Adele's KeyNote

"Asian Leadership" embracing cultural agility and breaking Asian stereotypes 



In the wake of global movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, overwhelmingly global corporates are loudly proclaiming its support for minorities, be it gender or ethnicity. These movements broadened attention not just on work equalities, but on the everyday indignities that minorities face: being marginalized, overlooked, and underpaid. Driving diversity and inclusion is no longer just nice-to-have, it is a business imperative that corporates must drive forward. No doubt the rise of the middle class and spending power has been accelerating in Asia. Many MNCs turn to Asia for business growth. The challenge is not just accessing the marketplace but also building ethnic Asians who could lead Asia and even bigger regions. 


To capitalize on Asian talents, many corporates develop customized Asian Leadership Programs. However, many MNCs still lament how few Asians talents they have. What does it take for Asians to step up? Adele, like many Asians, is deeply ingrained by the virtues of humanity, social and ritual propriety, loyalty, and filial piety. While these qualities make many Asians successful at the beginning of their careers, they often slow down their progress to attain more senior positions in MNC. To break the Asian leadership ceiling, Adele consciously transforms into a versatile leader who integrates multicultural quotients, allowing her to act local and lead global. Keen to know how to break Asian stereotypes and overcome self-limiting beliefs? Engage Adele for first-hand transformative experience sharing. 

About Adele

Adele Hung is a global commercial director at GSK, one of the largest biopharmaceutical companies. She is an international keynote speaker based in Singapore. Her professional journey includes founding a social enterprise in Hong Kong, founding a healthcare consultancy in China's Greater Bay Area, and working in investment banking. Adele has forged a successful career holding key leadership positions across marketing, digital and strategy functions.


Having lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore, Adele believes in cultural authenticity. In 2017 she established the Women Leadership Initiative in Singapore to support diversity and encourage active allyship in the workplace. She regularly speaks about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Adele inspires people to overcome self-limiting beliefs by relating her transformational leadership stories and cultural experiences. Her speech is backed by not only her first-hand leadership experience but also her professional understanding of how humans communicate and how leaders transform.


Adele holds a BSc in Speech Pathology and Behavioural Psychology, and an M.B.A with Strategy and Finance majors. She lives with her loving husband and their two young daughters. 


Core Expertise


    Diversity & Inclusion



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