Independent Director, Australian Finance Group, Sydney; Former Chairman, Australian Securities and Investments Commission; Former Director, OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, Paris
Independent Director, Australian Finance Group
Non-executive director, Global Digital Finance; Salzburg Global Seminar
Greg Medcraft has extensive experience working on financial markets and services issues, both from a policy and industry perspective. He is currently an independent non-executive director of the Australian Finance Group, a leading listed financial services group in Australia. He is also a non-executive director of Global Digital Finance and a non-executive director of the Salzburg Global Seminar.
From November 2017 until July 2021, Greg was Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD, which contributes to the OECD’s policy and standard setting work in the fields of markets and business conduct.
From 2009 to 2017, he was initially a Commissioner and later became Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australia’s corporate, markets, financial services and credit regulator. While ASIC chair, he was also, for three years until May 2016, Chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Board and a member of the Financial Stability Board.
Greg spent the first part of his career in the private sector (30 years), with accounting firm KPMG then Société Générale in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and then as CEO of the industry group, the Australian Securitisation Forum. At Société Générale, he initially worked on corporate finance, then capital markets. When he was based in New York, he co-founded the industry group, the American Securitization Forum, and was its chair for a number of years.
An Australian national, Greg holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Asian Corporate Governance Association
Jamie Allen is the founding Secretary General of the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), an independent membership association carrying out original research, advocacy and education on corporate governance in Asia since 1999. A published author, he has more than 30 years of experience writing about Asian business, finance, and economics. Prior to founding ACGA, he was a consultant providing customised research to multinational companies. From 1992 to 1995, he was editor of Business Asia for the Economist Intelligence Unit and a contributor to The Economist magazine from 1994 to 1996. He is one of the main authors of Awakening Governance: The evolution of corporate governance in China and CG Watch 2020 – Future promise, two reports published by ACGA in July 2018 and May 2021 respectively.
His past public service roles include being a member of the Public Shareholders’ Group, formed by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), sitting on the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and serving on the Operations Oversight Committee of the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong.
In 2017, he received an International Corporate Governance Network Lifetime Achievement Award and a Regional CG Recognition Award from the Minority Shareholders Watch Group of Malaysia.
He is a graduate of the Australian National University, Canberra, where he received a BA (Hons) in political science and Chinese language. He studied Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan from 1983 to 1984.
Partner, Brunswick Group; ACGA Council member
Pru Bennett is a Partner at Brunswick Group and Chair of the National Foundation for Australia China Relations. She is a director of the UN Global Contact Australia, a council member of the Asian Corporate Governance Association and sits on the Advisory Board for Hong Kong-based asset manager, Oasis Capital.
Until January 2019, Pru was a Managing Director at the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, and Head of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team for the APAC region based in Hong Kong. At BlackRock, she lead the team engaging with BlackRock’s investee companies on ESG issues, and also oversaw the proxy voting process.
Pru is an active participant in the public debate on corporate governance and stewardship. In 2018 she received the Asia Industry Leadership Award from 100 Women in Finance. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance.
Pru is a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Corporate Governance Advisory Committee. She was a member of the Public Shareholders Group of the Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong (SFC) until March 2021 when her six-year term ended.
Before joining BlackRock in August 2010, Pru was head of Corporate Governance at institutional advisor Regnan Governance and Research. From 1998 to 2009, Pru was a director of Australian proxy advisor Corporate Governance International, which was acquired by US proxy advisory firm, Glass Lewis & Co in 2006, which is now known as CGI Glass Lewis. Prior to working in corporate governance Pru was Investor Relations Manager for Qantas Airways Limited.
Pru holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW, Sydney. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Singapore Institute of Directors, and a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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 25 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. Melissa is an experienced power sector analyst and, in recent years, has worked with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), focussing on Asia’s transition to clean energy.
She was previously an elected member of the UNPRI Advisory Council and has served on the Listing Committee of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), the Listing Review Committee, and the Takeovers and Mergers Panel of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong.
Melissa has collaborated with ACGA on a number of projects including its regulatory submissions on IPO due diligence, ESG reporting standards, and weighted voting rights.
Dr Margaret Burnett
Programme Director, Sustainability Leadership and Governance
The University of Hong Kong
Dr Margaret Burnett has 30-plus years in the field of sustainability helping clients integrate sustainability into core organisational decision-making processes and culture. With experience in resource planning, business ethics and corporate social responsibility, she has developed and delivered sustainability leadership training modules for MNCs and partnered with an international NGO to deliver sustainability leadership training.
She has tailor-made workshops and learning modules for organisations that wish to engage with their employees, partners and other key stakeholders to raise awareness of sustainability issues and their relevance to the business.
Margaret has worked with many Hong Kong companies and is an avid supporter of NGOs and their community outreach. She has worked with local NGOs to enhance their expertise and capacity to work with corporations to create value in their partnerships.
She holds a BA (Distinction) in Economic Geography from McGIll University, Montreal, an MA in Regional Planning and Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and attained her PhD from the Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management (CUPEM) at the University of Hong Kong.
Hang Lung Properties
Adriel Chan is Vice Chair of Hang Lung Group and Hang Lung Properties. He joined in 2010, was appointed to the board in 2016, and then made Vice Chair in 2020. In addition to his daily responsibilities, Adriel also chairs the Sustainability Committee.
Adriel is a Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, sits on the Advisory Council of the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) Business School, and is an overseer of the Morningside College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a Director of the China Institute for Knowledge, an initiative undertaken by Our Hong Kong Foundation.
Prior to joining the Hang Lung Group, Adriel worked in finance, audit, and risk management. He holds an EMBA jointly awarded by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and HKUST. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Eugene Cheng is Group Chief Financial Officer of Sembcorp Industries. He oversees the Group’s finance, strategy, portfolio management and commercial and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) functions.
Eugene has extensive experience in financial and strategic leadership across the aviation, offshore oil and gas, marine engineering and logistics industries. Prior to joining Sembcorp, he was Chief Corporate Officer of SATS, where he oversaw key business functions such as business development, strategic investments and M&A, as well as corporate strategy. He also served as Group Chief Corporate Officer at IMC Industrial Group. He was also an investment banker with JP Morgan and Citigroup, specialising in M&A advisory, corporate financing and capital raising.
He holds a Bachelor (First Class Honours) and a Master of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has published papers on financial and capital markets in renowned accounting and financial journals.
Hendrik Gordenker is Senior Advisor to JERA Co., Inc. He previously served as JERA’s chairman for three years and as senior corporate vice president and director. He also was an external expert for JERA from the company’s founding in April 2015.
Hendrik has a long involvement in Japan and global energy. He lived in Japan in the 1980s and, after graduate studies in law and international affairs, he began practicing law in Washington, DC. He was a partner of White & Case LLP based in Tokyo from 2000 to 2014, in the firm’s global energy practice, focussing on LNG and power.
JERA is Japan’s largest power generator and is involved in the energy business globally.
Head of ESG research
Harvest Fund Management
Katherine Han is the head of ESG research at Harvest Fund Management and spearheads the group’s ESG research and integration programme under the CIO. She is responsible for establishing Harvest’s proprietary ESG framework and database for the China market, conducting ESG investment research and issuing reports, supporting ESG strategy and product development, as well as managing Harvest’s stewardship programme. She works closely with Harvest’s investment teams and clients to build responsible investment capacity and incorporate material ESG factors across asset classes.
Katherine is the author of a number of high-profile ESG research and case study reports, and recently led the project to successfully launch Harvest’s proprietary ESG scores on local and global financial platforms, including WIND and Bloomberg EAP, as well as launching ESG indexes with index providers like CSI and WIND.
Prior to joining Harvest, Katherine was a senior analyst with MSCI ESG Research for nearly eight years, where she led the global technology sector research and was a member of the APAC ESG methodology committee. She led MSCI’s China ESG team responsible for initiating and expanding the ESG coverage of the China market. Her prior roles include governance analyst with ISS and multi-asset class analyst at MSCI Barra.
She is a CFA charter holder and certified FRM holder. She holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Renmin University of China, Beijing, and a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing.
Partner & Chief Sustainability Officer
Karine Hirn is one of the founding partners of East Capital and has worked out of the firm’s Hong Kong office since 2013. She is CEO of East Capital Asia Ltd and is East Capital Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Between 2010 and 2013, she was based in Shanghai as East Capital’s Chief Representative in China. Prior to moving to Shanghai in 2010, she was the CEO of East Capital AB.
Karine is the chairperson of East Capital entities in Luxembourg as well as board director of Alquity SICAV. She is a French trade counsellor, and a board member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. She is also an advisor to the Center for Emerging Markets at Northeastern University in Boston.
Prior to East Capital, Karine was responsible for Eastbridge Bank in Moscow, and between 1994 and 1995 she was a consultant for various financing projects in the Volga region in Russia, and responsible for a credit risk training programme at NBD Bank in Russian Nizhny-Novgorod.
Karine holds a degree from EM Lyon in France and a post-graduate degree from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. Karine also studied at the Moscow Financial Academy and the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki. She is fluent in French, English, Russian, Swedish and conversational in Chinese mandarin.
Arthur R. Kroeber
Founding partner and Head of Research
Arthur R. Kroeber is a partner and head of research at Gavekal, a Hong Kong-based economic research firm, and founder of its China-focussed Gavekal Dragonomics research service.
Before establishing Dragonomics in 2002, he spent 15 years as a financial and economic journalist in China and South Asia. He is adjunct professor of economics at the NYU Stern School of Business, a senior non-resident fellow of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.
His book China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know (2nd edition 2020) is published by Oxford University Press.
Nana Li, CFA
Research and Project Director, China
Asian Corporate Governance Association
Nana Li is Research and Project Director, China for ACGA, joining the Association in February 2014. Her primary responsibilities include researching and writing on corporate governance developments in Hong Kong and China. She was the primary author of the China chapters of ACGA’s flagship CG Watch 2016, 2018 and 2020 reports, and project manager and one of the main authors of ACGA’s groundbreaking 2018 China report, Awakening Governance: The evolution of corporate governance in China. She has assisted with the organisation of ACGA’s annual conferences and member delegations to various Asian markets. She was a primary organiser for 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.
Besides her research work, Nana assists ACGA’s advocacy and educational work, giving presentations at events around the world. As one of ACGA’s key speakers, among others, she has given speeches at the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, the Shenzhen Asset Management Association, and spoken at international conferences hosted by CLSA, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, EMIA, GRI and the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).
Apart from her work at ACGA, Nana also sits on two committees to contribute to the corporate governance and ESG developments in global markets: the Financial Capital Committee of ICGN and the China ESG30 Forum of Caixin Insight.
A native of Hangzhou, Nana holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from the University of NSW, Sydney, majoring in Finance and Accounting, and a Master of Finance (Dean’s Honours List) from the University of Hong Kong. She is a CFA charterholder.
Research Director, Hong Kong & Singapore
Asian Corporate Governance Association
Jane Moir is Research Director for Hong Kong and Singapore at the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA). Before joining ACGA, Jane worked as a barrister in the civil and criminal courts of Hong Kong and lectured part-time at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU Space). During this time, she was also a writer on securities law, corporate crime, and money laundering.
Jane started her career as a journalist, including 11 years at the South China Morning Post covering the courts and legal issues before focussing on financial regulation, corporate governance and market misconduct. She has also worked as a political and economic risk consultant with a focus on corporate malfeasance and corruption in the Asia Pacific.
Jane is a native of Scotland and holds a Master of Arts in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh, a Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (PCLL) from the University of Hong Kong, and a Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong Law from Manchester Metropolitan University. She was admitted as a barrister in 2012.
Anthony Muh Yi-Tong
Chair, Asian Corporate Governance Association
Asia Chairman, H.R.L. Morrison & Co
Anthony Muh Yi-Tong is Asia Chairman, Board Director and a member of the Investment Committee of H.R.L. Morrison & Co, a leading alternative asset manager investing in infrastructure through both private and listed markets. He has been Chair of the Asian Corporate Governance Association since 2018.
Anthony is an investment professional with more than 35 years of investment experience in traditional and alternative assets across various regions around the world. Before joining H.R.L. Morrison & Co, he spent an extensive period with Citigroup Global Asset Management and Salomon Brothers Asset Management as regional Chief Investment Officer and a member of its global investment management committee. Previously, he built and ran the proprietary investment team in Asia for Alliance Trust. He began his career in finance and investment at BNZ Investment Management.
Anthony has considerable experience on boards. He is the current Non-Executive Chairman of JIDA Capital Partners, a China-focussed sustainable infrastructure investment management company. He is a Non-Executive Director of UK-listed Utilico Emerging Markets Trust and served nine years as Board Director of Infratil, a New Zealand-listed company. He is a past Chairman and Fellow of both the Hong Kong Securities and Investments Institute and the New Zealand Society of Investment Analysts (now known as INFINZ). He is also an Advisory Board member of Euromoney Institutional Investor.
Director of Japan Investment Stewardship
Kei Okamura is Director of Japan Investment Stewardship of the Japanese Equities team at Neuberger Berman. Before joining Neuberger Berman in 2020, he was a Vice President of Stewardship at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) in Tokyo overseeing ESG engagement campaigns with Japanese companies on behalf of public and corporate pension funds and conducting bottom-up ESG research for the fundamental equity team.
Prior to GSAM, Kei was a Fund Manager at Amundi Asset Management and an Assistant Investment Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management, where he helped to manage concentrated Japanese equities portfolios.
Kei began his career covering Japanese and Asian companies for Reuters and Bloomberg as a reporter and producer. He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French.
He also serves as the Chair of the Japan Working Group of the Asian Corporate Governance Association.
Executive Director and Company Secretary
CK Hutchison Holdings
Ms Edith Shih FCG (CS, CGP) FCS (CS, CGP) (PE) is Executive Director and Company Secretary of CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd, a Fortune 500 company with operations in more than 50 countries. She has been with the CK Hutchison Group for over 30 years, overseeing legal, regulatory, corporate finance and compliance matters for the Group. In addition, she serves as Director and Company Secretary of subsidiaries and associated companies of the CK Hutchison Group, overseeing the management of such businesses, including listed companies in Hong Kong, London, New York, Singapore and Sydney.
Edith is the Immediate Past International President and current member of the Executive Committee of The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI). She is Past President and current Chairman of the Nomination Committee of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (HKCGI).
In addition to her professional work, Edith is also involved in numerous panels and committees of public service, regulatory and professional bodies. She is the Chairman of the Process Review Panel of the Financial Reporting Council, a member of the Council of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Trustee of Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York. Further, she is a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal, the Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme Vetting Committee and the Executive Committee and Council of the Hong Kong Management Association.
She holds Master’s degrees in Education and Linguistics from Columbia University, New York and is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, Hong Kong, and Victoria, Australia. She is also a Fellow of CGI and HKCGI with both Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional designations.
Clare Rewcastle Brown
Clare Rewcastle Brown is a British journalist and TV reporter, who worked for the BBC, SKY TV and ITV before founding the website Sarawak Report, which has come to prominence for challenging political corruption and its impacts on the environment and indigenous rights particularly in East Malaysia.
She has gone on to trace those money flows through the global financial systems including sovereign wealth funds to look at how the corruption impacts on advanced economies as well. She is the author of the book The Sarawak Report, presently being developed as a screenplay by Hollywood director Rod Lurie and Producer Doug Belgrad.
Her investigations resulted in the exposure of Malaysia’s 1MDB Development Fund scandal, a global scandal which revealed grand kleptocracy by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, aided and abetted by dozens of major banks, accountancy firms, sovereign funds and professional bodies, all of which had been ignored by regulators for several years. It resulted in the biggest ever asset seizure by the United States Department of Justice and rocked the global financial community with record fines against Goldman Sachs and the closure of Switzerland’s oldest private bank BSI plus dozens of other sanctions and fines.
1MDB also shone light on the off-shore finance industry, embarrassed famous figures in Hollywood and resulted in the prosecution of a number political bigwigs in the US, including the Chairman of the National Republican Committee. The government of Najib Razak fell as a result and the former premier has now been found guilty on numerous charges of theft and criminal breach of trust.
Clare continues to cover events in the region and through the NGO Forest Southeast Asia seeks to promote reforestation efforts and awareness of climate change and indigenous rights in the region.
Independent Director at CLP Holdings; HSBC Insurance; JPM China Growth and Income; Link REIT
May Tan was CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong (SCBHK) until her retirement in 2017. She joined SCBHK in 2009 when the bank acquired Cazenove Asia. May worked at Cazenove Asia from 1984-2009, and was its CEO from 1993-2009. She was made a partner of Cazenove & Co, the first woman and Asian to be admitted to the partnership since its inception in 1823.
May currently serves as an independent director on several leading corporate and NGO boards. She is Senior Advisor to the Oxfam Council and served on its Council from 2008-2017. She has been on the board of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation since 2014.
Over the past 20 years, May has made a significant contribution to Hong Kong through many public roles. These include Chair of the Hong Kong Association of Banks and being a member of the HKEX Listing Committee, the Takeovers and Mergers Panel and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
May is a diversity and inclusion champion. She started the Women’s Network at SCBHK and was a global sponsor for the network at the bank. She is on the Advisory Council of the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong and Macau) and started the Women’s Network at the chamber. In 2021, she co-founded ACcelerate, a not-for-profit programme to enhance the skill sets of senior women and prepare them for leadership roles.
She has been the recipient of two awards from the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong: she was Woman Professional of the Year in 2015 and Female Board Member of the Year in 2020.
May is a qualified accountant by training and a Fellow of both the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Arnaud Vagner is the founder of Iceberg Research. In 2015, Iceberg exposed accounting fraud at Hong Kong-based Noble Group, a major commodities trader. Noble responded aggressively with a lawsuit and harassment tactics against Arnaud. The trader was finally declared bankrupt after a few years of controversy, went through a debt restructuring, and lost the lawsuit.
As a short seller, Iceberg has led a series of successful campaigns against a dozen listed companies with fraudulent representations or broken business models. The firm takes short positions against these companies and regularly shares its findings with regulators.
Prior to Iceberg, Arnaud worked as a credit risk analyst with banks in Asia and at Noble Group. He graduated from HEC Paris (Master in Management) in 2001.
Head of Australia and New Zealand
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Sheela Veerappan is the Head of Australia and New Zealand at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), based in Sydney. She was a manager research consultant, with technical expertise in ESG risks, climate change and sustainable investment, working to elevate sustainability and ESG risks in investors’ investment processes and decision making.
Sheela has over 15 years of experience in both Asia and Australia, and she has consulted for leading Asian and Australian investors on climate change including net-zero pathways and reporting to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), manager selection and monitoring and portfolio construction.
She has worked with the largest investment consulting firms and has researched various ESG integrated strategies across different asset classes. She focusses on improving ESG integration in the selection and monitoring of managers, breaking down the silos that exist in traditional research frameworks.
Capital International Investors
ACGA Vice Chair
Based in the Capital Group’s Hong Kong office, Steven Watson is a portfolio manager in The International Growth and Income Fund, Capital Income Builder and the New Perspective Fund, among other funds and mandates. He is also Chairman of Capital’s China Group.
Prior to joining Capital in 1990, Steven was a research analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein & Co and a vice president of China Communications, a marketing consulting firm.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Massachusetts, a Master’s degree in French studies from New York University and an MBA from New York University and l’ Université de Paris. Additionally, he studied Chinese at Wuhan University and the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute, China.
Steve joined the ACGA Council in 2007. He was elected as Vice Chair in 2018.
Deputy Group Managing Director
IMC Industrial Group
Yuelin Yang is Deputy Group Managing Director of IMC Industrial Group and manages its corporate and business relationships. He is a Member of the Boards of IMC’s past and present joint ventures with GATX, Chevron and Mitsui and Modec, and is a non-executive director on the Asian board of Verlinvest, a family investment firm for one of the Belgium families with major shareholdings in AB InBev.
After practicing law at well-known Silicon Valley firms, he has spent over 20 years in senior management at an Asian multinational and an Asian family company. As Associate General Counsel at Acer Computers in Taipei, he reported to co-founder Stan Shih, negotiating global commercial contracts as Acer’s revenue grew from US$1 billion in 1991 to US$5.7 billion in 1995. Since then, he has held senior roles at the family-owned IMC Group in Singapore.
He has been on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for ASEAN, the Family Business Advisory Committee of Insead and the OECD Roundtable on Asian Corporate Governance. He is a member of the Pacific Pension Institute and is on the board of NUS Business School’s Centre for Governance & Sustainability.
Mr Yang holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law. He speaks and writes frequently on Asian family businesses and family offices.
He joined the ACGA Council in 2015.