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APAC Recruiter 2014

Tired of seminars that claim to talk about corporate recruitment but ends up being about retention and succession planning?

APAC Recruiter 2014 will change this. 

The 1-day conference brings together talent acquisition professionals, HR managers, RPO consultants, corporate recruiters from global firms to leading Asian companies. Attend unique UnConference breakout sessions!

Learn how organizations are using creative and cost-effective recruitment strategies to find the best talent.

Past participants include HR and Talent Acquisition professionals from ABB, AMD, Fujitsu, Emirates Airline, Fedex, NTUC First Campus, Singapore Land Authority, Starwood Hotels and many others.


Thu 3rd July 2014

9am to 430pm


NTUC Centre, 1 Marina Boulevard




Time Presentation Speaker
0900 - 0930 Registration, Coffee & Networking
0930 - 0945 Opening Remarks

Steven Yeong
Talent Evangelist, Hof

0945 - 1015

Automation Of Recruitment By Online Tests & Virtual Candidate Experiences - Is That Day Near?

David Barrett
Managing Director, cut-e Consulting

John McLaughlin
Commercial Director, cut-e Consulting

1015 - 1045 How You Can Raise The Profile Of In-House Recruitment Teams

Sergei Makhmodov
CEO, DaXtra

1045 - 1115 Is The Role Of The Corporate Recruiter Dying?

Martin Cerullo
Managing Director, Development APAC
Alexander Mann Solutions

1115 - 1215

UnConference Tracks:

  1. Predictive Analytics For HR & Recruitment
    Facilitator: Aki Kakko

  2. Campus Recruiting On A Tight Budget: Can It Be Done?
    Facilitator: Sharon Lim

  3. Does Social Media Recruitment Matter?
    Facilitator: Martin Cerullo
1215 - 1315 Buffet Lunch
1315 - 1345 Proven Innovative Strategies To Re-Energize Your Recruiting!

Lezann Chong
Director, APAC Accounts, Maximum

1345 - 1415

Proactive Recruitment: A Competitve Advantage?

Trevor Vas

1415 - 1445

Pre-Employment Screening: Why It Fails & How To Succeed

Allan Matheson
Managing Director, Blue Umbrella

1445 - 1515 Coffee Break
1515 - 1545 The Art & Science Of Creating An Unforgettable Candidate Experience

Riges Younan
VP Sales Asia Pacific, Avature

1545 - 1630 Recruitment Ideas For 2014 Panel Discussion


APAC Recruiter 2014 will be held at the NTUC Centre, 1 Marina Boulevard.

Located at Shenton Way, the heart of the Singapore business district, the NTUC Centre commands a great view of the city skyline.

The NTUC Centre is accessible by subway (Raffles Place MRT) and 20 minutes away from Singapore Changi Airport.


David Barrett

DAVID BARRETT, Managing Director, cut-e Consulting

Biodata: David is MD of cut-e, the world leader in the design and use of innovative online tests, psychometric tools, situational judgment system and video-based interviews. cut-e has 200 psychology and technical staff in 28 countries assessing 12 million candidates annually in 40 languages. David has been at cut-e for 8 years and is a certified occupational psychologist.

John Mc

JOHN McLAUGHLIN, Commercial Director, cut-e Consulting

Biodata: John manages business development and partnerships. cut-e is the world leader in the design and use of innovative online tests, psychometric tools, situational judgment system and video-based interviews. cut-e has 200 psychology and technical staff in 28 countries assessing 12 million candidates annually in 40 languages.

Topic: Automation Of Recruitment By Online Tests & Virtual Candidate Experiences - Is That Day Near?

Summary: David and John explore this question by using their consulting experience with blue-chip clients across Asia. They will look at trends and consider your feedback in a stimulating 2-way discussion.



Topic: How You Can Raise The Profile Of In-House Recruitment Teams

Summary: 64% of firms don't know how many qualified candidates they have in their CV database. Sergei shows how to unlock value from Applicant Tracking Systems. He will also discuss how Big Data can make your recruiters subject-matter experts who are respected by hiring managers.

Biodata: Sergei co-founded DaXtra in 2003. DaXtra invents software to automate recruitment processes through advanced resume parsing, semantics search, matching and data analytics. Clients include Facebook, Samsung, Apple, Michael Page.

Martin Cerullo photo

MARTIN CERULLO, Managing Director (Development APAC), Alexander Mann Solutions

Topic: Is The Role Of The Corporate Recruiter Dying?

Summary: Martin explores the new world of corporate talent acquisition functions; where the traditional role of corporate recruiters is over and replaced by subject matter experts who deliver great candidate experiences and drive waste out of the recruitment process.

Biodata: Martin is part of the leadership team at Alexander Mann Solutions, a leader in talent acquisition services. He is responsible for consulting, business development and thought-leadership programs.

Trevor Vas


Topic: Proactive Recruitment: A Competitive Advantage?

Summary: Trevor examines how proactive recruitment gives an organisation time to recruit best-fit candidates with the right soft skills and technical expertise. This establishes a high-performance workforce. 

Biodata: Trevor creates cutting-edge recruitment firms. They include Human Capital Management Solutions (HCMS) which handles Recruitment Centres for Monash University, Qantas and Telstra Vodafone. Insidejob, a training firm with over 2000 recruitment and sales staff coached. The Australasian Talent Conference which hosts conferences on Talent Management & Recruitment.

Allan Matheson

ALLAN MATHESON, Managing Director, Blue Umbrella

Topic: Pre-Employment Screening - Why It Fails & How To Succeed

Summary: Allan gives an insider’s view on identifying and preventing the pitfalls of pre-employment screening programs. He will share how to drive value from your program, processes and vendors.

Biodata: Allan is MD of Blue Umbrella, a leading provider of third party due diligence and pre-employment screening. Clients include investment banks, multinationals and governments. He also built Verify Screening Solutions, an employee diligence firm which was acquired in 2008. Allan speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

Lezann Chong

LEZANN CHONG, Director, Asia Pacific Accounts, Maximum

Topic: Proven Innovative Strategies To Re-Energize Your Recruiting!

Summary: In today's culture of connectivity, employers worldwide report the lack of skilled talent and a struggle to fill vacancies. Organizations, from small to global, must embark on innovative and effective sourcing strategies to reach and connect with talents to secure future success! Lezann will show how employers can target (via proxy targeting technology) and engage candidates to successfully fill vacancies with the right talent.

Biodata: At Maximum, Lezann brings her wealth of experience across the Asia-Pacific in the areas of employer branding and marketing/communications to recruitment/sourcing strategy formulation to create innovative marketing programs to attract and engage talents. Key clients handled in her 18 years of HR communications career include Barclays Capital, Accenture, Microsoft, Apple, Abbott Laboratories and many more.

Riges Younan

RIGES YOUNAN, VP Sales Asia Pacific, Avature

Topic: The Art & Science Of Creating An Unforgettable Candidate Experience

Summary: "In this age of micro-blogging and two second sound bites, almost no one has the attention span or time to read more than a few sentences” - Tim Frick, author of Return on Engagement. During his presentation, Riges will explore how successful recruiting organisations use mobile, social media and digital marketing tactics to deliver a superior candidate experience.

Biodata: Riges has been involved with 5 start-ups in HR Technology & Recruiting. His uncanny knack for staying ahead of the curve saw him launch Australia’s social recruiting and job referral platform delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). A subject matter expert on talent acquisition, Riges possesses an acute grasp of the big picture on how to leverage technology and the social web to achieve recruitment and talent management objectives.

Aki Kakko

AKI KAKKO, Co-Founder/Head of Product, Joberate

UnConference Track 1:  Predictive Analytics For HR & Recruitment

Summary: What is "Big Data" in context of HR and recruitment, where does it reside, and what is it's underlying value. Aki will facilititate and get views from participants in this breakout track.

Biodata: Aki is a serial entrepreneur with the mission to disrupt recruitment and HR and provide the solutions that would help society better understand job-seeking behaviors of the global workforce. He is a co-founder and Head of product of Joberate - predictive analytics for HR and Recruitment. Aki is also a partner in TalentNet Live and Global #tru events that merging both together they are aiming to expand and become the global conference brand organising the most strategic Social Recruiting/HR learning and networking events globally. 

Sharon Lim

SHARON LIM, Campus Recruitment Goddess

UnConference Track 2:  Campus Recruiting On A Tight Budget. Can It Be Done?

Summary: Sharon will facilititate on this topic and get opinions with all participants involved.

Biodata: Considered one of the top campus recruiters in Asia, Sharon has developed end-to-end campus recruiting solutions and structured graduate programs. With 8 years’ experience, she has held positions with Accenture, Merrill Lynch, Oracle and HP.


Registration can be done online or standard invoicing.

For standard invoices, email Steven Yeong at steven@hofconsulting.com with the participant(s) name, company, office address, email and tel. An original invoice will be sent to the company.

Registration Conference Fee

Group discounts available.

Contact steven@hofconsulting.com

Registration closes July 1, 2014


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APAC Recruiter 2014

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Thursday, 3 July 2014
9am to 430pm

NTUC Centre
1 Marina Boulevard
Singapore 018989