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Global Experts Discuss Future Of Work At EPF’s International Social Security Conference 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 August 2017: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) today hosts its annual International Social Security Conference 2017 at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, discussing the shifting workplace landscape and how the future of work will affect forthcoming employment prospects and imminent working lives.


The conference, taking place from 2 to 3 August 2017, is themed “Future of Work: Preparing for Tomorrow Today”. It is jointly organised with global investments company BNY Mellon, whose presence in the Asia Pacific region has spanned more than 100 years. BNY Mellon is also one of the first U.S. financial institutions to invest in the region.


The annual conference has attracted numerous industry experts, opinion and thought leaders from around the world in line with efforts to raise greater awareness to the issues impacting societies around the world.  This year, the event brings together renowned speakers from the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Japan and Malaysia.


Officiating the conference, EPF Chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said, “The notion of work and future retirement is likely to evolve in tandem with the rapid development of technology. New technologies, data analytics and social networks are creating profound changes impacting how we communicate, collaborate, live and work. 


“Many of the roles and job titles that we have today will not be around in the future. There will be new and different roles and job titles. Hence, it is imperative that we continuously engage in conversations surrounding tough and challenging issues of this so-called ‘New Work Order’”.


Tan Sri Samsudin said partnering with BNY Mellon gave the EPF an excellent opportunity to network and tap into their global expertise on driving global growth and prosperity, while improving lives through investment and wealth management. This aligns well with EPF’s mandate to provide the best returns for our members’ retirement savings through our prudent investment strategy, he added.


Chairman, Asia Pacific of BNY Mellon David Cruikshank, who also addressed the conference, said BNY Mellon has always been at the forefront of innovation and leading the way with new thinking. “For many companies, innovation is almost synonymous with technology.  We need to stay relevant in a rapidly changing work environment and turn disruptions into opportunity and open new paths for growth.


“We are happy to be partnering with the EPF this year as well as share our insights with the conference participants to drive home the message on managing current changes and preparing for the future.”


Speakers at the conference include the following, who will further deliberate, share knowledge and viewpoints, on current issues related to social security and future of work:



Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan

Chief Executive Officer

Employees Provident Fund, Malaysia


Mr Harry Smorenberg

Chief Executive Officer

Smorenberg Corporate Consultancy  Founder & Chairman, WorldPensionSummit


Tunku Alizakri Raja Muhammad Alias

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Strategy)

Employees Provident Fund, Malaysia


Professor Naohiro Ogawa


Old Age Financial Protection Chair

University of Malaya


Hans Brown

Head of Client Technology Solutions, Asia Pacific, BNY Mellon


Mike Walsh

Chief Executive Officer



Greg Roath

Head of Global Client Management, Asia Pacific, BNY Mellon


Magnus Lindkvist



Karen Q. Wong

Managing Director

Head of Equity Portfolio Management

Mellon Capital


Bernard Lee

Senior Manager of Seller Management

Strategic Seller Business Division


Teddy Cho

Global Head of Technology, Markets

BNY Mellon



Ravin Jesuthasan

Managing Director

Willis Towers Watson


Elain Lockman

Co-Founder and Director

Ata Plus


Jean Marc

Global Head of Enterprise Solutions

Korn Ferry Hay Group


Datuk Wira (Dr) Hj Ameer Ali Mydin

Managing Director

Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd


Frank Koo

Head of Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan

Talent Solutions and Learning Solutions




Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood

Chief Executive Officer

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation


Lindsay Wright

Head of Asia Pacific Distribution

Co-Head, BNY Mellon Investment Management, Asia Pacific, BNY Mellon


Johan Mahmood Merican

Deputy Director-General (Human Capital)

Economic Planning Unit





Among the papers presented during the event were:

·        Breaking the Traditional Codes: World Without Boundaries;

·        Competing in the 21st Century;

·        Definition of Work in the Next Decade;

·        Transforming Scarcity to Abundance: Antidote to Pessimism of the Future; Equity Crowdsourcing;

·        Opportunities Arising from the New Work Order; and

·        Global Response to Global Challenges.


About the Employees Provident Fund (EPF)

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is Malaysia’s premier retirement savings fund to help its members achieve adequate savings for a comfortable retirement. This is in line with EPF’s vision to help members achieve a better future and the mission to safeguard members’ savings and deliver excellent services. The EPF has evolved significantly from transaction-centric to a professional fund management organisation with a strong focus on retirement security. The EPF is guided by a robust and professional governance framework when making investment decisions. It continues to play a catalytic role in the nation’s economic growth and seeks to cultivate a savings and investment culture among its members to improve the country’s financial literacy level.


About BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of June 30, 2017, BNY Mellon had $31.1 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.8 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at for the latest company news.