Ms Gillian Meller FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP), President, HKICS
Speakers (in order of appearance):
Ms Teresa Ko BBS JP, Former Chairman, Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; Partner and China Chairman, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mr Nicholas Allen, Chairman & Independent Non-Executive Director, Link Asset Management Limited
Ms Jenny Chiu, Executive Director / Senior Director – Human Resources, New World Development Company Limited
Mr Amar Gill, Managing Director and Head of Investment Stewardship, APAC, BlackRock
Panellists (in order of appearance):
Ms Edith Shih FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP)(PE), Immediate Past International President, The Chartered Governance Institute; Past President, The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries; and Executive Director and Company Secretary, CK Hutchison Holdings Limited
Ms Fiona Nott, Chief Executive Officer, The Women’s Foundation
Ms Janet Ledger, Chief Operating Officer, Community Business
Ms Lau Ka Shi BBS FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP), Managing Director & CEO, BCT Group (BCT Financial Ltd & Bank Consortium Trust Co Ltd)
Mr Neil Waters, Consultant, Egon Zehnder
Ms Pru Bennett, Partner, Brunswick Group
Mr Tim Payne, Senior Partner, Brunswick Group; Chair, Steering Committee, 30% Club Hong Kong
Women are massively underrepresented on the boards of Hong Kong listed companies. Only one in seven of all directors of listed companies are women ; nearly one-third of boards include no women at all. When it comes to female representation on boards, Hong Kong’s performance trails many other markets and it is inconsistent with our status as a major international financial centre.
This matters. It matters because gender board diversity is well recognised as contributing to more effective boards and better corporate performance. It matters as an issue of fairness and equality. It matters because Hong Kong companies are missing the opportunity to make full use of the talent available to serve on their boards and our women are missing the opportunity to develop their careers and serve our corporate community. And it matters to our Institute as a promoter of excellence in governance and as a diverse organisation ourselves - two-thirds of our members are women.
To coincide with International Women’s Day, and to accompany the issue of “Missing Opportunities? A Review of Gender Diversity on Hong Kong Boards”, the Institute will be hosting a seminar to discuss :-
- the status of board gender diversity in HK
- the implications of HK’s performance in this area
- the options to achieve better diversity
- the actions needed to bring those options to reality
This seminar will be relevant to all our members and students, and to every governance professional in HK. The seminar will be chaired by our President, Gillian Meller FCG FCS. Our speakers and panellists will include leading governance figures in HK , bringing a wide range of experience and perspectives, including that of a chairman, directors, investors and NGOs.
Speakers and Panelists’ bio
Ms Gillian Meller
Ms Teresa Ko
Mr Nicholas Allen
Ms Jenny Chiu
Mr Amar Gill
Ms Edith Shih
Ms Fiona Nott
Ms Janet Ledger
Ms Lau Ka Shi
Mr Neil Waters
Ms Pru Bennett
Mr Tim Payne
Seat guarantee will only be given to HKICS Fellows and/or Practitioner’s Endorsement (PE) holders if registered 10 clear working days with payment prior to the date of the seminar.
Note: The following fees for member, graduate and student are fees after 10% discount.