Recap: Singapore Management University Panel

unnamed-1I had the honour of being a part of a panel this morning for the Singapore Management University (SMU) Postgraduate Education and Career Forum at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati, Philippines.

The topic for the panel was “Shaping The Next Generation Business Leaders” and was well attended. SMU ran this event in Jakarta, Indonesia and Manila, Philippines as part of their drive for next years students.  On the panel, I was joined by;

Moderator: Steven Burton
Deputy Director, Postgraduate Professional Programmes & Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre, Singapore Management University

Donna De Santos
Country Recruitment Head of Citi Philippines

Elisa Abalajon
HR Director, Mondelez International (SEA Business, APAC)

Rossana Javier
CEO & Partner, PwC Advisory

It was a great panel, with ranging views on hiring, recruiting, education, emerging markets, entrepreneurism and human resources (HR). We all did about 10 minute introductions and was followed by a 60 minute question and answer period with the attendees.


(Panel L – R: Rossana Javier CEO & Partner of PwC AdvisoryElisa Abalajon HR Director of Mondelez International (formally Kraft International), Moderator Steven Burton from SMU, Stephen Jagger Co-Founder of PayrollHero and Donna De Santos Country Recruitment Head of Citi Philippines)


Makati; The Selfiest City in the World According to TIME


According to TIME Magazine, Makati, Philippines is the “selfiest city in the world”.

“An examination of hundreds of thousands of selfies—the low-fi, self-shot photographs that are intensely popular among younger social media users—suggests that the city, part of metropolitan Manila and home to 500,000 people, produces more selfies per capita than any other city in the world.” (source)

That is a great sign for PayrollHero’s selfie based TeamClocks.