The 2021 Agenda

Nourishing our next-generation leaders

This year’s Women of the Future Asia Summit is dedicated to giving next generation female leaders a boost of energy and support, recognising that we have all been digging deep for a long time through the Covid-19 pandemic and its knock-on consequences. Our aim is to be deeply practical, sharing insight, inspiration and connections that can accelerate delegates’ leadership journey and support their personal wellbeing.

The Programme
Opening and welcome from our host
14.05 - 14.10
Welcome address by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder of the Women of the Future Programme
14.10 - 14.15
Welcome address by Arundhati Chakraborty, Global Lead, Client Experience – Operations, Accenture
Introduction to this year’s theme by Jules Chappell OBE, CEO of Kokoro
Day One

Our first day is dedicated to re-broadening our perspective and taking the time to focus on the skills we need as leaders in times of stress, complexity and rapid change. We will combine the chance to hear from global leaders with small group sessions where delegates can explore the questions most practical and relevant to their own career and life situations. Group sessions will be led by subject experts, drawing on the Women of the Future’s extensive network of sponsors, partners and allies from around the world.

Opening panel explores global trends hosted by Ravi Mattu, Deputy Asia News Editor of the Financial Times


Peggy Liu, Chair of JUCCCE (Joint US China Collaboration on Clean Energy)

Ivan Vatchkov, Managing Partner Therion Advisors

Lisa MacCallum, Inspired Companies, Australia

Eleni Antoniadou, Scientist in the fields of the regenerative medicine, bioastronautics and artificial intelligence


Meeting people who want to help

The Women of the Future Programme connects next-generation female leaders from around the world and has done so for 15 years, supported by an extraordinary network of sponsors, partners and allies. At this year’s summit, we want to share the power of this network with our delegates, curating practical conversations about some of the immediate or longer-term challenges faced by our summit attendees.


Networking rooms open

Delegates join their chosen session for a small group conversation. The four session categories are:

  • Leadership: meet global leaders, coaches and neuroscientists who can deepen your understanding of how to be a great leader. Opening thoughts by Duncan Hewitt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware
  • Personal impact, including networking and public speaking: meet super-connectors and thought leaders who can help you shine. Opening thoughts by Kara Owen, UK High Commissioner to Singapore
  • Managing change: meet the experts who advise leaders on how to navigate their teams through complexity and disruption. Opening thoughts by Nandita Sinha, Vice President, Flipkart
  • Finding your purpose: meet leaders who can help you navigate periods of transition in your career where you are seeking a change in direction. Opening thoughts by Milena Nikolova, Managing Partner, Therion Advisors
Break and networking rooms open
Perspective under pressure

Panel hosted by Vicki Treadell, UK High Commissioner to Australia and former UK Ambassador to Malaysia. A panel of leaders share their advice and experience.
Panellists include:

Rekha Menon, Chairperson and Senior Managing Director, Accenture India
John Flint, former CEO of HSBC and Inaugural Chief Executive Officer, UK Infrastructure Bank
Xiaojing Christina Zhu, President and CEO, Walmart China

Questions from the audience.

Keynote speech
Jules Chappell OBE in conversation with Lord Darroch, Former UK Ambassador to the United States, Former UK National Security Advisor, Former UK Ambassador to the European Union

Close of Day 1
Attendees Week of Women 2016
Melanie Richards, Summit 2015
Sir John Sawers and Roula Khalaf Summit 2016
Summit attendees
Summit attendees
Summit attendees
Viola Llewellyn, Summit 2015