The negotiations at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow resulted in the completion of the Paris Agreement rulebook and kept the Paris targets alive, along with “accelerated action in this critical decade”. What are the key takeaways? What message does it send to global companies and executives?
The EU SME Centre and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China are pleased to invite you to join our next Policy Meeting, where Mr Dimitri de Boer, Chief Representative at ClientEarth China; Ms. Holly Lei, President at Covestro China; Mr. William Zhao, China Country Chair at TotalEnergies; Mr. Matteo Tanteri, Chairman/CEO at Snam China and Mr. Jet Chang, VP of Circular Economy at Tomra Asia, will provide their perspectives on the outcomes of the COP26. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 7th December 2021 from 15:00 to 17:00.
14:30-15:00: Registration and Networking
15:00-15:05: Opening Remarks
15:05-15:30: Presentation by Mr Dimitri de Boer
15:30-16:30: CEO Roundtable Discussion
Meeting Registration and Cancellation
This is a closed meeting open to consortium partners’ management and relevant stakeholders of EU SME Centre Phase III including European embassies, consulates, EU-funded projects and secretariat/board members from European chambers or business associations only. If you meet the criteria and would like to attend, please send your information to Ms Susana Xu (email@example.com) with subject line before Monday, 6 December COB.
About the speakers
Mr. Dimitri de Boer
Chief Representative, ClientEarth China
Dimitri de Boer is based in Beijing, and is chief representative of ClientEarth in China. ClientEarth is the first European NGO to be formally registered with China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, promoting multi-stakeholder environmental governance and rule of law in China. Dimitri is also member of the Chief Advisor’s group of CCICED, China’s top international advisory body on environment and development. Dimitri de Boer was previously Team Leader for the EU – China Environmental Governance Programme, a 15 million euro EU-funded cooperation programme embedded in MEE. Prior to that, he was Senior Advisor on Environment and Climate with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in China from 2003 to 2013. With outstanding spoken and written Chinese skills, Dimitri has closely cooperated with Chinese central and local-level government counterparts. He is widely recognized in China’s environmental policy circles, following many successful and innovative new projects centered around environmental protection, energy and climate change; for contributing to a series of World Bank lending projects and policy recommendations; and for his voluntary position as vice chairman of the board of China Carbon Forum. Dimitri is the founding co-author of the annual China Carbon Pricing Survey.
Ms. Holly Lei
President, Covestro China and Board Member, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China’s Shanghai Chapter
Holly Lei has taken over as President of Covestro China based in Shanghai, effective July 1, 2019. With more than 20 years of experience in cross-cultural management around the world, Lei is the first local female leader for this position. With a strong technical background in chemical engineering and material science, Lei started her career at Bayer MaterialScience (the predecessor company of Covestro) in 1999 as a technical representative, and has since held various management positions of increasing responsibilities focusing on sales, technical service and R&D in Greater China and the APAC region. As a seasoned leader strong at managing dispersed teams, she devoted her cross-industry insights and customer centric mindset to develop focus industries for Covestro’s Business Unit Polycarbonates in Greater China and the APAC region. In her role as Global Head of Electrical, Electronics & Appliances (EE&A), BU Polycarbonates, Lei helped Covestro strengthen its industrial leadership by enhancing the global CMF (Color, Materials and Finishing) capabilities, transforming Covestro from a material supplier to an innovation partner. Apart from her business success, Lei is also an affectionate people leader and excels at fostering an environment that allows people to flourish and develop to their fullest potential. As an avid ambassador of diversity and inclusion, she is actively involved in promoting equality in the workplace in Covestro Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council. Lei holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Dalian University of Technology in China and a master’s degree in material science from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada. She has also received executive training at INSEAD Business School in France. Lei is married with a grown-up son. Lei is also a board member of the Shanghai Chapter of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, and Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park International Experts’ Consultancy Forum.
Mr. William Zhao
China Country Chair of Total S.A.
A graduate of Columbia University, William Zhao joined Total as its China Country Chair. Before joining Total, he has held various positions with both multinational companies and start-ups in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Africa and United States. Between 1996 and 2000, William Zhao served as Planning Manager for Hewlett-Packard. Between 2000 and 2002, he served as Product Managers for two successful technology start-ups in United States. Between 2003 and 2004, he served as advisor to United Nations in Africa. Between 2005 and 2008, he served as Commercial Manager for Dubai Energy. Between 2008 and 2009, he served as Managing Director of an energy investment company based out of London and Dubai. He subsequently joined SABIC as its Global Strategy Director with both strategy and business development responsibilities in 2010. Between 2017 and 2018, he served as Managing Director of ZvK Prospero GmbH in Germany.
Mr. Matteo Tanteri
Naitonal Vice Chair of Energy WG and Chairman and CEO of Snam China
Mr. Matteo Tanteri is Chairman and CEO of Snam China since 2019. He is also Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China and Vice Chair of the Energy working group of the European Chamber of Commerce. After a long career in consulting, he joined Snam Business Development team in 2014 supporting the start up of many initiatives that are currently shaping the strategic development of Snam (Acquisition of TAP, Launch of sustainable mobility, Biomethane, …). In 2016 he has been selected as the first Head of the Office of the CEO of Snam for the newly appointed CEO of Snam, Marco Alverà. In 2017 he has been named Senior Vice President, in charge of international assets (managing stakes Snam has in Terega -France, TAG and GCA -Austria, Desfa- Greece and Interconnector UK) contributing to almost 15% of Snam net income. He has been Chairman of Terega and Snam International and Board Member of TAG and Interconnector UK.
Mr. Jet Chang
Vice Chair, Environment WG, European Chamber; Vice President for Circular Economy Business Development, Tomra Group
Jet Chang, holds his master of science degree from the Northwestern Polytechnic University and Nanyang Technological University, respectively. Before joining Tomra Group as Vice President for Circular Economy Business Development, he worked for a number of international and domestic companies in the environment industry such as Haldor Topsoe China, Poten Environment and Derun Environment. And before that, he served as senior commercial officer at the Embassy of Denmark in China for 7 years.