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In January 2022, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (the Exchange) introduced new rules to end single-gender boards by 31 December 2024. By 2023, the percentage of single-gender boards had dropped to around 20.4% of all issuers.

Although the overall ratio of female directors on issuers' boards increased from 14.6% in 2020 to 17.5% in 2023, Hong Kong is still lagging behind some other advanced economies in terms of gender diversity on boards. With a high level of compliance and disclosure requirements, the Exchange's diversity repository enhances our position as a leading governance and ESG hub in Asia, as well as expands opportunities for female business executives to take up the positions of independent non-executive director (INED).

Hosted by HKGCC's Women Executives Club and supported by the Golden Bauhinia Women Entrepreneur Association, this symposium features speakers from Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited and legal experts in the field, who will give you a grasp of:

- The Exchange's ESG perspective on board diversity and regulatory compliance,
- Responsibilities and liabilities of becoming an INED, as well as practical tips, and
- Opportunities and platforms for signing up to INED positions.

All business executives regardless of gender are welcome to attend the event.

(Light refreshments will be provided)

DISCLAIMER
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.

Speaker(s)

Catherine Yien
Head of Listed Issuer Regulation, Listing Division, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Catherine Yien is the Head of Listed Issuer Regulation, Listing Division of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX).  She leads the team responsible for the frontline regulation of over 2,600 listed issuers in Hong Kong, supporting issuer understanding and compliance with the Listing Rules and working with directors and senior executives from across the issuer community. Ms Yien joined HKEX in September 2023 from Rothschild & Co, where she has worked for nearly 28 years, most recently as Managing Director in the firm's Global Advisory team which specialises in mergers and acquisitions and provision of financial advice. Ms Yien was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Securities and Futures Commission from 2019 to 2023, and she also served as a member and later Deputy Chairman of the Listing Committee of the Main Board and GEM of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited from 2015 to 2021. Ms Yien has a BSc in Mathematics and Management from Imperial College, University of London, UK, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Kelly Lee
Senior Vice President, Policy and Secretariat Services, Listing, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Ms Kelly Lee joined Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) in 2013. She works within the Policy and Secretariat Services Unit of the Listing Division, and has been involved in HKEX's major listing policy. She is leading the corporate governance, diversity and ESG regulatory initiatives in recent years. Ms Lee is currently a member of the Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the Financial Reporting Standards Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also an advisor to the Climate Change Framework for Building and Construction initiative under the Sustainable Development Committee of the Hong Kong Green Building Council. 

Prior to joining HKEX, Ms Lee was a senior associate practicing corporate and securities law in Hong Kong. Ms Lee graduated from the University of Hong Kong with two bachelor's degrees in Business Administration (Law) and Laws. She is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong and in England & Wales. 

Grace Huang
Partner and Co-Head, International Capital Markets Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Ms Grace Huang is a corporate partner and global co-head of the International Capital Markets Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 

Ms Huang has extensive experience advising on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions in Asia, in particular Hong Kong and China. She also regularly advises directors and management of leading listed companies on corporate governance, compliance and disclosure matters.
 

Dr Christopher To
Chairman, Hong Kong Institute of Directors

Dr Christopher To is a chartered arbitrator, certified adjudicator and accredited mediator, chartered engineer, chartered information technology professional, barrister-at-law and a law professor (adjunct) who is on the panels of various leading global alternative dispute resolution bodies. He has arbitrated, adjudicated and mediated a variety of cases and is representing clients in cases within the dispute resolution field. Dr To is currently a barrister at law at Gilt Chambers and the Programme Director of the LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at the City University of Hong Kong and was the Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (1998 to 2008).

Language English
Date and Time 2024/01/17 16:30 to 18:30
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Open to media
Enquiries Dylan Leung
Tel: 28231245
Email: [email protected]
Fee Members @ HK$190 / Non-Members @ HK$400
+$50 for booking offline
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
Notes - Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of payment, on a first come first served basis.
- Booking transfer is allowed for corporate members with advanced notice, walk-ins are normally not accepted.
- The Chamber reserves the right to decline any booking or cancel the event. In such case, a full refund of the participation fee will be issued.
- No refund will be made for last minute cancellations or no-shows. If the booking is cancelled at least 3 days before the event, and in such cases the refund will be subjected to a 10% administration fee, or HK$100 deduction, whichever is higher.
- Members paying with their BOC HKGCC Visa Card will enjoy a 30% discount on their reservation. The discount is only applicable to the card holder, and does not extend to their guests. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with Chamber Coupons.
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