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. 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).
Christian Schmidradner Founder and CEO of Pristine Solutions and Services Inc. Christian Schmidradner Founder and CEO of Pristine Solutions and Services Inc.
Christian is founder and CEO of Pristine Solutions and Services Inc., a Philippine company that focuses on building up sustainable supply chains, as it brings sustainable products into the markets and consults clients with services in the context of sustainability.
Pristine Solutions is initiator and coordinator of The Philippine Sustainability Movement that has its event series, The Philippine Sustainability Month 2019 Manila, from August 28 until end of September 2019. The company is partner of the Green Monday movement in Hong Kong, promoting meatless Mondays to address the pressing issues of climate change impacts through the meat industry, and being the distributor of vegan products like Beyond Meat, Daiya and Omnipork. The service scope includes sustainability and certification consulting as well as road-to-market services, building up the access of small scale businesses to high end markets in Manila and to international clients. Before Pristine Solutions and Service Inc. Christian was six years General Manager of a Sustainable Seafood sourcing, production and trading company in Manila and initiator and founder of the Sustainable Seafood Week Philippines. Founded in 2015, conducted in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Christian has as well more than 20 years consulting and management experience in large and medium sized international management consulting companies (ifb Group, Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini, Coopers & Lybrand) and as individual international consultant. David Goodman Founder & CEO of Vitro Technology Corporation David Goodman Founder & CEO of Vitro Technology Corporation
Vitro is focused on IoT and Blockchain applications to address the Scale vs. Scope problem in Foreign Aid financing: billions of budgeted Foreign Aid goes undelivered each year despite acute need at the SMEs worldwide. World Bank financings average over $250M while SMEs need loans under $500K. This captures the Scale vs. Scope problem in a nutshell.
Vitro's goal is to build simplified blockchain financings that meet the diligence requirements for NGO financing, while insulating SMEs from diligence complexities via blockchain and IoT. Blockchain records all financial transactions for audit, while IoT authenticates the operating records of purchased capital goods. The complete token economy captures loans, revenues and operating records in a single immutable ledger. Leveraging this technology serves the interests of each Actor in the economy, while achieving goals of transparency and efficiency. https://vitro.io/ 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. 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.
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. Eyal Ben Ari CEO of Aba Pardes Agritech Corp. Eyal Ben Ari CEO of Aba Pardes Agritech Corp.
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. VIZMINDA A. OSORIO Assistant Director of Environmental Management Bureau Department of Environment and Natural Resources VIZMINDA A. OSORIO Assistant Director of Environmental Management Bureau Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Engr. Osorio is currently OIC-Assistant Director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The EMB is the primary government agency under the DENR that is tasked to to formulate, integrate, coordinate, supervise and implement all policies, plans, projects and activities relative to the prevention and control of pollution as well as the management and enhancement of environment. The EMB is mandated to implement the following national environmental laws, Presidential Decree 1586 (Environmental Impact Statement System); Republic Act 6969 (Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990); Republic Act 8749 (Clean Air Act of 1999); Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000); Republic Act 9275 (Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004); and Republic Act 9512 (Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008)
From August 2012 until February of this year, she was the Regional Director of the EMB-National Capital Region. She has been with the DENR since 2005, having served in various capacities in project management and as head of the Self-regulation Management and Coordinating Unit of the Philippine Environment Partnership Program of the DENR. Engr. Osorio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mindanao, as well as a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management. She is also an alumni of the United States Environmental Training Institute. 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. Robert Boreham Owner and Managing Director of Hospitality Innovations, Ecopure Philippines Robert Boreham Owner and Managing Director of Hospitality Innovations, Ecopure Philippines
HIQ is a new Company in the Philippines, formed to represent Ecopure Waters International Ltd; who help hotels remove plastic bottles, replacing with branded glass bottles for use in the guestrooms and other areas.
Rob's profession is Global Logistics and more recently Consultancy and Project Management during hotel openings. HIQ is also researching other products that offer real opportunities to remove plastic in the hospitality and manufacturing sectors. Jasmine Capule Category Manager for Beverage at Fly Ace Corporation (Distributor of Rauch Products) Jasmine Capule Category Manager for Beverage at Fly Ace Corporation (Distributor of Rauch Products)
Jasmine Capule is the Beverage Category Head in Fly Ace Corporation --- the exclusive distributor of Rauch products in the Philippines for more than 22 years. She spearheaded the marketing campaigns and activities for Rauch in the country for 11 years now, making sure that sustainable business practices are implemented across channels. Jasmine represents Rauch GMBH, an Austrian company which started their sustainability program in 2015, focusing on environmental friendly production process and enrolment in certifications such as Pet2Pet Recycling, Fairtrade and organic products. Fly Ace Corporation on the other hand ensures compliance on policies that embody the protection of the environment such as proper solid waste disposal, waste water discharge and reduction of air pollutants.
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. Vince Cinches (Panel Moderator) Global Campaign Manager for Farming at World Animal Protection Vince Cinches (Panel Moderator) Global Campaign Manager for Farming at World Animal Protection
Vince Cinches is currently the Global Campaign Manager for Animals in Farming, Change for Chickens Campaign at World Animal Protection, leading the implementaiton and tactical delivery of the global campaign working with offices to develop inspiring and innovative projects which realise the campaign strategy for animals in farming welfare.
He is also the former Philippines' Oceans and Political Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, focusing on developing and passing global and local environmental policies. His previous focus areas were fisheries, including issues on sharks, tuna, and sustainable seafood. He also co-founded Save Sharks Network Philippines (SSNP), a coalition of prominent organizations in the scientific, NGO, and tourism communities in the Philippines that campaign for the global protection of various shark species at CITES and CMS. He started in the early 90s as a student activist, then as a trade union organizer and a community organizer, before jumping ship to the environmental cause in early 2000s to co-lead Cebu Alliance for Renewable Energy and led various successful environmental campaigns such as the campaign against the reclamation project in Panglao Bohol. He also co-founded Save Tanon Strait Citizens Movement who joined the dolphins to file a supreme court case against the Japanese oil drillers. Vince is a diver, an aspiring ecological farmer. 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.
Dave Cupit Global Engineering Director of Esharawater
Dave has over 40 years of work experience in the manufacturing and engineering sector.
His career has included working in a range of fields, including automotive, water filtration, domestic appliances and more. Dave has worked with manufacturers and supply chains in China for over 20 years, and has extensive and deep knowledge in the region. With vast manufacturing and design experience, Dave heads all Engineering at Eshara Water, overseeing design, supply chain, manufacturing and on-going engineering support. Mark Dia Global Programme Director - Farming of World Animal Protection Mark Dia Global Programme Director - Farming of World Animal Protection
Mark has been involved in environment, conservation and sustainability issues for nearly three decades. He has worked on toxic waste issues, agriculture, forests, oceans and climate change both on a local and international level.
He has varied interests and is still currently active in marine conservation as a dive instructor and teaching Reef Check eco diver courses and involved in karst and cave conservation issues as an active caver and sitting as a civil society representative at the Philippine National Cave Committee. Previously he has led the Oceans Campaign Programme of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, providing support or leading initiatives such as the sustainable seafood week and taking Greenpeace to face the issue of human trafficking and labour abuse in the seafood industry head on. Mark has now shifted his attention to improving the lives of animals, as the Global Director of the Animals in Farming Programme of World Animal Protection. 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. Keith Gardner Managing Director of ESHARAWATER
Keith has 20 years of operational and leadership experience.
His career began with 9 years of active service as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Air Force. Keith was a Fighter Pilot, and flew the Harrier aircraft in multinational exercises and in combat operations in Afghanistan. Since leaving the Forces he has gained over 10 years of Business Management and Development experience in a range of industries and geographies from Europe to Africa and the Middle East. Keith heads Eshara Water and is based in Abu Dhabi. 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.
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 Dan Koh Owner at Alaska Prime Seafood Dan Koh Owner at Alaska Prime Seafood
Dan is on the rise as Manila's freshest and most premier seafood purveyor.
An Asian American from Hawaii, who spent a good chunk of his life also on the east coast of the USA. So he cut his claws in somme of the top mainstays and places that seafood is known to be King. Dan was raised among foodies in his Family's restaurant with an insatiable thirst for finer and fishier things in life. He has since gone beyond working as a chef, independent importer, distributor of organic uni, Irish oysters and Maine lobsters to developing his own brand of boutique distributorships, starting with sea truffles for the last 10 years in Bangkok, Thailand to his latest and most focused project, Alaska Prime Seafood based in Manila, Philippines. Over the last few years Dan has held seafood pop ups, curated and cooked VIP seafood dinners, and is supplying some of the top dining spaces and hotels with their fresh and live imported seafood, and has no plan of slowing down! Macky Maceda (Panel Moderator) Sustainability Director of Enderun Colleges Macky Maceda (Panel Moderator) Sustainability Director of Enderun Colleges
Prof. Edmond “Macky” Maceda is a sustainability professional with over 27 years of experience in environmental engineering, corporate environmental affairs, and corporate sustainability management. In 2015, he was appointed as Sustainability Director of Enderun Colleges, a private college which offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, entrepreneurship, economics, and international hospitality management.
In this capacity, he manages Enderun's fast-rising degree specialization, “Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Major in Sustainability Management,” and spearheads the integration of sustainability principles across all curricula. In addition, he oversees all environmental sustainability programs on campus, and serves as a resouce person to Enderun’s other business units. Prof. Maceda previously served as Sustainability Consultant to Megaworld Corporation from 2010-2018; as Sustainability Officer of Ayala Land from 2008-2010; as Vice-President for Environmental Affairs of the Fil-Estate Group of Companies from 1997-2008; and as Director of Environmental Consulting for SGV & Co. from 1996-1997. Prior to that, he worked as a Professional Engineer for Montgomery Watson Consulting Engineers in California. Prof. Maceda holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering & Science from Stanford University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1992. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines, where he graduated in 1989. 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).
Vishnu Nair Regional Director - Asia Pacific of Pessl Instruments GmbH Vishnu Nair Regional Director - Asia Pacific of Pessl Instruments GmbH
Vishnu joined Pessl Instruments in 2015 as Regional Director for the Asia Pacific market. Vishnu has over 15 years of experience in sensor-based technologies. For Pessl Instruments, Vishnu directs business development in the APAC region, spending most of his time visiting priority markets to introduce Pessl Instrument’s Agriculture IoT products and solutions. The AgTech industry in Asia is at the early development stage with much effort going into strategic policy development. Vishnu is passionate about his involvement in shaping the nascent growth of data-driven agriculture in Asia.
Koji Nakamura, Dr. Agr. Visiting Professor and Professor Emeritus at Kanazawa University Koji Nakamura, Dr. Agr. Visiting Professor and Professor Emeritus at Kanazawa University
Obtained PhD in Entomology from Kyoto University in 1980. Major field of interests is ecology, especially, long-term insect population dynamics in Japan, Indonesia and other tropical countries. Recently, engaged in the research, conservation and sustainable use of Satoyama and Satoumi in Noto Peninsula, Kanazawa, Japan. Served as the Co-chair of the Scientific Assessment Panel of thse Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA). Serving as the Director of Noto Satoyama Meister Training Program (2007-2011), Satoyama Satoumi Revitalizing Project, Kanazawa University (2010-on going), Noto Satoyama Satoumi Meister Training Program (2012-on going, since 2016 serving as Advisor), and Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program in the Philippines (JICA Technical Cooperation for Grassroots, 2013-on going). Visiting Professor of University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (IAS)-United Nations University (UNU) and Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR)-Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
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. Kelvin Ng Director ASEAN of Green Monday
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. Ambassador Bita Rasoulian Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of the Philippines Ambassador Bita Rasoulian Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of the Philippines
Ambassador Bita Rasoulian began her diplomatic career at the age of 26. From her first assignment in 1995 at the Department for EU Common Policies and Single Market, she rose through the ranks of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs to Ambassador of Austria to the Republic of the Philippines and Palau. Before her appointment, she was Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (1997), Deputy Consul General at the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles, USA (2000-2004), and served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassies in Mexico City, Mexico (2004-2008) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012-2017). She has been assigned Ambassador of Austria to the Republic of the Philippines and to the Republic of Palau as of July 2017.
Ambassador Rasoulian speaks German, English, Spanish, French and Farsi fluently and has knowledge of Italian and Polish. She is married with two children. 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. Daniel Rye Senior Manager Business Development at Canopy Power Daniel Rye Senior Manager Business Development at Canopy Power
Having trained in electrical engineering in the UK, Daniel spent a nearly decade engineering the backbone of the internet for a global telecoms company. After he moved to sunny Singapore he decided to map his skills into renewable energy, following his concerns for the environment. Since then he has been immersed in clean technologies as part of developing remote micro grid projects and currently heads up Canopy Power's business development efforts in Asia Pacific.
In his spare time, Daniel loves ocean paddling, cycling and playing the drums. His biggest gripes are deforestation and pollution. 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. Seth Wang Managing Director of Peterson and Control Union Asia
Seth is currently responsible for managing the certification and consultancy businesses for Peterson Projects & Solutions Singapore and Control Union Singapore as well as marketing and business development activities in Asia and the Pacific regions.
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. Dr. Justin Tan Technical & Marketing Director of BIOMIN Asia Pacific Dr. Justin Tan Technical & Marketing Director of BIOMIN Asia Pacific
Dr. Justin Tan currently serves as Technical & Marketing Director of BIOMIN Asia Pacific based in Singapore.
Dr. Tan has produced numerous technical articles and commercial reviews for publications in various industry sites and livestock magazines. Since joining BIOMIN in June 2012, he has presented on mycotoxin risk management and gut performance management for improving health in livestock animals in various plenary sessions at livestock events across Asia. Dr. Tan has conducted technical seminars, presentations, case reports, product launches and training sessions at various international events in more than 40 different countries around the world. Dr. Tan earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and his Masters in Business Administration from National University of Singapore (NUS). 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.
Yasunori Yamazaki CBO at Axelspace Yasunori Yamazaki CBO at Axelspace
Experienced Marketing, Branding and Corporate Access professional with extensive global financial sector exposure. At Daiwa Capital Markets, originated fundraising road shows, organised and hosted various corporate access initiatives, bridging ASEANI (ASEAN + India) corporates with the global institutional investors. Prior to that, at Lehman Brothers, developed marketing solutions and worked as a strategic advisor to the business heads to increase revenue through marketing mix, including client events, marketing collaterals, advertising, sponsorships etc. Nurtured marketing and branding experiences at the world’s best global creative agencies, including McCann-Erickon, Saatchi&Saatchi and Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Contributed in planning and executing integrated marketing communications to build Brand Equity for iconic brands, including P&G, Adidas, Levi’s, Unilever and Virgin Atlantic. Participated in Axelspace in August 2017 and serves as a Brand Manager.
Arnel Yaptinchay (Panel Moderator) Co-Trainer at GSTC Arnel Yaptinchay (Panel Moderator) Co-Trainer at GSTC
Dr. Yaptinchat has been involved in marine biodiversity conservation in the Philippines for over 20 years.
He is the director and founder of the conservation NGO, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines after having worked with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau as a biologist and WWF-Philippines as their Species Conservation Program Director. He has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of the Philippines and earned his Masters Degree in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Bremen University, Germany. He sits on the board of other NGOs including Balyena.org. Reefcheck Philippines, CAPE Foundation, and Responsible Tourism Philippines. He is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of nature - Species Specialist Group on dugongs, as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, and sits on the editorial board of the Philippine Journal of Fisheries.