22 Nov 2018
Innovation for the Greater Good
Learn how to leverage innovation to create positive impact in the current food system
One of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure good health and well-being among the general population, and we know that businesses play a critical role in shaping our health and well-being. At the global level for example, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Global Reporting Initiatives are collaborating on creating a Culture of Health for Business. In Asia, Community Business has published research on mental health in the workplace in Asia and organised Asia Employee Wellbeing Week in October 2018.
In this meeting, we will be zeroing in on how innovations could improve the current food system. Healthy diet is one of the key factors that underpins better health and well-being, including mental well-being. Specifically, the World Economic Forum recently launched a report titled “Innovation with a Purpose: The role of technology innovation in accelerating food systems transformation”, which explains why revamping food systems is essential in order to sustain the world’s population, and identifies the emerging technology innovations that can help to achieve this. Join this meeting and learn about how social innovation, from urban farming, food safety, to technological advancement, may enhance the food system, and subsequently our health and well-being.
Who should attend:
Senior business leaders and managers in corporate affairs/communications, CSR, HR, NGO/SE managers
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Paul Haswell (Moderator)morePartner, Pinsent MasonsPaul specialises in technology (including telecoms and data protection), and advises clients on both non-contentious issues and disputes.
Susan EvansmoreFounder and CEO, MeleeSusan Evans is an entrepreneur, consultant and lecturer in innovation and design
Björn SegerblommoreOwner, Strategic Enterprises LimitedBjörn Segerblom is engaged in selected board, advisory and project assignments primarily in nanotechnology, food safety, floating wind power technology and independent organisations, with main focus upon Hong Kong, Asia and Scandinavia.
Pol FàbregamoreCo-Founder, Rooftop RepublicPol Fàbrega is the co-founder of Rooftop Republic. He has been pioneering the urban farming movement in Hong Kong for the last six years
Partner, Pinsent Masons
Paul Haswell (Moderator)
Paul has extensive experience of advising in relation to commercial contracts, outsourcing arrangements, complex IT and telecoms projects and the disputes that can arise from these. Paul is especially known for providing level-headed, commercial advice in pressured environments, as well as his personal interest in technology and technological developments. He lectures regularly in Asia, most recently on the topics of restrictive covenants, cyber security cloud computing, data protection and social media.
Founder and CEO, Melee
Her previous experience includes: being member of prestigious EU research and development projects, Fraunhofer institute; a VP in global advertising with world leaders including Saatchi and Saatchi and Publicis London, FCB and Young and Rubicam San Francisco; and CMO and strategic consultant for Silicon Valley digital start-ups and world leaders including Intel, Volvo, Pepsi-co. More recently she was featured in the Guardian 50 global social-entrepreneurs and received extensive media coverage for her work in China where she founded a social enterprise to create market and demand towards regenerative and healthier society.
Evans is known as a frequent speaker, researcher and peer reviewed writer on innovation, leadership and systems regeneration.
Owner, Strategic Enterprises Limited
Based in Hong Kong has has, for the last 12 years, been associated with Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, a statutory body with the goal of transforming Hong Kong into the regional hub for innovation and technology, as Overseas Representative in Europe. Previously, Björn Segerblom gained extensive international industrial management and marketing experience in senior positions for major Swedish corporations, followed by 15 years in Asia Pacific chief executive positions for SGS Societe Generale de Surveillance of Switzerland, then based in both Geneva and Asia. His wide experience spans chemical, turnkey contracting, industrial explosives and mechanical engineering industries as well as certification, inspection and verification services for industries and governments, plus extensive exposure to international incubation and start-up communities in several high-tech and life science sectors, including also extensive interaction with government and business agencies in Hong Kong and Europe.
Björn Segerblom has also served many years on the Board, including as Chairman, of Sweden-based Royal Sweden Hong Kong Business Council, later upgraded to The Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Sweden. Now spending most of his active time in Hong Kong and Asia, Björn is its Honorary Chairman and Hong Kong Representative. An overseas Swede for more than 30 years and permanently based in Hong Kong since 2001, Björn Segerblom is married, and his wife of 25 years is from Hong Kong. With a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, Björn Segerblom is fluent in English and has good command also of German and French.