Kate Bravery is the Regional Leader for Mercer’s Leadership and Talent practice in Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. Previously she was the Human Capital Business Leader in Hong Kong and has lead teams in Australia and India before joining Mercer. She has over 23 years’ experience in Talent Strategy, Leadership Development and in the design of integrated HRM solutions.
Kate commenced her career with American Express where she focused on new employee orientation and its impact on cultural integration. Her interest in cross-cultural leadership has been a constant in her career, along with the impact of managerial judgment on Talent. She has spent the last 14 years consulting across Australasia predominantly in the areas of Leadership, Performance Management and Careers. Her experience spans best in class organizations within the Financial, Utilities, Aviation, Telecommunication, Retail, Auto, Manufacturing & Professional Services sectors.
Kate is a British Chartered Occupational Psychologist who holds an MBA from MGSM, Australia. She is a registered HR professional (AHRIA) and a member of the HK division of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. She also possesses a MSc. degree in Organizational Psychology from City University (UK).
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Sean O. Ferguson is a global higher education executive with a diverse combination of professional experiences. Currently, Mr. Ferguson is the Associate Dean of Masters Programs and Director of MBA Programs at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s (HKUST) School of Business and Management. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the MBA programs and providing oversight for the school’s various master degree programs.
Under Ferguson’s leadership, HKUST became the first Asian MBA Program, to be ranked in the four major international rankings publications: The Financial Times, The Economist, BusinessWeek, and Forbes. HKUST is the only Asian School to accomplish this for three consecutive years. Ferguson has launched many new initiatives that have increased enrollment, improved career outcomes, and further internationalized the HKUST MBA Programs.
In 2012, Mr. Ferguson was elected to the board of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and currently serves on the Audit and Membership Committees. In 2015, Mr. Ferguson joined Executive Board of CEMS, a consortium of leading European business schools, and currently serves on the Marketing Committee.
Prior to joining HKUST in 2013, Mr. Ferguson was the Assistant Dean of Degree Programs at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business (JGSB). Before moving to the higher education industry, Mr. Ferguson had a distinguished in corporate career working at PROS, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y), and Procter & Gamble (P&G).
Mr. Ferguson received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University.
Don Duquette is Executive Vice President of GP Strategies Learning Solutions Group. In this position, he is responsible for the company’s global managed learning services practice.
Mr. Duquette has over 30 years of global learning and development experience and is a recognized authority on learning innovations, digital learning strategies, and transforming learning organizations to meet the needs of the modern learner.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and an Executive MBA from Loyola University.
Frustrated by the lack of technology to address client pain points of escalating costs due to worsening health, Rosaline invested all her family’s savings of $5M and borrowed another $5M to build her start-up, CXA. As the APAC Leader of Mercer Marsh Benefits, she had grown the 14 APAC countries 800% over 8 years.
Since launching 4 years ago, CXA has acquired Singapore's largest broker, won 550 corporate clients and awards in HR, healthcare, insurance and entrepreneurship. Now CXA is valued at $100M after raising $33M to expand across Asia.
Rosaline Koo supervised P&G factory lines in Iowa before working for Bankers Trust in New York. Rosaline launched two tech start-ups in Asia during the dot-com boom, before moving to ACE Insurance to lead alternative distribution channels. Rosaline graduated from UCLA with a Cybernetics degree and received an MBA from Columbia University.
Wendy Zhang is a seasoned HR and business veteran with over 26 years of experience in Fortune 500 Multinationals and leading PRC State Owned Enterprises. She had led the human resources function of the Asia Pacific Brands Organization in VF Corporation, a house of over 30 outstanding brands including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Lee and Kipling.
Having lived, studied and worked in PRC, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong, she has a special interest in Culture and Cross Culture Effectiveness. Her expertise extends across Organizational Capability, Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Merger and Acquisition, and Change Management, with a strong record of delivering results through people. Wendy has a graduate diploma in personnel management from Singapore Institute of Management and an International MBA from University of South Australia. She is a certified executive coach, and the vice-chair of AmCham Human Resources Committee.
Wendy has a passion to make a positive difference in people within, and beyond organizations.
Gautam Dev has over 25 years’ professional experience in human resources, management consulting and finance, and has worked in Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S.
He is currently the Regional Director of Human Resources (Organisational Capability) for Prudential Corporation Asia, and has previously held senior leadership positions with Eastspring Investments, Coles Group and Accenture
Patrick Kirby is sector lead for Technology, Media Telecommunications for Management Consulting Advisory at KPMG Hong Kong. He is also a key member of the Innovation and High Growth Leadership team. Patrick has spent his 24-year career in the Technology and Telecommunications sectors and draws on his experience and leading practice from the financial services, public sector and consumer markets.
Patrick is passionate about navigating through, and capitalising on, disruptive innovation. He works with leading organisations to effectively identify and incorporate emerging technology into their growth agenda.
Patrick and the KPMG team collaborate with government agencies, start-ups incubators, early stage investors, universities and corporates to help support the entrepreneurial ecosystem and driving innovation in Hong Kong.
Originally from Australia, Patrick graduated with an MBA from Queensland University of Technology as a member of the 1% Club, specialising in Entrepreneurship and Governance. He has also studied Blue Ocean Strategy at Insead Fontainebleau.
Helen Colquhoun is a Partner and Head of the DLA Piper Employment team in Hong Kong.
Helen is triple qualified in New York, England and Wales and Hong Kong. She advises employers across a range of industries on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues (particularly for international employers requiring Hong Kong, US and/or UK advice) such as risk management, restructuring, managing employee hiring and terminations, design of incentive schemes, and drafting contracts and handbooks.
As a triple qualified employment lawyer with over 10 years’ experience, Helen is well-placed to provide a single source of advice for clients who require advice in more than one jurisdiction.
Dr. Bradley Hall is currently Senior Advisor to Huawei’s Chief HR Officer. His specialty is to enable Asian companies to strengthen their reputation as “employers of choice” in countries throughout the world.
Previous to Huawei, Dr. Hall was responsible for leadership and organization effectiveness for 18 Asian countries in IBM Asia Pacific. For more than a decade, IBM has been ranked within the top five companies globally by “Best Companies for Leaders.”
During his time at IBM, Dr. Hall was special advisor to the CEO of Lenovo during its purchase of IBM Personal Computer. He designed the corporate culture for the new, global Lenovo. This was China’s first large scale purchase of a western company. The new company revenues grew 392% in the first twelve months.
Dr. Hall published The New Human Capital Strategy (2009) and has written more than 80 articles on management innovation. He has also been an instructor for Duke University Corporate Education (Duke CE).
Dr. Hall began his career with a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. His focus was to determine whether Japanese companies could effectively manage foreign employees.
Jane Morgan has spent 15 years in the communications industry, beginning her career in-house at McDonald’s and subsequently holding leadership positions at several of the world’s leading and largest agencies. Her experience spans multiple industries and markets across Europe and Asia, working with clients including Fox Entertainment Networks, American Eagle, Kayak, P&G, Hyatt, Phillips and Starbucks.
With her expertise rooted in consumer behaviour, Jane leads a team of 30 professionals across the corporate, consumer, digital, creative and design practices and works with the Golin APAC network to deliver integrated, consistent and results-driven solutions.
Anna Champion is the Founder and CEO of The Talent Lighthouse based in Hong Kong.
Anna's life revolves around developing emerging talent. Her passion lies in seeing people realise their potential as individuals and supporting the often-challenging transition from university to working life.
Anna’s corporate life was primarily focused on recruiting and developing people at the beginning of their careers. She commenced her career in London recruiting and developing trainee solicitors from UK based universities for a law firm.
Subsequently she moved to a global investment bank where she created an infrastructure wide graduate programme (hiring over 150 graduates into 11 different business areas) before heading to Singapore to lead the Asia region through a transformation in their recruitment and development practices from universities and business schools. She streamlined the application process, improved the development programme and the firm was recognised as the Graduate Employer of the Year in Singapore’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers.
Her passion for graduate assessment and development led her to find the South East Asian Association of Graduate Employers to support organisations and individuals working in the field.
Following two more international moves to Norway and then Hong Kong, Anna trained to be a career coach and set up her own company, The Talent Lighthouse, supporting the transition between university to working life. She works with individuals to help them find their focus in life and also with organisations supporting their emerging talent fulfil their potential.
Bernard Coulaty is a senior global HR leader with over 20 years of professional practice as VP HR in multinational organizations in Europe and Asia, having developed a thorough expertise in employee engagement, talent management, leadership development and empowering HR communities in diverse business, cultural and geographical contexts.
Strongly engaged within the business community, Bernard has been President of the French Chamber HR Committee in Hong Kong and is a current member of the “Observatory of Engagement”. He is also keen to share his passion for HR with the next generation, lecturing in business schools and universities, writing various articles in professional publications.
Bernard has recently published a book "New Deal of Employee Engagement: a sustainable body-and-mind engagement model" (McGraw-Hill Education Asia) and has founded his own HR advisory activity, MOST engaged consulting, to support the development of engaging organizations and engaged individuals.
Fran Thompson has over 20 years’ regional experience across virtually all segments of the financial services industry.
An Executive MBA graduate from Kellogg HKUST, Fran is adept at identifying and implementing successful market strategies for specific client segments and territories. She is passionate about getting the chemistry right between companies and candidates and is a firm believer that trusted talent solutions are critical to making good companies great.