Ms Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited (CDL)
As a passionate and active advocate for sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in sustainability and ESG best practices. These include publishing the first sustainability report using GRI standards in Singapore in 2008 and issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017. A forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact. She sits on the boards or advisory platforms of a few global organisations including the World Green Building Council, Singapore Green Building Council, UNEP Finance Initiative Real Estate Group, GRI Corporate Leadership Group, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Singapore Chapter Board and Global Compact Network Singapore. Esther founded the Women4Green Network as she believes in empowering women to drive sustainable practices at home, at work and at play.
Mr Frederick Teo
Director, Sustainability & Stewardship Group
Temasek International Pte Ltd
Frederick Teo joined Temasek in 2010 and is currently Director, Sustainability and Stewardship Group with responsibilities for capability programmes in sustainability-related areas within Temasek. This includes exploring innovative commercial capabilities and solutions for issues such as energy and food security. Prior to this appointment, he served as Director, Portfolio Management with responsibilities for studying the performance of some of Temasek’s larger portfolio companies, such as Singtel and ST Engineering, so as to create value for the portfolio. He also had responsibility for policy areas such as corporate governance and stewardship.
Fred holds a MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics (1999-2000) and BA, MA (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) Lincoln College, Oxford University (1996-1999).
Mr Michael Tang
Head, Listing Policy & Product Admission
Singapore Exchange Regulation
Michael is the head of Listing Policy & Product Admission at Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo), a subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX) that undertakes frontline regulatory functions. He oversees listing policy and rules development and has oversight of the listing admission of non-equity products, including debt securities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. Michael leads SGX’s efforts to promote sustainability across stakeholder groups, and was a judge for the Singapore Sustainability Reporting Awards organised by the Singapore Institute of Directors. Since joining SGX as a management associate, Michael has served in roles within regulatory policy and issuer regulation and as legal counsel. Michael graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws degree and is admitted to the Singapore bar.
Ms Christina Lee
Global Green Connect, GGEF & GGEC
Founder & CEO
A former media professional turned social entrepreneur; Christina is deeply passionate about sustainability & business. She founded Global Green Connect which holds a social enterprise, GGEF (Global Green Economic Forum) to serve and foster the next generation to build a sustainable future; and a business consulting, GGEC (Global Green Economic Consulting) to help companies to use sustainability as a turnkey solution and growth strategy for businesses.
She is the advisor of Tsinghua University x-lab, Program committee of Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA), Asia Ambassador of Women4Green, a Board of Director for Hong Kong Canaan Garden Ministry, permanent member of Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce and the Youth Elite Association in Hong Kong.
Christina holds a Masters Degree in Management from Macquarie University (MGSM), Sydney. An avid sports enthusiast, she was honored to be a torch bearer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Mr Constant Van Aerschot
Director, Asia Pacific
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Constant Van Aerschot is the Director of the WBCSD Asia Pacific regional office and of its local Chapter BCSD Singapore. He is a civil engineer and all-round sustainability expert with almost 30 years of varied experience in management and leadership roles in both industry and not-for-profit sectors. An insightful, articulate people-person with a collaborative style, he is comfortable interacting with all levels of hierarchy.
In his current role, he contributed to the setup of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global coalition of companies that pledged US$1.5bn to end plastic waste entering the environment. He also shares the latest knowhow, tools and methodologies with member companies to become more sustainable and successful. He is a regular speaker at events, advised Governments on Green Building Master plans and regulatory frameworks. He is frequently invited as jury for sustainability awards.
His previous roles include VP Public Affairs & Sustainable Development at Lafarge. There, he lead the group’s sustainable construction strategy. He also monitored and helped shape regulations such as the EU building energy code, and green building certification standards. Previously, he held various roles at Alcatel and was a practicing civil engineer. He set up the German operations of ARUP in Germany. He sits on the Board of three Singapore-based non-profit organisations.
He holds a Civil Engineering Master’s degree from ETHZ (Switzerland), an MBA from Cranfield University (UK) and a Director’s Diploma from SMU-SID (Singapore).
Mr Tony Gourlay
Founder & CEO
Global Initiatives Pte Ltd
Tony founded Global Initiatives in 2007 with a vision to promote and advance partnership solutions to global sustainability challenges. The company quickly established globally recognised platforms including the Business for the Environment Summits and Responsible Business Forums that soon moved beyond inspiring discussion and dialogue into meaningful and concrete outcomes. Starting his career in public relations, brand identity and corporate communications, Tony has led strategic campaigns for companies, governments and international organisations across the Asia Pacific region. With Global Initiatives he has created impactful and lasting multi-stakeholder partnerships with leading companies, the United Nations, investors and NGOs.