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Past Event


Panel Event, 30 November 2016

18/F ICBC Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central

Gen Z: Life Beyond the Glass Ceiling?

Move over Millennials, Gen Z is entering the workforce. Drawn to careers that combine an ability to make a personal, meaningful impact with good financial reward and a flexible work-life balance, we find out who they are, what matters to them, and most importantly, will they be the generation that finally experiences life beyond the glass ceiling?

Join us for this exciting discussion and hear this diverse panel's views on what the future of work looks like for this new generation and how they anticipate the issues faced in today's workforce shifting in future years. Will gender barriers be a reality, and if not, what barriers might they face? 

There will be a chance to network over wine and canapes following the panel discussion. 


About the speakers

Clarence Yang is Chief of Staff to BlackRock's Asia-Pacific Chairman and is responsible for special projects as well as major cross-functional initiatives.

Prior to this role, he was a member of the Asia-Pacific Strategy & Corporate Development team and before that he served as BlackRock's Head of Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment Asia ex-Japan. In this role, Clarence was responsible for integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) into investment and risk management processes for the regional equity investment team.

Clarence’s service with the firm dates back to 2005, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was responsible for voting and engagement in relation to UK and European investee companies. In 2008 he was recognized as a Rising Star of Corporate Governance by the Millstein Centre for Corporate Governance. Prior to joining BGI in 2005, Clarence worked for Greenwich Associates as a corporate finance research associate.

Clarence also currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for The Women’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong. Clarence earned a BSc degree in economics and philosophy from City University in 2000.


Karen Farzam is the Co-Founder of, an online platform where start-ups make meaningful connections to develop their business. W Hub's mission is supported by three main pillars: Community Discovery (+1,100 startups / 7,000 members), Jobs (+200 jobs/month) & Talent (+2,000), and Start-up Consulting.

Hailing from France, Karen Farzam has worked in Tokyo for six years as a JP Morgan exotic equity derivatives trader. After moving to Hong Kong, she set her sights on the digital world. As a software engineer, she worked for an IoT start-up before co-founding W Hub.

She is also immersed in the tech start-up scene as a front end web development instructor at General Assembly, a mentor for several accelerator programs, organiser of Start-up Weekend, lead mentor at Start-up Next, speaker at JS conference 2015 in Singapore and Co-founder of Women Who Code Hong Kong.


Karen Li was appointed as an Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2015. Currently, Karen is also Chief Human Resources Officer and the President - North Asia overseeing Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea markets. She joined Vinda in 2012 as the Managing Director of Vinda Household Paper (Australia) Limited and as the Business Development Manager of Vinda International Holdings Limited, responsible for overseas business development. Karen became the Group’s Chief Strategy Officer and the Managing Director of Vinda Household Paper (Australia) Limited in November 2014. Prior to joining Vinda, she had worked for Orient Capital in Australia as the Client Relations Manager of the South-East Asia Division and subsequently as the Client Relations Manager of the Asia Division. Karen graduated from Macquarie University in 2008 with combined bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.


A Gen Z-er, Yanjun Chen earned an economics BA and Performance Cello from Grinnell College in 2014. Upon graduation, she joined Morningstar Chicago as consultant and moved to Hong Kong as Sales for Thomson Reuters Hong Kong in 2015.  Advocating for gender equality in the workplace, she is the Treasurer for the Women @Thomson Reuters network Hong Kong and the chief editor for internal women’s network global newsletter that has readership of more than 20,000 people across 55 global offices. 

A creative and critical thinker, Yanjun contemplates about the meaning of efficiency and human relationships in this digital world. She is currently working on developing a networking application that aims at reshaping how people think about connectivity – and how to make every connection count.


Stephen Callander is Chief Financial Officer for Hong Kong at Barclays, a position he has held since September 2014. He is also Statutory Auditor of Barclays Securities Japan Limited.

Stephen has over 24 years’ experience in banking, having joined Barclays in 1987 in the UK. He began his investment banking career in 1996 in London before moving to Asia Pacific in 2002. He is Chairman of our Securities Company (BCAL) in Hong Kong and has operated as the ACE (Alternate Chief Executive) for the Hong Kong Branch for almost two years.

Stephen graduated from Glasgow University with a Masters in Political Economy. He has an executive MBA from the National University of Singapore and University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds an ICA Int Diploma in Compliance from the University of Manchester and a Diploma in Strategic Management from the University of London.


Gen Z: Life Beyond the Glass Ceiling?

Wed, November 30, 2016
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Clarence Yang, Director, BlackRock 


Karen Farzam, Founder, W Hub


Karen Li, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Vinda International Holdings Limited  


Yanjun Chen, Sales Specialist, Thomson Reuters


Moderated by: Stephen Callander, Chief Financial Officer (Hong Kong & Pakistan), Barclays

18/F ICBC Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central


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