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Jersey Finance hosted this webinar with the objective of providing key insights into the perspectives of women in leadership today across Asia and globally.

Led by Maria McDermott, Jersey Finance, Business Development Consultant – Asia, the event’s audience heard a keynote speech from Cecilia Wong – General Manager of Wealth Management at TF Securities, Wuhan – who shared her experiences in leadership, whilst living in Wuhan.

Maria McDermott moderated the following panel of stellar senior businesswomen from across Asia who highlighted their different experiences and journeys in leadership, before the event concluded with a Q&A session:

  • Claudia Bolanos Gomez, Head of Corporate Services, APAC, Apex Group Ltd
  • Vivian Kiang, Head of Wealth Planning & Trust Administration, RBC Wealth Management – Asia
  • Clare Pearson, International Development Director, Asia, DLA Piper
  • Cecilia Wong, General Manager of Wealth Management, Tianfeng Securities Co Ltd

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Maria McDermott › Business Development Consultant – Asia, Jersey Finance
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Maria is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an associate member of the Chartered Governance Institute.

Born in Jersey, she has over twenty years’ experience working in the international finance industry and is experienced in investment funds, private wealth, compliance, risk management and project management.

She has been based in Asia for the last ten years having transferred to Hong Kong from Ogier Fiduciary Services Jersey to develop the fiduciary services business in Hong Kong. During her time in Asia she has also worked for various listed entities and financial service providers in Singapore and Shanghai, and is now based full time in Shanghai.

Prior to her time in Asia she spent over ten years working for a number of law firms and fiduciary service providers in Jersey.


Cecilia Wong

Cecilia Wong General Manager of Wealth Management, Tianfeng Securities Co Ltd

Cecilia Wong, General Manager of Wealth Management at Tianfeng Securities Co Ltd, is a Wuhan based lawyer with more than 25 years’ of experience in retail and corporate finance, and wealth management. She joined TF Securities Co Ltd in Wuhan in 2017 to establish their High-Net-Worth Customer Department and was promoted to General Manager of their Wealth Management Department, with six branches in China, in 2019.

Vivian Kiang

Vivian Kiang Head of Wealth Planning & Trust Administration, RBC Wealth Management - Asia

Vivian Kiang is the Head of RBC Wealth Planning and Trust Administration, Asia. Prior to rejoining RBC, Vivian worked as a Vice President and Wealth Planner with Citi Private Bank covering the Philippines and Hong Kong markets. Before relocating to Hong Kong, Vivian has also spent 2 years working for the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto, Canada. Vivian has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial industry and with majority of her time in the wealth management field. She specializes in advising and structuring various types of wealth and succession planning arrangements for private banking clients. She is particularly familiar with using structuring tools such as trusts, insurance policies and private investment companies for setting up asset holding structures for High Net Worth individuals. Vivian is very experienced in assisting Asian families that have nexus with Canada and USA. Vivian is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Clare Pearson

Clare Pearson International Development Director, Asia, DLA Piper

Clare Pearson established the China Charity Practice of DLA Piper China in Beijing in 2004. As solicitor (England and Wales) she joined DLA Piper London in 1999. She advises companies, banks, corporate foundations, family offices, social enterprises and non-profits on their strategy in China and Chinese Foundations on their globalization process. With a focus on ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) Clare advises education, professional membership, environmental and healthcare clients on how to deliver projects across China. Clare has been working with NGO's and ESG corporate clients in China since 1997. In 2003, Clare attended the launch of Youth Business China in Beijing and the British Council/Shanghai Bar Young Lawyer's forum in Shanghai. Since then her expertise in the field has grown and today she provides comprehensive advice to NGO's in China in the fields of Government relations, structure and finance.

Claudia Bolanos Gomez

Claudia Bolanos Gomez Head of Corporate Services, APAC, Apex Group Ltd

Claudia heads the Asia-Pacific Corporate Solutions practice at APEX Group, based in Hong Kong. She and her team empower financial services firms to focus on delivering value to their stakeholders by providing expert and tailored support in their back-office functions. She has accumulated over a decade’s experience in advising on foreign investment and corporate governance best practices at different firms and service providers in APAC. She is passionate about the environmental and social impact of economic development which she incorporates in her professional engagements. Claudia holds a dual Bachelor in common and civil law from the University of Cergy-Pontoise, and has undertaken specialization studies at prestigious institutions including Harvard Business School, ESSEC, EGADE, and Pantheon-Assas. She is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.