january, 2019

12jan4:00 pmM Talks China: Issue of Food Waste


Event Details

As China’s economy has shifted from the world’s factory to a consumer led economy, China’s cities have struggled to find ways to safely and economically manage the various consumers wastes that are produced daily.

In cities like Beijing and Shanghai, where more than 2,000 tons of food waste can be produced in a day, the size of the challenge has not only catalyzed increased regulation but is catalyzing new innovation in process and disposal.
To help shed some light on the challenge, through this session participants will gain a greater understanding of China’s waste problem, including:
How big is China’s food waste issue, and what is the role of consumers?
How is food waste managed, formally and informally, in China?  
What are the realities of food waste recycling, and what is the business case for circular economy initiatives (e.g. product takeback programs)? 
How can consumers engage their stakeholders to participate in programs, or as brand building?
Featured speakers: 
Scott Minoie, Element Fresh
June Zhang, Collective Responsibility
Wendy, Starbucks
Moderator: Richard Brubaker

June Zhang – Sustainability Consultant
June is the sustainability consultant at Collective Responsibility. She develops client-oriented research on different environmental and social projects. Her current focus is on the transition of urban waste management system. By conducting field research and stakeholder interviews, June explores the challenges and business opportunities behind various waste streams, including food waste, textile waste and e-waste. She believes waste is a valuable but misplaced resource and China will lead the innovation in waste recycling and utilization.

Prior to joining Collective Responsibility, June was an engineering researcher at an energy company in the UK. She also has experience in product development for indoor air quality control systems.
June received her Master’s degree in Environmental & Energy Engineering from the University of Sheffield in England. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from North West University in China.

Scott R Minoie  Founder and Vice Chairman Element Fresh, Inc. 
An American with over 25 years of experience in the food & beverage industry, Mr. Minoie began his career in the U.S. in a number of restaurants, and with companies such as Whole Foods Market. He has successfully managed restaurant and catering businesses in the PR China since 2000. He founded Element Fresh in 2001, and since grown it into a chain of 37 restaurants in 9 Chinese cities.
Mr. Minoie holds a joint MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, serves as a vice chairperson on the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce’s Food-Agriculture-Beverage committee, and is a board member of the Renewal Center, a charity that assists the homeless in Shanghai.

Wendy Zhang/张文琦 – Senior Manager, Social Impact Starbucks China
Wendy Zhang is the Senior Manager of Social Impact of Starbucks China. Before joining Starbucks, Wendy has been working in charity and philanthropy fields for international organizations for over 10 years, focusing on corporate responsibility program services, international grant-making and program management, and China’s charitable sector development. She has rich experience in project design and management in the areas of education, social development, disadvantaged livelihood, and etc. Before entering charity, Wendy had worked as an editor of TV station since graduation from university.
Wendy has a Master Degree in International Relations from Renmin University of China, and had her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Northwest Polytechnical University.

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 12 Jan 2019 – 4 pm
Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB



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No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)