As industries rapidly transform, impacted by globalization, technology, regulation and a multi-generation workforce, organizations worldwide look to search and leadership consultants as their trusted advisors to help navigate this lightning fast and increasingly complex business environment.
Our profession has more opportunities than ever to help business leaders around the world achieve a competitive advantage. How can we take our profession to new heights in order to deliver peak results for our clients?
Join AESC for our inaugural Asia Pacific Conference, the premier event focused on executive search and leadership consultants, and the clients they serve.
This event is open to clients, AESC members and nonmembers.
Discounted group registration is available.
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Professor Simon Jackman
CEO of the US Studies Centre
Chair, AESC Board of Directors and President, Talengo/TGCL
Dr Jane Gunn
Partner - Advisory, KPMG
Chair, AESC Asia Pacific & Middle East Council and Regional Leader - Asia Pacific & the Middle East, Heidrick & Struggles
AESC President & CEO
Professor Simon Jackman became CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in April 2016. Born and raised in Australia, he went to the United States for his PhD (Political Science, Rochester) in 1988. From 1996 to 2016, Jackman taught Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman’s research focuses on public opinion, political participation, and electoral systems, in both the United States and Australia. Since 2009, Jackman has been one of the Principal Investigators of the American National Election Studies, the world’s longest running and most authoritative study of political attitudes and behaviour.
Through Executive Search and Board advisory services, I help top executive teams manage risk and find practical solutions to complex leadership issues such as succession planning, new business creation, and organisation redesign and governance. Directorships with public corporations, academia, and the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consulting (AESC) global Board, are my privileged platform to “give back” through service. Executive Coaching and Speaking engagements are catalysts for individual transformation. Sometimes, it’s by helping a person discover their uniqueness and exceptional traits so as to “release” potential, remove barriers, see new avenues, and forge ahead. Other times, it is inspiring audiences to discover insights through storytelling and reflections. As co-founder of Talengo, I am energized by our creative power to challenge the limits of what great Leadership advisory service looks and feels like, as a profession and a business worldwide. There’s no better place to be Matchmaker, Advisor, catalyst, storyteller, Entrepreneur, all in one!
Dr Jane Gunn is a Partner in KPMG’s People and Change Canberra practice, where she has led large scale change, organisational design and program management engagements within defence and the government sectors. Much of her career has focused on working in or consulting to the public sector at Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels including the establishment and leadership of the Strategic Centre for Leadership, Learning and Development within the Australian Public Service Commission. Jane holds a PhD in organisational behaviour and strategy from the Australian National University and a Master’s degree majoring in human resource management from Queensland University of Technology with a major in Human Resources Management. Jane’s professional focus is working with organisations to build people and organisational effectiveness with a particular focus on leadership development, strategy, change management and human resource management.
Steve Mullinjer is the regional leader for Heidrick & Struggles’ Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Based in Hong Kong, he leads a team of over three hundred professionals delivering executive search and leadership consulting services in fifteen offices across Asia Pacific. Steve has lived and worked in China for twenty years and his experience spans Asia Pacific. He interacts frequently with the CEOs of the region’s most successful businesses and has deep insight into the different business dynamics in markets as diverse as China, Australia, India and Korea. A veteran consultant, Steve is a regular commentator on regional media such as ABC and CNBC. In 2011, he was voted by peer firms as the best recruiter in China in a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal. In 2001, Steve was named “Headhunter of the Year” by Hong Kong’s Financial Intelligence Agency. Earlier in his career, Steve held general management, sales and marketing and product management positions in Australia and China with companies like Pacific Dunlop and IBM. Education: Steve holds two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees and has done research on joint venture management in China at the Australian National University. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.
Karen Greenbaum is President and CEO of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the global association representing the $12b+ profession with membership of 325 firms in 72 countries around the world. AESC serves as the voice of excellence for the executive search and leadership consulting profession worldwide and has rigorous membership requirements that ensure members commit to the highest professional standards. Ms. Greenbaum is an experienced business leader having served as the President and COO for the $1 billion US business of Mercer Consulting/MMC, a Fortune 200 company and later as COO for Nixon Peabody LLP a nearly $500 million global 100 law firm. She also served as an executive search consultant and partner before being selected as President and CEO of the AESC. In 2013, Agenda, a Financial Times publication for board members, named her as one of 100 top board candidates in the US to sit on compensation committees.
Founder, Culture Plus Consulting
Executive Chairman, Korn Ferry - Australasia
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Cleanaway
Named one of AFR-Westpac's Top 100 Influential Women in Australia in 2014, Dai has over two decades of storytelling skills and change making experience. Dai's mission is to help build an inclusive society where mainstreams institutions and organisations truly reflect the diverse society we live in. Dai was a former award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Through her social enterprise DAWN, Dai inspires current & future generations of diverse Australians to be the absolute best version of themselves. DAWN seek inspirational stories from diverse backgrounds & cultures and bring a new perspective on what it means to be who you are and where you are going. Dai is passionate about developing and building capability for the next generations of leaders. Dai was born in Saigon, Vietnam and spent years in refugee camps in South East Asia before being accepted for resettlement in Australia, arriving with her mother and two younger sisters in December 1979. She is also a breast cancer survivor.
Felicity Menzies is the founder of Culture Plus Consulting, a diversity and inclusion consultancy with expertise in cultural intelligence, unconscious bias, global diversity management and empowering professional women. Notable engagements include The Walt Disney Company, Liberty Insurance, Scotiabank, VISA, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Thales Defence and Aerospace, Monash University and World Vision. Felicity’s interest in the role of culture in business began during her tenure as the Head of Private Bank, Westpac, in Singapore. There she led a culturally diverse team of bankers serving a multinational client base and learned firsthand how Cultural Intelligence is a necessary component of business success. Felicity is an accredited facilitator with the Cultural Intelligence Centre and the author of A World of Difference: Leading in Global Markets with Cultural Intelligence, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Felicity is a regular contributor to business publications and has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Business First, Acuity, Inhouse Counsel and People Management. Felicity has been a member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand since 1995, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Katie Lahey is the Executive Chairman, Australasia for Korn Ferry. She is Chairman of the Tourism and Transport Forum, and on the boards of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the NSW Export and Investment Advisory Board, and Echo Entertainment. Katie is a former Chairman of Carnival Australia, member of the David Jones Board, Australia Council Major Performing Arts Board, Director of Australia Post, Hills Motorway and the Garvan Research Foundation. Before leading Korn Ferry, she was Chief Executive of The Business Council of Australia (BCA) for ten years and, prior to BCA, she was the Chief Executive of the State Chamber of Commerce (NSW), Chief Executive of the Sydney City Council and Chairman and Chief Executive of the Victorian Tourism Commission. In June 2013, Katie was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to business and the arts. Katie was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for her contribution to Australian Society in the area of Business Leadership. She earned a master of business administration degree and a bachelor of arts (first class honours) degree from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded the prize for top student in the master of business administration program for her year.
Vik joined Cleanaway as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in August 2015. With over 20 years’ experience in a range of executive roles in Australia, Asia and the United States, Vik has a proven track record of leading industrial organisations through significant growth, transition and improvement. In 2010 Vik joined Valmont Industries Inc., a US $3.3b NYSE global leader in designing and manufacturing products for infrastructure and agriculture markets, as Group President Asia Pacific. He subsequently ran their largest division and managed global operations spanning 23 countries before being appointed as Valmont’s President and Chief Operating Officer, based in Omaha, Nebraska USA. Vik has previously held senior line leadership positions with One Steel and Eaton Corporation. Vik volunteers as a Non-Executive Director of Disability Services Australia. He is an Electrical Engineer with an MBA and has completed his AMP from INSEAD. Vik is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
Krista Walochik, Chair of the AESC Board
Keynote Speaker: Professor Simon Jackman, CEO of the US Studies Centre
Dr Jane Gunn, Partner, KPMG
Keynote Speaker: Dai Le & Panel Discussion
Karen Greenbaum, President & CEO, AESC
Steve Mullinjer, Chair, AESC Asia Pacific & Middle East Council
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, 27 O'Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
27 O'Connell St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
Set in the business district, this 1850s Beaux Arts property is a 5-minute walk from the train station and 8 minutes from Circular Quay Wharves No. 5 and No. 2 ferries. The airy, stylish rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi, minibars, tea/coffeemaking facilities and room service, as well as desks and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms have access to a lounge with food and drink included. Upgraded rooms/suites add iPod docks, balconies, whirlpool tubs and/or separate living areas.Amenities include a business centre, 2 elegant restaurants and a chic bar. There's also an indoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna, plus a spa and a fitness centre.
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