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3 Dec 2019

Asia Disability Country Brief for Singapore – Launch Webinar

Join as we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the launch of this new publication – designed to inform your disability strategy in Singapore.

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Community Business is pleased to launch our Asia Disability Country Brief for Singapore. Join this webinar as we share highlights, discuss initiatives designed to support employers and invite leading companies to share their approach to disability in Singapore. 

 

Who Should Attend

HR and D&I professionals and business leaders, who have a regional role or global role that includes Singapore, and anyone interested in exploring the disability landscape in Singapore are strongly encouraged to join this webinar.

 

Rundown

  • Welcome remarks by publication sponsor, BP
  • Highlights of the publication, Community Business 
  • Interview with local disability expert, Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills
  • Corporate panel: best practice sharing  Q&A

 

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  • 03.12.19
    4:00pm – 5.30pm
    Add to calendar 03-12-2019 04:00 PM 03-12-2019 05:30 PM Asia Disability Country Brief for Singapore – Launch Webinar Join as we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the launch of this new publication – designed to inform your disability strategy in Singapore. Asia/Hong_Kong

Event Speakers

  • Kate Vernon

    Kate Vernon

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    Executive Director, Community Business
  • Vandy Hui ji

    Vandy Hui ji

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    Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, BP
  • Bernd Starke

    Bernd Starke

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    Director, Head of German, Austrian & Swiss MNCs in APAC; Head of Singapore Corporate Coverage
  • Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills

    Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills

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    Executive Director of the Disabled People’s Association

Executive Director, Community Business

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon is Executive Director at Community Business. Since 2005, Kate has played an instrumental role in building Community Business as an organisation, driving its strategy forward and establishing its position as a leader in advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia.

A recognised authority on diversity and inclusion in Asia, Kate has authored extensive research and developed a variety of benchmarks and tools to help companies promote more inclusive workplaces in Asia - including Asia’s first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index. A strong advocate of ‘adopting an Asian lens’ to the discussion of D&I, Kate is passionate about the need to better understand local market dynamics in order to develop an approach that resonates with key stakeholders.

Prior to Community Business, Kate worked for 12 years in the private sector, holding senior international marketing positions for global companies such as Reed Elsevier, Aspect Telecommunications, Cable & Wireless and PeopleSoft. Kate has always had a passion for Asia and holds a first class degree in Chinese Studies from Durham University. After spending 8 years in Hong Kong, she now lives with her family in England.

Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, BP

Vandy Hui ji

Vandy Hui Ji is diversity and inclusion advisor at BP, based out of Shanghai, China. Vandy supports D&I strategic development in Asia Pacific at BP including Oceania and Asia to address common and distinctive D&I challenges under these regional contexts. Over her more than 10 years of working experience, Vandy has always been working in the human resources career including HR business partnering, reward and HR services across corporate functions, manufacturing, commodity commercials business context. She also have experience of working and living across cultures in China and Australia.

Director, Head of German, Austrian & Swiss MNCs in APAC; Head of Singapore Corporate Coverage

Bernd Starke

Bernd Starke joined Deutsche Bank AG in April 1990 and has since worked in Germany and Singapore at senior, leadership and management levels in credit risk, audit and corporate and institutional relationship management.
He is currently a Director of Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch and responsible for corporate and institutional subsidiaries of global clients with a presence in Singapore and/or the Asia-Pacific region, in particular German, Austrian and Swiss multinational companies.
He chairs dbEnable which is part of Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch’s Diversity Council advocating an increased presence, participation and contribution by persons with disabilities across the Bank’s workforce. In 2015, he founded together with 8 multinational companies and has since chaired/co-chaired the Singapore Business Network on DisAbilities (SBNoD) which comprises today more than twenty-five like-minded large corporates and financial institutions. In 2018, he was elected Head of the Inclusion Committee at the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC).
Bernd Starke studied at the University of Konstanz and has a Masters degree in Economics majoring in Monetary Policy and International Trade. He lives in Singapore with his wife and two sons. He enjoys road biking on the weekends.

Executive Director of the Disabled People’s Association

Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills

Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills is a disability advocate and the Executive Director of the Disabled People’s Association in Singapore (DPA), an organisation for people with disabilities run by people with disabilities.
Marissa has a PhD in ethics, politics and public policy and is particularly interested in how policies can and should be informed by the social model of disability. At the DPA, she is focusing on two major initiatives. Marissa is currently working towards producing access guides for public places in Singapore and has recently completed a mapping exercise of the Central Business District with Singapore Polytechnic and BNP Paribas. She is also partnering with a team of Inclusion Ambassadors, DPA members with disabilities who have been trained to deliver professional workshops on engaging better with persons with disabilities, providing more inclusive customer service training and promoting awareness about more inclusive workforces, to grow the programme into a sustainable business.

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