Renée McGowan

Renée McGowan

President, AMEA Region

Based in Dubai, Renée is Mercer’s President, Asia Middle East & Africa (AMEA), leading Mercer’s business across 15+ markets in this fast-growing, dynamic region. She is also Chairperson of Mercer in Japan, and Executive Director on Mercer boards in China and Hong Kong.


Passionate about making a difference in people’s lives through advising organisations on their health, wealth and career strategies for employees, Renée has held several key leadership roles in her career at Mercer. Previously based in New York, Renée was Mercer’s Global Leader for Individual Wealth, spearheading the global strategy and growth of the retirement savings business. Prior to this, Renée was Chief Customer & Marketing Officer for Mercer for the Pacific region where she led the retail pension business and investor servicing for over 2 million individual customers. A global executive, Renée has led businesses in Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Sydney.


A fervent advocate for the financial inclusion and security of individuals, Renée led Mercer’s partnership with the World Economic Forum on the Retirement and Investment Systems Reform Project in 2017-18, recently collaborating with the World Economic Forum and the OECD on a Singapore symposim related to multi-generational workforces. She is also a regular speaker at major international forums and contributor to international media, including WEF, BRINK, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The South China Morning Post, Nikkei Asia, BBC and CNBC.


Renée was named one of Employee Benefit Adviser’s 2018 Top Women in Benefit Advising (United States), which recognizes industry leaders who are transforming the field. For two consecutive years, she was also listed in the Top 10 CMO’s in Australia (CMO50) by CMO Magazine (Australia). In 2022, she was named one of Arabian Business’ 50 Inspiring Female Business Leaders. She is also a member of the MEA Business Group, Dubai Business Women Council and Boardroom by EMIR.


A long-time ardent supporter of professional and charitable causes, Renée plays a mentoring role with entrepreneurs in developing nations as part of the Cherie Blaire Foundation’s Mentoring Women in Business Program. She is also a mentor with StreetWise, a non-profit that empowers unemployed individuals with skills and resources. Renée was awarded a Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian Government for delivering humanitarian services overseas. A firm believer in the power of education to drive equality, Renée also pioneered the Powering Asian, African & Arab Girls’ Education 150 (P.A.G.E 150), a regional initiative in support of nonprofits that empower girls through education. To learn more about Renée’s perspectives on navigating the changing nature of careers, work and retirement, follow her on LinkedIn.