Afterwork Seminar: Embedding Diversity & Inclusion in your Organisation
Afterwork Seminar: Embedding Diversity & Inclusion in your Organisation

The Italian Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, is glad to invite you to this afterwork seminar.

A panel discussion about embedding Diversity & Inclusion in your company the right way. Speakers will talk about D&I in the broader sense (i.e. including religion and disability) and how “unconscious bias” can easily set in due to cultural differences between individuals. We will hear from various perspectives, business and personal, how D&I is not only the right thing to do but also makes business sense.



About the Speakers

Peter Sargant, Member, Standard Chartered BankPeter sargant

Peter is a member of the Bank’s D&I Council in Hong Kong and also represents the Bank on the Hong Kong D&I Inter-Bank Forum. Peter has worked within the Consumer, Wholesale and Investment Banking industry for over 20 years. He was educated and grew up in the United Kingdom and relocated to Hong Kong in 1997. In his current position, Peter is a Director of Standard Chartered Bank’s Cash Management and Securities business for the Investors and Intermediaries segment. Additionally, Peter is a keen supporter of local corporate and social responsibility initiatives and was one of the original trainers for Standard Chartered Banks’ Living with HIV pier education and training programmes.


Fern Ngai, Chief Executive Officer, Community Business Limitedfern ngai

Fern is Chief Executive Officer of Community Business, a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing responsible and inclusive business practices. Fern joined Community Business 5 years ago and under her leadership, the organisation has expanded its products and services, established a subsidiary in India, and has launched the ground-breaking Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index and annual Awards.  Originally from Canada, Fern has 40 years of broad experience in financial services, technology, change management, and in workplace diversity and community programmes. She held leadership roles in the human resources, technology and operations, governance, and corporate affairs functions at Standard Chartered Bank. She volunteers as a board director of KELY Support Group.


Wijnand van Hoeven, Head of Human Resources, ABN Amro Bankwijnand van hoeven

Wijnand is Head of Human Resources of ABN AMRO Corporate & Institutional Bank Greater China. Wijnand has worked  in Human Resources globally across various industries; banking, insurance, hospitality and food retail. Wijnand holds a Bachelor in Human Resources of Fontys University of Applied Sciences, a post Academic Qualification Business Administration of PAO (Post Academische Opleidingen) and is an  Executive Human Resources Alumni of the University of Michigan USA, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Wijnand is passionate about professional development and became a Certified Job & Career Transition Coach in 2015 and is also a certified Hogan Leadership Assessor.


Diane Boogaard, Chief Executive Officer, Rabobankdiane boogard

Diane Boogaard is Rabobank’s Chief Executive Officer, Asia. Based in Hong Kong since September 2017, she is General Manager for the Rabobank Hong Kong Branch. She joined Rabobank in 2006 as the Global Head of Trade and Commodity Finance for Rabobank. In 2014, she was appointed to Global Head Wholesale Product Clients, responsible for all specialised wholesale activities and financial markets within Rabobank. Before joining Rabobank, she worked at MeesPierson and Fortis (now ABNAMRO)  for over 20 years. From 1995 till 1998 she worked in Singapore as General Manager, Fortis. From 1998 till 2014, she was the Global Head Trade and Commodity Finance (8 years with Fortis and 8 years with Rabobank).



Ruud Sommerhalder, Leader for Insurance Practice,  PwCruud sommerhalder

Ruud relocated to Hong Kong in September 2017 as the leader for PwC‘s Asia insurance practice. Additionally, Ruud is also the lead relationship partner for a global European insurance company operating across the Asia region. Before moving to Hong Kong, Ruud held similar leadership roles for PwC on major European insurers in Germany and  in The Netherlands. Ruud started his career as an academic teaching international and European taxation in 1989 at the Erasmus University and did a PhD. In 1995 Ruud worked in Rome for the law firm Studio Fantozzi and joined PwC in 1997. Between 2002 and 2005 Ruud was with PwC in NY focusing on Dutch listed Multinationals and US Multinationals with investments in Europe and the US.



PwC, 21/F Edinburgh Tower, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong


January 18 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm






Afterwork Seminar: Embedding Diversity & Inclusion in your Organisation

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