Keynote & Invited Speakers

Prof. Yoshihisa Shimizu

Prof. Yoshihisa SHIMIZU is a professor of Research Center for Environmental Quality Management, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University in Japan.

For his undergraduate and master degrees, he majored in Civil and Construction Engineering at Kanazawa University in Japan. Then he moved to the University of Texas at Austin, USA and shifted his major to Environmental and Sanitary Engineering. After receiving his PhD degree, he joined Kyoto University, and has been a professor since 2007.

His research areas are,

  • Integrated Watershed Management with Asian Wisdom,
  • Characterization of Natural Organic Matter (NOM) in the Aquatic Environment,
  • Recovery of Inorganic Nutrients by Urine Diversion Toilet, and
  • Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater, etc.

He is the editor of an international journal, Environmental Technology, and also a recipient of Japan Water Prize in 2012.

Prof. Ng How Yong

Dr. Ng How Yong is a Professor and a Provost’s Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also the Director of NUS Environmental Research Institute and the Director of the Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory.

Professor Ng’s core research interest is in sustainable water management, focusing on biological treatment technologies, membrane bioreactor and microbial electrochemical sensor for water reuse and resource recovery. He has contributed to more than 350 publications in refereed international journals and conference papers. He invented the I2BioS – an integrated intelligent bio-sensor that provides real-time water toxicity and quality monitoring, which is currently being commercialised through EnvironSens Pte Ltd, a NUS spinoff company. He also serves as an Advisor to WaterROAM Pte Ltd – a NUS startup and a social enterprise that provides durable and affordable water filters designed for humanitarian use.

Professor Ng is a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA) and serves as an Associate Editor of Water Research, an Editor of the Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination and a Topical Editor of Drinking Water Engineering and Science. His is also the Vice-Chair of of the Management Committee of the IWA Specialist Group on Membrane Technology and a member of the IWA Publication Committee. He is currently the President of the Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore.

In recognition of his academic excellence, Professor Ng received the 2016 National University of Singapore Engineering Researcher Award, 2014 IWA Asia Pacific Regional Project Innovation Awards, the 2009 National University of Singapore Young Researcher Award, the 2008 Singapore Youth Award, the 2007 Singapore Young Scientist Award and the 2006 IWA Young Professionals Award.

Prof. Dr. Zainura Zainon Noor

Prof. Dr. Zainura is a passionate but pragmatist researcher who works across various methodologies in partnership with agencies (government and private), community, students, and allied practitioners on producing research outputs of real values. She chooses to work with researchers from various disciplines since she believes that bringing together experts from different disciplines can lead towards better solutions for today’s global challenges. Her research approach works through a green technology and sustainability lens, employing participatory methods and collaborative approaches to solve complex environmental challenges in actual world scenarios. To date, Zainura has published more than 80 publications in the forms of high-impact journal articles, policy papers, edited book, conference proceedings and book chapters. She has also secured various research funding from public, private and international sources amounted to more than RM3 millions which have led to impactful outcomes such as PhD students, publication in journals as well as patent applications. Her expertise in her field has been recognized by both of government ministries and private agencies in which she has been appointed to be part of various national-level committee and task force.

Prof. Dr. Zainura has also led many consultation projects at both national and international levels whereby in majority of these projects she acts as the project leader. One of the prominent international projects she has been involved with is producing Viet Nam Environmental Performance Index (EPI for United Nation Development Program (UNDP). Her involvement as the head of the project for the development of Malaysia EPI from 2010 to 2014 has led her to be appointed as the lead consultant for the similar project in Vietnam. Her other international involvements include being selected as the ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellow by USAID and ASEAN Foundation as well as leading the Newton Grant Fund project in collaboration with Newcastle University, UK. She is also one of the key researchers in the project under Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) entitled ‘The Water and Sustainable Development Hub’, an upcoming multimillion dollar collaborative international mega project funded by British government. In November 2018, PERTAMINA an Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation has seek her expertise to conduct and intensive training on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for their staff nation-wide.