Ambassador Saskia de Lang Ambassador at Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Manila
Her Excellency Ambassador Saskia de Lang brings over 30 years of diplomatic experience to her posting in Manila. Her appointments include being posted as Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Uganda and Mali, Advisor to the Director General for International Cooperation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Envoy for Energy and Energy Security, Netherlands’ Ambassador-at-large and the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Congo.
She completed a Bachelor of Law degree at Leiden University and possesses a Master’s degree in Political Science from the same institution, and is fluent in speaking English, French and German in addition to her native Dutch. Yeb Sano Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia Yeb Sano Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Naderev “Yeb” Madla Saño is the Executive Director at Greenpeace Southeast Asia where he leads diverse operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand since 2015. Yeb served as Commissioner (with the rank of Undersecretary/ Vice-Minister) of the
Philippines’ Climate Change Commission, the country’s lead policy-making body on climate change. He served as the Philippines’ Chief Negotiator in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 2013, he served as the Co-Chair of the UNFCCC’s Long Term Finance Work Programme. Before joining government, he had been working with local communities and international bodies for more than 14 years, working on domestic and international issues that relate to climate change, clean energy, biodiversity, coastal and marine resources, tourism, disaster risk reduction and local governance. Yeb is Spiritual Ambassador for OurVoices, a call to people of faith and moral belief, across the world, to engage on the issue of climate change. He was also the Global Ambassador of the Seize Your Power Campaign, and Ambassador for the Save the Arctic Movement. He served as an independent Board Member in the International Board of Directors of Plan International and serves as a Trustee for the Turtle Conservation Society of the Philippines and an Executive Trustee of the Inclusive Mobility Network of the Philippines. He is also an active individual member of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice. He has been recognized as one of the top 100 Outstanding Asians by Asian Geographic in 2018. He was conferred the WikiPinoy of the Year award for 2013 by WikiPilipinas. The prestigious journal Nature honored him as among the Top 10 People Who Mattered in Science for 2013. He was likewise named as one of the Climate Champions of 2013 by Think Progress. The Guardian (UK) listed him as one of the top development tweeters to follow in 2014. He is also listed in the Top 500 influencers on climate and energy on social media. It can be recalled that he delivered an emotional appeal during the UN Climate Summit in Warsaw and underwent 14 days of fasting in solidarity with Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims and all people confronting climate impacts all over the world. His stint as Chief Negotiator for the Philippines catapulted the advocacy for climate justice to global acclaim. He also led the 40-day walk from Manila to Tacloban in the epic 1,000 kilometer Climate Walk in 2014. A product of the University of the Philippines, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a graduate diploma degree in Community Development. He also attended the College for Conservation Leadership in the Netherlands, and studied a course on International Politics at the University College in Washington University. He was a Fellow at the Oxford Climate Policy Centre based in Oxford University under the European Capacity Building Initiative. Yeb is based in Quezon City in the Philippines. Ambassador Michel Goffin Ambassador of Belgium in Manila at Embassy of the Kingdom of BELGIUM
Ambassador Michel Goffin has been Ambassador of Belgium in Manila since August 2017. Previously, Michel Goffin was Director General for Political Affairs at the Belgian Foreign Ministry (2016 to 2017). He also served as Head of Mission of the EU Delegation to Laos (2012-2016), Ambassador of Belgium to Pakistan and Afghanistan (2006-2008), and Counsellor at the Belgian Representation to the UN in New-York (1998-2002). In between these assignments, he always served at the UN and Global affairs Directorate at the Belgian Foreign Ministry. Ambassador Goffin is a true believer in UN and multilateral affairs and in an international rules-based order. As a junior diplomat, Michel Goffin was assigned to Bagdad (1988), Canberra (1991) and Jakarta (1995) . He holds master Degrees in Musicology, Philosophy, and International Relations from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Michel Goffin was an AFS Student (1978).
David Goodman Founder & CEO of Vitro Technology Corporation Shinobu Hayama Founder of Journey for Change Co., Ltd.
Sustainable development through intercultural exchange has been part of Shinobu’s professional life for almost a decade. She has extensive experience consulting and designing travel and learning for sustainability, bridging Japan and overseas. With a significant focus on resilience and tourism as a tool for the revitalization of Japan’s Tohoku Region since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, projects extend across companies, academic institutions, government entities, tourism industry, fisheries and agricultural producers and communities in various regions.
She established Journey for Change to offer experiences and solutions in sustainable development through sustainable tourism, cross-border collaboration and leadership cultivation. Through this, aligned towards the achievement of the UN SDGs, the company aims to facilitate transformation on three layers - the individual, community and societal level towards a world where positive social, economic, and environmental impacts are realized now and into the future. Shinobu has a B.A. from Waseda University, School of International Liberal Studies (International Relations, Peace and Human Rights). She holds a GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism. Andi Sitti Asmayanti Head of Cocoa Life South East Asia at Mondelēz International
Andi Sitti Asmayanti (Yanti) is Head of Cocoa Life South East Asia. Cocoa Life is Mondelēz International’s global cocoa sustainability program. The Cocoa Life program reflects Mondelēz International’s purpose to empower people to eat snacks that are made right. As one of the world’s largest chocolate makers, the company has been using its scale to drive change in the cocoa supply chain by investing directly in cocoa communities, implementing its own holistic program Cocoa Life.
Cocoa Life co-creates solutions with partners and farmers, to make cocoa farming a prosperous business and to build communities that take on their own development while conserving the natural resources. With its $400 million investment over 10 years in Cocoa Life, Mondelēz International is committed to empowering 200,000 cocoa farmers and improving the lives of more than 1 million people in cocoa communities in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, India and Brazil. By 2025, all Mondelēz International’s chocolate brands will source their cocoa through Cocoa Life. Yanti has gained over 15 years of experience across industry sectors like FMCG (chocolate and snacking), supply chain and agriculture, with specialized in strategy supply chain and sustainability, agriculture development, international relations and trading, risk management, people management, and corporate government affairs, business and commercial acumen. Before joining Mondelez International in 2013, Yanti was responsible to lead commercial and sourcing operations and the sustainability supply chain program at Mars Incorporated in Indonesia. She holds a Bachelor in International Relations and a Master of Business Administration on Finance. Laurent Boisdron General Manager at Conrad Manila
Laurent Boisdron was appointed General Manager of Conrad Manila on January 16, 2017 and took the management of the brand’s Philippine flagship property, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the iconic 347 guestroom luxury hotel located within the bustling Mall of Asia complex.
A French-American national, Boisdron’s experience in the international hospitality industry spans over 20 years including tours in Europe, the Middle East and United States. Boisdron’s collective understanding of both international and local markets contributed to furthering Conrad Manila’s position in the Philippine luxury hotel industry and its commitment to delivering intuitive service and smart luxury in a world of style. Under Laurent’s two-year leadership, Conrad Manila has delivered phenomenal performance, while garnering over 35 industry awards, citations, and recognition including ASEAN Green Hotel, ASEAN MICE Hotel, World Luxury Hotel and Restaurant Awards and International Hotel Awards, among others. Laurent is a strong advocate of Travel With Purpose, the corporate social responsibility program of Hilton, which serves as the strong platform of Conrad Manila’s various community projects for sustainability, environment protection, youth and education, arts and culture, diversity and inclusion. Abigail Aguilar Regional Campaign Coordinator at Greenpeace Southeast Asia Abigail Aguilar Regional Campaign Coordinator at Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Abigail Aguilar is a Regional Campaign Coordinator from Greenpeace Southeast Asia. She previously worked for the government and has more than 15 years of experience in the non-government sector most notably on the environment, indigenous peoples concerns, natural resources management and the rural sector. She has a strong background in media and communications, training, research, advocacy and policy work. She also co-authored various policy documents for purposes of assistance to policy development. Most recently, she co-led a global plastics campaign demanding that corporations around the world take responsibility for plastic pollution. She has been with Greenpeace both as a volunteer and as a staff member for 14 years.
Dr.Binay Kumar Choudhury Chairman at Control Union India
Started career as Technical Manager & Head for Regional Centre Food Research and Analytical Centre, Bangalore in the year 2001 and then shifted his focus towards research in feed additives by joining with a US based multinational organization called KEMIN. Dr Choudhury Joined Control Union in the year March 2005 and currently is working as Chairman for Control Union India operation. Mr Choudhury has extensive knowledge on organic fibers and organic textile certification in various countries. He has been awarded several national and international awards, fellowship for research and is involved as advisor for various forum. As a certification expert, he has audited more than 500 farms and 1000 textile projects related to organic cotton in various countries.
With completion of my Ph.D. in soil science and agriculture chemistry, I moved my focus with research and analytical service as technical Manager for r-FRAC (regional Food research and analytical service) where I was involved with many new analytical method solving industry problems for business. It took almost 3 years to elevate my career with research for about 2 years with US based multinational and published some of the research papers which is having commercial value. With the knowledge from search and analytical back ground, I started looking deeper to my career serving. Manuel Bueno Fund Partner and Senior Director of The Meloy Fund Manuel Bueno Fund Partner and Senior Director of The Meloy Fund
Manuel is a sustainable markets and finance expert with extensive international experience in impact investment and conservation finance, including the development and implementation of investment facilities, fundraising, deal structuring, and ESG and impact design and management.
He is Founding Partner, Investment Committee member, and ESG and Technical Assistance manager at The Meloy Fund. - He co-launched the Fund, including fund structuring, fundraising, development of legal documentation, LP negotiations, pipeline development, team hiring, and development of internal investment and operational processes. - He developed and implemented Fund's Environmental, Social and Governance Management System. - He fundraised, structured and implemented Technical Assistance Facility. - He structured debt portfolio guarantee with USAID DCA, which won DCA 2017 Deal of the Year award. Prior to firm, he served in debt and equity impact investing at Calvert Foundation; Grassroots Business Fund; and AgDevCo, where he was responsible for focusing in agribusiness, manufacturing, and financial institutions in Latin America, Asia, United States, and Africa. Mr. Bueno has over seven years of working experience in finance and banking. He received a Master of Research in Business from the Tilburg University and a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Allan Cledera Consultant for Rural Development and Climate Smart Agriculture: Integrated Farming System and Social Business Allan Cledera Consultant for Rural Development and Climate Smart Agriculture: Integrated Farming System and Social Business
Allan is Consultant for Integrated Farming Systems, Microfinance and Climate Smart Farming. He studied at the International University of Japan with a degree in International Relations.
Ann Dumaliang Project Officer at Masungi Georeserve Ann Dumaliang Project Officer at Masungi Georeserve
Ann began the Masungi Georeserve in 2015 - a privately-led conservation project in the mountains of the Philippines. Her organisation focuses on using geotourism and the geopark model as a bottoms-up approach to conservation, development, and aiding rural growth. She is currently using her background in management to conserve the pinnacle karst formations found within. Her responsibilities span product development, stewardship development, visitor management, and communications.
Her project has recently received special commendations for the Pathfinder Award granted by the IUCN, UNDP & WildArk for financing and resourcing innovations for conservation. It is also currently a finalist for two tourism global awards with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) & the United Nationals World Travel Organisation (UNWTO). Ludwig O. Federigan Director of Communications at Climate Change Committee Ludwig O. Federigan Director of Communications at Climate Change Committee
Ludwig is Director of Communications of the Climate Change Committee in the Philippines. He is also the Executive Director of the Young Environmental Forum, which is a non-profit, non-government movement with the mission to educate our young people on our common future under climate change and to promote sustainable lifestyles.
His past working experience includes the position as Treasurer & Vice-President at WWF Philippines. Ludwig is author at The Manila Times Online where he is publishing articles about Climate Change and Sustainability issues. He received his BS Engineering from Don Bosco Technical College, an MBA from the University of San Carlos, and Strategic Business Economics Program from the University of Asia & the Pacific. Last year, he was awarded full scholarships to attend executive programs on climate change and development at the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom) and sustainability leadership at Yale University (USA). He also completed professional courses on logistics and supply chain management, sustainable consumption & production, green energy and climate finance, leadership and cultural intelligence, at the PUM Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs (The Netherlands), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), TERI University (India), Renewables Academy (Germany), and Common Purpose Asia-Pacific (Singapore). A 2017 Yale Sustainability Leadership Fellow, he is also a recipient of the Miguel R. Magalang Individual Climate Leadership Memorial Award by The Climate Reality Project Philippines and the Dangal ng Kalikasan Award by the Mister Earth Philippines Organization in recognition of his numerous acts of leadership in the global climate movement and to be a constant inspiration to our young people. He was selected recently as one of the Mentors, the only Filipino, of the 2018 Queen's Young Leaders Program under the University of Cambridge. Wakao Hanaoka Founder / CEO of Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd.
After working in marine conservation in the Maldives and Malaysia, Wakao joined Greenpeace Japan as a Senior Ocean Campaigner, where he started the Sustainable Seafood Market Project. Later, Wakao founded Seafood Legacy in Tokyo in 2015, to build Japan-centric solutions for seafood sustainability by addressing the importance of domestic business-led initiatives to create a driving force for regulatory reforms. Wakao is also an Expert Advisor of the Cabinet Office Council for Promotion of Regulatory Reform Fishery Working Group, a Committee Member of the Fishery Agency Wide Sea-area Fisheries Adjustment Commission, and a Collaborator member of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions (CASS). He is also a steering board member of Global Sustainable Seafood Initiatives (GSSI) and a member of Global Seafood Rating Alliance (GSRA).Honoured by SeaWeb with the 2019 Seafood Champion Award for Leadership.
Tristan Hyodo Chief Executive Officer at MC Therapeutics Pty Ltd
Tristan is the Chief Executive Officer of MC Therapeutics Pty Ltd, a Queensland-based medicinal cannabis cultivator advocating for sustainable grown organic cannabis. He sits on the corporate advisory board to Greenfield Medicinal Cannabis an Australian licenced importer and supplier. He has a background in health supplements, nutraceuticals, and wellbeing markets. Tristan has held research, quality control, and product development roles in the FMCG industry, and worked for several years at Australia’s largest health food company.
Pacita U. Juan Owner at Echo Store Pacita U. Juan Owner at Echo Store
Pacita is Sustainability Advocate. Social Entrepreneur. Coffee Crusader and Advocate for Women Empowerment through business.
Of late, she has also embraced sustainable tourism as part of her advocacy. She joined The Coron Initiative in 2012 and has since been advocating Sustainability in the tourist industry. She has started many businesses and among them are : a coffee shop chain, a Filipino quick service restaurant, a farm to table restaurant and a natural and organic store called ECHOstore(www.echostore.ph), which she founded in 2008 way before other green businesses came about in the Philippines. She also co-founded GREAT WOMEN Showroom and Café which now plans to expand to the ASEAN region (www.greatwomenasean.com). She was the Chair of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (www.womenbiz.ph ) and the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (www.awenasean.org ). She also is the Founder of the PH chapters of International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) ,the Women Corporate Directors (WCD), and Slow Food Manila. She now also serves as Councilor for the Slow Food International Congress representing Southeast Asia. She is also President and Co-Chair of the Philippine Coffee Board,Inc.(PCBI),(www.philcoffeeboard.com) ,a member of the ASEAN Coffee Federation. She writes for Starweek magazine, the Philippine Tatler’s Traveller magazine and online portal ph.asiatatler.com, and writes a weekly commentary called Green Lane in www.manilaspeak.com Mark Matthews Director Asia Pacific of Business For Development
Mark has held leadership roles at the national and regional level in the Pacific and Australia, with experience in economic development, strategic planning, advocacy, and project development and implementation.
Mark worked with the Fiji Government in developing a national strategy for fresh produce import substitution and food security. He has developed regional agriculture clusters to improve agricultural trade in the Pacific through the development of integrated agricultural networks that brought innovative financing and logistic arrangements to leverage key country strengths. Currently, Mark is the Director Asia Pacific at Business for Development, an Australian based International NGO bringing enterprise to those in poverty, working with smallholder farmers and impact investors designing and implementing inclusive agribusinesses at scale that are linked to the market. He is currently supporting a sustainable coffee development project in the Philippines in Nueva Vizcaya province. Alain Maulion Country Director of Blue Finance Alain Maulion Country Director of Blue Finance
More than 3 decades of experience on policy research, competitiveness studies, project/business planning, development, management and monitoring and evaluation; sustainable development and financing, blue solutions and resource mobilization in areas such as ecotourism, ridge-to-reef resource management planning, women and development, sustainable livelihoods, regional integration and globalization; adopts the competitiveness and inclusive growth frameworks and uses ecosystem-based adaptation, triple bottom line, value chain and best practices approaches; competitiveness projects in Greater Mekong Subregion (Asian Development Bank), Philippines (World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, USAID); sustainable development and conservation finance with Conservation International, Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Foundation for Philippine Environment, and government agencies such as Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Institute for Development Studies, and Local Government Units, etc.; Diplomat, Philippine Mission to the United Nations, New York (1994-2000); Adviser to the Philippine Delegation to the UNCLOS (1994).
Stephan Moreels General Manager at Control Union, Cambodia
Compliance and liability: the too often forgotten pieces in international trade. Graduated in International Business Law and Maritime Law, he has now gained and developed deep knowledges in the certification and quality controls for commodities by working with Control Union since nearly 3 years. His background gave him a high sense of responsibility, especially when it comes to compliance and liability. Yes, the details count! As a General Manager in Cambodia his role is to understand the needs of tomorrow from different industries and how will it match with the customers’ requirements, along with applicable regulations.
Passionate by the fast-growing medical cannabis industry, he is working with several stakeholders in the SEA-Pacific region and is supporting its development in a way to make sure that everything is right since the very first step. Hemant Nandanpawar Senior Director | Advisory Services of Ernst & Young LLp Hemant Nandanpawar Senior Director | Advisory Services of Ernst & Young LLp
Hemant is an Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability expert, working as Senior Director under Advisory Services of Ernst & Young LLP, on a regional role. Currently based at Manila, Philippines. Ernst & Young (EY) is a global Big four global firm, with presence in more than 190 countries. He has extensive International work experience in the area of Energy Conservation & Management, Renewable Energy, Project Finance, Policy studies, Climate Change, Carbon and Climate Finance, Capacity Building activities and Sustainable Development. He has rich experience of successful completion of more than 250 consulting project assignments of diverse areas. Towards his contribution in the field of Energy Management and Climate Change at National and International level, he has been conferred with prestigious Awards/Appreciations including:
• Global Green Future Leadership Award by International Panel of WCSRD, India (2018) • Member of UNFCCC Methodologies Panel, Bon, Germany for the year 2011-12 • State Government of Andhra Pradesh Energy Appreciation Award, 2008 • Government of Maharashtra Award ‘Excellence in Energy Management’ in 2007 • Youngest recipient of ‘DSK Energy Award’ of Institution of Engineers India (IEI) in 2006 His past working experience includes his long international stint with Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila-Philippines as an International Specialist for more than 6 years. He is a CDM Methodologies Expert and also served as Member of Global CDM Methodologies Panel (MP) of United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bonn, Germany. He worked with MITCON Limited and Kirloskar Consultants Limited (KICONS), Pune, during his early years of professional career. He is post graduate in Sustainable Business from Cambridge University, United Kingdom (U.K) and an International Certified Renewable Energy Expert from Frankfort School, Germany. He is an Industrial Engineering graduate with M.Tech in Energy Management, MBA in Finance and a Certified Energy Manager & Energy Auditor of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), India. Hemant has published many papers and articles in national and international publications and as a subject matter expert and well established capacity building expert, participating to national and international conferences and workshops. Eyal Ben Ari Chairman at Gur Lavi Holdings Inc. Eyal Ben Ari Chairman at Gur Lavi Holdings Inc.
Eyal established farms using various configurations of his “GUR LAVI HYDROPONIC GROWING SYSTEM.” After years of research & development, tailor made secure hydroponic greenhouses have been developed in the Philippines. It is a system designed with absolute control, carrying the nutrient solution in a sophisticated process and using a high tech eco control claimant system. Eyal has successfully pioneered SUSTAINABLE production using the hydroponic greenhouse system in the Philippines. Laborers, who are trained and educated in the company’s strict processes and policies, carry and transport premium vegetable products on a daily basis.
Eyal, as a former President of the Israel Chamber of Commerce Philippines and active director in the Foreigner Chamber of Console Philippines, has had many years of experience in high management positions. He is also a chairman and director in a few of the Israeli’s funds and investment house. Eyal is Chairman, CEO, and Director of the Israeli rail company and other multinational companies as well. He has decided to focus on the Philippine market using the most progressive agricultural technologies to establish a high level of production with sustainable and secure systems. Kelvin Ng Managing Director APAC of Binca Group
A sustainable business professional with over 24 yrs experience working in multinational blue-chip companies and world renowned think tanks. TedEx speaker and a UK trained Chartered Engineer. Commenced appointment as MSC’s Asia Board member in 2012, Kelvin was the former Regional Director of the Marine Stewardship Council for the Asia Pacific Region. His current role is to lead and scale up the Binca Group, a leading Farm to fork supply chain company in their business engagement in Asia Pacific region.
Kelvin has experience in key strategic management positions and has held various Senior management roles in Singapore Airlines Terminal Services (SATS), Yum! Brands – KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell, Technology Giant Hewlett Packard and DHL Logistics. Natsumi Nonaka Regional Vitalization Promotion Department at Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. Natsumi Nonaka Regional Vitalization Promotion Department at Japan Airlines Co. Ltd.
Natsumi Nonaka is a member of the Regional Vitalization Promotion Department of Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
Natsumi has a mission to co-create new tourism in the regions of Japan together with local stakeholders, and created a project to drive sustainable tourism for regional vitalization called “Travel Well”, ongoing since 2018. The project invites travelers across the globe to new journeys that contribute to the sustainable future of the regions. Japan Airlines is a member of the Oneworld Alliance, awarded with “5 STAR AIRLINE” in 2019 from SKYTRAX. Gregoria Ruth Novales Vice President Corporate Affairs Executive at Nestlé Philippines, Inc.
Gregoria “Ruth” Novales is a member of the Corporate Affairs Team as Vice President & Corporate Affairs Executive and currently leads the Public-Private-Partnership for the Nescafe Plan-Philippines. She is also the elected Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) Committee on Agriculture and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Agriculture PCAF Sub-Committee on Coffee (Private Sector). She is a member of the Steering Committee of Grow Asia Philippine Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) as Crop Lead for Coffee.
Prior to her role in Corporate Affairs, Ruth was the Head of the Marketing Promotions and Events Department of the Nestlé Philippines Inc. Prior to this she worked as Regional Sales Manager for the Street Selling in the Ice Cream Division. Before Nestlé, Ruth worked for Kimberly Clark Philippines as their Trade Marketing Department Head and before that she also worked for Wyeth as Head of the Trade Sales Department. Before this, she also worked for RFM Corporation, as Corporate Assistant Vice President for Sales and Marketing in Key Accounts and Foodservice. She also worked at Reebok Philippines, Inc. as Sales Director and Jardine Davies, Inc. as Public Affairs Head. Ruth has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Masters Degree in Business Management from Ateneo de Manila University Business School. She also took a course on Agricultural Extension and Communications from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and was a Group Study Exchange Scholar for Rotary International in Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the United States. Ruth is leading the Government Stakeholder Affairs of the NESCAFÉ Plan. She is the focal person for the National Convergence Initiative (DA-NCI), High Value Crops Development Program (DA-HVCDP) and the National Greening Program (DA-NGP) for Nestlé. Susan Roxas Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability at WWF
Based in Manila, Susan Roxas has over 20 years of experience in leading business development, brand and marketing, and sustainability strategies in both corporate and non-profit sectors across Asia. As a strong advocate for leveraging the power of businesses for social and environmental good, Susan believes in the need for cross-sector collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches in sustainability interventions.
Currently the Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability, working with industry leaders to forge best practice traceability standards for seafood supply chains through an industry-led business-to-business platform; spearheading innovative financing mechanisms to support sustainable fisheries production as part of WWF’s Coral Triangle programme. Working in the sustainable blue economy space on blended financing approaches to help sustain the wealth of tuna stocks, from protection of transboundary nurseries of the seas and reducing juvenile catch, to supporting fisheries improvement programmes that will capture the conservation and socio-economic value of increased adult-tuna populations in the Coral Triangle region. Susan has held various leadership positions in WWF, including coordinating WWF’s Asia Pacific Growth Strategy to grow WWF’s conservation impact in the region and Regional Marketing and Corporate Engagement Director of WWF Greater Mekong (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar). Prior to WWF, Susan was working in financial services including MasterCard International for Middle East and Africa, and Citibank Philippines. Karthik Subburaman Regional Director of ASSIST Asia Karthik Subburaman Regional Director of ASSIST Asia
Karthik Subburaman is currently the Regional Director of ASSIST Asia, an innovative and self-sustaining capacity building non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development across South/SE Asia and East Africa. He concurrently provides strategic direction for the expansion and growth of ECC International, a leading process consulting and training firm in SE Asia; and is a contributor to AsianNGO, a social enterprise meant to promote capacity among development stakeholders.
He has over 15 years of experience in the areas of designing and implementing frameworks on risk management, corporate sustainability and promoting public private partnerships. His primary expertise lie in the areas of problem solving, strategic planning, sustainability reporting, energy management and social responsibility and has helped over 100 corporations as a consultant in driving performance excellence. Karthik has a Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the State University of New York. He is a Chemical engineer by education from CECRI (Central Electro Chemical Research Institute) – Asia’s only electrochemical research institution. James Symons Vice President for Business Development, APAC at Zero Mass Water
James Symons is Vice President for Business Development, APAC for Zero Mass Water. Zero Mass Water. Zero Mass Water is the manufacturer of SOURCE Hydropanels, a completely off-grid, infrastructure-free system that produces water from sunlight and air.
James has worked in a variety of business development roles in Asia since 2007, and has lived in Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Vietnam. Pete Troilo Senior Advisor at Devex Pete Troilo Senior Advisor at Devex
Mr. Troilo is an emerging markets advisor and analyst with more than 15 years’ experience working with Fortune 50 companies, international development organizations, and the U.S. Government in development finance and policy, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, and socio-political risk management. An expert on the business of global development, Mr. Troilo currently serves as Senior Advisor with Devex – the media platform for the global development community – where he leads client projects in the areas of resource mobilization, public-private partnerships, capacity building, and strategic communications. Mr. Troilo previously served as coordinator and editor for Devex Impact – a global initiative with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) focused on the intersection of business and development. He was also a member of the U.S. State Department Iraq Policy and Operations Group – the interagency strategic planning and communications office for Iraq affairs. He is a principal author of the implementation guidance tools for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights – a globally recognized standard for extractive companies operating in developing countries. Based in Manila, Philippines, he holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University.