Women in Sustainability

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Part of the Diversity and Inclusion Series

Supported by the Women in Business Committee



  • Opening Remarks:
    Eileen O’Connell, Director, Financial Services - Alliances, APAC, EY 

  • Virtual Message:
    Ken O’Flaherty, COP26 Regional Ambassador: Asia-Pacific and South Asia

  • Panel Discussion:
    Gill Lofts, EY Global Financial Services Sustainable Finance Leader, EY Financial Services Wealth & Asset Management Leader, EY

    Grace Hui, Managing Director, Head of Green and Sustainable Finance, Markets Division, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
    Rebecca Donnellan, Group Senior Sustainability Manager, CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd 



Dr. Anne Kerr, Managing Director Greater China and Global Head of Cities, Mott MacDonald


Women in Sustainability

The Chamber has recently launched a Diversity & Inclusion Series in partnership with EY. This series seeks to be a catalyst for discussion in Hong Kong and will bring together a diverse group of people to celebrate the women in our community driving sustainable business practice through diversity and inclusion.

Hong Kong is increasingly becoming an important center for people who are dedicating their careers to sustainability, an agenda that is becoming incredibly important to business success. Sustainability as an industry has attracted more women than many others.

The second event in this series will focus on the women who are driving sustainability from a regulatory and finance perspective, as well as sharing some relevant key takeaway from COP26. This event will feature both Hong Kong and UK perspectives as well as the opportunity for discussion and networking. Do join us for what promises to be an important discussion of today’s hot topic followed by wine and networking at the end.


About the speakers

Eileen joined EY’s Financial Services Organisation (FSO) in Hong Kong in January 2017 after 25 years in the Telecommunications & I.T sector, where she had been a Managing Director for Sales with P&L responsibility. She has almost two decades of working in Hong Kong, across all sectors, delivering complex front to back technology and outsourcing technology solutions. She now drives the Go-To-Market with EY’s global technology alliance partners across Asia-Pacific, and is the global client executive for one of EY’s key FS customers in the city. Eileen has been an active member of the Chamber during her time in Hong Kong, and was appointed Chair of the Women in Business committee in November 2020. She is also a Director on the international fundraising Board of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. 


With over 25 years’ experience, Gill heads EY Wealth & Asset Management services in the UK covering Assurance, Tax, Consulting and Strategy and Transactions. She is responsible for WAM propositions including brexit, regulatory change, tax technology and disruptive technology. 
With over 25 years’ experience, Gill heads EY Wealth & Asset Management services in the UK covering Assurance, Tax, Consulting and Strategy and Transactions. She is responsible for WAM propositions including brexit, regulatory change, tax technology and disruptive technology.
Gill has been closely involved in the UK government’s Investment Management Strategy since 2013 and she also sits on the Investment Association Advisory board.
Gill is the Sustainable Finance Leader for EY’s Financial Services business across EMEIA. She is responsible for developing and building out our world class capability in this area.
Gill is the EY financial services representative on the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism (the Embankment Project). The Embankment Project represents an important opportunity to transform the way businesses measure and report on the value they create for material stakeholders.
She has authored a UK attractiveness paper in conjunction with the Investment Association, policy makers, regulators and industry participants.


Grace Hui is the Head of Green and Sustainable Finance at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) with responsibility for the development of HKEX’s green and sustainable finance programme. From 2013 to April 2020, Ms. Hui was the Chief Operating Officer of HKEX’s Listing Division responsible for structured products & fixed income, primary market information, listing policies, listing enforcement and accounting affairs.  Prior to joining HKEX, Ms. Hui was with UBS in various roles including Chief of Staff and Global Chief Operating Officer of UBS Legal & Compliance Department.  Ms. Hui co-chairs the Market Development Work Stream and the Carbon Market Work Stream of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group established by Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Securities and Futures Commission.  Ms. Hui is an Honorary Adviser and a member of the Inspection Committee of the Financial Reporting Council; a member of both the Regulatory Oversight Board and the Sustainability Committee of The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Ken O’Flaherty was appointed the UK government’s COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia in March 2020. Find out more about COP26, the 2021 UN Climate Conference.
Previously Ken was the Deputy Head of Mission in Rome from August 2015 until October 2019.

A career diplomat, he has experience in a number of Foreign Office departments, as well as overseas roles in Paris, Tokyo and the UK Representation to the European Union. Ken has worked on a wide range of issues from EU cooperation to security, counter-terrorism and migration, economic and energy issues and the Middle East.

Ken studied Italian and French at Cardiff University, and was an ERASMUS student at Parma University.


Rebecca Donnellan leads on sustainability for CK Hutchison, a multinational conglomerate committed to development, innovation and technology in four core businesses: ports and related services, retail, infrastructure, and telecommunications. The Group operates in over 50 countries around the world with over 300,000 employees.  Rebecca is responsible for driving the overall Group strategy, working in partnership with each of the core businesses’ sustainability teams. Rebecca has 13 years’ experience in developing and rolling out corporate sustainability programmes in both in-house positions and through her consulting career at PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change consulting teams in London and Sydney.

Rebecca has a master’s in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Sustainability Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Business from Trinity College Dublin. 


About the moderator

As Chairman of the Chamber's Environment and Energy Committee (2007 – 2016), Dr. Anne Kerr has assisted in the preparation of submissions to the government on climate change, air and water quality objectives, sustainable development, the CE's policy addresses and participated in the debates on a wide range of topics of interest to Committee Members and the Community at large. She took up the Vice Chair role on the General Committee in 2016 and has continued to support various Committees including Environment and Energy Committee. In recognition of the cross-cutting nature of the smart cities agenda which is being promulgated by HK Government, Anne established the Smart City Forum which draws its membership from across the Chamber with the express intent of sharing information, informing, showing leadership and providing direction in this diverse and fast-growing sector of interest, too both the public and private sectors. Her Chamber priorities for 2017/18 include focused lobbying of government in terms of ensuring an integrated approach is adopted for development initiatives and particularly those around the Smart City Agenda, as well as recognition and action on climate change and energy and water resource issues.

As Managing Director Greater China and Global Head of Cities at Mott MacDonald Anne has access and engages with city leaders and officials in many parts of the globe and she works as an informal “ambassador” for Hong Kong’s achievements as well as bringing examples of best practice back to Hong Kong.


Please note that all attendees at the event are required to be fully vaccinated. Please be kindly reminded to have the relevant vaccination document on hand, whether in form of hard copy or in digital form. 



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11/30/2021 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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