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China’s Gen Z: Shaping the Future of the Workplace

About this event

Host: CKGSB, Asia House
Format: Zoom – on the record
Language: English (with simultaneous Chinese-English translation)
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Time: 16:00-17:20 Beijing Time/09:00-10:20 UK Time

The rise of Generation Z (Gen Z) in China is having profound implications on the world of business. This new generation of workforce – which comprises 15 per cent of China’s total population – grew up in a period of rapid technological and economic development and have now entered the workplace. In response, forward-thinking organizations are evolving their talent strategies to adapt to this crop of new talent.

Gen Z, like other generations, has their own unique values, preferences, and work styles. As such, it is critical for companies to develop management practices that are tailored to the unique needs and preferences of Gen Z in the workplace.

Organized by CKGSB in partnership with Asia House, this event will focus on intergenerational differences and effective management strategies in recruiting, training, and retaining a younger generation of employees. Given the size, scale, and influence that Gen Z has not only in China, but also globally, it is crucial for companies to understand how to motivate Gen Z employees to thrive at work.

Agenda

16:00 – 16:05 | Opening Remarks

  • • Welcome by Asia House Chief Executive, Michael Lawrence

16:05 – 16:15 | Keynote Speech

  • Tanuj Kapilashrami, Group Head of Human Resources, Standard Chartered Bank

16:15 - 16:35 | Report Launch and Presentation: Understanding China’s Gen Z in the Workplace

  • Dr. Xiaomeng Zhang, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, Academic Director for Executive Education, Director of the Research Center for Leadership, Behavioral Science & Inclusivity, CKGSB

16:35 – 17:15 | Panel Discussion and Q&A moderated by Asia House Chief Executive, Michael Lawrence

  • Caroline Raggett, Managing Director, Board and AgFoodTech, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Sean Li, General Manager, Robert Walters China
  • Pooja Jhaveri, Director of D&I / Leadership & Talent Development in APAC, LSEG

17:15 – 17:20 | Closing Remarks

  • • Closing remarks by Asia House Chief Executive, Michael Lawrence

*The agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Speakers & Panelists

ZHANG Xiaomeng

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for EMBA Program, Associate Dean for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, Executive Academic Director for Executive Education and Director of the Research Center for Leadership, Behavioral Science & Inclusivity, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD, the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, Executive Academic Director for Executive Education and Director of the Research Center for Leadership, Behavioral Science & Inclusivity, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD, the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park

Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Creativity and Innovation, C-suite Motivation, Empowerment, Interactional Relationships, Leadership, Leader Support, Motivation

Biography

Professor Zhang Xiaomeng is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Associate Dean for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, Executive Academic Director for Executive Education, and Director of the Research Center for Leadership, Behavioral Science & Inclusivity at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining CKGSB, she was a tenured Associate Professor at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington DC. Her research interests are in the areas of creativity, leadership and motivation, with a desire to understand the relationships between all those areas.

Professor Zhang has published articles in multiple top academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Human Resource Management Review.

Professor Zhang has taught Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, Management of Organization and Human Capital, Business Policies, International Business Practices in China, and HR Management. She earned a BA with emphasis in Economics and Business Administration from Sun Yat-sen University, China and a PhD in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management from the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park with a Paine Award for outstanding academic achievement and several teaching awards.

“Highly Cited Chinese Researchers of 2020” by Elsevier

“Highly Cited Chinese Researchers of 2019” by Elsevier

Special column of the Research Centre of Leadership, Behavioral Science & Psychology (Chinese & English)

Tanuj Kapilashrami

Group Head of Human Resources, Standard Chartered Bank

Tanuj joined the Management Team as Group Head, Human Resources in November 2018. She joined the Bank in March 2017 as Group Head, Talent, Learning and Culture, and took on additional responsibility as Global Head HR, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking in May 2018.

Prior to joining the Group, Tanuj built her career at HSBC. She has worked across multiple HR disciplines in many of our footprint markets (Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, India and London).

Tanuj is a Non-Executive Director of the board for Sainsbury’s PLC and is a member of their Nomination and Remuneration Committees. She is also a board member of the UK Financial Services Skills Commission and Asia House, which is a London-based centre of expertise on trade, investment and public policy whose mission is to drive engagement between Asia and Europe.

Caroline Raggett

Managing Director, Board and AgFoodTech, Russell Reynolds Associates

Caroline Raggett is a member of the firm’s AgFoodTech and Board Practices based in London. She is passionately committed to helping leadership across the world create sustainable, tech-enabled agriculture and food systems that meet the UN Global Compact’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to food, climate, biodiversity and health.

She advises on the appointment of Chairs, independent non-executive directors, CEOs, and other C-suite executives who drive outstanding returns for shareholders. Caroline specialises in working with private equity investors to assess, appoint and develop the best independent directors, advisors and executive leadership for their portfolio companies, as well as family businesses. Her work encompasses critical path projects such as Chairman succession, board effectiveness evaluations, and board build-outs for IPO.

Caroline has significant international experience, including 11 years in Hong Kong with the firm. During this time, she co-led our Asia-Pacific Private Equity practice, and was an active member of the Board practice. As a committed member of Hong Kong’s 30% Club, Caroline’s achievements include substantially improving board diversity on the Hang Seng 50 Index and successfully lobbying for more progressive listing rules in Hong Kong.

Before joining Russell Reynolds in 2004, Caroline worked in executive search and business intelligence.

Caroline earned her MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Sean Li

General Manager, Robert Walters China

Sean joined Robert Walters China in 2017 and as an Associate Director in Shanghai, where he successfully grew the HR, finance and supply chain division and was subsequently promoted to Director, head of Shanghai in 2021. In 2023, he was promoted to General Manager, Mainland China covering offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Suzhou and has expanded its service to domestic & local conglomerates.

Prior to joining Robert Walters, Sean developed a strong recruitment business in Southern China & Shanghai for seven years, specialising in senior management recruitment in multiple industries including manufacturing, retail, global sourcing, industrial, FMCG, automotive, etc.

Sean graduated from Xiamen University with a master’s degree in English and Chinese Interpretation and Translation.

Pooja Jhaveri

Leadership Development and APAC DEI Director, LSEG

Pooja Jhaveri is passionate about creatively solving Human Capital challenges. She has been with LSEG since November 2021 and looks after Leadership Development & D&I for APAC. Pooja’s experience crosses multiple industries, geographies, and roles within HR; she started career in New York City as a Change Management consultant at EY before moving in-house as the HR Strategy lead for a niche software organization. She moved to Singapore almost 10 years ago. Prior to LSEG, Pooja was at HP Inc. where she started off as an HRBP for regional Go-To-Market leaders prior to taking on Talent COE roles and responsibilities.

Outside of work, Pooja enjoys travelling and exploring new cuisines and cultures with her husband and two young boys.

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