2021 SEAAGE Virtual Conference
April 28th – 30th


SEAAGE welcomed more than 100 delegates at our annual conference this year, held virtually. Over 3 days, an amazing group of speakers shared their insights and sparked conversations around topics ranging from talent attraction, talent development to what the future may be in hold for employers in this period of uncertainty.

Bain & Company took a look at key influencers and triggers influencing the recruitment landscape since the inception of the pandemic, including strength vs. competency-based assessments, team interviews vs. 1:1, and how we could temper down unconscious biasness by considering interviewing ‘blind’.

KPMG and Universum shed light on how we could leverage data-driven insights to inform the business on what it takes to attract, engage, retain and develop top talent in today’s dynamic market – culture, diversity & inclusion and career development, to name a few.


Cappfinity and GradConnection then took over with a discussion on how employers could find, attract and better engage talent native to the region from across the world. Where are they? What attracts them back home? We shared some answers here.

As we look forward to a global economic recovery, all signs point to the Asia region taking the lead. This rising trend of leading globally from Asia isn’t restricted to just profits & loss, but also to human capital and the way we think about talent.

To understand this more deeply, we got views from GovTech, SAP and National University of Singapore, each from the government, education & private sector respectively, to find out what some of the unique advantages and challenges are leading globally from Asia.

DBL Group and Samsung then tackled the topic of building a culture of belonging and wellness for early career talent, a primary focus for all organisations in 2021. We sought to understand the cost of remote working and how this impacts belonging for individuals and teams, and how employers could improve this experience.


Learning models have also greatly changed in the past year, with educational institutes adopting virtual & hybrid teaching models almost overnight with mixed results. We spoke with Google and Asia School of Business on where the future of learning lies and how institutions and corporate universities are adapting their strategy.

Shifting the spotlight to Early Talent professionals, we introduced guests from Korn Ferry and McKinsey & Company who shared their personal stories on seemingly unchartered career paths as they continually seek to deepen their interest in Early Talent while expanding their professional horizons in this dynamic and rapidly changing field.

Last but not least, our Ideation and Innovation Lab sessions, virtual speed networking time for employers to connect with the talent they’re seeking to attract – the students themselves, and rapid fire pitch sessions from the people who could help them do so – service partners, wrapped up our 3 day event with a blast!

A big thank you goes out to all who attended the event, and to our amazing sponsors, Asia School of Business, DBL, Cappfinity and GradConnection.

We can’t wait to see you again next year!