Are Today's Leaders Adopting More Female Qualities to Drive Transformation?

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Are Today's Leaders Adopting More Female Qualities to Drive Transformation?

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In recent years there has been growing interest in transformational leadership, which research claims leverages more female qualities to inspire and motivate employees and create company-wide change.

Have women traditionally progressed in the corporate world through taking on more male attributes?

Are we starting to see women and men changing in their approach to leadership?

Are there genuinely qualities that are more female and what are these?

Join us at this lively debate, network with fellow Chamber members and enjoy some delicious canapes and wine.


About the speakers

Brian Henderson is the Chief Operating Officer of the Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Seoul offices of Baker & McKenzie, responsible for developing and driving new strategic client initiatives as well as assisting with the overall management of  the offices.

Brian has over 20 years experience in the professional services sector including strategy, business and office management, marketing, corporate social responsibility and management consulting roles in London, Paris and Hong Kong / China. Brian's track record includes business plans and budgets, strategic and financial analysis, business unit restructurings and extensive global responsibilities. His skills include strategy development and aligning, coaching and motivating teams to deliver business objectives within non-hierarchical, matrix structures. Brian is a team player with strong bottom line focus.

Brian graduated from the Cranfield University - Cranfield School of Management with a MBA, Business in 1996 and also from the University of Cambridge with a MA (Law) in 1987.


Emma Dale is Co-Founder and Managing Director (Asia) at Prospect and has specialised in PR and corporate communications recruitment for over 20 years. She set up Prospect with Colette Brown in 2002 and in 2009 Emma set up Prospect’s Asia operation in Hong Kong and Singapore. She specialises at a senior level and recruits for communications consultancies as well as MNC’s, working on roles within internal & external communications, social media & digital, government relations and marketing across all industry sectors.

Emma is dedicated to diversity and equality in the workplace and challenging the status quo. As such, she is an active member of The Hong Kong Women’s Foundation, mentoring and emboldening women of all ages and industries to become leaders in their field.

Emma is also a certified coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership (IECL) and the Founder of Transform Executive Coaching. Drawing on her experience as a successful business leader, Emma coaches managers and leaders across all industries from financial services to luxury brand marketing. She is regularly engaged by Multinational Corporations to coach high-performing individuals on leadership development. In addition she coaches individuals stuck in a rut and looking for their next career path.


Lucy Taylor-Smith is Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Executive Committee for Manulife Asia. She is Chairman of Manulife Singapore and a Board Director for Manulife Cambodia. Lucy joined Manulife in January 2016 and is responsible for driving the development, enhancement and execution of the strategic agenda for Asia. Lucy is also responsible for all Corporate Business Development in the Asia region, driving inorganic market expansion opportunities through M&A and partnership agreements, as well as assessing and implementing new market entry opportunities. She also has oversight for Manulife’s investor relations activities in Asia.

Lucy was previously Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for Prudential Corporation Asia for 6 years, driving Prudential’s organic and inorganic strategy. She was responsible for all corporate finance activities regionally and by market, and new market development across Asia and the Middle East. She was also Director of Investor Relations in Asia for Prudential Plc.

Prior to this, Lucy spent 13 years in investment banking with UBS. She has extensive experience in executing public M&A, and equity and debt capital markets transactions. She advised clients on engaging effectively with investors and the optimal communication of their strategies and business performance, as well as other listed entity considerations (corporate governance, listing regulations compliance). She has a deep understanding of capital markets and extensive experience engaging with regulators, governments and the global investment community. Some of her high profile transactions from this period include the £32 billion recapitalisation of Lloyds Bank and successfully defending both Anglo American and Prudential from hostile takeovers. Lucy has a BA Honours in Economics from Durham University.


Nick Marsh is Managing Director of Harvey Nash Executive Search APAC and has worked in executivesearch for over 20 years. He joined Harvey Nash plc in 2002. Nick built and ran the Executive Searchbusiness as global MD. Nick currently sits on the Executive Committee of this US$1BN public company.Nick moved to Asia at the start of 2012 to drive the expansion of the firm into the fastest growth markets.He has conducted multiple searches in the APAC region for clients including Fortune 500, FT100 and PEbacked firms. After studying Engineering in the UK, Nick worked in Africa for a Chemicals businessfollowed by working in banking with Warburg.


Angelina Kwan is currently the Managing Director and Head of Regulatory Compliance for Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. Angelina has extensive experience in Asia Pacific and the United States, in business development, restructuring, regulatory/compliance, as well as investor and stakeholder relations. She started her career at KPMG and has held senior management, committee and/or board positions with the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, and other multinational companies and financial institutions.

She is currently a Hong Kong Government appointed member of the Women’s Commission, the Council for Sustainable Development, and the Administrative Appeals Board, a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Securities Industry Development Corporation of Malaysia, the Vice-Chairman and Director of The Women’s Foundation, a Fellow and Member of the Regulatory Accountability Board, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, an Honorary Adjunct Professor of Finance for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and serves on a number of other Boards and committees. She lectures frequently for various international government and regulatory organizations as well as course providers.
Angelina is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States and Hong Kong and a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her MBA is from Pepperdine University and LLB with Hong Kong University and Manchester Metropolitan University.



Member $ 350.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 450.00 HKD
Emerging Leaders (Under 30) $ 200.00 HKD
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Are Today's Leaders Adopting More Female Qualities to Drive Transformation?

Tue, November 21, 2017
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Brian Henderson, Chief Operating Officer, Baker & McKenzie in Asia


Emma Dale, Co-Founder and Managing Director (Asia), Prospect


Lucy Taylor-Smith, Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Executive Committee, Manulife Asia


Nick Marsh, Managing Director, Harvey Nash Executive Search APAC


Moderated by: Angelina Kwan, Managing Director and Head of Regulatory Compliance, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

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