BEC Business Transformation Theatre

Redesign: Designing Out Waste and Innovative Manufacturing

Day 1 : 12:20 – 13:10

As we explore sustainable manufacturing practices and reducing waste in Hong Kong, it is important to consider the role or innovation and how we are progressing the redesign process, as a produce design will significantly affect its reparability, reusability and recyclability. 

The panel will explore innovative manufacturing practices, that can reduce waste and increase resource efficiency. The discussion will also touch on the role of product design in promoting circularity, including the use of sustainable materials and the incorporation of end-of-life considerations in the design process. 


  • What are some successful examples of circular design/manufacturing processes in Hong Kong? 
  • How can designers and manufacturers incorporate end-of-life considerations into the design process and create products that can have an extended life span? 

Post-event actions 

  • Accelerate the mindset shift to adopt eco- or sustainable design and prepare to meet consumers’ expectations.  
  • Re-evaluate existing manufacturing processes to identify alternative greener alternatives. 


Victor Li

Business Development Director

Victor has over 26 years of experience in environmental & waste management fields and substantial experience in introducing and lining up overseas environmental technologies for Hong Kong and Mainland China. He oversees the Hong Kong operation of various chemical waste management programs, remediation and cleanup, one stop recycling services and energy saving for clients including HKSAR government, major utility companies, property management sectors, transportation companies, etc. Mr. Li has been actively advising various environmental companies from Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific on the latest technological development and market dynamics and presenting in many overseas conferences and occasions.

Trained as an engineer, Victor is the Vice President of the Hong Kong Environmental Industry Association, Past Chairman for Hong Kong Waste Management Association, Fellow member for Hong Kong Green Strategy Alliance.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Corporate & SMEs to proactively execute a proactive, genuine action plan to bring sustainability to reality.

Gene Cheung

General Manager – Civil Engineering Department

Mr Gene Cheung is a professional civil and structural engineer and he has over 25 years of experiences in the construction industry. He obtained his bachelor degree in civil & structural engineering from The University of Hong Kong and master degree in construction project management from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

He is currently the General Manager for the Civil Engineering Department in China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Limited, overseeing projects execution involving highway, cavern & tunnelling works, reclamation & site formation, railway, water treatment and waste management facilities in Hong Kong. He is also closely engaged in tendering, strategic planning and development of business.

In the past years, he has demonstrated his ability to successfully deliver the multi-disciplinary infrastructure contracts including the Central-Wan Chai Bypass, MTRC Exhibition Center Station and the Central-Kowloon Route, safely, within budget and in a timely manner.

Vassilios Georgakopoulos

Head of Dining and Hospitality

Vassilios is a strategic hospitality innovation professional specialising in sustainable guest experience management for the service sector. Currently, he is leading the dining and hospitality related customer experience and service design of Cathay Pacific on the ground (looking after its lounge proposition) and in the air (inflight experience).

He is deeply passionate about analysing in detail data and identifying solutions through guided experimentation supporting teams to achieve their ultimate goal: improve customer satisfaction, profitability and operational performance, in a sustainable manner.

Pamela Hinton

General Manager, Sustainable Office Solutions Ltd & Co-Founder, CircleSpace

With over 19 years’ experience as a multi-disciplinary designer, Pam Hinton has worked on a vast array of award winning, global projects. Inspired by a desire to boost innovation and drive positive change in the design and construction industry, she joined SOS during the company’s inception in 2021. As General Manager for SOS, she supports organisations on their path to decarbonisation, ensuring valuable assets are redistributed and repurposed to generate value for all stakeholders.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

SOS aims to maximise the value of quality furniture and facilitate a circular economy in the design and construction industry using our proprietary software and project management services.

Matthew Man


Dr Matthew Man is an entrepreneur, an inventor and a technology advisor with over 30 years’ experience in the high-tech industry. He is the Founder and CEO of Megasoft Ltd (branded as Myndar), a leading global provider of IoT, AI and BI technologies in healthcare, retail and critical logistics industries.
Dr Man’s visionary thinking and strong leadership have led his companies to pioneer a series of revolutionary IoT solutions which have won many major awards including the Grand Award of Hong Kong Awards for Industries; and the Gold Award of International Inventions Geneva among others.

Dr Man has further developed 16 more innovative new applications including a Drug Refill Management System, a Smart Drug Cabinet System and Pharmacy Automation which have been widely adopted by major public hospitals in Hong Kong.

Dr Man is widely recognised as one Hong Kong’s leading innovative and business talents. His personal accolades include Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young; Entrepreneur of the Year by MGP Retail Technology; the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards; World Outstanding Chinese Award; Nobel Laureates Series Award; CEO of the Year; and Most Influential Top 100 Chinese Entrepreneur.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

We are constantly striving to reduce medical waste with new ideas for recycling. For 2023, we are currently developing better methods for collecting unused drugs and recycling those that are still in good and safe condition. We are also instituting innovative new “track and trace” methods for the safe disposal of drugs containing hazardous medical waste.

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