Keynote speakers

  • Raimund Bleischwitz
    Raimund Bleischwitz University College London - London, Great Britain
    Raimund Bleischwitz

    Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at the University College London (UCL) and Director of the UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (UCL BSEER). He has been Principal Investigator of an international collaborative project on the circular economy in China (SINCERE), and he participates in a number of EU projects on eco-innovation and raw minerals. He was Deputy Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) until July 2018. Raimund has a PhD and a ‘Habilitation’ in economics and more than 250 publications - most recently the Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus.

  • Sasha Koo-Oshima
    Sasha Koo-Oshima UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) - Rome, Italy
    Sasha Koo-Oshima

    Sasha Koo-Oshima is currently Deputy Director of the Land & Water Division at the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO); leading programs on agricultural water development and governance, data, and integrated water resources management with linkages to climate, energy, health and nutrition. She has over 25 years of experience in international assistance and policy development and is currently the Governing Board Member of the World Water Council. A former Director at the U.S. EPA and Secretariat of the OECD, she directed and managed international water programs/compacts with donor agencies on various programs covering public-private-partnerships, climate resilience, multi-stakeholder and multi-jurisdictional policy engagements, blended financing/resource mobilization, and effective policy governance in sustainable water and natural resource-agriculture management.

  • David M. Malone
    David M. Malone United Nations - Tokia, Japan
    David M. Malone

    Dr Malone is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Rector of the United Nations University. Prior to joining the United Nations University on 1 March 2013, Dr David Malone served (2008–2013) as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a funding agency supporting policy-relevant research in the developing world.

    Dr Malone had earlier served as Canada’s Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council and as Ambassador to the United Nations (1990–1994); as Director General of the Policy, International Organizations and Global Issues Bureaus within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT, 1994–1998); and as President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute), a New York-based independent research and policy development institution (1998–2004). He oversaw Canada’s economic and multilateral diplomacy within DFAIT (2004–2006) and served as Canada’s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal (2006–2008).

    Dr Malone also has held research posts in the Economic Studies Program, Brookings Institution; Massey College, University of Toronto; and Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He has been a Guest Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University School of Law, where he is currently a Senior Fellow.

    He holds a degree from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Montreal); studied at the American University of Cairo; holds an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and earned a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University.

    Dr Malone has published extensively, in both academic and lighter veins. His latest books are The UN Security Council in the 21st Century (as co-editor; 2015, Lynne Rienner Publishers) and the second edition of Law and Practice of the United Nations (co-authored graduate textbook; 2016; Oxford University Press).

    In summer 2017, Dr Malone was reappointed for a second term as UNU Rector (2018–2023).

  • Mei-Fong Chong
    Mei-Fong Chong Dia-Chemical Sdn Bhd - Selangor, Malaysia
    Mei-Fong Chong

    Mei-Fong Chong is currently Director of Dia-Chemical Sdn Bhd. She spent her past 15 years of research and development specialising in water and wastewater treatment technologies. Her research covers developing novel design for bioreactor treating palm oil mill effluent (POME), optimisation on the performance of wastewater treatment plants, develop new chemicals for water treatment and other specialty chemicals.

    She was presented with various local and international awards including the ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women (Highly Commended), Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Award, UK, and Biotechnology Award (Highly Commended), UK. Mei-Fong has published more than 40 international journals, 2 book chapters and a book. She has been awarded with research and commercialisation grants, and has commenced various projects in bioenergy and wastewater technologies across ASEAN countries.

    Mei-Fong was attached to The University of Nottingham and developed her research portfolio as her first career. As the Director of Dia-Chemical Sdn Bhd, her second career, she is now focusing at the commercial side. She would like to contribute and share the knowledge she gained from her research works with the industry and hope to close the missing gaps between research and commercialisation.

  • Brendan Edgerton
    Brendan Edgerton World Business Council for Sustainable Development - Geneva, Switzerland
    Brendan Edgerton

    Brendan is the Director of Circular Economy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 companies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. He co-developed and manages Factor10, WBCSD’s flagship circular economy project, convening 40 companies from over 15 industries and countries.

    Since joining WBCSD in Geneva in 2015, Brendan has authored or contributed to over 15 publications on the circular economy, including the CEO Guide to the Circular Economy, CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy and 8 Business Cases to the Circular Economy. Most recently, he has contributed to the establishment of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and oversaw the delivery of the Circular Transition Indicators and associated tool.

    Brendan has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s in Ecological Design from the University of California Santa Cruz.

    A native of Los Angeles, California, Brendan loves the beach, Mexican food and local sports. Go Lakers & Dodgers!