Talking 'bout the next generation | Diversity in leadership and leading for change


An inter-generational conversation on leadership and changing the status quo

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Asia Society Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in partnership with Bloomberg present a unique event on diversity in Australian business leadership. Using AHRC’s recently released report Leading for Change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership as a backdrop, we bring together an intergenerational panel of emerging and established  business leaders to discuss diversity and inclusive leadership.

This special event will also kick start Asia Society Australia’s GEN A program - a learning, networking and leadership development platform for young professionals from the Asia Society network to enrich their understanding of Asia and Australia’s relations with the region.

This event is open to members and guests of Asia Society Australia and Gen A participants. This event will welcome Gen A participants into the Asia Society network. For more information please contact


Established Leaders:
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

"We are not making the most out of our multiculturalism if we are not harnessing all of the talent in our society"

Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner since August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim was a political philosopher and held posts at the University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain. Dr Soutphommasane is the author of four books, I’m Not Racist But (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and in 2013 presented the documentary series “Mongrel Nation” on ABC Radio National. Dr Soutphommasane was born in France and raised in southwest Sydney. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and is a first-class honours graduate of the University of Sydney.

Ming Long, Former Group Executive & IOF Fund Manager (ASX: IOF), Investa Property Group

"Smart leaders today are using diversity to ensure their future success."

Ming Long is an influential thought leader in the property industry, with more than a decade of experience in real estate encompassing areas such as funds and capital management, property development; and over twenty years experience in financial management. Ming has held leadership positions including Board, CEO and CFO roles. She is one of only a handful of CEO's with an Asian heritage who have led an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia. She brings a unique insight from her leadership roles through corporate M&A and challenging markets, including successfully navigating the global financial crisis. Ming led the establishment of the Male Champions of Change in the property industry, named as a 100 Woman of Influence, was a finalist in the Telstra Business Womens Awards and is a member of Chief Executive Women. 

Emerging Leader:
Jessica Wirawan, Chartered Accountant & Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, PwC 

"Workplace diversity has a long way to go. The leaders we need tomorrow may not look like the leaders we have today. Only when we can build a sustainably inclusive culture, can we realise the benefits of Australia's diversity." 

Jessica is the Program Lead for cultural diversity and inclusion in the PwC Diversity & Inclusion team. With 6 years' experience at PwC, she began her career as a graduate in Assurance, starting in Risk Assurance and working in the Strategy & Markets team prior to joining the D&I team this year. 

Welcome message:

Hayden Majajas, Asia Pacific Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Bloomberg.

"It's clear that a culture of inclusion drives better business performance, and moves markets!"

Hayden supports Bloomberg’s businesses across Asia Pacific in implementing Bloomberg’s global Diversity & Inclusion vision and strategy. Hayden has oversight across all Bloomberg Communities (employee networks) and external partnerships in the region that promote an institutional culture of inclusion and an environment that supports diversity in all aspects of the business. Hayden obtained his Masters degree from the Chuo University Graduate School of Law in Tokyo, Japan - where he lived for 15 years. Hayden’s professional career has taken him from legal advisory to business strategy before he moved into the ‘people’ space, leading diversity as head of D&I for Asia Pacific for Lehman Brothers, then Nomura followed by UBS. Prior to Bloomberg Hayden lead D&I in the Oil & Gas Industry for BP. Hayden was a Member of the Board of “The Women’s Foundation” in Hong Kong between 2012-2015.

Hayden founded the Tokyo LGBT Interbank Forum (now “LGBT Finance”) in 2005; the Hong Kong LGBT Interbank Forum in 2006; and the Singapore LGBT Interbank Forum in 2010. He was part of the founding group of Inter Energy in Singapore in 2013.

About GEN A

The GEN A network brings together young professionals (under 35) from across the Asia Society Australia membership. It aims to give our young leaders access to leading business, policy, trade, diversity and cultural thinkers on Asia, through a series of masterclasses that draw on their industry and personal experience working with and in Asia. GEN A participants have the opportunity to attend regular Asia Society events over the course of one year. More >>

About the report

Leading for Change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership

Leading for Change starts the conversation about improving the representation of cultural diversity within Australian leadership. It provides guidance for how organisations can nurture leadership that is fit for our multicultural society and our global economy.

Our Arts, Culture and Diversity Programs span across visual art and performance, literature, media, technology, education, and community sectors. These unique partner events examine cultural traditions and expressions, celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, and explore a changing Australian society. Run as both public and member only events, this programming stream offers an exciting way to engage with the work of Asia Society Australia.

This event is generously hosted by Bloomberg.

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Event Details

Thu 10 Nov 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Bloomberg, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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