“The Role of Finance & Construction in China Going Green” at The Disney Lab

  • When:
    Thursday, 19 October 2017, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Where:
    Disney Research China, /
    624 Jianguo Xi Lu
  • Price:
    RMB 200 including drinks and canapés. Members only.

The scale, speed and impact of China’s urbanisation is unprecedented in world history. However, to make this effort sustainable, new technologies in design, financing and construction need to be considered and developed. Our event will take place at The Disney Lab which is pursuing solutions to sustainable living, health and wellbeing for society.

To bring our members professional views from the front lines, the Chamber’s Financial Services Focus Group and Construction & Property Focus Group invite Dr. Ben Schwegler, SVP & Chief Scientist at Disney Research China, Daniel Drew, Senior Manager, CEO Office, HSBC and Dr. Wang Yong, Founding Partner of Greenment Capital, to this site visit and presentation.

Dr. Schwegler, will start the evening with a tour of The Disney Lab. He will discuss the role of technology in reducing risk in development projects and the role of R&D in developing quantitative, measurable sustainable solutions.

Daniel will follow with a presentation on Green Finance (origins, current state and outlook) and how China is starting to use this type of financing to successfully urbanise, after which Dr. Wang will join Daniel and Dr. Schwegler for a panel discussion, during which he will share his personal experiences of investing in a ‘Green China’ through M&A, startups and the design and development of environmental liability insurance products for the China market.

Running order:

  • 6.30-6.45pm Registration & Networking
  • 6.45-6.50pm Opening Introduction
  • 6.50-7.10pm Disney Lab Tour
  • 7.10-7.30pm Presentation on Green Finance
  • 7.30-8.00pm Panel Discussion
  • 8.00-8.30pm Networking

No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. No-shows without prior notification will be charged a no-show fee of RMB100. 

Walk-in Policy: Please note that members who attend the event without prior reservation will be charged a walk-in fee of RMB50 if spaces are still available.

Speaker Introduction

Dr. Ben Schwegler

Senior Vice President & Chief Scientist of Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, Managing Director of Disney Research China

Dr. Ben Schwegler is Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist of Walt Disney Imagineering R&D and the Managing Director of Disney Research China. Disney Research China is a multidisciplinary organisation of engineers, architects, scientists and other design professionals chartered to understand the interaction of the built and natural environment, and to design infrastructure and buildings to minimise their negative impacts. This approach is unique in that it merges innovations in the design and construction industry with the more traditional scientific approaches to sustainability. These innovations allow us to simulate and predict the interactions of buildings and infrastructure, with the natural environment; allowing us to build with higher quality, more rapidly and with less waste than before. In addition, new tools like Multi-objective Design Optimization (MDO) offer the opportunity to analyse designs with unprecedented levels of complexity.

Ben is also a consulting professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He has authored dozens of scientific articles and book chapters, and has several US Patents. He is a member of the US National Academy of Construction and a winner of the Henry R. Michel Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  

Daniel Drew

Senior Manager, CEO Office, HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited

Daniel is responsible for coordinating HSBC’s Sustainable Finance initiatives within China. Daniel has had a varied international career in the financial industry, working across Australia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates before relocating to China. Beginning his career in investment banking covering financial sponsor clients, Daniel has worked in bank strategy and M&A roles, including advising on the recent US$28bn merger of two UAE banks to create one of the largest financial institutions in the world. In the CEO Office, Daniel is responsible for coordinating various strategic initiatives across HSBC China. 

Dr. Wang Yong

Founding Partner, Greenment

Dr. Wang is the Founding Partner of Greenment and the Board Director of the Jane Goodall Institute-Shanghai. 

Dr. Wang has over 30 years of academic, consulting and investment experience in environmental industry. He is specialised in environment, health and safety (EHS) management and leadership, sustainable development, M&A, and green business strategy. He has successfully managed M&A environmental risk management programs for key clients including Alcoa, BHPBilliton, BP, Carlyle, CNOOC, Intel, Nissan, Pfizer, Shell, SinoChem, etc. and provided MNCs and Chinese governments with strategic advice on sustainability and risk management of M&A and regional development. He frequently speaks on practices and business implications of environmental regulations & policies and green strategy in international conferences and executive meetings. 

Dr. Wang found Greenment in 2010 to provide financial, managerial and technical support to green business in China. Dr. Wang was an associated professor and Deputy Director of Department of Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University (ECNU), and a research scholar at Center for Environmental Technology, Imperial College. Dr. Wang was a senior partner of ERM Group and the managing director of ERM China.

Event contact

Joanna Zhang
+86 21 6218 5022