Plenary Session 2: Translation to Impact in the Resource & Environmental Sustainability Sector

Date: 4 October, Wednesday
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm


Given the risks associated with climate change, there has been growing awareness of the need for environmental sustainability. Focusing on three key resources (energy, water, food), this plenary session will present a panel discussion on how R&D could be an enabler, enhancer or even game changer to resource and environmental sustainability, as well as the opportunities and constraints for the industry.


About the Speakers


Vincent Lau Resized

Mr Vincent Lau
Chief Technology Officer
Pylon City Pte. Ltd.

Vincent Lau is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned technologist with diverse knowledge ranging from cloud computing and IoT technologies to photovoltaic and energy management systems.

He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Pylon City, an EnergyTech startup that focuses on making cities greener and more sustainable. The startup partnered with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2018 to trial Singapore’s first electric bike sharing service, fuelled by its solar-powered charging station on campus. Pylon City, was also part of Cohort 3 of the Shell Startup Engine Programme, and was awarded a grant by Shell-EMA to develop Sustainable Charging Infrastructure for EVs and UDVs in July 2021.

He is concurrently the CEO of Massive Infinity, a tech venture studio focused on ESG goals, and the CEO of Allocate Space, its PropTech subsidiary. In 2019, Allocate Space helped made the Funan mall car-friendly when it reopened, by enabling the first-of-its-kind reservable parking lots in Singapore. In 2021, Allocate Space partnered Burztech to launch private and affordable work-study pods at Keat Hong CC, and in 2022 it helped enabled a living lab on smart and energy-efficient work spaces for NTU Ecolabs. 


Dr Sun Xiaolong Resized

Dr Sun Xiaolong
Managing Director
Zerowaste Asia Pte. Ltd.

PhD in materials science & engineering from Nanyang Technological University. Founder and Managing Director of Zerowaste Asia. 20 years of research and industrial experience in waste, wastewater, and materials science. Proficient in waste and wastewater treatment, waste-toresource, green construction materials, environmental risk assessment, and materials science. Inventor of 7 patents in environmental technologies and author of a number of publications. Conducted numerous industrial, R&D, and consultancy projects in waste and wastewater treatment and waste-to-resource. Led a number of government grants and projects in environmental field. His company ZA was contracted by NEA to treat incineration bottom ash into NEWSand in 2019. ZA’s technologies for achieving Zero Waste have been reported by NHK, CNA, Strait Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Channel 8, China Central TV, and many other online media. 


Dr Adil Dhalla resized

Dr Adil Dhalla
Managing Director
Separation Technologies Applied Research and Translation (START) Centre

Dr Adil Dhalla is Managing Director, Separation Technologies Applied Research and Translation (START) Centre, funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation, is a national facility for bridging the gap between research innovations and commercial outcomes. The START Centre’s mandate involves scaling up industrially relevant advanced separation technologies and processes from the various Institutions of Higher Learning and Research Institutes in Singapore, evaluating their efficacy at pilot scale, and commercialising them with industrial partners. Currently in it’s second phase, the START Centre has also been selected to lead an effort to find cutting-edge technologies with the potential to lower the system cost of seawater desalination, translate as needed to higher Technology Readiness Levels, and set up and operate a demonstration scale Integrated Validation Plant for testing the same at scale


Dr Michael Voigtmann Resized

Dr Michael Voigtmann
Chief Technical Officer
Singapore Aquaculture Technologies Pte. Ltd.

Michael has 22 years of experience in AsiaPacific,defining and implementing technology, process and strategy in production orientated industries. Michael’s versatility between both the scientific and business aspects are key-strengths, especially with regards to water chemistry, biology and technology. 


Emeritus Prof Ng Wun Jern Resized

Emeritus Prof Ng Wun Jern
Emeritus Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) Family Scientific Advisor   

NG is an Emeritus Professor at Nanyang Technological University and was Dean of Engineering at NTU and NUS. NG founded and led Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) for 10 years till 2017. NEWRI with its laboratory to full-scale facilities performed research, technology development, and industry and community support - ie pursuing Ng’s Research-Translation-Development-and Deployment (RTDD) vision. NG’s own research outcomes had resulted in the design and implementation of some 130 full-scale wastewater treatment facilities via technology licensing and spin-off companies. The largest of these (PP-aeMSBR at 1.2 million ep capacity) included water reclamation, and biogas energy recovery. Other notable facilities include the aeSBRs at KLIA STP and Jurong Island WWTP. Additional IPs commercialised include the alSBR, anSBR, Hybridan, APBF, aerator-flocculator, nutribac and agriwastes-derived phyto-actives.

NG was chairman of a major consulting firm and continues to serve as advisor to SGX listed, multi-national and SME companies. He interacts with VC and PE funds, accelerator companies and government agencies in ASEAN and the Middle East. In Singapore, NG serves as Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment. NG’s contributions to industry, research, and education have been recognized with numerous national, regional, and international awards.