Hong Kong Ocean Economy Summit

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If it were a nation, the Ocean would rank as the 7th largest economy in the world, generating more than US$ 2.5 trillion of GDP and supporting more than 35 million jobs, and the livelihood of millions more. However, its role as a regulator in the climate machine and a potential source of growth for the coming decades is still sometimes under looked.

In partnership with Ocean3C, ReThink HK 2021 will co-host The Hong Kong Ocean Economy Summit.

The Summit will address Hong Kong’s current relationship and future opportunities related to a sustainable ocean.

The Blue Economy has traditionally encompassed the ocean-based industries, such as Tourism, Energy, Shipping and Fishing, but now also, and increasingly so, the natural assets and ecosystem services of the Ocean are presenting outstanding opportunities led by technology and innovation.

Supported by

Sustainable Partnerships Theatre

Day 1 – Tuesday 05 Oct 2021

11:00 – 11:10

Opening Welcome

11:10 – 11:30

Opening Keynote

As we commence The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), there is no better time to understand the services the Ocean is providing as a life support system, reverse ocean health decline and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common goal of sustainable development.


Romain Troublé


The Tara Ocean Foundation

Romain Troublé has degrees in 2 different fields — a Master 2 in molecular biology from the Sorbonne, and a Master from HEC – Telecom Paris. As a professional sailor, he participated in regattas at the highest level — twice in the America’s Cup French challenges in 2000 and 2003 in Auckland, NZ. He worked from 2003 to 2006 for a company specialized in polar logistics, organising sporting and scientific expeditions in the Arctic, Antarctica and Siberia, including the discovery of mammoths frozen in permafrost. Since 2004 he has been in charge of the operational management of Tara expeditions, and since 2009, executive director of the Tara Ocean Foundation.

Since 2017, Romain has also been president of the Ocean Climate Platform which brings together more than 96 institutions, foundations, companies, and associations working on advocacy for the ocean’s role in issues of climate and biodiversity.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

My goal is that we reduce by half the travelling of the Tara Foundation staff, which will also help us use our time more efficiently for both private and professional purposes.

11:30 – 12:20

Corporate Initiatives to Influence Ocean Policy


Marcy Trent Long


Sustainable Asia

Marcy Trent Long founded Sustainable Asia in 2018 to expand environmental journalism here in Asia. She hosts the weekly RTHK3 feature Trash Talk, and is executive producer of the Sustainable Asia podcast, which was nominated for Best Asia Podcast in 2019 and won the Online Journalism Award in 2020.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Create a supportive work environment for journalists in Asia to pursue their passion of telling stories about our planet. Encourage new marine protected areas in HK.

Tina Chan

Group Head of Philanthropy

The Swire Group Charitable Trust

Tina is the Group Head of Philanthropy for John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited and leads the Swire Group Charitable Trust (Swire Trust), the philanthropic arm of the Swire Group. With Swire’s 150th Anniversary in Hong Kong, the Trust has launched TrustTomorrow, with the goal of supporting projects that bring hope and positive outcomes in the community in the areas of Education, Marine Conservation and the Arts.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Our focus in Marine Conservation hopes to help create sustainable marine ecosystems in Hong Kong through policy change, public engagement and scientific research.

12:20 – 13:10

Risk Mitigation: Rising Ocean Levels & an Unhealthy Ocean

The ocean is the heart of our climate machine. Its deterioration will no doubt lead to major consequences affecting all of us on Earth, ranging from rising sea levels and extreme weather events to loss of biodiversity. What are the pertinent risks for our economy and human life?


Charles Goddard

Editorial Director

The Economist Group

Charles Goddard imagines and builds The Economist Group’s flagship initiatives. He works closely with partners on themes ranging from ageing and longevity to climate change, global health security and the sustainable ocean economy. Based in Hong Kong, Charles was previously editorial director, Asia, at the Economist Intelligence Unit and managing director of the Economist Corporate Network, a peer network for senior executives. He is executive director of the Group’s World Ocean Initiative.

Ashley Hegland

Chief Operating Officer

Intensel – Climate Risk Solutions

Ash Hegland is the COO at Intensel Climate Risk Solutions. Over the past 20 years in the Asia-Pacific region, Ash has advised blue chip MNC’s, including HSBC, Swire Group, Jardines Group, Cathay Pacific, and CLP Group, on climate risk, sustainability strategy, ESG disclosure, and stakeholder management. Ash holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Sustainability Management from the Schulich School of Business (York University) in Canada.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Provide Asian markets with comprehensive and valuable climate risk solutions to drive improved sustainability performance across the region.

Joe Shing-Yip Lee

Professor and Director, Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Joe Lee is an ecosystem ecologist specializing in coastal wetlands (e.g. mangroves and salt marshes). His current interests focus on the ecosystem services of coastal wetlands, and how these may be impacted by anthropogenic environmental changes, particularly intense coastal urbanization in tropical estuaries.

Debra Tan

Director & Head

China Water Risk

Tan heads CWR, a non-profit that aims to “mainstream” water and climate risks into financial decision-making and corporate strategies. She built CWR from an idea into a leader in the global water risk conversation, be it waternomics or valuation methodologies. Tan spends her spare time exploring Himalayan glaciers in Asia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Ensuring water for all in a changing climate.

Supported by

China Water Risk – Booth NGO Lounge

A think tank creating a world where water & climate risks are embedded in business & finance to enable better decisions.

13:50 – 14:10

The Trillion $ Blue Economy

By live video

SDG14 is the less regarded SDG by corporates and the less financed and invested asset. However, Blue Economy or businesses operating on, below and above the Oceans is not only providing fast growing opportunities for our economy, but also represent one of the most profitable – integrating all externalities such as climate change, biodiversity regeneration and social improvements.


Pierre Rousseau

Senior Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business

BNP Paribas

Lisbon based Pierre Rousseau is Senior Strategic Advisor for BNP Paribas’ Sustainable Business and leads innovative investing and financing initiatives for sustainability. Prior to this, Pierre was Head of Global Markets Asia Pacific, supervising also the Financial Institutions Coverage unit for APAC. Previously, Pierre was Head of Equities, Asia Pacific, where he led BNP Paribas’ Equity Cash and Equities Derivatives platforms.

Pierre has almost three decades of experience across the financial services industry, two thirds of which have been spent in Asia Pacific with senior positions in business as well in control. In late 90′, he was a pioneer of the electronic trading in Japan and the rest of Asia.

In addition to his professional life, Pierre has been actively involved in supporting entrepreneurial projects in the circular economy such as Nomad Plastic and NetZero, and raising funds for sustainable NGOs such as the internationally renowned Room To Read and the Hong Kong-based and independent NGO, Sunshine Action.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Develop innovative finance solutions for sustainability, mainly with Blue Finance, Beyond Finance APAC and Green Arc Capital. Co-founder of Nomad Plastic Ltd, a purpose-driven company developing business concept integrating sustainable tourism and low tech solutions to regenerate marine biodiversity, address plastic pollution and develop sustainable activities for local communities in the remote areas: Exploring For Purpose.

14:10 – 14:50

Financing a New Ecosystem for the Ocean


Jean-Marc Champagne

Head of Environmental Finance and Bankable Nature Solutions Asia

WWF-Hong Kong

Jean-Marc’s main focus is heading up WWF’s newly launched Bankable Nature Solutions initiative for Asia, which aims to originate and develop scalable bankable projects with conservation impact. He is also managing the Asia-Pacific portion of the origination facility for the €160 million Dutch Fund for Climate and Development.

He was instrumental in launching the Climate Impact Asia Fund in January 2020 and is a member of its Investment Advisory Committee. He also advises institutional investors, lenders, and underwriters on the financial and economic risks and opportunities related to climate change and environmental issues.

Prior to WWF, he spent 17 years in the financial industry advising institutional investors on equities and equity derivatives. He started his investment banking career in 1997 with Merrill Lynch in New York City and has been based in Hong Kong since 2004, working for BNP Paribas and Jefferies. He graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Kim-See Lim

Regional Director, East Asia and the Pacific

International Finance Corporation

Kim-See Lim is the International Finance Corporation’s Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), leading investment and advisory operations across 18 countries and overseeing IFC’s strategy in the region. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest multilateral private-sector investor in emerging markets and has US$10 billion invested in EAP.

Ms. Lim, a global investment professional with 26 years of experience, has led teams in the execution and management of debt and equity investments across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Sustainability is always at the core of her investment thesis and strategy.

Ms. Lim’s global career in development finance has taken her to more than 30 countries, including frontier markets such as Belarus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, and Rwanda, among many others.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Climate change is a defining development challenge of our time. IFC’s goal is for climate investments to comprise at least one third of our annual financings. We recently introduced blue financing products to complement our green and social-impact financing instruments.

15:05 – 15:45

Sustainable Tourism & Ocean Conservation

How can we merge tourism and ocean conservation to drive sustainable business with positive impacts – both social and environmental? The discussion will highlight large scale projects in Asia, including Marine Protected areas management, and will touch on what can be done in Hong Kong.


Charles Goddard

Editorial Director

The Economist Group

Charles Goddard imagines and builds The Economist Group’s flagship initiatives. He works closely with partners on themes ranging from ageing and longevity to climate change, global health security and the sustainable ocean economy. Based in Hong Kong, Charles was previously editorial director, Asia, at the Economist Intelligence Unit and managing director of the Economist Corporate Network, a peer network for senior executives. He is executive director of the Group’s World Ocean Initiative.

Natalie Chung


V’air Hong Kong

Chung Sum Yue Natalie is an environmentalist and social innovator born and raised in Hong Kong, currently pursuing MPhil in Environmental Change and Management at University of Oxford as the Millennium Scholar. Inspired by a polar explorer since young, Natalie has dedicated her life for climate action. At the age of 18, she co-founded “V’air Hong Kong” to promote sustainable ecotourism for climate change mitigation. She serves as a member at the Council for Sustainable Development and the Green Tech Fund Assessment Committee of the HKSAR Government.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

My sustainability goal is to stimulate green recovery post COVID-19, ensuring that resources are dedicated to building more resilient socioeconomic systems that are equitable and stay within environmental thresholds. I also wish to contribute in constructing urban circular bioeconomy and enhancing climate adaptation plans for vulnerable communities.

Laurence McCook

Head of Oceans Conservation

WWF-Hong Kong

Laurence works in science-based management and conservation of ocean ecosystems. He is particularly interested in using natural capital and ecosystem service accounting to correct mistaken perception that human development requires costs for nature conservation. He is passionate about engaging business and finance to take responsibility for preventing and reversing environmental degradation.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Kickstart major increase in uptake of sustainable seafood by consumers, retailers and suppliers in HK; upscale transitions away from single use plastic; kickstart process of marine spatial planning in GBA.

Jose Luis Sanchez

Director – New Business Development

Blue Finance

Jose Luis – Blue Finance, Director Business Development. Previously, he worked as independent consultant in sustainability & ecotourism and also in the financial industry in HK, NY, Mexico for 19 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics (ITAM-Mexico), an MBA (Boston University), and Certifications in Sustainable Finance (Frankfurt School) and in Sustainable Tourism (GSTC).

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Jose Luis reoriented his career & skills towards sustainability with a mission of identifying and leading impactful projects that contribute to achieve 4 of the SDGs by 2030: SDG8; SDG13; SDG14; SDG15.

15:45 – 16:30

The Bioeconomy: Creating New Opportunities

New business models in the ocean economy – such as seaweed farming – are emerging to help regenerate our depleted seas. How can we ensure their success in producing sustainable resources for the longer term?


Charles Goddard

Editorial Director

The Economist Group

Charles Goddard imagines and builds The Economist Group’s flagship initiatives. He works closely with partners on themes ranging from ageing and longevity to climate change, global health security and the sustainable ocean economy. Based in Hong Kong, Charles was previously editorial director, Asia, at the Economist Intelligence Unit and managing director of the Economist Corporate Network, a peer network for senior executives. He is executive director of the Group’s World Ocean Initiative.

Ashley Bang

Data Scientist

ADM Capital Foundation

Ashley is a data scientist who is passionate about applying spatial and statistical modeling techniques to inform conservation strategies and climate change policies. As a Fulbright Research Fellow and NOAA Hollings Scholar, she has gone from characterizing critical habitats of salmon in Alaska to quantifying coral reef resilience in Taiwan. Ashley holds a degree in Geology and Biology from Brown University.

Clement Dumont

Co-Founder and Chief Biologist Officer


Before becoming an entrepreneur in founding his sports events company, Clement Dumont managed his laboratory in marine conservation at the University of Hong Kong. His research focused on marine conservation and fisheries management with a Ph.D. on sea urchin fisheries in North America.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Battle global warming and produce healthier food with seaweeds

16:30 – 16:50

Accelerating the Decarbonisation of Shipping


Tabitha Logan


YPSN & The Captain’s Table

Tabitha has over a decade of legal and commercial knowledge in the drybulk shipping industry. She has worked for leading shipowners in Asia for the past 10 years, managing their handysize fleet trading worldwide. In addition, she is the Director of YPSN and The Captain’s Table, a platform bringing startups and the industry together to collaborate on issues such as decarbonization and sustainability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Facilitate open and collaborative dialogue between the shipping industry and startups looking at decarbonization solutions. Set a good example to my children on sustainable behaviors and environmental awareness.

16:50 – 17:30

Blue Carbon & The Regeneration of Ecosystems


Max Song

Founder and CEO


Max Song is founder and CEO of Carbonbase (carbonbase.co), a HK based climate tech startup building enterprise solutions for measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions. Previously, he worked in investments for HK family offices, where he invested in TMT, AI, blockchain, and healthcare. He worked as a data scientist in Silicon Valley for Ayasdi, where he helped with data analysis applications for finance, biotech and healthcare. He received a Masters degree from Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, and Bachelor of Science from Brown University, where he majored in Applied Math.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Helping enterprise companies measure, and reduce their CO2 emissions.

William Fairclough

Managing Director

Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited

Having started commercial life as a shipbroker, William went on to co-found Mandarin Shipping in 2006. In 2016 he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer and elected to the board of the Hong Kong shipowning group Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings before assuming the role of Managing Director in 2019.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

What we can measure we can manage and William is committed to helping achieve a data led pathway to a fully accountable supply chain with shipping at its heart.

Cesar Jung-Harada



Cesar Jung-Harada is a French-Japanese inventor, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and educator. Cesar is a TED Speaker and Senior Fellow, former Researcher and Project Leader at MIT. He holds a MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, and sailed around the world in 2013-2014.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Develop the world’s best coral reef mapping robot. Pilot the future of offshore biomass, solar, and hydrogen production.

17:30 – 17:35

Closing Remarks

With thanks to

Sea Change Wine

The Hong Kong Ocean Economy Summit is a provisional agenda
and subject to funding confirmation.

All sessions are subject to change.