What’s Happening in Asia-Pacific

Women are essential to economic growth in all parts of the world, but nowhere are they more important than the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, which are experiencing unparalleled challenges related to population and workforce growth. Catalyst is rapidly expanding its work and presence in this region, with a variety of research and events. Sign up for regular updates on our work in Asia-Pacific, and contact us if you’d like to learn more.


Catalyst celebrated the launch of operations in Australia on 19 March in Sydney at the offices of host Commonwealth Bank of Australia. A large audience of business leaders met with Catalyst staff and heard Deborah Gillis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst, give her global perspective on the challenges related to creating inclusive workplaces in today’s world. With 27 member organisations in Australia, including 11 headquartered in Australia, we’re well on our way to increasing our impact in the Australia market. Recent Catalyst work in this area includes:


Our visits to Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong in 2013 impressed us with the passion and diversity of women working in China. China’s explosive economic growth has created high demand for talent and a lot of opportunity for highly talented individuals. Women can play an important role in cementing China’s place as a global leader. Recent Catalyst work in this area includes:


Catalyst India WRC continues its fast-paced work with Indian member companies and the larger business community. In April, a well-attended member roundtable in Mumbai helped attendees understand the importance of sponsorship to women. Speaking engagements in Bangalore and Mumbai have touched on women returning to work, women in technology, and millenials. And we’re proud to note that Aarti Shyamsunder, Director, Research, Catalyst, was recognized as one of India’s Future Emerging HR Leaders at the “The Are You In The List 2013 Awards.” Recent Catalyst work in this area includes:


We’re pleased to announce that on May 26, Catalyst will expand into Japan with a launch event in Tokyo hosted by DSM Japan K.K. The event will feature remarks by Jos van Ruyven, President, DSM Japan K.K., and Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst. On May 27, Deborah will present on the topic of advancing women  in Japan at the USJC-ACCJ Women in Business Summit before an audience of nearly 900 business leaders and dignitaries, including highly ranked U.S. representatives. Recent Catalyst work in this area includes:

Global Changes Affect Women

Around the world, women’s lives are affected by major changes in demographics, education status, and legal rights. If well leveraged by societies, governments, and businesses, these changes could lead to advances for women—as well as progress for countries and entire regions. Learn more from our recent work in this area:

Catalyzing Blog

Catalyzing is the Catalyst blog, bringing together and amplifying diverse voices that share Catalyst’s mission to expand opportunities for women and business. Recent posts focused on Asia-Pacific include: