The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit 2023

Sustainability in Action: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow



The Cooler Earth is dedicated to unite global citizens, experts and key stakeholders to deliberate on how we can shape a more sustainable tomorrow by starting with what we can do today. This year’s summit, themed Sustainability in Action: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow will highlight the multitude of opportunities for people, businesses and societies, arising from a transition towards a greener economy and more equitable society.  


Join us across the region as we unpack the pressing importance of driving positive change in the pursuit of a sustainable future.


Our pledge towards sustainability

Join us today and be a part of the journey to:



Get insights from sustainability leaders  

Connect and engage with prominent thought leaders and practitioners worldwide to gain valuable insights on how businesses are seizing opportunities presented by the urgent need to transition towards a low carbon and equitable economy. Learn about the challenges faced by different stakeholders and be inspired by industry leaders who are setting new standards. 


Participate in masterclasses  

Enroll in focussed sessions for Boards, Chief Financial Officers and Sustainability Practioners. Explore the latest developments on the role of Boards in accelerating sustainability, how CFO's can integrate sustainability into their organisations and enhance value creation the impact of sustainability regulations on supply chains and much more. 


Learn by doing

Experience hands-on learning with our partners and NGOs across the region. Explore diverse natural landscapes, cutting-edge sustainable technologies for agriculture and renewable energy. 


Join us across the region

Participate in our hybrid regional conferences throughout ASEAN, promoting sustainable practices for a better tomorrow.  Benefit from engaging Q&A sessions and connect with like-minded individuals driving positive impact.

The 2023 Summit Agenda


06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?



Ganesh Muren

Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact



Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

11 Sep | The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow


Join us in-person at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, or online | 09.00am - 05.50pm 

In-person attendance is by Invitation Only

Schedule is in Malaysian time (GMT+8)


10.00am |
Rapid Fire Series: Emerging Global Trends that Will Define the Business Landscape for the Next Decade - Part 1


10.20am |
Tea Break


12.20pm |
12.40pm |


01.30pm |
Rapid Fire Series: Emerging Global Trends that Will Define the Business Landscape for the Next Decade - Part 2


03.00pm |
Keynote: CFOs in the Sustainability Spotlight


03.20pm |
Tea Break   


03.40pm |
Rapid Fire Series: Emerging Global Trends that Will Define the Business Landscape for the Next Decade - Part 3


11 Sep | CEO Action Network (CAN) Luncheon (by invitation only)

The CEO Action Network (CAN) Luncheon is exclusively for Board Members and CEOs of CAN member organisations only. The CAN lunch will provide invaluable insights, and collaborative strategies to steer your business towards a strong and sustainable future. Join us in a compelling dialogue led by industry leaders, unraveling the intricate web of global dynamics that shape sustainability strategies and practices.
12.20pm |
01.45pm |
Networking Lunch 
02.40pm |
Closing Remarks
  • Ramjeet Kaur Virik, Managing Director, Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad and CEO Action Network Steering Committee Member


CAN is a coalition of leaders with a purpose to shape policies, win stakeholders, and create a favourable ecosystem for sustainable businesses and sustainable development in Malaysia. For enquiries regarding the CEO Action Network, please visit or contact: 
    • Chong Kok Wai, Lead Secretariat, CEO Action Network (
    • Dr. Kishore Ravuri, Co-Founder and Ambassador, CEO Action Network (

12 Sep | Masterclasses


Join us in-person at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, or online | 09.00am - 04.30pm 

All participants outside Malaysia are automatically registered to attend these 90-minute masterclasses, virtually.

Schedule is in Malaysian time (GMT+8)


09.00am |
The Critical Duty of the Board in Leading Sustainability

Boards set the tone from the top and are often a critical success factor in accelerating sustainability in an organisation. What are board members’ responsibilities in relation to sustainability and climate risks? What are some best practices to drive the sustainability agenda at the Board level?


10.30am |
Tea Break
11.00am |
Integrating Sustainability into Financial Planning and Decision-Making
How can CFOs integrate sustainability considerations into financial planning, risk management, and decision-making processes and enhance value creation within organisations? What are the recent developments in our regulatory environment that will require the strengths and skill sets that are held by the finance function?
12.30pm |
01.00pm |
Getting Your Business to Operational Net Zero
Achieving net zero for your business in terms of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions can be a formidable task, given the multitude of methodologies, options and technologies available. How can businesses prioritise and plan their emissions reductions? What are the available levers to move operations towards net zero, and what are the challenges and implications of each?
02.30pm |
Tea Break
03.00pm |
Global Supply Chain Regulations and How ASEAN Exporters will be Impacted
Although carbon pricing is yet to be implemented in most ASEAN countries, it is crucial to recognise that ASEAN exporters will nevertheless be effected by global regulations. How will regulations such as the EU Carbon Adjustment Border Mechanism, Deforestation Regulation and Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive impact businesses in ASEAN, both corporates and SMEs alike? What are these regulations, how will they be applied and how should companies respond?
04.30pm |

12 Sep | ESG Corporate Day

ESG Corporate Day will explore sustainability strategies and practices of leading ASEAN companies. Discover innovative solutions, latest trends, and uncover opportunities for sustainable growth.
Register here to secure your spot at this transformative event!
09.30am |
Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
10.30am |
Malaysian Pacific Industries Berhad
11.30am |
Tenaga Nasional Berhad
12.30pm |
Networking Lunch
02.00pm |
Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad
03.00pm |
CelcomDigi Berhad
04.00pm |
Farm Fresh Berhad
05.00pm |
CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

13 Sep | Sustainable Supply Chains for Corporations (by invitation only)

This session will cover expert talks, discussions, and insights into enhancing sustainability practices within supply chains, allowing participants to gain valuable knowledge from distinguished speakers, engage in panel discussions, and network during lunchtime. 
This session is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please email Benjamin Yeo Jian Hao at
09.00am |
Arrival and Registration
09.40am |
PwC Keynote - "Corporate Malaysia's Journey Towards a Sustainable Supply Chain"
  • Redha Shukor, Partner, Sustainability and Operations Lead, PwC Malaysia


10.10am |
Panel Discussion - "Harnessing Scope 3: Forging a Greener Future Together"
  • Dr. Yasmin Rasyid, Sustainability Director, Lendlease Projects (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Rashyid Redza Anwarudin, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Plantations Berhad
  • Moderator: Chua Huey Sian, Head of Sustainable Finance, Corporate Banking Malaysia, CIMB Bank Berhad


10.50am |
PANTAS Keynote - "Mobilising AI-powered Technology for Climate Action"
  • Max Lee, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Pantas Software Sdn Bhd


11.10am |
CIMB Presentation - "Sustainable Finance Solutions"
  • Rufimy Yii See Khin, Head, Regional Sustainable Finance, Group Corporate Banking, CIMB Bank Berhad


11.30am |
Q&A Session
11.45am |
01.00pm |
End of Event

13 Sep | Small Steps, Big Impact: Inspiring Change and Driving Results for SMEs' Energy Efficiency (by invitation only)

Discover the keys to Energy Efficiency for SMEs! Join us for an enlightening session featuring distinguished speakers, a panel discussion, and the chance to network over high tea. Learn how small and medium-sized enterprises can achieve greater energy efficiency and unlock new opportunities for sustainability.
This session is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please email Amirul Wafiy at


02.00pm |
Arrival and Registration of Guests  
02.30pm |
Welcoming Remarks
  • Ahmad Shazli Kamarulzaman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Group Commercial Banking, CIMB Group


02.35pm |
Panel Discussion: “Small Steps, Big Impact: Inspiring Change and Driving Results for SMEs’ Energy Efficiency
  • Ir. Ts. Zulkiflee Umar, Deputy Director, Industry Operations, Energy Efficiency and Conservation,  Energy Commission 
  • Kaveta Chelliah, Assistant Honorary Secretary, Membership & Awards, Malaysia Association of Energy Service Companies (MAESCO) 
  • Nur Farah Ain Isa, Assistant Director, Technical Development & Facilitation Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia
  • Sow Yeng Chong, Group Financial Controller, Spritzer Berhad


03.30pm |
Case Study–Energy Efficiency Adoption by Companies
  • Aaron Patel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iHandal Energy Solutions Sdn. Bhd
  • Jason Png Hock Seng, Facilities Manager, Micron Semiconductor Malaysia Sdn. Bhd
  • William Chua Cheng Yok, Corporate Manager, Ramatex Textiles Industrial Sdn. Bhd. 


04.20pm |
Carbon Measurement and Reporting Simplified with MGTC
  • Saiful Adib Abdul Munaff, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC)


04.40pm |
Start with Energy Efficiency and Advance on your Sustainability Journey with CIMB
  • Azmir Abdullah, Head of Sustainable Finance, Commercial Banking Malaysia, CIMB Bank Berhad 


05.00pm |
High Tea and Networking Session
05.30pm |
End of Event

16 Sep | Experiential Learning


More details on Experiential Learning can be found here.

Schedule is in Malaysian time (GMT+8)


08.00am - 05.00pm |
Exploring the Wonders of Setiu, Setiu Wetlands, Terengganu
By WWF-Malaysia

08.30am - 06.00pm |
Urban Composting Workshop, Kebun Komuniti Padang Tembak, Penang
By The Habitat Foundation

09.00am - 12.30pm |
Nature Education Programme, Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur
By Free Society & Taman Tugu
08.00am - 01.00pm |
Caring for Kota Kinabalu Water Catchment, Kg Kolosunan, Kota Kinabalu
By Forever Sabah

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?



Ganesh Muren

Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact



Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

13 Sep | Sustainability Conference : Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow 
Four Seasons Hotel, Jakarta and online | 09.00am - 11.15am
Schedule is in Indonesian time (GMT+7)
09.00am |


09.15am |
Welcome Note


09.30am |
Indonesia Raya
10.00am |
Opening Remarks
  • Lani Darmawan, President Director of CIMB Niaga

Panel Discussion Moderator: Prisa Sambo Dati, IDX Channel Host


10.10am |
The Important Role of Carbon Trading in Green Economy Governance


10.20am |
Acceleration of PLN's Energy Transition towards NET Zero Emission (NZE) 2060


10.30am |
Business Optimism in Responding the Challenges of Green Industry 
  • Arsjad Rasjid, Chairman of KADIN Indonesia (Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry) 


10.40am |
Open Discussion & Conclusion


11.10am |
Closing Remarks
  • Fransiska Oei, Director of Compliance, Corporate Affairs, & Legal


11.15am |
16 Sep | Experiental Learning 
More details on experiential learning can be found here.
Schedule is in Indonesian time (WIB)


09.00am - 02.30pm WIB |
Upcycling Programme - Waste Management, Graha CIMB Niaga, Jakarta
By Liberty Society

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?



Ganesh Muren

Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact



Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

16 Sep | Experiential Learning 
More details on Experiential Learning can be found here.
Schedule is in Singapore time (GMT+8)
10.00am - 01.00pm |
Sustainability Workshop Series, City Sprouts Urban Farm, Singapore
By City Sprouts
21 Sep | Exploring Sustainable Business and Investment Opportunities in Malaysia for Singapore SMEs (by invitation only)
This event will be a collaborative effort between CIMB Singapore and SME Centre@SICCI (Singapore Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) and aims to bring together small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to explore business opportunities and foster economic growth. CIMB will highlight its role in supporting sustainable financing opportunities, emphasising its commitment to responsible and eco-friendly business practices in Malaysia. We will be exploring existing government incentives & initiatives to boost the sustainability scene in Malaysia and CIMB’s sustainable & green product offerings for SMEs.  
During the session, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) will provide insights on Iskandar Malaysia specifically, offering SMEs valuable information on expanding their operations. Discover how SMEs can connect, learn, and leverage financial resources for their sustainable growth.


This event by invitation only. Please email if you are interested to participate.
18 Sep | Sustainability Conference, Thailand: Transitioning Business for a Better World
Join us in-person or online at The United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok or Online  | 08.30am - 04.00pm
Schedule is in Thailand time (GMT+7)

Morning Session: Presented in English / Translated to Thai


08.30am |
Registration and Coffee


09.30am |
Welcome Remarks
  • Paul Wong, President and Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Thai Bank


09.45am |
Leading the way: How Thailand can be a Greater force for Good
  • Gita Sabharwal, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand


10.00am |
Taking on the Challenge – If We Don’t Act, Who Will?
11.00am |
Just Transition for All – Building a Green Economy that Balances between People and Planet
  • Julien Magnat, Skills and Employability Specialist, ILO


11.30am |
From Crisis to Opportunities: How Cities and Businesses should Think and Act Differently for  Sustainability 
  • Pornphrom Vikitsreth, Advisor to Governor of Bangkok


12.00pm |
Lunch (Plant-based) & Mini Exhibition



Afternoon Session: Presented in Thai / Translated to English

Panel Discussion Moderator: Dr. Nattavud Pimpa, Associate Professor, College of Management, Mahidol University


02.45pm |
Coffee Break


03.45pm |
Closing Address: Transitioning Together - Joining forces for Greater Impact
  • Jason Lee, Head of Sustainability, CIMB Thai Bank
04.00pm |


16 Sep | Experiential Learning

More details on Experiential Learning can be found here.

Schedule is in Cambodia time (GMT+7)


09.00am - 12.30pm|
Discover another source of clean energy - Solar Power with SchneiTec
By SchneiTec




YB Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz

Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry, Malaysia

H.E. Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Minister of Finance, Republic of Indonesia

H.E. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment of Republic of Indonesia

Jared Diamond

Professor of Geography and of Environmental Health Sciences, Pulitzer prize-winner, Author of Guns, Germs and Steel

Sue Lloyd

Vice-Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

Deborah Ho

Country Head of Singapore and Head of Southeast Asia, BlackRock

Will Day

Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Dato' Abdul Rahman Ahmad

Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, CIMB Group

Philippe Joubert

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Earth on Board

Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn

President & Group Chief Executive, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

Dato’ Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir

Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan

Chief Executive Officer, Employees Provident Fund (EPF)

Robert Swan

Polar Explorer, First Person to walk the North and South Poles, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Prof. Rupa Chanda

Director, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Somjettana Pasakanon

Director of Sustainability Development, Charoen Pokphand Group Co Ltd

Seah Kian Hoe

Chief Executive Officer, Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd

Iman Rachman

Chief Executive Officer, Indonesia Stock Exchange

Darmawan Prasodjo

Chief Executive Officer, Perusahaan Listrik Negara

Knowledge Partners

Supporting Partners


Regional Summit


How do I join the in-person events in each country?

In-person attendance to our regional events are by invitation only. However, the general public can register to attend specific events online for free e.g. Summits, Conferences, Masterclasses and Forums. Due to the overwhelming interest in specific events, we cannot accommodate everyone in-person.



How will the Summit in Malaysia be conducted?

The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit in Malaysia is a two-day event, with a Summit on the 11th of September, and Masterclasses on the 12th of September. Click here for more information about the Summit.



How will the Summit in Indonesia be conducted?


The Sustainability Conference in Indonesia is a half-day event. Participants across the region can register to join the Summit in-person or online. Click here for more information about the Summit.



How will the Summit in Thailand be conducted?

The Sustainability Forum in Thailand is a one-day event on 18th of September. Participants across the region can register to join the Summit in-person or online. Click here for more information about the Summit.



Can I attend the Experiential Learning sessions?

The experiential learning sessions are open to all participants. However, due to limited slots, we encourage you to register, and you will be notified closer to the event date if you have been given a slot.



Can I attend the masterclasses?

General public across the region can register to participate in the masterclasses sessions online.  For more queries and technical assistance, please email

Online Sessions


How do I join the online sessions?

You must be registered before you can access the live streaming event. 


If you are joining via computer, click on the links provided in the email. You will need Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.6-8. Use Google Chrome (latest 3 versions) and Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based latest 3 versions and RS2 or later) for the best experience. Internet Explorer, Safari and Explorer are not supported.


If you are joining via mobile or tablet, click on the links provided in the email and the login page will open via your browser automatically.  Please sign in before you join the session.


For registered users, simply key in the same email and password that was used when setting up access to the streaming site for the first time.



Where do I get the links to the online sessions?

We will send out email reminders with the link to the online sessions, calendar invites and upcoming agenda of the Summit. If you did not receive the email, please check your spam folder OR your promotions tab (Gmail users). 



Will there be a recording of the Summit?

Yes. You can view the recording of this year’s summit on The Cooler Earth website after the event.



Can I view previous online sessions?

Videos from the previous Summit have been posted under the “Past Summits” on The Cooler Earth Website.

Other Information


I am with the media. Are complimentary media passes available?

Yes, we will be sending invitations to the media.



After completing the registration, will I receive an email confirmation?

Yes, if you do not receive your email confirmation within 24 hours, please check your email spam folder



I am unable to attend the event. Can my colleague attend on my behalf?

Yes, that is possible. Kindly request for your colleague to complete the registration form. As spaces are limited, confirmation of a seat will be shared closer to the event date. 



Can I get an invitation letter to acquire a VISA to attend the event?

Sure, we are happy to assist. Kindly email the details you require in the invitation letter, and when you will need it.



Will there be discounted hotel rates?

We have Corporate Room rates for guests that choose to stay at the Majestic KL during the course of the conference. Kindly contact and indicate that you are a guest for CIMB's The Cooler Earth Summit and would like CIMB corporate rates. 



What is the dress code for the event/conference?

The dress code for the event/conference is business formal.



Is there complimentary parking?

On-site cashless parking at Majestic KL is available at a flat rate of RM15. 


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