Gain Insight. Impact the Profession. 

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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8:45am - 9:10am | Registration & Partner Exhibits

9:10am - 9:20am | Welcome & Opening Remarks

Krista Walochik, Chair of the AESC Board

9:20am - 9:50am | Opening Keynote Address: What the Trump Presidency Means for Australia & Asia

Simon Jackman, US Studies Centre

Introduction by Michael Keevy, Korn Ferry

 Since 2009, Simon Jackman has served as a Principal Investigator of the American National Election Studies, the world’s longest running and most authoritative study of political attitudes and behaviour. At Elevate 2017, he sheds insights on US politics and how it will impact Australia and Asia. 

9:50am - 10:45am | Organizations of the Future

Introduction by Steve Mullinjer, Chair, AESC Asia Pacific & Middle East Council, and; Regional Leader, Heidrick & Struggles

Oliver Bladek, McKinsey

Working at McKinsey since 2004, Oliver Bladek counsels CHROs on top strategic issues including delivering value through talent, organizational agility and the workforce of the future. Learn how companies can stay healthy for the long term as rapid change undermines traditional sources of stability.

10:45am - 11:15am | Networking Break

11:15am - 12:15pm | What’s Next for Boards?

Moderated by Joanne Gray, BOSS Magazine

Kevin Jurd, Spencer Stuart
Katie Lahey, Korn Ferry
Arlene Tansey, Aristocrat Leisure Limited
Penelope Winn, Caltex Australia Limited

Good governance is key to meeting the challenges and opportunities of the future. Take a deep look at the issues facing boards today including digitalization, risk management, diversity, cyber-security, disruption and executive talent.

12:15pm - 1:30pm | Cracking the Bamboo Ceiling

Moderated by Jason Johnson, Johnson

Karen Fifer, Heidrick & Struggles
Dai Le, DAWN
Felicity Menzies, Culture Plus Consulting
Yung Ngo, Westpac Group

Asia and Australia's futures are intertwined, yet a report by the Australian Diversity Council found that only 1.9% of executive managers in Australia are of Asian descent. This is even more striking when considering that around 10% of the population in Australia is of Asian ancestry. Explore the reasons behind the 'bamboo ceiling' and what strategies can be employed to see change at the executive and board level.

1:30pm - 2:30pm | Networking Lunch

2:30pm - 3:30pm | The New Wave: Executive Talent for the Next Generation

Karen Greenbaum, AESC

Introduction by Simone Mears, pac executive

How will Next Generation leaders differ from today's business leaders? AESC President and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, presents new research on how AESC's global C-suite decision makers are developing, and planning to develop, Next Generation talent in their industries. Learn the attributes Next Generation executive talent advisors will bring to meet the challenges of their future clients, and how our profession will evolve. 

3:30pm - 4:30pm | Strengthening Client/Consultant Relationships

Moderated by Graham Willis, Watermark Search International 

Vik Bansal, CEO, Cleanaway
Peter Wilson AM, Chairman, AHRI
Cathy Doyle, Group Executive, Rabobank
Anthony Armstrong, Partner & Country Manager, Russell Reynolds Associates

Knowing your clients and understanding their needs are the essential first steps to establishing meaningful and productive business relationships. Explore the expectations of clients and how executive search firms can build stronger, more meaningful relationships.

4:30pm - 5:00pm | Reforms to the 457 Work Visa & Permanent Sponsored Programs: Impact and the Way Forward in a Climate of Uncertainty

Teresa Liu, Fragomen

5:00pm - 5:05pm | Closing Address: New Heights & Peak Results

5:05pm - 6:30pm | Networking Cocktail Reception



  • Vik Bansal

    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Cleanaway

  • Oliver Bladek

    Leader, Organisation Practice - Australia and New Zealand, McKinsey

  • Karen Fifer

    Managing Partner, Consumer Markets Practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Heidrick & Struggles

  • Karen Greenbaum

    AESC President & CEO

  • Simon Jackman

    CEO of the US Studies Centre

  • Jason Johnson

    Managing Partner and Founder of Johnson

  • Katie Lahey

    Executive Chairman, Korn Ferry - Australasia

  • Dai Le

    Founder, DAWN

  • Teresa Liu

    Co-Managing Partner, Fragomen, Australia-New Zealand

  • Simone Mears

    Director, pac executive

  • Felicity Menzies

    Founder, Culture Plus Consulting

  • Steve Mullinjer

    Chair, AESC Asia Pacific & Middle East Council and Regional Leader - Asia Pacific & the Middle East, Heidrick & Struggles

  • Yung Ngo

    SGM Westpac Premium & Chair of Cultural Diversity Leadership EAG, Westpac Group

  • Krista Walochik

    Chair, AESC Board of Directors and President, Talengo/TGCL

  • Graham Willis

    Managing Partner, Watermark Search International

  • Kevin Jurd

    Board and CEO Succession Practice Leader, Australasia, Spencer Stuart

  • Arlene Tansey

    Non-Executive Director of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd, Primary Health Care Ltd, Adelaide Brighton Ltd, Lendlease Investment Management, and Infrastructure NSW

  • Penelope Winn

    Director, Caltex Australia Limited; Director of CSR Ltd; Chair & Director of Port Waratah Coal Services Ltd

  • Joanne Gray

    Editor of the Australian Financial Review's BOSS magazine

  • Cathy Doyle

    Group Executive Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group

  • Peter Wilsom

    Chairman: Australian Human Resource Institute Limited; Australian Network on Disability Limited; and World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA

  • Anthony Armstrong

    Country Manager, Russell Reynolds Associates, Australia





We would like to thank our Partners for their support of the 2017 Asia Pacific Conference:



Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, 27 O'Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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.