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Synopsis

Reducing emissions in Transportation will be essential in contrasting climate change and securing a sustainable future.  In the context of new emerging technology and disrupting existing business models, the transportation sector is considering raising its ambition, towards zero-emission mobility.  Hydrogen is identified as one of the alternative fuel modes to reduce carbon emissions across several transportation sectors.  How has each of the sectors approached this? How aligned are all the efforts and developments aligned in the supply chain – from upstream to end-user. This webinar seeks to provide insights and share on the respective initiatives, and also to facilitate a discussion on industry alignment in alternative fuel types.

 

Programme

3.45 pm Webinar Waiting Room Opens
4.00 pm Welcome Remark by EuroCham
4.15 pm Panel Discussion moderated by by Jennifer Tay (PwC)

  • Wen-Bin Qian (Linde)
  • Derek Cheng  (Airbus)
  • Hassan Raza (DHL Express APEC)
  • Sandra Combet (AIR FRANCE KLM Group)
  • Dr Sanjay Chittarajan Kuttan (Singapore Maritime Institute)

5.00 pm Moderated Q&A 
5:20 pm Closing Remarks 

 

Speakers

Mr Hassan Raza
Vice President Ground Operations
DHL Express APEC

Over 22 years of DHL Express Management experience in Operations. At present managing 35 countries in APEC  as VP of Ground Operations. Headed numerous management positions as country head and gateways. Also heading GO-Green and sustainability for APEC for the last 5 years.

 

 

 

Mr Wen-Bin Qian
VP of Clean Hydrogen and Large Investments, APAC
Linde

Wen-Bin Qian is Vice President of Clean Hydrogen, leading Linde’s investment activities in clean hydrogen in the Asia Pacific. He is based in Singapore. Prior to this role, Wen-Bin was Vice President of Business Development, having lead Linde’s industry gas investments in different geographies in the Asia Pacific from 2014 incl. ASEAN, South Asia, South Pacific and China. From 2005 to 2014, he was Director of Business Development in Germany, China and Singapore, developing large onsite investment projects.

From 2000 to 2005, Wen-Bin was Proposal Manager, Foster Wheeler (now Wood), in Singapore. Wen-Bin holds a master’s degree in Chemicals Engineering from the National University of Singapore, a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China.

 

Mr Derek Cheng
Head of Government & Public Affairs, and Partnerships (Asia-Pacific)
Airbus

Derek Cheng is the Head of Government & Public Affairs, and Partnerships for Asia- Pacific, for Airbus group (Commercial Aircraft, Helicopters, Defence & Space), based in Singapore. He is responsible for leading all Government & Public Affairs, developing and implementing Regional and country business development strategies, as well as partnerships management & new partnerships. Prior to this role, Derek was the Head

of Asia-Pacific for Airbus Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Airbus’ dedicated programme organization for air taxis and drones. Derek joined Airbus in 2016 and has held various positions in Airbus’ Strategy & International organisation at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, including in International Development, and Services strategy, and New Business strategy.

Prior to joining Airbus, he was with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) for 7 years, where he was responsible for industry development, and the promotion of foreign direct investment into Singapore. At his last appointment, he was EDB’s Regional Director for Europe (based in Frankfurt, Germany), and earlier the Assistant Head of the Transport Engineering (Aerospace) division (based in Singapore).

Derek flew as a pilot in the Singapore Air Force and holds a Private Pilot’s License. He graduated from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (UK), with a Masters of Philosophy in Technology Policy, and from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL, USA) with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (First class honours). 

He was awarded a full Singapore government scholarship, speaks English, Mandarin, German and French, and plays competitive squash.

 

Ms Sandra Combet
Head of New Energies & Biofuel
AIR FRANCE KLM Group

Sandra Combet is a graduate of Political Science, with a Master of International Relations (University Paris -La Sorbonne) and a diploma from the French Press Institute (Paris).  She joined Air France as a specialist in risk analysis, on geopolitical risks (head of the strategy department at Air France’s security department). Afterwards, she held several positions within the economic risk analysis area. (Director Global Corporate Sales and coordinator of JV Alliances).

Since 2015, Sandra Combet has been responsible for developing Air France’s strategy, leading sustainable development issues on Renewable Energies and in particular Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Working with companies and institutions, she has been appointed expert with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), the European Commission (flightpass2020) and represents AFKL Group for environmental issues, at the Committee for Civil Aeronautical Research (CORAC). As of 2019, Sandra is reporting to Corporate Strategy (Sustainability Team) at AFKL Group Level.

 

Dr Sanjay Chittarajan Kuttan (PhD)
Executive Director
Singapore Maritime Institute


Dr Sanjay Chittarajan Kuttan is currently the Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Institute which is responsible for funding maritime research projects with industry and building local capabilities in the maritime sector, an appointment in 2018 after more than 2 years as a Programme Director/Senior Scientist at the Energy Research Institute at the Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) managing the NRF funded Smart Multi Energy System project. Prior to that, Sanjay has held various positions across his career since 1994 both in the private and public sector. His roles in the private sector range from line management (AP Technical Response Manager at ExxonMobil Asia Pacific, 10 years), business development (Business Development Manager at Mobil Oil Australia, 2 years); to management consulting (Petroleum Practice Expert/Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, 4 years) to policy and industry development and program management (Energy Market Authority, 2 years) and business leadership (Managing Director, Clean Technology Centre and Country manager, DNVGL – Energy, 5 years). In management consulting, he was primarily involved in the oil and gas sector covering refining operational improvements, fuels and lubes retail strategy and corporate performance culture transformation. At DNVGL, which was prior to joining ERI@N, he was engaged in Smart grids and power systems, renewables and grid integration, energy efficiency, electricity markets and energy policy. Before that he was the Director of Industry Development at the Energy Market Authority a Statutory Board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). There he was in charge of three key clean technology projects embarked by the Authority i.e., Intelligent Energy System Pilot (aka Smart Grid), the Electric Vehicle Testbed and the Pulau Ubin Renewable energy project; and represented EMA at the Energy Efficiency Program Office and the Clean Energy Program Office. He also supported the Ministry of National Development on two working groups i.e., Punggol Eco-Town, Sustainable Urban Living. 

He is currently a council member of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (2011) and a member of MTI’s Pro-Enterprise Panel (2019).  In 2020, he was also appointed to the Management Committee of Ecolabs, The Centre of Innovation for Energy, Advisory Board for Qi Square and District Councillor for the Central Singapore Community Development Council. 

He served 14 years on Stamford Primary Advisory Committee, 8yrs as Chairman (2006), 3 years as a council member on the Singapore Chapter for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (2012), 8 years on the advisory committee to the School of Electrical Engineering at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic (2010) and almost 2 years on Disciplinary Standing Sub-committee of Singapore Athletics Association (2019).

Sanjay graduated from the National University of Singapore with a doctorate in Pharmacology in 1993 after receiving this honours degree in Biochemistry from the same university in 1988. He was a research fellow at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology before joining the private sector at ExxonMobil in 1994. 

In 2011, during his time with the Energy Market Authority, he was part of two different teams that received the MTI Award (Borderless) for the Implementation of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Singapore Phase 1: Design and Development and MTI Award (Innovation) for the Development of TR25 EV Charging System Standard. He also received in 2012 and 2017 the Ministry of Education’s Service to Education Award for his service to Stamford Primary School. During his career, he was also selected by ExxonMobil in 2001 and DNVGL in 2013 to join the leadership programs conducted by INSEAD. In 2009, he was also selected to join the 9th Government Leadership Program following the nomination by the Energy Market Authority.

 

Moderator

Ms Jennifer Tay
Infrastructure Advisory
Partner
PwC Singapore

Jennifer Tay leads the PwC Singapore Infrastructure Advisory Practice and is a Partner in the firm’s Deals Advisory Practice. She has c. 20 years of experience in infrastructure – particularly in large scale financial transactions and strategic advisory, supporting both public and private sectors across the Asia regions. Jennifer’s sectors expertise includes transportation, power & energy, and telecommunications.

Jennifer has worked in large infrastructure companies in Singapore (in power, transport and telecommunications sectors) where her main roles were in strategic and financial planning, acquisitions, divestment, bond issues and IPO. She worked directly with Senior Management (CEOs and CFOs) of these companies in deciding strategic directions for their portfolio assets, and execute these transactions.  

In 2013/14, Jennifer led a team in providing Financial Advisory services to a NetLink Trust, a Fibre Network company in Singapore for a merger transaction of >$1B. She subsequently joined Singtel in 2014 as Director of Finance, with the responsibility to bring NetLink to the public listing (with a market capitalisation of S$3.2B). The listing was completed in Jul 2017 and Jennifer re-joins PwC in Sep 2017 as the Managing Director of the firm.

 


 

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