CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge 2022
20 July 2022 (Wednesday) | 2.30pm - 5.30pm (GMT +8)
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Topic: Transition to Net Zero in the Built Environment
Ms Lynette Leong
Chief Executive Officer, Environment, Social & Governance Funds & Stewardship, CapitaLand InvestmentMs Lynette Leong
Chief Executive Officer, Environment, Social & Governance Funds & Stewardship, CapitaLand Investment
Lynette is Chief Executive Officer, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Funds & Stewardship, responsible for leading the development and growth of CLI’s ESG-linked investment management business.
Prior to this role, Lynette was CapitaLand’s first Chief Sustainability Officer and elevated the Group’s ESG leadership, including the launch of the 2030 CapitaLand Sustainability Master Plan and CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge, and embedding of ESG best practices into CLI’s business. She served as CEO, Commercial and Chief Business Innovation Officer from 2017 and co-led the integration of CapitaLand and Ascendas-Singbridge when they merged in 2019. As CEO of CapitaLand Commercial Trust from 2007 to 2017, Lynette led the growth of its assets by about three times to over S$10 billion, and to becoming Singapore’s largest commercial real estate investment trust and office landlord with high sustainability standards.
Before joining CapitaLand in 2007, Lynette held leadership roles in international private equity real estate investment management for over 15 years, including as CEO, Korea at Ascendas, and as Director at the London, New York, Chicago and Asian offices of LaSalle Investment Management.
Lynette holds a Bachelor of Science in Estate Management and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore. She was conferred The Public Service Medal in 2021 by the Prime Minister's Office, Singapore for her contributions to the public service.
Mr Frederick Teo
Chief Executive Officer, GenZero
Frederick is the Chief Executive of GenZero. In this role, he oversees the direction of the company and leads the execution of strategies to achieve both climate impact and sustainable long-term financial returns.
Prior to his appointment at GenZero, Fred held various leadership positions in Sustainability, Portfolio Management and Business Continuity Management in his 12 years at Temasek International. As Managing Director of Sustainable Solutions, he established the team and conceived capability programmes in clean energy, urban, and climate and nature solutions. He led key initiatives such as the establishment of Climate Impact X, a global marketplace and exchange for carbon credits, as well as Singapore’s first brownfield distributed district cooling retrofit project in partnership with SP group.
Fred worked on value creation projects with some of Temasek’s large portfolio companies like Singtel and MediaCorp and led corporate governance and stewardship initiatives within the Portfolio Management team. Fred also led several community programmes. In 2014, he partnered Temasek Foundation to execute a nationwide delivery of mask kits during a severe haze episode and worked with ST Engineering on the development of the world’s first N95 masks specifically designed for young children.
Fred holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a BA and MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Lincoln College, Oxford University.
Ms Marie Cheong
Founding Partner, Wavemaker Impact
Marie is a Founding Partner of Wavemaker Impact, the first VC backed climate tech venture builder in SouthEast Asia. Wavemaker Impact co-founds start ups with experienced entreprenuers with the aim of building a portfolio of scaleable companies that can abate 10% of the global carbon budget.
Marie has worked with over 20 entrepreneurs to help them build their businesses. In the last two years, Marie has focused exclusively on launching climate tech startups in Southeast Asia and is passionate about increasing the pipeline of women founders in the sector.
Prior to joining Wavemaker Impact, Marie led the Venture Build program at ENGIE Factory, where she was responsible for building a portfolio of 10 climate tech ventures valued at over US $8m at pre-seed round.
Marie was also the general manager at a SAAS startup and a senior member of KPMG's Digital + Innovation team. Her career also includes stints in management consulting and in a construction company where she specialized in operations strategy, business development, cost reduction and process improvement.
Marie has a MBA from the National University of Singapore where she graduated as valedictorian and holder of the Panasonic Marketing Award.
Mr Rohit Sipahimalani
Chief Investment Officer & Head, South East Asia, Temasek
Rohit Sipahimalani is the Chief Investment Officer at Temasek and is also Head of South East Asia, directly responsible for investments in the region. He joined Temasek in 2008 as Head of Telecom, Media & Technology investments. In 2012, he was appointed co-Chief Investment Officer and has since held various roles including Joint Head for Investment Group, Joint Head of Portfolio Strategy & Risk Group as well as Head, India, before assuming his current position in January 2020.
Prior to joining Temasek, Rohit spent 11 years with Morgan Stanley holding senior positions across its Mumbai and Hong Kong offices, including Co-Head of the Asia Pacific M&A business in Hong Kong, before his appointment as Managing Director and Head of South East Asia Investment Banking in Singapore.
Rohit started his career with Citibank, Mumbai, after which he spent a few years with McKinsey & Company in India as a management consultant, before he joined Morgan Stanley.
Mr Sipahimalani graduated from St. Stephens College, Delhi University with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Prof Cheong Koon Hean
Practice Professor & Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (Singapore University of Technology & Design) & Chair of the Centre for Liveable Cities’ Advisory Panel (MND)Prof Cheong Koon Hean
Practice Professor & Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (Singapore University of Technology & Design) &
Chair of the Centre for Liveable Cities’ Advisory Panel (MND)
Prof Cheong Koon Hean is currently Practice Professor and Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (Singapore University of Technology and Design) and Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities’ Advisory Panel (MND). She has extensive experience in land use planning, conservation of built heritage, the real estate market, public housing, governance and policy.
She has served on numerous advisory panels including the World Economic Forum Council and is currently on the international advisory panels on Asia Sustainable Infrastructure and Urban Solutions and Sustainability. She is a board trustee of the National University of Singapore, Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize’s Nominating Committee, Senior Advisor on Public Sector Sustainability (MSE), a Fellow(Life) and Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Architects and Institute of Planners respectively.
Prof Cheong has been conferred numerous awards, notably the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding public service and is the first Asian to receive both the 2016 Urban Land Institute’s Prize for Urban Visionaries and the Lynn S Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Mr David Su
Founding Managing Partner of Matrix Partners China & Non-Executive Independent Director, CapitaLand InvestmentMr David Su
Founding Managing Partner of Matrix Partners China & Non-Executive Independent Director, CapitaLand Investment
David Su is a Founding Managing Partner of Matrix Partners China. David has been investing in China for the last two decades and some of his investments include Baidu, DiDi, Xpeng, Bona Film, Focus Media, Kanghui Medical, Kingfriend Biochemical, China Youzan, AAC Technologies, Heptagon, ele.me, CloudDr., Guomai Culture Media, etc.
Before founding Matrix China, David was a Founding General Partner of TDF Capital and KPCB China. Prior to joining the venture capital industry, David worked at Lotus Development, IBM Software Group for seven years and was last responsible for Lotus software and services business in the Greater China Region.
David Su has been awarded the Annual Most Influential VC Investor by China Renaissance in 2019 and the Top 100 Best Investors by Forbes in 2020. He has also been recognized as Top 10 China Best Healthcare Investors by 36Kr in 2020. In 2021, David has been named the Top 50 Best Venture Investors by China Venture and Annual Top 50 Investor by Yicai Media.
Ms Huey Lin
Venture Partner, GGV Capital
Huey Lin is a Venture Partner with GGV Capital where she supports and advises the fund's portfolio companies. She also leads special projects at Terraformation whose mission is to catalyze global forest restoration to solve climate change.
Huey is an experienced fintech operator. She was the founding Chief Operating Officer at Affirm (NYSE: AFRM). She was responsible for building the Finance, Compliance, Legal, HR, G&A, Business Operation, Client Success, and Customer Service teams. During her tenure, Affirm scaled from 5 to 500 employees, 0 to 1000+ merchants, and 3 million+ active consumers.
Huey began her career at PayPal as one of the company’s first product managers. She subsequently spent more than a decade at the firm where she led China and Asia-Pacific operations in addition to serving in key leadership roles in product, international risk, and policy strategy.
Most recently, she was the President of Asia at Flexport, a modern freight forwarder and one of the fastest-growing companies in global trade. She led all activities for Flexport across Asia, the company’s most strategic market.
Huey holds a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and an A.M. from Stanford University. Huey is currently an active board member, advisor, and angel investor.
Mr Jeffrey Paine
Co-founder & Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Jeffrey Paine is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital fund based in Singapore investing in Southeast Asia with over US$175 million under management investing in over 45 companies since 2012.
Jeff started and manages the Founder Institute in Singapore where he is currently overseeing its expansion in Southeast Asia, and Japan. Since 2010 the Founder Institute in Singapore has graduated over 100 companies. He is a recipient of the Founder Institute Director Award 2012 for “Greatest Ecosystem Impact” Worldwide (Singapore).
He is a Singapore native and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Information Systems) from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Dr Jon Creyts
Managing Director and Chief Program & Strategy Officer, Rocky Mountain Institute
Jon Creyts is the Chief Program Officer of RMI, where he manages the strategy and execution of RMI’s global research and collaboration activities. He is an internationally recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change.
Jon has been a senior leader at RMI for over a decade, where he has helped grow the institution more than tenfold in size, and multiples larger in impact. He has extensive knowledge and practical experience using market catalysts like finance, digitalization, and technology to support the rapid decarbonization of infrastructure and industries globally. Among his many roles at RMI, Jon helped build RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity Program, playing a leadership role in the formation of entities like the Electricity Innovation Lab and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. He founded RMI’s China Program and worked extensively with senior Chinese leadership on the energy transition components of the 13th Five Year Plan. He is a digital innovator who helped build and grow the Energy Web Foundation, the world’s largest energy-focused blockchain consortium. And he created RMI’s Breakthrough Technology Program, cofounding its Third Derivative global climate technology venture platform. He now works alongside fellow managing directors to steward all 14 major RMI programs and support RMI’s market affiliates.
Prior to joining RMI, Jon was a partner with McKinsey & Company for 11 years in the global energy practice. He cofounded the sustainability practice at McKinsey and was one of the principal authors of the “McKinsey cost curve” for greenhouse gas abatement. Before that, he was a designer in the energy and aviation industries, and is an alumnus of Lockheed Martin’s renowned Skunk Works prototyping facility.
Jon currently serves as the chair of both the Energy Web Foundation and WattTime boards, two digital innovators whose tools support a decentralized and decarbonized grid.
Ms Lucy Thomas
Chief Scientist of RSK Group, Managing Director of RSK’s Centre for Sustainability Excellence in Singapore & RSK’s operations in AfricaMs Lucy Thomas
Chief Scientist of RSK Group, Managing Director of RSK’s Centre for Sustainability Excellence in Singapore & RSK’s operations in Africa
Lucy Thomas, a Chartered Geologist and Specialist in Land Condition, has over 20 years’ experience in sustainable risk-based remediation in the property, energy, waste and chemical sectors globally. Lucy is former chair of the Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) and of the National Brownfield Forum, a collaboration of industry, academia and government, that advocates for sustainable land management in the UK. Lucy was also recently elected to the Council of the Geological Society. Lucy is RSK Group’s Chief Scientist, Managing Director of RSK’s Centre for Sustainability Excellence in Singapore and RSK’s operations in Africa. RSK is a family of over 130 environmental, engineering and technical services businesses who work together to provide practical solutions to some of the greatest challenges societies have ever faced. RSK operates in most sectors of the economy, including many of those most critical to future global sustainability, such as water, energy, food and drink, infrastructure, urban development, mining and waste.
Industry experts globally from CapitaLand and the following partners were also involved in the shortlisting and selection process.