Human capital is a key resource for all companies. Investment in human capital is multi-factorial including developing a flexible and embracing workplace, employee empowerment and engagement, expressions of appreciation in the form of performance bonuses and promotions, company social activities and events, and developing a corporate culture that is inclusive and respectful. The idea behind developing human capital is that a happy employee is a productive and loyal employee, and will, in turn, deliver good client experiences and products.
The identification of human talent traditionally is the responsibility of human resources in partnership with management. The ability to spot talent before others see it, to unlock human potential, to find not just the best employee for each role, but also the best role for each employee, is crucial to running a top-performing team. Great managers are not only experts in their fields, but also great talent hunters.
We are excited to discuss this important issue with our Champions, in another “Viewpoints from FWA Champions” on the topic of “How to Spot & Groom Talent”. Sharing their views on this topic are our Champions, Benjamin Cavalli, Singapore CEO and Head of Private Banking South Asia, Credit Suisse, Narasimhan SL, Managing Director, Head of Talent & Senior HR Business Partner, APAC, State Street and Hazel Low, Head of Marketing, South East Asia, Aberdeen Standard Investments. Moderating this panel is Katina Yap, Head of Human Capital, Fullerton Fund Management.
Registration starts at 12.15 pm. Registrants will be provided with a zoom link for the event closer to date.
Benjamin Cavalli, Managing Director, Head of Private Banking South Asia, and Singapore CEO, Credit Suisse
Benjamin Cavalli is a Managing Director, and was appointed to the role of Head of Private Banking South Asia in August 2018, based in Singapore. In addition, he took on the role of Singapore Chief Executive Officer from January 2017.
In the senior leadership role, Mr Cavalli leads the Private Banking business in South Asia. He also focuses on collaboration opportunities within Credit Suisse to capitalize on the synergies and business opportunities in the region, drive profitable business growth and advance market share.
In his role as Singapore CEO, Mr Cavalli works closely with the business heads in Singapore to support the bank’s business and client strategy. He also works with the Corporate Functions to ensure that the requisite governance and control framework is in place for the bank’s business in Singapore.
Mr Cavalli joined Credit Suisse in November 2009 from UBS Wealth Management, where he was a Managing Director and the Head of Key Clients Singapore. He started his career in the Export Finance department at UBS in Switzerland in 1992 and headed the Commodities, Structured Trade and Export Finance at UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2000, before beginning his career in wealth management.
He has over 20 years’ experience in both Investment Banking and Wealth Management across Switzerland and Asia, 17 of which were focused on the Singapore market and in senior management capacity.
Mr Cavalli is accredited under IBF Advanced (IBFA) by the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) in Singapore.
Narasimhan SL, Managing Director, Head of Talent & Sr. HR Business Partner, APAC, State Street
Nars is the Head of Global Human Resources and Corporate Citizenship for Asia Pacific and is currently based in Singapore. Nars has spent the past twelve years with State Street doing key HR roles that have had a direct and significant impact on organization and HR strategy.
He started with State Street in 2007 as the Head of HR for India where he had responsibility to set up and grow the operation from scratch to 200 people across Operations, IT and Corporate support functions. In 2009, he moved to London to work as the Chief Operating Officer for HR in EMEA. This was a two-pronged role that helped drive the HR transformation efforts across 17 countries in EMEA and lead the Mergers and Acquisitions activity in support of doubling revenues in the region. He led high profile acquisitions that State Street undertook from a HR standpoint with deals in Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, Channel Islands, Switzerland and Ireland.
He moved to Hong Kong in 2011 to lead Talent Acquisition for APAC and was based in Hong Kong before relocating to Singapore in August 2014. During his time in Singapore, he has responsibility for leading HR for SE Asia while having regional functional responsibility for Talent Acquisition. His roles have progressively expanded with time and he was appointed to the role to lead the function in early 2019.
Nars joined State Street from Bank of America where he had helped set up their HR practice in India during the startup stages and had grown to be Head of Compensation and Benefits for the 6,800-people organization. As an additional role, he was also Head of HR for the Investment Banking back office in Mumbai, India.
His formative years were spent in India working with large, fast-paced Indian IT and IT-enabled service organizations doing various roles in the Human Resources space.
An industrial engineer by qualification, he also holds a master’s degree in Human Resources. An aficionado of Formula One racing and a diehard Ferrari fan, he also has interests in cricket, hiking, cooking, tennis, and distance running. He is a marathon finisher on 4 continents and has completed the Abbotts Series of Six World Majors Marathons ( Tokyo, London, Boston, New York, Chicago and Berlin) becoming only the 29th Indian in the world to complete this as of April 2019.
Hazel Low, Head of Marketing, South East Asia, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Hazel Low is Head of Marketing, South East Asia at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She is responsible for Marketing efforts across the South East Asia region. Hazel joined the company in April 2018 from Fidelity International, and prior to that spent more than 15 years in ANZ and Citibank in senior Marketing and Sales capacities.
Hazel graduated with a Communications degree from Monash University.
Moderated by Katina Yap, Head of Human Capital, Fullerton Fund Management
Katina is Fullerton’s Head of Human Capital, overall responsible for talent growth and career development for all staff at Fullerton which includes strategizing and implementing key initiatives to promote a culture of strong engagement and continuous learning within the firm. Katina works closely with all business leaders to further enhance the firm’s efforts in all people-based activities within Fullerton, from both an operational and strategic perspective.
Prior to joining Fullerton in 2013, Katina was Vice President, HR for PIMCO where she was responsible for the Human Resources function for its Asia ex-Japan business.
Katina is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Master degree in Human Capital Management from the Singapore University of Social Sciences.
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