The WECP Kuala Lumpur 2018 promises to be an engaging event that will provide new insights, ideas and opportunities to explore possibilities for all delegates. The team of speakers at the event will comprise of seasoned professionals, various industry experts and experienced leaders in their fields who will serve to enrich the delegate experience.

City Initiatives Programme   |   17 OCT 2018   |   InterContinental Hotel


(10:00am - 10:30am)

Today, about two thirds of the world’s total energy is consumed, and about 70% of energy origin CO2 is emitted, in cities. In 2050, the two-third of world population will live in urban area, and cities play a critical role as the implementing bodies of various GHG emission reductions initiatives.

The aim of the session is to share common understanding on the conditions that enable cities to knowledge share low carbon initiatives among cities and how cities could gain competitiveness and expect growth of urban economy by mitigating risk faced through climate change.

In this session panellists will discuss the enabling conditions for knowledge transfer between cities which could potentially raise competitiveness of cities and secure better urban growth. The discussion also covers how to mobilize range of urban stakeholders

Questions to be asked:-

  • How cities adopt Green growth strategy that encompass climate resilient development and sustainable use of natural resources- adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency application?
  • How do we incorporate Science to Action (S2A) and Sustainable Energy for preparation of Climate Change Action Plan /blueprint?
  • What are the enabling conditions to promote transformative action for cities?
  • How to promote vertical integration of low carbon initiatives among local, regional and international arena?

River of Life by Kuala Lumpur City Hall

(10:30am - 11:00am)

The River Of Life (ROL) is a national project that aims to transform the Klang and Gombak River into vibrant and bustling waterfronts with high economic value.  This transformation makes reference to the cleaning, beautification and development of the waterfront. The expectation is that by the year 2020, the rivers surrounding the city will be cleaner, lively and beautiful.

The objectives are to revitalise the river from their current states into clean rivers that can support recreational activities and increase the economic value of its surroundings.

It also aims to rejuvenate the Klang and Gombak rivers in the heart of KL/Klang Valley.  City residents and visitors will have the opportunity to rediscover the aesthetic nature of our rivers and reconnect with them.

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS by Michael John Warren

(11:15am - 11:45am)

To propel Malaysia into becoming a high income and modern nation by 2020, Kuala Lumpur is leading the way in accomplishing economic stability and growth, while at the same time, balancing that growth with consideration to the society and environment. A sustainable city will provide enhanced opportunity to millions of people. A key component in creating a sustainable city is improving the ‘liveability factor’ for all citizens to have access to education, healthcare, jobs, and a connected transport network. With a strong economic fundamental, multi-lingual local talent, urban mobility projects and innovative green initiatives, Kuala Lumpur is paving the way to become a sustainable city. As Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia aligns itself to globalisation and Industry 4.0, we explore the various approaches to achieve sustainability while still maintaining a fast-paced urban economic and social growth.


(11:45am - 12:15pm)

City leaders and organisations are increasingly realising the importance of inclusivity and community involvement in improving city living. Engagement with relevant communities and stakeholders remains an area that is often sidelined – collaborations to carry out impactful improvements to cities sounds like a good idea, but it is often a complicated process, requiring patience, time, and commitment. While desirable but difficult to execute, the result has been that within the Malaysian and Southeast Asian context success stories in this area of work are few and far between. Over the past decade there has been a growing movement to democratise urbanism, facilitated by Think City, a community-focused urban regeneration organisation. Working with both communities and city makers, it often acts as a bridge between the two, facilitating greater input from stakeholders into city improvement projects, while at the same time building a movement of citizen urbanists in Malaysia.

Think City’s Programme Director Murali Ram will be sharing several case studies of their projects throughout Malaysia that showcase how they learned to use cross-sectoral collaborations in city making for public good.

Mayor’s Track   |   17 OCT 2018   |   KL Convention Centre


(2:00pm - 3:15pm)

It is envisaged that by the year 2030, most of the world’s population will be living in cities. The world’s population living in the cities during that time is expected to grow from 3.3 billion to 5 billion people.

As a result of resource constraints, there will be a problem in the future to provide all the services to the residents of the cities. It is envisaged that in order to continue to serve and improve the living standards of the growing population, it is necessary to develop smart cities. This Smart Sustainable City aims to make optimal and sustainable use of all resources whilst maintaining and appropriately balance between social, environmental and economic costs.

The main categories that define smart cities include the quality of the environment, energy, water and waste water, transportation and traffic, information and communication systems, quality of life, government, economic, human resources, housing and land use, homeland security and emergency preparedness. The degree of preparedness of the city for the collapse of the city governing systems, whether as a result of state security or natural disasters, should be taken into account.

As any city has to be looked as a living organism, of which all systems have to work in coordination with each other, good collaborative actions are needed in order that it should allow such cities to continue to live. It is of the concern of the city administers that they would be equipped with an array of workable and practical practices of smart sustainable cities to allow such uninterrupted green growth and in green economy to facilitate the advancement of the idea of Industry 4.0 in cities.

Are there such tools as best practices that can be looked at or even used at almost immediately?

Oracle Session  |   17 OCT 2018   |   KL Convention Centre


(3:30pm - 4:45pm)

The last economic and financial crisis has caused a temporary reduction of human impact on the environment. It is expected that a return to the path of dynamic growth would result in the intensification of environmental burdens that exceeds the levels recorded in human history.

Green growth is a new operating strategy. Green growth is seen as a practical tool for achieving the timeless objective which is sustainable development. Green growth will focus on accelerating investments and innovations that will underpin sustainable development and provided new economic opportunities. Green growth means taking measures conducive to growth and economic development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services which contribute to the city’s prosperity.

It is crucial to understand the modus operandi of this in order to achieve the targets of green growth.

As a prerequisite towards a more resilient and sustainable future a certain degree of power collaboration is needed to drive the cities so as to be able to survive the onslaught of competition from other cities as well as to ensure the livability of the said cities. It is crucial for the city administers to be equipped with the knowledge and the technical know how to coordinate such actions.

Questions to be asked are:-

  • What kind of power collaborative relationship occurs between green growth, green economy and sustainable development?
  • How are we to measure all these tools to achieve the objectives of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals especially in the quest towards moving for the achievements of the Industry 4.0 for a sustainable cities future?

Grow in Asia from Malaysia   |   18 OCT 2018   |   Malaysia Petroleum Club


(9:00am - 10:15am)

Malaysia has a mature oil and gas industry, with PETRONAS, the national oil company, having championed the industry’s development over the past 40 years. Today, Malaysia is the second largest oil and gas producer in Southeast Asia, the third largest exporter of LNG globally, and home to the world’s first Floating LNG (FLNG) vessel and has one of the more mature Oil & Gas Services and Manufacturing (OGSE) industries in the region with over 1,600 local and localized players covering the entire O&G value chain.

However, challenges abound in ensuring the sustainability of existing fields and assets as they reach maturity. While Malaysia leads the region in new oil and gas reserve discoveries—thus ensuring a steady supply of future greenfield projects— ensuring sustainability of existing fields and assets mean that there are increased opportunities in enhanced oil recovery, late-life asset management, decommissioning, digitalisation and the internet of things.

Leveraging off its strategic position and dynamic industry capabilities, Malaysia is now adding more value in the downstream value chain through the development of Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex, PIPC in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor, specifically through the development of PETRONAS’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project. RAPID is PETRONAS’ largest integrated downstream greenfield investment in a single location and has recently counted Saudi Aramco as a partner to PETRONAS with equal ownership and participation in the operations of the refinery, cracker and selected petrochemical facilities in USD27 billion venture.

This session, conducted by Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC) and PETRONAS, will provide the audience with an in-depth overview of the opportunities available to oil and gas players in Malaysia and how businesses could partake in current activities in the market. Learn what it takes to register as a vendor with PETRONAS and leverage on available government’s support and facilitation to start doing business in Malaysia.


  1. Deputy Chief Executive Officer, MIDA


  1. Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)


  1. WECP city and business delegates
  2. Also open to Malaysian business delegates

Cross-Industry Synergies   |   18 OCT 2018   |   Malaysia Petroleum Club


(10:45pm - 12:00pm)

The downturn in oil and gas prices in late 2014 has created an industry that is not only resilient, leaner and more cost-conscious, but also more cognizant of the evolution of the energy space. Given this new reality, companies with innovative solutions, especially those with cross-industrial applications, will emerge as future winners. The offshore industry in Esbjerg, Denmark for example has emerged as the leader in the offshore wind industry, while Houston oil and gas companies have branched into the city’s growing and world class medical sector.

Given this situation, what roles do WECP cities play in facilitating their oil and gas companies to expand and diversify beyond their traditional oil and gas play into related sectors such as renewable energy and power? What are some city initiatives to assist their business sectors to innovate? What are the opportunities available now and in the future for partnerships among the growing O&G businesses within the WECP cities?

Join us for this session by select WECP cities to learn how your business can leverage on the WEC partnership and explore how you can chart your business’s future course via the WECP platform.


  1. Aberdeen, Scotland
  2. Houston, Texas, U.S.A
  3. Esbjerg, Denmark


  1. Malaysian business delegates
  2. WECP city delegates



Prof Dr. Ho Chin Siong
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying

Ho Chin Siong is currently a Professor of Faculty Built Environment and Surveying in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as well as the director of UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre. Other than that, he is the head of Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Iskandar acknowledged by United Nations University-IAS, and act as the Principal researcher/ Steering Committee on MIT-UTM Sustainable cities Program.  He is a chartered member of Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport (CILT), registered as a member of the Board of Town Planning Malaysia and a corporate member of Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP). He received his first degree from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (1983) in urban and regional planning, M.Sc Construction Management from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (1987) and his PhD from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan (1994). He was a post-doctoral fellow under Hitachi Komai Scholarship to Japan (1995) and Royal Society of Malaysia / Chevening Scholarship to United Kingdom (2005) as well visiting scientist under Japan Society Promotion of Science-Vice Chancellor Council Grant (2005-2010). He previously led the Comprehensive Assessment System of Energy Efficiency (CASBEE) Iskandar Malaysia pilot project and Building Energy Reporting System (BERMS) project in Iskandar and Putrajaya. Currently, he is the principal head for the projects of the Low Carbon Society Kuala Lumpur blueprint 2030 project and Pengerang Low Carbon Society Blueprint 2030. His current research areas of interest related to low carbon and green city planning, sustainable urban development, smart city, and Built Environment education.


Michael John Warren
Director of Strategy, Advisory & Services,

Michael is a former Chief Executive of a number of companies, an Advisor and Independent Director on the boards of several other companies, and a founding member of several industry associations.

He is currently a Director at InvestKL, a government entity driving Fortune 500 multinational company investments into all parts of Malaysia. He is also an Adjunct Professor with University Kebangsaan Malaysia, attached to the faculty of Economics and Management.

His past roles include Vice President of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), President of Fuijitsu in Malaysia, CEO of LogicaCMG across Asia, and CEO of DataOne across Asia, among several other roles.

He was awarded the Malaysian ICT personality of the year in 2016 by the national ICT organization of Malaysia, PIKOM, received from Petronas Chairman Tan Sri Sidek Hassan. He was also awarded the Darjah Johan Negeri by the Penang state government in 2015.

Michael has over 30 years corporate leadership and management experience working and living mainly in Asia Pacific countries.

Michael’s core competence lies in his extensive government and commercial network across the South East Asian region, his skills around corporate problem and opportunity identification matters, people relationship management, and in the formulation and execution of corporate and business strategies.

Michael, a Malaysian citizen, comes from an ethnic Indian and English heritage and speaks English and Malay.


Murali Ram
Programme Director,
Think City Sdn Bhd

Murali Ram is a Programme Director with Think City. He heads the Urban Regeneration Programmes for the cities of George Town and Butterworth, which are now being implemented by Think City in collaboration with the Penang State government, local authorities, The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and other partners.

He has written strategy papers on urban regeneration: Butterworth Old Town (2015), Butterworth Waterfront (2016), Butterworth Harbourfront (2017), and The Perai River (2018). In 2018, he participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program on Resilient Cities and Urban Sustainability held across four U.S. cities; and was on the team that helped craft Penang State’s Vision for 2030.

Prior to joining Think City, Murali served as a Municipal Councillor with the (then) Penang Island Municipal Council and as Acting General Manager of Halal Penang, a State Agency.


Hanum Ain Zainal
Senior Deputy Director,
City Hall of Kuala Lumpur

Hanum Ain is Senior Deputy Director at Department of Project Implementation and Building Maintenance in Kuala Lumpur City Hall. She is currently heading the Design and Construction Division in the department. Hanum has over 20 years of experience in Design and Contract Management. Most of her projects involved are community/public facilities such as public libraries, hawker centres, wet markets, community halls, mixed use buildings and some conservation works. Over the years, projects that she had to handle had diversified from design and construction of standalone buildings to urban development projects such as River of Life, Heritage Trails and Iconic Places. These urban projects had led her to be involved in a lot of engagement with community and stakeholders. She is also a member of Board of Architects Malaysia. Her interests include reading, art work/painting and travel.


Datuk Seri Michael K C Yam
Chairman InvestKL

Datuk Seri Michael K C Yam is the Chairman of InvestKL, Past President and Patron of REHDA and also founded his own corporate advisory, development and private equity consultancy. He had a successful 35 year career in the real estate, construction and corporate sectors prior to his early retirement in 2008. The last 12 years of his professional life were spent helming 2 different award winning public listed property companies as their CEO/MD developing, managing and holding investments in hotels, commercial, retail, residential and integrated mixed development properties, golf courses and international schools not only in Malaysia but also in the UK, South Africa, Mauritius and Australia.

He is currently the Senior Independent Director of Bursa Malaysia Listed Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Paramount Corporation Berhad and an Independent Director of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad, Kwasa Land Sdn Bhd and Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad. He also serves as the Chairman of Malaysia Airports (Niaga) Sdn Bhd, Sama Sama Hotel KLIA and Triterra Sdn Bhd. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the City of Kuala Lumpur serving 3 terms from 2008 to 2014. Datuk Seri Michael Yam graduated in Building and Management Studies from the University of Westminster in 1979 and is professionally qualified as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. He was the CEO of the Year 2002 and awarded a honorary fellowship of the Construction Industry Development Board in 2015 and Honorary Member of Malaysia Institute of Estate Agents in 2017.


Christine Sagen Helgø
Mayor of Stavanger, Norway

Christine Sagen Helgø has been the mayor of Stavanger since the regional election of October 2011, representing the Conservative Party of Norway, Høyre (re-elected in 2015). She has a law degree from the University of Bergen, is chair of the board of the Greater Stavanger Economic Development and the Port of Stavanger. In the 2014-2016 term she served as president of World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP), which is a network of 19 cities that are globally recognized as international energy capitals, among them Houston, Aberdeen, Rio de Janeiro, Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Perth.

Mayor Helgø has throughout her time in office had smart cities as one of her main focus areas. As the energy capital of Norway, the Stavanger region was affected by the falling oil prices. The city has therefore worked systematically for several years to widening the scope of our economic development. She has also a great involvement in diversity. With 22 percent of our inhabitants with an origin outside Norway and 189 nationalities, Stavanger is one of the most international regions of Norway and has long traditions of hosting labor immigrants as well as refugee’s settlement.


Mike Savage
Mayor of Halifax, Canada

Mike Savage was first elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality on October 20, 2012, with a mandate to make Halifax the most liveable, entrepreneurial and inclusive city in Canada, principles that continue to shape his work at City Hall and in the community.

Now in his second term, Mayor Savage continues his work to make the Halifax region a place where residents can live, belong and thrive.

As an active member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Big City Mayors’ Caucus, Mayor Savage is a strong local and national voice in support of local economic development, immigration, social equity, and infrastructure investment.

In October 2015, Mayor Savage was selected by his counterparts from across the country to co-chair the FCM’s Syrian refugee response task force, drawing cities together to share best practices in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and resettlement.

In the fall of 2015, he became president of the World Energy Cities partnership, an international organization of cities with significant energy sector interests.

In March 2016, he was honoured as a Modern Maker of Canada by the Canadian Institute on Governance during a ceremony recognizing the growing role of civic leaders in driving the economic prosperity for the country.

In July 2018, Mayor Savage joined the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, participating with 39 other cities from around the world in a collaboration among the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School and Bloomberg Philanthropies to equip mayors with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities.

Prior to his election as Mayor, Mike Savage served as Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour from 2004 until 2011, during which time he played a national role as Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources, Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Mayor Savage has also had a career in business and has demonstrated community leadership through his numerous volunteer roles in social, health and cultural organizations.

Mayor Savage and his wife Darlene have two children, Emma and Conor, and continue to make their home in Dartmouth where Mayor Savage grew up and attended school before graduating from Dalhousie University.


Dr. Mary Wong Lai Lin
Deputy Secretary General (Policy)
Ministry of Housing and Local Government

Dr. Mary Wong has been working for the Malaysian Government for the last 29 years in various capacities in five different ministries. She has extensive experience in public administration, management and research. Her last position was the Director General of Manpower Department, Human Resources Ministry. Currently she is the Deputy Secretary General in charge of policy for the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

She is instrumental in initiating a research on Smart Cities in Malaysia focussing on five pilot cities, namely, Kuala Lumpur; Johor Bharu ; Kuching ; Kota Kinabalu ; and Kulim. The purpose of this research is to identify gaps and to come out with indicators and solutions to address urbanisation issues and to develop smart sustainable cities in the country in the next 8 years.


Datuk Badriyah binti Hj. Ab. Malek
Deputy Secretary General (Energy and Green Technology)
Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC)

Datuk Badriyah is a Subject Matter Expert on policy issues and implementation strategies related to Energy, Sustainable Energy and Green Technology.

She started her career with the administrative and diplomatic services in 1988. Throughout her career she had served several  ministries in various capacities including the Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment; Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia; Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications and Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.

She plays a key role in the development of various national acts and policies including the restructuring of the Malaysian Water Services Sector 2004, the formulation of the National Green Technology Policy 2009, the National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan,  the amendments to the Gas Supply Act 2016 and the nation’s Task Force on Climate Change Mitigation for Energy Sector, the Green Technology Master Plan (2017 – 2030).

She spearheaded and finalised the negotiations between the Government of Thailand, Lao PDR and Malaysia enabling the first multi-lateral power trading in 2017, the development of content and construction of Malaysia Pavilion themed ‘Future Energy’ at ASTANA EXPO2017 which turned out to be one of the most popular pavilions, the Green Initiatives under KL2017 Sea Games which successfully treated and reduced as much as 49% of the waste generated during the games to landfills. Apart from that, energy saving of 917,000 kWh representing 17% of energy was achieved as a result of energy efficiency management.

As a recognition of her role in driving the nation’s renewable energy agenda she was appointed as the First Chief Executive Officer of SEDA Malaysia in September 2011. She was conferred the ASEAN Individual Award for Excellence in Energy Management at the 35th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) on 27 September 2017 in recognition of the significant contributions to advance the ASEAN energy cooperation goals.

She currently oversees the drafting of Low Carbon Cities Master Plan and Policy Road Map, Low Carbon Island Model and Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint which will facilitate the implementation of low carbon initiatives and to showcase a guided and integrated approach to low carbon development in Malaysia.


Datuk Sr. Haji Mohd Najib bin Haji Mohd
Executive Director (Project Management)
Kuala Lumpur City Hall

Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd was appointed as the Executive Director of Project Management for Kuala Lumpur City Hall effective from July 16, 2018.

He was born in Dungun, Terengganu. He holds a degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Technology, Malaysia and graduated in 1982. He received MBA in Project Management from University of Dundee, United Kingdom in 1997.

He is an expert in quantity surveying, project management and city planning as he has been working for Kuala Lumpur City Hall since March 15, 1982. He started off as a Quantity Surveying Officer in Quantity Surveying Department, and became the Director of Quantity Surveying Department from September 15, 2001. On July 1st, 2011, he was appointed as Deputy Director General of Project Management and on January 2nd, 2015 he was appointed as Deputy Director General of Management. As of August 1st, 2015, the position of all Deputy Director Generals was given an improvisation and is now called Executive Directors. On August 1st, 2015, he was appointed as the Executive Director of Planning which supervises and governs the urban and smart planning of Kuala Lumpur City and after that on July 16th, 2018, he was appointed as the Executive Director of Project Management.


Yasmin Rashid
President EcoKnights

YASMIN RASYID is a marine biologist by profession and an environmentalist by passion. She has a degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Contemporary Religion from Duke University, a M.Sc. from University Malaya in Biotechnology and is now currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sustainability Science at University of Malaya at the Faculty of Sciences. Yasmin has 20 years of experience and knowledge in environmental management, community development, and social responsibility in Malaysia. She is also involved in community mobilisation and research-based programs on issues related to sustainability. Yasmin has experiences in organisational, leadership and personal development, people management, organisational financial management, supervision, administration and project management. Yasmin also has more than two decades of experience in reporting, documentation, and content development. She also serves as a mentor for various national programs on entrepreneurship, leadership, sustainability, youth empowerment, women empowerment, and environmental research and human health. Yasmin also provides consultation for business transformation towards sustainability. Yasmin’s credentials can be easily found online including press coverages and releases. In her spare time, Yasmin indulges in creative projects and activities. She also volunteers regularly for local environmental and social NGOs. Yasmin is the founder and president of local environmental and non-profit organization EcoKnights (www.ecoknights.org.my). She served as the Chairperson for Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO) from 2012-2017 leading engagements and advocacy initiatives in this coalition of 26 environmental and social NGOs in the country. She is currently MENGO’s Vice Chairperson. She co-founded Poptani Asia with Sheik Shahnaz, and is also the Chairperson of the Duke Alumni Association Malaysia. In her spare time, Yasmin likes to get her hands dirty with urban farming activities, and river volunteering.


Norliza Hashim
Secretary General EAROPH

Norliza Hashim is the Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia, a Centre of Excellence for Urban Well-being and Sustainability. Urbanice works spans over four main areas – Knowledge Platforms, Advisory, Capability Development and International Partnerships. Through these activities, Urbanice hopes to provide urban leaders and practitioners with the knowledge and support needed to achieve sustainable urbanization.

Norliza is also the Secretary General of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlement (EAROPH), an international multi-sectoral organisation that encourages excellence in planning, development and management to improve the sustainability of human settlements. She sits on the Board of Town Planners Malaysia and is a registered town planner with more than 26 years of town planning experience.

Norliza also has a consulting firm for the past 25 years – AJM Planning and Urban Design Group Sdn Bhd and her experience covers a wide spectrum of the planning discipline where she had also served as a consultant to UN-Habitat in its Urban and Housing Rehabilitation Programmes.

She had led a team of experts to develop the Low Carbon Cities Assessment Framework for the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and is now the Director for Malaysian Institute of Planner’s Low Carbon Cities and Sustainability Centre.

Norliza is also a Board Member of the Malaysian Board of Technologist and her passion lies in the promotion of sustainable development and in providing innovative planning solutions that contributes towards the quality of life of local communities. Her works had brought her to many countries including Russia, Indonesia, China, Pakistan, India and the Saudi Arabia. Her most recent effort is the founding of Urban Lab – a unique entity, which she hopes to evoke critical thinking and inspire people to develop creative ideas, and solutions that shall solve or mitigate urban problems in cities and towns.


Prof Leong Choon Heng
Deputy Director,
Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, Sunway University

Professor Leong is the Deputy Director of the Jeffrey Sachs Center at Sunway University. He is an expert in the fields of sociology, public policy, transportation and logistics. His research is largely in the areas of sustainable development, community participation, sustainable transportation and education delivery systems. Prior to joining Sunway University, he was the President of the Malaysia University of Science and Technology and the Head of the Transportation and Logistics Programme. His experience also includes teaching at the National University of Singapore, working in the Institute of Strategic and International Studies which is a policy think-tank for the Malaysian government, and as consultant to several international organisations on social development and environmental assessment. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College, USA.


Barney Crockett
Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Scotland

Civic Head, Lord Provost and Her Majesty The Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant for the City

Widely experienced in local government he has also on a wide range of Boards in Economic Development, Higher Education, Housing & Culture.

He has been a Trustee of several Pension Funds and is on the Executive of the UK Local Authority Pension Fund Forum.

He is Vice President of the World Energy Cities Partnership.

He is also an active supporter of The Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace initiative.

An authoritative voice on local economic affairs particularly in the international sphere he has been interviewed in the Financial Times, the Economist, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times, Irish Times and Handelsblatt (Netherlands) as well as TV and Radio in the UK, Norway, Italy, Japan and Switzerland.

He is regularly invited to address International Conferences and other gatherings.

Professionally he has worked in the Offshore Oil Industry, as a Teacher and Head Teacher, an Ombudsman and as the Chief Executive of a Charity.

On a lighter note, he has appeared on national quiz shows, Mastermind and Brain of Britain.  He has been a fairly prominent Labour politician.


Jesper Frost Rasmussen
Mayor of Esbjerg, Denmark

Jesper Frost Rasmussen was elected mayor of Esbjerg Municipality in October 2017, but has served on the city council since 2010. Prior to becoming mayor, Jesper Frost Rasmussen has been CEO of DIN Forsyning, a multi-utility company, since 2009. He chairs Business Region Esbjerg and the Danish District Heating Association and serves as a deputy chairman on the board of the Port of Esbjerg and Danmark på Vippen, a national association that fights for growth, prosperity and equal conditions throughout Denmark.
In the most recent budget settlement, the city council decided, that the UN Sustainable Development Goals must be made a priority in the future development in the municipality.


Raslan Ahmad, PhD, FASc
Senior Vice President,

Raslan Ahmad is currently Senior Vice President of MIGHT (Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology) [http://www.might.org.my]. MIGHT was established as an independent, industry-driven non-profit organisation in 1993 and was formally incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 15th October 1994. Under the patronage of YAB Prime Minister of Malaysia, MIGHT is governed by a Board of Directors, helmed through the jointchairmanship of a prominent private sector personality and the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister. MIGHT’s core business remains consensus building through its think-tank platform designed to harness high technology for business and commercial applications.

Prior to joining MIGHT, Raslan was Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM) or Malaysia Innovation Foundation (MIF – http://www.yim.my) an entity under the purview of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). YIM was established in November 2008 by the Government of Malaysia with the main goal to promote and inculcate creativity and innovation among Malaysian citizens, especially targeting children and youth, women, rural folk, people with disabilities and non-government organizations.

Prior to joining YIM, he was Undersecretary of ICT Policy Division, MOSTI from 2006-2009. Throughout his service, he had covered major areas of ICT policy planning, implementation and monitoring. He was entrusted to coordinate and manage ICT Cluster includes supervision of ICT agencies (i.e. Multimedia Development Corporation, MIMOS, Cyber Security Malaysia and .my Domain) and its programs (i.e. MSC Malaysia, Knowledge Grid Malaysia, ICT for All Program etc.), lead National ICT Council Secretariat, managed e-Content and Demonstrator Application Grant Scheme (DAGS)/fund, monitor the implementation of National ICT Roadmap and National Cyber Security Policy and coordinate the ICT international cooperation.

Raslan gained a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Southeast Asian Studies and Master of Philosophy in Human Development at the University of Malaya in 1987 and 1991 and Ph.D in Science Policy and Technology Management at Policy Research in Science, Engineering and Technology (PREST), an institute of the University of Manchester in 1999.

Raslan started off his career 30 years ago as Coordinator for Corporate Planning Division of MIMOS (Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems) and grew with the government R&D powered house through its corporatization process along the years. With over 16 years of experience in MIMOS, more than 6 years in MOSTI, 2 years in YIM and 4 years in MIGHT, Raslan brings with him a wealth of experience in corporate planning, R&D management, government and universities alliances and has extensive experience in science governance at the national and international levels.

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Han Li Hua
Mayor of Daqing, China

Mr. Han Lihua has extensive experience in urban city management as he has worked in various economic departments of the Heilongjiang Provincial Government. He was the vice mayor and then the Mayor of the city of Qitaihe, a coal industry based city located in the east of Heilongjiang Province.

Since July 2015, he has been serving as the Mayor of Daqing, an oil and gas industry based city that is also the home to China’s largest land oil field. During his tenure as Mayor of Daqing, Mr. Han Lihua has been championed economic diversification and industrial transformation efforts to ensure that Daqing grows in a sustainable manner. These efforts have resulted in Daqing winning a number of awards including the National Civilized City award, National Model City of Environmental Protection award, National Healthy City and National Garden City awards. Daqing is one of China’s Service Outsource Cities and has been ranked 22th in terms of city competitiveness for livability.


Abd Rahim Mahmood
Head – Strategic Research,
Corporate Strategy, PETRONAS

Mr. Abd Rahim Mahmood is currently Head of Strategic Research, Corporate Strategy, PETRONAS. He has a BA Degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Aix-Marseille, France. He has been with PETRONAS for the past 26 years, with the first 10 years of assignment at PETRONAS Gas Bhd, a gas processing and transmission company under the Corporate & Commercial Services, with a focus on gas business planning.

As Head of Strategic Research in PETRONAS, he has acquired extensive and well-rounded experience in providing industry advisory covering Macro-economy, Energy & Environment, Geopolitics, Exploration & Production, Oil industry and prices projection, Gas & LNG industry and prices projection, and Petrochemicals industry, as well as Mega Trends and Futurists. His current portfolio is primarily focused on the provision of critical analyses and strategic insights on specific industry issues and emerging trends to support PETRONAS’ strategic planning and decision making for future growth and sustainability.

He has also served as panelist/speaker at numerous strategic sessions within PETRONAS, as well as being panelist/discussion leader at Regional/international fora organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Energy Forum (IEF), International Gas Union (IGUI), ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting, ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE) and World Economic Forum (WEF)

As part of his current portfolio, he also provided high level corporate advisory on strategic and business issues to key Federal Government policy makers that include Economic Planning Unit and Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, MITI, KPDNHEP and Bank Negara Malaysia, to name a few. He also served as a member of numerous Steering and Technical Committees to provide actionable insights and strategic advisory to shape key national policies and studies led by the Government, particularly in the area of energy, oil and gas.

He is also Malaysia National Chairman for ASEAN Council of Petroleum (ASCOPE), where he provides advisory to various energy expert working groups that include Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline, ASEAN Petroleum Stockpiling Agreements, ASEAN Energy Working Group, ASEAN plus Three (Japan, China & Korea), and ASEAN-EU, to name a few. He had also represented PETRONAS and Malaysia as a High Level Committee Member at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) from 2006 -2008. He had also shared his expertise in international study and research as a member of the International Gas Union (IGU) Study Group on ‘Strategy, economics & Regulations’ (Triennium 2004-2009); and Task Force on ‘Geopolitics of Gas’ (Triennium 2009-2012).


Masni Muhammad
Oil & Gas and Maritime Technology
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

Ms. Masni joined MIDA in 1998 as an Assistant Director and was attached to the Petrochemical Industry Division. She rose up to become the Director, Oil & Gas and Maritime Technology Division in January 2017. Her main role in this Division is to promote foreign and domestic investments as well as to coordinate the development of oil & gas industry especially in the services sector for upstream, midstream and downstream. She has vast experiences in evaluating high quality projects and was instrumental in recommending policies for the industry to the government/stake holders. She holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hon) from University Malaya.


Cheah Wai Seng
Managing Director
ASEAN Energy Digital Lead Accenture

Wai Seng is a seasoned consulting practitioner with 17 years of global consulting experience at Accenture. In his current role as the ASEAN Digital Energy Lead, he focuses on bringing thought leadership and digital capabilities to the oil and gas industry around the region.


Matt Lockley
Business and Skills Manager,
Aberdeen City Council

Matt has over 15 years’ experience working in community and economic development and relocated to Aberdeen in September 2016 to take up the role of Business and Skills Manager. His economic development career started in 2001, working on a community regeneration project in Nottingham. Since then, Matt has worked in a number of local authority and public-private partnerships, including Sheffield City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Greater Nottingham Partnership. His roles have covered a wide range of economic development activities including external funding, inward investment, trade and export, employment and skills and physical regeneration / business park development. Before relocating to Aberdeen, Matt led a corporate programme looking at the devolution agenda in England.

Matt has a degree and Masters in Russian and Soviet Studies and retains a keen interest in this. Outside of work, Matt’s interests include reading, sports, hill walking and travel.


Andrew F. Icken 
Chief Development Officer,

Andy Icken currently serves as Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Chief Development Officer for the City of Houston.  He has oversight of the Houston Airport System, the Convention & Entertainment Facilities (Houston First Corporation), the Planning Department, the  Office of Business Opportunities, the Housing and Community Development Department, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Economic Development, International Affairs and Development and Homeless Initiatives.

Prior to his appointment to Chief Development Officer, he served as Deputy Director of Public Works & Engineering for the City of Houston – Planning & Development Services Division.  This Division facilitates responsible development for the City of Houston. The development processes the Division manages include the analysis of the availability and adequacy of the public utilities to serve proposed development, the issuance of building permits and inspection of construction, the proposed acquisition and abandonment of public easements and/or rights of way, the construction of new water, wastewater, and storm drainage, and the securing of Life Safety/Occupancy Certificates for new and existing commercial buildings.  The Division also oversees and enforces stormwater drainage and stormwater quality control regulations.

Prior to joining the City of Houston, Mr. Icken served for 6 years as Executive Vice President of the Texas Medical Center.  His responsibilities for Texas Medical Center included business enterprises, support services, government affairs and public affairs.

Preceding his employment with Texas Medical Center, Mr. Icken had an extensive career of over 30 years with ExxonMobil.  From 1990 to 2000 he was Executive-in-Charge of Exxon’s (ExxonMobil) Materials and Service Department. This department provided shared business services to Exxon’s domestic and international affiliates – services which included corporate procurement, real estate and facilities operations and management and other shared business services.  Mr. Icken’s career with Exxon included other executive positions in business line management in both the United States and foreign Exxon affiliates.

Mr. Icken is past president of the Houston Minority Business Council and continues to serve on their Board of Directors.  He is past Chairman and continues to serve on the Board of the Santa Maria Hostel – a United Way agency with a mission to provide residential drug and alcohol treatment to women and their dependent children.  He is past Chairman of the South Main Center Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Main Street Coalition; he also served on the Board of Directors for the Business Consortium Fund.

Mr. Icken holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s of Science in Industrial Administration also from Carnegie Mellon.

Mr. Icken and his wife, Maylynn, have been married for over 40 years and reside in Kingwood.  They have two daughters and 6 grandchildren.


Susanne Nordenbæk
Chief Executive Officer,
Business Development Esbjerg

Susanne Nordenbæk holds a Master degree in Political Science from Aarhus University and is the CEO of Business Development Esbjerg with the aim to create optimal conditions for doing business, living, studying, and visiting the areas of Esbjerg and Fanø.

Concurrently, Susanne Nordenbæk is the CEO of Business Region Esbjerg, transversally working on optimizing conditions for business development in the member councils.

Previously, Susanne Nordenbæk has held leading positions in the Danish Chamber of Commerce as well as VisitDenmark, both in Denmark and abroad. Specialties: International Management and Leadership, Marketing & Communications, Business Development, Public Affairs, Policy Making, Public Private Cooperations, Project Management, Relationship building, Cross cultural understanding, and People Management.

As head of a 900 company-member organisation, Susanne Nordenbæk is daily in touch with the companies that have contributed to the transformation of Esbjerg from a 1970 fishing town to Denmark’s EnergyMetropolis and offshore capital of today. But the adventure is not over yet. New business adventures await Esbjerg and the companies in the area.

Susanne Nordenbæk has recently moved to Esbjerg and has experienced the spirit of enterprise and initiative among the people and companies in the area.