Keynote Speakers

Christine Loh, SBS, JP, OBE


Christine Loh currently works as Chief Development Strategist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government (2012-17) and a Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (1992-97 and 1998-2000). Loh has been active in public policy and politics since the 1980s. She founded and was the CEO of the non-profit think tank, Civic Exchange (2000-2012), and helped to established several non-profit organizations in Hong Kong related to the environment, equal opportunity, arts and culture, as well as human rights. 

Nainoa Thompson

Nainoa Thompson, President and Founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Pwo navigator, has reintroduced the Polynesian art of ocean navigation to the world and dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of voyaging. More recently, he has led voyages around the world in order to spread the word about the importance of caring for our planet Earth and our connection to Nature’s roots. He is now inspiring the younger generations to take the lead in our fight against the largest ecological threats today. He will be our closing keynote speaker at this year’s conference.

Rebecca Shaw, MEP, PhD

Rebecca Shaw is Chief Scientist of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she works with global partners to identify the most important and timely scientific questions that challenge the organization’s mission and advance solutions to those challenges. Prior to joining WWF’s leadership team, she worked at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategy of the Land, Water & Wildlife program. Before that, she served as director of conservation science and associate state director at the Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter. She is a lead author of the section of the 2014 IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report that focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, and serves as a member of the California Climate Adaptation Advisory Panel. She has also researched the impacts of climate change on conservation at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology. Shaw holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and a Ph.D. in energy and resources, both from the University of California, Berkeley.


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