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Kopi Chat Deep Dive on Tech's Role in Sustainability

Going green and into the black
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018, 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
BLOCK71 Singapore 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #02-01, , , Singapore


4.30pm: Registration and networking with Pizza 
5.00pm: Welcome and introduction
5.05pm: Kopichat Deep Dive Session with: 

- Tanooja Rai, Miss Earth (Water) 2018 
- Xin Yan, CEO at YoRipe 
- Greg Blackwood-Lee, Advisory Council Member, GLG
- Veerappan Swaminathan, Founder & Director, Sustainable Living Lab Pte Ltd
- Joshua Wong, Associate Director, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

5.30pm: Q&A session
6.00pm: End



Sustainable Company Showcase

+ Third Wave Power

Third Wave Power aims to empower people around the world by improving lives and increasing productivity. By combining solar energy with innovative technology and features, we create portable power solutions that are essential for work and life, on or off the power grid. Third Wave Power’s renewable power solutions are used in field work, emergency back-up situations, outdoor and rural environments the world over, bringing power to people where it matters and is needed most. Solar and IoT (Internet of things) are two strong trends and the two are interconnected. As Solar goes mainstream and off grid IoT technologies advance, it will create next wave of smart products. Third Wave Power has been working on IoT connectivity solutions for years, and by adding these to its solar products aims to create smart solar power solutions for off grid consumers. At the same time smart city IoT solutions being deployed in developed countries with adequate grid, need solar power for outdoor applications. Third Wave Power is emerging as a pioneer bringing solar and IoT together.

+ Good for Food 

Food is such a huge part of Singaporean culture yet at the same time we often don’t realise how that also contributes to the mounting social and environmental problem of food waste. goodforfood believes that this problem can and should be minimised and that reducing food wastage is everyone’s personal responsibility.

By harnessing the power of technology, goodforfood’s vision is to empower restaurants and kitchens with solutions that will reduce food waste and improve their bottom lines. Who says we can't have the best of both worlds?



About the Speakers 

Greg Blackwood-Lee 
Advisory Council Member
Gerson Lehrman Group

 A serial entrepreneur (with 2 successful exits so far) and angel investor. He served as the mentor for PeoplePods, the winner of both the First Prize and Social Impact Award at the 35th INSEAD Venture Competition (2017); and currently serves as the Singapore campus advisor to the INSEAD MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) team, which beat out other top business schools to win the global MIINT competition in 2017. Formerly a professional VC/PE investor (both early stage and growth) and quantitative analyst. 

His many years of experience in Asia (17 years in Singapore, Japan, China & Thailand) in less "techie" fields such as logistics, B2B service provision, and energy / infrastructure have led to an interest in social impact initiatives across emerging markets in the region. He is currently the President of the INSEAD Social Impact Alumni Global Club (INDEVOR for alumni).

Mr. Blackwood-Lee has published 6 INSEAD PE/VC business cases over the years (and authored upwards of 10), many of which are taught globally and one of which is featured in Prof. Claudia Zeisberger's GPEI volume "Private Equity in Action: Case Studies from Developed and Emerging Markets".

Tanooja Rai 
Associate Business Manager
BoardPAC (Pte) Ltd 

A Marketing and PR VP, specialising in thought leadership movement towards artificial intelligence, cyber defense, big data and data privacy. Miss Earth Singapore 2018-Water, Top 20 Finalist of Miss Universe Singapore 2017 and a freelance model who has done both local and international projects.

 Pursued a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering in National University and attained a Minor in Techo-entrepreneurship. Very entrepreneurial in nature. Was part of the iLead programme in 2014 where I had an exposure to Silicon Valley and the startup ecosystem.

I am pretty sporty so during my free time I am hitting the gym, playing netball. Sometimes when the adventurous side of me kicks in, I would get on the website and book the next flight during the weekend to travel in the SEA region

Xin Yan

Xinyan is the co-founder of YoRipe, a personalized mobile marketing platform in grocery with the mission to reduce food waste at retail and consumer level. She has B2B and B2C marketing experience in food retail (Sopexa) and hospitality (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) sectors across Asia and in the U.S. where she launched products and grew brand market share. She recently completed her MBA at INSEAD.

Veerappan Swaminathan
Founder & Director
Sustainable Living Lab Pte Ltd

Veera is the founder and director of Sustainable Living Lab Pte Ltd. He has keen interest in addressing sustainability challenges using futures thinking, community development and technology. As a pioneer of the Maker Movement in Singapore, he is working to steer the movement in Asia towards enabling a sustainable future.

He was recently awarded the Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Asia Special Award and represented Singapore at its UN SDG voluntary national review. He is also an INK and YSEALI fellow. He sits on the Lotus-NUS Fund panel which awards S$125K annually to local social enterprises. He graduated from the National University Singapore with a mechanical engineering degree and is a NOC alumni.

Joshua Wong
Associate Director of Communications and Partnerships
Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

Joshua Wong is Associate Director of Communications and Partnerships at Temasek Foundation Ecosperity. Temasek Foundation Ecosperity is a Singapore-based non-profit philanthropic organisation established in 2016 that seeks to marshal ideas and innovations to address environmental, biological and other adversities that endanger people and the sustainability of our planet. It funds and supports ideas and innovations for actual applications through commercialisation and enterprise, to bring about impactful improvements to the liveability of our world, especially in cities. Temasek Foundation Ecosperity is a member of the Temasek Family of Foundations, which was established by Temasek to better serve the evolving needs of the wider community, reinforcing its approach to sustainable giving.