Name: Adrien Chee
Role: APAC Ecology Coordinator / Founder of Vantage
How did you end up in this career?
Environmental expertise for UBS and winning UNLEASH 2018. I had always been looking for a job like this, where I would be able to shift corporate directions as well as influence the region and the world towards a more sustainable development.
What about your job at UBS do you love so much?
My job revolves around climate change and environmental conservation for the planet. I love it as it is important to educate the future generations on our only home, and how our actions from the past generations have created inevitable consequences for our future.
What is a typical day at work like at UBS?
I start the day in UBS with my team in Asia Pacific; Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia on the conservation matters of the region. We go through the latest updates on environmental tech and conservation research (wildlife etc) before heading off to the local scene where we will ensure that the plans ahead are on schedule and we have sufficient time and up to date data research to further our cause. I will also take time in the middle of the day to work with Vantage, where my international team from Canada, Germany and Zambia will ensure that the business is on course for launch and we are designing and working well with the experts on deck, providing a safe and comfortable working environment to help us bring climate change education to the next stage. The noon hours of my day is spent back with my regional team, where we take some time to catch up on each other’s lives, ensuring that we are not just colleagues, but friends who are there for each other.
What are some words you would use to describe the community/environment of your company, UBS?
At UBS, it’s exciting, fun, and meaningful.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In the United Nations.
Any words of advice to those who are looking to pursue a career in your field?
It is an exceptionally important career for our future generations in time to come; it is years of hard work, morally rewarding, and also something that you will be proud of after a long day in the office. Rome was not built in a day and thus neither should we expect direct results tomorrow as we attempt to carve out our careers. The environmental industry will only grow in scope and magnitude in the future; it is always worth planting our seeds now.