Change Makers Stage

Workshop: Elevating Youth Engagement from International Exposure to Local Action

Day 2 : 12:15 – 12:50

Recent years have seen an increased presence of youth in international dialogue and knowledge exchange on issues of sustainability. Come join us in this human library workshop and exchange with youth participants on what future leaders can gain from international exposure to empower change in our city.



  • How and where can young people identify the resources and support that they need to gain experience and exposure – locally, regionally and globally?
  • How are young people translating their international exposure and experience of the sustainability transition to local action and career development – via partnerships and networks, skills and knowledge?
  • How can youth organizations empower youth for change?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand how youth can be empowered for change in the sustainability field


Frankie Au

Student, BSc in Sustainable and Green Finance

Frankie Au is a student from the first cohort of BSc in Sustainable and Green Finance at HKUST, and the Network of Environmental Students’ Society. Being passionate about sustainability and interested in climate actions, carbon markets, business and environmental law, he has taken up various roles promoting sustainability since high school. He believes more promotion and expertise sharing is needed to incentivize and concert people’s efforts to achieve global sustainability targets.

Laila Ali

Officer – Policy & Research

Laila’s sustainability career began in Hong Kong after moving from Germany and earning a MSc in Environmental Management from HKU. Throughout her academic and professional journey, she gained valuable experience in managing local and international sustainability initiatives. As a Policy & Research Officer at BEC, she contributes to the development of thought leadership and implementing change-making projects that support Hong Kong’s net-zero transition and improve business sustainability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I hope for a more sustainable Hong Kong achieved through cross-sector collaboration, strong leadership, and amplified efforts, with a particular focus on waste reduction and biodiversity conservation.

Mark Cheung


Mark is an Environmental Science undergraduate at the University of Hong Kong. He was also a youth delegate at various UN conferences, an Antarctica Climate Change expeditioner, and currently is a UN Asia Pacific Youth Advisor on Environmental and Climate Justice. As the Co-Founder of NESS, he aims to raise climate change awareness and the capacity of youth via education. With the work of NESS, Mark hopes to inspire youth to advocate for and take climate action in our community.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I hope to bridge the gap between youth and companies in the green job market amidst the rising demand for green talents and to raise youth awareness with my experience through school talks.

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Valerie Chiu


Valerie Chiu is a consultant at Blunomy, a strategic consulting firm based in Hong Kong. Blunomy partners with financial institutions, businesses and entrepreneurs around the world to drive the transition towards a regenerative society that is decarbonized, circular and inclusive.
Valerie studied Economics and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. During her studies, she was a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network as the SDG Coordinator of the university. Together with her team, she established the university’s SDG Student Hub to raise awareness of the SDGs and provide opportunities for students to implement the goals within the local context.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

I hope everyone in Hong Kong will genuinely see sustainability as the key opportunity to make a real difference in our world, instead of treating it as something we “have to do” in order to comply with regulations.

Carly Leung


Ms. Pui Yee Leung, Carly, is a member of the UN Asia-Pacific Youth Advisory Group on Environmental and Climate Justice, where she actively contributes to the advancement of these critical issues. Carly’s passion and expertise extend beyond her advisory role. Recognizing the urgent need for a just climate transition, she co-founded the Climate Incubator. This initiative serves as a dynamic platform for individuals seeking to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively address climate change. As an incubator that empowers youth, the Climate Incubator fosters collaborative learning, networking, and the development of green skills. Additionally, Carly holds the position of Development Director at V’air, where she plays a pivotal role in promoting eco-tourism and climate education. Her unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship drives V’air’s mission to create positive change in the world.

Our sustainability goals for 2023:

  • I aim to empower youth and encourage their active involvement in the climate change movement. By providing them with education, resources, and platforms for engagement, I hope to inspire a new generation of environmentally conscious leaders. Also, I aspire to foster regional and international collaboration between Hong Kong and other countries. By forging partnerships, we can work together to address global environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future for all.

Kelvin So

Manager, Oceans Conservation

Kelvin is a dedicated marine conservationist, focusing on advocating for Marine Protected Areas and encouraging sustainable marine resource use. At WWF-Hong Kong, he manages the Shui Hau project; he designed Hong Kong’s first clam measurement gauge, and conducts ecological surveys and promotes coastal ecology. Kelvin is also leading the “Reviving Our Corals” initiative, a joint effort with Coral Academy at CUHK, which aims to restore coral communities in Hong Kong through nature-based solutions.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

Hong Kong should designate 30% of its waters as Marine Protected Areas to protect our diverse sea life and habitats from current threats, since only 5% are currently protected.

Justin Yeung


Justin Yeung is a sustainability practitioner who was born and raised in Hong Kong. He prides himself in being an expansive learner, with a keen passion for novelty and growth.

In 2022, Justin participated in a climate change expedition to Antarctica as a Hong Kong delegate. Inspired by the experience, he co-founded 2041 Hong Kong, a youth community organization dedicated to inspiring and catalyzing change for sustainable development and promoting the #AntarcticSpirit.

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