BEC Business Transformation Theatre

Activating Collaborations in Retail for Our Circular Transition

Day 2 : 10:55 – 11:45

The retail industry has always played a key role in the economy, and as we transition to a more circular economy it is becoming more essential to activate collaborations. This panel will gather thought leaders from across industries to discuss key challenges and opportunities such as cross-industry collaborations, building trust and transparency with partners as well as forming & maintaining relationships between collaborators.

• How important are collaborations in the retail industry to achieve a circular transition?
• What are the key challenges when developing these relationships?
Post-event Actions
• Gain a deeper understanding of the power of collaboration in driving a circular transition in retail and learn practical strategies for building successful partnerships.



Philippe Li


Philippe focuses on building The Mills Fabrica’s sustainability strategy including the creation of an impact and sustainability measurement framework to measure the impact of its investment portfolio.

Prior to joining The Mills Fabrica, Philippe has extensive experience building and scaling up startups within the sustainability space in sectors such as recycling and health and wellness. He also has prior experience working in impact investing and startup accelerator.

He holds a BSc (Econ) Economics and Geography from University College London.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To drive planet-positive impact by investing in innovative agrifood and techstyle startups that contribute to socio-ecological resilience.

Dr. Andy LENG

Senior Project Manager

Dr. Andy Leng is predominantly a civil engineer and an environmental researcher. He obtained B.S. in Water Science and Engineering from Chongqing University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Hong Kong PolyU. Andy worked as a Research Assistant Professor at PolyU, a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan and a Postdoctoral researcher at University of Hawaii. With a solid sustainable research background and experience in design and construction, Andy has been working closely with leading first tier luxury retail groups for the development of sustainable retail projects and standards in APAC.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To promote scalable rating and data-driven system on sustainability for the built environment
To merge new technology into the development of sustainable projects
To enhance early stage assessment for waste recycling, management and reduction
To activate voice of Hong Kong people as a tool for sustainability development

Keilem Ng

General Manager – Sustainability

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.

Keilem grew up in Hong Kong and loves nature and the great outdoors. In 2012 she founded Eco Marine, a not for profit organization that promotes local marine and environmental awareness and aims to connect Hong Kong people and businesses with nature. In 2018, Keilem co-founded Exchange and Empower with Nepalese trail runner Mira Rai to empower talented young female athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Keilem spoke about taking personal action for climate change at TedxTinHauWomen Countdown 2020 and was the winner of the NEXXINSPIRE Social Innovation Award 2020.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

In 2023-2024, I hope to continue and deepen collaboration with our stakeholders to take action to make on the ground change.

Alice Suen


Head of Sustainable Finance

Alice Suen is the Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC Hong Kong. She engages with Hong Kong’s broad sustainable finance ecosystem looking for opportunities to leverage HSBC’s capabilities and market position to support sustainable market development and deliver new solutions to address local, regional and global needs. She is responsible for driving the Sustainable Finance agenda among the Bank’s customers, enhancing business customer’s awareness and understanding towards sustainability, supporting clients in the development of sustainability and transition strategies, and assisting them in disclosure to gain better access to financial markets.

Having worked in the financial services industry for almost 20 years, Alice has a wealth of experience across frontline relationship management, business strategy, and people management. She has a dedicated focus on Greater China Business, and she has previously worked in Shanghai and the Greater Bay Area.

Outside of her professional career, Alice is an enthusiast in ESG-related volunteering activities.  

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Sustainability is a fast-evolving and non-linear topic. I hope to see even more Hong Kong companies articulating Sustainability plans and objectives, as we all collectively strive towards net-zero.

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