Event Details


Tuesday, June 28th 2022


3pm to 5pm - Hong Kong / Shanghai / Beijing / Singapore / Kuala Lumpur

4pm to 6pm - Tokyo / Seoul


A study by The Economist shows that in 2020 the share of GDP going to workers reached a record high in OECD member countries, roughly a 3% increase since 2019. This was largely because firms continued to pay people's wages — helped, in large part, by government-stimulus programmes — even as nations' GDP contracted. As the world faces growing inflation across markets, executives wonder if workers will before long demand even higher wages to compensate for increased prices in the shops, or for overtime due to labour shortages inherited from over two years of covid. How to respond to almost-certain labour cost increases in 2022 is among the top concerns for any CFO.

Equally important is holding on to talented workers and filling job openings. How to hire and retain the best people increasingly falls under the CFO's remit. Furthermore, technology advancements such as AI-enabled systems are playing a more vital role in scanning applications far more quickly than humans, and working out whether candidates are a good fit. For a company like Johnson and Johnson for example, which every year receives 1.2m applications to fill just 25,000 positions, investing in such technology is a tantalising prospect. At the end of the day, the CFO might have to make that call.

At this event we bring together CFOs from an array of industries to discuss their experience with labour costs and talent retention, as the role of the CFO moves from a traditional financial arbiter to a key decision-maker, second only to the CEO.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.

Agenda (based on GMT +8 timezone)

3:00 PM - 3:05 PM
3:05 PM - 3:45 PM
Group discussion
3:45 PM - 4:10 PM
Group sharing
4:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Thought-leadership keynote
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM


  • David Powell (Founder and Managing Partner of Evolution Partners)

    David Powell

    Founder and Managing Partner of Evolution Partners

    David Powell is the Founder and Managing Partner of Evolution Partners a boutique global management consultancy focusing on the Financial Services sector. Evolution Partners was founded in 2018 and has offices in Hong Kong, France and the United Kingdom. David has over 30 years’ experience of working with leading investment banks, wealth managers and insurers to develop and implement strategies, as well as transforming and optimizing business operations.

    David qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Coopers & Lybrand’s (a predecessor firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers) financial services division before working for several investment banks. He has over 20 years’ management consulting experience, beginning at KPMG Consulting, before focusing on developing and leading start-up and boutique consulting firms.

    David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from King’s College, London; a Masters degree with Distinction from City University, London; and a MBA with Distinction from the University of Oxford.

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  • Andrea Crippa (Managing Director Asia South of DFS)

    Andrea Crippa

    Managing Director Asia South of DFS

    Based in Singapore, he oversees the operations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar and Vietnam.

    Andrea has worked within the LVMH Group for more than 20 years. Before DFS he has been, since 2016, General Manager South East Asia and Australia for Fendi, responsible for more than 170 people and 15 stores. Andrea also worked for Fendi in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait for two years before relocating to Singapore. Prior to joining Fendi, Andrea worked in Paris for five years in sales and marketing roles with Ruinart and three years with Veuve Clicquot. He also worked for six years with Moët Hennessy in Milan. Prior to this he held several marketing roles in L’Oreal and 3M in Milan.

    Andrea graduated with a Marketing degree from Universita' Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan. He speaks English, French and Italian.

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  • Edith Chen (President APAC at DE BEERS GROUP)

    Edith Chen

    President APAC at DE BEERS GROUP

    A seasoned and accomplished top executive with 25 years of successful track record in luxury retail industry across the Asia Pacific region, driving business expansion and turnaround in the dynamic retail market, Edith has steered strategic development, delivered solid financial performance and drove solid equity creation at globally renowned fashion brands..

    Edith is currently the President of De Beers APAC, had held various leadership role as the APAC CEO of the "US Presidential brand" Brooks Brothers, APAC President of the renowned German luxury fashion house Escada, and the APAC Managing Director leading the iconic American designer brand Calvin Klein for 15 years.

    Edith’s passion towards supporting girls and women, and children’s education and development has propelled her participation in the following NGOs,

    • Asia Charity Services: Management consultant to provide advice on Strategic Planning, Fund Raising and Board Governance to NGOs

    • Belilios Girls School Foundation Board Member, to enhance the quality of education for Girls in HK, Chair of Fund-Raising & Event committee
    • The Asian University for Women: Member of the Fund Raising & Events Committee

    • The Women’s Foundation: Member and a senior mentor in their mentorship program

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  • Danny Khursigara (Program Director of CFO Foresight)

    Danny Khursigara

    Program Director of CFO Foresight

    Managing Director, FreedomOne International Consulting

    Danny Khursigara is an Amazon multiple bestselling author and serves as personal advisor, confidant and executive coach to many well-known C-suite executives internationally, including corporate training.

    He speaks on many international stages including TEDx, Nasdaq, Tokyo Fest and others and co-produced the 2 times Tele-award winning documentary ‘Soul of Success’

    He was named Top 100 Authority by Influence Magazine in 2016; And was awarded as one of the most impactful leadership coaching companies in Asia in 2018 by Global Brands Publication, UK and most recently by Education 2.0 Global Forum, in 2022.

    He also sits on the Advisory board of SENsational Consultancy that provides employment opportunities for people with mental and physical disability; and as Partner at Evolution Partners. After nearly 19 years in international banking in capacities of COO & CFO across Asia Pacific, Danny founded FreedomOne International Consulting and has lived in Japan, China, Philippines, Pakistan and Hong Kong. He is certified executive coach from the United States.

    He has a goal to positively impact 0.5 million people in next 5 years.

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  • Rodrigo González (Director - Tokyo of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Rodrigo González

    Director - Tokyo of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Rodrigo González is the Director for Tokyo of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network.

    He works closely with regional business leaders to assist them in economic and market trends, business competitiveness, monetary and fiscal policy and general economic advisory to help them optimise their business strategies and further enhance their connections to their c-suite peers.

    He has vast experience in statistical analysis, strategy consulting and market research in different industries in and outside Japan. Rodrigo is a published author in environmental and transport economics and has spoken at international conferences in global warming and fiscal policy throughout the world.

    Rodrigo holds a PhD in Economics from Keio University and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Japanese.

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