In light of COVID-19 we have adapted our programme to limit face-to-face interactions and will be delivering this workshop virtually. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will be in touch.
The Effective Non-Executive Director Asia Programme is an intensive two-day course designed for existing non-executive directors who wish to further develop their skills or for people who have just taken on their first non-executive position and are keen to prepare themselves for a non-executive career.
This is a practical, detailed and highly interactive course with recognised speakers and thought-leaders who will help you with improving board effectiveness and increasing your contribution to the board.
Attendance can be considered as 10 CPD hours of structured learning.
The CPD hours are generally qualified to obtain accreditation from Law Society of Hong Kong*, ACCA and HKICS. Final decision is subject to approval from individual organisation and institute.
*Applying accreditation from The Law Society of Hong Kong.
- Get a deep understanding of the role of a board director
- Understand the legal, regulatory and governance issues facing board members today
- Develop your skills to make you a more effective board member
- Understand the importance of board behaviour in strengthening company performance
- Expand your knowledge of sub-committees and how they can work effectively
- Become more aware of the importance of strategic thinking on boards and how you can add value to the organisation
- Learn and discuss subjects with leading experts and experienced non-executive directors
- Gain greater confidence to prepare for the challenges ahead in your portfolio career
- Hear from experts on how to successfully develop your personal NED career
- Network with like-minded professionals
Delegates of the Effective Non-Executive Director Programme will also be offered exclusive access to our regular networking evenings including speaking sessions with recognised thought-leaders.
- The legal responsibilities of a non-executive director
- Corporate governance
- The role of the remuneration committee
- The role of the audit committee
- Characteristics of effective boards
- Boardroom dynamics
- Personal behaviour in the boardroom
- Characteristics of effective non-executive directors
- Strategic thinking for non-executive directors
CEO and Sustainability AdvisorSee bio
Copeland & Partners Ltd×
CEO and Sustainability Advisor
Copeland & Partners Ltd
For over thirty years, Anne has committed her career to sustainability. She assists businesses to adopt environmental, social and governance best practices into their operations, and the investment community to identify and manage environmental and social risks in financial transactions. Anne’s sector experience ranges from supply chain management, infrastructure, transportation, manufacturing and agribusiness, to hospitality, health care and education.
Based in Hong Kong, she has served clients across the Asia-Pacific and North America. Anne founded Copeland & Partners Ltd in 2008 and is currently its CEO and sustainability advisor. Anne is a Board Advisor to Arowana Impact Capital Group, the only B-Corp accredited investment manager headquartered in Southeast Asia with a focus on sustainable investment practices across the Asia Pacific region and a Safeguards Specialist for the Independent Evaluation Department of the Asian Development Bank. She is a founding partner and advisor at ORCA Asia that delivers a cost-saving and environmentally-beneficial food waste solution. Anne is also Associate Sustainability Advisor to Sedgwick Richardson, where she provides strategy and report development services to Asian companies.
Previous roles that Anne has held include: environmental and social specialist for the International Finance Cooperation; principal consultant for BMT Asia Pacific; environmental lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and environmental consultant for the Hong Kong Productivity Council and ERM Hong Kong.
Anne was a founding member of the HKSAR Council for Sustainable Development (SD)’s Strategy Sub-committee, the Global Reporting Initiative’s Stakeholder Council, the HK Business Coalition on the Environment, and led Cancham’s SD Committee for its first 7 years and remains an Advisor to the Committee. She is a member of the Association of Certified and Chartered Accountant’s Global Sustainability Forum. She also supports female leaders as a former Mentor on The Women’s Foundation (TWF)’s Mentoring Programme and member of its Advisory Council, and as a Director of Cancham’s Women’s Network
Anne earned a MA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto and a BA (Honours) in Political Science from McGill University.
Blair Pickerell is semi-retired following a business career of over 30 years in Asia.
Blair spent 18 years with Jardine Matheson / Jardine Fleming, including as Development Director of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Managing Director (chief executive) of Jardine Pacific Ltd. (73,000 staff and business operations in 20+ countries), and as Chairman of Jardine Fleming Funds. He subsequently served as Chief Executive, Asia Pacific for HSBC Asset Management; CEO, Asia for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and Chairman, Asia for Nikko Asset Management. Blair is widely recognized as having played a pioneering role in the development of the mutual fund industry in the region, particularly in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.
Blair retired from full time employment in 2015. He presently serves as an Independent Director of Principal Financial Group (a Fortune 500 financial services company listed in the US), Link REIT (the largest real estate investment trust in Asia), First Pacific Company (consumer food products, infrastructure, natural resources, and telecommunications) and Dah Sing Banking Group (banking and insurance in Hong Kong, Macau, and China). He also serves as a Supervisory Committee member of The Tracker Fund of Hong Kong (the largest ETF in Hong Kong), on the International Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Hong Kong, a Strategic Advisor to CreditEase Wealth Management in Beijing, and as Chairman of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong.
He received his B.A. (with Honors and Distinction) and M.A. from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese.
Managing PartnerSee bio
Joshua Cole is a partner in Ashurst's corporate practice.
Based in Hong Kong, Joshua specialises in cross-border mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures throughout Asia.
Joshua has advised on a number of high profile international acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures throughout the region and across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, energy and resources and retail.
Joshua regularly advises boards on corporate governance and related issues.
Founder and ChairmanSee bio
Founder and Chairman
Jay Shaw is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Jay is the Founder and Chairman of Praxonomy, a board management software provider. Prior to founding Praxonomy, he co-founded and served as CEO of NetDimensions, a London Stock Exchange AIM-listed talent management software company, before its acquisition in 2017 by Learning Technologies Group plc for US$67M. Jay also serves as the Non-executive Chairman of SandSIV Group, a software and services company based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Ashurst Hong Kong×
Ashurst Hong Kong
Melody has significant experience advising investment banks and corporations on capital markets and corporate matters in Asia and the United States. She focuses on securities offerings, advising international conglomerates and state owned enterprises as well as high growth companies on global offerings and listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SEC registered offerings, secondary offerings, rights issues and share placings. She also has extensive experience in bond offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financings and listing rules compliance matters. Her expertise spans across a wide range of industries, including TMT, real estate, financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, energy, natural resources, consumer products, manufacturing, retail and food & beverage.
Melody is a native Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese speaker qualified in both the United States and Hong Kong.
David Chun-Yue Hui
Heidrick & Struggles×
David Chun-Yue Hui
Heidrick & Struggles
David Hui is a Partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Hong Kong office. He is also Regional Managing Partner of the Industrial Practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, and leads the CEO & Board Practice in Hong Kong.
David has over 20 years of experience in executive search and consulting globally and across the APAC region, specializing in senior-level search, consulting and assessment in the industrial and financial services sectors. He has advised major financial services companies and leading corporates and family businesses in the region on many areas related to recruitment, talent, succession and organizational development.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, David founded and ran a regional boutique leadership advisory firm. Before that, he served as the Asia Pacific head of the financial services practice for another top international search firm, leading a team of more than 40 consultants.
Early in his career, David worked as a banking and finance lawyer at Allen & Overy and Baker McKenzie.
David holds an LLB degree with joint honors in Law and Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds, and an LLM from the University of London. He also holds an MBA from the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program in Hong Kong.
David is qualified to practice as a solicitor in England, Wales and Hong Kong.
Born in Hong Kong, David is proficient in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
David currently sits as an INED on the Board of Hong Kong-listed Kerry Properties Limited (Stock Code 683).
Director, Executive CompensationSee bio
Willis Towers Watson×
Director, Executive Compensation
Willis Towers Watson
Trey Davis is a Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Executive Compensation practice and has 20 years of consulting experience with some of the world’s best known firms, including nearly a decade of experience working in Asia. Trey is now based in Hong Kong for the second time, where he serves as the leader for the firm’s Executive Compensation practice in Asia and Australasia.
Trey has experience in all areas of executive and board member compensation, including providing cross-border transactional advice during mergers, acquisitions and IPOs, and the design of short-term and long-term incentive plans (including cash, performance unit, phantom share, and share option plans) for global and local companies.
Trey’s clients include companies from around the world, including US, European and Asian companies. His work with Hong Kong and Mainland China companies includes locally listed firms, H-share and N-share companies and SOE’s.
Before joining Willis Towers Watson, Trey was an analyst in a venture capital unit of a global telecommunications firm and a broker for an investment and securities firm.
Trey has authored articles on the design and use of cash-based long-term incentives for The Society for Human Resource Management. He is a frequent public speaker and has been quoted in the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post and other newspapers. He serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School of Wake Forest University.
Trey earned a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the College of William & Mary.
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).
Ashurst Hong Kong×
Ashurst Hong Kong
Frank is a partner in Ashurst's corporate department. He advises on international capital markets, M&A transactions and compliance matters. Frank has more than 10 years of experience of acting for corporates and investment banks on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings, private placements, follow-on offerings and debt programmes, as well as on public and private M&A, privatisation, joint ventures, spin-offs and other corporate restructurings. He has worked on matters throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and US, including for companies listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom.
His recent experience includes transactions for companies in the consumer & retail, health care, education, technology, financial services, as well as for investment funds.
Chief Culture OfficerSee bio
Chief Culture Officer
Gulnar is a talent management strategist, advisor, sought-after speaker and research contributor. She advises, coaches and trains established and aspiring leaders and their organizations to understand and embrace inclusiveness; to consciously recognize the power of cross-cultural dynamics and diversity; and to learn how to prepare for and harness change.
Against the backdrop of today’s increasingly uncertain world, she is inspired by the potential to re-imagine leadership in the 21st Century. Her work is shaped by a powerful blend of natural curiosity, strong business acumen, in-depth research and extensive experience. She takes clients beyond what they know, feel and do to a place that is fundamentally better – for them, for business and for society.
Gulnar draws on a 20-year career where she has held senior roles in multinational organizations, across a range of industries, functional roles, and continents. Based between Hong Kong and London, Gulnar’s clients come from a range of business sectors and include Fortune 500 companies, world business leaders, CEO’s and entrepreneurs from YPO (Young President’s Organization).
Gulnar’s own life journey has deeply influenced who she is and what she does today. Her dual identity as a woman with Indian origins and a US upbringing, complemented by her experience living and working in different countries, have helped her to appreciate the richness that comes from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.
Gulnar received a Bachelors and Masters in International Business from the University of Miami, and now serves as a member of their International Alumni Board. She has also recently joined the advisory board of Kravis Leadership Institute of Claremont McKenna College.
A life longer learner devoted to holistic growth and fulfillment, Gulnar turns to travel, music, yoga and meditation for inspiration and sustenance.
Diana Wu David is the author of Future Proof: Reinventing Work in the Age of Acceleration and is an adjunct professor of leadership at Columbia Business School's EMBA Global Asia. A former Financial Times executive, and founder of the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma in Asia, Diana now works with CEOs and board directors to enhance their leadership agility, influence, collaboration and resilience. Her clients have included the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the World Bank, Expedia, Asia Development Bank, Citi and Credit Suisse. She began her career and leadership education as an assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger.
Diana has an MBA from Columbia Business School, is a past recipient of Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders award and a former Luce Foundation Scholar. She serves as Vice Chair of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce HK, and on advisory boards of Shared Value Project Hong Kong and Teach4HK and several private companies. She is also an active participant in Women Corporate Directors and The Women’s Foundation, empowering women at all levels to lead and contribute.
Ashurst Hong Kong
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