Kesara Manchusree on female leadership in Thailand’s financial sector, including trade

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“I think Thailand is one of the countries wherewith the llowest level of genre discrimination in the financial sector.

Females in finance

Kesara Manchusree, widely known as the former president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, shares her perspective on female leadership in Thai financeial sector with Thai PBS World, Next the country’s hosting of the 2022 Global Women’s Summit in June.

With training in exchange, from an analyst in a small company to senior positions in numerous financial organizations, Kesara noted that he is not this common to have women leaders in this specific field.

“When I went to seminarys in the international market, we would see that it is less common to have female CEOs on the stock markets, and I think Thailand has given women and men the opportunity to do this job.

Currently President of TSFC Securities, Kesara believes that Thai financeial these days, the industry is seeing more and more women in leadership roles, ranging from regulators and banks at insurance, brokers, etc.

“So I think, in Thailand we don’t really discriminate [against women]especially in the financial fieldial sector,” she said, adding that the differential between men and women the board of directors is also changing.

Ensure gender diversity on the board

“At the Stock Exchange of Thailand, we have collected data on female CEOs and women on boardss. We see that, from 10% about five years ago, I think now it’s gone to about 20%, which is pprogress.

Even if sex to mix together in the conference room has been improving over the years, she noted that “equality” and “opportunitythere” are still separate issues.

“Because people may think we need to be gender equal in the boardroom,” Kesara explains. “But I think I would like to create more opportunities and equal opportunities for women. Giving women the opportunity to show their abilities would be much more important than simply equal numbers.”

Why it’s important to have sex to mix together in the meeting room, Kesara firmly believes that men and women have different perspectives, which are beneficial when it comes to making decisions.

“That is why, in the meeting room, we like to have more and more perspectives onot to do things. That’s why we need different ways of thinking and expertise to Support decision making in the meeting room.

Kesara also mentioned that fundingial sector regulators, such as the Central Bank of Thailand, the Economic Security Commission and Stock Exchange of Thailand, are increasingly aware of gender equality and proposed measures and incentives to the financialial industry to create greater gender diversity on their boards.

Oconsidering the greatest challenge in promoting women as leaders in the financial sector, however, Kesara thinks it’s not necessarily about gender roles, but more about the individual. EEither they are hesitant to move up a gear, or they strive for a higher position without knowing what it takes to be at that level.

“Some people like to get the job, but if they don’t behave like a supervisor or a boss, we can’t give them [that opportunity],” she says.

“As a boss, you have to have more responsibility, more responsibility and Interppersonal and communication skills. If you want to be the boss, you have to be trained, you have to develop yourself to reach things.”

Be confident in yourself (and your abilities)

As a member of the Thailand Host Committee for this year’s Global Women’s Summit, Kesara thinks it reminds women that they can make a to contributeion to the economy.

“This has been a wake up call to all women, who are already the boss Where who are already climb the ladderto be aware that they are important and that they wsick be a very valuable asset to their company and to the country.

Kesara also reminded all women of have trustthis themselves and never forget to develop their skills and ultimately, prepare for become the boss.

By Nad Bunnag, Thai PBS World

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