Project NexCities aims to continue strengthening the partnership among existing UK-Philippines organisations, partners and stakeholders through training and engagement activities in the Philippines.
Get to know NexCities point person/lead below.
DR. DEVENDRA SAROJ
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Dr. Devendra Saroj is a faculty member of the University of Surrey and is the Lead Proponent for Project NexCities. Prior to joining Surrey, Devendra worked at UNESCO-IHE (Delft, Netherlands) as a Lecturer in Wastewater Engineering. Devendra graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee (India), M.Tech. (Environmental Engineering) from IIT-Kanpur (India), and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from University of Trento (Italy).
Mentor for the SDGs and In-country Development
UNIVESITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Michèle Clarke is a Professor of Geography in the University of Nottingham. She has worked on energy, environment, water and smart city policies in south and east Asia, most recently in metro Manila and across India.
Her expertise includes the environment, climate and ecology of the Asia-Pacific region for the last 30 years, including the complexity of their interactions with society, heritage and cultures. Recent themes have included agriculture and rural development; cultural and built heritage; low carbon and clean energy; rapid urbanisation and sustainable cities; and the energy-water-food nexus.
She is the mentor for the SDGs and in-country development for Project NexCities.
MARIA EDA APPLE SUPLIDO
OIC, Executive Director
DE LA SALLE ARANETA UNIVERSITY, AGRIVET SCIENCES INSTITUTE
Maria Eda Apple A. Suplido is currently the OIC, Executive Director of DLSAU-AGSI and an Assistant Professor. She holds a BS Agriculture and Master’s Degree specializing in Soil Science from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Her primary role is to oversee and ensure the smooth implementation of activities guided by the project time line.
DR. MICHAEL ANGELO B. PROMENTILLA
Project Leader and Philippine Coordinator
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY, MANILA
Dr. Michael Angelo B. Promentilla is a full professor from the Chemical Engineering Department of De La Salle University, Manila. He received his PhD in Socio-Environmental Engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan. His research interests include application of decision modelling and risk analysis to environmental and energy systems, and as well as, the design and characterization of sustainable engineering materials.
Dr. Promentilla is the DLSU project leader and Philippine team coordinator for the Newton Prize 2019. He oversees the planning and execution of the project and the maintenance of risk register.
AMY M. LECCIONES
Executive Director & Vice President
SOCIETY FOR THE CONSERVATION OF PHILIPPINE WETLANDS, INC.
Amy Lecciones is the Vice-President and Executive Director of SCPW and the Ramsar NGO Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Focal Point for the Philippines. She leads the training and communication work package of the project including stakeholder engagement with communities, policy institutions, local government units and NGOs for Project NexCities.
Anthony (Shun Fung) Chiu
University Fellow and Professor
GOKONGWEI COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
Prof. Chiu is a specialist in industrial engineering, sustainable production and consumption, eco-industrial development, and resource efficient and cleaner production. His expertise is on decoupling and environmental impacts. A multi-awarded academic, he is a also a mentor for project NexCities and Chair of the Project Steering Committee.
Converting wastewater into nutrient-rich fertilizer for a better city of the future