SCMP’s Asia Sustainability Conference explores investment opportunities and priorities with leading experts across the region

HONG KONG, 3 August 2021 – The South China Morning Post’s Asia Sustainability Conference returns on 17-19 August with a compelling lineup of speakers led by Hon. Wong Kam-sing, Hong Kong’s Secretary of the Environment, Malaysia’s former Minister of Youth & Sports YB Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman, Dr Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer of Temasek International and Louise Mabulo, Founder of The Cacao Project.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in Asia-Pacific have been on the uptrend in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the three-day event will focus on “Accelerating a green recovery in Asia”. Business leaders, sustainability practitioners and policy makers across Asia will gather to discuss and debate how corporate boardrooms can actively pursue sustainability agendas that protect our planet and improve the lives and livelihoods of people in Asia and beyond.

The Asia Sustainability Conference features a dynamic range of experts including women leaders, government representatives, NGOs, businesses and leading millennials to discuss social and environmental conservation, as well as current challenges​​ facing Asia. Mr Wong and Dr Howard will address critical sustainability issues that impact urban planners, corporations and institutions. Their keynote speeches will reveal insights on the government’s long-term decarbonisation strategy to achieve carbon neutrality and suggest frameworks to empower corporations and institutions to pursue a robust sustainability agenda. Ms Mabulo will share insights on empowering youths to take action on sustainability, and Mr Syed Saddiq’s keynote will focus on the impact of engaging youths to build a sustainable future.

The event will feature three primary tracks covering sustainable investment growth opportunities and urgent investment priorities, sustainable technology, and moving beyond diversity and social inclusion. The distinguished line-up of speakers includes senior business leaders and government officials such as Terence Chow, CEO, Head of RBC Wealth Management Asia; Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited; Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS); Ong Pang Yen, Executive Director, Sunway Group; Tanah Lee Sullivan, Group Head of Sustainability, Gojek; Yuni Choi, Director of Investments, RS Group Asia; Shen Ming Lee, Author of Hungry For Disruption: How Tech Innovations Will Nourish 10 Billion By 2050; and Martin Lemoine, Unit Head, Agribusiness Investment Team, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank. For the full list of speakers, please refer to the appendix attached.

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Speakers at Asia Sustainability Conference:


  • Hon. Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, Government of the HKSAR
  • YB Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman, Former Minister of Youth & Sports, Member of Parliament of Muar and Co-Founder of Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA)
  • Dr Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, Temasek International, Singapore
  • Louise Mabulo, Founder, The Cacao Project, The Philippines

Esteemed speakers:

  • Shen Ming Lee, Author of Hungry For Disruption: How Tech Innovations Will Nourish 10 Billion By 2050, Singapore
  • Anthony Thomas, Chairman, Momo, Vietnam
  • Peggy Liu, Chairperson, JUCCCE  
  • Terence Chow, Head of Wealth Management, Asia, RBC, Hong Kong
  • Kenny Koo, Executive Director and CEO, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, Hong Kong
  • Thomas Tsao, Founding Partner, Gobi Partners, Malaysia
  • Tan Bin Ru, CEO (Southeast Asia), OneConnect Financial Technology, Singapore 
  • Nikhil Kaushik, Co-founder and CEO, Graviky Labs Inc, India
  • Anton Wibowo, CEO of Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre, Singapore
  • Isabelle Decitre, CEO & Founder, ID Capital Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Katrina Lee, CEO and Co-founder, Savior!, Singapore  
  • Shalini Mahtani, MBE, Founder of The Zubin Foundation and Community Business, Hong Kong
  • Michael Dean, LLM, Founding Partner, AgFunder, Singapore
  • Nicole Denholder, Founder, Next Chapter Ventures, Hong Kong 
  • Walden Lam, Co-founder and CEO, unspun, Hong Kong 
  • Matthew Guilford, Co-founder and CEO, Common Health, USA
  • Amra Naidoo, Co-Founder, Accelerating Asia and General Partner, Accelerating Asia Ventures, Singapore
  • Erdal Elver, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Ltd., Hong Kong and Macao, Taiwan 
  • Noor Quek, CEO & Founder, NQ International Pte. Ltd., Singapore
  • Khairul Rusydi, Co-Founder & CEO, Reactor School, Singapore
  • Pamela Chng, Co-Founder, The Bettr Group, Singapore
  • Ryan Gersava, Founder and President, Virtualahan, The Philippines
  • Scott Reinhart, Founder and Managing Director, Brawn Capital 
  • Juan Aronna, Managing Director, Head of Investment, Solutions and Products, RBC Wealth Management Asia and International, Hong Kong
  • Nimesh Modak, Managing Director, Imagine H2O Asia, Singapore
  • Tai Lin, Managing Partner, Proterra Investment Partners Asia, Singapore
  • Franz Cerwinka, SVP & President, Emerging Markets, Xylem, Inc., Singapore
  • Ong Pang Yen, Executive Director, Sunway Group, Malaysia
  • SzeKi Sim, Executive Director, Community and Brand, SGInnovate, Singapore
  • Xi Xi, Non-Executive Director, Mineral Resources, Hong Kong
  • Jasmine Duan, Investment Strategist, RBC Wealth Management Asia, Hong Kong
  • Jonathan Ly, Chief of Staff to the CEO and Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Richemont Asia Pacific, Hong Kong
  • Patsian Low, Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor, AVPN, Singapore
  • Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International, Asia Pacific, Hong Kong 
  • Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer,  Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore
  • Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited, Singapore
  • Tanah Lee Sullivan, Group Head of Sustainability, Gojek, Indonesia
  • Wilma Gerber, Chief Operating Officer, Project & Development Services, JLL Asia Pacific, Singapore
  • Maud Savary-Mornet, Senior Advisor for South East Asia| Global Impact Investing Network, Hong Kong
  • Stefan Phang, Global Director for Sustainability & Creating Shared Value, Diversey, Inc, Singapore
  • Jenica Dizon, Country Director, Waves For Water Philippines
  • Professor Kathryn Cheah, Chair of Biochemistry and Jimmy and Emily Tang Professor in Molecular Genetics, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
  • Helen Burdett, Lead, Circular Economy Innovation, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
  • Grace Lau, Culture Transformation Partner, atrain, Hong Kong
  • Yuni Choi, Director of Investments, RS Group Asia, Hong Kong
  • Shiraz Poonevala, Director of Investments, G.P. Group, Thailand
  • Khunapong Khunaraksa, Director of Operations and Strategy, The Circular Initiative, Australia
  • Andrew Chang, Program Director for New Energy Nexus China
  • Austin Bryan, Senior Director, Innovation, CLP Group, Hong Kong
  • Julian P Vella, Co-Head China, Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG, Hong Kong
  • Carlo Delantar, Head of Circular Economy, Gobi Partners, The Philippines
  • Martin Lemoine, Unit Head, Agribusiness Investment Team, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank, Singapore  
  • Sudesh Thevasenabathy, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Asia, Manulife, Hong Kong
  • Dr Amie Lai, Senior Sustainable Development Manager of Swire Properties, Hong Kong


  • Gary Liu, CEO, South China Morning Post 
  • Sandy Li, Property Editor, South China Morning Post  
  • Eric Ng, Correspondent, South China Morning Post 
  • Chad Bray, Senior Business Reporter, South China Morning Post
  • Elizabeth Cheung, Senior Reporter, South China Morning Post  



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South China Morning Post’s Asia Sustainability Conference serves as a platform to discuss and debate issues, growth opportunities and urgent priorities to drive Asia’s rapid sustainability development. The event features business leaders, sustainability experts and policy makers from across the region to explore initiatives and investments that accelerate progress to create a positive impact, protect our planet and improve the lives and livelihoods of people in Asia and beyond. For additional information, visit

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