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Synopsis

The construction industry, a cornerstone of societal development, finds itself at a crossroads where progress comes at the expense of a substantial environmental footprint. Responsible for a staggering 40 percent of global CO2 emissions, the industry has high energy consumption with most of its heavy machinery and equipment still heavily leaning on fuel. 

In this panel discussion, the concept of sustainable construction will be defined, emphasizing the imperative use of recyclable and renewable materials, while also examining strategies to minimise energy consumption and waste production in building projects.

Recognising that sustainable construction extends beyond project completion, the panel will delve into design considerations that minimise environmental impact throughout a building’s lifespan.

Furthermore, the panel will address waste management and pollution control, examining the generation of hazardous waste in construction and proposing effective waste disposal and management strategies to prevent pollution.

This panel discussion aims to foster a collaborative dialogue among industry experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to identify practical solutions and innovative approaches for promoting sustainable construction practices. 

Join us in this conversation as we navigate the path toward a sustainable future, redefining the construction industry’s role in global environmental stewardship.

 

Programme

6.30 pm Registration & Networking
6.45 pm Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping
6.50 pm Opening Remarks
7.00 pm Keynote Presentation
7.30 pm Panel Discussion and Live Q&A moderated by Stephan Degenhart, Associate Partner, Managing Director Asia Pacific & Middle East at Drees & Sommer

  • Rajiv AG, Product Certification Director, ASEAN – BSI Singapore ASEAN
  • Laurent Corpataux, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Haring Timber Technology
  • Jitender Khurana, APAC Systems & Services (S&S) Leader, Signify

8.15 pm Closing Remarks
8.30 pm Networking & Drinks

Light refreshments will be served.
The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.


 

Panellists

Rajiv A G
Product Certification Director, ASEAN
BSI Singapore ASEAN

Rajiv A G is currently the Product Certification Director, ASEAN with BSI. Rajiv has over 14 years of experience managing a diverse range of business portfolios within the Testing, Inspection, & Certification (TIC) industry across the Southeast Asia region.  He has also managed profit & loss (P&L) responsibilities in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, & Brunei. He holds a Master of Commerce (Merit) from the Australian National University [ANU], Australia & a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electronics (Majoring in Telecommunications), from Multimedia University [MMU], Malaysia. He also holds IRCA-accredited lead auditor qualifications for ISO9001 Quality Management System, OHSAS18001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System, & ISO27001 Information Security Management System.

 

Laurent Corpataux
Regional Director, Southeast Asia
Haring Timber Technology

Laurent Corpataux is the Head of Singapore-based Haring Timber Technology, part of the Haring Group, an award-winning and leading company in the field of mass timber engineering & construction with 144 years of experience.

He is also an external consultant/advisor to various government agencies for nature-based solutions sector in Southeast Asia, including the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia and the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO); and published peer-reviewed articles in the field of built environment sector at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Laurent also provides regular Guest Lectures. Past Lectures included Harvard Graduate School of Design, NUS, SUTD.

He holds a MBA, with Dual Specialization in Finance and Strategy, from NUS Business School and a BSc Engineering honors degree from the Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. Furthermore, he holds a professional degree in federal carpentry from Switzerland. In 2015, Laurent moved from Switzerland to Indonesia and in 2017, he relocated to Singapore.

 

Jitender Khurana
APAC Systems & Services (S&S) Leader
Signify

As the APAC Systems & Services (S&S) Leader at Signify (previously known as Philips Lighting), Mr Jitender Khurana brings 18 years of experience spanning Europe, the Middle East, and Singapore. In his current capacity, Jitender spearheads the formulation and execution of a robust S&S strategy, driving high levels of customer satisfaction and fostering S&S competencies. He leads a team that specializes in creating custom solutions for professional lighting projects, managing sales and implementation, and providing ongoing support and maintenance services. Prior to this role, Jitender served as the Country Leader of Singapore, where he oversaw the execution of B2B and B2C business strategies in connected lighting technology and services.

 

Moderator

Stephan Degenhart
Associate Partner, Managing Director Asia Pacific & Middle East
Drees & Sommer

Stephan Degenhart is an experienced Managing Director at Drees & Sommer, an international real estate consulting firm that specialises in sustainability and digitalisation within the built environment globally, Stephan leads the initiatives in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field and has been involved in some of the most innovative projects in the industry, such as the first-ever smart building in Berlin, Germany, and the sustainable Cradle project.
Stephan is a highly sought-after professional speaker who has delivered captivating and impactful talks at prestigious events, educating and inspiring industry professionals and the general public alike. He applies the principles of sustainability, innovation, and digitalisation with unwavering enthusiasm and expert skill in his practice, uses it in mentoring colleagues and generously shares his knowledge at local and international events, showcasing his expertise in the field.

 


 

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