Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate - Risk to Resilience

Supported by the Environment and Energy Committee



Hendrik Rosenthal, Director - Group Sustainability, CLP Holdings Limited

Mark Harper, Group Head of Sustainability, John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited

Neal Beatty, Principal, Control Risks

Summer Chen, Climate Change Senior Advisor, ERM



Deborah Tsien, Principal Consultant, ERM


Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate - Risk to Resilience

The 2021 Global Risks Report released during the World Economic Forum highlights the fact that climate-related risks have grown in prominence over the years. The report indicates that risks related to extreme weather events, natural disasters and failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation are all rated as part of the top five global risks.
Devastating floods in Europe and China, record heat and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest – the series of natural catastrophes in recent months point to a world increasingly at risk from extreme weather. The rapidly changing risk landscape presents both challenges and opportunities for communities and businesses. There is a growing accountability on businesses to address climate-related risks and navigate the adaptation measures to build resilience.
This event will focus on how business can better manage their climate-related risks, and what technologically feasible and economically efficient risk management strategies / measures are in place to create sustainable, long-term value and respond to growing demands from investors.
Join this in-person event to hear from our expert speakers’ insights to understand how business can weight up these risks and build resilience.


About the speakers


Hendrik is responsible for the Group’s sustainability-related strategy, reporting and communications. He supports the senior management in sustainability and climate change-related risk management and advises on sustainability matters of the Group’s power business in the Asia-Pacific region. With 20 years of experience in environmental management across the public, private and NGO sectors, Hendrik previously led research and consulting projects in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He began his career in natural resource management and environmental policy, through various positions at Canadian government agencies in environment and development. After moving to Hong Kong in 2008, Hendrik promoted sustainability practices via private sector projects and through policy engagement for industry associations. Prior to joining CLP, he was a senior manager of applied sustainability in Singapore working for a multinational company.


Mr Mark Harper has worked for around 20 years in the field of corporate sustainability. As Group Head of Sustainability at Swire, Mr Harper will be responsible for managing the Group Sustainable Development Office, and leading on the design, execution and performance monitoring of global corporate strategy for sustainability for the Swire Group, and acting as the lead change agent in driving improved sustainability performance and best practices, with a view to further embed sustainability into overall business strategy for Swire.  

Prior to taking up the Group Head of Sustainability role, Mr Harper had worked at John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd. for over six years, where he was responsible for managing the Group’s ESG disclosures as well as advising operating companies on their own ESG submissions. In addition to his work on ESG ratings, Mr Harper was also responsible for advising the Group on policy and strategy development, particularly in the areas of climate resilience, biodiversity and sustainable waste management. He also sits on the Board of Business Environment Council, the Executive Committee of the Drink Without Waste working group, and is Vice Chair of the Environment and Energy Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. 

Mr Harper has extensive experience of ESG disclosure standards such as GRI and the Hong Kong Exchange ESG Reporting Guide, as well as conducting sector focused benchmarking studies, corporate environmental management, as well as organising hands-on corporate citizenship and CSR training programmes. 

Before joining John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd., Mr Harper worked in a number of senior management roles at high profile NGOs including the Earthwatch Institute, Fauna & Flora International, China Water Risk, and Business Environment Council, where he was responsible for managing the organisations advisory services on ESG reporting and corporate sustainability strategy development. 

Neal Beatty is a Principal in Control Risks’ Hong Kong office. In this role, he is responsible for client relationships in Hong Kong, developing new business with multinational clients and advising on areas of business risk that impact clients’ operations in Hong Kong, Greater China and the Asia Pacific region. 

Neal also consults with clients on issues related to strategic risk management and crisis preparedness, including restructuring and reputational issues. He has assisted clients dealing with sensitive internal compliance and business continuity issues and regularly conducts crisis & risk management workshops with senior management groups. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Neal regularly gives presentations to both multinational and Chinese companies on a range of business risk-related issues. 

Before his appointment as Principal in Control Risks’ Hong Kong office, Neal was based in Control Risks' Shanghai office. During that time, he was the Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai (April 2013 - May 2015). Neal has spent most of the last 25 years living and working in Greater China. Before joining Control Risks, Neal worked as head of security in China for a large US financial institution, based in Beijing. Before this, Neal worked in Shanghai as a manager for a risk management consulting firm and in Taiwan for the Swiss group Société Générale de Surveillance. 

Neal holds a master’s degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Warwick University, both in the UK. 


Summer is a senior advisor of business low carbon economy transition with ERM HK and supports companies at all stages of their decarbonisation journey, from developing a net zero strategy, implementing energy efficiency or reduction measures, to deploying low-carbon technologies, such as CCUS, Hydrogen. She has experience particularly in Climate Change Risk Assessment, TCFD Advisory and Scenario Analysis, covering a broad range of sectors, including oil &gas, power, manufacturing, real-estate and finance. Prior to Hong Kong, Summer has worked for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office on climate change energy policy through the delivery of projects to support regional energy transition, where she has gained a portfolio of experience in climate risk, offshore wind, carbon market and green finance. Summer also took temporary roles in UN agencies (UNFCCC, UNDP).


About the moderator 

Deborah is a Principal Consultant in ERM Hong Kong’s Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change Team, with environmental consulting experience in assisting a range of public and private clients in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Southeast Asia, and United States. She has particular interest and experience in developing bespoke sustainability frameworks and strategies for building/infrastructure projects as well as within corporate environments, to strive for a low-carbon Hong Kong. She has assisted Clients with carbon neutral and net zero strategy development, target setting, and decarbonization and climate change resilience action plans. While in the US, Debbie was involved in environmental and sustainability compliance of waterfront infrastructure developments with consideration of climate risks, and environmental due diligence projects in New York and California. 


This event is hosted by David Graham.

Ticket includes a full hot English breakfast buffet.


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9/29/2022 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
China Standard Time
Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club 1 Jackson Road Central

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