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Wednesday 05 October 2022

Rethinking People & Purpose

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Purpose is the new Profit. In recent years, purpose is emerging as a competitive advantage and a powerful way to blend business and society. But how can businesses capture this opportunity for better change? How should organisations prioritize purpose to give customers, suppliers, employees and investors the ultimate reason to support and go the extra mile for them?

Rethinking People & Purpose is designed to activate a stronger supporting ecosystem to advance purpose-led values, and to inspire purposeful leadership and future talents for Hong Kong’s business community.

11:00 – 11:10

Opening Welcome: Rethinking People & Purpose

Speakers

Francis Ngai

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Social Ventures Hong Kong

Francis Ngai

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Social Ventures Hong Kong

Mr. Francis Ngai is the Founder of Social Ventures Hong Kong. As an Impact Designer for cities of the future, he has founded and incubated hundreds of social innovation projects since 2007, with an innovation portfolio that spans Hong Kong’s first venture philanthropy fund, notable social start-ups (Green Monday, Light Be social housing, Hatch co-working factory, COMM,ON community clubhouse, Playtao Education), and next generation impact talent programmes (Creative Beings youth apprenticeship, House of Social Innovators impact holidays and the Social Leaders Programme).

In order to empower the ecosystem of NewUrban movements like “Purpose Business & Start-up”, “Exponential Philanthropy”, “Impact Storytelling” and more, Francis founded SONOVA and COSMOS together with co-partners within SVhk. They provide professional services on impact and communications advisory, capacity building and collaboration support to corporates, foundations, SPOs and the public sector.

11:10 – 12:00

Places with Purpose: Impact Partnerships to Build Prosperous Neighbourhoods for All

From local employment, community arts to people-centric programming, more and more organisations are looking at ‘software’ development as a complement to ‘hardware’ innovations enabled by placemaking to uplift Hong Kong’s neighbourhoods and its communities. How has this place-based approach fared in Hong Kong so far and to what extent is cross-sector partnerships critical to early successes?

Learnings

  • A place-based approach offers a geographic focus to unite local resources to build better social and economic prospects. Why does this matter and how can this approach be applied as a business strategy to co-create more prosperous and inclusive neighbourhoods?
  • What are the secret ingredients to unlocking successful and effective cross-sector collaborations at a district level?
  • Which local neighbourhoods may serve as strong local models of impactful place-based partnerships, and which ones may require more attention in the future development of Hong Kong?

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethinking opportunities for place-based impact: what are the needs specific to the local communities closest to your base of operations?
  • Rethinking actions in place: how can your organisation take action to address local needs and thrive together with the local community?

12:00 – 12:15

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12:15 – 13:05

The New Impact Makers: Reigniting Purpose, Passion and Pursuit of Change Among Young Professionals

The Great Resignation signals a “purpose gap” particularly among young professionals as many navigate the tensions between personal and business values. How can young professionals, who want more to life, find new ways to work towards building the future they would like to see? And what can their employers offer to earn the loyalty of their future leaders?

Learnings

  • Nearly 9 of 10 millennials indicated they were willing to take a pay cut to work at a company whose mission and values align with their own, says a 2018 LinkedIn Workplace Culture Report – why is this so important to our young people?
  • How can our young professionals bring together their personal and professional purpose across different sectors in Hong Kong?
  • What are the opportunities for businesses to engage young talents through building a purpose-led workplace culture? And what are the ways to overcome practical challenges and balance business demands?

Post-Event Actions

  • Personal reflection: what is your “why”, and your personal “purpose statement”? What are the opportunities to integrate your “why” in your everyday work?
  • Company reflection: Do you feel your organisation has a purpose-led workplace culture? What is the one thing that can bring your talents together under a common goal, and how can that be further developed to foster a positive sense of belonging and togetherness?

13:05 – 13:55

The Future of Corporate Wellness: Integrating Purpose, People and Planet

In the post-pandemic era, physical and mental health are emerging as a top social impact priority among businesses of all sizes. But can we rethink wellness more holistically? How can businesses capture this renewed attention and activate change also for the wider community and our planet?

Learnings

  • The pandemic has taught us that wellness will remain a priority for a long time to come – in what ways should conventional definitions of wellbeing be challenged and reimagined? What are the local and global trends on this?
  • What are the good-practice models to engage busy citydwellers to prioritise health and wellness to achieve shared prosperity for our people and the planet?
  • How might businesses and community organisations take action together to make Hong Kong a “Wellness City” by 2030?

Post-Event Actions

Rethink the potential synergies and opportunities across existing talent engagement and social impact programmes against the eight dimensions of holistic wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, vocational, financial and environmental

Rethinking Urban Resilience and Liveability

In Partnership with

Our cities are facing an unprecedented resilience crisis, with our heavy dependence on a global industrialised food system that relies on an unsustainable linear production to disposal model. The global pandemic has further exposed our vulnerabilities, alongside the breakdown of global and national food supply chains. With 70% of the world’s population (6 billion) projected to live in cities by 2045, there is a strong and urgent case for cities to strategise and redesign the way forward.

Farm the City is a movement that brings together practitioners and stakeholders to explore how urban farming can be the catalyst towards greater climate and urban resilience. Through integrating ecology, urban agriculture and the built environment into a regenerative urban ecosystem, we aim to collaboratively imagine and design the blueprint of our future green cities – powered by local, circular food production models.

14:30 – 14:45

Opening Welcome: Farm the City

In the face of rapid urbanisation and the accelerating climate crisis, cities and their residents have to step up from being part of the problem to being part of the solution. Through this session, we challenge the conventional role of urban farming as a simply production asset, and aim to drive a radical rethinking of a holistic eco-system that integrates urban agriculture with urban development to achieve climate resilient and more liveable cities.

Learnings

  • Is urban farming the key driver to help cities to achieve toward a greater end and impact?
  • What are the key crisis points within our food system that can be changed to contribute towards climate action, and a more regenerative city?

Post-Event Actions

  • How can we encourage partnerships and eco-system thinking across multiple stakeholders to drive greater city resilience?
  • Urban agriculture has been heralded as a solution, but can it deliver?

15:00 – 15:45

Designing a Resilient City: Empowering Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future with a Strong Sense of Purpose

COVID-19 has drawn renewed focus on the importance of resilience in Hong Kong as the city struggles to cope with the rapid social swings, changing social-economic patterns and disruptions in food supplies. The city is in desperate need of a new collective medium that enables multiple stakeholders to work together to build a resilient city. What can cross-industry collaboration achieve through creating impact from the ground-up, and how do initiatives like urban agriculture create a platform for actionable, lasting change?

Learnings

  • How is urban farming helping each sector to find meaningful purposes to fulfil their pledge to build a sustainable, more resilient city?
  • What are the concrete solutions that building owners and the private sector can adopt towards a regenerative city?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on leading companies’ sustainability approaches, technical experience, and cross-sector collaboration.

16:15 – 17:00

Buildings and Liveability: Envisioning a New City Landscape

Placemaking, conceptualising around authentic interactions, and solidifying planet-first behaviours through design and programming will be among the ingredients that form the urban blueprint of the future. How does elevating the role of a localised circular food system add value to the dynamics of urban design and city planning? Through interactions among practitioners and sharing of case studies, this session aims to illuminate the opportunities and the challenges of designing for a new city landscape centred around food regeneration models.

Learnings

  • Cities around the world are finding new means for city development – how is urban agriculture becoming the driving force for this new phase of development?
  • How can this positive change be effected and permeate across all levels of spaces – from the nucleic level of an office, to the living organism of the city?

Post-Event Actions

  • To gain insights and formulate a vision for future cities and neighbourhoods.

17:15 – 17:55

Experience & Impact: Looking Towards the Future of a Regenerative Neighbourhood

17:55 – 18:00

Closing Remarks

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Thursday 06 October 2022

Rethinking Workforce Transformation

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In today’s business world, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) has power far beyond buzzwords. In addition to being the right thing to do from a moral perspective, there is also a compelling business case for launching DEI programmes in our workplace.

Key discussions in Rethinking Workforce Transformation will address DEI as a business and communication strategy, and why creating a culture of respect and belonging in which all employees feel empowered to contribute their best will only serve to benefit our organisations in the long term.

10:30 – 10:45

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Workforce Transformation

10:45 – 11:30

The New Business Imperative: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In addition to being the right thing to do, business leaders now see DEI as a forward-looking strategy to find and nurture talent, increase employee engagement and efficiencies, and generate profit. Yet all too often, DEI is considered as another function of the Human Resources department. While inclusive of HR and operations, for DEI to succeed, it needs to be treated as a core business strategy by the executive table, and encompassed within all levels and facets – internal and external – of an organisation.

Learnings

  • Boards and CEOs are facing increasing pressure from investors and stakeholders to deliver on DEI. Why does DEI matter from a business standpoint?
  • Why is it important that executive leaders champion DEI efforts? How can decision makers drive strategies from their respective spheres of influence?
  • How should business leaders move away from one-off initiatives to infusing DEI throughout their organisations and create a strategic advantage for their businesses?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on why business leaders are increasingly making DEI a priority.
  • Understand why and how executive leaders should take responsibility for exemplifying DEI cultures and gain buy-in from all levels of the company.
  • Identify why DEI is important to your business, internal teams, partners, customers and communities, and where DEI initiatives are most prominent.

11:30 – 12:15

Revamping Holistic Wellbeing in the Workplace

COVID-19 has drastically changed the work landscape and demonstrated to employers the importance of employee wellness to business performance and continuity. A workplace culture that considers the holistic wellbeing of its workforce as a core value, and venture beyond traditional norms to explore creative solutions to support employees will gain a competitive advantage in the years to come as the world adapts to the aftermath of the pandemic.

Learnings

  • One-off health initiatives are a thing of the past. Wellness interventions are now defined as the holistic pursuit of physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual and financial values into all aspects of life.
  • How are employees re-prioritising health, money, career position and progression? How have employee engagement factors, such as autonomy, recognition, community and work-life balance shifted in post-pandemic times?
  • As companies contemplate the future of working arrangements for the post-COVID landscape, how can we redesign workspaces that are responsive and provides a balance – accommodating a mix of remote and office-based working – for all users?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the top personal concerns of your colleagues. Is it physical and mental health, compensation and benefits, workload, career position or progression? How do they differ among colleagues of different geographies, job functions and experience?
  • Gain insights on how leading companies are venturing beyond traditional norms to cultivate models of healthy behaviours and workplace designs, and explore creative solutions to enhance the holistic wellbeing of its workforce.

12:40 – 13:30

Going Beyond Good Intentions: Inclusive Hiring

Sourcing candidates from a variety of backgrounds is naturally the first step to promoting greater diversity and inclusion within organisations. But it is often not enough. To promote inclusivity in the workplace, companies must also design and implement an equitable hiring process that prevents and addresses unconscious bias.

Learnings

  • What is unconscious bias in the context of recruitment?
  • Why thoughtful, inclusive hiring is not only the right thing to do, but also creates a massive competitive advantage for organisations.
  • What are some tactics and tips for reducing biases during recruitment, in order to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organisational culture? How should HR managers and recruiters write better job descriptions, career pages and inform interviewers? How do we track and measure our progress?
  • The importance of a sense of belonging and ensuring no one is left behind in retaining staff

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand barriers that are faced by diverse candidates during the recruitment process.
  • Gain insights on quick wins and long-term actions that organisations can take to build a more inclusive hiring process, from job postings, seeking the right candidates to making hiring decisions.
  • Recognise that companies need to commit and have inclusive systems for hiring a diverse workforce, before proceeding on more aspirational aspects of DEI, such as gender and race equality.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Ajmal Samuel

Founding Chairman

OCTO3 Group Holdings Limited

Ajmal Samuel

Founding Chairman

OCTO3 Group Holdings Limited

Ajmal Victor Samuel is a Hong Kong based businessman and a Hong Kong national level athlete. He is the Founding Chairman of OCTO3 Group Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong headquartered financial technology and infrastructure provider that specializes in Payments and Clearing House Systems. Ajmal is also an extreme adventurer and a well-established endurance athlete. He has been actively involved in social and sports activism and advocating for disabled rights.

Jo Ledarney

Head of People & Performance

Colliers

Jo Ledarney

Head of People & Performance

Colliers

Jo Ledarney is a well-accomplished professional with extensive experience in Learning & Development and Talent Acquisition. She has lived and worked in major Asian cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. As the Head of People & Performance, Jo has demonstrated her ability to lead a wide array of initiatives and has vast experience in spearheading projects to drive an inclusive and embracing company culture at Colliers Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

These are macroscopic ideas that I would like to see in Hong Kong:

  1. A top-down approach on reduction of plastic usage from the corporate level (e.g. supermarket).
  2. Various tax incentives for corporates to drive and champion different ESG initiatives.
  3. To educate and increase awareness among the future of our society, make ESG as a compulsory course or project for all high school and university students.

Jonathan Mok

Eco-system Builder (Research and Insights) / Social Justice Fellowship Alum

Dream Impact / Resolve Foundation

Jonathan Mok

Eco-system Builder (Research and Insights) / Social Justice Fellowship Alum

Dream Impact / Resolve Foundation

An alum of the Resolve Foundation Social Justice Fellowship Programme, Jonathan is committed to advocating neurodiversity. Jonathan previously shared in events including the United Kingdom’s Apolitical forum. Jonathan has served as one of the organizers of the Hong Kong Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Week since 2021 and is also affiliated with Mind HK.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I wish our communities to embrace neurodiversity. The neurodivergent will have opportunities to pursue and excel in whatever they feel called to do.

Kirti Lad

Executive Director and Co Founder

Meraki Executive Search & Consulting

Kirti Lad

Executive Director and Co Founder

Meraki Executive Search & Consulting

Kirti is the pioneer behind the Women’s Directorship Programme, a joint-venture with HKU Business School, is an active member of the Women in Business Committee at BritCham and was named one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry by the Economist Magazine.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I am committed to help drive better gender parity on corporate boards and look forward to helping HK companies appoint more women onto their boards.

Sudesh Thevasenabathy

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Asia

Manulife

Sudesh Thevasenabathy

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Asia

Manulife

Sudesh is currently Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Asia at Manulife responsible for driving the DEI agenda across the region for employees and underrepresented communities. He is a multi award winner, notably the 2019 LGBT+ Hong Kong Ally Award by Community Business and was named 2019 Global Top 50 LGBT+ OUTstanding Role Model. He’s also Council member of the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School and Advisory Council member of SENsational Foundation. Sudesh is a true believer and advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and with customers, and actively works and speaks in supporting inclusion of all forms be it disability, race, gender, sexuality and multi-generational employees.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

We must and shall finally achieve true equality and equity across all underrepresented communities, and everyone has a true sense of belonging. No one is left behind.

Rethinking Customers & Communications

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The marketer’s function is rapidly changing. Marketers today have a unique chance to influence behaviour change as well as create and implement successful company sustainability strategies as the climate crisis and global warming worsen and social inequity rises.

Rethinking Customers & Communications is designed to challenge what sustainability means to consumers in Hong Kong and Asia. As demand for business agility and the need to cater to Gen Z audiences increases, how are brands reacting to the changing values of today’s consumers and communicating their own sustainability credentials and ambitions?

14:30 – 14:35

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Customers & Communications

Speakers

Jane Morgan

Managing Director Hong Kong, Head of Client Services APAC

Golin

Jane Morgan

Managing Director Hong Kong, Head of Client Services APAC

Golin

Jane Morgan is the Managing Director of Golin Hong Kong. With almost 20 years of PR experience spanning Europe and Asia, and having held leadership roles in three of the top ten global PR agencies, Jane has been responsible for growing and nurturing teams whilst ensuring client excellence.

14:35 – 15:25

The Role of Marketing in a Sustainable New World

As consumers increasingly look to sustainability as a priority filter for purchasing decisions, marketers are presented with a unique opportunity as well as responsibility to communicate accurately and transparently on impact. The role of marketers in introducing sustainability concepts and shifting consumer mindset and decision making is evolving at pace – and goes much further than simply delivering communications on the topic.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? What are some challenges shared? What work still needs to be done? Perspectives on demographics and B2C vs B2B
  • How are marketers balancing long-term corporate objectives on sustainability, and the need to deliver more immediate, marketing-led growth for organisations?
  • The sustainability agenda exposes marketers to a much wider range of stakeholders than their end consumers. Marketers of today have a role in doing what’s right for customers, as well as shaping and implementing effective corporate sustainability strategies and creating a strong employee value proposition.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on how marketers are responding to calls for ethical, social and sustainability responsibility, as well as the successes and challenges of setting and assessing sustainable marketing goals.
  • Understand that purpose-driven marketing has the potential to steer policy and employee engagement and provide an impetus for the brand to live up to it – in addition to simply communicating it.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Carol Yeung

Vice President

Golin

Carol Yeung

Vice President

Golin

Carol is the Vice President and ESG lead of Golin Hong Kong. She has 12 years’ experience building brand reputation and connecting brands with consumers. She was named Women to Watch 2021 by Campaign Asia-Pacific and has obtained Harvard Business School certification on Sustainable Business Strategy.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I wish more brands will look into their brand purpose not only on comms level but how they can create real, meaningful change for the industry and society.

Rosann Ling

Creative Director

Prism Creative

Rosann Ling

Creative Director

Prism Creative

Rosann is Founder and Creative Director of Prism Creative, a purpose-driven branding agency working with brave change-makers using their businesses/platforms as a force for good. She also hosts Branding for Impact Podcast, a show of bite-sized branding tips for making an impact. It launched as #1 in Marketing/HK Apple Podcasts.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see more businesses adopting sustainability, for it to become even more demanded by consumers and for it to become the absolute given for competitive edge.

Sidhanth Gopishetty

Regional General Manager – Marketing & Customer Engagement

Toys”R”Us Asia

Sidhanth Gopishetty

Regional General Manager – Marketing & Customer Engagement

Toys”R”Us Asia

Sidhanth Gopishetty is a seasoned leader with over 15 years of global experience in multiple marketing & brand management functions across the Retail, Consumer Goods and Technology industries.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Reduction of single use plastic & more efficient use of water.

15:40 – 16:30

Inclusive Communications: Empowering Perspectives and Making Genuine Connections

Belonging is key in the business of brand building. Customers reward brands that they connect with and which align with their values with loyalty. As the global consumer population continues to grow and diversify, businesses worldwide are increasingly recognising the need to reflect and resonate with a range of backgrounds and experiences within their messaging in creating long-lasting relationships with audiences.

Learnings

  • Why do inclusive communications matter?
  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong and Asia? How are leaders in this space working to implement inclusive marketing practices, listening to stakeholder feedback and making genuine connections?
  • What are some opportunities and challenges encountered in creating campaigns that speak to people from all walks of life and consider diversity in all forms – age, appearance, ethnicity, gender identity, language, socio-economic status, religion, physical and mental ability, and more?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the importance of inclusive marketing in improving businesses’ ability to engage and connect with audiences and building a socially responsible brand.
  • Gain insight into how marketers and communicators should prioritise inclusive marketing by using thoughtful language, graphics, social media, and methods reflects the values of their businesses.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Genevieve Hilton

Co-Chair, AmCham E-ESG Committee

American Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)

Genevieve Hilton

Co-Chair, AmCham E-ESG Committee

American Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)

Geneviève Hilton is co-chair of the Energy & ESG committee of AmCham Hong Kong. Currently at Lenovo, and previously at BASF, she has led the communications and corporate citizenship functions for Asia Pacific. Starting from 1994, she held a variety of agency roles in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I want to see Hong Kong embrace its obvious role as a business sustainability leader in Asia Pacific by fully incorporating sustainability into companies’ strategic operations.

Jessie To

Marketing Manager, Regional Marketing, APAC

Getty Images

Jessie To

Marketing Manager, Regional Marketing, APAC

Getty Images

Jessie To is the Marketing Manager, Regional Marketing, APAC in Getty Images, who oversees Getty Images’ marketing strategies and executions in the region. She is as well the lead of the LGBTQ+ ERG and ex-D&I global advisor committee representative of APAC.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Reducing carbon footprint, increasing awareness on environmental topics and more authentic representation of sustainability visuals.

Lo Sheung Yan (Mayan)

Chief Creative Officer, APAC

Wunderman Thompson

Lo Sheung Yan (Mayan)

Chief Creative Officer, APAC

Wunderman Thompson

An inspiring creative leader in Asia-Pacific who had been named “Lotus-Legend” by Adfest 2016. After a long and rewarding 25-years based in Shanghai, where he led China to its very first GrandPrix at Cannes 2011, he returned to HK in 2021 to continue leading the region and the HK office.

 

16:30 – 17:20

Navigating Eco-Credentials and the Greenwashing Complex: Operational vs Superficial Decisions

In addition to being the right thing to do, brands that are transparent about their environmental claims and base their marketing on facts and credentials stand to gain a competitive edge in a world racing towards more credible inventory and impact standards for climate progress. But, sometimes, that can go wrong with superficial decisions made for marketing purposes instead of operational decisions that can create genuine change.

This session will discuss how marketers can work with financial, legal and other industry stakeholders to develop a pathway to meaningful, long-term change vs reputational risking decisions.

Learnings

  • As consumers opt for greener alternatives, the increasing pressure to “go green” sometimes result in businesses prioritising superficially appealing demands to satisfy conscious consumerism. What repercussions – reputational, legal, financial and otherwise – can such practices cause?
  • How can brands and suppliers obtain credentials – such as certifications and ratings – for authenticity, build messages on facts and proof, stay transparent, and make sustainability a core brand value and business-wide initiative?
  • In response to investors who claim to have purchased products based on misleading marketing and unsatisfactory disclosure, how can marketing, financial and legal professionals best collaborate and evolve alongside fast-changing consumer perceptions as well as validating claims?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on steps that marketers and communicators are taking in collaboration with the financial and legal industries to stem greenwashing and become more transparent about sustainability commitments.
  • Rethink how brands should authentically highlight the environmentally conscious attributes of their brands and educate stakeholders on initiatives.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Stuart Mackenzie

Manager North Asia

IBIS Consulting

Stuart Mackenzie

Manager North Asia

IBIS Consulting

Stuart is North Asia Manager at IBIS Consulting working extensively in the sustainability sector for 17 years in Asia and Europe. His background is in the resource efficiency sector and, since 2013, he has worked in the sustainable finance space, helping clients to understand environmental and social risks associated with investments.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Hong Kong to bounce back from the pandemic with one eye on sustainability; finding a more sustainable approach to business, not just a return to business as usual.

Setch Chang

Regional Commercial Manager

Morningstar Sustainalytics

Setch Chang

Regional Commercial Manager

Morningstar Sustainalytics

Setch Chang leads the commercial development for Morningstar Sustainalytics in Greater China and Korea, working closely with banks and corporates to understand their sustainability ambitions and provide counsel on integrating ESG and sustainable finance into their businesses. Previously, Setch worked in Institutional Capital Advisory, Nomura Asset Management, and HSBC.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Raising awareness of sustainability among business owners.

Sonalie Figueiras

Founder & CEO

Green Queen, Ekowarehouse and SourceGreenPackaging.com

Sonalie Figueiras

Founder & CEO

Green Queen, Ekowarehouse and SourceGreenPackaging.com

Serial social entrepreneur & trends forecaster Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change through inspiring & empowering original content and one of the world’s leading outlets for alternative protein news. She is also the founder & CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products and the co-founder & CEO of SourceGreenPackaging.com, the world’s first global marketplace for sustainable packaging with a mission to fight single-use plastic waste.

With over a decade of experience in publishing, digital marketing, organic trade, sustainability, alternative proteins and green packaging, she is an eco wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a sought-after international speaker and moderator, sharing her expertise on stages across Asia and beyond, including Harvard Business School and two times at TEDx. Further, Sonalie is a global advisor at Social Ventures Hong Kong, an Impact Purpose Organisation committed to re-imagining Hong Kong as a purpose-driven city, an advisor at The Remedy Project, which revolutionises access to justice for migrant workers globally, a cause close to her heart, and she is an avid home cook and published cookbook author.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Grow Green Queen Media, Grow SourceGreenpackaging.com.

Vivien Teu

Partner, Head of Asset Management & ESG

Dentons Hong Kong LLP

Vivien Teu

Partner, Head of Asset Management & ESG

Dentons Hong Kong LLP

Vivien Teu is a partner and head of Asset Management & ESG at Dentons Hong Kong. With more than 20 years’ extensive corporate and commercial experience advising financial institutions and financial services sectors, including numerous strategic joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, Vivien has acted for some of the largest global and regional financial institutions and asset managers on legal and regulatory matters for cross-border financial markets access, investments and platform building, as well as extensive experience advising investors and other market participants. Vivien is market-leading in having developed a unique focus in her practice on corporate and regulatory issues around environmental, social and governance (ESG), sustainable finance, responsible investment, impact investing and social finance. Vivien is a key member of the Dentons Global ESG Steering Committee as the co-lead for Sustainable Finance. In this role, Vivien is active galvanising and working alongside colleagues with multi-regional and multi-sectoral knowledge and expertise within Dentons, in advising financial institutions as well as corporate clients on legal, regulatory and compliance matters over a range of ESG issues and in meeting challenges and opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy across key sectors and regions.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

On the foundation of Hong Kong’s netzero commitment, to see more businesses across sectors taking account of environment impact of their operations, products, services and supply chain, and embracing transition pathways on the green and sustainable finance infrastructure Hong Kong has established.

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