Festival

What
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We organise Conscious Festivals annually in multiple cities in Asia, empowering people with the knowledge and inspiration they need to take positive actions for their life and work.

UNCONFERENCE

An industry day themed ‘Making Business Circular’ on how we can take positive action towards reducing our collective negative impact on the planet.

The Talks

Game-changing talks and panels, bringing together some of the leading conscious change makers and thought leaders in Asia and beyond. A feast for your mind and motivation – come one person, leave another.

The Marketplace

With over 70 brands, artists and quickie talks from change-makers who are making meaningful change in their industries and doing good in the world,the Marketplace is a 360-degree immersive experience into living more consciously.

The Conscious Festival By Green Is The New Black

 

 

The Conscious Festival By Green Is The New Black comes to Hong Kong on Earth Day weekend – Earth Is Back! A place where fun and social environmental responsibility go hand in hand. With a market featuring over 70 mindful brands, transformative talks, an industry day on circular economy, delicious healthy eats, organic booze, interactive art and games – this is one festival not to be missed.

The Conscious Festival 集社會環保責任和趣味並存:70多個環保品牌匯聚市集、富啟發性的講座、循環經濟體系交流、美味健康的食品、有機酒精飲料及互動藝術和遊戲。這絕對是個不容錯過的活動!

THE MARKETPLACE

With over 70 conscious brands from fashion, lifestyle,

and beauty showcasing products that protect people and the planet.

超過70個時尚、休閒、美容等環保品牌展銷有助地球保護的產品。
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the MARKET

A curated platform featuring regional fashion, art, beauty and lifestyle brands who are conscious and mindful in their business practices.

the GRUB

A gathering of a diverse and exciting group of food vendors that will exemplify healthy options that do not sacrifice on taste.

the STAGE

A platform to featuring acoustic bands and acts that provide exposure for the Asian entertainment industry.

the ART

Engage and learn with interactive art installations, games, live demos & creative advocacy.

THE TALKS

4 transformative sessions packed full of juicy actionable insights

that will empower you to change your life.

Inspiring keynotes, engaging workshops, wellness breaks and action kits.

鼓舞人心的主題演講、互動工作坊、豐富間場活動及環保實踐紀念包圍繞著4個變革性講座,

充滿不少獨特而可行的見解,可啟發大家作出生活改變的第一步。

ANOUSHKA BEH

A psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and life coach, Anoushka Beh is the founder and director of Abehpsych Counseling services.

SONALIE FIGUEIRAS 

Sonalie Figueiras is the founder and editor-in-chief of Green Queen, Hong Kong’s largest health and wellness media platform and the founder and CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products.

DEVONNE PEI YI NIAM

MATTER reinterprets textile heritage into prints that tell stories of where and why they are made. Their mission is to impact change beyond textiles — to make rural artisan production sustainable, shift designers’ approach to their process, and inspire customers to value provenance.

WILLY KWONG

Willy is currently the executive director of The Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong, Board Member of Resolve HK and also Business Development Consultant of Rubberboy Academy, he combines his talents and interests for social innovation and the empowerment of the next generation.

ANGUS TUSI

An award-winning designer, creator of an educational charity project, Angus Tsui has also collaborated with companies like H&M, Ford, Swire Properties and Cathay Pacific to create up-cycled products by using different sustainable materials. 

FANNY MORITZ

A previous web designer and developer, Fanny switched gears and become focused on a Zero Waste Lifestyle working towards producing less waste since 2015.

ROWENA GONZALES

Rowena is a creative with a purpose and her firm Liquid Interiors has earned award-winning international acclaim with their unique portfolio that brings wellness and sustainability to city living.

THE UNCONFERENCE

An UNCONFERENCE on ‘Making Business Circular’ packed with

keynotes, panels, workshops, group sharing along with other

creative experiences for attendees to take away actionable insights.

交流會以「循環經濟體系」為主題,透過主題演講、

小組討論、工作坊、小組分享及其他創意體驗,

讓參加者能吸收不同又可行見解並實踐於生活工作當中。

DAVID GOLDSMITH

A consultant, inventor, advisor, speaker, serial entrepreneur, and author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future, David also the founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation in conjunction with NASA.

HANNA HALLIN

TODD BRYAN

Vice President, Head of Strategy and Business Group Led for Philips Lighting, Todd is a  senior corporate strategy and development professional with a passion for identifying and realizing actionable growth and go-to-market opportunities in high-tech businesses.

ANITA VARSHNEY 

Anita is the Global Strategy & Transformational Led for SAP Next Gen. An experienced Program Manager with over 10 years of experience formalizing and executing business strategies and performance improvement projects for large companies.

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TZE WEI U

Tze Wei U is Head of Product and Business Development at Mango Materials. Mango Materials is developing a biodegradable material using waste greenhouse gas emissions to replace petroleum-based polyester in the fashion industry.

DOUG WOODRING

MAXIME POURRAT

A social entrepreneur with the simple belief that food is too valuable to waste. Having always been linked to food from family moments in the kitchen to managing the largest entertainment complex during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Maxime is now on a mission to reduce food waste with Winnow.

SAAN CARRIERE 

Sann has been developing her expertise and tools on the new economy (circular economy) since 2008, by implementing her ideas on sustainability and transformational change in a business environment.

THE SCREENING

Igniting a collective passion for protecting the environment in

Hong Kong & Beyond through the screen and conversations presented by

Ocean Recovery Alliance.

‘Ocean In Motion’ by Ocean Recovery Alliance

Friday 20 April

Film Evening to enjoy a variety of short and medium length movies about the ocean from around the world to excite, inspire, entertain and bring more awareness to the ocean and its importance to all of us.

The Venue

HOW TO GET THERE

 

PMQ 元創方 is just 5-10 minutes walk from Central-Mid-Levels Escalator or Sheung Wan MTR station. Find out how to get there by MTR, Bus & Minibus, Tram or if you’re driving here.

Get In Touch 

Want to get involved? Be a vendor? Volunteer? Join the conscious movement? Send us an email at [email protected]sia.

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Marketplace Highlights

The festival is a 360 degree immersive experience into living more consciously. Scroll below to see whats happening.

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MINDFUL MARKET

A curated marketplace featuring local fashion, art, beauty and lifestyle brands who are conscious and mindful in their business practises.

GITNB_GRUB

DELICIOUS GRUB

Yum for your tum, good for your bod, kind to the planet.

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LIVE LOCAL MUSIC

Enjoy soulful stylings by local bands and singers as you peruse, munch and chat.

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EDU-TAINMENT

Put your thinking caps on with weird and wonderful experiences with games to activities.

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FILM FESTS

A series of films curated by Ocean Recovery Alliance and Conscious Cinema to ignite a public passion for protecting the environment in Hong Kong & Beyond.

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ART

Live art and installations to provoke conscious thinking and awareness around all things green.

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Rooftop Republic

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AANYA LIFE

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ACF CLOTHING

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Flo Jewellery

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‘Ocean In Motion’ by Ocean Recovery Alliance

Friday 20 April

Film Evening to enjoy a variety of short and medium length movies about the ocean from around the world to excite, inspire, entertain and bring more awareness to the ocean and its importance to all of us.

Loving this? Why not join us at the talks.

the TALKS

Four transformative sessions packed full of juicy actionable insights that will empower you to change your life including inspiring keynotes, engaging workshops, wellness breaks and action kits. Everything you need to take #LittleGreenSteps to #LiveMoreConsciously.

Mix and match the sessions or join us for all 4. 

  • Raise consciousness in the way that you live
  • Learn about sustainability, zero waste, biodiversity and how together we can build a better future
  • Meet with like-minded individuals, connect with movers n’ shakers

Explore the sessions

SESSION 1: MIND

EXPANDING CONSCIOUSNESS

[SATURDAY 21 APRIL, 10.20AM]

Conscious living starts with you. When our cup overflows we have plenty to give to everyone. YOU are worth working on.

  • How to be consciously curious
  • Harness the mind-body connection
  • Nurture yourself and shift your mindset to one of abundant possibilities

SPEAKERS

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ANOUSHKA BEH

Director
Abehpsych Counselling Services – Singapore

A psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and life coach, Anoushka Beh is the founder and director of Abehpsych Counseling services. She is also the co-founder of ThisHappy Project, an initiative creating more collective awareness and connection with living a positive, authentic and fulfilled life. Anoushka has over a decade of experience and currently works with clients on marriage and family therapy, developmental psychology, brain-based approaches and energy psychology.

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KAY ROSS

Founder & Head Tour Guide
The Playground of Possibilities – Hong Kong

Kay Ross is a bodyworker/healer, an improv performer and an editor/copywriter. She believes that life is a Playground of Possibilities – it’s constantly offering us adventures, challenges and opportunities. So she invites you to let go of your old, limiting thoughts, beliefs and stories about yourself, choose more useful ones, see bigger possibilities for yourself, and improvise more resourceful, joyful ways of being. Kay is Australian and has lived in Hong Kong for 24 years.

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NEELAM HARJANI

Founder
Inspire Yoga – Hong Kong

Driven by a passion for personal transformation Neelam, is the author of recently launched book ‘Secrets to Live Stress Free’ and focuses on private yoga programs enables her clients to attain an inner freedom as they unlock tension and stiffness on a physical level. A strong believer in the mind-body connection her approach to her work is through posture and movement to gain mental clarity and emotional peace by linking breathing and mindfulness techniques to the yoga practice.

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ALICE YUEN

Founder
Alive Wellness – Hong Kong

A Physiotherapist, acupuncturist and holistic healer, with decades of practitioner experience and training in a variety of holistic treatments. Alice offers the ‘whole body and mind’ treatment approach to assist people to understand themselves better and has helped many people to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. She guides people to reconnect their inner-self and walk on their journey with acceptance and love.

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FERINA AZIZ

Founder
PAUSE Magazine – Singapore

With over a decade of experience in the publishing industry, Ferina has written and photographed for environmental, animal, travel, lifestyle and arts sectors. Upon her diagnosis of clinical depression and anxiety disorder, she discovered her real path of purpose in this world to bring a holistic approach to wellness with the online publication PAUSE.

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GINA ROBINSON

Consultant
 Hong Kong

Gina Robinson is qualified in a number of healing modalities and has trained and worked professionally all over the world. Her past life includes leadership experience garnered from a wide range of industries. She built key skillsets at internationally renowned companies; with a focus on high-end lifestyle management, music, fashion, and large-scale events. She loves empowering people to create intuitive, bespoke solutions to their own problems.

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CRISTINA MCLAUCHLAN

Founder
The Vibe Tribe – Hong Kong

A driven Events, Sales and Brand Manager with over 15+ years experience working for 5 star international hotels and global agencies in different international markets. A proven track record of success, including managing corporate accounts and international brands within the luxury and automotive sector. She is also the founder of Conscious Cinema with chapters all around the world.

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UGO DI MAURO

Conscious Creative
Hong Kong

Previously a senior creative and project lead for international branding agencies, juggling with brand strategies, visual identity systems and digital experiences for several years, Ugo had a 180-degree life change after a critical event. After his new perspective on the world, he now defines himself as a conscious creative, he eventually aims to articulate his work toward conscious collaboration to be the key of meaningful achievements. 

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AMY CHAN

Founder & Director
Apricot Body & Mind Expressive Arts Norish Centre – Singapore

Amy Chan is a laughter yoga teacher, yoga teacher, counselling psychologist, and Japanese toys and games teacher. Amy’s laughter yoga smoothly integrates her rich knowledge and sunny personality. She believes that life is full of colours and blessings, and everyone should be encouraged to live their sparkly best.

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SAPTARSHI MUKERJI

Founder
 MJs Catering Services – Hong Kong

Saptarshi Mukerji is a Digital Entrepreneur and passionate about Health and Wellness. Saptarshi works for Infiniti Motors, a luxury car brand and helping them to set up their global Digital and Innovation practice. Besides, a corporate innovation, Saptarshi is an Entrepreneur at heart and have been a founder for MJs Catering to create a production kitchen service for healthy fresh food. He envisions to build a digital eco-system to be able to alter human relationship with food.

SESSION 2: CONSCIOUS PARENTING

HOLISTIC EDUCATION & LIVING

[SATURDAY 21 APRIL, 1.50PM]

How can we transform ourselves to empower the next generation? By embracing a mindful approach, we can support and awaken our whole family.

  • Mindfulness for you and your children
  • How to go green in your home
  • Reducing your child’s fashion footprint

SPEAKERS

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ODETTE UMALI

Founder & Director
Gordon Parenting – Hong Kong

Gordon Parenting is the exclusive representative for Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) in Hong Kong and Macau. Prior to founding Gordon Parenting, she was a Corporate Trainer at Cathay Pacific Airways for more than 10 years. She has a degree in Psychology and Marketing and completed her Executive MBA from Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also holds a diploma on Adult Training and Education from Hong Kong University.

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SHAN LAM LAI

Green Mama
Green Fingers Workshop – Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s ‘Green Mama’ Lam Lai-Shan educates the public on how to live a more green lifestyle. She is a housewife who is devoted to practising green living, permaculture and meditation as well as advocating the importance of them with a vision of creating a world of kindness and harmony. She also takes pleasure in studying the small things in life, re-using resources creatively and sharing her ideas with friends.  She thinks life is so enriching and fun that she treasures and enjoys every moment of it.

 

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KATE BALDWIN

Kinesiologist
The Balance Session – Hong Kong

Kate is a certified Neuro Energetic Kinesiology practitioner ( NK Institute) and uses this together with Applied Physiology (Charles Krebs), needle-less acupuncture, acupressure, lifestyle advice, mindfulness support, reiki, coaching, counseling, Bach Flower Remedies, EFT and on occasion Cranial Release Therapy and massage to help clients move forward.

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SARAH GARNER

Founder
Retykle – Hong Kong

For over a decade, Sarah Garner has worked with some of the best luxury fashion companies. After arriving in Hong Kong in 2008 and was lucky enough to land a coveted role at Lane Crawford. Being immersed in the front lines of fashion consumption for over a decade left Sarah feeling a bit disenchanted with the industry. She wanted to apply her experience to something which felt more purposeful. The seeds for Retykle started around the time her son was born.

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MARIE SWARBRECK

Founder
FLEXImums – Hong Kong

Marie Swarbreck is the founder of FLEXImums, a recruitment and coaching consultancy, focused on empowering women and Hong Kong corporations to strive for gender equity and work-life balance. Before devoting her time to FLEXImums, Marie started her career as an International Correspondent with the South China Morning Post, International Herald Tribune & The Asahi Shimbun meeting business leaders across Asia, Middle East, Europe and Canada.

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SOFIE JACOBS

Founder, CEO & Head Midwife
Urban Hatch – Hong Kong

Sofie Jacobs has worked as a Midwife for the past 20 years in Belgium, the U.K. and Hong Kong. Sofie’s approach is fresh, dynamic and non judgemental and her passion led her to found Urban Hatch, a unique destination and community for expecting and new Mamas and Dads. Sofie’s mission is to prepare and support women and men via off – and online consultations, events and courses so they can approach pregnancy, birth and life with a new baby with confidence.

SESSION 3: CONSUMPTION

JOURNEYING TO ZERO WASTE

[SUNDAY 22 APRIL, 10.20AM]

We’re living on the planet like we’ve got another one to go to, but there is no planet b. During this session, we are tackling designing sustainable yet stylish homes and embracing a zero waste life in Hong Kong – what’s easy and what’s difficult.

  • Dealing with ‘eco-anxiety’
  • Fashionably re-designing the future
  • Embracing a zero waste life in Hong Kong

SPEAKERS

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ANGUS TSUI

Creative Director 
Angus Tsui – Hong Kong
An award-winning designer, creator of an educational charity project, Angus Tsui has also collaborated with companies like H&M, Ford, Swire Properties and Cathay Pacific to create up-cycled products by using different sustainable materials. Having won awards like ‘DFA Design for Asia Awards’, ‘Young Design Talent Award’ and ‘Design Student Of The Year’, he looks at sustainability throughout the whole supply chain and has worked with the up-cycling vanguards like Orsola de Castro in London to pursue advanced sustainable design techniques.
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ANNELEISE SMILLIE

Executive Director
Redress – Hong Kong

Anneleise is an environmentalist at heart with 17 years of international experience in the non-profit sector. As Executive Director of Redress she is focused on organisational development and working with the team to formulate new planning processes and strategies for sustainable growth, whilst focusing resources where they will have the greatest impact. She is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Animals Asia and also founded their successful education programme “Professor Paws”.

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ROWENA GONZALES

Principal, Founder, LEED AP ID+C, BID
liquid Interiors – Hong Kong

Rowena Gonzales is a creative with purpose. Based in Hong Kong, her firm Liquid Interiors has earned award-winning international acclaim with their unique portfolio that brings wellness and sustainability to city living. Her practice is guided by the highest standards of sustainability and wellness in the built environment, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the WELL Building Standard.

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KRISTINE NUDDS

Founder
The Feel Good Business – Hong Kong

With a wide network of contacts, a genuine understanding of sustainability, a PR background extending over 20 years and a collaborative approach to building ethically-minded business, Kristine creates exciting campaigns that leave everybody ‘feeling good’. Kristine builds marketing and PR campaigns with an ethical twist.  This includes providing creative long-term strategic CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) solutions for well-known brands in Hong Kong including the PizzaExpress and Beef & Liberty restaurant chains.

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SONALIE FIGUEIRAS

Editor In Chief
Green Queen – Hong Kong

Sonalie Figueiras is the founder and editor-in-chief of Green Queen, Hong Kong’s largest health and wellness media platform and the founder and CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products. With over a decade of experience in publishing, SEO, digital marketing, organic trade and health journalism, she is a wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a regular on the speaking circuit.

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DEVONNE PEI YI NIAM

Digital Marketing Manager
Matter Prints – Singapore

MATTER reinterprets textile heritage into prints that tell stories of where and why they are made. Their mission is to impact change beyond textiles — to make rural artisan production sustainable, shift designers’ approach to their process, and inspire customers to value provenance.

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TANJA WESSELS

Co-Founder
Circular Community – Hong Kong

Activist, aggregator, agitator, Tanja studied filmmaking and art in Lisbon and London before moving to Asia in 2006. Her new platform All In – Asia looks to connect regional pioneers in environmentalism, aligned in values but from very different industries, responding to the ecological sign of the times.

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FANNY MORITZ

Founder
NO!W No Waste – Hong Kong

A previous web designer and developer, Fanny switched gears and become focused on a Zero Waste Lifestyle working towards producing less waste since 2015. Taking part in beach clean-ups, recycling, composting, she has prioritised an eco-friendly life. She discovered that there was really no platform to conveniently buy all of the sustainable products so she decided to build her own. That’s how NO!W No Waste was born.

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RAPHAEL DE RY

Founder
Edgar – Hong Kong

Having witnessed first-hand the massive wastage created by the fashion industry as well as our current lifestyle, Raphaël De Ry, upon becoming a father, decided that there had to be a better way to live healthily and sustainably. An opportunity arose when he was the founder of a natural & organic food products distributor, and Edgar, the first modern-day zero-waste, plastic-free bulk grocery in  Hong Kong was born.

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HANNAH CHUNG

Founder
The Zero Waste Challenge – Singapore

Hannah Chung is currently on a zero waste challenge; she seeks eco-alternatives and green solutions for everyday living while aiming to achieve zero waste in Hong Kong. Originally from London, she was shocked to see the lack of infrastructures in place for waste management and recycling in this city, and aims to spread the word on the extent of the problem and how the individual can make a difference simply by making a few changes.

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REGINA LARKO

Founder
#Impact Podcast – Hong Kong

Host and Producer of #impact Podcast, TEDx speaker, Storyteller & hopeless optimist. Regina is passionate about making a lot of noise for the brilliant guests and their impactful work on her show #impactPodcast.

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TAMSIN THORNBURROW

Founder
Live Zero – Hong Kong

Entrepreneur, Tamsin Thornburrow, set up Live Zero as a solution to waste production and the environmental degradation caused by the overconsumption of plastic. Live Zero allows customers to stock up on the kitchen essentials completely waste free! The concept is for customers to use their own containers so that they only purchase what they NEED without the plastic wrapping. Her aim is to encourage Hong Kongers to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle by making simple changes, such as eliminating food packaging!

SESSION 4: EARTH

BIODIVERSITY: EGO VS ECO

[SUNDAY 22 APRIL, 1.50PM]

We’re used to thinking ourselves at the top of the food chain, but what if we can remove the ego (thinking of ourselves first) and look at all beings as connected?

  • Changing the tides on ivory and sharks fin
  • Impact travel and sustainable journeys
  • Protecting biodiversity in Hong Kong and beyond

SPEAKERS

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WILLY KWONG

Executive Director HK
Jane Goodall Institute – Hong Kong

Combining his talents and interests for social innovation and the empowerment of the next generation, Willy Kwong has worked in the areas of youth and sustainable development for the past 10 years. Willy is currently the executive director of The Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong, Board Member of Resolve HK and also Business Development Consultant of Rubberboy Academy. He is well trained in the areas of human rights, social innovation and public engagement.

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ANDREA RICHEY

Education Director
Hong Kong Shark Foundation – Hong Kong

For the past 26 years, Andrea Richey has lived in Hong Kong and worked for a wide variety of corporate entities. Since 2015 she has volunteered for the Hong Kong charity Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) in many capacities, most recently as the Education Director raising awareness about shark conservation and the unsustainable practice of shark finning.  Before joining HKSF, Andrea was a legal recruiter and prior to that worked for the Wall Street law firm of Paul, Weiss in Hong Kong in a Corporate Marketing Communications capacity.

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SANDOR WEYERS

Founder & CEO
ElementZ Travel – Hong Kong

Elementz Travel is a Hong Kong based luxury travel company providing experiential travel journeys to all destinations across Africa & Antarctica. As each client is unique we believe each travel experience should be unique. Elementz Travel follows the mantra “Respect & Protect”, emphasising eco-tourism travel and giving back to conservation efforts across Africa.

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WILLIAM CHAN

Business Director
Sai Kung District Community Centre – Hong Kong

William Chan is the business directory for the social enterprise Sai Hung District Community Centre. He is a China National Certified Arborist and Tree Climber and regularly organises ‘leave no trace’ activities around Hong Kong. He creates eco-tourism experiences for tourists and locals alike in Hong Kong.

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LEE WILLIAMSON

Editor
Generation T Asia – Hong Kong

Lee Williamson is the editor of Generation T Asia, overseeing Tatler’s content platform for entrepreneurs, innovators and Asia’s leaders of tomorrow. Based in Hong Kong, he writes about start-ups and inspiring entrepreneurial stories across the Asia-Pacific region.

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ARTHUR LAM

Founder
Synergy Group Holdings International – Hong Kong

Mixing entrepreneurship with environmentalism, Arthur is someone we wish more 21st-century businessmen would emulate. An engineer, he started a number of successful businesses across the sustainability, hospitality and advertising sectors before setting out to founded Synergy Group Holdings International in 2009, which specialises in energy management contracts to reduce energy usage and carbon footprints for its clients.

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PEGGY CHAN

Founder, Managing Director, Executive Chef
Grassroots Pantry – Hong Kong

A few years ago, organic, plant-based dining was a rare and unusual find in Hong Kong. But then Peggy opened Grassroots Pantry, helping to spearhead a green movement that’s now thriving in the city. The entrepreneur started off with a quaint eatery and workshop in Sai Ying Pun in 2012, through which she intended to share her passion for unprocessed, sustainable and hearty vegan food with the community.

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TONY VERB

Founder
Greater Bay Ventures – Hong Kong

Tony Verb is the founder of GreaterBay Ventures and Advisors, an investment firm focused on urbanisation with a positive impact in the region that’s now known as the “Greater Bay Area”, the Chinese government’s initiative to link Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in Guangdong province into an integrated economic hub. Previously, Verb was managing partner of Metta, a members-only multi-channel platform and club for entrepreneurs.

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OLIVIA TO

Sustainability Project Manager
WWF – Hong Kong

Olivia To is the sustainability expert specializing in renewable energy and energy policy advocacy. She is now spearheading the “Solarizing Hong Kong” project which was instrumental in tabling discussions on a renewable energy policy with the government and power companies, successfully motivated both parties to adopt the city’s first ever feed-in tariff policy and renewable energy certificate. She also is the author of Missing the Doors – Fridge Doors Save the Climate energy report focusing on energy efficiency.

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ANDY CORNISH

Author & Shark & Ray Initiative Leader
WWF – Hong Kong

Andy Ieads Sharks: Restoring the Balance, and oversees its responsible consumption and management strategies. He is the WWF network’s representative among the core partners of the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative, and co-author of Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015-2025 Strategy.

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ALEX HOFFORD

Wildlife Campaigner
WildAid – Hong Kong

Alex Hofford is a conservation photojournalist based in Hong Kong, where he has lived for over twenty years, using the city as a base to cover conservation issues in the region. Alex is also a wildlife campaigner for WildAid. Since arriving in Hong Kong in 1998, Alex has carried out hundreds of editorial assignments in the region, having worked mainly in Asia, but also in the Middle East and Africa. Working with WildAid, Alex was instrumental in driving a successful five-year campaign to lobby the Hong Kong government and the city’s lawmakers to ban the city’s out-of-control ivory trade.

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KESHIA HANNAM

Co-Founder
Camel Assembly – Hong Kong

Keshia is the co-founder of Camel Assembly–an international community of creative female leaders–and a Hong Kong-born and based writer. Her passion for topics such as gender, travel, environment, creativity and social impact, has seen her contribute to platforms like Fortune, Forbes, CNN, South China Morning Post, Huffington Post, Tatler and Hong Kong Free Press, amongst others.

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UNCONFERENCE:

MAKING BUSINESS CIRCULAR

A one-day experience that has been designed to make us think differently, as a platform to openly share successes, challenges, and to be inspired by the next wave of business thinking.

Can we re-think and re-design how we live and work? How can we take some of the world’s most pressing problems and transform them into opportunities? Together we can think circular and turn waste to wonder. Join us at Unconference: Making Business Cirucluar alongside speakers like Philips, H&M, SAP, Ellen Macarthur Foundation, Project Moon Hut, Circular Economy HK and many more!

But wait.. what do you mean by circular?!

Normally we take resources from the earth, make something with them and throw them away. This model is outdated and pretty nasty for the planet. Circular thinking is realising that our ‘waste’ is a resource too and can be put back into the system. Yup, we’re talking about sustainability on steroids and new ways of thinking.

Interesting… but is it for me?

This day has been designed to bring together corporates, professionals, entrepreneurs, designers, NGOs, and anyone who is interested in looking at the future of business. There will be 2 x 3-hour sessions packed full of juicy keynotes, panels, workshops, group sharing and forming, broken up by a ‘dialogue while you dine’ luncheon.

So what are we diving into?

Glad you asked, we’ve got two deep dives for the day:

  • Understanding and implementing circularity in business – why it is a good business case, strategies and how to connect everything for a circular system (systems thinking)
  • Making sustainability and circular economy mainstream – empowering companies and corporates through their communications and financing

 

There is a lot we can learn from each other especially around circular economy and communicating sustainability. When we prioritise people and the planet, there is money to be made and this is how businesses will survive and thrive! We’re looking at circular across the board – fashion, FMCG, F&B, hotels, MNCs, SMEs and so the list goes on.

SPEAKERS

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TODD BRYAN

Vice President, Head of Strategy, Business Group LED
Philips Lighting – Hong Kong

With a passion for realizing the full human and environmental potential of light, Todd Bryan leads the global strategy development and sustainability efforts for the LED Business Group of Philips Lighting. A leader in global high-tech strategy development, Todd previously held strategy leadership positions at Adobe Systems and Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley, where he focused on the connected home and recurring revenue business models.  He also worked with the Boston Consulting Group in both San Francisco and Asia, advising telecommunications and high-tech clients, and with Morgan Stanley, as an equity analyst covering Internet stocks.

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HANNA HALLIN

Sustainability Manager, Greater China
H&M – Hong Kong

Hanna was one of the Sustainability Business Experts at the H&M Group’s Head Office in Stockholm and held the position of Global Social Sustainability Manager previous to moving to Hong Kong. She has more than a decade’s experience in the field of sustainability and customer engagement with her background in the non-profit sector, including Fairtrade Sweden and Clean Clothes Campaign. Before joining H&M she was the Executive Director of a Swedish think tank on civil society and has served as a board member of the Swedish National Committee for UNESCO.

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EDWIN KEH

Chief Executive Officer
 The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Edwin has had a career as a senior executive with several US consumer goods and retail companies, including Payless Shoesource International, Donna Karan International, and Country Road Australia.  He also worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and currently is on Faculty at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he teaches supply chain operations.

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Tze Wei U

Head of Product & Business Development
Mango Materials – Hong Kong
Tze Wei U is Head of Product and Business Development at Mango Materials. Mango Materials is developing a biodegradable material using waste greenhouse gas emissions to replace petroleum-based polyester in the fashion industry.
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DAVID GOLDSMITH

Founder
Project Moon Hut – Hong Kong

A consultant, inventor, advisor, speaker, serial entrepreneur, and author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future, David also the founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation in conjunction with NASA. Over 30 years, he has founded or co-founded more than a dozen businesses ranging from distribution and manufacturing to advertising for which he earned several awards and accolades. Project Moon Hut is working to accelerate the earth-space based ecosystem, helping to establish sustainable, not self-sustaining, life on the moon

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MAXIME POURRAT

Managing Director APAC
Winnow – Singapore

A social entrepreneur with the simple belief that food is too valuable to waste. Having always been linked to food from family moments in the kitchen to managing the largest entertainment complex during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Maxime is now on a mission to reduce food waste with Winnow. Since opening the business in Asia in 2015, they have grown to 2 offices in Singapore and Shanghai, reducing food waste in 11 countries with more than 150 kitchens saving more than 12 million meals globally annually.

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SAAN CARRIERE

Founder
So Now – Singapore

Sann has been developing her expertise and tools on the new economy (circular economy) since 2008, by implementing her ideas on sustainability and transformational change in a business environment. Through her work with So Now, Saan provides practical tools and models for this new way of dealing with money, value and resources and a business-driven, inspirational approach to putting the Circular Economy to practice.

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PAT DWYER

Founder & Director
The Purpose Business – Hong Kong

Pat is the Founder and Director of The Purpose Business and has almost 20 years of sustainability leadership experience, most recently as Global Head of CSR & Sustainability for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. Pat serves on the World Economic Forum Councl on The Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security. Pat introduced a few firsts including the shark’s fin ban & Rooted in Nature, a sustainable food sourcing programme, the listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index since 2012, and impact measurement for CSR activities.

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DOUG WOODRING

Founder & Managing Director
Ocean Recovery Alliance – Hong Kong

Doug is the Founder and Managing Director of Ocean Recovery Alliance, which is focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean. Doug has worked on leading projects around the world, including two projects at the Clinton Global Initiative and UNEP Climate Hero, along with work for the World Bank and UNEP.

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LAURA FRANCOIS

Social Impact Strategist
Stepwell Studios – Singapore

Community Engager, storyteller, environmental creative, through Laura’s eyes, human connection is the most powerful force in the universe. Consulting and empowering social enterprises to connect the dots between social impact and the environment, Laura has led impact movements around North America and Southeast Asia for the last three years. Fuelling her passion for the collective, Laura loves encouraging others to question the status quo.

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ANNA SIMPSON

Chief Innovation Coach
Flux Compass – Hong Kong

Anna Simpson supports companies to navigate change today towards a thriving future. She is the Curator of the Futures Centre, an online hub tracking trends to accelerate sustainability at Forum for the Future. Anna has authored two books: The Innovation-Friendly Organization, exploring how organizations can embrace new ideas, and The Brand Strategist’s Guide to Desire, challenging brands to shift their emphasis from sales to fulfilment. She is a trained ‘Co-Active’ coach, a regular speaker and facilitator.

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THOMAS TANG

Director of Partnerships
Eco-Business – Hong Kong

Dr Thomas Tang is a sustainability advocate with over 20 years professional experience. He has published a number of articles and papers and contributed to two books on the topic of sustainable development of cities and urban communities. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he sits on the Advisory Board of Enactus, an international non-profit organisation that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

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OLIVER HAAS

Lead User Experience Designer
PALO IT – Hong Kong

Ollie is a Lead User Experience Designer at PALO IT, an international consultancy specialised in human-centred design, Agile software development and in the transformation of forward-thinking companies. With a unique background in design, engineering and entrepreneurship, Ollie has over 10 years experience in technology innovation from a broad range of corporate, consulting, start-up and teaching roles.

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PAOLA CORTESE-D’ARCY

Founder
Zero Waste Life – Hong Kong

Paola Cortese-D’arcy is a Climate Reality Leader and currently the only Zero Waste expert living in Hong Kong who has successfully reduced all her household waste in 2017 into a mere 300g glass jar. Paola is the Founder of Zero Waste Life – a startup educating the need for net positive, waste-free environment by practising the Zero Waste lifestyle, guided by the highest standard of sustainability today – the Circular Economy standard.

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PHILIP KRISTIAN

Digital Innovation Strategy Leader & Author
The Trust Economy – Singapore

Philipp loves to create great alternatives to the status quo and deeply believes innovation can make life better for everyone. He is a St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow, WEF Global Shaper and former KAIROS Global Fellow who has been described as one of Asia’s youngest established innovation leaders, domain experts and speakers. Based in Singapore, he extensively travels Asia shaping the future of start-ups, corporates and communities.

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NATALIE CHAN

Managing Director & Principal Sustainability Consultant
PIE Strategy – Hong Kong

Natalie has close to 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability management and has been the managing director of PIE Strategy since 2016. A certified B Corporation®, PIE is a boutique consultancy specialising in helping companies develop bespoke sustainability strategies and management systems. Natalie has extensive experience in developing sustainability strategies for multinational corporations headquartered in Asia, such as Swire Pacific group and Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels.

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TANJA WESSELS

Co-Founder
Circular Community – Hong Kong

Activist, aggregator, agitator, Tanja studied filmmaking and art in Lisbon and London before moving to Asia in 2006. Her new platform All In – Asia looks to connect regional pioneers in environmentalism, aligned in values but from very different industries, responding to the ecological sign of the times.

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NEIL WILLIAMS

Design Strategist & Founder
Lucidity – Hong Kong

Design Strategist and founder of Lucidity, a design research consultancy that helps organisations and startups use effective design methods to frame and answers difficult questions. He is passionate about the power of human-centred design to instigate change in teams, in the community and to improve products, services and ultimately, people’s lives.

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FAROOK JAMAL

Owner
International News HK – Hong Kong

An entrepreneur with a fashion background creating, launching,and managing lifestyle consumer brands in global markets. Farook is also an investor,mentor, and advisor to emerging  tech startups in the APAC region. As  co-founder of Circular Community  HK he is  active in environmental and sustainable  initiatives in Hong Kong.

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UPTIN SAIIDI

Journalist
CNBC – Hong Kong

Uptin Saiidi is a Multimedia Journalist for CNBC International, currently based in Hong Kong. He covers tech, travel, startups, sharing economy, the future of work and more. His stories can be seen across CNBC’s main T.V. channel, CNBC.com, YouTube and Facebook. Before relocating to Asia in 2016, Uptin was based at CNBC’s global headquarters outside of New York. Prior to joining CNBC, Uptin worked at MTV News in New York.

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