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Our Speakers at the Summit

Keynote Speaker

David Begbie

David Begbie is a Director at the Crossroads Foundation, a humanitarian aid and development organization, headquartered in Hong Kong. 

About David Begbie

Over the past 25 years, David has represented Crossroads for the press, educational institutions, business corporations, consular and United Nations events. He is also the director of Crossroads’ experiential programs which have seen over 220,000 participants engage in simulations, including attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has repeatedly seen that strategic change only comes about if we all, as individuals, choose to ‘be the change’ we wish to see. 

 

At the 2024 SDG Summit, David Begbie will be speaking about how Crossroads has maintained sustainability over 28 years, covering financial stability, impactful initiatives, and expanding volunteer and service reach. He will delve into strategies for students to sustain the success of their impacts, drawing parallels with Crossroads' long-term achievements.

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NGO PANEL DISCUSSION

Esteemed NGOs participate in an insightful panel discussion on embedding sustainability and longevity within organizational visions and operations. Moderated by Romina P, GGC Council Executive and public speaker,  panelists from environmental, service, and many more fields will discuss adversities and lessons learned from Building a Sustainable System.

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Poh Lee Tan

Founder and Director Mighty Oaks Foundation

Ms. Poh Lee Tan is the Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation, an NGO bringing the old and young together for mutual joy and learning. We help to create age friendly communities by

connecting elder facilities with nearby schools for long term collaboration. We are the first intergenerational relationship building NGO in HK, connecting 124 elder facilities with 70

schools.

Prior to holding various board and senior management positions in Baker McKenzie, a global law firm, she advised on M&A and PE transactions throughout Asia. She has been recognized as “Managing Partner of the Year” twice by Asian Legal Business.

Poh Lee graduated from Queens College, Cambridge and the London School of Economics and

Political Science. She attended an executive management program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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Dana Winograd

CEO & Co-Founder at Plastic Free Seas

Dana has lived in HK for over 26 years and first got involved with environmental issues in 2007 when she helped drive recycling in Discovery Bay where she lives, as a founding member of the community green group DB Green.

Seeing that it would take more than recycling to help solve the problem of plastic marine pollution, Dana co-founded PFS to help promote change in people’s use of plastic through education and action. She has delivered hundreds of talks on waste reduction and personal behaviour change to students of all ages, from nursery to Master's students in University, and has been invited as a guest speaker by many corporate and community groups since 2013.

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Head of Communications & Development at HELP

HELP for Domestic Workers is committed to supporting migrant domestic workers to gain access to justice and receive fair and equal treatment in Hong Kong. We equip the employers of domestic workers with knowledge and awareness so that they can build a mutually beneficial relationship with their domestic workers. I have over a decade of experience working with international organisations focusing on corporate social responsibility, communications and volunteer engagement. My experience has enabled me to gain expertise in leading high-impact social initiatives. I value collaborative relationships and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills for productive teamwork. Working in diverse environments allowed me to hone my abilities and acquire a wide range of valuable experiences. I'm committed to leveraging my expertise and passion to assist charitable causes and projects

Youth Talks

The event promises to be insightful, featuring three segments: Passion, where speakers share their motivations and journey behind their social initiatives; Purpose, highlighting their vision, successful campaigns, and impact; and Sustainable Systems, offering lessons on maintaining these initiatives and inspiring other youths to act on their passions. This event is a unique opportunity for students to learn from peers about the challenges and triumphs in creating meaningful community impact.

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Founder of Making Waves Club

Here is a description of Making Waves Club: Making Waves Club is a community of young photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers working together on behalf of our ocean. We are the only planet with oceans, and they are indispensable for our survival. However, the ocean often stays hidden from the eyes of many people. That is why, overfishing, climate change, pollution, and acidification have pushed our oceans to the brink of collapse. Our aim is to tell the story of our ocean, its biodiversity, its beauty, as well as the threats and human impact above and below the surface. We also try to capture solutions, positive examples of ocean protection, in order to amplify their impact. In June, we hosted our second annual Ocean Youth Eco International Film Festival which offers a platform to young people to use their creativity in fighting for ocean protection. We had a total of 250 submissions from 44 countries, including the US, Rwanda, Spain, Iran and Brazil.

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Ava C

Founder of Neurodiversity HK

Neurodiversity HK’s key mission is to foster a community that welcomes, includes and values neurodiverse and special needs individuals. We achieve this through spreading awareness and education of neurodiversity among our chapters (CDNIS, GSIS, KGV, HKIS, DBS), and direct service initiatives where we create opportunities to bring special needs individuals together, to learn and to have fun in an environment where they are understood and valued.

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Reiss L

Founder & Co-leader of STEMcademy

STEMcademy is a student-led organization that aims to stem the educational gap by providing free STEM educational opportunities and workshops for underprivileged students. STEMcademy's team of 70+ volunteers has delivered 60+ workshops to 400+ students internationally.  Working closely with Kids4Kids and The University of Hong Kong, we aim to deliver STEM opportunities of varying levels of difficulty to share our passion for STEM with our community.

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