Companies are facing growing pressure from investors, consumers, regulators and employees to embrace diversity and inclusion across corporate ranks. This underscores a deeper awareness of the need to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Stakeholders are increasingly incorporating assessments of companies’ gender diversity and inclusion (D&I) to determine how they might respond to ESG risks and opportunities. This can affect if and how companies address D&I issues.
In our latest Viewpoints from FWA Champions, we invite our Champions to share their views on how gender fits into ESG. How should investors advice portfolio companies to think of gender D&I? Should regulators prescribe targets for female representation if progress remains slow? Will bankers make a distinction between companies that are gender-balanced vs. those that aren’t?
Our speakers are Liew Tzu Mi, Yulanda Ho, Joris Dierckx and Jakob Nilsson. The panel will be moderated by Wong Dan Chi.
Liew Tzu Mi, Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income & Managing Director, GIC
Ms Liew Tzu Mi is the Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income and a Managing Director at the GIC. In her role as CIO Fixed Income, she oversees the business in macro, credit and cross-asset systematic investing. She joined GIC in 1998 and built her career in the Fixed Income department. She was responsible for the Emerging Markets business in Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange between 2008 and 2010, headed up the Macro Research and Strategy team at its inception in 2011 and the Global Macro business from 2011 to 2016. She is a member of the GIC Group Executive Committee, and chairs the Currency and Risk Management Group and Sustainability Committee. She is also a member of the Investment Management Committee and China Business Group in GIC. Ms Liew is a member of Singapore Ministry of Defence SAVER-Premium Board of Trustee and Singapore Central Provident Fund Board.
Ms. Liew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK, as well as a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, USA. She is a CFA charter holder and has completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.
Yulanda Ho Yan Chung, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability, Institutional Banking Group Singapore, DBS Bank
Yulanda Chung joined DBS in 2017 and is currently Head of Sustainability of Institutional Banking Group. She leads the Bank’s responsible financing framework and advises on environmental and social issues pertaining to transactions.
Yulanda was previously Head of Sustainable Finance at Standard Chartered in London, where she established the bank’s sustainable lending agenda.
Before joining the banking sector, she was an equity analyst for the mining and building materials sectors at RobecoSAM in Zurich, Switzerland.
She graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University.
Joris Dierckx, Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking for Southeast Asia and CEO of Singapore Branch, BNP Paribas
Joris Dierckx is the Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking for Southeast Asia and CEO of Singapore Branch at BNP Paribas.
Joris started his banking career in 1995 as a graduate trainee at Generale Bank in Belgium. At Generale Bank and subsequently at Fortis, he held various roles in export and project finance in Brussels, Dublin, Mumbai and Singapore. In 2008, Joris was appointed country head for Japan at Fortis, while also serving as interim Head of Merchant Banking Asia during the integration with BNP Paribas. Since joining BNP Paribas in 2010, Joris was successively country head for Greece, South Korea and India.
Joris holds a Post-Graduate diploma in Sustainable Development from the University of London, a Post-Graduate degree in Finance from the University of Leuven, a Master of Laws degree from the University of London and Master’s degree from the University of Antwerp.
Jakob Nilsson, Executive Director – Head of Distribution, Asia Pacific, Federated Hermes
Jakob Nilsson is the Head of Distribution for the Asia Pacific region for Federated Hermes. He is also a member of the Business Development Executive Committee and the Management Committee of Federated Hermes International.
Mr Nilsson joined Hermes Investment Management (majority acquired by Federated Hermes Inc in 2018) in 2012 as a Director, initially to focus on promoting the firm’s investment strategies to large European investors. In 2014 Mr Nilsson re-located to Singapore to head-up the firm’s business development efforts in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to Federated Hermes, Mr Nilsson spent 15 years on the sell-side working for Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr Nilsson started his career as a European equity institutional salesperson and latterly moved to prime brokerage origination. Over the course of his career he has worked with a broad range of asset managers, investors, products, and geographies. Mr Nilsson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Rochester, New York and has completed the Stanford-National University of Singapore Executive Program in International Management.
Moderated by Wong Dan Chi, Asian ESG Specialist, Schroders
Dan Chi is the Asian Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Specialist at Schroders. Based in Singapore, she supports the company's ESG integration and policy engagement on ESG in APAC. In addition, Ms. Wong serves as the Vice-Chair of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC). She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Singapore Management University, teaching sustainability at postgraduate level.
Dan Chi has specialized in ESG in Asia since 2010, when ESG was in its nascent stages regionally. She received training at the United Nations University on global change and sustainability by leading practitioners from institutions such as The World Bank and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She started her career at KPMG before joining a dedicated sustainability consultancy, where she worked with corporates and investors on integrating sustainability into strategic decisions. Prior to joining Schroders, she served as the global ESG specialist for one of the largest asset managers headquartered in Asia.
Dan Chi majored in Accountancy and Environmental Economics for her Bachelor's and Master's degree respectively. She is currently enrolled in a MSt for Sustainability Leadership with the University of Cambridge. She is also a Chartered Accountant.
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