TAN Seng Chuan

President-Elect, WFEO

Lecture Topic

Engineering Resilience and Education: Building blocks for the Net-Zero Future

In the face of unprecedented climate challenges, engineers stand at the forefront of combating the impacts of climate change. The year 2023 marked a somber milestone as it became the warmest year on record, surpassing pre-industrial averages by 1.35°C. This was accompanied by record sea level rise and an increase in extreme weather events.

Building resilience is paramount in this climate context. It entails developing adaptable systems and infrastructure capable of withstanding and rebounding from disruptions. Engineering education, including initiatives for knowledge sharing within organizations like FEIAP, plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration and expertise, enhancing adaptive capabilities, and driving progress towards a Net-Zero Future.

Through knowledge sharing, we not only amplify our collective wisdom but also save valuable time, a resource we urgently need as we race against the climate clock. It's a collective journey where engineering resilience and education serve as indispensable pillars, demonstrating that achieving a Just Net-Zero future is not a zero-sum game, but rather a collaborative endeavour for collective gain and progress.

FEIAP Convention Tan SC 29 Apr 2024.pdf


Er. TAN Seng-Chuan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Master of Science (Building Science) from the National University of Singapore. He is a Professional Engineer (Civil) and Chartered Engineer (Environment & Water) registered in Singapore, GHG Accounting Lead Verifier, GRI Certified Sustainability Professional and a Senior Practicing Management Consultant (Sustainability) Certified by SBACC.

His professional experiences cover Sustainability, Environmental, Engineering and Program management in the sectors of Sustainability, Climate Change, Environmental, Water and Wastewater, Energy & Power, Built Environment & Infrastructure, Chemical and Petrochemical, Oil & Gas and other infrastructure projects in Asia Pacific region.

Er. Tan holds various positions in the early part of his career and rose to the rank of Assistant General Manager in Jurong Engineering Ltd. In 2010, he was appointed as Director of CH2MHill responsible for the operation and development of the water and environmental services business in the Asia Pacific Region. In 2015 he joined Ramboll Environ (Asia Pacific) as Regional Managing Director leading the development and implementation of company strategies across 12 offices in the Asia Pacific. Presently, he served as Managing Director of TEMBUSU Asia Consulting Pte Ltd, a leading sustainability consultancy company in Asia and a Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) Certified Validation & Verification Bodies focus on the development and implementation of United Nation Sustainability Development Goals.

Er. TAN is the Emeritus President of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) where he served as President from 2006 to 2008; he also served as President of the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) from 2007 till 2011, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Engineers Coordinating Committee and member of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) Governing Board from 2015 to 2019. Presently he serves as President-Elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organisation (WFEO) and Chairman of Chartered Engineering Board, Singapore.