What kinds of innovations are emerging today? Businesses, start-ups, and social entrepreneurs develop sustainable business models, innovations, and best practices (scientific, technological, social).
The 2016 program gives you a relevant understanding of this moving economic ecosystem.
This innovative session focuses on making productive use of the collective knowledge, energy, creativity and influence of onsite attendees
What can business Leaders learn from millennials?
This session explores how young change-makers are producing a paradigm shift in the world of social entrepreneurship. When Generation Y Takes Action!
During this conference, a leading Chinese CEO is invited to share their vision on how they can co-build a better tomorrow.
One of the start-ups participating to this session will be awarded by a We Belong Award for the most scale-able impact innovation.
Creative artistic capsules before plenaries sessions generate mindful moments among the audience raising people’s consciousness.
A multi-sensory dinner provides a unique experience on how to reconnect ourselves with the food
+ Gain perspective on the main trends from China and abroad & to identify your company’s blind spots
+ Learn more on sustainable business transformations (corporations,SMEs, starts-up) and on their mid and long-term vision
+ Explore win-win strategies on how to connect brands with customer & lead the way to tomorrow’s markets
+ Discover the most innovative actions & sustainable business practice progress, how they can be scaled and replicated
+ Connect and network with other top speakers (from China & abroad) committed to the emergence of tomorrow’s brands
More than 50 speakers, CEOs, social entrepreneurs, heads of NGOs, academics, and artists share their commitment to a more prosperous and responsible society
Born in 1963 in Paris, Louis Albert de Broglie comes from an illustrious family. After seven years in banking, he buys the Château-Hôtel of La Bourdaisière in 1992 and transforms it into an experimental place with the National Tomato Conservatory, which grows more than 650 varieties today. In 2001, he buys the natural sciences institution Deyrolle to provide a scientific basis to his activities and perpetuates the pedagogical work, focusing on sustainable development with Deyrolle pour l’Avenir. In 2013 he launches with Maxime de Rostolan a new experimentation on microfarming, aiming to propose a new agricultural model.
Cai Yanqing (Kenny Choi) is the co-founder and CEO of Yi-Gather co-working community which is the most popular innovation hub in South China. Kenny is also the founder of the leading social innovation platform in China called BottleDream.
During 2012 to 2014, He has spent one year and a half for his world trip to do the research and documentary about social business and young changemakers. He is dedicated to empower Chinese young people to drive social innovation in the Chinese new economic era.
Kenny has been awarded “2015 Forbes’ 30 Under 30” of China,
“The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2014″(MCP100) of China by Fast Company.
Irene Lu is the founder of Pillowbook. Pillowbook is a traditional handmade, upcycled lingerie brand. An innovative approach that combines Chinese heritage and eco-friendly artistry & couture. Pillowbook is recommended by Louis Vuitton City Guide 2014 for its intimate bespoke shopping experience. Irene also teaches fashion upcycling in her hometown, Beijing.
Pascal has 15 years of experience in the Apparel and Textile Industry with multinational corporations such as H&M & Camaieu and his experience spans across execution and strategic management roles.
After having worked in Europe ,China and Bangladesh, across a variety of roles such as Country Manager, Global Supply Chain Manager, he is now responsible for leading and managing H&M’s Global Sustainability for Production and is currently based in Hong Kong.
Pascal’s expertise lies in his experience from integrating key Business KPI’s with those of Sustainability. Under his leadership, H&M has achieved and implemented several key sustainable initiatives.
He also used to sit on the Board of ICA and Better Cotton Initiative as the brands representative for the industry.
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.
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.
Christina Dean is a sustainable fashion advocate who founded Redress, the leading Asian NGO working to promote sustainability in the fashion industry, in 2007. She then went on to develop what is now the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition for emerging fashion designers, called The EcoChic Design Award. When not catalysing changes in industry and consumer perception towards sustainable fashion, Christina is a regular speaker at seminars and she contributes opinion pieces to a wide range of media. She has co-authored an upcoming consumer guide and she has presented an upcoming TV documentary about sustainable fashion. Christina has received numerous recognitions, including Coco Eco’s ‘2010’s Most Influential Women in Green’ and by UK Vogue as one of the UK’s ‘Top 30 Inspirational Women’.
Christina is based in Hong Kong where she divides her time between working and her three children. Previously, Christina was an award winning journalist and a practicing dentist.
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
Dr Yanki Lee Founding Director of EXHIBIT at Golden Lane Estate, CIC, London, UK and HKDI DESIS Lab for Social Design Research香港知專設計學院.社會設計工作室Dr Lee is a design educator and researcher on social innovation with over 15 years of experience. With a MA in Architecture and Ph.D in Design Participation Tactics, with nearly two decades involved in design research, her interest is in capacity building with young citizens in design, and developing civic education internationally. She was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Art (RCA) for her excellence on design education in 2011. In 2011, she was awarded UK-China Fellow of Excellence 2011 by the UK Government as a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, Beijing for one year (2011-2012) to conduct an action research project about creative ageing with over 6000 retired academic currently living in the campus, so called Tsinghuaian. Furthermore, Dr Lee was Ph.D supervisor at the RCA’s School of Materials to supervise textile designer Carmen Hijosa for her doctoral research (2011-2015). Dr Hijosa invented a new sustainable material, Piñatex, which is extracted from pineapple leaves on plantations by farmers before they are cut up and layered. They are then put through an industrial process at the end of which emerges the textile. Since 2007, Dr Lee co-founded EXHIBIT at Golden Lane Estate, a social enterprise based in London conducting social design services and in 2013 she was invited to set up the HKDI DESIS Lab for Social Design Research (香港知專設計學院.社會設計工作室)at the Hong Kong Design Institute.
Guo Pei is China’s first hautest couturier whose artistic creations combine the savoir-faire of intricate traditional Chinese embroidery with a poignant regal and imperial aesthetic. Gaining worldwide recognition after dressing Rihanna for the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala, Guo Pei is named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. With her Beijing and Paris showroom, a special-edition American Vogue cover, designs for the 2008 Olympic Games etc., Guo is showcasing the unprecedented beauty of thoughtful Chinese craftsmanship and the artistry that exists in sustainability and conscious creation.
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.
Nissa is passionned by conservation. She believes that education, engagement, and collaboration are the keys to sustainability. She is the co-founder of Hong Kong Cleanup. This initiative raises awareness of personal, community and corporate environmental responsibility as well as advocating for sustainable government policies regarding waste management. She has created Ecozine, a passion project magazine which guide for modern green living.
Nathalie Bastianelli created We Belong in 2013 supported by a renowned team of experts and sustainable development players from West and China. She has more than 20 years of experience in communication, event planning and sponsorship, working with international brands.
After 12 years at the helm of the Havas Group, in 2005 she was deployed to Beijing with a mission to create and manage the Havas Media Network’s first event planning subsidiary in China. In 2009, she opened a second agency in Shanghai.
Upon her return to France, the Havas directors made her responsible to develop an economic intelligence entity to focus on sustainable development challenges and to participate in Havas Media’s strategic thinking in relation to emerging countries.
She has been a Foreign Trade Advisor in France, specializing on China since 2007.
World Youth Innovation Center, hopes to use an artisan spirit to create high quality youth development programs that give young people the tools to change education, poverty alleviation, environment, health and other sustainable development issues. Their vision is to build an open platform of connection and cooperation among youth so that we can help shape more socially responsible future leaders into the field of social innovation and public service organizations. “World Youth” (Youthink) meaning “by youth-oriented” perspective aims to discover, think and solve problems, determined in thinking through youth-oriented institutions and projects to enhance innovation.
Jerome is an expert of climate issues and carbon offsetting mechanisms, having participated in several strategic missions for key stakeholders and working with low carbon project developers on the ground in the last few years. He is Business Development Manager at EcoAct, a leading company in carbon strategies, acting on three major axes: measuring, reducing, and achieving carbon neutrality. EcoAct empowers companies to decarbonise their activities and make their climate strategy a driving force. EcoAct experts also aim to adapt approaches for companies to ensure that strategies, whether to reduce carbon emissions or integrate a carbon price, are tailored to the context in which the company works. With over 8-years’ experience in defining and implementing corporate social responsibility and carbon neutral strategies within multinational corporations and organizations, Jerome is part of the NGO Green Cross France’s Steering Committee and publishes regular articles in Valeurs Vertes sustainable development magazine.
CYCAN is the first Chinese non-profit organization for youth action in the field of climate change. Our organization was jointly established by seven outstanding youth organizations in August 2007, combining their respective resources and strengths. Their mission is to coordinate and provide services for organizations interested in promoting youth participation in civil society. They support Chinese youth to become a new driving force to achieve global sustainable development.
Amanda Zheng is currently Executive Director of Transist and Lead Manager of China Energy Incubator. Previously, Amanda was with Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division in Hong Kong. En route to realizing her passion and aspiration to develop China’s impact investing eco-system, she served at multiple Asia-focused impact investment organizations and awarded the Dubin Emerging Leaders Fellowship from the Center of Public Leadership of Kennedy School. Amanda holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School.
Pauline is co-founder of Feiy, a platform that connects people with social impact initiatives in China. They have also launch the Starter Institute, a 2 days fellowship designed to bring to young people some inspiration, tools and network to start their own social venture. She first came to China to help some French organizations to implement some social impacts projects in Shanghai. Before that she graduated in Suzhou with a master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation for a Sustainable World and had different experiences in sustainable startups and incubators in France, UK and the US.
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.
Patrick Riley is Senior Vice President, responsible for Greater China including Hong Kong and Taiwan for Interface Asia Pacific, a division of US based Interface Inc., the global market leader in modular floor coverings, andacknowledged visionaries in the application of sustainable business and manufacturing processes.Patrick assumed this role and relocated with his wife to Shanghai in July of 2008, with the goal of planning and executing the development of a new manufacturing base for the company, in China. Completed in 2010, this major capital investment project has been a catalyst for Interface becoming the dominant modular carpet brand in North Asia, utilising the very latest design technology and environmental leadership of Interface.Having established a new wholly owned operating company, and commissioned the plant, Patrick’s time is now devoted to driving the sustainable growth of the business in the corporate office and other commercial market segments, within the dynamic Greater China market – the business now covers 28 Provinces through a dedicated dealer network and direct sales organisation. In addition to the new plant, Interface have well-established sales and design teams operating from studios in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong along with a marketing group also based in Shanghai.In 2001, Patrick returned to Interface, as Managing Director of their UK broadloom carpet operation, Firth Carpets. Following a corporate decision to exit that sector, he was promoted to the European Executive Group of the company, and spent periods leading the UK sales organisation and New Business Development, followed by three years as head of the European Residential business unit, with the goal of driving the acceptance of modular carpet in the home environment.
Matilda Ho is a serial entrepreneur and investor driving to create more sustainable food systems. She is founder and managing director of Bits x Bites, China’s first food-centric accelerator and venture capital fund that invests in startups tackling global food system challenges. With a mission to shape the future of food, Bits x Bites is a big step forward to inspire China’s entrepreneurial community to bring new ideas to solve global issues. It also serves as a critical catalyst to give startups the confidence and connections to prosper and make a meaningful and scalable impact. In addition to Bits x Bites, Matilda has founded YIMISHIJI, one of China’s first online farmers markets to bring organic and local produce to families. YIMISHIJI stands alone as a farm-to-table e-commerce platform that has engineered food education and transparency into the entire supply chain and customer experience, effectively reshaping the relationship between Chinese consumers and farmers. Prior to entrepreneurship, she filled leadership roles at IDEO and BCG (The Boston Consulting Group) in both Shanghai and Washington DC. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She currently serves as an advisor on the board of Shinho, China’s first and largest organic condiment company. Matilda is an emerging voice on food innovation and entrepreneurship.
Ma Tianjie is chinadialogue managing editor in Beijing. Before joining China Dialogue, he was Greenpeace’s Program Director for Mainland China. While at Greenpeace, he was a regular commentator on China’s environmental challenges contributing to a range of media organizations. He holds a master’s degree in environmental policy from American University, Washington D.C.
Karolina is currently leading corporate communication in IKEA China to build the brand, reputation and inspire the many Chinese with IKEA diverse stories. She has a strong confidence to engage different groups in dialogue about the many fantastic stories happen in China with IKEA participation to create a better everyday life for the many people. Karolina has been working with communication for more than 15 years, with a number of achievements given as the examples of good practices. Originally Polish, moved to China in 2015. In childhood her dream was to become a journalist. Today she is on the other side. Healthy cooking with and for her family, traveling to recognize and experience the world and learning history to understand presence is her way to enjoy the life and satisfy curiosity;
Brian is currently leading IKEA Retail China’s Sustainability team to make a positive difference to people and the environment. Brian has been working in Sustainability for over ten year and has solid understanding of challenges and trends in China. He actively explores potentials where IKEA’s sustainability commitment and efforts could further contribute to the development of Chinese society, including reducing environmental impact in IKEA’s operation, supporting local community and inspiring China customers to live a more sustainable and healthier life.
The concept and ideas behind Norlha were formulated and implemented by Kim Yeshi. Kim studied anthropology at Vassar College (BA) and Buddhism at the University of Virginia (MA). Kim has lived for 30 years in Asia where she has researched and produced textiles and handcrafts.Kim is also a photographer, writer and blogger. She is Norlha’s strategist and Creative Director and designs a good part of its collections.
Christophe de Charentenay is a graduate engineer from the “Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées” and has a MBA from the “Collège des Ingénieurs” (Management Business school). After a career in the industry, he started at RENAULT in 2005 then became a member of the Executive Committee of RSM in charge of Purchasing and was located in South Korea (2007). In January 2010, he was appointed Vice President Worldwide Purchasing Strategy of RENAULT then joined the Asia-Pacific Region of RENAULT as Purchasing Head. Since December 2013, he has been Managing Director of Renault (Beijing) Automotive Co. Ltd. and Vice President of RENAULT China Business Office. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company. To prevent the depletion of resources, RENAULT is playing an increasing role in the development of a new manufacturing model, the circular economy, in which waste becomes a resource The group is sharing its know-how and best practices with experts and other large companies, it will be presented at We Belong Forum.
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.
Ms. Tao Gu joined Danone Waters China in 2005 and is now working as Head of Sustainability for Danone China. She is responsible for Environment, Water Resource and CSR. She has professional knowledge and practical experience in the domain of water quality, mineral water resource management, water pollution and protection, CSR implementation of private sectors in watershed etc. Ms. Tao Gu earned a bachelor degree of Environmental Science from Peking University, and an Engineer degree from Ecole Nationale du Genie Rurale des Eaux et des Forets in France.
Formerly an English teacher and real-estate consultant, Fred Young is a passionate individual with an inspiring dream. He spends most of his time promoting his vision of eco-communities enriching both urban and rural lifestyles, and teaching others about farming, community organizing, and NGO management. In the future, Fred hopes to spend more time nourishing, coordinating and educating the farm community. Fred retired from the corporate world in 2008 and fearlessly returned to his hometown in West Hunan, giving back to his community by creating an organic farming business and the Rainbow of Hope program.
Jeff Chen is Chief Architect & Strategy Officer of Taiwan Lung Meng Technology (TLMT)., a Taiwanese company leading the way to revolutionize traditional paper manufacturing methodology to change into an eco-friendly stone-made paper mass production approach.
By having previous 10 years experience in green tech global business development, Jeff is now helping TLMT to build its stone paper business a sustainable solution to help global paper users to go green! Jeff Chen also plays a role as Chief Business Officer (CBO) in LM Stone Paper Group.
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire and equip those around him to take their first step. Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, to bring about the changes in leadership and business models, and to recalibrate old models so that new opportunities can be captured, Brubaker’s work is centered around building foundations of knowledge, understanding core issues, engaging stakeholders, and doing what it takes to move forward. Currently, as the Managing Director of Collective Responsibility and a Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Richard is focused on building platforms that promote long term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental and social hurdles that China faces as the country’s economic growth accelerates. To date, Brubaker has overseen the development and execution of more than 200 projects focused on solving the social, environmental and economic challenges that are faced in Asia. Rich is regularly invited to speak at leadership, social innovation and sustainability-focused conferences to speak on issues of social innovation & entrepreneurship, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and leadership.
Born in Asia , raised in Europe and Latin America in a multi lingual and multi cultural environment. French schooling and British university. Trained and worked as a free-lance conference interpreter since 1984. In 1997, she founded Alto-International, a multi-language service company based in Paris and London. In 2016, she launched ALTO Asia in Hong Kong and now devotes her time to consultancy work and giving lectures and seminars on intercultural communication. She lives in Beijing (since September 2015) and works mainly as consultant in intercultural communications. Since arriving in Beijing, has co-launched “Nurseries for Nurseries”, a project to grow vegetable gardens in kindergardens and primary schools aimed at encouraging children to learn to care about their environment and take an interest in healthy eating and living.
Isabelle is the General Manager of Plume Labs in China. Plume Labs is a French high-tech start-up company specialized in artificial intelligence and smart objects in the measurement and forecast of air pollution. Plume Labs develops innovative solutions that make information on air pollution transparent for citizens, corporations and public organizations through better understanding, tracking and forecasting of air quality. A graduate from HEC Paris and a former management consultant and WWF volunteer, Isabelle has both French and Chinese origins and is now dedicated to beat air pollution in her home countries and wishes to make cities around the world breathable again.
Nitin Dani is an architect by profession and an environmentalist at heart. He did his Bachelor in Architecture, from Bangalore, India and Masters in Strategic Design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He was raised and educated in various parts of India and has previously worked in Bangalore, Singapore, and Milan. In Shanghai he began his career in a branding agency in 2010. He later moved on to co-found e8 Resources, an entrepreneurial venture facilitating clean technology solutions for the Chinese market, while also co-founding Green Initiatives (formerly “Green Drinks China”).
Host country of the Belong Forum, China is the symbol of changes in progress. In 30 years, the country has managed to become the world’s economic superpower. This extraordinary development could not be free from setbacks and excess. Today, China not only acknowledges but has asserted the will to convert its status of “factory of the world” to “laboratory of the world” and to a green economy.
Interested in joining our Volunteer Team? Would you like to give your time to a non-profit organization, to help highlight sustainable innovations which are emerging today, to put your job skills and life experiences to work while also meeting inspiring leaders and change-makers from all around the world? Then join the We Belong Team!