Brewery @ BASH, Level 3
79 Ayer Rajah Crescent
Future of Talent
Presented by SGInnovate
Join us in a lively discussion as our panellists, who bring with them very diverse experiences, explore if talent expectations and demands have truly changed over the years, which workplace skills would likely be more in demand in future, and how to recognise and measure such skills in the sea of ever changing workplace cultures and technology.
Date: 16 May 2018
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue: BASH (Brewery), Level 3, 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139955
- 4:30pm - 5:00pm: Registration
- 5:00pm - 5:45pm: Panel Discussion - Future of Talent
- 5:45pm - 6:00pm: SGInnovate Summation Programme - Introduction
- 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Networking
- Joseph Gan, Co-Founder and President, V-Key
- Dr. Gog Soon Joo, Chief Futurist and Chief Research Officer, SkillsFuture SG
- Sumner Lemon, Director, Digital Transformation and Enterprise Sales, APJ Territory, Intel Corporation
- Prof. Ben Leong, School of Computing, National University of Singapore
Moderator: Juliana Lim, Head – Talent Networking, SGInnovate
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