Teresa Ko

Teresa is executive sponsor of Freshfield’s Asian women’s network, through which she hosts activities, International Women’s Day celebrations and sponsors initiatives by members. She regularly mentors female associates, guiding them in their work and strategic thinking and helping them to navigate the world of M&A and IPOs. She supported the women’s network’s ‘Every Day Gender Equality’ initiative (EDGE), a set of ten everyday actions that everybody in the firm can take to demonstrate gender inclusion and to break down the current unequal status quo. The actions include championing women as a fundamental part of business success, making sure everyone can fully participate and be heard, calling out inappropriate behaviour and representing these values to clients. Teresa ensured that maternity and paternity leave entitlements are substantially above market norms for Asia, promoting a better work-life balance. Externally, Teresa is a leading voice in combatting Hong Kong’s board culture, where women represent only 13% of directors. She is a founding member and steering committee member of the 30% Club Hong Kong and is an active supporter of The Women’s Foundation. Teresa was the first female chair of Hong Kong’s Stock Exchange Listing Committee, where she introduced initiatives to promote board diversity throughout Hong Kong’s listed companies.

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