Janice Lao is the Director of Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels Limited. She is also the owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels and other luxury real estate assets. Lao is an environmental scientist and development economist who has been multi-awarded throughout her 15-year career. Lao was most recently listed in Forbes as one of the world’s top female sustainability leaders and is the 2019 Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Awardee.
Throughout her international career, she has worked for world-renowned international think tanks and blue-chip multinational conglomerates in the transport, energy, extractive, FMCG, property and hospitality sectors. Her work has been highlighted by global organisations such as Fortune’s Change the World list in 2017. Her expertise lies in embedding sustainability into businesses– ranging from sustainability management, successful identification and implementation of projects using green bond, M&A, and equity financing structures, as well as advising board members/senior management.
She has a masters and a diploma in business from the University of Oxford.