Biomimicry Team - Singapore

The team comprises of people from diverse fields - biologists, engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, architects, lawyers and more.

FOUNDER MEMBERS
Dr. Anuj Jain

An ecologist, biomimic, and engineer, Anuj holds a Biomimicry Professional Certification - a first in Southeast Asia - offered by the Biomimicry 3.8 team (Montana, USA) to train and mobilize an international, networked community of professional biomimics. Anuj has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Masters degree in Biomimicry and a Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences. He leads a program on preventing bird extinctions at the BirdLife International partnership in Asia and is also the co-founder of B i o S E A consulting. Anuj is a National Geographic Explorer, recipient of the Joan Mosenthal DeWind award for Lepidoptera Conservation (by Xerces Society, USA) and the Past Chairperson of Nature Society (Singapore)'s Butterfly & Insect Group. His interests range from wildlife conservation, ecological planning, ecosystem service assessments, biomimicry for the built environment and circular cities. He is currently writing a book on nature-inspired patterns for the tropical built environment. Email: anuj@biomimicrysingapore.net  

Sriram Nadathur

Sriram is Group CEO & Chief Investment Officer of the Nadathur Group. He is responsible for a business & investment portfolio of over US$1 billion as well as family offices in India, Singapore, and UK. Sriram heads the Group’s healthcare & life sciences portfolio and has helped incubate and build several ventures in drug discovery, diagnostics, nutrition, agri-biotech, hospitals, and healthcare/pharmaceutical services. As Group CEO, he also oversees a diversity of other businesses including those in hospitality and technology sectors. Sriram is an aspiring biomimic and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomimicry. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He is also an active philanthropist and has a keen interest in causes such as nature conservation and neuro-muscular & intellectual development. Email: sriram@nadathur.com  

 

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Kirtida Mekani

Kirtida is a passionate environmentalist, pursuer of education, successful businesswoman and a devoted artist. She served as the founding Executive Director of the Singapore Environment Council from 1993 to 1997, is a Community in Bloom (CIB) ambassador, a member of the environment committee at Southwest CDC and serves on the board of the Garden City Fund Singapore. Her partnership with National Parks has seen the creation of the Plant-a-Tree programme. In collaboration with the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Kirtida supported the creation of the Rainforest Restoration Project – specialized plant nurseries run and managed by students for many threatened rainforest species. For her many contributions, Kirtida was awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2015. Kirtida is an ardent advocate of biomimicry, promoting its awareness and adoption in Singapore and strongly believes that biomimicry is the path forward for science and engineering.

Email: kirtidamekani@gmail.com  

CORE MEMBERS
Priyanka Sancheti

 

COMMUNICATIONS & FINANCE MANAGER

 

A business startup consultant and a Company Secretary practitioner, Priyanka is a qualified company secretary in Singapore, a member of ICSA London and runs a consulting practice PRIAN Advisers. She is also a Law graduate with experience in company incorporation, corporate restructuring, compliances, legal and secretarial work for a wide clientele of companies.  Her new found love is in the field of environmental law and legal issues in sustainable design. She feels how better to spend time on social media than to spread the meme of biomimicry.  

Ling Jia Shin

WRITER 

 

Currently an undergraduate at Nanyang Technological University, Jia Shin is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Earth Systems Science. Her love for the environment has led her to pursue the path of an environmental journalist, where she aims to document the wonders of the Earth and convince the public of the dire need and importance in nature conservation. She enjoys writing and sees the strong possibility of biomimicry in being the solution to achieving human advancements while protecting the environment from being overexploited. 

COLLABORATORS
Kevin Sullivan

Kevin has been a carpenter, community organizer, educator, and environmental entrepreneur. Since 2008 he has been a founder and CEO of two sustainable design consulting firms in India and Singapore. He is currently with Jacobs and KEO International Consultants in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Kevin is trained as an architect and urban planner and writes and speaks widely on urban and environmental issues. He has an MCP in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MA in Urban History from Columbia University. He pioneered the first low-cost urban green homes in the US and was also an Adjunct Professor in the Urban Environment at Queens College as the City University of New York. Kevin is an expert on green schools and has worked with top international schools across Asia to create innovative, “living” campuses and integrate sustainability principles into school curricula.

An architect, interior designer, and LEED AP ID & C with a focus on lifestyle projects, Flavia currents lives and works in the USA, and has a Master’s degree in Biomimicry at Arizona State University, a program developed by Biomimicry 3.8, Montana, USA. Flavia is excited to be part of this professional and international network of biomimics and to integrate emulation of nature’s genius in her innovative design process and work. She has designed and managed a wide variety of projects for Fortune 500 companies, international award-winning design firms, as well as with her own design firm. She started in Milan, graduated in Architecture with Honors from the Polytechnic University, and then traveled and worked in various countries, including Italy, Japan, Thailand, UK and Vietnam. As a world citizen, Flavia combines her love for nature and travel with her work by absorbing different influences and learnings and reflecting them back through her creative and sustainable designs.  

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Clare Miflin

Clare has over 20 years of architectural experience, mostly at Kiss + Cathcart, Architects - a firm well known for their philosophy of “productive” architecture in terms of human, environmental and economic benefits. She considers buildings within the larger systems of which they are part, integrating energy production, vegetation and even agriculture. Her projects include Bushwick Inlet Park, which won a 2014 AIA Cote Top Ten AwardSmithsonian Tropical Research Station in Panama, Solar 2, designed to achieve Living Building Certification; and many rooftop greenhouses for NYC public schools. She is currently working on a large mixed use passive house project and design guidelines for architects to aid NYC’s goal of zero waste to landfill by 2030. Clare is active in the NYC’s sustainable community, being part of AIANY’s Committee on the Environment, NYC Living Building Collaborative, and Sustainability Coordinator for her local food cooperative. Fascinated by natural systems, she holds a Masters in Biomimicry and Biomimicry Professionals Certification. She set up ThinkWoven in 2018.   

Christine is an Architect practicing from the west coast of North America on Vancouver Island. She is Principal of her own firm, which is centered around progressive and innovative approaches to crafting built environments. Her design solutions integrate ecological processes of place while responding to unique design challenges for a variety of project typologies including schools, seniors housing, district scale master planning, non-profit developments, and aerial adventure experiences. Christine is educated in urban agriculture and permaculture practices and  Masters of Science in Biomimicry along with her Biomimicry Professional designation. Her current project work includes a regenerative design proposal for the learning commons of an independent school, a residential tower hosting a forest, and a biomimetic component solution for tree attachments for her aerial game client. Her research and development work includes exploring boundary layers and their role at multiple scales in managing air flow, with the prospect of informing the design of air barrier products used in the building industry.

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Shiva Susarla

Shiva is the Founder and Managing Director of RENERGii Asia, an advisory, venture builder and innovation alchemist focused on Urban Sustainability. RENERGii's projects draw extensively from principles of Circular Systems and Biomimicry. Shiva is the partner for the ClimateLaunchPad business competition in Bengaluru and Singapore.  He is also currently setting up an Urban Farming innovation platform in Bengaluru. RENERGii is also part of the Climate Collective, a network of organizations attempting to solve the various dimensions of the climate problem in South Asia. Shiva's background is in renewable energy investments, policy research and consulting and business development. Shiva has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering and an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management. He has also completed the coursework for the M.Eng program from the National University of Singapore.

ADVISORS
Dr. Carlos Alberto Montana-Hoyos

An Industrial Designer with communication skills in Spanish, English, Italian and Japanese, Carlos has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from Javeriana University (PUJ), Columbia and an MAID and a PhD from Kobe Design University, Japan in Biomimicry and Design for Sustainability. As a design practitioner, Carlos has worked in-house in several industries in the areas of packages, electric appliances, furniture, lamps, ceramics and handcrafts, with experience in Colombia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Australia and UAE and many of his projects having received international design awards. From 2006 to 2010, Carlos was a Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Industrial Design Program, National University of Singapore. He currently lives and works in UAE, where he is the founding Associate Professor at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. Carlos has taught Biomimicry in design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and conducted workshops and guest lectures on these topics. 

Dr. Richard Kwok

Head of the Audit Team and Joint Readiness Inspection Team at SMRT (Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit),  Dr. Richard Kwok has a Master of Science in automotive engineering and Ph.D. in technology management. He was formerly the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd. Dr. Kwok was the recipient of the prestigious Defence Technology Prize 2002 and the Defence Technology Prize Award 1999 by the Ministry of Defence Singapore and the Cheng Fook Choon Gold Award in Engineering Process Innovation & Improvement by Singapore Technologies in 1997. In December 2006, he also won the Lifelong Learner Award. His areas of interest and research include robotic technologies, survivability & protective technologies, nano & novel materials, power transmission, weapon platform, renewable energy, Intellectual property and business management. Dr. Kwok turns to nature for innovation and is a strong believer of TRIZ.