Assistant Professor Winston Chow
Department of Geography,

National University of Singapore

Moderator of the Panel Discussion
Cooling Singapore Principal Investigator

Winston Chow is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore since August 2013, and also holds an honorary Assistant Professorship with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy's Institute of Water Policy from April 2016. He received his Ph.D. at Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in 2011, and has a Master's degree and two Bachelor's Degrees from the National University of Singapore. He has published extensively on urban climatology in tropical and subtropical cities, such as on the physical processed, impacts and approaches towards adapting to and mitigating the urban heat island; as well as on urban vulnerability towards climate change, such as on societal exposure and resilience towards extremes in temperature and perception. He was also the news editor for Urban Climate News, the quarterly newsletter of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC), from 2008-2015. Winston Chow is a Principal Investigator of the Cooling Singapore project.


Jason Lee
Lab Director, 

Human Performance Lab, 
DSO National Laboratories

Jason Lee directs the Human Performance Laboratory at the Defense Medical and Environmental Research Institute, DSO National Laboratories. He obtained his first degree (Sports and Exercise Science - 1st Class Honours) from Loughborough University, UK. Following the award of G V Sibley Memorial Prize, he stayed on to complete a PhD in Exercise Physiology under sponsorship from the UK Overseas Research Scholarship and Faculty Studentship. 

Jason is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport. Tapping on his experience as a Commando Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces and domain knowledge, he serves in various national and international panels related to human performance and safety. Jason’s main research interests are in fluid balance, thermoregulation and mitigation strategies for improving human performance. He studies the physiological demands associated with passive and exertional heat stress and how humans adapt to ensure optimal performance and survival. 

A key outcome of his research is the formulation of a holistic heat management system. This is achieved through profiling the associated heat strain in humans under various settings, formulating and evaluating heat mitigation strategies (physical conditioning regimes, heat acclimatisation, pre-activity cooling, work-rest cycles and hydration) and finally transiting them into polices such as training directives, training safety regulations and lesson plans. Knowledge gained from his research has also benefitted other agencies in formulating performance and safety guidelines and policies. 

He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.

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Professor Nigel Tapper, 
School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment,

Monash University
Cooling Singapore Scientific Advisory Panel Member

Nigel Tapper holds a Personal Chair in Environmental Science (as a climate science specialist) within the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University where he currently leads the Climate Research Group. Nigel Co-Led Program B (Water Sensitive Urbanism) until 2017 and is a key researcher in the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Outside the University Nigel has contributed strongly to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change where he is a Lead Author of Working Group II, Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation. He serves in the World Meteorological Organisation as a member of the Terrestrial Observation Panel on Climate and associated task forces. He is an elected Member of the Board of the International Association of Urban Climate. Nigel has published seven books, 13 book chapters and more than 200 refereed research publications, and has supervised >45 Ph.D. students, in an academic and research career spanning 35 years. Nigel’s work has been cited >4,800 times and he has an h-index of 38. He co-authored the classic text on Australasian climate – The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand. Key research in recent years has been in the area of weather and climate impacts, including on fire, urban environments and human health-climate interactions. A strong climate change adaptation theme has emerged in his research, especially in relation to urban environments and human health. Nigel has a particularly strong track record in delivering industry-relevant research.


Dr. Ren Chao
School of Architecture, 

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Cooling Singapore Scientific Advisory Panel member (Nominated)

Chao REN is an Associate Professor in School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interest is Sustainable Urban and Environmental Design and Urban Climatic Application in Urban Planning. She has published widely in highly ranked journals and peer-reviewed conferences, focusing primarily on examining the relationship between urban climate and urban morphological characteristics, developing an urban climatic mapping system, and analysing urbanization-induced human thermal comfort and public health risk impacts for high-density/compact cities. She has edited and co-edited 3 books. One is The Urban Climatic Map: A Methodology for Sustainable Urban Planning (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Ren has involved in several governmental research projects in China (Hong Kong, Macau, Wuhan, and Beijing), Taiwan (Kaohsiung), The Netherlands (Arhem) and France (Toulouse) since 2006. She has been invited by international organizations including WMO and UNEP to develop urban climate related guides, reports and training materials. She serves as editorial advisor for Cities & Health and an associate editor for Urban Climate (2018-2020). She is a board member of the International Association for Urban Climate (2017-2021). She is a registered BEAM Professional and has joined the Working Group of BEAM Society since 2011.


Professor Wong Nyuk Hien, 
Department of Building

National University of Singapore

Cooling Singapore Urban Heat Island Task force

Prof. Wong is currently the Deputy Head in charge of academic matters and professor in the Department of Building, School of Design and Environment. He graduated with a B.Sc (Building) (2nd Upper) in 1985 and a Master degree in Building Science in 1991 from National University of Singapore. He received a gold medal award for being the best student in the MSc (Building Science) programme. Subsequently, he received the Overseas Graduate Scholarship (OGS) to do a PhD programme at Carnegie Mellon University in USA and graduated in 1998. Prof. Wong has also been the Deputy Head (Research), Programme Director for B.Sc (PFM), Programme Director for Master of Science (Building Science) as well as Programme Director for Bachelor of Building (Construction Management) and Bachelor of Building (Construction Economics). In terms of research, Prof. Wong was the principal investigator of a number of research projects related to Urban Heat Island, urban climatic mapping and greenery, in collaboration with the various government agencies, such as Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), National Parks Board (NParks), Housing Development Board (HDB), National Environmental Agency (NEA) and Building Construction Authority (BCA). Prof. Wong was also one of the key Principle Investigator for the development of the first Zero Energy Building at BCA Academcy. Prof. Wong has published more than 300 international referred journal and conference papers and was the co-author of 9 books and has been invited to deliver keynote papers and research findings in various conferences and symposiums. He has also been invited to serve in the various advisory committees both locally and internationally.


Diana Chin
Director of Planning Policies

Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Ms. Diana Chin is currently the Director of Planning Policies in the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Ms. Chin is responsible for long-term land use planning for Singapore. In her over 15 years of public service, she has been involved in a broad range of policy issues, from planning for future climate change scenarios, preparing our built environment for an aging population and developing car-lite policies.  

Ms. Chin holds a Masters of Philosophy in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from the Cambridge University.