On Board brings together NGO and business leaders to learn about key trends in board governance and strategy. The conference features research-based insights from Chicago Booth faculty, as well as learnings from speakers with decades of experience leading businesses, NGOs, and social enterprises.

Michael Chau, Associate Professor, School of Business, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong

Dr. Michael Chau is an associate professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Warden of Lee Chi Hung Hall at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the cross-disciplinary intersection of information systems, computer science, business analytics, and information science, with an emphasis on the applications of data, text, and web mining in various business, education, and social domains. His research has resulted in over 120 publications in high-quality journals and conferences and has received more than 4,800 citations. He is the recipient of the HKU Outstanding Young Research Award (2014) and Knowledge Exchange Award (2013, 2016). He is the Program Co-chair of ICIS 2013 and the Founding Co-Chair of the PAISI Workshop series.

Diana David, Founder, Running Free

Diana David is a strategist and innovator with a focus on helping companies and leaders to be more entrepreneurial and resilient in the face of constant change. She spent the past decade as a business leader and entrepreneur in the Financial Times' senior management group, reporting to the board and in charge of developing and delivering the FT's global strategy, and continues to lead the board effectiveness and governance program. In addition to Davinci Labs, David serves on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce HK, Shared Value Project Hong Kong and Teach4HK. She is also an active participant in Women Corporate Directors and The Women’s Foundation.

Robert H. Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; John Edwardson Faculty Director Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Chicago Booth

Robert H. Gertner has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1986. Gertner is a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, a national organization devoted to large-scale social research in public interest. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Youth Core, and a member of the Evaluation Advisory Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund.

Will Gossin, Senior Associate Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Chicago Booth


Alan Hilburg, President and CEO, HilburgMalan

Alan Hilburg is president and CEO of HilburgMalan, a global boutique consultancy, who is credited as a pioneer in the disciplines of modern day crisis and litigation communication. He has had a lifelong commitment to working with NGOs creating strategies for growth, financial self-sufficiency, and board development. Hilburg has also been chairman of the board of the Dallas Zoo, the Washington Chamber Symphony, the National Mentoring Partnership, and a number of other organizations in the healthcare, arts, and social services sectors.

Edward Ho, '95, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Asset Management; Chairman of the Board, World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)


Shalini Mahtani, Cofounder and Chair, Zubin Foundation

Shalini Mahtani is one of Hong Kong’s most authoritative and respected voices on social issues, particularly diversity and inclusion. She is the founder of The Zubin Foundation, a charity that sheds light on enduring barriers to fairness and opportunity in Hong Kong, and that designs solutions through policy recommendations and interventions. In 2016, Mahtani, together with the Harvard Global Health Institute, launched Hospital Advisor, Hong Kong’s first and only independent platform that compares hospitals by quality of care — a key step towards creating a more transparent, accountable and patient-centered healthcare system. Mahtani was also a founder of Community Business, the first organization in Asia that brings together companies and their management around women, LGBT and disabilities at work.

Fern Ngai is chief executive officer of Community Business, a Hong Kong-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing responsible and inclusive business practices. Ngai joined Community Business five years ago, and under her leadership, the organisation has expanded its products and services, established a subsidiary in India, and has launched the ground-breaking Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index and annual Awards. Ngai is a steering committee member of the 30% Club Hong Kong, which believes in collaborative, concerted business-led efforts to help accelerate progress towards gender parity on Hong Kong corporate boards.  

Agnes Tai, '81, Director, Great Glory Investment Corporation

Agnes K. Y. Tai is a director of Great Glory Investment Corporation and senior advisor of iPartners Holdings Limited. She has 37 years of experience in in establishing and managing funds, direct investments, corporate strategy, risk management and sustainability. She serves as deputy chairman of the training committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (HKIoD), training facilitator of HKEx and irasia/givingasia, vice chairman of KELY Support Group, and board member of Hope of the City and SX Foundation. She is also an advisory board member of Shao Ming Lo Foundation, Fred Hollows Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, as well as a committee member of Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Hong Kong Chapter, and consultant of Asian Charity Services.

Peter Williams, '10, Director, Business Treasury, Citi

Peter Williams has developed an international career in finance, investments, banking and treasury, starting in Australia, continuing to London, followed by Singapore, and for the past seven years, in Hong Kong. His focus in his current role is to help Citi optimize their balance sheet and create value for clients whilst navigating the regulatory environment. Williams is president of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business alumni club in Hong Kong, and a director on the board of Music for Life International, a charity based in New York that creates transformative social impact through music. He has also recently joined the board of Resolve Foundation, a new initiative in Hong Kong to provide social justice fellowships to emerging community leaders from marginalized and underrepresented groups.