Our Sustainability Conversation
Date: 12 March 2014
Time: 15:30 – 17:30
Venue: Joyden Hall
Our Sustainability Conversation aims to widen the understanding of sustainability across sectors. For this event, speakers will address how Design Thinking can help in ensuring triple sustainability and incorporating corporate citizenship in the process.
Comprising two segments: international perspectives and, national and corporate perspectives, the panel of distinguished speakers will share their perspectives of the interlock between design thinking and corporate citizenship in addressing social, economic and environmental issues at local and city levels, in Singapore, the region and globally.
Adrien Desbaillets, President & Director, Salad Stop
Adrien holds a Bachelor of Science with honours from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and is fluent in English, French, German and conversational Mandarin. He has lived in Asia for over 25 years and moved back to Singapore 4 years ago to launch SaladStop!
Adrien started his career with Horwath Asia Pacific in Hong Kong as a Consultant, developing market and financial feasibility studies for potential hotel developments around the region. He subsequently opened the group’s Shanghai office and continued to work on business development in China.
Adrien later joined Kingdom Hotels Investment as Vice President, Development and Acquisition based in Shanghai. He spearheaded all investment opportunities for the group in China and was actively leading new developments worth over USD 300 million.
In November 2009, Adrien and his father, Daniel, decided to start a new business together, wanting to create a new and unique food and beverage concept that was geared towards “healthy eating” and catered to a growing demand in Singapore and around the region.
Thus, SaladStop! was born. This successful partnership has since led to 13 SaladStop! outlets across Singapore and the creation of two sister brands, Doodle! in July 2011 and Switch! in July 2012. The group currently owns and operates over 19 outlets in Singapore and is looking to expand internationally with several markets currently under negotiation.
Andrew Bryson, Regional Director of Transformation, Asia Pacific, Saatchi & Saatchi
As Regional Director of Transformation for Asia Pacific, Andrew is responsible for driving strategic change, building capacity, developing thought leadership, and delivering long-term business value for Saatchi & Saatchi and our clients. He worked across multiple industries and with clients that include AT&T, Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola, T. Rowe Price, Walmart, and Juma Ventures.
Andrew has a long history of working to create positive change in both the for-profit and nonprofit spheres. Notably, Andrew spent a number of years as the Executive Director of the Beastie Boys’ nonprofit The Milarepa Fund, where he led the innovation of various strategies focused on activating young people on local, national and global levels. He also designed and directed the organization’s philanthropic strategy, which focused on empowering locally-led organizations to create lasting change in their communities.
Andrew received in BA in Philosophy from Connecticut College and a Masters in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.
Esther An, Head of CSR & GM (Corporate Affairs) City Developments Ltd
Esther joined City Developments Limited (CDL) in 1995 to establish the company’s Corporate Communications department and subsequently set up the company’s CSR portfolio. She is instrumental in building up CDL’s leadership in sustainability.
A pioneer CSR practitioner and a management committee member of Singapore Compact for CSR since 2005, Esther was listed as one of the Global Sustainability 100 leaders since 2011, an international listing of noteworthy achievers who are making an impact in sustainability on behalf of their organisations.
CDL’s relentless efforts in embracing sustainability for business excellence have won many international and local accolades such as the BCA Green Building Champion Platinum, BCA Built Environment Leadership Platinum Award, the SBF Outstanding Sustainability Award and the Channel News Asia Green Luminary Award. CDL is honoured to be the first Singapore developer to be listed on 3 coveted global sustainability listings, namely: the FTSE4GoodIndex Series since 2002, the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations since 2010 and DowJones Sustainability Indexes since 2011.
CDL is proud to be the first Singapore company to publish a GRI-checked Sustainability Report in 2008 and also the first Singapore listed company to attain A+ level GRI-checked report in 2012.
Gerard Ee Chairman, Eastern Health Alliance
Gerard Ee Hock Kim was appointed as Chairman and Director of Changi General Hospital Pte Ltd (“CGH”) and Eastern Health Alliance Pte Ltd, the holding company of CGH on 30 October 2009 and 1 April 2011, respectively.
Mr Ee is concurrently the Chairman of Medifund Advisory Council, Vice President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore, Chairman of the Public Transport Council and is directly involved in several other committees.
Mr Ee has been active in the field of social service throughout his professional life as an accountant. He played an instrumental role in converting a programmed providing respite care into the Assisi Home and Hospice in 1987 and was its Chairman until 2002. In 1989, he established Bizlink Centre, an employment programme for the disabled, and was its Chairman until 1992.
He has chaired a whole range of social service organizations and programmes which include juvenile rehabilitative centres, grassroots organizations, schools, and various programmes for the elderly and youth. He was also an active member of the Task Force which established the Code on Religious Harmony and has also been tasked to establish a committee to review the Ministerial salaries.
Tai Lee Siang, Group Managing Director, Ong & Ong Pte Ltd
Tai Lee Siang held the position of President of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) from 2007 to 2009, and consolidated the institute’s “Blue Print” to establish numerous firsts.
On the design front, he led the inauguration of ARCHIFEST, a festival which promotes architecture excellence among the professionals and general public. He then pioneered the first Practice Convention 2009 – a strategic forum to address practice concerns of Singapore architects. In the same year, Mr Tai also initiated the establishment of Architecture Professional Course to prepare young graduates sitting for their Professional Practice Examination.
Currently, Mr Tai is the Group Managing Director of Ong & Ong Pte Ltd, a multidisciplinary consultancy firm that provides 360o solution encompassing Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. As of April 2013, he is the President of Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS), a multidisciplinary design organisation which promotes design excellence and good business practices.
Yong Teck Meng, National Director, Habitat for Humanity Singapore
Mr. Yong Teck Meng was the founding Chairman, and now the National Director of Habitat for Humanity Singapore, part of an international Christian charity serving people by building houses for the poor regardless of their race, language or religion. Habitat Singapore has been sending volunteer-teams to places as near as Batam, and as far as Mongolia to build decent and affordable houses. The volunteers share in the cost and labour required for the house, and the house-partner would build alongside the volunteers and put in hours to help build his neighbour’s house. The cost of the house is then recovered via a not-for-profit repayment scheme. Within Singapore, Habitat volunteers have been cleaning up the houses of the elderly poor in the popular Project Homeworks programme, ensuring that the elderly live in a safe and hygienic environment.