REPLAY RETHINK HK 2021 - ON DEMAND

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

Speakers

Isabelle Chabrat

Co-founding Director

Ocean3C

Isabelle Chabrat

Co-founding Director

Ocean3C

Hong Kong-based Isabelle Chabrat is co-founder and Director of Ocean3C where she is mostly focusing on Development, Events and Partnerships with stakeholders from all sides. Over the years she has been dedicating most of her time to Ocean related topics and sustainability, while keeping her activity in the media industry.

Prior to this she has led a career in Marketing and Sales starting with IBM and following with smaller structures in New York (9 years) and Hong Kong (15 years). She has been involved numerous times in nonprofit organizations, before setting up her first environmental association in 2016, followed by Ocean3c in 2019. All her experiences in a multicultural context has enabled her to connect with players from all backgrounds, promoting Collaboration towards SDG14.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

“With knowing comes caring” ( Sylvia Earle )

  • Share and explain our current knowledge on Ocean sustainability and its importance in the Climate Crisis
  • Involve business stakeholders in the “Caring”

 

Kenneth Kwok

Founder and Chief Education Officer

KIDsforSDGs

Kenneth Kwok

Founder and Chief Education Officer

KIDsforSDGs

Kenneth founded KIDsforSDGs, one of Asia’s leading not-for-profit communities of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advocates across primary schools, secondary schools and universities. The founding team oversees businesses or social enterprises actively engaged with the World Economic Forum, UN Global Compact, UN ESCAP, SDSN Youth, World Humanitarian Forum, Catalyst 2030 and more International organisations. Through providing scholarships to the UNITAR Youth Ambassador Asia Pacific Program, Young Changemaker Incubator program and more, KIDsforSDGs supports youth to pursue tangible SDG action and develop their own SDG-oriented projects. KIDsforSDGs is proud to say the organisation adopts a truly inter-generational and multi-stakeholder approach through our ongoing engagements with schools, parents, teachers, NGOs, government bodies and think tanks, both locally, regionally and globally.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Quality Education for All through a triangulated approach of #impact, #innovation and #inclusion (SDG 4, 9 and 10).

11:10 – 11:30

Opening Keynote: Our Ocean – A Life Support System

By video

As we commence The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), there is no better time to understand the critical role of the ocean as an economic and life support system, how we can all contribute to reversing ocean health decline and unite ocean stakeholders behind a common goal of sustainable development.

Learnings

  • What is our current knowledge of the ocean, its role in the climate crisis, and its regenerative potential for our life and economy?
  • How can the scientific community work with governments, the private sector and other key stakeholders to advance efforts in mitigating climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss and additional risks faced by the ocean?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the key trends, opportunities and risks linked to ocean sustainability for your organization
  • Assess how your organization and sector relate and are able to contribute towards policies and investment and innovation roadmaps for a sustainable ocean

Speakers

Romain Troublé

CEO

The Tara Ocean Foundation

Romain Troublé

CEO

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

Protecting Hong Kong Waters: The Need for Collaboration

Our Hong Kong waters are rich in biodiversity but under serious threat. Learn how Hong Kong stakeholder partnerships are protecting Hong Kong waters.

Learnings

  • Hong Kong has a long history in the fishing trade – but are we eating our own traditions?
  • Can corporate partnerships make a difference to protect Hong Kong waters?
  • TNC Pak Nai project: How to engage Hong Kong’s local communities in ocean regeneration
  • Educating the next generation of Blue Ambassadors / Blue leaders

Post-Event Actions

  • Create partnerships between the private sector and NGOs to promote and redefine sustainable business
  • Engage with local communities and schools to encourage sustainability and strengthen education on our marine environment and conservation
  • Understand where the seafood you are eating is coming from before you buy it and learn about sustainable seafood options in Hong Kong through Choose Right Today and WWF HK’s seafood guide

Speakers

MODERATOR

Maria Chan

Director, Content Partnerships – National Geographic Partners, APAC

National Geographic

Maria Chan

Director, Content Partnerships – National Geographic Partners, APAC

National Geographic

Oversees the production and development of impact platforms through partnerships connecting Nat Geo’s unique network of Explorers, Storytellers and local stories to global audiences.

Dr Martial Jaume

Co-Founding Director

Ocean3C

Dr Martial Jaume

Co-Founding Director

Ocean3C

Martial Jaume is a former research professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry (HKUST, HKU). He currently serves as Sciences teacher and Sustainability Pedagogical Coordinator at French International School of Hong Kong.

His love for implementing student-centred learning approaches likely comes from his past as a research team leader and because they are, to him, stunning ways to help students develop critical skills while delving deeply into their academic content. His focus on Science-based learning offers opportunities for students to actively explore and address challenges while building skills in teamwork and communication, research, data collection and analysis, community engagement, and reflection.

He holds a PhD (in the field of Immunology) from the University of Toulouse, France, where he completed his research training at INSERM, a public scientific and technological institute which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministries of Health and Research.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Nurture, equip, and empower a new generation of school-aged children and their communities to enhance their Ocean literacy. This would support them to become positive change-maker to safeguard our Oceans by allowing them to understand the fundamentals of Ocean sustainability.

SDG#4, #13, #14, #17

Marine Thomas

Senior Conservation Program Manager

The Nature Conservancy Hong Kong Foundation

Marine Thomas

Senior Conservation Program Manager

The Nature Conservancy Hong Kong Foundation

As Senior Conservation program manager for TNC HK, Marine oversees TNC’s marine conservation projects on the ground. She joined TNC in 2014 as a volunteer, bringing 7 years of project management experience from various industries in the corporate world. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from HKU. Marine was born in HK with French-British background.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To strengthen ocean health and coastal resilience in the Greater Bay Area by restoring habitats, revitalizing sustainable aquaculture, catalyzing science-based policy and engaging the general public.

Joshua Wong

Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

Joshua Wong

Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

Joshua leads the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability function at The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited – the owner and operator of the iconic Peninsula Hotels and luxury commercial properties, clubs and services. He has experience on improving company’s sustainability performance, enhancing internal policies and guidelines, driving more effective environmental, social and governance disclosure, engaging with internal stakeholders and identifying collaboration opportunities with like-minded partners. He was also involved in the development of the company’s Sustainable Luxury Vision 2030, which covers emerging topics such as climate risks, sustainable building, circular economy, responsible sourcing, animal welfare, modern slavery, diversity and inclusion, and community investment.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Overcome adversity and identify risks and opportunities in a post-COVID world. Continue to enhance our connection with local communities; work with like-minded partners, charities and NGOs to identify innovative solutions that could drive systemic changes and create positive impacts to our society and the planet.

Supported by

Sustainable Asia

Based in Hong Kong. We produce engaging multimedia content about Asia and a changing planet. Our radio shows, podcasts and multimedia features give a fresh new perspective on innovations coming out of Asia to solve the environmental problems we face. Listen now and become a part of the solution to create a Sustainable Asia.

The Nature Conservancy

Booth NGO Lounge

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. We work in Hong Kong to invest in nature-based solutions while empowering its urban population to address critical environmental challenges. Leveraging our data-backed science and global expertise, we aim to improve the local ecological, economic and social value of Hong Kong’s natural resources.

12:20 – 13:00

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?

Learnings

  • What is the state of information on sea level rise and extreme weather events?
  • How can industry collaborate with government, the science community and other key stakeholders to advance coastal infrastructure adaptation and ensure resiliency during extreme weather events?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the key trends, opportunities and risks linked to rising sea levels and extreme weather events, and the impact they will have on your organization, sector and economy
  • Explore how your organization and sector relate and are able to contribute towards investment and innovation opportunities for improving resiliency in face of rising sea levels and extreme weather events

Speakers

MODERATOR

Charles Goddard

Editorial Director

The Economist Group

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.

Yvonne Chan

Manager of Business and Strategy

Intensel Limited

Yvonne Chan

Manager of Business and Strategy

Intensel Limited

Yvonne is Manager of Business and Strategy, Intensel Limited, an AI-powered climate science for predicting climate risks. Yvonne has diverse experience working in climate and sustainability issues within business and NGO sectors. She has a MSc in Climate Change Finance and Investment from University of Edinburgh, and is a CPA.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Bridging the business and people with scientists to better understand physical climate risk, and support the world to strengthen resilience capacity and take climate action.

Joe Shing-Yip Lee

Professor and Director, Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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

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.

The Economist Group – World Ocean Initiative

13:50 – 14:10

The Trillion $ Blue Economy

By 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.

Learnings

  • The new boundaries of the Blue Economy
  • The growing importance of the Blue Economy in the Economy
  • The key challenges around the Blue Economy

Post-Event Actions

  • Access the impact of the Blue Economy in your organisation
  • How could you contribute to the development of the Blue Economy?
  • Are you contributing to Ocean Conservation?

Speakers

Pierre Rousseau

Senior Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business

BNP Paribas

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

The ocean economy is estimated to be worth US$24 trillion, and investors and policy-makers are increasingly turning to the ocean for new opportunities and resources. However, unsustainable commercial activities and ineffective governance are eroding the natural capital on which economic growth depends.

Learnings

  • The true potential of the ‘Blue Economy’ can only be realised if our ocean’s health is secured. We need to restore, protect and sustainably manage ocean assets in order to realise the ocean’s potential to support human development well into the future.
  • Individual sectors of ocean economic activity are interdependent; one sector’s activities can have unintended impacts throughout the supply chain or on other industries, as well as on ocean ecosystems, and the communities that rely on them for their prosperity, food security and way of life.
  • Financial markets and institutions are pivotal to driving the ocean sustainability agenda. Investment capital, both public and private, can play a significant role in unlocking a truly sustainable approach.
  • What does ‘sustainable investment’ actually look like in an ocean context? The goal is to ensure that ocean-related investment delivers long-term value without having a negative impact on marine ecosystems, on efforts to reduce carbon emissions, or on ocean-based businesses of all sizes and the livelihoods of people who depend on them.
  • Developing financial instruments, frameworks and models that prove most effective in the context of ocean investment, notably in emerging fields where the stakes are even higher.

Post-Event Actions

  • Support developing financial instruments, investments, activities and projects that aim to restore, protect or maintain the diversity, productivity, resilience, core functions, value and the overall health of marine ecosystems, as well as the livelihoods and communities dependent upon them.
  • Work to direct investments to innovative commercial solutions to maritime issues that have a positive impact on marine ecosystems and ocean-dependent livelihoods as well as identify and to foster the business case for such projects.
  • Look at partnering with public, private and nongovernment sector entities to accelerate progress towards a sustainable Blue Economy, ie blended finance, bankable conservation.
  • Endeavour to direct investment to projects and activities that contribute directly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 14 ‘Life Below Water’.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Jean-Marc Champagne

Head of Environmental Finance and Bankable Nature Solutions Asia

WWF-Hong Kong

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.

Jonathan Drew

Managing Director, ESG Solutions, Global Banking

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Jonathan Drew

Managing Director, ESG Solutions, Global Banking

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Jonathan Drew leads the ESG Solutions Group for Global Banking at HSBC.  Jonathan graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  Jonathan started his banking career more than 20 years ago in London and after working in rapidly emerging Latin America and raising capital for large scale projects in the Middle East has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia and notably China.  During this time, he has been involved in successful transactions across a wide range of sectors including advising on and arranging finance for projects and business across industrial and services sectors including energy, manufacturing, transportation and infrastructure, with a focus on resource efficiency and sustainability. These transactions have involved supporting projects, corporates and institutions to approach various financial markets and structuring innovative and tailored products including to meet the often large and always specific needs of clients

In recent years Jonathan has also been responsible for the structuring and delivery of sustainable bonds, loans and other financial support for corporate and institutional clients as well as collaborating with colleagues across businesses in the creation of sustainable investment opportunities. Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association and also chairs the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Green and Sustainable Loan Committee.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Delivering capital solutions to enable clients to transition and grow their business to be resilient and create real value for their stakeholders.

Kim-See Lim

Regional Director, East Asia and the Pacific

International Finance Corporation

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.

Antoine Rose

Head of Sustainable Banking for Asia-Pacific

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Antoine Rose

Head of Sustainable Banking for Asia-Pacific

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Antoine Rose is Head of Sustainable Banking for Asia-Pacific at Crédit Agricole CIB who is leading the regional team to develop the Bank’s sustainable finance footprint and product range. Antoine has more than 10 years’ global experience engaging with several large clients in Benelux, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where he has actively cultivated Crédit Agricole CIB’s sustainable finance activities. 

Sponsored by

Headline Sponsor for the Sustainable Partnerships Theatre
Programme Sponsor for Sustainability for SMEs (day 2 / BEC Theatre)

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited is the founding member of the HSBC Group. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 64 countries and territories in its geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of $2,976bn at 30 June 2021, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

Our purpose – Opening up a world of opportunity – explains why we exist. We’re here to use our unique expertise, capabilities, breadth and perspectives to open up new kinds of opportunity for our customers. We’re bringing together the people, ideas and capital that nurture progress and growth, helping to create a better world – for our customers, our people, our investors, our communities and the planet we all share.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

HSBC is committed to:

• Achieving net zero in our own operations and supply chain by 2030 or sooner
• Supporting our portfolio of customers to thrive through transition
• Dedicating between $750bn and $1trn of finance and investment by 2030 to help our customers transition
• Unlocking next-generation climate solutions

 

15:00 – 15:40

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 scalable projects in Asia, including Marine Protected areas management, and will touch on what can be done in the region.

Learnings

  • Well managed MPAs protect essential habitats, vulnerable ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs, mangroves) and endangered species. 70% MPAs reported inadequate budgets for basic management, due to insufficient, and short-term public funding for MPAs.
  • Market opportunities exist for some MPAs to generate revenues for their own management. Ecotourism can be a powerful tool to generate a positive impact into the environment and local communities and to make MPAs financially sustainable.
  • There are existing success stories of self-financed “bankable” MPAs with revenues primarily based on MPA fees and nature-based tourism.
  • Ecotourism requires private and public resources and close collaboration with local governments and NGOs (conservation focus) to reach potential in terms of impact.

Post-Event Actions

  • Assess appetite for potential collaboration and participation from the private sector (banks through their foundations, family offices, corporates, others) into ecotourism bankable projects.
  • Understand the relevance of blended finance (grants and concessionary loans) into the ecotourism sector.
  • Explore and visit destinations where ecotourism contributes to enhance food security and income for vulnerable coastal communities; create jobs; preserve vibrant coral reef ecosystems; and build resilience to climate change.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Charles Goddard

Editorial Director

The Economist Group

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

Co-Founder

V’air Hong Kong

Natalie Chung

Co-Founder

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

Director of Oceans Conservation

WWF-Hong Kong

Laurence McCook

Director 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 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.

Supported by

The Economist Group – World Ocean Initiative

15:40 – 16:20

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?

Learnings

  • What science is available?
  • What are the new business models to safeguard the ocean’s capacity to regenerate and to deliver economic, environmental and social value in the long term?

Post-Event Actions

  • Evaluate how your organization and sector can leverage the latest science and public-private sector collaboration to advance the development of such business to ensure the ocean continues to deliver powerful solutions to global problems

Speakers

MODERATOR

Charles Goddard

Editorial Director

The Economist Group

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 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

Algoon

Clement Dumont

Co-Founder and Chief Biologist Officer

Algoon

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

Jane Wong

CEO and Founder

biochrome

Jane Wong

CEO and Founder

biochrome

Jane Wong is the founder of biochrome, a Hong Kong-based biotech startup developing sustainable products from microalgae. Jane was a researcher focused on marine systems such as coral reefs and coastal upwelling. She is passionate in archiving urban symbiosis through innovative solutions and collaborations between multiple stakeholders.

Supported by

The Economist Group – World Ocean Initiative

16:20 – 16:50

Accelerating the Decarbonisation of Shipping

With the IMO’s goal to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050 and carbon intensity by 40% by 2030, decarbonization has become the buzzword in shipping today. What actions should the different shipping organizations be taking to prepare for these new regulations?

Learnings

  • The roadmap for decarbonisation requires the collaboration of the whole shipping ecosystem. How can we achieve coordinated industry engagement?
  • How to motivate stakeholders and create behavioural changes, discuss the impact of market and customer demand, regulatory incentives and technological alignment
  • Conflicting views on fuel usage and future technology ship designs impact fleet development and hinder strategic decisions. What role do global regulators play in pushing technologies forward?

Post-Event Actions

  • Assess whether your organisation has a roadmap to 2030 including key short, medium and long term goals
  • Engage with key customers and stakeholders that share similar commitments to achieving these goals. Build on pilot schemes and sharing of data.
  • Organisations that show leadership in the early phases of the transition will be reap the early benefits of such actions. Coordinated tracking of this progress increases visibility and transparency.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Tabitha Logan

Director

YPSN & The Captain’s Table

Tabitha Logan

Director

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.

Martin Cresswell

Technical Director

Hong Kong Shipowners Association

Martin Cresswell

Technical Director

Hong Kong Shipowners Association

Martin is a Marine Engineer who has over 40 years’ experience, operating, managing and building deep sea merchant ships. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Shipowners Association. as Technical Director he was a Board Member of the “China Navigation Co Pty Ltd” , Swire Group’s, deep sea shipping company, who fully supported Martin’s efforts building and operating ships with the lowest possible CO2/tonne/mile.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Supporting Hong Kong Shipowners Association Members in meeting the challenges of the decarbonisation of shipping by providing timely technical and regulatory assistance.

Spencer Liu

Associate Partner

McKinsey & Company

Spencer Liu

Associate Partner

McKinsey & Company

Spencer is an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, based in Hong Kong. He advises clients in transport, logistics, infrastructure, and energy industries, with areas of expertise in sustainability, climate change, low-carbon transitions, ESG, strategy, and business transformations.

16:50 – 17:20

Blue Carbon & The Regeneration of Ecosystems

Did you know that a single Hong Kong oyster can filter up to 30 liters of water per hour, while sequestering carbon in its fast-growing body? That is just one example of the amazing potential blue carbon projects hold as a climate solution. Join this eye-opening discussion to explore how local entrepreneurs and researchers are piloting the future of offshore biomass, solar, and hydrogen production.

Learnings

  • How can our industries (energy, logistics, building, etc.) support blue carbon projects to attract significant investment, in order to grow from academic research to global carbon sequestration impact?
  • Nature-based and/or industry-solution? What type of blue carbon projects should the industry support?

Post-Event Actions

  • Reach out to your community and network to understand blue carbon projects on the ground and ask how you can help
  • Talk to your regulation and policy representatives about standardizing recognition methodology for blue carbon projects

Speakers

MODERATOR

Jenny Zhang

Product Manager

Carbonbase

Jenny Zhang

Product Manager

Carbonbase

Jenny leads the product development of Carbonbase’s enterprise carbon management software. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she spent 6 years with Deloitte advising on tech and logistic M&A deals. She is a member of the WISTA Futures and Technology Committee, driving forward conversations around shipping decarbonization, digitalization and sustainable financing.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Help companies digitalize their carbon footprint management and reduce it through sustainable financing and carbon offset solutions.

Cesar Jung-Harada

Director

Scoutbots

Cesar Jung-Harada

Director

Scoutbots

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.

17:20 – 17:30

Closing Remarks

Speakers

Dr Martial Jaume

Co-Founding Director

Ocean3C

Dr Martial Jaume

Co-Founding Director

Ocean3C

Martial Jaume is a former research professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry (HKUST, HKU). He currently serves as Sciences teacher and Sustainability Pedagogical Coordinator at French International School of Hong Kong.

His love for implementing student-centred learning approaches likely comes from his past as a research team leader and because they are, to him, stunning ways to help students develop critical skills while delving deeply into their academic content. His focus on Science-based learning offers opportunities for students to actively explore and address challenges while building skills in teamwork and communication, research, data collection and analysis, community engagement, and reflection.

He holds a PhD (in the field of Immunology) from the University of Toulouse, France, where he completed his research training at INSERM, a public scientific and technological institute which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministries of Health and Research.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Nurture, equip, and empower a new generation of school-aged children and their communities to enhance their Ocean literacy. This would support them to become positive change-maker to safeguard our Oceans by allowing them to understand the fundamentals of Ocean sustainability.

SDG#4, #13, #14, #17

With thanks to

Sea Change Wine


All sessions are subject to change.