Asia’s most important HR thinkers

Author: PM Editorial | Date: 27 Jan 2016

We take a look at five of the region’s shining lights

People Management Asia recently profiled some of the world’s leading HR thinkers. Here, we focus specifically on those who are doing great things locally.
Maya Hu-Chan
Maya Hu-Chan is an international management consultant, executive coach and author who specialises in global leadership, executive coaching and cross-cultural business skills. She has worked with organisations throughout Asia to develop their leaders and their teams.
Harvard Business School has chosen her book Global Leadership: The Next Generation to be one of their Working Knowledge recommended books. Before her consulting career, she was a news anchor for the China Broadcasting Company in Taiwan. She has lectured at colleges across America.
Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge
Creator and director of organisation and development consultancy Quality and Equality, Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge’s areas of expertise include working with complex system change programmes, senior leadership development and diversity and inclusion.
She has overseen large-scale change projects for a number of global pharmaceuticals and, in 2013, was appointed as international senior advisor to the state of Singapore to oversee its public service transformation programme. She is a visiting fellow of Roffey Park Management Institute, a senior fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College and a faculty of the Duke University Executive Leadership Programme.
Vineet Nayar
Vineet Nayar is the founder of the Sampark Foundation and former CEO of HCL Technologies. He’s a business executive, philanthropist and author of Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down.
The Sampark foundation is a non-profit organisation which focuses on the ability of education and social entrepeneurship to change the lives of children and young adults. Vineet is a senior advisor to the McKinsey Leadership Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
He is also a regular Twitter user, offering pithy advice in 140 characters or less, such as: “Great thoughts often transpire into great ideas. But a lack of coherent action saps the energy that the idea carried.”
Yong Ying-I
In 2012, Yong Ying-I was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Division (PSD) for the Prime Minister’s office in Singapore. She is on the board of The National Research Foundation, which aims to grow Singapore's research capability, support economic growth and meeting Singapore's future national challenges.
Last year she was awarded the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Medal of Commendation for her contributions to the labour movement. Under her leadership, the PSD and the unions have worked towards increasing the wages of over 9,000 lower division public officers and introduced benefits such as paternity leave, shared parental leave and extended childcare leave.
Arthur Carmazzi
Arthur Carmazzi is a motivational leadership keynote speaker and trainer, and author of several books, including Lessons from the Monkey King and The Psychology of Selecting the RIGHT Employee.
He lives in Bali and has experience in Indonesia, Korea, and Singapore, making him aware of an array of Asian cultural and business insights. He developed the CBCI (Colored Brain Communication Inventory) and HDMA emotional profiling tools used for ‘psycho-productivity’ management, which have been implemented by a number of multinational companies.