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Keynote Speakers (Alphabetical Order: Last Name)

Prof. Xiaotao Bi


Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Xiaotao (Tony) Bi is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia, and is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has been an associate director of the Clean Energy Research Centre (, director of China-Canada Bioenergy Centre (, and manager of the Fluidization Research Centre ( His current clean energy research has been focused on development of fluidized bed reactors for biomass gasification, torrefaction, and catalytic pyrolysis, life cycle analysis and integrated assessments of bioenergy systems. He has published 350+ peer-reviewed papers, being cited 12200 times with an H-Index of 54. He was the recipient of a UBC Killam Senior Research Fellowship (2011), AIChE Particle Technology Forum Lectureship Award (2012), and Teaching Excellence Award of UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering Department (2014).


Prof. Yong Geng

Professor, Dean

School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Professor. Yong Geng is a distinguished Professor on Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology and also dean at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. His main research field covers industrial ecology, environment management, climate change, carbon emission accounting and sustainable development. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers in international journals such as Science, Nature, Environmental Science & Technology, etc. In 2013, he received the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars from the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He is a Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor of Ministry of Education. He is also serving in various organizations and scientific communities, such as a Leading Author in IPCC AR-5 and AR-6, reviewers for many international journals, experts in UN organizations (UNEP, UNIDO, UNU, UNCRD), and consultants for Chinese local governments.


Prof. Jiri Klemes

Head of “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”

NETME Centre, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

Previously the Project Director, Senior Project Officer and Hon Reader at Department of Process Integration at UMIST, The University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh, UK. Founder and a long-term Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Awarded by the EC with Marie Curie Chair of Excellence (EXC). Track record of managing and coordinating 93 major EC, NATO and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 29 M€. Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production and Chemical Engineering Transactions, Subject Editor of Energy and Emeritus Executive Editor of Applied Thermal Engineering. The founder and President for 22 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Seven years Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of EFCE (European Federation of Chemical Engineering), a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. He has been awarded by the Web of Science and Publons a Highly Cited Researcher, Top Peer Reviewerand Top Handling Editor .


Prof. Jie Lu

IEEE Fellow; Centre for Artificial Intelligence

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Distinguished Professor Jie Lu is a Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of IFSA, an internationally renowned scientist in the areas of computational intelligence, specifically in decision support systems, fuzzy transfer learning, concept drift, and recommender systems. She is the Director of Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI) and the Associate Dean in Research Excellence in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She has published six research books and over 400 papers in Artificial Intelligence, IEEE transactions on Fuzzy Systems and other refereed journals and conference proceedings. She serves as Editor-In-Chief for Knowledge-Based Systems (Elsevier) and Editor-In-Chief for International Journal on Computational Intelligence Systems (Atlantis), has delivered 25 keynote speeches at international conferences, and has chaired 15 international conferences. Lu was/is a finalist of the Australian Eureka Prize for Advanced Data Science 2017/2018. She has received Computer Journal Wilkes Award" (2018) and other national and international awards.


Prof. Ashok Pandey

Distinguished Scientist

Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India

Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. Formerly, he was Eminent Scientist at the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and Chief Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division and Centre for Biofuels at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum. His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc. Professor Pandey is Adjunct/Visiting Professor/Scientist in universities in France, Brazil, Canada, China, South Africa, and Switzerland and also in several universities several in India. He has ~ 1275 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 64 books, ~ 650 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 91 and > 36,000 citations (Goggle scholar). He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries.Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and honours, which include Highly cited author (Top 1%) in the world, Web of Science (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from the Biotech Research Society, India (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from Venus International Research Awards (2018); Most Outstanding Researcher Award from Career360 (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2017); Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Germany (2015); Honorary Doctorate degree from Univesite Blaise Pascal, France (2007); Thomson Scientific India Citation Laureate Award, USA (2006); UNESCO Professor (2000); Raman Research Fellowship Award, CSIR (1995); GBF, Germany and CNRS, France Fellowships (1992) and Young Scientist Award (1989), etc. He is Fellow of various academies, which include Royal Society of Biology, UK (2016); International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2016); National Academy of Sciences, India (2012); Association of Microbiologists of India (2008), International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2007) and the Biotech Research Society, India (2005).Professor Pandey is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (; Founder & International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (, Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (, Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology (, Honorary Executive Advisor of Journal of Water Sustainability ( and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (, Subject Editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India ( and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals.


Patrick Pang

Chief Technology Officer

National Environment Agency, Singapore

Mr Patrick Pang is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore. He heads the Technology & Systems Integration Division (TSID) of the Joint Operations & Technology Group, which incorporates NEA’s Environment Technology Department (ETD). He leads ETD in the strategic management of NEA’s overall research and development (R&D) plans and project portfolio, which entails operations-technology visioning, technology master-planning, project pipe-lining and providing oversight of fund allocation. TSID is also responsible for providing oversight to the development and implementation of technology within NEA, to enhance operational effectiveness. As CTO, he is also to provide strategic, integrative leadership to the development of new technologies, innovation and technology adoption in the industry. Patrick has been seconded to NEA from the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech). His last posting was Director, Digital Economy at the National Research Foundation, where he set up the Digital Economy Research Directorate and coordinated the overall development of the Services & Digital Economy R&D agenda for Singapore, under the current five-year Research, Innovation & Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) plan.


Prof. Shane Snyder


Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Dr. Shane Snyder is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and is the Executive Director of the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He joined NTU after serving as a Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and the co-Director of the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center at the University of Arizona, USA. For over 20 years, Dr. Snyder’s research has focused on the identification, fate, and health relevance of emerging water pollutants. Dr. Snyder and his teams have published over 200 manuscripts and book chapters on emerging contaminant analysis, treatment, and toxicology. He currently serves as an editor-in-chief for the international journal Chemosphere. Dr. Snyder has been invited to brief the Congress of the United States on three occasions on emerging issues in water quality. He is a Fellow of the International Water Association and a member of the World Health Organization’s Drinking Water Advisory Panel. He has served on several US EPA expert panels and is currently a member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board drinking water committee and the US EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors Sustainable Water committee. He was a member of the US National Academy of Science’s National Research Council Committee on Water Reuse and currently serves on the WHO’s guiding committee on development of potable reuse guidelines. Dr. Snyder has also worked as a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (2011-2017).


Prof. Yongguan Zhu

Co-Editors-in-Chief, Environment International

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China

Dr Yongguan (Y-G) Zhu, Professor of Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biology, is the Director General of the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has been working on the biogeochemistry of nutrients, metals and emerging pollutants (such as antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes). Professor Zhu is a leader in taking multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches to soil and environmental problems. Before returning to China in 2002, he was working as a research fellow (Supported by the Royal Society London), the Queen's University of Belfast, UK (1994-1995); and a postdoctoral fellow in The University of Adelaide (1998-2002), Australia. He obtained his BSc from Zhejiang Agricultural University in 1989, and MSc from CAS in 1992, and then a PhD in environmental biology from Imperial College, London in 1998. Dr Zhu is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Environmental Technology & Innovation (Elsevier), associate editor of Environment International (Elsevier), and editorial members for a few other international journals. He is a scientific committee member for the ICSU program on Human Health and Wellbeing in Changing Urban Environment, and served for nine years as a member of Standing Advisory Group for Nuclear Application, International Atomic Energy Agency (2004-2012). Professor Zhu is the recipient of many international and Chinese merit awards, among them including TWAS Science Award 2013, National Natural Science Award 2009; Professor Zhu has published over 200 papers in international journals, and these publications have attracted over 10,000 citations (Web of Science) with an H-index of 58. He was selected as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (2016); an elected Fellow, American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).