Managing the Female Talent Pipeline in Hong Kong

Managing the Female Talent Pipeline in Hong Kong

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Managing the female talent pipeline in Hong Kong – why is gender diversity not seen as a business priority in the SAR?

Hong Kong’s Female Talent Pipeline Study lays bare the stark reality we face in Hong Kong – we suffer from a major blockage in the talent pipeline at the senior level stage and above.  Companies can expect to lose on average 24% of their female employees across the talent pipeline (from 53% average total workforce representation to just 29% female representation at Hong Kong senior management level).

The study comprises of three parts - combining data from Hong Kong companies, insights from Hong Kong business leaders and sentiments from women of all ages in Hong Kong. The result is an overview of the real female talent pipeline in Hong Kong across industries.  As the numbers show, women in droves fall out of the workforce at the mid-level, due to many reasons (incl. societal expectations of family management, lack of opportunities, male dominated work cultures) resulting in a huge dearth of senior talent.  Clearly things need to change. If we continue the same pattern, we will end up with the same result. Now is the time to take action.

Join us at this event as The University of Hong Kong and Meraki Executive Search & Consulting share the top-line insights from the study and a distinguished panel of speakers debate how to tackle the systemic bias that exists in Hong Kong.  We will explore what can be done to improve the female participation rate and create cultures of inclusion.

For more information on the study itself please visit:


About the speakers

Adrian Warr leads the Edelman Hong Kong office. He is a communications consultant whose work in New York, London and Hong Kong with some of the world’s best consultancies has given him experience in corporate, crisis, branding, marcomms, employee engagement, public affairs and digital marketing. Over the years his clients have included the likes of Samsung, Google, ebay, Coca-Cola, Tencent, Pepsi, Cathay Pacific, The UN, McDonalds, EY, GE, American Express and KPMG.  Adrian is on the board of The Hong Kong International Literary Festival and is a committee member of The Male Allies.

David Bishop is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and the International MBA Program at Fudan University, Shanghai.  He has broad legal experience in the United States and across Asia, particularly China.  Mr Bishop focuses significant time on activities and programmes providing direct benefit to the community.  He consults companies about their ethics, pro bono, and social entrepreneurship initiatives, and is a founder and director of multiple non-profit companies.


Erica Chan is the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for Walmart Asia. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing all legal matters in Asia in addition to human resources and administrative matters for the Asia office. Prior to Walmart, Erica was in the STAR Group, a News Corporation subsidiary where she was the General Counsel, Greater China and the General Manager of the Hong Kong Office.  Erica was featured as one of top female lawyers in Asia on the Asian Legal Business Magazine in June 2016.  She was also named the Best In-House M&A Attorney - Hong Kong by APAC Insider in 2016.  In 2018, Erica’s team won the In-House Team and the Retail and Manufacturing Legal Team of the Year by Asian Legal Business.  In 2019, Walmart Asia Legal team was also awarded the Inhouse Legal Department of the year by the Asia Legal Awards and 


Lucy Taylor-Smith is Global Head of Strategy at Standard Chartered Bank, responsible for developing and enabling the delivery of the Bank’s strategy. Lucy joined Standard Chartered from Manulife Asia where she was Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. In this role, she led the development and delivery of Manulife Asia’s business strategy. She also served as Chairman of the Board for Manulife Singapore.  Prior to this, Lucy was Chief Strategy Officer and Board Director for Prudential Corporation Asia, based in Hong Kong since 2010. She also spent 13 years with UBS advising companies on a wide range of strategic initiatives and corporate transactions across mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets, culminating in her position as Executive Director of Corporate Broking.

About the moderator

Kirti Lad is Executive Director of Meraki Executive Search & Consulting Limited.  She has worked in Executive Search for over 20 years. Kirti is one of the pioneer’s behind the Women's Directorship Programme, a joint-venture with The University of Hong Kong, a corporate governance programme to help women prepare for board responsibilities. Kirti also leads the Meraki Network, an Executive Women's network in the region and is an active member of the Women in Business Committee at the British Chamber in Hong Kong. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Kirti was named as one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry by the Economist Magazine. 





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5/22/2019 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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