In light of COVID-19 we have adapted our programme to limit face-to-face interactions and will be delivering this workshop virtually.
Aimed at people who are thinking about becoming a non-executive director, this workshop looks at the duties and liabilities of being a non-executive director, effective boardroom behaviour and how to go about getting that all important first role with advice on how to present your CV and tips on interview techniques.
The workshop is designed to be interactive and finishes with an opportunity to hear from a very experienced non-executive director about their personal experiences.
- Effective Behaviour in the Boardroom
- An Introduction to Committees - Audit, Nomination, Remuneration
- Legal Liabilities and Corporate Governance
- Getting Your First Role
- Life as a Non-Executive: A Personal View
Grant Thornton International×
Grant Thornton International
Aliza is about to retire from her role running APAC for Cloudflare, a SaaS internet security, performance, and reliability provider. Previously, she was Head of APAC for Twitter, having joined the digital enterprise after building a significant business for Google in APAC.
Aliza will move to focusing on non-executive director and advisory roles only. She is currently a non-executive director of Grant Thornton International (GTIL, London). She recently retired from the board of listed company Scentre Group (Westfield Shopping Malls, Australia/NZ). She previously served on the boards of listed companies SingPost (mail and e-commerce, Singapore), GfK (#5 global market research firm, Germany), Invocare (Australia) and as an advisor to the ANZ Bank Board Technology Committee. She lead SWAT (Super Women at Twitter) and did the same for Women@Google. She has served on two key committees for the Singapore government, and was invited to address the Singapore Institute of Directors on why gender diversity is important to boards, as well as on globalization. She was named the IT Woman of the Year (Asia) in 2020, the AWA Singapore International Business Woman of the Year in 2015, elected to Chief Executive Women (Australia) in 2016, and featured in the 2018 book, “Women on Board- Making a Real Difference”.
Aliza has significant financial services and international experience. Prior roles include SVP, Commercial Solutions, Visa International; SVP, International, Charles Schwab; and Partner and Head of Financial Services at Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and Singapore.
Aliza graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Applied Math-Economics from Brown University, and holds an MBA with distinction in Marketing from New York University. She resides between Sydney and Singapore.
Partner, Ashurst | Associate Director, Ashurst ADTLawSee bio
Partner, Ashurst | Associate Director, Ashurst ADTLaw
Michelle has been advising on mergers and acquisitions for close to 20 years. She has worked in London and Singapore, and has advised clients in both jurisdictions on their mergers and acquisitions and investments across borders, along with the legal and compliance aspects of their day-to-day operations.
Her clients include state-owned enterprises, private equity funds, family offices and bulge bracket banks.
She has been consistently ranked as a leading corporate/M&A lawyer in various legal publications since 2009. Clients have described her as "commercial minded, pragmatic, fun and easy to work with, a steady pair of hands who has your back at all times". She has also been commended by clients as being "easy to work with, extremely prompt and responsive to clients needs".
Waltter specialises in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He has extensive experience representing corporates, private equity firms, alternative investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, corporate strategic investors, and investment and commercial banks on a variety of cross-border transactions and corporate reorganisations across the region.
Waltter is qualified in England and Wales.
Regional Managing PartnerSee bio
Heidrick & Struggles×
Regional Managing Partner
Heidrick & Struggles
Alain Deniau is the Regional Managing Partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ Consumer Markets Practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East and he also heads up Singapore’s CEO & Board Practice.
Previously, he served as managing partner of the firm's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Alain has extensive experience in senior cross-border assignments within Asia as well as between Europe and Asia.
With experience across Paris, London, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and Singapore, Alain specializes in international search assignments, leadership assessment, and consulting. He helps private equity firms identify CEOs and senior advisors, as well as develop top teams. As an active member of the CEO & Board of Directors Practice covering board and non-executive director searches, Alain advises companies in areas such as executive performance, succession planning, and top-team effectiveness.
An accomplished consultant with more than two decades of executive search and leadership advisory experience, Alain began his career as an engineer and property developer in Asia before becoming a management consultant with Mars & Co. He has achieved a strong reputation among top company leaders across a wide spectrum of sectors including hospitality, entertainment, FMCG, retail, airports, transportation, utilities and supply chain.
During his career at Heidrick & Struggles, Alain has spearheaded various thought leadership articles including Route to the Top and Building an Effective and Diverse Board. In addition, Alain has represented the firm at several top leadership events, including the World Economic Forum in Africa and Asia. Strongly committed to diversity and inclusion, Alain is the firm's spokesperson on diversity initiatives, sharing his views at press conferences and in client events, and has been frequently quoted in the media.
Alain graduated from ESTP Paris and received an MBA from INSEAD. He is fluent in French and English.
Board DirectorSee bio
Dragonfly Education, Singapore×
Dragonfly Education, Singapore
Dugie Cameron is a passionate, results driven leader in the business of education; the dynamic world of learning and earning.
He has held very senior roles at global and regional level in a number of companies, including Pearson and Harper Collins.
Some of his key accomplishments include the transformation of the China market for Pearson, chairing multiple successful Joint Ventures across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia and, more recently,
overseeing the international expansion of the Apollo English brand.
He is particularly proud of driving an innovative, open and supportive approach to ethics in the workplace, which he sees as fundamental to creating value for staff and customers.
Dugie is currently a Board Director of the Singapore based company, Dragonfly Education. He is a graduate of the Financial Times NED Diploma and is a qualified coach.
Bob has 30+ years management experience highly focused on Asia/China inorganic growth strategies with significant operational management leadership. Bob left EY (f/k/a Ernst & Young) in 2016 to take on independent advisor and board roles leveraging his significant M&A, corporate finance strategy and corporate governance experience. While at EY, he founded their Transaction Advisory Services businesses initially in California then across Greater China and the Far East, where he was also the Asia Pacific Private Equity Leader. Bob served on a variety of EY’s regional and global boards for 15+ years. Bob continues to advise Private Equity, Venture Capital and corporate investors across various Asian markets.
Bob has led or been involved in many Asia/China transactions including Carlyle’s investment in China Pacific Life, Nissan’s joint venture with Dong Feng and Mittal Steel’s investment in Hunan Valin Steel, as well as Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s PC division (considered the ultimate landmark transaction for Chinese companies investing overseas). He is also called upon as an Expert Witness in fraud cases and acquisition disputes, having previously founded EY’s Fraud Investigations department in Greater China.
Bob is a work-fanatic, but spends time with his 5 dogs, staying fit and often pursuing adrenaline-filled activities. He is a former United States Marine Corps Drill Instructor, and was the Global CFO of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf prior to relocating to Hong Kong in 2000. Bob holds an MBA with dual emphases in Operations Management & Marketing (Lewis University; Illinois, USA) and a BBA (National University; California, USA).