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Despite overwhelming evidence that diversity is a key driver of competitive advantage, gender diversity in the workplace remains a challenge. The World’s GDP has the potential to increase by 30% with more women in the workforce. Women, who continue to be underrepresented at most levels in the workforce, are not progressing in their careers despite the past two decades of organizational efforts to achieve gender diversity and equality, according to the ground breaking global research from Mercer, When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive. The research, in collaboration with EDGE Certified Foundation, which analyzed workforce data for more than 1.7 million employees in 28 countries, including more than 680,000 women, identifies what organizations can do to fully engage women in the workplace, ensure that diversity thrives, and achieve business success. Julio A. Portalatin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercer, will share some of the research findings and valuable insights into the organizational practices that actually lead to greater gender diversity and those that may be holding women back.

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Did you know? The internet of things, rapid shift to cloud and social media, will shape our future behaviors to work in a boundary-less global setting. The world is changing and changing fast, the competitive landscape is becoming increasingly intense. The rapid digitization of business and the unnerving statistic that four out of ten Fortune 500 companies will fail as they miss this transition means the pressure placed on the workforce are changing exponentially. Traditional physical barriers of work are breaking down, and we are adapting to new ways of working and engaging with a multi-generational and virtual workforce, requiring a high “DQ”. To compete and excel, this prompts us to rethink and restructure how work is done; reshape work environment that engages, enables and energizes; think more broadly and creatively where and how talent is sourced; Invest more heavily in retraining and reskilling; and embrace the virtual workplace and maximize mobility and flexibility. The future of work begins now. Embrace the paradigm shift with open-mindedness and receptivity to position HR as a trusted advisor to help the business to navigate through this change. Matthew Smith, Global Head Market Development for Internet of Things at Cisco, and Jonathan Lo, Director and Regional Practice Leader – HR Service Delivery, Towers Watson, will share with you insights...

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At this year’s Boao Forum for Asia, President Xi Jinping articulated China’s One Belt One Road (OROB) initiative. It is followed by a detailed vision and action plan on OROB by China’s NDRC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Commerce and a series of concrete actions by the Chinese government in creating Asia Infrastructure Development Bank, Silk Road Fund, and other mobilizations at local, national and international levels for implementing the OROB initiative. These dramatic policy shifts happened when the China’s growth has slowed down significantly, its domestic reforms has entered the deep-water territories, and its efforts in playing a larger role at the international stage have intensified. China and the Chinese economy seems at a cross road with ever increasing volatility and uncertainty. In this talk, Professor XIAO Geng will help us to put these complex economic and policy dynamics in the context of China’s evolving growth strategy and explain and debate on the prospects of China’s sustainable growth and its implications for regional and global peace and prosperity.

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In the first of a two part series on Wealth and Succession planning, Alfred Ip and Scherzade Burden will discuss some of the common misconceptions surrounding estate planning in Hong Kong and 10 things you should know about making a Will so that you can be better informed about the potential risks and pitfalls. In particular, they will refer to recent cases they have dealt with that demonstrate the administrative difficulties caused by intestacy (passing away without making a valid Will). This first Wealth and Succession Planning seminar will focus on the needs of the private individual, and the second in the series will focus on managing your business affairs.

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We are delighted to have Su-Mei Thompson, CEO of The Women's Foundation, Founder of the 30% Club HK and a Member of the Equal Opportunities Commission, joining us on June 16th to share her insights on these issues.

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The Hong Kong Government has launched a public consultation on the future development of the sector, including options to change the regulatory arrangement and plans to implement the fuel mix for electricity generation in 2020 to meet the demand for electricity and achieve Hong Kong’s environmental targets. Hong Kong has enjoyed a safe, reliable and affordable electricity supply for many years, alongside a continuous improvement in the environmental performance of electricity generation. Given the paramount importance of electricity to our daily living, any market change needs to be fully deliberated by the community. C.T. Wan and Paul Poon will look at these issues and give their views on the way ahead for Hong Kong.

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Mr. Terence Yeung will share the wisdom of his own and from world-famous leadership gurus Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner on how to develop and enhance your organization leadership capabilities using ”The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership” 1. Model the Way 2. Inspire a Shared Vision 3. Challenge the Process 4. Enable Others to Act 5. Encourage the Heart

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Ksenia Duxfield-Karyakina, Google Regional Public Policy Manager covering APAC, Middle East, Africa and CIS will talk about Google tools and approach to protecting copyright on the web and how YouTube and other Internet platforms help content majors and individual creators grow revenues across different sectors in the region.

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Hong Kong’s Grade A office market is about to embark on an unprecedented growth spurt. As it is today, JLL estimates that there is provision for at least 20 million sq ft of Grade A office supply to be delivered between 2015 and 2024, with a little over half of this supply coming from government land sales. At the end of this growth spurt, the market will look and behave fundamentally differently. For occupiers, increased supply offers a myriad of opportunities to secure cost-effective offices to accommodate expansion and consolidation requirements, while the growth of the market will, for the first time, provide investors with the opportunity to acquire high quality assets in both core and emerging office locations. With the emergence of Kowloon East, rental markets will need to adjust accordingly. The days of HK$200 per sq ft monthly rentals in Central are unlikely to be coming back anytime soon. JLL remains optimistic on the growth of the city’s office market, led by increasing demand from companies originating from mainland China. While vacancy currently remains tight across the market, with only a few Grade A office buildings, such as Citibank Plaza, having availability to accommodate larger office occupiers, the completion of new supply over the next 10 years will make Hong Kong more of a tenant’s market.

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This session will provide attendees a succinct overview of the above, and also walk through some real life use cases, so you can begin to think about how cloud computing may change the way your new or existing business can derive value from the cloud. Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, launched its first cloud services in 2007. Today, over 1 million companies in over 190 countries use Amazon's cloud computing services, making it one of the leading cloud computing service providers in the world. What does cloud computing actually mean, why does it matter, why is it changing the way in which companies innovate, the innate relationship between cloud computing and creativity, and what new business models are coming about as a result of cloud computing?