Event Details

The goal of this event and panel is to bring male allies and advocates together to discuss the topic of engaging more men in the conversation about gender equality and create dialogue with WiFA members on what can be achieved if we all work together. What does a male champion/ally stand for; what is their role and how are they moving the needle towards gender equality. Learning from the male advocates on what challenges they face and what their successes have been.

There are internal and external networks, such as Male Champions of Change in Australia and Male Allies in HK as well as some internal networks at large corporate organisations. How do we get more men to be involved in the Women Networks, and at what point does an ally become an advocate, same as when does a mentor become a sponsor?


18:30 - 19:00
Registration and pre-event networking
19:00 - 19:15
WiFA Introduction & Sponsor Address
19:15 - 20:30
Panel Discussion and Q&A
20:30 - 21:00
Networking Cocktails


  • Marie Swarbreck (MD at FLEXImums)

    Marie Swarbreck

    MD at FLEXImums

    Marie Swarbreck is the founder of FLEXImums, a recruitment and coaching consultancy, focused on empowering women and Hong Kong corporations to strive for gender equity and work-life balance.
    Before devoting her time to FLEXImums, Marie started her career as an International Correspondent with the South China Morning Post, International Herald Tribune & The Asahi Shimbun meeting business leaders across Asia, Middle East, Europe and Canada. Driven by building relationships and connecting people, Marie went on building her network as the Communications & Business Development Manager with a leading international trade fair organiser across Asia.

    After her daughter Arabelle was born in Hong Kong during 2014, she found herself in need of flexible yet challenging work and little to no options to choose from. This was the beginning of a new adventure, the birth of FLEXImums.

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  • Brian Henderson (COO at Baker McKenzie)

    Brian Henderson

    COO at Baker McKenzie

    Brian Henderson is Chief Operating Officer for Baker McKenzie, based in Hong Kong. Brian was born in Belfast and has previously lived and worked in London and Paris. Brian is a qualified lawyer who has spent most of his career in a variety of management roles in the legal sector.

    Baker McKenzie is one of the largest law firms in the world, with a strong commitment and culture of diversity and inclusion. The firm has published gender diversity targets and has achieved many of them already in Asia. Brian leads local diversity initiatives across 9 offices in Asia, as a member of the Management Committee. He champions the "BakerWomen" committee and established a "BakerMen" team to work with and support them in developing the firm's gender diversity action plan.

    Brian is also Co-Chair of The Women’s Foundation Male Allies Initiative. The Male Allies are around 30 influential leaders committed to making progress on gender diversity within their organisations and to taking personal actions to promote gender diversity. We believe by opening our doors to everyone, we can benefit from the best talent. By driving concrete actions that create a more inclusive environment, we can become even more effective in everything we do.

    Brian is passionate about encouraging men to see gender equity as a priority, an opportunity and a responsibility. He was recognised as the 2017 AmCham Champion for the Advancement of Women.

    Here is a link to a Podcast Brian made with AmCham:


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  • Adrian Warr (MD at Edelman HK)

    Adrian Warr

    MD at Edelman HK

    Adrian Warr leads the Edelman Hong Kong office. He is a communications consultant whose work in New York, London and Hong Kong with some of the world’s best consultancies has given him experience in corporate, crisis, branding, marcomms, employee engagement, public affairs and digital marketing.

    Adrian has been lucky enough to work with amazing people whose names he will happily drop at the first opportunity, including the leaders of companies like HSBC, Cathay and Mars as well as individuals such as Kofi Annan, Cherie Blair and Princess Christina of Spain.

    Over the years his clients have included Samsung, Google, ebay, Coca-Cola, Tencent, Pepsi, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, BAA, Warner Music, National Grid, CLP, MTR, London 2012, The UN, Wrigley, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, EY, GE, American Express, ArcelorMittal, Paul Hastings, Latham & Watkins, Denton Wilde Sapte, KPMG, and Boston Consulting Group.

    Adrian is on the board of The Hong Kong International Literary Festival and is a committee member of The Male Allies.

    Adrian is an Oxford graduate in modern languages and literature, with a BA and MA in French and Italian. Which is of limited use in Hong Kong.

    Here is a link to an article Adrian wrote for the SCMP:

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    Madeleine Price

    Regional Head of Talent, Succession Planning and Inclusion at Manulife

  • Naomi Sedney (The Inclusion Factory)

    Naomi Sedney

    The Inclusion Factory

    Naomi is a consultant and qualified coach with a focus on
    Diversity & Inclusion. Her passion is to grow people and businesses together. She believes that a company can only win the war for talent and achieve its full potential if it draws on the talent of all people. A company focus on diversity and an inclusive culture is a
    crucial enabler for a company's growth engine.

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How Men Can Push Gender Equality
Standard Price HKD 200


Royal Bank of Canada

15/F Cheung Kong Centre
2 Queen's Road Central (Lower Lobby)

Central, Hong Kong SAR (China)

If you have any questions please contact Jo Allum

Contact Organizer

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