Leadership Change at the NUS Energy Studies Institute

(Photo by ESI Staff)

Dear colleagues and Board Members of ESI

NUS has informed me that Professor Ang Beng Wah has taken over as Executive Director of Energy Studies Institute (ESI) on 1 July 2017. This is part of their rotational and renewal process. Professor Ang who is Professor of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management at NUS has been on joint appointment as Senior Principal Fellow since the institute’s inception. He is a Co-Editor of Energy Economics, a journal that provides a serious forum for research papers concerned with the economic and econometric modelling and analysis on energy systems and issues. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several other energy-related academic journals including Energy Policy and Energy. He was Head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NUS from 2001 to 2007.

I on behalf of the ESI Board and staff would also like to thank Professor Chou Siaw Kiang, who is now based at the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering, for his leadership and guidance. During his term as Executive Director, he oversaw the consolidation of ESI’s research into six tracks, namely energy efficiency and conservation, energy and climate change, energy and power generation, energy and transport, energy geopolitics and energy and competitiveness. He also established three ESI Programmes on energy modelling, gas development and the global maritime energy supply chain in an effort to understand Singapore’s energy and maritime interests, and prepare the country to be future ready in a fast changing world.

Under Professor Chou’s direction, NUS through ESI became the sixth organisation and only university from Singapore to be admitted as a Research and Independent Non-Governmental Observer Organization (RINGO) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2015. During his time, ESI also secured two grants from the National Research Foundation. In January 2016, ESI together with the NUS Centre for International Law secured a three year research grant of over $2 million entitled “Policy and Law for Nuclear Safety and Security” as part of the Singapore Government’s Nuclear Policy Research Programme. Later the same year, ESI was awarded a $1.88 million grant for the “Study of Singapore’s Energy and Decarbonisation Pathways” from September 2016 to December 2018.

We have full confidence in Professor Ang steering ESI to greater heights and help shape the future of energy policy studies in Singapore. We also wish Professor Chou the very best in his future endeavours and hope that he will continue to support ESI in whatever capacity it maybe and wherever and whenever the occasion calls.

Mr. Niam Chiang Meng
Chairman of the ESI Management Board
9 July 2017