Session Information

Spotlight on ASEAN: Capitalizing on the Market Opportunities in Sustainable Infrastructure & Technology

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Room 1

Format: Leadership Forum

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) initiatives are helping establish Southeast Asia as a center for global trade by building stronger connectivity and modernizing infrastructure that includes intermodal transportation, information and communication technology (ICT), and energy networks. GLOBE 2016 will shine a spotlight on ASEAN and serve as an international platform to raise awareness for the sustainable infrastructure and technology business, investment and partnership opportunities throughout the region.

The Spotlight on ASEAN will feature conference program content specific to market needs and sustainable infrastructure financing, as ASEAN Pavilion on the GLOBE Innovation Expo floor, a business-to-business (B2B) match-making program, and relevant site visits for visiting delegations from Southeast Asia.

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Topic Speakers

Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, ST. MUD. (was born in  Bandung4th of  October 1971); is Mayor of Bandung for  2013-2018. His background is an architect, lecturer, and social activist. He was graduated from Architecture Engineering of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and achieved Master’s Degree from University of California, Berkeley.

After he finished his master program, he began his profesional carreer in several firms in United States of America and has built more than fifty (50) projects of architecture and urban design in America, Middle East and Asia. With his own firm, he has won more than 20 competition and award, nationally and internationally.

Ridwan Kamil has a great vision to build Bandung  as the best city in Indonesia, by integrating inovation, creativity, and collaboration as a core spirit.

Dr. Robert Kay is a Principal Consultant (Climate Change) for ICF International, based in Los Angeles.  He has 27 years’ experience in climate change impact assessment and adaptation planning.   He has worked in over 40 countries across multiple sectors ranging from local-scale projects worldwide (including for local, state, national and multilateral agencies such as the World Bank) to global analysis for the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). 

He has broad experience in climate adaptation financing, focused on the Asia-Pacific region. For example, from 2013-2015 he worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a Senior Global Environment Facility (GEF) adaptation finance advisor.  Most recently he lead a team of financing, climate change, livelihood and gender experts to assess the climate and disaster risk reduction financing needs in Tonga under the regional UNDP/Australia Pacific Risk Resilience Program.  Dr Kay has also supported UNEP/UNDP to design and implement the first phase of the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Program.  His in-depth knowledge of adaptation planning and financing enabled the implementation of a suite of regional workshops in Africa, Asia the Pacific.  

Dr Kay recently supported the Pacific Island delegations to UNFCCC COP21 specifically on the nexus of climate financing with national adaptation planning.

Dr. Kay has worked in a variety of roles in government, consulting and academic sectors including seven years in the Western Australian civil service where he ran the Western Australian coastal planning program and the State’s coastal management branch. His private sector experience includes leading projects in Europe, New Zealand, Middle-East, Australia, Africa, Bangladesh and the Pacific. He has an Honours degree in Geology (Wales) and PhD in Environmental Science (East Anglia UK). He is a visiting adjunct Professor at Sustainability Research Center at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia).


Don Purka is currently the Advisor in the Office of the Director General of Private Sector Operations Department at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).  Formerly the director of one of the infrastructure finance divisions, he continues to be active in the origination of private sector project investments in South Asia and Central Asia.  He has been with ADB for 14 years working exclusively in infrastructure. Recent activities include structuring finance for geothermal projects in Indonesia and renewable energy projects in India (e.g., on and off grid solar PV, solar CSP and wind power). He was previously ADB's private sector focal point for all climate related funds (including a $83 million climate change fund with the Government of Canada) and developed ADB’s approach for blending concessional finance with private sector operations.

Mr. Purka has 20 years of experience in emerging market project finance, specializing in the structuring and financing of private sector infrastructure projects, investment credit risk analysis, syndicating B-loans to international commercial banks and advisory work on sector reform and the investment climate for private power development. Most of his experience has been concentrated in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

He is based in Manila, the Philippines.  Prior to his ADB career, Mr. Purka worked for Nexant, Inc. and K&M Engineering and Consulting Corporation, both US-based consulting firms. Mr. Purka holds a M.A. in International Finance from the George Washington University and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Throughout his 14 years working at the forefront of sustainability, Dr. Watanabe has been involved in helping private and public sector actors both deliver and derive value through environmental innovation. Whether developing CSR strategies for multinational companies like P&G, building low carbon roadmaps in emerging economies, or assisting clean technology companies with the financing and strategies for accessing new markets, Anthony’s work in sustainable business spans many sectors and geographies.

Through his leading consultancy in Canada, Innovolve, Anthony became a well-respected thought leader on water innovation, spearheading an annual national Water Summit, appearing regularly in the media, in print, and on the speaking circuit.

Following a year of travel around the world, in which he spent six months in ASEAN, Anthony decided to relocate to Bangkok to bring his sustainable business experience to bear in the region. His most recent work focuses on helping cleantech companies raise capital, M&A, and international trade.

In addition to pursuing some of the above activities, his latest business venture Asia Clean Innovations, focuses on brokering, investment, and market support for clean technologies in the ASEAN region.

The mission of Asia Clean Innovations is to help scale the adoption of energy and technologies in the ASEAN region to reduce environmental impact, improve lives, and create prosperity. The two game-changing technologies in focus include: Illumient (smart solar street lighting) and Echologics (acoustic leak detection in water pipes). 

From 2013-2015 he was Director General of Global Affairs’ Trade Negotiations Bureau, where he coordinated and supported Canada’s bilateral, regional and multilateral trade negotiations.  Before that role he was Director General for China Trade Policy.  He was Canada’s Ambassador to Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua (resident in Costa Rica) from 2010 to 2012.  Prior to that he was Director of Regional Trade Policy, and Canada’s Chief Negotiator for free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Panama, the Central America Four (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), and Ukraine.  Mr. MacKay served at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva for the first five years of the WTO’s Doha Round of global trade talks, from 2001-2006.   In that role he represented Canada in areas including intellectual property, technical barriers to trade and government procurement, and concluded Canada’s bilateral WTO accession negotiations with Vietnam.  In his first five years in the foreign ministry he supported various bilateral negotiations with the United States, including on economic, border facilitation, fisheries and environmental issues. 

In 2015 Mr. MacKay graduated from Ottawa University’s two year, mid-career "Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance".   He also holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Industrial Relations from McGill University in Montreal (1990), and a Master of Environmental