EARLY BIRD PASS UNTIL 4 SEPT

From COVID Resilience to Long-term Sustainability: Unlocking Finance for Our Supply Chains

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 16:30 - 17:15

Location: Sustainable Resources Theatre

Cities & Mobility

Overview

Sustainable supply chain finance is fast developing as an opportunity for incentivising and funding sustainable behaviour in supply chains. How can we leverage our city’s unique strengths and involve all players in the process, with the aim of improving security of supply such as in times of crisis, and reinforcing businesses and suppliers’ longer-term commitment to sustainability?

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? What case studies can we draw from sectors that are leading the way?
  • What mechanisms and digital technologies are available and being developed to offer tangible commercial and sustainability benefits to buyers, financial providers and suppliers? What barriers exist, and how can we overcome them?
  • How can we leverage sustainable financing to engage with and provide a business case for disengaged suppliers across value chains?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain insights on opportunities and barriers for businesses to scale sustainable supply chain finance.
  • Rethink how your teams in sustainability, procurement and finance can define shared goals and collaborate to identify opportunities.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Veronique J. A. Lafon-Vinais

Associate Professor of Business Education

HKUST

Veronique J. A. Lafon-Vinais

Associate Professor of Business Education

HKUST

Ms. Veronique Lafon-Vinais is a seasoned financial market professional with over 20 years of banking and capital markets experience. She has worked in all the major financial markets and has extensive experience in all the major debt markets. She is now dedicating herself full time to education and teaching as Associate Professor of Business Education, Department of Finance, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where she teaches in the MBA/MSc programs as well as in the Undergraduate Programs, and professional training and consulting for the finance industry. She is the Executive Director, Career Development & Corporate Outreach for the School of Business and Management at HKUST, Associate Director for the UG programs, Co-Director of the BSc in Sustainable and Green Finance, Associate Director of the tri-degree World Bachelor in Business Program, and Project Director for the HKUST-NYU Stern MSc in Global Finance.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

There are numerous issues that need urgent attention, such as the enormous waste management problem and urgent housing problem, that will necessitate strategic intervention by the government. Younger generations are rightfully worried and anxious about the increasing negative impacts of pollution and climate change, in addition to the rising costs of goods and services. With collaborative efforts and leadership from government, industry, education and the community, these problems can be effectively addressed.

Billy Lai

Deputy Director, Knowledge Solutions

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Billy Lai

Deputy Director, Knowledge Solutions

SGS Hong Kong Limited

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

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Support Hong Kong to become the region’s sustainability knowledge and sustainable finance hub, develop young sustainability talents, and drive innovation.

Pamela Mar

EVP, Knowledge and Applications, Fung Group

Incoming Managing Director, ICC Digital Standards Initiative

Pamela Mar

EVP, Knowledge and Applications, Fung Group

Incoming Managing Director, ICC Digital Standards Initiative

Pamela Mar is currently Executive Vice President for Knowledge and Applications with the Fung Group, where she has been a sustainability and supply chain innovation leader for over 10 years. In September 2022 she will become the Managing Director of the Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) of the International Chamber of Commerce, based in Singapore.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Accelerate the digitalization of supply chains and global trade in order to drive growth, development and inclusion.

Ricky Ng

Head of Wholesale Banking

UOB Hong Kong

Ricky Ng

Head of Wholesale Banking

UOB Hong Kong

Mr Ricky Ng is Head of Wholesale Banking at UOB Hong Kong. He oversees development and management of wholesale banking businesses in Hong Kong and is responsible for commercial banking business in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area. Mr Ng holds a master’s degree in corporate finance from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

With a proven record of structuring innovative green loans, I will continue to develop and customise financing solutions that help businesses grow responsibly. On a personal level, I strive for net zero and a sustainable living. I am also keen to combat hunger and promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the community.

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