Ecocity World Summit Speakers, Part IX

November 19, 2009

Today: Janet Larsen & Beng Lee Ong

Janet Larsen, Research Director, Earth Policy Institute, Washington DC, USA
larsen_janetMs Larsen is Director of Research at Earth Policy Institute, the think tank founded by Lester Brown advocating for a “Plan B,” a systematic approach to planning at all levels of government, especially national, for conservation of resources, biology and climate via major government and education changes around the world. Janet manages the research program with Lester Brown, planning new projects and coordinating the efforts of the research team. She uses her interdisciplinary background in researching the Eco-Economy Updates, and the Eco-Economy Indicators, similar to her work at the Worldwatch Institute on the Issue Alerts, State of the World and vital Signs. Earth Policy Institute:

Beng Lee Ong, Director (Eco-city Project Office), Ministry of National Development, SINGAPORE
lee_ong_bengMr Ong Beng Lee was appointed to the Singapore Administrative Service in 1990. In his current appointment as Director of the Eco-city Project Office in the Ministry of National Development, he helps to formulate policies and programs for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, and oversees its smooth implementation in close partnership with the relevant Chinese authorities and Singapore agencies, and the joint venture company undertaking the development of the Eco-city. Mr Ong read Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Oxford University on an Overseas Merit Scholarship (Open) from 1985 to 1988, and attended the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 2001. Prior to his current appointment, he had served in various Government agencies, including the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Home Affairs and Defense.