2nd edition

Date: Friday, 2 February 2024, 10.15 am CEST/4.15 pm Singapore time
Venue: ESSCA Campus Angers & Online

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The current war in Ukraine is only the most recent in a series of severe crisesin the international political and economic system. Policymakers, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers are facing a double challenge: how to avoid a deepening recession and social unrest in the short term while staying on an ambitious path toward sustainable development and enhancing the resilience of society. It is in the interest of all major economic blocks to avoid further fragmentation and a decoupling or de-risking while transforming the global economic system into a low-emission one (“Green Transformation").

This challenge requires suitable regulatory frameworks in the EU and in regions and nation-states around the world. The necessity for an ambitious green transition also requires new thinking among entrepreneurs and decision-makers from “business as usual” to “business unusual,” toward “regenerative business”

The conference will analyze the challenges –in Europe, the United States, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa & Middle East – and the concepts and models developed in governmental and business policies to cope with this fundamental transformation.


• Better understanding of concepts of green transitions in the EU, United States, AsiaPacific and Africa & Middle East
• Rethinking the global business environment in times of policy crisis
• Exchanging innovative approaches to speed up the transformation into a sustainable,
resilient economy through multilevel and multi-stakeholder approaches

Guiding questions

• What is the status of political frameworks related to green transformation in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Africa & Middle East?
• How can we avoid a major backslash in Green Transition due to geopolitical crisis, economic recession, and decoupling/de-risking?
• How can Europe, the United States, Asia, and Africa & Middle East contribute to a new phase of sustainable globalization?
• How can we provide a better regulatory framework for unleashing the innovative potential of the private sector?
• What can we learn from innovative business models around the globe?


10:00 – 10:15 Registration and Coffee/Tea
10:15 – 10:25 Welcoming Remarks & Introduction

  • Dr. Benjamin Morisse, Executive Vice-President, ESSCA School of Management, Angers campus
  • Dr. François Viaud, Director of Sustainable Impact and CSR, ESSCA School of Management, Angers campus, (online)
  • Dr. Sonia Chikh M’hamed, Associate professor, ESSCA School of Management, Angers campus

10:25 – 11:25 Roundtable Discussion: Rethinking Globalisation under Green Transitions Frameworks

Introduction & Moderation: Dr. Sonia Chikh M’hamed, Associate professor, ESSCA School of Management, Angers, France

- Europe:
Dr. Peter Hefele, Policy Director, Wilfried Martens Centre, Brussels.
Ms. Pauline Leré, Transition Director, Administrator and Transformation Consultant.

- United States:
Mr. Ira Feldman, Founder & Board Chair, Adaptation Leader, US.

- Asia-Pacific:
Ms. Aldilla Noor Rakhiemah, Senior Officer of Power, Fossil Fuel, Alternative Energy and Storage, The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), Indonesia.
Dr. Kaho Yu, Chief Research Officer, Asia Carbon Institute, Singapore.

- Africa and Middle East:
Prof. Adel Ben Youssef, Associate Professor at University Côte d'Azur (HDR).

Moderation inter-campus:
ESSCA Angers:
Dr. Sonia CHIKH M’HAMED, Associate Professor, ESSCA School of Management
Reed MEISTER, Adjunct Professor, ESSCA School of Management
Dr. Manon MESCHI, Assistant Professor, ESSCA School of Management
ESSCA Bordeaux:
Dr. Oleksandra KOCHURA, Assistant Professor, ESSCA School of Management
ESSCA Boulogne:
Dr. Isabelle BEAUDOUIN, Adjunct Professor, ESSCA School of Management
ESSCA Budapest:
Dr. Isaias RIVERA, Adjunct Professor, ESSCA School of Management
Olivier EVANNO, Adjunct Professor, ESSCA School of Management

11: 25 – 12:00 Discussion
12:00 – 12:15 Conclusion & End of the Conference
Dr. Sonia Chikh M’hamed, Associate professor, ESSCA School of Management, Angers, France.

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About the speakers:

Dr. Peter Hefele

Policy Director
Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Brussels
e: ph@martenscentre.eu | www.martenscentre.eu

Dr. Peter Hefele graduated in Economics and Economic History from the Catholic University of EichstättIngolstadt in 1997. He worked as an economic researcher at the Institute for Economy and Society/Bonn and joined the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in 2003 as Head of the Economic Policy/Political Education Department. In 2006, he became Head of the China, Southeast Asia, India Department in the Asia and Pacific Team of the KAS in Berlin.

From December 2010 to February 2015, he worked as Head of the China Office of the Konrad-AdenauerStiftung in Shanghai. From March 2015 to April 2019, he was Head of the Regional Project "Energy Security and Climate Change" (RECAP), based in Hong Kong SAR/PR China. Between May 2019 and December 2020, he was the Director Asia and Pacific of KAS in Berlin.

Since January 2022, he has been Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the think tank of the European People's Party EPP, in Brussels.

His work focuses on foreign and security policy, economic policy, international development cooperation, and energy/climate policy. He is also an expert on political, economic, and social developments in Asia and China.
He is fluent in German, English, and Hungarian, has good knowledge of French and Italian, and basic knowledge of Chinese.

Pauline Leré

Transition Director, Administrator and Transformation Consultant

Pauline is an MBA graduate from St John University, New York. Her thesis dealt with the impact of nonfinancial criteria on long term financial performance in 2007. Since then, she implemented new models and new services with a sustainable vision and a strong added human and financial value as a development and marketing director in different industries: HR, Health and Security in the workplace
through PSR, Banking and Automotive industry. In 2020, she created OxyMorphe Transitions to operate as an Impact Executive interim CEO. She already helped creating over 50 new sustainable and innovative models to support conscious entrepreneurs in their transitions.

She is now invested in the cooperative finance responsibility as the President of Credit Mutuel Local branch. OxyMorphe also invests through a business angel organization in emerging sustainable businesses 10 to 15% of its annual income.

Ira Feldman

Founder & Board Chair, Adaptation Leader

Ira Feldman is a U.S.-based sustainability leader with an interdisciplinary skill set and global reach. He is Founder & Board Chair of the not-for-profit Adaptation Leader and is positioned at the leading edge of the convergence of sustainability, climate adaptation and ecosystem services. With cross-cutting experience as an attorney, management consultant, policymaker, regulator, standards developer, and political advisor, Ira has focused on environmental regulatory innovation (e.g., alternatives to "command and control” regulation), strategic environmental management, sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility. In academia, he has taught these topics as adjunct professor at the City University of New York, George Mason University, Fordham University, the University of Pennsylvania, Vermont Law School, and Washington College of Law. To advance sustainability in higher education, he founded the not-for-profit Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC).

In the 1990s, as Special Counsel at US EPA headquarters, he pioneered new enforcement settlement approaches; developed the EPA audit and self-disclosure policy; and was the architect of EPA's first corporate voluntary excellence program. Since then, as team leader or in partnership with other consultancies and law firms, Ira has assisted governmental entities, multilateral organizations, think
tanks, corporate trade associations and SMEs, on a wide range of implementation, policy development, and training activities. He led in the development of corporate voluntary excellence programs, environmental performance tools and strategies, and international voluntary standards (ISO 14000 series, ISO 26000 and GRI).

Ongoing interests as a researcher and practitioner include: the role of ESG (environment-socialgovernance) factors in the financial sector, including corporate strategies for climate adaptation; the implications of "soft law" or "private law" for business and government; the use of public-private partnerships (PPP) to advance sustainable development; and the role of blockchain technology in addressing climate adaptation and resilience. Ira is committed to advancing sustainability thinking in the US through policy initiatives and electoral politics; assisting universities with faculty and curriculum development for sustainability in higher education; and remaining an active contributor to the substantive sustainability and climate dialogue.

Ms. Aldilla Noor Rakhiemah

Senior Officer of Power, Fossil Fuel, Alternative Energy and Storage,
The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE).

Aldilla Noor Rakhiemah joined the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) as Senior Officer of Power, Fossil Fuel, Alternative Energy and Storage where she also leads research for the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) as Senior Research Analyst. She is involved in the project with a critical mission: to bolster ASEAN's capacities in transitioning towards a low-carbon energy system and ultimately achieving a net zero future. Her responsibilities include leading research on the energy and climate nexus within the ASEAN region, managing capacity buildings and coordinating within ACCEPT, where she is dedicated to broadening its impact and reach throughout Southeast Asia.

Aldilla's expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of critical areas in the energy sector, including the intricate relationship between energy and climate change, energy policy formulation and the innovative fields of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). Prior to joining the ASEAN Centre for Energy, she had seven years’ experience at Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned Energy Company. She holds an MSc in Geography from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a BA in Economics from Airlangga University, Indonesia. She is currently finishing her doctoral degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Kaho Yu

Chief Research Officer, Asia Carbon Institute, Singapore

Dr. Kaho Yu is the Chief Research Officer at the Asia Carbon Institute, a non-profit voluntary carbon credit standards body and registry. Kaho is an energy and carbon policy specialist with 15 years of experience in think tanks, MNCs, and academia. His research covers the carbon market, energy geopolitics and critical mineral security in the Asia Pacific. Kaho has held academic roles at Harvard Kennedy School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Renmin University in Beijing.

He is now affiliated with King’s College London's London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science and a global risk consultancy. Kaho obtained his PhD in International Political Economy from King’s College London.

Prof. Adel Ben Youssef

Associate Professor at University Côte d'Azur (HDR)

Adel BEN YOUSSEF is Professor of Economics at the Université Côte d'Azur and a member of the CNRS research laboratory (GREDEG - CNR UMR 7321), researcher fellow at the ERF and GLO and visiting professor in more than 12 international universities. He is an international expert in twin digital and green transitions for many international institutions. He is an expert on digitalization, who conducted several important studies.

In addition, he was a negotiator during the COP 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 (2017- 2018 - 2019-2021-2022-2023) on behalf of Tunisia in terms of climate finance. He has participated in the facilitation of around a hundred workshops and was involved in the coordination committee or in the scientific committee of more than 50 scientific and cultural events. He has published more than 100
academic papers in different journals.

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