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Day 1 – Thursday 14 Sept

Rethinking Finance

Green and sustainable finance has become a global trend, driven by the collective efforts of public and private actors for the net-zero transition. This has created enormous opportunities for reprioritising economic activities and realigning investment portfolios towards sustainable development.

Rethinking Finance will bring together regulators, investors, researchers and finance professionals to look into Hong Kong’s rapid expansion of sustainable finance deals, the growing practice of taking ESG into investment considerations, as well as how SMEs, asset owners and multinational corporations can access new breeds of green financing in the city’s efforts to capitalize on its strengths and accelerate its emergence as a green finance hub for the region.

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11:00 – 11:10

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Finance

11:00 – 11:10


Max Thomas


ESG Solutions

Max leads HSBC’s APAC ESG Solutions team, where the team work with clients across the region supporting them on developing their approach to ESG. HBSC’s ESG Solutions proposition covers how to integrate ESG within the business, how ESG can act as a value driver for a company, insights on regulatory changes, ESG rating considerations as well as key disclosures and considerations from a capital markets perspective.

Max’s Sustainability Goals for 2023-2024
Continue to look forward to engaging with our corporate clients on how ESG can be an opportunity for their business and how they should look to develop going forward.

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11:10 – 12:00

Innovation and Evolution in Sustainable Finance: From Climate Tech to Carbon Markets

11:10 – 12:00

Reducing our carbon footprint and transitioning to a low-carbon economy is crucial to maintain a habitable planet for future generations. The climate tech industry offers unique opportunities for talented and passionate individuals worldwide to make a meaningful impact by developing innovative solutions to decarbonize our atmosphere and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Carbon markets have emerged as a critical aspect of sustainable finance. By creating a system for companies and countries to trade carbon credits, carbon markets incentivize organizations to implement sustainable business practices. To create a more efficient and effective carbon market, carbon prices will need to harmonize globally.

Join us in this engaging conversation as our expert panellists discuss how climate tech and carbon markets are shaping sustainable finance and addressing the pressing challenges of climate change and sustainable development, at the same time exploring new doorways to potential revenue streams while achieving sustainability goals.


  • Why is it important to reduce our carbon and transition to a sustainable economy?
  • How do carbon markets incentivize organizations to implement sustainable business practices and reduce their carbon footprint?
  • In what ways are climate tech and carbon markets shaping sustainable finance and addressing the pressing challenges of climate change and sustainable development?
  • What are some of the challenges that climate tech and carbon markets face in shaping sustainable finance and addressing climate change?

Post-event Actions

  • Sharing the insights and recommendations from the panel discussion with policymakers, investors, and other stakeholders to catalyse action and drive sustainable finance initiatives forward.
  • Developing and implementing carbon market mechanisms to incentivize organizations to reduce their carbon footprint and invest in low-carbon technologies.


Yushen Liu


Co-head of APAC Commercial, BloombergNEF

Yushen Liu joined the company in 2009 and has held various roles to develop BNEF’s business across APAC. In her current role as co-head of BNEF APAC commercial, Ms.Liu manages BNEF commercial teams in Greater China, Japan, and Korea to provide research solutions for clients across multiple asset classes to shape their decarbonization strategy. Ms.Liu also co-leads the overall business operation in the APAC region.
Ms.Liu holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Nankai University and a MSc Degree on Human Resources Management and Organizational Analysis from King’s College London. She’s currently working on her EMBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Prof. Lapman Lee

Willis Towers Watson

Professor of Practice (ESG & FinTech), Asia climate & ESG ICT VP leader

Prof. Lapman Lee is a Professor of Practice (ESG, FinTech, Governance) and convenor of the HK Polytechnic University Corporate Sustainability & Sustainable Finance Center (CESEF).

He advises Asian policymakers, listed and private companies on Board climate change governance, corporate sustainability, diversity equity & inclusion, ESG reporting and risk management, and strategic communications and PR, and (green)technology.

He leads the climate and ESG value proposition for insurers in Asia at Willis Towers Watson.

Lapman was also a Board member of the HK FinTech Association, and is a Vice Chair of the British Chamber Financial Markets Committee.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To drive Hong Kong’s role as a green & sustainable finance and GreenTech hub through advocacy, collaboration and education.

Andy San

CECEP Environmental Consulting Group Limited

Head of ESG Advisory Services

Mr. Andy San is the Head of ESG Advisory Services at CECEPEC’s Sustainable Development Department. He is responsible for strategizing and developing ESG advisory services while leading a team dedicated to providing customized ESG solutions to clients with the aim of creating value.

With nearly 7 years of experience in the field of sustainable development, Mr. San has provided strategic advisory services to various international, domestic, and local companies and organizations. His expertise includes sustainable development roadmap planning, ESG management integration, ESG rating enhancement, sustainable development reporting, and related verification services. Mr. San has also been involved in the formulation of ESG disclosure guidelines in mainland China. Additionally, he oversees the daily operations of the company’s ISO 9001 quality management system and ISO 14001 environmental management system.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I hope that sustainability will no longer be merely a slogan or green-washing tool, but will truly be reflected in regional development and regulations.

Alice Suen


Head of Sustainable Finance

Alice is the Head of Sustainable Finance for HSBC Hong Kong Commercial Banking where she is responsible for driving the ESG agenda in the business. She is an energetic Banking Professional with past roles spanning Relationship Management, Strategy Implementation, Portfolio Risk Management , and Balance Sheet Velocity, for HSBC Commercial Banking across Greater China Region.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

As momentum continues to reach new levels, I hope to see even more Hong Kong companies articulating Sustainability plans and objectives, as we all collectively strive towards net-zero.

Kelvin Yuen


Head of North Asia & CFO

In his current role as Head of North Asia & CFO at Allinfra, Kelvin seeks to apply his 20 years of experience in finance and infrastructure across Asia Pacific to promote global sustainability and green finance through Allinfra’s technology.

Prior to joining Allinfra, Kelvin led green energy investments in China for Macquarie’s Green Investment Group. He also led over US$10 billion of equity capital markets and mergers and acquisition transactions in his capacity as Head of Client Coverage, Shanghai and previously as Head of Equity Capital Markets for Greater China.

Outside of Kelvin’s 12-year career at Macquarie, he also spent over 3 years at Singapore Power’s then subsidiary SP AusNet, which owned and operated gas and electricity transmission and distribution networks in Victoria, Australia, in a corporate strategy and business planning capacity. Kelvin is also a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and previously worked at Deloitte and BDO.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

In the coming year, I hope to see Hong Kong become a global leader in green finance with verifiable impact.

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12:00 – 12:50

Financing Biodiversity: The Next Frontier for Private Sector Leadership

12:00 – 12:50

We are not only in a climate crisis, but also a biodiversity crisis. The benefits and opportunities of nature-based solutions to address global biodiversity challenges have never been more urgently needed and relevant. Investments in nature-based solutions will be key to accelerating the pace and scale required for nature preservation.


  • According to the UN, investments in nature must triple by 2030 to help save ecosystems. However, the private sector currently provides only 14% of funding towards nature-based solutions. What are the barriers and knowledge gaps for unlocking private capital for nature-based solutions?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of developing and scaling financially viable projects that bring positive nature and biodiversity impact? What opportunities exist for businesses to pursue new sources of revenue and reap the benefits of increased resilience and purpose?
  • Perspectives from risk mitigation, regulatory and policy alignment

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink the role that your company and industry can play in accelerating the investment in initiatives that bring positive nature and biodiversity outcomes.


Bien Wong

Friends of the Earth (HK)

Honorary Treasurer and Board Governor

Bien Wong is a highly experienced professional with a background in ESG, investor relations, and public affairs in both mainland China and Hong Kong markets. He has worked with global firms and companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and has specialised in assisting corporations in integrating sustainability concepts into their business strategies and steering green financing projects in the field of sustainability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Everything has a price. Everything needs a price.

Hong Kong has yet to put a price on carbon through carbon tax or emission trade to reflect the polluter pays principle.

Stuart Beavis

World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong

Regional Lead for Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (Asia)

Stuart is the Asia-Pacific Regional Lead of the origination facility for the €160 million Dutch Fund for Climate and Development. He has directly worked on over 20 projects in the region, ensuring projects are structured to be business-ready and meet investment criteria. Prior to WWF, Stuart spent 25 years in the financial industry managing derivative sales and trading businesses at LSE, LIFFE, Salomon Brothers, HSBC, UBS, and Jefferies.

Jenny Fan

ANZ Banking Group Limited

Executive Director, Sustainable Finance

Jenny Fan is the Executive Director of Sustainable Finance at ANZ in Hong Kong. She has over 15 years of experience at ANZ, previously serving as Co-Head of Debt Capital Markets for North Asia. Jenny works with major corporations and financial institutions, executing complex transactions across various banking functions. Her expertise lies in providing sustainable finance solutions to ANZ’s customers transitioning to a zero-carbon economy.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To deepen my connection with nature and support sustainable practices that nurture the Earth and its inhabitants.

Lit Ping Low


Asia Pacific Sustainability, Climate Change, Partner

Lit Ping Low leads PwC’s Asia Pacific Climate Change practice. She is an experienced climate policy and finance economist with 20 years of experience providing advisory services to public and private sector clients on climate change, environmental and social issues. She has advised many businesses in their journey on integrating climate, nature and environmental issues within their businesses’ strategy, risk, investment and operations, across sectors such as infrastructure, real estate, retail and consumer and financial services.

She has collaborated with international organisations including WBCSD, WEF and CDP to raise awareness and advance the climate agenda. She was formerly a Senior Specialist to the World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Practice, supporting governments in managing the financial risks of climate and disaster events.

Isaac Yeung

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited

Head of Corporate ESG/ Head of Corporate Affairs

Having served at The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (Towngas, HK.0003) for over 30 years, Isaac Yeung’s experience spans ESG, company secretarial services, human resources, project investment, corporate affairs and beyond. He sits on the board of directors for multiple major gas companies with businesses across the Chinese Mainland. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Climate Governance Initiative HK Chapter.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To elevate biodiversity risk mitigation and integrate TNFD into the risk management modeling of corporations.

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13:50 – 14:40

Financing the Transition to Net Zero

13:50 – 14:40

Defining net zero pathways aligned to science-based targets is essential to enable the flow of capital to high carbon emitting sectors. The panel will explore how financial institutions are evaluating, measuring and supporting their clients on their net zero journeys and practical considerations for companies integrating transition planning into their business model.


  • Understand the latest sustainable finance market landscape, and considerations for financing the transition to net zero, net zero transition pathway from multi stakeholder perspectives.
  • Understand the emerging products and solutions to finance the transition.
  • How can sustainable finance be accelerated to boost investments conducive to reducing carbon emissions in Hong Kong and beyond.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on opportunities, barriers and the next steps for Hong Kong to advance its green and sustainable finance ambitions as an international transition financing hub.


Jenny Lee

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Under Secretary General

Jenny is the Under Secretary General for Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), primarily responsible for leading strategic multi-stakeholder engagement across its diverse 165 institutional member firms, private and public sector, regulator and government to advance Hong Kong’s position as a leading sustainable financial and green tech center. Jenny contributes to the CASG Centre for Green and Sustainable Finance capacity building and data analytics workstreams, AIGCC, FC4S, Biodiversity and The Finance, and co-developed the HKGFA – HKUST and HKGFA-HKFSI Certificate in Sustainable Finance.

Jenny left a two-decade career in investment banking and consulting to pursue her desire to make a positive impact, shifting the focus of her business and finance experience into sustainability. She co-founded Development Finance Asia and is a life-long learner and passionate about creating a green and sustainable ecosystem, inclusive of finance, ESG and technology.

Jenny previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan in equity derivatives and prime brokerage, working with alternative asset managers to grow their business, raise capital and access financing. She has lived in London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.


My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Deepening industry sustainable finance technical knowledge with an overlay of practical expertise to support businesses transition to Net Zero; fostering collaboration and engagement throughout the ecosystem.

Yasmine Djeddai

Societe Generale

Head of Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance, Asia Pacific

Yasmine has 18 years of international banking experience. Her team spreads across HK, Singapore and Sydney, focusing on origination and structuring of sustainable financing solutions, as well as on supporting its clients to accelerate the development of innovative solutions and new business models that deliver positive impact.
Yasmine is also Co-Chair of the Green & Sustainable Loan Committee of APLMA as as well as Co-Chair of the Sustainable Finance Working Group of the EuroCham in Hong Kong

Mark Lam

Hongkong Land Limited

Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Sustainability

Mark Lam is the Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Sustainability. He is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with stakeholders across the investment community, as well as the development and implementation of the Group’s sustainability strategy.

Prior to his current role, Mr Lam served as a Senior Corporate Finance Manager, where he supported the development of Group-wide strategies, including investment evaluations and board reporting. Before joining Hongkong Land, he was a Director at KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice, advising investors on cross-border transactions across the region.

Mr Lam is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of British Columbia.

Anthony Tse


Executive Director, Head of Corporate Banking – Hong Kong

Anthony Tse is Head of Corporate Banking at UOB Hong Kong overseeing the Bank’s corporate banking business and strategy. Tse is responsible for the client relationship management for large corporates in Hong Kong. Tse joined UOB Hong Kong in 2013. He has more than 15 years of extensive experience in the banking industry, in particular syndicated lending and corporate banking businesses. Tse holds a Bachelor of Physics from The University of Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

As part of the efforts to help customers play their part in green transition, I will provide innovative solutions and simplify access to sustainable financing that help businesses grow responsibly.

Dennis Wu

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Mr Dennis Wu is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of AEC Group (Stock Code: 8320.HK) mainly focusing on Green and Healthy Buildings, Environmental Consultancy and Sustainability Advisory. He is also the Founder and CEO of AEC Capital Group focusing on sustainable finance, real estate and investment management.

Mr Wu has over 20 years of experience in finance industry. He worked in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services Department – Financial Institution Group of Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers in early 2000. Then, he worked for CITIC Capital for 17 years since 2003. During his career in CITIC Capital, Mr Wu was appointed as Executive Director for Finance Department, Principle Investment Department, and Culture and Tourism Department respectively.

Currently, Mr Wu is the Founding President of Greater Bay Area Carbon Neutrality Association. He is also a Co-Chair of Green and Sustainable Private Equity Working Group under Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), and a Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association (HKPEFA).

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I am passionate about embracing sustainability in Hong Kong. And I always aspire to see the city transition to net-zero carbon generation with the benefit of green financing, green technology, climate technology, and carbon technology.


The ESG discipline moving toward digitization is unquestionably the direction of the ESG future as we search for ways to preserve our environment and the future. The Carbon, ESG, and Sustainability-AI & ChatGPT Big Data Analytic Platform solution will promote knowledge sharing in ESG big data technology, analysis management, and crisis management and enhance carbon neutrality rating among target stakeholders in the business, keeping with the AI & ChatGPT Big Data Analytic trend.

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14:40 – 15:30

Technology: A Catalyst for Sustainable Investing at Scale

14:40 – 15:30

The panel will focus on the role of technology in accelerating the transition to net zero for ESG investing and reporting, carbon markets and finance, as well as the practical considerations and implications of integrating ESG data into investment and business strategies.


  • Technology and sustainability are rapidly emerging as the driving forces reshaping our financial ecosystem. As green and sustainable finance gains increasing momentum, new technologies capable of analysing raw data to limit greenwashing and ensuring greater transparency and comparability of green credentials will be key to ensuring long-term and robust business transition.
  • Big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things (IoT) are offering innovative solutions for a more efficient, transparent and accessible system for scaling up sustainable finance.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on emerging opportunities to leverage digital technologies for financing sustainable development.
  • Understand that harnessing the potential of technology with the financing needs of sustainable development will require the collective ambition and innovation of businesses, financial institutions and policymakers.


Helena Fung

London Stock Exchange Group

Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, APAC

As Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Asia Pacific, Helena is responsible for the London Stock Exchange’s sustainable finance and investment strategy across the Asia Pacific region. A core part of her role is client and industry engagement to support the integration of sustainability into investment and financing decisions. Working with research and leadership teams, she has a responsibility for developing LSEG’s sustainable finance and investment strategy in Asia Pacific.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Enabling corporate reporting and capacity building on transition and low carbon activities; mobilising capital to scale the low carbon economy and acheive decarbonisation in Hong Kong and beyond.

King Leung

Invest Hong Kong

Head of Financial Services and Fintech

As the Head of Financial Services and Fintech at InvestHK, the department of the Hong Kong SAR Government responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment, King’s mission is to enrich the ecosystem and contribute to raising the long-term competitiveness and innovation of the financial services sector in Hong Kong. King achieves this goal through collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders – regulators, financial institutions, investors, fintech companies, associations, etc. in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and other major international fintech hubs.
Prior to joining the government, King had a diverse private sector background as a serial tech entrepreneur, angel investor, and fintech lecturer in Asia where his first data-related startup was established through seed investment from Credit Suisse. His startup served numerous world-renowned financial institutions in wealth management, insurance, personal finance, etc. King was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and KPMG in the US, as well as a venture capitalist at Innovate@, a technology fund jointly run by Booz Allen & Hamilton and Lehman Brothers.
King received his MBA (honors) from the University of Chicago and BSc (honors) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Green Fintech is the concatenation between impact and power of capital.

Kevin Ng

InnoBlock Technology


Kevin is the CEO of InnoBlock Technology Limited. Since 2020. InnoBlock focus on Blockchain as a service, especially in the ESG, Carbon Credit Trade, and Green finance. Establish business across Asia, such as Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Cambodia. Kevin has 27 years of experience in the fields of Fintech, Blockchain, and telecom.
He has global experience in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. He worked for IBM, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, and Huawei in senior management roles.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Sustainability starts from your inner circle: Increase the awareness of equality and importance of decarbonization in workplace, by reducing energy consumption and maintain a healthy working environment to achieve long-term success.

Gabriel Wilson-Otto

Fidelity International

Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy

Gabriel Wilson-Otto is the Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy at Fidelity International and
based in Hong Kong.

Gabriel leads the global development of sustainable investment frameworks, policies, proprietary
tools and product offerings. He works closely with a wide range of internal and external
stakeholders to support Fidelity’s sustainable investing ambition and to develop solutions for

Gabriel joined Fidelity in 2021 from BNP Paribas Asset Management where he was Global Head
of Sustainability Research and had previously held the position of Head of Stewardship, Asia
Pacific. Prior to BNPP AM, he was an Executive Director in Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment
Research division and Head of GS SUSTAIN for Asia.

Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) and a Bachelor of Information
Systems from the University of Melbourne. He is a CFA charter holder.

Debra Tan

China Water Risk

Director & Head

Tan heads CWR, a non-profit that aims to “mainstream” water and climate risks into financial decision-making and corporate strategies. Today, CWR’s work on the assessing and valuing risk exposure to rising freshwater scarcity to coastal threats, is highlighted as tools and useful resources under the IFRS’s CDSB Application Guidance for Water-Related Disclosures and feature in Palgrave MacMillan textbooks. Tan is also a contributing author to the latest IPCC 6th Assessment Report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Adapting to rising water risks in a new climate future

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15:40 – 16:40

The Role of Financial Institutions in Accelerating ESG Transformation & Decarbonisation

15:40 – 16:40

As we rapidly approach the deadline to decarbonise our businesses by the target years of 2030, then 2050, it is imperative for businesses to asses their strategies for net-zero.

On this panel, speakers will discuss their organizations’ climate and transition commitments. Also, considering the ambitious net-zero targets that corporates are adopting, there are key gaps that financial institutions can contribute to fulfill and identify opportunities in implementation.


  • How to better understand decarbonization commitments of Financial Institutions and their clients.
  • What is the definition of transition investments?
  • Understand the role of blended finance and other tools.

Post-event Actions

  • Finalize the strategy design.
  • Actively influence their clients to accelerate implementation.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and lead the journey to net-zero.


Jose Luis Sanchez Arellano

Environmental Resources Management

Director, Business Development M&A and Finance Sector, Hong Kong

Jose Luis’ primary focus is the development and on boarding of financial sector clients from Central East Asia. Prior to joining ERM, he worked for different social enterprises, as sustainability consultant in Asia developing blended finance solutions for bankable high-impact projects. Previously, he worked for 19 years in the financial industry in HK, NY, and Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from ITAM, an MBA from Boston University, and a Sustainable Finance Certification.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Hong Kong to become the regional leader in accelerating the implementation of a robust strategy towards transition and decarbonization in 2023-2024.

Rebekah Earp

CVC Asia Pacific Limited

Director ESG, Asia

Rebekah joined CVC in 2022 and is part of the Asia Operations team, which is involved throughout the ownership of portfolio companies to drive value creation and continued improvement. Prior to CVC she has spent over 15 years in the Asia Pacific region leading ESG integration in both public and private companies. She started her career in London and has also supported sustainability strategies in Europe and North America. She specializes in building international sustainability / ESG teams, expertise, governance, strategies and initiatives, and disclosures. She also advises boards and C-suites on ESG matters.

Diana Parusheva


Head of Public Policy and Sustainable Finance

Diana has over 20 years’ of experience across various countries, industries and sectors. Started as a lawyer working for private banks and for the financial sector regulator and then transitioned to specialize in European and Chinese decarbonisation policies and sustainable finance. Experienced public speaker and contributing to open or subscription-based policy and macroeconomic forecasting platforms.


Ellie Tang

Fidelity International

Director, Sustainable Investing

Based in Hong Kong, Ellie is responsible for the integration of sustainability considerations into
Fidelity’s real estate investments and supporting the firm in areas including proprietary
sustainability ratings, engagement and voting activities with investee companies, as well as
sustainability product offerings.

Ellie joined Fidelity from the Hong Kong-listed real estate company, New World Development,
where she was Head of Sustainability. Previously, she held sustainability positions at Link
Asset Management and HSBC.

Ellie holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Environmental Science and Policy from
Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Environmental
Studies from Emory University. She serves on the Urban Land Institute Hong Kong Executive
Committee and is also a WELL AP.

Eric Tran

BNP Paribas

Head of Sustainability APAC – Transaction Banking

As Head of Sustainability for BNP Paribas Transaction Banking APAC, Eric oversees the origination of sustainable finance transactions and development of the sustainability practice for the region, in particular helping large corporate clients on sustainable supply chain and sustainable trade.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Eric spent most of his career leading large business transformation programmes in various industries, including financing services, airline and banking across the Asia region. He holds a Master’s degree in Management, Auditing & Advisory from Paris Dauphine University.

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16:40 – 17:40

Building and Upskilling the Next Generation of ESG Talent

16:40 – 17:40

Hong Kong’s aspirations to develop into a regional hub for green and sustainable finance has highlighted a strong demand for talent with the relevant knowledge and skillsets. Hear from leaders in this space on how industry and higher educational institutions are working to fill the talent gap and empower our next generation of green and sustainable finance experts.


  • How is cross-disciplinary education being fostered in universities and within the industry to ensure sustainability leaders of the future are provided a broad-based learning experience, intellectual capacity building and a global outlook essential to perform meaningful analysis, make informed decisions and deliver on ESG goals?
  • How can industry best work to ensure financial talents are equipped with the knowledge, skillsets and experience needed to take the baton for the city’s green finance aspirations?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the importance of green and sustainable financial education in Hong Kong.
  • Gain insights on how current development of green and sustainable financial education can align with future industry needs.


Christine Yu

Sustainable Finance Initiative

Head of Innovation

Christine Yu is Head of Innovation at HK-based Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi), a platform at the intersection of innovation, education and impact investing in Asia. She leads SFi’s education platform, New Impact Society.
Christine’s global career spans over 20 years across impact finance, venture building and the international capital markets. Prior to Christine’s venture building experience, the majority of Christine’s career was in the institutional debt capital markets at HSBC in both Hong Kong and New York. During her tenure at HSBC, she navigated through the rise of the Asian debt markets, including the first private sector green bond in Asia Pacific, which prompted her move into impact investing.
Passionate about investing, financial inclusion, financial literacy and the gender lens space, Christine is Co-Founder of Sophia, a financial education platform which helps companies empower their female customers and employees to tackle the gender investing gap and build wealth. She also co-founded a non-profit organization called Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ (www.gjwhf.org) focused on helping women prioritise their financial futures through community.
She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I want to continue doing the powerful work needed in mobilizing capital for good towards impact investments in Asia Pacific: whether that is empowering a new generation of impact investors or helping build out the sustainable finance talent value chain.

Leonie Kelly


Global Head of Sustainable Investment Consulting

Leonie leads Ogier Sustainable Investment Consulting business working with asset managers, asset owners and corporates to develop sustainability investment strategies across public and private markets in APAC, Europe, and North America.

She is a co-founder and prior Partner of Sustainable Finance Initiative in Hong Kong, working to mobilise private investor capital for positive impact. Prior to this Leonie was Head of Impact Innovation and Investment at the Zoological Society of London where she developed the Rhino Impact Bond (also known as the Wildlife Conservation Bond) concept and secured feasibility funding from UN, GEF and private donors to test the concept. RIB was the first financial vehicle of its kind focused on directing impact capital to help save species on the edge of extinction. Leonie was a Manager at Deloitte UK in Sustainability Services and prior Analyst at Citi Ireland. Leonie has fourteen years’ experience, combining sustainability and finance.

Serena Mak, CESGA CPA (Aust.) FRM

DBS Bank (Hong Kong)

Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, Institutional Banking Group

Serena is currently working as Executive Director in the Sustainable Finance team within the Institutional Banking Group of DBS Hong Kong.

Prior to DBS, Serena was the Head of ESG Funding Asia for Home Credit, an international consumer finance provider that focuses on responsible lending to people with little or no credit history.

Serena also has over 15 years of experience with Goldman Sachs treasury and market operations in Singapore and Hong Kong, with focus on liquidity management and payment transaction surveillance across the APAC region.

Ms. Mak is also serving as Board Governor & Honorary Secretary at Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong) with a focus on Green and Sustainable Finance development in Asia.

Ms. Serena Mak holds both MSc Investment Management and BBA (Hons) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Peter Stein

Private Wealth Management Association

CEO and Managing Director

Peter Stein is CEO and Managing Director of the Private Wealth Management Association, an industry association whose mission is to foster the growth and development of the private wealth management industry in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining PWMA in December 2016, Peter worked for UBS AG, where he served as Head of Regulatory Advisory & Relations, Asia Pacific and before that as Head of Group Governmental Affairs for Asia Pacific. Until 2011, Peter was a senior editor and reporter in Hong Kong with The Wall Street Journal, where he worked for more than 20 years, including as the Journal’s Hong Kong Bureau Chief and as Managing Editor of the Journal’s Asian edition. Born in New York City, he graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I hope to see
– the incorporation of sustainable investment options made mandatory for all MPF accounts
– sustainable investment targets set for the management of Hong Kong’s financial reserves

I plan to have investments incorporating ESG principles comprise at least 25% of my personal investments.

Henry Wang

IASE International Association for Sustainable Economy

G20/B20 Taskforce & Action Council

EurIng. Henry K. H. Wang is an international executive, author & speaker with extensive high level business experience globally. He is President of Gate International & was a former director of both Shell China and SABIC in Riyadh. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts FRSA & Fellow of Institute of Chemical Engineering. He is a board member of London University SOAS Advisory Board. He has been invited to join the G20/B20 Global Taskforces & Action Councils plus the IASE Advisory Committee.

He has published over 100 papers and speeches plus 6 books globally. His negotiation paper was selected as one of Top Five UK Management Papers of the Year. He has been invited to speak at international conferences, leading universities and business schools globally. He is also undertaking charity work on leadership and sustainability globally.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Actively contribute to ESG improvements globally by participating in the G20/B20 ESG in Business Action Council.
Support ESG improvements in Asia & Hong Kong by participating in the IASE Advisory Committee plus giving keynote speeches & lectures .

Actively contribute to Climate and Sustainability improvements globally by participating in the G20/B20 International Energy, Climate Sustainability and Resource Taskforce under the leadership of the G20 Presidency of India.

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Day 2 – Friday 15 Sept

Rethinking Supply Chains

Businesses are stepping up to scrutinise suppliers’ sustainability responsibilities, alongside the development of technology for increased traceability and credibility. It has become imperative for companies to respond to changing stakeholder demands, and innovate to address systemic risks, reduce waste, enhance transparency and improve resilience across entire value chains.

Rethinking Supply Chains  will share leading practices and emerging tools and solutions for the sustainability imperative – from supplier financing, manufacturing and logistics, compliance and accountability, to the social license to operate.

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10:30 – 10:35

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Supply Chains

10:30 – 10:35

Businesses are stepping up to scrutinise suppliers’ sustainability responsibilities, alongside the development of technology for increased traceability and credibility. It has become imperative for companies to respond to changing stakeholder demands, and innovate to address systemic risks, reduce waste, enhance transparency and improve resilience across entire value chains.


Rethinking Supply Chains will share leading practices and emerging tools and solutions for the sustainability imperative – from supplier financing, manufacturing and logistics, compliance and accountability, to the social license to operate.


Tim Edmunds


Sustainability – Strategy & Transformation, Partner

Tim is the lead for PwC’s ESG Strategy & Sustainable Value Chain Advisory located in Hong Kong. Tim has over 18 years consulting and industry experience, focusing on consumer goods. Tim is also involved in events for AMCHAM’s Apparel, Footwear & Supply Chain committee.

Recent projects include a recycling network design for leading sports brand (converting used wares into new product), holistic ESG strategy for a leading sourcing organisation and circularity strategy for design to end of life

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Hong Kong is in the best position to be a leader in sustainable supply chains. As a sourcing hub, I hope that HK embraces the opportunities in front of it.

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10:35 – 11:25

Traceability and Transparency: The Tech Opportunity for Supply Chains Sustainability

10:35 – 11:25

With the push from consumer and government across the world, businesses are demanded to adopt sustainable business models. Supply chains operate within a complex and interconnected global ecosystem, which make sustainable practice very complicated. However, revolutionizing technology like blockchain can change this. Digital tools and platforms can also be implemented to enhance supply chain transparency and traceability to monitor and track every step of the operation.

In this panel, our field experts will share how companies can leverage technology to promote supply chain sustainability. There will also be discussions on the benefits of embracing these principles and why it’s no longer a choice but a necessity.


  • Why are transparency and traceability essential for promoting sustainable practices and meeting customer demands?
  • How can technology, such as blockchain and IoT, enhance transparency and traceability in supply chains?
  • What are the metrics companies should track for ESG compliance and sustainability evaluation?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of implementing these technologies in supply chains, including costs and resources required?


Post-event Actions

  • Attendees and organizers can put the insights and discussions into practice by implementing transparent and traceable supply chains


Lindsey Hermes

Independent Supply Chain Consultant

Lindsey Hermes is an independent supply chain consultant, and most recently the Global Commercial Director, Digital Solutions at Avery Dennison. She works with some of the world’s largest brands and retailers to deliver digital solutions to transform supply chains, improve customer experience and enable the circular economy. A firm advocate for purpose-driven tech, Lindsey is passionate about helping companies to use technology as a driver of supply chain transparency.

My sustainability goals for 2023:

Reducing food and packaging waste, and adoption of global standards in sustainability reporting.


Gabriel Amouyal


Audit Services Director

Gabriel Amouyal leads QIMA’s Audit Services team, supporting auditors on-site in all QIMA countries of operation, managing relevant back-office teams, and advising brands and retailers on the implementation of efficient CSR programs. Gabriel moved to China fourteen years ago, starting as a field auditor with a focus on CSR topics, such as environmental management, carbon emissions, and energy management.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I would like to see a ban of non-reusable plastics, such as food takeaways or plastic bags

Johanna Levy

GIA (Gemological Institute of America)


Johanna Levy joined GIA in July 2022 as VP ESG to develop strategic programs that strengthen the Institute’s mission. Levy came to GIA from Firmenich, the largest privately owned company in the flavor and fragrance industry. As senior director of global environmental excellence and previously director of sustainability for North America, she built ambitious programs focused on supply chain transparency and net positive impact. Before Firmenich, she worked in-house and as a consultant for Google, Nestlé and the World Gold Council. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts in the field of environmental sciences from Harvard University, a Master of Science in sustainability from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in management from ESCP in France.

Michelle Mak

Dun & Bradstreet

Head of ESG and Enterprise Learning

Michelle Mak is the Head of ESG of Dun & Bradstreet in Hong Kong. She has also led D&B HK to become the first office in D&B’s global network to join as a Signatory of United Nations Global Compact.
Michelle co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, Make The Change, in Singapore in 2013 and was selected as the ESG Person of the Year and Top Women to Watch in Greater China, by Campaign Asia in 2021. Same year she has won the Greater Bay Area Outstanding Young Female Entrepreneur Award.

Ellen Wu

RESET Carbon Limited

General Manager

Ellen is an impact investor turned General Manager at Reset Carbon, an environmental consulting firm with 14+ years of experience in Asia. She has devoted her time in helping Fortune 500 businesses reduce their carbon footprint and meeting their goals through executing on the ground with the businesses and their value chain in Asia. She was previously the Chief Information Officer at Manulife China, and has 2 decades of experience in Fintech and data analytics worked across US, Europe and Asia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Support as many businesses as possible to achieve their Carbon Reduction goals and helping businesses see the strategic values of being sustainable in their operations and their value chains.

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