The Challenge of Plastic Marine Pollution Through Innovation, Corporate Strategy and Art

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The Challenge of Plastic Marine Pollution Through Innovation, Corporate Strategy and Art

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The global imperative of tackling plastic marine pollution is indisputably clear and it is the companies who consider these issues as fundamental who will remain competitive and survive in the long term. Customers and employees are seeking out ethical and sustainable companies to buy from and to work for, and companies must adapt their business models to stay ahead of the game. 

Dana Winograd from Plastic Free Seas has been providing education and raising awareness about this problem for the past 5 years.  Dana will explain why it is important for businesses to consider environmental issues such as plastic marine pollution as part of their overall strategy and discuss this global issue from a local corporate perspective.

Innovation, creativity and art are essential ways to get the message across and to highlight this, Dana is joined by two renowned local artists, Martin Lever and William Furniss, who have been creating art to raise awareness reflect their passion for this issue.


About the speaker

Dana Winograd is the Director-Operations of Plastic Free Seas (PFS), a registered Hong Kong charity focusing on the issue of plastic marine pollution, having joined shortly after its inception in 2013. She has lived in HK for over 20 years and first got involved with environmental issues in 2007 when she helped drive recycling in Discovery Bay where she lives. Seeing that it would take more than recycling to help solve the problem of plastic marine pollution, Dana joined PFS to help promote change in people's use of plastic through education and action and has delivered talks on waste reduction and personal behaviour change to students from kindergarten through to university, as well as to adults within the corporate program. Plastic Free Seas has reached over 29,000 students in more than 110 schools through in-class, beach and sea programmes.  


Martin Lever has lived and worked in Hong Kong on and off for almost 40 years. One of the biggest inspirations in his life is this unique city he calls home – a place he celebrates in his art and design.

His artwork has been exhibited in a number of solo shows in Hong Kong, the UK and the Middle East. His work adorns the walls of private collectors, as well as corporate lobbies including Estee Lauder, the McKinsey Corporation, Patton Boggs Law and the Wharf Group.

His approach to painting is refreshingly simple: he closes his eyes, and paints what he sees. Using striking contrasts of colour and lighthearted observational touches, he creates powerful impressionist images that celebrate the world around us through a new lens.

His creative work has been recognised around the world with countless international advertising and design industry awards. And his acclaimed series of children’s books – The BogeyBugz – is helping fuel young imaginations.


William Furniss is a urbanist and architectural photographer based in Hong Kong.

He was born in London in 1970. An early interest in science and design led to an engineering degree at Exeter University in England before beginning his photographic career in 1991. Initially taken with the idea of working as a portrait photographer, Furniss assisted luminaries of the London scene such Patrick Litchfield and Terry O’Neill.

In 1993 Furniss was encouraged by friends already in residence to visit Hong Kong. Deng Xiaoping had reputedly said “To get rich is glorious” and the world’s focus had suddenly swung towards China. Fully intending to continue portrait photography on arriving in Hong Kong, his work took a marked change of direction.The alien visual landscape of Hong Kong reignited a fascination with documenting the immediate environment; the rural English landscapes of his youth now being replaced by the chaotic cityscapes of Asia. Initial simple and straight forward records on film developed into ever more complicated narratives through multiple exposures and contact sheets.

Furniss’ interest in cities led him to New York in 1999 with two years spent there developing his approach which today favours previsualisation of the image and camera-only manipulations to create a subjective but recognisable record of our time and a testament to the belief that cities should be vibrant, enjoyable, sustainable, democratic places that enable a positive future for us on this planet. Numerous exhibitions have been held of Furniss’ work which features in collections in Hong Kong and elsewhere.


Ticket includes free-flow drinks and canapes.

Member $ 290.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 350.00 HKD
Y-Network $220.00 HKD
Startup $220.00 HKD
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The Challenge of Plastic Marine Pollution Through Innovation, Corporate Strategy and Art

Thu, September 13, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Dana Winograd, Director-Operations, Plastic Free Seas (PFS)


Martin Lever, Artist 


William Furniss, Urbanist and Architectural Photographer 

The Executive Centre, 43/F, 3 Garden Road, Champion Tower, Central
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