Yaowen Ma

Yaowen Ma

Yaowen Ma is an undergraduate senior from Hong Kong studying at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing a double Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies (sustainability & environmental management) and international relations which includes two senior theses on ecosystem services in the apparel industry and the integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) performance standards in the investment management industry respectively. He has a particular interest in corporate sustainability issues, resource management, and environmental risk management. At Penn, Yaowen is a member of the Class of 2013 Civic Scholars Program, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the Penn Sustainability Review, and also served on the executive leadership board of the Penn International Sustainability Association, Students Sustainability Alliance at Penn, and Penn Student Reporter program. During his time at Penn, Yaowen also worked as a research assistant at the Wharton Lauder Institute investigating the privatization of the electricity industry in OECD nations and delivered a one-hour seminar on corporate water risk management at the International Student Leadership Conference 2011. This past summer, he was a research analyst at Resonate Works LLC (a strategic sustainability management consulting firm based in Berwyn, PA) and a conference volunteer at Green Business Base Camp (an accelerator for social entrepreneurs based in Los Angeles, CA). During his spare time, Yaowen is also active in sailing, hiking, and swimming.

Recent Posts

The UNEP Asia SCP Legacy: “Now It is Time to Take Action”

Despite beginning the UNEP Switch-Asia Sustainable Consumption and Production conference with big picture, governance- and thematic-related discussions, the focus slowly narrowed in on the development and implementation of SCP strategies during day two. It is no surprise that panelists have all been in support of “implementing” SCP strategies, but what exactly are these policies? United on Improvements But What About Solutions? One of the more interactive discussions occurred when discussing how green financing and government policy making could help encourage more sustainable production practices. While important areas requiring improvement were recognized, the agreement on implementable solutions showed far less consensus amongst the participants.

Reinventing the Asian Tiger

The first day of the UNEP Switch-Asia Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) conference kicked off with all the requisite excitement and enthusiasm that all first days of conferences come packaged with, as the 130 government officials, business leaders, and civil society pioneers congregated at the conference hall of the Plaza Athénée Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. (more…)