Roundtable - Redefining Leadership


An exclusive, invitation-only event for Malaysia’s preeminent HR and business leaders

This July 2017, the the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre (Iclif) and Vertical Distinct will host an intimate gathering of senior HR and business leaders from Malaysia’s top organisations.

Bringing together pre-eminent HR and business leaders, the discussion will centre on the impact points created by the shift of leadership and what HR can and should review and do in order to remain relevant and possibly, be one step ahead.

In the era of disruption, this involves looking at what all of this means to the talent management, HR and leadership teams. We look at the different implications that may result from adjusting HR policies, launching new strategies as well as introducing creative ways of working together.

Rajeev PeshawariaWe would like to invite you, and combine the expertise of all the leaders like you in the room, to brainstorm and uncover insights and new solutions. These are some of the issues that will be discussed in the next HR Breakfast Roundtable, Redefining Leadership in the Open Source Era, this July.

Featuring a keynote by Rajeev Peshawaria, Iclif Chief Executive, this Roundtable will provide an opportunity to preview Iclif’s latest proprietary research of leadership shifts in the 21st century, in conjunction with the launch of Rajeev’s third book, The Naked Autocrat (McGraw Hill October 2017). Conducted by 15,000 leaders across 27 countries including Malaysia, the research will suggest that in order for organisations to achieve breakthrough success, a shift in leadership style is critical. Join us and be the first few to find out what has shifted and what should be adopted.

“When they faced stiff resistance along the way, they dug deep within themselves and stayed the course. They never gave up. The stronger the resistance got, the firmer their resolve. This firm resolve to create a better future is leadership.” – Rajeev Peshawaria




8.30AM – 9.00AMRegistration and Welcome Coffee/Open Networking
9.00AM – 9.20AMGuests invited to take their seats at the Roundtable. Breakfast is served. Opening remarks by Editor, Vertical Distinct and introduction of all guests
9.20AM – 9.25AMIntroduction of the keynote session
9.25AM – 11.30AMKeynote presentation by Rajeev Peshawaria and moderated HR Roundtable discussion
11.30AM – 12.00PMWrap up of moderated discussion and open networking
12.00PM – 12.05PMClose of Breakfast Roundtable
12.30PM – 2.30PMLuncheon. All guests are also cordially invited to stay for lunch to continue the discussions.


  • Understand what it takes to have sustainable leadership energy to create a better future;
  • Uncover the new insights on leadership in this open source era which may contradict what you know;
  • Shift your mindset to adopt and implement new business & HR strategies to meet today’s challenges at your organisation;
  • Network with like-minded senior professionals and exchange best practices across industries; and
  • Be the first few to access the latest global research from Iclif.


Rajeev PeshawariaAuthor of Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders (Simon & Schuster 2011), Be the Change (McGraw Hill 2014), The Naked Autocrat (McGraw Hill Oct 2017), and a regular writer for Forbes, Rajeev is the CEO of the Iclif Leadership And Governance Centre. He has extensive global experience in leadership development with a particular focus on uncovering personal and organisational “Leadership Energy,” and developing and delivering business strategy.

Rajeev’s professional roots lie in industry. He has been Chief Learning Officer of both Coca-Cola and Morgan Stanley and has formerly held senior positions at American Express and Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Rajeev helped found Pine Street – the firm’s acclaimed leadership academy – and headed Pine Street for Europe and Asia. In his early career, Rajeev was a banker and currency trader.

He has provided coaching, consulting and advisory services globally. His clients include Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Mitsubishi, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, The World Bank, US Treasury, US Securities & Exchange Commission, Indian Railways, Sinarmas Indonesia, Allianz, Permata Bank Indonesia, PwC, Nestle, Mohammad bin Rashid School of Government Dubai, Prudential, Maybank, Great Eastern, Citibank and many more. He also serves as guest faculty at leading business schools in the US, Europe and Asia.

Rajeev is a sought after international speaker and has been widely featured in international media platforms such as Bloomberg TV & radio, National Public Radio (NPR), Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Fast Company, Leader to Leader, American Management Association (AMA) magazine, Leadership Excellence magazine, The Times of India, The National Dubai, Mint-Wall Street Journal and the Conference Board.

He has been named one of Top 100 Global Thought Leaders for Trustworthy Business in 2014, and a 2017 Top Thought Leader in Trust by ‘Trust Across America’. Rajeev and his family have lived in fourteen cities in eight countries.


What is this event about?
An exclusive, invitation-only event for preeminent HR and business leaders in Malaysia, this Breakfast Roundtable is a half day event that will combine the expertise of all leaders in the room to uncover insight into the pressing leadership issues outlined above in order to remain relevant.

Where will the Roundtable be held?
At a five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Details will be sent once your seat is confirmed by email.

Who will attend the Roundtable?
Between 11- 14 guests in total comprising HR leaders across a range of industries. All guests are senior level decision makers. They may have oversight over national, regional or global portfolios.

When is the Roundtable?
Date : 13 July 2017
Time : 9.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Dress-code : business or smart-casual

Find out more about the HR Breakfast Roundtables


Rowena MoraisInterested In Attending?

This Breakfast Roundtable is by invitation only. Attendance is limited in order to maintain an intimate dialogue among all participants. If you are interested in attending, please drop us an email to request an invitation. As seats are limited,  early expression of interest is advised.

To request an invitation, please send an email to editor@verticaldistinct.com indicating the following:

  1. Your full name;
  2. Your job title;
  3. The name of the organisation you work at;
  4. Your work phone number and mobile number;
  5. Your email address;
  6. The size of the workforce of your organisation nationally.
  7. If your organisation has a  regional or global presence, please also indicate the size of the global workforce population.

If criteria are met, you will receive a confirmation email of your seat allocation. Please note that your RSVP is no guarantee of invitation as seats are limited. Your seat is guaranteed when you receive an email from us confirming your place at this gathering.

Looking forward to meeting you in person soon,

Rowena Morais
Editor, Vertical Distinct

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