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Thursday, 8th February 2018

Panel: New opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs in a circular economy

How can the world economy successfully transition from today’s industrial model to an environmentally sustainable one? A daunting challenge lies ahead. But there are also plenty of opportunities – for entrepreneurs, investors and businesses.

Join us in a vibrant discussion with Ashwin Subramanian, CEO of Gone Adventurin, Maggie Lee, Corporate Partnership Strategist at WWF and Ariel Muller, Principal Sustainability Adviser, Forum for the Future. The speakers will share their experiences on how entrepreneurs and companies can tap into new opportunities in a circular economy, reinvigorate the way of doing business and contribute to sustainability.

This event is co-organised by the Aalto Executive Education Academy and London School of Economics Alumni Association of Singapore.

Event details
Time: 8 February 2018, 7.00pm-9.00pm
Venue: Aalto Executive Education, 25 North Bridge Rd #02-01 EFG Bank Building, Singapore 179104
Registration: SGD 18.00 (Alumni) & SGD 25.00 (Guest), excluding paypal fees.
RSVP below via paypal. Light refreshments, coffee and tea will be provided.

7:00pm Registration and coffee
7:25pm Welcome note by Aalto Executive Education Academy and London School of Economics Alumni Association of Singapore
7:30pm Panel discussion on Business and Investment Opportunities in a Circular Economy (45 mins followed by 15 mins Q&A)
8:30pm Refreshments and networking
9:00pm End of session

About the speakers:

Ashwin Subramaniam - Founder & CEO, Gone Adventurin
Ashwin is the founder and CEO at Gone Adventurin and has led various research, strategy and implementation projects on Circular Economy around packaging in India, Indonesia and Philippines with multinational clients from consumer goods and packaging industries. He is passionate about the business opportunities in creating wealth from “waste” and envisions a world without waste.
Prior to starting Gone Adventurin in 2011 he worked in the investment banking industry in Singapore in credit risk operations for 4 years. He has led AIESEC in Singapore during university years and has co-founded and runs a non-commercial community farm producing edibles in north-eastern Singapore with his wife and neighbours.
Outside of social business, he is a keen adventurer and cyclist, practices mindfulness and is always curious to learn more about the relationship between humans and our natural world.

Maggie Lee, Corporate Partnership Strategist at WWF
Maggie has always wanted to speak for those without a voice. The most silent victims of manmade challenges are the environment and ecosystems. She believes in saving the planet through every little habit. Originally trained as a food and cosmetics scientist, she has spent 12 years in the technical departments of the retail and manufacturing industries. In the recent years, she has taken to intrapreneurship in founding the P&G Singapore Sustainable Team, which is now a model being reapplied to the entire Asia Pacific Region. In 2017 she has taken another step to create positive impact - she has joined WWF Singapore and is now leading the Market Transformation efforts, focused on a much needed transformation of practices in the commercial sector. She is driving the Southeast Asia Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (SASPO), leading the Responsible Seafood Group, and working on plastic and pulp & paper improvements.

Ariel Muller, Director and Principal Sustainability Adviser, Forum for the Future
Ariel Muller is Director at Forum for the Future APAC. Forum for the Future APAC is an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges. Globally, we partner with more than 100 organisations across business and the public sector to incorporate the principles of sustainable development. In the APAC region, we are partnering with pioneering companies that motivated go beyond compliance to pioneer solutions in sustainable nutrition, the circular economy, and decarbonisation. In 2018, we are planning an innovation platform with the aim to provide companies a means to explore and pilot circular economy solutions. Prior to working with the team at Forum APAC, Ariel has been working in the sustainability field for over ten years, including at Saatchi and Saatchi S, in San Francisco and Helsinki Group, in New York.