2019 Women in Leadership Forum

Date: 20 Nov 2019
Location: Beijing

While issues surrounding gender equality in the workplace have become more prominent than before, women continue to face a myriad of challenges in the workplace and particularly at the senior leadership level. At the 5th Women in Leadership Forum, we will focus on unleashing the power of female leaders across business, government, academia, and sports in China and around the world.

Focusing on empowering women at senior levels, the Women in Leadership Forum has become a flagship event jointly held since 2013 by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN).

As a platform for empowering female leaders, promoting gender equality in the workplace, celebrating success stories, and offering opportunities to create positive change, the Women in Leadership Forum offers unique insights from distinguished leaders like Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook’s COO), Barbara Woodward (British Ambassador to China), Jan Adams (Former Australian Ambassador to China) and Jean Liu (President of Didi Chuxing Technology Co), among many others.

Event Agenda

12:30-13:30 Registration

13:30-13:35 Commencement

Audrey MU, Founder & Chairman, Beijing Bonbaby Education Technology Ltd., CKGSB MBA Alumna

13:35-13:45 Welcome Address

XIANG Bing, Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB


Opening Remarks

Smriti ARYAL, Head of Office, UN Women China

Fostering Equality through Governance


Keynote Speech: Leading by Example: Gender Equality in the Public Sector

Gabrielle WILLIAMS, Minister for Women, Minister for Youth, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Victorian State Government of Australia


Dialogue: Pioneering Efforts towards Gender Parity

Clare FEARNLEY, Ambassador of New Zealand to China

Helena SANGELAND, Ambassador of Sweden to China

Moderator: TENG Bingsheng, Professor of Strategic Management, Associate Dean for Asia and Europe, CKGSB


Dialogue: The Role of Women at the Center of Africa’s Transformation

Tania ROMUALDO, Ambassador of the Republic of Cabo Verde to China

Sarah SEREM, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to China

Maria GUSTAVA, Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to China

Moderator: Hannah RYDER, CEO, Development Reimagined

Driving Business Growth through Gender Balance


Keynote Speech: Chinese Business Executive’s Leadership Transformation

ZHANG Xiaomeng, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for EE, Co-Director of Leadership and Motivation Research Center, CKGSB


Keynote Speech: Creating Sustainable Value for the Country and Company

Xiaoping YANG, Chairman and President, BP China


Keynote Speech: Female Power in the Age of AI

PING Xiaoli, General Manager, Baidu APP


Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Millennial Age

LIU Nan, Founder & CEO, Mia, CKGSB Chuang Community Student

LIU Fang, Founder & CEO, Teasure, CKGSB Chuang Community Student

Moderator: TENG Bingsheng, Professor of Strategic Management, Associate Dean for Asia and Europe, CKGSB


Panel Discussion: The Role of Male Champions in Gender Balance

Greg GILLIGAN, Vice President, Greater China Managing Director, PGA TOUR

Daniel BOYER, General Manager, Greater China and Minister (Commercial), Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Embassy

Daisy SHEN, Partner, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited

Moderator: Su Cheng HARRIS-SIMPSON, Founder and CEO of SCHSAsia, Board of Governor of AmCham China


Keynote Speech: Women’s Empowerment Principles

Jialei LIN, Programme Officer, UN Women China

Achieving Personal Victories


Special Dialogue: The Female Advantage in Sports

LI Na, Former Professional Tennis Player, CKGSB Alumna

YAN Aimin, Professor of Management, Associate Dean of External Relations, Campus Development, and Administration, CKGSB


Special Dialogue: Inspiring Journeys and Overcoming Hurdles

FAN Yu, Co-founder of Nawa Life, CKGSB Alumna

LUO Jing, Mountaineer, CKGSB Alumna

Moderator: YAN Aimin, Professor of Management, Associate Dean of External Relations, Campus Development, and Administration, CKGSB


Closing Remarks

ZHOU Li, Assistant Dean, CKGSB

18:30-19:00 Networking

Click here for more details.

The information on this page may have been provided by a contributor to ChinaGoAbroad, and ChinaGoAbroad makes no guarantees about the accuracy of any content. All content shall be used for informational purposes only. Contributors must obtain all necessary licenses and/or ownership rights from the relevant content owner(s) before submitting such content (including texts, pictures, photos and diagrams) to ChinaGoAbroad for publication. ChinaGoAbroad disclaims all liability arising from the publication of any content/information (such as texts, pictures, photos and diagrams that infringe on any copyright) received from contributors. Links may direct to third party sites out of the control of ChinaGoAbroad, and such links shall not be considered an endorsement by ChinaGoAbroad of any information contained on such third party sites. Please refer to our Disclaimer for more details.