EU R&I Days ASEAN 2021 - Panel discussion: Accelerating Action Towards Climate Goals: Science Diplomacy as Key

    01/11/2021 - 10:00
    Belgium, Brussels
    01/11/2021 - 11:30
    EURAXESS ASEAN with ASEAN Science Diploamts, the European Commission and EU POP

Featuring a panel of world renown science diplomats and climate experts, this session will anchor its discussions on the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change with a specific focus on EU-ASEAN science, innovation and research opportunities.






Founder and CEO, Statweather

President, European Chamber of Digital Commerce

Strategic Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (US NOAA)


★ Founding CEO of StatWeather, recognized in 2018 as the #1 Climate Technology Globally by Environmental Business International, 2015 Top Data Provider Globally through Energy Risk Awards, Top U.S. Weather Company in Energy Risk Software Rankings 2013, Best Newcomer of the Year 2013, a 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards "Rising Star", and in the Top 5 Most Innovative Companies in America in 2015 through MeetAdvisor

★ Inventor of 90-Day Ahead Weather Forecast that predicts extreme events with bulls-eye accuracy, as documented by Forbes, Reuters, Energy Manager Today, and others

★ Named International Woman of the Year by Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering 2013 and a "Lifetime Achievement" Leader through Platts Global Energy Awards 2014

★ Host, keynote and invited speaker for major engagements, including Commodity Markets Council (CMC), Commodity Trading Risk Management (CTRM), Energy Risk USA, The Money Show, Commodity Trading & Merchandising, Energy Weather Summit, LDC Gas Forum, Financial Certainty to Move Mexico, Total Energy USA, Eastern Oil and Gas, The Climate Resilient Grid, Google Startup Grind, ASEAN Science Diplomats, CNNMoney Switzerland Digital Future Board Room, TechPark Davos during the World Economic Forum, Blockchain Economic Forum (Davos), and others

★ Author of #1 Most Viewed Energy Blog on Energy Central, "Exactly How Accurate Are Weather Forecasts?" and key contributor for Harvard Veritas column on Leadership and Science for The Manila Times

★ Subject Matter Expert with 30 Years' Experience in Mathematical Methods: Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Cutting-edge Forecasting Models, Climatology, Space Physics, Geospace, Mathematics Software, Teaching, and Scientific Communication

★ R&D in Space Physics and Aerospace at Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), NASA Johnson Space Center, US Air Force, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, L3Harris, Honeywell Aerospace



Senior Science Diplomacy Advisor, Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator

Advisor, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Colombia


Dr. Marga Gual Soler is a champion of science diplomacy recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is a high-level advisor in science diplomacy and science-policy interfaces, specializing in building scientific bridges between nations facing diplomatic tensions. She is best known as a pioneer of science diplomacy education and for helping rebuild research ties between the United States and Cuba after the diplomatic normalization of 2015.

Marga is the founder of SciDipGLOBAL, an international strategy, advisory, research and training consultancy helping governments, scientists, NGOs and multilateral organizations strengthen the links between science, technology and international affairs to address common challenges and navigate global transformations. She helped design the science diplomacy strategies of many Latin American governments, Spain, and the EU, and in 2016 became the youngest member appointed to the Research, Innovation, and Science Experts (RISE) advisory group to former European Commissioner for Research & Innovation Carlos Moedas. She currently advises the EU-Horizon 2020 Science Diplomacy Cluster and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and is an associate researcher and professor at UNAM Mexico.

Born in a Mediterranean island and trained as a molecular biologist in Spain, Australia and the US, Marga entered the world of multilateral diplomacy at the United Nations, where she helped elevate the role of science in the lead up to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. As Arizona State University faculty and Senior Project Director of the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, she was a pioneer in science diplomacy education, strategy and capacity building around the world.

Marga is an associate editor of the AAAS Science & Diplomacy journal and a high-profile speaker and media analyst on the science diplomacy dimensions of current affairs. She has received many honors and awards, including 100 Spanish experts in innovation, Huffington Post 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, Georgetown University Global Competitiveness Leadership Fellow, and WEF Young Global Leader.

She is passionate about developing the next generation of science diplomats and has developed innovative training methodologies including improvisation and experiential learning. She co-founded the first Science Slam in Latin America in partnership with UNESCO. In 2019 participated in the largest all-women expedition to Antarctica to promote women's leadership in science diplomacy and climate action.



Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven

Chairman, Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO/CFDD)

Prof. Dr. Katja Biedenkopf is an Associate Professor at Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), KU Leuven. Her academic research focuses on the external effects of European Union environmental and climate policy, carbon pricing policies, climate diplomacy, e-waste policy and chemicals regulation.

She teaches Global Environmental Policy and Europe’s Climate, Energy and Environmental Policy. Prof. Biedenkopf chairs the working group on international relations of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO/CFDD), is a member of the KU Leuven Sustainability Council and co-chairs the Diversity and Sustainability Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven.



Director General, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation

National Chairman, ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI) - Cambodia

US-ASEAN Fellow for Science and Technology - Cambodia

ASEAN Science Diplomat - Cambodia


For over fifteen years H.E. Hul Seingheng is currently the Director-General of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology, and Innovation and the National Chairman of the ASEAN Committee of Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI) - Cambodia. He used to be the Director for Research of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia. His passion for Science, Technology & Innovation instigates a choice in engineering major for undergraduate and graduate degree. Many peer-reviewed scientific articles of H.E. Hul are on the artificial intelligence applied to optimize materials used in industrial processes and on water-related technologies and management. He has been invited more than a hundred times as a keynote speaker in national and international scientific events. His motivation is to instill Science, Technology & Innovation among the future generation with endeavors for socio-economic development. Networking or making friends are among his outside work.



US-ASEAN Science and Technology Fellow

ASEAN Science Diplomat

Dean, Asian Development College for Community Economy and Technology

Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai, Thailand


She is the founder and currently the Dean of the Asian Development College for Community Economy and Technology (adiCET), Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. adiCET was established in facilitates sustainable development of the local community. I established and managed the Chiang Mai World Green City (CMGC) as the living laboratory for renewable energy and green technologies developed from over 70 sustainable energy/environment projects. CMGC focuses on the implementation of Community Power for small rural communities. The aim is to develop an affordable/appropriate sustainable energy system to enhance the livelihood and occupation of the community. She is the head of the Graduate Program in Community Energy and Environment and oversees the Renewable Energy Research and Training Center in Chiang Mai World Green City. adiCET has the experience to organize and co-organized 22 conferences/workshops over the past 10 years. Her team created a short course and training program that trained over 5,000 participants regarding community sustainable development, renewable energy, energy and environmental conservation, and sufficiency economy concept. She was the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellow and worked at the Ministry of Energy, Thailand on Thailand’s Decentralized Community Power Project. In addition, She was the recipient of the 2016 ASEAN-US Women in Science Award for the thematic area of sustainable energy.



Policy Advisor, National Economics University, Vietnam

ASEAN Science Diplomat - Vietnam


Dr. Nguyen Hoang Nam is a policy advisor for the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) and lecturer of economics at National Economics University, Vietnam. He is advising on judgment & decision making, ecosystem valuation, cost-benefit analysis, and circular economy. Dr. Nam also provides related trainings to government officials and advising services to the Government. He has worked with projects funded by international agencies such as Australian Award, Asian Development Bank, USAID, the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam and the International Foundation for Science. Dr. Nam also acts as coordinator for several national and international projects in Vietnam and in the Philippines.




Founder and Chairman, Climate Smart and Disaster Resilient ASEAN

Chairman, US-ASEAN Fellows for Science and Technology

Chairman, Asian (ASEAN) Science Diplomats

Climate Diplomat, EU-Asia Expert Panel for Climate Diplomacy

Fellow, Philippine Council for Foreign Relations

President, Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute

Glenn S. Banaguas is a multi-awarded prolific scientist, diplomat, educator, and one of the leading experts on environment, climate change, and disaster risks in Asia. He analyzes conundrums brought by climate change/variability and extreme events using scientific models, mathematical simulations, and data analytics; applies participatory methods to program development; and recommends science-based policy solutions.

He was conferred as the Asia Leader Award for Sustainability Leadership. He is the youngest honoree of the most distinguished The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Laureate in the field of Environment Conservation and Science Diplomacy. He is also the recipient of Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) of the Philippines for Environmental Management conferred by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). He is a grantee of the Royal Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) for solar radiation management; recipient of the Philippines’s Men and Women of Science, Outstanding Agro-Fishery Scientific Paper-Gold Awardee, and AIESEC’s Outstanding Leadership Award. His work is recognized in ASEAN Champions for Biodiversity and Environmental Hero Award in the Philippines; ASEAN Risk Awards in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Asian Professional Award and Real Impact Awards in London, United Kingdom; Global Water Partnership (GWP) Water Changemaker Awards in Stockholm, Sweden; Elliason Global Leadership Awards in New York and Harvard’s Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is also part of the team that won The Rockefeller Foundation Food System Vision Prize - Special Mention Award.

He is the first Filipino who was awarded by the US Department of State for science and technology in the field of climate change and sustainable energy. And he is also the first Filipino who was featured by “The Big Idea”, a US Mission to ASEAN platform that features people who have made significant contributions in South East Asia.

He has been invited as a Keynote and Plenary Speaker for more than 100 international and national conferences; has received grants from government agencies and development institutions; has led more than 1000 projects and programs; has published over 100 articles in professional journals; and has organized more than 50 webinars for the span of two years.

He has done various consultancy works: Project Development Specialist for Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Projects of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Country Representative/Technical Consultant for the Design of the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in the Philippines of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); Team Leader/Senior Project Development Expert and Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Specialist of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

He is the Vice President of Korea’s Society of Open Innovation, Technology, Market, and Complexity (SOITMC); Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Asia Pacific Network (APN); Member of the Technical Panel of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (PCIEERD-DOST); Member of the Technical Working Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk, Commission on Higher Education (CHED); Fellow of the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations (PCFR).

He is the European Union (EU)-Asia Expert Panel Member for climate diplomacy and environmental security; the Chairman of the Asian Science Diplomats; the Chairman of the U.S.-ASEAN Fellows for Science and Technology of the US Department of State, US Mission to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat, and ASEAN Foundation; and a Member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); and also the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Statweather Institute, the humanitarian arm of Statweather, which has garnered the achievement of the #1 Climate Technology in the World by Environmental Business International (2018) and has also received distinction as the #1 Data Services Company in the World by Energy Risk.

He is the Founder and President of Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (ECCRI) that brings “science and policy” to the poorest communities and marginalized sectors in the country through cutting-edge research projects. He founded the Climate Smart and Disaster Resilient Philippines: A Track-Risk-Impact-Policy (T-R-I-P) to Resiliency and Sustainability (formerly known as Climate Smart Philippines), which is the flagship program of ECCRI, provides cutting-edge research, training and capacity building to all the stakeholders in the country to combat climate change and disaster risks, which focuses on food security, sustainable energy, water sufficiency, human security, ecological and environmental stability, knowledge management and capacity development, and climate-smart infrastructures and services. As to date, he has trained and capacitated more than 700 government institutions (e.g. national, provincial, and local government units), more than 300 universities and colleges, more than 300 CSOs, NGOs, and POs (community of farmers, fisherfolks, indigenous people, youth, women, PWDs, Church leaders), and more than 300 representatives of the private sector on how to develop science and evidenced-based projects to access multilateral funds such as Green Climate Fund (GCF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and domestic funding like the People’s Survival Fund (PSF).

Glenn is the Founder of two highly recognized ASEAN events: a. ASEAN Science Diplomats Assembly (ASEAN Science Diplomacy Program, now Asian Science Diplomacy), a training and capacity building workshop for Outstanding Scientists and Engineers in South East Asia, which helps the scientists to engage with decision-makers from Executive and Legislative Branches to broaden their perspectives on how science and policy can interact to improve decision-making.; and b. Climate Smart and Disaster Resilient ASEAN, which brings together leading academic scientists, researchers, scholars, government agencies, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders to share their experiences and research results on aspects of climate change and disaster risks in South East Asia. This provides trans-disciplinary platforms for relevant stakeholders to present and discuss innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered in the field of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management (CCA-DRRM).

He studied Climate Change and Energy at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University and took Sustainability Leadership from the Center of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University. He also took Applied Remote Sensing Technology from the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA).