KEY SPEAKERS

14 November | Opening

Bjarne Pedersen – Executive Director, Clean Air Asia

Bjarne has broad international experience, particularly in environmental issues and sustainable development, with a proven track record of achieving meaningful impact through strategic leadership, resource mobilization, and team building at all levels. Prior to joining Clean Air Asia, he worked in Asia but also in Africa and Latin America on sustainable consumption and the environment. He holds a Master’s degree in International Environmental Issues from Strathclyde University, Scotland.

 

Session/s:

  • Opening Plenary | 14 November 2018

14 November | Changemakers’ Forum

Professor He Kebin – Tsinghua University

HE Kebin, Dean and Professor, Members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering,School of Environment, Tsinghua University, China. He has over 20 years of research experience in air pollution control.HE has devoted to the research field of complex air pollution especially PM2.5 over years. He promoted the development and application of new dynamic regulation technologies for regional air quality management by focusing on technology of high-resolution emission inventories, multi-dimensional source apportionment technology for complex pollution, and multi-pollutant collaborative control technology. HE presided over the establishment of online technology platform for Chinese multi-scale emission inventory. He has established an international leading research team in the field of dynamic emission inventories, made important contributions to the advancement of elaborate source apportionment and quantitative assessment of air quality management. Up to now, HE Kebin has been honored with one Second-class Prize of National Natural Science Award and three Second-class Prizes of National Sci. & Tech. Progress Award. He has published 6 monographs including Atmospheric Particulate Matter and Regional Complex Pollution and Technology and Application of On-road Vehicles Emission Model.

 

Session/s:

  • Changemakers’ Forum plenary session | 14 November 2018

Bert Fabian– Programme Officer, Air Quality and Mobility UN Environment

Bert Fabian leads the work of UN Environment’s Air Quality and Mobility Unit in Asia-Pacific and coordinates the activities of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, which aims to double the efficiency of the global light-duty vehicle fleet by 2050. Prior to joining UNEP in March 2013, he was the Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia, a non-stock non-profit regional organization. He developed and implemented various programs, projects, and studies related to transportation, environment, and urban planning in Asia. Bert holds a Master’s degree on Urban and Regional Planning major in Transportation, and a B.S. Biology degree from the University of the Philippines.

 

Session/s:

  • Changemakers’ Forum plenary session | 14 November 2018
  • Implementing Euro 4/IV and Developing a Roadmap to Euro 6/VI in Asia | 14 November 2018
  • The Roadmap to Real-Zero Emissions Mobility Asia | 15 November 2018
  • China Forum: China‘s Path towards Blue Skies Part 3: China Mobile Sources Pollution Control | 15 November 2018
  • Green Freight and Urban Logistics: System-wide Solutions for Greening Logistics | 16 November 2018

Vince Socco – Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Vince Socco is responsible for overall business management and brand development of Lexus in Asia including Brunei, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. He is also responsible for External Affairs of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. Mr. Vince helps to oversee overall operations of TMAP-MS including people development, profit management and business planning. In May 2017, Mr. Vince was also appointed as Regional Environmental spokesperson.

 

Session/s:

Business Forum plenary session | 15 November 2018

Sheila Watson – Deputy Director, Director of Environment and Research at the FIA Foundation

Sheila Watson is Deputy Director, Director of Environment and Research at the FIA Foundation, a UK-based Charity which is committed to promoting safe sustainable mobility across the world (www.fiafoundation.org). She is also Executive Secretary to the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, which seeks to support the development of fuel economy policies across the world (www.globalfueleconomy.org). An economist, with many years experience as an advisor and consultant, her most recent role was as Senior Special Adviser to the UK Labour government at the Department for Trade and Industry, The Privy Council, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Foreign Office. During the 10 years she spent at the heart of the UK government, she specialised in a range of environmental and resource protection issues from sustainable farming and food production to international climate security.

 

Session/s:

  • Business Forum plenary session | 15 November 2018
  • The Real Urban Emissions (TRUE) Initiative | 15 November 2018

Antonio Multari – Director International Sales at MAHA Maschinenbau Haldenwang GmbH & Co. KG

Antonio Multari is Director of International Sales at MAHA Maschinenbau Haldenwang GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For the past 12 years he has worked in various international exhaust emission studies and programs such as the German study “Emission Check 2010”, the study of the German Federal Environmental Agency on “Further development of exhaust emission tests on motor vehicles” and on the European exhaust emission study “TEDDIE – Test (D) DIEsel – EU Low Diesel Emissions” as well as on numerous US pilot programs such as CARB, SCAQMD and FCCC. He participated and held presentations in international symposia and conferences in Europe and in the United States. He has been working for CITA (International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee) since 2010 as a technical expert in the area of Environmental Protection Systems. As part of the CITA association, he is working on the “SET – Sustainable Emission Testing” study. Since 2009, he has been deputy chairman of the diagnostics / exhaust emission group at the German equipment manufacturer ASA association. Currently he is working in the German project “Emission Check 2020”.

 

Session/s:

  • Business Forum plenary session | 15 November 2018
  • German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility: Clean Air – Made in Germany: Asian – German exchange on air quality |15 November 2018

Johnson Khor– Regional Sales Manager, HORIBA Instruments Singapore Pte Ltd

Johnson Khor holds a Master of Sciences (Environmental Engineering) from National University of Singapore (NUS). He has more than 18 years working experience in environmental monitoring and analysis using various sophisticated measurement technology. He has extensive experiences in working together with MNC consultant for completion of various environmental project like Environmental Impact Assessment, Pollution Control Study and Environmental Site Assessment. Johnson is responsible for sales & business growth of Horiba’ Process & Environmental product, via direct sales or through distribution network in South East Asia and Oceania region.

 

Session/s:

  • Business Forum Plenary Session | 15 November 2018

Robin Hicks – Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

Robin has spent 12 years living and working in Asia Pacific, including in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore, and has 19 years of experience in journalism, writing about media, marketing, government, technology and the environment. He is currently the Deputy Editor of Eco-Business, where he reports on the big stories in sustainable business and development as well as manages Eco-Business’s network of writers across the region. Robin has a degree in Zoology from the University of Bristol in the UK, and spends his weekends as a volunteer for Singapore wildlife rescue charity ACRES.

 

Session/s:

  • Media for Better Air Quality | 14 November 2018
  • Business Forum plenary session | 15 November 2018

Prof. Peter Brimblecombe – University of East Anglia, U.K. & City University of Hong Kong

Prof. Peter Brimblecombe is a Chair Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the School of Energy and Environment, City University, Hong Kong. He was until recently a Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, U.K. and was appointed senior editor of Atmospheric Environment in 1990. He is also on the boards of several journals such as Heritage Science and Environmental Chemistry. He is active as a subject chair in Environmental Sciences for SCOPUS and currently the acting chair of the SCOPUS Contents Selection Advisory Board. He was born in Australia but did his PhD on the aqueous chemistry of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere at a university in Auckland, New Zealand. He is convinced that environmental pollution is not merely a matter of environmental chemistry, instead the smells have to be smelt. He remains interested in atmospheric sulphur chemistry that formed the subject of his PhD in the early 1970s and have just completed a major review of the biogeochemical cycling of organosulphides. His current research interests are mainly on the long-term changes in urban air pollution and its effects on health and material damage, the statistical structure of air pollution monitoring data and its implications to policy, the impact of climate change on historic sites and their use, also the sea surface microlayer, binding to particulate material and the environmental chemistry of pharmaceuticals. Working with contemporary artists and writers give a new depth to his research when trying to understand the complexities of environmental problems. The title of his book “The Big Smoke” was meant to remind us of Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep, so he was pleased when this academic book was reviewed as “reading like a thriller”.

 

Session/s:

  • Heterogeneity of Urban Air Pollution | 14 November 2018

14 November | Air Pollution Monitoring and Process

Prof. Mohd Talib Latif – National University of Malaysia

Prof Mohd Talib is a professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Science, and Deputy Dean (Postgraduate) at Faculty of Science and Technology,Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His main research work includes the composition of atmospheric aerosols from various backgrounds including indoor environment. He was also worked on the composition of gases particularly surface ozone in the atmosphere. Most recently, He has extended his research on aerosols from sea surface microlayer (SML) and the composition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from urban and natural sources. He has published more than 100 publications including refereed journals, book, chapter in book and proceedings.

 

Session/s:

  • Long-term record of air quality in Malaysia | 14 November 2018

Prof. Jamal Hisham Hashim – United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health

Jamal Hisham Hashim is a visiting professor of environmental health at the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH). He is also a director of an environmental consultancy firm specializing in health risk and impact assessment. He was formerly a research fellow at UNU-IIGH and a professor at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). Prof. Jamal obtained his PhD in environmental health from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching, conducting research and consultancy in environmental and occupational health at UKM and UNU for the past 35 years. His research interests are mainly on the health effects of heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, air pollution, risk assessment, and recently, climate change. He has been the principal and co-investigator of 19 research projects, and has over 360 publications and presentations to date, including 87 full articles in refereed and indexed journals. He has been engaged as an environmental health consultant in over 60 local and overseas projects, primarily in the area of environmental health impact and risk assessment. He has also been consulted by the World Health Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, Risk Science Institute and the Institute of Medicine in the U.S., the governments of Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia on various environmental health issues. He is a registered environmental impact assessment consultant with the Department of Environment, Malaysia, a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in the U.K., an honorary fellow of the Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Malaysia and a council member of the Asia Chapter of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.

 

Session/s:

  • Air Quality Management and Climate Change 16 November 2018

Levent Toprak – Transport Policy Advisor at GIZ

Levent Toprak is a graduated social scientist of technology with a focus on innovation. He first gained experience in innovation and transport at Daimler AG, Research & Development, Society and Technology Research Group in Berlin. He expanded upon his knowledge of smart mobility when he joined the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ), and supported the innovation activities of the Deutsche Bahn. In this role, he was responsible for realizing innovative concepts and managing various partners from the fields of science, politics, economics and academics at EUREF-Campus in Berlin. Levent now applies his 6 years of experience in innovative mobility projects to a more international framework within the Sustainable Mobility Project at GIZ.

 

Session/s:

  • German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility: Clean Air – Made in Germany: Asian – German exchange on air quality | 15 November 2018

Joshua Miller – Senior Researcher at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)

Joshua Miller is an environmental engineer with 6 years of experience working with governments to address air pollution from vehicles and fuels. Mr. Miller is currently a senior researcher at the International Council on Clean Transportation. He leads ICCT’s activities in the G20 Transport Task Group, which provides direct support to regulators in G20 economies to improve the energy efficiency and environmental performance of transport, with a focus on heavy-duty vehicles. Mr. Miller has served as a principal investigator for numerous emissions inventories, regulatory impact assessments, and cost-benefit studies covering a wide range of national and local level transport policies. He has worked with policymakers in Europe, North America, South America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Mr. Miller holds an M.S. in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in Economics from Vassar College, where he graduated with honors in 2010.

 

Session/s:

  • Implementing Euro 4/IV and Developing a Roadmap to Euro 6/VI in Asia | 14 November 2018
  • The Real Urban Emissions (TRUE) Initiative | 15 November 2018
  • German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility: Clean Air – Made in Germany: Asian – German exchange on air quality |15 November 2018
  • Green Freight and Urban Logistics: System-wide Solutions for Greening Logistics | 16 November 2018

Dorothee Saar – Head of Transportation and Air Quality at the Environmental Action Germany

Dorothee Saar heads the Transport and Air Quality Team at German NGO Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe DUH) since 2011. She graduated in landscape planning at Technical University Berlin. Her work focuses on mitigation of air pollution from transport, off road and other sources like wood burning and agriculture. Her organization is engaged to achieve transparency and better consumer protection in course of the diesel gate and runs several legal cases in Germany to achieve effective measures to reduce air pollution in cities. The NGO also uses legal instruments to assure that manufacturers involved in the diesel scandal take their responsibility.

 

Session/s:

  • Urban Planning and City Solutions for Clean Air | 15 November 2018
  • German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility: Clean Air – Made in Germany: Asian – German exchange on air quality |15 November 2018

Dr. Andreas Kerschbaumer – Senate Administration for Environment, Transportation and Climate Protection at the City of Berlin

Dr. Andreas Kerschbaumer holds a Ph. D in Air Pollution Physics and Chemistry from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and a master degree in Physics from University of Bologna, Italy. After extensive experience in academic teaching and research, he has been working at Senate Department of the Environment, Traffic and Climate Protection since 2012 as an expert in Air Quality assessment, source analysis, and development of mitigation measures. He is responsible for the Berlin air pollution emission inventory and Air Quality modeling. He led several projects of PM10 and PM2.5 pollution sources apportionment and has contributed to air quality exposure studies and to sustainable urban air quality planning. He is a passionate cyclist and promoter of public transport.

 

Session/s:

  • German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility: Clean Air – Made in Germany: Asian – German exchange on air quality |15 November 2018

Omid Ejtemai – Managing Director Asia Pacific at PTV Group

Omid Ejtemai has 30 years of executive experience in the software industry in Germany, United States, Canada and Australia. During this time, he has built and managed several companies and led large and complex organizations in different vertical markets. Currently, Omid Ejtemai is the Managing Director of PTV Group in Asia Pacific and has the overall responsibility for PTV Group’s operations in the region. He also holds an adjunct professor position at University of Melbourne.

 

Session/s:

  • German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility: Clean Air – Made in Germany: Asian – German exchange on air quality |15 November 2018

Attilio A. Poli – Managing Director, Asia Pacific Air Quality Group Pte Ltd

Attilio Poli is the founder and Managing Director of APAQ Group – a Singapore based company providing air quality services with a strong presence in Asia through its numerous successful air quality projects. Attilio has over 25 years of experience working within different aspects of air quality in Asia as well as Europe. With the goal of impacting the local communities and creating awareness, Attilio envisioned and devised projects likeLaMiaAria.IT – the first National Air Quality Forecasting System for the public, Air Quality Academy® to train air quality professionals in South East Asia and ARIA – a Near Reference Dust and Weather Monitoring System, made in Singapore to meet the specific needs of South East Asia.

 

Session/s:

  • Urban Planning and City Solutions for Clean Air | November 15, 2018
  • Business Forum plenary session | November 15, 2018</li

Mr. Bob Zheng – Director of Business Development, Cities Center of Competence Asia, Siemens

Mr. Zheng is the Director of Business Development at Cities Center of Competence Asia of Siemens.
With many years’ experience in sustainable infrastructure development consulting regarding technical solutions, he is now focusing on how to utilize digital technologies and Siemens’ vertical know-how in different sectors to create more value for city stakeholders and demonstrate tangible business impact.
Bob Zheng holds a master’s degree of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development from Imperial College London.

 

Session/s:

  • Business Forum plenary session | November 15, 2018

Mr. Bindu Lohani – Clean Air Asia

Dr. Lohani is a member of the Advisory Council on Sustainability of Ingersoll Rand and was former Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development and a member of the ADB’s Management Team. Before joining ADB, he worked for the Government of Nepal and was Division Chairman of the Environmental Engineering Program at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok.

 

Session/s:

  • Solutions to Reduce Air Pollution in South Asia | 16 November 2018
  • Plenary Session/ Multi-Stakeholder Forum | 16 November 2018

Mark Kasman – Director for Regional and Bilateral Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mark Kasman is Director for Regional and Bilateral Affairs in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs. In this role he directs EPA’s relationships and technical assistance around the world. Previously, Mark served as EPA’s Senior Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Europe Programs. Mr. Kasman has over thirty years of environmental experience working in the federal government and international organizations. On loan from EPA in 2003-2005, Mark served as the Environment Management Specialist for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila. During that time, he developed the first Core Environment Program for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) and launched the GMS Environment Operations Center. Prior to coming to EPA, Mr. Kasman oversaw emerging agricultural programs for the United Nations Development Program in Jakarta, Indonesia, and worked at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Kasman has an M.A. in International Development from Columbia University a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University, and was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He has studied in Cairo as a Fulbright Scholar, in Jerusalem as a Dorot Fellow, and in Vienna. Mark has served on the Emory University Alumni Board, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Government Executive Network.

 

Session/s:

  • Plenary Session/ Multi-Stakeholder Forum | 16 November 2018

Young Sunwoo – President, Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment

Professor Young Sunwoo is the current President of the Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment (KOSAE) and is the Vice President of International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA). He is a Professor at the Konkuk University and has previously served various positions in the university including as Dean of College of Global Integrated Studies and as Vice-President of International Affairs. His research interests include air pollution modeling, air quality management, and SLCPs (Short-Lived Climate Pollutants).

 

Session/s:

  • Plenary Session/ Multi-Stakeholder Forum | 16 November 2018

Howie Severino – Vice President, GMA Network

For the last 16 years, Horacio “Howie” Severino has co-presented and written prize-winning documentaries for GMA Network’s pioneering program I-Witness, one of the Philippines’ longest running TV shows, including numerous environmental stories.

Since 2009, Howie has been a vice president of GMA Network, responsible for journalism training and career development at GMA Network. He was Editor-in-Chief of GMA News Online, from 2009 to 2014, and now anchors the morning news on GMA News TV.

He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila High School, Tufts University in 1983 (magna cum laude in History), and Sussex University in the UK (1993) where he received a Master’s degree in Environment, Development and Policy.
Session/s:

  • Media for Better Air Quality | 14 November 2018
  • Plenary Session/ Multi-Stakeholder Forum | 16 November 2018

Shoichi Ichikawa – R&D and Engineering Management DivisionEnvironmental Tech. Planning Department, Toyota Motor Corporation

Mr. Ichikawa joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1987

He started with Material Engineering Division, in-charge of plastic material development, exterior & interior parts application and evaluation.

Later, he also worked in Energy Affairs Division, conducting energy trend and status research for Asian countries so as to plan and develop most appropriate powertrain for the region.

Between 2007-2013, Mr. Ichikawa served as Sub-committee (Gasoline) Leader of Fuels and Lubricants Committee at Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), establishing quality assurance standards for biofuels during a critical period whereby many ASEAN countries were due to introduce biofuels.

Session/s:

  • The Roadmap to Real Zero-Emission Mobility | 15 November 2018

Soraya Smaoun – Air Quality Coordinator, UN Environment

Soraya Smaoun is Air Quality Coordinator in UN Environment. In this capacity she provides support to the strategic development of air quality work in UN Environment, identifying opportunities for further work and refine UN Environment’s offer on air pollution while improving coordination, and internal communication within UN Environment and collaboration with other stakeholders, both internally and externally. Part of her work is also to develop and support a new operational programme on air quality together with national and city governments.

Soraya started her career in UN-HABITAT nineteen years ago and joined UNEP in 2008 as task manager for cities and urban environment, the development of UNEP’s strategic direction in the area of urbanization and the environment and the integration of the urban dimension into key global environment issues such as climate change and resource efficiency. The role of cities in transitioning towards resource efficiency and green economy has been a key area of her work.

Through the different positions she held in the United Nations, she supported and worked with a variety of actors (governments, civil society, and private sector) through implementation of projects, advocacy, resource mobilization and capacity-building in several domains: environmental planning, climate change, local development and governance, and poverty reduction.
Soraya holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Political Science with a focus on developing countries, from the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence (France).

Session/s:

  • Plenary Session/ Multi-Stakeholder Forum | 16 November 2018

Aakash Arora – Youth Clean Air Network Initiative Lead, Clean Air Asia

Aakash Arora is YCan Lead in Clean Air Asia and Assistant Professor of Forensic Toxicology at Jain University. He is a researcher by passion and an environmentalist at heart. Aakash started his journey with YCan in 2017 by establishing and leading Gandhinagar Chapter of Youth Clean Air Network. Currently, his role is to manage and coordinate with YCan volunteers spread across the country and mobilize them to initiate the discussion regarding air quality among citizens. He plans to start a podcast about the major environmental issues at hand and green practices. He is interested in research involving ecotoxicology and carcinogens present in the environment. He, at all times, wishes to channelize his efforts in working towards providing the most suitable and sustainable solutions to greatest challenges at hand.

Session/s:

  • Plenary Session/ Multi-Stakeholder Forum | 16 November 2018

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar – Vice Chancellor Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar, graduated with a degree in physics from SUNY (Binghamton) an Honorary Award Sigma Pi Sigma from a Physics Honor Society of USA, Master’s degree at University College of Swansea, UK and her PhD in physics at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM. In 1980, she joined UTM, as a lecturer and served as an academic for over 30 years. Her research interest among others include ocean dynamics, climate change, coastal erosion protection, renewable energy, ocean policy and governance and sustainable marine resources management.
In 2008, she was appointed as the Director and Undersecretary of the National Oceanography Directorate, Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Malaysia until 2014, coordinating and designing R&D Framework and Policy for Oceanography and Marine Science. She is also responsible for the set-up of National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC). She was the national focal point, elected in the Executive Council of UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanography Commission, Group IV, for Malaysia, served as Vice Chair of Western Pacific (WESTPAC). At present, she is now panel member of the International Advisory Group. She served in the IOC/WESTPAC towards National and Regional Capacity Building in Oceanography and Marine Science, building Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral programs. She also leads on Marine Renewable Energy Technology Development Working Group and supports the Ocean Forecasting and Upwelling working group research. She was also appointed as the Ambassador to the Coral Triangle Initiative Fisheries and Food Security this year.
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar is currently the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). As an authority herself in the context of SDG 13 and SDG 14 towards studies of impacts of climate change, her research interest is on the interfacing of atmospheric and ocean parameters and indicators. Nor Aieni is perfectly positioned to contribute even more with UMT team of researchers for coastal communities, environment, social innovation and economy and to society as a whole.

Session/s:

  • An Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Disclosure: Malaysian Evidence l 14 November 2018
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