Welcome to the Recruitment Asia 2016, Malaysia, the region’s biggest recruitment and talent acquisition strategy conference! The conference will see speakers from Accendo, Ericsson, Maxis and more examining hiring trends, workforce challenges and the hottest talent platforms in the digital age.

On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference, brought to you straight from Connexion@Nexus - from all the tweets on #RA2016 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, and photos through the day.

#RA2016 Tweets

That brings us to the end of Recruitment Asia 2016, and we would like to thank all our sponsors, speakers and delegates, once again. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Hope you had a great time and brought home a few key takeaways.

Now at Recruitment Asia 2016, our last speaker, Foo Chek Wee, group HR director (SEA and HK) of Zalora looks into a case study on hiring right for a cultural fit.

Based in Singapore, he is a human resources professional with 10-plus years of accelerated HR experience in notable companies such as American Express and Visa. He is part of a pioneering team of 10 HR directors formed by Spring Singapore to provide pro bono advisory service to small medium enterprises in Singapore.

Foo Chek Wee, Zalora, RA MY 2016

Next up, Marcela Mihanovich, chief human resources officer, Citi Malaysia reveals the benefits of growing your own timber. She joined the Citi Malaysia team in March 2016 and had started her career at Citi in 2002 as part of the HRMA programme and has worked across four different Citi locations - Argentina, Brazil, US and Singapore.

Before Citi, she worked at different MNCs in Argentina where she kick-started her career in the HR field. Some of her notable areas of expertise are in recruitment, succession planning, talent management and leadership.

Marcela, City Malaysia at RA MY 2016

Delegates take a break, and gain some insights from Recruitment Asia 2016 exhibitors,  myQuickHR and ServiceDott. 

myQuickHR and ServiceDott at RA MY 2016

Day 2 of Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia sees Foo Chek Wee, group HR director from Zalora moderating a panel discussion with Yeoh Sai Yew, head of people department from AirAsiaX Berhad; Gaurav Sharma, HR director from Coca Cola; Azah Othman, GM of global HR, learning & development from Scomi Group and Nicholas Dhillon, HR business partner for commercial business from Nestle Malaysia and Singapore as they discuss effective talent retention strategies to drive business excellence.

Day 2 RA MY 2016 panel discussion

Next up is Peter Law, assistant vice president, head of L&D of Great Eastern Life Assurance, Malaysia.

With 21 years of commercial experience in the hospitality, services and financial services industries both locally and abroad, he specialises in organisational development and HR transformation, along with HR business partnering, learning and development, strategic talent acquisition, employee engagement, workforce planning and corporate culture development.

Today, he joins the Recruitment Asia 2016 stage to share his tips on implementing an effective on boarding process, and maximising the candidate experience.

Peter Law, Great Eastern MY at RA MY 2016

As we take a lunch break, we'd like to thank SEEK Asia for being part of Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia as a silver sponsor.

SEEK Asia at RA MY 2016

Last but not the least, Lai Tak Ming, director of group HR and administration at Gamuda concludes the rapid-fire.

He is responsible for the group’s strategic human resource direction in developing human capital sustainability and a culture of leadership excellence for Gamuda to become the industry’s employer of choice. He drives all areas of human resource management, talent engagement and development as well as organisational development to support the group’s expansion plan.

Lai Tak Ming, GAMUDA, at RA MY 2016

Next on the rapid-fire is Don Tran, APAC recruiting director of Kelly Services Korea.

Engaging talent voice through external agency and in house roles, his last appointment was within a global investment bank in Singapore. He presents alternative opportunities for businesses and executives to recognize, pull and maintain talent to compete and succeed.

His solutions focused assisting clients shape their talent agenda and employee value propositions - his whole market and collaborative approach provides industry best practices. Don Tran, Kelly Services at RA MY 2016

Today’s rapid-fire on the future of talent acquisition in the digital age starts off with Joann Low, head of recruitment, Maxis.

Joann Low has more than 10 years of recruitment experience. Her latest role at Maxis as head of recruitment has evolved into digitalising the recruitment process and experience.She has also had exposure in analytics to provide a different perspective for making sound business decisions. Continuously looking for a new way of doing things in the digital age is a must for her to stay in touch with this new world.

Joann from Maxis at RA MY 2016

We take a break and thank Cazar as a silver sponsor at Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia.

Cazar at RA MY 2016

Now on stage, Dell’s talent acquisition leader, Bandhana Rai, has two decades of experience working in MNCs with roles in audit, sales and operations before moving to HR. At Dell, she has held key roles such as HR country lead roles for South Asia’s developing markets before taking on the role of talent acquisition director for the region.

She is a strong advocate of gender diversity – spearheading the development of female leaders under Dell’s programme - women in search of excellence. Fittingly, her presentation today is about boosting the effectiveness of the recruitment team.

Bandhana Rai, Dell at RA MY 2016

Opening the conference today is Sharmeel Kaur, bringing expertise in talent acquisition, industrial relations, HR compliance, expat management, and HR budgeting, among others.

With experience in all these areas, she is a renowned motivational speaker with MDEC, TalentCorp, and the Ministry of HR. And she has equally delivered a number of training programmes for a number of public and private sector organisations throughout Asia Pacific.

Today, she tackles the selection process and highlights the best interviewing techniques including psychometric tests, assessment centres, and role playing.

Sharmeel Kaur, Volkswagen at RA MY 2016

Our regional editor Aditi Sharma takes the stage to welcome all speakers, sponsors and delegates for Day 2 of Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia.

Aditi RA MY 2016


We hope you enjoyed day one of Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia. Today, we're on to our second and last day at Connexion@Nexus in Kuala Lumpur. Stay with us for live updates.

The registration counter is open and we're all set to welcome today's delegates at Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia. 

Day 2 of RA MY 2016

With that, Aditi Sharma closes Day 1 of Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia. We'll be back tomorrow with more exciting topics. 

Bringing with her a decade of experience in human capital and HR technology strategies, Anj Vera, CEO, TalentView, began her career in recruitment driven by a need to think differently across the employee life cycle.

Now, as the CEO of TalentView, she leads a team of employer branding professionals, and collaborates with global partners, such as LinkedIn, RolePoint and Phoenix and ICube, with the goal of refocusing organisations' HR efforts.

In her free time, she recently finished authoring a case study around the The ASEAN Benchmark in Employer Branding, and today to round off this conference, she will help us define the metrics to objectively measure employer brand performance.

Anj Vera, CEO of TalentView at RA MY

Our next speaker has over 15 years of experience in human capital, of which the most recent was 14 years with Aon Hewitt across India, Singapore, Thailand, and as the country manager of Aon Hewitt Malaysia.

In July 2014, Animesh Mukherjee joined Digi Telecom as the head of the HR centre of expertise, where his team not only executes but actually designs human capital programmes. The CoE covers talent and leadership, learning, performance and rewards, employer brand and recruitment, culture, employee engagement and human capital analytics.

On his agenda today is the building and launching of an employer brand in a 90-day sprint. Let's find out more about Digi’s employee-first strategy. Digi head of HR CoE, Animesh Mukherjee at RA MY 2016


We take a quick tea break and thank TalentView for being part of Recruitment Asia 2016 as a gold sponsor.

TalentView at RA MY 2016

Taking the floor now is Andrew Ng, HR director, Fonterra, who has more than 22 years of local and regional experience in organisation culture alignment, org design, change management, and learning. He is a certified executive coach, NLP practitioner, training facilitator and a performance coach, having previously worked in Sanofi, Swisslog and Emerson Network Power.

From a recruitment perspective, he's here today for a case study on recruitment process outsourcing - what to do, what not to do - and how to ensure you get ROI from any such partnership.

Andrew Ng, HR director of Fonterra

On stage now is the human capital leader at PwC Malaysia after spending nearly three years on secondment at government agency TalentCorp.

With 20 years of working experience under her belt, Salika Suksuwan, executive director, human capital, PwC has been involved in numerous HR projects across Singapore, Jakarta, and Bangkok while working in professional services and the financial services sector.

Hear her experience on leading a team of energetic HR professionals, a team that is busy making a dent for its work in social media today.

Salika Suksuwan at RA MY 2016


We take a lunch break and thank our gold sponsor, KellyOCG for being part of Recruitment Asia 2016.

KellyOCG at RA MY 2016

Karin Clarke, APAC director of KellyOCG takes us through a case study today on building a successful recruitment programme to attract young talent.

Before joining KellyOCG, she spent 12 years with a leading global recruitment company holding senior leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand before taking on the regional director of Singapore and Malaysia. At KellyOCG, she leads the talent advisory consulting practice for APAC, and is a certified strategic workforce planning instructor for the strategic workforce planning course commissioned by the Human Capital Institute.

Highlighting the issue on competency analysis, Clarke highlighted how it should be done at least three assessments.

"People perform differently in different environments. You need to give them (graduates) more than one opportunity to demonstrate competency," she said.

Karin Clarke, director, KellyOCG

With 18 years of experience in human resources management, Yvonne Teng, HR director, network services, product and commercial management, Southeast Asia and Oceania, of Ericsson has extensive experience in workforce planning, talent management, compensation and benefits and talent acquisition.

While at Ericsson, she has held roles as the SME in compensation and benefits, HR generalist, and business partner which has given her a broad spectrum of experience. Today she is here to give us her expert take on graduate recruiting programmes, and the whole thought process that goes behind it.

Yvonne Teng, HR director, Ericsson at Recruitment Asia 2016, Malaysia




As we take a quick break, we'd like to thank Accendo for being here as a gold sponsor at Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia. Check out their innovative products!

Accendo at RA MY 2016

Recruitment Asia 2016 in Malaysia sees Etsuko Eto from AEON, Sunil Kumar from AIG, Victoria Creamer from Cazar, and Lai Tak Ming from GAMUDA share their expertise on recruitment strategies, with Martin Hayden from SEEK Asia moderating this exciting panel discussion. 

Leaders' Panel Discussion on recruitment strategies at Recruitment Asia 2016


Taking the stage now at Recruitment Asia 2016 is someone with a track record of managing both people and projects in line with business objectives.

In her current role as chief operating officer at Accendo, Tishal Rai, is responsible for developing and executing the firm's operational strategies, and effectively growing it from a Malaysia-based organisation to an ASEAN-wide consulting entity.

Today, she presents the talent market outlook in the region, along with a forecast of what's on the horizon.



First on today's agenda is someone who has more than 25 years of experience in the HR field, of which she has spent the last two decades in Malaysia. She takes a special interest in strategic talent management, organisational transformation and culture management, and has led initiatives in these areas across industries like airlines, telecommunications, commercial and investment banking, conglomerates and oil and gas.

Claudia Cadena, chief human resources officer, Malaysia Airlines is now here to answer the age-old question: insourcing or outsourcing, what is the best way to hire. Claudia Cadena, MAS


We're starting it early today at Connexion@Nexus for the third edition of #RA2016 in Malaysia. Stay with us for live updates. The registration counter is open! Our team is excited to welcome today's delegates at Recruitment Asia 2016.

Recruitment Asia Stage 2016 MY