the TALKS at The Conscious Festival by Green Is The New Black IS BACK for its second year!
Four transformative sessions packed full of juicy actionable insights that will empower you to change your life including inspiring keynotes, engaging workshops, wellness breaks, and action kits. Everything you need to take #LittleGreenSteps to #LiveMoreConsciously.
Register today to hear from over 30 incredible speakers – feed your mind, spark inspiration and ignite your impact on the world. Mix and match the sessions or join us for all 4 (scroll down for all the details).
> Raise consciousness in the way that you live
> Learn about setting yourself free, going zero waste, block-chaining for sustainability and the unexplored majesty of the earth
> Meet with like-minded individuals, connect with movers n’ shakers
Explore the sessions
SESSION 1: LIVE
ALTRUISM & RESILIENCE
[SATURDAY 13 APRIL, 10:50 AM]
In a world ripe with natural disasters, political instabilities, claims for the end of our civilization before 2030 (by groups like collapsologues) it’s easy to ask ‘do our actions really matter?’ But if we change our viewpoints, our actions can show beauty instead of pain. If we can be more altruistic, by putting the needs of others and the planet before ours, can we have a more resilient world? Let’s teach ourselves these habits.
> Breaking through fear and the pathway to freedom
> Unleash your sexual power to better connect with yourself and with the planet
> Why people are not acting in the face of climate change
Founder & CEO
David Yeung is the Founder & CEO of Green Monday, a multi-faceted social venture with the mission to take on the world’s most pressing crises of climate change, food insecurity and public health. With the global sustainability movement in Green Monday, the market-transforming plant-based retail, dining and distribution network in Green Common, and the revolutionary food technology innovation in Right Treat and Omnipork, Mr. Yeung has pioneered a one-of-a-kind integrated platform that engages and empowers millions of people, along with public and private sectors, towards green awareness, action and economy.
ChauKei is a modern yogini and TEDx speaker. Having studied Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic medicine, Bikram Yoga, and Ana Forrest Yoga, she has been teaching yoga worldwide since 2006. In 2013, she won the prestigious International Yoga Sports Federation Championship, the world’s largest international yoga competition with participants from over 25 countries. Just as significant is the fact that she became the first mother to become World Yoga Champion. You will find her teaching in her charming studio YogaUP in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong.
Refillmybottle & BGreener
Alexandre is the founder of BGreener, the invisible hand that propels tourism businesses in solving social and environmental management challenges in their communities in Bali. And RefillMyBottle, which created a network of RefillStations that are listed on an online map. Anyone can use these RefillStations to refill their bottles as an alternative to buying water in single-use plastic bottles.
LOUIS HADRIEN OLLU
Osteopath & Founder
Louis is an Osteopath mixing different therapies coming from western and Eastern medicine. He has been practising in Hong Kong for over 3 years and has extended knowledge in Women’s health and paediatrics. Tilia, a Health and Wellness website focusing on Women’s health in Asia proposing natural products developed by healthcare professionals.
Happy Ever After
Valentina Tudose is a Certified Dating Coach, Relationship Expert and Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been working with hundreds of singles and couples in Hong Kong and all over the world since 2014. She is passionate about helping people improve their dating, relationship and intimacy skills and specializes in teaching confidence, flirting and communication techniques as well as conflict management.
Sara is a sex educator, coach and media influencer. Having received an inadequate sex education growing up, she founded Sarasense to provide tools and resources for people to have a more satisfying sex life. She is also the creator of the Better in Bed podcast, where she hosts frank, informative, playful conversations about sex and shares inspiration on how we can all get better at it. Currently based in Hong Kong, she has previously been a student of human sexuality at Stanford University, an erotic writer and a sex toy party entrepreneur.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Katherine uses moon energy, plant medicine and nutrition to guide women to find balance. Nicknamed “Luna Mama” for her work with fertility she teaches women to balance their hormones and emotions and to connect to a calm, moon-centred lifestyle. “Luna Mama” is a meditation coach and a moon guide.
All About You
All About You is a Wellness Centre dedicated to personal growth in Hong Kong. Sonia is a licensed Clinical Hypnotherapist, qualified Life Coach, certified Corporate Trainer, accredited Image Expert, Systemic Constellation Facilitator, certified Therapist, Neuro-linguistic Programming Practitioner, and Public Speaking Coach. Sonia has an inherent passion to raise people’s consciousness to bring more peace and acceptance to their lives.
All You Can Be
Sheila is an Intuitive Health & Wellness Practitioner, who believes that when the mind, body and spirit are all in alignment balance and harmony can be achieved. Over the past fourteen years, Sheila has had the privilege of working with clients around the World, empowering them to create a deeper understanding of themselves allowing the change they have been searching for to come to the surface.
YING HAN CHENG
Ying Han is a multi-cultural bestselling life and business coach, speaker, author of You Only Live Once with the YOLO program. She supports holistic transformations through mindfulness, practical spirituality, personal growth and life strategies. Her background in global digital marketing at Ogilvy & Mather, Neuro-coaching, and Shamanic Arts has primed her to support leaders, change agents, and impact-driven entrepreneurs worldwide, so they can contribute at their highest level.
Gina is a Holistic Consultant utilizing eastern and western principles such as shamanism, reiki, astrology, and psychology in her work. Her extensive travel schedule and international client base enhances her ability to understand issues on the personal and collective levels. Gina’s experience with global companies and her background in high-end lifestyle management enables her to teach clients the new skills we need for a rapidly changing world.
SESSION 2: WORK
INTRAPRENEURSHIP FOR GOOD
[SATURDAY 13 APRIL, 2:20 PM]
Purpose and intrapreneurship – two words that have been buzzing around recently. But how can we actually activate them in the context of sustainability? How can we do good and do well? During this session, we will be tackling finding purpose at work by empowering employees to be the change, trends in impact investing, how companies and individuals can work together to tackle and solve sustainability issues.
> Finding purpose at work by empowering employees to be the change
> Impact Investing – trends, truths and transitions
> Forming a consortium – Drinks Without Waste
Strategy & Transformation Lead
Anita is passionate about change and transformation, working with global communities who are actively driving citizen agendas with focus on achieving sustainable global goals. She started her journey working with some of the top SAP customers in APAC region, supporting them on integrating their company-wide business processes, performance improvement projects including platform roll-outs and change management. And now with the SAP Next-Gen team, leading strategy for our team members spread across the globe.
Group Corporate Sustainability Manager
John Swire & Sons
Mark Harper is the Group Corporate Sustainability Manager at John Swire and Sons (H.K) Limited, where he is responsible for ESG disclosure as well as guiding the development of Group strategy on Waste Management, Water, Biodiversity and Climate Change. He has over 15 years’ experience in the field of Corporate Sustainability across both the Public and NGO sectors, in Europe, USA and Asia.
The GreaterBay Company
Tony Á. Verb is a serial entrepreneur, urban innovator, venture capitalist and film producer, based in Hong Kong, originally from Hungary. He’s done business in multiple industries from entertainment to social entrepreneurship. He’s come a long way from consulting small Hungarian businesses on European Union subsidies, to advising out of Hong Kong some of the biggest firms in the world on how to innovate. His most recent venture is The GreaterBay Company, an integrated investment and consulting firm, specialised on modern urban development and smart cities.
CEO & District Councillor
Designing Hong Kong & Pokfulam
Paul Zimmerman is CEO of Designing Hong Kong, a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting sustainability. Paul is also an elected District Councillor representing the Pokfulam constituency, and a board member of Civic Exchange, Professional Commons, Hong Kong Democratic Foundation, and the Patient Care Foundation. His Hong Kong Government advisory functions include the Harbourfront Commission.
Founder & Managing Director
Ocean Recovery Alliance
Recent recipient of the Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy from Prince Albert of Monaco, Doug has over 25 years of work in Asia. He created an NGO for ocean and ecosystem protection, including plastic pollution, overfishing and the Blue Economy. He’s worked on projects at the Clinton Global Initiative and UNEP Climate Hero, along with work for the World Bank and UNEP. And on the side, he has multiple nominations as global Open Water Swimmer of the Year due to contributions to the sport and environment in Asia.
Scott Salandy-Defour is a reformed Management Consultant with 8 years of experience. In this role he worked with large enterprises across a variety of industries (government, healthcare, retail, utilities, software, and finance) to help them figure out how to implement and pilot the latest emerging technologies. Since then he has gone on to found three startups, impartial.ai a startup focused on reducing bias in the media, LiquidStar a blockchain battery sharing project in Nigeria, and Magnet an integration platform that uses Machine Vision, Augmented Reality, and AR to enhance customer experience.
Chief Innovation Officer
A purveyor of ‘Tech for Good’, Cédric is responsible for creating purpose-driven, Agile businesses and incubating projects that share in those values. He has worked with MNCs across the FinTech and technology sectors, and co-founded start-ups across Asia and North America. His most recent enterprise—Eleven—is an AI-powered ecosystem for financial recording and reporting. He has previously spoken at Scrum Gathering Shanghai, DevFest Asia, Agile Singapore, Agile Tour Bangkok, Danang, Saigon and Jakarta.
Director – Operations
Plastic Free Seas
Dana Winograd is the Director-Operations of Plastic Free Seas (PFS), a Hong Kong charity registered in 2013 which promotes change in people’s use of plastic through education and action. PFS has reached over 50,000 students in 125+ schools through in-class, beach and sea programmes, as well as more than 60 companies.
Team Leader Hong Kong
Bye Bye Plastic Bags
Eugenia is currently in her final year at Chinese International School, where she alternates between completing the IB, making vegan options accessible through her Instagram page, vegan.hk, and acting upon her passion for environmental sustainability. As a strong believer in social responsibility, she previously interned at Plastic-Free Hong Kong and Live Zero. After realising that there was a lack of student movement surrounding the cause of environmental activism, she then introduced the global NGO Bye Bye Plastic Bags to Hong Kong – which she hopes will support her case for youth empowerment.
CSR Manager – China & South East Asia
Romain works for Carrefour Global Sourcing, the non-food sourcing branch of Carrefour, as Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. His missions are to develop a sustainable product offer while finding innovative and sustainable sourcing solutions across China and South East Asia. His ambition is to scale sustainable solutions to transform conventional business models in more circular and value-added ones for their clients.
9 Year Old Student
Talk about Eco-Warrior… at just 9 years old Lucia has already shown dedication and leadership in the area of plastic pollution and is passionate about making the world a better place. She has certainly taken action and is making a difference by sharing her message and creating awareness with other children. Her motto is ‘stop thinking, start acting.’ And she has done just that with her new project ecoparties – a waste-free solution for children’s birthday parties.
WHub & AngelHub
SESSION 3: CONSUME
[SUNDAY 14 APRIL, 10:50 AM]
The perpetual pressure on growth in a world that has finite resources is impossible. Can we slow down growth to speed up recovery? How can we find ways to use what already exists? From shifting ‘the Asian dream’, to things we have forgotten (or don’t know) about sustainability to alternative proteins and the plant-based revolution – this session calls for paradigm shifts in thinking and acting.
> The Limits of growth
> Things you may have forgotten about sustainability
> Future of Food and Alternative Meats
Redress & The R Collective
Christina is the founder of Redress, a pioneering Hong Kong-based environmental charity working to prevent and transform textile waste across the fashion industry. She started Redress in 2007 as Founder and spokesperson and has steered the organisation’s powerful course towards a more sustainable future with less waste in the fashion industry. Voted one of the UK Vogue’s Top 30 Inspirational Women, Christina delivers the Redress message to the world through talks, seminars, thought-leadership pieces and documentaries.
CEO & Founder
Brian Reilly is the CEO and founder of Revolv, an innovative circular economy technology company that changes the way communities experience use. With intelligently designed reusable products and comprehensive drop off, cleaning, and delivery networks, Revolv is implementing city-wide reuse programs to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, rivers, and oceans. Brian previously spent 15 years pioneering renewable energy development globally.
CHEF TOM BURNEY
Executive Chef Tom Burney is the creative kitchen genius behind Invisible Kitchen, Hong Kong’s most sustainable catering business. Chef Tom is passionate about putting the planet first and sourcing the highest-quality ingredients while supporting ethical, environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices. Prior to setting up Invisible Kitchen, Chef Tom created unforgettable gastronomic experiences for global celebrities in HK and has worked in a multitude of Michelin-starred kitchens in the UK.
Green Queen & Ekowarehouse
Sonalie Figueiras is the founder and editor-in-chief of Green Queen, one of Asia’s largest eco-wellness media platform, advocating for social and environmental change using original, inspiring content. She’s also the founder and CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products, with a mission to make safe food accessible and affordable for all.
VeggieWorld Hong Kong
Project Director of VeggieWorld Hong Kong and Co-founder of Vegans Hong Kong, Adeline Chan opted for a veg lifestyle in 2016 to reduce her environmental impact and went vegan for animals in 2017, Adeline is passionate about organising events to encourage general public to explore the possibilities of living a vegan lifestyle.
Annabelle Baker, director of Lush Asia Limited, has always had a passion for the protection of the environment and animals. As a campaigning company, Lush strives to innovate creative and effective products that are naked and spread awareness about excessive product packaging.
CEO & Founder
Manav Gupta, Founder and CEO of Brinc – a global venture accelerator working to sustainably solve the world’s largest problems by backing entrepreneurs. Having spent the past decade developing tech and startup ecosystems in China, he is familiar with the hurdles startups face in getting products that drive deep consumer engagement to market. He currently holds 60 equity positions across Hardware, IoT, Drones, Robotics, and Food Technology. In 2018 he launched a new FoodTech program focused on removing animals from our agriculture systems through investments in plant & clean meat protein alternates companies.
Ecopreneur & Founder
Bobsy Gaia is a passionate Eco-Entrepreneur whose driving motivation in all his works is to inspire change & raise awareness. “Once we are aware, there is no going back. Awareness is the key to sustainable change.
Product & Partnerships Director
Dentsu Aegis Network APAC
Chloe is a Product & Partnerships Director at Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific and leads the sustainability agenda across the region. She is a passionate believer that the business community has the power and responsibility to change the world we live in and positively impact society. As a intrapreneur she has pivoted Dentsu Aegis into a market leader for sustainability.
SESSION 4: TRAVEL
[SUNDAY 14 APRIL, 2:20 PM]
Travel – a way to escape, to discover who you are, or maybe remember who you were. In this session we will dive into exploring outside to rediscover inside, going back to basics and our inner nature, building the eco(resort) dream and lightening your footprints.
> Ecoresorts and ecotravel
> Adventure, travel and photography
> Back to the farm, back to the land
Adventure Clean-Up Challenge
Investor, Explorer, Adventurer and Dad. Austrian born, Hong Kong-based, Paul loves to explore the world and find new challenges. From the Gobi Desert to Antarctica, from sunken shipwrecks to Mount Everest. But most of all he likes to travel the world with his family.
Stefano Passarello is the Managing Director – North Asia for Hawksford, and former Managing Partner of People & Projects (P&P). He started his consultancy business P&P in 2007, then the company grew from Hong Kong to 10 global offices serving 1500 clients before it was acquired by Hawksford. Stefano is the official mentor for many startup programs and is frequently invited to speak about business, entrepreneurship and innovation. Outside the office, Stefano is an avid runner, multi-sport athlete, well-rounded investor and serial entrepreneur in the charity, nutrition and sport space.
ANKE VOERMANS RUAYDEE
Founder & Builder
Anke Ruaydee is one of the founders and builders of ASALANTA, a sustainability education center, eco-friendly lodging and teahouse in Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand. Born and raised in the Netherlands she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome as a teenager. One travel changed her life completely, made her move to Thailand and choose a life of simplicity. She is now a full-time mom living in the earthen home that her Thai husband and she have built for themselves.
Head of Guest Communications
Nikki Pang is the Head of Guest Communications at Lightfoot Travel, where she oversees client relationships for the company’s four global offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and London. Her seven years at Lightfoot Travel have provided her with an unparalleled knowledge of Mongolia, Bhutan, New Zealand, Nepal, Jordan, Cuba and China, and her responsibilities today include marketing, branding and selling her favourite countries to Lightfoot clients.
Preston Hartwick’s experience covers food and water security research in Egypt, installing green roofs in NYC, and co-founding Common Farms in 2017 – Hong Kong’s first indoor speciality produce farm, supplying high-quality microgreens and edible flowers to top restaurants around the city. His passion to revitalize local agricultural production through high-tech, forward-thinking farming is coupled with an environmentally sustainable approach.
Pol Fàbrega is the co-founder of Rooftop Republic and has been pioneering the urban farming movement in Hong Kong over the last seven years. Originally from Barcelona, in 2012 Pol relocated to Hong Kong where he has been working to help transform the way we grow, consume and think about food. Within the first four years of operations, Rooftop Republic has transformed over 50,000 square feet of underused space into +50 urban farms across Hong Kong and China and has organised more than 400 events around urban farming and sustainable living.
Generation T by Tatler
Lee Williamson is a Hong Kong-based journalist with a decade of experience in the Greater China region. Formerly in the editor’s chair at Time Out Beijing, he now heads up editorial for Generation T, Asia Tatler’s content and events platform for the leaders of tomorrow.
Amanda is the co-founder of Regenerative Resorts, a global collection of independently owned eco-luxury lodges and hotels dedicated to social and environmental impact. Previously as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Electrify Magazine, a multi-media lifestyle and travel publication, Amanda championed the creative pursuits of today’s global generation with a focus on art, design and culture. Born and raised in New York, she now calls Hong Kong home in between her travels
Uptin is a multimedia journalist at CNBC International covering how tech is shaping the future of work, travel and the world. He also covers trends related to how millennials are impacting business and culture in both business and travel. Uptin is based in Hong Kong, after having lived in both Singapore and New York.
Co-Founder & COO
Lucas is a co-founder at Otrafy Technologies, a software company that bridges blockchain technologies with the food and farming industry. Previously co-founding a food import/export business in Canada, Lucas is motivated by answering the question, “How can we make our food systems more transparent?”. With that in mind, Otrafy was created to improve the food system by giving producers and farmers a farm to table supply-chain management tools.
Functional Medicine Specialist / Nutritionist
Miles is a Functional Medicine Specialist with the Institute of functional medicine, and a clinical Nutritionist with the British Association of Lifestyle Medicine UK. He has been working in clinical practice from Life Clinic in centra, for 7 years, helping people with a variety of disorders, back to full health. Miles also has a background of growing up and supporting a family farm in the UK and his first degree was in Rural land Management.
VICTORIA WISNIEWSKI OTERO
Founder & CEO
Victoria Wisniewski Otero wants equality. She wants Hong Kong to be a place where everyone has a voice and a say in its future. And so she established the Resolve Foundation, a platform to empower future community leaders, in particular, those from marginalised and underrepresented groups, by providing them with social justice fellowships. A dedicated advocate for human rights with years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including at the Justice Centre and the Center for Economic and Social Rights, Victoria’s commitment to Hong Kong’s future is exemplary.