Judging Panel

Our panel of Judges is made up of well-respected industry experts from across the talent/career mobility, immigration, taxation, relocation, recruitment, travel management and advisory industry sectors.

Ong Seow Yin

Ong Seow Yin is Vice President, Human Resources at World Fuel Services, a Fortune 500 Oil & Gas company based out of Miami, Florida, USA.  Responsible for all spectrum of the HR operations in the Asia Pacific region, Seow Yin is based in Singapore. 

With over 25 years of experience in the field of HR, she currently oversees all aspects of HR operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, India, China and Australia.  As a strategic business partner, Seow Yin provides significant input for HR and human capital management initiatives in the company. 

With her extensive experience and knowledge in mobility, international compensation, relocation policies formulation, mergers & acquisition as well as other niche HR functions, Seow Yin brings to the table her strategic insights in international HR operations. 

Marieke Zieleman

Marieke is an experienced transformation executive. She has over 20 years of global experience working in strategy, business transformation and leading organisations through both operational and cultural change.


She has worked primarily in the investment banking sector overseas, before returning to New Zealand to work in audit, business development, strategy and HR for Fonterra; before moving to Air New Zealand, where she managed the development and delivery of the international airline strategy as well as the development and delivery of a new culture and engagement strategy to support the airline’s vision.  More recently, Marieke has been independently consulting to CEO’s around digital strategy and business transformation, working across corporates and SMEs on their changing work environment, whilst assisting in the implementation.


Marieke is highly strategic in her thinking, with key strengths in turning the innovative thinking into practical solutions. She has a passion for working with New Zealand businesses on the development of their future potential, including digital capability, the future of work and organisational development required to deliver this growth.

Nicky Brophy

Nicky Brophy is an experienced HR and International Mobility Specialist with 20 years’ experience in General HR, Recruitment and International HR.  Currently leading the Mobility Program for Ericsson across 16 countries throughout South East Asia, Oceania and India supporting mobility strategy, alignment and policy.


Nicky has worked for large multinational companies in both the oil and gas and telecommunication industries.  Nicky is focused on collaborating with key business stakeholders to enable improved outcomes in cross border employment and the mobility program.


Working in a highly complex organisation over 180 countries  Nicky’s strong mobility background supports Ericsson with the expatriate taxation and immigration compliance solutions. Ericsson rely on Nicky’s expertise to effectively manage its mobility program to mobilise and build key capability for business success.  Today, Nicky is on the Australian committee for The Forum of Expatriate Management and an active member of TEMI.

Leigh Thomas

Leigh holds a wealth of experience across rewards, strategy and business transformation.  He led the rewards function across Asia Pacific at leading brewer Carlton United Breweries/AB-InBev, before completing his Executive MBA (with Melbourne Business School) and transitioning out of rewards into the role of Corporate Strategy Director for Australia, India and South East Asia.  More recently, he was involved with the demerger of Coles Group from Wesfarmers, and now leads strategic projects and trade planning for Non Food within Coles Supermarkets.

Leigh has worked on two of the largest demergers in Australia (Foster’s/TWE, Wesfarmers/Coles), and multiple acquisitions.  He’s had the opportunity to manage and develop domestic and international mobility programs through these times of change.  His strategy experience has also allowed him to review foreign markets through a commercial lens.  On a personal level, Leigh is a keen traveller having explored over 40 countries – driven by a passion to seek out unique life experiences.

Vick Pillay

Vick Pillay is the MD of MindTribes, a consultancy that drives business performance through cross-cultural alignment; co-founder of Culturally Diverse Women, CDW. Under his leadership, both brands have had award winning success, with MindTribes being recognised as one of Westpac’s Businesses of Tomorrow, 2018 and Telstra Business Award Finalists, 2016. His focus is on identifying growth pathways, improving financial and business performance, and developing individuals and diverse teams. He brings this expertise and his global leadership experience having worked with multinationals across Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Vick is a board member for Australian Philippines Business Council.

He is also a Plan International Ambassador, and acts as an advisor to the Breast Cancer Network, Australia and Australian Conservation Foundation.

Dawn Hale

Dawn has worked in the Global Mobility industry for over 20 years.  Her current role is in the UK as the Head of Global Mobility for Johnson Matthey Plc, a FTSE 100 Company. She is responsible globally for all aspects of the Group’s short and long term international assignments, permanent international moves, domestic relocations and short term business visitor compliance.

Prior to this she has had Global, European and Asia Pacific Global Mobility roles based in the UK, Australia and New Zealand working for global companies such as IBM, PwC, Accenture and Fonterra, New Zealand’s largest global company.

Thomas Koola

Tom is a Compensation, Benefits and Global Mobility specialist with a strong background in managing international people assignments across Financial Services and Higher Education industries.

With over ten years’ experience in Human Resources, Tom has worn many hats and played many roles. Tom led the procurement process to identify the right mobility partner to deliver the future-state vision for RMIT University. Prior to the University, Tom streamlined the global mobility processes at Computershare and created efficiencies for people movements across 20 countries. Tom has also reviewed and redeveloped global mobility policies and procedures across both organisations. Tom is currently informing compensation, benefits and global mobility process for the Workday implementation at RMIT University.

Tom has completed a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Monash University and is very connected to their alumni and student mentorship programs. Tom is a staunch Liverpool supporter and in his spare time, he produces music, makes short films and travels the world.

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