Keynote Lecture: Understanding ASEAN and the Global Climate Deal in Paris – Where are we now?

Co-Presented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore and Young NTUC
Speaker: H.E. A.K.P. Mochtan, Deputy  Secretary-General of ASEAN for Corporate Affairs

Plenary_KeynoteLecture_ H.E. A.K.P.Mochtan

H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan is the Deputy Secretary General (DSG) of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs Department from 2013 to 2016. H.E. Mochtan will assist the ASEAN Secretary-General in strengthening effective support systems, procedures and resources within the Secretariat to achieve its mission. They include core corporate functions such as human resources, finance, legal issues, public affairs and outreach programmes.

As a seasoned management and international relations expert, DSG Mochtan has held top positions in various international organizations. Immediately before joining ASEAN, he directed the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team, which managed over US$500 million grants from the Government of Japan to support ASEAN integration and community building processes. Prior to his stint with JAIF, DSG Mochtan served for 13 years with the intergovernmental Asian Productivity Organization (APO) based in Tokyo Japan including as its Administration and Finance Director.

Within the United Nations system, Dr. Mochtan worked on human rights issues with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) and Peace and Security programme with the United Nations University (UNU).

Plenary Lecture 1: Green Growth in ASEAN

Co-Presented by Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)
Moderator: Audrey Tan
Speakers: Christopher Tan, Ouk Navann, Bentinck Ng


Chris is currently a Deputy Director in the Environmental Policy Division at the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. In his current role, he works on developing and reviewing policies and strategies relating to environmental sustainability. He also heads the Ministry’s economics and behavioural sciences research unit which undertakes project and policy evaluation as well as behavioural studies. Chris started his career as a professional Economist at the Ministry of Trade & Industry. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering.


Mr. Ouk Navann currently holds the position as Deputy Director General, General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection (GDANCP), Ministry of Environment, Cambodia. He holds two Masters Degree, in Climate Change from University of East Anglia, the UK; and Environmental Science from Victoria University of Technology, Australia. He has a thorough experience in working on various climate change project activities and also take part in the Climate Change negotiation team of Cambodia. He also working on various projects on strengthening capacity for community protected areas in Cambodia. The focus of his work has been to document, and support community livelihood at conservation of biological diversity and forest restoration as well as lobbying for government policies and programmes to facilitate and support such actions and intentions. He is presently supervising an Adaptation Fund project entitled “Enhancing Climate Change Resilience of Rural Communities Living in Protected Areas in Cambodia”. The project aim at implementing ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) interventions and enhance the climate change resilience of rural communities. The EbA approach in this project is part of UNEP’s primary strategy for addressing climate change impacts globally.


Bentinck joined SDCL in 2014 with a focus on business development for funding of energy efficiency projects in the manufacturing sector in Singapore. Graduating from the University of Surrey (UK) with a BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Bentinck has more than 17 years of business development experience in Asia.

Bentinck has worked in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector for more than 7 years and has a strong knowledge of the market dynamic. He has worked with industrial clients developing energy efficiency proposals to improve their process and operation efficiency.

Plenary Lecture 2: Does Divestment Work for ASEAN?

Co-Presented by Heinrich Boell Stiftung South East Asia (HBF SEA)
Moderator: Colm Tong
Speakers: Peter Hepenstall, Faikham Harnnarong, Shin Furuno


My name is Colm Tong. Born in Dublin, I spent my childhood in Australia, where I developed a wonder and reverence for the natural world. Since moving back to Ireland, I have always kept that love of the wild with me. I am currently studying in Trinity College Dublin in the hopes of working in wildlife conservation in the future. In the meantime, fossil fuel divestment is my main focus, as I see this as having the potential to make a real difference in the global fight to avoid the environmental and humanitarian trainwreck towards which we are now hurtling.

Born in Chiba Japan, schooled in Australia and now back in Japan to start-up the divestment movement for

Graduate of Social Science (International Development) and Arts (Political Science and Environment Studies) from the University of Queensland (2006), Master of Climate Change from the Australian National University (2011). 

I started organising on campus around climate change, fair trade and  human rights around 2005-6. I worked for a rural development NGO in Cambodia in 2007, and served in the Australian Government Departments of Climate Change and Environment from 2008-2014, specialising in emissions reduction policy and international adaptation. In 2010 spent 12 months in Timor-Leste as a Climate Change Advisor for Union Aid Abroad. From 2012-2014, I spent 2 years in Samoa managing Australia’s regional adaptation support to 14 Pacific Island Countries. After leaving the public service in mid 2014 worked as a freelancer in Panama and joined 350 in April this year. 

I am passionate about inter-generational equity, climate justice and practical solutions to solve the climate crisis.

Plenary Lecture 3: Tri-Sector Strategy in ASEAN towards Combating Climate Change

Co-Presented by National Climate Change Secretariat 
Moderator: Jared Tham
Speakers: Yuen Sai Kuan, Desmond Choo, Sid Das, Esther An


Mr Yuen Sai Kuan is the Director, Corporate Affairs at the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) in the Prime Minister’s Office.  He oversees NCCS’ outreach and engagement initiatives with the People, Private and Public (3P) sectors on climate change. 

Mr Yuen graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with an Honours degree in Chemistry and Computational Science. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from NUS and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, UK.

Mr Yuen was one of the recipients of the inaugural Public Utilities Board (PUB) undergraduate scholarship in 1991.  He joined PUB in 1996 and worked on initiatives such as the NEWater demonstration project and restructuring of the Singapore energy market.  Mr Yuen was seconded to the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources from June 2004 to June 2011 where he held appointments in water policy, industry development and corporate development.


Following thirteen years in the technology industry with stalwarts such as Google, Sid joined WWF’s Earth Hour in 2009 becoming an integral part of its growth and evolution, first as Chief Information Officer (CIO) leading digital innovation and partnerships and currently as its Executive Director (ED). 

As its chief executive, Sid leads Earth Hour’s strategy as the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment focused on inspiring climate awareness and action in 172 countries and territories.

He works with the senior leadership at WWF and Earth Hour partners around the world to develop innovative cause-driven partnerships and on-the-ground campaigns for a lasting impact.


Esther joined City Developments Limited (CDL) in 1995 to set up the Company’s Corporate Communications department and subsequently established the company’s CSR/Sustainability portfolio.  A pioneer CSR practitioner for over 20 years and a member of the Global Compact Network Singapore which is the local network of UN Global Compact, she is instrumental in building up CDL’s leadership in CSR and Sustainability. 

CDL is the first Singapore developer to be listed on 3 leading global sustainability listings, including the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2002, the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World since 2010 and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2011.  The company has also been ranked top Asian developer in the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking 2014 and was conferred the Business Leadership in Sustainability Award by the World Green Building Council and the top honours for the Sustainable Business Awards by Singapore Business Federation amongst many other accolades. 

A signatory of the Caring for Climate initiative jointly launched by the UN Global Compact, UN Environment Programme and the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Esther is also a steering group member of the Advancing Responsible Business in Land, Construction, Real Estate Use and Investment, which was recently launched to promote best practices amongst real estate players at the GC+15 Conference by the UN Global Compact in New York city.


Plenary Lecture 4: Comparative Study of ASEAN & EU Approach to Climate Change

Co-Presented by EU Centre in Singapore
Moderator: Dr Yeo Lay Hwee
Speakers: Dr Raman Letchumanan, Raffeale Quarto, Emeritus Professor Koh Kheng Lian


Dr YEO Lay Hwee is Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore. She is also Council Secretary and Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and Adjunct Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), and teaches part time at the National University of Singapore. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the ANU Centre for European Studies, and Tallinn University of Technology’s Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies.

An international relations expert, her research interests revolve around comparative regionalism; EU-ASEAN relations and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) process.


Dr Raman Letchumanan joined the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on 3 November 2014 as a Senior Fellow primarily in charge of environment/conservation and related issues.

Dr Raman was the Head of the Environment Division at the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN Secretariat) from 2000-2014, where he was overall in charge of promoting regional cooperation on a whole range of environmental and conservation issues for the benefit of ASEAN Member States. From 2002 to 2008 he was also concurrently in charge of disaster management where, among others, he was responsible for drafting, finalizing, and implementing the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response. He was also in charge of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) in 2008 and was responsible for drafting and implementation of the IAI Strategy and Work Plan for 2009-2015.

Plenary_ComparativeStudy_Raffaele Quarto

Mr Raffaele Quarto is currently the Head of the Economic and Trade Section at the EU Delegation to Singapore. An experienced trade official with a strong background in Asian matters, Mr Quarto has also been posted at the EU Delegations in Indonesia (from 2001 to 2005) and in South Korea (from 2005 to 2009) as the Head of the Economic and Trade Section. Between 2009 and 2012 he has been Trade Policy Coordinator in the Directorate General for Trade in Brussels, where he was responsible for trade and investment relations with Indonesia, Brunei and East Timor and also covered ASEAN regional matters, in particular the EU-ASEAN Business Summits. His experience at the Commission is completed by a stint at the European Statistics Office, dealing with international trade statistics, and a four year period as Economist at the Chief Economist Unit of DG Trade between 1997 and 2001.

Before entering the European Commission in 1994, Mr Quarto worked for four years at the Italian Trade Commission in Rome and Milan and had a private sector experience in the Strategic Marketing Department of a multinational corporation.

Mr Quarto was born in Milan (Italy) and holds a Degree in Political Economy from Bocconi University and a Master Degree in International Relations from ULB.

Plenary_ComparativeStudy_Emeritus Professor Koh Kheng Lian

Professor KL Koh, Law Faculty, National University of Singapore was IUCN CEL (World Commission for Environmental Law) Regional Vice Chair for South and East Asia, 1996 – 2004.  She is in the resource team of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Programme Asia on ‘Environmental Law Talks’.

She has participated in numerous conferences and has written extensively in the area of environmental law including ASEAN Environmental Law, Policy and Governance: Selected Documents (2 Volumes), and is editor-in-chief of the forthcoming publication, Adaptation to Climate Change: ASEAN and Comparative Experiences, which includes a chapter (jointly  written) on “The Role of ASEAN in Disaster Management: Legal Framework and Case Study of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.”

Closing Plenary

Speaker: TBA

Knowledge Track 1 – Policies

Moderator: Melissa Low 


Melissa Low joined the Energy Studies Institute in September 2010. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Geography (with Honors) and a minor in Urban Studies, from the National University of Singapore. For her Master thesis on past and contemporary proposals on equity and differentiation in shaping the 2015 climate agreement, Melissa was awarded the Shell Best Dissertation Award 2013. She is currently working towards an LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde (distance learning).

Melissa has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) talks since December 2009. Her current research areas are on the 2015 climate change agreement and on analyzing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation potential of countries. 

Knowledge Track 1: Policies related workshop 1
Understanding INDC & What it means to ASEAN
Speaker: Ambassador Kwok Fook Seng, Chris Wright


Chris Wright is a climate change campaigner, facilitator and poet. Originally from Australia, he has spent most of the last 5 years campaigning around the UN climate negotiations, while also working with Indigenous communities and renewable energy in Sabah, Malaysia. 

He is currently the manager of the Adopt a Negotiator project, and believes that young people should and can  be the voices of climate and environmental change around the world. 

Recently, he was named by the Guardian as one of the top young campaigners to watch in the lead up to COP21

Knowledge Track 1: Policies related workshop 2
Climate Change and Food Security in Southeast Asia
Moderator: Tham Siang Yu
Speaker: Professor Paul Teng, Jenny Costelloe


Tham Siang Yu feels a strong connection with nature and enjoys green landscapes. She is an environmental enthusiast, urban farmer and translator.  Her work with social enterprise Edible Garden City sees her designing and building edible gardens, as well as conducting educational workshops for schools and curious urbanites. Her goal is to bring agriculture as well as the awareness of food and the environment back to the urban community.

Siang Yu has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) as an observer with a focus on food security and agriculture.


Paul Teng is Adjunct Senior Fellow (Food Security), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (, Nanyang Technological University, and Principal Officer, National Institute of Education (, Singapore.  

Professor Teng is internationally recognized for his expertise in food security, commercialization and biosafety of crop biotechnology and bio-entrepreneurship. He has over thirty years of experience in academe, the private sector, international organizations and non-profit organizations. His early-career training and practice was as a plant pathologist specializing in plant disease epidemiology and management in the U.S.A. and he has been active in research and education on these topics in many developing countries in Africa and Asia.  He is also currently Chairman of the Board, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA — and non-Executive Chair, Asia BioBusiness Pte. Ltd.  

Professor Teng was previously Deputy Director-General at the WorldFish Center, Malaysia, Program Leader for Cross-ecosystems Research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, Department Chair, Plant Pathology, University of Hawaii, U.S.A. and Professor at the University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

Professor Teng has published over 250 technical papers and eight books and won awards such as the Eriksson Prize in Plant Pathology. His book  on  BioScience Entrepreneurship in Asia – Creating Value with Biology (World Scientific, 2008) is used in several university courses on entrepreneurship. He is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences and Fellow, American Phytopathological Society.   He also volunteers as a Senior Fellow at the Southeast Asia Regional Center for research and graduate studies in agriculture (SEARCA), Los Banos, Philippines.

Professor Teng has made innumerable visits to more than 35 countries in support of development projects through consultancies and pro bono work with the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Asian Productivity Organization, and the Food & Agriculture Organization, U.N. 


Jenny is an experienced sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professional who believes that CSR makes businesses more sustainable, and that corporate transparency builds trust and enhances reputation.

She is currently transitioning between two roles, moving from founder of a sustainability consultancy to the role of Director, Country Partnerships at Grow Asia. In her new role Jenny will be responsible for convening multi-stakeholders partnerships to make agriculture in ASEAN more sustainable.

Jenny has worked on a wide range of CSR and sustainability assignments over the last seven years in Asia, with a diverse list of organisations, including Singapore Exchange (SGX), Diageo, Cargill Tropical Palm Oil, Syngenta Asia-Pacific, Mondelēz, Unilever, Mundipharma, Williams Sonoma Inc, DAMCO Logistics, Swire Pacific Offshore, Sakari Resources, Global Logistic Properties, Pepsico Indonesia, Asia Pacific Breweries, and City Developments Limited.

The work has spanned many aspects of CSR, encompassing stakeholder engagement, performance review, strategy development and sustainability reporting.

She has a BSc in Natural Sciences (Physics) from the University of Bath, a professional diploma in Marketing Communications, and an MBA from Nanyang Business School in Singapore. She is an active member of the CSR sector representing Singapore on the ACCA Global Sustainability Forum and volunteering for UN Women’s Singapore Committee.

Knowledge Track 1: Policies related workshop 3
Restoring carbon sinks as Mitigation measures: The REDD+ Partnership of Norway and Indonesia
Speaker: Andika Putraditama, Yani Saloh


As Political Science Graduate from Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, Andika Putraditama is an avid political junkie & technology enthusiast with broad experience in political & policy advocacy.

He joined the World Resources Institute in 2012 as Outreach Officer for POTICO—a project designed to prevent deforestation in Indonesia by diverting planned oil palm plantations from forests into degraded land. He then helped to setup and manage World Resources Institute Indonesia, an independent non-profit foundation affiliated with World Resources Institute in Washington D.C.

He now serves as Research Analyst with World Resources Institute Indonesia, engaging with various Indonesian and international stakeholders in issues surrounding agriculture, forestry, land use, energy, and sustainable cities in Indonesia. His main focus is to manage one of WRI’s flagship project, Global Restoration Initiative, looking at the restoration opportunity of degraded & sub-optimum land for a more productive landscape.

Prior to joining WRI, Andika supported the Indonesia-U.S. Parliamentary Caucus as a staffer to the leadership of the Caucus. He was also the Program Director for National Institute for Democratic Governance (NIDG)–a Jakarta-based non-profit that focuses on strengthening the Indonesia national parliament


Yani Saloh is Forest, Climate Change and Communications Specialist, with 21-years of working experiences dealing with forest and climate change related issues in government, international research organization and banking sector.

She was Assistant Special Staff to President Yudhoyono for Climate Change Issues (2010 – 2014). Prior to that she  worked for 13 years at CIFOR with latest position as Regional Communication Officer for Asia.

She is an activist for Climate Reality Project Indonesia, a non-profit organization founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore.

Her area of expertise include policy advocacy, promoting regulation & awareness of forestry, climate change & social issues, and project management.  She was involved centrally in negotiating REDD+ Partnership with Norway, establishing Presidential Decrees related to climate change, such as Forest & peatland Moratorium policy, National Action Plan for Emission Reduction, GHG Inventory and REDD+ Agency. 

Currently she is an independent consultant with ADB Forest Investments Project. Her passion is to promote and achieve green growth and lifestyle in Indonesia. As mother she is concerned with a sustainable future fro her teenage daughter. As the world we want to see depends on how we shape it now.

Knowledge Track 1: Policies related workshop 4
Transboundary adaptation solutions to climate change: The Mekong River Case Study
Speaker: Associate Professor Victor R Savage


Associate Professor Victor R Savage is Director of the Alumni Relations Office, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is the Deputy Director of the Masters of Science in Environmental Programme Management (MEM), and a faculty member of the Department of Geography. His area of research is in sustainable urban development, cross-cultural issues, indigenous human-nature relationships, Singapore toponymics (place names) and Southeast Asia’s changing landscapes. A/P Savage is an editorial Board member of the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Ecology, and international editorial board member of the Swedish Journal, Geografiska Annaler.

Among his books are: Western Impressions of Nature and Landscape in Southeast Asia (1984); The Naga Awakens: Growth and Change in Southeast Asia (co-edited with Lily Kong and Warwick Neville, 1998); The Naga Challenged: Southeast Asia in the Winds of Change (jointly edited with May Tan-Mullins, 2005); Sustainability Matters: Environmental Management in Asia (co-edited with Lye Lin Heng, George Ofori, Malone-Lee Lai Choo, and Ting Yen-Ping, 2010) Environmental and Climate Change in Asia: Ecological Footprints and Green Prospects (jointly edited with Lye Lin-Heng, 2012); Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (jointly authored by Brenda Yeoh, 2013).

A/P Savage received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in the University of Singapore in 1973 and his Masters and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley under the Fulbright-Hays scholarship.

Knowledge Track 1: Policies related workshop 5
Implementing Environmental Education: A collective effort made by People, Government and Private Sectors
Speaker: Associate Professor LYE Lin Heng, Dr Vilma D’Rozario and Marsiling Secondary School


LYE Lin-Heng LLB (NUS), LLM (King’s College, London), LLM (Harvard), is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS).  She is Director of the Faculty’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) and former Vice-Dean.  Her fields of teaching and research are in Environmental Law and Property Law. She was Vice-Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and a member of its Board of Governors since 2007.  She was co-chair of the Academy’s Teaching and Capacity-Building Committee.  At NUS, she chairs the multi-disciplinary M.Sc. (Environmental Management) [MEM] Programme, hosted by the School of Design and Environment.  She is also a member of the Curriculum and Management Committees for the Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) programme at NUS.  Both programmes have the collaboration of nine faculties and schools in NUS. 

She is a resource person in capacity-building programs conducted by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Singapore Environment Institute, Ministry of Environment & Water Resources (MEWR).  She is Visiting Associate Professor at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and also teaches at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.  She was Honorary Legal Advisor to the Nature Society Singapore, for many years.  She is a member of the Singapore Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)’s Committee on Clean Drinking Water Standards for Singapore.  She is also a member of the Singapore Strata Titles Board, and a former Member of  Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (HDB). 

Vilma D’Rozario is Associate Professor with the Psychological Studies Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She teaches pre-service and graduate counselling courses.  Her research interests are in master therapists, service-learning, and the benefits of nature and the outdoors on well-being. Outside of her career in Psychology and Teacher Education, Vilma volunteers in environmental and wildlife conservation projects in Singapore and Malaysia. She is co-founder of Cicada Tree Eco-Place which promotes nature, culture and eco-living. Also, she is on the board of the Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore), another local organization involved in environmental education. She also volunteers in the conducting of fauna surveys in wild habitats together with members of the Vertebrate Study Group of the Nature Society (Singapore).

Knowledge Track 2 – Media and Communication

Moderator: Adrian Yeo


ADRIAN YEO is a community organizer and an advocate for strengthening civil society. He has been active in engaging local environment, energy and resource campaigns. In 2009 Adrian worked for YOUNGO as the Youth Logistics Coordinator at UNFCCC’s COP15 in Copenhagen, and actively participated at various UNFCCC & UNCSD meetings.

Adrian is a past president of Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur, an official presenter of Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), in which he underwent in-depth training under Mr. Gore on the issue of climate change. He is a participant of 350’org’s Global Power Shift, and founder of #PowerShiftMsia, a movement to catalyze youth for a bold climate action. He is also a committee member of RakanKL’s, a volunteer group promoting the love of Kuala Lumpur’s history & heritage. He recently spoke on TEDxMerdekaSquare promoting civil society movement building. 

Adrian is excited to be part of CAN’s Leadership Development Program 2015 Fellowship and serving regional partners and colleagues. He is a strong believer in coalition diversity, especially the diversity in CANSEA (Climate Action Network South East Asia)

His current appointment is in the Selangor State Government’s Environment EXCO Office.

Knowledge Track 2: Media & Communications Workshop 1
The Role of Media: Challenges & Opportunities in ASEAN
Speaker: Imelda Visaya-Abano, Jessica Cheam, Roshni Karwal and Yew Choong Meng


Abano is founder and president of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists where she helps set the strategic direction of the organization in assisting local journalists to better communicate environment and climate-related issues. She has been covering climate change-related issues for more than 15 years now, including the United Nations climate change talks from Bali to Paris this year. Abano is one of the Council of Partner Leaders of the Earth Journalism Network, a network with thousands of journalists across the world and trained nearly 5,000 environmental journalists. She is also the Editor of the Philippine EnviroNews. Her numerous insightful climate change articles earned her several international and national awards: Asia Development Journalist of the Year by the Asian Development Bank Institute, and UN Gold Prize Award on Development and Humanitarian Reporting, both in 2009; Asian winner for Environmental Reporting by the IUCN and Reuters in 2002; the “Ani ng Dangal” award in recognition of her outstanding achievements abroad that brought pride to the Philippines and given by the Philippine government and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. A board of the US-based Society of Environmental Journalists, she earned her BA in Communication, major in Journalism, degree at the University of the Philippines.

Jessica Cheam is the Editor of Eco-Business, an award-winning journalist and a social entrepreneur. She has a decade of experience in journalism with a particular expertise in sustainable development, and is also a contributor to The Straits Times where she was formerly the political and environment correspondent. She founded Eco-Business in 2009 with a vision to provide a platform for the region to discuss and advance sustainability issues

Roshni Karwal is a journalist, television presenter and executive producer of Sri Lankan-Singaporean descent. She has worked with the BBC in London, CNBC Asia, MTV Asia, the United Nations in New York. She is the first woman of Sri Lankan descent to present on MTV and CNBC. She was later voted as one of Singapore’s 50 Most Beautiful People. 

Roshni is the first Singaporean woman to be trained in Climate Reality Leadership by former Vice President Al Gore. 

She has delivered the Climate Reality Presentation to Columbia University’s Law School and Business School, Organising for Action (formerly Obama for America) NY and Chicago chapters, the Swedish Green Party, Catholic churches in New York and the Gateway School, which is the first green school for children with learning disabilities in New York. 

Knowledge Track 2: Media & Communications Workshop 2
Leveraging on Social Media to Create Change
Speaker: Jonn Lu


Jonn is a Marine Conservationist and Regional Director (AsiaPac) at WildAid Shark Savers, and an Economics & Political Science graduate from Columbia University in New York City.

He joined Shark Savers in 2010 as a Volunteer Leader for Hong Kong, and subsequently became Shark Savers’ and WildAid’s Regional Director (Asia Pacific), covering the key beachheads of Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and most recently the Maldives.

A Singaporean Chinese, is launching campaigns, motivating grassroots volunteer networks and forming corporate and NGO partnerships in the region. is now the largest campaign ever organised for shark conservation, featuring over 700 of the world’s most engaging, influential and powerful celebrities and personalities.

Knowledge Track 2: Media & Communications Workshop 3
Topic to be updated
Speaker: Linh Do


Linh Do is a social change advocate and has been working on environmental issues for the past eight years. She has a background in community organising, campaigning, journalism and strategy development. Linh has worked with a wide array of individuals from high school students to UNEP and the Reuters Foundation. She is also a co-founder of the democracy focused startup OurSay. She is currently the editor-in-chief at The Verb, an environmental newswire service.

In 2013 was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year and one of Junior Chamber International Outstanding Young Persons of the World. She is based in Melbourne, Australia with extensive experience overseas.

Knowledge Track 2: Media & Communications Workshop 4
Citizen Environmental Journalism – Writing
Speaker: Stella Paul and Syaiful Rochman


Stella Paul is an India-based independent journalist who reports climate change and other development stories from Asia to a global audience. Her reports regularly appear in Reuters, Inter Press Services and the New York Times.

As a journalist, Stella is known for her solution-oriented reports that often stir positive action. Her many impacts include release of a woman forced laborer in India and rehabilitation of trafficked women farmers.

Stella is the winner of 2014 & 2013 Asian Environmental Journalism Award, 2014 All India Environmental Journalism Award and multiple Press fellowships from the United Nations and several other globally reputed institutions

Knowledge Track 2: Media & Communications Workshop 5
Citizen Environmental Journalism – Photography
Speaker: Ramadian Bachtiar


Ramadian Bachtiar is a documentary filmmaker at Imaji Bumi – a Jakarta based production company.  He started as a photojournalist.  His photographs was published by international & national media, such us National Geographic Indonesia magazine, National Geographic Traveler magazine, Kompas Daily (the biggest daily newspaper in Indonesia), Kieler Nachricten (Germany), and Der Spiegel (Germany).  It just a matter of time for Rama to explore new medium: motion picture.  In 2007, Sui Utik – his documentary film won Nordic Ungdomm Film Festival in Norway.  Now along with Imaji Bumi, Rama produces documentary films for Kompas TV, Bloomberg TV Indonesia, and also non-governmental agencies in Indonesia.

Knowledge Track 3- Creative Activism

Moderator: Zhiwen


Zhiwen believes real change is delivered when everyone plays their part in a responsible society – and businesses have a role, too. So he started bloomerang, a Singapore-based green business that specialises in manufacturing earth-friendlier clothes hangers made from recycled, and 100% recyclable paper materials. Zhiwen also lectures at the local polytechnics on business innovation, product development and entrepreneurship. Zhiwen runs, swims, reads; he drinks way too much coffee, and thinks about bloomerang, and hugging trees, 24/7. 

Knowledge Track 3: Creative Activism Workshop 1
Understanding Creative Activism and what it means to ASEAN
Speaker: Rodne Galicha, Myint Zaw and Minh Hoàng Đức


Rodne ‘Rod’ R. Galicha serves as Philippine Manager of Washington-based The Climate Reality Project(TCRP), founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore. He has mentored TCRP climate leaders at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings in Indonesia, United States, South Africa, Australia, and Brazil.

Rod is currently the chairperson of I Am Making a Difference or I AM MAD cause oriented group doing innovative educational programs around the Philippines which was founded by a 2012 Search for Outstanding Volunteer national youth awardee. He is also the chairperson and president of Bayay Sibuyanon Inc., a local organization in Romblon province working on cultural heritage and environmental sustainability. Advocating climate action in the Philippines, he serves as member of the steering committee of Aksyon Klima Pilipinas.

Strategically engaging with the government, he is a voting member of Romblon Provincial Development Council and the MIMAROPA Regional Development Council while serving as the the Vice Head of the National Central Cultural Communities Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). He is currently lobbying for the inclusion of NCCA as member of regional development councils.


Myint Zaw, 40, studied International development studies in Thailand and journalism in the United States, and after his studies abroad he came back to Burma in 2008 and joined the humanitarian relief effort after Cyclone Nargis hit and later on involved in several environmental campaign. He was a leading activist in the “Save the Irrawaddy” campaign and one of its most visible advocates; he held public talks, organized rallies and exhibitions on the importance of the river. He was joined by dozens of prominent Burmese leaders, activists, intellectuals and artists. He was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2015.

He is currently pursuing a PhD in resource management at the Australia National University and published several books in Burmese language.


Minh is the youth activist from Viet Nam, started his career by raising RAECP (and now is Action4Future), an youth based organization on sustainable development. Minh is one of three International Climate Champions of British Council in Vietnam, being the first Vietnamese youth in an Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 2009, he represented Vietnamese youth in many international meetings: World Leadership Conference 2009 in Singapore, Asia Youth Climate Workshop in Bangkok.Minh has worked as an active environmental activist for years; founder and manager of certain projects: “I hate Plastic bag” campaign, “Earth Song” annual music concert,… Since 2012, Minh focuses on Education for Sustainable Development especialy the application of debating in education. Now he works as a freelance trainer and consultant for social project and a debate coach.

Minh has been choosen tobe in one of 30 under 30 of Forbes Magazine in 2015.

Knowledge Track 3: Creative Activism Workshop 2
Art Meets Environmental Activism
Speaker: Wilfred Lim and Zen Teh


Wilfred Lim lived and grew up in a small fishing village at the seaside in Pengerang, Southern Malaysia for 18 years before pursuing his education in Singapore. He constantly draws inspiration from the sea as he used to and still watches his father go out to sea as a fisherman. Not surprisingly, fishes and sea creatures often take a centre stage in Wilfred’s works, which are frequently imbued with a refreshing perspective. 

Aside from the sea, Wilfred also draws inspiration from childhood memories and current issues. He seeks to present his vision and criticism through his dream-like imagery. Being a fan of classical painting, he has been utilizing photographic medium as a painting tool to help to convey his ideas. With Pengerang currently undergoing serious environmental destruction due to the construction of an oil refinery, his works seek to draw attention to and comment on the ongoing happenings in his native hometown.

Zen Teh (born and lives in Singapore, 1988) is an artist interested in man’s relationship with the natural world. Through her travels to photograph landscapes across the globe, she learns about environmental issues and uses her craft to comment on the impact of global development upon the environment. With roots in a painting practice, Zen’s photography practice is mediated through explorations of perspective and composition. As such, her practice today premises the production of the image and often employs digital post-production methods to build upon her film photography.  As an artist and an educator, Zen strives to share her experiences as an artist and environmentalist to bring about a greater appreciation and conservation of our natural landscapes. Zen’s work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum

Knowledge Track 3: Creative Activism Workshop 3
Creative Use of Urban Spaces
Speaker: Cai Bingyu, Lionel Wong, Marcia Morley


Bingyu is trained as an architect and brings his experience from his professional practice into the Kampung Kampus project. He is now part of the Builders Team in Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) that takes charge of building the school. He practices professionally as well and is a candidate at the Board of Architects.

He has being involved in houses, public toilets, a heritage centre, apartments, an industrial building, a hotel, a financial centre and building barrier free community centers around Singapore. 

Bingyu is passionate about architecture, community and education.

He hopes that through his work with WOW & GUI, he can become a better son, husband, father, citizen and human on this Earth.

Lionel Wong is the founder of UPGROWN FARMING CO., a Singapore company that is equipping and empowering the farmers of tomorrow with ZipGrow towers for growing clean, healthy food for local communities sustainably, via hydroponics and aquaponics. 
We provide commercially-viable vertical farming solutions smartly designed to maximize space and productivity, as well as minimize environmental impact and reliance on natural resources. We enable growers to grow food anywhere. Indoors inside buildings and shipping containers, outdoors in greenhouses, on rooftops, and at sea.
Unlike conventional industrial farming models, we focus on the small, upstart farmers. These are the folks figuring out the new food model and learning better ways to feed those around them.

Marcia works with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) as an architect. Originally from Sydney, Australia Marcia re-located to Singapore in 2013 and joined the URA to co-ordinate their public spaces programme, ‘PubliCity’. Prior to joining the URA  Marcia worked with the City of Sydney as a Design Manager delivering public works projects.

Knowledge Track 3: Creative Activism Workshop 4
Creative Youth Advocacy
Speaker: Chris Wright


Chris Wright is a climate change campaigner, facilitator and poet. Originally from Australia, he has spent most of the last 5 years campaigning around the UN climate negotiations, while also working with Indigenous communities and renewable energy in Sabah, Malaysia. 

He is currently the manager of the Adopt a Negotiator project, and believes that young people should and can  be the voices of climate and environmental change around the world. 

Recently, he was named by the Guardian as one of the top young campaigners to watch in the lead up to COP21

Knowledge Track 3: Creative Activism Workshop 5
Workshop by UK FCO
Speaker: Harriet Henniker-Major


Harriet is the Climate Change & Energy Adviser for the British High Commission in Singapore (part of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office) responsible for reporting on policy developments in climate change and energy in Singapore and working with relevant stakeholders to deliver the UK and EU’s international objectives for climate and energy.

Previously, Harriet worked at the UK’s Energy Saving Trust for a number of years as Development Manager of EU & International Affairs where she delivered EU-wide energy efficiency programmes under the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe funding stream, and helped to develop energy and climate change policy and implementation both within the UK and across multiple EU countries.

Harriet holds a BSc in Economics from University College London, a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK and has ten years professional experience working across the public, private and non-profit sectors.