A 2-day workshop to understand the science of climate change, and the implications of global warming for energy, food and health security.


Know about the financial and investment opportunities in low-carbon energy market, green development and the role of Climate Finance in Smart cities

Connecting People, Climate, and Investments
Date: May 8 -9 2018
Venue: Singapore
CPD Points pending

Risks, Threats and Opportunities

A 2-day workshop to understand the science of climate change, and the implications of global warming for energy, food &  health security. Climate change policy is explained in the context of the planet’s climate history and the risks of not addressing climate change decisively by using available renewable energy.

The role of Climate-related Finance and Investment regarding energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, carbon capture and storage and geoengineering in mitigating climate change will be covered with respect to the opportunities that now exist in the low-carbon energy market that will lead the world to a safer, cooler and more secure future.

Why the Workshop?

In December 2015 under the Paris Climate Agreement, the world agreed to pursue goals to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 20C, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to no more than 1.50C to prevent what the United Nations refers to as “dangerous” man-made climate change.

The principal cause of global warming is the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels,as well as human impacts on global ecosystems such as the forests and wetlands. Climate change mitigation and adaptation represents unprecedented financial and investment opportunities with respect to climate policy implementation, renewable energy sources and power delivery systems,as well as the development of resilient urban infrastructure.

Who can Attend?

  • Climate, energy, and sustainability professionals
  • Government representatives & policymakers 
  • Executives & practitioners 
  • Academia & individuals

Lead Trainer

Prof Dr. Jeff Obbard 
Prof. Dr Jeff Obbard is an environmental scientist, ecologist, environmental engineer, and entrepreneur. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental science (chemistry & microbiology), and a B.Sc. (Honours) in Ecology (1st Class) from the UK. He spent 17 years at the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), and has recently returned from Qatar, where he was Director and Professor at the Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University.

During his time at NUS, Prof.Obbard was Director of the Sustainable Development & Water Alliance (SDWA) and Research Director at the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).In Singapore, he also held a joint- appointment with the Agency for Science Technology & Research (A*STAR) as Principal Scientist on its Bioenergy Program. On a two-year sabbatical from NUS, Prof.Obbard served as Vice President for Science & Technology at a Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum joint-venture company in Hawaii, USA to develop renewable low-carbon biofuels. Read Full Bio here>>

Workshop Trainers

Dr Jason Blake Cohen
Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, China.
Dr. Jason Blake Cohen is currently a “Young Thousand Talent’s” Professor at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. He graduated with a BA from UC Berkeley in Applied Mathematics and Geography, a MS from Caltech in Environmental Science, and an ScD from MIT in Climate Chemistry and Physics.
Dr. Cohen started working in Asia in 2010, where he worked at SMART and later the National University of Singapore (as an Assistant Professor). His research focuses to the use and development of models, integrating models with data, representation of non-linear processes such as urbanization and land-use change, and interactions between aerosols/Haze and the climate system.
Marion Vieweg
Senior Consultant Mitigation and MRV, Current Future in Berlin
Marion is a senior consultant on energy and climate strategies at Current Future in Berlin, specializing in the analysis of energy and climate policy, mitigation options, climate finance and the link to sustainable development with 18 years of experience in climate policy.
Marion has worked as a consultant for Ecofys and Climate Analytics and as a program officer at the UNFCCC secretariat and has extensive experience in designing, monitoring and evaluating mitigation measures.
She is one of the lead authors of the WRI GHG Protocol Policy and Action Standard. Marion is also a member of the Expert Group on MRV of the GIZ Transfer Project on climate-friendly transport technologies and measures and of the Technical Working Groups for Transformational Change.
Dr. Sergio Ugarte
Founding member & Managing director of SQ Consult
Sergio is a Founding member and managing director of SQ Consult, a European-based consultancy focused sustainable, low carbon and climate resilient development. He has over 25 years of experience in sustainable energy, climate change, low-carbon strategies and green economy in the EU-28 and more than 50 developing countries across continents.
Sergio has focused its work in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and funding instruments aiming to overcome market failures and investment barriers. He has occupied a variety of high level positions such as the global director of energy strategies at Ecofys and Vice Minister of Energy or Peru. He received his doctoral degree in engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.
Xueman Wang
Coordinator, Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) Senior Urban Specialist
Xueman Wang – a senior urban expert, leads World Bank’s Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) and manages lending operations for urban infrastructure in China. She leads the World Bank report Chongqing 2040 and GPSC’s Urban Sustainability Framework. She was one of the lead authors for the World Bank flagship report 2010 World Development Report –“Development and Climate Change”. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was with the United Nations Environment Program (UEP) in Montreal, Canada. Before that, she worked at the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn. She was the member of Climate Change Council of the Global Agenda of the World Economic Forum (2012 to 2014).
Dr. Anna Itkin
PhD | Co-founder | The Inceptery
Anna is a co-founder of The Inceptery – a Singapore-based consultancy focused on business model innovation for sustainability. They provide services in sustainability reporting, assurance, and strategy. She has a PhD in chemistry and biophysics. She is an experienced researcher and a thought leader in the field of sustainability-oriented innovation. Sustainability, The Triple Bottom Line, and Conscious Capitalism take into account the full cost involved in doing business.
The Inceptery offers sustainability-based solutions to business. Inceptery is pursuing bold projects that take sustainability to a new level. In solving business problems with sustainability-led innovation approach, Inceptery creates value and enable business growth with positive environmental and social impact.
Marisa Agrasut
Design Management & Innovation Consultant, The Inceptery
Having led and managed programs from research through to implementation across various industries, Marisa’s experience is truly interdisciplinary. She has helped businesses build their brands, discovering insights and translating them into the tangible; to resonate and connect with their stakeholders. Of the entrepreneurial persuasion, in 2010 Marisa co-founded a meat-free, reduced carbon, community farm-focused food enterprise with the 3P’s (people, planet, profit) at the very heart of the business model, designing-in inclusive employment, micro-loans, knowledge transfer, self-development opportunities and health benefits. Areas of Interest/Specialty: Design and Innovation Frameworks, Processes, Sustainability & Regeneration, Ideation.

Day 1

Part 1:

Science of Climate change

Topics covered include: Climate change & the sun; global temperatures and green- house gases; the Earth’s climate history; the Earth’s energy balance; climate feed- back mechanisms; sea level rise; ocean acidification; the Earth’s cryosphere and ice dynamics; and the hydrological (water) cycle.

Part 2

Global ecosystems and Climate Change

Topics covered include The Earth’s carbon cycle; global ecosystems and sustainability; and the Gaia hypothesis.Climate change policy; the global carbon budget & risk; climate change risks in South-east Asia.

Day 2

Part 3

Climate Change Mitigation – energy, Carbon Capture & Geoengineering

Topics covered include: Energy & climate-carbon capture & storage; and climate geoengineering.

Part 4

Global Climate Change policy Climate Finance & investment

The changing political landscape on greening the economy; Investment risks and opportunities in low-carbon, green development; The role of Climate Finance (with examples); Needs and opportunities for climate finance in Singapore; Smart cities (activities in Singapore and the region).

course agenda

course agenda

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