WorldLink: Asia Pacific Issue

WFPMA Secretary General/TreasurerWFPMA Board Members
WFPMA Country Associations and their Members


Dear Colleague: 

It is my pleasure as the new WFPMA Secretary General/Treasurer to share the latest issue of WorldLink focused on Asia-Pacific and the 14th World HR Congress, hosted by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). On behalf of the WFPMA Board of Directors, I want to thank AHRI and its staff for putting together an informative and enjoyable Congress in Melbourne, Australia. As you will see from the WorldLink coverage, thousands of HR professionals from around the world were exposed to the latest global HR trends and best practices. 


This expanded 10-page issue includes coverage of: 

  • A report from the 14th WFPMA World HR Congress, held in Melbourne from Sept. 25-27.
  • An interview with the new WFPMA President, Pieter Haen of The Netherlands, on his goals for the organization over the next two years.
  • A profile on Pedro Borda, the 2012 recipient of the Georges Petitpas Memorial Award.
  • Results of the newly released global survey, Creating People Advantage 2012: Mastering HR and People Challenges in a Two-Speed World, the fourth in the Creating People Advantage series by the WFPMA and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Using membership of the WFPMA member organizations, BCG surveyed and interviewed nearly 4,300 HR and non-HR executives in 100 countries on 22 key HR topics. Read highlights of the report on page 5 and download the full report at Please also share the full report with your member organizations.
  • Management professor and bestselling author Dave Ulrich co-wrote an article on leadership in Asia with Chris Rowley, founding director of the Centre for Research on Asian Management at London's City University. The authors discuss what leaders need to do to be effective in the region, and what western leaders can learn from their Asian counterparts.
  • On page 8, Peter Wilson, WFPMA Board member and AHRI national president, discusses Australia's new executive bonus rules and their effect on companies' senior management decisions.
  • The issue concludes with a report from Manoaj Keppitipola on five important HR issues in Sri Lanka.

We trust that you will find this issue of WorldLink, which is available on the WFPMA web site, timely and informative.  Please forward it to the members in your association and post it on your association’s website. 


Together with WFPMA President Pieter Haen of The Netherlands, we welcome the new members of the 2012-2014 WFPMA Board of Directors and extend our heartfelt thanks to the previous Board members for their leadership and dedication to developing valuable regional and global HR networks among our respective associations.


We wish to thank Rosaura Barrera in her role serving as the WFPMA Secretariat at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and to Adrienne Fox, WorldLink Editor, for delivering a cohesive report on the World HR Congress and the Asia-Pacific region. The next issue of WorldLink will cover HR developments in the North American HR Management Association (NAHRMA) region. If you have story ideas for your regional issue, or events you would like to add to the Calendar, you may contact Adrienne at



Warmest professional and personal regards,
Jorge JaureguiWFPMA Secretary General/Treasurer