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Building Bridges: Leverage Cultural Intelligence in a Diverse World


About The Event

In today’s world, understanding and being aware of cultural differences is crucial. This awareness is essential for developing cultural intelligence, a critical skill in leadership, especially when leading culturally diverse teams.


Have you ever wondered about these questions?

  • What is the best way to build trust and rapport with my colleagues and customers from other cultures?

  • How negotiations with overseas customers could be more effective?

  • How to improve communication across cultures and learn to read “no” between the lines?


Join us on 11th July ’24, 4 pm to 6 pm on Thurs, with our panel of speakers to learn about their leadership in navigating diverse cultural backgrounds and leading diverse teams. And learn how cultural differences can impact the ways of working and ways to navigate through them towards success in the workplace.


This event includes a small group conversation too.

Event Details






Thursday, 11th July 2024

4.00pm - 6.00pm

SMRT Corporation Ltd

2 Tanjong Katong Road

#08-01 Paya Lebar Quarter 3

Singapore 437161 (SMRT PLQ Exchange)

Event Agenda



3:30 - 4:00pm


4:00 - 4:15pm

Opening and Introduction

4:15 - 4:35pm

Sharing by Dr Zsuzsanna Tungli on "Cultural Flexibility in Leading Diverse Teams"

4:35 - 5:45pm

Moderated Panel Discussion with Bennett Neo, Kulwant Bardh, and Mairin Reid

5:45 - 6:30pm

Networking and Refreshments

Event Registration

Please note that this is an in-person event that aims to be as inclusive as possible. If you require any accommodations to fully participate in the event, please let us know in the registration form above.

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About the Singapore Leaders Network

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Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and managed by the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), the Singapore Leaders Network (SGLN) aims to prepare Singaporeans for global leadership roles. We aspire to help advance the social capital of Singaporean corporate leaders who can support one another on their professional and personal leadership journeys - whilst cultivating a vibrant and robust community. This is achieved through activities that enable members to learn, lead, and link including through large scale in-person events, smaller business networking sessions on various topics of interest, a structured mentoring programme, an Ambassador programme, as well as an online LinkedIn community.




Dr Zsuzsanna Tungli

Managing Partner, Developing Global Leaders Asia

Dr Zsuzsanna Tungli is the Managing Partner of Developing Global Leaders Asia and has served as a consultant, facilitator and researcher for over 30 years. She has designed and delivered numerous executive development programs across varied industries in Asia and Europe for global multinational corporations in the following areas of global leadership and global mindset, DEl assessment, inclusive strategy formation, subconscious bias and inclusive behaviour training, female talent development programs, cross-cultural skills development, multigenerational workshops, and expat coaching.

She has also been an invited faculty at INSEAD, IMD, London Business School, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University, and a regular speaker and facilitator at company and international conferences. Select clients include AbbVie, Ashurst, AXA, Beneo, Bosch, Coca-Cola, Dyson, Hogan Lovells, International SOS, JERAGM, Johnson Controls, JI International, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Qualcomm, Sony, Swarovski, TD Securities, and Volvo.

Her educational qualifications are a Ph.D. in International Business (London Business School, UK), an MBA in general management (Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and UCLA), and an MSc. In Economics (Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary). Author of the book 'The Culture Key between Asia and the West' and forthcoming book 'The Roadmap to Gender Equality in Organization'.



Bennett Neo

Chief Operating Officer, Sembcorp Industries

Bennett Neo is the Chief Operating Officer at Sembcorp Industries. His career began at ExxonMobil, where he held various positions in sales, supply chain, logistics, and global marketing. He then served as the Regional Director of Asia Pacific Breweries, CEO of EMAS Group Marine, and Group CEO of YCH Group.

In 2018, Bennett was appointed CEO of SABECO, after previously serving as CEO - Food at Fraser and Neave Limited, a subsidiary of ThaiBev.Having grown up and studied engineering in Singapore, Bennett has gained extensive experience working across multiple Asian countries. He describes himself as the "odd one out" at SABECO.

Motivated by a desire to transform the company's bureaucratic structure into a more flexible model, he introduced seven pillars: sales, marketing, supply chain, production, human resources, cost, and the board, focusing on efficiency, effectiveness, and return on investment. Bennett's success in transforming one of the largest state-owned enterprises into an international conglomerate is noteworthy, especially given the different operational styles of Vietnamese and international boards.

In his spare time, he enjoys trekking and climbing mountains between 400 and 600 meters in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Europe, and Vietnam.


Kulwant Bardh

Former Global Director, MD, CEO, Group Head Talent, Executive Coach, and Mentor for the SGLN Fellowship

Born and bred in Singapore, Kulwant brings over 30 years of multi-varied experience in Asia and the USA spanning start-ups, mid-sized SMEs and Fortune 500 companies. As a business leader, Kulwant has led three companies from red to black in P&L roles and has been involved in five M&As during his career. His past roles include a global role in the US and regional roles at Mercer, DDI, Aon, CEO Knolskape, and SVP Marsh McLennan. His most recent role was as Group Vice President for Talent and Organisational Development for a fast-growing digital financial services firm. Kutwant has coached and developed over 5000 leaders across multiple cultures and industries over the last two decades.

Kulwant speaks five languages and one Chinese dialect and is a psychometrics assessment and techie geek at heart. His latest passion is to go deeper into understanding the application of Generative Al models to help HR and business leaders transform and streamline organisations for accelerated growth and higher profitability. He is clear about his life purpose which is to make a difference in people's lives, in both professional and personal life settings.

Kulwant is an accredited PCC (Professional Certified Coach) from the ICF (International Coaching Federation). Having possessed over 3000 professional coaching hours, Kulwant is embarking on his MCC (Master Certified Coach) and plans to complete it before end-2025. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago, is a Fellow Chartered CIPD professional, and is an adjunct faculty with various institutions such as Nanyang Technology University and Human Capital Leadership Institute. He is also a global mentor with Singapore Global Leaders Network which aims to groom Singapore leaders into regional and global roles. He is certified and accredited with over a dozen leading psychometric assessment tools such as Hogan, Adept-15, Saville Wave and many more.


Mairin Reid

Head Commercial Technology, Patient and Digital Solutions, IQVIA

Mairin is the Head of Commercial Technology, Patient and Digital Solutions at IQVIA, a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the healthcare industry.

Mairin has been in Asia for more than a decade, and in consulting for more than 16 years. She currently leads engagements across Asia Pacific covering digital strategy, technology and business transformation. She has worked with a range of clients globally from large pharmaceuticals, medical technology companies, consumer health companies, state & federal governments and non-government organizations.

She is also the co-founder and board member of a digital health start-up called Cogniant, a remote monitoring platform for measuring and predicting neurological disorders. It has developed a clinically validated mobile patient engagement and reporting platform which makes mood disorder diagnoses proactive and brings benefits of early interventions to large patient populations using digital phenotyping.

Mairin holds a Post Graduate degree in International Health) from Curtin University and an MBA from the University of Western Australia and Universität Wien, Austria.

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