About the Asia HRD Congress

The Asia HRD Congress® is our flagship event. It is a dynamic learning platform with a global vision but sustained through Asian insights. It aims to bring HR professionals together to help them learn, share, network and shape in order that they may add value to the HRD field to the advantage of all.

It started off as half day Trainers Meet Trainers (TMT)® sessions in the late seventies on a complimentary basis. Most of the sessions were run by only one speaker. In 1985, the event was addressed by George Webster, then Executive Director of the Institute of Training & Development (UK) and the 1990 event by Jeremy Spoor, then President of SMR. About 40 to 70 people attended each year.

In 1993, we decided to organise a one-day conference and the response was fantastic. We focused on learning and networking. This meant we needed to increase attendance. This was achieved by keeping the fee low and the quality of the sessions high, with outstanding speakers. In 1993, there were about 350 participants.

Due to popular demand, we organised a 2-day TMT® Conference in 1994. We had 600 participants for this event. In 1997 the TMT® Conference attracted more than 1,000 participants from Malaysia and abroad.

The TMT® Conference was last held in 2001 as Trainers-Meet-Trainers Asia before it expanded in scope and evolved into The Asia HRD Congress® in 2002 when TMT® entered its 25th Silver Jubilee Year. Workshops gained a new look. Post conference workshops were introduced.

Today, The Asia HRD Congress® has evolved into a unique blend of conferences, post-conference workshops, exhibitions, and the Asia HRD Awards, where the achievements of those involved in people development are celebrated. The event has been a trend setter and model, a true learning platform.

It has influenced many to follow. We are proud of this achievement and believe that the market is large enough for all of us and honest, healthy competition is always good. We are certainly proud to have pioneered in Asia the effort of bringing great speakers, HRD professionals and practitioners together for a period in which they can learn, share, network and shape.

For the first time in 2006 The Asia HRD Congress® was held on a large scale outside the country i.e., in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was a successful event. The event is rotated among the various countries of Asia every year. The Asia HRD Congress® has been held in the following cities in the past; Bangalore, India, Kuching, Sarawak, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Manama, Bahrain.

The Asia HRD Congress® is poised to be the learning event of the year thus achieving our objective of helping people learn and perform at the workplace to superior standards. It is the aim of The Asia HRD Congress® to attract delegates from all the Asian countries and making it a congregation of Asian talents sharing and learning towards advancement in knowledge and skills.