The Future of Waste

Ever wondered on the life cycle on a plastic bottle? When we dispose of our waste, where is exactly is "away"? Join the Future of Waste panel as we uncover the current situation of waste management and recycling, and solutions for Hong Kong and beyond industry experts. The panel will be followed by an interactive battle of the straws, where the audience can weigh in plastic-free alternative preferences

Dr Merrin Pearse

Sustainability Advisor, The Purpose Business

Dr Merrin Pearse is a facilitator and connector passionate about business being a force for good. He has a wide range of international experience working for Government Departments, SMEs, international companies and NGOs in stakeholder engagement roles, quality assurance, auditing, and sustainability.

Paul Zimmerman

CEO, Designing Hong Kong

Paul Zimmerman is a co-founder and CEO of Designing Hong Kong. Paul is also an elected District Councillor representing the Pokfulam constituency, and a board member of Civic Exchange, Professional Commons, Hong Kong Democratic Foundation, and the Patient Care Foundation. His Hong Kong Government advisory functions include the Harbourfront Commission.

Holly Graham

Holly Graham

Editor, DRiNK Magazine

Originally from London, Holly Graham is the Editor of DRiNK Magazine Asia, the region's leading bar industry platform. She is also the Co-Founder of HK EnvironMentalists, a group of bar industry professionals striving to minimise waste and implement environmentally friendly practices in bars and can occasionally be found moonlighting at The Old Man.

Tom Egerton

Tom Egerton

Bar Manager, Potato Head

Brought up in and around restaurants and bars, Tom Egerton has spent the better part of a decade working and travelling around the world to develop an international perspective on the hospitality industry.

Most recently Tom was bar manager of Sydney's award-winning Eau de Vie bar where he developed concept cocktails and drove a team collaboration culture to create unique, original drinks and a diverse range of premium spirits education packages.

Hannah Chung

Hannah Chung

Hannah Chung is currently on a zero waste challenge; she seeks eco-alternatives and green solutions for everyday living while aiming to achieve zero waste in Hong Kong. Originally from London, she’s been shocked to see the lack of infrastructures in place for waste management and recycling in this city, and aims to spread the word on the extent of the problem and how the individual can make a difference simply by making a few changes. Follow her on Instagram @thezerowastechallenge for regular tips and updates.