Founder and CEO of Fairphone
Bas van Abel (1977) is founder and CEO of Fairphone, a social enterprise which makes a phone and uncovers complex production systems to change how things are made. Open design is the driving force behind many of his initiatives, combined with his passion for building new relationships between people and products. Prior to Fairphone, Bas was Head of Waag Society’s Open Design Lab, where he established Amsterdam’s FABLab, a community maker space, and initiated the Instructables Restaurant, the world’s first open source restaurant.
Famous in the import and export of major minerals, Lihui is an internationally renowned expert in responsible business conduct. After developing the “Guidelines for Social Responsibility in Outbound Mining Investment”, he is currently developing with the OECD the CCCMC due diligence guidelines on responsible mineral supply chains for the Chinese industry.
Azure International is a well known and respected consulting and advisory firm that provides services in support of investment and strategic decision making in the renewable energy industry in China. It has provided focus and support to the cleantech industry in China since 2003.
Azure International is a China-based consulting, research, and private equity investment firm focused on sustainable energy solutions for private companies and government organizations in China. Azure International is a Wholly Owned Foreign Invested Enterprise, founded in Beijing in 2003 to focus on “enabling technologies and investment in commercial renewable and alternative energy.”
In China since 2006, Hubert Beaumont is an experienced leader of technical and commercial activities with Chinese and international manufacturing and investment companies. At Azure International, Hubert leads the engineering team in managing market entry projects for Azure clients and partners, including identifying and securing go-to-market partners, transferring technology, as well as sourcing material and equipment from Asian suppliers.
Catherine Berthillier, a former special correspondent for major French television news outlets, launched in October 2011 Shamengo, a collection of the most iconic pioneers of the new world. After years of award-winning work denouncing the forces of destruction in the world, she decided to devote her skills and her wide network of contacts in France and abroad to those who are building the world of tomorrow. In keeping with its tagline “Inspire your life”, this new international community is helping to usher in social change for a better world by connecting people via our collaborative platform and promoting positive actions around the world through our collection of video portraits. The video collection is made up of original video portraits of the most innovative, unique and exceptional green and social entrepreneurs in the world, the Shamengo pioneers. Filmed around the globe by the Shamengo teams, more than 100 portraits are already available on its site, with a new two-minute portrait added to the collection every week.Since its launch, the program has garnered more than 10 million views, a figure that continues to grow steadily every month. The collaborative platform enables individuals, schools, businesses, communities, and philanthropists to join in the adventures of Shamengo pioneers by taking part in specific challenges.
Laurence Brahm is currently advisor to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and the European Commission Director General for Environment, blueprinting green growth policies aimed at reducing total carbon through renewable and efficient energy replacement. He is architect of the Himalayan Consensus and African Consensus economic paradigms, serving as executive director and co-founder of the African Consensus Forum. He is a member of the “United Nations Theme Group on Poverty and Inequality, NGO spokesperson to the United Nations Earth Summit 2012 (Rio+20) and was selected by ScenaRio as “100 Opinion Leaders Advising Rio+20. ”He served as advisor to China throughout the nation’s critical reform process being recognized in 2009 as one of the “ten personalities contributing to China’s reform and opening” as the only non-Chinese in the group documented by CCTV. He oversaw major pilot state-owned enterprise restructurings that helped shape the policies to be adopted by Premier Zhu Rongji in the late 1990s. He is a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and Senior Economist and Fellow at New Earth Institute. He is an author of over thirty books on Asia
Edith Coron is a senior global leadership coach and intercultural communication specialist based in Beijing, China, providing a wide range of international organizations with coaching and facilitation services. She has been approved by many multinationals, as for example Airbus, P&G, Michelin, Microsoft, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, PWC, Siemens, Volkswagen, etc.
She is an Accredited Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, a founding member of the Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches (APAC) and a member of SIETAR- Europa (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research).
Jeremy Fain is a cofounder of Verteego where he acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors and runs marketing, global business development and public affairs. Verteego is the pioneer of Big Data Software in the cloud applied to Business Sustainability Analytics. Verteego combines real-time prescriptive technology with Environment – Social – Governance metrics expertise to maximize business analytics and intelligence. In the name of Verteego, Jeremy has been a Board Member of Durapole (a green technology cluster of the most innovative SMEs in the Paris Region) since September 2009, and the President of the Global Performance & Corporate Social Responsibility Commission of the French Software Association AFDEL since January 2011. Jeremy holds a Master in Management Science from HEC Paris where he specialized in computer science and télécommunications at engineering school Ecole Centrale Paris.
Artist Wen Fang has brought about a reflection on major social and environmental issues. Internationally recognized, she is regularly exhibited in China, France, Korea and Italy in the most prestigious galleries. A graduate of the University of Arts of Beijing and and the Ecole nationale supérieure Ens Louis Lumière, she places humans and nature at the heart of her creations. To her, “the only person we can really save is ourselves”. Knowing this, she suggests that we should strive for change. Acting for women’s rights, illness, orphans, she also works on the environment.
Fangyi YANG, Currently served as program manager of Alibaba Foundation, in charge of grant making for environment philanthropy in China. Fangyi has worked with Conservation International and Shan Shui Conservation Center for several years before his work with Ali. Fangyi was graduated from Goettingen University, Germany with master’s degree of International and Tropical Forestry.
The Alibaba Foundation strives to highlight innovative solution driven models and provides Chinese NGO’s with a wide range of resources and platforms (from funding, media connections and IT solutions to professional expertise and advice).
Ma Jun, an environmentalist, scholar, and writer, started working as an investigative journalist in the early 1990’s, reporting on environmental issues for the South China Morning Post. His interest in China’s environment and natural resources led him to write China’s Water Crisis (2004), which describes the problems threatening the communities, economies, and environment in China’s seven major river basins. In 2004, Ma Jun was selected for the Yale World Fellows Program, where he researched Chinese and American environmental management policies and systems. In 2006, TIME magazine named Ma Jun one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. In the same year, he founded IPE, a Beijing-based nonprofit organization. Under Ma Jun’s leadership, IPE developed the China Pollution Map Database, the first public database of corporate environmental performance in China. Ma has previously been selected as one of the Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, and has been honoured with the Goldman Prize in 2012 for his environmental protection work in China and the 2015 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship for his innovative approach to “lifting the veil” on China’s pollution problems. Ma Jun continues as IPE director and is often quoted by foreign and domestic media.
Doctor of Economic Sciences, Li LI is the head of the Research Center on Technical Barriers to External Trade at Beijing’s University of International Business & Eonomics. A renowned expert in International Organization for Standardization (ISO), she is a member of the Chinese working group on Societal Responsibility of Businesses, and has participated in the development of the ISO 26000 standard and its translation and application in China. Her chosen field also deals with questions of commerce and the environment as well as a low-carbon economy. Over the past 10 years she has managed and participated in more than 30 research works and projects at the regional and national levels for the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment. She speaks regularly at conferences in Europe.
Yihe MA is the chief executive office of Yingchuang Building Technique Co. Ltd (aka Winsun), company who builds houses in less than 24 hours thanks to the 3D printer it developed. All different parts of the house are printed separately before being assembled. The phrase “Rome was not made in one day” is no longer at play. In order to build a house, all the company needs is the 32 meters long, 10 meters large and 6 meters high 3D printer they created.This type of construction represents high economic and environmental benefits. This new kind of housing is made out of the recycled waste and industrial trash feeding the printers. The construction of such a house implies significant savings when it comes to labor and costs only 4,800$, says the Chinese company; a reason why they hope this project will offer housing solutions to people with low revenues.
From San Francisco to Mumbai via the Amazon rainforest and the European countryside, Guibert del Marmol lives in contact with entrepreneurs who are changing the world and reconciling economy, ecology and sense. Former enterprise director, he is now an adviser, author and lecturer. Since 2006, he assists organizations in integrating the concept of regenerative economy. He also trains directors in the practice of “inspired and inspiring” leadership based on the concept of inner intelligence. He is active in the fields of innovation, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and responsible investment. He is also co-leader of the Lunt Foundation whose mission is to promote awareness of social entrepreneurship and sustainable solutions. He works in Europe, Asia and the United States. Author, his latest book is called “Sans plus attendre!”, published at Ker Editions.
As Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels – from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. And she also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a by‐product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution.
Erin also works with NGOs as an advisor on their Boards and steering committees to develop standards and market guidance to drive sustainable business, and is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector.
Stéphane Riot founded NoveTerra in 2005 to help organizations and individuals reinvent themselves and move towards sustainability. He is well-known for his unique approach combining expertise in strategic consulting, collective intelligence, organizational transformation based on his researches around the innovative business models that are shaping the economies of the future : circular economy, sharing economy, cradle-to-cradle, social business, service design, biomimicry, etc…
Prior to founding NoveTerra, Stéphane was strategic consultant for multinational groups as well as Vivendi’s first Sustainablity Director. He is a passionate member of working groups addressing innovative business models, neurosciences, and change management. He lectures at a number of graduate schools (HEC,CHEDD,kema,IFS) on innovation, sustainable development, and organisational transformation
Stéphane also co-authored “Long-Live the Co-Révolution! For a collaborative society” and contributes to collective books and blogs on alternative business models.
Christophe has spent more than two decades in management consulting with leading brands around the world in firms such as Accenture, Capgemini, and Ernst & Young. He is now the CEO of Havas Media Group, Greater China and helps leading companies create meaningful connections between brands and people, using creativity, media, and technology.
In 2009, after living abroad in New York and Sydney, Australia for more than 30 years, Jeni Saeyang returned to her native Shanghai with her young family to help take care of her aging grandmother. Having only used chemical-free home and personal care products in Australia, Jeni soon found that they were virtually impossible to find in China. As a result of being alarmed at the number of harmful chemicals found in everyday household products;Eco & More was born. Jeni is dedicated to making China a greener place by using the finest plant-based ingredients in Eco &More home, baby and personal care ranges. All of Eco & More’s products contain no toxic or unnecessary chemicals, are rapidly biodegradable and earth-friendly. To date Eco &More is recipient of Australia’s China Business Award for Sustainability in 2013, Elle Deco’s Award for Best Green Cosmetics in 2013 and 2014, and the Successful Design Award in 2014.
As co-founder of Business Ecology magazine, Haiyan launched China’s first magazine which focuses on sustainability and green business. She has more than 10-years working experiences in China’s business media, such as Asian Business Leaders and 21st Century Business Review. She focuses mainly on the area of innovation, sustainability, and regional report. She published the book of The Age of Green Gold, together with co-author, Sun Yang. She has taught a course of Journalism Practice for the students major in Journalism from East China University of Political Science and Law as a guest teacher. Graduate from Baltic Business School, Kalmar University, Sweden with MS; from School of Economics, Fudan University, China with BA.
Philippe Vasseur is at the origin of the contract with the American economist Jeremy Rifkin, an apostle of the third industrial revolution, to make the Nord-Pas-de-Calais to be the pilot region of the energy transition by 2050. Former Minister of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Nutrition (1995-1997), he left (at the beginning of 2000) the public sphere to focus on business and economical fields. Leader of the Alliance Network (companies committed in CSR) and is also the President of the Chamber of Commerce of the North of France region and chairman of Credit Mutuel North Europe (banking group) in France and Belgium.
Luhui Yan is the founder and CEO of Carbonstop, China’s first carbon management software and consulting service provider.
Since 2011, Carbonstop helped more than 500 organizations reduce their environmental impact. Carbonstop collaborates with United Nations Sustainable Consumption, World Resource Institute, China NDRC, CDP, TUV NORD (technical service provider with world-wide activities), British Standard Institute, etc.
Luhui Yan’s expertise is recognized at the international scale. He is an expert reviewer of the UN IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and a member of the Carbon Disclosure Project Technical Experts. He was member of the China Youth Delegate for UNFCCC 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference and recieved the “2014 Chinese Youth Entrepreneurship Pioneer” award for this initiative. He graduated from MSc in Computer Science in Oxford University (UK).
Rui Zhu is Professor of marketing and co-director for the Branding Center in Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from University of Minnesota.
Professor Zhu has done extensive research on consumer behavior, creativity, and advertising. Professor Zhu won the Sauder Junior Research Prize in 2010, and the Marketing Science Institute’s Young Scholar award in 2007. Professor Zhu’s research has been published in leading journals such as Science, the Journal of Consumer Research, and the Journal of Marketing Research, and has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Independent, CBC, and Financial Times. She currently is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and serves on the editorial board at the Journal of Consumer Research.
Professor Zhu has extensive experience in teaching and consulting. She teaches marketing management and consumer behavior in the undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA programs.
As soon as he completed his urbanism studies and got his Magister in Landscape from Paris VIII University, Thierry Jacquet launched his first urban ecology agency, in 1990. He works on projects at different scales: master plan, local urbanism plan, ecological redevelopment of industrial sites, public spaces planning and business parks. The approach of filtering gardens became his main occupation and led him to becoming a landscaper graduate of INH in 2010.Today, his continuous reflection about ways to renature a city lead him to carry out projects in France and abroad in Algeria, Morocco, Brazil and China. Phytorestore, a new and innovative company established in 2005, counts 40 employees spread in four locations: Paris, the organic farm in La Brosse-Montceaux, Sao Paulo and Shanghai.
Described by Bill Clinton as “one of the most exciting entrepreneur he has ever met,” the founder of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, created the “buy-one give-one concept” which has become a global movement: TOMS is a pioneering business model in which giving has become an economic strategy. In 2011, Blake Mycoskie was featured on the list of “40 under 40” by Fortune Magazine and recognized as one of the worlds’ brightest young businessmen.
At TOMS, Jen has launched the One for One movement in China to inspire a generation of socially-conscious shoppers eager to showoff their value-sense, not just fashion sense.