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Gender inequality in the workplace has persisted for far too long. There is no shortage of research that shows female participation in the workforce is beneficial to the economy and in shaping the minds of our future generation. The gaps in labour force participation between men and women remain large. This uneven playing field comes at a significant economic cost, hampers productivity, and weighs on growth. The implications last far longer than most can see – including implications on retirement inadequacy of women and the role modelling for future generations of our women, and men.
IMF research has found that men and women complement each other in the production process, creating an additional benefit from increasing women’s employment on growth. Shockingly, the IMF finds that closing the gender gap could increase GDP by an average of 35%! Whilst four-fifths of these gains could come from adding workers to the workforce, but fully one-fifth of the gains are due to the gender diversity effect on productivity.
In Singapore, women are fortunate to have access to good healthcare, education, support networks and pro-family policies. Still, gender inequality in corporate ranks is persistent and rife. Why is this so? Is it our educational curriculum or policies? Or the silo expectations of women in society & work? Or the lack of family-friendly policies or the unequal economic incentives for women at the workplace?
To address this question, and to examine the fundamental reasons and potential solutions to level the gender imbalance, we have invited a team of esteemed panellists to share their views on this topic.
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12.00pm: Registration, lunch & networking
12.30pm: Opening speeches by His Excellency Bruce Gosper, Australian High Commissioner, NAB and FWA
12.40pm: Panel discussion moderated by Lisa Oake, Founder and CEO, Oake Media
-- Kenneth Kan, Chief-of-Staff, Dymon Asia Capital
-- Jillian Lim, Executive Director, Business Environment, Singapore Economic Development Board
-- Christy Tan, Head of MarketsStrategy/Research, Asia, National Australia Bank
-- Nick Trueman, Head of Global Investment Management Services (GIMS), Asia Pacific, T.Rowe Price Group, Inc.
-- Katina Yap, Head of Human Capital, Fullerton Fund Management
1:50 pm: Q&A
2:00 pm: Close of event
Speaker and Moderator Bios:
Kenneth Kan, Chief-of-Staff, Dymon Asia Capital
Mr Kenneth Kan is Managing Director and Chief-of-Staff at Dymon Asia Capital, one of Asia’s largest alternative asset managers based in Singapore.
As Chief-of-Staff, Kenneth focuses on Dymon Asia’s new businesses, corporate strategy, talent acquisition, talent development, corporate culture and corporate communications. Kenneth joined Dymon Asia in 2012 as Head of Execution Trading, a position he held till he was made Chief-of-Staff in late 2017.
Prior to joining Dymon Asia Capital in January 2012, Kenneth spent a year as the Head of Emerging Market FX Trading in Asia at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, based in Singapore. He spent two years at Marathon Asset Management between July 2008 and July 2010 where he was Managing Director, trading Asia and G10 FX for Marathon’s funds.
Kenneth spent three years at The Royal Bank of Scotland, Hong Kong, from May 2005 to June 2008 as the Head of Asian Emerging Markets, FX where he built and managed the Asian Emerging Markets trading team. He started his trading career at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore in 1998 and eventually became the global head of NDF trading, where he held this post till leaving the bank nine years later for RBS Hong Kong in 2005.
Kenneth Volunteers his time in various organisations outside of work. He is on the board of The Majurity Trust (TMT), a philanthropic organisation in Singapore focused on social impact programmes and platforms that aim to build a thriving and sustainable community. He is also on the Executive Committee of ACI Singapore – The Financial Markets Association, where he holds the post of Honorary Secretary and Chairs the Education Committee.
Jillian Lim, Executive Director, Business Environment, Singapore Economic Development Board
Ms Jillian Lim is the Executive Director for Business Environment at the Economic Development Board. She oversees initiatives in planning and executing policies that enhance Singapore’s position as a global centre for business, innovation and talent. This includes involvement in contributing to international fora that promote business growth in the areas of taxation and trade, as well as the management of an incentive product portfolio and policy governance to promote a conducive business environment. Prior to this, she held appointments in various EDB clusters and initiatives, including in the development of the Headquarters and Precision Engineering sectors.
Ms Lim graduated from the University of Sydney, Law School, with a Master in International Taxation. Ms Lim also holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
Christy Tan, Head of Markets/Strategy Research, National Australia Bank
Christy Tan is the Head of Markets Strategy and Research for Asia within the Markets department, based in Singapore. Since joining National Australia Bank (NAB), Christy has built the Asia research platform and is an active contributor to NAB’s presence in China and the region. Christy spearheaded Asia research and thematic reports involving Asia, China and RMB. Christy joined NAB in July 2014 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she held the Senior Director role within the Asia fixed income and currencies research team. Christy graduated with an Economics major from the National University of Singapore and has an MBA from the University of Manchester.
Christy is a proud mother of an eighteen-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl and the family enjoys travelling together. Christy is an active member of Gender Balance Asia in NAB, which is an employee-led women networking platform and has led some initiatives, for instance, Cherish Food project, when she was based in HK for 3.5 years.
Nick Trueman, Head of Global Investment Management Services (GIMS), Asia Pacific, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Nick Trueman is the Asia Pacific head of Global Investment Management Services (GIMS) of T. Rowe Price, the organization responsible for the firm's institutional business worldwide. Mr Trueman is a member of the Global Executive Committee of GIMS and the firm's Investment Management Steering Committee. Prior to moving to Singapore in 2013, he was head of Consultant Relations for EMEA and chairperson of the EMEA Consultant Relations Committee. Mr Trueman is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Mr Trueman has 18 years of investment experience, 11 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he worked as a portfolio manager at AXA Rosenberg Investment Management. He started his career as a graduate trainee with Schroder Investment Management.
Mr Trueman earned an M.A. (with honours) from the University of Edinburgh and an Investment Management Certificate from the UK Society for Investment Professionals.
Katina Yap, Head of Human Capital, Fullerton Fund Management
Katina is Fullerton’s Head of Human Capital, overall responsible for talent growth and career development for all staff at Fullerton which includes strategizing and implementing key initiatives to promote a culture of strong engagement and continuous learning within the firm. Katina works closely with all business leaders to further enhance the firm’s efforts in all people-based activities within Fullerton, from both an operational and strategic perspective.
Prior to joining Fullerton in 2013, Katina was Vice President, HR for PIMCO where she was responsible for the Human Resources function for its Asia ex-Japan business.
Katina is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Master degree in Human Capital Management from the Singapore University of Social Sciences.
Lisa Oake, Founder and CEO, Oake Media www.oakemedia.com
Oake Media was started in 2014 by former CNBC Asia Squawk Box presenter Lisa Oake. Lisa personally conducts all of Oake Media's training sessions and brings expertise gained from 20 years as an award-winning broadcast journalist to each and every seminar.
Lisa has interviewed thousands of CEOs, analysts, central bank governors and heads of state. She understands that everyone - no matter how successful - feels vulnerable during an interview or when speaking in public.
Her coaching has helped hundreds of professionals and journalists get past their inhibitions and speak eloquently when under pressure.
Lisa holds a Master's degree in Journalism from Canada's Western University. She was awarded a certificate of completion for the Leadership in Crises Program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education in April 2018.
Oake Media was named Best Media Trainer at the 2017 Asian Training and Development Awards.
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