Building the Modern Board: A 20/20 Vision

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Conference: Friday, 25 September 2020 / Optional Site Visits: Saturday, 26 September 2020

Conference Programme:

Rundown and Topics
Welcoming Speech
Ms Gillian Meller FCIS FCS
President, The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries
Speech by the Guest of Honour
The Honourable Christopher Hui Ching-yu JP
Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, The HKSAR Government
Keynote Address
Importance of a 20/20 Board
Session One: How to bring the Board onboard?
This session includes the process of identifying, selecting and recruiting board members. This involves matters such as the size of the board, identifying the required skills, experience and competences, promoting diversity whilst safeguarding meritocracy, the influence of a major shareholder or owner. This session will also address the transition from appointment to entering the boardroom for the first time: induction, board charter, terms of service and remuneration.
Searching the horizon- looking for the right board members
Mr Nicholas Allen
Chairman & Independent Non Executive Director, Link Asset Management Ltd
Coming on board - managing from first contact to the boardroom door
Mr Michael Ling
Deputy Company Secretary, CLP Holdings Ltd
Session One - Panel Discussion

Event Chair: Mr Peter Greenwood MA FCIS FCS
Mr Nicholas Allen

Mr Michael Ling

Dr Lee George Lam BBS
Chairman, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Ltd

Ms Teresa Ko BBS JP
Partner & China Chairman, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mr Neil Waters
Senior Partner, Egon Zehnder
Networking Break
Session Two: How to bring the best out of the Board?
This session encompasses the wide range of measures and approaches which promote board effectiveness. This includes enhancing positive board dynamics and maximising the individual and collective capital of the directors, both executive and non-executive, independent and non-independent, in performing their role and meeting their responsibilities. The discussion will also cover matters such as key board relationships, such as with its Chairman, shareholders, other stakeholders, auditors, board committees, the CEO (separation of chairman and CEO) and management. We will also look at practical ways to enhance board meetings and discussions through the quality of the agenda, papers, presentations, information flow, site visits and the conduct of the meetings themselves.
How affirmative dynamics make effective boards
Mr Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen
Chairman, MTR Corporation Ltd
Board Meetings - time well spent, not time wasted
Ms Edith Shih FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP)(PE)
Immediate Past International President, The Chartered Governance Institute; Past President, HKICS; and Executive Director and Company Secretary, CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd
Session Two – Panel Discussion

Event Chair: Mr Peter Greenwood MA FCIS FCS
Mr Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen

Ms Edith Shih FCG(CS, CGP) FCS(CS, CGP)(PE)

Mrs Ann Kung Yeung Yun Chi
Deputy Chief Executive, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd

Ms Catharine Wong
Head of Share Registry & Issuer Services, Tricor Services Ltd
Lunch and Souvenir presentations
Session Three: How to protect the Board?
This session will examine the ways to safeguard the Board against liability and non-compliance. It will also address how Boards can effectively oversee the identification, management, mitigation and avoidance of risk. At the practical level, we should also assess the importance and the limitations of directors’ liability insurance and the rights of directors to indemnity from their company.
Watching their backs - protecting the board against liability and non-compliance
Dr the Hon Moses Cheng Mo-chi GBM GBS JP
Chairman, Insurance Authority
Managing risk - safeguarding the board, safeguarding the company
Mr Andrew Weir
Regional Senior Partner, KPMG Hong Kong
Vice Chairman, KPMG China
Session Three – Panel Discussion

Event Chair: Mr Peter Greenwood MA FCIS FCS
Dr the Hon Moses Cheng Mo-chi GBM GBS JP

Mr Andrew Weir

Mr Thomas Allan Atkinson
Executive Director, Enforcement, The Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong

Mr Mark Johnson
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Networking Break
Session Four: How to build tomorrow’s Board?
Boards are dynamic entities - no Board should ever be static, and no Board can isolate itself from change to itself, to its responsibilities, to the expectations of stakeholders and to the society within which it must operate. In this final session we will look ahead to the demands, the opportunities, challenges and expectations of and on Boards in the years to come.

This session will tackle issues such as growing demands on Boards in areas such as environmental and social performance, the implications of new technology such as AI on board operation, the impact of social media and the additional competences which Boards may need.

We will also consider Board improvement through ongoing training, succession planning, rotation of directors and the challenging subject of meaningful board evaluations.
Changing values, changing stakeholders, changing expectations
Ms Flora Wang
Director, Sustainability Investing, Fidelity International
Technology - changing businesses, changing boards
Session Four – Panel Discussion

Event Chair: Mr Peter Greenwood MA FCIS FCS
Ms Flora Wang

Mr Neil McNamara FCIS FCS
Corporate Secretary, Livi Bank Ltd; Past President, The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries

Mr Lee Wan Lik
Managing Director, Azeus Systems Ltd
Closing Colloquy: Corporate Governance of the 20/20 Board
Event Chairman’s Closing Colloquy

Event Chair: Mr Peter Greenwood MA FCIS FCS
The Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan GBS JP
Convenor, Non-Official Members of the HKSAR Executive Council; President Asia Financial Holdings Ltd and Asia Insurance Company Ltd; Chairperson, Hong Kong Council of Social Service
5.00pm - 6.30pm
Cocktail Reception
The Lounge, Lobby Level

[ECPD = 6.5 Points]

Note: HKICS reserves the right to change the programme, listed speaker(s) and time if necessary.

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Optional Site Visits:

Rundown and Topics
Assembly (Central Post Office)
10.00am ~ 12.15pm
Site Visit and Group Discussions

(In alphabetical order)
Group 1 – Black Point Power Station
CLP Holdings Ltd
Group 2 – Hongkong International Terminals
CK Hutchison Ltd
Group 3 – Hong Kong International Airport
Airport Authority
Group 4 – Ocean Park
Ocean Park Corporation
Return (Central Post Office)/Programme Ends

[ECPD = 3 Points]

Terms and Conditions Apply.

Remarks: All tours are attended at attendees’ own risks and without recourse to HKICS and its employees whatsoever and howsoever arising including by reasons of any negligence and/or breach of duties and/or other reasons.

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