Thurs: September 21
The climate crisis demands immediate action, and green technology is at the forefront of addressing climate change. This workshop provides insights into existing green technologies that contribute to HK's Climate Action Plan 2050 and offers a platform for participants to analyze challenges faced by green start-ups and brainstorm innovative solutions using green technology.
The event begins with a panel discussion featuring representatives from leading green technology companies, including Archireef, Clearbot, AlGreen, and more. They will discuss the latest trends, developments, and barriers in their industries, sharing their experiences and insights. The workshop then transitions to a problem-solving session, where participants form groups and focus on specific industries of interest. Through brainstorming and analysis, participants will evaluate the current state of green technology, identify climate-related challenges in Hong Kong, and ideate green technology solutions. Each group will present their ideas to the start-up representatives for feedback.
Samyuktha Sriram Dharmapadam
Samyuktha is the Head of Business Development, Marketing, and Strategic Growth at Cleanbot, a marine-tech startup in Hong Kong. From driving sales growth to expanding the team, she has played a pivotal role in the startup's journey. Her focus on sustainability and innovation has opened doors to high-profile clients and collaborations. Beyond business, she is dedicated to integrating ESG principles and promoting mental health awareness. With a track record of securing funding and a passion for disrupting the industry, she is excited to continue making a positive impact.
Passionate, proactive and perseverant, Anushka is a young entrepreneur who is also a polyglot, being able to speak 5 languages including Cantonese and Mandarin. Anushka is the CEO and Co-founder of Breer, a food upcycling startup that collects surplus bread from bakeries and restaurants and uses it to brew local craft beer. She has studied Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and wants to use her position to make a positive difference in the world, inspiring others to do the same. For her work in furthering the cause of women empowerment and making a difference, Anushka has been awarded the Student of the Year Award by SCMP, awarded the Indians of the World Award 2023 at the House of Lords, UK, was crowned Young Achiever of the Year in 2021 by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, was listed as a Gen T Honoree by Tatler and has been featured on the coveted Forbes 30 Under 30 List 2023.
Rehaan Lulla, director and CTO, has always had interest in biology and biotechnology, which lead him to co-found AlGreen alongside Dhruv Jain during their final year at HKUST. AlGreen’s mission was always to create a renewable energy system which is accessible, abundant and alternative within the realm of microalgae biotechnology. Continued research and development into such systems has led us to develop a combined carbon capture-utilization process involving algae microalgae growth using photobioreactors, harvest and biomass conversion into bio-oil for biodiesel production.
Dr. David Baker
Dr. Baker is a multi-disciplinary marine ecologist. His research aims to understand the role of nutrients and nutrition on symbioses in nature. He focuses on coral reef species - and have published on corals, gorgonians, sponges, jellyfish, etc. His expertise is in stable isotope biogeochemistry - a technique that "counts" atoms of the elements of life and reveals their origins and transformations. His ultimate goal is to reveal the importance of nutrients on the evolution and extinction of symbiosis.
More recently, he has been a practitioner of Science Communication - and teach a graduate course on the topic to HKU's first year students. He is a frequent participant and supporter of science public outreach events.
In 2020, he co-founded Archireef, Ltd. with Vriko Yu, to restore coral ecosystems and associated marine biodiversity.
Md. Muhtasim Khan
Md. Muhtasim Khan has graduated from HKU with a strong background in molecular biology and biotechnology. He is the research analyst of our current HKUST startup project, Algreen, which involves the research and development work of algal photobioreactor and algae-based biofuels. Khan’s expertise in laboratory techniques, including Algal crude oil production, PBR prototyping & assembly and GCMS data analyses, combined with his ability to troubleshoot and interpret results, has contributed to the successful execution of numerous research projects. His commitment to scientific rigour and his collaborative nature makes him a valuable asset in advancing scientific knowledge and discoveries.
Gary Lee is the education sector leader in Farmacy, a data-driven farming technology & service company in Hong Kong. With a passion for education and impact, he spearheads the sector growth, social impact, and school relationships. His expertise and experience in merging our smart farming technology and green skills has been a pioneer of the industry, empowering schools and communities to embrace sustainability and smart farming practices.