InterSME Sustainability Breakfast Seminar – Small Business, Big Impact


Worldwide, SMEs account for approximately 90% of businesses and therefore play a crucial role in achieving a more sustainable world. However, sustainability is not yet deeply entrenched in the majority of these businesses.

During this InterSME breakfast seminar, our expert panel will explain how SME’s can make sustainability work in their advantage, offering inspiration and practical solutions. Sustainable businesses tend to be more efficient businesses; there are very tangible benefits such as lower electricity bills and reduced wastage. Furthermore, sustainability measures make your company more interesting for investors, clients and employees. Some SME’s even take it a step further, and have sustainability as their business model.


Frans OttenFrans Otten – Clean technology investor & Entrepreneur

Topic: How taking sustainability measures makes your company attractive for investors

Frans Otten is serial entrepreneur in the Netherlands and Hong Kong. Frans is Founder and CEO of Ellipz Lighting, an LED company that revolutionalizes the way we make and use light. Frans was founder and partner of Tendris, a company that initiates, manages and invests in ventures that leverage innovative technologies and business concepts that are profitable and good for people & planet. Prior to Tendris, Frans worked for ABN AMRO in Equity Capital Markets and worked as a corporate lawyer at Nauta Dutilh, one of the leading Dutch law firms. Frans holds a Dutch Law degree from Leiden University.




Merrin PearseMerrin Pearse – Sustainability Strategist

Topic: How to optimize your processes to become more sustainable and efficient

Dr Merrin Pearse is a Sustainability Strategist who blends together his formal training as a Land Surveyor with his passion of reconnecting people with nature. In the 10+ years Merrin has been in Hong Kong he has been very active in local environmental awareness raising. During the 4 years that Merrin worked at Friends of the Earth (HK) he managed projects on waste and air pollution. Now as a freelance consultant he works with some of Hong Kong’s largest companies to help communicate and facilitate the adoption of more planet friendly approaches to business.



A.Bisagni_photo (primary)Alessandro Bisagni – Founder & Managing Director BEE – Bisagni Environmental Enterprise

Topic: How is technology impacting sustainability?

Alessandro Bisagni is the Founder and Managing Director of BEE, a sustainability engineering consulting and technology company specializing in the creation of green and healthy buildings. Alessandro graduated from McGill University with a specialization in Environmental Economics and Urban Planning. Before opening BEE, Alessandro was an Environmental Consultant for the international engineering firm ARUP, based out of their Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. Alessandro is also the co-Founder of the Sustainable Buildings Collaborative (SBC) China and current Chairman of Platinum Hong Kong, two professional industry groups whose mission is to spread green building knowledge across Greater China.



Foto J. v.d. NoordJob van der Noord – Director & Founder JN Marine Ltd.

Topic: Making your office more sustainable while reducing costs

Job van der Noord is director and founder of JN Marine Ltd. Job has lived in Hong Kong since 2005. Following 6 years in Business Development at a global logistics and shipping company in Hong Kong, Job set up his company in Hong Kong. The company supplies a range of premium quality LED lighting products for use in the maritime sector with it’s main focus on LED lighting for industrial, commercial and domestic use under its label JN LED. Nowadays customers in Hong Kong and more than 10 countries around the world are served.



Thomas AusterveilThomas Austerveil – Founder/Director a_a&d Austerveil_Architecture & Design, China

Topic: Making your office more sustainable while reducing costs

Thomas Austerveil founded a_a&d (austerveil_architecture&design) in 2007 after working for many years on large-scale projects for architects Norman Foster and Paul Andreu. For the past 6 years, he has worked in close association with SORANE SA (Switzerland) specializing in energy rationalization. Furthermore, he is Co-Founder & Sustainable Design Director at the Shanghai Centre for Sustainability, an effort pulled together by industry professionals and scholars with the mission of educating international students on the latest trends of sustainable development taking place in China.

He studied architecture at Cornell University in the United States, and the ETH in Switzerland.


Information about the event

When:Tuesday November 14 2017
Where:KPMG, Prince’s Building, 8/F, 5-5E Ice House St. Central

Members: 150

Non-members: 250

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