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Date: Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Time: 11:00 AM Singapore/Manila Time
10:00 AM Bangkok/Jakarta Time
11:00 PM US Eastern Time
At the closing of the year 2020, one would undoubtedly find this year full of challenges and uncertainties. On the other side of the coin, we also witnessed the power of technology in the COVID-19 crisis. The roles that the technology played can be seen from the contact tracing system to speedy discovery of vaccines; from enabling remote teaching and learning to make working from home effective; from online entertainment to contactless delivery. Technology covers almost all aspects of life and changes the way we live forever.
The pandemic has accelerated the shifting speed to a digital world and opened up a digital-led life. The new normal that we are experiencing now will be normalized in a short span of time. 2021 is lining up to be a year full of challenges and opportunities. Investing in learning and development has never been more important in order to gain a competitive edge.
According to a recent report by Mckinsey, one most important skill to acquire in this new digital age is “the ability to learn”. The increasing speed of digital transformation is hurtling us towards perpetual learning. To ride on the fast train of the new way of work and life, one would require to “learn to learn” and to learn. The futurist Alvin Toffler once said: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”.
Learning is no longer limited to just institutions, it is moving towards creating a futureproof career path that links skills with job opportunities. What is learning in the 21st century? What are the new ways of learning? How do we foster learning particularly in the fast-changing environments? How do we harness the power of learning?
Join the subject matter experts in their conversations on the definition of learning. The discussion covers a wide range of topics in learning and technology, including but not limited to the approaches, strategies and best practices in facilitating formal learning, organizational learning, workplace learning, open learning and skill-based learning.
Learning is a continuous process. Let’s welcome a new learning year of 2021.
CEO, Kydon Group
David Yeo is the CEO of Kydon Group, spearheading different initiatives to help to enhance the learning experience to all levels of learners. He founded Kydon which grew to become Asia’s digital learning technology company, and also created LEARNTech Asia in 2014.
He was the first overseas scholar in learning technologies from the Singapore military where he conceptualized and rolled out the organisation-wide digitization of training which helped the defence ministry win the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) Award.
David drives his learning vision through ZilLearn – a platform transforming learning with networks instead of classrooms, and of education as being truly collaborative and expansive. His vision is to empower people and communities by making learning widely available. This is done by leveraging technologies to create scalable, accessible and adaptable learning. David holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and History and a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems and Technology.
Learning Advisor for Senior Leader Development, Shell
Jane is Senior Leader Learning Advisor with Shell’s global Leadership and Commercial Development function. She has over 20 years of experience working with leaders in the business, healthcare, education and military sectors. Before Shell, she was with Hewlett Packard as a Learning and Business consultant for 10 years and the Singapore Government for 6.5 years as an Organisational Learning and HR practitioner.
In the past 5 years, Jane’s focus has been on helping leaders step up their leadership effectiveness and impact in the new and challenging contexts that they face, with a heightened focus now towards helping leaders in Shell lead through the pandemic and organisational change. She is part of a Leadership Refresh initiative to identify future leadership needs for Shell and leads two key areas for Shell on building Leadership Capability in a Digital Context and Talent Acceleration for Asia.
Jane holds a BA Hons in Philosophy from National University of Singapore, she is Master Instructional Designer trained with the Association for Talent & Development and accredited in Organizational Learning & Development through Peter Senge’s Five Disciplines work, Whole Brain Theory and Team Diagnostics Survey.
She is passionate about developing Asian leaders and believes in working collaboratively with those on the same mission of helping global organizations fully leverage their Asian talent.
Chief of Education Group, Asian Development Bank
Brajesh Panth is the Chief of Education Sector Group at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He provides technical leadership to the education sector group (EdSG) in ADB, leads the preparation of the EdSG work plan, and facilitates collaboration across the sector and thematic groups in ADB and with external partners.
He has over 25 years of experience in the education sector including sector assessment, project processing, implementation, evaluation, and policy dialogue, covering all levels—primary, secondary, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and higher education.
Besides coordinating and contributing to several publications, Mr. Panth has made several presentations in different fora and contributed to policy analysis, policy dialogue, and analytical work pertaining to different aspects of education reform. He holds a doctorate in education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, USA.
Chief Learning Officer, Singapore Institute of Management
Dr. Kevyn Yong is the Chief Learning Officer at the Singapore Institute of Management. His areas of expertise include creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, with a focus on design thinking, strategic leadership, leading change and digital transformation. He has delivered customized leadership and innovation programs for many corporate partners, including Amazon and ATOS in France, eBay and Nike in China, and Danone, Deutsche Bank, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and the United Overseas Bank in Singapore.
Prior to joining the Singapore Institute of Management, Dr. Yong was an Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ESSEC Business, and also served as Dean of ESSEC Asia-Pacific, Academic Dean of ESSEC Asia-Pacific, and Associate Dean of Executive Education at ESSEC Asia-Pacific. Dr. Yong was also an Associate Professor of Management at HEC Paris and taught courses at Cornell University and the National University of Singapore. Recognized for teaching excellence, he has been awarded the Pedagogy Innovation Prize by the HEC Foundation in 2011 and making the Dean’s Honor roll at the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University in 2005 and 2006.
Dr. Yong received his Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the National University of Singapore and a Masters degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University.