Speakers (SFSS 2013)

Guest-of-Honour: Ms Faizah Jamal, Nominated Member of Parliament (Civic and People Sector)

Our Living Environment
Moderated by Bhavani Prakash, Founder, Green Collar Asia & EcoWalktheTalk
Dr Lena Chan, Director, National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board (NParks)
Dr Shawn Lum, President, Nature Society (Singapore)
Mr Louis Ng, Chief Executive, Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)
Dr Paul Ananth Tambyah, Professor of Medicine and Senior Consultant Infectious Disease Physician

Our Urban Space
Moderated by Jovin Hurry, Strategist on Sustainability and Negotiation for Entrepreneurs
Mr Devadas Krishnadas, Founder and Director, Future-Moves
Mr Christopher Gee, Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)
Dr Chong Keng Hua, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design, Singapore
Mr Tay Kheng Soon, Principal Architect, Akitek TenggaraUniversity of Technology and Design (SUTD)


Guest-of-Honour: Ms Faizah Jamal, Nominated Member of Parliament (Civic and People Sector)Faizah Jamal
For  more than 25 years, Faizah Jamal has been an advocate for the environment, which started with her forays into the Malaysian forests  and the volcanoes in Indonesia as a member of the (then) Malayan Nature Society  now  known as the Nature Society Singapore.
Formerly a Corporate  Lawyer  with a law degree from NUS, Faizah  specialized in Intellectual Property Law   with top law firms Drew & Napier and Haq & Selvam  in Singapore.
Faizah is also a recipient of  the   European Community-ASEAN  Post-graduate Scholarship in Environment Studies  in 1992,  and  has a Master’s degree in Environment Law from King’s College, University of London.
In 2003 Faizah gave up corporate law to  pursue her passion  for the environment  and embarked on a second career as  a full time Environment Educator,  leading students towards an awareness of, and love for Nature.
Since 2008, Faizah is an Adjunct Lecturer with  Republic Polytechnic,  pioneering the Environment Education module , where she  not only guides young people to be eco–literate,  through skillful facilitation, she also encourages her students  to reflect deeply on the intangible lessons from Nature in leading meaningful and examined lives.
In Feb 2012 Faizah was appointed as a Nominated Member of Parliament, after her successful nomination by Nature Society Singapore specifically to represent environment concerns in Parliament.
Most notably, Faizah voted against the White Paper in Parliament in Feb 2013, charging that it is a document that thinks only ‘with the head, and not with the heart’.


Lena Chan
Director, National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks 
Board (NParks)

Lena Chan

Lena Chan is the Director of the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), National Parks Board of Singapore.  She leads a team of 30 officers who are responsible for a diverse range of expertise relevant to biodiversity conservation.

Her current official duties also include being the National Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a member of the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee of Singapore, a member of the Governing Board of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook of the CBD.
She researched on parasitology at the Institute of Parasitology, McGill University, for her M.Sc. She worked on the design of cost-effective chemotherapeutic soil-transmitted parasite control strategies for an urban slum community in Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, for her Ph. D. from Imperial College, London.
Lena collaborated with Malaysian State Governments to develop Conservation Strategies for Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Terengganu, Kedah, Perlis, Sarawak, Selangor and Federal Territory on a project co-funded by Worldwide Fund for Nature (Malaysia) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
She has published papers and chapters in books on conservation biology, ecology, women and the environment and  parasitology.  She co-edited a special issue of the Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore on dedicated the biodiversity in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve.  She co-authored the User’s Manual for the City Biodiversity Index, wrote a section in “Cities and Biodiversity Outlook” published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and contributed essays to Singapore Biodiversity: An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development.

Shawn Lum

Shawn YK Lum 
President, Nature Society (Singapore)

Shawn Lum lectures in plant biology at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. His interests include rainforest ecology and plant evolution. He also volunteers with the Nature Society (Singapore), which he currently serves as President, and the Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore). Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shawn has lived in Singapore for over 20 years.


Louis Ng
Chief Executive, Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)

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Louis is the Founder and Chief Executive of ACRES, a Singapore based charity advocating for an end to animal cruelty in Asia. ACRES is also registered as an International NGO in Lao PDR and in Australia.
ACRES has six focus areas: Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Tackling Wildlife Crime, Addressing Zoo Animal Welfare, Humane Education, Community Outreach and Promoting Cruelty-Free Living.
Louis received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the National University of Singapore and his Masters of Science in Primate Conservation from the Oxford Brookes University.
In 2011, Louis received the inaugural Yahoo! Singapore 9 award in 2011 which recognises nine Singaporeans who really made a difference in the past year. In 2007, Louis was presented with The Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore award. In 2002, Louis received the HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited) / NYAA (National Youth Achievement Award) Youth Environmental Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of environmental protection and nature conservation in Singapore.


Paul Ananth Tambyah
Professor of Medicine and Senior Consultant Infectious Disease Physician

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Dr Paul Ananth Tambyah is currently Professor of Medicine and Senior Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the National University of Singapore and National University Hospital. After completing medical school at NUS and national service, he went on to postgraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. Since returning, he has served in a number of national and international capacities including as Assistant Dean at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine to 2007, founding head of the Division of Infectious Diseases to 2009 and a Board Member of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology in America to 2009. He is currently President of the Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore) and Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection. His main research interests are device associated infections and emerging infectious diseases. In his extra-curricular activities, he is an active civil society activist with MARUAH – (the Singapore focal point for the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism) and other groups active in healthcare reform.



Devadas Krishnadas
Founder and Director, Future-Moves

Devadas Krishnadas, the Managing Director of Future-Moves, has extensive experience in both public and private sectors and at both operational and policy levels. He began his career in the Singapore Police Force. He went on to form Futures and Strategic Planning units at various units at various Ministries including the Ministry of Finance.  Devadas has an established reputation as a thought leader. His commentary and analysis have been published in newspapers and journals in Singapore and abroad. He is also frequently invited to speak at institutions and forums on strategic perspectives. Devadas is a graduate of the Tufts and Sydney Universities and has completed senior level executive education programmes at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.


Christopher Gee
Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)


Mr Christopher Gee is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies.
Christopher has worked in investment banking, analysing the real estate sector (developers and REITs) in various markets in the Asia region for the past eleven years. He was rated the top Singapore analyst in the Institutional Investor surveys from 2005 to 2010. He was the Head of Asia Real Estate Equities Research for J.P. Morgan from end 2006 to early 2012. Chris joined J.P. Morgan in Singapore in August 2002 as Head of Equities Research from ING Financial Markets, where he was the head of equities research for Singapore and Malaysia from 2000. Prior to relocating to Singapore in 2000, he was based in Kuala Lumpur as the head of equities research and an investment analyst at ING Barings in Malaysia covering the real estate, infrastructure, and insurance sectors (amongst others). He holds the CFA charter and trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London in early 1990s.
He is now working in the Demography and Family cluster at the Institute of Policy Studies.


Chong Keng Hua
Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Chong Keng Hua

Dr Chong Keng Hua is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He is also a founding member of Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) at SUTD, a research-teaching lab focusing on understanding and enhancing the role design and designers play in social change.
Graduated with PhD in Architecture from National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr Chong has been a Guest Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Tsinghua University, as well as Visiting Faculty at Zhejiang University (ZJU) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been actively involved in several research projects including traditional Chinese architecture, urban planning and spatial representation, as well as Singapore’s urban transformation. He is the co-author of the book Form-making in Traditional Chinese Architecture, and is currently working on his next book Visualizing Architectural Space in Song China. Building on his expertise in cultural-spatial cognition, he is currently researching on people-environment interactions from historical to contemporary contexts, investigating social urban trends especially ageing population and sustainable, inclusive, participatory environmental design. He is currently the Principal Investigator of multidisciplinary research projects “Creative Ageing City” and “New Elderly Housing Neighbourhood Typology”.
Dr Chong has practiced architecture at several architectural offices, where he was involved in many award-winning civic projects. He is currently the founding partner of COLOURS: Collectively Ours LLP, a social enterprise focusing on collaborative public space design.


Tay Kheng Soon
Principal Architect, Akitek Tenggara


Tay Kheng Soon has been a professional architect since 1964 with an eye on sustainable design. He was chairman of Singapore Planning and Urban Research Group (SPUR) in the 70s and President of the Singapore Institute of Architects from 1991 – 1993.
Presently, as sole proprietor of Akitek Tenggara, Tay’s abiding concern is sustainable rural urbanisation and the evolution of a proper design process factoring in human dimensions within the Asian context. His scope of thinking and design compasses politics, education, economics, the environment, culture and modernisation. His enduring concern is in engendering modernity though integrating human motivation, planning and space design in a design language that is firmly based on the local reality of climate, vegetation and life.
His community-based projects such as Kampong Temasek and Johore-based Kem-Eco at Mawai exemplify some of these concepts. Tay has made numerous contributions over time, sat on several advisory boards, and has received considerable public recognition including the prestigious Gold Medal award by the Singapore Institute of Architects in 2010 for life-long contribution to architecture. He also received the international Passive low-energy architecture award. Tay is also Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the National University of Singapore, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and member of the World Ekistics Society.


‘Our Living Environment’ Moderator: Bhavani Prakash, Founder, Green Collar Asia & EcoWalktheTalkBhavani Prakash
Bhavani Prakash left a career in finance after a wake-up call in 2008 when the ecological crisis facing the world dawned on her.  She is an active and passionate communicator – as a speaker, trainer, facilitator and writer, engaging with individuals and companies around sustainability, emotional intelligence and positive psychology. She has presented at both TEDxSingaporeWomen (2012) and TEDxSingapore  (2013) and in a multitude of forums and organisations.
She founded and runs the green jobs portal, Green Collar Asia, as well as the non-profit website, Eco WALK the Talk, which was a finalist in Singapore Environment Council’s Asia Journalism Awards 2012. She appears often on media, and has been featured in ‘Meet the Green Gurus’  in National Environment Agency’s ENVISION magazine, apart from Business Times, Straits Times, and Radio 938Live.
Bhavani  Prakash has a Master of Science in Financial Economics from the University of London, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Insitute of Management Calcutta, India. She is also on the organising committee of Green Drinks Singapore, a networking platform to bring together those interested in environmental issues.


‘Our Urban Space’ Moderator: Jovin Hurry
Jovin specialises at asking the right questions to the right person at the right time. He probes entrepreneurs at how they negotiate around core sustainability issues. He has spent 15 years living and working in Asia and Europe, as a student, an analyst and a facilitator in the field of sustainability, business, and learning & development. Jovin completed two Masters in Sweden (Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation); finished a Bachelor in Singapore (Environmental Engineering); and has chaired, facilitated and organised a number of events and trainings on sustainability in Asia and Europe. LinkedIn: sg.linkedin.com/in/jovinhurry