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10 October 20238 minute read

Asia In-house Counsel Conference 2023


10 October 2023, 14:00 - 20:00


Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Pl,
Singapore 179555

*Drop off at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and walk across the bridge for easy access


As sustainability pressures mount, we understand that in-house legal teams are required to play an ever more strategic role within organisations. The Asia In-house Counsel Conference has been created exclusively for In-house Counsel in Singapore and developed in partnership with the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA). We will be sharing our insights, exploring emerging trends and discussing the latest challenges facing In-house Counsel.

Our afternoon seminar will be comprised of a variety of interactive panel sessions featuring expert speakers who will provide practical tips, knowledge and guidance to help you navigate an increasingly challenging regulatory environment. We will be discussing several topical issues such as the complexities of ESG implementation, and the legal implications of AI integration, to name just a few. The conference will also feature a fireside chat with a highly respected General Counsel, which promises to be a highlight of the afternoon – offering a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights from a seasoned professional in the field.

For more information please contact Emily Weir.


*More speakers to be announced soon

14:00 - Registration

14:30 - Welcome remarks

14:45 - Navigating the rising tide of sustainability & ESG
Sustainability & ESG is rapidly shifting up the agenda in the private sector. Businesses are coming under increasing pressure to consider planetary boundary and social issues from governments and regulators, their suppliers, their investors and their wider stakeholders. This panel discussion will feature expert speakers, providing the subject matter expert and in-house perspective, on the key trends that in-house counsel should be aware of in the sustainability transition.

Moderator: Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, Managing Director for Sustainability & Resilience, DLA Piper


  • Kelly Sporn, Special Counsel and International Head of Strategic Delivery for Sustainability & ESG, DLA Piper
  • Renita Sophia Crasta, General Counsel and Group Data Protection Officer - TGR Real Estate

15:30 - The rise of employee activism
With movements such as #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, the rise of the cancel culture and an increased global focus on ESG issues, workplaces have (willingly or otherwise) become a key focus ground for employee activism. Workers increasingly demand that employers take a stand on ESG issues, and coupled with the immediacy and reach of social media this has caused challenges for employers who can find themselves facing significant reputational issues. This session will cover topics including:

- How to tackle DEI issues and the fact such topics can be polarizing and trigger cultural sensitivities.
- How can you encourage internal airing of issues rather than an immediate social media posting.
- How has the changing nature of the workforce impacted on these issues.
- Crisis management and what employers can do to proactively manage reputational risk.

Moderator: David Smail, Of Counsel at DLA Piper


  • Jason Leow, Asia Pacific Vice Chair and Head of Financial Communications at Edelman
  • Jeannette Tam - Senior Counsel, Global Employment Law at ServiceNow

16:30 - AI: The robots are coming! Are you ready?
AI is everywhere. It dominates public discussion. Once exclusive to the tech industry, AI now underpins new business models, processes and solutions in nearly every sector, and its transformative potential feels limitless. However, AI-driven threats are real and concerns over responsible AI have risen sharply. Policymakers are rapidly formalizing AI rules to mitigate societal and technical risks. DLA Piper has recently released a global AI report which explores the balance between governance and value creation, and uncovers how organisations can use AI responsibly, safely and commercially.

During this panel session we will be discussing key findings from the report with our expert speakers. Key topics include:

  • How businesses are currently implementing AI
  • Key challenges and risks of AI
  • AI governance
  • How to stay ahead of the curve

Moderator: Hwee Yong Neo, Senior Associate at DLA Piper


  • Anthony Wong, Informatica S.E.A. Pte Ltd
  • Annie Jacob - Senior Director, Commercial Legal at Salesforce

17:15 - Fireside chat
DLA Piper Corporate Partner Katherine Chew will host a fireside chat with Andrew Ong, VP of Legal and Compliance for Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa at KONE

18:00 - Closing remarks & Networking

20:00 - Event close


Katherine Chew

Corporate Partner, DLA Piper
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Kelly Sporn

Kelly Sporn

Special Counsel and Head of Strategic Delivery - Sustainability & ESG, DLA Piper
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Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry

Managing Director, Sustainability and Resilience, DLA Piper
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David Smail

Of Counsel, DLA Piper
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Anthony Wong

Informatica S.E.A. Pte Ltd
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Andrew Ong

VP of Legal and Compliance for Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa at KONE
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Hwee Yong Neo

Senior Associate, DLA Piper
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Renita Sophia Crasta

General Counsel and Group Data Protection Officer - TGR Real Estate
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Jason Leow

Asia Pacific Vice Chair and Head of Financial Communications, Edelman
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Annie Jacob

Senior Director, Commercial Legal, Salesforce
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Vincent Seah

Partner Co-Country Managing Partner, DLA Piper
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Jeannette Tam

Senior Counsel, Global Employment Law, ServiceNow
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About SCCA
The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Limited is the pioneer national organisation representing the interests of in-house lawyers working for companies and other entities based in Singapore.