The presence of women at the top of traditionally male-dominated public and private financial institutions is beneficial for both the organisations themselves and the global economy. Boards and executive teams responsible for making monetary policy decisions, managing risks and navigating turbulent economic situations benefit from the diversity of opinion offered by gender equality. As young women see more role models in female leaders across sectors, the pool of talent from which institutions can recruit widens and increased diversity can be expected.
OMFIF is contributing to these trends with its annual Gender Balance Index, now in its sixth year, which tracks the presence of women in senior positions at central banks and sovereign funds. The Singapore launch includes a keynote presentation and panel discussion focusing on public sector initiatives and draws on experience and comparative data from financial firms and institutions in the private sector.
GBI 2019 has been expanded to include profiles of female central bankers and case studies covering internal policies that institutions have adopted to support the progress of women. The analysis includes relevant changes in the senior ranks of the institutions covered and assesses how countries, regions, and other economic groupings perform in the index.
Topics for discussion:
- Importance of gender balance in public and private financial institutions
- Implementing strategies to help women progress to the most senior positions
- Exploring ways to encourage more women to take senior roles in finance
- The role of regulatory and supervisory institutions in promoting gender diversity
- Challenges and solutions for improving gender equality in Asia
Yumiko Murakami, Head of Tokyo Centre, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Shelly Liu, Managing Director, Country Head of China, Barings
Kara Owen, High Commissioner, British High Commission Singapore
Julian Chesser, Managing Director, IHS Markit
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