Our Judges

Mr Edwin Keh, MH

Chief Executive Officer at HKRITA

Mr Edwin Keh is the CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He also teaches supply chain operations in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

 

Edwin was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2020 by the HKSAR Gov for his research work during the pandemic.  He was named the best of Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders by Inside Retail Hong Kong in 2019 and is on the Debrett’s Hong Kong 100 as one of the most influential people in Technology and Digital sector, and a recipient of the Production and Operations Management Society’s Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award. Edwin holds multiple IPs which won global invention awards.

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Carmen Ng

Director of Sustainability at Langham Hospitality Group

Carmen Ng is Director of Sustainability at Langham Hospitality Group. In her role, she leads and drives the sustainability strategy within the Group. She is responsible for a diverse range of sustainability programmes including strategy and policies development, management system, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, communication and reporting. She also believes in sustainability is everyone’s responsibility and her role is implanting this concept like a DNA into every colleague in the company.

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Cesar Jung-Harada

Founder of MakerBay, Senior Lecturer at HKU

Cesar is a French-Japanese inventor, environmentalist, entrepreneur and educator living in Hong Kong. He is currently the Director of MakerBay, Hong Kong’s MakerSpace for Social and Environmental Impact. He is also the Director of Scoutbots and inventor of Protei, a revolutionary shape-shifting sailing robot conceived for cleaning oil spills in the ocean, which won the StartMeUp HK Grand Award as well as the Fast Company 2015 Most Innovative 10 Companies in China. He is a TED Senior Fellow and his TED Talk “How I teach kids to love science” has been translated into 36 languages and viewed over 1.5 million times. Cesar holds numerous awards and is a graduate of the Royal College of Arts London, Design Interactions Department, and worked at MIT as a Project Leader and Researcher. Today he teaches for the new Bachelor of Arts and Sciences+ at the University of Hong Kong and is a frequent speaker, judge, mentor, designer, researcher and developer.

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Carine Pin

Co-Director at The Mills Fabrica

Carine Pin is Co-Director of The Mills Fabrica and focuses on building the techstyle community, developing partnerships and designing Fabrica’s incubation program.

 

Prior to joining Fabrica, Carine worked in marketing and consulting at major international luxury brands including Guerlain, Richemont Group and Shanghai Tang, where she held various positions in corporate marketing, communication and operational marketing, strategic marketing and product development as well as business operations. Carine also worked as a consultant helping smaller international premium and luxury brands expand their business in Asia and local companies develop new products and retail concepts.

 

With a passion to help and connect, Carine is a MIM in Performance Management graduate from French business school NEOMA.

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Ryan Wan

Senior Manager, Financial Support at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park

Ryan is the Senior Manager, Financial Support of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. Oversight of HKSTP’s Elite Programme, he focuses on providing financial support to portfolio companies, including fundraising, financial management and advisory. Before joining HKSTP, Ryan is a former CFO and company secretary of a company listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Ryan has years of experience working in financial management and external auditing. He holds his Master degree in Corporate Governance from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and BA degree in Accounting from Hong Kong Shue Yan University. He is also a chartered accountant and company secretary.

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Felix Yu

Manager, Entrepreneurship at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park

Felix is the Manager, Entrepreneurship of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. Oversight of HKSTP’s Ideation Programme, a pre-incubation that supports early stage startups and entrepreneurs His duties includes venture sourcing, financial/commercial due diligence and admission guidance. Acted as an independent advisor to 80 tech startup incubates, actively advised on scaling their business model and their execution plans with consideration to finance, technology and marketing. Before joining HKSTP, Felix is the former Community Manager at Tencent WeStart (HK).

Felix came from a strong hospitality background. He holds his BA degree in Hospitality & Event Management from Swiss Hotel Management School. He has years of experience working in The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.

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Workshop Facilitators

Aurianne Ricquier

Executive Director at MakerBay

Aurianne is committed to raising awareness to environmental issues, and supporting people to implement innovative solutions for a sustainable future. She is currently the executive director of MakerBay Foundation. Her previous roles in supply-chain and project management allowed her to grow a strong experience of the fashion industry both in Europe and Asia.

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JP Stevenson

Chief Commercial Officer at Knit Up

JP is a part of the Strategy & Business Practices division of the Fung Group where he advises Fung Group companies on strategic planning and business model innovation. He is a founder of the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology's Global MBA Challenge, Asia's largest business school case competition. He has alike on pitch presentations. He also successfully led numerous teams in global pitching competitions, including Google & University of Southern California's Global Consulting Challenge, which his team won in 2016.

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Our Speakers

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Natalie Lung 

Program Manager, Food Technology Accelerator Programs at Brinc

Natalie Lung is the Program Manager for the Food Technology Accelerator Programs at Brinc, a global venture capital and accelerator firm that empowers entrepreneurs to help solve some of the world's biggest challenges. In her role, Natalie invests in and supports startups that are using technology to make the food system more sustainable and efficient. Through the program, Brinc has made 40+ investments in the food tech space encompassing Alternative Proteins, Novel Ingredients, Functional Foods, Food Supply Chain Optimisation and Logistics. 

 

Prior to her current role, Natalie has previous experience working in the financial industry in venture capital and investment banking. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. 

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Shauhrat Chopra

Assistant Professor in School of Energy and Environment, CityU

Dr. Shauhrat S. Chopra obtained his Integrated Masters of Science in Systems Biology from the University of Hyderabad, India in 2011. He received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in 2015. His doctoral dissertation was focused on resilience of complex systems including economic systems, industrial symbiosis, and critical infrastructure systems at urban and national levels. Before joining the School of Energy and Environment, Shauhrat worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, on the U.S. EPA funded LCnano project focused on sustainable design of future transformative nano-enabled products. His data-driven research is focused on designing indicators for sustainability and resilience of the built environment in support of environmental decision-making.

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Angus Tsang

Research and Investment at The Mills Fabrica

Angus focuses on research areas in enhancing understanding and learnings in the techstyle space for The Mills Fabrica. Passionate about the discovery of insights, Angus has experience in market research projects for a variety of consumer verticals. Prior to joining The Mills Fabrica, he was an industry analyst at Coresight Research focusing on e-commerce and the New Retail development. He obtained a BA from City University of Hong Kong.

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Sonalie Figueiras

Serial social entrepreneur & trends forecaster Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change through inspiring & empowering original content and one of the world's leading outlets for alternative protein news. She is also the founder & CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products and the co-founder & CEO of SourceGreenPackaging.com, the world's first global marketplace for sustainable packaging with a mission to fight single-use plastic waste. With over a decade of experience in publishing, digital marketing, organic trade, sustainability, alternative proteins and green packaging, she is an eco wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a sought-after international speaker and moderator, sharing her expertise on stages across Asia and beyond, including Harvard Business School and two times at TEDx. 

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Our Mentors

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Aditi Deodhar

Co-founder of Planeteers

Aditi’s vision is to spread happiness by solving people's problems. She is working towards solving the mounting plastic waste problem in Hong Kong by developing incrEDIBLE! - a crunchy and delicious edible cutlery. She recently graduated with a BBA, and is currently pursuing her MSc in Environmental Science and Management at HKUST.

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Angus Tsang

Research and Investment at The Mills Fabrica

Angus focuses on research areas in enhancing understanding and learnings in the techstyle space for The Mills Fabrica. Passionate about the discovery of insights, Angus has experience in market research projects for a variety of consumer verticals. Prior to joining The Mills Fabrica, he was an industry analyst at Coresight Research focusing on e-commerce and the New Retail development. He obtained a BA from City University of Hong Kong.

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Ashley Bang

Data Scientist at ADM Capital Foundation

Ashley is a data scientist at ADM Capital Foundation who is passionate about applying spatial and statistical modeling techniques to address themes around climate change, conservation, and sustainability. As a Fulbright Research Fellow and NOAA Hollings Scholar, she has gone from characterizing critical habitats of salmon in Alaska to quantifying coral reef resilience in Taiwan. Her recent publications with the Foundation include: ‘Eat Without Waste: Hong Kong’s Takeout Packaging Challenge’ and ‘Sink or Swim: The future of fisheries in the East and South China Seas’.

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Charlotte BREYER

Director at Soap Cycling

Charlotte currently chairs the board of Soap Cycling Ltd., a local charity that collects lightly used soap from hotels, recycles it, and brings it into the hands of those who need it the most. Soap Cycling's operational model is geared to use its recycling solutions for the hospitality industry as a tool to create employment and empowerment opportunities for disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong (minority, elderly, youth). Social inclusion and a more equitable society where economic fairness and environmental protection create synergies are the values that guide Soap Cycling's work.
Charlotte Breyer has a political science background and specializes in connecting the corporate community with good social causes to create sustainable positive impact. Charlotte has worked for NGOs in the overseas aid sector and is also the co-founder of Big Heroes Ltd., a social enterprise connecting corporates with great local charity organisations through professionally managed social team-building events in Singapore. She believes a sustainably thriving business is in touch with its impact on people and planet, and that respect for the triple bottom line is the best foundation for long-term success.

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Chris Wettling

Director of Business Development & Co-Founder at Chomp

Chris Wettling is the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development at CHOMP, Hong Kong’s new food-saving app designed to make living sustainably a little easier in Hong Kong. A connector of people and wearer of many hats, Chris focuses on strategic partnerships and driving the company’s vision to change the way people feel about food consumption.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chris grew up in a family of F&B executives and hoteliers, so it became no surprise that Chris would embark on a journey that is food-related. Prior to pursuing CHOMP full-time, Chris worked for renowned experiential marketing agency, Jack Morton, where he held positions in account management and business development and managed clients including FWD, HSBC Private Banking and Vacheron Constantin.

Passionate about sustainability and all things food-related, Chris is also a graduate from hospitality school, Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland.

Dawn CHUI

Dr Dawn Chui has been advocating and commercializing innovation solutions along the sustainability line. Since 2020, she dedicates efforts in an innovative food waste management solutions which is hyperlocal, hygienic, organic and friendly to the environment, and bringing optimal operational efficiency. Earlier, Dawn had set up and managed the China-Italy Innovation Center in Shenzhen working with the authorities, academia and investors. Also, she had been the Head of Business Development – International and China at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, and the Head of Asia-Pacific for the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

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Expert in Food Waste Management and Innovation

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Jenna Chow

Research and Investment at The Mills Fabrica

Jenna Chow focuses on engaging startups and partners via research findings in the techstyle space.

Prior to joining The Mills Fabrica, she was involved in various research-related roles, including R&D at Nissin Foods with a focus on development and impraovement of food formulations. Jenna holds a BSc in Food Science from McGill University, where she was actively involved in scientific research projects in food microbiology and developmental biology.  With a background in Food Science, Research & Development, and Product Development, Jenna merges her analytical research skills with her passion for fashion, food, and technology.

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Felix Cheung

Founder and CEO of IXON

Felix Cheung is the founder and CEO of IXON, a Hong Kong startup that specializes in food preservation. He is the inventor of advanced sous-vide aseptic packaging, a sustainable packaging that enables the storage of fresh meat, fish and seafood at room temperature. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Australia, Felix came from a family with 30 years of experience in food, catering and hospitality. He is a permanent resident within the hotel chains of Hyatt International Group and has given talks on customer services and loyalty marketing. Apart from being a well trained chef, Felix holds a PhD degree in physics from the University of Sydney, a Master degree in Food Analysis and Food Safety Management from Hong Kong Baptist University, and a Bachelor degree in Earth Science, Mathematics and Physics from Flinders University of South Australia. 

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Kanika Jhunjhnuwala

Executive Director of Sustainability & Environment at Sudima Hotels

Kanika is the Executive Director of Sustainability & Environment at Sudima Hotels and a member of the Institute of Directors. She is passionate about creating impact through her personal and professional career. She loves the environment and social causes and believes in supporting community initiatives. Originally from Hong Kong she now calls New Zealand home and is always looking for ways to increase her impact and the next challenge. She has studied physics and environmental engineering and worked on economic models to inform policy decisions in New Zealand. Her focus is now to help transform businesses to ensure they are making as much positive impact as possible. She is equally comfortable at a table with the Senior Managers working on an ESG strategy and encouraging them to apply a sustainability lens to all their decisions or engaging with the front line staff to understand the operational challenges to implementing sustainability initiatives. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, scuba diving and hiking saying being in nature is what grounds her.

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Maggie Luk

Incubation and Ecosystem at The Mills Fabrica

Maggie is responsible for Incubation & Ecosystem at The Mills Fabrica. She manages Fabrica’s incubation programme by providing connections and exposure. She also curates the startup community through organizing ecosystem building initiatives and developing a new HK Startups Ecosystem Network. Before joining The Mills Fabrica, she worked at a startup incubation hub leading the corporate innovation projects in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. She started her career as a banker, with over seven years of experience in credit analysis, client relationship management, corporate & digital strategy in Asia Pacific office. She covered apparel / footwear manufacturers, property developers and government entities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the USA.

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Richard Oliver

Founder at Sustainabl.

Richard Oliver proves to us that if you are passionate about sustainability you shouldn’t let your day job get in the way. Richard initially founded Sustainabl. in 2019 as a passion project with a vision of eliminating plastic and PLA packaging in Hong Kong. Fast forward 2 years, and Richard now leads a team of turtle loving champions driven by their shared passion for minimising their impact on the planet, supplying planet positive packaging solutions. The Sustainabl. team now supplies many of the biggest and best F&B businesses in Hong Kong, with 'truly' sustainable, responsibly sourced, home compostable and paper recyclable packaging solutions, which ensure their products do not pollute our oceans or contribute to the increasing amount of global deforestation or unnecessary waste going to landfills.

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Tommy Leung

Founder at HakkoBako & Gafell

Tommy Leung is an entrepreneur, food developer and founder of HakkoBako a food-tech startup. He also founded GAFELL a frozen meal delivery business in Hong Kong.

Tommy has been awarded a number of prizes and honours for development of foods, including the PAPA Awards, AA Taste Awards and he was also nominated as one of Sweden’s top entrepreneurial Super Talents published by business magazine Veckans Affärer.

Tommy is a gaming enthusiast (Age of Empires, Starcraft) and is relearning to skateboard after 20 years.

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Walden Lam

Co-founder and CEO, Unspun

Walden Lam is a cofounder and the CEO of unspun, overseeing all strategy, operations, finance and partnerships. Prior to founding unspun, he led growth and digital strategies at lululemon. He also worked with the most forward-thinking consumer companies at IDEO and invested in cross-border early-stage ventures at GGV Capital. He holds a bachelor degree in Actuarial Science from CUHK and an MBA from Stanford.

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Woody Chan

CSR & Sustainability Manager at foodpanda

Woody Chan leads CSR and sustainability initiatives in foodpanda HK, strengthening foodpanda’s commitment to grow sustainably with its ecosystem of riders, merchants, and consumers.
Since joining, Woody has focused on tackling issues such as carbon emissions, plastic consumption and food waste by implementing innovative best practices and establishing partnerships with market-leading environmental groups such as WWF-Hong Kong.

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