Steering Committee & Key Opinion Ambassador
Natalie Chung Sum Yue is a leading climate advocate and social entrepreneur born and raised in Hong Kong. Inspired by a polar explorer since young, Natalie devotes her life to climate action and environmental education. At the age of 18, she co-founded V’air Hong Kong, a social enterprise that promotes low-carbon local tourism as means to mitigate climate change. As an impactful sustainability leader in the Asia Pacific, she has been awarded the Tatler Gen.T List, Eco-Business Youth A-List, and was recognised by The Japan Times as a female climate activist driving change in Asia.
In addition to sustainable tourism, Natalie has developed her expertise in environmental impact assessment and energy research through working at the World Bank Group and United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth. She worked with Pacific Island Countries to develop a report on enhancing the countries’ environmental management capacity. She was also a delegate at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25, representing YOUNGO in an intervention to mainstream indigenous knowledge in climate science. At the policy level, Natalie is committed to advancing the carbon neutrality agenda of Hong Kong and mainland China. She has been appointed to serve at advisory councils of the Hong Kong Government, including the Council for Sustainable Development and Green Tech Fund Assessment Committee. She has published research on the climate resilience of Hong Kong’s electricity grid and completed a Masters research on sensitive intervention points to accelerate energy decarbonisation in Beijing and Hong Kong.
Natalie holds an MPhil in Environmental Change and Management (Distinction) at the University of Oxford and a BSc in Geography and Resource Management (First Class Honours) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was awarded a full scholarship for her postgraduate studies at Oxford as the 2019 Esther Yewpick Lee Millennium Scholar.