Our office in Singapore provides a central hub for a growing community of people professionals across Asia. We work with individuals and organisations across the region, using our internationally recognised standards to build the capability of the profession as experts in people at work. Our independent thought leadership provides insight for professionals and raises the voice and status of the profession in the wider world of work in Asia.
The CIPD Asia team is actively supporting the profession by building partnerships with individuals, organisations, and governments to shape the future of the profession and the world of work in Asia.
Introducing the team
Kenneth Low, Regional Director - Asia
Kenneth is responsible for the expansion of CIPD's presence in the Asia Pacific region. He leads an experienced team of people professionals to serve and collaborate with our members, customers, partners, communities and regulatory bodies.
On the corporate front, his focus is to help organizations maximise their return on investments on people. At the individual level, his aim is to help champion and elevate the capabilities of HR and L&D professionals in the region.
Kenneth has more than 30 years’ experience in managing businesses across countries in the Asia Pacific. He has held senior management positions with companies who are leaders in their respective industries, including HP, Abacus International and International SOS. He is passionate about people development and would like to devote his career to help people achieve breakthroughs in their personal and professional lives.
May Leng Kwok, Regional Head, (Assoc CIPD)
May Leng joined the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2006. She has worked in the education sector for over 10 years with an emphasis on professional development and qualifications both within the UK and internationally.
She has responsibility for driving CIPD’s growth agenda in key international markets by building awareness of the CIPD brand, raise HR capability, strengthen HR content and community links, and grow CIPD qualification and short course provision as well as membership across the region.
As part of May Leng’s role, she establishes relationships with key stakeholders and influencers in region across local government, trade unions, employer federations, professional institutes, research bodies and universities, as well as MNC’s and large regional conglomerates to build strategic partnerships for CIPD.
May Leng has lead the institutes Continuing Professional Development Working Party and represented the CIPD at the Professional Associations Research Network. She regularly speaks at CIPD’s conferences and exhibitions and is invited to run seminars and workshops.
Much of May Leng’s earlier career has been spent working with secondary schools internationally on promoting the importance of education and career pathways.
Charmaine Ng, Sales & Marketing Manager
Charmaine returned to corporate arena having spent five extraordinary years establishing a company specialising in designing, manufacturing and marketing of a uniquely curated range of faith-based infant products. Having successfully sold the brand in 2020, she joined the CIPD Asia team assuming the role of Sales and Marketing Manager with responsibility for growing CIPD’s footprint in Asia, driving its overall marketing strategy, brand building and engagements with the HR community in the region.
Her management experience over her 25 years of professional career spans across both the public and private sectors and across multiple industries including information communications, financial services and the travel sector. She brings with her a diverse set of experience in business development, strategic partnerships, product marketing, operational and general management with Asia’s leading companies including NETS, IDA, Abacus International, First Data Corp and NTUC Link.
Charmaine had the opportunity to be relocated overseas including two assignments as Country Head in India and Malaysia. As a result, she is highly versatile in working with people from different cultural background and corporate hierarchy.
These experiences served well not just in a corporate setting but even as she engages the under privileged and serves in her local community outreach activities.
Belina Lim, Finance, Admin & Project Manager
Belina joined the CIPD Asia office in January 2021, where she is responsible for Finance & Office Administration and Project Management. As part of her role, she manages relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and ensures that all end to end processes run smoothly. She also plays an important role to ensure the pulse of team stays healthy and happy.
Prior to joining CIPD Asia, Belina has worked for over 20 years managing business operations, HR and Finance with companies in both UK and Singapore. She spent a large part of her earlier career in the UK financial sector before moving back to Singapore where she continues to pursue her passion in the HR field.
Ansley Winata, Inside Sales Manager
In his role as Inside Sales Manager, Ansley is responsible for adoption of CIPD open programmes in Asia. He constantly engages HR leaders in the region to understand the challenges that they face and collaborate to produce appropriate solutions for their respective organisations.
Prior to CIPD, Ansley has collaborated with both private & public sectors in Asia, Africa and Latin America for more than 15 years. He organised workshops, conferences and Study Tour to facilitate national level learning in developing countries.
Ansley is also well-versed in bringing values to various stakeholders through digital & physical events. He has conceptualised and organised C-Level Roundtables to brainstorm and formulate solutions for industry specific challenges.
His journey thus far has led him to his personal mission: To make lives better.