HKUST x FRANCE Sustainability Day

2:15pm - 6:00pm
Online via Zoom

The sustainability challenge is bringing some unique business and R&D opportunities. As a strong game-changer, high global expectations from government and people have sparked an unprecedented “Race to Sustainability” that has become instrumental to business development, corporate strategy and overall scientific research.

To tackle this multi-faceted issue, HKUST and the Consulate General of France, in partnership with six leading French higher education institutions (EDHEC Business School, IESEG Business School, ISC Business School, Toulouse Business School, Polytechnique and  UniLaSalle), will organise three panels to discuss ESG and sustainable finance.

A special focus on related new job opportunities, key skills for tomorrow’s sustainability leaders and relevant academic training opportunities will be provided throughout the debates and Q&A sessions.

This event is part of a long-standing cooperation relationship, which has blossomed further with the creation in 2018 of the “France-HKUST Innovation Hub” and the recent joint celebration for the 5th anniversary of Paris Agreement on Climate Change (


2:15 - 2:30 PM | Welcome Speech by HKUST President, Prof. Wei Shyy and French Consul, Mr. Alexandre Giorgini

2:30 - 3:40 PM | Green & Sustainable Finance: The New Normal?

Since 2007, when the first green bonds were issued to support the development of climate change solutions, the market has substantially grown. The panel discussion will look at the latest trends, such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) upcoming disclosure standards and soaring of “transition finance”, with a focus on related new jobs and skills.

Prof. Véronique Lafon-Vinais, Associate Professor of Business Education, HKUST

Mrs. Anne-Catherine Husson-Traore, CEO of Novethic, member of the High Level Group of Experts on Sustainable Finance at the European Commission
Mrs. Victoria Land, Head of Sustainable Banking for APAC, Credit Agricole CIB
Prof. Gianfranco Gianfrate, Associate Professor of finance at EDHEC Business School (sustainable finance specialist)
Prof. J Robert Gibson, Adjunct Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability, HKUST, Fellow of Civic Exchange

3:40 - 4:50 PM | Does Sustainable Business Create More Value? The Case of Textile & Fashion Industry

The discussion will focus on how companies can successfully manage sustainability issues to make their businesses stronger, more relevant and more profitable, with an emphasis on textile & fashion industries in presence of business representatives from international brands and academics.

Prof. Véronique Lafon-Vinais, Associate Professor of Business Education, HKUST 

Ms. Géraldine Vallejo, Sustainability Programmes Director,  Kering group
Ms. Pearl Leung, Sales Director, Esquel Textile Apparel
Prof. Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, Adjunct Professor, HKUST
Prof. François Maon, Head of the Management & Society Department, Professor of Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility, IESEG School of Management Lille
Prof. Mike O’Rinel, Professor of CSR and Ethics & Sustainability in luxury, EM Normandie

4:50 - 6:00 PM | The Challenge of Decarbonisation: A Matter of Skills and Innovation

Sustainable development has become a key driver in the field of R&D thanks to the global growing demand. The panel will focus on the main challenges in the transition to low-carbon economy, emerging “decarbonisation” job opportunities and key skills useful for engineers operating in this field.

Prof. King Lun Yeung, Associate Director of Environmental Engineering Programme, Director of France-HKUST Innovation Hub

Mr. Lenny Conil, in charge of innovation and digital projects at Veolia (Hong Kong & international)
Prof. Davis Bookhart, Head of Sustainability Unit, HKUST
Prof. Gilles Lafforgue, Professor of Economics at Toulouse Business School and associated researcher at Toulouse School of Economics  (member of the Climate & Energy Center)
Mr. Anthony Voisine, Head of International Promotion of UniLaSalle, with Ms. Janice Wong, HKUST Alumna, Scholarship Awardee of the French Government
Prof. Daniel Suchet, Professor at the Physics department of Ecole polytechnique


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