Young Asians: What Do They Want?
Evening Discussion with: Shanthi Flynn, Walmart; Alistair Lamont, The Alphaeight Institute; Dee Poon, Chief Brand Officer, PYE & CEO, China Retail, Esquel Group; Janet Pau, Asia Business Council (Moderator)
Governments and businesses around Asia are increasingly feeling the social impact of youth movements. From the environment to widening income gaps to education, the post-80s and post-90s generations are making their voices heard. These new generations have grown up in the midst of Asia’s economic boom. Today’s young Asians are better-fed, better-educated, and have access to the world through the Internet in a way that would have been unthinkable at the time they were born. What are their ideas for solving Asia's many challenges, and how can government and business leaders better engage them as workers, consumers and as citizens?
Shanthi Flynn is currently the SVP HR for Walmart Asia responsible for China, India, and Japan. She has over 25 years of experience and an exceptional track record of improving organizations, by supporting corporate acquisitions, heading up change programs, recruiting, training and developing individuals and teams, up to Board level. In 2006, she started her own HR Consultancy for three years to give her more time at home with her three children. Ms. Flynn joined Walmart in 2010 heading up the Talent initiatives for Walmart Asia and was promoted to her current role in September 2010.
Alistair Lamont is International Practice Director at the Alphaeight Institute. He has over 15 years experience in the HR consulting field where he has worked with a wide range of senior executives of all nationalities from a variety of sectors including media, finance, government, retail, manufacturing and transport. Mr. Lamont joined The alphaeight Institute in 2009 where he is responsible for design and development of leadership, management and team development programs for International clients across Asia. Mr. Lamont has recently delivered programs that focus on leading the younger generation for Cathay Pacific’s leadership team and the Hong Kong Hotel Association.
Dee Poon is Chief Brand Officer of PYE and CEO of China Retail at Esquel Group, a leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations around the world. Before joining Esquel, Ms. Poon founded dysemevas, a pop-up concept telling the stories of today’s China through the work of Chinese designers, and participated in or founded various non-profit/philanthropic, creative, and entrepreneurial enterprises. Ms. Poon graduated from Harvard College.
Janet Pau is Program Director at the Asia Business Council, where she leads the Council’s research and member initiatives on current and emerging issues that affect Asia's business and policy developments. Previously, she was Manager at A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council in Washington, DC, and has advised both corporate and government clients around the world on global strategy and competitiveness issues. She is co-author of Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation. (Moderator)