Myanmar – Capturing Opportunities in an Emerging Manpower Market

Simon Bruce, Country Manager, MyWorld; Michelle Simmons, General Manager, Southeast Asia New Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific; and Godelieve van Dooren, Partner, Regional Industries & Products Leader, Mercer

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : November 16, 2017

Time : 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Price : $0.00

2017-11-16 16:45:00 2017-11-16 18:00:00 Asia/Singapore Myanmar – Capturing Opportunities in an Emerging Manpower Market Hosted by the Human Capital and Government & Regional Affairs Committees Myanmar has the advantage of a favorable geographical position and a large potential consumer market. Despite the positive outlook, investors need to be aware of the risks and challenges of transacting with a market that has recently emerged from isolation. Years of isolation from the international markets and underinvestment in education has caused a severe shortage of skilled workers and the situation is aggravated by the sudden increase in demand for skilled workers from foreign investors in Myanmar. Country-specific experts in the industry, as well as experts from organizations that have a presence in Myanmar, will come together to have a discussion on the issues that have arisen from different factors affecting the manpower market in Myanmar. Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre) AmCham Singapore

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Hosted by the Human Capital and Government & Regional Affairs Committees

Myanmar has the advantage of a favorable geographical position and a large potential consumer market. Despite the positive outlook, investors need to be aware of the risks and challenges of transacting with a market that has recently emerged from isolation.

Years of isolation from the international markets and underinvestment in education has caused a severe shortage of skilled workers and the situation is aggravated by the sudden increase in demand for skilled workers from foreign investors in Myanmar.

Country-specific experts in the industry, as well as experts from organizations that have a presence in Myanmar, will come together to have a discussion on the issues that have arisen from different factors affecting the manpower market in Myanmar.

Agenda

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
              Registration
5:05 pm – 5:05 pm              Introduction of panelists
5:05 pm – 5:45 pm              Panel Discussion
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm              Q&A


About the Panelists

Simon Bruce
Country Manager
MyWorld

Simon has 12 years of recruitment experience across Asia Pacific in the Japanese, Australian and now Myanmar markets. His specialty is Supply Chain, Procurement and C Level recruitment.

Having worked at Japans largest multinational focused agency for 9 1/2 years, he moved to Myanmar to establish MyWorld Careers as Country Manager. MyWorld just celebrated its 2nd birthday in October and is now the largest recruitment agency in Myanmar with around 50 staff and ranked no.1 in the market.

Michelle Simmons
General Manager, Southeast Asia New Markets
Microsoft Asia Pacific

Michelle Simmons is the General Manager of Southeast Asia New Markets at Microsoft Asia Pacific. In this role, she leads Microsoft’s business across 9 countries that make up some of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing markets.*

Before her current role, Michelle was the Senior Director of Marketing & Operations for Microsoft Korea. In this capacity, she was responsible for business operations, marketing, customer satisfaction, and driving overall business priorities for the Korean market.

Michelle began her career with Microsoft in the United States in 2001, where she held leadership positions in sales, partner strategy, and marketing across the Enterprise as well as Small and Midmarket and Partner Solutions organizations. She relocated to Singapore in 2011 to lead the Enterprise Partner business in Asia Pacific, where she oversaw enterprise partner strategy across the region’s diverse subsidiaries, working closely with partner teams to align business priorities with Microsoft partners to drive growth.

Before joining Microsoft, Michelle held several sales and sales management positions at ASAP Software and Frontier Communications.

Michelle holds a MBA from Xavier University and bachelor degrees in Marketing and French from Miami University. She enjoys running and has completed seven marathons, including one in Antarctica. Michelle and her husband currently reside in Singapore with their three daughters.

*Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Godelieve van Dooren
Partner, Regional Industries & Products Leader
Mercer

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.

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