Keynote Speakers

Shane Allen Snyder

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Shane Snyder is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and is the Executive Director of the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. For over 20 years, Dr. Snyder’s research has focused on water quality, treatment, and sustainability, which resulted in over 250 published manuscripts with over 26,000 citations. He has served on several US Environmental Protection Agency expert panels, including the Science Advisory Board drinking water committee and the Board of Scientific Counselors Sustainable Water committee. He was a member of the US National Academy of Science’s National Research Council Committee on Water Reuse and also served on the World Health Organization’s expert committee for developmentof potable reuse guidelines. Dr. Snyder has been invited to brief the Congress of the United States on three occasions on emerging issues in water quality. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science & Technology Water, and previously served as an Editor-in-Chief for the Elsevier journal Chemosphere. Dr. Snyder is a Fellow of the International Water Association and a member of the World Health Organization’s Drinking Water Advisory Panel. In 2013, Prof. Snyder was featured among the top 25 leading water researchers globally by Lux Research, and was awarded the 2015 Dr. Pankaj Parekh Research Innovation Award from the Water Research Foundation.  Dr Snyder also received the Agilent Thought Leader Award in recognition of leadership in water sustainability, safety, and treatment in 2017. He and his team were also awarded the Nanyang Humanitarian Award from NTU Singapore in 2018 for their philanthropic work in water and sanitation, which has benefited over two million people in underserved communities in Asia.


Kyoto University, Japan

Shuhei TANAKA is an Associate Professor of Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan and is a committee member of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization. He also is an expert of ISO TC38 (Textile) and ISO TC147 (Water Quality). For about 20 years, Dr. Shuhei TANAKA’s research has focused on water quality, especially per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), microplastics, and nature restoration, which resulted in 108 published manuscripts, 145 international presentations, 214 oral presentations. He is a project representative of the environment research and technology development funds (4-1801, 5-2101).


Ho Kyong Shon

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Professor Ho Kyong Shon is the President of the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA), the Editor for the Journal of Desalination, and the Deputy Director of Center for Technology in Water and Wastewater at the University of Technology Sydney. He specializes in understanding physico-chemical water treatment processes in water, wastewater and seawater. His research career focuses on studying advanced membrane fabrication and the application of membrane based desalination in detailing membrane fouling mechanisms and developing novel desalination technology.

Invited speakers

Bing Li, Renxin Zhao

Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Bing LI is an associate professor in Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University. He obtained his Ph.D degree in The University of Hong Kong in 2011. In 2016, he won the First Prize of Natural Science Award (Ministry of Education, China) and the State Environmental Protection Young Talent in Professional Technology Award. In 2019, Dr. Li was elected as the Editorial Board Member of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. His research interests mainly focus on microbial ecology and pollution eco-chemistry. Currently, Dr. Li has published 80+ SCI papers on top journals including ISME J, Microbiome, ES&T, and Water Research etc., with 6600+ citations and an H-index of 40 (Google Scholar data).


Di Wu

The Hong Kong University of  Science and Technology, HKSAR And The Ghent University, South Korean

Di Wu is an associate professor in the Centre for Environment and Energy Research at Ghent University Global Campus, and Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ghent University. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His expertise is wastewater engineering and environmental biotechnology. His current research interests are microbiome for water-energy-agriculture-health, energy-efficient waste(water) treatment and critical materials mining, and redesigning environmental infrastructures.


Dai Simazaki

National Institute of Public Health, Japan

Dr. Dai Simazaki is a Chief Senior Researcher at Water Supply & Management Section, Department of Environmental Health, National Institute of Public Health, Japan. Dr. Simazaki received his doctoral degree in engineering from University of Tokyo (Japan) in 1999, and work as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Simazaki has been working for the National Institute of Public Health since 2002 and his current research interests are control of chemical/microbial contaminants in drinking water by water purification technology, appropriate water quality management  at healthcare facilities/theaters, and countermeasures of water supply utilities against natural disaster due to climate change.


Ewa Kowalska

Hokkaido University, Japan

Ewa Kowalska is an associate professor and a leader of Research Cluster for Plasmonic Photocatalysis in Institute for Catalysis (ICAT), Hokkaido University. She received PhD degree in chemical technology (Gdansk University of Technology, Poland) in 2004. After completing JSPS (2005-2007), GCOE (2007-2009) postdoctoral fellowships in Japan, and Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship in France (2002-2003) and Germany (2009-2012), she joined ICAT in 2012. Her research interests focus on environmental protection, AOPs, noble metals, solar energy conversion, plasmonic photocatalysis and other vis-responsive materials for degradation of chemical and microbiological pollutants.


Faisal Hai

University of Wollongong, Australia

Professor Hai is the director of the Strategic Water Infrastructure Lab (SWIL). He carries out a number of research, teaching and governance leadership roles across the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS). He is the Head of Postgraduate Studies (HPS) of the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering (CME) As the HPS, he coordinates and supports around 80 higher degree research (HDR) students (PhD, Masters) and their supervisory teams. He is the coordinator of the ‘Environmental Engineering and Water Resources’ Powerhouse of the Faculty of EIS. He also coordinates the ‘Water and Bioresource Technologies’ strength of the Simulation, Modelling, Analysis, Research and Teaching (SMART) Research Facility at UOW. As a member of the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) and the Faculty International Committee (FIC) leadership teams, Professor Hai participates in the review and implementation of the Faculty Research and International Partnership/Outreach programs.


Hiroshi Sakai

Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Hioshi Sakai is an associate Professor in the Division of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University. He is a member of the International Water Association, International Ultraviolet Association, Japan Society for Water Environment, and the Japan Society for Civil Engineering. His research areas include social infrastructure engineering for environmental systems and disaster prevention, Ultraviolet water treatment, disinfection by-products, and drainage systems. He has published a number of research articles in high quality journals in these areas.


Hao Guo

The University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Dr. Hao Guo is a Research Assistant Professor (RAP) in the Membrane-based Environmental & Sustainable Technology (MembEST) Group in Department of Civil Engineering at HKU. He received his PhD degree in Water & Environmental Engineering from HKU at 2017. Dr Guo’s research mainly focuses on advanced membrane-based water purification, wastewater reuse, and seawater desalination for sustainable water production. To date, he has published 38 papers (14 papers in Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters) with a total citation > 1300 and an H-index of 23 (Web of Science). He is also a key inventor of four patents and his patented water filter technology has been successfully licensed. Dr. Guo is an awardee of many prestigious awards including Next Generation of Desalters to Watch by Water Desalination Report, Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and Gold Award of Invention Geneva.


Jingyun Fang

Sun Yat-Sen University, China

Dr. Jingyun Fang is currently a professor at School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, China. She received her bachelor and doctoral degrees from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2003 and 2010, respectively. Then she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Fang’s research focuses on fundamentals and application of advanced oxidation technology for water pollution control. Her recent research focused on the roles of emerging reactive species such as halogen radicals, nitrogen radicals and transient manganese species in aquatic system. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications. She was the recipient of the 2020 James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award and the National Science Foundation of China for Excellent Young Scholars, and she won Highly Cited Researcher award in 2020.


Jenyuk Lohwacharin

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Dr. Jenyuk Lohwacharin is a full-time Lecturer and a Director of Professor Aroon Sorathesn Center of Excellence in Environmental Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He earned his PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tokyo and worked as a project Assistant Professor at Department of Urban Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan, during 2013 – 2017. His current research interest is a membrane-assisted water treatment process for the micropollutant removal, industrial water reuse, fate and transport of microplastic in wastewater and aquatic environment. He is a member of International Water Association (IWA)’s specialist group on natural organic matter. Dr. Jenyuk publishes more than 30 research articles in Scopus database.


Kibaek Lee

Chonnam National University, South Korea

Kibaek Lee is an assistant professor at Department of Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Chonnam National University, South Korea. He received his Ph.D. from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2017. Dr. Lee has been studied strategies to fundamentally solve the biofouling issue in membrane bioreactor (MBR) for wastewater treatment. Among them, he has focused on microbial cell-to-cell communication (i.e., quorum sensing) to inhibit biofouling. In particular, he has mainly studied universal signaling used in both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.


Ling Li

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKSAR

Ling Li is a Research Assistant Professor and PhD in Civil Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research is focused on the design of novel (photo)catalysts and (photo)catalytic systems for water/surface disinfection and pollutant degradation, and formation and removal of disinfection by-products (DBPs) in water treatment processes. He has published a number of research articles in high quality journals holds a number of patents in these areas.


Masaaki Kitajima

Hokkaido University, Japan

Masaaki Kitajima is an Associate Professor of environmental engineering at Hokkaido University. He earned his Doctor of Engineering degree in the field of urban environmental engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2011. After receiving the doctoral degree, he worked at the University of Arizona in the US as a Post-Doc through the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Abroad from 2011 to 2013. He expanded his research experience by working at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Center, a research center of MIT in Singapore, for 2 years from 2014. Since 2016, he has been a faculty member at Hokkaido University in Japan, where he teaches courses related to environmental engineering and works on environmental virology with a current emphasis on wastewater-based epidemiology of COVID-19. Dr. Kitajima has published 110+ peer-reviewed journal papers with 5900+ citations and an h-index of 40. His research area covers broad aspects of health-related water microbiology from an environmental engineering perspective, represented by molecular epidemiological analysis of viral pathogens in natural and engineered water systems.


Noman Khalid Khanzada

City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Dr. Noman Khalid Khanzada received his Ph.D. in Energy and Environment from City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He did his bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and Master’s in Environmental Engineering and have more than seven years of research experience. Dr. Khanzada is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in CityU. His area of research mainly includes – Desalination and water reclamation using reverse osmosis (RO) and other membrane-based processes, Membrane-based technologies for emerging pollutants removal and nutrient/resource recovery, Fabrication of polymeric membrane, synthesis of material, hybrid process operation and design, etc.



The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKSAR

Dr. Ran YIN obtained his Bachelor in Nanjing University and Ph.D. in The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the recipient of the prestigious Hong Kong RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship and works as a postdoctoral researcher at HKUST since 2020. He does research in engineering the photochemistry and radical chemistry for potable water purification and wastewater reclamation. He serves as the Strategic Growth Coordinator in the International Ultraviolet Association Young Professionals Committee since 2019.


Wenchao Xue

Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Dr. Wenchao Xue is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Dr. Xue received her Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from The University of Tokyo (2013). She obtained her Master’s (2010) and Bachelor (2008) in Environmental Science and Engineering (2008) from Tsinghua University. Dr. Xue research interest includes but not limited to Energy/Resources Productive Wastewater Treatment, Water/Wastewater Membrane and Electrochemical Technologies, Sustainable Watershed Management, and Environmental Emerging Contaminants


Xiaying XIN

City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

Dr. Xiaying Xin is a Research Assistant Professor at State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP) at the City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Xin received her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from University of Regina (Canada) in 2019, and worked as a postdoctoral Fellow in the Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollutant lab in Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) from 2019 to 2021. She also works for the Persistent and Emerging Organic Pollutants in the Environment (PEOPLE) CREATE Network of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Dr. Xin’s research interests include aquatic toxicology and environmental risk assessment, fate and transport of emerging contaminants in marine, climate change impact on marine pollution, nanotechnology and biotechnology for contaminant removal, and synchrotron-based analysis and environmental process analysis.