Speakers

Masters of Ceremonies

Anthony Muh Yi-tong
Chairman, Asian Corporate Governance Association | Partner and Asia Chairman, H.R.L. Morrison & Co | Chairman of JIDA Capital Partners
Pru Bennett
Managing Director and Head of Investment Stewardship, APAC, BlackRock, Hong Kong | ACGA Council Member

Gala Dinner Speaker

Dr Liu Yadong
Editor-in-Chief, Science and Technology Daily

Speakers

Jamie Allen
Secretary General, Asian Corporate Governance Association

Jamie Allen is the Secretary General of ACGA. He is responsible for overall management of the association, as well as directing ACGA’s research, advocacy and educational work in 12 Asia-Pacific markets.

He is a published author and has more than 30 years’ experience as a writer, editor and analyst covering the economies of Greater China and East Asia from Hong Kong. Prior to the establishment of ACGA in mid-1999, he ran his own consulting firm and carried out customised economic research on mainly finance-related topics, including corporate governance, for multinational clients in Asia. From 1992 to 1995, he worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as editor of Business Asia, a regional management newsletter, and was a contributor to The Economist from 1994 to 1996. Mr Allen began his journalistic career in the late 1980s as a reporter for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

From 2001 to 2007, Mr Allen was a member of the Public Shareholders Group, a committee formed by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission to advise it on shareholder rights and corporate governance matters in Hong Kong. He served on the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) from 2006 to 2010.

In July 2013, Mr Allen was appointed to the Operations Oversight Committee (OOC) of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in Hong Kong. The FRC, a statutory body, has responsibility for investigating auditing irregularities in the accounts of Hong Kong listed companies. The OOC reviews and approves the FRC’s audit investigation work.

In July 2017, the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) awarded Mr Allen an “ICGN Lifetime Achievement Award 2017”, in recognition of his dedication to implementing effective corporate governance practices and promoting shareholder rights throughout Asia.

He is a graduate of the Australian National University, Canberra where he received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and Chinese language. He studied Mandarin for two years in Taiwan during 1983 and 1984.

 

Mirza Baig
Global Head of Governance, Aviva Investors
Melissa Brown
Partner, Daobridge Capital | Specialist Consultant, ACGA

Melissa Brown is a partner at Daobridge Capital, a China-focussed advisory firm and a specialist consultant for the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA). She has analysed Asian investments for more than 18 years, initially as a sell-side equity analyst and research director for Barclays Capital, JPMorgan, and Citigroup, and later led research into ESG as executive director of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia from 2003 to 2008.

She currently serves as a director of Sustainalytics, a global ESG research provider. She is a government-appointed council member of the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs and a member of the Securities and Futures Commission Takeovers Panel. She was previously an elected member of the UNPRI Advisory Council and also served on the Listing Committee of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) for six years from 2006 to 2012.

Ms Brown has collaborated with ACGA on a number of projects in recent years, including speaking at annual conferences in Beijing, Shenzhen, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. She was the co-author of ACGA’s submission on IPO due diligence to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission in 2012 and the primary author of ACGA’s submission to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on its ESG Reporting Guide in 2015. In 2016, she co-authored ACGA submissions to the Singapore Exchange on its new Sustainability Reporting Guide and to the SFC on its consultation about modernising and upgrading Hong Kong’s listing regime. She has supported the association in numerous other ways, carrying out member surveys, supporting our efforts to encourage dialogue between institutional investors and accounting auditors and taking up speaking opportunities.

Herry Cho
Head of Sustainable Finance, ING Singapore
Chu Xuping
Vice Chairman, Association of China Directors Branch of Chinese State-owned Property Exchanges Association
Feng Lun
Chairman, Yufeng Capital | Founder, Vantone Holdings
Dr He Jibao
Director, Information Management Department, Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Richard Lawrence
Executive Chairman, Overlook Investments
Chris Leahy
Founder and Partner, Blackpeak | Specialist Consultant, ACGA
Li Junfeng
First Director and Chairman, Academic Committee, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation
Nana Li
Senior Research Analyst, Asian Corporate Governance Association

Nana Li is Senior Project Manager and Senior Research Analyst for ACGA, joining the Association in February 2014. Her primary responsibilities include researching corporate governance developments in Hong Kong and China, covering these markets for our bimonthly members’ publication, Asia Regional Briefing, and assisting with other specialised financial- and accounting-related research. She is the primary author of the China and Hong Kong chapters of CG Watch in 2016, and is the project manager and one of the main authors of the ACGA China Corporate Governance Report 2018.

Besides her research work, Nana assists ACGA’s advocacy and educational work, giving presentations in Hong Kong, China and other parts of the region. In 2017 she gave speeches at the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, Shenzhen Asset Management Association and the ACGA 2017 Annual Conference in Mumbai. She has assisted with the organisation of ACGA’s annual conferences since 2014 as well as ACGA member delegations to different Asian markets. She was a primary organiser of the 2017 China Responsible Investment Forum in Tianjin, the first event ACGA has co-organised with the Asset Management Association of China and China Association for Public Companies.

A native of Hangzhou, Nana holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from the University of New South Wales, Australia, with major in Finance and Accounting. She also holds a Master of Finance (Dean’s Honours List) from the University of Hong Kong. In August 2017, she became a CFA charterholder.

Ronnie Lim
Senior Engagement Specialist, Robeco Hong Kong
Maggie Lin Zhaowen
Corporate Governance Consultant, International Finance Corporation
Professor Lu Tong
Director of Chinese Center for Corporate Governance, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Michael McComb
Vice President, Communications and Sustainability, SAP Greater China
Elaine Ng
Executive Director, Client Coverage, MSCI ESG Research
Dr Francois Perrin
Portfolio Manager, East Capital
Jeremy Prepscius
Vice President, Asia-Pacific, BSR
Jenn-hui Tan
Head of Capital Markets and Corporate Governance – Asia-Pacific, Fidelity International
Flora Wang
Vice President, BlackRock
Steven Watson
Partner, Capital International Investors
Xie Feng
CFO, China Yangtze Power Corporation
Charles Yonts
Head of Power and ESG Research, CLSA
Yuan Yuan
Head GRI Regional Hub China, GRI
Dr Zhang Zhengjun
Founder and CEO, King Parallel, Beijing
Professor Zheng Zhigang
Professor of Finance, Renmin University of China
Zheng Baomin
Deputy Director General, Board Secretariat, Sinopec Corp.
Zhu Xu
Company Secretary, China Vanke