Passion Unleashed SG 50

It was Passion Unleashed‘s 30th talk as part of the SG50 series, and it was a pleasure to be invited along with Adrin Loi, Executive Chairman of Ya Kun Kaya Toast to give a keynote talk.

I was asked to share my journey from finance into environmental advocacy, and currently as a speaker and trainer in organisations for sustainability, mindfulness and leadership.

We had an interesting panel discussion at the end with the lively moderator, Felicia (middle)

Panel Discussion Passion Unleashed













It was nice to hear a rising music band – a young local group called Babushka! Rachel (left) on the violin and Fauzo(right) on the guitar rocked along with the rest of the band. I’m holding their instrumental album called ‘Flights of Fancy’

With Babushka














Here’s the Passion Unleashed flyer:

Passion Unleashed Flyer

Green Drinks: Enabling Behaviour Change Talk + Panel on Shifts and Solutions for Green Offices

It was enjoyable to support Green Drinks Singapore on two consecutive months:

Firstly on 25th February 2015 I gave at talk at The Hub on Enabling Behaviour Change in Organisations and in Society, based on the Toolkit that I’m compiling on ‘Engaging Employees in CSR’ which draws from interviews with 11 Singapore based companies and organisations.













Secondly, on 25th March 2015, I moderated a panel discussion on Shifts and Solutions in Sustainable Commerical Interiors

Here’s the outline:

Space has always been a premium in Singapore. With shorter lease periods, a rapidly growing talent pool and continuously changing regulations, the commercial interior industry in Singapore is one of the fastest developing studies in human behaviour and the environment.

But sustainable interiors don’t simply mean planter boxes, recycling bins or green walls. To create a sustainable environment takes better planning, better design, better construction and better regulations. How does the industry tackle the shifts and challenges of growing population and balanced workspace? What does it mean for users who spend 8 hours a day in an office?

This month, Green Drinks present insights and solutions from industry leaders: Haworth and Interface in a panel discussion, to dig deeper into users’ expectations and industry regulations in relation to workspace wellbeing.

Moderating Green Drinks Panel Discussion on Sustainable Interiors


Ms Bhavani Prakash, founder of Green Collar Asia, Eco WALK the Talk and TEDx Speaker.

Mr. Robert Coombs, CEO, Asia Pacific, Interface Inc.
Ms. Faye Hugo, Workplace Wellness and Sustainability Consultant, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Haworth
Mr Tan Phay Ping, Board Member, Singapore Green Building Council and Managing Director, Building System & Diagnostics Pte Ltd

Philanthropy in Asia Summit 2014: Polluted Asia

Photo: Philanthropy in Asia Summit 2014

It was a pleasure to moderate a panel discussion at the ‘Philanthropy in Asia Summit 2014′ on a ‘Polluted Asia’ on 21st October 2014. The summary of the discussion has been reproduced from here

The panelists were Todd Stevens from WCS, Von Hernandez from Greenpeace, Lynda Hong from Singapore Environment Council and Suzy Hutomo from The Body Shop, Indonesia.


Borderless environmental and sustainability challenges are stumped by the localised nature of current solutions. Ranging from polluted air and water, to long-term impact on sustainability, what constructive and realistic collaborative actions can be taken to preserve resources for our future generations?


Session Notes

During this breakout session, a few key takeaways are summarised here:

The current imbalance between consumerism and biodiversity constitutes a lack of awareness and support for environmental conservation in Asia. This results from the transportation of a dirty development model from the North to the South.

The planet should always come first, as our planet supports people and society; without the planet, where is the profit?

A framework for change is needed in terms of worldviews, institutions and technologies. A model of sustainable development should be highlighted, respecting the environmental rights and heritage of current and future generations.

Tripartite cooperation is required between the government, the public and NGOs, essential to helping our environment.

Currently, our borderless environmental challenges are still met with seemingly localised solutions. These solutions can take business steps to make their impact bigger, merging economic development and conservation.

Philanthropy bridges the gap between the current programmes to help create a future where investors can make substantial impacts.

It was also mentioned that raising environmental awareness would create new and innovative ideas. In fact, early childhood education has the greatest impact on environmental awareness. Examples of such education include green awards and the Envision Campaign in Singapore to help educate Singapore’s youth to create care responsibility and ownership of the environment.