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Synopsis 

Achieving sustainable packaging is a must if we are to reach the goal of a zero-carbon future. However, the world is confronted with a serious packaging waste problem exacerbated by the effects of Covid-19. Think of the many more takeaways and delivered meals in containers or all the masks and other protective items we are using. What can consumers, manufacturers, governments and NGOs do to reduce waste and champion circular models of production and consumption? And, what are the chances they will?  

The Packaging Committee of EuroCham SG, in collaboration with SICC’s Circular Economy Interest Group, brings you the following panel of experts to answer these and other questions important to you. 

 

Programme

10.00am Welcome Remarks from SICC Circular Economy Interest Group Co-Chair, Mr. Ashwin Subramaniam

10.05am Panel Conversation moderated by Mr. Paul Fong, Dow

11.00am Q&A Session 

11.25am Closing Remarks from EuroCham Packaging Committee Chair, Mr. Lloyd Lowe

11.30am End of Webinar

 

Speakers 

Colin GOH Shao Ming
Chief Engineer, Waste and Resource Management Department
National Environment Agency

Mr. Colin Goh has been with the National Environment Agency (NEA) since its formation in 2002. He is currently Chief Engineer in the Waste and Resource Management Department. He is responsible for the administration of the Resource Sustainability Act (e-waste and packaging waste streams), the development of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for e-waste, Mandatory Packaging Reporting, Deposit Refund Scheme, and EPR for packaging waste. Colin is also
working with industry partners to develop the e-waste and plastic recycling industries in Singapore.

Prior to this, Colin was in NEA’s Resource Conservation Department and was involved in the development and administration of the carbon tax. Colin graduated from Imperial College London with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and was a recipient of the Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholarship.

 

Han ZHANG 
Sustainability Director
Dow Packaging & Speciality Plastics, Asia Pacific

Han is responsible for driving Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals and developing strategies to grow business value. Han leads key programs addressing critical business sustainability issues such as marine debris, recycling and driving a circular economy, together with various value chain partners and industry associations throughout Asia.

 

Piia HELMINEN
Sales and Marketing Manager
Wipak Oy

Ms. Piia Helminen is the Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for Wipak, a global supplier of sustainable packaging solutions for food products, medical instruments, and devices. She joined Wipak in 2010 and worked in various roles of sales in several locations in Europe, including Finland, Germany, and the UK. 

She has spent the past 5 years in Asia of which the previous years driving the change from conventional plastic packaging to sustainable solutions which combines both personal passion and corporate strategy. 

She held a Bachelor of Business Administration and a candidate in dual executive-MBA from two leading European Universities (ESADE Business School and Aalto University).

 

Rob KAPLAN
Founder and CEO
Circulate Capital 

Rob is Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital. He established Circulate Capital to deploy catalytic capital to scale solutions that advance the circular economy and prevent ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia.

Rob leads Circulate Capital’s strategy, team, and operations as the firm identifies, incubates, and invests in opportunities diverting waste from the environment into the recycling chain. Circulate Capital’s model relies on supporting the local innovators implementing solutions on the ground, on partnerships with global corporations to leverage their supply chains to drive scale, and on incentivising a new generation of entrepreneurs to build a fresh pipeline of investable projects. 

He brings nearly two decades of experience in corporate sustainability and impact investing with industry leaders ranging from Walmart to closed Loop Fund. 

 

Moderator 

Paul FONG 
Country Manager
Dow Singapore & Malaysia

Paul is responsible for exploring growth opportunities through action-driven business development in Singapore and Malaysia and passionately driving the Sustainability and Inclusion & Diversity agenda in the industry. 

The first-in-Asia recycled shoes jogging track project with Sport SG is an example of Paul’s contribution towards a more sustainable and healthier future. Paul is an active committee member of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce Circular Economy Committee since 2018, and he is also on the Board of Directors at the Chemical Industry Council of Malaysia (CICM) and Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC).

Paul joined Dow in 1994 and has since assumed various finance and management roles before he took on his current role in June 2017.  In his more than 25 years in Dow, he also had two overseas stints with Dow’s joint ventures in Malaysia and Thailand.

 

Kindly note that there are limited seats available, registration is binding and payment is non-refundable. The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.