IEEESGFest2020 [Panel]: Circular Economy for a Sustainable Future

About the Event

IEEE Singapore Festival 2020

This year, we celebrate the 11th annual IEEE Day across the globe on 6 October. In the spirit of IEEE Day 2020, we are delighted to host the “IEEE Singapore Festival 2020”. Beginning on 6 October, the festival, spanning two weeks, will include an all-virtual series of technical and professional talks, networking sessions, social activities, and fun contests.

This festival is jointly organised by the IEEE Women in Engineering Singapore and IEEE Young Professionals Singapore affinity groups.



The current economic linear model (take-make-use-dispose) has proven to be unsustainable. Several undesirable complex environmental issues (such as climate change, habitat destruction, resource scarcity, pollution, and imbalance in the natural ecosystem) have resulted from this linear model, affecting the health and wellbeing of the current generation and the sustainability of future generations. This scenario warrants the transition to a circular economy (CE), a sustainable system that is restorative and regenerative by design. By principle, chartering towards CE requires (i) keeping products & materials in continuous use (referred to as ‘closing the materials loop’) and (ii) decoupling the economy from fossil fuels and other scarce resources by using renewable resources and reducing consumption. Implementing such a system requires the involvement and efforts of all stakeholders, inclusive of engineers in various roles in research, product design and development, and education. Suitable solutions to drive this profound shift to a sustainable system should leverage capabilities from advanced sciences such as low-carbon materials design, nanotechnology, cryogenics, and digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analytics, Smart-tagging, and Additive Manufacturing. Besides, it is quintessential to introduce the concepts of CE in the education system to strengthen research and innovation towards sustainable living.


Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, Chair of Circular Economy Taskforce at the National University of Singapore (NUS)

He is the Chair of Circular Economy Taskforce at the National University of Singapore (NUS).  He is a member of Enterprise Singapore’s and ISO’s Committees on ISO/TC323 Circular Economy and WG3 on Circularity.  He is a member of standards committee of Singapore Manufacturing Federation and Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing TC at the Institution of Engineers Singapore.  He is an advisor to the National Environmental Agency’s CESS events. European Commission Director-General for Environment, Excellency Daniel Calleja Crespo said “Professor Seeram Ramakrishna should be praised for his personal engagement leading the reflections on how to develop a more sustainable future for all” in his foreword for the Springer Nature book on Circular Economy (ISBN: 978-981-15-8509-8). He is a member of Norway and UNESCO’s Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda (EGU2030).  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer NATURE Journal Materials Circular Economy – Sustainability.

He is named among the World’s Most Influential Minds (Thomson Reuters), and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics). He is an Impact Speaker at Canada University of Toronto’s Low Carbon Renewable Materials Center. He is a judge for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for the Global.  He advises technology companies with sustainability vision such as TRIA, CeEntek, and Green Li-Ion. He is a Vice-President of Asian Polymer Association He researches low-carbon materials as well as intelligent materials. His senior academic leadership roles include NUS University Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of NUS Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; and Founding Chairman of Solar Energy Institute of Singapore. He is an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology.  He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK; and The TGMP from the Harvard University, USA.


Ms. Rashmi Anoop PatilCircular Economy Task Force, NUS

She is a circular economy enthusiast and an engineer by profession with a Bachelors in Electronic Engineering from Visveswaraiah Technological University, India. As a member of the Circular Economy Task Force at the National University of Singapore (NUS) (led by Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, Chair, Circular Economy Task Force, NUS), she is currently working with Prof. Seeram on circular economy concepts. She is one of the leading authors for the upcoming book titled ‘Introduction to Circular Economy’, sponsored by Springer Nature, with first-authored chapter contributions on corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Performance and Evaluation, and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) of Renewable Energy Systems. She has also authored a comprehensive review of worldwide e-waste policies published by Springer and a couple of articles for the European Business Review on circular economy and sustainability. She was a speaker at the Circular Economy Asia Pacific Conference 2019 (held at NUS) and a facilitator for the round table discussion at the Asia Pacific Sustainable Development and Circular Economy Innovations Conference 2020 (held at Grand Hyatt, Singapore) with experts from corporate and academic circles. She is a passionate author and an avid follower of the sustainability and circular economy domain.


Dr. Aishwarya Bandla, Chair, WiE Singapore

Dr. Noori Kim, Vice-Chair, WiE Singapore

Date & Time of Event

15 October 2020

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (SGT)


Online via Zoom