President, Hoi Ping Ventures Hong Kong
Alexandra Boakes Tracy founded Hoi Ping Ventures to provide research and consulting on investment in low carbon energy and infrastructure in Asian emerging markets. Alexandra is a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, an Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology’s Asian Family Business Research Centre. She was non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia for six years, stepping down in 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change during this period.
CEO. Gold Standard
Margaret Kim is the CEO of Gold Standard, a leading standard that allows climate and development initiatives to quantify, certify and maximize their impact towards climate security and sustainable development. Kim has over 13 years of experience in international management roles including at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) where she held various posts including the Head of Green Climate Fund liaison and Head of Strategy and Integration.
Prior to this role, she occupied leadership roles in the private sector in business development and corporate strategy at a leading biotechnology company.
Executive Director, Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity, CEO & Founder for Response Ability, Inc.
Dr Naoki Adachi is the founder and CEO of Response Ability, Inc., and Executive Director of Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB). He has been working as a consultant on environmental management and CSR since 2002 after working as a researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and at FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia). He has been involved in many projects for Japanese corporations and ministries to develop sustainability policies and implement them in their daily business.
Regional Leader, KPMG Sustainability Services Asia Pacific, KPMG Taiwan
Dr Niven Huang is the Regional Leader of KPMG Sustainability Services Asia Pacific and was the Chairman of the Advisory Board of ASrIA. Dr Huang is a pioneer in Taiwan for promoting CSR, sustainability reporting, SRI, corporate sustainability strategy and carbon management. He was previously Secretary General of the BCSD-Taiwan for 16 years. He sits on the judging panels of several public and private Awards of CSR, Excellence in Environment, and Sustainability in Taiwan and Asia.
Managing Director, Head ESG Benchmarking. S&P Global Switzerland
Edoardo Gai is Managing Director, Head ESG Benchmarking at S&P Global – Sustainable 1. Edoardo transferred with his team and ESG Research & Data team from Robeco to S&P in January 2020.
Edoardo created the Benchmarking team within Robeco twelve years ago to answer the corporates’ need on benchmarking and know-how on sustainability issues.
He joined Robeco in 2000 as analyst for the ICT sector, he later became responsible for the process to collect and evaluate the sustainability data, as well as the selection process for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Edoardo was also Co-Head of Robeco Indices in 2009-10, and member of the Robeco Index design committee.
Previously, Edoardo worked for Triodos NV in the Netherlands as sustainability analyst and for SiRi Group when it was just created. At the same time, he successfully finished his postgraduate education as environmental manager in Rotterdam participating in the EAEME program.
At the beginning of his career, after graduating with a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETH), Edoardo worked as project leader at HMT microelectronics, where he was responsible for the design and development of integrated circuits.
Co-Founder. Climate Governance Initiative
Since the passage of the Paris Agreement at CoP21 in 2015, Karina has been working to build a global network for fellow board directors to share experiences, engage with experts and stakeholders, access specialised training, and help to drive more effective climate transition strategies in the boardroom. Under the auspices of the World Economic Forum, she co-founded the Climate Governance Initiative (CGI), home of the CGI Principles for Non-Executive Directors, where she chairs the Governing Board.
The CGI operates through a network of 14 national and regional Chapters in APAC, EMEA and the Americas, often in collaboration with local institutes of directors.
Karina chairs the ESG Working Group of the Investment Sub-Committee in the CFA Institute, a professional qualification for investment management professionals, and Business for Social Responsibility, a consultant specialising in sustainable business practice.
She is also on the boards of Italian Oil & Gas major Eni S.p.A., where she chairs the Sustainability & Scenarios Committee, and serves on the Remuneration Committee; Viridor Waste Management Limited, a KKR portfolio company, where she chairs the Board Sustainability Committee.
Previously, Karina had a 25-year career in Finance, latterly running the Governance and Sustainable Investment activities of UK asset manager F&C Investments, now BMO Global Asset Management, a unit of the Bank of Montreal.
Chief Sustainability Officer. City Developments Limited (CDL)
An active advocate for green building and sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in sustainability. It is ranked top real estate company on the 2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and is the first CDP A-List company for both climate strategy and water security in SE Asia and Hong Kong.
Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and building an integrated reporting framework since 2015.
A forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact. She is also a signatory for the UNGC Caring for Climate network and a UN ESCAP Sustainable Business Network Executive Council member.
She sits on the boards or advisory platforms of several organisations, including World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), Global Reporting Initiative, GRESB Asian Real Estate Benchmark Committee and UNEP FI Real Estate Work Group. She chairs the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s Sustainability and ESG Committee; Co-Chairs the Urban Land Institute Singapore’s Sustainability Product Council and is the Vice-Chairperson of the Singapore Institute of Directors’ ESG Committee, as well as the WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board.
Executive Director, Head of Group Risk Management and Sustainability. Ayala Corporation
Victoria joined Ayala Corporation in September 2013 as its Head for Group Risk Management and Sustainability Unit. Apart from championing the sustainability reporting across the group, she develops programmes and activities that increase and strengthen risk awareness in the organisation and across the group; she equipped her team so they have the confidence to identify, assess and manage risks, as well as communicate them to the board and advocate for the embedding of risk management and profiling in the day-to-day operations.
Victoria’s role continuous to expand as the group become more mature in risk management and sustainability reporting practices, including business continuity and groupwide insurance, and expanded their sustainability reporting scope to include all business verticals. Under her leadership, her team is continuously developing programmes across the group that address wider sustainability issues.
Head, ASEAN Regional Hub. Global Reporting Initiative
Dr Allinnettes Go Adigue is the Head of the ASEAN Regional Hub of the Global Reporting Initiative. As Head of GRI’s ASEAN Hub, Ally is tasked to promote the practice of sustainability reporting across the region by working with relevant stakeholders in creating a conducive policy environment for sustainable business practices, foster the business case of sustainability reporting and build the capacity of organisations in sustainability reporting.
A lifelong learner and a global citizen, Ally has lived in 3 continents in the past 15 years. Prior to GRI, Ally has previously worked for the academe, and both the public and private sectors. While working on her PhD, she worked as a graduate research assistant in the field of Climate Change Policy and Economics. She also worked in a retail electricity company in Singapore and for the Office of the President of the Philippines. Ally earned her PhD on Public Policy from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University in 2017. She has two Masters degrees: one in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Netherlands; and another in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. She also has Bachelor’s degrees in Law and Political Science.
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