The Business of Sustainability – Why the UN SDGs matter

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Join us in this session to find out more about the SDG Open Hack, and how to build sustainable ventures that create social impact!

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The United Nations (UN) adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. As a build-up to the SDG Open Hack Singapore organised by the Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF), and to raise awareness on the various SDGs, NUS Social Impact Catalyst and NUS Enterprise jointly present “The Business of Sustainability – Why the UN Sustainability Development Goals Matter”. The session will provide insights on global problems that we can solve by addressing the SDGs and explain the format of the SDG Open Hack. A panel of influential entrepreneurs will share their stories and answer your questions about building sustainable ventures that create social impact.

For more information on the SDG Open Hack, visit:


6:30 – 6:35pm - Introduction

6: 35 – 6:50pm - Why SDGs matter

  • Prof Francois Grey - Director of the Geneva-Tsinghua GTI Initiative University of Geneva

6:50 – 7:00pm - Introduction of SDG Open Hack Singapore

  • Christina Lee - Founder & CEO of Global Green Connect & GGEF

7:00 – 7:45pm - Panel Discussion on "Sustainable Business Trends"

  • Stephanie Dickson - Co-founder of Green is the New Black
  • Elaine Yan Ling Ng - Founder of The Fabrick Lab

7:45 – 8:00pm - Q&A with panelists and speakers

About the speakers:

Prof Francois Grey

A physicist with a background in nanotechnology with a passion for citizen science. Prof Francois Grey also has broad experience in science management, teaching and communication, in the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. During the past decade, Prof Francois Grey has managed the development of a series of online citizen science projects in a wide range of research fields, starting with the launch of LHC@home in 2004 while he was a manager at CERN. As an invited professor at the Centre Universitaire d’Informatique (CUI) of the University of Geneva since 2014, Prof Francois Grey coordinated Citizen Cyberlab, managing the development of technologies for crowdsourced research, exploring the broader impact of citizen science for society, and promoting public participation in science through hands-on events. Prof Francois Grey also teaches courses on Open Science and Citizen Science at the bachelor and master level. Since 2016, Prof Francois Grey is Director of the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative, a comprehensive education programme for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. From 2016-18, Prof Francois Grey was Director of Digital Strategy for the University of Geneva.

Christina Lee

A former media professional turned sustainability entrepreneur, Christina is deeply passionate about sustainability and business. She founded Global Green Connect, an integrated sustainability network that provides sustainability consulting, market entry advisory and business accelerator programme. Its subsidiary GGEF (Global Green Economic Forum) is a social enterprise headquartered in Singapore since 2013 that runs events, awards and camps to promote innovation, sustainability and leadership. She is the advisor of Tsinghua University x-lab, a Board of Director for Hong Kong Canaan Garden Ministry, and a permanent member of the Youth Elite Association in Hong Kong.

Stephanie Dickson

Steph L Dickson is a leading voice in sustainability in Asia. She founded Green Is The New Black, Asia’s first Conscious Festival and media platform, that uses stories, curated experiences to advocate for social & behavioral change, that leads to little green steps with big impact. Her mission is to make conscious living mainstream, accessible and sexy. As a changemaker in the green space, Steph has been described as "sustainability entrepreneur helping Asia businesses combat climate change"(CNBC) and a "force of nature"(Honeycombers). She is also a two-time TEDx speaker (P&G), a Gen.T by Tatler Leader of Tomorrow (2020), and Prestige 40 Under 40 (2018).

Elaine Yan Ling Ng

Elaine Yan Ling Ng, nicknamed the ‘Techno fairy’ by Elle Deco, is the founder of THE FABRICK LAB. A bespoke textile consultancy which brings together textiles, electronics, biomimicry, interiors and installations. A British Chinese materialologist, Ng graduated from Central Saint Martins in London where she earned her MA Design in Material Futures with a Distinction. She is a TED Fellow and has been globally recognized by multiple design awards, including The Emerging Talent Award by Design Anthology, GGEF’s Eco Innovator Award, Swarovski’s Designer of the Future Award and Tatler’s Gen T Award. Ng has worked with Nissan Design Europe and Nokia Design Beijing and is one the top 50 brightest connectors, creative visionaries, influential innovators and disruptive talents in Hong Kong. In 2020, she has been appointed by Nature Squared, as their Chief Material Innovator. Her magical approach towards materials is recognized by some of the best in the field and has proven inspirational to many.

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