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Day 1 – Thursday 14 Sept

Rethinking Finance

Green and sustainable finance has become a global trend, driven by the collective efforts of public and private actors for the net-zero transition. This has created enormous opportunities for reprioritising economic activities and realigning investment portfolios towards sustainable development.

Rethinking Finance will bring together regulators, investors, researchers and finance professionals to look into Hong Kong’s rapid expansion of sustainable finance deals, the growing practice of taking ESG into investment considerations, as well as how SMEs, asset owners and multinational corporations can access new breeds of green financing in the city’s efforts to capitalize on its strengths and accelerate its emergence as a green finance hub for the region.

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11:00 – 11:10

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Finance

11:00 – 11:10

Speakers

Max Thomas

ESG Solutions

Max leads HSBC’s APAC ESG Solutions team, where the team work with clients across the region supporting them on developing their approach to ESG. HBSC’s ESG Solutions proposition covers how to integrate ESG within the business, how ESG can act as a value driver for a company, insights on regulatory changes, ESG rating considerations as well as key disclosures and considerations from a capital markets perspective.

Max’s Sustainability Goals for 2023-2024
Continue to look forward to engaging with our corporate clients on how ESG can be an opportunity for their business and how they should look to develop going forward.

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11:10 – 12:00

Innovation and Evolution in Sustainable Finance: From Climate Tech to Carbon Markets

11:10 – 12:00

Reducing our carbon footprint and transitioning to a low-carbon economy is crucial to maintain a habitable planet for future generations. The climate tech industry offers unique opportunities for talented and passionate individuals worldwide to make a meaningful impact by developing innovative solutions to decarbonize our atmosphere and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Carbon markets have emerged as a critical aspect of sustainable finance. By creating a system for companies and countries to trade carbon credits, carbon markets incentivize organizations to implement sustainable business practices. To create a more efficient and effective carbon market, carbon prices will need to harmonize globally.

Join us in this engaging conversation as our expert panellists discuss how climate tech and carbon markets are shaping sustainable finance and addressing the pressing challenges of climate change and sustainable development, at the same time exploring new doorways to potential revenue streams while achieving sustainability goals.

Learnings

  • Why is it important to reduce our carbon and transition to a sustainable economy?
  • How do carbon markets incentivize organizations to implement sustainable business practices and reduce their carbon footprint?
  • In what ways are climate tech and carbon markets shaping sustainable finance and addressing the pressing challenges of climate change and sustainable development?
  • What are some of the challenges that climate tech and carbon markets face in shaping sustainable finance and addressing climate change?

Post-event Actions

  • Sharing the insights and recommendations from the panel discussion with policymakers, investors, and other stakeholders to catalyse action and drive sustainable finance initiatives forward.
  • Developing and implementing carbon market mechanisms to incentivize organizations to reduce their carbon footprint and invest in low-carbon technologies.

Speakers

Yushen Liu

Co-head of APAC Commercial, BloombergNEF

Yushen Liu joined the company in 2009 and has held various roles to develop BNEF’s business across APAC. In her current role as co-head of BNEF APAC commercial, Ms.Liu manages BNEF commercial teams in Greater China, Japan, and Korea to provide research solutions for clients across multiple asset classes to shape their decarbonization strategy. Ms.Liu also co-leads the overall business operation in the APAC region.
Ms.Liu holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Nankai University and a MSc Degree on Human Resources Management and Organizational Analysis from King’s College London. She’s currently working on her EMBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Prof. Lapman Lee

Professor of Practice (ESG & FinTech), Asia climate & ESG ICT VP leader

Prof. Lapman Lee is a Professor of Practice (ESG, FinTech, Governance) and convenor of the HK Polytechnic University Corporate Sustainability & Sustainable Finance Center (CESEF).

He advises Asian policymakers, listed and private companies on Board climate change governance, corporate sustainability, diversity equity & inclusion, ESG reporting and risk management, and strategic communications and PR, and (green)technology.

He leads the climate and ESG value proposition for insurers in Asia at Willis Towers Watson.

Lapman was also a Board member of the HK FinTech Association, and is a Vice Chair of the British Chamber Financial Markets Committee.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To drive Hong Kong’s role as a green & sustainable finance and GreenTech hub through advocacy, collaboration and education.

Andy San

Head of ESG Advisory Services

Mr. Andy San is the Head of ESG Advisory Services at CECEPEC’s Sustainable Development Department. He is responsible for strategizing and developing ESG advisory services while leading a team dedicated to providing customized ESG solutions to clients with the aim of creating value.

With nearly 7 years of experience in the field of sustainable development, Mr. San has provided strategic advisory services to various international, domestic, and local companies and organizations. His expertise includes sustainable development roadmap planning, ESG management integration, ESG rating enhancement, sustainable development reporting, and related verification services. Mr. San has also been involved in the formulation of ESG disclosure guidelines in mainland China. Additionally, he oversees the daily operations of the company’s ISO 9001 quality management system and ISO 14001 environmental management system.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I hope that sustainability will no longer be merely a slogan or green-washing tool, but will truly be reflected in regional development and regulations.

Alice Suen

Head of Sustainable Finance

Alice is the Head of Sustainable Finance for HSBC Hong Kong Commercial Banking where she is responsible for driving the ESG agenda in the business. She is an energetic Banking Professional with past roles spanning Relationship Management, Strategy Implementation, Portfolio Risk Management , and Balance Sheet Velocity, for HSBC Commercial Banking across Greater China Region.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

As momentum continues to reach new levels, I hope to see even more Hong Kong companies articulating Sustainability plans and objectives, as we all collectively strive towards net-zero.

Kelvin Yuen

Head of North Asia & CFO

In his current role as Head of North Asia & CFO at Allinfra, Kelvin seeks to apply his 20 years of experience in finance and infrastructure across Asia Pacific to promote global sustainability and green finance through Allinfra’s technology.

Prior to joining Allinfra, Kelvin led green energy investments in China for Macquarie’s Green Investment Group. He also led over US$10 billion of equity capital markets and mergers and acquisition transactions in his capacity as Head of Client Coverage, Shanghai and previously as Head of Equity Capital Markets for Greater China.

Outside of Kelvin’s 12-year career at Macquarie, he also spent over 3 years at Singapore Power’s then subsidiary SP AusNet, which owned and operated gas and electricity transmission and distribution networks in Victoria, Australia, in a corporate strategy and business planning capacity. Kelvin is also a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and previously worked at Deloitte and BDO.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

In the coming year, I hope to see Hong Kong become a global leader in green finance with verifiable impact.

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12:00 – 12:50

Financing Biodiversity: The Next Frontier for Private Sector Leadership

12:00 – 12:50

We are not only in a climate crisis, but also a biodiversity crisis. The benefits and opportunities of nature-based solutions to address global biodiversity challenges have never been more urgently needed and relevant. Investments in nature-based solutions will be key to accelerating the pace and scale required for nature preservation.

Learnings

  • According to the UN, investments in nature must triple by 2030 to help save ecosystems. However, the private sector currently provides only 14% of funding towards nature-based solutions. What are the barriers and knowledge gaps for unlocking private capital for nature-based solutions?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of developing and scaling financially viable projects that bring positive nature and biodiversity impact? What opportunities exist for businesses to pursue new sources of revenue and reap the benefits of increased resilience and purpose?
  • Perspectives from risk mitigation, regulatory and policy alignment

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink the role that your company and industry can play in accelerating the investment in initiatives that bring positive nature and biodiversity outcomes.

Speakers

Bien Wong

Honorary Treasurer and Board Governor

Bien Wong is a highly experienced professional with a background in ESG, investor relations, and public affairs in both mainland China and Hong Kong markets. He has worked with global firms and companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and has specialised in assisting corporations in integrating sustainability concepts into their business strategies and steering green financing projects in the field of sustainability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Everything has a price. Everything needs a price.

Hong Kong has yet to put a price on carbon through carbon tax or emission trade to reflect the polluter pays principle.

Stuart Beavis

Regional Lead for Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (Asia)

Stuart is the Asia-Pacific Regional Lead of the origination facility for the €160 million Dutch Fund for Climate and Development. He has directly worked on over 20 projects in the region, ensuring projects are structured to be business-ready and meet investment criteria. Prior to WWF, Stuart spent 25 years in the financial industry managing derivative sales and trading businesses at LSE, LIFFE, Salomon Brothers, HSBC, UBS, and Jefferies.

Jenny Fan

Executive Director, Sustainable Finance

Jenny Fan is the Executive Director of Sustainable Finance at ANZ in Hong Kong. She has over 15 years of experience at ANZ, previously serving as Co-Head of Debt Capital Markets for North Asia. Jenny works with major corporations and financial institutions, executing complex transactions across various banking functions. Her expertise lies in providing sustainable finance solutions to ANZ’s customers transitioning to a zero-carbon economy.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To deepen my connection with nature and support sustainable practices that nurture the Earth and its inhabitants.

Lit Ping Low

Asia Pacific Sustainability, Climate Change, Partner

Lit Ping Low leads PwC’s Asia Pacific Climate Change practice. She is an experienced climate policy and finance economist with 20 years of experience providing advisory services to public and private sector clients on climate change, environmental and social issues. She has advised many businesses in their journey on integrating climate, nature and environmental issues within their businesses’ strategy, risk, investment and operations, across sectors such as infrastructure, real estate, retail and consumer and financial services.

She has collaborated with international organisations including WBCSD, WEF and CDP to raise awareness and advance the climate agenda. She was formerly a Senior Specialist to the World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Practice, supporting governments in managing the financial risks of climate and disaster events.

Isaac Yeung

Head of Corporate ESG/ Head of Corporate Affairs

Having served at The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (Towngas, HK.0003) for over 30 years, Isaac Yeung’s experience spans ESG, company secretarial services, human resources, project investment, corporate affairs and beyond. He sits on the board of directors for multiple major gas companies with businesses across the Chinese Mainland. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Climate Governance Initiative HK Chapter.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To elevate biodiversity risk mitigation and integrate TNFD into the risk management modeling of corporations.

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13:50 – 14:40

Financing the Transition to Net Zero

13:50 – 14:40

Defining net zero pathways aligned to science-based targets is essential to enable the flow of capital to high carbon emitting sectors. The panel will explore how financial institutions are evaluating, measuring and supporting their clients on their net zero journeys and practical considerations for companies integrating transition planning into their business model.

Learnings

  • Understand the latest sustainable finance market landscape, and considerations for financing the transition to net zero, net zero transition pathway from multi stakeholder perspectives.
  • Understand the emerging products and solutions to finance the transition.
  • How can sustainable finance be accelerated to boost investments conducive to reducing carbon emissions in Hong Kong and beyond.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on opportunities, barriers and the next steps for Hong Kong to advance its green and sustainable finance ambitions as an international transition financing hub.

Speakers

Jenny Lee

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Deputy Secretary General

Jenny is the Deputy Secretary General for Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), primarily responsible for leading strategic multi-stakeholder engagement across its diverse 160 institutional member firms, private and public sector, regulator and government to advance Hong Kong’s position as a leading sustainable financial and green tech center. Jenny contributes to the CASG Centre for Green and Sustainable Finance capacity building and data analytics workstreams, AIGCC, FC4S, Partnership of Biodiversity and The Finance, and co-developed the HKGFA – HKUST and HKGFA-HKFSI Certificate in Sustainable Finance.

Jenny left a two-decade career in investment banking and consulting to pursue her desire to make a positive impact, shifting the focus of her business and finance experience into sustainability. She co-founded Development Finance Asia and is a life-long learner and passionate about creating a green and sustainable ecosystem, inclusive of finance, ESG and technology.

Jenny previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan in equity derivatives and prime brokerage, working with alternative asset managers to grow their business, raise capital and access financing. She has lived in London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

 

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Support industry capacity-building efforts to develop and implement transparent, credible science-based transition plans, leveraging emerging green technologies and green fintech solutions and innovations.
  • Promote industry collaboration and engagement to better understand nature, biodiversity, and their impact on businesses and the economy.

Yasmine Djeddai

Head of Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance, Asia Pacific

Yasmine has 18 years of international banking experience. Her team spreads across HK, Singapore and Sydney, focusing on origination and structuring of sustainable financing solutions, as well as on supporting its clients to accelerate the development of innovative solutions and new business models that deliver positive impact.
Yasmine is also Co-Chair of the Green & Sustainable Loan Committee of APLMA as as well as Co-Chair of the Sustainable Finance Working Group of the EuroCham in Hong Kong

Mark Lam

Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Sustainability

Mark Lam is the Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Sustainability. He is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with stakeholders across the investment community, as well as the development and implementation of the Group’s sustainability strategy.

Prior to his current role, Mr Lam served as a Senior Corporate Finance Manager, where he supported the development of Group-wide strategies, including investment evaluations and board reporting. Before joining Hongkong Land, he was a Director at KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice, advising investors on cross-border transactions across the region.

Mr Lam is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of British Columbia.

Anthony Tse

Executive Director, Head of Corporate Banking – Hong Kong

Anthony Tse is Head of Corporate Banking at UOB Hong Kong overseeing the Bank’s corporate banking business and strategy. Tse is responsible for the client relationship management for large corporates in Hong Kong. Tse joined UOB Hong Kong in 2013. He has more than 15 years of extensive experience in the banking industry, in particular syndicated lending and corporate banking businesses. Tse holds a Bachelor of Physics from The University of Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

As part of the efforts to help customers play their part in green transition, I will provide innovative solutions and simplify access to sustainable financing that help businesses grow responsibly.

Dennis Wu

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Mr Dennis Wu is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of AEC Group (Stock Code: 8320.HK) mainly focusing on Green and Healthy Buildings, Environmental Consultancy and Sustainability Advisory. He is also the Founder and CEO of AEC Capital Group focusing on sustainable finance, real estate and investment management.

Mr Wu has over 20 years of experience in finance industry. He worked in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services Department – Financial Institution Group of Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers in early 2000. Then, he worked for CITIC Capital for 17 years since 2003. During his career in CITIC Capital, Mr Wu was appointed as Executive Director for Finance Department, Principle Investment Department, and Culture and Tourism Department respectively.

Currently, Mr Wu is the Founding President of Greater Bay Area Carbon Neutrality Association. He is also a Co-Chair of Green and Sustainable Private Equity Working Group under Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), and a Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association (HKPEFA).

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I am passionate about embracing sustainability in Hong Kong. And I always aspire to see the city transition to net-zero carbon generation with the benefit of green financing, green technology, climate technology, and carbon technology.

 

The ESG discipline moving toward digitization is unquestionably the direction of the ESG future as we search for ways to preserve our environment and the future. The Carbon, ESG, and Sustainability-AI & ChatGPT Big Data Analytic Platform solution will promote knowledge sharing in ESG big data technology, analysis management, and crisis management and enhance carbon neutrality rating among target stakeholders in the business, keeping with the AI & ChatGPT Big Data Analytic trend.

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14:40 – 15:30

Technology: A Catalyst for Sustainable Investing at Scale

14:40 – 15:30

The panel will focus on the role of technology in accelerating the transition to net zero for ESG investing and reporting, carbon markets and finance, as well as the practical considerations and implications of integrating ESG data into investment and business strategies.

Learnings

  • Technology and sustainability are rapidly emerging as the driving forces reshaping our financial ecosystem. As green and sustainable finance gains increasing momentum, new technologies capable of analysing raw data to limit greenwashing and ensuring greater transparency and comparability of green credentials will be key to ensuring long-term and robust business transition.
  • Big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things (IoT) are offering innovative solutions for a more efficient, transparent and accessible system for scaling up sustainable finance.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on emerging opportunities to leverage digital technologies for financing sustainable development.
  • Understand that harnessing the potential of technology with the financing needs of sustainable development will require the collective ambition and innovation of businesses, financial institutions and policymakers.

Speakers

Helena Fung

Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, APAC

As Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Asia Pacific, Helena is responsible for the London Stock Exchange’s sustainable finance and investment strategy across the Asia Pacific region. A core part of her role is client and industry engagement to support the integration of sustainability into investment and financing decisions. Working with research and leadership teams, she has a responsibility for developing LSEG’s sustainable finance and investment strategy in Asia Pacific.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Enabling corporate reporting and capacity building on transition and low carbon activities; mobilising capital to scale the low carbon economy and acheive decarbonisation in Hong Kong and beyond.

King Leung

Head of Financial Services and Fintech

As the Head of Financial Services and Fintech at InvestHK, the department of the Hong Kong SAR Government responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment, King’s mission is to enrich the ecosystem and contribute to raising the long-term competitiveness and innovation of the financial services sector in Hong Kong. King achieves this goal through collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders – regulators, financial institutions, investors, fintech companies, associations, etc. in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and other major international fintech hubs.
Prior to joining the government, King had a diverse private sector background as a serial tech entrepreneur, angel investor, and fintech lecturer in Asia where his first data-related startup was established through seed investment from Credit Suisse. His startup served numerous world-renowned financial institutions in wealth management, insurance, personal finance, etc. King was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and KPMG in the US, as well as a venture capitalist at Innovate@, a technology fund jointly run by Booz Allen & Hamilton and Lehman Brothers.
King received his MBA (honors) from the University of Chicago and BSc (honors) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Green Fintech is the concatenation between impact and power of capital.

Kevin Ng

CEO

Kevin is the CEO of InnoBlock Technology Limited. Since 2020. InnoBlock focus on Blockchain as a service, especially in the ESG, Carbon Credit Trade, and Green finance. Establish business across Asia, such as Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Cambodia. Kevin has 27 years of experience in the fields of Fintech, Blockchain, and telecom.
He has global experience in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. He worked for IBM, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, and Huawei in senior management roles.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Sustainability starts from your inner circle: Increase the awareness of equality and importance of decarbonization in workplace, by reducing energy consumption and maintain a healthy working environment to achieve long-term success.

Gabriel Wilson-Otto

Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy

Gabriel Wilson-Otto is the Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy at Fidelity International and
based in Hong Kong.

Gabriel leads the global development of sustainable investment frameworks, policies, proprietary
tools and product offerings. He works closely with a wide range of internal and external
stakeholders to support Fidelity’s sustainable investing ambition and to develop solutions for
clients.

Gabriel joined Fidelity in 2021 from BNP Paribas Asset Management where he was Global Head
of Sustainability Research and had previously held the position of Head of Stewardship, Asia
Pacific. Prior to BNPP AM, he was an Executive Director in Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment
Research division and Head of GS SUSTAIN for Asia.

Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) and a Bachelor of Information
Systems from the University of Melbourne. He is a CFA charter holder.

Debra Tan

Director & Head

Tan heads CWR, a non-profit that aims to “mainstream” water and climate risks into financial decision-making and corporate strategies. Today, CWR’s work on the assessing and valuing risk exposure to rising freshwater scarcity to coastal threats, is highlighted as tools and useful resources under the IFRS’s CDSB Application Guidance for Water-Related Disclosures and feature in Palgrave MacMillan textbooks. Tan is also a contributing author to the latest IPCC 6th Assessment Report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Adapting to rising water risks in a new climate future

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15:40 – 16:40

The Role of Financial Institutions in Accelerating ESG Transformation & Decarbonisation

15:40 – 16:40

As we rapidly approach the deadline to decarbonise our businesses by the target years of 2030, then 2050, it is imperative for businesses to asses their strategies for net-zero.

On this panel, speakers will discuss their organizations’ climate and transition commitments. Also, considering the ambitious net-zero targets that corporates are adopting, there are key gaps that financial institutions can contribute to fulfill and identify opportunities in implementation.

Learnings

  • How to better understand decarbonization commitments of Financial Institutions and their clients.
  • What is the definition of transition investments?
  • Understand the role of blended finance and other tools.

Post-event Actions

  • Finalize the strategy design.
  • Actively influence their clients to accelerate implementation.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and lead the journey to net-zero.

Speakers

Jose Luis Sanchez Arellano

Director, Business Development M&A and Finance Sector, Hong Kong

Jose Luis’ primary focus is the development and on boarding of financial sector clients from Central East Asia. Prior to joining ERM, he worked for different social enterprises, as sustainability consultant in Asia developing blended finance solutions for bankable high-impact projects. Previously, he worked for 19 years in the financial industry in HK, NY, and Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from ITAM, an MBA from Boston University, and a Sustainable Finance Certification.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Hong Kong to become the regional leader in accelerating the implementation of a robust strategy towards transition and decarbonization in 2023-2024.

Rebekah Earp

Director ESG, Asia

Rebekah joined CVC in 2022 and is part of the Asia Operations team, which is involved throughout the ownership of portfolio companies to drive value creation and continued improvement. Prior to CVC she has spent over 15 years in the Asia Pacific region leading ESG integration in both public and private companies. She started her career in London and has also supported sustainability strategies in Europe and North America. She specializes in building international sustainability / ESG teams, expertise, governance, strategies and initiatives, and disclosures. She also advises boards and C-suites on ESG matters.

Diana Parusheva

Head of Public Policy and Sustainable Finance

Diana has over 20 years’ of experience across various countries, industries and sectors. Started as a lawyer working for private banks and for the financial sector regulator and then transitioned to specialize in European and Chinese decarbonisation policies and sustainable finance. Experienced public speaker and contributing to open or subscription-based policy and macroeconomic forecasting platforms.

 

Ellie Tang

Director, Sustainable Investing

Based in Hong Kong, Ellie is responsible for the integration of sustainability considerations into
Fidelity’s real estate investments and supporting the firm in areas including proprietary
sustainability ratings, engagement and voting activities with investee companies, as well as
sustainability product offerings.

Ellie joined Fidelity from the Hong Kong-listed real estate company, New World Development,
where she was Head of Sustainability. Previously, she held sustainability positions at Link
Asset Management and HSBC.

Ellie holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Environmental Science and Policy from
Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Environmental
Studies from Emory University. She serves on the Urban Land Institute Hong Kong Executive
Committee and is also a WELL AP.

Eric Tran

Head of Sustainability APAC – Transaction Banking

As Head of Sustainability for BNP Paribas Transaction Banking APAC, Eric oversees the origination of sustainable finance transactions and development of the sustainability practice for the region, in particular helping large corporate clients on sustainable supply chain and sustainable trade.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Eric spent most of his career leading large business transformation programmes in various industries, including financing services, airline and banking across the Asia region. He holds a Master’s degree in Management, Auditing & Advisory from Paris Dauphine University.

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16:40 – 17:40

Building and Upskilling the Next Generation of ESG Talent

16:40 – 17:40

Hong Kong’s aspirations to develop into a regional hub for green and sustainable finance has highlighted a strong demand for talent with the relevant knowledge and skillsets. Hear from leaders in this space on how industry and higher educational institutions are working to fill the talent gap and empower our next generation of green and sustainable finance experts.

Learnings

  • How is cross-disciplinary education being fostered in universities and within the industry to ensure sustainability leaders of the future are provided a broad-based learning experience, intellectual capacity building and a global outlook essential to perform meaningful analysis, make informed decisions and deliver on ESG goals?
  • How can industry best work to ensure financial talents are equipped with the knowledge, skillsets and experience needed to take the baton for the city’s green finance aspirations?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the importance of green and sustainable financial education in Hong Kong.
  • Gain insights on how current development of green and sustainable financial education can align with future industry needs.

Speakers

Christine Yu

Head of Innovation

Christine Yu is Head of Innovation at HK-based Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi), a platform at the intersection of innovation, education and impact investing in Asia. She leads SFi’s education platform, New Impact Society.
Christine’s global career spans over 20 years across impact finance, venture building and the international capital markets. Prior to Christine’s venture building experience, the majority of Christine’s career was in the institutional debt capital markets at HSBC in both Hong Kong and New York. During her tenure at HSBC, she navigated through the rise of the Asian debt markets, including the first private sector green bond in Asia Pacific, which prompted her move into impact investing.
Passionate about investing, financial inclusion, financial literacy and the gender lens space, Christine is Co-Founder of Sophia, a financial education platform which helps companies empower their female customers and employees to tackle the gender investing gap and build wealth. She also co-founded a non-profit organization called Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ (www.gjwhf.org) focused on helping women prioritise their financial futures through community.
She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I want to continue doing the powerful work needed in mobilizing capital for good towards impact investments in Asia Pacific: whether that is empowering a new generation of impact investors or helping build out the sustainable finance talent value chain.

Leonie Kelly

Global Head of Sustainable Investment Consulting

Leonie leads Ogier Sustainable Investment Consulting business working with asset managers, asset owners and corporates to develop sustainability investment strategies across public and private markets in APAC, Europe, and North America.

She is a co-founder and prior Partner of Sustainable Finance Initiative in Hong Kong, working to mobilise private investor capital for positive impact. Prior to this Leonie was Head of Impact Innovation and Investment at the Zoological Society of London where she developed the Rhino Impact Bond (also known as the Wildlife Conservation Bond) concept and secured feasibility funding from UN, GEF and private donors to test the concept. RIB was the first financial vehicle of its kind focused on directing impact capital to help save species on the edge of extinction. Leonie was a Manager at Deloitte UK in Sustainability Services and prior Analyst at Citi Ireland. Leonie has fourteen years’ experience, combining sustainability and finance.

Serena Mak, CESGA CPA (Aust.) FRM

Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, Institutional Banking Group

Serena is currently working as Executive Director in the Sustainable Finance team within the Institutional Banking Group of DBS Hong Kong.

Prior to DBS, Serena was the Head of ESG Funding Asia for Home Credit, an international consumer finance provider that focuses on responsible lending to people with little or no credit history.

Serena also has over 15 years of experience with Goldman Sachs treasury and market operations in Singapore and Hong Kong, with focus on liquidity management and payment transaction surveillance across the APAC region.

Ms. Mak is also serving as Board Governor & Honorary Secretary at Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong) with a focus on Green and Sustainable Finance development in Asia.

Ms. Serena Mak holds both MSc Investment Management and BBA (Hons) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Peter Stein

CEO and Managing Director

Peter Stein is CEO and Managing Director of the Private Wealth Management Association, an industry association whose mission is to foster the growth and development of the private wealth management industry in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining PWMA in December 2016, Peter worked for UBS AG, where he served as Head of Regulatory Advisory & Relations, Asia Pacific and before that as Head of Group Governmental Affairs for Asia Pacific. Until 2011, Peter was a senior editor and reporter in Hong Kong with The Wall Street Journal, where he worked for more than 20 years, including as the Journal’s Hong Kong Bureau Chief and as Managing Editor of the Journal’s Asian edition. Born in New York City, he graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I hope to see
– the incorporation of sustainable investment options made mandatory for all MPF accounts
– sustainable investment targets set for the management of Hong Kong’s financial reserves

I plan to have investments incorporating ESG principles comprise at least 25% of my personal investments.

Henry Wang

G20/B20 Taskforce & Action Council

EurIng. Henry K. H. Wang is an international executive, author & speaker with extensive high level business experience globally. He is President of Gate International & was a former director of both Shell China and SABIC in Riyadh. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts FRSA & Fellow of Institute of Chemical Engineering. He is a board member of London University SOAS Advisory Board. He has been invited to join the G20/B20 Global Taskforces & Action Councils plus the IASE Advisory Committee.

He has published over 100 papers and speeches plus 6 books globally. His negotiation paper was selected as one of Top Five UK Management Papers of the Year. He has been invited to speak at international conferences, leading universities and business schools globally. He is also undertaking charity work on leadership and sustainability globally.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Actively contribute to ESG improvements globally by participating in the G20/B20 ESG in Business Action Council.
Support ESG improvements in Asia & Hong Kong by participating in the IASE Advisory Committee plus giving keynote speeches & lectures .

Actively contribute to Climate and Sustainability improvements globally by participating in the G20/B20 International Energy, Climate Sustainability and Resource Taskforce under the leadership of the G20 Presidency of India.

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Day 2 – Friday 15 Sept

Rethinking Supply Chains

Businesses are stepping up to scrutinise suppliers’ sustainability responsibilities, alongside the development of technology for increased traceability and credibility. It has become imperative for companies to respond to changing stakeholder demands, and innovate to address systemic risks, reduce waste, enhance transparency and improve resilience across entire value chains.

Rethinking Supply Chains  will share leading practices and emerging tools and solutions for the sustainability imperative – from supplier financing, manufacturing and logistics, compliance and accountability, to the social license to operate.

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10:30 – 10:35

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Supply Chains

10:30 – 10:35

Businesses are stepping up to scrutinise suppliers’ sustainability responsibilities, alongside the development of technology for increased traceability and credibility. It has become imperative for companies to respond to changing stakeholder demands, and innovate to address systemic risks, reduce waste, enhance transparency and improve resilience across entire value chains.

 

Rethinking Supply Chains will share leading practices and emerging tools and solutions for the sustainability imperative – from supplier financing, manufacturing and logistics, compliance and accountability, to the social license to operate.

Speakers

Tim Edmunds

Sustainability – Strategy & Transformation, Partner

Tim is the lead for PwC’s ESG Strategy & Sustainable Value Chain Advisory located in Hong Kong. Tim has over 18 years consulting and industry experience, focusing on consumer goods. Tim is also involved in events for AMCHAM’s Apparel, Footwear & Supply Chain committee.

Recent projects include a recycling network design for leading sports brand (converting used wares into new product), holistic ESG strategy for a leading sourcing organisation and circularity strategy for design to end of life

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Hong Kong is in the best position to be a leader in sustainable supply chains. As a sourcing hub, I hope that HK embraces the opportunities in front of it.

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10:35 – 11:25

Traceability and Transparency: The Tech Opportunity for Supply Chains Sustainability

10:35 – 11:25

With the push from consumer and government across the world, businesses are demanded to adopt sustainable business models. Supply chains operate within a complex and interconnected global ecosystem, which make sustainable practice very complicated. However, revolutionizing technology like blockchain can change this. Digital tools and platforms can also be implemented to enhance supply chain transparency and traceability to monitor and track every step of the operation.

In this panel, our field experts will share how companies can leverage technology to promote supply chain sustainability. There will also be discussions on the benefits of embracing these principles and why it’s no longer a choice but a necessity.

Learnings

  • Why are transparency and traceability essential for promoting sustainable practices and meeting customer demands?
  • How can technology, such as blockchain and IoT, enhance transparency and traceability in supply chains?
  • What are the metrics companies should track for ESG compliance and sustainability evaluation?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of implementing these technologies in supply chains, including costs and resources required?

 

Post-event Actions

  • Attendees and organizers can put the insights and discussions into practice by implementing transparent and traceable supply chains

Speakers

Lindsey Hermes

Independent Supply Chain Consultant

Lindsey Hermes is an independent supply chain consultant, and most recently the Global Commercial Director, Digital Solutions at Avery Dennison. She works with some of the world’s largest brands and retailers to deliver digital solutions to transform supply chains, improve customer experience and enable the circular economy. A firm advocate for purpose-driven tech, Lindsey is passionate about helping companies to use technology as a driver of supply chain transparency.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

Reducing food and packaging waste, and adoption of global standards in sustainability reporting.

 

Gabriel Amouyal

Audit Services Director

Gabriel Amouyal leads QIMA’s Audit Services team, supporting auditors on-site in all QIMA countries of operation, managing relevant back-office teams, and advising brands and retailers on the implementation of efficient CSR programs. Gabriel moved to China fourteen years ago, starting as a field auditor with a focus on CSR topics, such as environmental management, carbon emissions, and energy management.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I would like to see a ban of non-reusable plastics, such as food takeaways or plastic bags

Johanna Levy

VP ESG

Johanna Levy joined GIA in July 2022 as VP ESG to develop strategic programs that strengthen the Institute’s mission. Levy came to GIA from Firmenich, the largest privately owned company in the flavor and fragrance industry. As senior director of global environmental excellence and previously director of sustainability for North America, she built ambitious programs focused on supply chain transparency and net positive impact. Before Firmenich, she worked in-house and as a consultant for Google, Nestlé and the World Gold Council. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts in the field of environmental sciences from Harvard University, a Master of Science in sustainability from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in management from ESCP in France.

Michelle Mak

Head of ESG and Enterprise Learning

Michelle Mak is the Head of ESG of Dun & Bradstreet in Hong Kong. She has also led D&B HK to become the first office in D&B’s global network to join as a Signatory of United Nations Global Compact.
Michelle co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, Make The Change, in Singapore in 2013 and was selected as the ESG Person of the Year and Top Women to Watch in Greater China, by Campaign Asia in 2021. Same year she has won the Greater Bay Area Outstanding Young Female Entrepreneur Award.

Ellen Wu

General Manager

Ellen is an impact investor turned General Manager at Reset Carbon, an environmental consulting firm with 14+ years of experience in Asia. She has devoted her time in helping Fortune 500 businesses reduce their carbon footprint and meeting their goals through executing on the ground with the businesses and their value chain in Asia. She was previously the Chief Information Officer at Manulife China, and has 2 decades of experience in Fintech and data analytics worked across US, Europe and Asia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Support as many businesses as possible to achieve their Carbon Reduction goals and helping businesses see the strategic values of being sustainable in their operations and their value chains.

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11:25 – 12:15

Data & Reporting: The ESG Imperative for Supply Chains

11:25 – 12:15

The versatile nature of supply chains is significant to every business operation. With more markets pushing ESG regulations, it is essential that companies incorporate ESG considerations into their supply chain management practices, in order to mitigate risk, enhance reputation, and create long-term value.

In this panel discussion, our experts will share their experiences and explore ways that data and reporting can help organisations to better understand and manage their ESG risks and opportunities in the supply chain.

Learnings

  • Major ESG reporting and regulation updates for supply chains in Asia
  • How can data and reporting aid organizations to better understand and manage their ESG risks and opportunities in their supply chain?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities that arise when integrating ESG considerations into supply chain management?

Post-event Actions

  • Review your organization’s supply chain management practices to identify areas where ESG considerations can be integrated.
  • Explore the various tools and technologies available for data collection and reporting, such as sustainability reporting frameworks and supply chain mapping software.

Speakers

JP Stevenson

Director, ESG Analytics

JP Stevenson is a Director of ESG Analytics. His work focuses on the application of digital technologies to supply chain management problems, including transition management and ESG due diligence.
Previously he was a supply chain manager at the Fung Group (Li & Fung), serving as the Chief Commercial Officer of Knitup. He is also writer and researcher, covering consumer markets, emerging market business problems, and corporate strategy in Asia. His work has been widely published. He is currently a chair of the Supply Chain Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Richard Bourne

SVP Asia Pacific Japan

Richard Bourne has worked at EcoVadis for 13+ years and is a part of EcoVadis’ Executive Committee. He has built EcoVadis’ extensive onboarding and support functions for companies undergoing assessment and has created an EcoVadis network of over 100k companies. Since 2022, he now manages the strategy and organization of the APJ region for EcoVadis, focused on improving the delivery of our product in this important and growing region.

Arturas Kniuksta

Partner, Supply Chain & Operations

Partner in EY, more than 15 years of experience working and living in Europe, Middle East, Asia, serving private and public organisations on their supply chain & operations programmes from strategy, design to execution across energy transition, transport, retail and other industries.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Kick start electrification of public transport contributing 20% of total emissions.

Billy Lai

Deputy Director, Knowledge Solutions

Billy Lai is currently a Deputy Director at SGS Hong Kong Limited. In this role, he oversees the implementation of sustainable business solutions that help organisations address climate risks and stakeholder concerns. He works with multinational corporations to cascade good practices to lower-tier suppliers and define the roadmap to building sustainable supply chains.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Compared to many other developed countries, Hong Kong’s recycling rate is relatively low and there is a significant amount of waste generated in the city. Implementation of policies to encourage recycling and reduce waste is crucial to promote sustainability and protect the environment in Hong Kong.

Sandra Theunissen

Chief Compliance & Technical Officer

Sandra Theunissen is a seasoned executive in the business services industry, with over two decades of experience in compliance and technical roles. She currently serves as the Chief Compliance & Technical Officer at C.F.L. Enterprise Ltd., where she oversees the quality, safety, and sustainability of the products and services offered by suppliers and key stakeholders in the supply chain.
In this role she’s focusing on integrating ESG management into the supply chain that will empower manufacturers to make a positive impact on society and the environment , while also effectively mitigating risks and maintaining efficiency for their company, partners, and stakeholders
She joined C.F.L. in 2015, she is well-connected in the business community, having established strong relationships with various industry leaders and partner.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Goals for HK : Would like to see Hong Kong businesses adopting ESG criteria that don’t only focus on performance in key business areas but include social value measures that will create a positive impact for Hong Kong economy, communities, and society.

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12:15 – 13:05

Bridging the Gap: Reimagining Supply Chain Finance with Sustainability

12:15 – 13:05

Supply chains are critical aspects of every business, and major contributors to environmental degradation and social inequality. There is a big disconnect between supply chain finance and sustainability, as many value chain processes are driven by the goal to maximize profits. Scope 3 emissions are often overlooked due to its indirectness to the business and lack of measuring parameters available. By integrating sustainable practices into supply chain finance, companies can support their sustainability goals, reduce risks, and build resilience across their supply chains.

In this panel, experts will discuss the future of sustainable supply chain finance, including emerging trends and opportunities for further innovations. The importance of stakeholder engagement and collaboration in promoting sustainable supply chain finance will be explored as well.

Learnings

  • What are the emerging trends and opportunities for sustainable supply chain finance innovations?
  • How can organizations integrate sustainability considerations into their supply chain finance strategies to reduce risks and build resilience?
  • What role do stakeholders, including suppliers, customers, investors, and NGOs, play in promoting sustainable supply chain finance?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities associated with measuring and reporting on sustainability performance in supply chain finance?
  • How can companies balance sustainability and profitability for their supply chain operation?

Post-event Actions

  • Consider conducting a comprehensive sustainability assessment to better understand the potential environmental and social impacts of your supply chain activities.
  • Explore opportunities for sustainable supply chain finance innovations, such as green bonds, sustainability-linked loans, and impact investing.

 

Speakers

Tiffany Chow

Manager, Corporate Communications

Tiffany covers Corporate Communications at Carter Industrial Company, a leading synthetic leather manufacturer. With a strong background in banking from institutions such as UBS, MUFG, and Morgan Stanley, Tiffany brings valuable expertise in finance and management to her current role.

Driven by her passion for sustainability, Tiffany has shifted her focus to driving change in the emerging field of sustainable supply chain finance. Drawing on her comprehensive understanding of financial strategies and sustainability practices, she is dedicated to bridging the gap between traditional finance and sustainable initiatives.

Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne and is committed to promoting innovative solutions that foster collaboration and create a positive environmental impact within the industry. With her expertise, she aims to drive meaningful transformations and contribute to a more sustainable future.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Tiffany’s sustainability goals for 2023-2024 are to promote sustainable practices in supply chain finance, drive awareness about environmental impact, and foster collaborations for a greener future.

Abhishek Chopra

Managing Director & Regional Head – Solution Structuring, Global Trade & Receivable Finance

Abhishek is a commerce graduate with an MBA from a premier B school in India. He has 20+ years of banking experience across India, UK and Hong Kong. For the last 5 years, he has been leading the Structured Trade business for GTRF in Asia developing innovative solutions for working capital efficiencies, in addition to heading the sustainability efforts for the business.

Jason Ho

Vice President, Electrical

Jason has some 20 years of experience in the Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification industry. He has extensive experience in leading the team to develop new services for serving the industries ranging from electronic, wireless to textile and apparel. He has also been managing projects relating to robotic, cybersecurity and smart clothing. He works closely with customers and industry stakeholders to provide Total Quality Assurance solutions for adding value to their R&D process and supply chains.

Jason received his MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Bachelor of Science Applied Chemistry (major in environmental study) from the City University of Hong Kong.  Besides, he attended an executive training program Management of Technology Program in Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, USA. He is an Executive Committee Member of The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Limited (HKEIA).

Diana Parusheva

Head of Public Policy and Sustainable Finance

Diana has over 20 years’ of experience across various countries, industries and sectors. Started as a lawyer working for private banks and for the financial sector regulator and then transitioned to specialize in European and Chinese decarbonisation policies and sustainable finance. Experienced public speaker and contributing to open or subscription-based policy and macroeconomic forecasting platforms.

 

Ben Wong

General Manager – Technology Innovation

As the General Manager of Technology & Innovation, Ben manages and drives New World Development’s open innovation platform and proptech strategy that empowers technology startups to co-create within the group’s ecosystem of culture, creativity, and innovation. In addition, Ben oversees early-stage investments and venture build exercises.

Ben launched Impact Kommons, the first UN SDG accelerator in APAC focused on accelerating impact with purpose-driven startups, and the GBA Accelerator, a supply chain, logistics, and robotics startup accelerator designed to help companies scale across the Greater Bay Area.

Ben founded Startup Launchpad, now Asia’s largest I.o.T. startup trade event. He has helped startups raise more than $2 million on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He is an angel investor and regularly mentors in startup support programs.

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14:10 – 15:10

Sustainable Supply Chains: Do We Do Enough for Climate Change? – A Lively Firechat

14:10 – 15:10

The young generation will be the most impacted by climate change. This session will take place in the form of a lively debate. Students and young professionals will exchange views with prominent leaders and decision makers in Hong Kong on how to achieve sustainable supply chains and a green economy.
Learnings

  • Fresh/critical views on accelerating the transition.
  • EU’s green policies including on supply chains.
  • Hong Kong’s role for sustainable supply chains.

Post-Event Actions

  • Build a connection between young people and business leaders & professionals.
  • Strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between local stakeholders.

Speakers

Walter van Hattum

Head of Trade and Economic

My career combines commercial with sustainability policies. I worked for the ILO in Nigeria; the Dutch MFA and for the EU on nuclear fusion, humanitarian aid and health policies. Recent postings include Indonesia and the Philippines, where I served as head of the trade section of the EU Delegation, following which I was responsible for leveraging EU’s trade (preferences) for improving labour, human rights and environmental standards. In January 2021, I was appointed head of the trade section of the EU office to Hong Kong and Macao.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Awareness, ambition, cooperation

Rachael Bedlington

Consul General

BA Joint Honours [East Asian Studies and Political Science], McGill University, 1990, Nanjing Normal University, 1992. Rachael Bedlington began her assignment as Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao in 2021, her fifth assignment with the Government of Canada in China. Previous China assignments included Minister (Commercial) at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, and Consul General in Guangzhou from 2015 to 2019. She has also served as Political Counsellor in Kuala Lumpur and as Chargé d’Affaires in Colombo. At Global Affairs headquarters in Ottawa, she has worked in divisions responsible for negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, for bilateral relations with India and Southeast Asia, for Human Rights Policy and Indigenous Affairs, and served as head of Canada’s Sudan and South Sudan Task Force, representing Canada at the Darfur Peace Agreement Implementation Follow-Up Commission and serving as Chair of the International Contact Group on Sudan and South Sudan.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

On a personal level, stop consuming single-use plastics.

On a professional level, continue efforts to connect Canadian firms with innovative technological solutions to new international partners for broader sustainability impact.

On a community level, engage in and encourage group activities that help support a greener future, to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.

Thomas Gnocchi

Ambassador/Head

Ambassador Thomas Gnocchi started his assignment as Head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao on 1st September 2020. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of Division for Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and Deputy Head of Division for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the European External Action Service in Brussels. He served as Deputy Head of Office and Head of the Political, Economic and European Integration Section at the EU Office in Kosovo between 2012 and 2017 and as Head of the Political and Information Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia between 2008 and 2012. Between 2003 and 2008, he worked at the European Commission in Brussels as desk officer for a number of Asian countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. From 1994 to 1996 and from 2001 to 2003 he was posted in Beijing, P.R. China and between 1996 and 2000 he served in the Delegation of the European Commission to Vietnam. Ambassador Gnocchi was educated at the London School of Economics, Yale University and Tianjin University, P.R. China. His native languages are Italian and English and he also speaks French, Chinese and some Serbian.

Patrick Healy

Chairman

Patrick Healy is Chairman of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited and Swire Coca-Cola Limited. He is also a Director of John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited, an Executive Director of Swire Pacific Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Air China Limited.

Mr Healy has been with the Swire Group for more than 30 years. He joined John Swire & Sons in 1988 as a management trainee. After six years with the Group’s Industries Division in Hong Kong and Germany, he transferred to the Beverages Division in 1994, where he worked in various roles across the Group’s Mainland China Coca-Cola bottling operations in Beijing, Nanjing, Xian and Xiamen until 2012. He was General Manager of the Shaanxi bottler from 2001-2005 and General Manager of the Fujian bottler from 2005-2008. In July 2008 he was appointed CEO, HAECO Xiamen. Mr Healy returned to Hong Kong in 2012 to take up the role of Managing Director, Swire Coca-Cola. He became Chairman of Swire Coca-Cola and Cathay Pacific on 1st October and 6th November 2019 respectively.

Mr Healy is a Member of the Task Force on External Relations chaired by The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.  In addition, Mr Healy is an Advisory Board Member of the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) and a Member of the Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong General Committee.

Mr Healy was born in 1965 and graduated in 1988 from St. John’s College, Cambridge University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages. He is married with three children.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Driving the rollout of the group sustainability strategy SwireTHRIVE and associated targets.

Grace Hui

Founder and CEO

Ms. Grace Hui is the founder and CEO of Net Zero Asia, a company focuses on carbon asset development and carbon finance innovation. From 2013 to 2022, Ms. Hui was a senior executive with Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) during which she played a critical role in strengthening Hong Kong as a premier global equity fund raising market as well as a regional green finance center. Most notably, Ms. Hui designed and implemented a new listing regime for new economy companies; spearheaded regular reviews of ESG Reporting Guide for companies listed on HKEX; initiated a new business for HKEX in green and sustainable finance including carbon markets; founded HKEX’s Sustainable and Green Exchange (STAGE); co-led with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission on the assessment for carbon market opportunities in Hong Kong; published a “Practical Net-Zero Guide for Business” to help companies set a pathway to net zero; and commissioned and edited a bilingual book on “Green & Sustainable Finance: From vision to market practice” published by The Commercial Press (H.K.) Ltd. in 2021.

Christie Lai

Co-founder

Christie is an Ecology and Biodiversity student at HKU and aspires to become a marine biologist. At the age of 21, Christie embarked on an international climate change expedition to Antarctica. Inspired by her prior experience in conservation, education and innovation, she is committed to creating tangible changes with an interdisciplinary approach. Christie co-founded 2041 Hong Kong with the aim to promote youth uptake in sustainability through solution-based projects and innovative education.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

To promote youth capacity building and to co-create impact-driven projects that address climate change mitigation and adaptation with peers, institutions and businesses.

David Reyes

PolyU Toastmatsers President

I am a computing student studying at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I am an avid enthusiast in emerging technologies, but also love engaging with people and understanding the world. I’m the President of PolyU Toastmasters Club, former Vice-Lead, Consultant, and Logistic officer of Google Developer Student Club, and an LC Officer of AISEC in PolyU.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Awareness & Education especially in the technological industries

Cindy Tanaka

Analyst, Sustainability & Climate

As a graduate in Chemical and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Business from HKUST, Cindy gained exposure to the sustainability field through her work experience in a Hong Kong environmental think tank. She joined Project Melo as a Class of 2022 Fellow in the Sustainability Team and studied the gap in sustainability values between senior executives and Gen Zs in Hong Kong.

Cindy currently works as a sustainability practitioner at Deloitte Hong Kong with a focus on providing sustainability risk advisory services and developing decarbonisation strategies. This October, she will be attending the One Young World Summit 2023 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as a delegate for Deloitte Hong Kong. The Summit brings together young leaders from 190+ countries and 250+ organisations, working to accelerate social impact.

 

Frederik van Eijk

CEO

Frederik van Eijk, is CEO of Holland Circular Hotspot and co-chair of the EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. He is also vice-chair of the Circular Biobased Delta and adjunct professor at the LUISS Business School.He is one of the more senior EU experts in the field of Waste Management and Circular Economy and has been described as a “mover and a shaker’.Previously he served as Director of strategy and PA at multinational SUEZ and board member at the Dutch Waste Management Association.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

That Hong Kong launches the ambition to be the leading metropole in Asia in a circular transition and sets out a roadmap with clear goals supported by businesses to get there.

15:20 – 16:10

From Manufacturing to Final-Mile Logistics: Climate Resilience and Decarbonisation

15:20 – 16:10

Climate change is the biggest challenge of all time. Being one of the major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, manufacturing and logistics industries must incorporate climate justice into their operation. While the world continually grapples with the effects of climate change, it is essential that we explore new ways to build resilience and decarbonize these industries.

In this panel session, experts will share their insights on supply chain sustainability and explore how brands and logistic careers can work together collectively to reduce carbon emissions.

Learnings

  • How can manufacturing and logistics industries incorporate climate justice to reduce emissions?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for decarbonizing these sectors?
  • What role can renewable energy and green infrastructure play in reducing emissions?

Post-event Actions

  • Sharing event highlights and key takeaways with stakeholders, such as sponsors, partners, or the media.
  • Developing a plan for ongoing engagement with attendees or stakeholders, such as follow-up events or ongoing communication.

Speakers

Merlin Lao

Head – Policy & Research

Mr. Merlin Lao is Head of Policy & Research at BEC. He leads the team to share develop clear policy positions on pressing climate and environmental topics in Hong Kong, through undertaking research on latest domestic and international trends, engaging with the Hong Kong SAR Government and connecting insights of the local business sector.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Mainstream circular economy actions along all value chain processes.

Catherine Cole

Independent Sustainability Consultant

Catherine began her career in 1994 working in sales and marketing for the very first US cargo airline awarded the rights to fly into China. This began her love of logistics and the sustainable movement of goods that are leading indicators of global markets. Since then her 25+ year career has encompassed roles in global marketing, strategy and operations for both start-ups and multinationals across Asia. She has also worked in a wide variety of industries — airline, consumer electronics, and fashion.

Most recently she was Co-Founder and CEO of MOTIF, the only global online education platform dedicated to the apparel & fashion supply chain, offering curated learning content in critical areas like ESG, sustainability and 3D transformation. Within 5 years, she built an agile, global team running an edtech platform with over 18,000 industry account holders from big brands, retailers and factories plus strategic partnerships with NGOs, universities and companies.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Continue to champion systemic change in industries through sustainable sourcing and disruptive new business models by working closely with small and medium-sized companies with operations in Asia.

Wen Han

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Wen Han founded Windrose Technology in March 2022 with the goal of creating next-generation zero-emissions and intelligent heavy-duty trucks.

Currently, Windrose’s product are in the testing phase and are setting to achieve mass production in 2024, targeting the markets of China, the United States, and Europe.

Prior to founding Windrose, Wen served as Chief Strategy and Financial Officer of leading autonomous driving company Plus, having raised more than $380mm for the company.

Wen also worked at Bridgewater Associates and was part of the Silicon Valley team at leading investment firm GSR Ventures.

Wen graduated from Williams College in the United States and later earned his MBA from Stanford University.

Craig Katerberg

Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer

Mr Craig Katerberg has held senior management roles while being based in the United States, China, Europe and Australia over the past 10+ years. He has been leading a talented team to consummate over USD130B of complex transactions in the beverage sector during that time, negotiating and integrating several of the most significant global M&A transactions in the beverage sector, including for green operations in Australia, China, India, Korea, United States among other countries.

He is the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer for Budweiser APAC (HK: 1876), a leading brewer focused on sustainable growth in Asia and a constituent of the blue-chip Hang Seng Index of the HKEX. Craig is responsible for Bud APAC’s ESG strategy and disclosure.

Zoe Yung

Sustainability Lead

Zoe is the Sustainability Manager at ASB Biodiesel. She has been involved in the biodiesel market since 2017 and has nearly 10 years of experience in verifying supply chains and consumer products, having previously worked for a certification body. Zoe also has experience managing local waste collection projects. She is a qualified International Sustainability Carbon Certification auditor.

To promote real sustainability, Zoe believes that effective environmental solutions should be designed from the primary source to the final transformation of resources. She graduated from the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Plymouth in the UK and holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Greenwich.

Apart from her work, Zoe is also a volunteer speaker at educational events, where she shares her knowledge and experience to educate the younger generation about environmental concepts and circular waste management.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

We guarantee that our biodiesel is produced from waste oil and we ensure a highly transparent and traceable supply chain. The use of biodiesel in Hong Kong can be further extended to various industries, including marine fuel and the use of B100 in Hong Kong.

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16:10 – 17:00

The Social License to Operate: Supply Chains Compliance and Accountability

16:10 – 17:00

The concept of social license has emerged as a significant consideration for businesses seeking to run ethically and sustainably. Furthermore, companies are now required to operate a responsible supply chain to fulfill compliance and regulatory requirements. How companies navigate the complicated compliance in different jurisdictions?

From labour employment to supplier management, and from manufacturers to local communities, our expert panellists will explore the importance of social license, and share their experience working with companies to implement a more responsible supply chain.

Learnings

  • What is social license, and why is it important for businesses seeking to operate ethically and sustainably?
  • What are the metrics and measures for social impact for supply chain and how to evaluate them?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities associated with building and maintaining social license in a supply chain context?
  • How can businesses leverage technology and innovation to improve supply chain transparency and accountability, and build trust with their stakeholders?

Post-event Actions

  • Review your organization’s supply chain management practices to identify areas where social license considerations can be integrated.
  • Engage with stakeholders, including local communities, regulators, and civil society groups, to build trust and acceptance for your organization’s supply chain operations. Consider collaborating with stakeholders to develop shared goals and metrics for measuring and reporting on sustainability performance.

Speakers

Sally Peng

Senior Managing Director

Sally Peng leads the Export Controls, Sanctions & Trade practice in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region at FTI Consulting. Ms. Peng is an expert in export controls, economic sanctions, international trade strategy, global supply chain optimization and trade compliance.
Ms. Peng has been a trusted advisor for many MNCs on their international trade supply chain and Customs issues. She advises clients on their supply chain operations related to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). During the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, Ms. Peng is sought after by her clients to advise them on mitigating strategies against U.S. Section 301 and 232 retaliation tariffs, free trade agreements, trade preference programmes and country of origin issues. She is also highly involved in the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, serving on the Board of Governors and on several com. Ms. Peng is admitted to the Bar of Washington D.C. and to the Massachusetts Bar.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Smart city with a comprehensive sustainability goals for all layers of society.

Myriam Mwizerwa

Head of Office

With extensive global and technical experience, Myriam works with governments, civil society and the private sector to collaboratively design and deliver innovative programs to strengthen responsible business. Her current priorities include promoting business and human rights, ethical recruitment of migrant workers, facilitating the safe movement of vulnerable migrants, and continuing engagement with public and and private sectors to realize the many positive benefits of labour migration.

Andrey Sawchenko

Regional Vice-President, Asia Pacific

Andrey Sawchenko currently serves as Regional Vice President in Asia Pacific, leading IJM’s programs working with governments, corporations and civil society partners to demonstrate effective models to eradicate forced labour from key industries and recruiting corridors in Southeast Asia, including addressing the most recent issues of forced scamming. Andrey serves as an expert on sustainable supply chains via Justice System Strengthening pathway and prior to this role, Andrey was the Regional Director for IJM in Southern India, working with Indian authorities to end forced labour slavery in the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Andrey previously also spent 10 years in Thailand and the Philippines leading teams to fight sex trafficking which led to a stunning 72% decrease in the availability of children for commercial sex. Before joining IJM, Andrey was a lawyer in Seattle, USA.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Asia is of high influence and has great opportunities to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships for sustainable supply chains where workers are treated fairly and has the freedom of movement. To enable systemic change, we wou