Advanced Executive Diploma in ESG Strategy and Innovation for Net-Zero

Advanced Executive Diploma in ESG Strategy and Innovation for Net-Zero


Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) measures are no longer a mere matter of compliance, but are shaping the future of how business is conducted. The EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, which requires companies to report how they manage social and environmental challenges, is already in place. However, most businesses in Hong Kong appear to be indifferent to the global shift towards sustainable development, which is inconsistent with the broader international community. Hong Kong business leaders have yet to respond to tightened regulations or changes in customer expectations.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on the one hand, has forced corporations to scrutinize their societal responsibilities and roles in terms of social and environmental dimensions. The pandemic has also reinforced the redirection of capital by investors towards more sustainable companies and projects on the other hand. As expected, the inaction in pursuing sustainability will leave corporations uncompetitive and risky in the new landscape of ESG Governance and Net Zero Economy, and will be increasingly left behind by their competitors.

This Advanced Executive Diploma programme aims to equip senior executives with practical knowledge and strategies to pursue corporate competitive advantages by implementing effective and resilient business models, turning ESG and Carbon Neutrality into measurable actions with business results as well as meeting the expectation of the stakeholders, particularly customers, investors and regulators.

Information at a Glance


Commencement Date:

Tuition fee for Members:


Tuition fee for Non-members:


Medium of Instruction:


Mode of Instruction:


Due to current COVID-19 situation, the mode of instruction might be changed from face-to-face to online teaching if necessary in the event that face-to-face classes cannot be held. The Association will contact the students concerned with details of such arrangements as necessary.



Indicative Topics
  1. International Trends of Sustainable Development & Regulations
  2. Practical Sustainability Development Roadmap & Purposes & Values
  3. ESG Strategic Alignment and Structural
  4. Re-engineering Current shortfalls in ESG reporting & legal pitfalls
  5. ESG Integration with Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  6. Net Zero Transition Scheme & Carbon reduction technologies
  7. Green Project Investment and Green Wash
  8. Sustainable Investing & Cost Saving measures
  9. Green Financial Instruments & Carbon Asset Management
  10. Business Resilient Models & New Business Opportunities

Learning & Teaching Approach
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Selected case studies (i.e. Harvard Business Publishing)
  • Formative assessment
  • Group project
  • Industry experts as speakers
  • Company visit and demonstration

Date & Time

9 July 2022 (Saturday) 3:00pm – 6:00pm
16 July 2022 (Saturday) 3:00pm – 6:00pm
20 July 2022 (Wednesday) 7:00pm – 9:30pm
28 July 2022 (Thursday) 7:00pm – 9:30pm
2 August 2022 (Tuesday) 7:00pm – 9:30pm
10 August 2022 (Wednesday) 7:00pm – 9:30pm
13 August 2022 (Saturday) 10:00am – 4:30pm
20 August 2022 (Saturday) 2:00pm – 5:00pm


The Hong Kong Management Association,
14/F Fairmont House, 8 Cotton Tree Drive,
Central, HONG KONG

Language Medium

Cantonese supplemented with English materials

Programmer Leader

Dr. William Yu is an energy economist and climate professional by training and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

He earned an Executive MBA degree from the Thunderbird Global Management School, Arizona State University in the U.S. and was offered a Harvard Business School Scholarship for Executive Education in Nonprofit Management. Dr. Yu founded World Green Organisation, a green NGO in 2012. He has extensive regional management experience through his professional work in US multinationals and the financial sector. Dr. Yu is currently the director of several start-ups and business entities. He also serves as the Chairman of the Judging Panel of BDO ESG Awards. Dr. Yu is Vice-chairman of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts.

He is also Chairman of ESG Committee and an Independent Non-Executive Director of a publicly listed company. Dr. Yu has been an adjunct professor at universities and the Faculty of Hong Kong Green Building Council.

Dr. Yu is ESBN Task Force Member of the United Nations. He serves in the Sustainable Development Council (HK Decarbonization Strategy) under the Environment Bureau, HKSAR Government and belongs to Green Tech Fund Assessment Committee, and a Member of the Appeal Board Panel, Town Planning Board, HKSAR. Dr. Yu is an Expert Member of the Investment Committee of the Limited Partnership Fund and Sustainability Advisor of an Impact Innovation Fund. Dr. Yu is currently working with Ove Arup & Partners and Pricewaterhouse Coopers on the transition framework to TCFD (The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) for the key corporations.

Company Visit

at The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (Towngas)
on 14 May 2022 (Saturday)


“This has been an amazing learning experience, far exceeding my expectations. I wasn’t aware of any other similar courses with comparable quality of speakers and the depth of lecturing, especially in the timely topics, like carbon trading and tokenization. I enjoyed every lecture.”

Ms Vivien Soo, Director
Gaintone Technology International Holdings Limited

“This course is very inspirational and useful that equips me with practical skills to devise in-depth ESG strategy and net-zero roadmap for my company.” I am glad to obtain the professional qualification of ESG Certified Planner after attending the training.

Ms Peggy Tang
Sustainability Manager, Nan Fung Development Ltd.

“Dr. William Yu is very passionate! The programme is absolutely beneficial to both my career development and professional career. The course is taught through a structured way that not only international and local regulations as well as principles are covered. Business cases and real exemplary across different industries and regions are also discussed which inspired me to a great extent. Top leaders of ESG practitioners, investors and business leaders shared their knowledge, best practices and insights which business executives who have a sustainable vision should equip themselves with. After all, it’s a rewarding journey to engage in, get inspired and network with other business executives and ESG advocates.”

Ms Kannes Wong
Head of Strategy and Planning, Zurich Insurance (Hong Kong)

“The company tour, paying a half-day visit to a large-cap listed company, was impressive and inspiring. Apart from the fruitful conversation with their senior management, the well-organized presentation and site-visit allowed me to get a very thorough understanding of its history of ESG development and Innovation.”

Ms Emily Leung
Senior Manager, Sustainability Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group

“This comprehensive course covers both global trends and local issues, giving us a holistic perspective on the best practices of ESG and Net Zero. What is equally impressive is the expert speaker line-up and the strong student network.”

Ms. Crystal Chan
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Impact, MacDonald

Supporting Organisations



HKMA member: HK$19,800
Non-HKMA member: HK$20,300

Early bird discount
HKMA member: HK$18,000
Non-HKMA member: HK$18,500

Group discount
HK$500 less per participant
(for two or more bookings from the same company joining the same session of the Programme at the same time)


Course Details

Ms Vivian Yiu
Phone: 2774 8540

General Enquiry / Course Enrolment / Membership

Phone: 2774 8500 or 2774 8501
Email: /
Fax: 2365 1000

Payment Methods