Firmly established as the singular CHRO leadership event of the Asia-Pacific region, the HR Leaders Forum is returning in 2020 with a refreshed format to guide you through the year ahead.

Next year, over 220 of your industry peers and an unrivalled selection of C-Suite speakers will make the ICC their home for two days on 18 & 19 February.

Why Attend?

  • For eight years we have secured the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask the questions that matter.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.
  • Your experience is at the heart of the Forum. Our audience is screened for seniority, so you’ll be networking in a five-star environment with the minds shaping business.
  • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes focussed agenda.

Gain Access

// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 220+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment


Ciela Hartanov
Head of Next Practice Innovation & Strategy, The Google School for Leaders
Google (USA)
Rupert McNeil
Chief People Officer & Director, General Government Shared Services
UK Civil Service (UK)
Dean Carter
Head of HR, Legal, Finance & Shared Services
Patagonia (USA)
Alexandra Badenoch
Group Executive Transformation and People
John Reid-Dodick
Senior Vice-President, Culture
WeWork (USA)
Kathryn van der Merwe
Group Executive Talent and Culture
Melissa Wong
General Manager of People & Culture
Dominic Price
Work Futurist
Colleen Harris
Group Chief People Officer
Ramsay Health Care
Rebekah Donaldson
Chief People Officer
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Jane Franks
Chief People Officer
Sally Connell
Executive Director of Human Resources
Fox Sports & Foxtel
Rob Phipps
Non-Executive Director
Australia HR Institute
Managing Director
Nicholle Duce
Vice President, HR (Acting)
Lisa Burquest
Chief People Officer
A2 Milk
Raj Tapper
General Manager People & Culture
Cricket Australia
Ingrid Jenkins
HR Director, Australia
Anish Singh
Head of HR – Australia and New Zealand
Darren Fewster
Executive, Employee Relations and Health, Safety, Wellbeing, and Environment
Dr Jill Charker
Deputy Secretary, Enabling Services
Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Nicolette Barnard
Head of HR
ANZ Siemens
Duncan Thomas
Chief People Officer
Fuji Xerox
Craig Taylor
Senior Director HR, Australia, NZ & Japan
Mondelez International
Kristen Sweeney
Co-Head HR, General Manager, Organisational Development & Business Partners
Michelle Phipps
Group Head of Talent, Learning & Inclusion
Coca-Cola Amatil
Karen Ancira
Chief People Officer
KFC South Pacific, Yum! Brands Subsidiary
Scott Johnston
Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics
Public Service Commission (NSW)
Karl Strichow
Director Workforce Analytics
Australian Taxation Office



Survival of the Fittest: Evolving with the Times

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has dawned with deeply transformative consequences for the global workplace. Businesses have always had to evolve to survive, but never at such a relentless pace. In this session, we’ll hear how businesses and employees are adjusting to a foreign ecosystem of algorithms and artificial intelligence, decode Gen Z’s lexicon of priorities and influences, and hear what it takes to outlive the competition.


Results over Rhetoric: Exerting Your Influence

For years, HR has worked to position itself as a harbinger of change. With more pressure than ever to deliver strategic value to the organisation, we’ll build a model of effective HR leadership in today’s workplace, discuss the construction and execution of an HR-inspired vision for your business, and identify ways in which HR departments can maximise their value by redefining their identity as leaders.


Anywhere, Anytime: A Wholistic Approach to Crisis Management

The once clearly defined lines of crisis management have become blurred in today’s hyper-connected and always-on world. In this session, we’ll interrogate the relevance of traditional crisis roles, redefining where HR fits into the picture, discover how to strike a balance between employee empowerment and control, and share case-studies on rebuilding corporate reputation in the wake of a crisis.


Outposts of Opportunity: Positioning Your Company in the War for Talent

AI is forecast to create more jobs than it displaces, leaving room for a deeper focus on uniquely human abilities. HR is responsible for securing these contested pockets of creative talent. In this session we’ll hear how HR leaders are achieving this unassailable priority; raise the hood on employee experience; and examine how business are using opportunities outside the office to attract employees into it.


The Art of Empowerment: Arming Your Assets

Attracting talent is only one piece of the puzzle. This session breaks down where organisations are investing to empower and retain their most valuable resource – their people. You’ll hear what leading companies are doing to boost retention rates, productivity, and the bottom line.


Beyond Conversation: Adopting the Right Analytics

In every industry, conversation around transformation is anchored in data. It is our prerogative to understand how developments in the data and analytics space are shaping the profession. We’ll discuss the business case for implementing a dedicated people analytics program, unpack the impact of real-time performance insights, and set-forth a roadmap so that you can allocate your finite resources for results.


Future Fortifications: Identifying and Seizing Opportunity

From flying cars to colonies on Mars, predictions of the future have varied wildly in their accuracy over the centuries. But reading the short-term horizon and planning for its arrival is a more realistic and valuable pursuit. In this session we’ll unveil the social and technological forces impacting businesses in the short term, expose mythology and hype, and hear how to position HR to seize opportunity, whenever it arrives and in whatever form it takes.




Fuel50 is the future of work. We are the world’s fastest growing career experience platform that empowers your employees, enables your leaders, and helps you create a best-in-class talent experience.

Fuel50 mobilizes your talent and delivers AI-driven career path transparency to your people, transforming the way they think about their careers, and delivers skills-forecasting that evolves your workforce of the future.


PBC provides customer-focused, evidence-based people solutions that enable organisations to select the right people, develop key talent, build better teams, drive leadership capability, and enhance organisational performance. PBC is the Australian Distributor of Hogan Assessments.


Novated vehicle leases are one of the most popular benefits you can offer your staff, as long as you have the right partner. LeasePlan offers proven vehicle leasing and salary packaging benefits, backed by comprehensive service and support to make sure this essential element of your benefits program just works.


The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to enabling member coach’s to provide a gold standard of coaching through their mastery of coaching skills combined with a dedication to understanding and servicing clients needs.


Sage’s integrated HRIS & Payroll solution transforms how multinational organisations attract, retain, manage, pay and engage their workforce. Designed for organisations with between 200 and 1,000 employees, it improves productivity across the entire workforce and empowers businesses to connect to their people in a whole new way.

Sage People is an end-to-end HR and People system built on the Salesforce platform and delivers the tools HR and People teams need to succeed, and an experience that the workforce will love. This solution is integrated with Australia’s leading payroll solution to provide the backbone organisations need to transform their workforce experience.

Celebrating its 8th year, the HR Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

The Forum is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business. Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with HR professionals, the HR Leaders Forum offers unrivalled cut-through.

This event was sold out in 2019

Jack Martin – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: [email protected]




14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Discounted Accommodation is available at the Novotel Sydney, Darling Square.

To receive a 10% discount on the best flexible rates, contact Novotel via:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (02) 8217 4000

and quote the code HRLF20.

Register Here

Pricing and Discounts Early Bird Registration
(until 6/12/2019)
Standard Registration
(from 07/12/2019)
1 Delegate $1,695 + GST $1,995 + GST
4 Delegates (includes 1 Free) $5,085 + GST $5,985 + GST
8 Delegates (includes 2 Free) $10,170 + GST $11,970 + GST
12 Delegates (includes 3 Free) $15,255 + GST $17,955 + GST

Please note if you are a Service Provider to human resource professionals, email [email protected] to register.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd endeavors to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone the event when full refunds will be issued. In the unlikely event that it is cancelled or postponed, no compensation will be provided for cancelled/amended travel arrangements. Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video:

    Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd in any medium to any part of the world. By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise [email protected].

    Cancellation Policy:

    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

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  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What’s included in my delegate pass?

    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?

    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]

    Can I transfer my pass?

    A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to [email protected]

    How do I receive my delegate pass?

    Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    Is media registration available?

    No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy:

    A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    What is a Service Provider?

    A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of HR professionals.

    Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Will there be a delegate list available?

    No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees