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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

SPEAKERS

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DAVID YEUNG

Founder & CEO
Green Monday

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 NGAI

CHAUKEI NGAI

Modern Yogini
YogaUP

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.

Alexandre Tsuk

ALEXANDRE TSUK

Founder
Refillmybottle & BeGreener

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 Ostheopath Founder Tilia

LOUIS HADRIEN OLLU

Osteopath & Founder
Tilia

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.

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VALENTINA TUDOSE

Founder
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 Tang Sex podcast

SARA TANG

Founder
Sarasense

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.

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KATHERINE DALE

Naturopathic Doctor
“Luna Mama”

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.

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SONIA SAMTANI

Founder
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.

Sheila Dickson

SHEILA DICKSON

Founder
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.

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YING HAN CHENG

Author
YOLO

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.

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

SPEAKERS

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ANITA VARSHNEY

Strategy & Transformation Lead
SAP Next-Gen

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.

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MARK HARPER

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.

Tony Verb

TONY VERB

Serial Entrepreneur
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. 

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PAUL ZIMMERMAN

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. 

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DOUG WOODRING

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

SCOTT SALANDY-DEFOUR

Management Consultant
Magnet

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.

SESSION 3: CONSUME

SLOWING DOWN

[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

SPEAKERS

Christina

CHRISTINA DEAN

Founder
Redress

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. 

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BRIAN REILLY

CEO & Founder
Revolv

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

CHEF TOM BURNEY

Executive Chef
Invisible Kitchen

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.

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SONALIE FIGUEIRAS

Founder
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.

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ADELINE CHAN

Project Director
VeggieWorld Hong Kong

Adeline is the project lead for VeggieWorld Hong Kong, the world’s largest Vegan fair. Everything we consume has an impact – on our health, on animals, on other people, and on the environment – VeggieWorld has come up with a trade fair and a platform that inspires people to follow a plant-based lifestyle.

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ANNABELLE BAKER

Director
LUSH

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.  

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SONALIE FIGUEIRAS

Founder
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.

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JOCELYN HO

Project Manager
Elevate Limited

Jocelyn is a sustainability professional, helping companies communicate and deliver their environmental and social initiatives. She is passionate about the environment and previously worked at a local NGO advocating for nature conservation as well as conducting impact assessments at a multinational engineering firm.

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CHLOE REES

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

OUT(IN)ER EXPLORATION

[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

SPEAKERS

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PAUL NIEL

Photographer
The Explorers Club

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

STEFANO PASSARELLO

Managing Director
Hawksford

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

ANKE VOERMANS RUAYDEE

Founder & Builder
ASALANTA

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.

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NIKKI PANG

Head of Guest Communications 
Lightfoot Travel

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.

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PRESTON HARTWICK

Founder
Common Green

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.

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POL FABREGA

Co-Founder
Rooftop Republic

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.

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By the time you leave the TALKS, you will be empowered, motivated and ready to play an even bigger game and embrace you greenest, most fulfilled and most impactful life.

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