Invitation to HCC & SGN The Importance of Diversity in Leadership panel event on Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Invitation to HCC & SGN The Importance of Diversity in Leadership panel event on Tuesday, 18 June 2024

May 27, 2024

Haymarket Chamber of Commerce and Singapore Global Network would like to invite you to a panel discussion and networking evening at The Great Room in Sydney on Tuesday, 18 June 2024 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
The discussion will be on The Importance of Diversity in Leadership with our panelists Liz Griffin (Principal, Complexity Consulting), Gillian Woon (Director, IP Support Unit, Baker McKenzie), Andrew Buay (Vice President, Group Corporate Sustainability, Singtel and Optus), and Shamane Tan (Chief Growth Officer, Sekuro).

Join us as we discuss the importance of composing boards of companies and organisations to reflect the diversity of our population and workforce, how we can harness this diversity, and to reflect on current organisation and workplace practices and policies.

Globally, company boards have improved in gender diversity. Overall, the number of women holding board positions have increased from 2020, which also marks the fastest improvement in the percentage of women on boards in 10 years. Progress has also been made in other areas such as race and ethnicity, but at a slower pace, and translating awareness into concrete actions is often a continuing challenge.

Be inspired as our speakers share their insights and experiences, and their respective personal journeys navigating areas where there is a lack of representation, cross-cultural perspectives, and what they are doing to make a difference and forge a different pathway.

The discussion will be moderated by San Koh (Manager at RSM and Secretary of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce).


Date:     Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Time:    6 pm – 9 pm


6.00 pm – Guests arrival, registration, and networking. Canapés and drinks will be served.

6.45 pm – Welcome.

7.00 pm – Moderated panel discussion, followed by Q & A.

8.00 pm – Business networking continues.

9.00 pm – Event concludes.

Venue: The Great Room , Level 29, 85 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Tickets: $25 for HCC and SGN members, $40 for non-members

Places to this event are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment!


About the Speakers and Moderator

Liz Griffin


Complexity Consulting

Liz is a senior organisational development specialist with deep expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership development and organisational change. She has worked across a range of industries and in global, regional and local roles based in Hong Kong and Australia and has held a variety of organisation development leadership roles including leading the DEI functions for Qantas Airways and Commonwealth Bank.

More recently she has been a senior leader within Minderoo Foundation’s Generation One focused on First Nations employment parity. She has worked with large organisations across private, public and not for profit sectors on driving systemic and inclusive change based on the Woort Koorliny: Australian Indigenous Employment Index 2022 research which she led.

Liz is an Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Fellow and a member of the AHRI DEI Advisory Panel. She is an alumni of the Sydney Asialink Leaders program and in Hong Kong, she was an active member of the Australian and American Chambers of Commerce, playing significant roles in HR and Women of Influence committees.

Gillian Woon

Director – Intellectual Property Support Unit

Baker McKenzie

Gillian became the Director of Baker McKenzie’s global Intellectual Property Support Unit (IPSU) in June 2023 following over 25 years of practice as an attorney in the brand strategy and protection space, both in Baker McKenzie and a top tier law firm in Singapore. She has advised a number of the firm’s key global clients, and continues to support such client relationships through her current role. IPSU has around 180 members located in Manila and Buenos Aires and collaborates with our attorneys to deliver IP portfolio management services to the firm’s largest global clients.

Gillian is also the business lead of Baker McKenzie’s recently launched 360° IP Solution, of which our next generation IP rights management platform is an integral part, along with our offshore IP support services and longstanding legal expertise of more than 300 IP lawyers.

In addition to the above roles, Gillian is the co-chair of BakerDNA, the firm’s I,D&E cultural diversity stream. Gillian is recognised by Best Lawyers Australia for Intellectual Property and is the immediate past Vice President of the IP Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).

Andrew Buay

Vice President, Group Corporate Sustainability

Singtel and Optus

Talent Coach

Andrew is Vice President for the SingTel Group’s and Optus Corporate Sustainability.  Since 2013, he has also been a leadership and talent coach to over 170 Future and Emerging Leaders, two-thirds of whom are women leaders. He is also a mentor to several women CEOs and Founders in the Singtel Group Future Makers programme, where Singtel supports and mentors tech start-ups developing digital solutions for social and environmental impact.

Prior to this, Andrew held various diverse senior positions across the SingTel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. He is also a long-standing member of the Singapore National Council of Social Services (NCSS) 4ST Strategic Review and Implementation Committee. He is the founder of the Singapore Business Network on Disability (SBNoD) and has been its co-chair since 2015. He sits on the advisory boards for the Singapore Institute of Technology and La Trobe Business Schools (Melbourne), advising on their sustainability strategy and curriculum.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters of Science (Msc) in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program). He is a certified Level 3 coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.

Shamane Tan

Chief Growth Officer, Sekuro

Founder, Cyber Risk Meetup

A visionary influencer, Shamane Tan is passionate about uniting minds and experiences, excelling in aligning C-Suite and Board members with cybersecurity imperatives. As the author of “Cyber Risk Leaders,” she unravels executive communication nuances and distills C-Suite expectations. 

Her work extends to “Cyber Mayday and the Day After,” a roadmap for navigating crises by mining the wisdom of C-level executives from around the globe. It’s filled with interviews with managers and leaders who’ve braved the crucible and lived to tell the tale. Her most recent book, “Building a Cyber Resilience: A Cyber Handbook for Executives and Boards,” was featured on Forbes Australia’s top list of books for CEOs.

Shamane has also founded a transcontinental cyber risk and executive meetup spanning Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Singapore, the Philippines, and Tokyo, fostering mentorship, women’s empowerment and thought leadership. As a strong advocate for the importance of having a voice and helping others use theirs, Shamane Tan has spoken at TEDx, global conferences and Fortune 500 and ASX companies like MasterCard and Atlassian, the Parliament of New South Wales, FS-ISAC, RSA, ISACA Silicon Valley and many more.

Recipient of the IFSEC Global Top 20 Cybersecurity Influencer award and named among the 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians, Shamane is also the Chief Growth Officer at Sekuro, a leading cyber security and digital resiliency solutions partner, and leverages her unique fusion of technical prowess and business acumen to help organizations progress on their security maturity journey.

San Koh

Manager, RSM Australia

Secretary, Haymarket Chamber of Commerce

Professionally, San Koh is a Chartered Accountant who helps clients strategically navigate challenging transitions to deliver better stakeholder outcomes. She specialises in corporate restructuring, recovery, and transformation through board and shareholder restructures, and advises directors on turnaround strategy, finance optimisation, and stakeholder management.

At RSM Australia, San drives an internal mentoring program as a DE&I initiative, pilots AI programs for streamlined efficiencies, organises national conferences and client events (with help), and focuses on the service experience for Asian clients. She has also been invited to deliver presentations, talks, and lectures at universities, on podcasts, and for professional associations.

As Secretary of the Chamber, San advocates for the diversity, growth, and prosperity of Haymarket’s businesses, residents, and community, and is always open for a chat.

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