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Presents

9th Asian Women in Leadership Virtual Summit
September 24th 2020 | Singapore

Gender parity is a moral and economic imperative.

About AWLS Singapore 2020

Women deserve equal opportunities to realize their fullest potential. Leading organizations are making concerted and conscious efforts to overcome “unconscious” biases that may have seeped into their organizational processes. They are revamping their recruitment, retention and talent development strategies to ensure there is a level playing field. These companies are backing up well-meaning intentions for gender parity with thoughtful process design.

It is observed that companies that promote women leaders are usually also organizations who also promote diversity in other areas. Such companies have inclusive mind set and corporate DNA which makes them an attractive place for talent. Could that be the reason that the financial performance of these companies is consistently better than their peers !

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Simon Green

President, Japan & Asia Pacific

Palo Alto Networks

Simon Green is president, Japan & Asia Pacific (JAPAC), of Palo Alto Networks – the global cybersecurity leader. In this role, Simon is responsible for overseeing and driving business strategy and revenue growth, market momentum as well as building and growing a strong, equal and effective team in the region. A crucial aspect and key to the success of Palo Alto Networks business in JAPAC has been its mission to build an equal-opportunity workplace that thrives on inclusion and diversity.

With over 20 years of experience as a technology industry decision-maker, Simon has held several leadership roles in high-profile digital businesses. He was previously COO of Interactive, a systems availability and data-center company, specializing in cloud computing, headquartered in Australia.

Simon has also fulfilled multiple roles during 14 years at NetApp, rising to become Senior Vice President and General Manager for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. In this role, Simon achieved double-digit business growth, and was responsible for setting strategy, managing P&L, building strategic partnerships, developing emerging products, and growing sales, including driving channel strategy. In an earlier role as NetApp’s Vice President for Go-to-Market, Asia Pacific, Simon was responsible for the NetApp-IBM relationship, regional channel programs, and major account strategy.

Earlier in his career, Simon was National Sales Manager and Director for ProVision, which, at that time, was NetApp’s Australian distributor. Simon also spent several years in business-development at Austereo, and worked for seven years in a chartered accountancy firm as a tax specialist.


Miyuki Suzuki

President, Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China

Cisco

Miyuki Suzuki is President for Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC). This group comprises six organizations operating across a diverse set of markets and countries: Australia and New Zealand, India and SAARC, Japan, ASEAN, Korea, and Greater China. In this role, she is responsible for developing Cisco’s strategy, accelerating business growth, and ensuring Cisco APJC is the most trusted and relevant IT solutions partner and provider in the industry.

Suzuki joined Cisco in 2015, as President and General Manager for Cisco Japan, and managed all operations for the Japanese market. During her tenure, she successfully accelerated the business to sustained growth, demonstrating her proven record for driving high-performing teams that achieve results.

She has a passion for talent development, and driving diversity in both teams and thought. She is an innovative, entrepreneurially minded leader, who leads with a long-term view on vision and strategy.

Prior to Cisco, Suzuki has led a variety of organizations including serving as President of KVH Co. Ltd (a Japanese telecommunications and IT services company), and the CEO of LexisNexis for Asia Pacific. She also served as Jetstar Japan’s inaugural CEO, building the airline into one of the largest and fastest growing in the country. Previous roles also include working as the Executive Vice President of Consumer Business at Japan Telecom, and as the Managing Director for Reuters South East Asia.

Suzuki has over 35 years of business experience. As well as deep expertise of the Asia Pacific market, she has also spent time working in Europe, Middle-East, and North America. Suzuki has held an external Board Director position at MetLife since September 2019 and is also an active participant in the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).

Suzuki holds an honours degree in history from Oxford University, and a certificate in financial markets from the Securities Institute of Australia.


Amit Midha

President Asia Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities

Dell Technologies


Amit Midha is the President of the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region and the Global Digital Cities business for Dell Technologies. Recognized as ‘The most promising business leader in Asia’ in 2016 by The Economic Times, he spearheads Dell Technologies’ efforts in the region to enable customers across APJ in their digital transformation journey. Amit also leads Dell Technologies’ Digital Cities business globally, driving digital city initiatives in public sectors worldwide.

Amit joined Dell in 1995 and has held various leadership positions in sales, marketing, and corporate strategy organizations in the Americas, APJ and Greater China region. He has also served as the chair for Global Emerging Markets business and Global Public Business Council within Dell. Prior to joining Dell, Amit worked for Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company, in Mumbai, India.

Amit serves as the member of the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, that serves as a brain trust for the World Economic Forum and aims to challenge assumptions and introduce fresh ideas to reshape global systems for the benefit of humanity and the planet. He is also the member of the Board of Directors of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, which aims to foster deeper strategic and economic cooperation between both countries. Amit is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization, the world’s largest network of peers that connects members to exchange ideas, pursue learning, and share strategies to achieve personal growth and professional success. Amit has also been invited to join the high level, multi-stakeholder WEF-Regional Action Group, ASEAN/APAC, region comprising of ministers, private sector players, international banks & UN bodies, to form a pan-Asian view towards collaboration

Amit has also served on several advisory boards and organizations including:
  • The Board of Directors of the US-India Business Council
  • The Singapore National Employers Federation as Council Member
  • Member of ‘The Chengdu Overseas Advisory Committee’ for the Chengdu Government
  • The China Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises, as Vice Chairman
  • Advisory board of Binhai district, city of TianJin
  • The Xiamen University School of Management as Senior member of the advisory board
Passionate about emerging markets, Amit has played a key role in expanding the company’s presence in the Greater China area and was honored with the Magnolia Gold Award in 2013 for contribution to the city of Shanghai. In 2010, received both the People’s Choice CEO of the Year award as part of CNBC’s China Business Leader Awards and CEO of the year in IT from Bloomberg.

Amit is deeply committed to the cause of youth and women. He sits on the Dell Global Giving Council, Dell Global Diversity Council, and Dell Entrepreneur Executive Council. Serves on the board of “Project Hope Magazine” sponsored by the China Youth Development Foundation to expand the school network in rural China. He leads the efforts in expanding Dell Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) in the region for over a decade now, overseeing the global network expanding from 50 to 5,000 today. Amit also is Dell’s global co- sponsor and leader for Conexus Employee Resource Group, focused on building a connected workforce of the future.

Amit holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia, US, and graduated with a first-class Honors degree in Engineering from the SGS Institute of Technology & Science, Indore, India.

An avid traveler with a keen interest in adventure, Amit likes to experiment in global cuisines and explore wines from different regions of the world. He is a board member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an International Association of Gastronomy, and Knight of Ordine dei Cavalieri del Tartufo e dei Vini di Alba, an organization to preserve, protect or promote food and wine, customs and traditions of Alba and the Langhe region in Italy since 1967. He is also passionate about technology and enjoys dabbling with new gadgets.

Amit resides in Singapore with his wife and two children.


Renee McGowan

Chief Executive Officer, Asia

Mercer
Renee McGowan is the CEO, Asia for Mercer. She is responsible for Mercer’s rapidly growing business in Asia. She has led businesses and lived and worked in different locations including Indonesia, Singapore, London, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and now Hong Kong. Renee has a passion for growing businesses and changing the lives of individuals.

Over an 18-year career at Mercer, Renee has been responsible for leading functions and business and delivering profitable growth strategies. Her notable roles span Product Development, CMO, CXO, global strategy in addition to general business management roles with extensive P&L responsibility. Prior to joining Mercer, Renee benefited from experiences with a small number of leading consulting and financial services firms in the Asia Pacific region.

A proud supporter of women in leadership, Renee has been recognized as an Employee Benefits Top Women in Benefit Advising (US). She has been nominated and awarded various Women in Leadership awards for her work in financial services and retirement savings. For her work leading marketing and customer service teams, Renee was voted in the Top 10 CMOs in Australia two years in a row. She plays a mentoring role with entrepreneurs in developing nations as part of the Cherie Blaire Foundation’s Mentoring Women in Business Program and was an active supporter of Plan International’s “Because I am a girl” campaign. Renee was awarded a Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian Government for delivering humanitarian services overseas.

Mercer is a leading consulting firm that works to improve the health, wealth and careers of employees around the world. A global organization, Mercer has 25,000 employees and operates in over 40 countries around the world. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC).


Michael Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer

Expert Humans

Michael was born and spent his early years in Malaysia. He graduated from Durham University in Chinese followed by postgraduate studies in Japanese language, politics and economics at Nanzan University in Nagoya, after which he worked for Toyota Motor Corporation as an analyst.

Returning to the UK in 1988, Michael worked at the University of Bath as Director of the Foreign Languages Centre. In 2001, he returned to Asia as Director of INSEAD Executive Education in Singapore and subsequently joined CCL Asia Pacific as Managing Director. In 2009 Michael took on the role of CEO, Roffey Park Institute (UK).  In 2018 Michael joined the Human Capital Leadership Institute in Singapore as CEO in July 2018 before moving to setting up Expert Humans in April 2020.

The UK’s HR Magazine named Michael as one of the UK’s Most Influential Thinkers in HR in 2013 and 2016 and Michael has recently joined the UK-based FutureWork Forum as a Partner. He is a regular speaker, writer and conference moderator on humanising the workplace, new thinking in leadership development, the Future of Work and sustainability. Michael is the author of a forthcoming book for Emerald Group – Expert Humans: Critical Leadership Skills for a Disrupted World.


Stella Lim

Head of Corporate and Financial Institutions, Asia Pacific

Swift

Stella Lim is the Head of Corporates and Financial Institutions, SWIFT Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Stella is responsible for SWIFT’s business development activities and strategy planning in areas of cash management and asset management. She is also leading Small Medium Customer teams in account management activities with financial institutions members both in the banking and capital markets segments across Asia Pacific.

Prior to this role, Stella was Commercial Director, Asia Pacific, responsible for recruiting all segments of new customers in the ASEAN region. Stella joined SWIFT Singapore in March 2008 as Country Manager for Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand.

Stella has over 20 years of working experiences with information technology, banking and corporates. Before joining SWIFT, Stella worked with a number of financial software and advisory firms, including SmartStream Technologies, Internet Security Systems, Netik.com and Deloitte, with responsibilities for pre-sales, account management, consultancy services and project management.
About SWIFT

SWIFT is a global member owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services. We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and regulatory compliance.

Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories. While SWIFT does not hold funds or manage accounts on behalf of customers, we enable our global community of users to communicate securely, exchanging standardised financial messages in a reliable way, thereby supporting global and local financial flows, as well as trade and commerce all around the world.

As their trusted provider, we relentlessly pursue operational excellence; we support our community in addressing cyber threats; and we continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies. Our products and services support our community’s access and integration, business intelligence, reference data and financial crime compliance needs. SWIFT also brings the financial community together – at global, regional and local levels – to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest or concern. SWIFT’s strategic five year plan, SWIFT2020, challenges SWIFT to continue investing in the security, reliability and growth of its core messaging platform, while making additional investments in existing services and delivering new and innovative solutions.

Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.


Victoria sanchez terry

Head of Innovation Program, Partnership and Ecosystem APAC

ING Bank

Victoria Sanchez currently heads the Asian Innovation activities for ING Wholesale Banking and is responsible for strategic partnerships, ecosystem development with Fintech companies, industry partners and government agencies in Asia Pacific; and Innovation management and practice.  She is a senior member of the Innovation Leadership and is critical to the implementation of Innovation Excellence in the region.  She also focuses on the entry strategies of ING’s innovation capabilities from other regions.

Victoria Sanchez is an experienced banker by background with solid credentials in management strategies constructions, non-financial risks and multi-industry client experience in execution and delivery.  Victoria previously spearheaded Business Strategy and Management both under ING Wholesale Banking CEO Office and ING Regional teams for Clients, Transaction Services, Capital Structuring & Advisory and Corporate Finance in Asia, bringing significant strategies to life through the years for the bank. Her capabilities also spans leading Client Services, MNC Coverage and structuring bespoke solutions to clients as part of Financial Engineering, Structured Finance Asia, where she started her career with ING.

Victoria is passionate and committed to advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace focusing on unconscious bias and broader workplace inclusion.  She is currently mentoring young start up talents and youth leaders in SEA.
Elizabeth Faber is the Chief Talent Officer for Deloitte Asia Pacific. She is member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She represents AP on the Global Executive Talent Council and the Global Societal Impact Council. Within AP, she chairs the AP Talent Executive, Inclusion Council, and Societal Impact Council.

As the AP Talent leader, Elizabeth leads the AP delegation to the One Young World summit, known as the ‘Davos for millennials’, to The Hague in 2018 and London in 2019, and to the UNLEASH global innovation lab in Shenzhen in 2019.

Elizabeth was awarded the 2019 Diversity Champion Award by Campaign’s Women Leading Change, and is on the Human Resources Director Asia Hot List in 2020.

Elizabeth has has been with Deloitte 26 years. After ten years as a US Strategy & Operations practitioner, she joined the Consulting practice in Shanghai. In 2008, she moved to Singapore to help form the new Southeast Asia firm, establish the SEA Partner Affairs Office, and serve as SEA CEO Chief of Staff.

Elizabeth has an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a BS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband of 27 years have two daughters, both born in China.


Ean Na Teoh

Director and General Manager Medium Business Singapore and Malaysia

Dell Technologies

Ean Na’s career at Dell Technologies spanned over 20 years in a variety of customer-facing and leadership positions across its’ Marketing, Sales and Operations organizations. In her current role, Ean Na is responsible for the leadership of the Medium Business Sales organization in Malaysia and Singapore. Ean Na is passionate, driven and strategic in delivering superior business outcomes while upholding excellent Customer Experience.

Ean Na is also dedicated to women’s advancement and strives to pay it forward by mentoring women and sponsoring their goals. Ean Na chairs the award-winning Dell Technologies Women in Action Employee Resource Group (ERG) in Malaysia. Her role enables her to support women initiatives in her community, including protecting women and girls from abuse and creating awareness among girls on the opportunities in Technology. Ean Na was recognized as the Dell Technologies APJC ERG Chapter Lead of the Year Award in 2019 for her role in supporting, motivating, and inspiring her ERG chapter while exemplifying leadership, innovation and supporting Dell’s goals and her chapter members’ goals. Her chapter’s brainchild, the MentorConnect Executive level inter-company group mentoring program, is now deemed as an emerging global best practice, targeting high potential diverse talents.

Ean Na lives in the beautiful island of Penang, Malaysia with her family.


Nitin Goil

Human Capital Leader, Workforce Transformation and Leadership Practice

Deloitte South East Asia


Experience

Nitin is a Human Capital Leader within the Workforce Transformation and Leadership practice for Deloitte South East Asia. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of leadership development, coaching and counseling and has been a consultant for various global institutes/organizations in the United States, India and Singapore. Some of his expertise is in areas of developing world-class Senior Executive Teams, Team Alignment and Strategic Leadership, Diversity and Culture, Leadership Brand, Multiplier Leadership, Employee Engagement and Storytelling.

One of the highlights of his career was when he was selected for President Obama’s Presidential campaign in 2007-08 for the Midwestern college states. During this time, he had the humble opportunity to plan and organize the campaign message for the President. His team was part of a rigorous marketing campaign that helped connect college students at Midwestern universities to the President’s message. Nitin is also a passionate thought-leader and has presented at several National and International forums, from topics ranging on Leadership Development, Talent Retention, The Gig Economy, Intercultural Sensitivity, Cross Cultural Communication, and a 21st. Century Global Mindset.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Nitin worked at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) as a Regional Director and Faculty and was instrumental in expanding the CCL Leadership development footprint across Asia Pacific, including key markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Korea and focusing on industry verticals of Consumer, Financial services, Manufacturing and Family businesses.

Educational Background

Nitin has a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs and Counseling from Western Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University both in the United States.

Professional Affiliations

He is a certified counselor from the American Psychological Association and is certified on various Psychometric assessments. He is an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Singapore and Co-Chairs the Human Capital Committee. He also is an active member within the Obama Foundation and has coached leaders in the Future leaders program here in Asia.


Vinika Rao

Executive Director

INSEAD


Dr Vinika Rao is the Executive Director of the INSEAD Gender Initiative & Emerging Markets Institute, and Director of the Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia. She started her career with an MNC bank and went on to become the Managing Director of an Indonesian conglomerate, before a serendipitous transition to education. Prior to INSEAD, she was Associate Professor of Strategy at the S.P. Jain Centre of Management, Singapore. Her research is in gender diversity in corporate leadership, specifically, the impact of male support on the self-regulating focus of female managers; as well as millennials & multigenerational influences in the workplace. She is frequently invited to speak on related topics and is quoted / published in leading business publications. She has an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a doctorate from the Singapore Management University. She currently sits on the boards of a non- profit organization and a think tank.

Vinika is passionate about supporting women managers to make fulfilling work-life decisions, aiming to do this through active sponsorship rather than mentorship alone. She strives to engage both men and women in the effort to foster gender balance and create equity, diversity and inclusion in their organizations and communities.


Dr. Jaclyn Lee

Chief Human Resource Officer

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Dr. Jaclyn Lee has been conferred the IHRP Master Professional Certification in April 2018 (read about it here) and is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Dr. Jaclyn Lee handles the full spectrum of HR for the university and is one of the pioneer team members charged with starting up the new university from scratch. She has worked with the senior management team in developing the mission, vision, and values of the new university when it was incepted. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Dr Jaclyn Lee is responsible for HR Strategy, Talent and Capability Development, Workforce planning and optimisation for SUTD.

In addition, she supports the President in driving international employer branding, and Organisation Development initiatives for SUTD. Besides the above, Dr. Jaclyn Lee is also responsible for developing the Total Compensation Structure, Performance Management System, spearheading new HR policies and processes, recruiting key leaders, senior academics and faculty. For the past nine years, she has worked closely with the President and senior leaders in managing the culture development of the university.

Dr. Jaclyn Lee was previously Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources, responsible for managing the full spectrum of human resources for Certis CISCO Security Pte Ltd, a security services company comprising of about 8,000 employees in Singapore and 25,000 in the region. Her role there included strategic HR planning for Singapore and the region, compensation and benefits, performance management and scorecard measurement, employee engagement, human capital development, employer branding, resourcing and other special projects. One of her key achievements in Certis was successfully managing a very difficult wage re-structuring project that involved thousands of workers.

She has over 20 years of HR experience, and has also managed Strategic Planning, organizational development, and regional HR in one of her previous roles as Regional HR Director for NEC Solutions Asia Pacific. In that capacity as Regional HR Director, she developed the talent and career development framework for Engineers and high potentials in the South Asia Region. She was also the Balance Scorecard leader for the region.

Dr. Jaclyn Lee participates actively in conferences as a speaker, both locally and internationally and has spoken at close to 40 local and international conferences. She is the recipient of the Leading HR Leader Award at the annual SHRI Awards for 2008. She is also a Volunteer HR Director in SPRING Singapore’s initiative to drive good HR practices in SMEs. In addition, she sits in several other volunteer committees for driving best HR practices.

Dr. Jaclyn Lee has a PhD in Business Information Systems from University of Twente in the Netherlands, a Masters in HRM from Rutgers University, a Masters in Management from Singapore Management University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brandon University.


Rana Karadsheh

Regional Industry Director - Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services, South Asia & East Asia and Pacificr

IFC bank


Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad has over 20 years of experience in the field of international investing and finance. She is currently Regional Industry Director – Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services, South Asia & East Asia and Pacific for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she is heading up Agribusiness & Forestry, Chemicals & Fertilizers, Construction Materials, Health & Education, Machinery, Manufacturing, Tourism, Retail, and Property, and managing a diverse team located in 16 offices in the both South Asia & East Asia and Pacific.

Before taking on the role as Regional Industry Director, she was Country Manager leading IFC’s operations in Singapore, which includes infrastructure investments, infrastructure advisory, agribusiness, TMT/PE/Tech investments, IFC’s Asia Treasury Hub and three of IFC’s Asset Management Funds. She was also leading the infrastructure investment team covering Singapore and the Philippines. Prior to this, she was the Europe, Middle East and North Africa Head for the Global Chemicals Group, leading multi-disciplinary teams in executing capital intensive projects and leading IFC’s Global Fertilizer Strategy. Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad’s deals have included debt, equity, quasi-equity transactions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East for new ventures, expansions, operational turnarounds and acquisitions a range of sectors including infrastructure, fertilizer, chemical and petrochemical sectors. Earlier in her career at IFC, Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad was with the privatization transaction group, where she was involved in the sourcing, structuring, execution and closing of major privatization and restructuring transactions in various sectors.

Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad holds an MBA and an MA in International Economics from The George Washington University and a BA in Economics and French from The University of Michigan.


Kawal Preet

President, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa Region

FedEx Express

Kawal Preet is the president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express. She took up the role on June 1, 2020.

Based in Hong Kong, Preet is responsible for leading the FedEx Express business across the AMEA region, including overall planning and implementation of corporate strategies and operations across more than 103 countries and territories with nearly 40,000 employees.

Prior to this role, Preet was the senior vice president of operations, North and South Pacific (excluding mainland China and Mongolia), a position she assumed in June 2017.

Preet’s career with FedEx Express began in 1997 as an associate engineer in Singapore. She has held various management roles in planning and engineering as well as operations throughout Asia. In 2006, she was promoted to managing director, planning and engineering, Asia Pacific. In 2014, Preet was promoted to vice president, planning and engineering for Asia Pacific. Following that, Preet served as vice president, planning and engineering air network for Asia Pacific in 2016.

Preet is currently serving as the chair of the National Center for APEC (NCAPEC) and is an active board member of the US-ASEAN Business Council.

Preet holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in India and received her MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia.


Tricia Duran

Head of Human Resources

Unilever Asia Pte. Ltd

Tricia is an HR professional with over 20 years of local, regional and global experience. In her roles, she’s had the opportunity to lead diverse teams in driving people strategies to ensure a purpose led, future fit organisation.

Tricia is overall in charge of end to end HR for Unilever Asia Pte Ltd. and the Regional HR Director for the Corporate Functions. In these roles, she drives organisational transformation, building capacity, capability and a culture with heart. She also leads Talent Attraction for the region, resulting in Unilever being the No. 1 Employer of Choice across all ASEAN markets.

In her spare time, she is an internationally accredited wellbeing professional holistically combining her Psychology degree and Executive & Life Coaching credentials with her Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher certification. She’s also currently looking to complete her Nutritional Coaching and Resilient Leadership Consultant accreditation.


Ashish D. Pal

Managing Director, Singapore & Malaysia

MSD

Ashish is the Managing Director for MSD Singapore & Malaysia.

He also serves as Vice President for both the Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (SAPI) and the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PHAMA), the trade associations for global innovative biopharmaceutical companies.

A passionate champion for diversity and inclusion, Ashish has a strong track record for inspiring sustainable organizational transformation(s) and mentoring leadership, across geographies. He also plays an active policy leadership role, working in close collaboration with colleagues on the Board(s), alongside key regional and global stakeholders.

Driven by passion and purpose, Ashish started his career with Pfizer India as Assistant Product Manager and then after his MBA, to Alcon in the United States where he held commercial operational leadership roles of increasing responsibility. This included Global leadership roles, for both pharmaceutical and surgical devices.

He then joined Merck in the United States, as Senior Director, Global Women’s health care Marketing before taking on the role as Senior Director, Portfolio Marketing for the Emerging Markets.

Ashish then relocated to Mumbai, India as General Manager to establish and operationalize a first of its kind pan Emerging Markets joint venture, between MSD and SUN pharma. He then moved to Jakarta, Indonesia as President & Managing Director for MSD Indonesia, before his current role as Cluster Managing Director for MSD Singapore & Malaysia.

Ashish is excited about stepping out of his comfort zone while encouraging others to do the same. He is passionate about constantly learning and re-skilling across the enterprise and at a personal level; the future is today.

Ashish was a part of the Future Leaders program for MSD, in conjunction with Harvard Business School. Ashish has an MBA in Marketing & International Business from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelors of Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Mumbai, India.


Misti Landtroop

New Zealand Managing Director

Palo Alto Networks

Misti is the New Zealand Managing Director for the world’s cybersecurity leader, Palo Alto Networks, and is passionate about protecting all New Zealanders’ way of life in the digital age by working to ensure each day is safer and more secure than the one before.

A proud dual citizen of New Zealand and the United States, Misti has spent nearly 20 years in senior leadership roles at both Fortune 100 companies and early stage start-up organisations. This includes 12 years at Microsoft where she rose to the role of Chief of Staff for Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group based in Washington, and then moved to New Zealand as Microsoft’s Director, Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners. She was Managing Director at Pitney Bowes NZ and Head of New Markets at Latipay. She has also led a successful NZ based consultancy firm providing strategic, leadership and governance advisory services for several NZ businesses.

Misti began her career in the field of journalism and communications as a News Director/Field Reporter at a Fox Television affiliate. She has a sincere passion and appreciation for the art of storytelling which has been the driver behind the work she’s done helping children with learning differences find their voice.

As a woman in a senior executive position in the world of technology, Misti is able to support her other passion of driving gender equality to ensure lasting transformational change and leading by example to enable opportunity for other women to hold positions in senior roles.

Founding member of Global Women, Misti is passionate about the mission to catalyse New Zealand’s social and economic success by championing diversity in leadership and she’s focused on the need to be relentless in our commitment to support the growth of women which requires a constant willingness to be transformed into the people we were created to be.


Monica Chia

Vice President, Human Resources, East Asia Japan

Schneider Electric

With more than twenty years of experience in organizational transformation, talent management and culture building for large corporations across Asia, Monica is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for East Asia and Japan at Schneider Electric. In this role, Monica leads the HR function for the entire zone, consisting of 14 countries with more than 5,000 employees. Schneider Electric is a multinational company that leads the way in providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability.

Monica previously held leadership roles at Gilead Sciences, Allergan, Novartis and GE Plastics. These roles have provided Monica broad human resources experience ranging from building HR infrastructure, ramping up operations, integrating acquisitions to right-sizing operations, and experience across Asia Pacific.

Monica holds a BA from the National University of Singapore.


Elizabeth Faber

Chief Talent Officer

Deloitte

Elizabeth Faber is the Chief Talent Officer for Deloitte Asia Pacific. She is member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She represents AP on the Global Executive Talent Council and the Global Societal Impact Council. Within AP, she chairs the AP Talent Executive, Inclusion Council, and Societal Impact Council.

As the AP Talent leader, Elizabeth leads the AP delegation to the One Young World summit, known as the ‘Davos for millennials’, to The Hague in 2018 and London in 2019, and to the UNLEASH global innovation lab in Shenzhen in 2019.

Elizabeth was awarded the 2019 Diversity Champion Award by Campaign’s Women Leading Change, and is on the Human Resources Director Asia Hot List in 2020.

Elizabeth has has been with Deloitte 26 years. After ten years as a US Strategy & Operations practitioner, she joined the Consulting practice in Shanghai. In 2008, she moved to Singapore to help form the new Southeast Asia firm, establish the SEA Partner Affairs Office, and serve as SEA CEO Chief of Staff.

Elizabeth has an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a BS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband of 27 years have two daughters, both born in China.