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Nov 15, 2019

Ira Pastor, ideaXme exponential health ambassador and founder of Bioquark, interviews Dr. Renard Siew, Climate Change Advisor with the Centre for Governance and Political Studies in Kuala Lumpur. Today we are going to be talking about Sustainability and Climate Change; two topics that have really come to the public forefront in recent months, and which directly impact all of our respective health and longevity. Dr. Renard Siew Our guest today is Dr. Renard Siew. Dr. Siew has PhDs in both Civil and Environmental Engineering (Cambridge University) and Management, Technology and Economics (ETH Zürich PhD). Dr. Renard Siew is a Climate Change Advisor with the Centre for Governance and Political Studies in Kuala Lumpur which is an interdisciplinary research center, bridging the fields of economics, political science, sociology, business and law, which focuses on the problems and challenges raised by the current political development and economic transformation. He is also part of the World Economic Forum Expert Network Group focusing on Sustainable Development in Asia, and as environmental advisor to Sime Darby Holdings, is involved in implementing the environmental agenda for this multinational conglomerate based in Kuala Lumpur with operations across key growth industry sectors including Plantation, Property, Industrial, Motors, Energy and Utilities as well as Healthcare. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). He continues to serve as a Stakeholder Council Member for the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation, as a Global Advisory Board Member of Economists Without Borders and is the Curator of Global Shapers Kuala Lumpur, a not-for-profit organization focusing on creating sustainable impacts in Malaysia. He actively participates and contributes in various stakeholder platforms including the ‘Water for Growth’ initiative and the Integrated Urban Water Management task force seeking to develop a National Level Water Transformation Roadmap for Malaysia. He is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Al-Gore, former Vice President of the USA, in Pittsburgh. He was the recipient of the Yayasan Sime Darby Scholarship, Cambridge Bursary Scholarship, ARG Hermes Scholarship, Brookfield Multiplex Engineering Management Prize and the Australian Conferences Management Education for Engineers Award. For his work in sustainability, he was also named as one of Malaysia's Top 10 Most Inspiring Green Warriors, 100 Visionary Young Leaders Leading Us Towards a Better World by Real Leaders Magazine, received a Forbes Fellowship, was a 2017 Augustman A-Lister and bestowed with the Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians (TOYM) Award for Environmental Leadership. He is also named as a Young Leader of the World Cities Summit a select group of change-makers from diverse sectors working on shaping the global urban agenda and a 2018 Asia 21 Young Leaders. His work has been featured across a number of mainstream media such as The Star, New Straits Time, The Edge, Focus Malaysia, Malaysia Tatler, Malaysia SME, Korean Times, Kuwait Times among others. On this episode we will hear from Dr. Siew: About his background, how he became interested in engineering, economics, and how he finds himself in 2019 at the epicenter of the global climate change movement. His goals for “future-proofing” our planet and keeping global temperatures within the 1.5 degrees Celsius critical change mark. His experiences working for a large natural resources company as sustainability advisor. His ideas for promoting entrepreneurship to address climate change and sustainability. His views towards how society must adapt and create better environments for the aging population within the "built environment" system. For all the relevant links corresponding to this interview please visit ideaXme is a global podcast, creator series and mentor programme. Mission: Move the human story forward!™ ideaXme Ltd.