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Professor Ir. Ts. Dr. Zainuddin Abd Manan

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Prof Ir Ts Dr Zainuddin Abdul Manan is a professor of chemical engineering, the founding director of UTM Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT), founding Dean of the UTM Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, founder of UTM Sustainable Energy Management Program. Zain is currently the chair of the EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act) Thermal Energy drafting committee under the Malaysian Ministry of Energy. He founded and spearheaded the UTM Sustainable Energy Management initiative that led UTM to achieve more than USD 6 million energy savings between 2011 and 2019, and to win the ASEAN Energy Award in 2012. In 2014, he received the award as UTM Top Researcher, UTM Top Academician and the Honorary Award from Hungary. He has delivered over 400 invited talks in professional courses, conferences and seminars across the world, including the 2014 Imperial College Distinguished Chemical Engineering Sponsored Lecture.

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Zulkiflee Umar

Demand Side Management Unit, Energy Commission of Malaysia

Zulkiflee Umar, Deputy Director of Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Department of Industry Operation, Energy Commission Malaysia. Begin his career with Energy Commission Malaysia in 2005 in the Legal Department performing enforcement tasks under the Electricity Supply Act 1990 and Gas Supply Act 1993. Shift to the Department of Gas Development and Regulation of Energy Commission Malaysia in 2008 performing tasks related to the safety of gas installations. Appointed as the Head of Demand Side

Management Unit in 2012 now known as Energy Efficiency & Conservation Unit performing the following duties and responsibilities: Enforcement and promotion of the Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations (EMEER) 2008 and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) Requirements for domestic and industrial appliances.

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Dr. Lim Daw Yuen

Sime Darby Offshore Engineering

Dr Lim Daw Yuen is currently the Marketing Manager of Technical Services Division (TSD), Sime Darby Offshore Engineering Sdn. Bhd. He holds a Degree of Engineering (Chemical) from UTM, Malaysia and registered as a member of Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). He holds an MBA from University Lincoln, UK and obtained his Doctorate in Business Administration from OUM, Malaysia in year 2012. He began his career with Siemens Power Generation as Engineer for Power Plants in 1999. He moved on to join the local automation company as Division Manager for sales and distribution area for 2 years prior to join Sime Darby in year 2007. Since then, he leads and identifies priority areas of work for the Company in Gas Turbine & Gas Engine Cogeneration, District Cooling, CNG Stations, and BioCNG and other renewable energy business. He has contributed significantly at pioneering and architecting the value chain of BioCNG in Malaysia since 2010.

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Zaini Abdul Wahab


Mr. Zaini Abdul Wahab is an energy management consultant with over 22 years of experience in energy efficiency and sustainable energy development industry who specialises in reducing business operational costs for organisations through energy management system implementation. He is a certified expert in Energy Management System (EnMS) by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). He is also Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) with Energy Commission, a certified energy auditor and an accredited energy measurement and verification professional by Malaysia Association of Energy Service Companies (MAESCO) and a certified trainer by the HRDF. As a trainer, Mr. Zaini has trained thousands of executives, managers and directors through training and workshops on energy management and energy efficiency topics since 1999 and has been the guest trainer for organizations such as MAESCO, FMM and SEDA Malaysia.

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Ir. Loh Sin Seng

Head of Biogas Operation, Sime Darby Plantation

Ir Loh Sin Seng is the Head for Biogas Operation in Sime Darby Plantation. He has been leading the development of renewable energy business, specifically biogas initiatives within Sime Darby Plantation. His role includes seeing to the roll-out of in-house biogas projects to meet carbon reduction target, as well as initiating collaborative effort with strategic partners in the development of commercial biogas power plant. Since joining Sime Darby Plantation 18 years ago, Ir Loh have been involved in planning, conceptualizing, design and project managing the development of various palm oil related projects including biomass power plant, modernized farming, composting plant, construction and upgrading of palm oil mill projects. He is a Mechanical Engineer by training, registered with Board of Engineers Malaysia and a Registered Electrical Energy Manager with Suruhanjaya Tenaga.

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Professor Ir. Dr. Nasrudin bin Abd Rahim

Universiti Malaya Power Energy Dedicated Advanced Centre (UMPEDAC)

Professor Dr. Nasrudin Abd Rahim holds PhD from Heriot-Watt University, UK. He became a Chartered Engineer in 2000 and promoted as a Professor in 2003. He is a Fellow in the Institution of Engineering Technology (FIET) and Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASM). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE). Professor Dr. Nasrudin is the Founder and Director of the UM Power Energy Dedicated Advanced Centre (UMPEDAC), one of the ten nationally acclaimed Higher Institutions’ Centre of Excellence (HICoE) of the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). He is also the Chairman of the University of Malaya Advanced Engineering & Technology (AET) Research Cluster.

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Christoph Brunner

CEO of AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC), Austria

DI Christoph Brunner is CEO of AEE INTEC in Austria. Before, he was head of department IPE – Industrial Processes and Energy Systems at AEE INTEC. The main topics of his work are energy and resource efficiency, the integration of renewable energy for the industry like solar process heat and membrane distillation for wastewater purification and process water upgrading. He was Project coordinator of several national and international projects as SolarFoods, GREENFOODS (www.green-foods.eu), SOLAR BREW (FP 7), EINSTEIN (IEE), TrustEE (www.trust-EE.eu), Operating Agent in the International Energy Agency – IEA SHC Task 49 – Solar Process Heat for Production and Advanced Applications and IEA SHC Task 62 for Solar thermal energy and industrial water management. He is the member of the board of the European technology platform for Renewable Heating and Cooling RHC- ETIP (https://www.rhc-platform.org/). Christoph is also an expert for industrial energy efficiency and process intensification (membrane distillation) with a focus on the food and beverage industry, galvanic industry, including the pinch analyses (PE2, SOCO, EINSTEIN). Part of the Austrian and European work of Standardization for energy audits (CEN), UNIDO expert in energy efficiency for the industry in Uganda, Balkan countries, Malaysia, India, Russia, Egypt and South America. 

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Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan

Deputy Director General, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI)

Dr. Mohd Nor Azman Hassan is currently the Deputy Secretary General (Technology Development) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. He oversees the policies and development of science, technology and innovation ecosystem to support the socio-economic development of the country. His previous positions were in the areas of higher education, power sector and technological development including industrial related technologies such as renewable energy, advanced materials and manufacturing, biotechnology and nanotechnology. He had extensive engagements with the industry including the SMEs, in particular to communicate government’s policies and programmes relating to STI. Dr. Azman holds a doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA in the field of renewable energy technology and is trained in conducting Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). Dr Azman is also a registered Professional Technologist (Green Tech) with the Malaysian Board of Technologist.
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Aimi Aizreen Nasharuddin

Chief Business Officer, Malaysia Debt Ventures (MDV)

Aimi Aizreen Nasharuddin is the Chief Business Officer of MDV, overseeing both the Business & PR & Communications Divisions. He also oversees MDV’s overall business growth. This include enhancing loan asset portfolio, maximising income of MDV and at the same time ensuring that the nation building role as mandated by the Government is met. On PR & Comms, he is to ensure the development and implementation of public relations and communication activities of MDV. He was previously the Vice President of Corporate Client in ING Bank (M) Bhd. Prior to this, he has worked with Ambank, EON Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC Bank. His exposures in banking include Corporate, Commercial Lending and Treasury. He is a graduate of the University of Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

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Emeritus Professor Ir. Dr. K S Kannan

Malaysia Association of Energy Service Companies (MAESCO)

Ir. Dr. Kannan is Professor Emeritus, UTM currently attached to ISI Ventures, UTM. He is a professional engineer registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council, U.K. He is a Fellow of IEM Malaysia, IMechE UK and ASHRAE USA.  He is currently a local energy consultant/trainer and has more than 30 years of experience in energy research and consultancy including collaboration with international energy organizations. His expertise is in energy efficiency practices & technologies. He has served as the Chief Project Coordinator for the UNDP-GEF “Malaysian Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project” from March 2005 to December 2007 and National Project Manager for the UNIDO-GEF project on ‘Industrial Energy Efficiency for Malaysian Manufacturing sector’ from December 2011 to April 2017. He is currently the Technical Advisor for UNIDO in Malaysia
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Dr. Zarina Ab Muis

Director, UTM Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT)

Dr. Zarina Ab Muis is a senior lecturer and Director of Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Master’s in Advanced Process Engineering from Loughborough University and PhD from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She specialises in Integrated Energy Planning, Decentralized Electricity Generation, Renewable Energy Planning, Process Modeling and Simulation, Energy Management System and Scheduling (EMSS) comprising of various the energy saving technologies, energy efficiency and management policies in industry and Sustainability or Green Index. Her research activities are focused on low carbon society (LCS), climate change mitigation strategy, renewable electricity generation and Renewable Energy distributed electricity generation (DEG) system. She has won numerous international and local awards such as INATEX, MTE and Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) and research grants. Dr. Zarina is a Certified Energy Manager awarded by Asean Energy Management Schemes (AEMAS) and Certified Registered Electrical and Energy Manager (REEM). She is a registered engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and Graduate Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

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Ar. Zulkifli Zahari

President, Malaysia Association of Energy Service Companies (MAESCO)

Ar. Zulkifli is the President of Malaysia Association of Energy Service Companies (MAESCO) a post he has held for the past 13 years. Mr. Zulkifli is an Architect by  profession. He is also a practicing  Green Building Facilitator and an Electrical Energy Manager registered with  the Malaysian Energy Commission. Through MAESCO, he sits in various National Steering Committee as well as the Project Director for the Malaysian Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project (MIEEIP), The Building Sector Energy Efficiency Project (BSEEP) as well as the forthcoming  Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act to be enacted by the Malaysian government. He has over the years developed MAESCO as the main training provider for certified courses in Energy Management,  Energy Auditor and Measurement and Verification recognised by the Malaysian Government.  He is the founder and Managing Director of Zet Corporation, an ESCO which is part of a diversified Zet Group of companies.  Within the group,  he spearheads various specialized consultancy services to the local Power Utilities and Electrical Equipment Manufacturing Industries other than  Architecture and Green Building Consultancy  Services.
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Ir. Al-Khairi Mohd Daud

Chief Consultant, FAQEH Management

Ir. Al-Khairi is a professional mechanical engineer with 30+ years experience spanning various sectors. From gas process plant, oleochemicals to high-end R&D and medical centre facilities. He acted as the Principal Engineer and Facilities Manager. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a BEng. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering as well as holds an MBA from UNITAR. He is one of the AEMAS Certified Trainers for the Energy Manager Training Course (EMTC) as well as the trainer for competent and authorized person for medical gas system. He is also one of the active surveyors of Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH), drafting the standard two and three of the MSQH 5th edition standards. He also has experience in research, manufacturing and private healthcare facilities. Ir Al-Khairi was involved in construction, project management, asset management, reliability studies, repair and maintenance of plants and facilities and consultancy. Currently, Ir Al-Khairi is the Chief Consultant for Faqeh Management which specializing in asset, reliability, maintenance and energy management. Ir Al-Khairi is the advisor for Oil, Gas and Mining Technical Division for Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and a surveyor with Malaysian Society for Quality in Healthcare. He is also a member of Institute of Asset Management in UK. Ir Al-Khairi is not only a Registered Electrical Energy Manager with Energy Commission but he has been appointed as the country expert, trainer and auditor for ASEAN Energy Management Standard (AEMAS) under Green Technology Malaysia and preparing to be the expert trainer for ISO 50001.
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Tan Yue Dian

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Tan Yue Dian is currently a Ph.D. student in the Chemical Engineering program under School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Johor, Malaysia. She is working to perform optimal planning for a new conceptual zone of integrated palm oil processing complex that can serve as a sustainable climate change-tackling solution for palm oil mills. Her research interest lies in the sustainability impacts of implementing palm oil mill effluent (POME) elimination and mill-refinery integration in palm oil mills. Her study includes the evaluation of trade-offs between biogas utilization and POME elimination approaches in designing a sustainable integrated palm oil based-complex (POBC) for palm oil processing purpose using mathematical and optimisation tools. She has published 4 Q1 papers, 3 Scopus indexed articles and 1 book chapter to date
based on her research findings. In attachment to Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT), she has been involved in the Eco-industrial Park project with her colleagues and Waste 2 Wealth development (a Malaysian waste exchange website) to facilitate Malaysia’s circular economy transformation. Recently, she has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award as a promising candidate to contribute towards Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Innovation ecosystem.
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Ts. Dr. Azizul Azri Mustaffa

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

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Ir. Ts. Dr. Liew Peng Yen

Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) UTM

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Ir. Dr. Khairul Azmy Kamaluddin

Senior Deputy Director (Services) in Engineering Services Division, Ministry of Health

Ir. Dr. Khairul Azmy Kamaluddin is the current President of Biomedical Engineering Association of Malaysia (BEAM), a council member to IAC-CFM and IFHE, a certified asapm Project Practitioner, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM). He is regarded as MoH expert referral on all healthcare related building and engineering system design, with focus on building condensation issues, energy efficiency and green initiatives.