Drivers and Barriers to Going “Green” for SMEs
As the journey towards a green future deepens, SMEs increasingly need to adopt a regenerative business model. Sustainability is not just your obligation to the environment but makes good business sense. How can local business sectors be empowered to adopt a holistic approach amidst uncertainty over costs and risks?
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Benjamin SohManaging Director, STACS
Benjamin Soh is the Managing Director of STACS, a Singapore FinTech company focused on ESG FinTech. STACS is a partner of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for ESGpedia, which powers the Project Greenprint ESG Registry. STACS serves as the Nexus of ESG Finance with its live blockchain infrastructure that enables effective Sustainable Finance. Its clients and partners include financial institutions and corporates.
A serial FinTech entrepreneur who previously founded a B2B FinTech serving the needs of more than 100 financial services firms worldwide, Ben is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Green and Sustainable FinTech Sub-Committee of the Singapore FinTech Association (SFA).
Cynthia Handriani WijayaHead of Business Development & Investor Relations, Daya Selaras Group
At 18 years old, Cynthia Handriani Wijaya graduated as Valedictorian for her bachelor’s degree – Prof. Accounting in Macquarie University, Sydney. At the age of 19, she joined her family business which has been in the paper and corrugated carton packaging industry for more than 40 years. Daya Selaras Group (DSG) is a sustainable industrial hub linking the industrial loop from wastepaper material to corrugated carton packaging through its network of partners and/or affiliates in the paper recycling, industrial paper, corrugated carton, and logistics sectors, hence forming a circular value chain. Cynthia started off in the internal audit team and was later the Assistant Chief Financial Officer. Her strong passion for the circular economy and zero waste movement led the company’s projects to build a closed-loop or circular system for wastepaper. She is now the Head of Business Development and Investor Relations at DSG.
Durwin HoCEO, Startup X
Durwin Ho is the Chief Executive Officer at StartupX. He founded StartupX in 2018 following a decade working with early-stage founders across Asia and pioneered the pre-accelerator model for startups in Asia. In his current role, he consults with corporations and governments in Asia to drive innovation and accelerate the next generation of startups across the sustainability, Web3 and Industry 4.0 space.
In 2014, he launched Startup Weekend Singapore, a non-profit, volunteer-led initiative that has supported over 3000+ innovators from 70+ countries to kickstart their entrepreneurial journey through launching a startup over a weekend. He started his journey in tech and startups at growing startup AppBackr in Palo Alto. Prior to his current role, he took over the reins of his family’s business in early-childhood education and continues to serve as an advisor to the business today.
Durwin graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Masters of Science (Business Administration).
Shipra GuptaSenior Manager, Sustainability Center of Excellence for Accenture Growth Markets
Shipra Gupta is a Senior Manager in the Sustainability Center of Excellence for Accenture Growth Markets. In her role, Shipra works closely with clients to identify areas of impact and shape sustainability journeys that help clients accelerate their ESG agenda as well as drive business value.