'Different Shades of Green': International perspectives on sustainability
How can we build back better after the pandemic? With climate change being an existential threat, what can we collectively do to tackle the environmental crisis? How is human health impacted? How are fund managers adjusting their investments to support environmental and social responsibility? What are the leading global companies doing about sustainability? How are higher education institutions contributing to a low carbon future? Can cities design clean and equitable energy plans? What policies can support climate resilience in local communities?
During Oxford Meeting Minds 2021, our Principal, Sir Gordon Duff will chair a panel of alumnae: Jean Chia (PPE, 1991), Joy Lam (Biodiversity, Conservation & Management, 2005) and Yeou-Rong Jih (Psychological Research, 2011) who will share their insights about sustainability from different perspectives.
Sir Gordon has a personal interest in how sustainability impacts global health and will moderate the event. Jean Chia has over 20 years of international asset management experience, and will share her views about the rapidly growing trend in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing. Joy Lam is spearheading the LEGO Group’s strategy on building circular business and products, and will also discuss her work leading sustainable development initiatives at Hong Kong University. Yeou-Rong Jih will talk about her NGO experience assisting cities and communities in using data and technologies to design smarter and cleaner energy pathways.
Our speakers will be calling in from Asia, Europe and the US, and we hope you will join us from around the world too. See you at Different Shades of Green on Saturday 17 April 2021, 1-2.30pm BST for an invigorating discussion about the most pressing issue of our generation.
This will be a live, online event with audience Q&A, and you can book your ticket here. Please return to this page to join the event on the day.
The event is free, and voluntary donations will go to the St Hilda’s Garden Fund.
Chief Investment Officer (CIO) & Head, Portfolio Management & Research Office (PMRO)
Bank of Singapore
Jean Chia has over 20 years of experience in Private Banking and Asset Management. She is responsible for Bank of Singapore’s CIO Views, Macroeconomics, Investment Strategy, Forex, Equity & Fixed Income Research, as well as Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM), Advisory Portfolio Management (APM) and Funds Due Diligence teams at Bank of Singapore. She is a member of the board of directors for BOS International Funds, Luxembourg and a member of the OCBC Wealth Panel. She is currently a Financial Women’s Association of Singapore (FWA) Female Champion.
Prior to her current role, she was previously Head of Client Advisory Services for Equities, Investment Products & Services at UBS Wealth Management, Singapore. Before that, she was Vice President, Head of Grassroots Research at Allianz Dresdner Asset Management (now known as Allianz Global Investors). Jean read PPE at St Hilda’s.
Circular Economy Director
Joy Lam serves as the Circular Economy Director at the LEGO Group based in Denmark. She leads the group on progressive and innovative ways to build circular business and products. Prior to LEGO, Joy was the Head of Sustainability Office at the University of Hong Kong. In the role, she led the development and strategic execution of sustainability at the university, working with multi-stakeholders to collaboratively develop and realise HKU’s institutional vision, commitments, and goals to integrate principles of sustainability into all aspects of the university. Joy studied for a Master of Science degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at St Hilda’s.
Director of Urban Initiatives
Yeou-Rong Jih currently serves as the Director of Urban Initiatives at Greenlink Analytics, an environmental NGO based in Atlanta. She is part of the consulting team that helps cities design clean and equitable energy policies based on Greenlink’s award-winning climate analysis modelling. Currently, Yeou is focused on assisting cities create their clean energy plans and creating a national energy equity map.
Yeou received her undergraduate degree from Emory University in Neuroscience and Behavioural Biology and a Master of Science in Research Psychology from St Hilda’s. After graduate school, she worked at the Sierra Club Georgia Chapter as a Volunteer Coordinator and the City of Atlanta as a Senior Manager of Resilience Policy and Programs. Her project portfolio at the City included helping create and implement the Atlanta Resilience Strategy, building the Proctor Creek Greenway Trail, managing initiatives related to the City’s alternative fueled vehicle fleet, and aiding in the creation of the City’s 100% Clean Energy Plan.