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Dr Augustine Quek

Senior fellow, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, National University of Singapore


Augustine Quek is currently a senior fellow in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has developed an odorless method of converting food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizers, applicable to high-yield farming.

Prior to this he was the programme manager of the E2S2-CREATE programme. He coordinates academic affairs in the multi-million dollar R&D research effort that examines megacities to solve coupled urban problems, such as food waste and renewable energy. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2010 and an MBA in 2014, and has held various positions, from post-doctoral researcher, to faculty position. He won the World Future Foundation Best PhD Thesis award in 2012, for low energy, single-stage pyrolysis and activation of solid waste to activated chars.

His previous work on urban sustainability involves assessing environmental impacts of urban services and activities through life cycle assessment, cost-benefit analysis and other forms of input-output analysis.

He currently continues to pursue interests in sustainable development from an environmental and social impacts perspective. He believes food production and consumption are key human activities that intersect and impact all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Understanding the socio-environmental impacts of the entire food value chain provides solutions to achieveing the SDGs by 2030.