Philippe Tanguy is the President of Polytechnique Montreal technological university, one of the leading research institutions in Canada, since 2018. Under his leadership, Polytechnique has undergone remarkable growth and impact, paving the way to increased visibility and influence worldwide. As an expert in hydrogen and economy decarbonization, he has also been working with government shaping the energy transition and electrification strategy.
Prior to joining Polytechnique, Philippe served as a top R&D executive for the integrated energy company Total in Paris and Berlin, focusing on international R&D strategy, and deploying globally the corporate science and open innovation policy, in relation with the energy transition, the hydrogen economy, the energy-water-environment nexus. As a top scientist, he also reviewed technologies for company growth and investment. He previously pursued an academic career in several universities in Canada, including 15 years as an industrial research chairholder and director of a R&D center in process engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. At the same time, he was a very active international consultant, helping companies optimize industrial processes and product manufacturing, as well as provide guidance on R&D strategy and issues.
Philippe is presently the Chairman of the World Council of Chemical Engineering, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a fellow and founding member of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technologies of Morocco, and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK). His education background includes an undergraduate education in mathematics and physics, a doctorate degree in physics (Paris), a Ph.D. in chemical engineering (Laval), an industrial post-doctoral fellowship with General Electric, and an executive management training at the MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Philippe is a registered engineer in the Province of Québec, Canada.
Rovani Sigamoney is a chemical/environmental engineer from South Africa who started in the platinum refinery/mining sector and then moved on to researching bioenergy systems and biofuels for Africa.
She joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) HQ in Paris, France in 2007 in the Natural Sciences Sector and later ran the Chemistry programme and International Year of Chemistry 2011. She thereafter took over the UNESCO Engineering programme. The Engineering Programme is working with Member States (UNESCO has 195 Member States), international partners and program experts to strengthen engineering education through curricula development, hands-on training and capacity building. In line with UNESCO’s global priorities on Africa and Gender Equality, it focuses on women and Africa but also has activities around the world. Rovani is passionate about women in engineering and encouraging more youth to pursue careers in engineering.
Rovani previously worked in Brazil, USA and Ireland. Before joining UNESCO, she worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Paris on a biofuels strategy and then at the Wuppertal Institute of Climate Change in Germany on a policy document for the European Parliament on the security of energy supply.
Prof Niall Mac Dowell FIChemE FRSC
Niall is a Professor in Energy Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of both the IChemE and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research is focused on understanding the transition to a low carbon economy. Since receiving his PhD 2010, he has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers at the molecular, unit operation, integrated process, and system scales in this context.
Niall has more than a decade’s experience as a consultant to the public and private sectors. He has worked with a range of private sector energy companies, and has provided evidence to members of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change and has given advice to DECC/BEIS, the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission, the IEA, the IEAGHG the ETI and the JRC. Niall is a member of the Advisory Board of TotalEnergies, the Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS), and Joule. He was a member of the US National Petroleum Council (NPC) CCUS Roadmap Team, as well as the technical working group of the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), and has served as the Secretary of the IChemE's Energy Centre.
Finally, Niall was awarded the Qatar Petroleum medal for his research in 2010 and the IChemE’s Nicklin and Junior Moulton medals for his work on low carbon energy in 2015 and 2021, respectively.