Speakers

Speakers Line-Up

Sunil Gupta
Head – Group Renewables
Sembcorp Industries, Singapore

John Eric T. Francia
Managing Director and member of the Management Committee of Ayala Corporation
President and CEO of AC Energy Holdings, Inc.

Jay Mariyappan
Managing Director
Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Leandro Leviste
President and Chief Executive Officer
Solar Philippines, Philippines

Franck Constant
Founder and CEO
Constant Energy, Thailand

Geoffrey James
Director of Technology
Pilbara Solar Pty Ltd, Australia

Lionel Steinitz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
LYS Energy Group, Singapore

Manu Karan
Vice President – Business Development and New Initiatives
CleanMax Solar, India

Naresh Kumar Govindan
Director & Regional Head – Business Development
juwi Renewable Energies Ltd, Singapore

Alexander Lenz
Chief Executive Officer
Conergy, Singapore

Ir. Nirinder Singh Johl
Head of New Products
Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia

Mylene Capongcol
Director, Renewable Energy Management Bureau, Department of Energy, Philippines
Y.B.K Reddy
Deputy General Manager (PV)
Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited, India

Sharon O. Montañer
Chief – Renewable Energy Division
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Philippines

Gian Yi-Hsen
Executive Director
CleanTech, Economic Development Board, Singapore

Roland Roesch
Senior Programme Officer, RE Markets and Technology Dialogue
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany

Anna Maria A. Reodica
Renewables Program Manager and Specialist
Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), Philippines

Duarte da Silva
Managing Director
Asia Climate Partners, Hong Kong

Adrian Wong
Partner
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (Singapore) LLP, Singapore

Mr. Van Thinh Bui
Chairman & CEO
Thuan Binh Wind Power J/S Company (TBW),

Chollawit Winitchai
Head of International Investment Division (Acting)
Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc. (RATCH), Thailand
Pham Quoc Anh
Vice Chairman and Deputy General Manager (Energy & Investment)
Phu Cuong Group Corporation, Vietnam
Dr. Ir. Tumiran
Board Member, National Energy Council
Dewan Energi Nasional (DEN), Indonesia
Dato' Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini bin Ujang
Secretary General
Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA), Malaysia
Justin Tan
Partner
Clyde & Co
Søren Mensal Kristensen
Energy Counsellor - G2G, Head of Energy Cooperation, Embassy of Denmark to Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea & ASEAN

Speakers Profile

Sunil Gupta
Head – Group Renewables
Sembcorp Industries, Singapore

Sunil has been involved in the renewable energy industry for more than a decade.  Prior to his current role Sunil was global head of cleantech banking at Standard Chartered and global head of technology and global cleantech research at Morgan Stanley. During his term, Sunil steered these institutions to win many prestigious industry awards. He has had a firsthand experience of participating in the emergence of cleantech companies in Asia, Europe and the US. Over the last decade, Sunil has extensively participated in discussions with regulators in structuring and formulating policies for renewable energy.
Sunil is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the NUS Business School in Singapore.

Sunil earned B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, both in India.


John Eric T. Francia
Managing Director and member of the Management Committee of Ayala Corporation
President and CEO of AC Energy Holdings, Inc.

Eric T. Francia is a Managing Director and member of the Management Committee of Ayala Corporation since 2009.  He is President and CEO of AC Energy Holdings, Inc.

In his previous role as Head of Ayala’s Corporate Strategy and Development group, Mr. Francia led Ayala’s entry into energy and transport infrastructure sectors in 2011. Under his leadership, Ayala invested in over 1,000MW of attributable capacity in the energy sector, and secured over $1bn worth of PPP projects in the transport infrastructure space.

Mr. Francia is a member of the Board of Directors of Manila Water Company, Inc., AC Energy Holdings, Inc., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, Light Rail Manila Holdings, Inc., Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc., Ayala Education, Inc., Ayala Aviation Corporation, Ayala Hotels, Inc., HCM City Infrastructure Investment Joint Stock Company (Vietnam), and several other operating companies. He is also a Trustee of the University of Asia and the Pacific Foundation, Inc.


Jay Mariyappan
Managing Director
Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Jay has over 15 years of financial, technical and managerial experience in energy investments, operations and emissions trading in Asia, Europe, Africa, North & Latin America,. He has been at Sindicatum since 2008 and is responsible for delivery in Asia and business development in SE Asia. He has a PhD in Distributed Generation from Imperial College, London and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern) and Hong Kong Business School (HKUST).


Leandro Leviste
President and Chief Executive Officer
Solar Philippines, Philippines

Leandro Leviste leads Solar Philippines, Southeast Asia's largest solar company and only integrated solar developer, investor, manufacturer, and EPC, with a mission to accelerate the global transition towards a solar powered future, to lower the cost of solar and making the Philippines a first-world nation. In 2013, Leviste founded Solar Philippines as a sophomore at Yale University (he was president of the Yale Student Council in his freshmen year), and since then grew the company, which now has 300MW in projects and 600 employees. Leviste has purposefully built Solar Philippines as a company not motivated by profit, but creating a social impact, by lowering power rates and bringing reliable electricity to every Filipino.

Solar Philippines develops, constructs, and operates solar farms that power millions of households across the Philippines. The company devotes disproportionate time to  bringing low-cost solar energy to marginalized areas, as demonstrated by its 8MWh Solar-Battery Micro-Grid project in Paluan, Occidental Mindoro, the first solar microgrid of that scale in Asia, which has brought 24/7 power to a town of 20,000 people. By opening the first Filipino solar panel factory in 2017, Solar Philippines has created 1000 manufacturing jobs, and brought down the cost of solar, and disrupted the local power industry, by closing an 85 MW Power Supply Agreement with Meralco at Php 2.99/kWh the lowest cost of any new power plant in Philippine history.

Leviste has a long list of awards and recognition to his name. In 2016, Leviste was recognized by Forbes on its inaugural 30 under 30 Asia, topping its list for Energy and Industry; he has been featured by CNBC, The Guardian, and Channel News Asia, among international media outlets, and has spoken at international forums across the US, Europe, and Asia, as an authority on solar in Southeast Asia, and an advocate for solar and storage technology to replace fossil fuel and serve off-grid areas. Leviste has shown his he is uninterested in business itself, consistently lowering costs, thus forgoing profits to consumers, and serving marginalized areas; rather, he is motivated by giving every Filipino access to cheap, clean, reliable electricity.


Franck Constant
Founder and CEO
Constant Energy, Thailand

Franck is founder and President of Constant Energy, a global solar and battery IPP with operating and power plants under development in 7 countries. He has over 20 years of experience working in the independent power industry and 10 year in solar PV. Prior to founding ConstantEnergy, Franck co-founded Sonnedix, a solar IPP in 2009 and as board member and President developed the business into a global solar IPP fund present in 8 countries, including France, UK, Japan, Thailand, South Africa, with world class development, project finance, construction and asset management capabilities. Franck moved into the power generation industry in 1995 by joining Sithe Energies Inc. in Bangkok where he worked for five years developing Sithe’s power projects and business in South East Asia. During this period, Sithe became Thailand’s leading foreign IPP, with new assets worth over $500 million. He continued in the power generation industry until 2002, working as Director for Business Development for Sithe in Korea and subsequently for Mirant Asia-Pacific in North East Asia. In these roles, he successfully structured, financed and managed over $1 billion of greenfield power projects and acquisitions for Sithe and Mirant. Franck started an energy consulting firm in 2002 by establishing Asia Energy Resources, subsequently acquired by AWR Lloyd, an energy advisory firm in 2006, becoming a partner in AWR Lloyd till 2010, providing advisory services to oil, power and mining companies.


Geoffrey James
Director of Technology
Pilbara Solar Pty Ltd, Australia

Dr Geoff James is consultant in clean energy and is respected as a thought leader following over 25 years of multidisciplinary research with government and private-sector clients.  His research and consulting interests include integrating renewable energy in power systems, distribution network evolution, international clean energy trade, energy market development in Asia, and energy storage technology and applications.

Geoff received his PhD in Physics (radioastronomy) in 1991 at the University of Tasmania.  He then joined CSIRO and until 2002 worked on research and commercial projects in radio antenna engineering, particular satellite communications.  Joining a team working on distributed systems with embedded intelligence, Geoff began to research distributed energy at the very time that “smart grid” came into the language, specializing in energy storage.  In 2013 Geoff left CSIRO to consult privately, and he spent 2014 with Reposit Power to help commercialise residential energy storage in the Australian market.  In 2016 he joined the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS as a Research Principal, where multi-disciplinary teams work on high-impact client projects to create change.  In 2017 he co-founded Pilbara Solar to help Australia’s solar power industry to look outwards and become our next major export opportunity.

His personal goal is to speed regional progress towards clean electrification through a balanced mix of local energy systems and international clean energy trading.


Lionel Steinitz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
LYS Energy Group, Singapore

Lionel Steinitz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LYS Energy, a solar power producer (IPP) that builds, owns and operates solar PV Systems for commercial, industrial and public sites in the Asia Pacific region.
In the last few years, he has been active in the renewable energy space through his own consultancy, advising governments, corporations and investors on project structuring, financial modelling, and renewable energy policy.

Prior to that, Lionel worked at ING Singapore as Director, Fixed Income Trading for G-10 with a portfolio over €100 million. He has over 10 years of experience as a derivatives trader and fixed income specialist.

Lionel has advised several governments and financial institutions and have overseen the development of over 250MWp of renewable energy projects across various technologies.

Lionel holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunications and Artificial Intelligence from the Institut National des Telecommunications.


Manu Karan
Vice President – Business Development and New Initiatives
CleanMax Solar, India

Manu Karan is the Vice President of Business Development for new business initiatives at CleanMax Solar. Manu has over 12 years of work experience in Renewable energy and Semiconductor fields across multiple countries. Prior to CleanMax, Manu worked with SunEdison as Head of Business Development for Tamil Nadu and Distributed Generation India for 5 years. He has an MBA from the Indian School of Business, and an MS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. Manu has been an avid speaker at events like REI, Intersolar, Gujarat Shining etc.


Naresh Kumar Govindan
Director & Regional Head – Business Development
juwi Renewable Energies Ltd, Singapore

Naresh Kumar Govindan,Director & Head- Business Development, at juwi Renewable energies based in Singapore.

Naresh has worked in APAC markets in Conventional Power and renewable power for over 20 years, expanded business for various international brands in the region. Naresh is responsible for developing and leading the origination team for juwi Renewables in the SEA region, with focus on Solar, Wind and storage technologies.

Naresh has extensive experience in Developing and Financing fleet of bankable Utility Scale and Distributed Generation asset. Previous experience also includes SunEdison, where he implemented unique business models and financing structures including a largest Solar powered car park canopy in the region.

Naresh has Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, P.G. Diploma in Energy Management and MBA in Renewables.


Alexander Lenz
Chief Executive Officer
Conergy, Singapore

Alexander Lenz is responsible for Conergy’s business in Asia Pacific. His wide-ranging portfolio includes a business focus on project development, project financing, turnkey contracting and O&M of utility scale photovoltaic power plants. He previously held senior corporate management roles with Conergy AG as VP of Corporate Development and Restructuring and Senior Manager for Strategic Projects.

Prior to joining Conergy, he was a senior consultant for Restructuring & Corporate Finance with Roland Berger, a leading strategy consulting firm. He has extensive professional experience in management consulting, having worked for Deloitte & Touche and Pricewaterhouse Coopers earlier in his career.

Mr Lenz earned a Masters Degree in Business Economics from the University of Maastricht and is based in Singapore.


Ir. Nirinder Singh Johl
Head of New Products
Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia

Nirinder has 28 years experience in the utility sector presently has spoken at various local and international forums on Utility Relationship Management (URM).  Nirinder was also the President of the Contact Centre Association of Malaysia (CCAM) 2010-2012.
Nirinder has a great passion for customer service & marketing and  always enhancing the system, processes and procedures to ensure TNB customers’ expectation and satisfaction are met.  He is currently entrusted with developing the beyond-the-kWhr businesses in TNB.  


Sharon O. Montañer
Chief – Renewable Energy Division
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Philippines

Sharon Ocampo-Montañer is presently the Chief of the Renewable Energy Division of the Energy Regulatory Commission.  An economist in profession, Sharon has 15 years of experience in energy regulation and is currently tasked to handle RE when the Renewable Energy Act was passed in 2008.  As head of the Renewable Energy Division, Ms. Montañer was responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the different programs under the RE Act such as the Feed-in Tariff, Cost Recovery Mechanism for compliance to Renewable Portfolio Standards, Net-Metering Program and the Regulatory Framework for Green Energy Option.  She was also tasked to develop, implement, monitor and review the framework for the grant of cash incentives for off-grid RE plants, including the regulatory framework for battery storage system and ancillary service requirements due to intermittent RE.  Lastly, she is responsible for the effective implementation of all other ERC-mandated provisions of the RE Act.


Roland Roesch
Senior Programme Officer, RE Markets and Technology Dialogue
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany

Dr. Roland Roesch is Senior Programme Officer - RE Markets and Technology Dialogue at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Before becoming a professor in 2010, Dr. Roesch worked for 15 years in the Oil&Gas and Utilities Industries for Shell as a General Manager Power and for E.ON as Head of Division, Project Leader, Project Executive and Technical Project Developer. Before joining E.ON, Dr. Roesch worked as Energy Market Consultant for Lahmeyer International and as researcher for renewable energies. Dr. Roesch has solid business experience in energy markets, energy economics and energy strategies, renewable integration management, energy project development and project financing. He currently leads, amongst other, the IRENA Renewable Energy Project Facilitation initiative known as IRENA Project Navigator and IRENAs work related to Renewable Energy Technology Innovation.


Chollawit Winitchai
Head of International Investment Division (Acting)
Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc. (RATCH), Thailand

An power generation and infrastructure industry professional in investment, finance and
project development role in Australia and South East Asia’s electricity markets. A proven track
record of applying strong commercial, analytical and management skills to successfully
complete all major investment and due-diligence activities associated with the investment of
renewable energy.

In particular a high degree of proficiency and experience in the following areas:

  • Strategic business development, market review and forecast assessments
  • Financial modelling and valuation of investment opportunities
  • Financial planning and fund raising
  • Project Financing and risks allocation
  • Leading multi-disciplinary project teams for M&A activities
  • Stakeholders relationship management
  • Risk management and mitigation plan
  • Key Contract drafting, review and negotiation, including: Power purchase/energy off-take, EPC and O&M, Fuel supply and Project Financing
  • Successful track records in 2016 - 2017
    • Project development and archived financial close of Mount Emerald Wind farm project 180 MW in Queensland, Australia – November 2016
    • Project development and achieved financial close of Collinsville Solar PV project 42.5 MW in Queensland, Australia – May 2017
    • Successful bidder in MRT monorail Yellow and Pink line with JV of BTS and STECON and signed the concession agreement with MRTA in June 2017

Duarte da Silva
Managing Director
Asia Climate Partners, Hong Kong

Duarte da Silva has over 15 years of experience in environmental investments. Prior to joining ACP, he worked with ADB’s private equity group, which manages a portfolio of over 47 private equity fund participations amounting to over US$ 800 million. Prior to ADB, Mr. da Silva worked for Credit Suisse’s Environmental Business Group, where he was responsible for structuring private equity funds in clean tech and environmental services. Previously, he worked in the M&A divisions of RW Baird and Santander Investimentos in London and Lisbon, focusing mainly on the agriculture, renewable energy, infrastructure, and transport sectors. Mr. da Silva began his career at Arthur Andersen as a financial consultant. He holds an MBA from Oxford University and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University Catolica Portuguesa.


Dato' Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini bin Ujang
Secretary General
Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA), Malaysia

Zaini Ujang is the Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia since 5 August 2016. He was the Secretary General Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia since July 2015 – August 2016 and the Secretary General II, Ministry of Education Malaysia (June 2013 – July 2015), the fifth Vice-Chancellor of University Technology Malaysia (October 2008 - May 2013) and the first recipient of the prestigious Merdeka Award for the category of Outstanding Scholastics Achievement in 2009.

He was Chairman of the task force for preparing Malaysia Higher Education Blueprint (2015 – 2025) and spearheading the governance and financial sustainability shifts. He also has initiated UTM transformation program to be research technical university, from 10% to 50% enrolment of graduate students within five years (2008 – 2013); and initiated research collaborations with MIT, Imperial College London, Cambridge and Oxford.

His academic contributions are in the field of environmental management and technology, particularly water and wastewater treatment sustainable resource strategies and industrial ecology. Apart from his involvement in his academics, he also served on various public agencies such as Chairman of Environmental Quality Council, Malaysia (since 2009), and member of National Water Services Commission (2007 – 2014).

He has written more than 250 scientific papers published in leading academic journals and proceedings, and 33 books on environmental engineering, water sustainability, higher education and learning innovation, and published more than 1000 articles in mainstream media since 1988.

He is also active in voluntary bodies: Vice-President of International Water Association (2004 - 2006), Editor of Water Science and Technology since 2000 and President Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia (2016).

He is a Fellow at the Swedish Royal Physiographic Society in Lund (Sweden), Fellow at the Science Academy (Malaysia) Fellow at the Institute of Chemical Engineering (UK) and seeing Fellow of Institute Water Association.

He is also registered as a Professional Engineer (Malaysia), Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK), Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (UK). He was also a Visiting Professor at MIT (the United States), Imperial College London (UK), and Tsukuba University Japan.


Adrian Wong
Partner
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (Singapore) LLP, Singapore

Adrian is a lawyer specialising in the energy and infrastructure sector.  He is qualified in both English and Singapore law. Adrian has advised power generation, transmission, renewable energy, petrochemical and construction companies as well as companies in the oil and gas industry in relation to their infrastructure and construction projects internationally.

Adrian has provided comprehensive and integrated advice on all aspects of infrastructure project development ranging from negotiations with government authorities relating to project concessions; lenders providing project financing (and other forms of financing) to projects, EPC contractors, feedstock and utilities suppliers and potential offtakers and O&M service providers.

His previous role as an in-house legal counsel for a multi-national energy company, gives him a particular depth of insight into the energy sector as well as a clear understanding of the business needs of clients.

Adrian has had practical experience across Asia, having worked for clients on projects in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Mongolia.


Justin Tan
Partner
Clyde & Co

Justin is a partner based in the firm’s Singapore office. Having lived and worked in key Asia Pacific business and financial centres Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai, Justin's practice focuses on projects and corporate/commercial work across Asia Pacific and South Asian jurisdictions.

His projects practice covers projects primarily in the energy, infrastructure and commodities sectors, with also projects relating to the construction of manufacturing and R&D facilities for all sector players. His corporate practice covers cross border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, multijurisdictional corporate restructuring exercises and general corporate and commercial work. He also advises clients on international trade and commodities transactions and regulations around the Southeast Asia region.

Justin has advised on major energy (including renewables), infrastructure and chemicals projects in Southeast Asia, China, the UAE, and Brazil, acting for both project sponsors and lenders. He advises on all aspects of projects including project financing and bankability, tender processes and obtaining of government licences and permits, technology licensing and transfer, EPC and project management, land-related issues as well as supply, off-take and tolling arrangements.

Justin is qualified as an advocate and solicitor of the Singapore Bar, as well as a solicitor of England & Wales. He speaks fluent English, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.