Akira Furumoto

Management Consultant, Business Consultants Inc.
Japan

Session: Self Esteem: The Key to Productivity

Akira Furumoto is a management consultant and a master trainer of innovative thinking system (ITS). He is also a certified trainer of the Human Element, VIA, Innovative Thinking System ITS, and LIFO program trainer for Business Consultants Inc. Akira has been selected to facilitate for ATD since 2010. The evaluations are well above standard. After serving as a director of the global LIFO operation division in Los Angeles, Akira returned to Japan in 2008 and started his new role as a consultant for the global talent management division. His specialties are leadership and innovation. In particular, his positive-psychology-based leadership program is well accepted by many of his global clients. Akira received an MA from California State University, Long Beach, focusing on industrial organizational psychology.

 

Charmine Härtel

Professor, University of Queensland Business School Executive Education
Australia

Session: Effective Change Leadership Depends on Managing Employee Emotions for Well-Being

Charmine E.J. Härtel is professor and chairperson of human resources management, organization development, and occupational health psychology for the University of Queensland Business School in Brisbane, Australia. Her internationally recognized research program aims to advance evidence-based practice through theorizing and researching the critical employment-related factors that improve the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and society in general. Charmine is a co-founder and co-organizer of the International Conference on Emotions and Organizational Life and series co-editor of Research on Emotion in Organizations. She is a leading expert in the areas of work-related emotions and well-being, workforce diversity and inclusion, human resources management innovation, and health and safety. Her work appears in more than 70 book chapters and encyclopedia entries and more than 100 refereed journal articles, including in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Industrial Marketing Management, and British Journal of Industrial Relations. Her human resources management textbook, now in its third edition, takes a process approach and places human well-being at the center of designing human resources management systems and practices.

 

Chuck Udell

Senior Partner, Essential Action Design Group
USA

Session: Eliminate Fake Training: Implement the 6 Paths to Sustainable Training.

Chuck Udell is a senior partner with the essential action design Group, focusing on improving performance and profitability for our clients through improved sales, marketing, and leadership development solutions. These solutions include developing and implementing Kirkpatrick evaluation plans. Previously, Chuck was employed by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association, and Marion Merrill Dow, and served as a U.S. Air Force officer. He earned an MBA from the University of Rochester in finance and marketing, and a BS at the University of Virginia. He earned a Master Automotive Aftermarket Profession designation in 2004 from Northwood University. Chuck is a Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator and a Kirkpatrick Certified Professional—Gold Level. Chuck is a reviewer for the ATD BEST and Excellence in Practice awards submissions.

 

Dai-fen Chu

Principal of McDonald’s Academy, McDonald's Taiwan
Taiwan

Session: The Best Practice of Talent Development in Response to Brand Strategy

Dai-fen Chu has 29 years of experience in talent cultivation and development. She is dedicated to devising professional, diversified training strategies and continues to incubate leadership talents, as well as engage in various service and corporate culture innovation activities for the McDonald’s brand. Dai-fen has demonstrated extraordinary achievements in promoting various leadership training programs. She is the recipient of McDonald’s prestigious President’s Award and TTQS Gold Award; she has also received the double honors of the Second National HRD Innoprize (Innovation Manager Award/Enterprise Group Award).

 

David Yesford

Vice President, Wilson Learning Worldwide
USA

Session: L&D Best Practices: 5 Approaches to Be More Strategic

David Yesford, senior vice president of Wilson Learning Worldwide, has more than 31 years of experience developing and implementing human performance improvement solutions around the globe. He brings valuable experience, strategic direction, and global perspective to his work. Over the years, he has held strategic roles in Wilson Learning’s core content areas of sales and leadership, as well as e-learning and strategic consulting. He has also held managing director positions in both China and India. David is the contributing author of several books, including Win-Win Selling, Versatile Selling, The Social Styles Handbook, and The Sales Training Book 2. He has been published in numerous business publications throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. David frequently speaks at international conferences and summits, focusing on issues such as sales and sales strategy, leadership, employee and customer engagement, brand, and strategy implementation.

 

Elmar Kronz

Vice President, DDI (Development Dimensions International)
Germany

Session: Leading in the Digital Era

Elmar Kronz supports and works directly with DDI clients to define and execute global talent management strategies. He also leads a global team of experts to ensure that best practice advice, consulting, and global talent management implementations for multinational organizations are efficient and successful. Elmar provides consulting support for many domestic and multinational clients. The range of clients covers various industries, including banking and finance, retail, automotive, civil service, IT, pharmacology, and manufacturing.

 

Flora Alves

Founder, SG Tailored Corporate Learning
Brazil

Session: Designing Learning With Trahentem Canvas

Flora B. Alves has been working in the talent development field for more than 25 years. She founded SG, a training company focused on learning transfer, which has helped companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Rubbermaid, and Merck for the last 15 years. She invented the Trahentem methodology for learning design using Canvas, which is a learning solutions design tool that uses three Canvas models. These models have been developed to facilitate the process of diagnosis, selecting knowledge and content, and designing solutions focused on how people learn and perform. Flora is the author of Gamification: How to Create Engaging Learning Experiences: A Complete Guide From Theory to Practice and Learning Design Using Canvas: Trahentem. She is a professional speaker and has presented sessions and workshops at Brazilian conferences organized by ABTD, and for ATD.

 

Glenn Dittrich

Vice President of Watson Talent, IBM
USA

Session: Workforce Transformation in the Cognitive Era

Glenn Dittrich is the vice president of Watson Talent for IBM. In this role, he helps companies gain competitive advantage through the adoption of HR science and technology. Glenn began his career helping connect companies to employees during the rise of the Internet. Glenn was one of the early employees of BrassRing, focusing on helping companies find great candidates and track candidates through the hiring process. Glenn has held several leadership positions in Kenexa, including vice president of customer service. In this role, he was responsible for the talent management subscription revenue base and growth across the globe. At Kenexa, Glenn built the highest-performing service team with $3.4 million additional sales, 100 percent renewal rate, highly engaged employees, and a 23 percent higher overall customer satisfaction score. Most recently, Glenn was based in Singapore and helped expand the Watson Talent business across growth markets.

 

Ian Grundy

Head of Marketing and Communications, Asia Pacific, The Adecco Group
Singapore

Session: The Fascinating Future of Work: Education and Employment.

Ian Grundy is an experienced marketing and communications professional with an international background and experience across Asia, North America, and Europe. With more than 23 years’ experience in international marketing, corporate communications, and public affairs, he has held senior positions in Singapore, New York, and Zurich, and is an expert in strategic marketing, media relations, event management, crisis management, and sponsorship. Ian is part of the Adecco Asia Pacific senior leadership team, which directs Adecco Group operations in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Today Ian is active on various boards and associations that support the development of the staffing and human resources professions in Asia and is regularly called upon to lecture and for comment in the media. He is an existing board member of the World Employment Confederation. He is also spokesperson for the Adecco Group in the Asia-Pacific region, and regularly speaks at events such as the World Economic Forum.

 

Joanne Ko

Recruiting Lead, Facebook
Hong Kong

Session: Play a Role in Connecting the World

Joanne Ko is the recruiting lead for the Greater China region at Facebook. She joined Facebook in 2014 as the first recruiter for the Greater China region. She leads a specialist team to support Facebook’s fast growth in the region by working with different leaders to identify and hire the right talent across all business units. Other than recruiting, Joanne also represents Facebook to share its culture and recruiting philosophy and has spoken at industry and university events. Prior to Facebook, Joanne worked across two continents for several multinational corporations in recruiting and human resources management roles, focusing on the Asia Pacific region. Born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada, Joanne holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Queen's University, and a master’s degree in industrial relations and human resources from the University of Toronto. Joanne speaks fluent English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and has a working knowledge of French.

 

Josh Davies

CEO, The Center For Work Ethic Development
USA

Session: Developing Employees for the 21st-Century Workplace

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Josh speaks at more than 30 corporate, education, or workforce conferences each year. Training magazine named him as one of the Top 10 Trainers Under 40 in America, and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40. Josh is currently the CEO of the Center for Work Ethic Development, an organization committed to developing foundational soft skills in everyone from high school students to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. He is a published author, and is frequently cited in national publications, including the New York Times. He has been appointed to serve a second term on the Colorado Workforce Development Council, where he also chairs the State Education and Training Steering Committee.

 

Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning and Talent Officer, Degreed
USA

Session: Learning Disrupted

Kelly Palmer is a thought leader on the future of learning and career transformation. Kelly is chief learning and talent officer at Degreed, where the mission is to help people embrace lifelong learning and discover and track personalized career development and all learning wherever it happens. Kelly was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn, where she helped employees transform the trajectory of their careers through learning and development, driving the employee experience strategy, and leading inclusion and diversity for the company. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of learning at Yahoo! and also held executive positions in learning, mergers and acquisitions, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She has been featured in Big Think, Forbes, and Chief Learning Officer magazines, and has spoken at industry conferences around the globe.

 

Kevin Chen

HR Senior Director, BOE Technology Group Co.
China

Session: Human Resources Strategy of Overseas Mergers and Acquisitions: Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong Cases

Kevin Chen is the senior director of BOE Technology Group Company in China, one of the leading global companies in the TFT-LCD industry. He has nearly 20 years of experience in human resources management, especially in organization development, change management, and mergers and acquisitions human resources strategy areas in the manufacturing industry. Before joining BOE, Kevin acted as the senior trainer for the executive management program at the Peter F. Drucker Academy. Kevin received his master’s degree in economics from Lund University in Sweden.

 

Koko Nakahara

President, Instructional Design Inc.
Japan

Session: Machine Learning and AI: Will They End L&D as We Know It?

Koko Nakahara is an experienced performance and talent development consultant in Japan with more than 20 years’ experience. In early 2002, she created the company Instructional Design Inc. in Japan, based on her career in developing training and performance management solutions for leading Japanese and foreign companies including Citibank and Microsoft, and her professional commitment to advancing this field of expertise to meet the critical needs of Japanese companies to develop and manage their talent. Koko is an active contributor to the ATD International Network Japan Committee as well as ATD International. She’s been a speaker at the ATD International Conference & Exposition since 2008 and is a speaker at various talent development conferences around the world, including Taiwan. She was also a member of the ATD International Conference & EXPO 2015 and 2016 advisory committees, and spoke at ATD 2017.

 

Mahamoud Dante

Management Consultant, Business Consultants Inc.
Japan

Session: Self Esteem: The Key to Productivity

Working as a management consultant for Business Consultants Inc. since 2015, Mahamoud Dante has also been an active member and speaker of a Toasmasters Club in Japan. Previously, Mahamoud worked for one of the top tourism companies in Mali for eight years, where he spent the last three years as manager. He also worked as a sales executive for a Japanese company that exports used cars all over the world. Last year, at ATD APC 2016, Mahamoud was one of the speakers representing his company. Holder of an MBA and bachelor’s degree in African American literature, he has always dedicated much of his time to developing others around him.

 

Marc Ratcliffe

Founder and CEO, MRWED Training and Assessment
Australia

Session: Ignite and Excite Me!

Marc Ratcliffe is a multi-award-winning trainer, author, and education entrepreneur. He is the CEO and founder of MRWED Training and Assessment, a private RTO that specializes in trainer training. He is a strong advocate for "edu-tainment" and believes that learner involvement and fun are integral to student success. He continues to be an in-demand conference speaker and workshop facilitator, having presented at more than 50 conferences in a dozen countries in the past decade, and was recently named the winner of the Best Training and Development Leadership Award for 2017 at the World Training and Development Congress in Mumbai.

 

Michael Fors

Executive Leader of Learning, Microsoft Corporation
USA

Session: Systematically Grow Workforces, Influence Businesses, and Impress Leaders!

Michael A. Fors leads the Fors Leadership Academy, which creates high-performing leaders and organizations that achieve world-changing visions. He is also an executive leader of learning at Microsoft. Michael formerly led business strategy teams in Microsoft product groups. Prior to Microsoft, he was CLO and executive leader of Intel University, where he led leadership and management development, all training, and internal consulting. Michael teaches and consults at Stanford University and the University of Washington. As a Senior UN Fellow for 20 years, he leads United Nations leadership programs, including ambassador leadership, and post-conflict leadership programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Sudan. Michael coined the term workforce performance system and built these practical, data-based systems. These systems are integral to business strategy, are inextricably linked to leadership objectives, grow the workforce, and have measurable business impact.

 

Parul Gupta

CEO, Kovim
USA

Session: Close Critical Skill Gaps With Microlearning.

Parul Gupta is the CEO of Kovim, a Bay Area–based learning services consulting firm. She is a leader in the learning technology field, including enterprise talent management and innovative, cost-effective virtual learning and e-learning experiences. Parul provides Kovim strategy, finance, and client relations leadership. Her career spans 16 years as a leader and consultant in the learning, IT, and business development fields. Her work with Intel, Yahoo!, Symantec, eBay, Cisco, and other companies demonstrates her vision and commitment to job preparation as a key to career development. Parul has a bachelor’s degree in IT from San Jose State University. Kovim is a fusion of her expertise in the learning field, and her understanding of the impact technology can have on the learning experience.

 

Rebecca Ray

Executive Vice President, The Conference Board
USA

Session: Building a Highly Engaging Work Culture: It's Everyone's Job

Rebecca Ray oversees research creation and dissemination at the Conference Board. She is also the executive director of the Engagement Institute. She is the co-author of numerous publications with a focus on leadership development and engagement, including the employee engagement chapter for the ATD Talent Management Handbook, 2nd edition. A former practitioner in talent management for many years, Rebecca was honored as CLO Magazine’s Chief Learning Officer of the Year. A frequent contributor to both business and human capital media, as well as a conference speaker, Rebecca’s other co-authored publications include Measuring Leadership Development, Measuring the Success of Leadership Development, and Measuring The Success of Employee Engagement.

 

Rita Bailey

Founder and CEO, Up To Something
USA

Session: Be Bold! Build a Sustainable, Innovative Learning Culture

Rita Bailey is in the business of helping individuals and organizations unleash their untapped talent potential. She has presented and consulted with global companies worldwide, challenging leaders to break through their status quo thinking and behaviors to create people-centric workplace environments that foster transformational change. Rita served in several leadership positions at Southwest Airlines, including chief learning officer of its University for People, where she directed personal and professional development for 36,000 employees. At Up To Something, Rita provides strategic, innovative solutions and resources to help entrepreneurs and organizations create employee and customer experiences that set them apart from competitors.

 

RK Prasad

Co-Founder and CEO, CommLab India
India

Session: Introducing Mobile Learning in Your Organization.

RK Prasad is an entrepreneur focused on technology‐enabled learning, corporate training, and new age instructional strategies. He co‐founded CommLab India, a pioneering e‐learning company based in Hyderabad, India, in 2000. As its chief executive officer, he spearheads online training solutions that help global organizations achieve business results. As a mentor and coach to the employees of CommLab, RK has conceived new and creative ways of knowledge transfer to make learning effective. His efforts were recognized by Elearning! Magazine, and he was awarded the Learning Champion Award for 2016.

 

Ron Price

CEO, Price Associates
USA

Session: The Innovator’s Advantage: Decoding the Hidden Link Between People and Process

Ron Price is the CEO of Price Associates, a leadership performance firm with offices across the United States. He is also the founder and chairman of TTI Success Insights China, a company that trains and supports trainers, coaches, and consultants across greater China. Ron has trained leaders in 15 different countries, and has been working in the Asia-Pacific region since 1991. Ron has served in executive roles in 10 different organizations over a 45-year career, including the successful implementation of numerous innovation projects. Ron is the author of five books, the most recent being The Complete Leader: Everything You Need to Become a High Performing Leader. This book earned the Best Business Book Award at Friesen’s North American Book Awards in November 2014.

 

Roy Pollock

Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, The 6Ds Company
USA

Session: The 6 Most Important Things You Can Do to Increase Training Effectiveness

Roy Pollock is the chief learning officer and co-founder of the 6Ds Company. He is the author of the bestselling Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning, which Will Thalheimer, of Work-Learning Research, called “the most important book of the last decade in the workplace learning field.” Roy is a popular international speaker and consultant who has a passion for helping individuals and organizations excel. He has extensive experience in business management, learning, and strategic thinking. Prior to founding the 6Ds Company, Roy served as chief learning officer for the Fort Hill Company; assistant dean for curriculum development, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; vice president, strategic product development for SmithKline Beecham Animal Health; and vice president, companion animal division for Pfizer.

 

Shakun Khanna

Senior Director, Oracle
India

Session: Talent in the Artificial Intelligence Age: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence, Social Media, Analytics, and the Internet of Things on Talent Development

Shakun Khanna is a human capital management expert and serves as the senior director of human capital management strategy and transformation, Asia Pacific, at Oracle Corporation. Prior to joining Oracle, Shakun was the CEO of Right Management, India. He is also the co-founder of Consentus Advisory, a specialty HR consulting firm. In his earlier roles, Shakun was the head of IBM Smarter Workforce and employee engagement and leadership development practice for Gallup Consulting. He has worked across Asia with clients from diverse industries. Over the last two decades he has been a consultant to many Fortune 500 organizations in the areas of talent management, organization design and transformation, employee engagement, leadership development, and succession planning.

Shakun graduated from Delhi University and studied HR consulting at Gallup University. He is an accredited executive coach and coaches business leaders across the region. Shakun is a master facilitator of consciousness-based leadership with the International Centre for Contemporary Consciousness.

 

Song Young-Hack

Associate Professor, SolBridge International School of Business
Korea

Session: Eliminate Fake Training: Implement the 6 Paths to Sustainable Training.

Song Young-Hack is an associate professor of organizational behavior at SolBridge International School of Business, Woosong University in Korea. Young-Hack holds a LLB from Yonsei University, a master’s degree in organizational behavior, and a PhD in social and organizational psychology from Brigham Young University. His career has combined academic, corporate, and entrepreneurial activities. Before joining SolBridge, Young-Hack taught at the National University of Singapore Business School and at Korea University College of Education. His corporate experience includes being managing director of the HRD Center at the TongYang Group and senior vice president of Tong Yang Life Insurance Co. Young-Hack co-founded Learn2 Consulting and served as its CEO. He now serves as a senior partner of Why and How Consulting, which he co-founded. His clients include Samsung Electronics, POSCO, Doosan, LG Chem, Nongshim, LS Cable, and GS-Caltex.

 

Xue Li

Professor, The University of Queensland School Executive Education
Australia

Session: Data Analytics on Social Media and Social Networks

Xue Li is a professor in data and knowledge engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia. His research interests are in data mining, intelligent information systems, and social computing. He has led his research team to win prizes awarded by Google, Microsoft, international conferences, and the Australian government in recent years. He was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful People in Australia on Big Data in 2015 by Australian Financial Review.

 

Zsehong Tsai

Chief Human Resources Officer, Asian Silicon Valley Development Agency
Taiwan

Session: Establishing an IoT Virtual College for Cross-Discipline Innovations

Zsehong Tsai received a BS in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, and an MS and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. After completing his PhD, he worked as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Since 1990 he has been with NTU, where he is a professor. Zsehong has published more than 50 journal papers and book chapters on networking and telecommunications. He has been active in telecommunication deregulations since Taiwan started the liberalization process of its telecom market. In the past, he served as the deputy executive secretary of the Science and Technology Advisory Group of the Executive Yuan. He was the chairman of Taiwan Communication Society from 2010 to 2014. He is also a research fellow of the Board of Science and Technology, the Executive Yuan. He serves as the chief human resources officer for the Asian Silicon Valley Development Agency, and he is responsible for developing an IoT Virtual College for the Asian Silicon Program in Taiwan.