WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Networking Drinks, 11 May 2017
Sheila is a Senior Financial Planner with The Fry Group Hong Kong Limited and has worked in financial services for more than 30 years. Prior to moving to Hong Kong Sheila worked in the UK for a number of large insurance/investment companies both in an advisory and a managerial capacity. She specialised in providing taxation and estate planning advice and managed both private client and corporate client investment portfolios. Sheila holds the Advanced Pensions and the Advanced Taxation & Trust Specialist certificates. Sheila has worked in Hong Kong since 2006, and was Hong Kong’s Best Financial Planner of the Year 2008 at the prestigious IFPHK/SCMP Financial Planner Awards. The Awards are co-organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Financial Planners and the South China Morning Post. Winning this accolade attests not only to Sheila’s dedication and discipline when it comes to taking care of her clients but also to her ability and professionalism.
Originally from the UK, Eileen moved to Asia with MCI Communications Inc. at the end of 2003, and held a variety of regional roles with the company until March 2007 when she left after 12 successful years as a senior Sales Executive, Managing Director, and member of the APAC Executive Leadership Team. Being determined to get involved with philanthropy beyond the financial contribution, Eileen began volunteering her time with the Christina Noble Childrens’ Foundation in 2007, and accepted the role of General Manager for the Hong Kong operation, which she performed until August 2011. Eileen has remained actively engaged with the Foundation as a Director on the Hong Kong board, continuing to exploit the significant opportunities for Corporate Social Development in the region. A permanent resident of Hong Kong, Eileen has made an effort to learn basic Cantonese, and has been involved in a number of local community initiatives in the Sai Kung area where she lives. She is an active member of the Women in Business Committee for the British Chamber of Commerce, and has a BSc in Biology from London University.
Krystyna is the Events & Sponsorship Manager overseeing the British Chamber's active events programme of briefings and seminars, as well as managing major events and series. She is also responsible for sponsorship and partnerships, working with sponsors to create stand out events and content driven series that enrich the Chambers events offering. Krystyna is also the Chambers representative on three committees: The Strategic Supply Chain Forum and the Women In Business Committee.
Alison is versatile highly professional Senior HR manager with over 15 years HR experience specialising in employee relations, employee engagement, diversity, people development & project management. Alison has extensive UK experience, 4 years working in Asia and loves the perspectives that her current global role as Group HR Business Partner at Nord Anglia Education (31 premium international schools across the world) gives her. She is adept at building relationships at all levels and is passionate about people and giving back to the community. She loves to live life to the full and seek out opportunities both personally and professionally to constantly stretch and develop herself and those that she meets/work alongside.
Caroline has served on the British Chamber’s Women In Business Committee since 2007. Caroline recently joined non-profit literacy organization Room To Read, and prior to that she was the Executive Director of HandsOn Hong Kong. Before joining HandsOn Hong Kong Caroline worked for the UK Diplomatic Service for almost 2 decades and her most recent assignment was at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong as Assistant Trade Commissioner. Caroline was born in the UK but has spent much of her adult life in Hong Kong and first arrived here in 1996, staying until 2000. She was then based in Europe for 7 years before relocating back here in 2007. She is a passionate volunteer who has dedicated much of her spare time to helping good causes locally, mainly in the animal welfare sector. Caroline holds a Bachelor degree in Modern Languages and European Studies from the University of Bath and is a Practitioner of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Justin D’Agostino is the Global Head of Herbert Smith Freehills' Disputes practice and the firm's joint Managing Partner for Asia and Australia, based in Hong Kong. A leading international arbitration lawyer, he acts as counsel and advocate before tribunals all over the world, advises on arbitration-related court proceedings and sits as arbitrator. He was named LGBT Executive Sponsor 2016 by Hong Kong's Community Business, an award that recognises a senior executive sponsor in Hong Kong who has used his or her influence to promote LGBT inclusion and, since 2013, has been listed by the Financial Times as one of the world's leading "OUTstanding Executives", which recognises professionals who have made a difference in the LGBT community. Justin is also on The Economist's Pride & Prejudice Advisory Board. He is a member of the 30% Club HK, a group of business leaders in Asia committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards, and is a member of BritCham's HK Women in Business committee.
Kirti is Director of the Technology and Professional Services practice. She joined Harvey Nash London in 1998. She was instrumental in the growth of the Technology Practice across EMEA and led the Enterprise Solutions Practice across the region. Kirti joined Harvey Nash Asia Pacific in 2012 as part of the leadership team driving growth into the region. Her expertise is in leadership hiring both Non Executive and Executive appointments - Heads of Asia Pacific, Country Leaders, Consulting Partners for technology and professional services firms across the Asia Pacific region. Kirti is a Physics & Chemistry graduate from University College London and has worked in Executive Search for over 15 years. Kirti is the pioneer behind the Women's Directorship Programme, a joint-venture between The University of Hong Kong and Harvey Nash. Kirti also leads Inspire APAC, an Executive Women's network in the region, is a regular speaker and contributor to conferences and media relating to gender diversity in Asia and is an active member of the Women In Business Committee at the British Chamber in Hong Kong. In 2013, Kirti was featured in the South China Morning Post's annual Women Of Our Time magazine as one of Hong Kong's 25 most inspirational and influential women who have contributed to the city's success over the past year.
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Marcella is a senior member of the Capital Markets team at Standard Chartered Bank, with 20 years of corporate finance and capital markets experience. Based in Hong Kong, her responsibilities include transaction management strategy for Debt Capital Markets, efficiency optimisation, transactions governance as she manages a dedicated team to ensure that transactions are executed in accordance with best practices based on international practices and regulations. As a dedicated finance professional, Marcella has been nominated as an external assessor for Hong Kong securities licensing examinations for 10 years, sitting on the Examination Committee of Hong Kong Securities Institute. She is licensed by both the HKMA and HK SFC and is a Responsible Officer of Regulated Activities (Types 1, 4 & 6 - Dealing in Securities, Advising on Securities and Advising on Corporate Finance). She has a vast experience in international fund raising, acquisitions, disposals and strategic advisory transactions. Within Standard Chartered, Marcella co-chairs the Hong Kong Women’s Internal Network, is a core working group member of the Global Women’s Internal Network and a council member of the Hong Kong Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is also a board director of ASIFMA. Marcella holds a Master of Engineering and Management (Hons.) degree from the University of Birmingham, and an LLB (Hons.) degree from the University of Wolverhampton.
Sarah works in PwC China & Hong Kong's Consulting practice. She focuses on strategy implementation, organisational change and customer experience, and most recently, digital acceleration - she was a key contributor in the set up of PwC's Experience Centre. She has extensive international experience, with time spent in Asia, Europe, Australia and the US. She has worked across a variety of industries including insurance, retail, consumer goods, technology, telecommunications, government, and health. Sarah loves challenge in her work, has a passion for social responsibility and advancing women leaders, and has adventured as far as the North and South Poles.