Keynote Speakers/主讲嘉宾



   A.Prof.Jia Wen

   Hunan University, China


   Research Area: Industrial consulting cases of suitability 

   assessment for irrigation water and contaminated soil  assessment

Dr. Jia Wen obtained her Ph.D. in soil science at the University of Adelaide in 2010. She served as Environmental Consultant in Arris Pty. Ltd., Australia, from 2010 to 2013. During this period, she worked on some major industrial consulting cases of suitability assessment for irrigation water and contaminated soil assessment. In 2013, she joined Hunan University as a full-time lecturer. She is the associate editor in the open-access journal Sustainable Environment (Taylor & Francis). She was awarded as the Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad by the Chinese Government in 2009 and Yuelu Scholar by Hunan University in 2020. She has published more than 30 research/conference papers in reputed journals, such as Chemical Engineering Journal, Environmental Pollution, Journal of Hazardous Materials, etc. Her research interests are functional materials for remediation of heavy metal pollution in water and soil systems.




   A.Prof.Xingxing Zhang

   Energy and community building, Dalarna University, Sweden

   Research Area: Solar adaptive façades, Energy data analytics, 

  Adaption to future climate, Urban energy system modelling

 Dr. Xingxing Zhang is an Associate Professor in energy technology at Dalarna University, Sweden. Dr. Zhang is specialised in the areas of adaptive solar façades, energy data analytics, future climate adaption and urban energy-economic modelling. He is leading the City Information Modelling (CIM) research group with multidisciplinary research across subjects of energy, building and data analytics. The group is active in national/international projects, IEA tasks and EU Cost action. Dr. Zhang has led or participated in research projects funded by H2020, Swedish Energy Agency, STINT etc. He has published 3 books, 10 chapters and 122 papers as well as 10 patents. He has a few ESI highly cited papers and one of them has been awarded 2017 & 2018 most cited paper award from journal of Applied Energy. He was awarded by the Chinese government in 2013 as one of the best PhD students abroad. He has won the second place of ‘EU-China Dragon-star Innovation Prize’ in 2015 and the “EU-China CRN Best Paper Award” at the 4th workshop of EU-China relations on Global politics in 2015. He is a grant reviewer for European Research Council (ERC) programme and the reviewer for over 20 international SCI journals. He serves as the subject editor and board member of several journals. Dr. Zhang is the Accredited Professional Certificate of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP), UK Chartered Engineer (CEng), member of Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), and CIB Commission Member of W098 Intelligent and Responsive Buildings.


Prof. Kim Choon NG

King Abdullah University of Science & technology, Saudi Arabia


Research Area: adsorption cooling and air conditioning, seawater 

desalination, co-generation power systems analysis and testing

Professor Kim Choon NG obtained his BSc. and PhD from the Strathclyde University (UK) in 1975 and 1980, respectively, and joined the ME Dept. of NUS in 1981. In July 2015, he moved to the Water Desalination and Reuse Centre of the King Abdullah University of Science & technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia as a full-time faculty. His research interests are in adsorption cooling and air conditioning, seawater desalination, co-generation power systems analysis and testing. He is keen reader of energy efficiency and its thermodynamics relation to unit cost of resource. He has over two hundred and eighty peer reviewed journals and conference publications. He is active in professional services, serving as associate editors in three international journals and a sub-committee member of the examination subcommittee of the Professional Engineers Board of Singapore. He is a visiting professor to the World Class University (WCU) programme of Jeju National University, Korea from 2008-2013. He has published 3 books, 12 book chapters and 13 patents. Based on his patents, he has started 3 spin-off companies with licenses from NUS and KAUST. His H-index factor is 52, total citations in publication is 8548.


Double Hundred Distinguished Prof. Ali Kamali


Northeastern University, China


Research AreaGreen production of advanced materials

Ali Kamali is a Double Hundred Distinguished Professor at the School of Metallurgy, Northeastern University, director of the Energy and Environmental Materials Research Centre and director of Northeastern University (China)-Bournemouth University (UK) Join Research Centre for Advanced Materials. He is a former Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and the co-founder of four materials companies, including Cambridge Silicon Age. He is the inventor/co-inventor of several technologies concerning the large-scale green preparation of carbon nanotubes, graphene, nanodiamonds, silicon, metal powders and intermetallic alloys, some of which have been transferred to world-leading western industries. He is the corresponding/first author of more than 100 technical papers in leading journals such as Energy&Environmental Science, Green Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Nanoscle and Carbon. He has received several awards, including the International Khwarizmi Award (2005), NSFC Fellowship (2017) and the Rose Award (2019). His new book titled Green Production of Carbon Nanomaterials in Molten Salts and Applications was just published in 2020 by Springer Nature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


A.Prof.Mohd Arif Agam


University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia

Research Area: Nanotechnology; polymer resists; nanomaterials

Associate Professor Dr. MA Agam completed his PhD from Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, University of Birmingham, UK in 2006. Awarded as Best Malaysian-UK student in 2005 by Malaysian government and published more than 60 research papers in reputed journals. His research interest span from polymer resists to functional nanomaterials especially for environment preservation. Focus more on overexposure of doped polymers in direct fabrication of graphitic materials such as Diamond like Carbon for advance materials research and applications.



Prof. Steivan Defilla

Tianjin University, China

Research Area: Sustainable urbanization

Steivan Defilla, Swiss national, visiting Professor of school of architecture, Tianjin University; President Assistant of APEC Sustainable Energy Center since 2018. Lead author of the “APEC Sustainable Urban Development Report - From Models to Results”. He is the former (2010 - 2016) Director of the Energy Charter, an intergovernmental energy organization with 50 Member states headquartered in Brussels. He managed the expansion of the Energy Charter to include 30 new observer states, among them China. He also supervised or co-authored 26 studies and analyses and 2 books on energy-related subjects. As Senior Energy Advisor to the Swiss Economics Minister (1999 - 2010) he contributed to the reform of the Swiss electricity sector, the Swiss infrastructure strategy and the Swiss foreign energy policy. He wrote a book prefaced by the Swiss Energy Minister and co-authored 13 articles in English, German, French and Russian languages. He also attended Governing Board meetings of the IEA and co-chaired multilateral negotiations at the Energy Charter. Steivan holds a Master degree in Statistics and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He also holds a Postgraduate degree on Energy from the Federal Polytechnic Institute Lausanne. Steivan is winner of a United World Colleges scholarship and is fluent in eight languages.