Disability Matters 2022 – Asia-Pacific


The 5th Annual Disability Matters

Asia-Pacific Conference & Awards via


When: 9 November 2022

Where: Live Stream


Sponsorship Opportunities available for this event.  Or, if you have questions, please contact ivette@consultspringboard.com


(1-day Conference & Awards)

Please note – General or Sponsor Admission, regardless of registration, in order to gain entry to the event, you must be corporate personnel.

CART Captioning will be provided at event.

Hosted by: Manulife Financial Corporation

Manulife Financial Corporation
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services provider that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we provide financial advice and insurance, operating as Manulife across Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Through Manulife Investment Management, the global brand for our global wealth and asset management segment, we serve individuals, institutions and retirement plan members worldwide. Our principal operations are in Asia and Canada, and the United States, where we have served customers for more than 155 years.




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DMAP 2022 AGENDA (FINAL Revised: 27 October 2022)

TIME ZONE:  Hong Kong Time (HKT) UTC/GMT +8


Time               Topic
9:30 am – 9:45 am


Nadine Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Opening Remarks

Kenneth Rappold
Chief Financial Officer, Manulife Asia

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Workforce Session


Mike Assin
Consultant, Heidrick & Struggles


Loїc André
Group Commercial Director, OJ Group | Founder, OJ Ability (Part of OJ Group)

Fraser Douglas
AVP Talent Acquisition Lead, Manulife North Asia

Elise Lau
Director of Human Resources, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Vikas Verma
Head of Strategic Human Resources, United Overseas Bank Limited

Description:  Hear from this year’s award winners about the initiatives that brought them to the Disability Matters stage.  This award is.in recognition of their company’s programs/initiatives that touch on all aspects of talent acquisition and management, learning and development, human resources and technology.  

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Mental Health

Porsche Poh
Executive Director, Silver Ribbon | Singapore

Hilleke van Osch
(Opening the Session with Research Findings)
Program Development Lead, City Mental Health Alliance Hong Kong (CMHA HK)

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Keynote Presentation

Introduction by:

James Clifford Downes
Senior Manager, Regional Diversity Sourcing, Manulife Asia


Hitesh Ramchandani
Global Motivational Speaker, Author, and Founder, BTN Physio Hub

12:30 pm – 1:30 pmLUNCH BREAK
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Marketplace Session


Faride B. Shroff
Founder & Director, Sensational Foundation, Ltd.


Junto Ohki
Chief Executive Officer, ShuR Group

Description: Hear from this year’s award winners about the initiatives that brought them to the Disability Matters stage.  This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that focus on the outreach, communication and marketing of products and/or services to consumers who are individuals who either have a disability and/or have a dependent with special needs.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

The Importance & Impact of Organizational Readiness

Nadine Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workplace Session


Regina Pasión
Senior Program Officer, The Asia Foundation


Merry Barua
Director, Action for Autism

Sonal Chugani
Group Diversity & Inclusion Manager, John Swire & Sons (HK) Limited

Yumi Takahata
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager, Deloitte Japan

Description:  Hear from this year’s award winner about the initiative(s) that brought them to the Disability Matters stage. This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that speak to its culture relative to the support for resources, engagement, celebration and retention of employees who either have a disability or are caring for someone with a disability.  

4:00 pm – 4:30 pmAwards Presentation
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Sudesh Thevasenabathy
Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Manulife Asia

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm


Nadine Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC




Hitesh Ramchandani: A man wearing a 3-piece suit and tie holding a physical therapy ball between his hands.

Hitesh Ramchandani

Global Motivational Speaker, Author, and Founder of BTN Physio Hub

Hitesh Ramchandani is a Global Keynote Speaker who has inspired and won the hearts of more than 7.5 Million people. He is a Singapore Paralympic Football Team Medalist and the author of the book “Better Than Normal” which has sold more than 30,000 copies worldwide.

Hitesh has received the Asia Excellence Awards for being one of the Best Motivational Speaker’s in the world, in 2019 Hitesh was also recognized as a Top Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader.

Hitesh is the founder of the biggest Physiotherapy Clinic in Asia – BTN Physio Hub.

This hero is featured regularly on local and global TV, Radio and Magazines for his crazy mission to inspire 50 Million People by 2050!



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Three green bars to the left, and the word Manulife in black lettering to the right
The word Marriott on top and in black lettering, then the word International below in black lettering
The words Oliver James all on one line in a very deep dark blue
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The word Deloitte in black lettering followed by a light green period. Below Japanese black letting.
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Please note: Transcript links available.

Wednesday, 9 November, 2022 / Day-1 Recording 1
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