Christiane Schumacher

HR Director APAC, Roche Pharmaceuticals Singapore


Christiane is an HR professional with 17 years of experience who has lived and worked in 7 different countries, occupying general local and global HR roles as well as roles in HR centers of excellence at corporate levels. She has progressed her career from Product Marketing Manager for Canon Germany, to Global HR Manager for Alstom Power in Germany developing the global HR strategy for over 1000 international employees  on 40 Power Plant projects in 25 countries through other senior HR roles to her current position as HR Director APAC, Roche Pharmaceuticals (Singapore).

In that role she is responsible for:

  • Implementation of agile ways of working across Pharma International APAC and across the global network to bring “better outcomes for more patients faster”

  • Enabling transformation with particular focus on Leadership Teams and HR in service of realizing the People & Culture strategy of Pharma International.

She’s a very energetic and engaging person who strongly invests in people relationships and firmly believes in the power of people’s diversity and passion. The years in HR have made her a strong believer in the power of culture and leadership in an organization. Throughout her work, she constantly strives to improve those two aspects, seeing them as the critical success factors for organizations today and in the future. The breadth of her career and the geographical reach has led her to be exposed to different markets and cultures, the transformation in Roche now being an even more exciting journey into very different and new ways of working. She personally loves the exposure of that difference as it provides a constant learning opportunity, which is extremely important to her.


CASE STUDY #1, Tuesday 3 September

Catalyzing a leadership culture change, across 120+ countries

Roche, a global healthcare organization, with over 92,000 employees has undertaken a dramatic approach to leadership development and culture change to ensure they focus on impact and deliver better outcomes for more patients, faster. Hear why the organisation has embarked on this transformation journey and what they have learned so far.