Welcome to the Employee Benefits Asia 2016, Malaysia, the region’s biggest annual conference dedicated to compensation & benefits strategy! Over these two days, we will see speakers from DHL Express, Fonterra, Honeywell, and more unveiling the secrets to developing best practice rewards strategies.

On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference, brought to you straight from Connexion@Nexus, Malaysia – from all the tweets on #EBA2016 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, and photos.

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Next up we have two presenters taking the stage, with an inside look at the evolution of the flexible benefits programme at Digi Telecommunications. We have Animesh Mukherjee, who heads the HR centre of expertise, that designs and executes programmes including talent and leadership, learning, performance and rewards, employer brand, and more.

His colleague, Sulaxmi Prasad, Digi's head - rewards and analytics, has nearly 10 years of experience, mostly in the areas of rewards and performance, across India, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

Today Animesh and Sulaxmi build a case for flexible benefits programme.


Now it's time for a well-deserved break. Delegates take a lunch break, and gain some interesting insights from Employee Benefits Asia 2016 silver sponsor Sanofi Pasteur.


If best practices to design cost-efficient flexible benefits packages is your priority, look no further than our panel discussion starting now. Moderating this is: Roshni Mahesh, principal and flexible benefits expert, Mercer Marsh Benefits (seated extreme right).

Joining her are panelists (L-R): - Peter Ling Shuoy Huah, chief organisational development officer, Mah Sing Group - Henk Jan Jonge Poerink, senior vice president global operations and managing director, BESI - Grace Chan Hwee, senior general manager, group human resource & admin, Berjaya Corporation

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Our next speaker has served the KPJ group for 22 years. She currently spearheads the integrity unit in providing the framework of integrity and activities for the group, while overseeing the group's corporate responsibility activities.

Datin Sabariah Fauziah specialises in talent management, and today that's precisely her focus - retaining and engaging top talent through enhancing flexibility and engagement at the workplace. A warm welcome to - Datin Sabariah Fauziah, vice president (II)– group talent management services, KPJ Healthcare.


We take a quick coffee break and thank our gold sponsor Tokio Marine Insurans (Malaysia). Please meet them while you're at Employee Benefits Asia 2016!

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Next up we have someone with more than 31 years of experience in HR development. Before joining Mah Sing Group, this speaker was a director and acting regional CEO for a global American retail company, and prior to that regional HR director with Fitness First global.

Pooling all of that global experience, he presents a case study on transforming a traditional company into multinational organisation. Let's give a round of applause to - Peter Ling Shuoy Huah, chief organisational development officer, Mah Sing Group.


If digitising HR functions has been a big issue for you, this next presenter aims to share some feasible ideas. Leny Januar has more than 20 years of experience in HR and payroll solutions, across customers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Brunei.

Today, let's hear her story of how the advantages of digitised HR strategies can be harnessed to boost efficiency and reduce costs. Welcome - Leny Januar, business development manager, Sage.


Let's get the day started with our first speaker - and today we open with the point of view of the regional benefits director. Sow Chat Gan is the Asia Pacific benefits director for Honeywell covering 16 countries. In his 20 years of HR experience, he has held leadership positions in rewards across sectors like high-tech, semiconductor, telecommunications and FMCG.

His presentation today is driven by the need to balance cost sustainability with evidence-based data analytics, while making business decisions.




Those sessions bring us to the end of day one of Employee Benefits Asia 2016, Malaysia. Hope all of you had a great time and managed to bring home a few key takeaways from today. Thank you once again to all our speakers, delegates and sponsors, and we do hope to see you again tomorrow. Updates: http://bit.ly/EBAMY2016

As curtains close on day one of Employee Benefits Asia, Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to thank everyone who made this conference possible - speakers, delegates and sponsors.

To conclude today's proceedings, we have Dr Hafez Hussain, director of rehabilitation centre, Social Security Organisation of Malaysia (SOCSO).

Not only is he trained as an occupational health doctor and certified independent medical examiner, he is also a disability management professional. With all this knowledge, he has implemented a paradigm shift at SOCSO towards improving employees’ social well-being, and today he shares that case study with us.

With more than 20 years of experience, our next speaker is a highly sought after subject matter expert in the healthcare industry specialising on employee benefits for SMEs and MNCs in Malaysia. He was recently appointed as an invited advisor for the medical business portfolio at Tokio Marine Insurans, and today we hear him deliver a keynote on structuring sustainable yet cost-effective healthcare and insurance programmes.

We invite on stage - Steven Ooi, advisor health business, Tokio Marine Insurans.

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While delegates break for coffee and networking, check out cool insights from Employee Benefits Asia 2016 gold sponsor Sunway Medical Centre.



Up next, we've got someone who promises to help ideate on healthcare programmes that benefit both the employer and employee. Our speaker is someone who has experience treating a diseases in the trauma and emergency department of a busy government hospital, as well as managed health screening for the private sector.

We call her up for a presentation on the improvisation of health and well-bring programmes that balance both costs and employee engagement. Welcome - Dr Lim Pek Yean,occupational health doctor, resident medical officer, Sunway Medical Centre.

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We welcome you back from lunch with a panel discussion on benefits planning for a multi-generational workforce. Moderating this is Steven Ooi, advisor health business, Tokio Marine Insurans (extreme right).

The panelists are (L-R): - Chandralakshmi Thiruchelvam, director compensation and benefits - Asia, Western Digital - Dr Hazlee bin Abdul Hadi, head, occupational health specialist and medical advisor, occupational health services, Prince Court Medical Centre - Tricia Lim, head of rewards, Maxis

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Delegates take a lunch break, and thank our gold sponsor Sage. Please meet them while you're at Employee Benefits Asia 2016! Lots of information on Sage's easy-to-use, scalable and customisable applications.



We now move to a panel discussion - challenges and opportunities for capitalising on total rewards in Asia. Moderating this this panel is Andrew Ng, HR director, Fonterra (seated extreme right).

Joining him on stage are his panelists (from L-R): - Sow Chat Gan, Asia Pacific benefits directors, Honeywell - Kenny Ong, MD, Universal Music Malaysia and Singapore - Christopher Ong, MD, DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei.



We welcome you back from a break with a perspective from a family business. Our speaker started helping out his family retail store during his secondary school days, and soon went on to set up his own business at the age of 19.

Then, with a vision to own more than one store, he made four attempts - all failures, but he did not stop trying. At the fifth attempt, he succeeded - and today the business has 31 outlets with a workforce of 300 employees.

Today he takes the stage with a presentation on how SME employers can make the most of their total rewards budget - Adnan Lee, managing director, MBG Fruits.

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Our next speaker comes with 20 years of international consulting experience, mainly in the UK and Europe and more recently in Asia, having advised organisations around HR transformation and M&A integration projects.

He recently joined Mercer to lead the Malaysian consulting business as CEO, and he joins us today with his take on improving organisational effectiveness through compelling total reward strategies.

We invite on stage, Hasham Piperdy, CEO, Mercer Malaysia.

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Starting today's conference is a business leader, heading DHL Express in Malaysia and Brunei. Having joined DHL Express in 2006 with the responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and planning for Asia Pacific, he soon took on additional responsibilities to drive DHL’s Six Sigma and GOGREEN corporate programmes.

Presently, Christopher Ong, is the MD for DHL Express, Malaysia and Brunei, and today, he inaugurates the conference with a keynote on crafting an effective total rewards strategy that drives business excellence.



Delegates take 10 minutes for a speed networking session to get to know each other. 



To inaugurate day one of Employee Benefits Asia, Human Resources' regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to welcome all delegates, sponsors and speakers.

She says: "Having organised this conference for the past three years in Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, one thing has become quite clear - when it comes to compensation and benefits programmes, organisations throughout Asia Pacific are keen on creative yet cost-effective solutions."

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The registration counter is open and our team is all set to welcome today's delegates at Employee Benefits Asia 2016, Malaysia.