Nomination Committee


Professor Paulette Bynoe, Chair

Prof. Bynoe is a Senior Lecturer and current Deputy Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Guyana. She has a Ph.D. in Geography, a M.Phil. in Environmental Education, a B.A. in Geography, and formal training certificates in Climate Change, Environmental Management, and Community Disaster Risk Management. Her research interests are environmental education, natural resources and environmental policy, sustainable livelihoods, climate change, and disaster vulnerability. 

Prof. Bynoe is the recipient of the Golden Arrow of Achievement for research that contributes to policy making, and for environmental education and training. 


Mr. Atem S. Ramsundersing

Mr. Ramsundersingh is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of WEnergy Global Pte Ltd based in Singapore. The company is a one-stop provider of renewable energy solutions (i.e. solar, tidal, wind, hydro and bio-systems and smart power distribution systems, including energy storage systems), currently recognised as one of the major quality providers of hybrid powered microgrids.

Mr. Ramsundersingh brings in over 30 years of extensive international experience and knowledge about project and new business development in emerging economies with complex decision-making and investment environments. He also brings in his extensive knowledge and experience in industrial manufacturing processes, supply chain and quality management, utility management, strategic management of operations, investment portfolio management, deal structuring and commercialization of businesses. He has a vast network of contacts in over 70 countries, including several Multilateral Agencies in the area of industry, energy, water and development finance.

Mr. Ramsundersingh is a former Senior Manager with The World Bank Group (Washington DC, USA) and a Program Director with the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water and Environment (Delft, The Netherlands). He obtained a Masters’ Degree in Infrastructure Engineering at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and has been trained at the Harvard Business School in Corporate Renewal and Change Management and Cambridge University in Sustainable Industrial Leadership.


Ms. Jaehyang So (“Jae”)

Jae had an extensive career at the World Bank Group, working on sustainable development and finance, including infrastructure, water, urban development, gender, and public private partnerships. As Director, Trust Funds and Partnerships, she led the policy framework for the $45 billion in external funds under management by the World Bank. As Manager of the Water and Sanitation Program, she led the strategic vision and increased the Program’s capacity through a new business plan process and results-based management.

Jae led the World Bank engagement on the Sanitation and Water for All partnership and developed the World Bank PPI Database, the global industry standard for public private partnerships and investment in infrastructure. She served on the boards of the Global Water Challenge and the Water and Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. 


Mr. Abdoulaye Sene

As the Executive Secretary of the Dakar 2022 World Water Forum preparatory committee, Mr. SENE is a Hydraulic engineer with an extensive experience in the Senegalese high administration.

The first 25 years were spent in the Ministries in charge of Hydraulics, Rural Development, Energy and Mines, that allowed him to acquire a broad experience in the fields of water resources management, drinking water supply, sanitation, agricultural hydraulics, dams, hydroelectric schemes, electricity production and distribution, public infrastructure management, social negotiation and institutional communication.

The last 10 years as Chair of the Region of Fatick (7 years), then as a member of the National Assembly of Senegal (5 years), have enabled him to capitalize on a rich experience, in particular, in legislation and policies of decentralization, environment, rural development, land use planning, management of basic public services (water, energy, housing), evaluation and control of public policies.


Dr. Hong-Yuan Lee

Dr. Hong-Yuan Lee obtained his B.S from the Department of hydraulic engineering, National Cheng-Kung University (NCKU) in 1978 in Taiwan. Both his M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1984) were delivered by the department of civil and environmental engineering, The University of Iowa, U.S.A. Dr. Lee is currently a professor of the department of civil engineering, National Taiwan University. He is also the visiting professor of Wageningen University, UNESCO-IHE (The Netherlands), Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, Hohai University, and China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (China).

Dr. Lee has won numerous prizes and honours regarding academic accomplishment and research projects, such as Research Project Award, Outstanding Contribution Award, and Outstanding Achievement Award. 


Ms. Jennifer Tay

Ms. Jennifer works at PWC, leading the firm’s Infrastructure Advisory Practice and taking part of the Deals Advisory Practice. She has experience in large scale infrastructure transactions and strategic advisory, supporting both public and private sectors across Asia.

Jennifer was a Singapore Power Ltd Scholar and started her career in 2003 with Singapore Power in financial planning and analysis, M&A and corporate finance. She left Singapore Power in 2006 to join SMRT in a similar role.

Between 2014-2017, Jennifer worked in Singtel GCFO Office as Transaction Director for the listing of NetLink NBN Trust, managing the restructuring, integration, valuation and marketing of the asset. The listing of NetLink NBN on the Singapore Stock Exchange was completed on 19 July 2017. The Initial Public Offering (with a market capitalisation of S$3.2B) was the largest in Singapore since 2011 and the third largest in Asia in 2017.


Ms. Irawati Hermawan

Ms. Irawati Hermawan is the Managing Partner of Hermawan Juniarto and has more than 25 years experience practicing law. She is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in infrastructure and project finance. Irawati’s clients include international banking and financial institutions, multinational companies, state owned enterprises, and national companies.

Irawati is one of the few lawyers in Indonesia who are experienced in public-private partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure. She has assisted central and local governments in tendering major infrastructure projects.

Her experiences vary from assisting the Government of Indonesia (Ministry of Finance, National Planning Agency and Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs), to contributing to the regulatory framework on infrastructure. She also assisted with the formulation of Indonesia Infrastructure Finance and the establishment of the Indonesia PPP Unit within the Ministry of Finance in Indonesia.

Irawati is currently active in several organisations such as the Indonesia Chambers of Commerce (as the Head of Committee for International Organisation for Middle East and OIC countries), the Indonesia Transport Society (as vice Secretary General), and the Indonesia Advocates Association (as part of the Foreign Counsel Assessment Committee).