Event Details

When the pandemic forced the world into various stages of lockdown and social distancing in early 2020, office life experienced unprecedented changes. White-collar staff in the developed world became subjects in a giant experiment in working from home that few firms would ever have dared try of their own volition. Adjusting to the new regime was not easy for everyone - but two years later a substantial percentage of workers in Seoul continues to work from home, at least partly. However, as infections and mortality rate drop and the country opens up, the experiment might be nearing its end.

Differences in productivity at the workplace or at home can be affected by a series of factors, including the number of people involved in the project, the complexity of the work and of course the industry itself. Some companies such as Google have proposed a two-days-a-week model, yet others such as Netflix and Goldman Sachs have expressed strong opposition to remote work and asked everyone to return to the office. In truth, there just isn't enough data to correctly assess whether productivity correlates with physical surroundings. However, there is sufficient data on what managers think.

Extreme positions about remote working reflect what our ABOS 2022 survey showed in January, i.e. that executives' opinions about increased/decreased productivity due to remote working are split. In this event, we bring together business leaders from both sides of the argument to present their views, and invite our members to take part in the discussion as to whether or not employee productivity has grown or shrunk while working from home.

Please note that there will be no "live stream" available for this event.


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Networking
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Discussion and Breakfast


Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, ARA I

97, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu,
Seoul, Korea (South)

If you have any questions please contact EICN North Asia

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  • Ramesh Iyer (Country Manager at Tata Consultancy Services)

    Ramesh Iyer

    Country Manager at Tata Consultancy Services

    Ramesh Iyer is the Korea Country head for TATA Consultancy services (TCS) based in Seoul. He has recently moved into this role, prior to which, he was based in Amsterdam Netherlands, heading a horizontal for TCS European banking clients focusing on chief risk and compliance officers in the region.

    Ramesh brings with him around a decade and half in experience, driving growth for TCS clients across North America, Europe & now Asia. He is also experienced in large program management, transformation initiatives, business analysis and management consulting.

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  • Henry An (Partner at Samil Pricewaterhouse Coopers)

    Henry An

    Partner at Samil Pricewaterhouse Coopers

    Henry An is a Partner at Samil PwC and serves as Strategy Leader, Inbound Leader, Tax Markets Leader and Inclusion & Diversity Champion.

    Henry has accumulated over 25 years of experience providing various types of consulting services in the U.S. (Washington National Tax, Chicago, New York Metro) and Korea. He specializes in providing advice on complex business and tax issues. He has been recognized in Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers and Transfer Pricing Advisers every year since 2004. He has also been recognized in Legal Media Group’s Best of the Best as one of the top transfer pricing advisers worldwide since 2011 and in International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders every year since 2013.

    Henry has served as an external adviser to Korea’s National Tax Service, Korea Customs Service, Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Office of the Prime Minister and the President’s Transition Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea and co-chairs the Taxation Committee.

    Henry received a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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  • Khanzada Temur Khan (Director People & Culture KR of Philip Morris International)

    Khanzada Temur Khan

    Director People & Culture KR of Philip Morris International

    Temur is a business professional who currently leads People & Culture function at Philip Morris International’s affiliate in Korea, an affiliate which is at the forefront of company’s vision to deliver a “smoke-free future”. He has accumulated knowledge and insights on a broad range of business matters via his experience in the fields of Business Development, Sales, Supply Chain and Human Resources with international corporations like Caterpillar, Atlas Copco and Philip Morris International. He also served as Board Member for International School of Busan. He specializes in business and organization transformation as well as Leadership Development and Coaching. He is also certified coach of Mindfulness Based Emotional Intelligence Program by Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.
    Temur relocated to Korea in 2017 and before moving to Seoul, Temur was based out of Busan, leading the organization expansion and transformation of Philip Morris, Yangsan Plant, to produce “Heat Not Burn” products for Korea and other international markets.
    Prior to his assignments in Korea, Temur had led multiple projects in the field of Supply Chain and Human Resources to integrate Lakson Tobacco Company, post-acquisition by Philip Morris International in Pakistan. The projects included Supply Chain Systems deployment & automation, Factory Infrastructure & Equipment Upgrade, Production & Commercial Footprint Re-Organization and introducing numerous Talent Acquisition & Development initiatives at all levels of organization.
    Temur was born and raised in Pakistan. He continues to be involved with multiple philanthropist projects in Pakistan to support children education. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan.

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  • Rodrigo González (Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Rodrigo González

    Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Rodrigo González is the Director for Tokyo of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network.

    He works closely with regional business leaders to assist them in economic and market trends, business competitiveness, monetary and fiscal policy and general economic advisory to help them optimise their business strategies and further enhance their connections to their c-suite peers.

    He has vast experience in statistical analysis, strategy consulting and market research in different industries in and outside Japan. Rodrigo is a published author in environmental and transport economics and has spoken at international conferences in global warming and fiscal policy throughout the world.

    Rodrigo holds a PhD in Economics from Keio University and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Japanese.

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  • Jacco Zwetsloot (Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Jacco Zwetsloot

    Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Jacco Zwetsloot has lived in Korea for 20 of the last 25 years, with a broad range of work experience in the communication, legal, tourism, training and broadcasting sectors. He has worked as an English teacher, a tour guide for the US military, a regular radio show guest, and a translator of North Korean propaganda. Currently, Jacco works as a content creator for a communications consultancy Insight Communications Consultants, hosts a weekly podcast about North Korea, moderates panel discussions, writes a monthly Korean newspaper column and still leads occasional lunchtime walking tours in downtown Seoul for the Royal Asiatic Society Business & Culture Club. Jacco holds a Master of Arts degree in Korean Studies from Leiden University, a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Monash University and a separate Bachelor of Arts in Modern European Studies and German Language from the University of Melbourne.

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