Dr. Glenn Frommer, Head of Corporate Sustainability, MTR Corporation
Climate change is the new normal.The World Meteorological Organisation is reporting the hottest decade on record and the World Bank is warning of the plethora of dangers that a 4°C warming will deliver. So how will climate change impact Hong Kong businesses, and their value chains? What steps should businesses take to prepare themselves for climate change?Dr Glenn Frommer, Head of Corporate Sustainability, MTR Corporation, will discuss what Hong Kong businesses might expect from climate change, explain some of the transport and logistics sector-specific risks, opportunities, and adaptation actions, as well as showcase how MTR is making sure that its business is climate change-ready.
Murrary Steele, Director of the Financial Times, Non-Executive Director Diploma, and Workshop Presenter
At this breakfast, Murray Steele will discuss some of the issues around being a non-executive giving you an overview as well as an opportunity to reflect on whether or not you want to take on non-executive directorship.
Wilfred Chan, Sustainability Portfolio Manager, British Standards Institution Asia Pacific & Operation Director of Hong Kong
Wilfred Chan, BSI Sustainability Portfolio Manager of BSI Asia Pacific, will discuss about ways to achieve sustainable goals with value creation and how to put it into practice. He will also share with you some of the global case studies and updates on Environmental Management, Social Accountability, Energy Management, Water Management, CSR and Carbon Management. Wilfred will also talk about local ESG requirements and how to enhance workplace quality and increase environmental protection.
With overseas investors remaining optimistic on the outlook of China's economy in the medium and long term, China continues to be one of the leading countries in the world for FDI inflows. However, a successful investment in China requires the investor to navigate through China’s complex tax and regulatory environment, and to be able to respond quickly to policy changes taking place. In this briefing Chris Xing, tax partner from KPMG, will share the recent tax law and policy developments in China relevant for green field investments as well for M&A transactions. The session will focus on the economic trends for 2013, key tax and regulatory considerations for investing in China and the likely impact of major tax law reform items, including VAT reform and fiscal incentive measures.
As a result of the unprecedented growth of the economy and energy consumption, no other country is facing more daunting challenges than China to reduce pollutant emissions. A critical but inadequately addressed question is how rapidly China could achieve such mitigation. The stake is high not only about how much worse China’s environmental quality could become but also on how likely the world could prevent catastrophic climate change. Through examining mainly SO2 mitigation in coal-fired power plants and secondarily wind energy development, the speaker suggests a comparative advantage strategy for China’s fast pollution mitigation. The strategy could help effectively accumulate strong enough political will and enforcement capacity to quickly create demand for the installation and operation of environmental facilities, on the one hand, and build up industrial capacity and competiveness to meet the huge demand, on the other.
Alastair Hughes, Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific, Jones Lang LaSalle, will share his views on the broad property markets of Asia Pacific; what we have seen this year and what we can anticipate over the next 12-18 months.
Nicholas Brooke, Chairman, Professional Property Services Ltd.
The Chief Executive's plans to define the long term future for the HK SAR have clearly been impacted by more short term challenges. However this does not lessen the requirement for a strategic agenda addressing both the issues of both competitiveness and relevance. Nicholas Brooke will outline some of his thoughts as to the priorities including the need to focus on innovation as the driver of growth, enhanced city planning and improving the built environment, recognizing and seizing HK's smart city potential and more specifically how to respond to changing community aspirations and expectations, and land policy as one of the root causes of many of our present property issues.
Marco Kaster, Investment Director, Stanley Gibbons (Asia) Ltd.
Heritage assets like rare stamps and coins aren't just collectibles; they are an exceptionally solid investment and important diversification option. Marco Kaster will discuss how concerned investors are using rare stamps and other collectibles for portfolio diversification and how collectibles are an unexpected source of strong returns. With rare stamps and coins uncorrelated to other asset classes and largely unaffected by economic events, this is a bonus in today’s challenging financial climate.