed the jazz club and bistro “Number Five” on the Bund in Shanghai, PRC which spanned a decade of service. Charles also founded several startups that burned brightly and failed gloriously, providing invaluable lessons on life and business. He speaks often on the topics of entrepreneurism and technology across the region. Charles is accredited with an EMP in international management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the National University of Singapore, holds a master’s degree in innovation management from the Helsinki School of Economics at Aalto University, and did his undergraduate studies at Bard College in the United States. He sits on the advisory boards for several firms serving the HR, cloud computing, and consulting industries and volunteers in his community as a Grass Roots Leader focused on new immigrant integration and new media advocacy.
Andrew Milroy, Founder, Veqtor8
Andrew Milroy is the founder of Veqtor8, a digital risk advisory firm, based in Singapore. His work involves empowering organisations to manage risk more effectively.
He is a well-known technology thought leader and speaker in the APAC region. Since moving to Singapore in 2011, he has held regional leadership roles with Frost & Sullivan, IDC, Nelson-Hall and Ovum (now Omdia). These roles have also given him the opportunity to live and work in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
He has been providing advisory services relating to cybersecurity for over 20 years. In his 10 years at Frost & Sullivan, Andrew grew the technology business into one of APAC’s leading sources of cybersecurity research and consulting services. Andrew works closely with leading buyers and vendors of cybersecurity products and services. Andrew is frequently invited to speak, chair and moderate at major technology events. He is also widely quoted in the press and often appears on broadcast media, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia.
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Agenda at a glance
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Registration & networking
4.00 pm – 4.05pm – Welcome address
4.05 pm – 5.15pm – 3 course lunch served4.05 pm – 4.45pm – Embracing disruption in the financial services industry: A Privacy versus Security conundrum – Amanda Chan, BlackBerry
4.45 pm – 5.15pm – Demo
5.15pm – 5.45pm – Discussion
5.45 pm – 6pm – Closing remarks