CKGSB Dialogue E-series x Women in Leadership Fostering Gender Equality in Leadership Roles

  • Date: March 8, 2021 7:00 pm
  • Location: Webinar

About this event

In recognition of International Women’s Day on 8 March, CKGSB and Asia House will jointly bring together female entrepreneurs, scholars, and business leaders from around the world to share their career journeys and discuss the prospects for women in leadership roles, particularly amid the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis.

Women have made consistent and impressive gains in education attainment and the workplace—from boardrooms to classrooms—in the last 50 years. Despite this, however, men still outnumber women in high-ranking leadership positions by large margins across many industries. There is a persistent belief that there are not enough qualified women to fill existing leadership positions. However, according to JP Morgan Chase’s Gender Leadership Gap Report, there are more than enough qualified women for leadership positions, and women now earn the majority of doctoral and master’s degrees.

Gender diversity in leadership brings creative and diverse viewpoints to the business landscape, which has a lasting impact on an organization’s culture and economic ideals. This being the case, what can be done to promote gender balance in leadership?

This webinar will convene a panel of experts to discuss how to enhance women’s prospects and leadership skills in the workplace, the value women bring to the boardroom, and further consider the stakeholders responsible for developing an ecosystem that allows more female professionals to become decision-makers.

Platform: Zoom


ZHANG Xiaomeng

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, Academic Director for Executive Education, Director of the Research Center for Leadership, Behavioral Science & Inclusivity

PhD, the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park

Phone: + 86-10-85188858 ext. 8116

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, Academic Director for Executive Education, Director of the Research Center for Leadership, Behavioral Science & Inclusivity

PhD, the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park

Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Creativity and Innovation, C-suite Motivation, Empowerment, Interactional Relationships, Leadership, Leader Support, Motivation


Professor Zhang Xiaomeng is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, Academic Director for Executive Education, and Director of the Research Center for Leadership, Behavioral Science & Inclusivity at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining CKGSB, she was a tenured Associate Professor at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington DC. Her research interests are in the areas of creativity, leadership and motivation, with a desire to understand the relationships between all those areas.

Professor Zhang has published articles in multiple top academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Human Resource Management Review.

Professor Zhang has taught Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, Management of Organization and Human Capital, Business Policies, International Business Practices in China, and HR Management. She earned a BA with emphasis in Economics and Business Administration from Sun Yat-sen University, China and a PhD in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management from the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park with a Paine Award for outstanding academic achievement and several teaching awards.

“Highly Cited Chinese Researchers of 2020” by Elsevier

“Highly Cited Chinese Researchers of 2019” by Elsevier

Special column of the Research Centre of Leadership, Behavioral Science & Psychology (Chinese & English)

Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

Founder and CEO of SCHSAsia

Su Cheng Harris-Simpson is the Founder and CEO of SCHSAsia, an impact-driven consultancy that offers consulting, training, and projects focused on women empowerment. Su Cheng applies her exemplary client relations and project management skills, along with her 25 years of experience in China, to driving the change towards gender equality in businesses. SCHSAsia focuses on this mission through independent consulting projects and the Women’s Advisory Council (WAC), an engaged and impactful network of corporate leaders and decision-makers who are committed to sharing, learning, and participating in this essential endeavor.

Since moving to China in 1997, Su Cheng has been actively involved in the Beijing business community, served on the Board of AmCham, and is the founding co-chair of the AmCham Women Professional Committee. She has forged relationships with the American, British, Japanese, and Australian Chambers of Commerce, the U.S. Embassy, and a range of Beijing civic groups. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was engaged in the corporate arena and held management positions at The Boeing Company, United Technologies Corporation, and The Capital Club in Beijing.

Shinta Kamdani

Owner and CEO, Sintesa Group

As Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Sintesa Group (, Shinta is responsible for the Management and Expansion of the Group’s business interests in Indonesia. The Sintesa Group is an Indonesian group with 16 subsidiaries, which operate in the Property, Energy, Industrial Products, and Consumer Products.

As a businesswoman, Shinta also involves in numerous business and social activities, including as the Coordinating Vice Chairman III for Maritime, Investment and Foreign Affairs, KADIN Indonesia of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia) and Employers’ Association of Indonesia (APINDO), Executive Board of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), President of Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), as well as founder of Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) and Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN), and the Member of APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Indonesia. She is also has chosen by the United Nations as one of 30 global corporate leader to join the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD Alliance).

Shinta graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University New York in 1989 and Executive Education at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 2002.

As part of her achievement, she received awards amongst others from FORBES Asia’s 50 Powerful Businesswomen (2012, 2013, & 2016), 30 Best CEOs by Business Indonesia Award in 2015, in 2017, she was decorated as the Commander of the Polar Star by the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and the Commander of the Order of Leopold of Belgium. And in 2019, she was awarded as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Award (ACES Award).

Charise Le

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Schneider Electric

Charise was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer in April 2020, after 15 years in several HR Roles across Schneider Electric. Having led HR teams in Businesses, Sales organizations and Rewards, her most recent position was SVP HR Services and People Strategy, where there is a major focus on helping the organization ready for the future, including HR digitisation, people analytics, strategic talent acquisition and employee centricity.

Before joining Schneider Electric, she gained experience at various international companies which were maturing their operations in China. As the engine of HR in a global company, it gave her tremendous insights into HR Tech, future trends and market practices. On a personal level, she enjoys being part of a high performing team, leading transformation and digital challenges.

Fernando Vallina

Chairman, ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Born in Spain, Fernando Vallina is a graduate of the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Instituto de Empresa (IE), Spain.

Mr. Vallina joined ExxonMobil Chemical in 1987. He has held a wide range of management positions in sales, marketing, technology, planning and supply chain and lived in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Mr. Vallina was Asia Pacific sales and marketing manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, based in
Hong Kong from 1997 to 2001. He was global logistics and distribution manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company before assuming the position of Chairman, ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd. on March 1, 2017.

Mr. Vallina currently a member of the Board of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM), the Executive Board of the Multinational Companies’ Committee of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), and the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China).


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