Upcoming Events

By Invitation Only
13 November 2018, Tuesday, 5pm – 6.30pm at JW Marriot

Distinguished speakers

will share their views on how good stewardship would help companies strengthen their capacity to deal with the opportunities and risks arising from disruptive changes in the value chain, climate change, social licence to operate, staffing for new business conditions.

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Past Events

19 September 2018, Wednesday

More than 30 board chairmen representing 40 of the largest SGX-listed companies joined the Diversity Action Committee (DAC) for a breakfast conversation with

  • Peter T. Grauer (Chairman, Bloomberg)
  • Peter Seah (Chairman, DBS Group and Singapore Airlines)
  • S.S. Teo (Executive Chairman and Managing Director, Pacific International Lines)
  • Janet Ang (Vice President, Industry Solutions and Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific)

Sponsored by DBS, the event discussed board resilience and diversity, and how companies can navigate disruptive changes in technology, markets and supply chains.

19 June 2018, Tuesday

Bloomberg and Diversity Action Committee (DAC) jointly organised a Dialogue with Female First-Time Directors to exchange ideas on raising women’s representation on corporate boards in Singapore and actions that aspiring female board directors should take. The dialogue was led by:

  • Ms Goh Swee Chen, Chairman, Shell Companies in Singapore and Independent Director, CapitaLand Limited
  • Mr Sherman Kwek, CEO of City Developments Limited

29 June 2018, Friday

The Diversity Action Committee (DAC) organised a seminar, with NUS Business School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations (CGIO) as knowledge partner to present findings of a direct and positive link between women independent directors and business performance, using econometric techniques.

Mr Simon Israel, Board Chairman of Singtel and SingPost made the keynote address. The panel discussion was chaired by Mr Tham Sai Choy, First Vice-Chairman of Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) with

  • Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Group
  • Min Lan Tan, APAC Head of Chief Investment Office, UBS Global Wealth Management
  • Diaan-Yi Lin, Senior Partner, Singapore, McKinsey & Company
  • Associate Professor Lawrence LOH, Director, Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations.

25 April 2018, Wednesday

The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Singapore hosted a lunch-time dialogue on the topic of gender diversity on boards.

Ms Yeo Lian Sim, Special Adviser (Diversity), SGX and member of Diversity Action Committee (DAC), in a presentation titled “20-25-30 Work in Progress”, shared efforts and progress made with regard to women on boards in Singapore.

7 March 2018, Wednesday

DAC, together with EuroCham, SGX and 30% Club, supported OMFIF’s launch of the 2018 edition of its Gender Balance Index (GBI) in Singapore. The index tracks the presence of men and women in senior positions of public financial institutions globally. GBI 2018’s results reveal that there is still significant gender imbalance, particularly in G20 countries, with only two of their central banks in the top 20 ranking.

Speakers included representatives from Ernst & Young, World Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and International Finance Corporation.

26 January 2018, Friday

The Diversity Action Committee (DAC) supported the launch of the report “20 by 2020 : Gender Diversity on Singapore Boards – A Path to Action” by BoardAgender and Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI). Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth delivered the keynote address.

20 November 2017, Monday

Ms Janet Ang (Member, DAC and Vice President of Industry Solutions and Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific) shared the business imperative of women on boards and nomination processes.

The talk aroused keen interest and conversation among directors and senior management. Following the Forum, CDL’s Nominating Committee approved the adoption of a formal Board Diversity Policy and a DAC-aligned target of 20% women on CDL’s board by 2020.

5 October 2016, Wednesday
Videos of the event can be found here.

Diversity Action Committee (DAC) presented its report ‘Women on Boards: Tackling the Issue’ to Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the launch event.

The two-part report discusses obstacles to having more women directors on boards of SGX-listed companies and made 5 recommendations to Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), listed companies and the overall market.

The supplement to the report features conversations with chairmen and board directors from companies that have achieved awards for good corporate governance practices – DBS, SIA, Singtel, Yoma Strategic and Micro-Mechanics – on the topic of gender diversity on boards.

6 May 2016, Friday

DAC partnered BoardAgender to hold a networking luncheon with BoardAgender’s SG50 Champions of Change.

We were honoured to have 3 Champions – Euleen Goh, Goh Swee Chen and Simon Israel – join us at the luncheon.

The luncheon provided a relaxed environment for the Champions to freely share their experience as board directors as well as get to know the board-ready women.

22 March 2016, Tuesday

Ms Yeo Lian Sim, a member of the Diversity Action Committee, shared her view on “Why Board Diversity Matters To Retail Investors” at SIAS’ Investors’ Forum which sought to prepare retail investors for the AGM season.

3 March 2016, Thursday

Ms Teo Swee Lian shared the opportunities and challenges she encountered in her career journey to date, as well as her personal views on what women can do to prepare themselves for the responsibilities of the boardroom, at Harvey Nash’s INSPIRE Singapore 2016.

Ms Teo, a member of the Diversity Action Committee, is currently a non-executive and independent director of Singtel and AIA Group Ltd. She is also a non-executive director of Avanda Investment Management and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee.

18 February 2016, Thursday

The Diversity Action Committee (DAC) partnered Professor Randel Carlock from INSEAD to hold a workshop that immersed participants in reviewing and discussing the roles and responsibilities of the board, the board chairman as well as the CEO in making decisions in the decision-making process. The case study used explores governance issues challenging a board of directors, chairman and CEO when there is a critical decision on the business’ future strategy.

13 January 2016, Wednesday

The Diversity Action Committee (DAC) partnered the Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) (IRPAS) to organise a forum attended by over 100 IRPAS members and guests.

Currently, many companies do not prioritise communicating the quality of their board to investors, despite increasing interest from stakeholder groups. As there have been calls for greater disclosure, transparency, board diversity and independence, the Singapore Institute of Directors, in Aug 2015, launched the Nominating Committee (NC) Guide which outlines the regulatory and practical aspects of the NC’s responsibilities.

24 November 2015, Tuesday

As part of the Diversity Action Committee (DAC)’s initiative to increase the active pool of women Board Director candidates, the Diversity Action Committee (DAC) partnered Ms Elaine Yew of Egon Zehnder to organize a workshop to share insights of competencies that boards are seeking in board directors and how potential women directors could best tell the story of their career for board roles. She also offered 5 key tips on networking. This is a follow-up activity after DAC’s successful Conference for Women as Board Directors.

29 September 2015, Tuesday

DAC’s latest initiative to accelerate the gender diversity on boards of companies listed on the Singapore Exchange was a great success! 100 senior women executives and professionals, all recommended by corporate leaders and governance experts as suitable for board directorships, attended the invitation-only event. The pipeline of 100 women participants will add to the existing pool of 400+ women board directors currently in SGX-listed companies, making the search for women board directors easier, especially for some Board Chairmen who perceived that there were not enough qualified women to serve on boards or they did not know where to find them. Please click here to read more.

Programme Highlights

  • Guest of Honour Address by Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament
  • Keynote Address by Mrs Lee Suet Fern, Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC
  • Breakout workshops led by INSEAD and Singapore Management University
  • Lunch and networking

23 September 2015, Wednesday

BoardAgender inaugurated its SG50 Champions of Change, an incremental initiative from the 100 Champions initiated previously to commemorate the 100th year of the International Women’s Day.

Mr Magnus Böcker (Chairman, Diversity Action Committee) was one of the speakers and shared the importance for Singapore Corporations to move past the current levels of women’s representation on their boards.

28 August 2015, Friday

The Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) with the support of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), and Singapore Exchange (SGX), launched the Nominating Committee (NC) Guide. It provides comprehensive coverage of the regulatory and practical aspects of the responsibilities and issues and challenges faced by the chairman and members of an NC. This guide was produced with the support of resources from Ernst & Young Advisory Pte Ltd (EY), and a review panel of leading practitioners and professionals in the corporate governance field.

The guest of honour for the launch of the series and the NC Guide was Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources, and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs. At the same time, Minister Fu launched the Diversity Pledge where companies are invited to declare their support for board diversity.