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Keynote speakers
  • Kasit Piromya - Former ambassador of Thailand in Russia, Indonesia, Germany, Japan and USA
  • Greg Koch - Managing Director, Global Water Stewardship, Environment and Water Resources Department, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Ernest Wong - Supply Chain Social & Environmental Responsibility Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard
  • Erin Lyon - CSR Asia
Panel speakers Workshop leaders Moderators


Keynote speakers
Kasit Piromya
Former ambassador of Thailand in Russia, Indonesia, Germany, Japan and USA
Thailand Representative of the Caux Round Table (an international network of business leaders working to promote a moral capitalism)


Kasit Piromya is the Director of International Affairs of the Democrat Party of Thailand and advisor to the party leader, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva. He is the Deputy Prime Minister of the Shadow Government. He was the former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States from 2004 to 2005. His previous postings as Thai Ambassador include: the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Federal Republic of Germany, and Japan, where he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in 2004.

He is the Thailand Representative of the Caux Round Table and Chairman of the Association for the Promotion of Governance. He is a member of the Sub-Committee of the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) and of the National Human Rights Sub-Committee (NHRC).

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Greg Koch
Managing Director, Global Water Stewardship, Environment and Water Resources Department
The Coca-Cola Company


Greg Koch is the Managing Director of Global Water Stewardship in the Environment & Water Resources Department at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

Upon joining the Company in 1996, Greg managed the Company’s wastewater treatment and its environmental due diligence programs. He authored technical guidance manuals for global distribution and conducted environmental training workshops internationally. Greg drove the Company to expand its water focus from technical compliance to taking proactive measures directed toward the sustainability of its business worldwide.

Currently, Greg leads the Company’s global water stewardship strategy by focusing on four strategic areas: water use efficiency and wastewater management, watershed protection, community water initiatives and global awareness and action. He collaborates with bottling partners throughout the Coca-Cola system and directs his team toward achieving the Company’s global goal to return to communities and to nature an amount of water equivalent to what is used in all of its beverages and their production – water neutrality. He also coordinates and aligns the strategic efforts of the Company’s climate protection and sustainable packaging strategies.

Greg helps assess and mitigate water risks facing Coca-Cola’s global business. He works with over 300 bottling partners worldwide to increase water use efficiency and oversees the Company’s efforts to protect watersheds in alignment with the Company’s aspirational goal of water neutrality. In 2007 he formed a partnership with WWF, the world’s largest multinational conservation organization, and he manages the multi-year, $20 million project. He was instrumental in establishing the Company’s commitment to the CEO Water Mandate, a private-public initiative which seeks to build an international movement of companies working to develop strategies and solutions to positively affect the emerging global water crisis.

Greg represents the Company in numerous media engagements, public speaking events and government negotiations.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Greg was an environmental consultant on engineering design. He contributed to design elements related to buildings for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, including the Olympic Stadium, the Centennial Olympic Park and the Coca-Cola Olympic City.

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Ernest Wong
Supply Chain Social & Environmental Responsibility Program Manager
Hewlett-Packard


Ernest Wong joined Hewlett-Packard in 2008. Prior joining HP he worked for American Eagle Outfitters and Gap Inc. He has been working in the field of corporate social responsibility for over 10 years and has been involved in various CSR activities including a suppliers monitoring program, factory capacity building like Focused Improvement Supplier Initiative (FISI) of HP, EHS training and stakeholder engagement. Ernest participated in the Sri Lanka Tsunami Relief program to help rebuild houses and achieved a Master Degree of Environmental Management in The University of Hong Kong Polytechnics and Bachelor of Science in The University of Hong Kong.

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Erin Lyon
CSR Asia

Erin Lyon is an executive director of CSR Asia based in Singapore. Erin is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, having trained with and worked for the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both in Europe and Asia.. Erin has worked in Asia in a variety of roles, including as a teacher and journalist. In the UK she was a national executive representative in one of the largest unions representing the interests of students globally.

Based in Singapore Erin advises companies and other organisations and teaches Ethics and Social Responsibility at Singapore Management University and Corporate Governance at SAICSA. Erin studied in the UK acquiring an undergraduate degree from the University of Exeter and completed her postgraduate legal studies at the College of Law.

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Panel speakers
Asif Ahmed
CARE Bangladesh

Asif U Ahmed is business development specialist with nearly a decade of enterprise development experience in Bangladesh and abroad. He specializes in business development services for micro, small and medium enterprises and corporate social responsibility. He is a Certified International Trade Marketing specialist and has extensive training on SME and Cluster Development, Export Promotion and Corporate and Social Compliance and Responsibility. He is currently working as the Program Director-Economic Empowerment at CARE Bangladesh. All through his career Mr. Ahmed has been involved in design, organization and implementation of trade and export promotion and business support programs. Previously he has worked for International Resources Group (IRG) in Washington leading a team to identify market development opportunities within the context of bio diversity preservation and for IRIS Center at the University of Maryland implementing JOBS project in Bangladesh. He has presented papers on Corporate Social Responsibility, Cluster Development and Export Promotion in different international forums.

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Machima Kunjara Na Ayudhya
The Stock Exchange of Thailand

Mr. Machima Kunjara Na Ayudhya has gained knowledge from some of the most prestigious and well respected schools all over the world. Through his studies at Thammasat University, Harvard and MIT, he has developed an incredible range of applicable skills.

From his work in both the financial and public administration sectors, Mr. Machima Kunjara Na Ayudhya has developed an established track record. Through his previous positions at the Ministry of Finance, the Treasury Department, the Government Savings Bank as well as Krungthai Bank to his current positions of Director of the Etiquette Committee, CSR Advisor, and Advisor to the CSR Institute at The Stock Exchange of Thailand, Mr. Machima Kunjara Na Ayudhya is a true professional.

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Reza Azmi
Wild Asia

Dr. Reza Azmi is the Founder and Director of Wild Asia. Reza has developed a deeper understanding of sustainability issues from working alongside businesses that are involved in forestry, agriculture and tourism.

As an individual member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Reza was among the first experts to be involved in assessing Malaysian & Indonesian oil-palm plantations against RSPO’s Principles & Criteria. He continues to provide advisory support to plantation companies interested in working towards global sustainability values.

Reza’s formal background has been with biodiversity conservation, which began in 1994 on researching the relationships between communities and natural resources. He currently specializes in looking at ways in which businesses can play a positive role in the local environments they operate in. For more information on Reza or Wild Asia, please visit www.wildasia.net.

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Paula Bennett
Citi Asia Pacific

Paula Bennett is Director of Corporate Citizenship for Citi Asia Pacific and is responsible for the company’s citizenship activities across 19 markets in Asia Pacific, with a focus on microfinance, financial education and sustainable enterprise. She is the regional coordinator for business initiatives that demonstrate Citi Asia Pacific's social and environmental responsibilities, and also oversees Citi Asia Pacific’s philanthropic contributions such as Citi Foundation grants, business donations and employee volunteerism. In 2007, Citi committed US$17.8 million in grants and donations to support 274 community programs in Asia Pacific, with most programs involving the active support of Citi’s senior management and extensive employee engagement.

Paula joined Citi in 2004 and has nearly 20 years of experience in Asia in corporate citizenship, education, human resources, and communications/public affairs. She previously worked with INSEAD, Dell Computer and Burson-Marsteller, and has a Masters degree in Chinese from Edinburgh University. Paula is based in Singapore and has also lived in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

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David Boyd-Thomas
UBS

David Boyd-Thomas leads the Asia Pacific corporate responsibility program at UBS, one of the world’s leading financial firms, which operates in 13 countries in the Asia Pacific region (including Japan, India and Australia) with more than 10,000 employees. His prior leadership roles include The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific program; the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association; the University of Toronto; and the Canadian Opera Company. A Toronto native, he is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Trinity) with a BA in English and received the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 1996.

David has taken on volunteer leadership positions with both the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. As Chair of the latter organization he was instrumental in lobbying for increased favorable tax treatment of charitable gifts by the Canadian government. From 2000 to 2004 he was one of 50 leaders from the NGO sector invited to participate in the Voluntary Sector Initiative with the Government of Canada – a policy research and advisory forum; this lead to the first comprehensive study of the economic impact of the NGO sector in Canada. Presently, David is President of the AFP Hong Kong Chapter.

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Yann Brault
Danone AQUA

Yann Brault worked for three years in the Technical & Scientific Cooperation section of the Embassy of France in Indonesia. In 2006, he joined Groupe Danone to accelerate CSR process in Danone AQUA, an Indonesian based mountain spring water company (6 billions liter/year). He has been developing expertise in sustainability strategy, public-private partnerships, community based approaches applied to integrated water resources management, environmental health, education: he is currently at the head of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility Department. He has graduated from French Engineering Schools “d'Arts et Métiers” in environment and energy, and has a Master of Sciences in fluid mechanics. Thirty years old, he is just married and is passionate about Indonesian waves, forests and rice fields.

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Patrick Brenny
Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Thailand

Patrick Brenny has worked on international development issues in Africa and Asia for the last 26 years with the Peace Corps, the US Agency for International Development, Pact, and the United Nations System. He began to address the challenges that AIDS poses to our world more than twenty years ago, beginning his work on AIDS with WHO’s Special Programme on AIDS in 1987. He supported the development of the first comprehensive national responses to AIDS in the Africa region and India with WHO between 1988 and 1997.

From 1997 to 2004, he worked with Pact on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar linking environmental protection, good governance and health to basic national development needs throughout Madagascar, fostering successful public-private partnerships with groups as diverse as the World Bank, USAID, the Government of Madagascar, Rio Tinto, and local communities.

Patrick returned to the UN System (with UNAIDS) in 2004 as the Country Coordinator for Thailand, where he serves to this day. He holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration and Development Economics from the Vrije University of Amsterdam. A native of Southern California originally, Patrick has been married to his Dutch wife Mei for the past 23 years, has two children, and speaks fluent English, French and Dutch as well as bits and pieces of at least eight other languages.

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Sabrina Cheung
adidas Region Asia Pacific

As Director, Corporate Communications for adidas Region Asia Pacific, Sabrina Cheung charts the company’s regional media strategy and ensures that a consistent and distinctive corporate presence for the adidas brand is maintained across 13 markets.

Alongside this, Sabrina directs adidas’ CSR Community Investment activities, working with the various divisions of the adidas Group to develop new community outreach programs and fine-tune existing initiatives.

Sabrina’s current role builds on over 14 years of marketing and communications experience gained through her previous roles at various multinational companies and agencies. Her experience spans across the financial services, luxury and fast moving consumer goods industries in Asia and in Canada.

Sabrina holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and an Honours B.A. Degree in International Relations from York University, Canada.

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Royol Chitradon
Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute

Dr. Royol Chitradon is a director of Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII), National Science and Technology Development Center, Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand. This Institute was established by the initiative of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and became a continuous implementation unit of Thailand Water Resource Management Network and Agricultural Information Network.

His key work as a director of HAII is developing integrated operation systems for water resource and agricultural management in order to support decision making of other related agencies in setting up plans to prevent or relieve impacts from natural disasters.

Dr. Royol has also taken parts in different roles related to informatics for water resource management and disaster prevention from the community level to the international level including:
  • Representative of Thai Research Network for Asia-Pacific Advanced Network, APAN (2001 – 2003)
  • Member of the Water Law Drafting Commission (2007-2008)
  • Subcommittee of Land Use and Flood Prevention, the Committee Board of National Water Resource (2006 – Present)
  • Consultant of the Integrated Water Resource Data Center, Rayong Province, in the East of Thailand (2006 – Present)
Dr. Royol finished his doctoral degree at Informatics Institute, Innsbruck University, Austria. With his experience in mathematics and informatics as well as his involvement in water issues, he has developed a range of projects in collaboration with private sector and government agencies to enhance water resource management in Thailand.

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Cui Fuqiang
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Mr. Cui Fuqiang is Director of Hepatitis Division, National Immunization Programme, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Manager of Global Alliance on the Vaccine and Immunization Project in China.

With the background of preventive medicine and public health, Mr. Cui has been working on the Expanded Programme on Immunization since 1995. He is an epidemiologist of vaccine preventable disease control, majoring in hepatitis prevention and control. In 2006, he guided National Serosurvey on Hepatitis B in China, responsible for the national acute hepatitis B surveillance system. As the key draftsman, Mr. Cui developed the National Diagnostic Criteria for Viral Hepatitis B. He is also National Manager of the Ministry of Health/Global Alliance on Vaccine and Immunization project in China, and has been running the project since 2005. In addition, Mr. Cui has been a consultant of the 2rd Global Immunization Meeting, 16th and 17th Technical Advisory Group meeting of Western Pacific Region Office of WHO, and a consultant of TechNet Consultation Meeting of WHO in 2006.

Mr. Cui has published 68 papers since 2005.

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Jacqui Dixon
CSR Asia

Jacqui Dixon is a Senior Project Manager at CSR Asia based in their Hong Kong office. She specializes in the areas of benchmarking, sustainability reporting and carbon auditing. She has over 5 years experience in environmental policy, international development work and CSR and has done substantial amounts of research focused on climate change. She has recently conducted carbon audits for two large multinationals and developed a supply chain environmental training programme for a global apparel company. Jacqui has a background in leadership for sustainable development and has completed sustainable development projects in the European Commission, Vodafone, the National Consumer Council and Channel 4. In 2004 she lived and worked in rural Nepal co-ordinating a community resource programme, and in South Africa she led a youth-focused permaculture project in one of Cape Town’s largest townships.

As Senior Project Manager at CSR Asia, Jacqui develops relationships with key clients and leads on consultancy projects. She has lived and worked in South Africa, Spain, the UK, Nepal and Hong Kong. She holds a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental and Geographical Science.

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Ravi Fernando
MAS Holdings

Mr Ravi Fernando holds a MBA from the University of Colombo and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing(UK),he holds a Diploma in International Management (1999) and completed the Advanced Management Program(2001) at the INSEAD Business school in (France).He is an Alumni of the University of Cambridge University Programme for Industry having done the Climate Leadership Programme in 2007.

Ravi started his career at Unilever (Sri Lanka) as a Management Trainee (Marketing) and left as Senior Brand Manager (DT Foods) in 1987. He commenced his International Career with Sterling Winthrop as Regional Marketing Director East Africa ,moved to General Manager Gulf Region and Regional Marketing Director Middle East to Chief Resident Representative/Operations Director of Smithkline Beecham International Vietnam during the period of 1988 to 1999. Between 2000-2002,He was Managing Director/CEO of Reckitt Benckiser (Lanka) Ltd and is currently Director Corporate Branding & Strategic CSR at MAS Holdings Ltd and on the Board of MAS Fabric Park .He is the United Nations Global Compact Focal point for Sri Lanka and on its Barcelona Centre and Asian Faculty on “Progress and Values” .He is on the Boards of LOLC,World Vision ,Habitat for Humanity, Environmental Foundation of Lanka and the Duncan White Sports Foundation. He is a Guest lecturer on Strategic CSR at the Advanced Management Programs at INSEAD (France) since 2005 and leads the course Advanced Brand Management at the University of Colombo MBA program. He functions as Marketing advisor to the Hayleys group affiliate Mabroc / Kelani Valley plantations.

In September 2007 he won a “Global Strategy Leadership award” at the World Strategy Summit for his work on Ethical branding for the Sri Lankan Apparel and Tea sectors.

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Catherine Ferrant
Total

MWith degrees in Economics and Communications from the University Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Catherine Ferrant began her professional career as a journalist at Le Soir, where she held a number of positions, including Editor of the Politics, Employment and Business section. In 1989, she joined PetroFina as Vice-President, Corporate Communications. After the mergers of Total, PetroFina and Elf, she was Head of the Group’s Internal Communications Department and later Vice-President, Corporate Communications at Atofina, the Chemicals business. In 2003, she was appointed Vice-President, Global Diversity and Accountability, heading a new department created as part of Total’s Human Resources and Corporate Communication Division. In July 2008, she was appointed Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy and general delegate of Total Foundation.

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Dr. Tira Foran
Chiang Mai University Unit for social and Environmental Research

Tira Foran is a Research Fellow at Chiang Mai University–Unit for Social and Environmental Research. He is interested in the policy and politics of transition to more sustainable energy systems in developing Asia. Based in Thailand since 2001, Tira has recently worked on estimation of commercially achievable alternatives to central station power; policy instruments for energy efficiency and renewable energy; and improved mechanisms for stakeholder participation. Ph.D. (Geography) from University of Sydney, M.S. from University of California at Berkeley, A.B. from Harvard. Past work with the World Conservation Union (Thailand), The Nautilus Institute (California), and Environmental Defense (California).

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Stephen Frost
CSR Asia

Stephen Frost is one of the co-founders and an executive director of CSR Asia. He is also an assistant professor at the Department of Asian and International Studies at the City University of Hong Kong. He is in high demand as a speaker internationally, has consulted for numerous companies, governments and multilateral organisations, and is widely published. He is regularly interviewed by local and international media organisations, and he sits on the advisory boards of major corporations and CSR initiatives internationally.

Stephen has been involved in CSR in the Asia-Pacific region since 2000, when he moved to Hong Kong. Since that time, he has focused on issues surrounding supply chains and workplace standards. He has worked with numerous local and multinational companies on a host of other issues, ranging from consulting on the implementation of CSR systems to factory training and stakeholder dialogue.

He developed and taught the first CSR modules in MBA programs in Chinese universities, developed and taught the first undergraduate CSR course in Asia, and along with his co-founder offered the first public training of CSR in the Asia-Pacific. He helped develop an innovative factory training program for Chinese factories, and led a team to develop capacity building for Chinese organizations to deliver service to companies in supply chains. He is a recognised pioneer in CSR in Asia.

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Anjan Ghosh
Intel

Anjan Ghosh heads Corporate Affairs at Intel for the Asia Pacific region. He oversees Intel’s strategic relationships with key external stakeholder groups, in government, academia and community and manages the company’s corporate reputation programs, with a team spread across 13 countries. Intel’s initiatives in education, environment and citizenship are key pillars of its corporate reputation.

His areas of interest include corporate social responsibility, public policy on ICT for development, digital inclusion and education.

He has held various positions in governing councils of industry associations, chambers of commerce and university advisory boards. He received the Intel Achievement Award, the highest recognition at Intel.

Anjan holds a doctorate in statistics and is based in Singapore with his wife and daughter.

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Anita Gupta
DHL Asia Pacific

Anita Gupta is the Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability, DHL Asia Pacific.

Based at DHL’s regional headquarters in Singapore, Ms. Gupta is responsible for developing and steering the internal and external communications efforts for DHL Asia Pacific. In addition to her corporate communications responsibility, she also drives the company’s corporate citizenship initiatives, thereby leading DHL’s Asia Pacific Corporate Sustainability efforts.

Prior to joining DHL, Ms. Gupta was with Citigroup in New York, USA, where over the course of eleven years she held various positions in the areas of Public Affairs and Communications areas, most recently as Global Head of Risk and Compliance Communications.

Before her stint in New York, she was Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Citibank in South Asia. Under her leadership, Citibank in India innovated and implemented an internationally recognized micro-credit program.

Ms. Gupta joined Citibank from American Express Bank Ltd., where she was Public Affairs and Communications Manager and played a key role in the team that launched the American Express Card in India.

In addition to her work, Ms. Gupta has a strong interest in supporting community relations and promoting Indian culture and women’s empowerment. She established the Public Affairs function for the American India Foundation (AIF) and was appointed as the coordinator of US President Bill Clinton’s visit to India for the AIF in March 2001. She has also developed community support programs with the Missionaries of Charity, an organization founded by Mother Teresa, and also implemented a women’s employment program in Venezuela.

Ms. Gupta is a Global Advisory Council member of Vital Voices, a non-profit organization promoting women's economic, political and social advancement around the world.

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Ashley Hegland
Edelman Asia Pacific

Based in Hong Kong, Hegland serves as Manager, Social Engagement (Sustainability) Practice for Edelman in Asia Pacific. Hegland helps clients address social and environmental issues through strengthened dialogue and communications with NGOs, government, employees, customers, media and other critical stakeholders. His clients include/have included The Coca-Cola Company, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Samsung, and WWF, among others.

Hegland joined Edelman in May 2006 after having completed his MBA degree at the Schulich School of Business (York University) in Toronto, Canada, where he specialized in Sustainability/CSR and Marketing. There, he focused his studies on corporate sustainability strategy and communications, green marketing, and corporate reputation management. Prior to his graduate studies, Hegland worked in the energy and NGO sectors in Canada and Asia Pacific.

In addition to his work at Edelman, Hegland is the Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong’s Sustainable Development Committee. Ashley is regularly invited to speak at CSR Conferences in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific and has appeared in articles on the topic of CSR and Sustainability in Canada and across Asia Pacific.

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Sang-Jo Kim
Solidarity for Economic Reform

Professor Sang-Jo Kim has played a key role in building consensus for economic reform programs following South Korea's financial crisis in the late nineties. Kim is a professor of Economics at Hansung University and chairs the Solidarity for Economic Reform (SER), a civil organization dedicated to enhancing corporate governance system through minority shareholder campaigning. Under his leadership, the group has won several landmark lawsuits including against the directors of Samsung Electronics. Those cases become the cornerstone to more clearly defined fiduciary duties of corporate directors in Korea. Also, he has been instrumental in improving laws and institutions related to corporate governance in Korea. The passage of the Securities Class Action Act is one example. Recently his group campaigned for the amendment of the Korean Corporate Law in order to provide legal tools directly approaching the corporate governance of business groups themselves. Kim also belonged to several special economic advisory groups that counsel the President, the Minister of Finance, and the Korean Fair Trade Commission etc. Many of Korea's newspapers such as Hankyoreh and Kyunghyang have named Kim one of the Prominent Economic Leaders in Korea.

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Heinz Landau
Merck Limited

Mr. Heinz Landau is a 51 years old German national. He is working with the German based Merck Group since 33 years. After having spent nine years in sales and marketing positions in the head office of Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany, he started a working career abroad. His first destination took him from 1984 until 1987 to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he worked as a Regional Manager Pharma for the Gulf states.

In 1987, Mr. Landau moved to Lagos, Nigeria as General Manager for Emedia Ltd. (a Merck subsidiary). In 1988, he was promoted to the position of Managing Director of Farmex Ltd. (another Merck subsidiary in Nigeria).

In 1992, Mr. Landau took up a new assignment in Bangkok as Director Chemical Division of Merck Ltd., Thailand. In 1993, he was promoted to the position of Managing Director of Merck Ltd., Thailand. In January 2001, Mr. Landau has been appointed as Chairman of Merck Ltd., Thailand, a position that he still holds today.

Mr. Landau has become a sincere advocate for CSR and has been a regular speaker in CSR – related events in Thailand and Germany where he is encouraging participation in corporate responsibility.

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Duncan Leadbitter
Marine Stewardship Council

Duncan Leadbitter joined the MSC in November 2000 as International Fisheries Director and is now responsible for managing the MSC’s Asia Pacific region. In this role he encourages fisheries, the post harvest sector and consumers to become involved in the program and works with fisheries already at various stages of the certification process. Prior to, and during his time with the MSC, Leadbitter has gained extensive experience in fisheries in Europe, Asia, North America and the Pacific.

Prior to joining the MSC, Leadbitter was the Executive Director of Ocean Watch Australia, a non-profit organisation that aims to protect and improve fish habitats and reduce the impacts of fishing. He has also worked for the fisheries agency in New South Wales, Australia as a habitat/conservation manager and in the private sector as an environmental consultant. Mr Leadbitter was the Deputy Director of the Australian Seafood Industry Council and held a number of positions on federal and state based natural resource and biodiversity advisory councils. He currently chairs the national Squid Management Advisory Committee for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

With a background in the management of aquatic habitat and fishing impacts, Leadbitter has worked on marine protected areas, aquaculture assessments, habitat rehabilitation, pollution assessments, environmental education and bycatch management. He has also worked collaboratively with a variety of fishery stakeholders including industry, environment groups and government.

He has written a number of published works on fisheries, coastal zone and habitat matters. He holds a Science Honours degree from the University of Sydney and a masters degree in Environmental Planning from Macquarie University, Sydney. Leadbitter is a keen scuba diver and photographer.

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Dee Lee
Handshake Labour NGO

Dee Lee is the Director of Handshake and running Handshake as a non-profit organisation on labour issues in China. He established the first and unique helpline system with a Brand Alert System (BAS), on-line Database and Call Centre Script. With his effort, Handshake is now expanding as a well-known NGO within CSR area, as well as a must-known helpline for many brands that have already started helpline project. Dee had also worked in the largest Public Relationship firm in China-Blue Focus and a top Marketing Research firm – Sinotrust as a project manager. He received his Master Degree in Marketing Communication from University of Greenwich, London.

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Thirawit Leetavorn
Double A

Thirawit Leetavorn joined Double A as senior executive vice president in November 2005. In this role, Mr Leetavorn is responsible for managing the international marketing, advertising communication strategies and the expansion for the company’s flagship brand, Double A paper.

Mr Leetavorn’s career in marketing and sales management spans 25 years with a focus on developing international business and guiding corporations’ expansion into new territories. He has developed business that spans through Asia/Pacific, South Asia and Africa.

Mr Leetavorn has worked with leading FMCG multinationals such as Unilever, Hutchison Telecom and Seagram. He has extensive advertising experience having led the largest local Advertising Agency in Thailand and was invited to join the Thailand Advertising Association as International Director.

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Simon Lord
Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

Simon Lord (50) has a BSc in Biological Sciences (Coventry) and a PhD in environmental microbiology (Bath). He has 23 years management experience in the commercial agriculture sector with 13 at a senior level in Oil Palm. Simon is currently Group Director of Sustainability for Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad, directing Sustainability programs across Malaysia, PNG and Solomon Islands. He is also Director of Research, for NBPOL, leading programs in agronomy, plant breeding , biotechnology, and Environmental Studies.

He is a Qualified ISO 14001 auditor and has sundry qualifications in OHS and agricultural chemical management.

Involved with the RSPO since 2002, he has been a Member of the Criteria, Certification and Smallholder Working. Working with NGO’s Government, financiers and other stakeholders he has helped create National Sustainability Standards in PNG and Malaysia. He is currently Chair of the RSPO’s Standards and Certification sub Group and an Executive Board Vice President.

He has recently set up the consulting company Global Sustainability Associates.

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Paul Mason
Pact Inc.

Paul Mason possesses over 18 years of professional international experience in Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. His experience encompasses many aspects of democracy and governance, institution strengthening, rural and agricultural development, and economic growth.

In addition, Paul has worked as a Regional Program Manager for the USAID/OTI Iraq Transition Initiatives project (2003-2004), responsible for operations in seven provinces, and, as USAID Field Program Officer in Southern Afghanistan (2003). He has also worked on development projects in the Philippines and East Timor.

Paul now serves as the Pact Cambodia Country Representative, with a portfolio of projects in local governance, anti-corruption, HIV/AIDS and Women’s empowerment. Pact Cambodia is also engaging in new entry points in the natural resource management and environmental sectors.

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Rosstan Mazey
ZESPRI International Limited

Based at ZESPRI headquarters in New Zealand, Rosstan is responsible for developing and steering the global sustainability strategy for ZESPRI. In addition to this Rosstan works on a number of strategic marketing initiatives, involving close collaboration with ZESPRI kiwifruit growers and other key industry stakeholders.

The kiwifruit industry in New Zealand has built itself around growing and delivering a consistently high quality fruit to consumers with sustainability being a core consideration. Through the establishment of a sustainability project team and the development and implementation of the sustainability strategy ZESPRI is building on its strong heritage and defining an exciting future where innovation and continuous improvement will dominate.

ZESPRI is already working on a number of significant initiatives with the ultimate objective of building a pathway to greater sustainability. One of these initiatives is the New Zealand kiwifruit industry carbon footprint. This project has enabled ZESPRI to understand what their industry footprint is, to identify the areas for improvement and to measure the impact of initiatives that are introduced.

Prior to joining ZESPRI, Rosstan was with Dairy Crest, UK, where over the course of four years he held various positions in the Marketing Team, most recently as Innovation Manager. The key projects that Rosstan was involved with related to farm assurance schemes and developing environmentally-friendlier packaging solutions.

He graduated from the University of Otago in 1998 and holds bachelor degrees in Commerce and Law.

Rosstan is passionate about sustainability and the significant role that he believes New Zealand can play in this area.

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Claire McLetchie
ASrIA

Claire started her career with Standard Life Investments working in Edinburgh, Singapore and then Hong Kong, where she is now based. She has covered the Asia Pacific region including Japan for eighteen years and has run both pension funds and unit trusts. Her investment management experience within Asia includes country responsibility, stock selection and asset allocation. Claire has maintained a keen interest in sustainable and responsible investment since 1998 and has spoken publicly on the subject. Following the inception of ASrIA, she has supported the organization by promoting membership to her previous employers and spreading the word of its activities amongst her peer group. Claire is a graduate of Glasgow University where she studied Political Economy.

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Rikke Netterstrom
CSR Asia

Rikke Netterstrom is Country Director, Malaysia for CSR Asia. Rikke has over 10 years multi-sector experience in corporate responsibility strategy, stakeholder engagement and communications. She was responsible for environmental and social issues for two of the world’s sustainability leader - The Body Shop International plc and Novozymes A/S, preparing strategies for over 50 markets globally.

As an investment analyst and a public affairs consultant, she provided advisory services to multinational companies within a range of sectors, including consumer goods, agrichemicals and financial institutions. She has worked extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, delivering workshops at Board and senior management level in China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the US. Rikke was closely involved in the creation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil as an Executive Board member, and continues to provide advisory services to companies in the oil palm sector. She holds an MSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and postgraduate qualifications from Thammasat University, Thailand.

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Nataya Niyamanusorn
Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) - Thailand

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Mrs. Nataya Niyamanusorn completed her Bachelor degree in accounting from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA in finance and accounting from San Francisco State University, USA. After graduation, she entered corporate America by joining the Bank of California in San Francisco in the International Credit Department. Mrs. Nataya later on moved back to Bangkok and joined the Bank of America, Bangkok branch where she worked in the Credit and Marketing Department.

In 1992, Mrs. Nataya decided to join the newly established Securities and Exchange Commission. And she was appointed to the director position in the newly formed Corporate Governance Department of SEC in late 2005. As the spearhead of the department, Mrs. Nataya is responsible for promoting good corporate governance practices among Thai listed companies and is proud to give speeches and lectures on good corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, etc.

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Phan Van Ngoc
ActionAid Vietnam

Country Director of ActionAid Vietnam (AAV), Phan Van Ngoc works to secure rights of poor and excluded people. His critical engagement in development work and in various movements, platforms and networks helped him gain in-depth knowledge in the root causes of poverty, and take a lead in developing AAV’s successful poverty focused programs in Vietnam and Lao PDR.

He took the lead in running poverty researches. Fact-based findings from researches allowed him to advocate in policy forums with government policy makers, donors, and other actors to shape pro-poor policies. He led the process to set up people organizations and networks at which poor and excluded people would be empowered, and more space for influencing policies has been created as the result. He pro-actively engaged in the work on corporate accountability. These have valuably contributed to positive changes in transparency, and accountability on the part of government agencies, donors and other actors.

These positive changes supported his organization’s work to secure rights of the poor. AAV is among the first INGOs to shift towards a rights-based approach, with promising successes.

He obtained his Master Degree at London University on ‘Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development’.

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Minar Pimple
UN Millennium Campaign

Derived inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Paulo Friere, and Social Worker by training (Master of Social Work, University of Bombay), Minar Pimple has worked more than 30 years on the issues of poverty and low levels of socio-economic-political development for the Asia Region. Minar Pimple has worked closely with and trained among others government representatives, trade union members, media professionals, NGOs and Civil Society Organizations, donor agencies, and religious leaders (in India and abroad). He replicated best practices from his experiences and engaged in empowerment and transformation to help bring these stakeholders into specialised issue-based networking relationships for a coordinated impact. These assignments have directly engaged him with a variety of constituencies ranging from government, donors, media, business and private sector to marginalized communities. Minar Pimple has been acknowledged as a passionate, sensitive, effective and versatile trainer-educator capable of working in multi cultural and multi lingual environments.

Now as Deputy Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, he is leading the Campaign to promote the Millennium Development Goals and related activities in Asia Pacific. He works with civil society organisations, youth and student organisations, media, local authorities and parliamentarian to facilitate them in holding their governments to account towards fulfilment of MDGs.

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Leontien Plugge
Global Reporting Initiative

Ms. Leontien Plugge has been active in the field of sustainable development since her work for UNEP (Division of Technology, Industry and Economics) in Paris in 2003. From 2004, she has been working for the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam on several projects and has coordinated the revision of the 2002 GRI Guidelines working group on the reporting principles of the GRI G3 Guidelines. The last two and a half years she has managed the SME and supply chain reporting program, training many SMEs in understanding, measuring, improving and communicating CSR performance. Her expertise is focused on communicating CSR performance by companies regardless of size or sector, applying the GRI Guidelines, and the management process of sustainability reporting.

Leontien has been part of the special Task Force for SMEs of the United Nations Global Compact and of the European Expert Group of the European Commission on CSR and SMEs. She also collaborated with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank on their CSR Cluster project in the design and implementation of projects to improve SME competitiveness in Latin America through value chain and CSR strategies. She has been part of many conferences and has written articles and publications on this topic. Ms. Leontien Plugge has a master’s degree in European Law and Private Corporate Law from the University in Utrecht.

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Dr. Sopon Pornchokchai
Thai Appraisal Foundation

Dr. Pornchockchai serves as a member of the Board of Ethics and the Board of Sufficiency Economy of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. He was a consultant to the ESCAP, UN-Habitat, International Labour Organization and other international organizations. He gained a Ph.D. in land and housing from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and had further property valuation training from LRTI-Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and in housing development from Katholieke Universeit Leuven (Belgium). He is currently the President of the Thai Appraisal Foundation, President of Agency for Real Estate Affairs which is a UN Global Compact company, board member of ASEAN Valuers Association, and Council Member of the Appraisal Foundation (USA) - the International Advisory Board which is the regulatory body of appraisal profession in the USA. His research master pieces include the discovery of 1,020 slums (1985), CAMA (computer-assisterd mass appraisal) modeling (1990), forecast of 300,000 unoccupied housing units (1995 and 1998), study for property information centre (2000), and the roadmap for Vietnamese valuation profession (2006).

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Felicia Pullam
APCO Worldwide

Felicia Pullam leads APCO Worldwide’s corporate responsibility practice in Asia. She specializes in assisting corporations with stakeholder relations, partnership building, and program design. Ms. Pullam works closely with APCO’s communication and government relations consultants to develop programs that contribute to and fit organically with each client’s overall strategy.

She has worked with a wide array of clients, ranging from development agencies and civil society organizations to multinationals and business associations, including the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC). Ms. Pullam advised GBC on government, media and stakeholder relations in China from 2004 through 2006, helping to broker a partnership between the organization and the Ministry of Health to convene a 450-person event featuring Vice Premier Wu Yi.

Ms. Pullam has also been actively involved in China’s NGO community through pro bono services, and is currently the chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Ms. Pullam graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.

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Gail Rehbein
Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility

Gail Rehbein is a Senior Consultant with the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and provides strategic advice to organisations on stakeholder engagement. She holds a Master of Arts with honours in Professional Ethics and Governance and through her recent postgraduate research brings in-depth knowledge of integrating corporate social responsibility into business. She has published and presented regularly on corporate social responsibility since 2004. Gail is a specialist in strategic change management and has delivered coaching, consulting and training services across a diverse range of public and private sector organisations. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the International Coach Federation.

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Liam Salter
RESET (HK) Ltd.

Liam Salter is Director of Business Development at RESET, a Hong Kong-based carbon and energy services provider, focusing on providing integrated climate solutions to key sectors in Southern China and South East Asia.

Previously Liam was the Head of WWF Hong Kong’s Climate Programme, where he led the development of the first carbon labelling system for export manufacturers and initiated ‘Climateers’, Asia’s first low carbon lifestyles platform (www.climateers.org).

From 1999 - 2006 Liam directed WWF International’s Asia Pacific Climate Programme, building a team of campaigners across the region. Between 2001 and 2006, WWF set up 10 new national programmes becoming the largest NGO team on the issue in Asia.

From 2000, Liam also co-led a team that developed the Gold Standard for carbon offsets, now an independent foundation and a leading quality standard for project based carbon credits (www.cdmgoldstandard.org).

Liam holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London.

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Patchareeboon Sakulpitakphon
ECPAT International

Ms. Patchareeboon Sakulpitakphon (Mam) is the Programme Associate Combating Child Sex Tourism and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes. Working at the ECPAT International Secretariat, she implements the programmes, doing advocacy, prevention, awareness raising, data collection and collaborating with the private sector while supporting the global ECPAT network. An alumnus from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a Master’s in International Policy – Human Rights with focus on human trafficking, she previously worked with the Emerging Social Issues Division of UNESCAP and the disaster services for the Carmel Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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John Sayer
Oxfam Hong Kong

John Sayer was a farmer in Wales before moving to Asia in 1976. He worked on rural development projects in India before settling in Hong Kong. He joined the Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) in 1977 to research the impact of foreign economic involvement on Asian economies and workers. As Executive Director of AMRC he worked with trade unions and NGOs in Asia on research and information systems, computer communications and occupational health and safety. In 1991 He joined Oxfam Hong Kong as Program Director and later became Executive Director, working on relief and development in Asia and Africa. In 2001 he moved to Oxford to take up the post of Executive Director of Oxfam International for an interim period. His subsequent role involved consultancy for Oxfam on relations between NGOs and the private sector, and he completed a Masters degree on the same subject. In 2004 he became Director of Africa Now, an Oxford-based development agency working on market-based solutions for small-scale producers in Africa. In 2006 he rejoined Oxfam Hong Kong as Director General.

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Sunit Shrestha
ChangeFusion Group

Sunit is co-founder and program lead of YSEI. He’s also Managing Director of ChangeFusion, a provider of social innovation design and investment and incubation services. The venture has launched various social innovation projects and continues to support social enterprises led by young adults in the South and East Asia region. Visit ChangeFusion at www.changefusion.org.

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Dr. Somjin Sornpaisarn
One Asset Management Limited

With a professional career spanning nearly 25 years, Dr. Somjin Sornpaisarn has been at the forefront of asset management and investment. After obtaining 4 degrees including a D.B.A. in Finance, Dr. Sornpaisarn has the education and experience that has propelled him to his current position as President at the prestigious One Asset Management Limited. His wide variety of knowledge comes from his experience working all over the world in positions ranging from systems analyst to general manager to lecturer to director.

Dr. Sornpaisarn is a true professional and we are proud to include him in this year's summit.

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Rita Sully
(Deloitte Australia)

Rita Sully is Director, Corporate Responsibility, Deloitte Australia.

Previous to her appointment Rita was the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager at Hewlett Packard, Asia Pacific and Japan from 2005 to 2008. From 2002 to 2005 Rita was the regional Program Development Manager for the Cisco Networking Academy. The Cisco Networking Academy is Cisco Systems global social investment program.

Rita’s experience in Corporate Social Responsibility includes community investment; environmental management; climate and energy strategy; labor/human rights; social and environmental responsibility in the supply chain; stakeholder engagement; ethics and standards of business conduct.

Rita has a BA in International Studies from RMIT University; MA, Applied Anthropology from the Australia National University; a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Murdoch University. Rita also recently completed an Executive Program in Ecological Design for Community Building at the University of Stellenbosch (Sustainability Institute), South Africa.

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Chanchai Supasagee
Government Pension Fund, Thailand

Mr. Chanchai Supasagee has worked in financial industry for twenty years. His experience includes his works at The Industrial Finance Corporation of Thailand, Thai Rating & Information Services (a credit rating agency, now called TRIS Ratings), and Government Pension Fund. He is now in charge of corporate governance at the fund.

During the Thai financial crisis, he was seconded to the Financial Restructuring Authority for two years.

Mr. Chanchai Supasagee also sits on several committees regarding good practices in financial market. He holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA, on the Fulbright program, from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

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Mainsh Tiwari
Asian Development Bank

Manish Tiwari has a Bachelors’ in Mathematics (B.Sc.), a Masters’ in Computer Sciences (M. Sc.) and a PG Diploma in Computer Application.

Prior to joining the Asian Development Bank, he has worked for more then 9 years as Assistant General Manager in the State Government Organization, in the Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP), in Rajasthan in India. The BIP is a sub-national agency with the mandate to attract FDIs but also national investments furthermore facilitating approval, clearances and support to set up new industries in India.

Currently he is working as a consultant and PPP-MIS Expert with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Gujarat, India. The ADB is a multilateral financial institution owned by 67 members and supports the Indian government with mainstreaming Public Private Partnerships (PPP) at different levels. This happens through capacity and development enhancing measures, institutionalization of PPP cells and mobilization of existing resources of the government for supporting PPPs infrastructure.

His basic responsibilities are to develop and collate benchmarking standards and help to apply them to particular PPP projects. Furthermore to collect, track and analyze data and information on the basis of project data in order to establish decision support systems. Also, Manish Tiwari identifies, develops and documents best practices, so that they become accessible and transparent to other businesses and departments. Finally, he supports their work by researching in the information system and database.

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Nguyen Ngoc Thuy
CARE Vietnam

Thuy has joined CARE International in Vietnam since 2004 as Senior Design Officer. Soon after that, she was appointed Project Manager of the Reebok-funded CSR “Building Bridge: Enhancing Workers’ Accessibility to Community Resources” project before being promoted to Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator in CARE Vietnam. Prior to joining CARE, Thuy was a researcher in urban development at the Hochiminh City University of Architecture. Over the years, she has practical experiences in working in social development fields, particularly in relation to migrant workers.

Thuy obtained her Master of Science in Urban Planning and Development from the Asian Institute of Technology in 1998. Her areas of interest also extend to urban management and development issues as well as Corporate Social Responsibility endeavors. Besides, she is currently participating as visiting lecturer in a number of post-graduate and executive programmes in Vietnam.

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Harsha Vardhan
H & M

Harsha Vardhan has been associated with the fashion industry for more than 10 years. He started his career with responsibilities related to textile sourcing and quality, and gradually moved towards an environmental profile. He is currently working at H&M as a Global Environment Coordinator (fiber and fabrics), based in Shanghai. His develops the apparel supply chains for the company and educates workers to improve their environmental performance in various production countries. At present, he is coordinating various programmes related to the cleaner production techniques, eco-friendly fibres, eco-label developments, etc. Prior to joining H&M, he had worked with other fashion brands, such as Mothercare, Bay and Zellers, Calvin Klein, Jockey and Edgars.

Harsha has a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Engineering from India and a Master’s in Environment Management and Policy from Lund University, Sweden.

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Rashmi Venkatesan
Cividep

Rashmi comes from New Delhi where she grew up and did her schooling. Her admission to the National Law School of India University brought her to Bangalore and since then Bangalore has been home. During her student life, she was actively involved in supporting political movements and organisations through law and media. After a brief fancy for television journalism and higher education, she finally decided to work with Cividep.

Rashmi’s work at Cividep, which is a member of the OECD Watch, is mainly about effectively using the OECD Guidelines to strengthen and support movements against damaging activities of giant corporations and through that process strengthen the principles encapsulated in the Guidelines. Research and networking with various groups therefore form an integral part of her work.

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Rolando B. Victoria
Alalay sa Kaunlaran (ASKI), Inc.

Mr Rolando Victoria is the founding Executive Director of Alalay sa Kaunlaran (ASKI), Inc. ASKI has 21 years’ history with more than 50,000 clients operating in Central and Northern Luzon, Philippines.

Rolando is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a former bank manager. He is a founding board member and President of the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), an influential network of microfinance institutions in the Philippines. Rolando also founded the Alliance of Philippine Partner in Enterprise Development (APPEND), one of the biggest networks of Christian development organisations, and is currently its Vice Chairman. Apart from that, Rolando is also the President of the Central Luzon Association of Microfinance Institution (CLAM), Vice President of Rimansi for Asia Pacific, Inc. (RIMANSI) and Chairman of Opportunity Microfinance Bank (OMB).

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Rani Virdee
The CarbonNeutral Company

Rani joined The CarbonNeutral Company five years ago as a senior member of commercial team. Working with large MNCs and corporate clients across several different industry sectors including professional and legal services, IT, pharmaceuticals, construction, manufacturing, publishing and paper, she was instrumental in establishing a portfolio of global clients. Rani is now heading The CarbonNeutral Company’s Asia Pacific Hub.

Previously Rani was a senior consultant working within the pharmaceutical and medical sector for 15 years leading large Global Accounts and managing local country teams across the world. Rani received her LLB Hons from London University in 1985.

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Sandy Walsh
Cisco

Sandy has been working in the IT Education and Training field for over 18 years. The first 10 years was in the IT training and certification field, supporting the life-long learning needs of working professionals in the Asia Pacific region. Sandy joined Cisco Systems over 8 years ago and is currently the Regional Manager, Education Programs and Corporate Responsibility, Asia Pacific.

The Cisco Networking Academy Program is the cornerstone of Cisco’s Education and Corporate Responsibility initiatives in the Asia Pacific region. This educational initiative is offered through partnerships with more than 1200 Universities and other educational institutions across 25 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Globally, the program is offered in 165+ countries, through over 10,000 Academies. This program is the largest e-learning program of it’s kind in the world.

Sandy has a Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Sandy is based in Singapore which has been her home for the past 10 years.

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Richard Welford
CSR Asia

Richard Welford is one of the founders and the Chairman of CSR Asia based in Hong Kong. He is also a professor at the University of Hong Kong and a director of ERP Environment, a UK-based publisher.

Richard has considerable expertise in international business, environmental management and corporate social responsibility. He has been working with businesses in these areas for 20 years. He has worked for the Samsung Corporation in Korea and carried out research for the UN in South East Asia . He currently advises the Swire Group and Cathay Pacific and has worked as a consultant to the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong . Other clients have included the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, Oxfam, the Business Environment Council, TXU Europe and The Body Shop.

He has written 15 books and over 100 articles relating to globalization, international business, environmental management, human rights and social responsibility. He has carried out a number of surveys on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development across the world making him one of the few people to be able to evaluate exactly the state of play with regard to Asia.

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Craig Wilson
The Foundation for Development Cooperation

Craig Wilson is Executive Director of The Foundation for Development Cooperation in Australia. The Foundation for Development Cooperation is an independent, not-for-profit international development organisation. Through alliances and partnerships, FDC undertakes a range of initiatives which seek to improve the lives of poor people in developing countries. Craig is an economist with extensive economic policy and business experience. He has worked with numerous international organisations including the World Bank, IFC, UNDP, USAID and others. During the 1990s he served as a diplomat in the Australian foreign service. Craig is co-author of two recent books which focus on opportunities for private sector involvement in poverty reduction. One (with Professor George Lodge of Harvard University) is entitled "A Corporate Solution to Global Poverty", published by Princeton University Press; the other is "Make Poverty Business" (with Peter Wilson from the UK), published by Greenleaf Publishing. Craig has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from Griffith University, Brisbane, and a Master's degree in International Affairs, specialising in Economic Policy Management, from Columbia University, New York.

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Junya Yimprasert
Thai Labour Campaign

In January 1998, Junya Lek Yimprasert joined Reebok Regional Human Rights Officer to act as a Human Rights Coordinator for Reebok in Thailand. She resigned after four months of her work and communicated closely with the Asian Monitor Resource Center and Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee to write a research paper titled “Can Corporate Codes of Conduct Promote Labour Standards? Evidence from the Thai Footwear and Apparel Industries.

Junya founded the Thai Labour Campaign on 15 February 2000.

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Zheng Wei
Plan China

Zheng Wei is primarily responsible for implementing Plan China’s corporate-community partnership strategy with multinational companies and foundations, advising companies on effective community programs. Educated in the most prestigious journalism school in China at Renmin University, he has an excellent understanding in rural development as well as the communication skills necessary in working efficiently with multinationals.

During his period with Plan, Zheng Wei has spent time in rural China on learning and understanding the real needs of the rural poor, as well as in Plan’s offices in North America and Europe on understanding global business’ motives in community development.

Previously he worked in Canada’s leading energy company EnCana’s CSR project in Calgary and worked in an international group which was created to help build the capacity of local NGOs in Calgary. Further to that, he was also involved with a business in Xinjiang learning how business develops and evolves in a way that benefits both business and community with the specific context in Western China.

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Workshop leaders
Terry Babbs
Tesco

Terry joined Tesco in 1998 to head its legal, policy, consumer and regulatory affairs division. He is currently International Trading Law and Technical Director with responsibility for ensuring legality, safety and protection of brand reputation in Tesco’s non-UK retail/distribution/supply chains operations. He is also responsible for ethical sourcing globally.

Terry also holds a number of other positions including:
Member of Corporate Responsibility Committee for Tesco plc
Board member of Sedex Information Exchange Limited
Board member of GFSI – the Global Food Safety Initiative
Board member of GSCP – the Global Social Compliance Programme.

Terry holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and master’s degree in law and management.

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John Bray
Control Risks Japan

John Bray is Control Risks’ lead anti-corruption specialist. He is currently based in Tokyo office but spends most of his time on international assignments. He is the author of Facing up to corruption, published by Control Risks and Simmons & Simmons in 2007.

His recent assignments include: developing an anti-corruption strategy with a northern European investment company expanding into Asia; benchmark reviews of anti-bribery policies for two leading Japanese trading companies; an anti-corruption audit for an energy company operating in Hungary; and a background paper for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on private sector development in conflict-affected environments.

John has an MA in History from the University of Cambridge, and has more than 20 years’ experience with Control Risks. He speaks plausible German, acceptable French, conversational Urdu and survival Japanese.

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Michelle Brown
CSR Asia

Michelle Brown is the Community Investment Advisor based in Hong Kong and is an international and community development professional with over 10 years of practical experience on partnership development for poverty reduction. She has lived and worked in China, Vietnam, South Korea and has also traveled to and worked on programmes related to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. She has managed, worked on and led programmes related to education, HIV and AIDs, NGO capacity building, human trafficking, business-NGO partnerships and CSR codes of conduct.

In China, her work focused on the Western provinces for the international development organisation VSO as a programme officer and then as the country director. Her work in the region started in Vietnam in 1997 with the Red Cross. She was later a Co-Director of the NGO Resource Centre in Vietnam and has also worked more recently as an independent consultant for various development organizations. In Canada she worked with a national corporate citizenship programme (IMAGINE) to build capacity for corporate citizenship and community engagement and also did work for a large pharmaceutical company.

Michelle holds a BA (Hons) Sociology from Bishops University in Quebec and an MA in Development studies from the University of Leeds, UK.

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Mechai Viravaidya
The Population and Community Development Association (PDA)

Mr. Mechai Viravaidya is the Founder and current Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), one of Thailand's largest and most successful private, non-profit, development organizations. Since 1974, PDA has initiated community-based family planning services, innovative poverty reduction programs, large-scale rural development and environmental programs, as well as groundbreaking HIV/AIDS prevention activities throughout Thailand.

For his efforts in various development endeavours, Mechai Viravaidya has been accorded numerous awards and recognitions. Recently, Mechai Viravaidya has been awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth (2007). PDA and Mechai Viravaidya were the recipients of the Gates Award for Global Health in 2007, and are one of the Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008.

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Moderators
S. Dev Appanah
ChangeFusion Group

S. Dev Appanah is the Investment Manager at ChangeFusion in Bangkok, Thailand. Dev brings extensive functional experience in social investments for early-stage social enterprises. Under this position he co-founded and still manages the regional fund program - Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) which is supported by the Swiss Government (SDC).

Dev is working closely with more than 15 social enterprise startups in the South and East Asia-region. The enterprises range widely from a microcredit program for entrepreneurs in the Philippines to a nonprofit web design firm in Thailand.

Over the course of his work, Dev has written several publications and has spoken at various conferences on social entrepreneurship and sustainable business. His most recent book, Startup and Change the World, is a guide for young and emerging social entrepreneurs.

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Kai Kim Chiang
SEI Asia Centre

Kai Kim is a Research Fellow at the SEI Asia Centre, based in Bangkok, Thailand. She coordinates the research activities of the Centre and is the Risk, Livelihoods and Vulnerability programme’s focal point for work on Climate Adaptation in Asia. She further manages SEI’s programme on "Sustainable Recovery and Resilience Building in the Tsunami-Affected Region" (funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) amongst a number of other projects. She has particular experience in the development of multi-stakeholder partnerships and supporting national disaster management organisations in the integration of disaster vulnerability reduction into the national and sectoral planning in the Asian region.

Prior to joining SEI in 2006, Kai Kim she led an initiative to establish private-public partnerships in Vietnam with regards to disaster preparedness at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Bangkok. She also led an initiative funded by a corporate client to raise the awareness of office workers on their impact on the environment, whilst she was at the Singapore Environment Council.

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Alexandra Harney
Author, The China Price

Alexandra Harney is the author of The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage (Penguin Press, 2008), an acclaimed account of the human and environmental cost of China's success as a manufacturer. The book has been translated into four languages and optioned for film and television production.

Alexandra has been involved with Asia for 17 years. For most of the past decade, she has been writing about the region as a correspondent for the Financial Times in Japan and China. Last year, she left the paper to write on a freelance basis.

A frequent speaker on China and global manufacturing trends, Alexandra has contributed to National Public Radio and the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Times, Marie Claire and Slate, among other publications.

Alexandra is a 1997 cum laude graduate of Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. She speaks and reads Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

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Brian Ho
CSR Asia

Brian Chi-kuen HO is the Director of CSR Asia’s Beijing Office and manages business operations in mainland China. He has extensive experience in handling projects on sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR), and focuses on stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting and management of corporate-NGO partnerships. Before joining CSR Asia, he worked as a researcher at the City University of Hong Kong and the Assistant Editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences. He is also the Vice-Secretary General and the Director of International Affairs of the Chinese Executive Committee of the Global Business Coalition against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GBC), the Vice-Secretary General of the Committee of Nvwa Education Project on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria supported by the Chinese government; and Executive Editor of Female Wa Magazine. He received his Bachelor of Social Sciences from City University of Hong Kong and a Master of Social Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia.

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Dr. Jeff Major
Asia Institute of Technology

Mr. Jeffrey B. Major is Co-founder and Managing Partner of FOREsight Capital & Advisory, LLC. He has more than 22 years management and leadership experience, in private equity, turnaround management, investment banking, and business strategies for climate change. He has assisted NGOs, non-profits, and multi-lateral development agencies on a pro-bono basis for more than two decades.

r. Major is on sabbatical from the private sector as Head of the Development Management Program at the Asian Institute of Technology. In this role, he oversees the conceptualization, development, and management of professional and capacity development programmes in a range of sectors, including leadership development, public sector management and services delivery, development effectiveness, and business management.

Mr. Major has lived and worked in Asia for more than 18 years. Prior to joining AIT, Mr. Major co-founded and has been Managing Partner of FOREsight Capital & Advisory, in Singapore and Dubai, since 1997. Prior, Mr. Major was Director of Principal Finance and Head of Asia Research for LTCB Capital Markets, based in Hong Kong and Tokyo for nine years. Acting as interim CFO or CEO, He led the turnaround, return to profitability, and ultimately negotiated the sale of 13 businesses. Prior, Mr. Major was Project Director – Finance (M&A) for the Corporate Finance Group of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in New York.

Mr. Major has an MBA in International Management and Finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He teaches graduate courses on a variety of management and finance topics.

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Simon Matthews
Manpower Thailand

A Chartered Engineer with more than 18 years experience in the recruitment industry in Europe, Middle East and Asia, with the last 15 years being based in Thailand. At present he is a Country Manager for Manpower Thailand based in Bangkok, was responsible for the set up of Manpower Thailand in March 1998. His current job responsibilities are to achieve annual sales and profitability growth targets, Identify opportunities for developing the business of permanent and contract employment services activity, lead the company business units of managers and staffing consultants and represent the company in trade associations and with regulatory bodies. He is also Chairman of the HR Committee for the British Chamber as well as member of the Thai Business Leader Forum.

Currently Manpower Thailand has over 8,000 associates and with more than 300 clients, supported by over 250 permanent staff in 13 locations.

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Alex Mavro
Social Impact Ventures - Asia

Alex Mavro is Managing Partner of Social Impact Ventures Asia, a social enterprise that assists companies challenged by the 21st century multi-stakeholder environment.

Alex migrated to Asia as a child in the mid-1950s. In his first life, he completed a successful entrepreneurial career in the courier industry.

Two years ago, Alex organized the CSR Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and continues to serve as its founding Chair. The Committee offers Thailand's only annual CSR awards recognition for corporate distinction in the field.

Alex also founded the Bangkok professional branch of the leading US organization for CSR in academia, Net Impact. He is an active supporter of various other community-based CSR initiatives including Caux Round Table and Social Ventures Network.

At the moment, Alex is helping to training sustainability leaders within the Thai secondary educational system while continuing to beat the bushes for closet CSR devotees among committed businessmen.

On a personal level, Alex is a committed Rotarian. Separately, he has also worked privately with a number of charitable Foundations. He is a regular writer and speaker on the subject of CSR practice in the Thai context

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Marie Morice
CSR Asia

Marie Morice is a Senior Project Manager in the Singapore office. Marie joined CSR Asia from ACTE, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, where she was heading its Global CSR Program, to encourage the take up of more responsible and sustainable practices in the business travel industry.

She brings an experience of five years working in the corporate sector and five years in the environmental NGO / Governmental sector.

In 2004 Marie joined WWF-UK where she coordinated high profile lobbying and advocacy campaigns on public health issues, climate change regulation and corporate carbon disclosure, in partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project.

She then joined Campaigns for Better Transport to develop and head a Network Program for the UK Government to engage large companies on sustainable travel issues.

Marie has a BA in European Economics and an MSc in Environmental Management, Imperial College, London.

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Malik Asghar Naeem
Asian Institute of Technology

Dr. Malik Asghar Naeem has research interest and experience in multidisciplinary fields of study. His research interests include sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He is a professional urban and regional planner and has more than eight years’ working experience on his credit. He has been involved with provincial as well as local government departments for preparing policy documents and guidelines for a streamlined, sustainable and environment-friendly growth of different cities. Keeping in view the goal of ‘sustainable cities’, he is currently working on an urban research proposal development initiative undertaken by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) on pressing urban issues faced by Asian countries.

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Sreenivas Narayanan
ECC International Group

Sreenivas “Sreeni” is the Managing Director and Founder of ECC International Group of Companies where he directly oversees the group’s operations in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Dubai and India.

He has been a lead consultant in a variety of engagements covering enterprises across the public, private and government sectors. He has served clients ranging from manufacturing companies to financial service institutions and banks in a number of commitments including training, consulting, capacity building and strategic visioning. His areas of expertise span Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, Quality Management and Health and Safety Management. Before founding ECCI, Sreeni worked with South India Viscose as a Senior Engineer for 4 years followed by his stint as a lead consultant for Coca-Cola Philippines and San Miguel Philippines Corporation.

Sreeni has been the project manager and lead consultant for various development projects from European Union (EU), InWEnt, Germany, USAID and CII among others - working on areas such as CSR, Environmental Management, Health and Safety. He has trained professionals and implemented CSR through SA 8000 in various companies across South East Asia including Honda Motors, PETRON Corporation, Hitachi and Toshiba among others. With more than 1600 recorded man hours of consulting experience and track record of assisting over 150 MNCs in Asia, Africa, America and Europe, Sreeni also currently sits on the advisory council of the World HRD Congress.

He is a Chemical Engineer with a post-graduate diploma in personnel management from India. He also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance, granted by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He is also a part-time professor at the School of Management Information Technology at the Ateneo de Manila Loyola School.

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Dr. Rosalia Sciortino
Mahidol University

Rosalia Sciortino, better known as Lia, is the former Regional Director of the Rockefeller Foundation Office for Southeast Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, managing the regional office and overseeing grant-making activities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Previously she worked as program officer human development and reproductive health with the Ford Foundation in Indonesia and the Philippines. A cultural anthropologist and development sociologist, currently she is working as Associate Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, and Visiting Professor at the Masters in International Development Studies at Chulalongkorn University. She is also consulting on health and development issues with various international donors, including the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, the International Organization for Migration, and the International Development Research Center. She has published widely on development issues, and writes a monthly column, Mekong Currents, for Inter-press Services Asia-Pacific. A native of Italy, she has lived in Asia for nearly two decades.

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Dr. Chettiyappan Visvanathan
Asian Institute of Technology

C. Visvanathan obtained his doctoral degree in Chemical/Environmental Engineering from the Institute de Genie Chimique, Institut National Polytechnique, Toulouse, France. He has extensively worked and written on Waste Minimization and Waste Auditing/Clean technologies, Environmental Technology Assessment, Industrial Waste Management and Industrial Pollution Control. Adding to his academic competency and domain expertise are his wide range of research projects from international funding and donor agencies. He presently coordinates the 3R Knowledge Hub, an initiative of the Asian Development Bank and is a member of the Thematic Working Group on Solid and Hazardous Waste, promoted by the Regional Forum of Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries. An active member of UNEP-IEO working group on Metal Finishing, International Water Association and Global Environmental Technology Network (GETNET), WHO Geneva, he also advises multilaterals such as UNEP, UNIDO etc.

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Catherine Walter
CSR Asia

Catherine Walter is heading up the co-ordination and delivery of CSR Asia's consultancy services. She has a business background in management systems, communications, marketing and business strategy. She has lived and worked in the US, the EU and South America. Catherine has experience in a range of corporate environmental management tools including research, data analysis, auditing and reporting. She has particular experience with conservation, biodiversity and community development projects. She has managed research and other publication projects, most recently a CSR survey of the member companies of the American Chamber in Hong Kong.

Catherine has sustainable development experience from her work in Ecuador, South America. There she worked at the Guayaquil National Park, Alandaluz Eco-tourism resort in Puerto Lopez and Manos Unidas, a local NGO in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. She completed endemic flora and fauna biodiversity and conservation projects, organized eco-tourism projects and coordinated and led child education and aid activities in the local impoverished community.

Catherine holds a BA (Economics) and BA (French Linguistics) from Binghamton University in New York, US, a Diploma (Civilisation Francaise Niveau Superieur B1) from La Sorbonne University, France and an MA in Corporate Environmental Governance from the University of Hong Kong.

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Mabel Wong
CSR Asia

Mabel Wong is the Community Investment Project Manager, based in Singapore, responsible for the Community Investment Round Table (CIRT) and other Community Investment related projects in South East Asia.

Mabel has over 7 years experience in the NGO sector focusing on children’s issues, in particular, children in need of special protection such as street children, children in conflict with the law (juvenile justice) and child soldiers. Her last four years was spent in an Asia-Pacific regional role networking with senior government representatives, NGOs, corporates and UN bodies, providing technical assistance to countries starting up national child protection initiatives.

Mabel holds a BA (Political Science and Psychology) NUS and a MPA (Policy, Public and Non-Profit Program) from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.

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