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The theme of our 2023 Conference & Awards, "Levelling the Playing Field" aims to encourage discussions on the current playing field by showcasing exceptional speakers and thought leaders with deeper insights on how to win equality for all.


Featuring an assumption-breaking Healthy Women Healthy Economies White Paper commissioned by Merck Group China, our WE Conference acknowledges the impending demographic crisis faced by a fast-growing China. It highlights the increasing saliency of family planning best practices to level the playing field for men and women in the workplace.


Now in our third year, the 2023 Women Empowerment Awards recognize trailblazing individuals and innovative companies that have demonstrated a robust commitment to promoting women in the workforce in order to encourage greater gender equality and drive more substantial business outcomes in China.


Join us for a thought-provoking WE Conference, an awe-inspiring WE Reception & Awards Dinner or get a full-day pass and join us for both!


Please note: The 2023 Women Empowerment Conference & Awards will be held in both English and Chinese.

Sep 13, 2023

1:30 PM - 8:30 PM (GMT+8)

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China World Hotel, Beijing
建国门外大街 1号
Bei Jing Shi, China

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Agenda

  • WE Conference & Awards
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PMRegistration for WE Conference and Awards
    2:30 PM - 2:45 PMWelcome Remarks by Distinguished Guests

    Smriti Aryal

    Country Representative at UN Women China

    Jean-Marc Taton

    Chairman at ExxonMobil China

    2:45 PM - 3:05 PMHealthy Women, Healthy Economies White Paper Launch
    Can Women "Have it All"? How Career-Planning Factors into Chinese Women's Family-Planning Decisions!

    Diane Ho

    Partner at Women Empowerment Council

    Natascha Braumann

    VP and Head of Global Franchise Policy, Fertility and CM&E at Merck KGaA

    3:05 PM - 4:05 PMPanel Discussion
    Proven Solutions? How Employers are Taking Action to Support Women to Succeed in Work and Life!

    Roberta Lipson

    Vice Chair of New Frontier Health, Founder of United Family Healthcare at United Family Healthcare

    Eunice Yoon

    Beijing Bureau Chief at CNBC

    Michael Zhu

    Global VP, Managing Director of China at HPE

    Vivian Zhang

    General Manager at Merck Healthcare China

    4:05 PM - 4:20 PMCoffee Break
    4:20 PM - 4:25 PMLightning Talk

    Flora Liao

    Founder CEO, CareMs and Counsel to Merck-WEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Phase II

    4:25 PM - 4:45 PMKeynote Speech

    Li Na

    First competitor from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam (two-time Grand Slam champion from China)

    4:45 PM - 5:00 PMClosing Remarks

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and President of Women Empowerment Council

    Poh Yian Koh

    China Vice President, Head of Strategic Programs for Asia Pacific and the Middle East at FedEx Express

    5:00 PM - 6:30 PMReception & Registration for WE Awards Ceremony
    6:30 PM - 6:40 PMWelcome Remarks

    Markel Hübinette

    President at ConocoPhillips China

    6:40 PM - 8:00 PMPresentation of Awards & Dinner
    8:00 PM - 8:20 PMRaffle & Lucky Draw
    8:20 PM - 8:30 PMClosing remarks

    Koh Tze San

    President – Natural Gas Business at ExxonMobil

    WE Conference
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PMRegistration
    2:30 PM - 2:45 PMWelcome Remarks by Distinguished Guests

    Smriti Aryal

    Country Representative at UN Women China

    Jean-Marc Taton

    Chairman at ExxonMobil China

    2:45 PM - 3:05 PMHealthy Women, Healthy Economies White Paper Launch
    Can Women "Have it All"? How Career-Planning Factors into Chinese Women's Family-Planning Decisions!

    Diane Ho

    Partner at Women Empowerment Council

    Natascha Braumann

    VP and Head of Global Franchise Policy, Fertility and CM&E at Merck KGaA

    3:05 PM - 4:05 PMPanel Discussion
    Proven Solutions? How Employers are Taking Action to Support Women to Succeed in Work and Life!

    Roberta Lipson

    Vice Chair of New Frontier Health, Founder of United Family Healthcare at United Family Healthcare

    Eunice Yoon

    Beijing Bureau Chief at CNBC

    Michael Zhu

    Global VP, Managing Director of China at HPE

    Vivian Zhang

    General Manager at Merck Healthcare China

    4:05 PM - 4:20 PMCoffee Break
    4:20 PM - 4:25 PMLightning Talk

    Flora Liao

    Founder CEO, CareMs and Counsel to Merck-WEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Phase II

    4:25 PM - 4:45 PMKeynote Speech

    Li Na

    First competitor from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam (two-time Grand Slam champion from China)

    4:45 PM - 5:00 PMClosing Remarks

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and President of Women Empowerment Council

    Poh Yian Koh

    China Vice President, Head of Strategic Programs for Asia Pacific and the Middle East at FedEx Express

    WE Reception & Awards Ceremony
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PMReception & Registration for WE Awards Ceremony
    6:30 PM - 6:40 PMWelcome Remarks

    Markel Hübinette

    President at ConocoPhillips China

    6:40 PM - 8:00 PMPresentation of Awards & Dinner
    8:00 PM - 8:20 PMRaffle & Lucky Draw
    8:20 PM - 8:30 PMClosing Remarks

    Koh Tze San

    President – Natural Gas Business at ExxonMobil

Tickets

WE Conference

A WE Conference Ticket includes the following benefits:
1. Full Access to all Conference activities
2. Access to Healthy Women Healthy Economies White Paper
3. Access to a Networking Reception

RMB 500
WE Reception & Awards Ceremony

A WE Reception & Awards Dinner Ticket includes the following benefits:
1. Access to a Networking Reception at the beginning of the Awards Dinner
2. A 3-course meal (vegetarian option available)
3. A goodie bag of items worth RMB500 from our sponsors

RMB 1,500
Full-Day Pass

An All-Day Pass includes all combined benefits of a WE Conference + Reception & Awards Dinner combined:
1. Full Access to all Conference activities
2. Access to Healthy Women Healthy Economies White Paper
3. Access to a Networking Reception
4. A 3-course meal (vegetarian option available) during the Awards Dinner
5. A goodie bag of items worth RMB500 from our sponsors

RMB 1,800

Speakers

  • Smriti Aryal (Country Representative at UN Women China)

    Smriti Aryal

    Country Representative at UN Women China

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  • Natascha Braumann (VP and Head of Global Franchise Policy, Fertility and CM&E at Merck KGaA)

    Natascha Braumann

    VP and Head of Global Franchise Policy, Fertility and CM&E at Merck KGaA

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  • Wang Cong (Reporter at The Global Times)

    Wang Cong

    Reporter at The Global Times

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  • Su Cheng Harris-Simpson (Founder and President of Women Empowerment Council)

    Su Cheng Harris-Simpson

    Founder and President of Women Empowerment Council

    Read Bio
  • Diane Ho (Partner at Women Empowerment Council)

    Diane Ho

    Partner at Women Empowerment Council

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  • Markel Hübinette (President at ConocoPhillips China)

    Markel Hübinette

    President at ConocoPhillips China

    Read Bio
  • Poh Yian Koh (China Vice President, Head of Strategic Programs for Asia Pacific and the Middle East at FedEx Express)

    Poh Yian Koh

    China Vice President, Head of Strategic Programs for Asia Pacific and the Middle East at FedEx Express

    Read Bio
  • Flora Liao (Founder CEO, CareMs and Counsel to Merck-WEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Phase II)

    Flora Liao

    Founder CEO, CareMs and Counsel to Merck-WEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Phase II

    Read Bio
  • Roberta Lipson (Vice Chair of New Frontier Health, Founder of United Family Healthcare at United Family Healthcare)

    Roberta Lipson

    Vice Chair of New Frontier Health, Founder of United Family Healthcare at United Family Healthcare

    Read Bio
  • Li Na (First competitor from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam (two-time Grand Slam champion from China))

    Li Na

    First competitor from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam (two-time Grand Slam champion from China)

    Read Bio
  • Jean-Marc Taton (Chairman at ExxonMobil China)

    Jean-Marc Taton

    Chairman at ExxonMobil China

    Read Bio
  • Koh Tze San (President – Natural Gas Business at ExxonMobil)

    Koh Tze San

    President – Natural Gas Business at ExxonMobil

    Read Bio
  • Eunice Yoon (Beijing Bureau Chief at CNBC)

    Eunice Yoon

    Beijing Bureau Chief at CNBC

    Read Bio
  • Vivian Zhang (General Manager at Merck Healthcare China)

    Vivian Zhang

    General Manager at Merck Healthcare China

    Read Bio
  • Michael Zhu (Global VP, Managing Director of China at HPE)

    Michael Zhu

    Global VP, Managing Director of China at HPE

    Read Bio
Awards Presenters

Jacob Cooke

Co-Founder and CEO of WPIC Marketing + Technologies

Allan Gabor

President, Merck China & MD, Merck Electronics China

Polly Ng

President and CEO –BWSea Group

Chairman and CEO – GLOBAL WOMEN CONNECT (GWC)

Sissi Chao

Founder of REMAKEHUB

Michael Zhu

Global VP, Managing Director of China at HPE

Judges

Andre Belelieu

Head of Insurance, Asset Management & Institutional Investor Industries, World Economic Forum

Andrés Tapia 

Senior Client Partner – Global DE&I Strategist

Brianne Stuart

Senior International Program Management Consultant at UN Women

Elina Jiang 

Managing Director, Sustaina

Jerrie Ueberle 

Founder and CEO at Global Interactions & World Academy for The Future of Women   

Karin Ann 

School Founder, The International Montessori School

Kimberly Gire 

Founder, Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy, and Chair of the Centre for Global Equality at Cambridge

Laura Deal Lacey 

Executive Director, Global Markets, Milken Institute

Nien Su

Chief Executive Officer, Artemis ESG, Inc.

Nitin Goil 

Senior Client Advisor, NeurLeadership Institute

Rana Karadsheh 

Regional Director, Europe, International Finance Corporation

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