The Working World Blog

Navigating Mobility: Insights from ATMA Leaders

With Shumin Yeo & Steve Burson

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In this episode, Shumin Yeo, Director of Education and Growth at ATMA, and Steve Burson, Chairman of ATMA provided an overview of the Asian Talent Mobility Alliance (ATMA) and its mission.

ATMA, a non-profit organisation established during the COVID-19 pandemic, is committed to promoting the advancement of global mobility professionals in Asia. Dedicated to embracing diversity within the talent mobility trade, ATMA provides support and advocacy for its members throughout the region and aims to represent the interests of its members to governments across Asia, filling a gap left by existing trade organisations.


The organisation also focuses on building membership and advocating for the industry, offering unique insights and mentorship opportunities for mobility practitioners. Through mentorship, networking, and community learning initiatives, ATMA creates a platform for industry professionals to connect, learn, and advocate for their interests.

ATMA’s pillars:

ATMA supports the advancement of global mobility professionals in Asia through four main pillars:


·       Advocacy: ATMA works to influence mobility policies across Asia, engaging with governments to shape regional practices and strategies.

·       ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance): This pillar focuses on integrating ESG principles into the mobility industry, emphasising sustainability beyond just environmental factors.

·       Education: ATMA offers educational programs and a mentoring initiative to enhance the professional skills and knowledge of mobility practitioners in the region.

·       Events and Networking: Through various events, ATMA provides networking opportunities that enable professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate, strengthening the community and its collective expertise.


Meet Shumin Yeo

Shumin Yeo, Director of Education and Growth at ATMA and Senior Manager for Global Mobility at Micron Technology, is a seasoned professional with deep-rooted experience in HR management within the semiconductor industry. With a robust skill set encompassing HR data management, benefits administration, immigration services, and employee communications, Shumin has emerged as a trusted leader in her field.

Thriving in dynamic environments, Shumin has progressively assumed greater responsibilities, particularly in overseeing mobility programs across the Asia-Pacific region. Today, she leads Micron’s global mobility function, spearheading initiatives to enhance employee experiences and redefine the role of global mobility within the organisation. Honoured as the Rising Star of the Year in FEM EMMA America 2022, Shumin and her team have been awarded for their innovative talent mobility strategies and empowering women’s initiatives, solidifying her position as a strategic partner within the company.

Meet Steve Burson

Steve Burson, Chair of ATMA and CEO of Relo Network Asia, is a visionary leader with over two decades of experience in the relocation industry. Beginning as a Coordinator for International Relocations in Nagoya under the JET Program, Steve’s journey led him to explore translation and interpretation before discovering his true passion for working closely with people.

In 2003, he joined the H&R Group, immersing himself in the mobility industry and eventually spearheading the growth of Relo Japan alongside other senior executives.

Under Steve’s leadership, Relo Network Asia evolved into a fully comprehensive destination service provider operating across multiple Asian countries. His unwavering commitment to excellence and client satisfaction culminated in the acquisition of Relo Network Asia by the H&R Group in July 2016. Subsequently, he assumed the role of Managing Director in Singapore, where he continues to innovate and expand the company’s footprint in the region, ensuring seamless relocations and fostering the globalisation of Asia.


A Greener Mobile Workforce – Accommodation

With Jess Dunderdale

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Jess Dunderdale has dedicated the majority of her professional journey to the corporate accommodation space. In her capacity as the Senior Director of Sales at AltoVita, Jess is tasked with establishing new partnerships and expanding the clientele base of a team of Account Executives.

Furthermore, her pivotal role on AltoVita’s sustainability committee uniquely positions her to engage in insightful conversations on the ever-evolving intricacies and emerging trends around sustainability within the corporate accommodation sector.

In this episode, Jess shares her knowledge and experience and delves into the complex world of sustainability certifications in the corporate accommodation and hospitality sectors. The discussions brought to light the challenges and opportunities in promoting environmentally responsible practices across diverse industries.

Insights into this episode include:

  • Sustainability certifications and practices in corporate accommodation, in the hospitality industry and potential regulations
  • Sustainability and inclusivity in global mobility.
  • Corporate housing and sustainability with industry insights.
  • Work-from-anywhere program and family vacation plans.


Sustainable Aviation Fuels & Green Hydrogen SME

With Shravan Singh

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Shravan is a highly driven, entrepreneurial, and visionary engineering professional, with a successful track record in impacting corporate profitability, productivity, and competitive performance through skillful alignment of technology, science, and engineering resources.  

Shravan’s expertise lies in commercial, deep science, engineering, and strategic operations. He has a strong passion for building high performing, engaged and diverse science and engineering professionals to deliver novel solutions across technology for commercial aviation, space and defense. In addition, he holds a solid global track record in creating, developing, and implementing complex technology and research that powers novel products in retail banking, earth observation satellites and power engineering.  

Shravan is a confident leader, with great success in creating and building a technology vision and roadmap that is swiftly aligned to company goals. He innovatively strives to solve commercial and customer challenges by co-producing with business partners to deliver on customer experience and performance ambition. 

Insights into this episode include:  

  • Carbon emissions in air travel and shipping 
  • Sustainable aviation fuel and decarbonising the aviation industry 
  • Reducing the carbon footprint for global mobility programs 


Tools and Skills for Hybrid Management

With Dave Collins

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CEO & Founder of Oak and Reeds


Dave is a nationally recognised trainer, facilitator and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Oak and Reeds, which offers practical communication training to clients including Lyft, Nike, CBRE, the Kellogg School of Management, and more.

Previously, Dave worked at AECOM Strategy Plus, where he developed workplace strategy, change management and virtual collaboration services for government, technology and university clients.

Dave is also an accomplished improvisor. Along with his teammates, he won the National Collegiate Improv Tournament, has headlined shows and festivals across the country, and coached hundreds of people in the art of improvised comedy.

Dave graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Communications and currently resides in Castro Valley, CA

In this episode, Dave shares his knowledge and experience and provides us with the tools and skills needed for communicating in a hybrid working environment.

Insights into this episode include: 

  • Communication and change management tools to assist in managing remote and hybrid teams
  • Recruiting and on boarding techniques to assist in interviewing and onboarding new team members
  • Effective communication skills (taken from Dave’s improv comedy background!)

Engaging Global Talent – the next wave of remote work

With Jamie Haewera

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Co-founder and Managing Director of Agile HRO


Jamie Haerewa is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Agile HRO. She is a recognised thought leader and entrepreneur with her valuable insights featured in popular publications like Business Leader, Grit Daily News, Finance Monthly and HackerNoon.

Jamie’s experience in PEO, Global Mobility and Workforce Solutions for 13+ years has helped her build a strong foundation as an entrepreneur, leader and expert in the industry. Known for her start-up spirit, Jamie has a passion for problem solving, working with people and helping others grow.

Since launching AgileHRO, she has led the company to be recognised and awarded #1 payroll provider in Singapore in 2020 and SME100’s fastest moving company in 2022.

Her discussion with Jamie and Keryn centre around the trends that we will be seeing with recruiting and retaining remote workers.

Their interesting discussion includes:

  • Why organisations are looking offshore for remote talent and what trends are shaping the future of work
  • The key benefits and challenges of engaging remote talent
  • Best practices for managing a global digital workplace
  • How to comply with legal and regulatory obligations when recruiting remote talent

Office space management in a Hybrid Working World

With James Bingham

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Director of Alidade Australia


James is Director of Alidade Australia, whose mission is to enable the world in Hybrid work. His goal is to create a more efficient demand and supply real estate eco-system, using specialist occupancy simulation technology and a deep understanding of workplace and economics.

With an extensive background in technology, real estate, and the evolving workplace, James offers some great insights into getting the hybrid working model right, and provides solutions that aid corporations to use their office space based on a flex workforce.

Our extremely informative discussion includes: 

  • Current trends of return to office v’s remote working
  • Commercial real estate responses and commitment to the hybrid model
  • Solutions to effectively utilising office space in this flex-office environment


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