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Wednesday 05 October 2022

Social Innovators of Tomorrow

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There is a tremendous desire among our young people to leverage their talents and work with businesses to design and scale creative solutions to social issues. How can we best translate this passion into innovations for positive impact in Hong Kong?

The Social Innovators of Tomorrow programme will engage budding social entrepreneurs in Hong Kong to discuss the imperative of sustainability within the context of inclusive business models, inherent business opportunities for social impact, as well as the alignment of career and skillset development within this emerging space.

11:05 – 11:25

Opening Welcome: Social Innovators of Tomorrow

Speakers

Dorothy Lam

Co-founder & Chief Catalyst

Dream Impact

Dorothy Lam

Co-founder & Chief Catalyst

Dream Impact

With a multi-dimensional background and experience in emerging technology, social innovation and arts in New York City, Hong Kong, Berlin & Abu Dhabi, she integrates various disciplines of wellness, resilience and innovation of how businesses can integrate community-driven and human-centric solutions to solve today’s pressing social issues. Having successfully built a network of 160+ social startups, NGOs, universities, impact investors and corporates to work on cross-sector collaborations, Dream Impact is the leading impact ecosystem builder in Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

For 2022, I’d like to see more people practicing mindfulness in their everyday living, can be yoga & meditation, or mindful eating or simply being conscious of their choices such as sleeping patterns, speaking and listening intentionally or practicing compassionate leadership etc.

11:25 – 12:55

Human-Centric Education: Nurturing Future Social Entrepreneurs

Looking at social innovation through an educational lens reveals the need for equipping our future leaders and professionals with the skillsets and knowledge to become more innovative and willing to take risks in this space. How can industry and other stakeholders best work with educational institutions to ensure future talents are prepared to take the baton for the city’s social aspirations?

11:25-12:10 Panel discussion

12:10-12:55 Interactive activity/workshop (Facilitated by Michael Ip, Ecosystem Builder (Growth & Talent), Dream Impact, and Benita Chick, CEO and Founder, Encompass HK)

Learnings

  • What role does formal credit-bearing courses and experiential learning play in nurturing future social innovators?
  • What are the top future soft skills and exposures needed to become a successful social entrepreneur and future social innovator?
  • What is missing in current social entrepreneurship education in Hong Kong? How does one learn to develop entrepreneurial thinking?

Post-Event Actions

  • With increasing pressure for industry to address social impact, what are the forthcoming career opportunities in your organisation? How can we empower youth and young professionals in this space?

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr Glenn Hui

Part-time Lecturer

Education University of Hong Kong

Dr Glenn Hui

Part-time Lecturer

Education University of Hong Kong

Dr. Hui teaches public policy, social entrepreneurship and smart city in the higher education. He also joins the purpose-driven movement and Creating Shared Value (CSV) in the non-profit and business sectors by promoting the social impact assessment (SIA) with the applications of data mining and data analytics.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”

Brian Cheng

CEO

Generation Hong Kong

Brian Cheng

CEO

Generation Hong Kong

Brian is the CEO of Generation Hong Kong since its launch in early 2018, with the mission to transform the education to employment system to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. On top of his role with Generation, Brian is passionate about supporting the community in various capacities. Brian currently serves as a Council member of the Hong Kong Productivity Council, a member of the Advisory Committee on Gifted Education under Education Bureau, and the Honorary Advisory Committee of Enactus Hong Kong. Brian holds a B.A. and a M.B.A. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Education to employment systems, youth empowerment, talent beyond academics

Michael Ip

Ecosystem Builder (Growth & Talent); Co-founder

Dream Impact; Mindspreneur

Michael Ip

Ecosystem Builder (Growth & Talent); Co-founder

Dream Impact; Mindspreneur

Michael is a passionate change-maker working in social innovation scene.

He co-founded two social business entities specialised in youth topics; With his day-time job in Dream Impact, he connected with experts across sectors such as NGO operation teams, corporate managers, and social enterprise founders; Through nurturing successful working relationships, he supported over 100+ clients in executing business and impact strategy; He himself is also certified coach of Designing Your Life and has a rich experience in companioning with youngster and future talents.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

More talents are jumping into impact scene while they can see the beauty of being an “impactful” individual.

Grace Siu

Senior Learning & Development Trainer, Career Center

HKUST

Grace Siu

Senior Learning & Development Trainer, Career Center

HKUST

Grace is the Lead Instructor of many of the extremely popular career development programs in HKUST. As a professional trainer specializing in personal growth and a youth empowerment specialist, she promotes commitment, excellence and integrity. Prior joining HKUST, she held senior positions in HR and container terminal operations management.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see the improvement in quality education from kindergarten to university. I also care about all Hongkongers’ health and well-being – a higher quality of life we all deserve.

14:00 – 15:30

People Matters: Redesigning Recruitment & Retention for Social Innovators

How does purpose-driven organisations identify, incubate and attract social innovators? Explore major opportunities and knowledge gaps between employers and young professionals’ perspectives on talent-company matching and retention. Understand and discuss why talents are the ultimate drivers of social innovations, preparing companies with resilience and competitive advantages.

14:00-14:45 Panel discussion

14:45-15:30 Interactive activity/workshop (Facilitated by Dr Jowie Yu, General Manager, and Maggie Ma, Corporate Cultural Architect of Autopilot Leadership Lab)

Learnings

  • What are the trends and barriers between companies and applicants to work in the social innovation sector?
  • How can one work as a social innovator in corporate firms?
  • How can we align company goals with talent identities, incentives and expectations?

Post-Event Actions

  • Consider the respective roles and future skills of social innovation talents through internal advancement vs external talent search.
  • How should companies see and adapt passion projects and hybrid working options? Can inclusive hiring be multi-dimensional?

Speakers

MODERATOR

Tom Chan

Chief Operating Officer

Bling International Ltd.

Tom Chan

Chief Operating Officer

Bling International Ltd.

Tom Chan is a Chief Operating Officer, co-founder in Bling International Ltd. His team presented a cross border virtual summit and career expo during Easter 2022 called Future In YOU. His business is doing the Talents Accelerator Programs with Training and Recruitment. His works were reported recently by EDigest in May 2022.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

How might we create an impact on society in a sustainable way? Let’s Be Collaborative! Be Resilient!! Be Entrepreneurial!! We nurture the future talents!

Jason Cheung

Founder and CEO

QualiFly Education Limited

Jason Cheung

Founder and CEO

QualiFly Education Limited

Jason is a passionate young entrepreneur who strives to create positive impact through innovation. He is awarded as a Top 10 Outstanding Tertiary Student in Hong Kong 2022 for his effort in entrepreneurship and supporting youth development. Aspiring to revolutionise education, he founded QualiFly Education with a view to improve the effectiveness of how students learn traditionally.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

“Quality Education” is often not being prioritised, but it is in fact a key issue that impacts how our next generation equips themselves and tackle novel challenges in society. I hope to see more high-quality education and upskilling efforts in Hong Kong to prepare the future of our workforce.

Marianne Hughes

Founder and CEO

Kno Global

Marianne Hughes

Founder and CEO

Kno Global

Originally a consumer knowing nothing about who made her clothes, Marianne is a thought leader (Forbes 30 under 30) with a vision to humanise the supply chain. Working at a factory in China, she built KNO to address the real needs of workers and link ‘S’ of ESG to profits.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Hong Kong needs to shift to a human first mindset and listen to the needs of their people. Listening is the first step to understanding, and we believe this approach should apply to supply chains too. Our goal is to listen to 1 million workers in the supply chain in 2022 – with your help!

David Mui

Founder and Practice Lead

Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Asia

David Mui

Founder and Practice Lead

Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Asia

David Mui, Ph.D., is the Practice Lead at the Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Asia.

He is also the Regional Lead for InfoWorks Asia, a consulting firm focusing on Agile HR (PeopleOps) and Business Agility.

He has more than 30 years of business, consulting, human capital, and DEI experience gained from global companies and international consulting firms. He was also a CEO of an NGO before rejoin the business sector.

Julio Orr

Founder & CEO

Happyer.io

Julio Orr

Founder & CEO

Happyer.io

Julio Orr is an Australian entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the Human Capital, HRTech and EdTech space.

He is the Founder & CEO of Happyer.io, the fastest growing next-gen career platform that is reimagining how companies and candidates connect in the new “future of work” world.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I would like to see more initiatives around reducing use of plastics in Hong Kong.

15:45 – 17:15

A Purposeful Workplace: Leading with a Social Impact Mindset

Building a sustainability mindset and culture across organisational structures requires collective effort from the bottom up. How can we align the purpose and mission of individual stakeholders to the vision of organisations?

15:45-16:30 Panel discussion

16:30-17:15 Interactive activity/workshop (Facilitated by Gilbert Lee, Co-Chair of B Lab HK & Macau)

Learnings

  • How do you identify and align organisational and individual purpose?
  • Why does a purposeful workplace require diversity and empathy?
  • How can young social innovators gain management buy-in to incorporate social impact decisions?
  • What are the challenges and success cases in building inclusive workplace culture and leadership?

Post-Event Actions

  • What cultural transformation is needed for your team to recognise their potential in creating social impact in their roles?
  • What is your next step in spreading social impact mindset and actions on an individual and organisational level?

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dorothy Lam

Co-founder & Chief Catalyst

Dream Impact

Dorothy Lam

Co-founder & Chief Catalyst

Dream Impact

With a multi-dimensional background and experience in emerging technology, social innovation and arts in New York City, Hong Kong, Berlin & Abu Dhabi, she integrates various disciplines of wellness, resilience and innovation of how businesses can integrate community-driven and human-centric solutions to solve today’s pressing social issues. Having successfully built a network of 160+ social startups, NGOs, universities, impact investors and corporates to work on cross-sector collaborations, Dream Impact is the leading impact ecosystem builder in Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

For 2022, I’d like to see more people practicing mindfulness in their everyday living, can be yoga & meditation, or mindful eating or simply being conscious of their choices such as sleeping patterns, speaking and listening intentionally or practicing compassionate leadership etc.

Tom Chui

Director & Chief Trainer (Founder)

Inclusive Impact Hong Kong

Tom Chui

Director & Chief Trainer (Founder)

Inclusive Impact Hong Kong

Tom is a “People & Purpose Driven” professional with international leadership, people management, innovation, training and development expertise. He founded Inclusive Impact Ltd, which creates consumable, people-centred training for young corporate employees—developing a sustainable future through innovation’s influence and application in corporate and community settings.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Developing and Mentoring the next generation from knowledge to application with an entrepreneur mindset and attitude.

Miffy Hung

Community Impact Specialist

Miffy Hung

Community Impact Specialist

Miffy serves as a community impact specialist in an international bank, who works with local communities and drives social impact through cross-sector collaboration, employee volunteering engagement and strategic grant-making. Prior to that, Miffy coordinated an NGO leadership programme that fostered professional growth and synergy building among 150+ emerging leaders.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Removing barriers for all by wise leverage of resources, strengthened partnerships and commitment.

Angela Wong

General Manager, Corporate Communications & Administration

Jebsen Group

Angela Wong

General Manager, Corporate Communications & Administration

Jebsen Group

Angela is the General Manager of Corporate Communications & Administration, and the head of the Chairman’s Office, at Jebsen Group. Prior to that, she was a FX structurer at Citibank. She founded the Gold Team basketball scholarship programme with her husband in 2020 to help young people reach their highest potential.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

This city has lots of resources as well as great ideas, I hope we find a more efficient way to match the two sides to reach bigger, more ambitions sustainability goals.

17:15 – 18:00

Empowering Our Intrapreneurs, Entrepreneurs and Extrapreneurs of Tomorrow

This session will discuss key elements in the incubation of social entrepreneurs and community leaders. How can we identify, nurture and promote these talents for the greater good of our society?

Learnings

  • What are the opportunities and challenges of implementing sustainability innovations as an intrapreneur, entrepreneur, and extrapreneur?
  • How can we promote social innovation within a venture and corporate setting?
  • How can we empower people around us to become social innovators and actors?

Post-Event Actions

  • Set up a talent pipeline and channels to attract, nurture and promote social innovators of tomorrow.
  • Align your company’s purpose with individual mission and passion – what can we do to support and empower all stakeholders to achieve social impact?
  • Community investment and engagement action plan across departments and districts

Speakers

MODERATOR

Johanna Chan

Director of Ecosystem Innovation

Dream Impact

Johanna Chan

Director of Ecosystem Innovation

Dream Impact

Johanna envisions a world with empowered women and purpose-driven businesses. At Dream Impact, Johanna is leading the ESG Advisory team and matching corporate social partnerships for 100+ social ventures, strategically implementing social innovations and environmental impact solutions from grassroot projects to corporations. She co-founded ethical brand RIL CREED under social venture LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability).

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

My sustainability goals for this year is to implement sustainable development goals at SMEs and corporates through ESG and social venture solutions (SDG 8, 12) and hope to see an uptake on individual climate actions in Hong Kong.

Jessica Cheng

General Manager

Lui Che Woo Prize

Jessica Cheng

General Manager

Lui Che Woo Prize

Jessica works at her family’s charitable foundation that promotes sustainable development and improving the welfare of people, through an international prize Lui Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation, university advancements and community programs. Jessica serves on the board of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and Enable Foundation, a social design collective.

Kelvin Lee

Director

Enactus Hong Kong

Kelvin Lee

Director

Enactus Hong Kong

Currently working as the Director of Enactus Hong Kong, Kelvin has helped different youth social entrepreneur develop into successful projects. Having been part of Swire Placemaking Academy, he has realised the importance of stakeholder engagement and joined Enactus as a full-time staff immediately after undergraduate graduation. He will take his passion for social innovation to the next level with a Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

  • Look forward to more fruitful collaborations with different stakeholders to create more synergies.

Keilem Ng

General Manager – Sustainability

Link REIT

Keilem Ng

General Manager – Sustainability

Link REIT

Keilem Ng mixes an international career working in real estate finance and investment with a passionate commitment to sustainability and the environment. Keilem is currently General Manager – Sustainability at Link REIT, Asia’s largest real estate investment trust. She is also the founder of the non profit organisations Eco Marine and Exchange and Empower.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To take action for integrating sustainability into business and all aspects of daily life.

Supported by

Supported by

Thursday 06 October 2022

Green Leaders of Tomorrow

In Partnership with

As climate change rightfully takes centre stage,  it is imperative to ensure our next generation is empowered with the appropriate knowledge and skillset to take up the baton for our city’s sustainable development.

The Green Leaders of Tomorrow programme is being designed to facilitate a two-way exchange and engagement between young professionals and sustainability practitioners and business leaders. How do Gen Zs view the current state of play by industry? How should sustainability education be imparted in Hong Kong? Which sectors are expected to have the most green jobs? What are the skills and attributes required of future business leaders?

10:45 – 10:50

Opening Welcome: Green Leaders of Tomorrow

Speakers

Prof. Guohua Chen

Dean

School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong

Prof. Guohua Chen

Dean

School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong

Professor Guohua CHEN obtained his BEng from Dalian University of Technology in 1984, MEng and PhD from McGill University respectively in 1989 and 1994. He joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1994. He worked as the Head of Department, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering during 2012 and 2016. He moved to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as Chair Professor of Energy Conversion and Storage in 2017 and served concurrently as an Associate Vice President (Research Support) during 2017-2021. He is now the Dean, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. He is also the Chairperson, World Chemical Engineering Council.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

The solid waste in Hong Kong can be sorted, reused or reprocessed as resources; More sustainable energy can be generated in Hong Kong; More electric vehicles run on Hong Kong’s road.

10:50 – 11:40

Putting Climate Change at the Heart of Education

There is a growing global momentum to harness the power of education to combat and adapt to climate change, and empower the next generation with the values, knowledge and skills needed to act as agents of change and make informed decisions.

Learnings

  • Understanding the causes and impacts of climate change is the first step in shifting mindsets, and innovating for ways to limit its impact and adapting to its unavoidable effects.
  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? How central and visible is education a part of our city’s response to climate change?
  • How can educational institutions better anchor climate literacy in their curriculum to prepare and nurture environmentally conscious business leaders of the future?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on future skills and attributes being sought by business leaders and sustainability practitioners.
  • Rethink the power of climate change education in wider systematic mindset shifts and in nurturing our sustainability leaders of the future.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Susannah Morley

Director Hong Kong

British Council

Susannah Morley

Director Hong Kong

British Council

Susannah was appointed Director of the British Council Hong Kong in August 2022. Since joining the British Council in 2014, she has worked across East Asia overseeing the development of arts and education programmes and strategic partnerships. In 2021, as part of The Climate Connection, the British Council’s global programme to mark the UK’s presidency of COP, Susannah led a series of high-level roundtables exploring the role of the Higher Education Sector in the climate Crisis. Prior to joining the British Council Susannah had a career in Higher Education in the UK and Australia.

Hermia Chan

Co-Founder

Network of Environmental Student Societies

Hermia Chan

Co-Founder

Network of Environmental Student Societies

Hermia is a Global Studies student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Noticing the absence of climate education in Hong Kong, she co-founded the Network of Environmental Student Societies in 2021, with an aim to provide a one-stop platform for awareness raising, capacity building and driving climate actions with a focus in the interdisciplinary nature of climate change. Hermia attended COP26 in Glasgow, the UK and SB56 in Bonn, Germany advocating for Action for Climate Empowerment internationally.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see climate change being mainstreamed in education in Hong Kong and to have more discussion and opportunities in green career.

Dr. Shauhrat Chopra

Assistant Professor, School of Energy and Environment

City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Shauhrat Chopra

Assistant Professor, School of Energy and Environment

City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Shauhrat S. Chopra received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in 2015. His data-driven research is focused on guiding the sustainable design of future transformative emerging technologies. Dr. Chopra’s transdisciplinary collaborations with industrial partners enable actionable research toward sustainability and resilience of critical sectors, including energy, transportation, finance, textile, and food systems.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Adoption of systematic, science-based quantitative assessments to inform sustainability decisions of the public and private sector to avoid unintended consequences.

Natalie Chung

Sustainability Lead

DFI Retail Group

Natalie Chung

Sustainability Lead

DFI Retail Group

Natalie serves as a sustainability associate at DFI Retail Group. As part of the founding team of sustainability practices, Natalie formulated the overarching sustainability and ESG framework for the leading pan-Asia retail group, covering brands such as Wellcome, Mannings, 7-Eleven, Guardian.

Natalie coordinated to publish the group’s first Sustainability Report in 2022, showcasing multi-faceted sustainability initiatives across different geographies and businesses. There is continuous engagement and progress tracking with business units across North and Southeast Asia to steer positive action towards serving our communities, sustaining the planet and sourcing responsibly.

Outside of the day job, Natalie is a co-founder of environmental education organisation V’air Hong Kong, and 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 2022:

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.

Mark Harper

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

Mark Harper

Group Head of Sustainability

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

At Swire Mark is responsible for the Group’s ESG disclosure and TCFD reporting as well as guiding the development of Group strategy on Climate, and Waste. He sits on the Board and Executive Committees of a number of NGO’s including Business Environment Council, Drink Without Waste and HeroesToo.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Rollout of the Group’s Net Zero Carbon emissions and zero to landfill commitments. Finalising the Group’s climate risk assessment process and analysis.

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11:40 – 12:30

Unlocking the Power of Environmental Innovation

Key to securing the future of our planet is the next generation of ecopreneurs, whose innovative solutions represent the power of an environmentally and technology-savvy generation keen to bring about real and concrete change.

Learnings

  • Sharings of venture journeys and the opportunities and challenges of bringing their ideas to fruition
  • What challenges do young entrepreneurs face in funding and scaling their innovations?
  • How can businesses best tap into Hong Kong’s next generation of ecopreneurs, and support their aspirations for sustainable development through innovative thinking and actions?

Post-Event Actions

  • Consider how your company and industry are engaging youths and young professionals in creative innovative solutions in line with our sustainability agenda.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Marina Chan

Senior Director & Head of Education

MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

Marina Chan

Senior Director & Head of Education

MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

Marina designs and leads learning experiences on innovation and entrepreneurship for Fortune 500 company executives, university students and high schools, with a focus on integrating SDGs in the venture creation process. Her career background spans banking, telecoms, and social entrepreneurship. She holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Make more sustainable choices by changing values and attitudes, expand our circle of concern and consider the full value chain.

Deevansh Gupta

Co-Founder

Breer

Deevansh Gupta

Co-Founder

Breer

Deevansh is the Co-Founder of food-tech startup – Breer. Recently graduated from HKUST, he has a keen interest in brand strategy and social entrepreneurship, which is what drives his efforts at his company. He is passionate about making a difference in the world, and is using his skills to work for projects that focus on sustainability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Over 2022, I hope to see a Hong Kong that has a greater understanding of the environmental problems that plague the world, and a community that is more conscious about their consumption and production choices.

Sharon Ng

Founder and CEO

Sootable

Sharon Ng

Founder and CEO

Sootable

Sharon is a Biological Science class of 2022 graduate from HKUST. She has always loved nature and her environmental awareness amplified when she took up the Environmental Science course where she gained knowledge about different types of environmental pollution which made her realise the severity of harm that Earth was facing. Therefore, she hopes to remedy it by cleaning up the waste that people has left behind, and to take a step further, transforming them into useful products.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

In 2020, only 28% of HK’s fuel mix for electricity generation was from renewables or nuclear. We need to speed up the transition from non-renewables to renewables in order to reduce pollution and most importantly, greenhouse gas emission which leads to global warming.

Hayley Wong

Sustainability Strategist

archiREEF Limited

Hayley Wong

Sustainability Strategist

archiREEF Limited

Hayley drives the sustainability strategies at the recently named Forbes Asia 100 to Watch green tech company archiREEF, which created the world’s first 3D-printed coral reef tiles. Coming from a mixed background of science and communications, she is passionate about translating science-based methodologies into easily comprehensible and actionable ways of ecosystem restoration.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

The United Nations have declared 2021–2030 as the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration – I’d really like to see the city being part of this global effort, especially through innovation and technology, which Hong Kong has always been great at!

Whitney Yu

Melo Fellow Class of 2021

Project Melo

Whitney Yu

Melo Fellow Class of 2021

Project Melo

Whitney joined Project Melo as a Class of 2021 Fellow. During the project, she and her team collaborated with the CEOs of Shui On and Hang Lung by organising a Sustainable Food Competition during XinTianDi Restaurant Week, with the aim of promoting awareness towards sustainable food through engaging internal F&B tenants and external customers.

Currently, Whitney is a final year undergraduate student studying Environmental Management and Technology.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

During this year, I hope to see the Hong Kong community push ahead on Hong Kong’s limited climate ambitions – to “walk the talk” on our Climate Action Plan 2050!

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12:30 – 13:45

Youth Debate: Can Hong Kong Succeed in Its Green Deal?

Climate change and environmental challenges will affect the lives and well-being of the younger generations the most. Business-as-usual practices cannot address the issues effectively and a new mindset is needed to prioritize sustainability and inclusivity.

This session will take place in the form of a lively debate between youths and young professionals on topics such as sustainable business, green finance, policy-making & global cooperation. Join this debate with the future leaders of tomorrow to discuss how to accelerate the green transition in Hong Kong and globally.

Learnings

  • Create synergies between youths, business leaders, NGOs & policymakers.
  • Hear fresh and critical views on local and global challenges in the green transition.
  • How can Hong Kong succeed in its “Green Deal”?
  • The role Hong Kong can play in global & multilateral cooperation and in saving the planet.
  • From the youth’s perspective, what are the most urgent priorities for businesses and Hong Kong?

Post-Event Actions

  • Build a connection between young people interested in green business, innovation and policies and business leaders & professionals.
  • Look into the types of support young people need to get involved and consider how companies can engage with the youth.
  • Strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between different types of local stakeholders.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Walter van Hattum

Head of Trade and Economic

EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

Walter van Hattum

Head of Trade and Economic

EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

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

Thomas Gnocchi

Ambassador/Head

European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao

Thomas Gnocchi

Ambassador/Head

European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao

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.

Adella Eugenia Budianto

Consulting Director

2041 Hong Kong

Adella Eugenia Budianto

Consulting Director

2041 Hong Kong

As someone with a focus on environmental engineering, science, and comparative literature at HKU, Adella enjoys analysing problems through an interdisciplinary lens. Through her university experience, she has dabbled in environmental consulting, auditing, and fieldwork, and she firmly believes in creating harmony between humanity and the environment.

Felix Chan

Student

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Felix Chan

Student

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Felix is a third-year student at CUHK majoring in geography and resources management. He believes strongly that the public plays a vital role in climate action and thus aspires to empower the general public to do their part by considering both the rational and moral implications of climate change.

Hermia Chan

Co-Founder

Network of Environmental Student Societies

Hermia Chan

Co-Founder

Network of Environmental Student Societies

Hermia is a Global Studies student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Noticing the absence of climate education in Hong Kong, she co-founded the Network of Environmental Student Societies in 2021, with an aim to provide a one-stop platform for awareness raising, capacity building and driving climate actions with a focus in the interdisciplinary nature of climate change. Hermia attended COP26 in Glasgow, the UK and SB56 in Bonn, Germany advocating for Action for Climate Empowerment internationally.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see climate change being mainstreamed in education in Hong Kong and to have more discussion and opportunities in green career.

Mark Cheung

Co-Founder

Network of Environmental Student Societies

Mark Cheung

Co-Founder

Network of Environmental Student Societies

Mark is an Environmental Science undergraduate at the University of Hong Kong. He is also a youth delegate at various UN conferences and an expeditioner to the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctica Expedition. As the Co-Founder, he aims to raise climate change awareness of youth via education and capacity building. With his organisations work, Mark hopes to inspire youth to advocate for and take climate actions in our community.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see more meaningful and active youth participation, youth inclusion element in the sustainability agenda, as well as more ambitious and integrated sustainability and climate actions at all levels in Hong Kong

Christie Lai

Co-founder

2041 Hong Kong

Christie Lai

Co-founder

2041 Hong Kong

Christie is an ecology & biodiversity student at HKU with a focus on marine biology. She has led several environmental initiatives and marine conservation projects, and recently participated in the 2041 Climateforce Antarctic Expedition. Centering nature at heart, she believes strongly in nature-based solutions and restoring biodiversity as a core effort in climate action.

Leo Chan

Local Committee Vice President of External Relations

AIESEC- LC – PolyU