Speaker bios for Sustainability Forum
Louise Chua, Business Development/Project Director, Reed Exhibitions
Part of the RELX Group listed on the London Stock Exchange, Reed Exhibitions is the largest trade show organiser with over 500 events in 30 countries. In the Asia Pacific region, its headquarter is in Singapore and oversees 25 fully staffed offices. Louise has more than 20 years of experience in the exhibition and conference industry, including overseas postings in Malaysia, Hong Kong and China. Louise has managed many aspects of project management, including sales, marketing as well as operations. Her portfolio includes projects across different industries, from Building & Construction to Electronics Manufacturing, Jewelry to Forestry, as well as Apparel Machinery events, among many others. Louise currently heads the Sustainability Portfolio of events in Reed Singapore.
Christian Druart, Research Manager and Secretary of the UFI Sustainable Development Committee, UFI Head Office
Christian Druart is UFI Research Manager. He also holds the positions of Secretary of the UFI Associations’ Committee and of the UFI Sustainable Development Committee.
Christian Druart holds an Engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and a Master’s degree in Organization from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (France).
Prior to joining UFI in 2007, he worked for the French Embassy in London, Price Waterhouse Management Consultants in London, Brussels and Paris, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce, where he was Deputy Director of the Congress & Exhibition department.
Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia Limited, UBM Group Chief Representative for China (HK)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in the region and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Malaysia and Thailand. Established for over 20 years with its headquarters in Hong Kong, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities across Asia and in the US.
Michael joined UBM Asia in 1994, and is responsible for UBM Asia’s fashion, beauty and maritime verticals and also trade fair activities in India and many in China. He is also a Director of Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co Ltd, a member of the UBM Asia group of companies.
He was appointed as the first UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) Chapter Chairman for Asia/Pacific in 2000 and in five years grew the Chapter to be the most active and fastest growing in UFI. He then chaired the first UFI Sustainable Development Committee and has spoken at many fora. Michael is today Treasurer and Vice President of UFI.
Michael has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) for twenty years and was Chairman from 1998-2000.
A committed Rotarian for the past twenty years serving the Rotary Club of Hong Kong as VP, Michael has been involved in CSR for a long time.
He has previously lived and worked in the UK, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, Belgium, Greece and Hong Kong. Prior to joining UBM Asia in 1994, he was trading director for the UK Global Business Group “Vestey Group of companies” latterly based in Hong Kong.
Betty Huang, Sustainability Manager-Asia, UBM Asia, Shanghai (China) and Interim Group Sustainability Manager, UBM Group, London (UK)
Betty Huang is Sustainability Manager-Asia and Interim Group Sustainability Manager for UBM Group currently.
Before working at UBM in Sustainability field, Betty Huang also has rich experience in Facility and Administration management. Prior to joining UBM in 2011, she has worked for HELM AG and Fujitsu.
Christopher Lee, Chief Engineer (Recycling), Waste and Resource Management Department, National Environment Agency, Singapore
Christopher is a Chief Engineer in the Waste and Resource Management Department of the National Environment Agency. He is a Chartered Engineer with 18 years of experience working in various aspects of waste management, including operations in a waste-to-energy incineration plant and promoting recycling.In his current role, he is responsible for the promotion and development of the 3Rs in Singapore, including administering the National Recycling Programme (NRP), managing the Sarimbun Recycling Park, raising awareness of the 3Rs, ensuring compliance to mandatory waste reporting and recycling requirements, engaging stakeholders to increase participation, promoting the development of the waste minimisation and recycling industry, and supporting adoption of new technologies, so as to achieve the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint target of 70% overall recycling rate by 2030 and ensure a sustainable solid waste management system in Singapore.
Jeannie Lim, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel
Ms Jeannie Lim has led the Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel division of the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, a group under the Singapore Tourism Board, since 2011. In this role, she has been responsible for attracting quality association congresses and corporate-driven events to Singapore, and ensuring Singapore’s competitive positioning as a Top International Convention and Meetings City. She also champions the development of the local industry to strengthen Singapore’s position as a business events destination.
Jeannie was also concurrently Executive Director of the Exhibition & Conference Division from 2011 to 2013. Prior to this role, she served as Director, Tourism Concept Development where she oversaw the masterplanning of new tourism zones such as Mandai, to ensure a steady pipeline of tourism developments.
Over her 13 years with the Board, Jeannie has overseen key strategic tourism projects such as the opening of the Singapore Flyer, the development of River Safari, and the conceptualisation of the Hotel Industry Productivity Roadmap.
Jeannie graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (First Class Honours), and holds a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University/ Nanyang Technological University.
Eric Ricaurte, CEO, Greenview (Singapore)
Eric is the founder of Greenview, an international consultancy helping travel and tourism catalyze innovation and best practice through research, measurement, and reporting. Greenview advises several hotel companies and lodging REITs, in addition to citywide event organizers, cruise lines, DMOs, and industry organizations including the WTTC and UNWTO. With nearly 20 years of hands-on experience, Eric is a frequent speaker, convener, and researcher on the topic of sustainability. Eric earned a B.S. from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a M.S. in Tourism & Travel Management from New York University. Eric’s notable industry work includes serving as technical consultant for the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, and launching the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking index, Green Venue Report, Green Lodging Survey, and Hotel Owners for Tomorrow. Eric is a member of the UFI Committee on Sustainable Development and the International Standards Working Group of the GSTC. He has held a research fellowship at the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research been an adjunct instructor at the NYU University Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.
Felix Rimbach, Regional Director for Research and Development, Globibo
Dr Rimbach was identified in very young age with extraordinary talents in math and analytics. He earned multiple degrees in computer science, engineering and business administration to finally earn his PhD in Marketing and Algorithmic Science. With multiple books and academic research contributions in A-journal publications and functions in top universities, he has become a leading researcher on Marketing, Technology and Analytics. As the youngest General Manager in the DaimlerChrysler Group, he ran the IT operations for all Finance companies of Asia, Australia and Africa analytical for around 10 years. In cooperation with the largest global IT hardware and software suppliers, he developed a wide range of finance portfolio quants, business process applications and marketing solutions.
In the last 5 years, Dr Rimbach successfully launched several start companies based on sustainability practices with strong and unique market position and multi-million revenues in Asia, Europe and the US. He also serves as an advisor to governments and agencies on sustainability practices and campaigns. Dr Felix Rimbach is now the regional director for R&D at Globibo one of the first Sustainability-certified Event Technology companies.
Pat Satkhum, CEM Manager MICE Capabilities Department, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau
Pat Satkhum has more than 10 years of direct experience in MICE sector, especially exhibitions and events industry. She had held position in Operations Department over the past decade at Reed Exhibitions Thailand, supervising operations in Thailand and Vietnam. During her service in Reed Exhibitions Thailand, she managed to elevate standards of operations works in flagship events and many are the largest event of its kind in South East Asia including Royal Flora 2006, an A1 (World Expo Level) horticultural exposition. The event was managed that it received the world’s first Gold Medal from The International Organization of Horticultural Producers who is a coordinating body representing horticultural producers' organizations all over the world. Pat graduated with BS degree in Accounting from Thammasat University in Thailand. She then earned master degrees in Marketing, and in Criminal Psychology from California State University, USA. Pat also received certificates from various programs including Exhibitions Management Degree, International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO), Advance Negotiation Program, Stella Service Program, Meeting Professional Program, and Sustainable Event Planning Program. Recently, Pat was certified as a Certified Exhibition Management (CEM). She is currently a Manager of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) in charge of overall planning and strategizing the development in sustainability of Thailand’s MICE industry to elevate the country to global standards. This includes: stakeholders engagement, partnerships and alliances, capability building and training, public engagement, product development, and project governance.
Roger Simons, APAC Regional Sustainability Director, MCI Group (Singapore) and Chair, Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC)
Roger Simons is the Regional Sustainability Director at MCI, the world’s leading provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions and a key driver of innovation in the meetings, events, association and congress industries.
Roger is President of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) with over 14 years’ experience in designing and delivering winning sustainability strategies and organising sustainable events. Roger is recognised internationally as a thought leader on sustainability issues.
As the Asia-Pacific Regional Sustainability Director for MCI, Roger tailors comprehensive sustainability consultancy services to each client’s individual challenges, helping turn their sustainability commitments into action, drive business results and create immense value for their employees, customers and the communities in which they serve. He also supports MCI’s own ambitious sustainability programme in the company’s rapidly expanding 60 offices in 32 countries.
A pioneer in standards development, Roger organised the world’s first third-party certified event under the BS8901 Sustainability Management system and went on to sit on the ISO 201021 Standard Project Committee 250, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Events Sector Advisory Group, Convention Industry Council APEX/ASTM E60.02 Task Group and the Convention Industry Council's Future of Certifications Taskforce.
Previously Roger was responsible for CSR at Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI), he was a conference manager at MCI Brussels and started his career at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
Roger enjoys sharing his experiences from the frontline of the sustainability industry on his blog www.lessconversationmoreaction.com.
Lloyd Tan, General Manager – Government & Lifestyle Group, Experia Events (Singapore)
Lloyd is passionate about Exhibition & Conference and he believes that “it really works!”
With more than 30 years of combined experience in the media, and exhibition industry, he has gained considerable on-the-ground experience and insights of the industry to make events work.
Lloyd’s experience and expertise covers strategic marketing, sales and project management as well as marketing communications, attendee marketing and conference departments. He is currently with Experia Events Pte Ltd as the General Manager – Government & Lifestyle Group.
Armed with a Master degree in Communication Management, Lloyd is able to effectively use his academic knowledge, professional experience and leadership abilities to actively serve the business and academic communities. He is currently a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
Lloyd is also in the mentorship programme of a couple of institute of higher learning. And he has also served as Honorary Secretary and as Committee Member in Singapore Association of Exhibition and Convention Organisers & Suppliers.
Kevin Teng, Executive Director of Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands (Singapore)
Kevin Teng has led the Sustainability Department at Marina Bay Sands since January 2012, progressing into this role after being the integrated resort’s Chief Engineer since opening, and leading the sustainability efforts for Las Vegas Sands Corporate prior to that.
In his current role, Mr. Teng is responsible for the entire property’s green initiatives, including spearheading energy, water, waste, food, sustainable procurement and staff engagement projects. He most recently directed a team of specialists to drive resource cost-savings and implement sustainable design solutions, leading Marina Bay Sands to achieve a 24% reduction in its carbon footprint over 3 years and receive Green Mark Platinum certification from the Building Construction Authority (BCA), EarthCheck Silver Certification and ISO20121 certification for Sustainable Events.
Prior to joining Marina Bay Sands, Mr. Teng completed the Sands Leadership Development Program in 2008 and joined the Corporate Development team for Las Vegas Sands, where he managed the global Sands Eco360 program and The Las Vegas Venetian Hotel’s energy efficiency initiatives that earned LEED-EB Gold Certification. He also has extensive experience as an urban planner and sustainability expert across China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East where he worked for 4 years as an associate and project manager for AECOM.
Mr. Teng has a Master’s of Science in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and International Studies from Duke University. In addition, he is a published writer for trade publications and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. He currently resides in Singapore with his wife and two daughters.
Ben Wielgus, Head of Sustainability, Informa Group, London (UK)
Ben Wielgus joined Informa in spring 2016 in the newly created Head of Sustainability Role. His briefing from the board was to accelerate the businesses approach to sustainability and ensure that everything the business does around sustainability delivers value to the business, its customers and its investors. He is working to develop the company’s approach to sustainability across its four portfolio areas but is particularly excited by the potential of the events industry to be a force for positive change whilst still growing the business.
Before joining Informa, Ben spent nearly 15 years working as part of KPMG’s Sustainability Advisory Group. He was responsible for leading dozens of engagements working with senior audiences in large, global organisations helping them understand how sustainability can be an asset that returns on the investment in it rather than acts as a cost. Ben worked with organisations across the economy ranging from global infrastructure businesses to cities and from international consumer goods business to small local confectioners.
Ben specialises in helping organisations understand how the risks and opportunities from sustainability can affect an organisation’s overall strategy. He works with them to build suitable governance and embed responses to the challenges. He is a frequently requested speaker at national events focussing on sustainability reporting, management and organisational cooperation.
He was one of the architects of KPMG’s New Vision of Value report which explains the need for a revolution in the way we value assets. He believes that we need to move far beyond the immediate financial impact on the asset owner and instead look at the systemic value creation and destruction that the asset provides. This includes looking at the economic, the social, intellectual and environmental capitals.
About Informa: Informa is a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business, operating in the Knowledge and Information Economy. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.
Moses Yen, Director, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (Taiwan)
Mu-Sung YEN (also known as: Moses Mu-Sung YEN or Moses YEN)Professional experience
06.1980 – Present: TAITRA
05.2015 – Present: Nangang International Exhibition Center/Executive Director
09.2010 – 04.2015: Taiwan Trade Center, Los Angeles, Director
07.2005 – 09.2010: Exhibition Department, Taipei
12.2004 – 06.2005: Market Development Department, Taipei, Senior Specialist
08.1999 – 12.2004: Taiwan Trade Center, Munich, Director
07.1997 – 08.1999: Exhibition Department, (Taipei, Manager, General Affairs
05.1992 – 07.1997: International Trade Institute, Xinchu, Manager, Academic Affairs
02.1991 – 04.1992: Design Promotion Center, Taipei, Manager, Development
07.1987 – 02.1991: Taiwan Trade Service, Düsseldorf, Deputy Director
06.1980 – 07.1987: Market Development Department, Taipei
01.1977 – 06.1980: BCIQ, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei, Junior Inspection Engineer
11.1976 – 01.1977: BES Engineering Corp., Taipei, Junior Engineer
10.1976 – 11.1976: Pacific Electric Wire & Cable Corp., Taipei, Design Engineer Education
05.1994 – 05.1995: American Graduate School of International Management, USA, MBA in International Management
09.1977 – 06.1982: Catholic Fu-Jen University (Part-time student), Taipei, BA in English Literature
09.1969 – 06.1974: Taipei Institute of Technology, Taipei, Diploma in Electrical Engineering