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In light of climate change and food safety as well as shortage crises, the green economy holds the key to turning the tide. To encourage businesses champion social good and capitalise on the trend, Green Monday is proud to present “The Future of GREENovation Forum 2018” on April 23. Food-tech entrepreneurs, impact investors, influencers and digital media experts will be sharing how big visions and effective strategies innovate their fields, inspiring businesses and individuals to make conscious choices for a greener future.

Date: April 23 2018 (Monday)

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Cordis Hotel Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon

Ticketing: https://greenovation2018.eventbrite.hk

Media Partners: Green Queen & LIVEKINDLY

Key Speakers:

New Era of Asian Consumption

Tao DongTao Dong

Vice Chairman Greater China

Credit Suisse Private Banking Asia Pacific

Dong Tao is a Managing Director and the Vice Chairman Greater China for Credit Suisse Private Banking Asia Pacific. Dr. Tao was ranked #1 in First Business News Survey and is highly regarded by investors worldwide. He has published more than ten books in his career. Dr. Tao joined Credit Suisse in 1998 as the Chief Regional Economist for non-Japan Asia, with a focus on China. He moved from investment bank to private bank in July 2016. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, he was with Schroders Securities Asia as Senior Regional Economist and Head of China research. Dr. Tao holds a Ph.D. degree and a M.Sc. degree from University of Utah and B.A. from Beijing Foreign Language University.

Food Innovation

Portrait - Greg SteltenpholGreg Steltenpohl

Co-founder & CEO, Califia Farms

Greg’s disruptive approach has led to the rapid growth of Califia Farms as an innovative leader of premium, natural beverages that make it easy for consumers to go “plant-powered” and live a dairy-free lifestyle. Califia Farms is now the top selling ready-to-drink coffee and almond milk brand in the US and one of the fastest growing plant-based beverage companies in the world. Previously, he founded Odwalla Inc. which was acquired by Coke in 2001. Greg also co-founded the Interra Project in 2000 and Adina for Life in 2004. He has also served on the board of numerous organisations, including Slow Money Alliance and Social Venture Network, and has been a long time member of the Institute of Food Technologists.

Josh Tetrick Josh Tetrick

 Co-founder & CEO, JUST

Josh is the Co-founder and CEO of JUST (formerly Hampton Creek), a San Francisco-based company on a mission to build a food system where everyone eats well. Prior to founding JUST, he led a UN business initiative in Kenya and worked for both former President Clinton and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. As a Fulbright Scholar, Josh taught school children in Nigeria and South Africa and is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School. He has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Inc.’s “35 Under 35” and Fortune’s “40 Under 40.”

Impact Investment

Roger LienhardRoger Lienhard

Founder, Blue Horizon Corporation

Roger is a serial entrepreneur and business incubator. He is also the Founder and Initiator of the Blue Horizon Corporation and affiliated Blue Horizon International Foundation, which invests in sustainable social entrepreneurship and international development projects with a focus on food and agriculture around the globe. Roger’s primary objective is to generate synergies between the associate companies for maximum impact on the major global shift towards more sustainable solutions in food and agriculture.

PeterPeter Strugatz

Advisor, Green Monday Ventures

Peter is an early member of the mission-driven business community as an entrepreneur and an investor. His ability to analyse and assess both impact and scalability led him to invest early in today’s successful sustainability superstars including Stonyfield Farm Yogurt and Zipcar. Peter’s resume includes 16 years as CEO of manufacturing companies, 8 years as a full-time social angel investor, and 4 years of consulting and coaching mission-driven entrepreneurs and investors. After 20 years working with and investing in social enterprises, Peter launched IceStone as co-founder and co-CEO, one of the first sustainable building product companies and the number one sustainable countertop solution.

Corey Vernon

Senior Associate, Radicle Impact

Corey is a Senior Associate at Radicle Impact Partners, which provides early stage growth capital for transformative companies in the areas of good food, good money and good energy.  She is passionate about supporting exceptional entrepreneurs who are building businesses to create an equitable and regenerative future. Prior to joining Radicle Impact in 2015, Corey was an Analyst at ING Capital, where she focused on providing structured acquisition financing for leveraged buyout transactions.

Media Platforms for Social Good

Vikas GargVikas Garg

Founder & CEO, abillionVeg

Vikas is the Founder and CEO of abillionVeg, a social media and consumer internet platform launched in 2017, accelerating a global consumer movement towards plant-based living. Prior to launching abV, Vikas spent his career in finance as an analyst, portfolio manager and fund manager at CalPERS, Dymon Asia Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston and 1/0 Capital. Vikas is involved with grassroots minority education initiatives and animal welfare programmes around the world. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in Singapore.

Klaus MitchellKlaus Mitchell

Founder, Plant Based News

Klaus’ background as a scientist underpins his thorough approach that has helped make Plant Based News one of the leading digital media outlets on the latest developments of the industry. He graduated from the University of Exeter with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biosciences in 2013. He holds a Master’s degree in Genetics of Human Disease. Klaus is experienced in several research roles, including at Kings College London (Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology) and Portsmouth University (Institute of Marine Sciences). He has had a number of writing roles, including authoring an article published in the journal of Public Health Nutrition, which explores the effects of diets on various health markers. He is also a filmmaker of the documentaries Vegan 2016 and Vegan 2017.


Jodi Monelle

Founder & CEO, LIVEKINDLY Media Inc. 

Jodi is the Founder and CEO of global media company LIVEKINDLY. Inspired to create a platform for those curious about changing to a more ethical lifestyle, and drawing upon an early love of design, professional experience in media and technology, LIVEKINDLY was launched in spring-2017. The platform is used to demonstrate how accessible and enjoyable the vegan lifestyle can be, through a supportive, inclusive and positive community for all. It is currently the fastest growing vegan media publisher reaching more than 40 million people a month in under one year of operation.

Global Green Culture, Movement & Beyond

Brain KatemanBrian Kateman

Co-founder & President, The Reducetarian Foundation

Brian is the Co-founder and President of the Reducetarian Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy to create a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world. Brian is the editor of The Reducetarian Cookbook (Hachette Book Group: September 18, 2018) and The Reducetarian Solution (Penguin Random House: April 18, 2017). His writings have appeared in various media outlets including The Atlantic, Quartz, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Vox, and The New York Daily News. He is an instructor in the Executive Education Programme at the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University.

Matt Rice

President, Mercy For Animals

Matt is the President for Mercy For Animals. He used to serve as Director of Investigations for the organisation, working closely with investigators to obtain video footage and other evidence of animal abuse at factory farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses. Matt also worked with attorneys, veterinarians, and animal welfare experts to draft criminal complaints and secure animal cruelty convictions against individuals and facilities that abuse animals. Investigations by MFA have led to raids of factory farms, rescues of abused and neglected farmed animals, passage of landmark anti-cruelty legislation, corporate animal welfare policy reforms, and millions of people’s hearts and minds opened to the power of food choices to create a kinder world. Matt is a former US marine and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and anthropology from the University of Colorado.

CSR Pioneers on Sustainability with Innovation

Rebecca Donnellan

Director of Sustainability, MGM Macau

Rebecca is responsible for overseeing MGM’s environmental management programme, specifically managing projects for energy and water conservation, waste and recycling, green building, green procurement and stakeholder engagement. She works across departments from Hotel Operations, to F&B, to Design and Development, to Procurement in an effort to integrate sustainability considerations into operations. Sustainable food production and consumption is a huge passion of hers both personally as a vegetarian, and professionally Rebecca aims to catalyse change through engaging MGM’s F&B team and in working closely with procurement to choose products that are better for the environment and society. Prior to working at MGM, Rebecca was a management consultant in PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change practices in London and Sydney, assisting multinationals in their sustainability strategy development and programme roll out.

Ellie Tang

Head of Sustainability, New World Development Company Limited

Ellie is currently Head of Sustainability at New World Development, where she launched and drives the “New World Sustainability Vision 2030” across all major Group companies. Ellie leads the Group’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting, risk management, environmental management, and green financing initiatives. Also serving as General Manager – Sustainability at K11 Group Limited, Ellie supports Hong Kong and Mainland China property projects from planning to customer experience design. Previously, Ellie was the Asia Pacific Coordinator of the “HSBC Water Programme”, a USD100m global partnership which invests in freshwater and sanitation projects to improve livelihoods. She also has experience in sustainability management in the REIT sector, environmental and health policy research, as well as UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism carbon credit project advisory. Ellie holds an MPA degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University in the U.S. She is also a certified health coach and a marathon runner.

Influencers on Green Lifestyle

Vivian KongVivian Kong

Hong Kong Olympian Fencer

Vivian is a full-time athlete on the Hong Kong fencing team. She is a 2016 Rio Olympian, NCAA champion, and current world #6 rank women’s epee fencer. She became a pescetarian in college and decided to turn vegan in 2017. As a plant-fuelled athlete, she hopes to show how good she feels and prove that she is stronger than before. Vivian is now training for the 2020 Olympics, finishing her masters in Chinese Law, and she will be starting her Juris Doctor this fall.

Michelle Saram updated

Michelle Saram


Michelle is an actress from Singapore. She won MediaCorp’s Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award twice. Michelle cares deeply about the environment and animal welfare issues. She has been a Green Monday Ambassador since 2014 and champions green living on social media, inspiring the public on how food choices can affect the Earth and their health. She majored in Mass Communications at Nanyang Technological University and was awarded the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award by her alma mater in 2006.

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Kay Tse


Kay is a well-known Cantopop singer from Hong Kong. Her music touches on a broad variety of subject matter including social issues in the territory. She hopes to transcribe local people’s lives and sentiments into her songs as a way to celebrate it and document it. She has been actively involved in many charitable and philanthropic initiatives, including Cancer Fund, World Vision and Habitat for Humanity. Kay is deeply concerned about climate change and the environment. She strives to use her fame to advocate an eco-friendly lifestyle to the public. She is now a Green Monday Ambassador, championing a sustainable plant-based diet. She was awarded as one of the Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 2010.

The Future of Greenovation

Portrait - David YeungDavid Yeung

Co-founder & CEO, Green Monday

David is the Co-founder and CEO of Green Monday, a social venture founded in Hong Kong that tackles climate change and global food insecurity through public advocacy, impact investing, corporate consulting, and specialised retail. Under Green Monday, David launched Green Common, the world’s first plant-based green living destination. Green Monday is named by Fast Company as “Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in China,” while David is named by Fast Company as “100 Most Creative People in China”, “PE 100 Asia” by Purpose Economy, “17 Rising Social Entrepreneurs” by Conscious Company Magazine, and received Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons 2015 award. David is the Director of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, Hong Kong AIDS Foundation, and Hong Kong Buddhist Association. He also authored a number of bestsellers on applied Buddhism and Zen philosophy.


Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger

Senior Editor, LIVEKINDLY Media Inc. 

Jill is the senior editor and partner at LIVEKINDLY, the fastest growing vegan media publisher on the web. Her writing is focused on the the global food system and how it intersects with our ethics. Before joining the LIVEKINDLY team, Jill was the the senior editor for OrganicAuthority.com, and she spent more than a decade working with leading organic and natural food brands including Clif Bar, Tofurky, Yogi Tea, and Sambazon.

SonalieSonalie Figueiras 

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Green Queen 

Sonalie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Green Queen, Hong Kong’s largest health and wellness media platform and the founder and CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products. With over a decade of experience in publishing, SEO, digital marketing, organic trade and health journalism, she is a wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a regular on the speaking circuit. When she is not working, Sonalie is usually dreaming up new recipes in the kitchen for her family.