Participants from 10 countries (including Hong Kong, USA, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, Ukraine, Thailand, the UK, UAE, France), representing 3 continents and 4 parts of the world gathered at the conference venue to discuss relevant issues of corporate governance and sustainability, share their most recent research and come up with the solutions of the existing academic and practical problems.
Key-note speeches were delivered by Prof. Hugh Grove from the University of Denver, USA and Prof. Andy Hor from the Hong Kong University. Plenary part was also continued with the insightful practitioner’s view of Kobsidthi Silpachai who has extensive executive experience in the leading world financial institutions, as well as by the deep academic founding of Prof. Mac Clouse from Reiman School of Finance, University of Denver, USA and Prof. Hyonok Kim, Faculty of Business Administration, Tokyo Keizai University, Japan.
Afterwards the conference was divided into two parallel sessions connected to the various problems of corporate governance, disclosure, reporting and sustainability.
Organizers would like to express gratitude to all of the participants who came to the conference from far away to share their ideas, experience and research. In our digitalized world face-to-face communication becomes a rare opportunity to come up with cumulative solutions and generating new knowledge for future development and enhancement.
Following the above conference, on the 5th of May, 2017 the International conference “Sustainable Development in Higher Education in conjunction with the 2nd UNPRME Colloquium in Higher Education organized by CCSI and co-organized with UNESCO, APEID and well supported by United nations Principles for Responsible management (UNPRME)” also took place in the same venue with Keynote Speakers and Invited Speakers from 7 countries, for example, Keynote Speeches were delivered by Dr. Meshgan, Mohd, Al-Awar, Director of Research & studies Centre, Dubai Police Academy, Hon Mr. Cheung, Kwok-Kwan, JP, Legislative Councilor, HKSAR, and Prof. Eunice Mareth Q. Areola, Dean, Graduate School and College of Business Administration and Accountancy, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila, Philippines. Invited Speakers were Dr. Yaroslav Mozghovyi, Editor, Journal of Governance and Regulation/ Project Manager, Ukraine, and Mr Matej Michalko, Founder, CEO, DECENT/ Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, Blockchain R & D Hub, London, Ms. Susanna Chiu, Past President, Hong Kong Institute of CPAs, Hong Kong, Dr. William Yu, CEO, World Green Organisation (WGO), Hong Kong, Mr. Alex Ku, VP, SME Global Alliance, Executives/ Chair, Cultural & Creative Industry Committee, Hong Kong and Ms. Amy Liu, Managing Editor, Our Hong Kong Foundation, Hong Kong. Speakers shared their expertise on responsible management in relation to the six principles of UNPRME, the trend and use of technology in curriculum deign design, for example, blockchain and cold chain for behavioural change, green learning environment with bamboo, the importance of a green office design and the growth of creative cultural industries with wisdom development and spirituality under advanced technological world.
A student voices session has been arranged and students of higher education and secondary education actively participated in the discussion. During the conference, their knowledge of sustainable development and United nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) has been increased with global exposure. Students were keen to use bamboo as a tool for innovative product / service co-crreation for sustainable development.
Developing a sustainable development mindset needs to have global exposure with local community issues addressed and local organisational culture considered. Two student winners were rewarded a cash bonus for their innovative ideas on synergy co-creation. The two conferences have engaged government official, academic and private sectors, NGOs and students of Hong Kong and France.
The International Conference on Sustainable Development provides a powerful platform to showcase successful evidence-based initiatives created by Dubai to address development challenges. It is a direct response to the expressed needs of stakeholders from different perspectives to further scale up proven development solutions and best practices that contribute to sustainable development.
Dr Yeung was the designer and Chair / Co-chair of the two international conferences. Her transformational female leadership has been well received on engaging the future generation into the 17 UN sustainable development goals under the 2030 agenda.