How to Attract and Retain Talent in Your Organization

July 19, 2019 - 7.45 am - 5.30pm
Location: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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How to Attract and Retain Talent in Your Organization
19 July 2019
Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Cambodia

Human resources is one of the most important determiners of success for a business, and one of its most costly expenditures. In a tight job market where there is a high demand for skilled workers, recruiting and retaining talent can be challenging.

What are the challenges and pressures facing employers recruiting in the current market? How can you attract the best talent for your business’s needs both locally and globally? What are the factors that employees are looking for in an employer? What will engage and motivate your employees over the long-term?

Organized by VDB Loi, Mercer, and the Institute of Banking and Finance, this all-day workshop will address these issues and more, with practical case studies and panel discussions that give managers and HR professionals practical insights into talent recruitment and employee management.


  • Registration and breakfast begin at 7.45 am
  • Opening and closing remarks – Mr. Kagnarith Chea, GM, Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Cambodia’s war for talent – Ms. Anne Cunningham, HR Consultant
  • Transforming your employee value proposition – Mr. Nishant Mahajan, Head of Executive Remuneration, Frontier Markets Leader, Mercer Singapore
  • Building stronger career frameworks that truly engage – Mr. Helmi Yusoff, Rewards Lead, Emerging Markets, Mercer Singapore
  • HR becoming your business partner – Ms. Anne Cunningham, HR Consultant
  • Data that supports better decisions – Ms. Jeanette Kwan, Market Lead, Mercer Singapore
  • HR leveraging technology – Harsha Purasinghe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Microimage
  • Case studies: Performance rewards and career pathing strategies
  • Q&A with our panel of experts


Mr. Nishant Mahajan
Head of Executive Remuneration Frontier Markets Leader
Mercer Singapore

Nishant is a principal consultant, leading Executive Remuneration Practice for Mercer Singapore. He is also the Market Leader for Mercer in the Frontier Markets of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Brunei.

Nishant has over 15 years’ remuneration consulting experience and is primarily responsible for helping Singapore based companies, both publicly and privately owned, get the maximum return on their compensation spend. As part of his portfolio of clients, he is currently advising a large media organization undergoing a digital transformation on redesigning incentive programmes to support and drive the change, as well as a telecommunications company looking to incentivize its key personnel to maximize value leading up to an IPO in a few years time.

Mr. Harsha Purasinghe
Founder / CEO
MiHCM / Microimage Group

Harsha is the founder of MiHCM Cloud & Microimage Group of companies. He is a successful entrepreneur with two decades of building & leading technology ventures in the areas of Human Capital Management, Media/Broadcast, Digital Business. Under Harsha’s leadership Microimage gained wide recognition in winning many regional & global awards. He is a thought leader in HR technology & digital transformation. His company is a pioneer in building a completely digital HCM platform which runs at scale on Microsoft Azure Cloud across many global territories. Today MiHCM Cloud is a globally managed ISV partner of Microsoft Corporation. Harsha regularly speaks at global events in the areas of “Future of Work” & “Digital transformation of HR”.

Ms. Jeanette Kwan
Market Lead
Mercer Singapore

Jeanette Kwan is a senior analyst with the Career Products team based in Mercer’s Singapore office. She is responsible for the Cambodia market and Aerospace Industry in Singapore. She also supports in various aspects of the business and is part of the team responsible for bringing Mercer | Mettl products to market. She has also been involved in rewards projects including the delivery of compensation benchmarking and customized projects to both public and private sector clients across various industries.

Ms. Anne Cunningham
HR Consultant

Anne Cunningham has 30 years experience in Human Resource Management, Development and Training. She has held executive roles in HR at PwC (in various Asian countries)and has experience in Cambodia at VDB Loi. Anne has specialized in merging western style business practices into Asian Markets through the introduction and implementation of HR practices. With over 18 years of residency in Asia, Anne has developed a detailed understanding of the specific nuances of different cultures in business interactions. For the last five years Anne has lived in Australia supporting Asian businesses and providing care for her elderly parents. She now wishes to return to doing business in Asia. Prior to moving to Asia, Anne’s gained experience in the Centre for Leadership in Telstra Australia, designing and developing cutting edge leadership development programs for the most senior executives.

Mr. Helmi Yusoff
Rewards Lead Emerging Markets
Mercer Singapore

Helmi is a Senior Consultant with Mercer’s Career solutions business and is based in Singapore. Prior to joining Mercer, Helmi was a Senior Rewards Consultant with another leading human resource consulting firm. He has managed or supported a range of HR consulting projects in the areas of rewards, sales incentive plan design and competency design. He has experience working with clients across a range of industries such as public sector, engineering, air transport, media, logistics, chemicals and sovereign wealth fund. His client work has taken him across Asia.

Ms. Paula Nicolas
Regional HR Manager

Ms. Nicolas manages HR across VDB Loi’s jurisdictions in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. She is an international HR professional with 20 years’ experience in HR strategy and management, including talent acquisition, onboarding, compensation, reporting, and performance development. She has held regional roles in Asia and Europe at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, and Global Sage.

For more information about this workshop, you can download the brochure here. Attendance is free for IBF, VDB Loi and Mercer clients. US$80 plus VAT will be charged at the event to non-clients/members. Seats are limited and confirmation will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your place, please contact Kathryn Ortega at

VDB Loi is a network of leading law and tax advisory firms with offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Our general areas of practice are corporate, finance, licensing and disputes. Our principal specialized areas of practice are energy, infrastructure, real estate and construction, telecom and taxation.


19 July 2019

7.45am to 5.30pm

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


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