Kate Bravery is a Partner and the Global Practices Leader for Mercer’s Career business. Her role involves strategizing growth opportunities for Human Capital Consulting, bringing new products to market and supporting the business’ six professional practices; Talent Strategy, Mobility, Workforce Rewards, Executive Rewards, HR Transformation and Communication.
Previously Kate led Mercer’s Leadership & Organizational Performance practice across Asia, Middle East and Africa, and before that she was the Human Capital Business Leader in Hong Kong. She has over 20 years’ experience in the Human Capital field across 4 continents with deep expertise in Talent Strategy, Leadership Development and 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 and decision making have been constants throughout her career. She is a UK Chartered Occupational Psychologist with an MBA and an MSc. in Organizational Psychology.
Kate is passionate about helping clients achieve a talent advantage that equates to real business impact and personally appreciates the challenges associated with doing business and managing talent in growth market environments.
Karena, Co-Founder of WHub, is a pillar of the Hong Kong Startup scene and passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and fostering the ecosystem. She is active as speaker, mentor and judge at international events, organisations and accelerators (WebSummit, RISE, TOA, Chicago Booth GNVC, Google EYE, Techstars, IFLR and others). Previously, she had worked 15 years for P&G mostly in Finance and holds a double-diploma in business and administration from the University of Mannheim and the MBA business school ESSEC in Paris. She also volunteers as President on the board of the Parent Faculty Organisation (PFO) of the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) and is involved in driving inclusion through the WoW committee of the American Women’s Association (AWA). (Linkedin: karenabelin; Twitter: @BelinKarena).
WHub (whub.io), Hong Kong’s startup community, is a platform showcasing startups to accelerate their business through making meaningful connections to the resources they need to grow. This includes connecting startups to talent, other startups (for collaboration), investors (to raise funds), corporates (as customers/investors) and governments. WHub’s on-line and media presence is complemented by the facilitation of multiple activities off-line all to the benefit of the growth of the startups and the entire ecosystem.
Wai-Kwong Seck is Chief Executive Officer, Asia-Pacific at State Street Bank and Trust Company, based in Hong Kong. He is also a member of State Street’s Management Committee, the company’s most senior strategy and policy-making team.
Wai-Kwong has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, management and growth of the Global Services, Global Markets and Global Exchange businesses in Asia Pacific, where State Street operates from seven branches, servicing clients in 17 geographical markets with 4,500 employees in the region.
Prior to joining State Street in September 2011, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Singapore Exchange for eight years. Previously he held senior-level positions in the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), Lehman Brothers and DBS Bank.
Wai-Kwong is chairman of Investment Committee and Trustee at the Singapore Police Force’s pension fund. From 2010 to 2016, he served two terms on the Board Risk Committee of GIC, which appointed him an Advisor Emeritus in December 2016.
He serves on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University in Chicago, and is a member of the Global Advisory Board at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Business School Advisory Council and a Governor of the Singapore International School in Hong Kong.
Wai-Kwong earned a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Economics with first-class honors from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His alma mater made him a Monash Fellow in 2015 and a Vice-Chancellor Professorial Fellow in 2017. On Singapore’s National Day in 2017, the Republic awarded him the Public Service Medal.
Wai-Kwong has been a student and practitioner of change management for nearly twenty years. In 2003 he spent his sabbatical as a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School where he researched and taught on change management, leadership and the building of Great Companies.
Bernie Ting, Director and General Manager of Qualidux Industries Co. Ltd., a leader in the Toy Industry for over 25 years, has been committed to the development of Industry in Hong Kong and the PRD through innovation and quality. Chairing the Hong Kong Q-Mark Council, and Vice-chair of the HK Industrial Council International Affairs committee, Bernie continues to promote the future success of Hong Kong manufacturing and service Industries, through these and his involvement in numerous Industry committees such as CreateSmart Initiative, Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, Financial Services and Treasury Bureau, Design Council of Hong Kong, Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and many more.
Beyond his professional contributions, Bernie has been giving to the broader Hong Kong community through his participant in Rotary, as a director and Past President of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong South and District 3450.
Born in Hong Kong, Bernie was educated in Canada and USA, receiving a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto and his MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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.
As a member of the executive leadership team at Li & Fung, Lâle is responsible for global corporate communications with all stakeholders of Li & Fung, and leading the development of strategy on key initiatives aligning the organization to the company’s goals. She directly oversees the company’s branding, digital communication, open innovation unit, and the newly formed corporate foundation which is putting purpose at the heart of the organization.
Over her career and at Li & Fung, she is known as an inventor and a re-inventor of operations and businesses, a collector of great people and an impact freak. She regularly advises start-up and corporate leaders on business strategy and mentors founders and emerging leaders. She is passionate about the economic inclusion of women globally, as leaders and as entrepreneurs.
Lâle is a member of the Board of Governors of The Women’s Foundation (TWF) and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Asian University for Women. She began her career as a litigation lawyer in Canada and she currently lives in Hong Kong with her husband and 3 children (the other job).
Jo Shum, recently appointed Managing Director for Groupe SEB (group company for renowned brands including Tefal, Lagostina, WMF, Rowenta, & Moulinex), responsible for the markets of HK and Macau, Taiwan and Philippines, is a business leader with extensive experience in driving innovation and leading corporate M&A.
Prior to joining Groupe SEB, Jo developed her career over 21 years with Royal Philips through various marketing and general management roles including in Philips Lighting where she certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and Royal Philips where she was responsible to integrate acquisitions across Asia Pacific as Senior Director of New Venture Integration. Most recently Jo was the Group General Manager for Philips Lighting in Hong Kong and Macau overseeing growth in all consumer, professional and OEM channels in home and professional lighting applications. She has spent 7 years in local markets and 13 years across the Asia Pacific Region.
Outside of her successful business career, Jo manages to fill her time as a proud mother of an 18-month-old boy and as a keen sportswoman, particularly water sports such as wake surfing.
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
Michael Gold is an editor in the thought leadership team at The Economist Intelligence Unit, based in Hong Kong. His main areas of focus include social trends and institutions. He was the research director for The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index, which examined the extent to which global education systems are preparing students for a rapidly-changing future. He also serves as research lead for Pride and Prejudice, The Economist Group’s ongoing global initiative exploring LGBT rights in the workplace.
Michael joined The Economist Group in October 2015 from Reuters, where he was a Taipei-based correspondent. Prior to this he was a reporter and editor for the Global Times in Beijing. He has also contributed to Index on Censorship, The Beijinger, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist and 1843, The Economist Group’s lifestyle and culture publication.
A native of Silicon Valley, Michael received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Yale University before turning his career to greater China. He speaks fluent Mandarin and holds certificates in Chinese language from Beijing Language and Culture University, Middlebury College and the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University.
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.
As Business Development Director (APAC) for Agile 1, Ashley is introducing leading edge products and services to companies in Asia, helping them to find, manage and engage their total workforce, bot permanent and contingent.
He has been based in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo for the past 25 years and his achievements and areas of activity have included:
- Managed RPO and blended RPO projects since 1997, including:
- Consultant at HSBC on large, complex RPO project, and project manager for RPO in China with Standard Chartered Bank;
- RPO design/management, inclusive of defining KPIs, HR analytics;
- HR analytics consulting with industry leading companies in consultancy, insurance and media;
- Co-founder of China’s first job board www.zhaopin.com; IPO on NASDAQ (2014); and
- People analytics certified from Wharton School of Management, U. of Pennsylvania (2016)
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.
Jennifer Van Dale heads Eversheds’ employment practice in Asia and the Hong Kong data privacy practice. She serves as trusted counsel to multinational clients on various Hong Kong and Asia-related employment law matters. She considers her main job to be anticipating problems and reducing legal risks, both in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific region. Jennifer regularly conducts training sessions for corporate clients on data privacy, termination, remuneration, and equal opportunities issues. She also advises on the employment and privacy issues in bribery and fraud investigations (including accompanying key employees to interviews with the relevant Hong Kong and US authorities).
Jennifer is a Governor at the American Chamber of Commerce and is widely recognized as one of Hong Kong and the region’s leading employment lawyers. She is consistently ranked in the top tier of employment lawyers by Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific in their annual legal guides.
Jennifer graduated from Rutgers University in the United States with a B.A. in Chinese and from the University of Hong Kong with an LL.B (first class) and P.C.LL. She is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong. As a resident of Hong Kong for over 26 years and a graduate of the University of Hong Kong, she combines an international background with local cultural and legal knowledge.
Bernard Coulaty is a senior global HR leader with 20+ years of professional practice as Vice President Human Resources in large MNCs organizations in Europe and Asia, having developed an expertise in employee engagement, leadership development and empowering HR communities in diverse business, and cultural contexts worldwide.
His thorough experience throughout Asia makes him a reliable partner to address Asia-centric HR issues with a blend of western and Asian view. Strongly engaged within the business and HR community, 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 created an innovative and holistic engagement model published in his book "New Deal of Employee Engagement: a sustainable body-and-mind engagement model" (McGraw-Hill Education) and has founded his HR advisory activity, MOST engaged consulting, to support the development of engaging organizations and the emergence of new employee experiences @ work.
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.
Mitya New is a passionate and leading global business educator with an impressive track record in team leadership and transforming performance in matrix organisations. After over 17 years in CEO roles in both Asia and Europe he founded Leading Organisations™ to leverage his global and multi-cultural leadership experience and focus on his passion in developing the performance both of individual leaders and leadership teams in large organizations.
Mitya is Adjunct Professor at the Business School of HKUST, ranked at #1 in Asia and #14 globally in the 2016 Financial Times global business school survey. He delivers MBA credit courses and executive education programmes on strategy innovation, leadership, high performance teams, cultural authenticity and organizational coaching culture. Mitya is also adjunct faculty for the executive education division of the London Business School where he delivers programmes on cultural authenticity to LBS clients. He has also taught at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.
During his career with Reuters (now Thomson Reuters) Mitya led the company’s businesses as Managing Director in Hungary, India and South Asia, Japan and the Nordic & Baltic region. He was also CEO for Dow Jones in India. Mitya has completed a number of senior executive development programmes at the Bocconi School of Management, the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago (Barcelona) and Pennsylvania State University. He has an MA in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University as well as a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex.
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.
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.
Lee Quane has been based at ECA International’s Asia operations since 2003 and has been Regional Director since 2009.
Lee works with major organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, providing advice and support in the field of Compensation and Benefits and managing Employee Mobility. Lee has led multiple projects assisting companies who have either just set up their international assignment operations or established organisations looking to update and ensure that their policies remain competitive. Lee gained a BA (Hons.) degree in History from the University of Leicester in 1999 and concluded his postgraduate studies in Economics at the University of London in 2003.
Penny Van Niel is an independent executive coach and focuses on leadership and transition issues in cross cultural settings. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Business, where she teaches in the areas of strategic use of human capital and personal leadership.
Through her work as an executive coach at the Harvard Business School, Executive Programs, she works with global executives in a wide range of industries.
Working nearly thirty yeas at JPMorgan Chase, she was a Managing Director and Senior Human Resource Executive. While based in Hong Kong she was Head of HR – Asia Pacific and was the senior HR Executive for Investment Banking, and Global Markets, based in New York.
She has earned a BA from Princeton University, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MA in Buddhist Studies from Hong Kong University. She received her coach certification from New York University and is certified in numerous coaching instruments. Penny has lived and worked in Asia for many years and is now based in Hong Kong.
Kelly Cheung graduated with a BBA in Hotel & Tourism Management from Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has been with Macao Government Tourism Office – Representative in Hong Kong (MGTO-HK) as internship since her university studies. Kelly officially joined MGTO (HK) after graduation and is in charge of the incentive market, in particular corporate, student and wedding markets as well as the consumer market. Her expertise is in destination marketing, event management and public relations.
She has led over 50 seminars and luncheons and introduced Macao as an Incentive Destination to 6,000 guests in the past five years, successfully assisted over 8,200 Hong Kong corporate clients and over 3,100 Hong Kong students to visit Macao for incentive purpose under MGTO’s Incentive Schemes and Travel Stimulation Program.