For the past few years, gender diversity in corporate leadership positions has been among the most debated topics in corporate governance. Indeed, a growing body of research shows many business benefits are associated with gender diversity on corporate boards. These benefits include improved financial performance and shareholder value, increased customer and employee satisfaction, rising investor confidence, and greater market knowledge and reputation. Nevertheless, concentrated efforts to increase the number of women on boards remain rare in the EBRD’s countries of operations.
This session will address various approaches to increasing gender diversity. It will look at whether lessons learned in more developed markets could be applied in the EBRD’s countries of operations. The session will also consider how to reconcile the need for increased gender diversity with the need for an appropriate mix of skills at the board level and senior management level.
The event will take place on Wednesday 4 October 2017, 12:30-14:00.
- Roger Barker, Head of Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors and member of the Advisory Board of European Women on Boards
- Gian Piero Cigna, EBRD Corporate Governance Senior Counsel
- Noel Harwerth, Chair of the UK Export Finance Board and non-executive member of the Board of the Department for International Trade
- Vedrana Jelusic-Kasic, Director, EBRD Regional Head of Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic
- Valeria Rebulla, Head of European Risk Management, KKR, board member of several of KKR’s European entities, and co-chair of KKR’s Inclusion and Diversity Council Advisory Group.