Business Networking Seminars

Posted on 13 Sep 2013

Tea Session on HR Issues with Julia Ross


Selected leaders of MNCs, government ministries and associations were invited to an afternoon tea session with Julia Ross, Founder and Executive Deputy Chairman, of Ross Human Directions Limited at Sheraton Towers on 16 April 2007. 

Over afternoon tea, Julia, Australia’s richest self-made woman, shared with top executives and members of Majulah Connection in Singapore, her personal story of growing and managing a AUD$400 million global HR services company; the ROSS journey of Asia expansion; and the role of Singapore in capitalising on the region's growth and expansion of ROSS's footprint in Asia. Julia provided her viewpoint on issues of leadership, talent development, cultural diversity and workforce management during the Question and Answer session.

 Invested guests included Mr Chan Soo Sen, MP for Joo Chiat, Mr Seah Kian Peng, MP for Marine Parade GRC and Ms Cheryl Stanilewicz, Trade Commissioner of Austrade.



The IRs and the economic impacts: MICE 101


The debates on the establishment of the IRs in Singapore has been intense, and some strong views were expressed.  Whatever your persuasion, it must be recognized that the introduction of the IRs will have impacts on many sectors of the economy, not just the real estate and MICE sector.

With this interest in the economic impacts that larger international events in Singaporewill bring to the local economy/business, we invited Mr Warren Buckley, a leading international authority on the MICE business to speak on the topic. He is currently the CEO of Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The talk and discussion touched on the implications of IRs, and other large events (eg. The IMF WorldBank Annual Meetings 2006) coming to Singapore soon, on the industry.

Date      :   8 September 2006  ( Friday )
Time      :   8.00am - 9.30am 
Venue    :  
 La Vela Restaurant
                 Keppel Country Club, Level 3



Management of Corporate Sustainability


Mr Oliver Schmid-Schönbein is a co-founder, partner and non-executive director of Swiss Management Forum. He is also a leading expert in Europe in the field of sustainability management or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He has been working in this field since the late 80’s.

Oliver, a regular lecturer in university degree programmes, carries a master in economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He spent three years with former Swiss Bank Corporation (today part of UBS) and was involved in the development of the first corporate environmental strategy of the bank, as well as the eco-balance methodology for financial institutions.

In this session, he first introduced the concept of sustainable development and what it means for the business world. He also showed how the principles of sustainability have an impact on corporate strategy, to what risks and opportunities they lead and how they can be integrated in strategic management as well as in daily business.

New tools such as the sustainability balanced scorecard were presented and Oliver demonstrated through real company cases how the inclusion of social and environmental aspects can lead to competitive advantage with customers and increased financial returns.

Date      :    7 June 2006 ( Wednesday )

Time      :    8.00am - 9.30am 
Venue    :    La Vela Restaurant
                      Keppel Country Club, Level 3



The New Emerging India - A Destination for Investments & Outsourcing  


Mr. Rajan is presently the Managing Director of Aquarius Investment Advisors Pte Ltd, an investment advisory firm registered in Singapore.  The Company advises international Funds and investors about investments in the Asia Pacific region, with specific focus on India.  The firm has funds under advisory exceeding USD150 Million.  The investments range from equity, debt, convertibles, loans private eqity and venture capital.

Mr. Rajan has over 30 years of investment banking and funds management experience.  He was the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for the Indian Sub-continent of a Multinational bank and later worked with its US headquarters in New York.  Then Mr. Rajan was the Corporate Treasurer for a large conglomerate in Indonesia after which he moved to take up his present position.  Mr. Rajan has intimate knowledge of capital markets in this region and has vast contacts and corporate relationships in this area.  He has handled many capital market issue offerings, fund management activities, treasury activities and large corporate relationships.  He has a Masters degree in Science from University of Madras, India and an Harvard Business School Alumni. He regularly interviews with BBC, CNBC and Bloomberg.

In this talk, Mr Rajan enlightened the audience on the going trends in Indian now, as well as the speed at which India is catching up with the rest of the world now.