Prof Fiorenzo Vetrone

Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications

INRS, University of Quebec

Dr. Fiorenzo Vetrone is a Professor at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique - Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), Université du Québec. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Nanobiotechnology in October 2010 to develop an ambitious and vigorous research programme at the vanguard of nanomaterials research and their implementation in the life sciences, nanomedicine, energy and environment. The overarching theme of his research group is to develop a multi-functional nanoplatform, excited by near-infrared light, to simultaneously trigger other light activated modalities. Dr. Vetrone is a pioneer in the field of rare earth doped upconverting nanoparticles, publishing the first paper in the field in the year 2000. He has published over 85 papers in prestigious, high impact, peer-reviewed publications such as Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, Small, etc. with a number of ISI Highly Cited Papers (>8200 total citations, h-index = 44). He has given over 100 invited lectures at prestigious conferences, universities and summer schools around the world. Moreover, he has won a number of prestigious awards from NSERC, IUPAC, the Royal Society (UK) etc., and the province of Benevento (Italy) as well as being elected as a member of the Global Young Academy.

Prof. Jinsong Zhao

Chairman of Chemical Engineering Department

Tsinghua University in Beijing

While teaching process safety and chemical engineering ethics, he has concentrated his research efforts in process systems engineering and chemical process safety for the past twenty years. He currently serves in the editorial boards of the international journals Computers & Chemical Engineering and Process Safety and Environmental Protection. With about 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, he has authored/co-authored four books.

Professor Vahur Oja

Programme Director (Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering)

Department of Energy Technology
School of Engineering
Tallinn University of Technology

Vahur Oja is currently a professor of chemical engineering and the program director of a newly developed chemical engineering bachelor study program at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) in Estonia (EU member country). He received his 5-year engineering degree from TUT and his MSc and PhD degrees from Brown University (USA). He worked as an associate researcher at a university in Japan and then as a research fellow at Philip Morris USA Inc. before joining TUT in 2000. At TUT he has held a number of academic and administrative positions, such as program director of the previous bachelor and master level chemical engineering study programs, chair of chemical engineering, head of the department of chemical engineering, vice dean for research and development and dean. He is a delegate of the working party on education in chemical engineering and the working party on thermodynamics and transport properties of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. His current research focuses on thermochemical conversion of fossil fuels and biomass, and the thermodynamics and properties of unconventional oils.

Professor Dr Zainuddin Manan

Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academics and International

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Zainuddin Abdul Manan is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academics and International of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He is a professor of chemical engineering, the founding director of Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT), and the founding Dean of the Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering of UTM. He received BSc from the University of Houston, USA, MSc from UMIST, UK, and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, all in Chemical Engineering. He began his career as an engineer in PETRONAS and Hume Industries and has been an academic leader, educator, researcher, consultant and professional coach for 25 years. He has completed over 100 R & D & consultancy projects, filed for fifteen patents and has over 350 publications that include 15 books/chapters, 170 refereed journals and 190 conference papers on sustainable engineering of resources (energy, water & other resources). Zain was the winner of Prince Sultan International Prize for Water (2008) and was awarded as one of the Top Research Scientist of Malaysia (2013).

In 2014, he was awarded the UTM Top Researcher, UTM Top Academician and the Pannonia Honorary Award from Hungary for his role in spearheading Malaysia-Hungary international collaboration. Zain is a chartered engineer, a certified energy manager, a registered electrical energy manager and the certified lead trainer for Malaysia energy managers. He has been a speaker for professional workshops, seminars and international invited lectures, including the 2014 Imperial College Distinguished Chemical Engineering Lecture, and coached professionals from more than 500 companies. Zain was the chair of the 6th PSE Asia International Conference (2013) and the 9th Regional Conference of Chemical Engineering (2016). He is also the chair of the IChemE Medals and Prizes International Committee for Research into Computer-Aided Product and Process Engineering. Zain was the vice-chairman of the Board of Judges for the ASEAN Energy Awards program for the commercial and industrial sectors. He spearheaded the UTM Sustainable Energy Management initiative that led UTM to achieve more than USD 5 million energy savings between 2011 and 2016, and to win the ASEAN Energy Award in 2012.

Prof Hans Hilgenkamp

Dean – Faculty of Science and Technology

University of Twente

Hans Hilgenkamp is Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Twente, overseeing a spectrum of disciplines ranging from Chemical Engineering and Applied Physics, via Nanotechnology and Materials Science, to Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine. He is a professor of physics, researching new electronic materials and devices for e.g., sensors and energy-efficient information technologies.

After his PhD from Twente in 1995, he was employed at the IBM Zurich Research Lab in Switzerland and subsequently at the University of Augsburg, Germany. In 2005 he was appointed as full professor at the University of Twente, which he combined with a visiting professorship at the National University of Singapore and a part time professorship at Leiden University. He was a (board)-member of the Dutch Young Academy and initiator and co-founder of the Global Young Academy, launched in 2010 (see: www.globalyoungacademy.net). In 2007, Hans Hilgenkamp received the Central Education Prize of the University of Twente.

Prof Mohammed Mehdi Farid

Chair – Dept. of Chemical and Materials Eng.

University of Auckland
New Zealand

Professor Mohammed Farid has completed his BE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Baghdad, Iraq (1971), ME in Chemical Engineering from University of Swansea, Wales (1975) and PhD in Chemical Reactor Engineering from the University of Swansea, Wales in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, He has published more than 380 papers in international journals and refereed international conferences, 6 patents, 5 books, and 11 chapters in books.

Professor Farid has received a number of international awards such as the Matsumae International Fellowship (1986), the Hisham Hijjawi Award (1993) and the Marie Curie Fellowship (2010). In 2010, he was short listed and came in the third place for the IChemE Innovator of the Year Award – sponsored by NES in the UK. He was invited as a keynote speaker to a large number of international conferences and to be in the editorial board of international journals. He is a world leader in energy storage and has provided significant contribution to the field worldwide

Mr Marc Schroeder

Head of Electronic Materials R&D Center Asia

BASF Company Ltd
Republic of Korea

Marc Schroeder studied chemistry in Germany, France and Hungary and graduated with a PhD degree in organometallic chemistry. Afterwards, Marc has taught chemistry at Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan before moving to industry. At BASF, Marc has been in various leadership positions in research, product development, and M&A. Recently, he headed NORA, BASF's advanced research center in Cambridge, MA that closely collaborates with Harvard and MIT to develop breakthrough technologies. Currently, Marc is heading BASF's Electronic Materials R&D Center Asia.

Dr Frank Rijsberman


Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Republic of Korea

Dr. Frank Rijsberman is the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a Seoul-based international organization. He was appointed as the Director-General by the GGGI Assembly, GGGI’s supreme governing body to serve a four-year term beginning on October 01, 2016.

Previously, Dr. Rijsberman served as Chief Executive Office of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium. In this role, he led CGIAR’s transformation from 15 independent research centers towards a single integrated organization.

This included a process of cultural and institutional change towards results-based management, including the development of the Consortium’s 2016-2030 Strategy and new portfolio of research programs for 2017-2022, building an integrated organization and governance structure, and developing its policies and procedures to ensure accountability.

Before joining CGIAR in 2013, Dr. Rijsberman was the first Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he developed a strategy to help achieve universal access to sustainable sanitation services using radical new technologies and innovative market-based mechanisms.

Dr. Rijsberman also has worked as Program Director at Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, where he led grant making in the public health initiative and was responsible for programs and partnerships in health, disaster response, geo-informatics, and climate-change adaptation.

Before Google Dr. Rijsberman was Director-General of the International Water Management Institute, an international research institute with HQ in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Prof Sung Chul Yi

Head – Graduate School of Chemical Engineering

Hanyang University
Republic of Korea

Sung-Chul Yi is currently the Head of Graduate School of Chemical Engineering of Hanyang University. He has a first degree in Chemical Engineering from the Hanyang University, and a PhD from the Brigham Young University. He first started his career as a senior engineer at Philip Morris in the United States. Later, he joined Hanyang University as an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering Department and was appointed as full professor in 2003. His research focuses on the optimization of the fuel cell systems, “transport phenomena in fuel cells,” and “biomass conversion using nano technology.” He has served as a Principal Investigator for multiple leading projects supported by the Korean government. In addition, he received a number of awards for his contribution to the chemical engineering society of Korea including the Prime Minister’s Award.

Prof Wang Xin

Associate Dean (Research)

School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Nanyang Technological University

Prof Xin Wang received his Bachelor (1994) and Master (1997) degrees in Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University, and Ph. D (2002) in Chemical Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. From 2003 to 2005, he worked as a research fellow at University of California, Riverside, and concurrently, as R&D director for a startup fuel cell company. He joined Nanyang Technological University as assistant professor in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2010 and full professor in 2016. He is currently the Associate Dean (Research), College of Engineering. He has been working on electrocatalysis and electrochemical technology for energy harvesting. He has published over 160 SCI papers with citations ~10,000 and H index of 55. He is also listed as inventor of 6 US/international patents with one licensed to a start-up company. He is currently a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Prof Ali Humaid Mohamed Hassan Almarzooqi

Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies College of Engineering

United Arab Emirates University
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Ali Al-Marzouqi obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, USA, in 1997. He worked as an Instructor in the Chemical Engineering Department of Oregon State University for three years and then joined the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department of UAE University in September 2000. Dr. Al-Marzouqi is the Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. His research focuses on the use of supercritical fluid technology in food and pharmaceutical processing, herbal extraction, biodiesel production, development of nanocatalysts for the conversion of halogenated methane to methanol, and the conversion of biomass to high value chemicals. Dr. Al-Marzouqi has published 100 journal and conference papers.