Plenary Speakers



Damian Chan

Executive Director, Energy and Chemicals, Economic Development Board

Mr. Damian Chan was appointed Executive Director of the Energy & Chemicals Cluster in July, 2015. In that capacity, he leads the development of an industry that accounts for more than a third of Singapore’s manufacturing output. Previously, between 2011 till June 2015, as International Director for Americas, he led EDB’s operations across North and South America, working closely with global companies here to help them succeed in Asia via Singapore. Prior to that, he was the Director of Electronics Cluster in EDB. He was also the Centre Director of EDB Dallas Centre from 2002 to 2005, and of EDB Chicago Centre in 2001. He joined EDB in 1996. He received a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 1996.

Title: Achieving Long-term Competitiveness & Sustainability – Energy Efficiency through Advanced Manufacturing

Damian will be sharing how the Energy and Chemicals industry can continue growing in a competitive and sustainable manner through the adoption of Advanced Manufacturing technologies.



Sumit Sikdar

Manager, Process Engineering, Jacobs Engineering Singapore

Mr. Sumit Sikdar has 20 years of Industry experience in Process, Project & Consultancy business. He has been with Jacobs Engineering Singapore since 2007, as Process Engineering Manager, simultaneously supporting the technical aspects of Jacobs Consultancy Services (US, UK) works and other Jacobs Sulphur Technology Solutions from Singapore to deliver projects in the APAC region. He has assumed various roles in strategic sales, project management, engineering management & consultancy. He has core competencies in the refinery & petrochemical sector with business case evaluation, due diligence studies, feasibility studies, energy optimization, leading to development of conceptual and licenser’s basic design packages. He has executed several sustainability & capital projects in Singapore and managed FEED, Detail Engineering, EPC, commissioning & start-ups and test runs. Mr Sikdar has also stewarded sustainability and industrial energy efficiency programs, process risk optimization & safety endeavours with industry majors & govt. organizations.

Title: Jacobs Energy Efficiency Programmes & Capabilities

Energy Efficiency plays a vital role in improving energy security, environmental sustainability and economic performance. Today the industrial sector is a key target for energy optimization, particularly in Singapore where this sector accounts for more than 50% of the country’s total annual emissions. Jacobs Consultancy has been helping its clients tackle those challenges via “Energy Efficiency Programmes” with the objective of reducing, conserving, and enhancing the energy efficiency of companies while meeting stricter emissions and regulatory targets. This presentation provides an overview of Jacobs Consultancy´s approach which has been tried and tested worldwide. It is shown that a successful energy efficiency program requires a consistent and structured approach, leadership support and the involvement of subject matter experts.”



Soo Ming Hwa

Executive Director, Shimano Singapore Pte Ltd

Mr. Soo Ming Hwa oversees the Manufacturing and Engineering Division as Director of Shimano Singapore. He has accumulated 27 years of experience with Shimano of which he spent 16 years in Shimano’s China subsidiaries in Kunshan & Tianjin and holding the position of Asst. General Manager in Shimano (Tianjin) before he returned to Shimano Singapore in 2013. Mr. Soo has more than 27 years of extensive experience in strategic engineering management and has been involved in the setting up of the subsidiaries in Kunshan and Tianjin in 90s. Mr. Soo holds a Diploma of Production Technology from German Singapore Institute.

Title: Shimano’s Journey in Energy Management Excellence

Aligned to Team Shimano’s philosophies that focus on creating value as a company through energy efficiency initiatives, Shimano formed a dedicated & committed Energy Management Committee. A clear & defined Energy Policy, Objective and Target are cascaded to all levels of the organization to improve the energy performance. The successful implementation of ISO50001 Energy Management Systems and many significant energy conservation projects carried out by the team has raised the performance bar of Shimano’s energy management, and contributing to Shimano’s award in excellence in energy management.



Harsh Choudhry

Associate Partner, Mckinsey & Company Singapore

Harsh Choudhry is an Expert Associate Partner with McKinsey and Company. He leads McKinsey’s Resource Productive Operations practice in South East Asia, with more than 10 years of experience in the area of Energy and Sustainability. His area of specialization is energy efficiency in manufacturing. Harsh has conducted energy efficiency programmes in over 50 manufacturing sites ranging from oil refineries to semiconductor fabs. He has also authored several articles on energy efficiency.

Title: Baselining to advanced analytics – end to end energy management with 3 tools

Following closely with Industry 4.0 trends, energy efficiency is going digital. The identification of energy efficiency opportunities in a manufacturing setting has gone from doing simple line walks to using digital tools to baseline, identify gaps, design improvement initiatives and track implementation. Advanced analytics and machine learning have created new opportunities to optimize process parameter to maximize value creation from yield, energy and throughput. McKinsey has now developed a suite of 3 tools to capture this energy efficiency opportunity – iDiagnose, RedE and MyYET.



Lee Cha Kun

RTO Specialist, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd - Singapore Refinery

Lee Cha Kun is the Real Time Optimization (RTO) specialist at ExxonMobil’s refinery in Singapore, developing and sustaining the RTO applications for the refinery. Cha Kun holds a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London and a Doctorate degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. He started his career with ExxonMobil in 2008 as a dynamic simulation engineer in Fairfax, U.S., before returning to Singapore in 2011 as an applications engineer at the ExxonMobil refinery in Singapore. Cha Kun went on to become the lead applications engineer in 2013, supervising a team of four engineers in supporting the fuels and basestock lubricants business teams on advanced control applications at the refinery.

Title: Real Time Optimisation at the ExxonMobil Singapore Refinery

The session will share on how ExxonMobil leveraged on RTO technology to develop a sustainable optimization strategy that challenged conventional operating principles, while maintaining product quality.



Bhaskar Venkatraman

Technical Division Manager, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd - Singapore Chemical Plant

Bhaskar Venkatraman has been the technical division manager at ExxonMobil’s chemical plant in Singapore since December 2016. In this role, he leads multiple teams in their efforts to enhance the capability, reliability and profitability of ExxonMobil’s largest petrochemical complex in the world. Bhaskar has been with ExxonMobil since 2000, after graduating with a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He has taken on various manufacturing and commercial assignments, including global butyl polymers marketing manager, process department head at ExxonMobil’ Baton Rouge chemical plant, and most recently, Asia Pacific-Europe manufacturing business manager.

Title: ExxonMobil Global Energy Management System 

The session will discuss the key elements of the ExxonMobil Global Energy Management System (GEMS) that has been instrumental in helping ExxonMobil refineries and chemical plants worldwide become leaders in energy efficiency.



Carsten Ederer

Technical Director, ebm-papst SEA Pte Ltd

Carsten Ederer is the Technical Director of ebm-papst SEA Pte. Ltd. Prior to this latest appointment, he held various positions within the ebm-papst group covering Project Management, Sales and Global Account Management. He has more than 12 years of experience in the field of ventilation and motor technology, serving and supporting customers in various industries demanding latest technology to meet their ambitious targets in terms of performance, reliability and efficiency. Carsten Ederer is a member of the Singaporean Chapter of ASHRAE as well as supporting various taskforces / working groups with engineering advice focused on air-movement technology.

Title: Ascertaining efficiency for air-side equipment

The energy that you do not need is the best energy. In buildings, moving air is one of the main power consumers. Air-side equipment like Air Handling Units or Fan Coil Units with their fans are a crucial part on the path on greening the air-side. Designers, Energy Consultants and OEMs ensure performance of these systems – safety factors are used as crucial part during design stage to live up to the promised metrics.

Understanding the different type of fan systems and their behaviour itself, their tolerances as well as the effects of safety factors on the selection of the fan system itself both in design phase as well as during retrofitting can lead us to a path away from oversizing of fan systems towards rightsizing with improvements on CAPEX, OPEX and ROI and finally a more sustainable air-side.



Mark Stevens

Executive Director, AMCA International

Mr. Stevens is the Executive Director of Air Movement and Control Association, International. AMCA is an international trade association comprised of fan, air control and air flow measurement device manufacturers. AMCA has over 375 members from six continents. AMCA’s mission is to promote the health, growth and integrity of the air movement industry. AMCA’s primary service to its members is the administration of a product performance certification programme, recognized and respected throughout the world. Mr. Stevens is a thirty-year veteran of AMCA, having run AMCA’s Certified Ratings Programme, Laboratory Accreditation Programme, and the AMCA laboratory itself near Chicago. Mr. Stevens has also served on the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 117 Fans. He is responsible for setting up a global network of test laboratories that support the AMCA Certified Ratings Programme.

Title: Global fan energy efficiency regulations and technological developments

This presentation will take a deep dive into the details of the Fan Efficiency Index (FEI), describe why this metric is being adopted by AMCA and is being proposed to be used as the USA’s national efficiency metric for fans. FEI is included in the latest draft of ISO 12759. This presentation will also provide a survey and comparison of the other methods also included in ISO 12759.



Rohit Gadre

Consultant, DNV GL Singapore

Rohit Gadre is a consultant in DNV GL’s Clean Technology Centre in Singapore. His work experience spans projects for building energy efficiency baseline and audits, energy efficiency standards, electricity markets, and energy policy studies. Rohit has a Bachelors in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Energy from NTU, Singapore. In 2016, he completed his Master’s in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College London.

Title: Common industrial equipment and systems in Singapore: How energy efficient are they?

DNV GL recently completed consultancy study for the NEA on the energy efficiency levels of five common industrial equipment and systems in Singapore – chilled water systems, compressed air systems, fans, pumps and boilers. This presentation covers equipment/system profiles and how the energy efficiency levels in Singapore compare with international benchmarks. In particular, the results of 10 compressed air system audits conducted and the annual operating performance of over 100 chilled water systems in Singapore is analysed.



Alex Chan

Head, Energy and Sustainability Services
Schneider Electric (Hong Kong, South China and Asia Pacific)

Mr Alex Chan is a seasoned sustainability professional with more than ten years’ experience in Sustainability Consulting and Strategic Engagement for international clients as well as those based in Hong Kong and China (from Global 500 corporations to small-and-medium enterprises, NGOs, and government agencies). He has been involved pro bono since 2012 as a Convenor of The Environment and Energy Working Group for The 30SGroup, a Hong Kong-based non-partisan and non-profitable think tank. Mr Chan also serves as a member on the advisory panels of the Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF) and Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) advisory group of Business Environment Council (BEC) in Hong Kong.

Title: Achieving Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals through Active Energy Management

Given increasing regulatory and competitive pressures, and calls from shareholders, customers, and employees to operate with a lighter environmental touch, many companies are at a crossroads. They must re-evaluate their strategies and develop new operating models. It is not enough to plan and complete a few projects to reduce energy costs, consumption and carbon emissions. Though these initiatives must be considered together to deliver maximum benefit, they often are managed independently due to departmental divisions. These barriers often promote inefficiencies and yield missed opportunities and they are often fuelled by inconsistent data and poor visibility across the organization. In leading companies, these departments are becoming tightly integrated, and work together to support the company’s strategic goals and initiatives. It’s an era when organizations are discovering new inefficiencies and finding new energy management and sustainability opportunities.