With advancements in technology, new business goals and changing employee demographics and expectations, companies need to rethink how to design workplaces. To optimise collaboration, creativity, and productivity, one major trend in the modern workplace design is agile working which incorporates the growing need for flexibility and remote working. Join this forum to learn from enlightened organisations as to what agile working really means, why we need to rethink how to manage, design and utilise the workplace which benefits both employers and employees.

Event Speakers

Christian Tooley

Senior Analyst, Strategy Consulting & Transformational Change, CBRE Asia-Pacific

Christian Tooley is a Senior Analyst in Hong Kong with CBRE Asia’s Workplace Strategy team. He leads both strategy and analytics-based consulting projects, and large-scale transformation change management programmes. Christian engages with large MNCs to consult them on aligning their long-term business and real estate objectives, using the workplace as a business enabler. Recently, Christian founded and now chairs LGBT+CBRE, CBRE Asia’s 1st Pride Network.

David S. DeGeest

Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Marketing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

David DeGeest is an award-winning scholar who researches 1) how teams thrive in complex and difficult modern work environments and 2) how organizations can optimize people management practices like flexible work arrangements and financial incentives. His research has been published in leading management journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Research Methods. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine, the #1 periodical in the US for small-business owners. He has held academic positions in the United States, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. Prior to his academic career, he pursued opportunities as a teaching fellow and entrepreneur in Guangzhou and Macau.

Pattie Walsh

Partner & Co-Head of Asia-Pacific, International Employment Group, Bird & Bird

Pattie is a partner in our International Employment Group, based in Hong Kong.
Her practice covers both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues providing a 'one stop shop' for her international clients. Pattie advises on the full spectrum of employment issues, from day to day advice through to high profile disputes and strategic advice to a wide range of clients. In addition, she has extensive experience of the laws of the PRC, being one of only a very few non-Chinese lawyers to have fully developed detailed local knowledge of local PRC employment law.
Pattie contributes to numerous publications and books including the textbook 'Hong Kong Employment Law - A Practical Guide' which has been published in four editions since 2008 and a fifth is planned. She also writes a monthly column for the South China Morning Post on a diverse range of topical issues across Asia.
She is named as a leading lawyer in Hong Kong in Who's Who Legal Guide to Labour and Employment 2017.
Pattie is qualified to practice in England & Wales, Hong Kong and New South Wales, Australia.

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