Paving Your Professional
Career Path in Sustainability

Episode 10

Sustainability is a rising sector gaining increasing attention and interest. However, the general consensus is that there is a need for the market to build up ESG capacity to keep up with this movement. 

In this hour-long session, Alan To, the Regional ESG Marketing Director of APAC at S&P Global, and Janice Lao, the Head of ESG at Helen of Troy will share with us about their sustainability career journeys, words of advice and insights on the job prospects of sustainability practitioners. 

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Meet the Speakers

Alan To
Regional ESG Marketing Director, APAC
S&P Global
Alan has been leading global and regional sustainability & ESG strategic marketing function in various global leading companies for many years, from strategic planning to successful implementation and contributed to the growth of the business.

Alan is the co-founder of a social enterprise, Yum Cha Together(得閒去飲茶), with the mission to inherit care and love to the communities through yum cha dim sum events. Alan is versatile and with a strong passion to serve local communities, he has been nominated the Spirit of Hong Kong Award 2020 (click here for more details).

Alan nourishes young generation by devoting his time to help promote social enterprise education and development. He is a judge, trainer for Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge, and a mentor for various social entrepreneur programs organized by The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also an advisor for an Asia social impact investment fund, and the vetting panel of The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) of HKSAR Government.

Alan is graduated from the Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Chartered Marketer from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).
Janice Lao
ESG Director
Helen of Troy
Janice Lao is both an Environmental Scientist and a Development Economist. Her life’s work is in making businesses a force for good. She has a rare combination of deep scientific and cross-discipline knowledge, and the ability to engage and communicate effectively. For over 20 years, she has been multi-awarded internationally for her work in sustainability, including being named in Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s most influential sustainability leaders, the only Asian, and one of the youngest, in the list. 

At 30, she developed the initial mathematical and economic modeling that was the basis for international aviation’s carbon-neutral growth strategy. Since then, she originated and led some of the “first in the industry” financial deals, such as Argent Energy (reported by The Financial Times in 2013) and the AAA+ rated green bond of MTR Corporation (listed by Fortune Magazine’s 50 Change the World List in 2017). In 2019, she became the first Asian and the youngest person to win the Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Award, the Oscars of the international sustainability community. She was also named in the 2019 Woman in Sustainable Leadership Award by the US-based gb&d magazine for her work on sustainable buildings and real estate developments as well as being named by US-based Greenbiz as one of 25 most influential women working on climate change. Janice is a graduate of The University of Oxford as a full scholar under the prestigious British Chevening program. 

Janice started her career at one of the world’s most respected think tanks, the World Resources Institute, helping to pioneer community engagement in corporate decisions, and embedding sustainability milestones in project financing. Since then, she continuously achieved greater responsibilities and worked for some of the biggest brands in multinational conglomerates, real estate, FMCG, transportation and the services sector. Throughout her career, she has developed and worked on pioneering sustainability initiatives that have become global industry standards from carbon trading, biodiversity, responsible seafood sourcing, single-use plastics, textiles upcycling, refugee & minority hiring among many others. 
Dr Glenn Frommer
Founder
ESG Matters
Dr Glenn Frommer is one of the pioneers of sustainability and the environmental movement. He has worked in the field for more than thirty years and was involved in the drafting of the GRI G4 Reporting Guideline, the AccountAbility 1000AP Standard, and Reporting 3.0.

Prior to founding ESG Matters, Glenn held senior management positions with the Mass Transit Railway Corporation Ltd. in Hong Kong for more than twenty-two years where he embedded sustainability through an Enterprise Risk Management approach and implemented China’s and the transport sector’s first climate change policy. His extensive cross-sector and cross-industrial experience extends throughout the international arena, specifically in Europe and Asia-Pacific.