2018 Singapore Total Rewards Summit

15 November 2018  Asean, Singapore


  • Overview

    Navigating the Future of Rewards

    With increased automation and workplace disruption, has come a resurgence in the need for not just fair and equitable pay, but pay transparency and unique benefits including health and wellness and flexible arrangements. The ‘new deal’ requires a shift in how rewards professionals create compelling yet personalized EVPs or rather IVPs (individual value propositions) in this day and age.

    In Mercer's recent conversations with clients in Singapore, the need for a rewards-focused event surfaced so this one's for you!

    The event will include:


    Deep-dive into the latest on rewards around the world with a focus on Singapore. Topics will uncover the trends and data surrounding the critical areas of rewards analytics, the relevance of salary-structure design, executive pay, practical tips on global mobility, adaptive benefits and more! Full agenda coming soon.

    Connect with more than 100 Rewards’ professionals’ to learn from one another and think beyond benchmarks. 

    The one-day format will enable you to take practical and actionable insights back to the office.

  • Registration


    SGD 1,500
    TRS Member Discount Price: SGD 1,300

    Group Discount Prices:
    2nd Attendee: 20% off
    3rd Attendee and onwards: 50% off

  • Agenda


    Summit Welcome: Embracing Rewards in the Era of Disruption


    Plenary Session: Beyond Benchmarking. Linking Pay Programs to Organization Design to Optimize Career Rewards.

    Traditional Reward levers are no longer driving talent retention. Though the pre-dominant focus remains on pay and external benchmarking, we will explore the concept of "career rewards" during the lifecycle of an employee within an organisation. In this session, we will also call out the criticality of calibration between reward programs and organisation design.

    Godelieve van Dooren, Partner, Regional Industries and Products Leader, Mercer


    Networking Break


    Panel Discussion: Future of Job Evaluation

    Is Job evaluation even going to be relevant in an era where one fourth of the current skills will be redundant in the future? With the emergence of flexibility and individualization as differentiators and core parts of an organizations value proposition, questions are being raised on whether Job Evaluation will be required and enable agility and flexibility. This interactive session will see panelists from varied organizations share their view point and experience in defining and managing Job Evaluation approaches.

    Moderator: Puneet Swani, Career Business Leader, Growth Markets, Mercer

    Panelists: Hans Han, Regional Head, Compensation and Benefits, China and Asia Pacific, Bridgestone


    Plenary Session: Optimizing Total Rewards with Analytics that Matter

    In this highly disruptive era of business, it is imperative for organizations to maximize the benefits of their Rewards Programs. To stay on top of the ROI that Rewards is generating, HR must optimise the firms’ Rewards Programs using the best tools and knowledge available. Today, one in every three organizations globally provide analytics on the effectiveness of talent and rewards management strategies. Are you one of them? Take the first step to identify, investigate, and address the underlying issues that hinder your compensation and benefits policies. Use dashboards and visualisations to address questions that matter. 

    Lionel Low, Rewards and Change Practice Lead, Mercer


    Lunch Break


    Breakout Sessions 

    A) Executive Compensation. How can you Maximise the Return on your Incentive Spend?

    An exploration of key decision metrics and examples to highlight how aligning business strategy with the expectations of various stakeholders (employees, the Board and shareholder), and the external landscape can help drive improved performance returns on executive incentive spend. 

    Nishant Mahajan, Head of Executive Remuneration and Rewards Consulting, Singapore, Mercer

    B) Managing Cross-Border Compensation in a Global Talent Landscape

    As the business environment continues to become more global, organizations are increasingly hiring and managing talent across borders. Today’s C&B professionals need to understand the many complexities and challenges associated with cross-border compensations and have effective strategies to remain competitive in attracting, retaining and moving talent, while managing cost. This workshop will provide practical perspectives on the key trends, challenges and solutions to equip C&B professionals with the knowledge and tools to remain relevant and effective in today’s world.

    Mario Ferraro, Global Mobility Leader for Asia Middle East and Africa, Mercer

    C) Personalization of Benefits in the Age of Employee

    Are your employees engaged with the benefits you provide? More than 50% of companies are missing a simple opportunity to enhance their employees’ benefits experience. Why do even the best benefit programs fail without effective communication? In this session, Mercer's Health Consulting Leader will share practical case studies on making benefits interesting with communication platforms to attain personalization. Explore tactical ways to build your benefits brand and increase employee engagement.

    Liana Attard, Asia Zone Consulting Leader, Mercer Marsh Benefits


    Networking Break


    Plenary Session: Navigating Workforce Insights & Reward Trends

    This session will cover insights on labor market, pay movements, job premiums, benefit updates that matter the most to you as reward professionals to enable faster decision making in the era of disruption and change across markets

    North Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

    ASEAN (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philipinnes)

    Indo China (Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand)

    South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, SriLanka)


    Interactive Rewards Quiz


    Summit Closing

  • Meet The Speakers

    Hans Han
    Regional Head, Compensation & Benefits
    Bridgestone Asia Pacific

    Hans is responsible for the overall C&B strategies and programs in Asia Pacific.With over 20 years of work experience in various disciplines including business, general management and human resources management, Hans started as a trainer. He later progressed into HR consulting and eventually regional compensation & benefits with multinationals corporations. He has worked for prestigious firms such as Hay Group, Mercer HR Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle, Johnson Controls and Huntsman.Hans has a wide breadth of experience in all aspects of HR, including recruitment, training, compensation & benefits, international assignment, job analysis & evaluation, competency assessment, performance management and HRIS.  He has trained, presented to and consulted thousands of executives and professionals across the Asia Pacific region, including many Fortune 500 companies.  His more recent engagements include creating a global grading tool, developing regional compensation frameworks, piloting flexible benefits initiatives, leading sales incentive design, and driving regional benefits review.

    Godelieve van Dooren
    Partner, Regional Industries and Products Leader

    A Partner in the firm, Godelieve van Dooren is Mercer’s Regional Industry Leader for Asia-Pacific  focusing on High Tech and Consumer Goods / Retail as well as Mercer’s Benefits Products & Services. She leads several industry forums comprising of leading High Tech, eCommerce/Internet, FMCG and Retail companies and serves as the regional account manager for large Consumer Goods and High Tech accounts across MMC. Godelieve also leads Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for Mercer for the ASEAN countries and supports organizations in implementing D&I policies in the region. From 2013 to 2016 she led Mercer’s insights and products business across 8 countries in ASEAN, and also served as the Mercer Malaysia country manager. She started up Mercer’s Asia Pacific Employee Benefits products line in 2008 and is responsible for expanding Mercer’s benefits surveys and related benchmarking and benefits valuation consulting across the region. Before joining Mercer in 2007, Godelieve worked as a senior human resources consultant with Ernst & Young in the Netherlands, specializing in benefits design and consulting. She has led many projects for multinational companies on HR issues concerning human resource strategies, performance management and development of reward schemes focusing on (flexible) benefits plans. Godelieve holds a MA in Law from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

    Liana Attard
    Asia Zone Consulting Leader
    Mercer Marsh Benefits

    Liana is a Partner based in the Singapore office and is responsible for leading Mercer's regional Health consulting team in Asia. She has 18 years experience in the Health industry. Her primary focus in Asia is for the provision of consulting services to multinationals across multiple markets, including benefit strategy, health strategy, governance, plan design advice, flexible benefits consulting, innovation, multinational pooling, captives and analytics. Liana started her career with Mercer in Sydney, Australia in 2006 before transferring to Singapore in 2008. Liana is an ambassador of diversity and inclusion in the workplace across Asia driving thought leadership in partnership with clients on mental wellbeing in the workplace, aging workforce, structuring inclusive rewards programs with a focus on LGBT and flex and choice in the workplace. She has represented Mercer in a variety of forums– providing thought leadership around Diversity and Inclusion, wellbeing innovation & strategy and women in the workplace. Prior to joining Mercer in 2006, Liana worked in a variety of roles in the insurance and superannuation industry in Australia.

    Lionel Low
    Rewards and Change Practice Lead

    Lionel Low leads the Rewards and Change Practice at Mercer Singapore where he oversees complex rewards projects and is responsible for the development of rewards consultants. With 12 years of experience in HR consulting, Lionel has deep know-how in competencies, performance management, job evaluation, career architecture, rewards philosophy, compensation and benefits, sales incentive, bonus plan, and M&A integration. His client work has taken him across Asia, Europe and the United States. Prior to joining Mercer, Lionel was the Rewards Practice Leader of Willis Towers Watson in Singapore where he managed the Rewards team and provided oversight to the remuneration survey team. Lionel holds a Bachelors of Business, Specializing in Human Resources Consulting, from Nanyang Technological University.

    Mario Ferraro
    Global Mobility Leader for Asia Middle East and Africa

    Mario leads Mercer’s Mobility practice for Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. He is an experienced and dynamic leader with more than 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of effective global mobility solutions.
     Mario’s experience in global mobility started in 1987, with the British Council. He has since held global and regional roles at Logica International, PWC, International SOS, and Deloitte. Mario’s professional experience was developed in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, where he has lived since 1998. Mario is widely recognized as a thought leader in global mobility and regularly contributes to conferences, articles, and media interviews. He actively contributed to the strategies of Worldwide ERC, where he served on the board of directors and as chairman of their Asia Pacific Committee. Mario trained many of today’s top mobility professionals and has received several recognitions and awards, including the first “Asia Pacific Global Mobility Professional of the Year” award by the Forum for Expatriate Management in 2013.

    Nishant Mahajan
    Head of Executive Remuneration and Rewards Consulting, Singapore 

    Nishant joined Mercer Career Services in May 2017 as a Principal Lead Consultant in Executive Rewards, and is responsible for advising the Boards of several large Singapore companies. As part of his portfolio of clients, he is currently advising a large media organization undergoing a digital transformation on redesigning incentive programs to support the change. Nishant joins from Pearl Meyer's London office where he led the Executive & Management Compensation consulting business for the UK and EU mid-market clients. He has over 13 years' experience in advising clients on designing compensation programs that help drive improved performance and returns for businesses. He also led Pearl Meyer's international TMT and Consumer sector vertical and developed the sales outperformance model to help organizations align their sales compensation programs with improved business outcomes. Nishant has published a number of thought leadership papers and blogs on areas including executive pay, performance management and pay equality. He has worked with a diverse set of clients, including private and public companies, with a special focus on high growth and how global businesses experience change. Key recent clients include Mapletree, SCI, SCM, Certis CISCO, Capital Land, Singpost, Surbana Jurong, Mediacorp, SPH, Sky, Lloyds Banking Group, DMGT, Publicis Groupe, Pearson, United Biscuits, Devro, PaddyPower, Travelex, Kantar and Warner Music Group. Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, Nishant held senior compensation consultant roles with EY and Aon Hewitt where he helped develop new approaches to drive business growth in a highly competitive market-place. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

    Puneet Swani
    Career Business Leader, Growth Markets

    Puneet is a Partner and the Career Business Leader for Growth Markets. During his 18+ years of consulting experience, Puneet has provided advice to leading local and multinational organizations across more than 25 countries in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Puneet has worked extensively in the areas of Talent Management, Rewards Strategy Design and Benchmarking, Variable pay design, Broad-banding and Job evaluation across industries. He has also advised organizations on HR audits, managing people issues in mergers and acquisitions, and compensation outsourcing. Puneet is an experienced facilitator and instructional designer and designs and delivers HR workshops and training for clients. Prior to joining Mercer, he worked with Hewitt Associates, where he headed their broad based rewards practice for SEA. Puneet has also worked with ABN AMRO Bank in UAE where he was head of HR for ABN’s Consumer and Private Banking Business. Puneet has a postgraduate Diploma in Management.

    Keep an eye out on this page. New speaker profiles are added regularly.


Date: 15 November 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
(Registration starts at 8:30 am)

Venue: Main Ballroom, Marina Mandarin Hotel, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594