In this conversation with Andrea, Carolyn, Jane and Melanie, all global leaders in their respective fields, we will discuss what it means to be a female leader in today’s organizational landscape, which is filled with technological innovations.

In particular, we will discuss –

Dr David De Cremer

Founder and Director, Centre on AI Technology for Humankind, Provost Chair and Professor in Management and Organizations, NUS Business School

Professor David De Cremer is a Provost Chair and professor in management and organizations at National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. He is the founder and director of the Centre on AI Technology for Humankind (AiTH) at NUS Business School. Before moving to NUS, he was the KPMG endowed professor in management studies and current honorary fellow at Cambridge University. He received numerous career awards for his scientific work, was named the most influential economist in the Netherlands (2009-2010), a Global Thought Leader by the Trust Across America organization (2016), one of the world’s top 30 management gurus and speakers by the organization GlobalGurus (2020), a Thinkers50 Radar thought leader (referred to by the Financial Times as the “Oscars of Management Thinking”), and is included in the World Top 2% of scientists.

He is frequently featured in and contributes to media worldwide (e.g. The Economist, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Straits Times, Channel News Asia, BBC), is an awarded and popular teacher for executives and has advised many companies worldwide. He is also a best-selling author. His book Huawei: Leadership, culture, and connectivity sold more than 1 million copies. His latest book “Leadership By Algorithm: Who Leads and Who Follows in the AI Era?”, has received critical acclaim by the Financial Times, was named one of the 15 leadership books to read in 2020, and reached the no. 1 position in the Kindle category on amazon.com. His personal website can be found at www.daviddecremer.com.

Melanie Richards, CBE

Former Deputy Chair and Board Member, KPMG

Melanie Richards joined KPMG in 2000 to develop the Debt Advisory practice and moved into the role of Deputy Chair of KPMG, London (UK), where she drove the Big Four firm’s strategic direction as well as policy positions around bank lending, debt restructuring and capital markets’ instruments. Melanie is an inclusiveness champion; a founding member of the UK’s 30% Club Steering Committee, which is focused on increasing female representation on FTSE Boards and Leadership. In June 2016, Oxford Brookes University awarded Melanie an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration for her active promotion of gender equality. Until recently, Melanie sat on Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2019, she was also awarded a CBE for her services to Business and Inclusion.

Carolyn Chin-Parry

Digital Innovation Leader, PwC Singapore

Carolyn Chin-Parry is the Women of the Year from the Women in IT Asia Awards and recognised as the Top 100 Women in Tech (by IMDA, SCS, SGWIT and MediaCorp). She is the Digital Innovation Leader at PwC Singapore and also recently led PwC’s Asia Pacific Digital Upskilling Initiative for 84,000 employees in the region.

Carolyn is an active contributor of PwC Singapore’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and provides pro bono digital upskilling for charities, NGOs and social enterprises. She is a Board Director for a charity, the Digital Industry Vice Chair for the AustCham Singapore, and sits on the Advisory Boards for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Shes Loves Data (non-profit) and EGN. Carolyn is a former Chief Digital Officer for a conglomerate with over 100,000 employees and has led some of the largest transformation projects in Asia Pacific for multiple industries. She has been previously featured by The Economist (3 times), CIO Magazine (2 times), Microsoft, IBM, GovTech, SGInnovate and Fortune 500.

In her free time, Carolyn enjoys time with her young family and actively researches on technology to help under-represented communities.

Jane Sun

Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors, Trip.com

Jane Sun is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Trip.com. The company offers a one-stop-shop for travel services to 400 million users worldwide. As the only female CEO in China’s high-tech industry, she proactively advocates for gender equality. In 2019, Jane was awarded the Asia Society Asia Game Changer Award. Forbes named her one of Asia’s 25 Emerging Star Businesswomen in 2018, and one of the Most Influential and Outstanding Businesswomen in China in 2017. In 2020, she was also named one of Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Andrea Della Mattea

President, Microsoft Asia Pacific

As President Microsoft APAC, Andrea Della Mattea, has more than 25 years of experience in the technology sector. She is responsible for leading Microsoft’s overall business, accelerating the digital transformation journeys of their customers and partners. Before joining Microsoft, Andrea served in a series of senior leadership roles at Insight Enterprises & Software Spectrum in North America and APAC, including her most recent role as Asia Pacific Managing Director where she was responsible for strategic and operational leadership across the region. Andrea also serves as a Non-Executive Director for Meals on Wheels and on the Business Advisory Committee for the Habitat for Humanity, Australia.

Dr Mahak Nagpal

Postdoctoral Research Associate, AiTH Centre, NUS Business School

Mahak Nagpal is a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre on AI Technology for Humankind. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics from Rutgers Business School and Bachelor’s degree from The University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she was a Behavioral Lab Manager at The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Mahak’s research considers the question of how employees build an understanding of what is right, when it first comes across as not clearly right or wrong, particularly with reference to the growing adoption of intelligent and autonomous systems in the workplace.

4:00pm Opening by NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye
4:05pm Comments by Dr David De Cremer and Dr Mahak Nagpal
4:15pm Panel discussion featuring:

  • Andrea Della Mattea, Microsoft Asia Pacific
  • Carolyn Chin-Parry, PwC Singapore
  • Jane Sun, Trip.com
  • Melanie Richards, KPMG UK
5:00pm Q&A
5:15pm End

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