• 9.15 am Welcome and introduction

  • Ms. Wendy W.Y. Yung, Practising Governance (Conference Chairperson)

  • 9.20 - 10.50 am ENVISIONING A "POST-COVID" WORLD

    We shall kick off with a discussion on key HK macro trends that businesses should be aware of, and consider in mapping out your new strategy!

    (We shall continue to discuss with our speakers in the light of the fast changing environment; tentatively) These include the positioning of Hong Kong, government digital currency, “green”, Greater Bay Area ("GBA"), "future of work", technology, etc. Most important of all: what and how to bring to your boardrooms for discussions!

    Speakers: (individual presentations followed by panel discussion):

    Dr. Au King-lun, MH, Executive Director & Board Member, Financial Services Development Council (on “HK macro theme”)

    Mr. William Huang, Managing Partner, China South, EY (on “GBA: latest developments”)

    Ms. Ada Choi, CFA, Head of Occupier Research, APAC & Head of Data Intelligence and Management, APAC, CBRE (on “future of work”)

    Mr. Nicholas Allen, Chairman, Link Asset Management Limited & Independent Director, CLP Holdings, HKEX (on “the board perspectives”)

  • 10.50 - 11.05 amBreak [15 mins]

  • 11.05 am - 12.35 pm HKEX regulatory update + “future-ready” board

    HKEX introduced a revised disciplinary regime in July, and recently both updated its enforcement policy and announced its current enforcement priorities. What are their practical implications? Directors’ duties remains a key focus —what directors need to watch out for, and actions that management should take to support the board.

    We shall also share notable global trends on the “future ready board”, including corporate purpose, board composition, and culture.

    Our session goes beyond just telling you what the rules are, but also their practical implications on your board, board practices, and compliance systems.

    Speakers: (individual presentations followed by panel discussion)

    Mr. Jon Witts, Head of Enforcement, HKEX

    Mr. Phil Neiswender, Head of Board Engagement, AMERS & APAC, Nasdaq Governance Solutions

    Ms. Wendy W.Y. Yung, Founder, Practising Governance

  • DAY 2 Best Practice Sharing (FRI) 29 OCTOBER 2021

  • 9.15 am Welcome and introduction

  • Ms. Wendy W.Y. Yung, Practising Governance (Conference Chairperson)

  • 9.20 - 10.50 am ESG: way forward

    There is a significant increase in investor consideration of ESG factors, brought by greater appreciation of their importance in effective risk and opportunity investment assessments, regulation, client expectations, etc.

    We have invited a leading investor association, representing some of the world’s largest asset managers, to share its latest findings on investors' ESG expectations including engagement with and disclosures of companies.

    This is also the first year of HKEX’s new ESG requirements. Our speakers from leading corporations will share the corporate perspectives and practical implementation tips: from embedding ESG in strategy, the board’s roles in ESG, climate change/TCFD framework, to engaging with investors.

    • What investors want and don’t want
    • Engaging with investors on ESG
    • Embedding ESG in corporate strategy
    • Board’s roles in ESG and management support
    • Climate change/TCFD framework

    Speakers: (individual presentations followed by panel discussion)

    Ms. Eugenie Shen, Managing Director & Head, Asset Management Group
    Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“ASIFMA”)

    Ms. Shereen Tong, Group CFO, Vtech Holdings Limited

    Mr. Victor Kwong, General Manager - Corporate Sustainability, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited

  • 10.50 - 11:05 amBreak [15 mins]

  • 11:05 am - 12:35 pmBest practice sharing: navigating the new normal

  • Covid 19 and the “new normal’ bring about significant changes in the way we work, deploy technology, driving innovations, as well as our own resilience.

    What are the implications on leadership and human resources, which impact us and our teams?

    In light of the new digital office, the compliance processes that used to work, might seem dysfunctional in today’s environment. How are other company secretarial teams adapting: people/process/technology? How are teams bringing together their capabilities and how is tech enhancing? What new methodologies or processes have been implemented as a result of covid that will continue and evolve?

    At the same time, cyber attacks are becoming bolder, as seen in the recent attack on US coastal pipelines. Does your board know your company’s vulnerabilities? Does your company have a strong programme to thwart cybercrime and an effective response plan?

    We have invited leading organizations to share their experience, including latest trends, critical success factors, challenges, and practical tips!

    Speakers: (individual presentations followed by panel discussion)

    “Human resources practices – stay agile and sustainable”
    Ms. Phyllis Ng, Head of Human Resources, Link Asset Management Limited

    “The company secretariat: evolution and revolution”
    (For presentation) Lee Johnson, Managing Director, Computershare Governance Services
    (For panel discussion) Michelle Ho, Managing Director, Computershare Governance Services Asia

    “Cybersecurity: latest developments” (tentative title)
    Mr. Kenneth Chau, Chief Technology Officer, Ping An OneConnect Bank