Going green does not necessarily mean you have to forsake the comfort of modern life and revert to the ways of previous generations. With groundbreaking technologies at our disposal, it is possible to turn mindless consumerism into conscious spending with sustainability as a top priority. This will help promote a greener economy.
This April, Green Monday is presenting one of its key events: Earth Day Forum 2016 titled “The Business of Sustainability”. At the inaugural forum, visionary CEOs, investors and experts from the US, Europe and Asia will share their insights on the theme. The forum and panel speakers will inspire corporations and individuals to act on our global sustainability crises, and raise awareness about exciting innovations and opportunities that come with such a paradigm shift.
The Green Monday team has put together the details of the forum and the speakers’ brief biographies. For ticketing and enquiry, please contact Silvia Tse of Green Monday via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +852 2263 3155.
Earth Day Forum 2016
Date: 22nd April 2016 (Friday)
Time: 08:45 – 13:15
Venue: Regal Hong Kong Hotel, 88 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Topic: Survival Time - Economic, social, and environmental looming crises faced by China and the World
Speaker: Richard Brubaker, Founder of Collective Responsibility
Richard Brubaker is the Founder and Managing Director of Collective Responsibility, and a Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He has spent the last 15 years in Asia and has overseen the development and execution of more than 200 projects focused on solving the social, environmental and economic challenges that are faced in Asia.
Topic: Impact Investment – Fulfilling triple bottom-line through investments in ethical garment supply chain
Speaker: Oliver Niedermaier, Founder of TAU Investment Management
Oliver Niedermaier is the founder, chairman and CEO of TAU Investment Management, a private equity firm focused on investing in global supply chains. Prior to launching TAU, Oliver served as an Operating Partner at Advent International, a global private equity firm with over $32B assets under management. Oliver was appointed a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum in 2010.
Topic: Mobility 2.0: The future of electric vehicle as holistic sustainable mobility solution
Speaker: Albert Lam, Group CEO of Detroit Electric Group Holdings
Before founding Detroit Electric in 2008, Albert Lam was the former Chief Executive Officer of Lotus Engineering Group and Executive Director of the Lotus Group International for five years. During his tenure, he re-aligned the company's global businesses and operations to deliver better efficiency and complimentary services. Prior to joining Lotus, Albert served as Managing Director of Apple Computer in Asia (2001 – 2003) where he is recognized for raising the company’s presence in the region.
Topic: Social Innovation – Catalyzing social change and creating the ecosystem for a “Green Blue Ocean”
Speaker: David Yeung, Founder of Green Monday
David Yeung is the co-founder and CEO of Green Monday, a social venture founded in Hong Kong that tackles climate change and global food insecurity through public advocacy, impact investing, corporate consulting, and specialized retail. Under Green Monday, David launched Green Common, the world’s first plant-based green living emporium. Green Monday is named by Fast Company as “Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in China,” while David is named by Fast Company as “100 Most Creative People in China,” “PE 100 Asia” by Purpose Economy,“17 Rising Social Entrepreneurs” by Conscious Company Magazine, and received Hong Kong’s "Ten Outstanding Young Persons 2015" award.
Panel Discussion: Food 2.0 – Why global visionary entrepreneurs and investors are flocking to the plant-based food space
Speakers: David Benzaquen (Founder of PlantBased Solutions), Chris Kerr (Partner of New Crop Capital) and Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni (Chairman of NKGB)
David Benzaquen is the Founder and CEO of PlantBased Solutions, a mission-driven, strategic brand management and marketing agency for plant-based consumer products and businesses. PlantBased Solutions helps companies launch and grow their businesses through marketing, branding and fundraising. He serves as a mentor and advisor to multiple food incubators, accelerators and venture capital firms, and is a contributing writer with the New Food Economy and New Hope Natural Media’s IdeaXchange.
Chris Kerr is a Partner of New Crop Capital, a fund that works with scientists, investors and entrepreneurs to promote plant-based food. Previously, Chris was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Humane Society of the United States and a Managing Partner of Humane Capital, LLC. Chris is also the Managing Partner of Abele Kerr Investments, a Board Director at Anark Corporation, and a Director of Pitcairn Financial Group.
Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni is the Chairman and CEO of NKGB Strategic Advisory, specializing in venture capital, private equity, M&A, technology, plant-based economy and impact investing. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Opteres, the most exclusive network of fine art collectors in the world, and the Owner and Chairman of Querciabella, a vegan winery. In 2014, Sebastiano was appointed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the post of Advisor to the Minister and Foreign Direct Investment Senior Advisor.