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All Hands on Deck: How Business Leadership and Policy Makers Can Leverage Technology to Build a Sustainable Future

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 14:15 - 15:05

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Redefining Value

Overview

It is now conventional wisdom that technology will play a critical role in tackling global environmental issues. But have we become too fixated on digital technology or the next “cutting-edge” technology as the panacea for all our challenges while failing to invest in those that will solve critical problems? As the market size and investments into green technologies continue to grow, how can governments and businesses prioritise technological innovations that build long-term societal resilience and a sustainable future? What is required to enable adoption of sustainable solutions?

Learnings

  • Have we become too fixated on digital technology, and do we tacitly assume that cutting edge technologies will be a panacea for all our challenges while failing to invest in those that actually solve critical problems? What are examples of environmental technologies that have resulted in the sustainable and wide-reaching impact? What lessons can we learn?
  • What are the biggest barriers in Hong Kong and beyond, when it comes to development and adoption of sustainable technologies? What are the policies, economic incentives, infrastructure development, and other supporting factors required to enable large scale adoption of sustainable technologies?
  • Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Fund has invested significantly in environmental-technology-related R&D projects. What fields of environmental technology is Hong Kong competitive in? Can we transform Hong Kong into a hub for sustainable technology innovation?

Post Event Actions

  • Learn from examples of the successful adoption/application of green technology for sustainable impact.
  • Rethink how your company and industry may utilise technology specifically for the purpose of sustainable development.
  • Consider policy improvements and public-private partnership opportunities that will pave the way for the adoption of innovations that contribute to a amore sustainable future.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Eric Stryson

Managing Director

Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT)

Eric Stryson

Managing Director

Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT)

Eric leads GIFT’s dynamic advisory business, manages global clients, and facilitates GIFT’s leadership development programmes. He has worked with thousands of executives from all regions in areas of governance, business and sustainability. He writes and speaks on topics related to development, technology, and the role of business in society.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Reduced waste, improved walkability, overall improved quality of life for all, including the basics of housing affordability, access to nutritious food, purposeful employment, dignified ageing in place.

Eli Konvitz

Director, Urban Planning & Design | Net Zero Champion

Atkins

Eli Konvitz

Director, Urban Planning & Design | Net Zero Champion

Atkins

Eli is an urbanist with expertise in sustainable urban development, with experience including climate change strategy and policy, and creation of a mechanism in the UK for low-carbon retrofit. At Atkins, Eli is the regional Net Zero Champion, and Director for Planning and Urban Design for SE Asia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Making significant progress on the path to a more liveable and sustainable city that celebrates our unique strengths and addresses our challenges.

Pamela Mar

Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Applications

Fung Group

Pamela Mar

Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Applications

Fung Group

Pamela Mar leads the development of knowledge and applications which support the Fung Group’s strategic response to disruption driven by technology, the rise of sustainability, geopolitical risk and the changing nature of consumption. Current explorations include trade finance, sustainable finance and the global supply chain’s evolution after Covid-19.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Drive sustainability into finance and supply chains.

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