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SHARP Forum

 

SHARP Forum is a thought-provoking platform where thriving business executives, prominent government officials, prestigious scholars, inspiring entrepreneurs, influential celebrities, and renowned experts are invited to:

  • Spread innovative insights;
  • Stretch knowledge boundaries.

Build a Sustainable Future

 

Upcoming Forum(s)

Feed Sustainable Future with Artificial Meats: Are We Ready for FoodTech Revolution?
Are We Ready for FoodTech Revolution?
9 June 2022 (Thursday)
Artificial meat

Artificial meats, either plant-based or cultured, are meat without animals in essence. Besides protecting animal welfare and resolving food shortage, they are developed to remedy the harming livestock farming, which emits about 15% of global greenhouse gases. To serve as sustainable meat alternatives, artificial meats must be sufficiently nutritious, healthy, tasty, and affordable. Are they ready to revolutionize our diet needs? What are the challenges and opportunities for food-tech start-ups and green-food entrepreneurs? Explore with us.

Speaker(s): Carrie Chan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Avant Meats
Joshua Ng, Co-Founder, Good Food Technologies
Alvin Lee, Senior ESG & Communications Manager, Green Monday
Moderator: Natalie Lung, Program Manager for the Food Technology Accelerator Program, Brinc
 
Sustainable Buildings: Green or Gone, Goal or Gold?
Reaping both Intangible and Tangible Benefits from Improving Energy Efficiency
2 June 2022 (Thursday)

Buildings in Hong Kong — a city that never sleeps — account for the city’s 90% of electricity used and over 60% of carbon emitted. To mitigate the adverse environmental impacts, the Government has issued subsidies for qualified buildings to retrofit energy-efficient systems. However, many buildings are still far from green. What are and how to alleviate the concerns that prevent buildings from turning green? Could green turn gold? How? Explore the answers with experienced engineers and architects.

Speaker(s): Ir Dr. Cary Chan, Executive Director, Hong Kong Green Building Council
Ir. Colin Chung, Managing Director, WSP (Asia) Limited
Mr. Tony Ip, Founder and Director, Tony Ip Green Architects Ltd
Moderator: Ir Dr Conrad Wong, BBS, JP, Vice Chairman, Yau Lee Holdings Limited
 
From Fashion Conscious to Fashion Conscience
How to Dress Fashionably and Sustainably?
30 May 2022 (Monday)

Before putting on your new t-shirt and jeans, do you know they might have depleted tons of clean water, travelled thousands of miles in non-recyclable packaging emitting plenty of CO2? It doesn’t have to be THIS way! To foster sustainable fashion, relevant experts will explore how the fashion industry, one of the most polluting industries, could reduce environmental damage by adopting innovative materials, evoking production ethics, and empowering consumers to make greener choices with technologies that enable supply chain transparency.

Speaker(s): Edwin Keh, MH, CEO, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Limited (HKRITA)
Walden Lam, Co-founder, Unspun
Kayla Wong, Founder, Basics for Basics
Moderator: Candice Wang, Managing Director, PFI Fareast
 

Recent Forums

Sustainable Finance
A Pathway Towards Carbon Neutrality
7 April 2022 (Thursday)

To cope with climate crisis, carbon neutrality by 2050 is recognized as the world's most urgent mission. This urgency has drawn the attention of socially responsible investing, known as sustainable finance, that prioritises financial returns alongside environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Towards a low-carbon transition, the market has seen an increased array of ESG financial instruments (e.g., sustainability-linked bonds, carbon credit ETF, etc.). What are the developments of the instruments and their potential? Explore the relevant issues with us.

Speaker(s): Philip Peñaloza, Director of Impact Philanthropy, Asia Pacific, The Nature Conservancy
Jeffrey Young, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Grandly Financial Group
Eddy Lam, Managing Director, Head of Asia, Direxion Investment
Moderator: Angel Chang Wei, Founder, Shanghai Sustainability Communications Advisory
 
Managing through Supply Chain Disruptions
Innovative Solutions for Business Resilience
17 June 2021 (Thursday)
Managing through Supply Chain Disruptions

Preventing deliveries of the right products to the right customer at the right place in the right quantity at the right time in the right condition at the right cost, supply chain disruptions caused by unforeseen events (e.g., Suez Canal blockage) or catastrophes (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic) often pose substantial operational and financial consequences. How might companies mitigate the disruption risks with innovative strategies and smart technologies? Corporate leaders from various industries will share their experiences and advice.

Speaker(s): Bobby Liu, Co-founder & CEO, Milton Holdings
Ronald Iu, CEO, Airstar Bank
Keith Ip, CMO, SF Express Hong Kong
Moderator: Henry Ko, Managing Director, Asia of Flexport
 
Catching the Digital Wave
The Burgeoning Challenges and Opportunities for FinTech Talent Development
3 June 2021 (Thursday)
Catching the Digital Wave

As a global hotbed for FinTech startups and scaleups, Hong Kong has seen a talent gap wherein supply for a myriad of skills required for digital transformation is not meeting demand. To prevent talent shortage, what are essential strategic imperatives for corporates? How should individual talents develop relevant core competencies to align with the resulting opportunities for advancement? Leading experts are invited to address these questions.

Speaker(s): Dr. Lucas Hui, Acting Co-CEO cum CTO, ASTRI
Jeff Tang, Partner, EY
Fred Ngan, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Bowtie
Philip Tam, Founder, CryptoSX
Moderator: San Lee, Head of Talent Acquisition, ASTRI
 
Consumers and the New Reality
Boosting Immunity against Competitive Threats with Digital Innovation
6 May 2021 (Thursday)
Consumers and the New Reality

The restricted social lives amidst COVID-19 have prompted companies in service-oriented sectors, including retailing and banking, to stretch their digital capabilities to engage, enable and delight customers with minimum direct contacts. The capabilities, in turn, have increased consumers’ reliance on digital channels, rapidly reshaping their behavior. Will such a reliance be long-lasting or ephemeral? Industry experts will discuss how to develop innovative and competitive channel strategies that align with new normal consumer behavior trends.

Speaker(s): Anson Bailey, Partner, Head of Consumer & Retail, ASPAC, KPMG
Calvin Ng, Alternate Chief Executive,Co-Head of Retail Banking, ZA Bank
Plato Wai, General Manager, SHOPLINE Hong Kong
Moderator: Luke Chu, Chairman, Hong Kong Internet & Ecommerce Association
 
Working Smart ATAWADAC
The Emerging Trends of Our Future Workplace
11 March 2021 (Thursday)
Working Smart ATAWADAC

Standing for “Any Time, Any Where, Any Device, Any Content,” ATAWADAC is known to be the digital future of our office.

For many corporations, upskilling employees to work ATAWADAC while maintaining effective collaboration and efficient productivity was desirable, but not a necessity until after the onset of COVID-19. Such a necessity has accelerated the development and adoption of smart office solutions. This forum invites leading industry experts to share their views on how to take full advantage of smart workspace toward the halcyon post-pandemic days.

Speaker(s): Aaron Yim, Managing Director, Ricoh Hong Kong
Guru Balasubramaniam Operations Director, Rentokil Initial HK
Jordan Kostelac, Director - Asia Pacific, JLL
Moderator: Mr. Eric Yeung, CEO and Co-founder, Skyzer VC Group
 
Turning Bugs into Buck$
Booming Opportunities of Farming and Eating Insects
11 December 2020 (Friday)
Turning Bugs into Buck$

Is it true that insects can provide a solution to food shortage, malnutrition, and waste problems while creating economical and environmental benefits? To discover the answer and its implications to business venture opportunities and environmental sustainability in Hong Kong, industry and academic gurus will jointly share with you the bees-knees of insects. Don’t miss out!

Speaker(s): Lucie Somé Founder Grazing Ltd.
Chan Ka Ming Director E Farm Biotech
Cristina Michelini COO Livin Farms
Moderator: Professor Olivier Sparagano Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health City University of Hong Kong
 
 
2018-19 Past Forums
Thought-provoking cross-industry issues, e.g. KOL x AI, 5G x Smart City, Social Good x Blockchain, etc. Guest speakers like Chip Tsao, Broadcaster talked about KOL marketing and Tech gurus discussed opportunities in 5G and challenges in business applications...
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2017-18 Past Forums
Insightful topics varies from technology, business, entrepreneurship and social issues. Guest speakers like Ricky Wong, CEO of HKTV Mall discussing how disruptive technologies influence retail business and Gigi Chao, Founder of Faith in Love sharing views on kindness...
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2017-18 Digital Business Innovation Festival
Bridging Education, Technology and Business
The Festival, with the theme “One Health · Digital Society · Smart City”, provides you with an interactive experience to explore innovations in digital business and mobile technology so as to improve well-being, increase social welfare, and enhance quality life.
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2016-17 Past Forums
Unfolding business frontier across the areas of digital marketing, venture capital and more. Guest speakers like Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of LKF Group talked about his philosophy in business...
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SHARP Forum Advisory Board

Founder Prof. Kevin CHIANG (MBA Director)
Advisor Dr Wilson CHAN
Cynthia HUI
Stephanie NG
Kam MARK
Elika CHANG
Circle HUEN