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Featured Speakers Dr Amy Khor
Senior Minister of State, Health and Environment & Water Resources, Republic of Singapore
Mr Mark Gainsborough
Executive Vice President, Global Commercial, Shell
Mr Morten Kabell
Mayor for Environmental and Technical Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark
H.E. Scott Wightman
British High Commissioner to Singapore
Mr Philippe Joubert
Senior Adviser and Special Envoy Energy and Climate, WBCSD
Mr Grant Kelley
Chief Executive Officer, City Developments Limited
Session Chairs Mr Ken Hickson
Chairman, Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA)

Mr Adam Lyle
Executive Chairman, Padang & Co
Panel
Energy Efficiency in Industry
Mr Myles McCarthy
Managing Director, Implementation Services, The Carbon Trust
Mr Mathias Steck
Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Asia Pacific, Energy and Renewables Advisory, DNV GL – Energy
Mr Pierre Megret
Managing Director, Green & Global Consulting
Mr Nguyen Dang Anh Thi
Independent Consultant
Panel
Smart & Sustainable Solutions
Mr Mark Enzer
Group Sector Leader for Water and Environment, Mott MacDonald
Mr Francisco Arellano
Senior Vice President, Corporate Quality, Environment, Safety and Health, Maynilad Water Services, Inc.
Dr Gordon Feller
Co-Founder, Meeting of the Minds
Mr Justin Abbott
Director and Global Water Skills Leader, Arup
Ms Amanda Clack
President, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Panel
Developing & Scaling up Smart Solutions
Mr Ken Hickson
Chairman, Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA)
Mr Ho Hiang Kwee
Lead Technologist, National Climate Change Secretariat
Mr Nicolas Maréchal-Abram
Scientific Director, VE City Modeling Center
Ms Jo Coleman
Director, Strategy Development, ETI
Mr Edwin Khew
Chairman, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)
Panel
Policy to Implementation
Mr Constant Van Aerschot
Executive Director, Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore
Dr Channa Gunawardena
Team Leader, Switch Asia Policy Support Programme, Government of the Philippines
Ms Kathryn Warren
Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
Ms Chen Chen Lee
Director, Policy Programs, SIIA
Mr K Sadashiv
Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services (ASEAN), Ernst & Young Singapore
Panel
Harnessing Renewable Energy
Mr Christophe Inglin
Managing Director, Energetix Pte Ltd
Ms Jan Reid
Senior Manager, Low Carbon Technologies, Scottish Enterprise
Dr Matthew Peloso
Founder and Director, Sun Electric
Mr Philip Wong
Managing Director, Real Time Energy
Panel
Transitioning to Low-Carbon Transport
Ms Lynette Cheah
Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Mr Stephan Schablinski
Director, Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions, DHL
Mr Gordon Waddington
Chief Executive Officer, ERA
Dr Gregory Blokkeel
Head, PSA Group Innovation Cell@Singapore
Mr JM Sillanpaa
General Manager, Neste Singapore Pte Ltd
Panel
Advocating for Green Finance
Mr Teymoor Nabili
Independent Producer
Mr Edgare Kerkwijk
Managing Director, Asia Green Capital Partners
Mr Yanis Boudjouher
Chief Executive Officer, ReEx Capital Asia
Mr Wong Ken Wei
Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Fixed Income Syndicate
Panel
Spurring Green Entrepreneurship
Dr Anthony Watanabe
Managing Director, Asia Clean Innovations
Mr Ted Chen
Co-founder and Chief Product Architect, Evercomm
Mr John O’Brien
Founder, Australian CleanTech and Sino CleanTech
Dr Michael Abundo
Director, OceanPixel Pte Ltd
Mr VS Hariharan
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Third Wave Power Pte Ltd
Feature Presentations Mr Francis Colledge
Scientific Consultant – Southeast Asia, Met Office
Mr Michel Jarraud
Former Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General Emeritus, World Meteorological Organisation
Mr Gerhard Stryi-Hipp
Head of Energy Policy & Coordinator “Smart Energy Cities”, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Ms Michelle Farrell
IES BIM Expert & Head of the Middle East Division, IES
Mr Mervyn Jones
Senior Consultant, Sustainable Global Resources Ltd
Mr Soichiro Takashima
Mayor, Fukuoka, Japan

Featured Speakers

 

 

Dr Amy Khor

Dr Amy Khor

Senior Minister of State, Health and Environment & Water Resources, Republic of Singapore

Dr Amy Khor was appointed Senior Minister of State for Health and Environment & Water Resources on 1 Oct 2015.

Prior to her current appointment, she was Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower from 1 Sep 2013.

Before her promotion to Senior Minister of State, Dr Khor was Minister of State for Health from 21 May 2011 and concurrently appointed the Minister of State for Manpower from 1 Aug 2012.

Previous appointments she held included Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in May 2006 and subsequently, Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources in November 2010. She was also the Mayor of South West District from Aug 2004 to May 2014.

Dr Khor was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2001 General Elections and was re-elected for a fourth term as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 General Elections.

She holds a PhD in Land Management from the University of Reading, UK.
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H.E. Scott Wightman

H.E. Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner to Singapore

Scott arrived at the British High Commission, Singapore in May 2015 as British High Commissioner.

He began his career in the Diplomatic Service in 1983 and has worked in the British Embassies in Beijing, Paris, Rome and, most recently, in the Republic of Korea, where he was the UK ambassador. Scott’s ties with Asia continued during his tenure as Director for the Asia Pacific region in the FCO from 2008 to 2010.Scott is from Edinburgh in Scotland and has a degree in French from the University of Edinburgh. He is married to Anne and they have two daughters.
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Mr Mark Gainsborough

Mr Mark Gainsborough

Executive Vice President, New Energies, Shell

Mark was recently appointed to lead Shell’s recently created New Energies business, focusing on lower carbon energy solutions. He has spent over 30 years in the energy business, working in marketing, sales, supply chain, trading and strategy roles. He is currently based in Singapore.

He has worked extensively on a range of environmental and sustainability issues and completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy in 2008. In past roles he developed Shell’s strategy in Alternative Energies and made investments in a range of biofuels technologies. He was responsible for the formation of the Raizen JV in Brazil, which is now the world’s largest producer of sugar cane ethanol. He led the Shell contribution to the WBCSD report on Sustainable Mobility, published in 2005, which anticipated many of the technology trends seen in the last 10 years. He is a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute.
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Mr Philippe Joubert

Mr Philippe Joubert

Senior Adviser and Special Envoy Energy and Climate, WBCSD

Mr. Joubert is Senior Advisor and Special Envoy Energy and Climate at WBCSD, currently serves as the Chair of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, sits at the Advisory board of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership where he is part of Faculty. He is also Executive Chairman of the Global Electricity Initiative at the World Energy Council. He holds several Advisory positions to the CEOs of major global companies and sits on various Boards and Advisory Boards as Non-Executive Director.

Previously, Philippe was President of Alstom Power and Deputy-CEO of Alstom Group. He started his career in the Banking industry in Brazil and Wall Street. He joined Alstom in 1986, as Finance Director of GEC ALSTHOM Mecanica Pesada in Brazil. After a variety of senior roles within Alstom in Brazil, he became Country President, ALSTOM Brazil in 1997. In 2000, he was appointed President of Alstom Transmission & Distribution Sector and member of the Alstom Group Executive Committee in France. In January 2004 he was appointed President Alstom Power Systems and In March 2009, President of Alstom Power Sector regrouping all the group activity in Power Generation. On July 4th 2011, Philippe Joubert was elected Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Alstom Group by the Alstom Board.

He left the Alstom group in June 2014.
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Mr Morten Kabell

Mr Morten Kabell

Mayor for Environmental and Technical Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark

Morten Kabell is the Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs of Copenhagen since 2014. Mortens vision is to transform Copenhagen into a greener city with higher livability. His political focus is changing the traffic in Copenhagen so more people will use bicycles and public transportation.

Morten believes that Copenhagen has a responsibility regarding the world’s climate situation and he is very focused on international corporation and networking between cities in order to inspire each other and show how to implement roadmaps towards ambitious climate goals. For example Copenhagen has a solid climate plan leading the city to become the first carbon neutral capital in the world by 2025. In 2014 Copenhagen was the European Green Capital, where the city focused on sharing knowledge, methods and involving citizens around Europe.

Morten has a background as teacher in Copenhagen schools as well as being party secretary for the Red-Green Alliance office of Copenhagen. Since 2006 Morten has been the Red-Green Alliances spokesman in Copenhagen on traffic, climate and urban planning and in 2015 Morten became board member of CPH City & Port Development.
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Mr Grant Kelley

Mr Grant Kelley

Chief Executive Officer, City Developments Limited

Mr Grant Kelley was appointed as CDL’s Chief Executive Officer in early 2014. He has over 25 years of global experience in corporate strategy, private equity and real estate investment.

Passionate about Environmental Management which formed a key part of his MBA study at Harvard, Grant is a firm proponent of environmental conservation in business. Overseeing CDL’s sustainability function, he is committed to bringing its sustainability leadership to the next level by expanding its strategic approach to integrate sustainability into its business to create greater value.

As an early adopter of sustainability since 1995, CDL’s commitment has been recognised internationally. It was ranked the Top Real Estate Company and 10th amongst the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World in 2016. CDL is also the first Singapore company to be listed on three of the world’s leading sustainability benchmarks – FTSE4Good Index Series (since 2002), Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (since 2010) and Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (since 2011).
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Mr Adam Lyle

Mr Adam Lyle

Executive Chairman, Padang & Co

As a consultant, investor and entrepreneur, Adam strives to utilise change management and behavourial change principles to create sustainably driven innovation across a range of businesses and platforms.

Over the last 14 years in Asia, he has worked as a change management consultant, trainer and facilitator with major MNCs across many industries. Adam also have had a 20 year career across industries in Australia, from banking to telecommunications, entertainment and skincare; holding GM and CEO roles at times as well.

In Adam’s words:

“Sustainability combines my passion for innovation and preserving the environment.

Systems can manage and improve environmental impact. But true sustainability driven innovation requires a step change in thinking about innovation. This led to my involvement with Newton Circus, a sustainable business innovation company as investor and advisor.

As a co-founder of Padang & Co, we have created a new model of collaborative and open innovation to dynamically bring SMEs, MNCs, start-ups government and community together to co-create opportunities and collaborate on solutions. The platform enables all organizations to crowd source innovative solutions for a wide range of problems and challenges via hackathons, coLABs and online challenges as well as specific scouting assignments. In addition, Padang & Co works with large companies to foster an innovation ready culture.

As all things digital evolve, so will the ways we innovate and how we create real sustainable growth.”

Started out in banking, Adam’s finance career pivoted over the years to telecommunications with now SingTel and Optus Communications, followed by position of CEO with Ticketek – Australia’s largest sport and entertainment ticketing organisation.
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Energy Efficiency in Industry

 

 

Mr Myles McCarthy

Mr Myles McCarthy

Managing Director, Implementation Services, The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Myles McCarthy is Director of Implementation at Carbon Trust, where he leads its energy efficiency services in the UK and internationally, enabling the implementation of cost effective energy saving initiatives across industrial and commercial sectors. These services include energy efficiency financing (including a £550M fund delivered with Siemens Financial Services), implementation advice and equipment supplier accreditation.

Myles has developed a number of new services which ensure companies can gain confidence in the business case for energy efficiency, access trusted advice and procure market leading equipment from credible technology suppliers and installers. Having joined the Carbon Trust at its inception in 2002, Myles initially developed its innovation and investment programmes, enabling the commercialisation of new low carbon technologies.

A Chartered Accountant, Myles’ early career was spent at KPMG in London where he worked with early stage technology businesses on their establishment, development, fund raising and growth. Myles studied for his first degree in Applied Physics at the University of Durham.
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Mr Pierre Megret

Mr Pierre Megret

Managing Director, Green & Global Consulting

An expert in creating an intelligently built environment, Pierre has skills to integrate his engineering knowledge with energy efficiency into green buildings. He is a qualified Green Mark Manager under BCA (Building Construction Authority, Singapore). Having worked on various Green Mark Platinum
projects, Pierre provides an additional value to his clients by delivering a tailor made automation systems. With his background from Building Management System (BMS), he has a holistic understanding of the technicalities for buildings compared to industrial plants and the importance for it to be monitored to achieve optimal performance.

Pierre holds his experience from Schneider Electric in Singapore and in Europe; he is a specialist in system architecture for large industrial and green building applications. He was in charge of the South East Asia region and was involved in complex and challenging customers’ projects.

With his skill set in the automated green building industry coupled with his zeal to expand his horizon of knowledge, Pierre has proved his mettle with the progressive growth in business.
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Mr Nguyen Dang Anh Thi

Mr Nguyen Dang Anh Thi

Independent Consultant

Nguyen Dang Anh Thi has had more than eighteen years working as a senior consultant at different multinational organizations and corporations, non-profit organizations, as well as governmental agencies. Thi is one of the leading experts in Renewable Energy (Energy from Waste, Wind, Solar, Biogas, Biomass, Hydro), Energy Efficiency, Cleaner Production & Clean Technology, Environmental Technology & Management (Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, Waste Heat Recovery), Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Responsible Investment. Thi has worked on project development and management, project financing, investment management, and public-private partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure and renewable resources sectors. Thi provides strategic, technical, commercial, and financial advisory services as well as oversee deal sourcing, structuring, negotiating and executing investment deals in renewable resources. Thi is also an experienced speaker having spoken at many national and international conferences.
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Mr Mathias Steck

Mr Mathias Steck

Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Asia Pacific, Energy and Renewables Advisory, DNV GL – Energy

Mathias is Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Asia Pacific for ‘Energy and Renewables Advisory’ and member of the Executive Leadership Team of DNV GL – Energy. Before the merger of DNV and Germanischer Lloyd in September 2013 Mathias was the Regional Manager of GL Garrad Hassan Asia Pacific. His position involves managing a team of over 130 Inspectors and Engineers specializing in Energy located in offices in Singapore, China, Thailand, India, Australia, Korea and Japan. Based in Singapore, Mathias has 13 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. During this time he has performed a wide range of tasks as an expert in charge of structural components of wind turbines including reviews, inspections, expert opinions, failure analysis, technical due diligence, guideline development and technical seminars.


Mathias has a German Diploma (equivalent to Masters Degree) in ‘Civil Engineering and Environmental Technology’ (2001) from the ‘Technical University Hamburg-Harburg’. There he worked as a student assistant in the ‘Department of Steel and Timber Constructions’ and elsewhere at engineering company ‘IWB’. Whilst studying, Mathias earned the ‘Vordiplom prize of Hamburg Construction’ for the top five intermediate diplomas and a stipendiary from ‘Konrad Adenauer Foundation Germany’. Over the course of his diploma, Mathias also took the opportunity to study at the ‘University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology’ specialising in concrete and steel structures as well as an additional Degree in Geotechnics.


After graduation, Mathias worked as a junior engineer for one year at ‘STRABAG’, where his tasks included quotation processing, design, optimization, planning and project coordination for large-scale construction sites in Germany, Turkey, Hungary and Kosovo.


Mathias joined Germanischer Lloyd in 2003 in the Wind Energy group. There he was involved in the inspection, review and computation of wind turbine foundations and towers and furthermore worked to develop the tools and Finite Element models of several wind turbine components and offshore substructures. Mathias took on the role of Project Manager for certification services and advisor for customers in India, China, USA, Japan, Korea and Europe. In 2008 he took on the role of Head of the Civil Engineering Group and then the Department Head of Renewable Energy Asia where he began building the GL engineering teams in India and China, being based in Mumbai and Bangalore, India from 2008 to 2011 as well as in Shanghai, China from 2011 to 2014. Since 2014 Mathias is based in Singapore.

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Smart & Sustainable Solutions

 

 

Mr Mark Enzer

Mr Mark Enzer

Group Sector Leader for Water and Environment, Mott MacDonald

Mark is Mott MacDonald’s Group Sector Leader for Water and Environment. This role is principally about providing strategic leadership and fostering integration across the water and environment sectors in all the regions in which the company operates.

Mark is a keen champion of improvement and innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models; he is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of low-carbon sustainable solutions, product-based delivery, lean delivery processes, Smart Infrastructure, BIM and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA). Mark has 30 years’ experience in the water industry and was recently the lead author of the UK Treasury’s Infrastructure Carbon Review. As Engineering Manager in Anglian Water Services’ @One Alliance, he was accountable for the technical delivery of the £1 bn programme in AMP4; he is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
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Mr Justin Abbott

Mr Justin Abbott

Director and Global Water Skills Leader, Arup

Justin Abbott is a Director at Arup with over 25 years consulting experience covering a wide range of water and environmental projects undertaken in both the UK and overseas. His areas of knowledge focus on the sustainable management of water, with expertise in environmental impact, water scarcity and risk, wastewater treatment, water quality and urban water management. He is currently chairing a UK research project looking at how we can begin to quantify the multiple benefits that green/blue infrastructure provide, to allow us to develop stronger business cases that will hopefully inform better planning decisions. Prior to this he was lead author of a national UK report that scoped the opportunities and barriers for delivering Water Sensitive Design in urban areas in the UK, drawing on international experience. He is lead author for the RICS document entitled “Land Use Planning and Water Use” and acted as technical lead on Arup’s recent report for WRG 2030 entitled “Managing Water Use in Scarce Environments”. At Arup he is responsible for managing a range of water projects, he is currently examining water issues associated with the growth of the textile sector in Bangladesh, and in his role as Global Water Skills leader he co-ordinates Arup’s water skills development and research activities.
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Mr Francisco Arellano

Mr Francisco Arellano

Senior Vice President, Corporate Quality, Environment, Safety and Health, Maynilad Water Services, Inc.

Engr. Francisco Arellano has dedicated more than 30 years of professional career in sustaining economic growth with concerns on environment, pursuit of international recognition of Filipino engineers and advocacy for the preservation and conservation of our natural resources. He has made a mark in the water industry; planning and designing waterworks and sewerage systems for Metro Manila, conducting researches on low cost sewerage and sanitation, water and wastewater treatment; sludge management, biogas from waste, converting septic tank sludges to organic fertilizers, water quality modeling and the privatization of the water and sewerage services. He is currently the Senior Vice President on Corporate Quality, Environment, Safety and Health of Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and a registered APEC and ASEAN Engineer.
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Ms Amanda Clack

Ms Amanda Clack

President, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Amanda Clack FRICS took office as RICS President on 27 June 2016.

Amanda joined EY as a Partner in August 2015 as the Head of Infrastructure (Advisory) for the UK and Ireland. Prior to this she was a partner at another of the Big Four.

Qualifying as a quantity surveyor and in project management, Amanda is a Fellow of RICS, the Association for Project Management, the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Consulting and the Institute of Management. She is also a Companion of the Institute of Management, is a Certified Management Consultant and an Affiliate of the Institute of Accountants for England and Wales.
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Dr Gordon Feller

Dr Gordon Feller

Co-Founder, Meeting of the Minds
Consultant, Cisco Systems
Former Director, Urban Innovations: Cisco Systems HQ

Gordon Feller is the Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds, a global thought leadership network and knowledge-sharing platform focused on the future of sustainable cities, innovation and technology.

From 2010-2016, Feller was the Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley where he served in an executive capacity within the company’s programs focused on cities. He now serves a consultant to Cisco focused on Internet of Things and Talent. Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was the CEO of Urban Age Institute, an international non-profit research and training organization which began as a magazine inside the World Bank and spun off in 2001. For 30 years, Gordon has advised on economic and technology issues with leaders of multinational companies, cities, NGOs, foundations, and national governments. His clients have included The World Bank, UN, German and Canadian national governments, The Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, Reuters, Metropolis, United Cities & Local Governments, among others. Gordon advises leaders on harnessing the power of advanced technologies which can enable them to solve complex problems with a special focus on practical solutions where economics, technology, and sustainability intersect. Gordon’s work has had broad and deep impacts. He’s published hundreds of articles including in CFO Magazine, Urban Land Magazine, TIME, Financial Times. He was appointed as an Abe Fellow by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. He was formerly the Editor of Urban Age Magazine. Columbia University awarded him a Bachelors and a Masters (cum laude). At Columbia he served as a Lehman Fellow, a Wallach Fellow and a Dean’s Fellow. He serves as a Fellow at the Urban Sustainability Lab within the Smithsonian Institution’s Wilson Center.
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Developing & Scaling Up Smart Solutions

 

 

Mr Ken Hickson

Mr Ken Hickson

Chairman, Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA)
Director, Blue By Design
Singapore Chairman, International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN)

Leading sustainability advocate and author of six books, Ken Hickson is Chairman of the Singapore-based consultancy Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA), Director of Blue By Design – an international grouping of sustainability experts involved in design and development projects – and Singapore Chairman of the International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN).

A member of the Singapore Institute of Directors (MSID) and Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations Singapore (FIPRS), he has been active in media, public affairs and the communications industry in Asia Pacific, working out of in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, for more than 50 years.

He is also a regular lecturer, speaker and moderator at events in the region. He was appointed Associate Professor Adjunct at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, where he was a lecturer in communication studies (2001 to 2008) and launched an undergraduate degree course in International Communications, the first in Australia. He has also given lectures in Singapore for many organisations and universities, including NUS, SMU and SIM, and in Taipei for the Taiwan Government and the Asian Productivity Organisation (APO).

He has been as advisor and consultant to Government agencies in Singapore, including NEA, URA, STB and acted for many private sector businesses in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors, including Armstrong Asset Management, the Blue Circle, TEALE and BBP. He has for many years supported the World Wide Fund for Nature, acting as honorary representative for WWF International in Singapore and serving as Governor of WWF Australia. He is a member of the advisory council of Eden Strategy Institute.
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Ms Jo Coleman

Ms Jo Coleman

Director, Strategy Development, ETI

Jo is responsible for the ETI’s Technology Strategy. This encompasses using the ETI’s Energy System Modelling Environment (ESME) and suite of models to explore and analyse energy transition pathways and the opportunities and challenges around delivering them, as well as define areas in which ETI’s investment can help deliver an affordable and secure low carbon future energy system in the UK.

Prior to joining the ETI, Jo worked in Shell for over 20 years in various technical and managerial roles spanning engineering design and construction, oil and gas field development, national energy planning, economics and new business development. She has worked in the Netherlands, Brunei, Oman, UAE and Malaysia.
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Mr Ho Hiang Kwee

Mr Ho Hiang Kwee

Lead Technologist, National Climate Change Secretariat

Hiang Kwee works at the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) as Lead Technologist, where his responsibilities include providing advice and assessment on energy technologies ( e.g. through the development of National Research Foundation (NRF) – NCCS Technology Primers and Roadmaps) that can address climate change challenges. He also provides advice on modelling and analyzing energy and emissions flows in Singapore, to provide greater understanding of the impacts of policy and technology to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change impacts. Hiang Kwee is also an Adjunct Principal Research Scientist at the Energy Research Institute @NTU, the Chairman of the Energy Standards Committee under the Standards Council, and a member of several Project and Technical Evaluation Panels for energy-related incentive schemes and R&D programmes.
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Mr Edwin Khew Teck Fook

Mr Edwin Khew Teck Fook

Chairman, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)

Er. Edwin T.F. Khew, is the Managing Director of Anaergia Singapore Pte Ltd, global environmental waste to energy technology and management company with its Global headquarters in Toronto, Canada and HQ for Asia in Singapore. He is also a former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) and currently the Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), the President of The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), a Supervisory Board Member of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Chairman of the Singapore Standards Council. Er. Khew represents SEAS on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Energy for All Partnership’s (E4ALL) Steering Committee as its Co-Chair and Chairman of its Enterprise Development Working Group. He has an Executive MBA from the National University of Singapore, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Singapore, a Fellow and Chartered Engineer of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK), and a professional engineer of the Professional Engineers Board, Singapore.

Er. Khew was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the President of Singapore during Singapore’s National Day in 2014.
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Mr Nicolas Maréchal-Abram

Mr Nicolas Maréchal-Abram

Scientific Director, VE City Modeling Center

Nicolas Maréchal-Abram, working for Veolia Research and Innovation since 2011, is scientific director of the VE City Modeling Center, at Singapore. Prior to this position, he worked in the Veolia Open Innovation team in France. Arrived in Japan in 2000 as student, he got a PhD. in
Environmental Science from Shizuoka University in 2004. He studied bioindicators of environment quality using heavy metal partition coefficient in calcitic organisms. He worked for several local companies in Japan and joined Veolia Japan group in 2007 as R&D manager, until 2011.
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Policy to Implementation

 

 

Mr Constant Van Aerschot

Mr Constant Van Aerschot

Executive Director, Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore

Mr Constant Van Aerschot set up the Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore in 2012. It serves as a collaboration platform to engage companies and government on sustainability in South East Asia.

The BCSD and its member companies recently launched a white paper on sustainable agriculture in ASEAN. Constant also co-authored market reviews on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Constant is a thought leader on sustainability. He brings strategies, tools and methodologies to forward-thinking companies to create a competitive advantage. He holds several advisory roles and is an expert in the construction sector. He is a guest faculty at INSEAD.

Previously, he was VP Sustainable Development & Public Affairs at LafargeHolcim and held corporate strategy responsibility at Alcatel-Lucent.

He holds a Masters in Civil Engineering, MBA and a Diploma in Directorship from SMU.
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Ms Chen Chen Lee

Ms Chen Chen Lee

Director, Policy Programs, SIIA

Chen Chen Lee is Director of Policy Programs at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the country’s oldest think tank and founding member of the ASEAN-ISIS network of think tanks. She is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance to the ASEAN and Sustainability Programs. Prior to this, she was the Head of Strategic Planning and Coordination Division at the ASEAN Secretariat based in Jakarta. Reporting directly to the ASEAN Secretary-General, she played a critical role in strengthening ASEAN’s engagement with her Dialogue Partners and their implementing agencies through effective donor coordination and dialogue on ASEAN’s priorities and funding needs.

Chen Chen obtained her Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies from the Singapore Nanyang Technological University and her Masters Degree of Arts from the International University of Japan. As a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholar, she majored in International Relations in her post-graduate degree and examined the politics and policies surrounding refugees and asylum seekers in Southeast Asia.
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Dr Channa Gunawardena

Dr Channa Gunawardena

Team Leader, Switch Asia Policy Support Programme, Government of the Philippines

Channa is currently Team Leader of the Switch Asia Policy Support programme for the Government of the Philippines. He also serves as a consultant to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister’s Department Malaysia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat in Jakarta.

In a career spanning 18 years, Channa has worked as a consultant and project manager providing expertise to Governments, Industry and Civil Society in the areas of Development Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), ICT for Development (ICT4D) and Sustainable Development including Green Growth.

He has served in over 40 international projects across Europe, South Asia, SE Asia and China. These include programs supported by the European Union (EU), UNDP, the Asian Development Bank, USAID and DFID.

Channa holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the renowned Lancaster University Management School of UK and a PhD in the Management and Evaluation of Development Projects in Asia.
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Mr K Sadashiv

Mr K Sadashiv

Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services (ASEAN), Ernst & Young Singapore

Sadashiv is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP Singapore. He heads the firm’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services Practice across ASEAN. He has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering (IIT,Madras) and MBA qualifications (IIM,Bangalore), and more than 35 years of work experience. He has done the Graduate Course in International Arbitration, NUS Law School – Singapore, is an Accredited Associate Mediator at Singapore Mediation Centre. In addition he is an OHSAS 18001 Certified Auditor on Occupational Health and Safety and an ISO14064 Certified Greenhouse Gas Lead Auditor.

Presently he heads Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice for Asean in which role he provides climate change, environmental and social impact consulting services to a wide cross-section of his clients.

A more recent specialisation is in Integrated Reporting. He is a Workgroup Member of Integrated Reporting Research and Thought Leadership work group at ISCA (Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants).

Sada is also a member of ISCA’s recently formed Corporate Reporting Committee. He lectures at the NTU taking a course on Sustainability: Issues, Reporting & Finance.

Prior to his current role, Sadashiv was specialising in commercial advisory services to businesses and Government focusing on strategic analysis/strategy formulation, policy and regulation, and commercial due diligence in an M&A context.

In his roles, he has carried out assignments for a number of clients spanning MNCs, government, statutory boards, private companies and not-for-profits in Asia, Europe and North America.

A frequently invited speaker, he shares his experience and insights at numerous seminars, panel discussions and presentations on sustainability issues and emerging aspects in corporate reporting.

A father of 2 daughters, he and his wife are weekend volunteer counsellors at the Singapore Prisons at Changi.
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Ms Kathryn Warren

Ms Kathryn Warren

Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Kathryn is a Principal Consultant in Ricardo Energy & Environment’s Resource Efficiency and Waste Management practice. Ricardo Energy & Environment is a global sustainability consultancy, combining world-leading energy, climate change and environmental expertise. She holds an MSc in Sustainable Waste Management and has 12 years of experience in waste management and renewable energy in the UK and internationally.

Kathryn specialises in resource management strategic decision-making, stakeholder engagement, procurement, and integrated waste management systems and technologies.

As the transition from a linear to a circular economy is being made, Kathryn’s work has been increasingly focussed on projects to support the public sector to encourage green growth by embedding circular economy thinking in to procurement processes. Kathryn is also interested in examining how Alternative Resource Efficient Business Models can be adopted by both public and private sector in the wider growth of sharing economies.

Kathryn is currently leading a project with a major UK city to develop a future waste strategy and infrastructure programme that delivers social value and community benefits, and incentivises citizens and business to participate whilst maximising value of resources and energy.

Prior to consultancy, Kathryn worked for a number of grass-roots organisations, and was previously director of a social enterprise promoting the sustainable development agenda and ethical consumerism.

Kathryn has spoken widely at environmental and sustainability conferences across the globe.
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Panel
Harnessing Renewable Energy

 

 

Mr Christophe Inglin

Mr Christophe Inglin

Managing Director, Energetix Pte Ltd
Vice Chairman, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)

Mr. Christophe Inglin is a veteran of the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, with two decades of experience throughout the value chain from silicon ingots to turnkey solar power plants.

He is co-founder and Managing Director of Energetix Pte Ltd, which designs, installs and maintains rooftop solar power plants and utility-scale solar farms.

Prior to Energetix, Christophe was Managing Director of Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, which he co-founded in December 2006. From December 1996 until June 2006 he was Managing Director of Shell Solar Pte Ltd.

Christophe is Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS). He is the invited trainer for PV technology courses held regularly at Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority (BCA).

Christophe has a BSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from the University of Surrey in England, and an MBA from INSEAD.
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Dr Matthew Peloso

Dr Matthew Peloso

Founder and Director, Sun Electric

Dr Peloso is the founder and director of Sun Electric, the first solar energy company to be awarded an electricity retail licence in Singapore. The company is transforming how people consume energy by bridging the gap between rooftop owners and clean energy consumers through an innovative platform which is the first real blended implementation of photovoltaics (PV) worldwide. Individual solar energy producers can track their contributions to the grid seamlessly and in real-time, while customers can monitor their usage easily on this platform.

Matthew founded Sun Electric in 2013 and provides the strategy and develops the IP portfolio for the group as Director. He is also currently working with governments to promote transparency and liberalisation in energy markets globally. Prior to Sun Electric, he consulted for technology businesses before embarking on his entrepreneurial career. He started his career in the optics industry.

Matthew has a Masters in Intellectual Property Law and Management and a PHD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore as well as a MBA from California Coast University. His academic career contributed to quantum communications and solar energy technologies, where he won a plenary talk for his seminar research project.
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Ms Jan Reid

Ms Jan Reid

Senior Manager, Low Carbon Technologies, Scottish Enterprise

Jan Reid has worked in economic development for Scottish Enterprise for over 25 years at Scottish, UK and global level. A graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University, Jan joined the Training Agency in Essex before returning home to Scotland and joined the new Scottish Enterprise in 1991. She has developed and driven many new areas for Scottish Enterprise, specialising in industry strategy development. In addition to her current role in Marine Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, Jan has developed the industry strategies for Enabling Technologies, Aerospace & Defence and Electronic Systems working within Scotland and with UK government departments, agencies, industry bodies and companies. Jan has held various Board memberships at Scottish and UK level and has represented Scotland through international collaborations and presentations with overseas offices. As Head of Marine Energy and Low Carbon Technologies for Scottish Enterprise, her role includes the development and implementation of strategies and programmes for industry to support the emerging industries and markets represented by wave, tidal, heating & cooling and water & waste water. Jan lives on the west of Scotland with two grown children and has raised funds for charity through long distance walks, most recently the West Highland Way and Hadrian’s Wall.
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Mr Philip Wong

Mr Philip Wong

Managing Director, Real Time Energy

Mr SY (Philip) Wong (M.Eng. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan) has been a lecturer and researcher at different universities and institutes of higher learning. He has held Managing Director positions in various technology companies during his career and is a serial entrepreneur that has started many companies. He is also a serial inventor with inventions in a wide range of fields including computer security, communication systems, and electronics. He has led many teams in the development of software for real time computer controls systems.

For the last 15 years, he has led a team in the research and development of clean CO2-free power plants using fuel cell technology. He pioneered effort to develop low cost high purity hydrogen which enables fuel cell power plants to be commercially viable without having to rely on Government subsidies for sustainable operation.

This technology may now be the solution for land and sea transportation as well as for distributed power. He has also pioneered a new generation clean coal power plant that converts standard coal fired power plants into zero CO2 emissions plants.
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Panel
Transition to Low-Carbon Transport

 

 

Dr Gregory Blokkeel

Dr Gregory Blokkeel

Head, PSA Group Innovation Cell @Singapore

Dr Gregory Blokkeel heads the PSA Group Innovation Cell @Singapore that conducts R&D activities in Sustainable Mobility Concepts within Smart Cities. His background is in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his PhD part time in France (University of Marseille Méditerranée) and in the USA (University of Wisconsin, Madison). After occupying several positions within the PSA Group Innovation and Research Department, he was put in charge of PSA Group Open Innovation Policy.
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Ms Lynette Cheah

Ms Lynette Cheah

Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Lynette Cheah is an Assistant Professor with the Engineering Systems and Design Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Prior to joining SUTD, Lynette was a research scientist at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, part of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. She also worked at the Materials Systems Laboratory and Sloan Automotive Laboratory at MIT. She is a Singapore National Science Scholar and a Fellow with the Martin Family Society for Sustainability. Lynette holds a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in management science from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in engineering systems from MIT.
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Mr Stephan Schablinski

Mr Stephan Schablinski

Director, Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions, DHL
Chief Executive Officer, 
Green Freight Asia Network Limited

Stephan Schablinski is Director Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions at DHL Supply Chain Singapore Pte. Ltd. and Chief Executive Office of Green Freight Asia Network Limited.


In his DHL role, Stephan is leading a collaboration between DHL and the Singapore Management University, called the Green Transformation Lab, which focuses on the creation of innovative solutions to help organizations transform their businesses towards sustainable green growth and drive change in supply chains.

Since its incorporation in 2013, Stephan has served as the CEO of the Green Freight Asia Network, an industry-led network that focuses on driving sustainable road freight in Asia Pacific, similar to US EPA SmartWay in North America, and Green Freight Europe in Europe, to ultimately improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2e emissions and lower logistics costs across the entire supply chain.
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Mr JM Sillanpaa

Mr JM Sillanpaa

General Manager, Neste Singapore Pte Ltd

Neste is a leading producer of Renewable Diesel globally with 2.4 MTons of production capacity. Neste’s strategy is to grow in the global market based on renewable raw materials. Singapore is one of the Neste’s production and commercial hubs.

Mr. Sillanpaa has been working for Neste since 2002 and he has been involved mainly in developing Renewable Products business and production facilities since 2006. His recent assignments have taken him from Finland to Bahrain, Netherlands and Singapore.
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Mr Gordon Waddington

Mr Gordon Waddington

Chief Executive Officer, ERA

Gordon Waddington brings almost 40 years’ of engineering, strategy and leadership experience to the ERA partnership from both within and beyond the energy sector. This includes:

  • 36 years at Rolls Royce, the world leading power-system designer and manufacturer, where amongst other roles he was Chief Engineer for the Typhoon Engine project and led the company’s Civil Nuclear New Build programme.
  • Co-authoring the Vision 2020 strategy that is playing a significant role in guiding development of the European aviation industry.
  • Leading the 2014 Government and National Nuclear Laboratory investigation into the potential of Small Modular Reactors to contribute to the UK’s low carbon future.

In addition to the above Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and a former Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board at Imperial College London. He was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society British Gold Medal for contributions to technology advances in 2001.
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Panel
Advocating for Green Finance

 

 

Mr Teymoor Nabili

Mr Teymoor Nabili

Independent Producer

Teymoor Nabili is a journalist, broadcaster and public speaker with a 25 year track record of presenting, writing and editing news and current affairs.

He has launched and hosted high profile programmes for major global TV networks including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNBC, CNN and Channel 4, and has reported from on location major international news events like, 9/11, the Asian tsunami, the Arab Spring, the Japan nuclear meltdown and the Iran
Presidential election of 2009.

Teymoor was awarded the “Best News Presenter” at the Asian Television Awards in 2006, and shared the award for “Best News Story (Sports)” from the Royal Television Society in 2000.
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Mr Yanis Boudjouher

Mr Yanis Boudjouher

Chief Executive Officer, ReEx Capital Asia

Yanis has 18 years of financial and technical experience in the energy sector including project development, finance, mergers & acquisitions and risk management, with a US$16 billion M&A transaction track record.

He has been working in Asia, originating deals and helping developers raise capital and structure their projects including a 90MW biomass plant in Thailand. Yanis also advised on the establishment of the Feed-In Tariff fund in Indonesia for a European bilateral agency, the identification of
most effective financial energy efficiency programs for industrial customers, the assessment of risks and contingent liabilities in respect of PPP transactions for the Philippines Department of Finance, as well as other corporate advisory mandates.

Prior to that, Yanis worked at Electricite de France (EDF) in Paris and London as co-Head of M&A and Structured Finance and served on the Investment Committee for EDF Energies Nouvelles where he appraised investment opportunities in a broad range of renewable energy projects in Europe, the US and Canada.

He served on the boards of several generation companies in Europe and China. As Commercial Director of a gas & power distribution business unit, he also developed energy efficiency products and services for industrial and SME customers.

Yanis is a Certified Engineer from SUPELEC Engineering School, France, has attended the IMD Entrepreneurship Program and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute.
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Mr Edgare Kerkwijk

Mr Edgare Kerkwijk

Managing Director, Asia Green Capital Partners

Mr. Edgare Kerkwijk is the Managing Director of Asia Green Capital Partners and is based in Singapore. Prior to joining AGC, Edgare was Partner and CFO for BioX Group, an integrated renewable energy firm. He still remains of the shareholders. Prior to its position in the BioX
Group, Edgare worked as a Director Institutional Sales at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) in Brussels and was responsible for the Benelux Sales Team. Before that, Edgare held several senior positions within Rabobank International in Europe and Asia. In his last role at Rabobank, Edgare was an Associate Director for the bank’s merger and acquisition team in Southeast Asia and has advised on a wide range of Corporate Finance and M&A transactions within Europe and Asia.

Edgare holds a Masters of Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and a Bachelor of Economic Psychology from the Catholic University in Tilburg (Netherlands).
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Mr Wong Ken Wei

Mr Wong Ken Wei

Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Fixed Income Syndicate

Ken Wei is a Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific ex-Japan Fixed Income Syndicate. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for the full fixed income product suite in the region, both across G3 and local currency bond markets as well as loan primary business.

He has over 14 years’ experience in the capital markets, starting his career with Barclays in Debt Capital Markets in 2002, focusing on financial institutions and bank capital. He joined the syndicate desk in 2005 and has over 11 years’ experience in overseeing bond syndicate and executing transactions for Asian G3 bond issuance, for both public and private transactions.

Given his background in FIG, Ken Wei has extensive experience in structuring and marketing subordinated bank capital products (both Basel and Basel 3 compliant structure). He has direct involvement in over 100 international bond offerings across geography for sovereign, quasi-sovereign, banks and corporates.

Prior to joining Barclays, Ken Wei worked for the Singapore government, post-graduation in 1997.

Ken Wei holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and B Eng (1st Class) with Nanyang Technological University.
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Panel
Spurring Green Entrepreneurship

 

 

Dr Anthony M. Watanabe

Dr Anthony M. Watanabe

Managing Director, Asia Clean Innovations

Throughout his 14 years working at the forefront of sustainability, Dr. Watanabe has been involved in helping private and public sector actors both deliver and derive value through environmental innovation.

Whether developing CSR strategies for multinational companies like P&G, building low carbon roadmaps in emerging economies, or assisting clean technology companies with the financing and strategies for accessing new markets, Anthony’s work in sustainable business spans many sectors and geographies.

Based in Bangkok, the mission of Asia Clean Innovations is to help scale the adoption of clean technologies in ASEAN.

ACI’s portfolio includes:

  • Smart off grid street lighting
  • Acoustic leak detection in water pipes
  • Rooftop solar
  • And a new soap recycling program for Southeast Asia

Anthony speaks frequently on clean technology and sustainable business all across ASEAN having recently delivered presentations in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
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Dr Michael Abundo

Dr Michael Abundo

Director, OceanPixel Pte Ltd

Dr. Michael Abundo is a green techno-preneur and is a co-founder of OceanPixel, a company that specializes in the ocean/marine renewable energy sector. OceanPixel hopes to contribute to the development of the ocean renewable energy sector from R&D, networking, and commercialization. He is concurrently a Research Fellow for the Wind and Marine Renewables Group in the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) since 2011. Michael is actively helping increase the uptake of marine renewable energy in South East Asia and he has been involved in pilot projects in the region for both wave and tidal energy ‘localized’
for tropical conditions. Michael completed his PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) focusing on Tidal In-Stream Energy last April 2012. He holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering on Instrumentation and Control (2006). He has served as a faculty member and research laboratory head for the Instrumentation, Robotics, and Controls Laboratory at EEE Institute, University of the Philippines.
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Mr Ted Chen

Mr Ted Chen

Co-founder and Chief Product Architect, Evercomm

Ted is the Co-founder and Chief Product Architect of Evercomm – an energy IoT company that focuses on developing solutions to tackle climate change. Evercomm’s energy analytic engine has been accredited by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (iDA) and has been implemented in manufacturing plants, semiconductor fabs and eco campuses across the APAC region.

Ted has championed multidisciplinary collaborations to develop enabling technology for sustainability. For example, Evercomm works closely with Nanyang Technological University on various research, explores sustainable urban planning with Surbana Jurong, and pioneers IoT and industrial solutions with NXP and GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Ted has also recently made it to Forbes’ inaugural 30 Under 30 Asia list, under the category of Manufacturing and Energy.
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Mr VS Hariharan

Mr VS Hariharan

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Third Wave Power Pte Ltd

Hariharan has been leading Singapore start-up Third Wave Power for the past few years. Third Wave Power develops affordable and innovative portable renewable power solutions that serve portable energy needs for consumers and Enterprise in urban and rural areas.

Hari brings more than 20 years’ experience from the information technology industry. In Hewlett-Packard Company and Wipro Infotech, he was in general management roles as well as senior positions in sales and marketing. Among the various roles at HP, he held the position of Vice President/General Manager for the worldwide Monochrome LaserJet Division and also served as Vice President of Sales & Field Operations for the Imaging/Printing Business in Asia-Pacific/Japan.

Hari has extensive experience in product marketing as well as building go-to-market engines for consumer and business products. Throughout his career, he has been involved in scaling many new and emerging businesses.

Hari holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
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Mr John O'Brien

Mr John O’Brien

Founder, Australian CleanTech and Sino CleanTech

John O’Brien is the founder of both Australian CleanTech and Sino CleanTech – research and advisory firms that assist cleantech companies to grow, investors to successfully invest and governments to drive cleantech industry growth. With engineering degrees from Oxford University and Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from Adelaide University, John has specialised in building connections between people, technology, finance and government to create better ways of living.

Australian CleanTech manages the 300 member Australian Cleantech Cluster, the Australian Technologies Competition that finds and mentors Australia’s best emerging technology companies and the Australian CleanTech Network that has held over 90 events with over 250 company pitches. It also publishes the China CleanTech Index, the Australian CleanTech Index and the annual Australian Cleantech Review.

John has lectured in Leadership and Entrepreneurship on the MBA at the University of Adelaide, is a member of the South Australian Premier’s Climate Change Council and was on a Committee advising on $200m of cleantech grants for the previous Australian Government.

He has held board positions with many cleantech companies including wind, biosensors, polypropylene recycling in China, low emissions vehicles in the Philippines and stormwater recycling in Adelaide.

In 2015, John launched the global VISIONS 2100 Project that seeks to recalibrate environmental communications to engage more effectively with the wider community.

Having initially focussed on changing the conversation in Australia, John now works extensively across Asia developing environmental technology and finance transfer opportunities. With a passion for the environment, innovation and the psychology of leadership, his aim is to change the way environmental issues are communicated and to build positive visions of our future world.
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Mr Francis Colledge

Mr Francis Colledge

Scientific Consultant – Southeast Asia, Met Office

Francis, holds a degree in BSc Marine Studies (Ocean Yachting) from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Applied Meteorology from the University of Reading. After attaining both degrees, Francis worked as a marine weather forecaster at Fugro GEOS Ltd. Francis joined the Climate Services Development Team at the Met Office Hadley Centre in March 2013 and has worked on a variety of projects delivering applied weather and climate projects to sectors in the UK and Europe. He is currently a Scientific consultant responsible for development and delivery of Met Office scientific research and consultancy projects in Southeast Asia. Currently based in the Met Office’s Singapore Office and recently delivered a review of Trans-boundary river basin Early Warning Systems to the World Bank (co-author) and supporting the Asian Development Bank on climate resilience initiatives.
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Ms Michelle M Farrell

Ms Michelle M Farrell

IES BIM Expert & Head of the Middle East Division, IES

Michelle, as a sustainability-focused architect, has worked directly with some of the top engineering and architecture firms, property developers, and governmental and voluntary regulatory agencies worldwide to develop innovative and green solutions that become part of their design processes, and improve the comfort, usability, energy consumption, and resulting designs of their buildings and sites for occupants on behalf of IES.

She is also highly experienced in BIM project planning when it comes to energy simulation. Michelle is an expert in helping designers use get their use their 3D models for building performance simulation, how to interact with the project engineers earlier in the design process for the most sustainable design solutions. Also in how architects and engineers can manage the difficulties and challenges of using the architectural model for an engineering simulation. She speaks on all topics around building performance simulation; including daylighting, energy and carbon, post occupancy, closing performance gap, lifecycle, BIM, Smart Cities, and much more.
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Mr Michel Jarraud

Mr Michel Jarraud

Former Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General Emeritus, World Meteorological Organisation

Michel Jarraud is the Secretary-General Emeritus of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Before joining the WMO, Mr Jarraud devoted part of his career to the internationally renowned European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He started his career with the French National Meteorological Service, Météo France, as a researcher and then as Director of the Weather Forecasting Department. Mr Jarraud is a scientist and a meteorologist with degrees from the prestigious French Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole de la Météorologie Nationale. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (USA), a member of the Société Météorologique de France, the Royal Meteorological Society (United Kingdom) and the African Meteorological Society, as well as an Honorary Member of the Chinese Meteorological Society and the Cuban Meteorological Society.
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Mr Mervyn Jones

Mr Mervyn Jones

Senior Consultant, Sustainable Global Resources Ltd

Mervyn is an independent sustainability and resource efficiency professional who is currently supporting the Dutch CE Green Deal programme and UNEP SPPP Working Group 4c on circular procurement. He has recently has completed reviews on construction and the circular economy for Zero Waste Scotland and on options for the upcoming Welsh Government Public Sector Plan.



He has over 25 years of experience working for governments, bodies, agencies and private sector business sectors improving sustainability and resource efficiency. Experience includes strategy and programme implementation – including capacity building and training – of for Circular Economy; Sustainable Procurement, Sustainable Construction; Sustainable Events (ISO20121) including London2012.
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Mr Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

Mr Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

Head of Energy Policy & Coordinator “Smart Energy Cities”, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Gerhard Stryi-Hipp (Germany), head of energy policy and coordinator “Smart Energy Cities” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is a physicist and an interdisciplinary expert on technologies, market development and policies in renewable energies and sustainable energy systems. From 1994 to 2008, he was managing director of the German Solar Industry Association. He worked on solar energy support for solar energy in Germany and Europe, on awareness campaigns, quality assurance measures and technical innovations of the sector.

In 2009, Gerhard moved to Fraunhofer ISE, the largest solar research institute in Europe and conducted projects on solar thermal energy systems. Since 2012 he is focusing his work on Smart Cities with the focus on sustainable energy systems and is energy expert in the multi-disciplinary Fraunhofer project “Morgenstadt: City Insights”. He conducts national and international projects in the energy sector, e.g. in India, Thailand, and China. In the field of energy policy, Gerhard developed concepts for an “Energy Transformation Index” and in 2015 he headed the development of a position paper on renewable energy in the heating and cooling sector of the German renewable energy institutes association FVEE.

Since its foundation in 2008, Gerhard is president of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling and since 2014, he is member of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council.
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Mr Soichiro Takashima

Mr Soichiro Takashima

Mayor, Fukuoka, Japan

Born on November 1, 1974, Soichiro Takashima served as a TV presenter for variety programs and talk shows on environmental issues from 1997.

In 2010, at the age of 36, he became the youngest mayor in Fukuoka City’s history. He was reelected in November 2014, securing a record number of votes. In the same year, he was nominated for the 2014 World Mayor Prize, which recognizes the world’s most outstanding mayors.

As a young Japanese political leader, Takashima has been active in promoting Fukuoka at home and abroad. Utilizing Fukuoka City’s established status since May 2014 as the National Strategic Special Zone for Global Startups and Job Creation, Mayor Takashima is implementing various deregulations and systematic reforms, including the Startup Visa and corporate tax cuts for startups. He has been a strong force in leading Japan’s startup movement and policies.

He has also been active in the fields of tourism and MICE promotion, and has succeeded in earning Fukuoka the right to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2021 World Aquatics Championships.

Nationally, Takashima has also assumed a variety of important leading positions, including as an adviser to the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020, and as a member of the Cool Japan Strategic Promotion Committee, amongst others.
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