Speaker Profile

Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer, CDL

An active advocate for green building and sustainabilityfor over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’sleadership in sustainability. It is ranked top real estate company on the 2021 Global100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. It became the first real estateconglomerate in Southeast Asia to sign theWorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings in February 2021.  Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded includepublishing the first sustainability report in Singapore in 2008; issuing thefirst green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and building an integrated sustainabilityreporting framework since 2015.  

A forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther wasconferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy bythe UN Global Compact.  She is also asignatory for the UNGC Caring for Climate network and an executive council memberof the UN ESCAP Sustainable Business Network. She sits on the boards oradvisory platforms of several organisations, including World Green BuildingCouncil, Global Reporting Initiative, GRESB Asian Real Estate BenchmarkCommittee and UNEP FI Real Estate Work Group. She chairs the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s Sustainability andESG Committee; Co-Chairs the Urban Land Institute Singapore’s SustainabilityProduct Council and is the Vice-Chairperson of the Singapore Institute ofDirectors’ ESG Committee.

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