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 email@example.com 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 13 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
Andy Cooper, Advisor to the Board of Bayani Brew
"I have served on boards for all the Companies I’ve worked for, including publicly listed, privately owned and joint venture entities. Over the years I have been trained on regulatory requirements and encountered many challenging situations, which helped me become an effective company director today. However, I am acutely aware that the role of a non-executive director has distinct differences and I need to learn them to stand a better chance of landing INED roles.
I chose the FT program because of the comprehensive range of topics covered, which included increasingly important subjects such as ESG trends, cyber security and diversity. Due to COVID-19, the program was redesigned for virtual delivery and I was extremely impressed with the results. The combination of impactful learning content, high profile speakers, virtual breakouts, pulse surveys, and so much more made the sessions incredibly effective. In addition, the calibre of fellow delegates enabled great knowledge sharing and thought partnering throughout the 2 days.
I was so pleased with my experience of this program that I have signed up for the FT Director Diploma in 2021 and look forward with confidence to landing that first INED role."
Michael Au, Managing Director of District Capital
"The FT Effective Non-Executive Director programme was valuable to the formalisation of my practice as a board director. The carefully curated speakers and peer group offered in-depth insights into best practices as well as highly relevant, contemporary issues around board responsibilities. The proven content is flexible and is applicable to both corporate and not for profit contexts. The team did an exceptional job in adapting the course to a virtual setting. Employing carefully executed breakout discussions, they were able to facilitate productive and judicious dialogue amongst participants. I was sceptical about online learning at first, but the experience with FT has positively changed my view on its potential."
Managing Director, Global Practice Leader – Executive Compensation and Talent & Rewards Business Leader, ASEAN & South AsiaSee bio
Willis Towers Watson×
Managing Director, Global Practice Leader – Executive Compensation and Talent & Rewards Business Leader, ASEAN & South Asia
Willis Towers Watson
Shai is passionate about people, corporate governance, ESG, data science, and the future of work.
He is the global leader of Willis Towers Watson’s Executive Compensation and Governance practice and its Talent & Rewards business across ASEAN and South Asia. He leads a team of over 500 exceptional consultants, across 40 countries, who are trusted advisors to clients on issues related to board and executive compensation, performance management and incentives, board effectiveness, organisation transformation, future of work, and human-capital governance.
Shai has extensive experience working closely with the Boards and management teams of some of the largest companies in the world. He is a trusted advisor to more than 100 Boards, Remuneration Committees, and Nomination Committees.
Shai is a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID). He is an associate university lecturer, as well as faculty member at SID, Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM) and other NED associations in the region – and teaches courses related on Remuneration, Nomination, Talent Management, and Sustainability (ESG) matters.
An avid researcher and writer, Shai regularly contributes his thought-leadership to business media such as World Economic Forum, Harvard Business Review, The Business Times in Singapore and other publications on issues related to Corporate Governance, Executive Pay, Board Effectiveness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Future of Work. He was the lead author for the Remuneration Committee Guidebook for SID and has also written chapters for HR textbook for MBA courses. Shai serves on Boards and HR Committees of leading companies and not-for-profit organisations in the region. He is also an Associate Lecturer teaching strategic HR, Compensation, and Leadership related courses for MBA and Masters programs.
Alice is a member of Spencer Stuart’s global board of directors and leads Spencer Stuart’s global Financial Services Practice out of Hong Kong. She also leads the Board Practice in Asia Pacific. Alice is also currently a member of the Private Equity Practice. A global citizen with deep relationships across industries, she brings more than 20 years of executive search and leadership counsel experience to her clients. She helps multinationals, principal investors, Asian and Chinese businesses, as well as family businesses, strengthen their governance practices and succession planning, and build and renew their boards and leadership to meet their strategic goals.
Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Alice was a senior partner with another leading international executive search firm. She led the firm’s CEO and board services practice, as well as the private equity practice in Asia Pacific; guided the rebuilding and expansion of the Hong Kong office; and helped numerous Asian and multinational companies and private equity firms meet their senior leadership needs across Asia.
Alice began her career as a semiconductor engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in the U.S. She then joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant in New York, where she advised Fortune 100 clients on strategic, organizational and technology issues. She later joined International Paper Company as an executive in corporate development, leading cross-functional teams in negotiating acquisitions in North America, Europe and Asia.
Alice returned to Hong Kong in 1993 to establish a China fund and advise midsize international companies on their China entry strategies, then joined the executive search industry in 1995. She took a one-year leave from the business in 1999 to lead strategic planning and e-commerce at AsiaContent.com, which successfully listed on NASDAQ in 2000.
Alice has a bachelor‘s degree in chemical engineering from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. From 2010 to 2012, she served as a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR from 2013 – 2019, she was a member of the Human Capital Committee of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) in Hong Kong SAR. Alice speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
INED & ChairmanSee bio
Link Asset Management Limited×
INED & Chairman
Link Asset Management Limited
Nicholas Allen is the Independent Non-Executive Director of CLP Holdings Limited and also the Chairman and an Independent Non-executive Director of Link Asset Management Limited, as well as an Independent Non-executive Director of Lenovo Group Limited. He was an Independent Non-executive Director of Hysan Development Company Limited (November 2009 to May 2016) and an Independent Non-executive Director of VinaLand Limited (June 2010 to October 2016). With effect from May 1 2018. Mr. Allen was appointed as a non-executive independent director of Stevin Rock LLC and RAK Rock LLC, two private quarry companies located in the UAE.
Mr. Allen has extensive experience in accounting and auditing as well as securities and regulatory matters. He retired as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2007. Mr. Allen served on the Securities and Futures Appeals Panel, the Takeovers and Mergers Panel, the Takeovers Appeal Committee, the Share Registrars’ Disciplinary Committee of the Securities and Futures Commission and as member of various committees of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Currently, he is the Honorary Advisor to the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong, and the Chairman of Vision 2047 Foundation.
Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Social Studies from The University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is awarded “Directors Of The Year 2017” by The Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Future Proof Lab×
Future Proof Lab
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.