As Vice President of Global Learning at Starbucks Coffee Company, he created and implemented an extensive learning strategy for the 140,000 partners and 12,800 stores operating in 37 countries that enabled the planned and systematic growth of the brand across the globe.
At PepsiCo Restaurants International, he developed a training system for the Asia Division. At Motorola, his group designed, developed, and converted several hundred hours of Motorola curriculum for the Singapore Government. He also headed a team that built an external consulting unit in Southeast Asia to support customers and suppliers of Motorola with Motorola’s Quality Curriculum. He was also a consultant at the Singapore Institute of Managements.
Stephen’s senior training and education roles in these companies have enabled him to participate in the development and training of leaders in 25 countries.
Lau Kok Yin
Kok-Yin has been in Consulting, Executive Search and Leadership Development for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in carrying successful assignments in the Asia Pacific. His expertise in the senior management level covers a wide range of industries, including Consumer, Technology, Industrial, Financial and Manufacturing.
His consulting career began with British firm, PA Consulting, where he was their Managing Consultant in Singapore for many years. Before venturing into consulting, he also worked for established names like Citicorp, Reuters and Commerce Clearing House in Sales and Marketing functions.
Besides executive search and HR Consulting, Kok Yin conducts private workshops and public seminars on coaching senior executives on their interviewing and communication skills. Many C-Level executives have benefited from these interactions to further their career both within and outside of their organisations.
He received his Business Administration Degree from the University of Hawaii, majoring in Applied Management. He is also a Certified Neural Linguistic Programming Practitioner.
Ann Marie MacDougall
President at LeaderBoom Inc., Board Member and Speaker.
Ann Marie is a life strategist who demonstrates transformation by example. She began her career in the Canadian Banking Industry where she successfully managed national and diverse teams in multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-channel environments. In 2011 she completed an executive global MBA, studying in six countries, through St. Gallen University in Switzerland. In 2012, she completed research with 50 global leaders living in 17 countries to understand the systemic leadership challenges faced by their teams. In 2013, she launched her global leadership consulting, training and coaching business, LeaderBoom Inc.
Ann Marie’s passion is to help leaders and teams see a bigger picture perspective on complex challenges and to identify agile solutions to overcome them. Her goal, through LeaderBoom, is to empower organizations and community leaders to actualize their full potential by presenting a road map for building inner sustainability during times of uncertainty and accelerated global change– overcoming fear, self-limitation and focusing behaviours to essential human values.
Caroline Palmstedt is the Regional Talent Management Lead at Monsanto, Asia Pacific. Previously she held the position Regional Director, Asia at NeuroLeadership Institute, a leading global human performance development research and educational institute, developing the emerging field of NeuroLeadership. The field of NeuroLeadership connects neuroscientific knowledge with the fields of leadership development, performance & talent management and behavioural change management.
Caroline also held the position Regional Head of Practice Change Management with Ericsson Telecommunications, South East Asia, where she headed a Transformational Change program, defining the People Strategy, developing framework and approach for a behavioural transformation change program, part of Ericsson’s global business strategy launching a new business model. The program drew learning from neuroscience in developing brain-friendly change approaches to enable sustainable leadership behavioural change.
Caroline has extensive corporate experience with more than 20 years of management experience in large multinational companies, with cultural exposure having worked for American, European and Asian companies. She was the Chief Financial Offer at Previa Healthcare and Regional Finance Manager at Johnson & Johnson.
Eugene graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Diploma in Multimedia Computing in 2000 and went on to attain a degree in Audio Engineering from the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) in 2002. He then started WEM Productions (later incorporated as WEMP Pte Ltd), web development and audio editing agency in 2003. After leaving WEMP, he joined GCC, an investment firm in 2014 as Director (IT) and in the same year, started Daker Pte Ltd as a subsidiary of GCC to cater to the emerging WordPress market in Singapore.
Eugene’s entrepreneur spirit continues to diversify his portfolio in recent years. He is a co-founder of The Yacht Club Singapore (TYC Charters Pte Ltd), a yacht charter company and Opticare Distribution Pte Ltd, a hygiene products company.