ReThink HK 2022 : Video-on-Demand

The New Business Imperative: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 10:30 - 11:20

Location: Sustainable Communities Theatre

People & Purpose

Overview

In addition to being the right thing to do, business leaders now see DEI as a forward-looking strategy to find and nurture talent, increase employee engagement and efficiencies, and generate profit. Yet all too often, DEI is considered as another function of the Human Resources department. While inclusive of HR and operations, for DEI to succeed, it needs to be treated as a core business strategy by the executive table, and encompassed within all levels and facets – internal and external – of an organisation.

Learnings

  • Boards and CEOs are facing increasing pressure from investors and stakeholders to deliver on DEI. Why does DEI matter from a business standpoint?
  • Why is it important that executive leaders champion DEI efforts? How can decision makers drive strategies from their respective spheres of influence?
  • How should business leaders move away from one-off initiatives to infusing DEI throughout their organisations and create a strategic advantage for their businesses?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain insights on why business leaders are increasingly making DEI a priority.
  • Understand why and how executive leaders should take responsibility for exemplifying DEI cultures and gain buy-in from all levels of the company.
  • Identify why DEI is important to your business, internal teams, partners, customers and communities, and where DEI initiatives are most prominent.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Kate Okrasinski

Managing Director

MAKE Studios Asia

Kate Okrasinski

Managing Director

MAKE Studios Asia

Kate is an executive coach and strategic design specialist. She has helped clients to embed Design Thinking into their organisations and apply it to solve complex business, human and societal challenges. She integrates leadership development, co-creation techniques and agile practices to facilitate transformation, cultural and organisational change.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

A celebration of the ability, knowledge and craft of repairing, reusing and repurposing to reduce our patterns of over consumption.

Andrew Merrilees

Managing Director

Bupa Hong Kong

Andrew Merrilees

Managing Director

Bupa Hong Kong

Andrew Merrilees is Managing Director of Bupa in Hong Kong, which includes Bupa’s health services business, Quality Healthcare. Prior to his appointment to Managing Director in early 2022, Andrew was General Manager for Bupa in Hong Kong’s insurance business from 2018-2022, following 30 years of experience in the healthcare, insurance and broker industry in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Andrew holds an executive sponsorship position on the Bupa Asia Pacific board, advocating for a diverse working culture. Underpinned by Bupa’s ‘Be You at Bupa’ pledge, Andrew believes in empowering employees to feel confident to bring their whole selves to work, so they can feel at their best and perform at their best too.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I really resonate with our One Health mission, which is about creating a healthy planet and healthy people. The power of small changes every day amount to big things. My family and I take public transport when we can and I allocate time on weekends to buy eco-friendly supplies and local produce to set up for a great week ahead.

Chinali Patel

UK Diplomat leading on illicit finance policy

British Consulate General in Hong Kong

Chinali Patel

UK Diplomat leading on illicit finance policy

British Consulate General in Hong Kong

Chinali Patel commenced International Illicit Finance Policy lead role at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong in April 2019 and prior to that was in UK Law Enforcement for 13 years.

The role has a specific focus on policy and strategy – enhancing diplomatic engagement, capability and capacity building in close coordination with HMG, local and international partners to tackle illicit finance.

Chinali also leads on Diversity and Inclusion at the British Consulate including community outreach, collaboration with partners on key initiatives to promote greater diversity and inclusiveness and sharing best practice and learning on various platforms. Chinali has also been a mentor to amazing cross sector mentees over the last 8 years.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Greater cross sector collaboration and initiatives in achieving sustainability goals and in doing so embedding and nurturing diverse talent.

Peter Picton-Phillipps

Partner, Financial Services

EY

Peter Picton-Phillipps

Partner, Financial Services

EY

Peter Picton-Phillipps is a senior partner of EY Greater China, responsible for managing EY’s business serving the financial services sector in Hong Kong. Peter joined EY in London in 1993 and moved to Hong Kong in 1999 to join a fledgling team of financial services specialists. He’s enjoyed being part of building a business that has 1300 professionals today.

Leading a professional services business, Peter has long been a proponent of the modern talent agenda, and particularly on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion and wellbeing. He established EY’s Unity network for Asia Pacific, focused on LGBT+ inclusion, in 2015, and speaks on this topic both internally and externally at conferences or for clients. He was awarded Community Business’ LGBT+ Executive Sponsor award in 2019. His support for wellbeing has developed over his career as he learnt how best to support his own wellbeing and that of others. In 2020 he established EYHK’s mental wellbeing initiative to complement the existing wellbeing activities of the firm.

Peter is a director of the City Mental Health Alliance Hong Kong, Treasurer of Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong, and a member of the Hong Kong Committee of the ICAEW. He has an MA(Hons) from the University of St Andrews, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Olivia Wong

General Manager - Environmental & Social Responsibility

MTR Corporation Ltd.

Olivia Wong

General Manager - Environmental & Social Responsibility

MTR Corporation Ltd.

Olivia is responsible for formulating and implementing strategies in delivering on the 3 social and environmental objectives in building an inclusive, innovative and sustainable organisation and communities that MTR serves. Before joining MTR, Olivia was the Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the Swire group and has held various management positions in Cathay Pacific Airways and Swire Properties.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope that everyone can realise their abilities to support environmental and social changes within their sphere of influence to ensure Hong Kong is recognised as an open and inclusive international city.

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