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Wed, Oct 21



Sustainability Best Practices: government's view and what businesses are doing

A rare opportunity to hear directly from the Consultant Technical Adviser to the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre, as well as Swedish businesses about their sustainable practices.

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Sustainability Best Practices: government's view and what businesses are doing
Sustainability Best Practices: government's view and what businesses are doing

Time & Location

Oct 21, 2020, 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM GMT+8



About the event



Welcome and introduction of CGM by Dr. Leong Yuen Yoong, CGM


Malaysian government’s climate governance and efforts: an overview by Dr. Gary W. Theseira, Consultant Technical Adviser, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre


Swedish government and industry interactions on sustainability: a quick overview  by HE Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Swedish Ambassador to Malaysia, Embassy of Sweden


From compliance to competitive advantage: An introduction to Swedish sustainable business: an overview by Sara Hedin, Trade Commissioner to Malaysia


Panel discussion

Moderator: Sara Hedin

Ericsson by Ellen Alarilla, Program Manager Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson SEA, Oceania and India

About Scania by David Lantz, Sustainability Manager, Scania SEA


Q&A session with Dr. Gary W. Theseira, HE Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt,  Ellen Alarilla & David Lantz

About Dr. Gary Theseira 

Dr Gary is Consultant Technical Adviser, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre and has more than a decade of experience in Climate Change and Sustainability Policy. He is a Senior Research Officer at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and a Consultant Technical Advisor to the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC). He was seconded to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia (NRE) as Deputy Undersecretary before serving under YB Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change as Special Functions Officer. Dr. Theseira holds a PhD. in Agronomy from Mississippi State University and conducted Post-Doctoral Research at the University of Minnesota.

About Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt 

His Excellency has a background in law and began his career as a Junior Judge at the County Court of Strömstad, Sweden. He joined the foreign service in 1990, working with European affairs until 1994. From 1994 to 2005, he worked at the Swedish Embassies in Teheran, Tel Aviv and Islamabad (covering Pakistan and Afghanistan). 2005-11 he worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, holding the positions of Coordinator for Development Cooperation and Human Rights for Middle East (2005-06), Head of the Gulf Section (2006-08) and then Deputy Head of the Middle East and North Africa Department (2008-2011). From September 2011 to August 2016, Juhlin-Dannfeltwas Ambassador of Sweden to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Non-resident Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, State of Kuwait and Republic of Yemen. Since 1 September 2016, Juhlin-Dannfelt is Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia, having presented Letter of Credence on 2 December 2016.

About Sara Hedin

Sara was appointed to her role as the Swedish Trade Commissioner to Malaysia in January 2019. She has more than 15 years of professional experience working across the areas of business development, strategy and transformation. Sara has broad international experience having worked in markets across Sweden, US, Singapore and most recently Malaysia, and is passionate about helping Swedish companies reach their full international potential. Prior to joining Business Sweden, Sara held various management positions within Ericsson and Deloitte. She holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering of Management from Linköping University, Sweden.

About David Lantz

Since April 2016, David Lantz has been the Sustainability Manager at Scania Southeast Asia where he is in charge of sharing Scania’s 129 years of experience in developing sustainable transport systems with growing cities in the region covering areas such as:

•Reducing the environmental impact through connected, smarter and more efficient transport solutions

•Improving quality of life through safer, more reliable, comfortable and affordable public transport such as Bus Rapid Transit systems

•Developing partnerships to drive the shift towards a fossil free transport system with new technology such as electro mobility and alternative fuels

He has been based in Malaysia since 2010 and prior to joining Scania he work for Business Sweden, the Swedish Trade and Invest Council where he as a Project Manager and Commercial Liaison to the Asian Development Bank, was in charge of sharing the combined experiences of the Swedish Transportation industry to growing cities in Southeast Asia covering areas such as integrated city planning, Bus Rapid Transit Systems and congestion charging.

About Ellen Alarilla

Ellen Alarilla was appointed as Ericsson’s Program Manager for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (SCR) for the Southeast Asia, Oceania and India market area in 2014.  She is responsible for Ericsson’s SCR activities, programs and projects in the area, which revolve around the company’s focus areas of responsible business, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion. Prior to this role, Ellen held regional and local roles within Ericsson’s Marketing and Communications function, and was a member of Ericsson Philippines’ Leadership Team.  She also held regional and local roles in Communications for multinational companies in electronics and engineering, logistics, and telecommunications. Ellen was born in Manila, the Philippines and holds a degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines’ Diliman campus.

Photo credit: Jason Khaw Soon Hoe

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