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NEWRI Advisory Board

 The NEWRI Advisory Board (NAB)
Environmental and water technology (EWT) issues are becoming collaborative interdisciplinary pursuits, we recognise that certain challenges cannot be solved in isolation. The NEWRI Advisory Board (NAB) comprising international academics and industry leaders will help to provide scientific guidance, foresight and global impact for NEWRI to become a global research and technology partner in the EWT industry. Four NAB members are featured as follows:
The NEWRI Advisory Board Members
Professor Dr. Martin Faulstich
Since the beginning of his professional career, Martin Faulstich, a mechanical and environmental engineer by training, has been active in sustainable development. Prof. Dr. Martin Faulstich has been head of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) since 2006.
Since January 2013, Dr. Martin Faulstich was appointed Professor of Environmental and Energy Technology at Clausthal University of Technology and Director of the CUTEC Institute of Environmental Technology. 
From 2000-2012, Dr. Martin Faulstich was Professor of Resource and Energy Technology at the Technische Universität München  and Director of Straubing Center of Science for Renewable Resources where projects on renewable resources for energy and material production are undertaken. 

He served as Chairman of the Board of the ATZ Development Centre in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, an independent research institute developing processes and materials for the decentralized generation of energy from biomass and waste. He formerly held a Professorship for Waste Treatment and Recycling at the Technische Universität München. 

His research interests focuses on renewable energy systems, resource efficiency and strategies for a sustainable industrial society.

Dr Joseph A. Cotruvo
Dr. Joseph Cotruvo is president of Joseph Cotruvo and Associates, LLC, Water, Environment and Public Health Consultants. His doctorate is in Physical Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University. He is a longtime member of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Committee, and serves on numerous expert advisory groups on drinking water quality, desalination, and for several water reuse projects. At USEPA he was the first Director of the Drinking Water Standards Division, and also of the Risk Assessment Division in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. His division developed comprehensive national drinking water regulations and risk assessments for microbial contaminants, organic and inorganic chemicals and radionuclides, and the original regulations for THM disinfection by-products, proposed corrosion control lead and copper rules, and the first surface water filtration rules. He initiated EPA’s Drinking Water Health Advisory Program that provides health risk guidance for unregulated contaminants and emergencies. Later, Joe was VP for Environmental Health Sciences at NSF International, and he was chairman of the Water Quality Committee of the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Water and Sewer Authority for several years. 
He is  is a member of the Singapore NEA technical advisory committee on water regulatory programs, and of the ​Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) Advisory Board. He is engaged in extensive studies on pre-systemic metabolism and the low dose toxicology of bromate. He works on recycling in bottling facilities, novel Point-of-Use water treatment technologies, drinking water additives quality, safe drinking water for emergencies, Safe Drinking Water Act policy, decentralized approaches for compliance with drinking water regulations in small water systems, nutritional elements in drinking water, pharmaceuticals in water, disinfection by-products, and quality specifications for potable water reclamation and reuse. He has produced WHO monographs on Health Aspects of Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water; Heterotrophic Microorganisms; Waterborne Zoonoses; Pathogenic Mycobacteria in Water; Health Aspects of Plumbing, and developed a recent monograph on Desalination Technology: Health and Environmental Impacts. He has also contributed to WHO Guidance on Aircraft Water Sanitation, and Disinfection of Food Products.
He has more than 100 publications on water quality and safety, health risk management, risk assessment, toxicology testing, bromate metabolism, regulatory policy, small water systems, emergency water supplies, decentralized small systems water delivery technology.
Mr. Tan Cheng Guan
 Mr Tan is responsible for business and strategic development at Sembcorp and drives business development for the Group's energy and water businesses. He also oversees the Group's business in the Middle East and India.

He brings with him broad experience in strategy, business and project development for the utilities industry. Mr Tan rejoined Sembcorp in 2007 after a three-year stint heading Vopak's operations in China. Prior to that, he spent 14 years with Sembcorp as well as over a decade in the oil and gas sector with Brown & Root Far East. Whilst at Sembcorp, Mr Tan oversaw the early development of our Utilities business on Jurong Island and the expansion of our Utilities business into China, the UK and the Middle East. Most recently, he also led Sembcorp's acquisition of Cascal's global municipal water business.

Mr Tan holds a BEng (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, USA.

Mr. Ronnie Tay (RADM)​

Mr Ronnie Tay (RADM) was appointed CEO, National Environment Agency (NEA) on 10 Jun 2013, relinquishing his position as CEO of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, a position he held since 19 November 2007 when he retired from active military service.

IDA has the roles of developing a vibrant and competitive information technology and communications industry; master-planning, project-managing and implementing various infocomm  systems and capabilities for the Government as the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO); and spearheading the trans- formation of key economic sectors, government and society through more sophisticated and innovative use of infocomm, which contribute to enhancing the global economic competitiveness of Singapore.  During the 25 years he spent with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), he held various command appointments, including Chief of Navy from April 2003 to August 2007.

A SAF Scholar, Tay pursued undergraduate studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Engineering Science. He also obtained a Master of Science in Management degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA in 1997, under a SAF post-graduate scholarship. RADM (NS) Tay attended the Advanced Management Programme at Insead, France in October 2007. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold)(Military) in 2005, and the Long Service Medal (Military) in 2007.