About this event

The role and practices of boards of directors and expectations for independent directors differs around the world. How diversity is pursued, ESG, employee relations, and managing risk have different nuances depending on where a company is headquartered. With board experience spanning decades and continents, Alison Davis (board director at Brussels-based Collibra, Fiserv and Silicon Valley Bank), Keiko Honda (board director at Tokyo-based MUFG and AGC), and Pamela Passman (board director at Canada-based Kinaxis and former Corporate Vice President of Microsoft for Global Regulatory and Corporate Affairs) will discuss the intricacies of global boardrooms and the must-knows for international board directorship. Learn what to expect as we take a tour around the world navigating culture on global boards.  


Pamela Passman Board Member

Pamela Passman is a corporate and philanthropic leader with deep expertise in technology, risk management, cybersecurity, building talented teams and scaling operations globally. She is affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a member of APCO’s International Advisory Council. Until recently, Pamela was President of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org) and Vice Chair of the Ethisphere Institute, distinct entities with a common mission to promote leading practices and provide solutions to manage key governance, compliance and risks for companies and their global value chains. Prior to founding CREATe.org in October 2011, Pamela was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. From 2002 to 2011, Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a range of issues, including privacy, security, law enforcement, national security, telecommunications and other issues related to cloud computing. She also led Microsoft’s global government relations and public policy work and philanthropic programs and had leadership responsibilities for its cross-company global corporate citizenship efforts. Pamela first joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002 led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Microsoft, she practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, Japan. Pamela serves on the Board of Kinaxis Inc., a Toronto-listed SAAS supply chain management company, and served on the Board of IO, a data center infrastructure/cloud computing company that was sold to Iron Mountain in 2018. She currently serves on the Board and as Vice Chair of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit providing pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minors before immigration authorities. Pamela also serves on the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College and chairs its Student Life Committee. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Nominating and Governance Committee. Pamela speaks and writes on enterprise risk management, governance, data protection, cybersecurity, intellectual property, corporate integrity and culture, supply chain and third-party risk, and doing business in Asia. She was recognized by Security Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Security. Pamela is a graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Keiko Honda Board Member

Keiko Honda is Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she teaches ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) investing to graduate students. Keiko also serves as a board member of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and AGC (ex Asahi Glass) and Adjunct Professor of Hitotsubashi University. Keiko is a member of the United Nation’s Investment Management Committee. Until the end of October 2019, Keiko was the Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. MIGA supports cross-border equity investors and lenders by providing coverage against currency inconvertibility and transfer restriction, expropriation, war and civil disturbance, breach of contract, and non-honoring of financial obligations. Before joining MIGA, Keiko was the first woman Senior Partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company, where she advised financial institutions on corporate finance and strategy and business development for 24 years. She received the Joseph Wharton Social Award from the Wharton New York Club in 2020. Keiko holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from Ochanomizu University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar.

Alison Davis Advisor

Alison Davis is co-founder of Fifth Era (www.fifthera.com). She is an experienced corporate executive, public company board director, an active investor in growth companies and a best selling author on the topics of technology, innovation and investing. Alison is currently a non-executive director of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) where she chairs the Technology and Innovation Committee, Fiserv (FISV), Ooma (OOMA) and Collibra where she chairs the Audit Committees, and she serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for BlockChain Capital Partners. She is a former director of City National Bank (CYC), Diamond Foods (DMND), First Data Corporation (FDC), Unisys (UIS, Xoom (XOOM), and many private companies and was the Chairman of LECG (XPRT) until its sale in 2011. Alison is a frequent speaker on the role of the board in modern corporate governance. Alison was previously the Managing Partner of Belvedere Capital, a regulated bank holding company and private equity firm focused on investing in US banks and financial services firms where she worked closely with the Federal Reserve, The OCC, the FDIC and various state banking regulators. Prior to this, Alison was the Chief Financial Officer of Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock), the world’s largest institutional investment firm with more than $1.5 trillion of assets under management. Earlier in her career, Alison spent 14 years as a strategy consultant and advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs, boards and executive teams with McKinsey & Company, and as a practice leader with A.T. Kearney where she built and led the global Financial Services Practice. She is the co-author of three best selling books on innovation and investing: “Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era”, “Blockchain Competitive Advantage” and “Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era”. Alison is active in the community supporting several non-profits and social enterprises as a board director, fundraiser and volunteer. She has been frequently named a “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times. She received a B.A. Honors and a Master’s in Economics from Cambridge University in England, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business after completing the first-year at Harvard. She was born in Sheffield, England, is now a dual US/UK citizen and has lived for the last 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area where she raised her five children with her husband, Matthew C. Le Merle. For more information go to www.alisondavis.com.

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Board Oversight

Board Management Across the Globe

Tue, Feb 02 @ 9:00am PT (1 hrs)

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