The Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) is conducting an online conference on "Promoting Gender Representation in Australian and Indian Companies: Internal Drivers of Change" as part of a project entitled ‘Promoting Women in Leadership: Diversity on Boards in Australia and India’.
Date: 29 September, 2022- Thursday
Time: 9 am to11 am (IST); 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (AEST)
Find link here.
Introduction and Vote of Thanks: Assistant Professor of Legal Practice, Divyangana Dhankar, JGU.
Michael Brown, A/g Consul General, Australian Consulate-General, Mumbai as our Guest of Honour
Fiona Harris, Chair, Barrington Consulting Group; Non-Executive Director, BWP Trust.
Belinda Howell, Non-Executive Director, Dunmore Lang College (Macquarie University); Experienced Leadership Mentor, Stephenson Mansell Group.
Dr Brinda Jagirdar, Independent Director, IDFC First Bank; Former General Manager and Chief Economist, State Bank of India.
Dr Rajiv Kishore Dubey, Former Chair and Managing Director, Canara Bank.
Samyuktha Bhaskar, Independent Director, LTIDPL Indinfravit Services Ltd; Board Member, L&T Deccan Tollways Ltd.
Moderator: Professor Shaun Star, JGU
The purpose of this conference is to identify key sources of power with potential to drive gender representation in directorship and leadership positions (C-suite or executive roles).
This conference identifies internal drivers to be sources of power within the company that take material decisions on the appointment of directors and key C-suite professionals. The panel focuses on the following internal drivers to enhance gender representation-
The Board (and individually, its directors)
The Chair (of the Board and individual sub-committees)
The Nominations Committee (or similar sub-committee engaged in the process of recruiting directors)
Board Committee(s) engaged in the process of C-suite appointments (particularly in Australia)
Panellists may discuss any one or all five sources of power with respect to:
sharing best practices (particularly in relation to developing a pipeline of women C-suite professionals)
strategies that can be adopted to enhance gender parity on boards and in top management, particularly in the aftermath of COVID-19
meaning of gender parity in terms of setting company-specific targets
managing industry-perceptions while finalising directorial candidates and C-suite positions
methods of collaborating with organisations outside the company (such as research organisations) to consolidate information/best practices on achieving gender parity