Organized by AWS and Vietnam’s Investment & Business Partners (IBP), this Starting up the Southeast Asia Green Economy will convene startups, investors, government and sustainability innovation stakeholders together for a thought-provoking conversation on how Southeast Asia should develop a green economy powered by technology innovation and startups towards 2030.
As the world’s 4th largest energy consumer, Southeast Asian has a critical role to play in global climate action and decarbonization. However, while there has been a steady uptick in commitments from all stakeholders – with four governments raising climate commitments and seven considering carbon pricing measures, the region is not on track to reduce emissions by approximately 33% by 2030. Increasingly, technology and startups are playing critical roles to help advance Southeast Asia’s sustainability agenda. Proven solutions in energy, urban solutions, agriculture, etc. could deliver up to 85% of needed action to close the emissions gap. In addition, improved collaboration between corporates and governments will unlock further action. Notably, in August 2023, Singapore and Vietnam have expanded their scope of bilateral cooperation to focus on the green economy and innovation. Organized by AWS and Vietnam’s Investment & Business Partners (IBP), this Starting up the Southeast Asia Green Economy will convene startups, investors, government and sustainability innovation stakeholders together for a thought-provoking conversation on how Southeast Asia should develop a green economy powered by technology innovation and startups towards 2030.
Date: 02 Nov 2023, Thursday
Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
Location: Manulife Tower, 8 Cross Street, Level 18, Singapore 048424, 048424
Speaker's Profile:Calum Handforth, Digital Programmes Strategic Manager, UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development
Calum has led innovation and digitalisation efforts globally, and has also advised governments around the world. Calum has a wide-ranging background that includes experience in central and local government, the private sector, civil society, and international development. He has drafted and led legislation, policy, and strategy to catalyse innovation; delivered digital infrastructure programmes; and shaped the development of numerous digital and innovation initiatives. Calum is also Co-Chair of the Digital Infrastructure Taskforce, part of the World Economic Forum’s G20 Working Group on Smart Cities. He is a Panel Member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel, a Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, and a Churchill Fellow.
Speaker's Profile:Felipe Daguila, Chief Customer Officer, Terrascope
Felipe is an accomplished global business and technology trailblazer with over two decades of experience leading, designing and delivering transformative business and digital strategies for startups and Fortune 500 companies – including Google and AWS. As both a visionary and hands-on pragmatic leader, he is respected in the technology industry as a catalyst for transformation, customer obsession and building high performing diverse teams. A truly international executive, Felipe has lived and led teams in Singapore, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Portugal and Doha, and supported business development and led operations across North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Felipe is passionate about mentoring and promoting culture and diversity in technology. In addition to the Google Launchpad Accelerator, he has formally mentored and advised several startups in Asia and the US, in addition to being a board member.
Speaker's Profile:Tan Szue Hann, Head - Sustainability and Deputy General Manager - Sustainable Urban Renewal, Keppel (Real Estate)
Tan Szue Hann, MBA, MArch, is an award-winning architect, sustainability professional and business strategist in sustainable development. Hann is Head of Sustainability and Deputy General Manager, Sustainable Urban Renewal, at Keppel (Real Estate), Singapore. He is also the Chairman of Sustainability, Singapore Institute of Architects, the professional body for Architects in Singapore. He has also been Director of Sustainability Development and Engineering at Marina Bay Sands, Managing Director of Miniwiz, and Head of Sustainability at Surbana Jurong. Hann graduated with an M Arch and BA Arch (First Class Honours) from NUS, with a visiting fellowship to UCLA in 2007, and an MBA with Distinction from Northumbria University in 2022.
Speaker's Profile:Thuy Hoang, Founder, Cocovie
Thuy is a highly creative and passionate climate change activist and business entrepreneur. She actively participates in agricultural and tech startup development, as well as the establishment of both business and social enterprises. Thuy has successfully initiated new business ventures and sections for various organisations, including DECATHLON, Gophatdat.com, EURO-ASIA ISRAEL, MEKONG COCONUT OIL COMPANY, TRACE-VERIFY. Additionally, she volunteers her time to set up different NGOs such as SIVANANDA YOGA CENTER, MAI TAM HIV CENTER, AFT. Thuy is deeply motivated to address environmental issues through profitable business solutions on a global scale.
Speaker's Profile:Zachary Lee, Senior Principal, The Radical Fund
Zac is a Senior Principal with the Investment team at the Radical Fund, responsible for deal sourcing, conducting due diligence, negotiating and executing deals, and managing portfolio companies. He started his career with The Procter & Gamble Company learning to operate businesses before kickstarting his entrepreneurial journey cofounding Freshman, a D2C F&B company, scaling up to a chain of 7 outlets across Singapore. Post his graduate school, Zac joined EDBI, a strategic sovereign wealth fund of Singapore investing in global growth equity. Prior to joining The Radical Fund, Zac led the investment team at K3 Ventures, a stage-agnostic VC focused on backing and supporting high caliber founders across Southeast Asia and China. Zac holds a First-Class Honors in Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Singapore, an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD, and is also a CFA Charter Holder.
Moderator's Profile:Tuan Nguyen, Public Sector Startups - Asia Pacific & Japan, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
In his capacity at the Public Sector Startups Asia Pacific & Japan team at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Tuan engages with startups, investors and partners in sectors such as healthcare, smart cities, sustainability, agriculture, digital government, space technology, etc. to help such companies scale through technology mentorship, community networks, and go-to-market support. Tuan is passionate about science and technology innovation for economic and social good. Prior to AWS, Tuan spearheaded various programs, such as an Open Innovation initiative that catalyzes corporate-startup collaborations across Asia, and the Deep Tech for Good platform showcasing startup solutions that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).