Global Leader in Innovation for Sustainable Development Dermot is a global sustainable development leader with 25 years’ experience in envisioning, ideating, and implementing solutions to protect wildlife, the environment and people. He holds board positions with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Luc Hoffmann Institute, is the Chair of the social venture OpenSC, and has been a CEO at WWF for two decades across China, the Pacific and Australia. As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab in 2022, he is exploring the intersection of digital technology, civil society, and big philanthropy and how it’s fundamentally changing the charity sector. His experience in blockchain and NFTs has helped shape this thinking about the role technology can play in delivering solutions at scale. Dermot’s approach brings together his experience in human development, environmentalism, social justice, philanthropy, private equity, and innovation as he continues to collaborate across sectors to help people, governments and NGOs see global challenges as opportunities to co-create a better future for humanity and nature.
Innovation & Policy Advisor Jason Hsu is Senior Research Fellow at The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School and Visiting Research Fellow at Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at University of Oxford. Known as Crypto Congressman, Jason served as Legislator At-Large in Taiwan’s national parliament from 2016 to 2020. A selection of achievements during his tenure include setting up the Asia Blockchain Alliance (ABA), Taiwan Parliamentary Coalition for Blockchain (TPCB), founding the Indo-Pacific Cybersecurity Alliance and initiating the several key legislations such as the FinTech Regulatory Sandbox Act, Amendment on Anti-Money Laundering Law, Cybersecurity Management Act and Virtual Currency Guidelines (Security Token Offerings), Artificial Intelligence Development Act and the Digital Economy Principle Act.
Climate Advisor Katherine is a Senior Advisor to the Social Alpha Foundation, The Digital Economist and The Open Earth Foundation where she leads collaborations with the UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub. A former diplomat specializing in human security and climate, Katherine has been spearheading innovation at the nexus of technology, policy and sustainable development for 30 years. She has held leadership roles at Climate-KIC (Europe’s largest Climate Innovation Initiative) and served as CSO of the Green Digital Finance Alliance (Ant Financial –UNEP NGO) where she advised the UN Secretary General's Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs. Katherine is a member of the EU Blockchain Observatory, the BIS Digital Green Bond Project Genesis, and the ESMA FISC Working Groups and is active contributor to digital innovation programs, accelerator, and educational initiatives globally. Katherine is Swiss-Canadian and currently based in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Conservation Advisor ED- Conservation International John Goedschalk, born in Paramaribo 1976 currently lives with his wife and two children in district Wanica. John attained his bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Beloit College in Wisconsin USA in 1998 and completed his MBA in Finance and marketing with distinction at the NIMBAS University in Utrecht the Netherlands in 2005. John has worked for a broad range of companies and held positions ranging from Corporate Finance consultant for Ernst & Young through to Sr. Business Controller for McDonald’s Netherlands and Global Business Controller for ABN AMRO in the Netherlands. During his career in the Netherlands, John also served as founder for a number of startup companies, the most well known of them being FreshCotton, which leads the online Amsterdam Streetwear sales retail segment. Upon returning to Surinam in 2008, John has held positions with some of the most well known companies such as Kersten and HEM Suriname before moving into the non-profit sector where he led the Climate Compatible Development Agency within the Cabinet of the President while leading the climate change negotiations for the country. John Currently holds the position of Executive Director for Conservation International Suriname, part of the International Non Government Organization Conservation international, which holds offices in 40 countries worldwide. John has led multiple bio-economy based projects with tribal and indigenous communities and has a strong focus on policy development regarding climate change and climate finance. John is passionate about reconciling economic growth, human development that respects and builds upon the natural capital Suriname and the world has to offer.
Dr. Shirley Yeung
Educator, UNESCO HK AVP Dr. Shirley Yeung, IEMA approved Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner, Experienced ISO9000 Principal Auditor, AQIP Assessor, US, HKCAAVQ Subject Specialist and QMS lead auditor of HKQAA, Hong Kong. Dr. Shirley Yeung was named Pioneer Professor of Sustainability in the AIM2Flourish, the Asia Ambassador, Sustainability Mindset working Group of the UN PRME and the UN Global Compact. In 2021, officially appointed by UNSDSG Kenya and INCENECDEV as Asia Ambassador and Brand Ambassador; and nominated as Global Sustainability Professional in 2020, nominee for the "Women Who Lead National Award, 2021" Award, and Summentor, India. https://www.womenwholead.in/ In 2019, Dr. Yeung obtained The Best Professor in Business Studies, HK Education Leadership Award, Hong Kong. In 2018, Dr. Yeung awarded "The Outstanding Global Leader with Impacts - Woman Award, 2018", TonggenTongmeng, Beijing, China. In the same year, Dr Yeung was also nominated for Pioneer UNSDGs, UN Global Compact. In 2017, Dr Yeung was appointed as Associate Vice President (AVP), UNESCO HK Association and served as Secretary General and Chair, CSR and Sustainable Business and Management Divisions, the World Institute of Sustainable Development Planner (WISDP) under UNESCO HK Association, Winner for The 2nd Global Young Leadership Award organised by Yazhou Zhoukan Magazine (亞洲週刊), invited as “Visiting Chair Professor” by ISTEC, France, and awarded SDSC Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015/16, Hang Seng Management College. Recently, Dr Yeung obtained a Distinguished Senior Executive Management Certificate on Innovations from HKMA, HK/ Cambridge University, UK. With on-going publications (around 100 pieces) and global collaborations on United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), UNOSSC, and UNPRME, Dr Yeung has been recently invited as a Task Force Member for UNESCAP/ EBAC-ESBN / Banking and Finance, and also act as a member for Collaboration Committee for the civil society consultation for UN Development System review process. In 2016, Dr Yeung was nominated as UN Local Change Maker and also one of panels of UNPRME Colloquium on Higher Education workshop of 7th PRME Asia Forum in Hong Kong. Dr Yeung was invited by Harvard University, HPAIR to deliver a seminar on "Entrepreneurial Spirit and Sustainable Mindset". In 2015, Dr. Yeung awarded “Pioneer Professor Certificate” from UN Flourish Prizes, US for guiding a student in writing a story on FujiXerox’s sustainable development achievements; and she was also the convener for the 1st Forum on Sustainable Development in Higher Education co-organized with UNESCO, APEID and the Chair of the 2nd International Conference on Supply Chain for Sustainability, Hong Kong. In 2014, Dr. Yeung was nominated by Nobel Prize Winner for Wenhui (文晖) Award for Educational Innovation, UNESCO, APEID.
Head of Policy Research and Carbon Governance at Carbonbase Arnold is the Head of Policy Research and Carbon Governance at Carbonbase where he focuses on bridging the gap between innovation and financing to create scalable and sustainable climate change solutions. Arnold began his career at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, one of the major central banks in Asia. During his tenure of 16 years, he rose to become Director of ESG and led the formulation of ESG policy and roadmap for Hong Kong’s US$500+ bn Exchange Fund. His experiences also included portfolio risk management, FX trading, and corporate developments. Arnold received a BA and MA degree in Economics from the University of Southern California. His professional credentials include Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and Sustainability and Climate Risk (SCR)
Regen Advisor David Dao (he/him) is the founder of GainForest and an Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher at ETH Zurich. GainForest is a non-profit grantee of Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, which leverages decentralized technology to prevent deforestation. In co-design with local communities in South America and Southeast Asia, GainForest develops a global cryptocurrency that rewards sustainable nature stewardship and has been featured by BBC Radio4, World Economic Forum, Microsoft, and the United Nations. David is a Ph.D. candidate, leading the DS3Lab Climate + AI initiative at ETH Zurich in close collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), MIT, and Restor to develop satellite-based monitoring algorithms to predict deforestation. Additionally, he leads the joint Kara Data Marketplace initiative with Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Oasis Labs. David's research won several best papers and academic grants. Previously, he was an engineer in Silicon Valley and a research fellow at Berkeley AI Research (BAIR), Stanford University, and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. David is a Global Shaper at World Economic Forum, the Forest Lead of Climate Change AI, a Climate Leader at Climate Reality Project, a UN youth delegate for UN COP25 and COP26, and a mentor at Creative Destruction Lab Paris. In his spare time, David explores tropical rainforests in South America and the deep sea of Southeast Asia.
Climate & AI Advisor Cyrus Hodes is a Partner at FoundersX Ventures, a cross-stage Silicon Valley VC firm. He is a co-founder of Duckweed Bio, a Florida- based Agtech/Climate Tech startup. Cyrus co-founded and chaired the AI Initiative at The Future Society, a think tank incubated at Harvard Kennedy School. He served as Advisor to the Minister of AI at the UAE Prime Minister's Office, where he convened the Global Governance of AI Roundtable at the World Government Summit and launched the Global Data Access Framework. Cyrus is a member of the International Advisory Board of the EU Parliament STOA, part of the Global Partnership on AI (Climate Action & Biodiversity), a member of the OECD Expert Group on AI (ONE AI), and a member of the AI Ethics Board of Smart Dubai.
CEO of BridgingTheGap Ventures Kelly Lovell has a decade of experience as an expert in global strategy, youth engagement and social innovation programs. A 19-time award-winning woman entrepreneur, she is passionate about bridging opportunity gaps to prepare young people for the future and solve global challenges. Kelly is CEO of BridgingTheGap Ventures, a social enterprise that produces digital media, events and experiences that unite leaders of today and tomorrow’s leaders together to inspire imagination, skills and innovation for the future. Kelly is also Founding Global Chair of YOUNGA®—a pioneering global festival for impact that annually connects young people with influential decision-makers to co-create solutions for a more inclusive, sustainable world during the United Nations Decade of Action from 2020 to 2030. To date, YOUNGA has provided free leadership training and upskilling to nearly 4,000 young people across 158 countries and reached 330 million on social media. As a 3x TEDx speaker and global influencer, Kelly’s insights have been featured by the world's most respected platforms including the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, G7, G20 and W20 Consultations, and the World Bank. Her accolades include Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader, Canada's Most Powerful Women: WXN Top 100 and the Queen's Young Leader Award. Through her roles, Kelly produces digital media, events and experiences that unite leaders of today and tomorrow to inspire imagination, skills and innovation for the future. She is known for creating global youth campaigns with measurable results having worked with top global brands including Coca-Cola, H&M, IBM, Staples, Toyota Tsusho, the World Bank Group, World Health Organization, UN Women and Disney. She frequently oversees the development of accessible future skills training and youth-led innovation programs for public-private stakeholders that empower young people to overcome skills gaps, prepare for the future of work and solve global challenges. Currently, Kelly is working on introducing emerging technologies such as impact NFTs and the digital economy to a wider audience and underrepresented groups, particularly women, minorities and youth.
Web3 Strategist Experienced Public Affairs and Communications advisor with +13 years of experience in the public and private sector. Pedro advises different tech startups in the smart city and web 3 space. Former National Secretary of Civic Organizations and Youth of the Republic of Argentina. Pedro holds a JD degree from Buenos Aires University and a Master's in Management and Global Affairs from Tsinghua University. Pedro is a Schwarzman Scholar. Intersection policy/tech, fundraising, strategic communications, and public affairs. He lived in Argentina, China, the Netherlands and currently between Paris and Madrid.
Arts & Culture Advisor Yvette Yung is a Hong Kong philanthropist with a long and illustrious career as one of the most recognized faces associated with the Yung Family, the first “Red Capitalist”, a moniker coined by the leadership in Beijing in 1950s in recognition of the might of the family’s commercial empire and patriotism. As the fourth generation of the Yungs, Yvette carries the family torch in philanthropy and dedicating a lifelong work in fundraising for the advancement of education and art. Educated in the US, she has a degree in economics and French. With a successful career in fashion, public relations, and brand marketing, Yvette is known for her associations with the rich and famous globally including the British Royalty. Yvette joined Occasions PR & Marketing as part of the leadership under the baton of Founder and Chairman Pansy Ho in the late 1990s. She has led the way in creating events as part of the international calendar of “must-attend” affairs showcasing some of the most exclusive luxury brands for the ultra high-net-worth individual.
Rawaa Al Saadi Milner
ESG Strategist Rawaa is a recognized global ESG, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), impact investing and corporate sustainability executive and a thought leader in diverse sectors including food and beverage, utilities, real estate development and international development organizations, where she has led cross-organizational teams within matrix management structures to work effectively on a global scale. Rawaa advises public, private and inter-governmental organizations on developing and executing comprehensive regional and corporate sustainability strategies, managing organizational change, emerging industry standards, best practices and trends including but not limited to sustainable supply chain management in circular economy, sustainability behavior design/change management, and life cycle analysis.
Torbjörn (Toby) Jörgensen
Creative Media Advisor As the President of Federation X Holdings and the Ten Legions, Toby is a all-around rock star who works with major entertainment, media and technology companies, creating new distribution, marketing and business models for great major entertainment brands and outstanding technologies. With more than 30 years as an Internationally awarded illustrator, he has been the Officially Licensed illustrator of Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Disney. Experienced in management, publishing, game development, new media, Toby is involved with multiple NFT projects and advising teams of creators across the world.
H (Bored Ape #7456)
Resident Greenverse Ape H is a connoisseur of quantitative cultures and is the Founder of the Bored Ape Yacht Club Yacht Party (BAYCYP). Grew up in a tie-knit community in the jungle, H has learned the importance of sustainable living and being protective of his habitat. Passionate about zero-waste lifestyle, he wears upcycled clothes and a Noogler cap handed down from his sibling. When H is not busy rolling up cigars at his monkey deck, he invests in carbon credits to offset the collective footprint of his tribe of 10,000 and his personal yacht.
Philanthropy Advisor Prescille Cernosia is currently Executive Director of Social Alpha Foundation (SAF), a non-profit grant-making organization that provides funding to people and projects using Blockchain technology for social good. SAF is co-founded by Jehan Chu, Founder and Managing Partner of Kenetic. As an experienced global leader in philanthropy, she leads strategic, fundraising, and overall management efforts for SAF. Prescille works closely with the Advisory Committee to review, vet, and distribute grants to blockchain initiatives in the social sector. She also led fundraising efforts in Asia for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as part of their most recent $5 billion Campaign. Prescille also has over 20 years of experience in strategic consulting, corporate finance, and operations at American Express, Lehman Brothers, Warner-Lambert, and General Electric Capital Corporation. Prescille received her BS at Northeastern University and MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Inclusivity & Impact Advisor Jon has a deep love for immersing himself in other cultures and trying to understand the underlying issues facing marginalized communities. He is a proponent of complex systems change, viewing a problem in its entirety and analyzing the relationships that influence and intersect over time. He believes true social change lies in being able to challenge people’s priorities, beliefs, habits and loyalties that uphold and sustain the status quo.
Non-Profit & Retail Advisor Alexandra is a marketing and development expert who has worked for key market players in their specific industries: WWF, Impact Hub, Fashion Days, Adevarul Holding (Forbes, Foreign Policy, + etc), RTC Holding (Debenhams, Aldo, Bally, Mandarina Duck, + etc). She is currently interested in impact investing and startups with a key focus on purpose and profit or moving existing businesses to sustainable and/or positive social and environmental impact. Alexandra is passionate every step of the way and always looking to deliver results at a scale that matters.
Energy, Carbon & Communities Advisor Elliot David is an aspiring carbon warrior on a mission to promote sustainability, peace, and justice. After serving as a paratrooper in the IDF, he attended the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College, City University of New York. He graduated with Double Honors having produced two theses in Economics and Political Science on microfinancing strategies for solarizing Small Island Developing States and counterinsurgency strategies, respectively. Elliot received his Masters in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, where he studied International Business Sustainability and Carbon Management as a Schwarzman Scholar. He published his graduate thesis on the challenges and opportunities for carbon management in China with his Advisor, David Sandalow. Elliot has worked for leading organizations across multiple sectors including the US Department of Energy, the Clinton Foundation, and more. Elliot is also the Director of Fundraising for The Young African Business Booster (YABB), a social impact organization in Rwanda providing microfinance solutions and sustainable agribusiness training.
Asia Pacific Corporate ESG Lead Candice has experience working across consulting, innovation, transformation and Environmental. Social, Governance (ESG) across numerous industries in Africa and Asia Pacific. Her current work involves obtaining renewable energy and circular business solutions across Asia Pacific for a major global financial services entity. She is interested in increasing how technology can be used or altered to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and youth empowerment, and firmly believes technology can be a force for good if harnessed in the right way. Candice is a continuous online learner but dually holds a formal MBA degree from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) within the University of Pretoria and Masters of Commerce in Marketing Strategy from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Human-centred Design Advisor Annabelle is an experienced innovation & development professional who has worked in China, Hong Kong and Singapore across a range of industries, from Arts & Culture to Tech and Manufacturing. She has worked for the Singapore government in ecosystem development at the National Arts Council and Enterprise Singapore. Annabelle advises startups on growth and sustainability, applying Design Thinking to build experiences, products & systems that allow them to scale. She has also advised listed companies and companies in China’s Top 500 Private Enterprises on their Digital Transformation efforts for sustainability. Annabelle is the founder of an annual fundraising event in Singapore, The New Paper’s B-U Day. Annabelle holds a bachelors in English Literature from the National University of Singapore and an MBA from the Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA program in Beijing.
Energy & Crypto Advisor Sev is a former Solar Energy Consultant, and has worked at both major firms and startups focused on sustainability and climate action. He was an early adopter of green / proof-of-stake Cryptocurrency, and currently works as an Investor, Trader, NFT Creator, founder of Eco Labs DAO, Event Organizer at ReFi DAO, and ReFi Liaison at Common Action. Sev is a coffee addict, digital nomad who's always changing time zones, and has a Chess.com rapid rating of 1500.
Crypto Payments Advisor
Fine Art Advisor Queenie Mo is Board Director at Lux Creative Hong Kong Limited, a bespoke fine art and fine luxury lifestyle service revolutionising fine art and luxury goods into phygital assets (physical asset + tokenisation), also traditional private sales in fine art and blue chip. Queenie is also Partner and COO of iSHANG, a NFT multi-metaverse covering over 12 categories (from Meta-Fashion, Digital Art, Fine Art, Videos, Music, IP/Brands, Contemporary Art, Collectibles, Jewellery, Antique, Oriental Art to Meta-Land, and more) with niche in offering dynamic royalties, institutional custody, DeFi ready, fractional ownership for world appreciation, environmental friendly (Polygon blockchain), inter-metaverses and phygital assets, to name a few. Lux Creative and its partners has been a dynamo in the crypto space with exciting, world ground breaking projects and growth binding the old world (tradition) meeting the new world (new dimension) fulfilling and understanding the trends, niche, scarcity, uniqueness, rarity in the projects we have and targeting to growing them perpetually. Lux Creative supports educating others into acknowledging the benefits of the Crypto World (NFTs, Web3, smart and royalties contracts, etc) to enhance general knowledge of individuals the advantages. Queenie carries previous experience from Management Consultancy from Accenture in Finance (Fortune 500 clients), NGO, government investment relations (PPP projects), FinTech, SME in Global Procurement practices, a Committee Director at Hong Kong Power Youth Association (supporting the youth to build their dreams, products and services to come through), member of Asia Society and Founding Member of a private member crypto club, ClubDAO, member of Hong Kong and Great China SME Alliance.
Content Strategist & Community Leader Lee Williamson leads Power & Purpose, a new platform encompassing Tatler’s thought leadership content, events and experiences across Asia, including Gen.T, Front & Female and Asia’s Most Influential. He was selected as a WAN-IFRA Young Media Leaders Fellow 2020.
Law Professor, Legal Reformer, Filmmaker, Thought Leader James Cooper is Professor of Law and Director of International Legal Studies at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where he has also served as Associate Dean, Experiential Learning and an Assistant Dean. Professor Cooper is also serving as a Fellow of Singapore University of Social Sciences to 2023 and as a Visiting Professor at the Heidelberg University Center for Latin America. He has been a change agent for countries around the Americas for more than two decades, consulting for the U.S. Departments of Justice and State.