The TALKS at
The Conscious Festival
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2-3 November Singapore
The TALKS at The Conscious Festival by Green Is The New Black return for the fifth year
We’ve walked on the moon…why can’t we solve climate change?
If you have felt the twinge of eco-anxiety, the twang of disempowerment, or are a little lost trying to navigate your way through sustainability — we’re right there with you. While we may feel pessimistic when faced with the facts and reality of the world we live in, we are optimistic that our actions and humanity can change this around.
As living beings who want to stay alive, and make the world a better place for generations to come; The Conscious Festival is a space to encourage open dialogue, connection, community and growth. You can expect to hear from experts in their fields, meet the inspiring business owners working tirelessly to change the game, and walk away armed with #LittleGreenSteps that will carry you forward in your journey towards a more sustainable life.
Four transformative sessions packed full of juicy actionable insights will empower you to make changes in your life. Listen and learn through inspiring keynotes, engaging workshops, wellness breaks, and action kits — everything you need to take #LittleGreenSteps to #LiveMoreConsciously.
Explore the sessions
SESSION 1: WELLBEING
COLLABORATION NOT CONFLICT
[SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 10:50 AM – 1:30 PM]
One of the biggest threats to mankind is not climate change but our ability to collaborate to fight against it. This ability is hindered by a few things, including the fact that our brain finds it difficult to process something as intangible and complex as climate change. There is also our ego that stands in the way of fighting the long fight ahead. In this session, we will delve into topics like fighting against apathy and the ‘it’s too late’ mindset, how we need to connect deeper with ourselves before we can connect deeper with the planet, why empowering women is key to mitigating climate change, and more.
Christine Amour-Levar — adventurer, explorer and founder of Women on a Mission and Her Planet Earth,
Luke Anthony Myers — Workspace Experience Designer at Mindvalley
Nicole Yau — Transformation Change Management, and many more.
Founder & CEO
HER Planet Earth
Christine Amour-Levar is a French-Swiss-Filipina Philanthropist, Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Author. She grew up between Manila, Paris and Tokyo and is currently based in Singapore, where she lives with her husband and four children. A passionate advocate of women’s leadership and empowerment, Christine set up two non-profit organisations: ‘Women on a Mission'(WOAM) in 2012 to support and empower women who have been subjected to violence and abuse, and ‘HER Planet Earth’ in 2017 to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged women affected by climate change.
Go Awake & YanaTV
Yana is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, accredited life coach and an experienced group facilitator.
YanaTV is a platform to have heart-to-heart conversations with people who have accomplished incredible things; discussing how they did it, and why. You won’t find any small talk here, just enlightening discussions about big subjects: Success, Overcoming Fears, Being of Service, Building Happiness, Mastering Communication, Increasing Awareness, Elevating Consciousness, Impacting The World, and much more!
Workplace, Community & Wellness Transformation Change Management Consultant
Nicole believes when body-mind-heart connections are aligned with purpose & happiness, we activate super human power to achieve more results with less time & energy as individual and collective community. A human vibrational connector, energy management coach, conscious community co-creator; Nicole combines her previous expertise in workplace transformation change management, with her integrated wellness & NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) coaching for personal & high performance team transformation. She is the co-founder of Phoenix Wellness.
WONG PEI CHI & TAYLOR W HICKEM
Taylor is an engineer and a typical millennial from the US, who came to Singapore in 2010. He grew a consciousness about climate crisis through talking with PeiChi, educating himself on climate science, taking small steps to living more sustainably. The more he learnt, the more desperate and angry he felt, until Greta Thunberg’s wake up call really hit him.
Pei Chi worked in the finance industry and started her journey in social justice advocacy in 2009 with the No To Rape campaign. She also served on the board of AWARE, Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group, and supports Singapore Climate Rally.
They are both concerned citizen volunteers with ground-up climate advocacy group 350 Singapore, encouraging Singaporeans to take action.
TALK: Why we won’t have children.
Ex-athlete, Psychologist, Life Coach
Beata transforms the way we think, work, exercise and live. Mental wellness advocate, she takes psychology out of therapy room and proves how practical it is in managing life’s challenges. She specializes in difficult emotions management, stress, depression, anxiety, as well as overcoming feeling stuck and struggling, overwhelmed and lost.
She organizes Fit Chill Out Retreats taking busy bees to Bali, Thailand, Fiji to train body and mind, to disconnect and reconnect with inner needs, to manage emotions and maintain motivation in living healthy lifestyle.
FLEUR VAN UNEN
Agile Coach, Facilitator and Positive Impact Ambassador
Fleur is passionate about coaching, facilitation, team building and making our world a conscious, better place. At PALO IT, she works closely with international organisations across Asia to improve their ways of working, empower teams and individuals and create happier and healthier work places.
She teaches a blend of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness to deepen the connection between mind, body and spirit. Her ultimate dream is to make it accessible to everyone, no matter age, gender, or experience, and to help others to cultivate these as essential life skills to lead happier and healthier lives.
Dr AIMEE MAXWELL
Dr Aimee Maxwell is a psychologist from Melbourne who has been working to improve wellbeing through international, longitudinal projects for over a decade. She is a professional member of the Deep Adaptation Forum, a Deep Adaptation speaking advocate, and she helps run several Deep Adaptation Facebook groups. Deep Adaptation is a way of viewing our current global situation that can help refocus people on what’s important in life while our social order collapses under the weight of its own consumption and pollution. Aimee is especially interested in the emotions of Deep Adaptation and how they move through us.
TALK: Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy.
Dr. KATRINA GISBERT-TAY
Founder and Wellness Coach
The Authenticity Institute
Brimming with positive energy, Katrina is a medical doctor with a background in psychology. She trained as an ontological coach, and is a certified Integrative Health Coach through Duke Integrative Medicine and a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She works with individuals and corporations to optimise their health and live life to the fullest, tackling any barriers and helping you develop action steps to discover the best version of you.
LUKE ANTHONY MYERS
Workspace Experience Designer
As the primary vision setter of Mindvalley Spaces, he’s the man behind getting Mindvalley into Inc. Magazine’s Top Ten Most Beautiful Offices in the World 2019.
A self-confessed plant geek, Luke has always been fascinated by how environment impacts well-being, and how certain spaces create a sense of joy and happiness. It is his mission to reverse engineer that feeling – envisioning and creating spaces that not only bring a higher energy to the workplace but a cleaner, greener consciousness into the urban world.
Award-Winning Entrepreneur & Energy Alchemist, International Best-Selling Author, Speaker, & Success Strategist
An international best-selling author, recognized as a leading specialist in the area of energy alchemy, human resource potential, success strategies and personal transformation. She is passionate about empowering people and businesses to make compelling choices and creating greater wealth, success and abundance. As the founder and CEO of The Ninth Concepts Pte Ltd, The AuraChakra Company, Selina Seah Academy and QuantumEasy, she speaks and consults around the world. Besides winning business awards, Selina is an achiever when it comes to music, graduating in London with Honours. She has also been a music educator for more than 20 years.
SESSION 2: BUSINESS
ETHICAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CLIMATE CRISIS
[SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 2:20 PM – 5:00 PM]
With 100 companies held responsible for 71% of the world’s total carbon emissions, if we truly are committed to making a difference, it is crucial for us to look deeper at the private sector and how our system is built because we all rely on fossil fuels, whether it’s the way we dress up, what we eat, or how we move. If solutions exist to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, hence enabling us to fight against climate change, why are they not scaling? Why is change not happening faster? Now is the time to put the ego aside and empower businesses and individuals to take action. During this session, we will reimagine capitalism, look at how to navigate through the climate change chaos unfolding around us, and what the solutions currently exist for us to solve it.
Barney Swan — the first man to walk the South Pole fueled only by renewable energy,
Szue Hann Tan — Managing Director of Miniwiz Singapore, and many more.
Barney Swan traversed 1000 kilometers over 65 days to the South Pole, surviving using NASA designed solar ice melters, lithium batteries, and biofuel made from waste. The carbon positive journey marked the launch of the ClimateForce challenge, a target driven mission to ‘clean-up’ 360 million tons of CO2 before the year 2025. Barney Swan leads this non profit through corporate and educational engagement around the world, bringing actionable solutions, adventure, and passion into the UN’s sustainable development goals.
CHRISTIAN H. CADEO
Big Idea Ventures
Christian has an extensive experience bringing US based startups to Asia. With a tech background at Google and Microsoft, no surprise his first startup was AdMob, eventually acquired by Google for US$750MM.
He then joined three alternative protein Unicorns (JUST, Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat) and recently Domo, as the first on the ground person for Asia-Pacific.
Christian is currently the Managing Partner, Asia for Big Idea Ventures, a new alternative protein venture capital fund/accelerator based in New York and Singapore.
TAN SZUE HANN
Ar. Tan Szue Hann, M. Arch, is Managing Director of MINIWIZ Singapore, an award-winning circular economy Research, Design & Development company, that produces high-quality architecture, interiors and consumer products from recycled waste. Hann is an appointed World Cities Summit Young Leader (from 2016), and was also Singapore’s 2015-16 Young Green Architect of the Year, awarded by BCA-SGBC, and a Minister’s Award recipient (2017), Singapore.
TALK: Reimagining capitalism – if not that, then what?
Sindicatum Renewable Energy
& The Angry Clean Energy Guy
Assaad W. Razzouk, host of The Angry Clean Energy Guy podcast, is a Lebanese-British clean energy entrepreneur, investor, commentator, high-profile thought leader and influencer on climate change, clean energy and the UN climate talks.
He is Chairman and CEO of Sindicatum Renewable Energy, a clean energy company in Singapore operating across SEA, and CEO of the Reneum Institute, a Singapore not-for-profit digitizing and democratizing renewable energy. He contributes to Eco-Business, the Huffington Post, the Ecologist, to name a few.
TALK: What the climate movement can take from the aids movement.
Centre for a Responsible Future
George Jacobs is president of the Centre for a Responsible Future, the organisation that for 20+ years has been a leader in advocating for plant-based eating in Singapore. George is also general manager of HealthPartners SG, a social enterprise that facilitates people’s transition to healthier, greener, kinder lifestyles. With a doctorate in Education, George teaches and writes on topics such as student-centred learning, cooperative learning, and intergenerational reading and writing.
BMW Group Asia
As the Sales Director for BMW Asia, Ms. Veronika Hammond is responsible for driving BMW sales in 12 markets in the East Asia and South Pacific regions including Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Bangladesh, Guam, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Ms. Hammond has been working with the BMW Group since 1997 and has served in various sales functions for BMW since then, including Sales Planning and Area Manager for East and West Germany. Prior to joining BMW Asia, Ms. Hammond was the Head of BMW Region, East Germany, based in Berlin.
KATHERINE DESBAILLETS BRAHA
Further to a career in Bangkok as a Brand ambassador for The Body Shop and as the co-founder of the French Bistro Café Tartine, Katherine joined her father and brother at SaladStop! in 2011, to oversee all aspects of marketing, product development, and training.
Katherine is committed to sharing the company’s motto of “Eating Wide Awake”, bridging the gap between consumers and their relationship with food, and which bring attention to the wider environmental impact that the F&B industry has.
Wright & Smith
Sasha established Wright & Smith in 2015, providing a digital platform and a strategic consultancy for companies in the intelligent luxury space, which frequently have a sustainability or positive environmental impact mandate. One of their key clients is Vita Power, a clean tech solution provider for marine environments that builds some of the most powerful electric motor yachts in the world.
Having spent much of her childhood outside and on the water, Sasha is a committed environmentalist – particularly for our oceans.
Business Development Director, ASEAN
Kelvin was the former Managing Director of Binca, a leading Farm to Fork Organic Supply Chain Company. His current role in Green Monday is to lead and scale up the Green Monday movement in ASEAN, driving positive social change and improve the lives of people through plant based diets.
Kelvin has held various Senior management roles in Singapore Airlines Terminal Services, Yum! Brands, Hewlett Packard and DHL Logistics. He is also a TedEx Singapore speaker and a UK trained Chartered Engineer.
DJ & self-taught car builder
Doru has always been fascinated by self-learning and challenging norms. He taught himself about music and has become a full time DJ with a successful 15 years career in Vietnam and all over Asia.
Doru is bringing to reality another old dream: building an electric car from scratch. His motivation came from the daily frustration of sitting in the clogged up streets of HCMC, breathing in the heavily polluted air and knowing that with each turn of the engine he was contributing to that very same pollution he hated. Some 2 years later, the car is taking shape and the dream is becoming a physical object that’s meant to solve some real city problems.
SESSION 3: PLANET
RISING SEAS, RISING YOUTHS
[SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 10:50 AM – 1:30 PM]
The planet is warming, glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising — the future that we are locking ourselves into looks grim. What solutions are we undertaking to change our current trajectory, and how can we scale them faster? In this session, we will rethink the future through the eyes of modern Millennials and ask ourselves how we can spice up the conversation surrounding sustainability. We will examine the role of zero waste in the face of the climate crisis and look to empower younger generations to turn the tide on climate change and redefine their own future — because the power of the youth is unwavering.
Xiang Tian — Co-founder of LepakInSG,
Esther An — Chief Sustainability Officer at City Developments Limited,
Stephanie Dickson — Founder of Green Is The New Black,
Paula Miquelis — Co-Founder of Green Is The New Black , and many more.
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited (CDL)
As a passionate and active advocate for sustainability for over two decades, Esther has established CDL’s leadership in sustainability and ESG best practices. These include publishing the first sustainability report using GRI standards in Singapore in 2008 and issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017.
Esther was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact. She founded the Women4Green Network to empower women to drive sustainable practices at home, at work and at play.
GAETAN DE DIETRICH
Head of Community
Gaetan de Dietrich has been active in greenfield corporate ventures and start-ups for the last 8 years. A passionate believer in integrated operating models that put people at the center of everything business does. In Hmlet he focuses on scaling member experience across APAC, he is resolved to putting our communities at the center of how we solve the greatest problems of our times.
Gaetan mentors incubatees of Innovate 360, South East Asia’s 1st food incubator with the goal of driving forward innovation in the food space, supporting promising entrepreneurs, startups, and companies to succeed.
KITTY BU & DAUGHTER LEILA SUBLER
Mommy & Daughter Duo
European Climate Foundation
Award winning documentary maker, ex-Reuters TV reporter turned attention to climate change when my daughters suffered from asthma in Beijing. Worked on the biggest research collaboration between US and China on China’s energy road map with renowned US and China scientists and energy experts. Main area of focus is energy transition in the region. As someone who’s interest in youth, I’ve produced a 19-episode podcast in Mandarin talking climate and energy issues to children aged 7-12 and there has been 250K followers so far.
Talk: What can children do about climate change? Thoughts of a third grader.
HO XIANG TIAN
Xiang Tian is the Co-founder of LepakInSG, an informal environmental group, with ‘Informal’ referring to his dress code. With climate change making Singapore hotter, it makes no sense to him to wear anything else. He has spent nearly half a decade dabbling in various environmental issues and trying to crack the code on creating systemic change.
Writer & Content Lead
Green Is The New Black
Tammy is an environmentalist and social media advocate who believes in thinking bigger and deeper about climate change. Through using social media as a force for good, she hopes that we can all grow to become more environmentally conscious citizens (not consumers) with hearts for this beautiful planet we call home.
Social Media Climate Advocate and Geography Undergraduate
Rachel is an environmental activist who runs an Instagram account called @nocarrierpls. She tries her best to create a local community of conscious consumers and talks about topics such as plastic pollution, ethical fashion and her journey to going plant-based. Along with her younger brother, she’s currently building a sustainable fashion platform, @justo.justo_ on Instagram.
Student and Founding Member
Komal is a year 2 environmental studies student from NUS. She is passionate about environment sustainability and is deeply concerned about the myriad of issues faced by today’s society. She is trying to raise awareness by making rap videos. The recent stream of headlines on heatwaves, wildfires and the melting of ice left her feeling very frustrated about how Singapore is not doing enough in response to the climate crisis. This is what spurred her to initiate a climate rally at Hong Lim Park, to gather more people in the fight for bolder climate action.
A self-proclaimed “eco-nomad”, Jaclyn is residing in Hong Kong and has journeyed to 37 countries so far. She is the founder of ecomadic — a trustworthy bookings & reviews platform for sustainable tourism enterprises, set to launch early 2020.
Jaclyn is undergoing a PhD program where she focuses on greenwashing within the hospitality and tourism sector. She is passionate about spreading awareness on sustainable tourism matters and teaching travellers how to make more responsible, conscious decisions abroad.
Bertrand is a recent graduate of political science, specialising in environmental politics. As a student, he was involved in advocacy for fossil fuel divestment in NUS. Now, he is a member of 350 SG, and is a keen observer of developments in climate politics worldwide.
Green Is The New Black
Stephanie Dickson founded Green Is The New Black, Asia’s first Conscious Festival and media platform, for people who want to live more sustainably by improving the way they think, work and consume while doing more good in the world. Her mission is to make sustainability mainstream, accessible and sexy. Stephanie has been described as “sustainability entrepreneur helping Asia businesses combat climate change” (CNBC) and a “force of nature” (Honeycombers). She is also a two-time TEDx speaker (P&G), and one of Prestige 40 Under 40 (2018).
Green Is The New Black
Paula Miquelis is an entrepreneur, sustainability geek and creative. She co-founded Green Is The New Black (GITNB), Asia’s first conscious festival and online platform for people who want to #LiveMoreConsciously by improving the way they live, consume, work and travel while doing more good in the world. This is a place where fun and social environmental responsibility go hand in hand.
Chief, Strategic Communication and External Relations
Kim leads multi-stakeholder engagement at WWF-Singapore to address challenges like haze to plastics, climate change and food. He advocates for policy commitments by businesses and governments while driving behavioural changes amongst mass audiences.
His initiation led to an award-winning augmented reality rainforest experience with the ArtScience Museum and Google and multiple public campaigns to address haze in Singapore that have led to top businesses in Singapore committing to taking action on sustainable palm oil. Kim has a wealth of experience spanning four countries, three continents in almost two decades.
Founder / CEO
A multimedia artist, digital transformation specialist and Entrepreneur. Sean pioneered Augmented Reality and Avatar technology to enhance storytelling for the world’s leading brands and used visualization technology to help make retail more accurate and sustainable.
He dedicate lots of time to animal and environmental conservation. It’s shown through “Love is Wild”, the first traveling AR and VR fine art photography exhibition to raise awareness on endangered wildlife and conservation and Positive Dining, HK’s first F&B certification based on sustainably sourced goods and waste reduction by using block chain technology for increased transparency.
ENGIE Factory Asia-Pacific
Innovator with diverse experience in business development, technology, M&A and finance. Computer science and electronics engineer with passion about technology at the interface between hardware & intelligent software.
The tree story.
SESSION 4: FASHION
DRESSING WITH SENSE & SUSTAINABILITY
[SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 2:20 PM – 5:00 PM]
Just how dirty is the fashion industry? Are our fast fashion habits really killing the planet? If so, what role does fast fashion have in the future of garment production and design, and will it ever be possible to bridge the gap between fast fashion and sustainability? These are the questions that this track will explore to help us understand how and why we should dress with sense and sustainability.
Philippe — Co-Founder of Reflaunt,
Alexander Ho Young Chan — The Mills Fabrica,
Bernice Pan — Founder of Deploy, and many more.
The Mills Fabrica
Alexander Chan is an expert in early-stage investments, incubation support and government/ policy related affairs. Prior to joining Fabrica, he worked in consulting and private equity in Greater China, as well as VC, social impact investments and bringing global brands from US/ Europe into China.
He is also an occasional contributor to SCMP, HKFP and Stand News in Hong Kong where he writes on issues related to innovation/ entrepreneurship, social mobility and public policy.
Born and raised by Californian parents in Jakarta, Kai joined Kyle Parsons as an investor in the US – Kyle was then promoting the earliest incarnation of Indosole.
Within a year, Kai became partner in and integral to the Indosole brand in Bali. He saw waste as an almost endless supply of materials that could bring about a re-industrial revolution.
In 2016, Kai helped to develop SETT® (Sole Engineered Tire Technology), a technique that allowed Indosole to utilize a far higher yield from the discarded tires.
Dr. BERNICE PAN
Founder & Creative Director
Nissa heads up production for the Redress Design Award – the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition.
Redress is an environmental charity with the mission to prevent and transform textile waste to catalyse a circular economy and reduce fashion’s water, chemical and carbon footprints.
Nissa believes that everyone – consumers, brands, policy-makers – needs to play a role if we want to see real change for the better.
VP, Head of Marketing, AMA & ANZ
Levi Strauss and Co
Karen Riley-Grant currently heads up the marketing team at Levi Strauss and Co in Asia, Middle East, Africa and ANZ. With over 19 years of experience in marketing strategy, planning, operations and communication development for iconic American brands, she is passionate about developing the ultimate consumer experience through innovative marketing mixes that drive demand and create brand advocates. Karen is also a champion of sustainability and drives the task force at LS&Co to promote the importance of the topic internally and externally.
The Fashion Pulphit
Raye Padit, a fashion designer on a mission to promote sustainable fashion in Singapore and beyond. In just three years, he founded Singapore’s first ever retail space for swapping and upcycling apparel, The Fashion Pulpit and a non-profit that advocate for sustainable fashion, Connected Threads Asia and former founder of Swapaholic.
Raye is regularly asked to conduct talks, workshops and mentor on circular fashion concept, entrepreneurship, fashion sustainability and conscious consumerism in cities around Asia. Recently was in Jakarta to showcase his upcycled clothing pieces and for a clothes swap.
After few years in IT advisory and experiences in the SEA start-up Ecosystem, he developed his competences in building complex solutions involving the most recent technologies. Expert in IT architecture and Software development for fast growing companies, and former founder & CTO of a Rocket Internet marketplace, his new challenge is now to bring circularity to the fashion industry by connecting luxury brands with the secondary luxury market.
Reflaunt’s mission is to empower brands/retailers to implement a scalable and efficient circular consumption model within their existing activities, growing revenue, driving new customer acquisition and increasing retention.
JON MAX GOH
Co-Founder & CDO
Jon overseas the design strategy and creative vision of the brand. LivingWear embodies the founders’ aspirations for a better future we need to design for.
Previously the Program Manager at The Bridge Fashion Incubator (TBFI), he shaped and designed the program. Jon graduated from Parsons The New School for Design as Menswear Designer of the Year (2015), where he earned his B.F.A. in Fashion Design. He was a recipient of the CFDA Scholarship Award (2014), Hugo Boss Award (2015), and was one of i-D Magazine’s Top 10 Undergraduate Designers to watch. He has been featured in STYLE.com , Vogue Italia, Interview Mag, Buro 24/7 Singapore, Esquire Singapore and Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. A DesignSingapore Scholar (2011) Associate and CFDA+ Member (NY).
DO IT FOR THE TREES
While forests are burning all around the world, we need to understand that not only do trees provide us with the oxygen we breathe, but they also keep CO2 out of the atmosphere. With that in mind, we’ve decided to plant a whole forest. By joining any of our talks, a big part of your contribution will help us reforest a small slice of the Philippines. So for that, we thank you in advance.
Upon attending any of our TALKS, you will leave informed, empowered, and motivated to amplify your sustainable efforts, make more of an impact, and embrace your most fulfilled, green life. Watch what unfolded last year here:
Not a problem, bring your little Green Warriors in training along with for the ride for free.
Note: This page is ONLY for registration for the TALKS. Note that they are ticketed and come with a modest charge. Entry to the FESTIVAL, however, is open to the public. For more information on all other activities, head here: https://greenisthenewblack.com/festival/
GET IN TOUCH
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#LittleGreenSteps to #LiveMoreConsciously