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The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) envisions a future in which our society understands the importance and benefits of Environmental Social and Governance/Gender (ESG) process criteras and how it can make our lives better; a future in which consumers can readily identify competent and ethical professionals who place Enviromental Social and Governance/Gender’ interests first; a future in which practitioners aspire to the highest levels of professionalism and excellence; in which companies, regulators, governments and many other stakeholders internationally are recognizing ESG criteras as a mainstream.

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About Us

The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) envisions a future in which our society understands the importance and benefits of Environmental Social and Governance/Gender (ESG) process criteras and how it can make our lives better; a future in which consumers can readily identify competent and ethical professionals who place Enviromental Social and Governance/Gender’ interests first; a future in which practitioners aspire to the highest levels of professionalism and excellence; in which companies, regulators, governments and many other stakeholders internationally are recognizing ESG criteras as a mainstream.

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About Us

The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) envisions a future in which our society understands the importance and benefits of Environmental Social and Governance/Gender (ESG) process criteras and how it can make our lives better; a future in which consumers can readily identify competent and ethical professionals who place Enviromental Social and Governance/Gender’ interests first; a future in which practitioners aspire to the highest levels of professionalism and excellence; in which companies, regulators, governments and many other stakeholders internationally are recognizing ESG criteras as a mainstream.

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A very significant number of International Associations have promoted the creation of an international organization in ESG, the"International Association for Sustainable Economy" (IASE). In this con-text, the IASE’s role is more relevant than ever, being the first and only association worldwide that aspires to certify the entire population pyramid in terms of ESG with a global approach, and with three levels of certification.

The methodology will be based on 100% on-line training through ac-credited academic partners and all the certification processes are using cutting-edge technologies for efficient, flexible and constantly updated learning. "We strongly believe that a better, more egalitarian education based on ESG criteria will help to reduce social differences, facilitate the equalization of salaries and close the gender gap. The use of technology will help to scale up this process, making it sustainable and accessible to all on a global level. Democratize knowledge"

The IASE Association aims to be the main international certification body for all professionals in the field of ESG and thus promote the confidence of professionals and consumers in knowledge, skills, lifelong learning, behaviour and ethics.

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Headquartered in London, UK, The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) represents the sustainability profession globally regarding standard-setting, and advocates on behalf of the profession to international organizations, governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations and civil society. In addition to ensuring compliance with best practice and certification standards it sets globally, IASE also provides the most relevant knowledge and resources in supporting and protecting the evolving public interest. We’re shaping a sustainable future. You need to be part of it!

IASE promotes | commitment to the community

Our History

Headquartered in London, UK, The International Association for Sustainable Economy (IASE) represents the sustainability profession globally regarding standard-setting, and advocates on behalf of the profession to international organizations, governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations and civil society. In addition to ensuring compliance with best practice and certification standards it sets globally, IASE also provides the most relevant knowledge and resources in supporting and protecting the evolving public interest. We’re shaping a sustainable future. You need to be part of it!

Governance:
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The Board is our governing body and its role is to promote the long-term sustainable success of the IASE and to generate value for its members and stakeholders worldwide.

The Companies Act 2006 Company limited by guarantee. Adopted on 02 July 2020

Governance:
Understand more about IASE corporate governance

The Board is our governing body and its role is to promote the long-term sustainable success of the IASE and to generate value for its members and stakeholders worldwide.

The Companies Act 2006 Company limited by guarantee. Adopted on 02 July 2020

Executive Committee

Mr. Cliff Cheng | Executive Director

Cliff has more than 20 years of working experience in financial services and fintech industry in various capacities as technology & management consultant and corporate executive across China, Hong Kong, and Asia having worked in Accenture, AIA Group and Assicurazioni Generali Group.

Cliff is currently active in venture capital advisory covering startups in fintech, healthtech, and green tech in Asia.

Cliff holds a MSc (Investment Management) degree from HKUST Business School in Hong Kong. He is a certificate holder of IASE International Sustainable Finance® and a member of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership network.

Dr Ooi Kim Chai | Director

Dr. Ooi has more than 30 years of working experience in the insurance industry with global multinational companies across Asia. He served in the role of CEO in China, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Malaysia for over 25 years in various entities in AIA and Generali.

Dr. Ooi is well connected with key leaders and market players in financial services industry, academicians and regulators in China, India, and South East Asia particularly in the insurance space.

Dr. Ooi holds a doctorate degree in Political Economics from Wuhan University, China. He is also a post doctorate graduate of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences - Institute of Finance and Banking, Applied Economics in China.

Ir Dr Shelley Zhou, PhD, RPE, FHKIE, CAP, BEAM Pro, FSA Credential | Sustainability Lead

Ir Dr Zhou, a dedicated sustainability professional, has over 18 years’ experience in corporate sustainability, environmental and carbon management consultancy, new energy and biotechnology in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. From 2016 to 2019, Ir Dr Zhou was Chief Executive of the University of Edinburgh Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation responsible for driving innovation business development and research projects in Hong Kong. Prior to this, she helped establish the sustainability function of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and has been in charge of delivering the Club’s strategic sustainability performance and reporting for seven years.

Ir Dr Zhou currently leads ESG services in APAC for Capco and she is an expert advisor at a leading ESG and carbon consulting firm in Hong Kong. As an independent consultant, Shelley has led and delivered numerous carbon consultancy project in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Singapore, covering government, banking, financial, real estate and retail sectors.

Ir Dr Zhou actively engages with non-governmental organizations and professional associations. She is currently a Director of the Hong Kong Association of Energy Engineers (HKAEE) and the Chairlady of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE) Environmental Division 2022/23. Previously, Shelley was the President of the Association of Energy Engineers (Hong Kong Chapter), a member of HKSAR Government’s Environmental Campaign Committee Environmental Education and Community Action Projects Vetting Sub-committee (2014-2019), a co-opt member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council Public Education, and a core member of the Hong Kong delegation to COP13 held by the UNFCCC in Bali in 2007.

Shelley holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Shelley opened a carbon management course in 2010 and currently is the Adjunct Associate Professor at HKUST.

Advisory Committee

Karim Zouhdi | IASE Secretary of the Board

Karim is the Executive Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of IASE International.

Karim is a Certified Financial analyst with more than 16 years of professional experience and an active member of the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts (IEAF). At an international level, he has held managerial positions such as: Executive Manager of the European Financial Planning Association (EFPA).

Karim has extensive experience as a consultant in the fields of European cross-border regulatory affairs, asset and wealth management, as well as international corporate and institutional relations.

Paul van Brenkelen | Advisor - ESG Practice in Clean Energy Industry

Mr. van Brenkelen is an accomplished sustainability practitioner with over 28 years of professional experience in ATIC (Assurance, Testing, Inspection, and Certification) services industry, and has been deeply involved in sustainable agrifood supply chain solutions since 1994 and renewable energy-related (wind & solar) third-party services since 2010.

Mr. van Brenkelen is currently the ESG Global Director & General Manager China of Clean Energy Associates (CEA) based out of Shanghai. Prior to joining CEA, Mr. van Brenkelen held various senior leadership positions with SGS, Bureau Veritas, TUV NORD, and ESG & sustainability startups across locations in Europe and Asia. His notable experience included managing a competence center for sustainability and emission reduction certification schemes, leading market development of renewal energy-related services in the Far East and building supply chain traceability solutions & ESG portfolio of services for PV-BESS (photovoltaic and battery energy storage system) industry.

Mr. van Brenkelen holds a BASc in Agricultural Science, an MSc in Agronomy, and an MABR in Applied Business Research. He is a candidate for IASE ISB® Specialist designation, having obtained ISB® Advisor certification in September 2022. Mr. van Brenkelen is currently completing his Doctoral Degree in Business Management at HKMA/SBS.

Executive Committee

Mr. Cliff Cheng | Executive Director

Cliff has more than 20 years of working experience in financial services and fintech industry in various capacities as technology & management consultant and corporate executive across China, Hong Kong, and Asia having worked in Accenture, AIA Group and Assicurazioni Generali Group.

Cliff is currently active in venture capital advisory covering startups in fintech, healthtech, and green tech in Asia.

Cliff holds a MSc (Investment Management) degree from HKUST Business School in Hong Kong. He is a certificate holder of IASE International Sustainable Finance® and a member of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership network.

Dr Ooi Kim Chai | Director

Dr. Ooi has more than 30 years of working experience in the insurance industry with global multinational companies across Asia. He served in the role of CEO in China, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Malaysia for over 25 years in various entities in AIA and Generali.

Dr. Ooi is well connected with key leaders and market players in financial services industry, academicians and regulators in China, India, and South East Asia particularly in the insurance space.

Dr. Ooi holds a doctorate degree in Political Economics from Wuhan University, China. He is also a post doctorate graduate of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences - Institute of Finance and Banking, Applied Economics in China.

Ir Dr Shelley Zhou, PhD, RPE, FHKIE, CAP, BEAM Pro, FSA Credential | Sustainability Lead

Ir Dr Zhou, a dedicated sustainability professional, has over 18 years’ experience in corporate sustainability, environmental and carbon management consultancy, new energy and biotechnology in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. From 2016 to 2019, Ir Dr Zhou was Chief Executive of the University of Edinburgh Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation responsible for driving innovation business development and research projects in Hong Kong. Prior to this, she helped establish the sustainability function of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and has been in charge of delivering the Club’s strategic sustainability performance and reporting for seven years.

Ir Dr Zhou currently leads ESG services in APAC for Capco and she is an expert advisor at a leading ESG and carbon consulting firm in Hong Kong. As an independent consultant, Shelley has led and delivered numerous carbon consultancy project in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Singapore, covering government, banking, financial, real estate and retail sectors.

Ir Dr Zhou actively engages with non-governmental organizations and professional associations. She is currently a Director of the Hong Kong Association of Energy Engineers (HKAEE) and the Chairlady of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE) Environmental Division 2022/23. Previously, Shelley was the President of the Association of Energy Engineers (Hong Kong Chapter), a member of HKSAR Government’s Environmental Campaign Committee Environmental Education and Community Action Projects Vetting Sub-committee (2014-2019), a co-opt member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council Public Education, and a core member of the Hong Kong delegation to COP13 held by the UNFCCC in Bali in 2007.

Shelley holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Shelley opened a carbon management course in 2010 and currently is the Adjunct Associate Professor at HKUST.

Advisory Committee

Karim Zouhdi | IASE Secretary of the Board

Karim is the Executive Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of IASE International.

Karim is a Certified Financial analyst with more than 16 years of professional experience and an active member of the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts (IEAF). At an international level, he has held managerial positions such as: Executive Manager of the European Financial Planning Association (EFPA).

Karim has extensive experience as a consultant in the fields of European cross-border regulatory affairs, asset and wealth management, as well as international corporate and institutional relations.

Paul van Brenkelen | Advisor - ESG Practice in Clean Energy Industry

Mr. van Brenkelen is an accomplished sustainability practitioner with over 28 years of professional experience in ATIC (Assurance, Testing, Inspection, and Certification) services industry, and has been deeply involved in sustainable agrifood supply chain solutions since 1994 and renewable energy-related (wind & solar) third-party services since 2010.

Mr. van Brenkelen is currently the ESG Global Director & General Manager China of Clean Energy Associates (CEA) based out of Shanghai. Prior to joining CEA, Mr. van Brenkelen held various senior leadership positions with SGS, Bureau Veritas, TUV NORD, and ESG & sustainability startups across locations in Europe and Asia. His notable experience included managing a competence center for sustainability and emission reduction certification schemes, leading market development of renewal energy-related services in the Far East and building supply chain traceability solutions & ESG portfolio of services for PV-BESS (photovoltaic and battery energy storage system) industry.

Mr. van Brenkelen holds a BASc in Agricultural Science, an MSc in Agronomy, and an MABR in Applied Business Research. He is a candidate for IASE ISB® Specialist designation, having obtained ISB® Advisor certification in September 2022. Mr. van Brenkelen is currently completing his Doctoral Degree in Business Management at HKMA/SBS.

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