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.
Noah Pillai, Senior Consultant, HR
As the CIPD Asia Senior Consultant, Noah leads the Employer Solutions training consultancy that helps organisations improve HR and L&D capabilities as well as improve people management practices. Supported by CIPD Training in the UK, and a team of subject matter experts across the UK, Middle East and Asia, he partners with some of the biggest employers in the Asia Pacific region to implement best-in-class HR and L&D practices through continuous professional development and professionalisation.
Noah is passionate about building trusted partnerships with businesses and governments in SE Asia and South Asia drawing upon his significant corporate and cultural experience. Having lived, worked and studied across the region, Noah brings 20 years of corporate experience in training, recruitment and business consulting.
Prior to the CIPD, he had worked for Syntegra (BT), SQC, Adecco, Manpower, Omega Performance, KellyOCG and supported primarily the Financial Services and the Technology sectors. Noah is Singapore Born with a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Swinburne University and a MBA from the University of Adelaide.
Joreen Liu, Office Manager & Marketing Exec
Joreen Liu is the Office Manager/Marketing Executive for CIPD Asia, the professional body for HR and people development. In this role, she takes charge of daily office operations and marketing activities for CIPD Asia. Before joining CIPD Asia, Joreen worked for a German supply chain software consultancy firm, which gave her the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons and field of knowledge.
Prior to that, Joreen worked in the private education sector as a counsellor and found it a great joy to be working with younger peers, helping them when they had doubts over their life and studies. During this time Joreen achieved a Distinction in Specialist Certificate of Youth Counselling. Above all, Joreen is truly passionate about her work and always eager to connect with people from all walks of life.