The world is facing unprecedented challenges in dealing with critical issues related to sustainability. Multiple stakeholders with various interests and agendas further challenge the ability to effect change at a substantial scale. The world is dynamic and interconnected and we need to understand how initiatives, policies and business decisions integrate and impact the world we live in. It is about time to break linear and reductionist thinking so we can solve multi-dimensional issues.
Picking up from last year's Sustainable Enterprise Summit, the goal of Sustainability Summit 2017 is to be able to view sustainability issues from different sectors as part of a system, understand how they interrelate and affect each other over time, and identify solutions and opportunities that can be implemented collaboratively.
The Sustainability Summit 2017 will highlight the importance of synergistic efforts in creating sustainable solutions.
LizAn Kuster is the Co-Founder of Impact Hub Manila, a former banker, entrepreneur, was Miss Earth Switzerland and is a TV/Events host in Switzerland. LizAn’s mission is to scale impact enterprises into investment-ready companies that can create broad and deep impact. Her core skills are innovation consulting, facilitation of large audiences, business development and technology. She is inspired by entrepreneurship and sustainability, holds a degree in International Business Management from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland, speaks five languages and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She does muai thai and loves Audiobooks.
Niña Terol is a “communicator, connector, and changemaker” whose 18-year career has spanned the corporate, non-profit, creative enterprise, government, media, and academic sectors. A woman of many hats, she is Co-Founder and Chief Fireball of her own venture, Kick Fire Kitchen, a team of motivators and idea catalysts who are passionate about inspiring creativity, innovation, and purpose-driven professional growth among individuals and organizations. She also heads corporate affairs for McCann Worldgroup Philippines, the largest and leading multinational integrated marketing communications agency in the country. Ms. Terol is also an author, educator, public speaker, and a mentor for startups and entrepreneurs.
Mica F. Tan is the CEO MFT Group of Companies, a diversified financial holdings company adhering to the principles of restructuring corporate blueprints and helping businesses grow to establish sustainable financial footing. Currently, the company has 20 subsidiaries from diverse industries including petroleum, pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, retail, food, and finance and investment with presence in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, United States and Europe.
After completing his Bachelor in Arts degree in Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2000, Carlo Calimon entered the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 2003 for his MBA degree where he majored in Marketing and graduated on the Dean’s List. Soon thereafter, he joined the Let’s Go Foundation (Leading Entrepreneurs Towards Seizing Global Opportunities), a non-profit, non-stock organization advocating entrepreneurship. Currently he is a Director of the foundation.
Peggy Chan is the Founder, Executive Chef and Managing Director of Grassroots Pantry, a restaurant and platform space through which she is able to share her passion for organic, plant-based food with the community. An ardent supporter of local sustainable agriculture and food-related NGOs, Peggy dedicates a lot of time to educating the public about the issues that face our food systems today."
Hindy is a devoted wife, mom to four children, a fashion designer and for the past ten years, a biodynamic farmer. She took up Communication Arts at Ateneo de Manila before pursuing fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY. After working as a fashion designer in the retail industry for 15 years, and living at the very center of the city, she decided to move her entire family and worklife to the countryside to achieve a greater connectedness to nature. After immersing herself in various farming, nutrition, healing, education, and movement workshops, she started growing food in her backyard. Harvests became more plentiful, and she began sharing the extra produce with friends and family, and soon after, decided to sell via door-to-door home delivery. Hindy founded Holy Carabao in 2007 with the intention of providing healthier food to Filipino families. It has since grown to a network of small family farms, a farm school, a farm store, and farm kitchen. Together with her partner, Melanie Go, Holy Carabao aims to educate more Filipinos about regenerative agriculture, earth stewardship, conscious community building, and healthier food choices.
Quintin graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and pursued Master's in Literature at Oxford University, International Relations at Cambridge University and Global Business at Georgetown University.
Quintin worked on policy and structural reform in the Senate, House of Representatives and the National Security Council for 3 years before moving into the private sector, working on development and sustainability for companies in the energy and mining sector. He is also a published author and is currently and anchor and producer for Bloomberg TV Philippines.
Cristina McLauchlan, storyteller, brand marketer, 20+ years of event production and a passionate conduit of conscious individuals and ethical sustainable brands.
Cristina, founded The Vibe Tribe in 2016, as an agent of change this platform supports conscious and ethical brands with marketing strategies as well as creating event experiences and journeys where conscious leaders can showcase their work.
These events, experiences and journeys supports the individual, the community with the inspiration to #brandyourvibe and the awareness and to #raiseyourvibe.
Raf Dionisio is a Social Entrepreneur in sustainable tourism. He is the co-founder of Make A Difference Travel that does community based tours across the country and The Circle Hostel, an eco-art-surf hostel in Zambales, La Union and Aurora provinces that provides backpacker lodging. Both are working with Indigenous People (Aetas) of Zambales to reforest their 3,000 hectare ancestral domain and create agri-business for the tribes. Raf is also a member of The Plastic Solution, a movement that turns single-use plastic into ecobricks that are used for construction. By making things fun, more people are engaged to save the planet
Miguel is one of the co-founder and the Chief Community Officer of SCI (Satoshi Citadel Industries). Founded in 2014, SCI has been at the forefront of the Blockchain industry in the Philippines with an ecosystem of services ranging from payments, remittance, mobile money, and more, all powered by the technology behind Bitcoin. SCI is pioneering a lot of cutting edge fintech apps not just in the Philippines but globally, and was recently venture-backed by Korean tech giant Kakao Talk.
Maria Victoria “Ivy” S. Almario, Most Outstanding Professional Interior Designer 2017. she is the Principal of the Atelier Almario, known as the number 1 Interior Designer of the country. She worked in the US for 15 years and became one of the top renderer but despite the success, she chose to go back to the Philippines and help in the development of resorts, hotels, residentials and more than that a designer with a cause. She has been very instrumental in developing world class products from the grassroots through GKonomics. She dreamt of bringing the best for the least so that the least become the best. She will soon build a Design School in Marinduque to showcase local talents, culture and creativity together with her group of designer friends. She will be key in the development of eco-friendly and picturesque resorts and accommodation places for the tourism component of AGREA.
Cherrie De Erit Atilano is a globally awarded agriculturist, young scientist and social entrepreneur known to make farming sexy, and started working in the farming sector at the age of 12. She is the Founding Farmer/CEO & President of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc. An agri-social enterprise that is based in the island of Marinduque, Philippines. AGREA (www.agreaph.com) aims to develop the first replicable “One-island Economy" model founded on Zero Hunger, Zero Waste and Zero Insufficiency through working on the islands number 1 agricultural import and export. AGREA as a company and her as the social entrepreneur was also awarded by the Asia Pacific CSR Council and UN Global Compact the Global Responsible Business Award 2017 for Agriculture Excellence. She was also recognised as Asia's Next Generation Emerging Leaders (ANGELS) 2016 and was awarded as one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur 2017. She is a radical optimist, a dreamer and a true believer that Filipino farmers are world-class. She has been traveling the world as an advocate and inspirational speaker especially on her advocacy for global food security.
Engr. Edmond P. Maceda has been a Sustainability Consultant to Megaworld Corporation for the last 6 years, focusing on wastewater treatment for townships and sustainability training for employees. He is concurrently the Director of Sustainability for Enderun Colleges. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines.
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Julia is a Filipino-American urban planner. She first moved to the Philippines in 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar and returned in 2012 after finishing her Masters Degree in Urban Design from the City College of New York. She is the Executive Director of Viva Manila, an arts and culture non-profit working to revive neighborhoods of Manila and the Chair of the Inclusive Mobility Network, a non-profit advocating for sustainable transportation. As a consultant she collaborates with communities, civil society organizations, and government agencies to create a more liveable Metro Manila.
Cathy is a pioneer and leader in the Philippine Spa, Wellness and Farm Tourism industries. She is the Founder and Co-owner of two Department of Tourism accredited destinations: Nurture Wellness Village, a wellness resort and Nurture Farmacy, an organic farm. A UK Licensed Therapist, she is also certified in the United States as a Health and Wellness Coach, Living Foods Educator, Chef Coach and Worksite Wellness Specialist. Cathy also heads Spa and Wellness Professionals, a spa and wellness management training and consultancy company. Cathy was the Founding President of the award winning Spa Association of the Philippines. She serves in the government as a Board member of the Philippine Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and advocates for women’s rights as part of the Technical Working Group of the APEC Healthy Women Healthy Economies project.
Cathy has been involved with human resource development, training and marketing for the past 35 years. She worked with Philippine Airlines as Head of the airline’s VIP Programs and Supervisor of its Management, Supervisory and Organization Development Divisions. After PAL, she founded International Customer Management Systems (ICMS), a consultancy firm working with local and international companies on customer service, management and supervisory training and organization development projects.
Cathy has been awarded as a STAR-PRENEUR by Go Negosyo, the government’s entrepreneurship program and by the ASEAN Women’s Entrepreneurs Network as an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur. She is a frequent speaker in local and international conferences on spa, wellness and farm tourism. She is also the author of the internationally released book “Turn Back Time, Natural Anti-Aging CHOICES.
The event brings together a diverse and interesting mix of some of the leading and most sought after practitioners and personalities in the Sustainability space.
This year's summit will be an intimate and interactive forum focusing on key issues on Sustainability relating to Systems, Synergies, and Solutions . Venue is limited to 200 attendees only. Register Now!
Sustainability Summit 2017 will feature 6 forum sessions discussing the most current and relevant topics on Sustainability
The beneficiary of Sustainability Summit 2017 is The Garden Classroom (TGC) program, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for elementary students by turning barren and forgotten school gardens in the 183 elementary schools of Marinduque into blooming centers for outdoor learning. Schoolyard gardens provide students with living classrooms. AGREA, together with the Department of Education (DepEd) Marinduque, believe that all children can achieve their best potential when provided with nurturing educational experiences that enhance their understanding of the world, their future in it and the confidence to secure their dreams.
To know more about The Garden Classroom (TGC) program, plase visit http://www.agreaph.com/the-garden-classroom