Knowledge Exchange

Panel Discussion

Closing the Gender Gap in the workplace [SDG Series]

2 Dec 2021 16:30 - 19:00
  • Member Price: RMB 50
  • Standard Price: RMB 100
  • In-person event
  • Online webcast

Creating better organisational practices for female employees to enhance morale, innovation, and efficiency

Event details

This session is part of BritCham Shanghai’s SDG event series and focuses on SDG 5: Gender Equality.

Did you know?

  • Nearly 60% of women around the world work in the informal economy, earning less, saving less, and are at greater risk of falling into poverty.
  • Women earn 23% less than men globally. For example in the UK, women essentially working ‘for free’ from 18th November 2021 till end of the year due to pay gap.
  • Women occupy only 24% of parliamentary seats worldwide.
  • 1 in 3 have experienced physical or sexual violence and 200 million girls and women have suffered genital mutilation.

At this event, BritCham Shanghai is delighted to invite various extraordinary speakers to discuss how gender gap can affect organisational structures, processes, and practices. Human Resources departments are at the very centre of the organisation and are responsible for HR practices that affect hiring, training, pay and promotion for women. The speakers will be discussing topics ranging from recruitment, mentoring, procedures addressing discrimination and sexual harassment, unconscious bias training and conducting initiatives such as a pay equality audit.

*We welcome female attendees to join the Chamber’s Women in Business Christmas CONNECTORS afterwards, hosted on the same evening at The Middle House (only 5 mins walk distance). For further details and registration, please click here.

The Speakers

Keynote Video
Caroline Wilson DCMG
British Ambassador to China
Keynote Video
Ruikan Yang
Partnership Specialist, UN Women
Keynote Speaker & Panellist
Guangyu Li
Senior Partner, McKinsey
Carmen Liu
Director, Greater China and North Asia, Control Risks
Charlene Liu
Co-Founder – Diversity & Inclusion Consulting (DNIC), Ladies Who Tech, Q-Events, ShanghaiPRIDE
Sherry Fu
Managing Director, China, The University of Manchester
Grace Guan
Co-Chair, BritCham Shanghai Women in Business Committee;
Regional Director, East Asia, Edinburgh University
Event Chair
Joanne Cattermole
Co-Chair, BritCham Shanghai Women in Business Committee;
Marketing & Research Manager, JWDK


  • 4:30 pm: In-person registration, networking
  • 4:50 pm (UK 8:50 am): Online ZOOM login
  • 5:00 pm (UK 9:00 am): Opening remarks by Joanne Cattermole, Co-Chair, BritCham Shanghai Women in Business Committee
  • 5:05 pm (UK 9:05 am): Keynote video by Caroline Wilson DCMGBritish Ambassador to China
  • 5:10 pm (UK 9:10 am): Keynote video by Ruikan Yang, Partnership Specialist at UN Women
  • 5:20 pm (UK 9:20 am): Keynote speech by Guangyu Li, Senior Partner, McKinsey
  • 5:50 pm (UK 9:50 am): Panel discussion
    • Carmen Liu, Director at Control Risks;
    • Charlene Liu, Co-Founder of Ladies Who Tech;
    • Sherry FuManaging Director, China, The University of Manchester
    • Guangyu Li, Senior Partner, McKinsey.
    • Moderator: Grace Guan, Co-Chair, BritCham Shanghai Women in Business Committee
  • 6:40 pm (UK 10:40 am): Q&A
  • 7:00 pm (UK 11:00 am): Event ends (the Women in Business Christmas CONNECTORS starts from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Sui Tang Shang 随堂上 | 3/F, The Middle House Residences 镛舍公寓式酒店三楼)


  • We do encourage in-person attendees to bring their own reusable cups to our events.
  • For online attendees, you will receive an email with a ZOOM meeting ID and password around 5 pm, 1 December. Please ensure your email address is valid, and please make sure to check your junk box as well.
  • In case of cancellation, please kindly note you must email before 5 pm, 30 November 2021. Due to the service charges of Glueup and online payment platforms, we can only partially refund up to 90% of your ticket price and payment will be processed within 14 days after the event via your original payment method. However, it is non-refundable for cancellation request made beyond the above-mentioned timeframe.

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S103, L1, HKRI Taikoo Hui, 180 Shimen Yi Lu


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