Brand: Contemporary Consumers in China

The best and most successful global brands in Asia succeed thanks to flexibility and a willingness to learn from Asia rather than impose western norms. This was one of the insights in a members-only breakfast in March 2015 featuring Scott Keller, Head of Retail, Asia Pacific, Estee Lauder. Scott is a leading expert with experience across four high-profile brands spoke in a closed door session to members.

Part of the discussion centred on the change in government relations in China. Early brand pioneers were sought-after by competing municipalities. Today officials hang back from interference, and will not be seen preferring any one company.

Is Superstar Talent Driving – or Disrupting – Innovation?

Leadership is not about taking people where they want to go, rather, it’s about leading them where they should go. This was the subject of a members-only breakfast in February 2015 led by Gerhard Vorster, Asia Pacific Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte

This new style of leadership presents a challenge when an employee’s desire and expectation does not match an employer’s determination, which is often. In order to hold on to employees, leaders should win their trust and only disappoint their demands and at a rate they can handle. Increasingly, this means understanding how millennials think about leadership and work.

Today’s leaders need to respond to new elements and dynamics in running business and should emphasize transparency and quality.

Kroll: The Human Element in Data Breach

Most articles that discuss computer intrusion and data breach often focus on one side of the event: the attack. Information is provided about the data taken, the attacker’s interest and motivation, and the cost and damage to the company.

Behind every hack and data breach are the failures in control, and the mistakes of the human beings that run the network. The best Hackers understand human behavior- how we name things, our desire for convenience and ease, our dislike of security that prohibits actions. The best attackers don’t need to break in – they will be let in.

The talk was led by Jonathan Fairtlough is Managing Director with Kroll’s Cyber Investigations practice based in Los Angeles. He joined Kroll after a distinguished career with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where he served as both a prosecutor and co-founder of the office’s High Technology Division. At Kroll, Jonathan leads teams that provide comprehensive investigative services for digital forensics, data breach response and complex cyber-crimes.

The Great European Carnival: Behind Closed Tent Flaps

On Thursday, 14 January members of Asia Insight Circle are invited to The Great European Carnival. This award-winning event dominates the Central waterfront bringing family fun to downtown Hong Kong.

In December – just before the holiday season – the secrets of the carnival were revealed when CEO Michael Denmark shared the determination and humour needed to bring a world-class entertainment event to town.

Please bring your family members for a night of good, clean fun!

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