Topic: Circular Economy

Welcome to an in-depth exploration of the correlation between Circular Economy and the overarching theme of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, with a particular emphasis on its implications within the dynamic landscape of Vietnam. In a global milieu increasingly attuned to sustainability imperatives, the concept of Circular Economy emerges as a noteworthy departure from conventional paradigms, heralding a shift towards responsible business practices.

This session dissects the intricate interplay between Circular Economy and ESG, scrutinizing how this transformative paradigm aligns with the distinctive economic and cultural milieu of Vietnam. From the nuanced navigation of challenges to the strategic leveraging of opportunities, the aim is to elucidate the potential of the Circular Economy framework as a linchpin in fostering sustainable development within the Vietnamese business ecosystem.

This exploration beckons an engagement with the intersectionality of Circular Economy and ESG principles, envisioning a future where environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and judicious governance converge to articulate a blueprint for enduring success in Vietnam and the global arena. This discourse transcends mere contemplation; it constitutes an examination of actionable insights poised to shape a sustainable and prosperous trajectory for businesses and communities at large.


09.00 – 09.20: Presentation “Sustainable Packaging: A Business Case for Environmental and Economic Benefits” by Jonathan Sourintha, Associate MP, HRK Group Vietnam

09.20 – 09.40: Presentation by Kim Lê, Founder of CL2B

09.40 – 10.10 Coffee Break

10.10 – 10.50: Study study Entobel – Heiniken – De Heus

11.50 – 11.30: Discussion Panel / Q&A


  • Gaetan Crielaard, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Entobel
  • Kiet Le Quang – Corporate Affairs Director of Heineken
  • Lea Trang, Sustainability Specialist of De Heus

Break-out room info

  • Location: Red Room, 2nd Floor, Pullman Saigon Center
  • Time: 09.00 – 11.30 AM
  • Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023


Christina Ameln, Advisor & Project Management at Ameln & CO.

Christina Ameln is a Sustainability Strategist and Advisor at Ameln & CO., actively engaged with AVPN and Sustainable Vietnam. With a deep belief in the power of connections, Christina has spent years advising and project-managing initiatives in CSR, Sustainability, ESG, and Impact for corporates, multilateral organizations, and non-profits.

Her diverse experience spans continents and sectors, making her a valuable asset. Christina has worked with leading international companies to enhance their commitment to CSR and Sustainability, built NGOs through relationship management, and, as a consultant, excelled in advising, communicating, project managing, and creating impactful change across various projects. Her holistic approach ensures strong foundations and lasting positive impact.


Jonathan Sourintha

Jonathan Sourintha, a veteran with over 15 years in Vietnam, is the driving force behind HRK Group, a leading sustainable packaging company. Over the past four years, he has spearheaded the company’s commitment to combating plastic pollution. HRK Group, under Jonathan’s leadership, offers safe and environmentally friendly alternatives to harmful packaging, with products designed to be easily digested by nature, leaving no pollution behind.

Jonathan Sourintha’s visionary leadership and dedication to sustainability position him as a notable figure in the mission for a more environmentally conscious future.

Gaetan Crielaard, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Entobel

Gaetan Crielaard, co-founder and co-CEO of Entobel, spearheads the company’s global leadership in sustainable insect-based ingredients. Founded in 2013 with Alexandre de Caters, Entobel, based in Singapore and active in Vietnam, is a pioneer in the field.

Gaetan, a Solvay Business School graduate, and his partner launched Entobel in Vietnam in 2013. In September 2023, they inaugurated the world’s most CAPEX-efficient insect production facility in Vung Tau, Vietnam. This cutting-edge facility, with 50 levels of vertical rearing and full automation, meets the rising global demand for sustainable insect-based ingredients, producing an estimated 10,000 MT annually.

Entobel’s first commercial plant in Dong Nai, Vietnam, operational since 2019, also serves as the company’s dedicated R&D center. Under Gaetan Crielaard’s leadership, Entobel remains at the forefront of innovation in sustainable solutions for animal feed and plant nutrition globally.

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