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February 25 2021



Decarbonising by 2030: Challenges and Solutions for a Climate-Resilient Future

Presented by SGInnovate
Partnered with Japan Science and Technology Agency.

For a climate-resilient future, all of society, including the government, research communities and companies need to commit their part in ensuring a better future for their children of tomorrow. Encouraging innovation, multilateral relationships and working closely with various industries on science and emerging decarbonisation technologies are crucial in paving the path to a greener world.

With 2030 being a stretch goal for most countries in reducing their greenhouse gases emission intensity, discover from our panel of international experts and thought-leaders on the challenges and setbacks in decarbonising their country and industries, as well as the policies, science and technologies being researched and utilised to make a low-carbon future an attainable reality by the next target goal of mid-century - 2050.

Date: 25 February 2021, Thursday
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm(Singapore Time/ UTC +8)

3:00pm - 3:05pm: Opening Remarks by SGInnovate
3:05pm - 4:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A on Decarbonising by 2030: Challenges and Solutions for a Climate Resilient Future with:

  • Prof Shunsuke Mori, Research Director, Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency
  • Dr Xin Ma, Managing Director, Asia, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures 
  • Prof Subodh Mhaisalkar, Associate Vice President (Strategy & Partnership) and President’s Chair Professor in Energy, NTU and Executive Director, Energy Research Institute @ NTU ([email protected])
  • Lee Seng Wai, Director (Policy and Planning Department), Energy Market Authority
  • Chiu-Hao Chen (Ted), Co-founder, CEO & Chief Product Architect, EverComm Singapore
  • Moderator: Kellie Chan, Senior Manager, Corporate Engagement, SGInnovate

Speakers' Profiles:

Prof Shunsuke Mori, Research Director, Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Prof Shunsuke Mori

Prof Shunsuke Mori is currently the Research Director, Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy (LCS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan. Since he received his Doctor of Engineering in 1981, he has worked for Tokyo University of Science until 2019. His major academic activity is about the model development of the interrelationship among energy technology, environment, economics and other related fields.

He has contributed to the IPCC activities since 1998. He used to be the Lead Author of Special Report of Emission Scenarios (2000), Lead Author of Third Assessment Report of IPCC, WG-III, Chapter 9 (2001), and the Expert Reviewer, Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC, WG-III (2006). 

His research interest covers system engineering, energy economics, global warming issues and the energy and environmental effects of information and communication technologies. He conducted some related research projects relating to climate change issues and participated in many governmental committees.

Dr Xin Ma, Managing Director - Asia Platform, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures 


Dr Xin Ma is the Managing Director of Asia Platform, at Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures (TCNV) of the Group Total. She leads the investment activities in Asia for TCNV in the fields of energy, mobility and carbon neutrality/circular economy. Her investment includes Grab, Canopy Power, G7 Company and Cathey Smart Energy Fund. She joined Total Group in 2009, where she held several posts before TCNV, including the Group’s Deputy Chief Economist, the head of Equity Development in China, as well as the head of Asia for M&A and New Business for the Marketing and Service Branch. Previously she worked in Deloitte’s London office as an associate manager. Xin was born in China and is fluent in French and English. 

Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures is the venture capital arm of Total. As part of Total's commitment to a better energy future, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential start-ups which will contribute to creating a low carbon future. Current areas of interest include Renewables, Distributed Energy, New Mobility, Energy Access, Energy Storage, Bio-Plastics & Recycling, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT. 

Prof Subodh Mhaisalkar, Associate Vice President (Strategy & Partnership) and President’s Chair Professor in Energy, NTU and Executive Director, Energy Research Institute @ NTU ([email protected])


Professor Subodh Mhaisalkar is the Associate Vice President (Strategy & Partnerships) and President’s Chair Professor in Energy at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Subodh is also the Executive Director of the Energy Research Institute @ NTU ([email protected]), a pan-University multidisciplinary research institute for innovative energy solutions. Comprising more than 250 researchers and 95 post graduate students, [email protected] has built up a critical mass of expertise in Energy Systems, Grid Systems, and Urban Solutions; and has set up more than 60 Industry partnership projects, with global industry leaders BMW, Johnson Matthey, Rolls-Royce, and Volvo.

Prior to joining NTU in 2001, Subodh has over 10 years of research and engineering experience in the microelectronics industry and his areas of expertise and current research interests includes semiconductor technology, solar cells, and nanomaterials for energy harvesting and storage. Subodh received his Bachelors’ degree from IIT-Bombay and his MS/Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University.

Lee Seng Wai, Director (Policy and Planning Department), Energy Market Authority

Mr Lee Seng Wai is the Director of the Policy and Planning Department under the Energy Market Authority of Singapore (EMA). His key responsibilities include (i) promoting renewable energy and energy storage, (ii) developing Singapore’s policy for cross-border electricity trade, (iii) promoting the Electricity Futures market, and (iv) corporate planning to ensure EMA remains a future-ready organisation.

The EMA is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The EMA regulates Singapore’s electricity and gas sectors, so as to achieve a reliable and secure energy supply, competitive energy market, and a dynamic energy sector.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Lee was in charge of natural gas imports and natural gas infrastructure planning in the EMA. He was also with the Ministry of Trade and Industry handling electricity and natural gas matters. 

Chiu-Hao Chen (Ted), Co-founder, CEO & Chief Product Architect, EverComm Singapore

Ted Chen is the co-founder and chief executive officer of EverComm Singapore – one of the fastest-growing energy artificial intelligence companies in Asia Pacific’s cleantech sector. EverComm harnesses smart sensor and machine learning technologies to provide data-based tools for decarbonisation.
Chen, an engineering graduate from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), launched the startup with a classmate in 2013. Since then, EverComm has courted an impressive list of clients and partners, including General Electric, Thailand’s PTT Group, and Singapore’s Energy Market Authority. The company also works with the Energy Research Institute at NTU to develop cutting-edge, low-carbon technologies. 
Today, Chen is the youngest recipient of the prestigious Singapore Energy Award, listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia, and has been recognised as a digital pioneer by the Singapore Committee on the Future Economy. Outside of EverComm, he works closely with the United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth (UN MGCY) as the Science-Policy Interface Focal Point, to advance youth involvement in sustainable development. He also serves as an expert technical partner for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) City2City Network.

Moderator's Profile:

Kellie Chan, Senior Manager - Venture Investing, SGInnovate


Kellie is currently part of SGInnovate’s Venture Investing team. As the lead for investments in new fields of technology, she closed deals in areas such a quantum technology, mask stereolithographic 3D printing, and chemical-free wastewater treatment. She currently heads up engagement efforts that help corporates with technology discovery, application and implementation. She works closely with corporates who are sourcing innovative applications of technology in this region and are looking for a technology partner familiar with the emerging technology ecosystem. She graduated with a double degree in Information Systems and Business Management (Finance) from Singapore Management University.



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