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Panel Discussion 3:

Green Career Journeys: Inspiring Case Studies and Practical Insights

15:45 - 16:45 @ Auditorium

Key Takeaways

  • To inspire youth audiences to pursue their interest in sustainable career paths and provide role models who have succeeded in pursuing their sustainable career journeys. 

  • To provide interesting and practical insights and awareness of potential hurdles when embarking on a green career journey.

  • To create a space for interactive and constructive dialogue between the audience and panel. 

Speakers
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Mr. Woody Chan

Senior Manager

Link REIT’s Sustainability team

Woody Chan is a Senior Manager at Link REIT’s Sustainability team, focusing on engagement and communications with stakeholders - from tenants and investors to internal staff and business partners.  

 

Prior to joining Link, Woody established the CSR & Sustainability team at foodpanda which launched the first ever reusable food packaging initiative for food delivery in Hong Kong. Woody has also led projects at CWR, one of Asia’s leading think tanks on climate and water risks, honing his skills in research and analysis.

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Ms. Vivian Chan

Technical Director

Atkins China Limited

Vivian Chan is an accomplished environmental engineer with over 25 years of experience in environmental management consultancy, green building design, and project management. As the Technical Director - Infrastructure for Atkins China Limited, she leads the environmental team and oversees the company's environmental business. 

With a Master's degree in environmental engineering, Vivian has conducted over 300 successful environmental assessments for diverse infrastructure, residential, and industrial projects. Her expertise includes environmental impact assessments, noise and air quality impact assessments, land contamination assessment and remediation, and sustainable design assessment. She provides tailored environmental consultancy services to local and multinational clients across China and Asia, navigating complex regulatory environments and cultural contexts. Vivian's leadership, technical skills, and commitment to sustainability drive the implementation of environmentally responsible projects.

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Ir. Dr. Samantha Kong [Moderator]

Senior Manager

Business Environment Council

With over 9 years of experience in consultancy, she has worked on various environmental, planning, and sustainability projects across Asia and the Middle East. She has extensive experience in environmental impact assessments and environmental assessments for planning applications, and has developed expertise in submarine cable design and permitting. At BEC, she is responsible for overseeing environmental management and ESG consultancy projects.

In addition to her professional work, Samantha is a passionate advocate for sustainable development. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and frequently speaks at industry events. She also serves in strategic governance roles appointed by the Hong Kong Government, including membership in the Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation and the Green Tech Fund Assessment Committee.

Throughout her career, she has received multiple accolades for her work, including Asia Pacific Eco-Business Youth A-List in 2021, Institution of Engineering and Technology HK Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2020, North America Association for Environmental Education in 2018 and HK Top 10 Outstanding Youth in 2014.

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Ms. Sandy Cheng

Assistant Environmental Engineer

Binnies Hong Kong Limited

Sandy is a graduate of the MSc in Environmental Management and Engineering, and currently working as an Assistant Environmental Engineer at Binnies Hong Kong Limited. She contributes to various government environmental projects with a specific focus on waste management. She made a remarkable transition from another field to this current role with her determination, adaptability, and commitment to sustainable development.

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Mr. Yip Shu Kai, James

Co-founder

Sustainable Ocean Alliance Hong Kong

James is a passionate Ecology graduate with a strong interest in environmental education. From a young age, he has been amazed by the ocean, fostering a deep connection with nature. His primary goal is to re-establish the vital bond between humans and the environment. In his pursuit of promoting sustainable development and conservation, James has actively participated in several local environmental organizations. To further advance sustainability efforts in the realm of ocean conservation, he co-founded the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (Hong Kong) alongside like-minded friends. Through this initiative, they tried to raise awareness about ocean conservation among the public and students.

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