CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SHORTLISTED NOMINEES AND WINNERS!
Ilian has set clear targets for female representation across the organisation and has personally championed significant change. The early results of this are the appointment of women to key leadership roles at INSEAD, such as the first-ever female dean of faculty, and the increased proportion of women on the board and on the R&D committee, both to 33%! He also launched projects such as the Women Leaders Programme, and a new online learning programme called Enabling Gender Balance, providing managers with crucial insights and practical tools for improving gender equality within organisations.
HeForShe Influencer – Stephanie Phang, Singapore Bureau Chief, Bloomberg
Stephanie has a long list of achievements including the implementation of the Women’s Voices project to improve the representation of female newsmakers in Bloomberg’s print, television and radio coverage. Stephanie also pioneered a new module in Bloomberg news’ New Hires training program, focusing on unconscious bias in the news and the need to boost Women’s Voices in our coverage and sourcing. She also encouraged male editors and news managers to write stories on gender diversity and the impact on business and finance. A number of her local initiatives were taken on board by Bloomberg Global.
HeForShe@Work – AccorHotels
This company and leadership have taken great strides in gender equality. AccorHotels supports women ascending to positions of responsibility, by drawing up a shortlist made up of equal male and female candidates when opportunities arise. The organisation has an international diversity network called Women at AccorHotels Generation, to address issues of sexist stereotypes. It also offers female employees mentorship training and sharing programmes. AccorHotels also implemented a flexible work arrangement in the corporate/regional offices in Asia to support employees achieve greater integration between work and personal life.
As part of the HeForShe Impact Awards, we also hosted a panel discussion on equal pay, to raise awareness of the gender pay gap in Singapore.
These female leaders voiced their opinions on transparency, steps to closing the gap, and the role of private corporations and public sector organisations in gender equality. The panel was moderated by Debra Soon, Chief Marketing Officer at Mediacorp. Debra also sits on the Board of the Singapore Committee for UN Women.
Karen is a Financial Services Assurance Partner, the Territory Diversity Leader and the Banking and Capital Markets Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore and has 28 years of experience working in Singapore and Australia. She leads the provision of assurance services to local listed and multi-national banking and capital markets players in Singapore, working with stakeholders including boards, senior management and regulators.
In July 2013, Karen was appointed the Asia Pacific Diversity Leader and also PwC Singapore’s Diversity Leader. She is a member of our Global Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team, and has chaired our Global Financial Services Diversity Steering Committee. She is a frequent speaker, panellist and thought leader on diversity and inclusion matters.
She is a practising member (CA Singapore) of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), a fellow (FCA) of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a fellow (F Fin) of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FinSIA) and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She also has a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Passionate about diversity, she is a committee member of BoardAgender, and was formerly a committee member of the Singapore Committee for UN Women and the Financial Women’s Association (Singapore).
Alicia Yi is the Managing Director of Korn Ferry’s Asia Pacific Consumer Market. Based in Singapore, she is also member of the Board & CEO Services Practice.
Ms. Yi brings to Korn Ferry a strong human capital consultancy background. In her current position as Managing Director, Asia Pacific Consumer Market, she works closely with teams globally and throughout the region to engage with top clients across the globe to build and develop their leadership teams.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Yi served at another leading executive search firm where she led the Singapore office as the managing partner. There, she built up the consumer practice, driving key accounts in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), retail and hospitality sectors to develop global key client relationships.
Ms. Yi also established and led the regional human resources functional practice with a team of HR specialists across key countries, building a significant practice.
Prior to search, Ms. Yi built and led her own consulting business, focusing on HR strategy. Earlier, she was with Towers Perrin as head of the compensation practice in Singapore and Chicago, and the international HR manager with Swiss Bank Corporation based in Zurich.
Ms. Yi is an active member of the Young President Organization (YPO). She is also a frequent speaker on leadership, gender diversity and human capital strategy.
Ms. Yi received a bachelor’s degree of arts from Northwestern University, Illinois.
Cecily leads the Enterprise business at Salesforce as Area Vice President – a role she held since 2015 – and is focused on enabling large businesses in Asia to innovate, be more agile and connect with their customers in a whole new way. In this capacity, Cecily serves as a trusted advisor to the C-Suites of Asia’s large enterprises while leading a robust team across 10 countries that drives growth of Salesforce in this region. Cecily amassed 15 years of progressive experience and is a seasoned tech professional. Prior to Salesforce, Cecily worked with IBM, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.
An equality champion, Cecily is the Executive Sponsor for Salesforce Women’s Network in Singapore and is especially passionate about helping young women develop their careers. Dedicated to gender parity at Salesforce and in the technology industry, Cecily also keenly serves as a mentor for young women as part of the Salesforce-Halogen Foundation partnership programme BizAcademy.
Cecily was born in Hong Kong and is a recipient of the Singapore Ministry of Education Pre-University and Secondary School scholarships. She holds a bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the National University of Singapore. In her free time, Cecily enjoys cooking up a storm in the kitchen and go on adventures with her husband.
HeForShe Everyday Hero
2016, Winner: Jolovan Wham, Executive Director, HOME Singapore
2016, Winner: Matthew Driver, Group Executive Global Products & Solutions, Asia/Pacific, Mastercard
2016, Winner: Schneider Electric
2016, Winner: Dora Lui, Vice President, Asia Pacific Strategy, Barclays
Husband/Partner of the Year
This jovial category called for nominations from those who would like to recognise their partner for championing their rights and empowerment at work or within the local community. We are no longer awarding an individual for this category.
2016, Winner: Bastian Van Halder, Director, Corporate Finance, JLL Asia Pacific