Webinar Series - The Community Outreach Initiative

Conference Connection is pleased to launch its Community Outreach Initiative, with a series of webinars featuring key  communication, employment and regulatory perspectives of the “new normal” working environment with real-world scenarios, case studies, practical advice and takeaways to support your business continuity plans.

+ A Paradigm Shift : Future Workplaces


22 July 2020
2:00 – 3:00 pm (Singapore Time)
10:00 – 11:00 am (Gulf Standard Time)


If the last decade is anything to go by, time flies. Work looked very different in the 2010s. There were a lot of BlackBerry phones to be seen around the workplace. The corner office was the ultimate sign of success. Boardrooms were a lot less diverse than they are today. Remote work was something done when one was down with a cold. However, there has been a paradigm shift in the way we work, in just the last 6 months.

Conference Connection in collaboration with Space Matrix is pleased to present the second segment in its community outreach webinar series on A Paradigm Shift : Future Workplaces on 22 July 2020.

This programme will address how real estate constitutes a large portion of a company’s assets, liabilities, expenses, and its journey through organic growth, restructuring or simply an intense focus on the company’s core business. It will also address the new dimensions of the future workplace and near term solutions in a Covid-19 era.

Takeaways for Small Medium Enterprises and Multinational Companies


  • Build brand and enhance the employee and client experience.
  • Attract and retain talent, as well as use workplace as a business enabler.
  • Derive financial benefits on operational excellence, employee productivity, real estate optimisation.

Keynote Speaker:

Anoma Baste | Associate Director – International Client Solutions (ICS), Space Matrix Singapore

Anoma heads the ICS team that drives the key client services plan at Space Matrix. Based in Singapore, she is a dynamic business leader and is responsible for a contribution towards top-line growth for the company across APAC markets. As an architect, LEED-accredited professional and workplace consultant, she has worked with several clients such as Cisco, ServiceNow, Vodafone, Hilton, Uber, Abbott, Goldman Sachs, Facebook and Suzlon on design, strategy and build projects ranging up to 600,000 sqft (Over 38 MIllion USD in value) over the span of a 19 -year career. She is a keen observer of workplace trends and employee engagement. In her role as advisor, she explores what inspires people and impacts business in the world of workplace design.

Her interests lie in universal design solutions as well as the alignment between corporate and individual employee goals. She believes that these factors, along with how they translate into the company vision, values and brand within buildings and spaces, all contribute to the success of a company. She advocates the use of new technology to make a difference in projects, in the way it enables various desired work styles that facilitate productivity. She is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. She has been an educator and is an author as well. Anoma is an INSEAD business school alumna.


Arsh Chaudhry | CEO, Space Matrix

As CEO, Arsh leads Space Matrix’s next phase of evolution and growth. With over two decades of leadership and relevant industry experience, he is eminently suited to take the company – built on the cornerstone of designing innovative and digital workplace solutions – to a higher level. He is actively spearheading the move towards the highest levels and standards of business impact for clients and partners, as well as creating a world-class workplace for employees. Arsh also sits on the Executive Board, where he brings significant global business experience to bear as Space Matrix continues its mission to be the market leader in workplace design and execution across Asia – in market share, clients, innovation and thought leadership.

Based in Singapore, Arsh was formerly Executive Managing Director of Cushman and Wakefield, where he handled the overall management and development of the firm’s business across South-East Asia. He has held various regional roles in New York, San Francisco, New Delhi and Bangalore throughout his 18-year career with this industry-leading real estate organisation. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and on the board of CoreNet Global’s Singapore Chapter. Arsh is also a Co-Chair of the Property Committee for the American Chambers of Commerce in Singapore. In 2006, he was nominated to the “Top 20 Next Generation of Leaders in Real Estate” by Real Estate Forum in New York.


Chris Harris | Global Head, Project & Design Management Group Property, Standard Chartered Bank

A commercially focused and innovative General Manager with extensive business performance improvement expertise developed over 24 years within real estate and construction markets in the Middle East and South East Asia, including 12 years within corporate real estate.

Currently the Global Head of Project and Design Management for Standard Chartered Bank. Providing strategic direction of Project Management and Design Services, functioning as the global process owner, accountable for governance and assurance, risk and performance management and the continual evolution of process, tools, and the Banks global workplace design guidelines.


Varun Ramdas | Head of HSSE, Asia Pacific, Maersk Drilling

Varun earned a licence as a marine engineer officer in 2000 and commenced his career in the engine room of the then largest container ship in the world. He was subsequently moved to a position onshore as a Fleet Manager for Maersk Line’s container ships where he took charge of operations, health and safety for the ships under his care.

He later became a management consultant in the Maersk Group’s technology consulting arm. In 2014, Varun joined Maersk Drilling as a Senior Environment and Energy Efficiency Manager, where he initiated a new business solution to use data for lowering carbon footprint. He was promoted as the Head of HSSE for Maersk Drilling’s Asia Pacific region and is responsible for a team of operational safety, environment health and sustainability specialists.

Varun earned his MBA at the University of Manchester and is an alumnus of INSEAD where he qualified a Master in Finance and Certificate in Global Management.



Vimla Mulchand | Founder and Chief Executive, Conference Connection Group

Vimla Mulchand is Founder and Chief Executive of the Conference Connection Group, a global B2B conference group with multi-market dominance.

Vimla has been instrumental in the conceptualization, launch and execution of key global flagship conferences, technical symposiums, policy meeting and, business round tables in global markets in partnership with national oil companies, governments, industry and policy groups.

She maintains a key interest in issues management, branding and the role of information and knowledge sharing in global B2B events through training and mentoring teams, seconded by government institutions, professional groups and educational institutes in international locations, including Zayed University and the Institutes of Higher Technology in the UAE.

Besides Conference Connection, Vimla was the Asian Regional Coordinator for the World Energy Council, a Director of FACTS Global Energy, and Senior Consultant, Corporate for Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations, Singapore. She was also a pioneering Committee Member for the annual Asia Oil and Gas Conference since its inception, and is a member of AIPN, IBIA and IAEE.

Vimla is a Singapore Citizen and a L.L.B (Hons) Graduate of NUS Law.


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