Webinar Details

Digital transformation had already been on the top of the agenda for executives for a few years, but the sudden onset of covid-19 forced every organisation to undertake a crash-course in the digital ways of working. Many companies learned that people related issues, and not the technical problems, were often the reason why digital transformation journey fails to deliver.

Before the pandemic, we undertook a survey of ECN members across Asia to see how they were building future ready workforce. The survey helped us produce our new white paper 'Talent, tech and transformation: The role of the business leader in Asia'. We will present the results of the survey to you and would like to offer you a chance to comment and give your assessment of how Asia-wide picture relates to the post-covid reality in China and to use our survey as a benchmark against your peers.

What are the factors of success in establishing, engaging and empowering the digital employee and where are the pain points? How are business leaders working with functional heads who may be more focused on the traditional management of human resources? Was anything new uncovered in the course of the covid-19 pandemic and how will these learnings change talent development strategies of the companies?

Join us as we present the findings of our new white paper on talent management and discuss the role of the business leader in shaping a digital ready workforce in China.

*We will be limiting the number of participants of this online session to 25 primary members of ECN and by-invitation guests in order to ensure that we have an interactive discussion.


  • Charles H. Fine, Ph.D. (President, CEO and Dean of Asia School of Business)

    Charles H. Fine, Ph.D.

    President, CEO and Dean of Asia School of Business

    Charles H Fine is the Chrysler LGO Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding CEO, President and Dean of the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia, the country’s central bank. For more than 35 years at MIT Sloan, Professor Fine has taught MBA and Executive Education courses in Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, and Innovation. He led the collaboration between MIT Sloan and the Indian School of Business on manufacturing curriculum development (2011-2014), was a founding co-director of MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design (2012-2015), and a founding co-director of MIT’s Communications Futures Program (2002-2015). He previously served as co-director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program (1993-1998).

    Professor Fine’s recent research focuses in two areas: (1) the development of principles for entrepreneurial organizations to build operations strategies and capabilities consistent with their business objectives, and (2) principles and practices for designing sustainable urban mobility systems. Some of his previous work addressed strategic supply chain design principles for fast-clockspeed manufacturing and service industries, as well as issues in quality management and manufacturing flexibility.

    Professor Fine has an AB (1978) in Mathematics and Management Science from Duke University, and an MS (1981) in Operations Research and a PhD (1983) in Business Administration (Decision Sciences), both from Stanford University. He is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage (Perseus Books, 1998), and co-author of Faster Smarter Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility (MIT Press, Fall 2017). In addition, his work, on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy, has appeared in a variety of leading publications.

    Professor Fine has consulted and taught widely in industry, with clients including Accenture, Boeing, Microsoft, Toyota and many more.

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  • Mary Boyd (Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Mary Boyd

    Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network

    Mary Boyd is responsible for programme development and client servicing in Shanghai. She also provides research and conceptual support on China for Economist Corporate Network programmes. Before joining the Economist Group Mary Boyd was in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, serving on assignment in Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and China (in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing). Since leaving government service she has researched and published on economic development and governance issues in China, and has undertaken consultancy work for the World Bank and other international institutions, as well as multinational companies. She has written for a number of Economist Intelligence Unit publications, including Country Report, China Hand and Business China. She co-authored the Economist Intelligence Unit report: Taking on the Competition: Domestic Companies in China. Ms Boyd has an MA (area studies) and an MSc (public policy and management) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has also completed language studies at Nanjing University. Her research interests include local governance and decentralisation policies and public-sector reform.

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  • Dimitry Rakin (Associate Director, ECN North Asia of Economist Corporate Network)

    Dimitry Rakin

    Associate Director, ECN North Asia of Economist Corporate Network

    Dimitry Rakin is the Associate Director of the Economist Corporate Network North Asia, where he is responsible for events planning, private briefings, data analysis and research in Japan and South Korea. He is an expert on Japanese economy, business and trade as well as on the history and politics of the East Asia region.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Dimitry was a Senior Officer of Economic Affairs in the Trade Delegation Unit of the Russian Embassy in Japan connecting Russian and Japanese companies, promoting Russia as an investment destination and facilitating Russia-Japan intergovernmental negotiations on economic cooperation. He started his career as an editor covering East Asia in one of the biggest Russian news agencies (ITAR-TASS) working in the central office and Tokyo Bureau of the agency.

    Dimitry has an MA degree in Japanese language and history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and was also a Japanese government (MEXT) research scholar at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Law, Tokyo. In addition to native Russian language skills, he is fluent in English and Japanese.

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