Sustainability Reporting in ASEAN and Singapore: Opportunities in an Era of Tensions
Keynote Address
 

Mr Tan Boon Gin
Chief Executive Officer
Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo)

Mr Tan Boon Gin joined SGX as Chief Regulatory Officer on 15 June 2015 and is now the CEO of SGX RegCo.

Before joining SGX, Boon Gin was the Director of the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force. Prior to this, Boon Gin held several appointments at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) including Director of the Enforcement Division, Director of the Corporate Finance Division and Executive Director of the Investment Intermediaries Department.

Boon Gin was seconded to MAS after serving as a District Judge at Singapore’s Subordinate Courts.

Boon Gin’s earlier roles include serving as a Justices’ Law Clerk at Singapore’s Supreme Court and a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Chamber, where he specialised in corruption and white-collar crime.He had also practised at Messrs Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.

He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors Council and serves on the Board of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

Boon Gin is an advocate and solicitor and holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and Harvard Law School. Mr Tan was awarded the Public Administration (Silver) Medal in 2010.

Closing Address
 

Mr Evan LAW
Chief Executive
Singapore Accountancy Commission

Evan Law is the Chief Executive of the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC). SAC is a statutory board under the Ministry of Finance that spearheads the development of Singapore’s accountancy sector with the vision of developing Singapore into a leading global accountancy hub. SAC is working to achieve this by deepening the skills of the accountancy talent pool through professional qualification programmes; developing the industry by helping to build business capabilities to capture growth opportunities; and creating a hub and exchange by building Singapore into a centre for thought leadership.

Mr Law has more than 20 years of experience having held positions including Deputy Chairman of PSB Academy, and Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Oregon as well as a Master in Business Administration from Portland State University.

Panellists
 

Ms Esther AN
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited (CDL)

A pioneer in CSR and sustainability in Singapore for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing City Developments Limited’s sustainability leadership, stakeholder engagement, reporting and green financing initiatives. A forerunner in embracing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Esther was recognized as one of the ten SDG Pioneers 2018 by the UN Global Compact (UNGC). She sits on board several organisations including Global Compact Network Singapore Management Committee, World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board, UNEP Finance Initiative Real Estate Group and GRI Corporate Leadership Group for Integrated Reporting.

As the founder of the Women4Green Network, Esther is committed to engaging and empowering women to drive sustainable practices at home, at work and at play. Staying true to the SDG spirit of building sustainable cities and communities, she spearheaded the establishment of the zero energy Singapore Sustainability Academy which has become a hub for networking and capacity building for climate action, sustainability developments and partnership across the stakeholder ecosystem both locally and globally.

 

Dr Somporn KAMOLSIRIPICHAIPORN
Director of Office of Research Affairs
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Dr Somporn Kamolsiripichaiporn is currently the Director of Office of Research Affairs at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She also engages in other responsibilities, as an executive committee of the Science Society of Thailand under the patronage of His Majesty the King, and as a member of the Commission on Environment and Energy, Thailand International Chamber of Commerce.

Previously she was the Executive Director of the Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management, a consortium of 4 universities in Thailand with Chulalongkorn University being the lead institution. Since 1997, she has been one of the coordinating team members of the Greening of Industry Network, an international group of professionals focusing on issues of industrial development, environment, and society, dedicated to building a sustainable future. From this connection, she introduced the sustainability reporting to Thai industry and business, to be used as a tool to develop corporate strategic framework towards sustainability. She later joined the working group on indicators during the drafting process of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guideline G3.

 

Mr Kohki SAKATA
Partner
Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.
CEO
Industrial Growth Platform Pte. Ltd

Kohki Sakata started his career as a business consultant with Cap Gemini before moving on to Coca Cola. In his subsequent role with Revamp Corporation, he managed turnaround projects in numerous sectors.

He joined Industrial Growth Platform Inc. (IGPI) in 2011, one of the leading strategy consulting firms in Japan with over 200 consultants. On top of management consulting, IGPI also provides M&A advisory services, hands-on management support and makes investments. He established the Singapore office in 2013 with a focus on assisting clients to enter or expand in South East Asia.

Kohki provided both advice and hands-on support to senior management to successfully execute the strategy. Through his experiences, he has intimate knowledge of issues faced by businesses in South East Asia, particularly in transparency and reporting for family-owned businesses.

Kohki graduated from Waseda University Department of Political Science and Economics and holds an MBA from IE Business School.

 

Mr David SMITH
Head of Corporate Governance
Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Ltd

David Smith is Head of Corporate Governance, a role in which he supports Aberdeen’s Asian Equities and Fixed Income Teams through research and engagement. David joined Aberdeen in 2011 from ISS, where he was Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Research.

David has a PhD in corporate governance and an MA in Corporate Strategy and Governance from the University of Nottingham and a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Wales. He is a CFA Charterholder.

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Mr Michael TANG
Head, Listing Policy & Product Admission
SGX RegCo

Michael Tang is the head of Listing Policy & Product Admission at SGX Regco. He oversees listing policy and rules development, and has oversight of the listing admission of non-equity products, including debt securities, structured products and exchange-traded funds.

Michael leads SGX’s efforts to promote sustainability across stakeholders groups, and was a judge for the Singapore Sustainability Awards organised by the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore bar.

Moderator
 

Mr Thomas THOMAS
CEO
ASEAN CSR Network

Thomas Thomas played an integral role in the set-up of ASEAN CSR Network (ACN) in 2010 and as CEO, continues to provide oversight and strategic direction for the organisation.

Thomas was the lead writer of the baseline study on CSR and human rights in ASEAN for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in 2014.

Thomas has extensive experience in CSR, serving on the UN Economic and Social Council for Asia Pacific (ESCAP)’s Business Advisory Council, an initiative to consult the private sector and other relevant stakeholders on business related policy issues of importance to Asia and the Pacific. He served in the Eminent Persons’ Group developing the Reporting and Assurance Framework Initiative (RAFI) for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. He was also involved in the drafting of the ISO26000, International Social Responsibility Guidance Standard. He is a Honorary Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility with the Nottingham University Business School in the United Kingdom.

Prior to ACN, he was the founding Executive Director of the Singapore Compact for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the national CSR society in Singapore. He was the co-chair of the National Tripartite Initiative for CSR, formed in 2004 and initiated the formation of Singapore Compact for CSR. He was the Singapore focal point for UN Global Compact. Thomas had been active with trade unions, co-operatives, the consumer movement and social enterprises and also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore.

Presenter
 

Dr Lawrence LOH
Director
CGIO, NUS Business School
National University of Singapore

Dr Lawrence Loh is Director, Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) at NUS Business School. He is also Deputy Head and Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the School.

Dr Loh leads the Singapore Governance and Transparency Index and the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard projects. He also steers the initiatives on board gender diversity, business integrity and sustainability reporting.

Dr Loh is a regular commentator on governance and sustainability for Singapore media such as The Business Times, The Straits Times, TODAY, The Edge Singapore and Channel NewsAsia as well as global media such as BBC, Bloomberg, China Global Television Network, CNBC, CNN, Forbes, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, The Washington Post and Xinhua News.

Dr Loh received a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His thesis on technology governance was awarded first prize in the prestigious worldwide doctoral competition in the field of management information systems.

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