Dr Ken Yeang

Dr. Ken Yeang is a Malaysia architect and ecologist whose planning and designs have had the constancy of the theoretical framework of ecological and bioclimatic premises for almost 40 years. Beginning his architectural practice in l974, Yeang continues his research and designs by constantly interpreting his theoretical and technical work into actual designs, built projects and master plans around the world. In addition to a fulltime practice that encompasses large scale projects, skyscrapers, and ecomasterplanning, Yeang has been a prolific writer of books about ecodesign and a visiting scholar at universities in Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Dr Johnny Wong

Dr Johnny Wong Liang Heng is currently the Group Director of the Building Research Institute (BRI), a set-up under the Housing & Development Board (HDB) of Singapore.

As the Group Director of HDB BRI, Dr Wong is responsible for leading HDB's efforts in spearheading new innovative, cost effective solutions and technologies to create a better living environment and achieve greater sustainability. Dr Wong has been involved in many research studies on areas relating to building materials, acoustics, prefabrication technology, urban solutions and systems, construction technology and environmental sustainability. He is also responsible for promoting sustainable development initiatives in HDB buildings and estates. Dr Wong drives the a holistic and comprehensive sustainable development framework to guide the development of Punggol Eco-Town. For existing estates, HDB Greenprint is another key initiative designed to bring sustainable living into HDB estates. In Singapore's Smart Nation agenda, Dr Wong co-chairs an inter-agency working committee to spearhead the Smart Town efforts, which aims to leverage on smart technologies to make towns and estates more liveable, efficient, safe and sustainable.

With notable contributions to his field of work as a Professional Engineer, Dr Wong had been conferred several awards including the Henry-Boot Award, Laverick-Webster-Hewitt Award and the Institute of Civil Engineer's Award. He and his team had also been conferred the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2007, 2008, 2015 and ASEAN Engineering Award in 2008. Other awards include the SEC-Senoko Green Innovation Award for the development of Green Roof Tray System in 2013 and Minister(ND) R&D award in 2015 for development of Urban Environmental and System Modelling tool and Solar Photovoltaic (PV).

Dr Wong graduated with a first class honours degree in Bachelor of Engineering in 1993 from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and obtained a Ph.D in Civil & Structural Engineering from the same University in 1997. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2015 for his contributions to the Public Sector.


Ms Tang Hsiao Ling

Tang Hsiao Ling is the Director of Land Planning Division of JTC Corporation, Singapore's leading industrial infrastructure specialist spearheading the planning, promotion and development of a dynamic industrial landscape. The Land Planning Division focuses on masterplanning for industrial developments, planning for redevelopment of existing sites, development of innovative solutions and products, devising land use policies which optimise land use and management of corporate land bank.

Hsiao Ling graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Arts (Architecture) from The University of Sheffield in 2000 under JTC's sponsorship. She obtained a Master's degree in Architecture from the University College London in 2004.


Mr Tan Tian Chong

Tan Tian Chong was Group Director, Technology Development Group of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore until he took over the post of Group Director of Research Group in Jan 2015.

Tan Tian Chong heads the Research Group in BCA. He oversees the R&D programmes which are of strategic importance to BCA and the built environment. These include building energy efficiency, smart and green building technologies and construction productivity. Key programmes include the $52 million GBIC (Green Building Innovation Cluster) project and the Sky Lab (a rotatable laboratory for the Tropics) aimed at accelerating the test-bedding and demonstration of latest technologies in actual building settings. He also oversees the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings- a Centre Collaborating with UNEP.

Tian Chong is an Honorary Advisor of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) –where he played a key role in the setting up the Council. He is a committee member of the Singapore Compact for CSR management and a member of the Advisory Board of BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings Ltd. He was a member of the Singapore Standards Council and the Deputy Chairman of the Building and Construction Standards Committee and a Past President of the Singapore Structural Steel Society (SSSS).


Mr Chiu Wen Tung

Mr Chiu Wen Tung joined URA on 1 Oct 2015. As Acting Group Director (Research & Development), he leads his team to research for solutions to meet Singapore future planning needs. He also steers URA's R&D Framework, research programmes and research approaches.

Prior to joining URA, Wen Tung has been involved in the previous Concept Plan and Master Plan reviews of URA in his capacity as Executive Director (Resource Development) in EDB. He led his team in planning and securing various resources such as land and utilities needed for industries to grow in Singapore and influencing policy to optimise the use of such resources, balancing national objectives and company's interests.

Wen Tung graduated with a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College, United Kingdom. He also has graduated with High Honours from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive MBA programme.




Prof  Matheos Santamouris

Mat Santamouris is Professor of Energy Physics at the University of Athens and also Professor of High Performance Architecture in the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is also visiting professor at the Cyprus Institute, Metropolitan University of London, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Bolzano University, Brunnel University and National University of Singapore.

Director of the Laboratory of Building Energy Research, at the University of Athens. Past President of the National Center of Renewable and Energy Savings of Greece.

Editor in Chief of the Energy and Buildings, Former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Advances Building Energy Research, Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal and actual or past Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solar Energy, Journal of Buildings and Environment, Journal of Sustainable Energy, Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, Journal of Open Construction and Building Technology, Sustainable Cities and Society and of the Journal of Ventilation.

Editor of the Series of Book on Buildings, Energy and Solar Technologies published by Earthscan Science Publishers in London.

Editor and author of 12 international books on topics related to heat island, solar energy and energy conservation in buildings published by Earthscan in London.

Guest editor of twelve special issues of various scientific journals.

Coordinator of many international research programs and author of almost 250 scientific papers published in peer reviewed international scientific journals.

Reviewer of research projects in 17 countries including USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Sweden, etc.


Prof. Hashem Akbari

Prof. Hashem Akbari joined Concordia University on June 1, 2009. Prior to joining the Concordia University he was the leader of the Heat Island Group, Senior Scientist, and principal investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at LBNL. He has obtained his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

As the leader of the Heat Island Group, he has been instrumental in the organization and initiation of the group at LBNL, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, California Energy Commission, and several other sources. He has led international community to investigate the energy conservation potential and environmental impacts of increased tree planting and modifications of surface albedo. His research has identified the attributes of these energy efficiency strategies to mitigating the urban heat island effect.

Prof. Akbari is the author of more than 200 articles and coauthor of four books, and chief editor and editor of several scientific journals. He is the founding organizer and vice-Chair of Global Cool Cities Alliance, founding organizer of Cool Roof Rating Council and ex-officio member of its Board of Directors.

Prof. Akbari's sabbatical plans include visiting several institutions and universities in Europe and U.S. and developing research and education plan for implementation of energy efficient communities and sustainable/smart cities.


Prof Edward Ng

Keynote title:

Sustainable High Density Living in the Tropics


Short bio:

Prof Edward Ng is an Architect and Yao Ling Sun Professor of Architecture in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University. He had worked as an architect before becoming a professor.

His specialty is in Green Building, Environmental and Sustainable Design and in Urban Climatology for City Planning.  At CUHK, he is the Director of the M.Sc. Sustainable and Environmental Design Programme, the Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities (IOFC) and the Team Leader of Urban Sustainability and Public Health in the Institute of Energy, Environment and Sustainability (IEES).

As an environmental consultant to the Hong Kong SAR Government, Edward developed the performance based daylight design practice note; the Air Ventilation Assessment (AVA) Technical Guidelines; and the Urban Climatic Maps for City Planning for the HKSAR Govt. He is now working with governments and agencies in Singapore, Macau, as well as a number of Chinese cities on the same. Among many of his research interests, he is collaborating with public health colleagues to investigate the impact of city design and climate change on urban living.  

Professor Ng has published over 400 papers and reports, including 3 books. He has twice received the International Award from of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), he has also twice been given the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Jury Commendation for Innovation Award. He was the recipient of the Red Cross Humanitarian 2010 Award. He was named one of the Asian of the Year by Reader's Digest in 2011.


Dr Afroditi Synnefa

Keynote title:

Advances in the rating of cool roof products in Europe


Short bio:

Dr. Afroditi Synnefa is a Building and Environmental Physicist working as a research associate in the Group of Buildings & Environmental Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). She is the Technical Committee leader of the European Cool Roofs Council where she also acts as a consultant.

She is the author of many papers published in international scientific peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and she is a co-author of several chapters in international & national books.


Prof. Hideki Takebayashi

Keynote title:

Appropriate heat island measures for each site, location and region


Short bio:

Hideki Takebayashi is as associate professor of the Department of Architecture, Graduate school of Engineering, Kobe University. He is an active member of the Osaka Heat Island Countermeasure Technology Consortium, the Heat Island Institute International and Architectural Institute of Japan.

He is chair of the Cool Roof Appropriate Dissemination Subcommittee at the Architectural Institute of Japan, which published the 'Cool Roof Guidebook'.


Mr. Kurt Shickman

Keynote Title:

What Cities are doing to reduce urban heat: a review


Short bio:

Kurt is the Executive Director of the Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA). Prior to joining GCCA, he was the Director of Research for the Energy Future Coalition and the United Nations Foundation's Energy and Climate team.

His work involved building broad and diverse coalitions of stakeholders around key clean energy and climate change policies at the local, state, and federal level with a particular emphasis on dramatically scaling up the deployment of energy efficiency in existing residential and commercial buildings.

Kurt received his Masters degree with a focus on Energy Policy and Economics in 2007 from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has also worked in management consulting and corporate finance for several multinational firms including Royal Ahold, MCI Worldcom, and Federal Realty Investment Trust. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University.


Mr. Paul Osmond

Keynote Title:

The CRC for Low Carbon Living and recent UHI research in Australia


Short bio:

Paul Osmond is the Director of the Sustainable Built Environment program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He has been engaged with sustainable development since the 1980s, both in practice and more recently, through teaching and research.

Prior to taking up an academic position in the Built Environment Faculty in 2010, Paul was employed as manager of the University's Environment Unit. In that role he was accountable for development and implementation of the UNSW Environmental Management Plan, and in particular, integration of ESD principles into campus planning and development.

Paul came to UNSW from local government, where he was responsible for delivery of a variety of pioneering environmental management, landscape and urban design programs and projects. He has qualifications in applied science, environmental management and landscape design and his professional background includes experience in forestry, freelance technical journalism and the metal industry. Paul's PhD research focused on methods for evaluation and design of sustainable urban form, and his current research interests cover a range of topics within the broad ambit of built environment sustainability, including urban morphology, urban metabolism and ecosystem services, urban climatology and architectural/urban ambience. He is author or co-author of more than 50 peer reviewed journal and conference papers.

Paul sees an ongoing connection with practice as adding value to his teaching and research. In addition to involvement with several Green Star buildings, recent projects have included consultancy work for both public and private sector organisations. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner, Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Registered Environmental Auditor and Green Star Accredited Professional.


Dr. Ronnen Levinson

Dr. Ronnen Levinson is a Staff Scientist and Leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. Within his research portfolio he develops cool roof, wall, and pavement materials; improves methods for the measurement of solar reflectance; and quantifies the energy and environmental benefits of cool surfaces.

Dr. Levinson collaborates with researchers and regulators from the U.S., China, India, Brazil, and Mexico to advance the appropriate use of cool materials in warm climates. He serves on the boards and technical committees of the Cool Roof Rating Council and the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and advises policymakers, code officials, utilities and building rating programs about cool surfaces.

He holds a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored over 60 publications, and serves on the editorial boards of Energy & Buildings and Advances in Building Energy Research.


Denia Kolokotsa

Denia Kolokotsa is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete, Greece. Her research interests include energy management for the built environment, energy efficiency and renewables. Moreover she has developed expertise in the field of urban dynamics and environmental and ecological issues at the metropolitan and regional scale with emphasis on the urban heat island mitigation and adaptation strategies.

She is the author of more than 100 papers published in high impact scientific journals and conference proceedings. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Advances in Building Energy Research, as well as an Editorial Board Member for Renewable Energy and Energy and Buildings.