The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific
The topic of women in leadership is a priority as we move to a world where talent is more scarce than capital. Gender gaps remain large in many countries in the region, both in work and in society. McKinsey’s new The Power Of Parity report suggests that advancing women’s equality could add US$4.5 trillion to Asia Pacific’s annual GDP by 2025, a 12 percent increase over the business-as-usual trajectory. China is one of the most progressive economies in the region on women’s equality but it can certainly do more – with the potential to boost GDP by up to 5 percent a year.
Join us a for a panel discussion to hear more about the actions that companies and governments can take to unlock the full potential of women, advancing their equality and boosting growth.
Don't miss our follow-up event on Gender Pay Parity – Does it Make a Difference? as we deep-dive into the issue of whether or not there should be 100% pay parity between men and women.
About the speakers
Yang Dan has been a key leader in GE’s Thermal Products and Services businesses for 21 years. She began her GE career in 1994 as a customer services manager supporting China. Since then, she has held a variety of sales, project management, operations, and services roles. In 2003, she was promoted to general manager of Qin Huang Dao Service Center based in Hebei China. In 2008-2011, she served as director of Power Services Asia based in Singapore, general manager for PGS North Asia and then took on the role of PGS Asia Regional General Manager based in Hong Kong, in which role she was responsible for achieving profitable growth while driving operational excellence through all of PGS activities within the region, including China. Yang Dan earned a 2013 GE Chairman’s Award for consistently demonstrating strong GE values, excellent leadership, and outstanding performance.
July 2013, she was appointed as general manager for Power Gen China, a new profit-and-loss business unit in China, with local capability, expertise, and decision-making authority. March 2015, she was appointed GE officer, Vice President, Business Operations for GE Power & Water in China.
Prior to joining GE, Yang Dan was a maintenance engineer leading turbine installations and maintenance projects at a gas turbine plant in South China. Yang Dan is also a co-hub leader of GE Women’s Network China Hub.
Based in China since 1985, Dr Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building McKinsey & Company's China office. In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey's Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey's work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world.
Jonathan is co-chair of the non-profit think tank, the Urban China Initiative - a collaborative project of Tsinghua University, and McKinsey - that aims to develop and implement solutions to China's urbanisation challenges. Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums and lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University's Antai Business School.
Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written five books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003), Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007), and One Hour China (Towson Press, 2013). He co-authored, with Richard Dobbs and James Manyika, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends (Public Affairs, May 2015).
Fiona Nott joined The Women’s Foundation as CEO in September 2017, combining her senior leadership experience with a passion for TWF’s mission to serve marginalised women and girls in Hong Kong. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, donor relations, overseeing grants and programmes, as well as government relations and community outreach. A former lawyer and Hang Seng Index company secretary, Fiona has lived in Hong Kong for nearly two decades having cultivated a career as a senior legal professional and adviser to a number of leading corporations in Hong Kong and around Asia including PCCW, AIA, AIG, Aviva, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery as well as SMEs, start ups and non-profit organisations.
She is the Co-Founder of Room to Read's Hong Kong Chapter and helped establish the Regional Programme office in New Delhi, India. She is Deputy Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau and was Founder and Chair of its Women in Business Network. She is also is a Non-Executive Director of Aesop Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2015, Fiona won the People’s Choice Award for the Advancement of Women in Business at the Austcham-Westpac Australia China Business Awards.
Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow (FCIS) of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, Australia and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and sits on AICD’s Hong Kong Committee.
About the moderator
Brian Henderson is Chief Operating Officer for Baker McKenzie, based in Hong Kong. Brian was born in Belfast and has previously lived and worked in London and Paris. Brian is a qualified lawyer who has spent most of his career in a variety of management roles in the legal sector.
Baker McKenzie is one of the largest law firms in the World with a strong commitment and culture of diversity and inclusion. The firm has published gender diversity targets and has achieved many of them already in Asia. Brian leads local diversity initiatives across 9 offices in Asia, as a member of the Management Committee. He champions the "BakerWomen" committee and established a "BakerMen" team to work with and support them in developing the firm's gender diversity action plan.
Brian is also Co-Chair of The Women’s Foundation Male Allies Initiative. The Male Allies are around 30 influential leaders committed to making progress on gender diversity within their organisations and to taking personal actions to promote gender diversity. We believe by opening our doors to everyone, we can benefit from the best talent. By driving concrete actions that create a more inclusive environment, we can become even more effective in everything we do.
Brian is passionate about encouraging men to see gender equity as a priority, an opportunity and a responsibility. He was recognised as the 2017 AmCham Champion for the Advancement of Women.
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The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific
Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, The Financial Times
Yang Dan, CEO, GE Power China
Jonathan Woetzel, MGI Director and Senior Partner, Shanghai, McKinsey & Company
Fiona Nott, CEO, The Women’s Foundation
Moderated by: Brian Henderson, COO, Baker McKenzie
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