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With the crucible of the pandemic finally fading, attention is turning to other shared global challenges, leading to increasing pressure for action as time to stablise the climate runs short. The Economist last year described ESG as "three letters that won't save the planet," arguing that they should be reduced to one measure: E for emissions. Whether the climate can ever be stabilised depends largely on Asia, which produces and consumes three-quarters of the world's coal. Asia also produces most of the world's cement and steel, activities which release copious quantities of greenhouse gases. Currently, roughly half of China's electricity comes from coal, and energy security has again become a priority amid the energy transition. So in any conversation about sustainability or ESG, emissions are consequential.

Within Asia, all eyes are on China, with its ambitious decarbonisation targets and determination to achieve a sustainable and greener economy. But sustainable growth is not something that can be solved by policymakers alone. Private enterprise also has an important role to play. Together with business leaders and sustainability experts, we will consider opportunities and challenges related to China's green transition.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast & Networking
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Keynote Speaking
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee Time


  • Daisy Shen (Head of Climate and Sustainability at KPMG China)

    Daisy Shen

    Head of Climate and Sustainability at KPMG China

    Daisy Shen has 23 years’ experience with KPMG, including a long term secondment to KPMG’s Global Chairman’s Office and the KPMG Energy Centre of Excellence based in London, where she gained invaluable international experience in executive management and cross border M&A transactions.

    Daisy is specialized in Strategy, M&A, Energy Transition, ESG and decarbonisation Advisory, providing advice to corporates and governments in climate change, energy transition, low carbon investment, ESG and decarbonisation strategy.

    Daisy is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, dedicated to promoting trade, investment and economic development between China and the UK. She is also a frequent speaker at women leadership forums and mentorship programs.

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  • Raefer Wallis (Founder / CEO of GIGA / RESET)

    Raefer Wallis

    Founder / CEO of GIGA / RESET

    Raefer Wallis is an award-winning Architect and the founder of GIGA and the RESET Standard.

    Having studied Pure and Applied Sciences prior to completing his Masters of Architecture, Raefer brings a science-based approach to quantifying health and sustainability in real-estate. His passion for measuring and verifying impact led him to found GIGA in 2008 and RESET in 2009; the world’s first performance-based and tech-driven green building standard.

    Regularly invited to lecture internationally, Raefer’s pioneering work on health and sustainability in real-estate has been featured by the NYT, Forbes, CNN, BBC, CBC, TED, WSJ, Guardian, Globe & Mail, Les Affaires, La Presse, Clinton Global Initiative, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, ELLE, Vogue and many more.

    With a career focused exclusively on health and sustainability, Raefer has led projects on 4 continents and called China home for over 21 years.

    Raefer completed the first operationally carbon neutral hotel in Asia in 2007 and began working on embodied carbon in 2009. He completed the first Chinese language EPD in 2012 and the first fully regionalized EPD for building products in China in 2014, alongside Ecovane. He and his team have since been steadily aggregating, developing and refining high quality embodied carbon, circularity and health data for use by projects pursuing the RESET Standard.

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  • Xuan Wang (Director of Great Wall Motor)

    Xuan Wang

    Director of Great Wall Motor

    Wang Xuan is now served as the Director of GWM Industrial Research Institute. Prior to this appointment, he was a senior research fellow in a major Chinese think tank, dedicated to the contemporary international affairs. Mr. Wang is also regarded as an active commentator for several mainstream media. His academic and industrial practice scope are mainly international-oriented.

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  • Jens Eskelund (Vice President at EU Chamber of Commerce in China, General Manager at Maersk)

    Jens Eskelund

    Vice President at EU Chamber of Commerce in China, General Manager at Maersk

    Jens Eskelund was born in 1970 in Aarhus, Denmark. He holds an MA in philosophy and has studied at University of Aarhus and University of Texas at Austin. He has also pursued studies in Chinese at Renmin University in Beijing. Coming to Beijing as a student in 1998, Jens Eskelund began his career in China as Commercial Officer at the Danish Embassy to China before taking on a position in marketing for Maersk Line in Beijing in 2000. He has since held positions as General Manager for Public Affairs for Maersk Line in China and later Director of Public Affairs for North Asia before assuming his present role as Chief Representative for Maersk in the Greater China Area and North-East Asia. Primary focus areas comprise engaging government entities, institutions and trade associations on matters of policy, regulatory environment and business development on behalf of the companies within the Maersk Group. Jens Eskelund is a former Chairman of the Danish Chamber of Commerce in China as well as the Maritime Working Group of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China. He is currently Vice President at the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.

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  • Dr Robert Xiao (Director, Beijing of The Economist Intelligence Corporate  Network)

    Dr Robert Xiao

    Director, Beijing of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Robert Xiao is the Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN) in Beijing. He is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region and providing insights on economic and policy trends to support their business development in the Chinese market.

    Mr Xiao was previously a PhD Supervisor and Deputy Director of the Impact Finance Hub at Deakin Business School before joining EICN. His research mainly focused on the fields of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and economic and financial policy analysis related to the Chinese market. He has authored multiple publications in Financial Times Top 50 Journals and been awarded major research grants jointly by the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He also has more than a decade of experience teaching business courses including in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Finance, and Bachelor of Commerce programmes at leading universities.

    Mr Xiao has a Ph.D. in Finance and B.Com. (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Monash University.

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Hotel Eclat Beijing

Speaker's Corner, 10F
Parkview Green, Tower D
No. 9, DongDaQiao Road, Chaoyang Dist.,
朝阳区东大桥路9号,怡亨酒店,侨福芳草地,10层D座, 侨福讲堂
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Beijing, China

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