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For more than a year now, COVID has continued to make its presence felt, with no conclusion in sight. What has been clear is that Boards have had to react with transformational agility to keep pace in such a rapidly evolving governance environment.

Now more than ever, organisations will require the expertise and strategic oversight of their Boards to endure, overcome and recover.

Join this panel discussion, co-hosted by FT Board Director Programme Asia and the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, to understand how the role of the Boards has changed due to COVID-19 and what can be expected of them in the future.

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.


Frank Bi, Partner, Ashurst

Frank advises on international capital markets, M&A transactions and compliance matters. Frank has more than 15 years of experience of serving corporates and investment banks on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings, private placements, follow-on offerings and debt programmes, as well as on public and private M&A, privatisation, joint ventures, spin-offs and other corporate restructurings. He has worked on projects throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and US, including for companies listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom. His recent experience covers transactions for companies in technology, health care, consumer & retail, education, financial services, as well as for investment funds. Frank is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, as well as qualified in the PRC.

Margaret Chiu, INED, Generali Life Hong Kong Limited

Margaret has more than 30 years of experience in Asia with extensive capability and a successful track record in the insurance industry across a variety of mature and high growth markets. She excels at strategic business and human resources management, business development, joint venture partner relationship management, regulator engagement, and organisation and culture change. Margaret is passionate about young talent training and career development, advancing diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility. Margaret is currently the Independent Non-Executive Director of Generali Life Hong Kong Limited, Chairman of Remuneration Committee and Senior Advisor respectively of 2 digital start-ups in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Margaret was a member of the Asia leadership and led impressive corporate society responsibility initiatives with success in “Street to School”, “Twinkling Star”, various joint education programmes in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and served as a board director in Aviva-COFCO Life Insurance Co., Ltd. of China, First-Aviva Life Insurance Co., Ltd. of Taiwan and Aviva Life Insurance Company Limited of Hong Kong.

Neil Waters, Partner, Egon Zehnder

Neil leads the Hong Kong office and the firm's board and CEO succession practice in Hong Kong. He has spent more than 10 years advising global clients on a range of challenging matters related to CEO and board succession. His clients include governments, community organizations, and private sector companies in numerous industries. Neil has also played a senior role in professional development of the firm's consultants globally.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Neil was a Consultant and Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company. Earlier in his career, he was a Systems Engineer and Marketing Representative with IBM Australia.


Jane Moir, Research Director,  Asian Corporate Governance Association

Jane joined the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) in January 2021 as a Research Director, focusing on Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to joining ACGA, she worked as a barrister and financial journalist, covering legal and regulatory issues. Jane has also worked as a part-time lecturer in law at HKU Space and was a contributing writer for Lexis-Nexis on securities law, corporate crime and money laundering. A native of Scotland, Jane holds a Master of Arts (Hons) Degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh, a Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (PCLL) from the University of Hong Kong and a Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law from Manchester Metropolitan University. She was admitted as a barrister in 2012.

Language English
Date and Time 2021/08/19 10:00 to 11:00
Venue Online via Zoom / In-person at Chamber Theatre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Janessa Cheng
Tel: 2823 1239
  • HK$ 100 for Members / HK$ 200 for Non-Members (Online via Zoom)
  • HK$ 100 for Members / HK$ 200 for Non-Members (In-person at Chamber Theatre)
+$50 for booking offline
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
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