Plenary Sessions


Energy Leaders Forum

A leadership forum to drive the discourse among ASEAN energy players to discuss the way forward and to facilitate cross-border collaborations towards a sustainable energy future.


Sustainability & Renewable Energy

As the world gears up towards building a sustainable future, it is vital to find renewable energy solutions that meet growing energy demands while reducing emissions. What are the best and most sustainable ways for countries to build their way to energy security?

Renewable Hydropower – Catalyst for Growth in SEA

The role of hydropower in attaining renewable energy targets for Southeast Asia, including challenges, mitigation and best practices and realising the ASEAN Grid by sharing renewable energy resources amongst countries. Explore key considerations in rolling out the Grid which not only has the potential to improve delivery and reliability but also contributes to energy security by tapping more domestic and renewable providers.

Renewable Energy Certification

Business owners are actively pursuing the transition to renewable energy. This plenary session aims to facilitate knowledge exchange regarding the mechanism of Renewable Energy Certification and to understand trends in the global green energy supply chain, to support the development of renewable energy trade in the Asia Pacific region.

Sustainability and Financing

With greater concern about climate change risks and transition to a low carbon economy, organisations and financial institutions globally are integrating sustainability criteria into business and investment decisions. This plenary session brings in the financial element into sustainability & renewable energy discussion with special focus on how sustainability creates business value and what it takes to address the challenges that come along with this shift.


Circular Economy

Companies are increasingly recognising and moving towards circularity as a business opportunity. But do they understand its true value and implement it effectively? At its core, a circular economy aims to design out waste so products are optimised for a cycle of disassembly and reuse. What can we do to break down barriers to scaling up the circular economy across supply chains at a global level?

Driving Sustainability

Many administrations around the world are betting on smart cities to improve the quality of life of its citizens. Explore the strategies and technologies that will become the main drivers in delivering more efficient management of resources such as water and energy. This includes reduction of human being’s impact on the environment.

Preparing the Workforce for 2030

Aligning the existing and future workforce to build a sustainable environment, in accordance to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ministerial Speakers


The Right Honourable
Datuk Patinggi (Dr.) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg

Chief Minister of Sarawak


The Honourable
Dato Sri Dr. Stephen Rundi Anak Utom

Minister for Utilities, Sarawak

Special Address


Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh

Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Development Programme,
Producer and Artiste


Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi

Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi

Sarawak Energy


Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili

Group CEO
Sarawak Energy


Dato Ir. Alice Jawan Empaling

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Utilities Sarawak


Dr Muhammad Abdullah Bin Hj Zaidel

Economic Planning Unit Sarawak


Chuah Kee Heng

CEO of SP Services
Singapore Power Group


Faroze Nadar

Executive Director
Global Compact Network Malaysia


Antonio Castellano

Partner and Co-Leader, Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice in Southeast Asia
McKinsey & Co


Mohd Yusrizal Mohd Yusof

Managing Director
TNB Renewables Sdn. Bhd.


Eddie Rich

International Hydropower Association


Tammy Chu

Managing Director


Karen Atkinson

Deputy Chief Operating Officer
SMEC International Pty Ltd South East Asia


Takafumi Kadono

Senior Energy Specialist
World Bank Group, Singapore


Quan Nan

Director of Southeast Asia-South Asia Office
Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organisation

Tom Szaky

Tom Szaky

Terracycle, USA


James Ung

CEO of SEB Power
Sarawak Energy


Dr. Sanjayan Velautham

Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia


Peter Godfrey

Managing Director - Asia Pacific
Energy Institute


Dr Chen Yenhaw

Ph.D., PMP, Research Fellow
Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)


Ts. Dr. Wei-Nee Chen

Chief Strategic Officer
Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia


Dr Melvin Gumal

Wildlife Conservation Society, Malaysia

PROFILE-Stein Hansen

Stein R Hansen

Regional Director and Representative
United Nations Industrial Development Organization Regional Office (UNIDO)


Dato’ Sri Idris Jala

President and CEO
PEMANDU Associates


Jennifer Martin

Executive Director
Center for Resource Solutions


Roble Poe Velasco-Rosenheim

Asia Regional Lead
APX Inc.


Nora A Manaf

Group Chief Human Capital Officer


Luanne Sieh

Head of Group Sustainability
CIMB Group

PROFILE-Shukri Abdul Rani

Shukri Abdul Rani

Bank Negara Malaysia



Kamarul Bahrin Haron

Deputy Editor-in-Chief & Vice President


Reggie Ho

Associate Content Director
South China Morning Post

PROFILE-Teymoor Nabili

Teymoor Nabili

International Journalist and Broadcaster

PROFILE-Andrew WK Chan

Andrew WK Chan

Consulting Leader (Malaysia) and Sustainability & Climate Change Leader
PwC’s South East Asian Consulting Services


Day 1

10 December

0700-0900 Registration & Morning Breakfast
0900 -1015 Session 1
Sustainability and Renewable Energy
1015-1030 Coffee Break
Opening Ceremony

Opening Act

Welcome Speech by SAREF Chairman

Speech by Chairman of Sarawak Energy

Officiating Speech by The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak

Official Opening of SAREF 2019

Special Address by UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1430 Session 2
Renewable Energy Certificate
Official Launch of REC Sarawak
MoU Signing Ceremony
1430-1600 Session 3
Renewable Hydropower - Catalyst for Growth in SEA
1600-1615 Tea Break
1615-1730 Session 4
Sustainability and Financing
1730-1745 Remarks by
Dato Ir. Alice Jawan
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Utilities, Sarawak
1800 Predinner Cocktail
1930 Dinner Hosted by Sarawak Government

Day 2

11 December

0900 Remarks by
Dr Muhammad Abdullah Bin Hj Zaidel
Director of Economic Planning Unit, Sarawak
0915-1030 Session 5
Circular Economy
1030-1045 Coffee Break
1045-1215 Session 6
Driving Sustainability
1215-1300 Lunch
1300-1330 CNBC Fireside Chat with
Sarawak Energy Group CEO, Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili
1330-1430 Session 7
Preparing the Workforce for 2030
1430-1445 Tea Break
1445-1600 Energy Leaders Forum
Closing Ceremony

Resolution by SAREF Chairman

Closing Remarks by The Honourable Dato Sri Dr. Stephen Rundi Anak Utom, Minister for Utilities

1730 Closing Network Session

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  • Location

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK)

Sarawak, Malaysia, Borneo