Education Forum Programme

21-22 February 2017

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There are many sustainability champions in the exhibition industry. Still, there are less examples of collaborative approach across the different segments involved in the value chain of events. UFI proposes a 2 days program, open to all industry professionals from the event industry, which will highlight initiatives from local authorities, venues and organisers that go beyond the “stand alone” approach.

The first day, which starts with an optional guided tour followed by a lunch, will showcase how Singapore is tackling Sustainability, from governmental initiatives down to the MICE industry. The second day will cover various solutions implemented   around the globe and will give the audience opportunities to exchange with all the experts present. UFI will also present its recording of best practices in several areas of sustainable development and will unveil the results of its actions designed to adopt a common framework to measuring sustainability within the exhibition industry.

Meetings on both days will be hosted by Marina Bay Sands. The registration fee covers all sessions, the networking breaks and meals, including the dinner on day 1. It also includes the optional “morning and lunch” of the first day (limited to the first hundred registrations only).

PROGRAM (as of 30 January 2017)

Tuesday 21 February

Optional morning, incl. lunch

limited to the first hundred registrations
09:30 - 10:00

Registration at Marina Bay Sands

for participants who take part in the morning programme
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10:00 - 12:00

Guided tours - Option 1 - Marina Barrage

Located close to Marina Bay Sands is the Marina Barrage, a dam built across the 350-metre wide Marina Channel to keep out seawater, creating the 15th reservoir in downtown Singapore. The vision of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (the first Prime Minister of Singapore) more than two decades ago, Marina Barrage has become one of the leading symbols of Singapore’s sustainability efforts. Located within the vicinity of the reservoir is the Sustainable Singapore Gallery, an information and sensory extravaganza showcasing Singapore’s efforts towards environmental sustainability. Explore six galleries, each sharing a unique aspect of Singapore’s sustainable story. Uncover, through fun interactive and innovative multimedia, how a small country with limited resources meets the needs of a fast developing community in an environmentally-friendly manner.
10:00 - 12:00

Guided tours - Option 2 - Marina Bay Sands (inclusive of back of house)

Marina Bay Sands focuses on energy and water conservation, waste diversion, along with using innovation and technology to ensure state of the art facilities that provide a foundation for sustainable events and successful green meeting programs. The tour will provide an insight into the green initiatives implemented around the property and how Marina Bay Sands incorporates sustainability into the building design and day- to-day operations.
12:00 13:30

Lunch at Marina Bay Sands

13:30 - 14:00

Registration at Marina Bay Sands

for participants who don’t take part in the morning programme
Sponsored by
14:00 - 14:15

Official opening

- Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director, UFI
- Michael Duck, Executive Vice President, UBM Asia, Chief Representative for China, UBM Group, Former Chair, UFI Sustainable Development Committee and Moderator of the forum
- Mike Lee, Vice President of Sales, Marina Bay Sands
- Andrew Phua, Director, Exhibitions and Conferences, Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau
14:15 - 14:40

Singapore’s environmental sustainability in solid waste and resource management

By: Christopher Lee, Chief Engineer (Recycling), Waste & Resource Management Department, National Environment Agency, Singapore

Singapore’s solid waste output has increased about 7-fold since the 1970s. Given Singapore’s limited land resources, it is critical for all stakeholders in Singapore to work together to reduce waste generation, as well as reuse and recycle materials. Christopher will focus on Singapore’s solid waste and resource management strategy in working towards becoming a Zero Waste Nation, which is one of the goals expressed in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015.
14:40 - 15:30

Singapore MICE sustainability journey

By: Roger Simons, APAC Regional Sustainability Director, MCI Group (Singapore) and Chair, Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC)

Discover the rationale and essence behind the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau’s (SECB) sustainability study, commissioned by the Board in 2013 and conducted by MCI. Understand why Event Weeks are essential for the island’s quest for sustainability and how ongoing stakeholder engagements contributed to the first dedicated MICE Sustainability Certification for the industry.
15:30 - 16:00

Networking break

16:00 - 16:45

Panel discussion - Singapore case study on successful sustainable MICE events

- Louise Chua, Business Development/Project Director, Reed Exhibitions
- Felix Rimbach, Regional Director for Research and Development, Globibo
- Kevin Teng, Executive Director of Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands (Singapore)
16:45 - 17:00

Conclusion of the day by the Moderator

19:00 - 22:00

Welcome dinner at FLUTES

FLUTES Restaurant, 93 Stamford Road, #01-02, Singapore

Named as one of the ‘Top 101 Best Restaurants in Asia’ in 2013, FLUTES occupies the oldest section of the nation’s oldest museum, the National Museum of Singapore
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Wednesday 22 February

08:30 - 9:00

Welcome coffee and networking

09:00 - 9:15

Opening of day 2 and presentation of the UFI report on Best Practices in Sustainability

- Michael Duck, Executive Vice President, UBM Asia, Hong Kong, Former Chair, UFI Sustainable Development Committee and Moderator of the forum
- Christian Druart, Research Manager and Secretary of the UFI Sustainable Development Committee, UFI Head Office

Christian will introduce the program and explain UFI’s series of actions to increase the commitment to sustainability within the exhibition industry. These include a recently released report, which showcases 41 cases from 19 countries and covers six themes, from strategy to innovative cost-saving in the value chain and actions to engage participants.
09:15 - 10:45


Case study 1: Singapore

With: Jeannie Lim, Executive Director, Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau

Sustainability guidelines were developed in Singapore following an industry audit and benchmarking study on the MICE industry commissioned by the Singapore Tourism Board in 2013. Jeannie will highlight environmentally-friendly practices which venues have undertaken, recognising that such endeavours significantly enhance the overall event visitor experience, bringing about intangible benefits.

Case study 2: Taiwan

With: Moses Yen, Director, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (Taiwan)

Since 2013, TAITRA has been developing its Green MICE project, which forms part of the MEET TAIWAN program under the sponsorship of the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade. Moses will detail this project, designed to inspire every link of the Taiwan MICE value chain, promote sustainability and motivate all MICE stakeholders to engage in ecologically sustainable initiatives.

Case study 3: Thailand

With: Pat Satkhum, CEM Manager MICE Capabilities Department, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau

Thailand started its MICE Sustainability endeavour and journey back in 2008. Pat will walk through what TCEB has done as Thailand’s Roadmap on Sustainability Development, including series of education program, promotional campaigns as well as to introduce new intelligence to encourage and soon to be enforced those environmental friendly practices in the MICE industry.

Exchanging knowledge: lessons learnt and next steps

Questions & answers with the panel of speakers
10:45 - 11:15

Networking break

11:15 - 12:30


Case study: Marina Bay Sands

With: Kevin Teng, Executive Director of Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands (Singapore)

Kevin is responsible for the entire property’s green initiatives, whose achievements include a 24 per cent reduction in its carbon footprint, Green Mark Platinum, and an ISO 20121 certification since 2012. He will detail some of his top priorities which consist of developing a green culture, providing sustainable options for meeting planners, and extending the community outreach and education.

Global developments

With: Eric Ricaurte, CEO, Greenview (Singapore)

The latest edition of the “Green Venue Report” covers 44 venues from 11 countries. Eric will present its results, including the current trends identified among those best practices who took part in this unique global benchmark exercise.

Exchanging knowledge

Questions & answers with the panel of speakers
12:30 - 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 - 15:30


Case study 1: EXPERIA EVENTS

With: Lloyd Tan, General Manager – Government & Lifestyle Group, Experia Events (Singapore)

With more than 30 years of combined experience in the media and exhibition industry, Lloyd Tan acknowledges that event industry players are neither committed nor resistant to embracing sustainable practices. He will share his views on the reasons and the way forward to bridge the gaps for “adoption, collaboration, and funding”.

Case study 2: INFORMA

With: Ben Wielgus, Head of Sustainability, Informa Group, London (UK)

Informa is a large international group operating across the events, business intelligence and academic publishing sectors. Ben, a sustainability consultant for nearly 15 years before joining them, will talk about a range of tools and collaborative approaches being developed in order to enhance the group approach to sustainability.

Case study 3: UBM

With: Betty Huang, Sustainability Manager-Asia, UBM Asia, Shanghai (China) and Interim Group Sustainability Manager, UBM Group, London (UK)

UBM, one of the largest exhibition organisers in the world, aims to be a leader in sustainable business, aligning all key business decisions with their sustainability strategy. Betty will present their global sustainability agenda together with examples of case studies that illustrate the great results obtained by collaborative approach.

Exchanging knowledge

Questions & answers with the panel of speakers
15:30 - 16:00

Networking break

16:00 - 16:45

Event Sustainability Reporting

Presentation of the tool developed by the UFI Sustainable Development Committee
16:45 - 17:00

Conclusion of the forum