Global Issues, Megatrends and Tropical Megacity Singapore

Tue, 21 Feb, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (GMT+8)
The HEAD Foundation 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 Singapore 058416

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As a small city state with no natural resources, densely-populated Singapore is facing the immense challenge of finding a balance between the pursuit of economic growth and environmental sustainability. Singapore’s energy and climate change policies are influenced mainly by economic considerations; hence the government takes pragmatic and cost-effective actions to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and adopts clean energy as long as these actions do not affect economic growth or add to costs significantly.

In this talk, Professor Chan will discuss pressing global issues and the impact of the megatrends of human-social development on them. He will also share facts, data and mitigation measures on climate change will be shared and addressed. Professor Chan will also highlight two flagship projects conducted at the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) which address energy efficiency and renewable energy integration.  


Professor Chan Siew Hwa
Co-Director, Energy Research Institute; Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Chan joined NTU as a Lecturer in 1991 after obtaining his PhD and subsequently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. He is now a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Co-Director of Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N), where he was one of the founders of the Institute. Prof. Chan is a Non-Executive Director of Maz Energy Pte Ltd, where he provides technical advices to the Board since 2004. He is also the Technical Advisor General to Wuhan KOLEAL, a company in New Energy Materials. Prof. Chan is a member of Management Board of Energy Studies Institute, Singapore as well as a member of Advisory Board of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies. Dr. Chan’s research is inclined to Energy covering Heat Engines, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies. He is the Organizer and Program Chair of the 1st World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC), Singapore. From 2006 to 2008, he held a joint appointment with A*Star as Director of SERC Fuel Cell Programme. Under this appointment, he led a team of more than 100 researchers from 4 A*Star research institutes working with industries. His research has gained him a number of international recognitions, which include George-Stephenson Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, in 2000, Scientific Achievement Award from International Association of Hydrogen Energy, USA in 2007, “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” award from Thomson Reuters in 2014, and Nanyang Award (Research Excellence) in recognition of outstanding contribution in scientific knowledge on a global scale through novel research breakthrough in 2015. He is the editorial board member of “Fuel Cells – from fundamentals to systems” and also “Journal of Power Technologies”. Dr. Chan has published 230 refereed journal papers with a total citation of >8000 and h-index of 50.

This event is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia. Admission is free.

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