17-19 October 2019 / Singapore
How do we build young leaders to tackle
sustainability challenges entrepreneurially?
Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in
all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in their
assessment last October 2018. Who else to make non-incremental changes than the open-minded,
technologically minded and digitally connected youngsters who care for their only planet?
This gathering of minds is for the participants to learn and share on the latest of sustainability trends, on the skills needed to lead ground-breaking sustainability projects, and to make new connections to collaborate with one another to start-up initiatives to impact local realities.
It is also about activating the often dormant leadership potential of talented young academics into utilizing their intellectual capabilities for positive impact in their immediate surroundings. It is about giving them tools for skills upgrading, technology, context and mindset to think entrepreneurially.
The programme is being designed in such a way that interactions will be key, beyond the
traditional standard template of sitting-and-listening to experts.
Understand the latest big picture trends & research on science & sustainability with the current backdrop of political and economic turmoils.
Bring your own ideas to the conversations and be inspired by others' stories on climate leadership.
Meet sustainability entrepreneurs thinking laterally on tackling sustainability challenges.
Connect to networks and diasporas to build an understanding on how to collaborate cross-culturally.
Get to ask for help in the marketplaces on how to make your existing projects more actionable and fundable.
Ambassador Antti Vänskä arrived in Singapore in June 2019 to assume his position as Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland. Mr. Vänskä joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in 1996 and has served on several interesting assignments both home and abroad. Prior to Singapore Mr. Vänskä served four years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Washington DC, USA. Earlier in his career, Mr. Vänskä has worked in the Embassy of Finland in Berlin, Germany (2001 – 2004) and in the Consulate General of Finland in St Petersburg, Russia (1997 – 2001).
Tsuneo is the CEO and Founder of Inter Act Marketing.Co, Ltd. He provides management consulting services towards realizing sustainability in enterprises and local organizations. He is shareholder and adviser of Sustainable Life Media (who organize the annual Sustainable Brands conferences held in more than 12 cities around the world) and introduced the SB conference concept to Japan 8 years ago, supporting SB-Tokyo since 2015. To protect and hand down our beautiful nature, landscapes, traditional entertainment and technologies, Tsuneo conducts consultation related to inbound-tourism promoted by Japanese local tourist associations, in particular aiding Nagasaki City in promoting peace to the world. Tsuneo is an initial key sponsor of and collaborator on the NELIS Fund, hoping thus to help support promising young leaders gathering in the NELIS network.
Peter David Pedersen is the Co-Founder of NELIS (Next Leaders' Initiative for Sustainability). He is the co-founder of E-Square Inc., one of Japan's leading sustainability think tanks and consultancies. He is the Executive Director, TACL, The Academy for Corporate Leadership. He has worked with more than 100 Japanese corporations on integrating sustainability into corporate strategy.
Jeff Obbard is an Associate Professor in the Division of Environmental Science & Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Principal Scientist and Program Manager (Bioenergy) at the Science & Engineering Research Council of the Agency for Science, Technology & Research of the Government of Singapore (A*STAR). He also has a affiliated position with the Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences, Singapore. He has previously served as Associate Director and Project Director (Bioenergy) at the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), NUS where his research was focussed on: bioremediation of marine oil spillages; accumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the marine environment; and the development of bioenergy derivatives from marine microalgae.
Harveen is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder of Kommerce. After an early career as a lawyer with top-tier firms in Singapore, he spent a decade in various lead roles in technology ventures. This included co-founding and heading Hatcher, a leading technology venture builder in Singapore, whose portfolio includes Dropsuite (ASX:DSE), Telr (Middle East’s fastest growing online payment processor), SocialCops (India’s leading comprehensive big data play) and Hatcher+ (big data transforming venture capital investing). Harveen also co-founded Pan African Logistics (PAL), which has grown into a leading third-party logistics player in East Africa.
Dr. Wong Lai Yong is the Founder of First Penguin, a social enterprise that advocates action taking and integrity. Dr. Wong is a trainer, career coach and Corporate Social Responsibility consultant. Dedicated and passionate, she inspires others to search for their ikigai (reason for being) and practice a sustainable lifestyle. Dr. Wong holds many prominent appointments such as a Director of Penang Women's Development Corporation, a Lecturer (Part Time) of Kyushu University and Adjunct Professor of Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation, Shizenkan University (Japan), Deputy Centre Head of Centre of Sustainability & Innovation (Shizenkan University), Advisor of Advertising NAGATA Co., Ltd. (Japan). She continues her in search of wisdom and is actively transforming herself and sharpening her consciousness through mentored by world-renowned philosophical teachers in India, in the vision to best lead and inspire others herself.
Lekha is a co-founder of Nexergy - a Singapore-based startup in the field of energy conservation. It offers energy-use diagnoses and recommend solutions to reduce energy consumption in buildings. It also supports social causes by giving non-profit organisations one complementary energy conservation service per every five for-profit deployments. Lekha cals herself an environmental evangelist, hoping that we will one day live in a world where global citizens embrace a shared responsibility to care for the environment. Before venturing into sustainability, Lekha has worked for several years in the medical field, including with tissue and organ transplantation.
Wouter is the CEO of TransformationFirst.Asia in Singapore. A former monk and banker who bridges East and West, Wouter is called The Unlearning Coach for how he helps executives and Millennial leaders to create new cultures of innovation. Clients from 54 countries have benefited from his coaching and training to boost their leadership and productivity. Known as a global water expert and the Asian Development Bank’s former leading water specialist, he has helped clients in innovation, investment projects, change management, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, collaborative research, and regional cooperation. Wouter has helped Nelis members as a coach and mentor.
Wan Chung is the CEO of The MasterCoach App. Leadership development programmes are costly, yet the return-on-investment - in terms of managers putting new skills and mental models into actual practice - is often low. Something needs to be done. Workers -millennials in particular, who make up one-third of today's workforce - are not excited about being managed, they want to be engaged.This spurred us to develop and put a first-of-its-kind 'Coaching App' into the hands of today's busy managers. Our vision is to equip leaders as 'Enterprise Coaches' who can, and who will, facilitate strengths-based and engagement-driven conversations.
Yasmine is an award-winning half Egyptian, half Singaporean storyteller, TEDx Speaker and an adventurer. She is the host the Sales Story Podcast where she interviews Asia's leading CEOs on how they use storytelling to scale their impact. She helps leaders and sales teams learn the new way of leveraging the brain to capture, consult, and convert life long die hard fans.
Andries is a serial entrepreneur. He has built three companies and sold one enterprise payment solution to a Global MNC. His latest venture, Slash (www.slash.co), is a hi-tech AI Startup Studio that builds, invests and commercializes software products by spinning them off into new companies. He is the co-founder of 6 startups in Enterprise SaaS, Property tech, Logistics Tech, Tax Tech, FinTech and Industrial IoT. His Slash team also works with governments, enterprise and startup clients in Europe and Asia to develop innovative digital solutions as well as humanitarian technology. Previously, Andries founded two consumer internet businesses, including Clubvivre, the #1 Uber for Chef in Singapore. Prior to starting his internet businesses, Andries was a principal at a boutique strategy consultancy where he advised Fortune 500 clients on strategy, change and operations across Asia, Europe and USA. Andries is a regular speaker at tech events, an advisor to a think tanks and universities around digitisation, and a guest writer on Entrepreneurship. He speaks 6 languages, and has lived in 8 countries.
Martin is the Co-founder and Director of SD Consulting. He is a policy consultant, researcher and educator with 12 years of experience building capacities for the circular economy, systems innovation and sustainable development. He enjoys engaging with public and private sector decision makers and innovators to strengthen climate action, promote sustainable solutions for cities, and to help design a circular zero-carbon economy.
Olivier Bos is the Chief Inspiration Officer of Meshminds. He spearheads the brainstorming processes behind creative ideation and business strategy in MeshMinds. Olivier frequently squeezes his creative brain juice in realising visionary concepts into reality - physically and/or virtually. Olivier’s personal interests revolve around exploring the meaningful intersections between technology and art. His vast knowledge of tech trends is thus usefully aligned with his passion in utilising technology for good causes around the world. Often, Olivier can be seen focusing on projects revolving around Human-Centered Design or assisting in the conduct of immersive technology workshops.
Miyoshi is Vice President, IFOAM Organics Asia (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements); Asia Organic Youth Ambassador; Senior Advisor for the Japan Organic Cotton Association. She is a Member of the general policy sub-committee, Central Environmental Council, Japan Ministry of Environment. Satoko graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Community Studies with a particular focus on social movements. She has been working in the non-profit sector specializing in organic agriculture and industry, such as organic textiles. Satoko has been focusing her energy on supporting youth in Asia, and empowering women towards creating a sustainable society.
Lucas is a co-founder and managing partner at Hermanos Brothers -a creative bureau based in Colombia using arts and education to foster innovation and systemic change. He has a keen interest in inspiring and triggering self-questioning processes through sensory, holistic, and artistic communication experiences. Lucas is a music maker, social entrepreneur, artistic projects manager, and cultural conspirator.
Dr. Michael HENG PBM is the Founder Director of The Blue Leadership Institute. He is also the Principal Consultant and a Director of Peopleworldwide Consulting. He was an Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University and has been the International HRM Consultant for the International Labor Organization (ILO). Dr. Michael Heng PBM was recognised on the National Day 2002 Honours List and awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) for community service by the President of Singapore. He was conferred the CSR Leadership Award on World CSR Day 2012 in recognition of his contributions which has made a difference to people and the community. He also received a Global CSR Leadership Award at the Global CSR Summit 2012. And at the Philip Kotler World Marketing Summit 2013, he received the CSR Leadership Excellence Award. Dr Michael Heng PBM is recognized as an influential thought-leader and thinker on human capital, venture creation, business strategy, sustainability and CSR.
Salam ia an experienced sustainability consultant in the Gulf countries, East Africa, Indian Ocean and Japan. He is also a business management faculty at the African Leadership University, an innovative higher education institution in Mauritius, which aims to build three million entrepreneurial ethical leaders in Africa by 2035. He works with organisations and industries to build sustainable strategies and monitor their sustainability and social impact. Currently he is leading a project with the Saudi government to build the ecosystem for the social innovation and social investment. Salam is a business mentor with the Cherie Blair foundation for empowering entrepreneurial women. He is a member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society and the Social Value International.
Janmejaya is the founder of Ajatus Software, based out of the Eastern Coast of India in the heritage city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Ajatus (meaning “idea” in Finnish) is a young company committed to creating need-centric and innovative technology solutions. Apart from providing the right IT solutions for businesses, one of their core values is sustainability i.e. creating a shared value for customers with a conscious environmental and social impact.
Neelima is a Consultant to the Government of Odisha in India on the monitoring & evaluation of government schemes and scaling up of evidence-based programmes. She is in the process of registering Ceiba Green Solutions, a social enterprise focusing in waste management, especially household composting. She was a part of the Climate Force Arctic Expedition 2019, organised by the 2041 Foundation, whose founder is Sir Robert Swan, the first person in history to walk to both Poles. She takes a personal interest in creating awareness about the harms of single use plastic by addressing students in schools and conducting plastic sensitisation sessions for corporates. She is also a recipient of Edex 40 under 40 list of EcoSapiens by The New Indian Express in 2019.
Lishia is CEO of ASYX, a supply chain collaboration and finance technology company servicing Indonesia, East Africa and North Asian Markets. Lishia has over 15 years experience in international business and stakeholder management. Lishia has successfully established and grown various operations and businesses throughout her career in Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong and now back in Indonesia where she is promoting shared value in supply chains through her company and supporting various entrepreneurship development initiatives through her activism. Lishia is Chair for Industries Working Group at Innovator4ID, a group of selected 200 top Indonesian innovators shaping the country’s innovation roadmap. Recognized by UBS Bank as one of the most inspiring Indonesian women in 2018, Lishia is a strong advocate for youth entrepreneurship and social impact.
Min Hyung is a PhD student at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her current work focuses on the topics of knowledge production, public participation and decision-making in water management. She is particularly interested in the relationship between nature and society, and the role of scientific knowledge. Prior to her current study, Min Hyung served as a consultant at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) on green growth. She also contributed to reports of and engaged in diverse international organisations’ conferences and meetings on climate change, water and environment. Her experiences in media and broadcasting allowed her to gain additional insight on society. Further, she led global partnership development, communication and public relations projects in different fields in Korea and France where she learned the importance of the community-building and stakeholders’ engagement. She holds a Master’s degree of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Environmental Policy, and a Bachelor of arts degree in Political Science and Diplomacy from Yonsei University. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and her native language is Korean.
Yoichi is the Executive Board Director of Wake Up Japan, social educational movement. He also works for Amnesty International Japan, Development Education Association and Resource Center, Free The Children Japan and other Civil Society Organizations. He used to work on youth engagement in Oxfam Japan for 10 years. He speaks about social change, social justice, and active citizenship about 100 times annually. His main focus is to find social change model in Japanese context.
Thursday, 17 October 2019
The Red Box
Youth Corps Singapore
113 Somerset Road, Singapore 238165
This day highlights the leadership stories of young leaders from different disciplines, domains and diasporas, what they’ve gone through at the personal and emotional level, to inspire the audience intellectually and emotionally. In lighting talks followed by a facilitated short discussion, the speakers connect to the crowd, so all can be eventually empowered to take a small next step to what they’d like to achieve as a leader in their own capacity. (Lunch is at one's own time and cost.)
09.30 - 10.00: Registration & Welcome
10.00 - 10.10: Welcome statements by Jovin Hurry, Chair of Next Leaders' Asia Summit 2019
10.10 - 10.20: Opening remarks by Peter David Pedersen, Co-Founder of NELIS (Next Leaders' Initiative for Sustainability)
10.20 - 10.40: Talk on “Adventures in the Arctic - An unprecedented expedition to fight climate change” by Yasmine Khater, Host of Sales Story Podcast
10.40 - 11.00: Talk on “Game changing tech for a sustainable future” by Lekha Patmanathan, Founder and CEO of Nexergy
11.00 - 11.20: Break - Let’s connect!
11.20 - 11.40: Talk on “Using Art, Creativity & Technologies to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals” by Olivier Bos, Chief Inspiration Officer of Meshminds.
11.40 - 12.00: Talk on “The power of interconnected awareness in sustainability” by Lucas Sanchez Martinez, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Hermanos Brothers
12.00 - 14.00: Break - Let’s connect!
14.00 - 14.20: Talk on “Leadership principles for a sustainable future - Nuggets from my experience travelling the world” by Andries de Vos, CEO & Co-Founder of Slash
14.20 - 14.40: Talk on “Single-Use Plastics: How I created my world without them” by Neelima Mishra, Consultant to the Government of Odisha, India
14.40 - 15.00: Break - Let’s connect!
15.00 - 15.20: Talk on “Experiences with social change models and youth engagement in Japan - A Practitioner's View” by Yoichi Suzuki, Executive Board Director of Wake Up Japan
15.20 - 15.40: Talk on “How to have a cultural dialogue with Nature? On human in Nature” by Min Hyung Kim, PhD student at Universidad Complutense de Madrid
15.40 - 16.00: Break - Let’s connect
16.00 - 16.20: Talk on “My world of Biomimicry” by Anuj Jain, Founding Partner of Biomimicry Singapore Network
16.20 - 16.40: Talk on “Artificial Intelligence on the menu: Tech solutions for the current food crisis” by Janmejaya Mohapatra, Founder, Ajatus Software
16.40 - 17.00: Break - Let’s connect!
17.00 - 17.30: Summary, Vote of thanks & Closing
17.30: End of Day 1 of Next Leaders’ Asia Summit 2019 & Mingle starts!
10.30 - 12.30: Workshop on “What performance culture for the next generation leaders?” by Lai Wan Chung, Co-founder & CEO, MasterCoach App & Institute and Wouter Lincklaen Arriens, Founder & CEO, Transformation First.Asia
12.30 - 14.30: Workshop on ‘How does the circular economy work in real life – and how to #gocircular?’ – by Martin Stavenhagen, Co-founder and Director of SD Consulting
14.30 - 17.00: Playtime! “The 2030's SDGs Game” by Dr. Wong Lai Yong, Corporate Social Responsibility consultant
The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, are 17 goals and 169 targets set to achieve by the year 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.
The 2030 SDGs Game is a multiplayer, in-person, card-based game that simulates taking the “real world” into the year 2030.
Why should you come and try?
Friday, 18 October 2019
National University of Singapore
Yusof Ishak House 31 Lower
Kent Ridge Road
This day highlights keynotes from international experts on how they are leading the way in sustainability thinking and action, either individually or in teams. A number of initiatives and programmes will be launched, oriented towards building the leadership for the next generation. (Lunch is at one's own time and cost.)
09.30 - 10.00: Registration
10.00 - 10.10: Welcome statements by the moderator Jovin Hurry, Chair of Next Leaders' Asia Summit 2019
10.10 - 10.30: Opening remarks by Peter David Pedersen, Co-Founder of NELIS (Next Leaders' Initiative for Sustainability)
10.30 - 10.40: Guest of Honour Speech on “Nordic models of sustainability and leadership for the future” by Ambassador Antti Vänskä, Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Singapore
10.40 - 11.00: Break - Let’s connect!
11.00 - 12.30: Launch of NELIS Initiatives:
12.30 - 14.00: Break - Let’s connect!
14.00 - 14.20: Keynote on “How environmental science, ecology, climate change science & biotechnology are shaping tomorrow’s world” by Prof. Jeff Obbard, PhD, Environmental Consultant & Visiting Professor to Cranfield University in the UK
14.20 - 14.40: Keynote on “What if it's real?” by Harveen Narulla, CEO of Kommerce
14.40 - 15.00: Break - Let’s connect!
15.00 - 15.20: Keynote on “Cultivating the future generation! - Challenges toward Organic 3.0” by Miyoshi Satoko, Vice President, IFOAM Organics Asia (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
15.20 - 15.40: Keynote on “Culture creation & change management for future leaders” by Dr. Nachamma Sockalingam, Founding Director of Learning Sciences Lab with Office of Undergraduate Studies, Singapore University of Technology and Design
15.40 - 16.00: Break - Let’s connect!
16.00 - 16.20: Keynote on "Integrated Rural Business Zones as an entrepreneurial approach to Peat lands Restoration" by Lishia Erza, CEO of ASYX
16.20 - 16.40: Keynote on “A systems approach with blockchain technology to unlock trade sustainable finance in frontier markets” by Karen Teoh (TBC)
16.40 - 17.00: Break - Let’s connect!
Special movie screening
17.00 - 17.50: NELIS documentary - "Next-generation leadership building around the world", curated by Lucas Sanchez Martinez, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Hermanos Brothers
17.50 - 18.00: Summary, Vote of thanks & Closing by the moderator Jovin Hurry, Chair of Next Leaders' Asia Summit 2019
18.00: End of Day 2 of Next Leaders’ Asia Summit 2019
Saturday, 19 October 2019
Singapore Sustainability Academy
Skypark Level 6, City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Road
This special day is reserved for next-generation leaders keen to take actions in the future. It highlights short keynotes from leaders across the industry with plenty of interactions by an audience comprised of young professionals coming from different sectors, disciplines and thinking models. On top of meeting new minds, the participants will discuss the questions they need to ask around their own leadership in the future; the collaborations they ought to make to move the needle to the right; and what kind of help is available to get them started as a young leader for a sustainable world.
09.30 - 10.00: Registration & Refreshments
10.00 - 10.20: Welcome statements & Mood setting by the moderator Jovin Hurry, Chair of Next Leaders' Asia Summit 2019
10.20 - 10.30: Opening remarks by Peter David Pedersen, Co-Founder of NELIS (Next Leaders' Initiative for Sustainability)
10.30 - 10.50: Keynote on “Know Your Readiness for Sustainability Leadership” by Dr. Michael Heng PBM, Founder Director of The Blue Leadership Institute
10.50 - 11.10: Keynote “Lions on the Move: Building the Future Leaders in Africa” by Salam Al-Khateeb, Professor at the African Leadership University
11.10 - 11.30: Break & Playtime
11.30 - 12.30: Workshop on “What performance culture for the next generation leaders? - Part 2/2: Getting Started with the NELIS 5Ps Transformational Leadership Framework” by Lai Wan Chung, Co-founder & CEO, MasterCoach App & Institute and Wouter Lincklaen Arriens, Founder & CEO, Transformation First.Asia
12.30 - 14.00: Lunch & Playtime. Lunch is powered by the Singapore Sustainability Academy
14.00 - 14.30: Reflection time on “Collaborating towards One World in Harmony”
14.30 - 15.10: Interactive Workshop on “Action steps for next-generation leaders” Part 1/2
15.10 - 15.30: Networking break
15.30 - 16.30: Interactive Workshop on “Action steps for next-generation leaders” Part 2/2
16.30 - 17.00: Summary of the day by moderator & Close of the Next Leaders’ Asia Summit 2019
The Red Box
Youth Corps Singapore
113 Somerset Road,
National University of Singapore
Yusof Ishak House
31 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Singapore Sustainability Academy
Skypark Level 6, City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Road
keen to lead sustainability projects locally/ internationally in networked organisations.
wishing to take on leadership roles in their future career and/or to commercialise their research.
eager to know how to collaborate with the upcoming tech-savvy generations and mobile diasporas.
Many young PhD holders struggle with what to do after their long years of studies. What are new options that are available for them? How to tread onto non-conventional paths? Being in the company of peers who have taken alternative paths may offer them options that they may not have thought of before.
Young leaders need to understand the dichotomy of:
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