CleanEnviro Summit Singapore Catalyst 2021

The CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESG) Catalyst 2021 is an exclusive by-invitation-only event for thought leaders, industry experts and senior government officials to share their vision for environmentally sustainable businesses and discuss the impact of COVID-19 on policy. Themed “Enhancing Sustainable Development in a Pandemic World”, CESG Catalyst 2021 will take place on 29 September 2021 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore.

CESG Catalyst 2021 is held in partnership with Temasek’s Ecosperity Week. Themed “Tomorrow Starts Today – From Crisis to Opportunity”, Ecosperity Week 2021 will reinforce the global call for a ‘sustainability reset’; and businesses and investors will discuss ways to contribute to the agenda in the areas of decarbonisation and climate action, reimagining nature and resources and sustainable investing and financing. The week’s programme includes panel discussions, pitch sessions, roundtable discussions, report launches and more. For the full programme and line-up of speakers, please visit www.ecosperity.sg/ecoweek2021.

PROGRAMME

Welcome Speech: Rethinking Fundamentals for a More Resilient, Clean and Green Future
1.15pm (SGT)
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented opportunities to push the global sustainability agenda forward. Hear about the impetus for sustainable development and climate action, the sustainability opportunities arising from the pandemic, and how governments and their stakeholders can work towards a more resilient, clean and green future.


Speaker

Amy Khor
Dr Amy Khor
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Sustainability and
the Environment and
Ministry of Transport, Singapore

Plenary Session 1: A Strategic Blueprint for Climate-Resilient Cities
1.30pm (SGT)

This session discusses how COVID-19 has impacted policy making on climate action; and the considerations and opportunities policy makers in the Asia-Pacific region are exploring, to pivot development towards climate resilient cities.

Speakers

P1_Jo Tyndall_R
Her Excellency Jo Tyndall
New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore

P1_Dechen_Tsering_R
Dechen Tsering
United Nations Environment Programme
(Asia and the Pacific)

P1_Seeram Ramakrishna_R
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna
Circular Economy Taskforce Chair and Director
Centre for Nanotechnology and Sustainability,
National University of Singapore

P1_Nirarta_Samadhi_R
Nirarta Samadhi
Country Director
World Resources Institute Indonesia

Moderator

P1_Jessica_Cheam_R
Jessica Cheam
Founder and Managing Director
Eco-Business

Break
3.00pm (SGT)

Plenary Session 2: Building Resilience Against Public Health Threats
3.30pm SGT
What are the critical success factors to build systemic preparedness and resilience against public health threats? This session brings together policy makers, industry captains and key opinion leaders to discuss this and explore emergent solutions, business models and productive partnerships as the private, public and people sectors move towards cleaner and healthier cities.

Speakers

P2_Chew Ming Fai_R
Chew Ming Fai
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Public Health)
and Director-General of Public Health
National Environment Agency, Singapore

P2_Tony Chooi_R
Tony Chooi
President
Environmental Management Association of Singapore

P2_Joseph Nazareth_R
Joseph Nazareth
Head of Group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality
and Corporate Responsibility
ISS

P2_Teo Yik Ying_R
Professor Teo Yik Ying
Dean
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health,
National University of Singapore

Moderator

P2_Gloria Tan_R
Gloria Tan
Executive Director
Public Health Council

End of Programme
5.00pm (SGT)


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Welcome Speech: Rethinking Fundamentals for a More Resilient, Clean and Green Future

Amy Khor
Dr Amy Khor
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment and Ministry of Transport, Singapore

Dr Amy Khor has been the Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment since October 2015, when the Ministry was known as the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. She was appointed as the Senior Minister of State for Transport in July 2020.

Prior to her current appointments, Dr Khor was Senior Minister of State for Health from September 2013 to July 2020. She was also the Senior Minister of State for Manpower from September 2013 to September 2015.

Her previous appointments in the Singapore Government include Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources from May 2006 to October 2010, Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources from November 2010 to May 2011, Minister of State for Health from May 2011 to August 2013, and Minister of State for Manpower from August 2012 to August 2013.

Dr Khor was also the Mayor of South West District in Singapore from August 2004 to May 2014. She was first elected as a Member of Parliament in November 2001. She was re-elected for a fifth term in July 2020 and is the Member of Parliament for Hong Kah North.

Dr Khor holds a PhD in Land Management from the University of Reading, UK.

Plenary Session 1: A Strategic Blueprint for Climate-Resilient Cities

P1_Jo Tyndall_R
Her Excellency Jo Tyndall

New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore

Her Excellency Jo Tyndall was most recently New Zealand’s Climate Change Ambassador. From 2016 to December 2018, she also co-chaired the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement. As Climate Change Ambassador, she was head of delegation to the United Nations climate negotiations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from July 2010 to March 2016.

From 2014 to 2015, Ms Tyndall held a Vice President position on the Bureau of the UNFCCC, representing the regional grouping of Western European and Other States.

Prior to her role as Climate Change Ambassador, Ms Tyndall was Director of the Broadcasting Unit in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. From 1999 to 2006, she was Chief Executive of the broadcasting funding body, NZ On Air.  She has also served as Chief Executive of two screen industry organisations – the Screen Production and Development Association and Project Blue Sky (1994 to 1999).


P1_Dechen_Tsering_R
Dechen Tsering

United Nations Environment Programme
(Asia and the Pacific)

Ms Dechen Tsering was appointed as the Regional Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Asia and the Pacific in March 2017. As the regional arm of UNEP, the Asia-Pacific office works with governments, local authorities and the private sector to develop and put into place cleaner and safer policies and strategies that encourage the efficient use of natural resources and reduce risks for humans and the environment.

Ms Tsering has held management and leadership positions with the United Nations and has over 30 years of experience in national government and intergovernmental organisations. She has been actively involved in intergovernmental negotiations as a key negotiator for the least-developed countries and contributed to the establishment of the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Least Developed Countries Expert Group. She also has experience in the management of complex development projects.

P1_Seeram Ramakrishna_R
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna

Circular Economy Taskforce Chair and Director
Centre for Nanotechnology and Sustainability, National University of Singapore

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna is recognised among the World’s Most Influential Minds, as well as World’s Highly Cited Researchers in cross-fields. His recent book ‘An Introduction to Circular Economy’ received 2021 Springer Nature China New Development Award.  

He is a member of:
1. UNESCO’s Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda
2. Extended Producer Responsibility Advisory Committee of National Environment Agency, Singapore
3. ESG committee of Singapore Institute of Directors
4. Enterprise Singapore and ISO Committees on ISO59020/TC323 Circular Economy, and TC for Circularity of Materials

Professor Seeram is also the chairman of:
1. Sustainable Manufacturing TC at the Institution of Engineers Singapore
2. Plastics Recycling Centre of Excellence, PRAS, Singapore

His senior academic leadership roles include National University of Singapore Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; and Founding Chairman of Solar Energy Institute of Singapore.  He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK; and the GMP from Harvard University, USA.

P1_Nirarta_Samadhi_R
Nirarta Samadhi
Country Director
World Resources Institute Indonesia

Mr Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi is the country director of World Resources Institute Indonesia (WRI Indonesia). As former Deputy Minister of Indonesia’s Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4), he and WRI have worked together over many years, and he joins WRI Indonesia at a time when its work in the forest, land use, and governance sectors is expanding. WRI Indonesia is currently serving as the National Plastic Action Partnership secretariat, bringing together government, business, civil society organisations, and researchers, to support the country's marine litter reduction target. 

Mr Koni played a leading role in designing policies such as Indonesia’s ground-breaking forest moratorium, establishing Indonesia’s National Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+), and driving the OneMap Initiative to harmonise Indonesia’s land use planning. Mr Koni previously served as chair of the Working Group on Moratorium Monitoring, was part of the Indonesia REDD+ Task Force, and worked with the United Nations Development Programme as a strategic planning advisor and head of Papua Accelerated Development Advance Team.

P1_Jessica_Cheam_R
Jessica Cheam
Founder and Managing Director
Eco-Business

Ms Jessica Cheam is the Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Business, Asia Pacific's leading independent media and business intelligence organisation dedicated to sustainable development. She has more than 15 years of experience in media, sustainable development and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues globally.

She is a regular columnist for national newspapers and is on the Board of Directors for Singapore-listed ComfortDelGro, one of the world's largest land transport companies, as an independent director. She chairs the Board Sustainability Committee and is a member on the Investment and Digitalisation committees.

She serves as ESG General Partner to Asian private equity firm Tembusu Partners; Strategic Advisor to Blue Planet Environmental Solutions, a member of the International Women’s Forum Singapore, and is founding Director of EB Impact, a non-profit dedicated to positive sustainable development impact in Asia.

Ms Cheam is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, and a member of its ESG and Communications committees.

Plenary Session 2: Building Resilience Against Public Health Threats

P2_Chew Ming Fai_R


Chew Ming Fai
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Public Health) and Director-General of Public Health
National Environment Agency, Singapore

Mr Chew Ming Fai currently holds the appointment of Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Public Health) and Director-General of Public Health at the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA). As a member of the senior leadership team, he is responsible for operational and developmental matters related to vector control, sanitation, public cleanliness, after-death services and environmental health research in the public health domain.

Mr Chew previously held the appointment of Director, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, where he was responsible for safeguarding food hygiene standards in Singapore, and Deputy Director, Environment Technology Department, where he leveraged the ops-tech process to introduce new technologies to NEA.

Prior to joining NEA, Mr Chew was with the Singapore Economic Development Board where he held portfolios in strategic planning, tax and grant policy management, industry development and investment promotion. He also served a short stint with a Big Four Public Accounting Firm handling tax audit and advisory work.

P2_Tony Chooi_R

Tony Chooi
President
Environmental Management Association of Singapore

Mr Tony Chooi has been with BNL group of companies, a service provider of contract cleaning, waste management and landscape maintenance services, since 2000. As a director, he manages the operational and commercial aspects of the cleaning and waste management activities in the group.

As an active advocate of industry transformation efforts, Mr Chooi is passionate and committed to contributing to the growth and professionalisation of the cleaning industry, and also the fair treatment of frontline staff. To this end, he joined Environmental Management Association of Singapore (EMAS) and was elected into EMAS executive committee in 2013. In 2015, he was re-elected and appointed as its Honorary Secretary, and in 2017, as its Honorary Treasurer. In 2019, he was elected as its President.

At the moment, he is representing EMAS and is contributing in the following external workgroup and committees:
1. Deputy Chairperson – Cleaning Sectorial Tripartite Committee
2. Member – Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners
3. Member – Public Hygiene Council (since 2017)

P2_Joseph Nazareth_R

Joseph Nazareth
Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality
ISS

Mr Joseph Nazareth is the Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) at ISS. He is based in Copenhagen. Joseph has a Civil Engineering degree and a MBA from Canada.

As head of the Group function for HSEQ, Joseph has developed a strategy to align countries and operations by moving the organisation from a fragmented approach to a more systematic global approach. The foundation for the strategy was developing and implementing an integrated HSEQ management system that is certified to ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 standards.

P2_Teo Yik Ying_R

Professor Teo Yik Ying
Dean
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Professor Teo Yik Ying is the second Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. Trained as a mathematician at Imperial College and completed his MSc and DPhil at Oxford in statistical genetics, Professor Teo returned to Singapore in 2010 after working for four years as a Lecturer in Oxford and concurrently a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

Prior to his Deanship, Professor Teo was the Founding Director for the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and also the Director for the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research. He is presently a member on the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program, as well as a governing board member of the Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network for Southeast Asia.


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