From 10 November 2020 to 17 February 2021, the CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge (CSXC) called for proposals across the globe to make buildings more climate-resilient and resource-efficient. Six outstanding submissions have been selected from over 270 entries across more than 25 countries. The six finalists are being mentored by CapitaLand business leaders and senior leaders from CSXC’s strategic partners. The finalists are also given access to potential investors through CSXC global partners’ sustainability and innovation platforms.
At the Grand Finale held on 11 June 2021, two winners walked away with an exclusive opportunity to pilot their solutions with CapitaLand, while securing up to S$50,000 in project funding. In addition, they will also have the chance to showcase their innovations to senior global business leaders, investors and policymakers at the annual Ecosperity Week organised by Temasek.
Congratulations to the two winners of the inaugural CapitaLand Sustainability X Challenge!
Most Innovative Award
Climatec Corp Pte Ltd (Singapore)
ClimaControl Quantum Resonance Water - Revolution in cooling tower water treatment
Challenge Statement #2 How might we achieve significant reduction in energy consumption for existing buildings?
High Impact Award
INOVUES, Inc. (United States of America)
Adaptive Glazing Shield, revitalizing windows for enhanced energy efficiency
Challenge Statement #2 How might we achieve significant reduction in energy consumption for existing buildings?
Relive the exciting 6 pitches here!
(Click on their logos below)
Climatec Corp Pte LtdClimaControl - Revolution in cooling tower water treatment by Climatec Corp Pte Ltd – A chemical-free treatment process for cooling tower water to reduce scaling and increase cycles of concentration.
INOVUES, INC.INOVUES adaptive glazing shield - Revitalizing windows for better building by INOVUES, INC. – An insulating glass retrofit technology that reduces heat gain (during summer) and heat lost (during winter) inside a building, reducing the energy consumption used to cool or heat the building.
g-EN Pte LtdBlue Green World - Powered by 100% green energy by g-EN Pte Ltd – A portable, self-powered energy generator cum chiller which can generate clean energy and cool air affordably for buildings using ambient heat or waste heat.
Taichu Guocai Materials Co. LtdGRPU curtain wall - The future of green building by Taichu Guocai Materials Co. Ltd – The innovative use of Glassfiber Reinforced Polyurethane (GRPU) for curtain walls that enhances heat and wind resistance while reducing embodied carbon.
CleanRobotics Inc.TrashBot - Sorting waste with artificial intelligence and robotics by CleanRobotics Inc. – A smart waste bin which uses artificial intelligence, robotics, and multiple sensors to sort waste to facilitate better recycling efforts.
ARID Builders Pte LtdLumenAire - We make the air you breathe healthy and safe by ARID Builders Pte Ltd – An indoor air disinfection solution that quickly inactivates viruses.
Ms Grace Fu
Singapore’s Minister for Sustainability and the Environment
Mr Lee Chee Koon
Group Chief Executive Officer, CapitaLand Group
Lee Chee Koon is the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CapitaLand Group and serves on its board of directors. Since Chee Koon was appointed as President and Group CEO of CapitaLand in September 2018, the Group has moved towards what he calls “CapitaLand 3.0”. This term denotes a CapitaLand under its third leadership team since its listing in 2000. It describes a vision for a focused and agile real estate company, that is balanced and diversified across asset classes and geographies, with a strong resolve for growth.
The most noteworthy change that has taken place under Chee Koon’s leadership is the Group’s acquisition of Ascendas-Singbridge in 2019, which saw CapitaLand diversifying into the business park, industrial and logistics real estate segment and gaining significant scale in India – now one of CapitaLand’s core geographies. Following the acquisition, CapitaLand is currently one of the largest diversified real estate companies in Asia. It is also the largest real estate investment manager in Asia and one of the Top 10 globally.
Prior to becoming Group CEO, Chee Koon was Group Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and was responsible for identifying growth opportunities and capital allocation across the Group. Since joining CapitaLand in 2007, he has held several appointments within the Group, which includes his role as CEO of The Ascott Limited (Ascott) and Managing Director for Ascott in China.
Chee Koon was presented with the Business China Young Achiever Award by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2017, for his contributions towards strengthening Singapore-China relations through Ascott. In 2016, he was also conferred the prestigious National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite) by the President of the French Republic for Ascott’s contributions to France.
Chee Koon holds a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
Ms Goh Swee Chen
Independent Director and Chairman of Sustainability Council, CapitaLand Group
Swee Chen is Chairman, National Arts Council and National Technological University (NTU). She joined Shell in 2003 and retired as Chairman, Shell Companies in Singapore in January 2019. She was previously with Procter & Gamble and IBM. A global leader, she has lived and worked in Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, Australia, USA, Japan and China. Swee Chen has a diverse professional background, having led significant businesses in Oil & Gas, Consumer Goods and IT sectors.
Swee Chen serves on the Boards of CapitaLand, Singapore Airlines, SP Group, Woodside Energy (Australia) and Centre for Liveable Cities. She is President - Global Compact Network Singapore, a UNGC Local Network and chairs the Institute for Human Resource Professionals. She is also a member of the Legal Services Commission.
Swee Chen had previously chaired/served in the Boards of Shell Joint Ventures in China, Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Swee Chen graduated with B.Sc. - Victoria University and MBA - Chicago Booth, University of Chicago. She was named Distinguished Alumni, Chicago Booth, in 2018. She is married with three children.
Mr Rohit Sipahimalani
Chief Investment Strategist and Head, South-East Asia, Temasek
Rohit Sipahimalani is the Chief Investment Strategist at Temasek and is also Head of South East Asia, directly responsible for investments in the region. He joined Temasek in 2008 as Head of Telecom, Media & Technology investments. In 2012, he was appointed co-Chief Investment Officer and has since held various roles including Joint Head for Investment Group, Joint Head of Portfolio Strategy & Risk Group as well as Head, India, before assuming his current position in January 2020.
Prior to joining Temasek, Rohit spent 11 years with Morgan Stanley holding senior positions across its Mumbai and Hong Kong offices, including Co-Head of the Asia Pacific M&A business in Hong Kong, before his appointment as Managing Director and Head of South East Asia Investment Banking in Singapore.
Rohit started his career with Citibank, Mumbai, after which he spent a few years with McKinsey & Company in India as a management consultant, before he joined Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Sipahimalani graduated from St. Stephens College, Delhi University with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Dr Cheong Koon Hean
Chair of the Centre for Liveable Cities (MND) and the incoming Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (Singapore University of Technology and Design)
Dr CHEONG Koon Hean is the Chair of the Centre for Liveable Cities (MND) and the incoming Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (Singapore University of Technology and Design). She was formerly CEO (Housing and Development Board) from 2010 to 2020, overseeing the development and management of some 1 million public housing flats and introduced a new generation of well designed, community centric, sustainable and smart public housing. She was CEO(Urban Redevelopment Authority) from 2004 to 2010 and concurrently Deputy Secretary ( Ministry of National Development) from 2001 to 2016, playing key roles in major urban transformations such as Marina Bay and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City. An active participant internationally on urban issues, she serves on numerous advisory panels including the World Economic Forum and was the former Deputy President/current Council member of the International Federation for Housing & Planning and Chair of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize’s Nominating Committee. She is currently a board trustee of the National University of Singapore and was formerly on the boards of URA, HDB, JTC, Jurong Port, NHB and CSC. In addition, she was appointed the 5TH SR Nathan Fellow (NUS), Endowed Professor (NTU); Fellow(Life) and Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Architects and Singapore Institute of Planners respectively.
Dr Cheong has received numerous awards, notably the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding public service and is the first Asian to receive both the Urban Land Institute’s Prize for Urban Visionaries and the Lynn S Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2016.
Mr Rushad Nanavatty
Managing Director, Urban Transformation, RMI
Rushad Nanavatty leads RMI’s Urban Transformation program, focused on helping cities around the world simultaneously reduce emissions, enhance urban liveability, increase resilience, and advance social equity. The Urban Transformation program offers cities targeted technical assistance, capacity building, analytical capabilities, and facilitation support to help them turn their climate and environmental justice commitments to action.
At RMI, Rushad also helped establish and lead the Global Cooling Prize, a global innovation competition to develop a climate-friendly residential cooling solution, and the Energy Web Foundation (EWF), a partnership between RMI and Grid Singularity to develop promising applications for blockchain technology in the energy sector.
Prior to joining RMI, Rushad served as the founding COO of WeGen Energy, a start-up developing off-grid energy solutions and virtual power plants in the Philippines and Vietnam, utilizing a mix of distributed solar and battery energy storage.
Before WeGen, Rushad spent six years at McKinsey & Company as a member of the firm’s sustainability, infrastructure, and private equity practices, working on projects across Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Rushad has a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree from St. Stephens College at the University of Delhi.
Dr Chris Luebkeman
Head of Strategic Foresight, ETH Zurich
Chris Luebkeman’s career to date has spanned professions and geographies. His multidisciplinary education (geology, civil engineering, structural engineering, entrepreneurship and a Doctorate in Architecture) was encouraged by his Mid-Western family of educators. His journey included Vanderbilt, Cornell and the ETH in Zurich. He became an academic gypsy teaching courses on Design and on Technology at the University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at MIT.
He joined Arup in London to lead the Research and Development group in 1999 and became a corporate intrapreneur by founding the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation teams. He established the Drivers of Change program and is proud to have been accused by the Guardian to have a mindset “in league with the future”. He is deeply passionate about curating constructive dialogue, insatiably curious, relished the opportunity to discover the opportunities which will be created by change and, perhaps most importantly, to evolve positive solutions to the profound challenges we face today. For twenty years he travelled the globe sharing his observations and insights by leading projects focused on the future for Arup, Arup’s clients and for many of the world’s leading institutions. For example, he has spoken at TED, hosted conversations at, and for, WEF and keynoted dozens of conferences around the world. He is a member of the nominating committee for the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, the external advisory Board of the URA and of Brain Trust of the Climate Music Project. He returned to the ETH in Zurich in 2020 as a strategic advisor to the President and Executive Board.
Ms Lynette Leong
Chief Sustainability Officer, CapitaLand Group
Lynette is responsible for elevating CapitaLand Group’s sustainability strategy and policies, and integrating them into its business and operations to drive strategic environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts and deliver long-term economic value to the Group’s stakeholders. She is a member of the CapitaLand Executive Committee.
She concurrently serves on the boards of Singapore’s National Environment Agency and Singapore Green Building Council, advisory board of Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business and advisory committee of National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment.
Lynette has over 25 years of international experience and a proven track record of growing new businesses to reach unprecedented levels and pushing boundaries in business approaches and models. Her prior appointments at CapitaLand Group over the past 12 years include CEO and Executive Director of CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management Limited, CEO, CapitaLand Commercial and Chief Business Innovation Officer. Prior to joining CapitaLand, she was CEO of Ascendas South Korea. Before that, she acquired extensive experience in real estate acquisitions, asset management and fund management from being stationed for eight years in the London, New York, Chicago and Asian offices of LaSalle Investment Management. Lynette began her career in banking and finance at Standard Chartered Bank and United Malayan Banking Corporation.
Lynette holds a Master of Science degree in Real Estate and a Bachelor of Science degree in Estate Management from the National University of Singapore.
Mr Ben Powell
Chief Investment Strategist for APAC, BlackRock Investment Institute
Ben Powell, CFA Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Strategist for APAC within the BlackRock Investment Institute. He is based in Singapore. The institute leverages BlackRock's expertise and produces proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics, and long-term asset allocation -all to help clients and portfolio managers navigate financial markets.
Mr. Powell is a contributor in the formation of the Institute's tactical investment views across the whole portfolio. He has the responsibility of communicating the team's macroeconomic and financial market outlook to investment professionals and the media throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Powell is a frequent contributor to financial news media and appears regularly on Bloomberg TV and CNBC.
Before joining BlackRock in 2019, Mr. Powell was co-Head of UBS Investment Bank Multi-Asset APAC Sales. Prior to that he worked for Barclays Capital. Mr. Powell has 20 years of experience in capital markets including over a decade in Asia.
Mr. Powell is a graduate in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol. He is also a CFA Charter holder.
Mr Steve Melhuish
Founder, PropertyGuru and CEO, Planet Rise
Steve is an award-winning tech entrepreneur with 28 years’ building businesses and start-ups in Asia and Europe. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, climate change and social equality.
In 2007, Steve co-founded PropertyGuru in answer to his own personal house-hunting frustrations. He led the business as CEO for first 10 years, growing it from 2 people into a leading proptech unicorn, backed by TPG and KKR, used by 25 million people in 5 countries today. Steve serves on the board.
Steve founded Planet Rise in 2019 to help companies tackling climate change and social inequality using tech to achieve impact at scale. The portfolio comprises start-ups in clean energy, clean water, clean air, clean food, migrant worker rights and women-led enterprises. He’s a member of Asian Venture and Philanthropy Network (AVPN) and Top Tier Impact (TTI), sponsor/mentor for HabitatForHumanity’s Sheltertech affordable housing accelerator, Capitaland’s Sustainable Buildings accelerator and judge/investor for Temasek Foundation’s The Liveability Challenge, recognising the best sustainability tech companies globally.
Steve has supported the development of South East Asia’s start-up ecosystem over the last 16 years and is an active angel investor, board advisor and mentor. He is an angel investor in 26 start-ups and been an LP and part time venture partner at Wavemaker Partners, one of South East Asia’s leading VC’s, since 2018. Prior to PropertyGuru, Steve invested in and then led ComiAsia as CEO, a Singapore mobile content start-up. Previously, he founded Business2Profit in UK to help large enterprises to innovate, and support start-ups with funding/scaling. Prior to this, Steve held leadership roles in the telco sector for 10 years, his last position was director of a $500 million turnover business at Cable & Wireless.
In 2007, Steve was awarded the “Spirit of Enterprise Award” in recognition of contributions to entrepreneurship in Singapore. He is a keynote speaker and regularly interviewed by media on start-up, VC and sustainability topics.
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