Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair

Professor & Chair of Circular Economy Taskforce
National University of Singapore

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair is a world-renowned poly-disciplinary scholar at the National University of Singapore (; NUS is ranked among the top five best global universities for engineering in the world ( He advocates materials circular economy solutions to decarbonize economies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer NATURE Journal Materials Circular Economy (; Associate Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Journal Circular Economy ( He is the Director of Center for Nanotechnology and Sustainability. He is a point of contact for the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment (MSE) Singapore on the circular economy competency and skillsets. He is a member of Extended Producer Responsibility, EPR Advisory Committee of National Environment Agency (NEA) | MSE. He is the Dy Chairman of Sustainability Cluster at the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), and also an advisor to the IES Green Plan 2030. He is a member of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) committee at the Singapore Institute of Directors. He is a member of ISO technical committee on Circular Economy. He is a member of the Environment & Resources Standards Committees of Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) and Standards Development Organization (SDO). He is a member of Beverage Containers Return Scheme Stakeholder (BCRS) Group facilitated by the National Environment Agency, Singapore ( His book on Circular Economy received 2021 Springer Nature China New Development Award ( 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”. He co-authored books ‘Sustainability for Beginners’; and ‘Combating Climate Change: A helpful Guide on Personal Carbon Foot printing ( He co-authored UNESCO EGU2030 Book on ‘Knowledge-driven Actions: Transforming Higher Education for Global Sustainability’ ( He also advises the World Bank. He is honored with the Excellent Presentation Award by the ICWMT (International Conference on Waste Management and Technology) 2021 initiated by Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and UNEP ( He is an Advisory Board member of RSC Energy and Environmental Science journal ( and NPJ Urban Sustainability journal (, and Biofuel Research Journal ( He is an Associate Editor of eScience journal ( He is an opinion contributor to the Springer Nature Sustainability Community ( He teaches ME6509 Materials and Sustainability ( He also mentors Masters in Environment Management, MEM project students. His publications to date received an H-index of 178 and 156,869 citations ( He is named among the World’s Most Influential Minds (Thomson Reuters), and World’s Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics). Stanford Composite score (c-score) ranks him among the top 6 impactful researchers of the world in the categories of materials, biomedical engineering, and enabling & strategic technologies ( He is a speaker of Asian Leadership Conference ( He advises technology companies with sustainability vision such as TRIA (, CeEntek (, Green Li-Ion (, InfraPrime (, Volt14 (; AntePlastics (, CodiKoat (, Low Carbon Energies (, OpenRead, and APC Yellow. He is a Senior Vice-President of Asian Polymer Association ( He is a Board Member of Plastics Recycling Association of Singapore, PRAS (, and the Chairman of Plastics Recycling Center of Excellence, PRCOE ( He is an evaluation panel member for the $3 million Alliance Prize in Circular Solutions for Flexibles, sponsored by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste ( He is a judge committee member for the MIT Technology Review – TR35 Asia Pacific. His senior academic leadership roles include University Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; and Founding Chairman of Solar Energy Institute of Singapore ( He is an eminent resource person to the universities, governments and international organizations. He is an elected Fellow of AAAS, USA; Royal Academy of Engineering, UK; Singapore Academy of Engineering; National Academy of Engineering, India; ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology, AAET. He received PhD from University of Cambridge, UK; & the GMP from Harvard University, USA.


October 26, 2023, 4:40 pm - 5:40 pm

Closing Keynote Roundtable: The Road Ahead for Refining & Petrochemicals: How will business models adapt and change to accommodate sustainability goals, and what will the refinery of the future look like?