Asia Pacific CSR Council
Roger is actively involve in the social and business community. He has hold leadership and advisory roles in JCI Singapore (National President, Advisor and Ambassador and JCI Asia Paciﬁc Development Council, and now as the President of Asia Pacific CSR Council.
Prior to this Roger works with companies to improve their overall results, especially marketing efﬁciency. He co-founded a number of startups and helped to turn around loss-making companies and organisations to proﬁt. He also excel during his stint in sales, marketing and management track records working in MNCs and provided training and marketing communication consultancy for organisations and companies locally and internationally for over 15 years.
Roger holds a Bachelor in Mass Communication from Curtin University. From time to time he train and coach for JCI Singapore, JCI Malaysia, JCI Vietnam, JCI Cambodia, JCI Taiwan, JCI Japan, Institute of Public Relations, and UCSI University
Roger is in the business to make the world a better place and he took the leap and founded the JCI Asia Paciﬁc CSR Seminar (2008 - present) and the Asian Academy (2011 - present) to promote CSR and ISR among the companies and individuals.
He was awarded “Ten Outstanding Young People” award for the Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership in 2012. And his favourite quote is “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you ﬁnd out why.” - Mark Twain.
MATTHIAS GELBER (GERMAN)
Honourary Council Member
Matthias Gelber comes from Burbach-Lippe, a small German village surrounded by the forest. He developed a strong connection with nature from a young age, and has been a passionate advocate of green living ever since. In 2008, he was voted ‘Greenest Person on the Planet’ in an online competition by 3rdWhale in Canada. Matthias lives in Malaysia without a car and a monthly USD$10 electricity bill. He also started Eco Warriors Malaysia, a community movement focused on taking positive action to combat climate change.
Matthias graduated with Masters in Environmental Science from Brunel University in the UK and went on to start a successful environmental consulting company in 1999. In 2007, he co-founded Maleki GmbH, a German company specialising in high performance, low carbon footprint construction materials. He also serves as a Board Member of Solexel Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Solexel Inc in Silicon Valley.
Matthias is also a consummate speaker and trainer on environmental issues, and is often seen giving green talks to corporates, government organisations and schools in the South East Asian region.
Matthias has recently published his first book, “the greenman’s guide to green living and working.”
JULIO ROMO (UK / SINGAPORE)
Julio is an International Communications Consultant and Digital and Innovation Strategist with a career spanning 18 years gained agency-side and as an international consultant working in Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East.
He has extensive senior experience in Branding and Integrated Communications, speciﬁcally in Corporate Communications, Government Relations and Digital and Social Media. He’s delivered Consultancy and training to public and private sector organisations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, markets he has worked in since 2010. Julio used to be a Council and Board member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and one of the founding members of its social media advisory panel.
Most of his works in the past few years focuses on start-up enterprise where he advises new start-up on the power of digital media combining with CSR elements.
GILDAS YOMBI (AFRICA / HONG KONG)
Gildas is magnetized by Responsible and Sustainable Entrepreneurship. In the past decades he was involved in corporate and non-corporate sectors notably in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and the Philippines), Africa and Europe. He specialises in turnaround strategy, corporate vision, and professional integrity. His interest is in start-up scene, and how companies can be better managed and lead to sustainable growth.
Previously he managed AIESEC Hong Kong Ltd’s Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Strategy under PriceWaterCooperHouse (PWC). He developed and implemented the Corporate Responsibility and Community Engagement Projects for corporate clients and partners including VISA Hong Kong, IE Business School, PWC Hong Kong, MTR, The Information Department of the Government of Hong Kong SAR, etc. He is also the founder off International Soaps4Lives Pte. Ltd., a social enterprise focusing on recyclable soaps for the community with CSR solutions.
JESSICA CHEAM (SINGAPORE)
Editor of Eco-Business, a journalist and a social entrepreneur
She has a decade of experience in journalism with a particular expertise in sustainable development, and is also a contributor to The Straits Times where she was formerly the political and environment correspondent. She is an adjunct research associate for the Centre for Liveable Cities, a Singapore think tank focused on creating and sharing knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities.
She studied at the University of Warwick and University of London's Goldsmith College, and has written for London-based publications such as The Independent, The Times and The Ecologist. Jessica won a global journalism award at the Earth Journalism Awards, which was held in Copenhagen in December 2009 by Internews and the World Bank. In March 2010, she was named Young Journalist of the Year by Singapore Press Holdings. In February 2011, her stories on sustainability won her the first Asean Green Technology Journalism Award by Siemens. She also has a merit award for the environmental leadership category from the Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards by JCI Singapore.
She founded Eco-Business in 2009 with a vision to provide a platform for the region to discuss and advance sustainability issues. Under her leadership, Eco-Business beat other media giants to clinch the Lee Foundation Excellence in Environmental Reporting by a Media Organisation Merit Award at the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards 2013.
She is the published author of 'Forging a Greener Tomorrow: Singapore's journey from slum to eco-city', which was commissioned by Singapore's Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. Jessica's passion is in advocating sustainability. She is frequently invited to speak at events across the globe on her areas of expertise.
CHY SILA (CAMBODIA)
A serial entrepreneur, Chy Sila founded his first business in 1998 with seed money of $500. Having earned experiences as a tour guide and then in advertising & design, Sila and his partners went on to find CBM Corporation in 2002 and Sabay Digital Corporation in late 2007. CBM consists of 8 brands of F&B and catering services while Sabay Digital is an internationally respected digital entertainment company with core competencies in online gaming and internet publishing. Sila is also a director of the Platinum Cineplex. A Dynamic and idea-driven entrepreneur, Sila represents the new breed of Cambodian businesspeople. Professional and approachable, with a youthful outlook and passionate commitment to the growth, education and prosperity of all Cambodians, Sila is innovating Sabay Digital into a full fledged entertainment company, expanding its portfolio into media, music, cinema and filmmaking.
HOWARD SHAW (SINGAPORE)
HALCYON AGRI Corp, was formerly the executive director of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC). Howard was actively involved in driving the environmental movement since 1995, contributing towards shaping national environmental policies and programs.
He was responsible for the development and administration of the Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards, as well as the Singapore Green Labeling Scheme, which recognize the excellence in environmental management and green products, respectively.
Howard represented the NGO community on various national groups, including the Water Network, Singapore Packaging Agreement, and Public Hygiene Council. He was also a Focus Group member for the National Preparatory Process leading up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002