CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSON/ CO SPEAKER, REGULATORY SESSIONS
Wendy W.Y. YungWendy Yung is an advocate for good corporate governance in Hong Kong. Prior to founding “Practising Governance” for this cause, Wendy was Executive Director and Company Secretary of Hysan Development Company Limited, and played a key role in developing and implementing its well-recognized corporate governance practices. Over the years, her responsibilities have spanned human resources, corporate communications, as well as commercial operations.
Wendy is a member of the Securities and Futures Appeal Panel, Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, and a co-opted member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Hospital Authority. She is also a member of the Professional Accountants in Business Committee of the International Federation of Accountants, whose focus areas include governance, risks, and sustainability. She served as a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited in 2014 to July 2016.
First trained as a solicitor, Wendy also qualified as a certified public accountant and a chartered secretary in Hong Kong. She is a co-opted council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries respectively. She graduated with First Class Honours in Law from Oxford University, United Kingdom.
GUEST CHAIR - TECHNOLOGY AND CYBERSECURITY
Leonie ValentineLeonie Valentine is Managing Director, Sales & Operations of Google Hong Kong. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales, and has served as Director of Customer Experience for Asia Pacific at Google for the past two years.
Prior to joining Google, Leonie was Executive Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at CSL Limited. Earlier, she held the position of Chief of Staff for Telstra International Group, and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team charged with managing Telstra Corp’s business growth and assets outside of Australia and New Zealand.
Leonie holds an Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship of Swinburne University, a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University.
Technology that matters — identifying top trends
Winston YungWinston Yung is a partner at McKinsey & Company’s Hong Kong office. He focuses on serving financial institutions across Greater China on a broad range of issues including strategy, performance management, risk management, and corporate finance. Prior to joining McKinsey, Winston was CFO of HTC and Shin Kong Financial Holding and has extensive experience as senior executive. Mr. Yung was elected “Best CFO” in Institutional Investor in 2011.
He graduated with from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with double major in Finance and Accounting and was awarded Palmer scholar.
Cybersecurity: what directors and management should know
Andre BlumbergMr. Andre Blumberg leads and strategically manages the IT functions for CLP Power Hong Kong and is responsible for CLP Group technology standards, policies and IT commercial agreements. He also provides vision and leadership across CLP in the development and implementation of viable and sustainable technology and business solutions.
Mr. Blumberg joined CLP in 2001 and has held various senior positions within Group IT. He is the winner of the 2016 Hong Kong CIO Awards in the Large Enterprise category.
Knowledge Sharing Panel: Shareholder “activism” -- how to get prepared
Kevin ChanMr. Kevin Chan is a founder and treasurer of Concentric Education Foundation (Hong Kong). In this role, Mr. Chan oversees overall financial management and investments for the Foundation.
As an investment analyst with more than 20 years' experience, he was previously Senior Advisor (Banking) of KPMG China, Head of Hong Kong and China Financial Research at CLSA Limited and before that held a similar position at Nomura International (HK) Limited, ING Barings, Citigroup and HSBC Asset Management. He currently serves as a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. He is also a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Guangxi Committee, an Honorary Director of the Y Elites Association. Mr. Chan received a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science of University of London, UK.
Mark JohnsonMark Johnson is a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on white collar/regulatory defense matters, cybersecurity matters and commercial litigation in Hong Kong and across Asia.
Mr. Johnson joined Debevoise in March 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Johnson was a partner at a leading international firm in Hong Kong, where he oversaw the opening of the firm’s disputes practices in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
For more than 25 years in the region, Mr. Johnson has built a successful practice advising on shareholders’ and directors’ disputes, internal and regulatory investigations, commercial litigation and inquiries from a range of regulatory bodies, both in Asia and elsewhere. These include matters involving the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Much of his work is in the financial services and private wealth sectors.
Mr. Johnson has become one of the Asia’s most respected and experienced litigators. Chambers Asia Pacific (2016) ranks him as a Band1 lawyer in China for litigation and financial services: contentious regulatory matters. The Legal 500 (2016) lists Mr. Johnson as a leading individual for dispute resolution and regulatory work in Hong Kong. He is ranked in Band 1 for Dispute Resolution in Chambers Global (2016), which states that he “continues to be a leading name in commercial litigation and contentious regulatory work in Hong Kong and the wider region,” while Legal 500 Asia Pacific labels him an “Asia disputes doyen”.
Mr. Johnson's recent publications include “Singapore’s Chief Justice Clarifies Sentencing Guidelines For Private Sector Bribery,” Global Investigations Review (May, 2015).
Mr. Johnson holds a law degree from Bristol University. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales.
Thomas PangMr. Thomas Pang is the chief financial officer of Pacific Online Limited and its subsidiaries. He is responsible for all financial, accounting, investment and corporate finance matters of the Group. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of capital markets, accounting and finance, investment and corporate management covering a number of industrial sectors such as real estate, oil and gas, financial advisory, investment management and securities market regulation. Prior to joining the group, Mr. Pang held senior positions in a number of Hong Kong listed companies as well as investment funds, including as Director of Finance, The Link Management Limited.
He was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales in 1988 while working in the London office of a big 4 accounting firm. He is a member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants with exposure in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Dubai. Mr. Pang holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford, England and a Master’s degree from the International School of Advanced Studies, University of Trieste, Italy.
Flora WangFlora Wang, CFA, Vice President, is part of the Investment Stewardship team for the Asia Pacific Region and is based in Hong Kong.
Flora is responsible for BlackRock’s proxy voting activities in the North Asian region. She manages BlackRock’s corporate engagement activities in the region, engaging with companies on governance, social, ethical and environmental issues and contributes to the development of BlackRock’s corporate governance policies. Flora joined BlackRock as an Associate in April 2014. Previously Flora was the head of China and Taiwan Research at ISS Governance in Singapore for over four years.
Flora holds a B.A Finance from Tsinghua University in Beijing and MSc Finance from Singapore Management University. Her post-graduate study focused on corporate governance.
Ci YingCi Ying is a Managing Director of Computershare Hong Kong Investor Services Ltd, responsible for the business development of Computershare in Greater China. Prior joining the company, Ms. Ci was the Head of JPMorgan’s American Depositary Receipts Division for China market. Before joining JPMorgan, Ms. Ci worked with Computershare HK Investor Services in Hong Kong and the ADR Division of The Bank of New York in New York. Ms. Ci received her MBA degree from Fordham University in New York.
HKEX /SFC regulatory update--practical implications for 2017 planning
Cynthia TangCynthia Tang heads the Dispute Resolution Group of Baker & McKenzie Hong Kong Office.
She has over 25 years of experience in Hong Kong and Asia and is well-recognized as one of the region's leading contentious regulatory lawyers. Her practice focuses on domestic as well as cross-border regulatory enforcement, and she has substantial experience in dealing with the HK regulators and regulators in all major jurisdictions where financial services companies operate. She regularly advises financial institutions and the wider financial services industry, directors and employees in regulatory enforcement matters. She is also an expert in listed company regulatory issues. Cynthia has been acknowledged as a leading regulatory lawyer over consecutive years by major legal publications, including Chambers Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000.
What’s new in reporting: implementation tips and board processes
Cimi LeungCimi is the Regional Internal Audit Service Leader for Hong Kong and Southern China, PwC Hong Kong and China. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Internal Audit advisory services.
Cimi is the lead partner for numerous corporate governance, risk management and internal business control advisory projects for multinational corporations listed in the US, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. The scope of these projects cover areas over risk management, business controls transformation, internal audits, process and control improvement, fraud prevention, data management & analytics and regulatory compliance.
Issues that Cimi has advised clients on recently in Hong Kong include the enhancement of corporate governance framework, implementation of enterprise wide risk management, assessment of the effectiveness of audit committees, setting up internal audit functions as well as the compliance with the relevant corporate governance sections of the local laws and regulations.
Cimi is also a frequent speaker of a number of seminars and conferences organised by regulators and professional bodies on the topics relating to corporate governance, internal audit and risk management.
Cimi is a Certified Practicing Accountant (“CPAA”) in Australia, a Certified Internal Auditor (“CIA”) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor ("CISA").