Amy Cheng

Head of HR, Microsoft Taiwan

Amy Cheng is currently the Head of HR for Microsoft Taiwan.  Her core responsibility is to lead the people agenda to support the digital transformation at Microsoft Taiwan. It includes but not limited to Leadership Effectiveness, Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness. Amy has been with Microsoft since 2013 working with various sales marketing business units in GCR area. In 2018, she won Microsoft Global Center of Excellence (CoE) Platinum Award as one of the three HR winners globally. 

Amy received her MBA from Krannert School of Management in Purdue University.  Upon graduation, she worked as a HR generalist at General Cable in the United States.  She then changed her career focus to a more talent acquisition and next generation leadership program manager role with Sanyo Electric Company at its headquarter office in Osaka, Japan.  Following Sanyo, Amy boosted her international career in IT industry from Google to Cisco and now with Microsoft, from US to Beijing to Taiwan.  With these leading IT companies, Amy has gained solid experience as well as demonstrated her strong leadership in Staffing, L&D, Sales Readiness and HRBP roles. 

It is the 3rd year since Amy moved to Taiwan. She enjoys the nature of this beautiful Island and appreciates the people she meets here.

André Vermeulen

CEO, Neuro-Link

Dr. André Vermeulen is a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria and a member of the Neuroscience Research Group. His function is to translate neuroscience into practical solutions that helps companies drive business results. André is also the founding member and CEO of Neuro-Link, a boutique consultancy utilizing applied neuroscience to move performance forward, develop talent, reduce risk for human error and maintain wellness. He has developed and patented various neuroscience assessments and learning solutions that are used by thousands of adults, and children in education, business and sports across the globe. As an international keynote speaker, Dr. Vermeulen has contributed on numerous prestigious platforms like TEDx Johannesburg and ATD ICE since 2000. He is a regular guest on many radio and television talk shows around the globe and hosts his own television program called “Mind Matters”.

Bai-Chuan Yang

Chief Ethics Officer & Chief Human Resource Officer, Sinyi Realty Group

Bai-Chuan Yang, served as Chief Ethics Officer Adjunct Chief Human Resources  Officer of Sinyi Realty Group from 2014 till now. He is also an associate professor of Business Administration Department at Fu-Jen Catholic University. He received his PhD degree from management college of Fu-Jen and MBA degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI). During his academic service, he also provided consulting service for many consulting firms for over 20 years. His previous specialties were on the privatization of state own company, especially on the transformation of organization and human resource restructure. The current interests are focus on promoting business ethic centric corporate culture and integration of learning and doing in a digital context.

Chan Lee

Professor of Vocational Education and Workforce Development (VEWD) · Director of Career Development Center, Seoul National University

Chan Lee, PhD, is a professor of vocational education and workforce development (VEWD) and a director of the career development center at Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea. Prior to his time at SNU, Lee worked in the United States at LG Electronics as an HRD team leader. He holds a doctoral and a master’s degree in HRD from the Ohio State University.

Lee has been a constant participant of ASTD and ATD International Conference & Exposition for the past 14 consecutive years as a speaker and a lecturer as well as a member of the ASTD International Conference & Exposition Program Advisory Committee (PAC) in 2010 and 2011. He was the chairman of the ATD Korea Summit and was an invited speaker for the ATD 2011 Singapore, 2014 Taiwan, and 2015 Japan conferences. He contributed to Implementing On-the-Job Learning, part of the ASTD in Action series, and Destination Facilitation from ATD Press.

Sung Kyung Cho


Sung Kyung Cho is the chief executive officer of JUVIS Group. Since its establishment in 2002, JUVIS Group has shown a remarkable growth within the diet consulting business in Korea, which has 29 branches across the country. Recently, Kyung Cho won the Grand Award for Excellence in Sustainable Management in the labor-management cooperation category from the South Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor. Her entrepreneurial efforts have been awarded with diverse prizes including the 2010 Korea Lifestyle Awards for female entrepreneur of the year.

Chia-Shen Chen

Adjunct Professor, National Taiwan University

Mr. Chia-Shen Chen has a long-term history in assisting to review government projects for supporting the development of SMEs, including using and developing ICT in SMEs, entrepreneurship training programs, annual strategic planning for the Ministry of SMEs and the Ministry of Industry. In addition, he have also been invited to assist in the evaluation of SMEs and state-owned enterprise transformation assistance systems.

He have continued to carry out high-level management development programs for global enterprises for a long time including, HP, PHILIPS, TAISAL, ELECTROLUX, COCA COLA, Acer, China Airlines, CPC, and National Institute for Governor Development. And have also conducted Business Diagnosis, Organizational Transformation and Development for many private enterprises and served as a strategic consultant at ICMCI, Chinese Productivity Center (CPC), Asia Productivity Organization (APO), the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Republic of China, Personnel Administration of Execution Yuan and other counties and city governments.

In recent years, he has actively participated in the regional plan of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) to share his business management knowledge and experience in the past 20 years, as well as the development of the Knowledge Management Training Manual of the APO in 2010-2012, national professional speaker, the APO strategic planning expert, any many more.

Christoph Grau

Chief Operation Officer, Nikkei FT Learning Ltd

Christoph leads our product development and operations management, driving the direction of the Excedo learning experience. Christoph holds a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Information Systems and New Media from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München.

Prior to co-founding Excedo, he was the Chief Operations Officer at Ringier Axel Springer Media, a joint Swiss-German venture with a portfolio of leading news publishers and online classifieds portals.

His earlier roles include Chief Digital Officer at Macmillan Education – one of the largest publishers of language learning, university and school materials, operating in 120 countries

CPC Corporation Taiwan

Cheng-Kui Huang

Professor, National Chung Cheng University

In 2006, Dr.Cheng-Kui Huang receives his Ph.D. degree in Information Management from National Central University. His research expertise is in Big Data analysis and management, Data Mining, E-commerce, Soft Computing and Digital Manager. Dr.Cheng-Kui Huang is currently the Professor at the Department of Business Administration as well as the Section Chief in Division of Continuing Education at National Chung Cheng University, Secretary-general of Communication Security Management Committee and Consultant for Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital Dean. Dr.Cheng-Kui Huang also worked as an Education Coach in FORMOSA CHEMICALS & FIBRE, CPC, United Microelectronics Corporation, Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital and Industrial Technology Research Institute. Furthermore, Dr.Cheng-Kui Huang have also extensive background as Advisory Committee in AI & Data Innovation at Ministry of Economic Affairs Industry Development Bureau and Advisory Committee in Big Data at Smart System Institute, Institute for Information Industry.

Shu-Yi Chang

Associate Chair, CPC Corporation Taiwan

Shu-Yi Chang got her dual master’s degree from National Cheng Kung University and National Chung Cheng University. She worked as a Manager and Section Chief at CPC Chiayi Training Center. She is an expert in system management and recently became a Ph.D. student in the Department of Business Administration of National Chung Cheng University.

David Tessmann-Keys

President of DDI

David Tessmann-Keys, a registered psychologist, graduated from Griffith University with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science focusing on applied psychology. With an extensive background in organization development consulting and operational leadership, he has delivered keynotes in India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States on a broad range of talent management topics and on the issue of leadership in the global context.

David’s specific areas of capability include the design and execution of business-centric talent management strategies across a broad range of industries (such as fast-moving consumer goods, energy, transport, finance and insurance, government, and high-tech industries), inclusive of the development of enterprise-wide capability frameworks, selection, leadership and workforce development, performance management, executive team effectiveness, and succession management strategies for all levels. He also provides individual coaching to executives around the world.

Before joining DDI, David built an eclectic professional background covering organizational consulting within the private, government, and nonprofit sectors and a clinical psychological practice within the correctional and psychiatric arenas. His career highlights with DDI include being DDI’s executive vice president, senior vice president of international operations, managing director of the Australia region, national business development manager, and principal consultant.

Derek Wu

Derek Wu

Executive Vice President – Global Human Resources, Lee Kum Kee International Holdings Limited

Derek Wu is the global head of human resources for Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group. He is responsible for leading the overall human resources strategies in support of global business strategies, corporate culture, organization, and people development.

Under his stewardship, Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group garnered the 2018 ATD Excellence in Practice Award and the Best Companies to Work For in Asia (China, Hong Kong and Malaysia). The group also received numerous awards ranging from excellence in HR strategic planning, global and local HR strategies, employer branding, talent management, workplace culture and wellbeing, and employee engagement to the best candidate experience.

Wu was named HR Head of the Year 2017 by Human Resources magazine and APAC CHRO of the Year 2018 by HRO Today magazine.

Before his current position, Wu had extensive regional HR experience in the fast-moving consumer goods, logistics, and banking industries. In addition to his corporate role, he is a council member and human resources committee member of Fu Hong Society, a leading NGO in Hong Kong. He is also a member of the people management committee of the Hong Kong Management Association.

Doug Hung

Director, HPO Group

Doug Hung is Director of HPO Group. He has advised clients in a range of industries, with his core area of work around leadership and sales process development. In his current role as Director of Business Development, Doug spends his time working with global strategic partners to provide world-class program methodologies to the Chinese market.

Doug helps high-tech providers, professional services and industrial manufacturing companies refine their talent development strategies and undertake organization development initiatives. His clients include enterprise software companies, media and entertainment providers, consumer package companies, and hardware manufacturing firms.

His recent engagements have included advising talent development and management architecture for a diversified consumer packaged goods company; working with a top vertical software provider to implement its first company-wide high potential leadership program; and helping a global technology provider to sell solutions and establish sales enablement platforms with its channel partners and sellers.

As a strategic partner of Miller Heiman – a global sales performance advisory firm, HPO Group is a leader in sales training methodologies across Greater China. Doug leads HPO’s partnership with the Miller Heiman Group and is involved in multiple global consulting engagement rollouts in the region. His client contributions include building the underlying operating model for communicating distinct sales stages and forecasting accurate sales projections; developing and implementing sales skill-building programs in global companies; creating new organizational structures for sales and marketing organizations; and putting in place sophisticated customer relationship management approaches and programs.

Doug holds a bachelor of business administration from University of Michigan. He holds a Master in Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

Doug is a MASTER CERTIFIED MILLER HEIMAN PROFESSIONAL®, as well as a certified facilitator of EAGLE’S FLIGHT®, Ken Blanchard Companies®, THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE ®, FIERCE®, Everything DiSC®, and SIMDUSTRY® programs. He speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently.

Fabian Padilla Crisol

Chief Digital Officer & General Manager for SAP SuccessFactors in Greater China, SAP

Fabian Padilla Crisol is chief digital officer and general manager for SAP SuccessFactors. In this position he leads digital innovation and transformation across Greater China to help customers adopt new technology innovations to grow their business.

Padilla Crisol is a senior business leader with an outstanding track record spanning more than 20 years at SAP, where he’s held various senior management roles in sales, consulting, software development, finance, and business operations. During his tenure, he’s led management teams and driven aggressive growth targets and regional expansion to transform teams and build new business ecosystems. Throughout his SAP career, Padilla Crisol gained valuable experience leading multinational teams across Asia Pacific and Japan, Europe and the Middle East, and the Americas. These global experiences established his in-depth knowledge of regional markets and diversified cultures that have motivated him to build strong teams that meet customer demands and market requirements.

His success leading business transformation programs, implementing global shared service centers, and establishing new business models and process outsourcing have helped many of the world’s leading companies run better.

Gertrude I Hewapathirana

Associate Professor of Management, Gulf University for Science and Technology

Dr. Gertrude I Hewapathirana is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. She received her Ph.D., MA and MSc. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St Paul where she was a Hubert Humphrey International Fellow. She also earned her MBA and BA Economics and postgraduate studies in economics and urban development in Sri Lanka. She served as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor for Suffolk University, San Diego State University and University of Minnesota, USA. Prior to joining academia, she worked as a managing director and an executive director in corporate sector in Sri Lanka. 

She published a book, several book chapters, peer reviewed research in top tier journals and presented over three dozen of her research in international conferences. Her research interests include international business, e-leadership and, global human resource development/management, organizational behavior, corporate social responsibility and faculty training. Dr. Hewapathirana was a trainer. She experimented different entrepreneurship development models and implemented them to train small, medium and large size business organizations in Sri Lanka. Dr. Hewapathirana is a presidential award winner for her extraordinary services to the community in USA.

James Liu

Chairman, PHEW Inc

Mr. James Liu is the founder and chairman of PruWell, an InsurTech platform for connecting consumers with the right insurance products at the right time. PruWell currently operates two leading InsurTech brands: Phew and iCompare. Phew is the No. 1 digital platform for insurance advisors in Taiwan, offering AI-driven and patented digital tools to enhance efficiency and productivity in customer engagement. And iCompare is currently the No. 2 financial product comparison website in Taiwan, providing the best-fit financial products directly to consumers.

Before becoming an entrepreneur in InsurTech, James was the Chairman & CEO of TransGlobe Life Insurance Company (formerly AEGON Taiwan). In two decades, he built TransGlobe from scratch into a top 7 life insurance company in Taiwan with more than 3 million customers, 5 thousand agents/employees, and USD 30 billion in total assets.

James received his master’s degrees in statistics from the University of Michigan and in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA). In recent years, he obtained the FinTech Certificate (2016) and the Artificial Intelligence Certificate (2018) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

As a veteran in the insurance industry and an expert in InsurTech, he is appointed as a Senior Executive Advisor to the FinTech Research Center of National Cheng-Chi University. He also serves as the President of Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Taiwan (IFPA), a member of the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association.

Josh Davies

Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Work Ethic Development

Davies is currently the CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, an organization committed to developing workplace skills in the global workforce. Partnering with organizations in all 50 states and 6 countries, they equip trainers and teachers to build the workforce of the 21st Century.

A graduate of American University, Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He finished serving his second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, where he chaired the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He also led the P-Tech Selection Committee for Colorado and served on the board of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. In addition to his work in the public sector, Josh also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.

Lawrence Huang

Senior Director, Wiedu Corporation

Lawrence Huang Senior Director is currently responsible for the training services and business operation of talent training in Wiedu Corporation. In the past, he was the team manager of the III Digital Education Institute. He has an IT background, manager experience on R&D, course design, business and service. More than dozens of digital learning projects and corporate training had been implemented. The projects he led has won the US IMS Learning Award, Taiwan’s Centennial Cloud Innovation Application Excellence Award, etc. He has a deep vision and enthusiasm for the use of technology to enhance education services.

LUMA Education

Riikka Lahtinen

University Lecturer at Tampere University · Director of Tampere LUMATE centre

Dr Riikka Lahtinen works at Tampere University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences as a University Lecturer. Lately, she has been involved in developing teaching methods in Chemistry, e-learning, university teaching and education strategy and educational research in Chemistry. In the beginning of 2018, she started as Director of Tampere LUMATE-centre where the aim is to enhance formal and non-formal STEAM education for children and youth.

Eeva Makela

Coordinator at Tampere University

Eeva Makela graduated 2017 from the Tampere University as a Master of Science. Her studies included mainly mathematics, computer science and education theory. While studying Eeva worked three years as an assistant in courses called Introduction to Human-Computer-Interaction and Basics of User Interfaces. Besides that she has been teaching mathematics and IT for children of all ages. After graduation Makela has been working almost two years as a coordinator in LUMATE centre. Makela is specified to teaching robotics, coding and technology for children. Her main goal is to inspire and encourage girls and boys aged 3–19 to study and get involved in mathematics, science, IT and technology and to apply for further education in STEAM fields.

Nikki O'Keeffe

Facilitator, Association for Talent Development

Nikki O’Keeffe is an ATD facilitator and dedicated training specialist who delivers a positive, memorable, and meaningful service that repeatedly meets or exceeds the expectations of the client. She has experience creating strategies and visions to ensure training requirements and deliveries are in line with quality, probability, and client need.

She has worked in various industries, including education, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. In her roles she has designed and developed courses for new and existing staff on technical systems, process changes, new products, and soft skills.

She is skilled at providing face-to-face and online learning programs for global participants of varying experience levels. In addition to delivering training, she has performed training needs analyses to identify gaps and recommend training solutions, worked with SMEs as a consultant to develop courses and curriculums, and evaluated programs for effectiveness.

Panarat Intachai

Operational Performance Improvement (OPI) Coach Development Manager, Siam City Cement Public Company Limited

Panarat Intachai has worked for 19 years at Siam City Cement Pubic Company Limited, which has an annual cement production capacity of 13 million tons. For 26 years she has focused on accounting, finance and controlling, and manufacturing as well as human resources, giving her extensive experience within talent development. She integrates her strong competencies from various fields into talent development competencies consisting of insight data analytics, technology and process improvements, and stakeholder engagement, which are necessary for professional in the digital era.

Her experience in learning and development all processes with digital learning blended comprises of learning needs, design approach program design, implement and evaluation as well as learning architecture, consisting of digital platforms, knowledge management, and coach and trainer capability development. She strongly believes that coaching methodology is the one efficient tool that accelerates employees’ learning, engagement, and performance, which affects organizational performance.     

Furthermore, she never leaves operators behind. She is confident that coaching them to unleash their potential can create the power of organization performance transformation since they are the majority employees. She combines these skills to share the proven practice of “operational performance improvement (OPI) coach capability development” for business impact.

Perry Chyau

CEO, Knovia Group

CEO, Chiahui Group
CEO, Knovia Group
Chairman of LOMA institute of Greater China
Chairman, International Management Institute (IMI)
Chairman of Cross-Straits Smart City Alliance
Chairman, Health Industry Development Association
Vice Chairman, Cultural Creative Industry Association (CCIA)

Pradeep Pant

Managing Director and Head of Digital Banking, Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank

Pradeep Pant is currently the managing director for digital banking at Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank. He is responsible for all digital banking activities including the digital banking department, payment banking department, credit card department, investment product department, FinTech department, big data intelligence department, and cloud system department.

Pant has strong multinational professional experience in retail, private, and credit card banking business fields. Before moving to Taiwan, he worked in the Philippines as the president and CEO of Metrobank Card Corporation. In addition, he led ANZ Banking Group’s Taiwan location in winning the Best Foreign Banking Asset Management Award for three years.

Pant holds a master’s degree from the Indian Institutes of Management and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Tsuen-Chiuan Tsai (Charity)

Co-Founder, Landseed Asia Meducation Company

Dr TC Tsai is a Pediatrician and a faculty at the Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan) who had served as Dean for Academic Affair. Dr. Tsai is a graduate of China Medical University (MD), and completed residencies in the Department of Pediatrics at the Mackay Memorial Hospital. She then obtained her PhD in medical education at University of Calgary in Canada. When returning Taiwan, she was involved in the establishment of two new medical schools in Taiwan, Mackay Medical College and I-Shou Medical University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Tsai’s professional interests are the medical simulation, ethics education and measurement and assessment in medical education. She also devoted herself in developing the technology-enhanced education. In 2013, Dr. Tsai established the Taiwan Society for Simulation in Healthcare (TSSH), and served as the Chairperson of the TSSH Board 2013-2016. She is also a Co-founder of the Landseed Asia Meducation Company that integrated the medical profession with the digital technology in order to promote healthcare quality and safety safety. Dr. Tsai’s professional activities include serving as a committee member and a surveyor of TMAC (the Taiwan Medical Accreditation Council) and the JCT Accreditation for teaching hospital.

Vine Management Consulting

Bruce Lin

Vice President / Senior Lecturer at Vine Management Consulting  · Consulting CEO, TRANSRAY 

Bruce has been working in the field of human resources management for nearly 20 years. He has assisted enterprises in establishing human resources system and developing talent cultivation mechanism. He is good at integrating multiple teaching materials and tools, and the training model that meets the needs of enterprises is transformed into a student’s easy-to-use application.

Roger Wu

Consultant Training Director / Senior Lecturer at Vine Management Consulting

Roger has solid professional experiences in Human Resources area for over 15 years, and has also been a Professional Facilitator in the consulting industry for over 5 years.

For the past 20 years, Roger has accumulated a lot of leadership, management and team building experience, especially topics on communication and conflict management in the organization. Recently, Roger has focused more on the deepening of enterprises responsibility issues, enterprises applications and accountability in the workplace.

Wally Su

Founder, Over-Paradigm Technology Inc. · Senior Facilitator for Greater China, Association for Talent Development

Dr. Wally has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Sun Yat-Sen University and is the founder of Over-Paradigm Technology Inc. where he served as the general manager for more than 15 years. Over the years, he has assisted many companies in the development of digital learning materials and blended learning planning and consulting projects.

He has been devoted to the latest talent development and learning technology trends in the world. He has participated in ASTD/ATD ICE 13 times since 2004, bringing back the latest talent development solutions, forward thinking and learning technology innovation cases, and since 2016, Wally is contracted by ATD to become a facilitator for Greater China. Currently he spends time in learning technology, TTT, and learning evaluation areas and provides relative service for clients in Greater China region.

Yoshiharu Matsui

President of HPO Creation, Inc.

Yoshiharu Matsui currently focuses his practice in the areas of organizational change, leadership development, executive coaching, and business development, in order to help clients strengthen their people and organizational capability to increase business performance. He has designed and facilitated many programs to meet leadership and organizational challenges that multinational organizations face in the fast-changing global business environment. He also delivers a wide range of learning and performance solutions, including global teamwork, creative problem solving and organization/cultural change and transformation. Yoshi also teaches Organizational Change and Leadership Development courses at Temple University.

In his prior career, Yoshi has contributed to building business in Marketing Organization for the first 12 years and another 12 years in Human Recourses and Organization Development organizations as corporate training manager, country HR leader for Japan and Taiwan and Regional Head for OD and talent development, resulting in stronger leadership, enhanced employee engagement and organization performance. 

Yoshi takes a holistic and systemic human and organizational development approach in order to bring out best in people and achieve sustainable performance growth in harmony with the environment and whole system.

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