2016 Panel Discussion


The third edition of the Eco Action Day dialogue will gather senior business, government and civic society leaders in Singapore to take stock of the country's efforts on climate change and chart the way forward, following the successful agreement of the Paris Agreement inked by 195 nations in December in the French capital at COP21.

Themed "From agreement to action: Singapore's climate pledge”, the dialogue will also celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Eco Action Day campaign led by Ricoh Asia Pacific in partnership with a wide range of organisations in the city-state.


09.30 am Registration and arrival of Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli
10.00 am Opening remarks by Ricoh Company Corporate Vice President of Sustainability Management Division, Mr. Sergio Kato
10.10 am Eco Action Day 10th Anniversary Video Screening
10.15 am Introductory remarks by Eco-Business, Editor & Moderator, Ms Jessica Cheam
10.20 pm Opening Remarks by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli
10.35 pm Speaker sharing and panel discussion*
11.15 pm Question and Answer session
12.00 pm Eco Action Awards 2016
12.15 pm Concluding Remarks by Ricoh Asia Pacific General Manager, Service & Environment Division, Mr. J.D. Kasamoto
12.20 pm Lunch, networking, and media interviews

*As the time allocated for each panellist’s speech is 5-7 minutes, there is no need for PowerPoint slides. Please give a summary of your thoughts and recommendations on the subject.

Biographies of Panel Discussion Members:

Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

Masagos Zulkifli graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering Electrical in 1988 and a Master of Science Electrical Engineering in 1994 from the National University of Singapore. He began his career with Singapore Telecommunications Limited in 1988. He was awarded a SingTel Postgraduate Scholarship and graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, United States in 1995.
On 1 October 2015, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

Mr Sandeep Chamling Rai, Senior Advisor, Global Adaptation Policy, WWF International

Sandeep Chamling Rai is a Senior Advisor on Global Adaptation Policy of WWF International based out of Singapore. He leads WWF effort on adaptation policy work within the UN Climate Change negotiations process. He has been participating the UNFCCC process since 2003 in various capacities as WWF and Nepalese government delegations. Prior joining to WWF International in 2009, he was senior manager of climate change and energy program for WWF Nepal based in Kathmandu for almost 6 years.
He has more than thirteen years of working experience in climate change negotiation (UNFCCC), Climate change adaptation, renewable energy, national and international policy formulation process, CDM and program management. He was also the expert reviewer of IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability) report in 2014.

Professor Ann Florini, Professor of Public Policy, Singapore Management University

Professor Ann Florini is Professor of Public Policy, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University, and Non-resident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Programme at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
Prof Florini has spearheaded numerous international projects, including the Global Governance Initiative on behalf of the World Economic Forum (2000-2005) and the International Task Force on Transparency, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University (2000-2005). Before joining SMU, she was the founding director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore (2006-2011).

Mr David Kiu, Vice President, Communications and Sustainability, Unilever

Mr David Kiu is Vice President, Communications and Sustainability, for Unilever’s Global Markets organization. In this role, he is a member of the Unilever Global Markets Executive (GMEX) led by the COO, representing the communications, external affairs and sustainability agenda across the global markets organization. He manages external affairs, public policy and stakeholder engagement based in Unilever's global operations hub in Singapore. David also manages communications teams across several business units and functions including North Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Global Customer Development.

Mr J.D. Kasamoto, General Manager, Service & Environment Division, Ricoh Asia Pacific

Mr. J.D. Kasamoto is the General Manager of the Service and Environment Division at Ricoh Asia Pacific. In his current role, he oversees 11 countries in the Asia Pacific and China region, supporting these countries on the service and environmental directions and enhancement efforts. Mr. Kasamoto joined Ricoh in 1991 and was responsible for new product service launches and technical support for Ricoh's core products. Between 1998 to 2008, he was posted to Ricoh's Europe and London offices, where he managed the business development in direct service operations.
Prior to joining Ricoh Asia Pacific in 2014, he had a stint in Ricoh’s head office in Japan, where he led the strategies establishment in the area of production printing. He spearheaded several service-related projects including the establishment of a "Used Parts Recycling System", which was eventually adopted throughout the Americas and European countries.

Moderator: Ms Jessica Cheam, Editor, Eco-Business

Jessica Cheam has a decade of experience in journalism with a particular expertise in sustainable development. She is currently the Editor of Eco-Business.com, and columnist for The Straits Times where she was formerly the political and environment correspondent. She is also an adjunct research associate for the Centre for Liveable Cities, a Singapore think tank focused on creating and sharing knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. She is the published author of 'Forging a Greener Tomorrow: Singapore's journey from slum to eco-city', which was commissioned by Singapore's Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.

Seats are limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis, so please RSVP to info@ecoaction.sg with indicating your name, designation, email, contact number in the email content.

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