Ecozine LIVE!

Ecozine LIVE!

16 May, 2013
Coming June 8th
Inspire and be inspired at the eco event of the year - tickets limited, buy now!

On June 8th, as part of World Environment Week, we are extra-pleased to present Ecozine LIVE! - a high-profile symposium showcasing inspiring ideas from hand-picked local and international speakers, all connected by the theme of sustainable living, and complemented by music, dance and comedy!


Sponsored by Nomura and Dopper, and co-presented by our friends at Ecovision Asia, and the Hong Kong Cleanup, the event brings together international thought leaders, local heroes, NGOs, academics, companies and the community (YOU!) to celebrate sustainability and highlight a powerful, positive approach to the environmental issues we face.

Our hope is that the diverse group of speakers and guests will be able to learn from each other, interact and share experience. We want every single person at Ecozine LIVE to be inspired, motivated, fascinated and of course, entertained!

Thanks to the production support of Oriental Press Group, Associate Partner of the Hong Kong Cleanup, the conference will be video-recorded and made available on and for the world to see. Seats are VERY limited, so if you want to be a part of the magic, book immediately!

Event Details

Ecozine LIVE! – Saturday, June 8th
Venue: Nomura, 30/F, Two IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central
Registration 9:00am - 9:30am
Speakers & performers 9:30am – 1:00pm and 2:15pm – 5:00pm
Afterparty at RED IFC 5:00pm – 6:30pm, includes a complimentary cocktail
Cost: $300 - registration mandatory - includes complimentary Dopper (value $150), Ecozine LIVE! t-shirt by Farbo and refreshments

About the Day

We’ll start the conference with an opportunity to network and get to know your fellow conference-goers. Tip: register early to get a good seat!

Starting at 9:30am, Ecozine LIVE! speakers will present their stories in short 15-minute talks. We’ve handpicked speakers whose passions and experience will move and inspire you, touching on every aspect of life covered in, from business to wellness to style and beyond. Between sessions we also have special guest performances- music, dance and comedy - as an extra special treat!

During breaks, we’ll treat you to tasty refreshments courtesy of Edible Arrangements, Mana! Fast Slow Food and Secret Ingredient. Each guest will also receive a complimentary Dopper reusable water bottle filled with Beyond O2 water, so you can stay hydrated. And, we’ll have a Green Home pop-up shop on site, thanks to A Boy Named Sue, so you can pick out some sustainable treats to take home! The action-packed day will wrap up with an afterparty sponsored by RED IFC.

Don’t miss it – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!

Speaker/Performer Bios:

Paul Rose | Speaker | Keynote
Vice President, Royal Geographic Society
A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers and polar experts, Paul Rose has been helping scientists unlock global mysteries for the past 30 years in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

Paul is Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division. He is an expert polar, environmental, exploration and field science consultant. His new BBC documentary, Frank Wild: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero, has just aired on BBC ONE and BBC TWO. Paul's reportage on cycling has recently been transmitted on BBC ONE Inside Out and he is now working on his new BBC ONE Inside Out piece on Ocean Debris.

Merijn Everaarts | Speaker | Business
Owner & Founder, Dopper
Born, raised and educated in Amsterdam, Merijn Everaarts is a visionary entrepreneur since the year 2000. First working in the event and marketing business, responsible for creating events from intimate dinners for the Dutch Royal family to dance events for 50,000 people. Today, Merijn has only one priority: his initiative for a better world, the Dopper, a sustainable reusable water bottle company which has grown in 2 1/2 years to an established social enterprise selling more than 500,000 units.

Dopper is a social enterprise. By selling the award-winning Dutch-designed water bottle, Merijn drives awareness for reducing plastic waste, promotes tap water and provides access to clean drinking water for people in Nepal.
He has set his target to establish eight Dopper embassies around the world by 2017. With 3 embassies already in place, Amsterdam, San Francisco and Hong Kong, he is on track with his aim to change the world and save it from plastic pollution, and provide clean drinking water to everyone on the planet.

Dr. Andy Cornish | Speaker | Issues
Independent Ecologist / Environmental Advocate
Dr. Andy Cornish was raised here and completed a Ph.D on reef fishes with the University of Hong Kong. He worked for WWF-Hong Kong as their Conservation Director from 2005-2012, and led many successful initiatives, including the campaign that led to the ban on all trawling. Andy remains involved in environmental issues on an independent basis, in the determination that Hong Kong can and should be Asia’s greenest city, and a shining example to others in China and beyond. Andy is also an expert blogger on

Chan Cudennec | Speaker | Wellness
Founder, SOL Wellness

Chan Cudennec was a stressed-out banker and a management consultant in her former life as a corporate executive. Today she is a multi-disciplinary holistic practitioner who is committed to finding the best healing solutions for her clients. She uses rigorous investigative approaches to identify root causes of illness, taps into her vast knowledge of the energy medicine and natural remedies to guide the client back to health. Chan intuitively and skillfully works with her clients to determine the most appropriate healing approaches, lifestyle changes the client is able and willing in order to recover and rejuvenate.

Bobsy | Speaker | Living
Eco-Entrepreneur, Community Weaver & Inspirational Speaker
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Bobsy has been pioneering socially responsible businesses in Hong Kong since 1992. As an ecopreneur, he has sought to build healthy and sustainable communities through ecologically viable food and has founded or co-founded many of the vegetarian eateries that have become the standard bearers of the health movement in Hong Kong— Bookworm Cafe, Life Cafe, and MANA! Fast Slow Food. Since the 90's, Bobsy has been championing the on-going planting of the Lamma Forest and through ABLE Charity, which he co-founded in 1994, efforts to protect and expand the forest continue today. In 2009, his ‘Save the Human! Don’t Eat the Planet!’ campaign won the ‘Best Documentary Award’ at ISHOT HK film awards. Bobsy’s bottom line is to live a vocation that is socially responsible, ecologically conscious, and of service to humanity and the planet. Currently, Bobsy is working on creating Babylon! The Gathering of the Tribe: An Inspired Cafe, Lounge, & Community in the heart of Central Hong Kong.

Brad Wharakura | Speaker |Wellness
Group Fitness Manager, Pure Group International
Originally hailing from New Zealand, Brad Wharakura has worked in the fitness industry for over 12 years. Brad is the Group Fitness Manager for Pure International and has a diverse and demanding range of responsibilities. In addition to his managerial role, Brad teaches group fitness classes regularly but also travels internationally training and mentoring instructors as well as presenting workshops and master classes in different countries. Brad approaches every aspect of his work and life with passion, optimism and always with a great sense of fun and wit. His biggest motivators are finding new ways to connect and engage with people from all walks of life and being able to make a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. He lives by his motto “you should never take yourself too seriously, but take your workout seriously”.

Simon Birch | Speaker | Play
Visual Artist

Simon Birch is a U.K.-born artist who is a permanent resident of Hong Kong, China. He has had solo shows in Beijing, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Singapore, as well as exhibiting in group shows at the Hong Kong Museum of Art (2008), the Haunch of Venison, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, in 2011. Although much of his work is large, figurative oil paintings, Birch has ventured into some notable large-scale projects, including the 20,000 square feet multimedia installations HOPE & GLORY: A Conceptual Circus (2010). Birch is interested in universal ideas of transition, the ambiguous moment between an initiation and a conclusion, the unobtainable now and the future, inevitably crashing towards us. Birch’s work has been featured and reviewed in many international publications, including Artforum, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, Time Out and The New York Times.

Fern Ngai | Speaker | Business
CEO, Community Business

Fern Ngai is the CEO of Community Business, a Hong Kong based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing corporate responsibility. Its mission is to lead, inspire and support businesses to improve their positive impact on people and communities. Working across Asia with some of the world’s leading companies, Community Business focuses on the areas of community investment, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, and corporate responsibility strategy.

Fern is currently the Chair of the Board of KELY Support Group, a local charity dedicated to supporting young people. Before joining Community Business in October 2012, Fern worked spent 25-years at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, in leadership roles at both local and regional levels, in the Human Resources, Technology and Operations, Asia Governance and Strategic Initiatives, and Corporate Affairs functions. Fern was also the bank’s Diversity and Inclusion champion in Hong Kong, a Living with HIV Ambassador and Director of Programme Care, an employee-led community care and volunteering organization.

Paul McKenzie | Speaker | Travel
Wildlife Photographer
Paul was born in Kenya but moved to Hong Kong at a young age and has been a resident here ever since. He was educated in Ireland and worked full time in the finance industry between 1987 to 2009. His interest in photography began in school but took off in the mid-1990s when he began photographing underwater. A safari to Kenya around the same time helped to kindle a deep passion for wildlife photography. Long hours spent in the company of wildlife has led to a special interest in animal behaviour and concern for their well-being. Paul now travels globally about one-third of the year with a speciality in the wildlife of East Africa, Japan, Midway Atoll, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean as well as the Marine life of French Polynesia. His images have been used by numerous corporations and conservation organisations and he is a multiple honouree in the prestigious Nature’s Best photo competition. He leads photo tours and is represented by several stock agencies including Getty Images, Visuals Unlimited and Barcroft Media. He is married with two daughters. His images can also be viewed on his website ( and he urges those interested to sign up to his blog on the site for regular trip updates. He also posts regularly on his Facebook page (Paul Conor Mckenzie).

Ali Bullock | Speaker | Style
Social Media Consultant

Ali was previously the Head of Communications, WWF-Hong Kong and global online marketing manager at Cathay Pacific Airways, responsible for digital work, mobile apps and social media channels. Ali’s experience has taken him from London to Hong Kong, working for many global companies including KPMG, Kelloggs, Samsung, Motorola and Cathay Pacific as Global Online Marketing manager and later the WWF based in Hong Kong. In his spare time, Ali is Asia’s foremost charity wildlife photographer, working with organizations throughout Asia, including SPCA HK, HKDR, AAF, WWF, and EARS.

Robin Hwang | Speaker | Issues
Executive Director, Foodlink Foundation

Robin joined Foodlink Foundation Limited in 2010. As Executive Director, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic mission and growth of Foodlink Foundation as well as seeking the support of sponsors and donors in order to uphold Foodlink Foundations's charitable objectives. Aside from volunteering at Foodlink Foundation, Robin works in the real estate industry after having received her B.A. from Williams College and her M.Sc. in Real Estate Investment and Finance from The University of Hong Kong.

Rosemary Vandenbroucke | Performer | Singer
Rosemary was born in HK and is multilingual, speaking English, French, Cantonese and Mandarin. Since winning the prestigious Elite Model Look competition at age 14, she has become fashion royalty and is known as one of Hong Kong’s original supermodels. A self-taught guitarist and singer-songwriter, Rosemary released her first album titled “Dreams Come True” in 2006. In 2011, her musical and acting talent were showcased as lead character Selena Argon in The Kitchen Musical, broadcast on AXN to 18 million households in 13 countries.

Between juggling her hectic modeling singing and  acting careers, Rosemary has always found time for her charity work, dedicating her time, money and effort to give back and raise awareness for important causes. In 2010, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to help raise awareness on the effects of climate change.

Christine He | Performer | Dance
Christine He (née Kehr), born in Germany, received her dance education (with a diploma in Contemporary Dance) in the “Ballett Akademie Nuremberg/Fuerth” (Germany). There, she also discovered her passion for choreography. In 2007, she received the Talent Award of the City of Fuerth for Modern Dance. From 2008 to 2009 she was a member of “Modem Studio Atelier,” the youth department of the “Compagnia Zappalà Danza” in Catania (Italy). Christine came to Hong Kong in September 2009 and has danced in productions for DanceArt, Y-Space, E-Side, Little Breath and several independent choreographers including Christina Jensen, Ivanhoe Lam, Elaine Kwok, Chen Kai and Koala Yip. She is now a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher.

Giselle Liu | Performer | Dance
Giselle was born and raised in the small town of Prince Rupert, British Columbia where she started dancing at the age of three. She completed a Bachelor of Arts of Dance at the University of Calgary and has explored many forms of dance including: contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre, Chinese dance, lion dance, social dance, rumba, salsa, meringue, cha cha cha, Afro-Cuban and West African dance. Giselle has worked with re-knowned choreographer, Paul Becker, and founder of 'Move the Company,' Josh Beamish. Her titles and awards include Canadian Dancer of the Year, Provincial Champion of the Modern Division, Top 2 Battle of the Countries (Australiia) and winner of the Jazz Productions Association Choreography Award in 2012. Giselle choreographs, performs and instructs internationally and is recognized for a creative and unique style of movement. She is currently based in Hong Kong as a freelance artist.

Vivek Mahbubani | Performer | Comedian
Vivek Mahbubani is a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian performing in both Cantonese and English. Having been crowned the Funniest Person (in Chinese) in Hong Kong in 2007 followed by his victory in the English category at the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition in 2008, Vivek has had the opportunity to take his sense of humor all over Asia including Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and India. When not doing comedy, Vivek is a freelance web designer running his own business and plays drums for his loud, metal band Eve of Sin. One of Vivek's passions is reading and his favorite book is Sun Tzu's Art of War. Oddly, his favorite color is hot pink.

By: Ecozine Staff


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