2019 Women in Leadership Forum
2019-11-20  - Beijing


2019 Women in Leadership Forum
The Power of Equality
13:30-18:30, Nov 20th, 2019, Beijing

While issues surrounding gender equality in the workplace have become more prominent than before, women continue to face a myriad of challenges in the workplace and particularly at the senior leadership level. At the 5th Women in Leadership Forum, we will focus on unleashing the power of female leaders across business, government, academia, and sports in China and around the world.


Focusing on empowering women at senior levels, the Women in Leadership Forum has become a flagship event jointly held since 2013 by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN).

As a platform for empowering female leaders, promoting gender equality in the workplace, celebrating success stories, and offering opportunities to create positive change, the Women in Leadership Forum offers unique insights from distinguished leaders like Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook’s COO), Barbara Woodward (British Ambassador to China), Jan Adams (Former Australian Ambassador to China) and Jean Liu (President of Didi Chuxing Technology Co), among many others.

Facts & Figures

  • 60
  • 1400 +
  • 30 % +
    Participants are Director Level and Above
  • 100 +
    Chinese and Global Media Attended
  • 900 +
    Media Coverage
  • 1 mil. +
    Livestream Views
Event Agenda




Audrey MU, Founder & Chairman, Beijing Bonbaby Education Technology Ltd., CKGSB MBA Alumna


Welcome Address

XIANG Bing, Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB


Opening Remarks

Smriti ARYAL, Head of Office, UN Women China


Fostering Equality through Governance


Keynote Speech: Leading by Example: Gender Equality in the Public Sector

Gabrielle WILLIAMS, Minister for Women, Minister for Youth, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Victorian State Government of Australia


Dialogue: Pioneering Efforts towards Gender Parity

Clare FEARNLEY, Ambassador of New Zealand to China

Helena SANGELAND, Ambassador of Sweden to China


TENG Bingsheng, Professor of Strategic Management, Associate Dean for Asia and Europe, CKGSB


Dialogue: The Role of Women at the Center of Africa’s Transformation

Tania ROMUALDO, Ambassador of the Republic of Cabo Verde to China

Sarah SEREM, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to China

Maria GUSTAVA, Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to China


Hannah RYDER, CEO, Development Reimagined


Driving Business Growth through Gender Balance


Keynote Speech: Chinese Business Executive’s Leadership Transformation

ZHANG Xiaomeng, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for EE, Co-Director of Leadership and Motivation Research Center, CKGSB


Keynote Speech: Creating Sustainable Value for the Country and Company

Xiaoping YANG, Chairman and President, BP China


Keynote Speech: Female Power in the Age of AI

PING Xiaoli, General Manager, Baidu APP


Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Millennial Age

LIU Nan, Founder & CEO, Mia, CKGSB Chuang Community Student

LIU Fang, Founder & CEO, Teasure, CKGSB Chuang Community Student


TENG Bingsheng, Professor of Strategic Management, Associate Dean for Asia and Europe, CKGSB


Panel Discussion: The Role of Male Champions in Gender Balance

Greg GILLIGAN, Vice President, Greater China Managing Director, PGA TOUR

Daniel BOYER, General Manager, Greater China and Minister (Commercial), Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Embassy

Daisy SHEN, Partner, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited


Su Cheng HARRIS-SIMPSON, Founder and CEO of SCHSAsia, Board of Governor of AmCham China


Keynote Speech: Women’s Empowerment Principles

Jialei LIN, Programme Officer, UN Women China

  Achieving Personal Victories

Special Dialogue: The Female Advantage in Sports

LI Na, Former Professional Tennis Player, CKGSB Alumna

YAN Aimin, Professor of Management, Associate Dean of External Relations, Campus Development, and Administration, CKGSB


Special Dialogue: Inspiring Journeys and Overcoming Hurdles

FAN Yu, Co-founder of Nawa Life, CKGSB Alumna

LUO Jing, Mountaineer, CKGSB Alumna


YAN Aimin, Professor of Management, Associate Dean of External Relations, Campus Development, and Administration, CKGSB


Closing Remarks

ZHOU Li, Assistant Dean, CKGSB

18:30-19:00 Networking
Supporting Organizations:

Past Event Videos

Keynote Speech:
UK Government in China’s ‘Be Yourself – Pledge for Progress’ Campaign, Barbara Woodward
Keynote Speech:
Gender Equality and Inclusion: What Can Governments Do? Jan Adams
Welcome Remarks, Maria Guimaraes
Welcome Remarks, Zhou Li
Keynote Speech:
When Digital Human Is Coming, Gill Zhou
Keynote Speech:
Challenges and Trends of Equity Investment, Shirley Chen
Keynote Speech:
Promoting Philanthropy through Behavioral Science, Zhu Rui
Keynote Speech:
Social Responsibility – Navigating Creative Routes, May Mei
Panel Discussion:
Public-Private Collaborations Empowering Women
Panel Discussion:
SHE Changes the World
Panel Discussion:
Heart + Mind = Innovation Social Entrepreneurship
What People Think


The forum like this today, gives us a great opportunity to visibility champion the female leadership, share your perspectives though your real life experiences. I think that is very powerful.
Daisy Shen
Partner, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited



When the business knowledge, business essentials come together with uniqueness of women leadership, this is where I see the most magic is going to happen.
Cindy Mi
Founder & CEO, VIPKID, CKGSB MBA Alumna and CKGSB Chuang Community Student



I think the idea of collaboration and partnership is intrinsically important in this area. And the idea of bringing an internationally recognized institution together with one of the emergent great business schools of the world, this is fantastic.
Tim Payne
Senior Partner & Head of Asia Brunswick


Scholarship for Future Women Leaders
CKGSB is dedicated to recognizing the contributions made by women in the business community and has created the Scholarship for Future Women Leaders to encourage business women to develop their potential as business leaders.


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