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Bangladesh to Indonesia

Dorjee Sun & Runa Kahn
Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010
Pacific Place Conference Centre, 5th Floor, Pacific Place One, Admiralty
We welcome two speakers as part of Climate Change week whose work is directly affected by the effects of climate change.

Members HK$100 non members HK$150. Drinks 18.30 lecture starts 19.30 No pre booking required.

Dorjee Sun and Runa Khan, two very different but extremely talented leaders, lecture on “From Bangladesh to Indonesia". They share a common theme that their work is profoundly affected by ongoing environmental change, through population growth, deforestation and climate change. Dorjee Sun is lecturing about his work on conservation in Indonesia, protecting forests and the species inhabiting them. Runa Khan is speaking about her work providing health care through mobile floating hospitals to the poor on the chars (nomadic islands) of the River Brahmaputra in Bangladesh.

Dorjee Sun is lecturing about his work on conservation in Indonesia. He is CEO of Carbon Conservation and is an expert on forests, carbon, community development, conservation and climate change. Carbon Conservation’s work covers energy efficiency, renewable energy, plantations and projects that incentivise the preservation of tropical rainforests by helping forest owners and local communities generate alternative revenues through the carbon finance market. Since its establishment, it has been engaging in ongoing projects to protect global rainforests and biodiversity.

One such project in Aceh, Indonesia, won the Carbon Finance Deal of the Year award. This project together with Mr Sun was also the subject of an award winning documentary, which explained how orangutan conservation and blocking deforestation could be tied in to garner alternative monetary incentives. In his lecture, Mr Sun looks at the problems of deforestation in Indonesia, the farmer's perspective, the plight of the orangutans and looking at ways to find a business solution. Mr Sun has convinced potential investors from eBay to Merrill Lynch to invest in a carbon trading solution that will help avoid deforestation in Indonesia and yet provide for the local inhabitants.

Dorjee Sun hails from Sydney, where he read Commerce, Law and Asian Studies at the University of New South Wales. During his degree, he spent two years on a scholarship in Beijing studying Chinese language and law at Peking University. He now works as a social entrepreneur based in Singapore. He has served as an Asialink Asia Australia Leader and Youth Chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council. Prior to Carbon Conservation, Mr Sun was the founder of a recruitment software company and an award winning education company which mentored over 25,000 students which was acquired by an ASX listed company. He is a popular speaker to boards and conferences and he has spoken at the Future Summit, AsiaConnect, the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Australian Davos Leadership retreat and was the youngest speaker at APEC CEO Summit in Singapore 2009. Recently Time Magazine named Mr Sun as an Environmental Hero for 2009 and the African Rainforest Conservancy named a newly discovered Tanzanian chameleon after him “kinyongia dorjeesuni".

Runa Khan is speaking about her role as Executive Director of the NGO “Friendship" which she established in 1998 to provide health care through mobile floating hospitals to the poorest of the poor of the chars (nomadic islands) of the River Brahmaputra in Bangladesh. The organisation currently has a staff of over 400 people providing services to the underprivileged riverine people of Bangladesh in the sectors of healthcare, education, sustainable economic development, disaster risk management, infrastructure development and cultural preservation.

Friendship works in the most inaccessible riverine areas of Bangladesh. The organisation is based on indepth knowledge, empathy and grassroots experience, intertwined with modern technology and innovative approaches. To address poverty, Friendship has initiated an integrated approach for development. On the belief that no other development intervention is feasible without basic healthcare, Friendship’s chief achievement has been the provision of two floating hospitals, which bring modern medical treatment to over 1 million people.

It also provides education, literacy enhancement, civic education and vocational training for alternative income through its 59 schools and 30 other centres, risk sharing, microinsurance, assistance with savings for seed money for the future and interestfree loans. Friendship’s cultural preservation programme strives to conserve the heritage of traditional boat building of Bengal.

Runa Khan graduated from Lady Brabourne College in Calcutta and subsequently took another degree from Eden College in Dhaka. Prior to Friendship, she successfully produced textbooks for children, set up a fashion house, women's entrepreneurial ventures, a security firm and a tourism company which renovates old country boats. For her pioneering work on traditional boat building in Bangladesh she was an awardee at the 12th Rolex Awards in 2006 in Paris. Some of the other prestigious awards she has received include the “Women Entrepreneurship Award and the IDB Award.

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