General Rates

Registration fee per individual


General Public and Industry Representatives (Individual Registration)


Discounts for Group Registration of three to five participants from the same organisation

Student Rates


Students (Individual Registration)


Discounts for Group Registration of three to five students from the same institution

Terms &

For the purposes of the terms and conditions herein, the term ‘the Organiser’ shall mean Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (“RSPO”) and Monash University Malaysia.

The “Symposium” herein refers to the RSPO-Monash Joint Symposium. 

The “Event Venue” refers to Monash University Malaysia.

The “Symposium Date” refers to 25 – 26 September 2023.


Full payment is required upon submission of your registration form. Confirmation of registration is only upon receipt of full payment. Symposium fees include admission to Symposium sessions, lunches, coffee breaks, registration materials and welcome reception. 

All registration forms and payment must reach the Organiser by 1 September 2023.

The Organiser shall not be responsible for any airfare, ground transportation, lodging or incidental or any other costs incurred by participants for attending or otherwise participating in the Symposium.

How to make

Payment may be made via telegraphic transfer/direct deposit to:

Payee Name:

Monash University Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Name of Bank:

HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, 2 Leboh Ampang, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Account No:


Swift Code:


Application for Symposium

The submission of the Online Symposium Registration Form (“Form”) shall be deemed as an acceptance of the terms and conditions herein by the participant. The application procedure is complete only when the registration form and payment are received by the Organiser. 

Participants attending the Event do so at your own risk. Please ensure that you have adequate insurance coverage.


Cancellation/ Postponement of the Symposium

If, for any reason, the Symposium, or any part thereof, is prevented from being held or the Event Venue becomes unavailable, the Organiser may cancel or postpone the Symposium. In such an event, the Organiser shall not be responsible for delays, damage, loss, increased costs, or other unfavourable conditions arising by virtue thereof, and the participant(s) all or any claim(s) for loss, expense or damage against the Organiser arising there from.

If the participant is unable to attend the Symposium, a substitute is welcomed at no extra charge provided written notice is given to the Organiser by [insert deadline].

Cancellation/ Postponement of the Symposium

If, for any reason, the Symposium, or any part thereof, is prevented from being held or the Event Venue becomes unavailable, the Organiser may cancel or postpone the Symposium. In such an event, the Organiser shall not be responsible for delays, damage, loss, increased costs, or other unfavourable conditions arising by virtue thereof, and the participant(s) all or any claim(s) for loss, expense or damage against the Organiser arising there from.

Refunds will be made for cancellations received in writing (by email) by [insert deadline]. A cancellation fee of 20% of registration fee per participant is applicable. There will be no refunds after this date.

If the participant is unable to attend the Symposium, a substitute is welcomed at no extra charge provided written notice is given to the Organiser by [insert deadline].

Refusal of Admission

The Organiser reserves the right to refuse admission or remove any person from the Symposium at its absolute discretion, without incurring any liability whatsoever. This will include anyone deemed drunk, disorderly, under the influence of drugs or other substance, other than that which is medically prescribed, or whose dress appearance or general behavior is liable to disturb any participants of the Event.

Breach of Terms and Conditions

In cases where the participant(s) fails to observe and perform any of the terms and conditions herein, the Organiser shall reserve the right to refuse performance of all its obligations herein towards the participant(s) and all fees paid by the participant(s) to the Organiser will be forfeited. The participant(s) shall furthermore indemnify the Organiser for all losses and damages resulting from such failure in observing or performing the terms and conditions herein.

Exclusion of Liability

The Organiser, its subcontractors, agents and/or employees have the right to immediately alter or cancel the Symposium or any arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the Symposium. The participants shall not be entitled to any compensation for damages that result from such alteration or cancellation. Furthermore, neither the Organiser, its subcontractors, agents and/or employees shall at any time be liable for any loss, damage or injury whatsoever , howsoever suffered by any of the participant(s) or any loss or damage to property of any participant(s) arising form or in connection with his/her participation in the Symposium.

Force Majeure

The Organiser shall not be liable for any delay or failure to perform its obligations under the terms and conditions herein due to circumstances beyond the control and without the fault or negligence of the Organiser including war (declared or undeclared), natural disaster, acts of God, fire, blockades, earthquakes, acts of terrorism, outbreak of infectious disease and matters beyond the Organiser’s reasonable control.

Privacy Policy

The participant(s) hereby confirm that they have read and understood the RSPO’s and Monash’s privacy policy and its terms therein and herein signify their unconditional acceptance of the terms of the privacy policy.

Please view RSPO’s full Privacy Policy and Monash’s Privacy Policy here.

Interpretation, Governing Law & Jurisdiction

Interpretation of the terms and conditions herein lies solely with the Organiser. The terms and conditions herein shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of Malaysia. The parties hereto hereby agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Malaysia. 

The Organisers reserves the right to amend the programme and details of the symposium as deemed necessary. More information will be progressively updated on this website.
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Mr. Ananthan Krishnan
Head of Innovation Centre Asia, Sime Darby Plantation Research Sdn Bhd

Mr. Ananthan Krishnan has been with Sime Darby Plantation since 2002.

He is leading the Innovation Centre Asia under Product Innovation & Development for Sime Darby Oils. He holds bachelor’s degree in industrial chemistry from The University Science of Malaysia.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the palm oil processing and new product development. 


Chin Sing Yun
Conservation Programme Leader (Malaysia) Wilmar Plantations Sdn Bhd

Chin Sing Yun is a sustainability practitioner with 20 years of working experience in conservation. Her areas of focus include High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas and natural resource management, community-based conservation, conservation in plantations and supporting the NDPE commitment. 

She holds an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent and is a member of RSPO BHCV Working Group and the IUCN WCPA – Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas.

Dr. Asad Ata
Research Affiliate (MIT), Director for Center for Sustainable Small-owners, Associate Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management (ASB)

Dr. Asad Ata is an Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Asia School of Business. His primary areas of research include sustainable sourcing and supply chain management. With a team of more than 35 researchers, field officers, and consultant agronomists, he leads a sustainability center for SMEs and small farmers of oil palm in Malaysia.

As of August 2021, Dr. Asad Ata has been appointed on the Technical Advisory Committee for Mechanization & Automation Research Consortium for Oil Palm (MARCOP) Malaysia, a Government-Industry platform to discuss, develop and adopt mechanization and automation technologies for oil palm. In addition he is also on the advisory board of PERTANIGA, an independent smallholder association of Oil Palm farmers in Malaysia.

Dr. Sutonya Thongrak
Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Prince of Songkla University

Dr. Sutonya Thongrak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. With a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri Columbia, USA, Dr. Sutonya has over 35 years of experience in teaching and research, with wide professional experience working in southern Thailand.

Her expertise spans diverse areas, including production economics, natural resources, and agricultural policy, with a specific focus on smallholders such as oil palm and coffee farmers. Dr. Sutonya has also worked in action research to strengthen oil palm smallholders for more than 10 years and have trained over 1,500 farmers in various subjects especially, economics of production at a farm level, sustainability and farmers’ group empowerment.

Guntur Cahyo Prabowo
Head of Smallholders, RSPO

Guntur is the Head of the Smallholder Programme of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In his role, he led the global implementation of RSPO smallholder strategy to drive smallholder inclusion at scale. His main focus is to increase the number of smallholders certified and improve smallholder livelihoods globally. 

He is driven to collaborate with more stakeholders in creating market and investment support for smallholders. His previous career was with the World Bank where he serve the longest working on climate finance and low carbon development

Yen Hun Sung
Head of Impacts and MEL, RSPO

At the RSPO, Hun Sung (HS) leads the Impacts and MEL unit, which holds the responsibilities of measuring, monitoring, validating and narrating the RSPO’s outcomes and impacts, while ensuring that the RSPO operates, as a whole, at the highest level of efficiency, cohesion and integrity with a unified data architecture and knowledge base. 

HS is a trained economist and a data scientist, using data and insights to ‘connect the dots’ to deliver low-level troubleshooting and broad, high-level strategic analysis to drive the RSPO’s vision of transforming markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm forward. Prior to his role at the RSPO, HS worked in global consultancy roles focusing on the oil, natural gas and new energy sector. He offsets his career by volunteering time at the Singapore Zoo and social organisations. 

Kamini Visvananthan
Program Manager, Malaysia

Verité South East Asia

Kamini is a seasoned litigation lawyer specialized in Industrial Relations and Employment Law. With six years of experience representing both employers and claimants, including national worker unions at all levels of the Malaysian Judiciary System, she possesses a deep understanding of the Malaysian legal landscape and is able to navigate employment laws in other jurisdictions with ease.Transitioning to the role of the first Human Rights and Social Standards Manager for the RSPO, Kamini gained valuable insights into the human rights challenges prevalent in the global palm oil sector. This experience further fueled her commitment in creating meaningful change.

Currently serving as a Program manager to Verité South East Asia, Kamini manages projects in Malaysia and leverages her legal background to navigate complex issues. Her strong belief in everyone’s potential to contribute to positive change drives her actions, as she remains dedicated to fostering impactful changes for the betterment of the planet and her inhabitants.

Dr. Karen Lawrence
Impact Advisor Independent Consultant, RSPO

Karen Lawrence has over 25 years developing collaborative and innovative science based techniques for assessing deforestation, supply chain risks and participatory spatial planning processes for protected land and seascapes, Indigenous peoples territories, community based resource management. She has field experience in spanning tropical ecosystems in four continents, including Southeast Asia and Latin America/Amazon. She holds a PhD in political ecology from King’s College London and She has extensive experience in designing, monitoring, impact assessments and evaluations of complex multi-country, regional, policy advocacy and multi-stakeholder engagement projects/programmes to demonstrate theory of change, impact and outcomes.

Her experience includes facilitating stakeholder engagement and effective processes to develop strategies, innovative approaches obtaining buy-in at director/CEO level, re-negotiating expectations to increase effective delivery of regional forestry policy programmes and transboundary approaches. More recently she has been advising the RSPO MEL team on Impact, conducting multi-country evaluations of complex natural resource management programmes as well as led research and directed a multi-stakeholder FEED-X, SOILX programmes that sort to transform the sustainability of impactful Food related value chains via innovation and industry relevant research, where the best 10 alternative proteins and oils were selected to shift the 10% of the feed industry. She also designed and facilitated a knowledge exchange programme; several international webinars to highlight feed ingredient innovation.

Prof. Ir. Chong Mei Fong
Director, DIA-Chemical Sdn Bhd

Professor Chong spent her past 20 years in water and wastewater treatment technologies. She researched, developed and commercialized super coagulants for water and wastewater treatment and bioreactor for treating palm oil mill effluent. She performs optimization on the performance of wastewater treatment plants and develops new applications for waste materials. She was awarded with various local and international awards including Commercialization Deal Award, ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women (Highly Commended) and Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Award, UK, Biotechnology Award (Highly Commended), UK.

She has published more than 40 international journals, 2 book chapters and a book. She has been awarded with research and commercialization grants, and commenced various projects in bioenergy and wastewater technologies across ASEAN countries. She was attached to The University of Nottingham and developed her research portfolio as her first career. She is now focusing on commercial works as the Director of Dia-Chemical Sdn Bhd which is her second career. She would like to contribute and share her knowledge gained from her research works with the industry and hope to close the missing gaps between research and commercialization.

IR. Hong Wai Onn
Commercial Head, Market Development of Novozymes

Ir. Hong has over 15 years of experience in the palm oil and biotechnology industries covering a very wide spectrum of responsibilities, including production, engineering, project management, applied research, process safety and leadership roles.

He is currently the Commercial Head, Market Development of Novozymes, a global biotechnology company headquartered in Denmark. Throughout his career, Hong has championed the application of chemical and biochemical engineering to make the palm oil industry greener and more efficient. He is also active in environmental-related projects, including circular bioeconomy.

Hong is an award-winning author of the book “A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Milling Industry”, in which he discovers the opportunities chemical engineers have in the palm oil milling industry. He is also a public speaker, where he shares his passion on how chemical engineers can contribute to a sustainable future. Passionate about volunteerism, Hong has been serving several non-profit and professional communities, including being an Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in Malaysia Board and a founding member of the IChemE Palm Oil Processing Special Interest Group. He is also involved in developing, preparing, and reviewing national standard for sustainable palm oil production. He currently serves as a member of the Learned Society Committee of IChemE, providing strategic direction to IChemE’s technical priorities and guiding its activities as a learned society. Additionally, he sits in the Industry Advisory Panel for Chemical Engineering at several universities. As a successful engineer, he believes in supporting and inspiring tomorrow’s generation make their mark on the world. He founded the Hong Wai Onn Conference Grants and Hong Wai Onn Individual Project Award.

Asst. Prof. Hariati Sinaga
Post Doctoral Researcher,
Wageningen University and Research

Hariati Sinaga is currently a lecturer at the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Indonesia.

Her research areas in the past decade include trade liberalisation and labour relations, with a strong focus on oil palm plantations in Indonesia. She is currently involved in a research focusing on Just Transition in the oil palm industry.

Prof. Ir. Chan Eng Seng
Head, Monash-Industry Plant Oils Research Laboratory (MIPO) Monash University Malaysia

Chan Eng Seng is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Monash University Malaysia and the Head of MIPO Research Laboratory.

His research interests focus on the development of novel and sustainable oil and fats processing technologies for food, fuel and oleochemicals production. He graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK and he is a Fellow of IChemE and a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia.

Mr. Dario Altera
Head of Oleochemical & Global Technology Manager Oleochemicals Desmet

Dario Altera is the “Head of Oleochemicals & Global Technology Manager” of Desmet, stationed in the Desmet Malaysian office in Kuala Lumpur. Graduated in 2001 as Chemical Engineer at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. After graduation he started working as Process Engineer in various Oil & Gas companies till 2004, when he joined Desmet Ballestra group, having ever since in his heart the love for “Green Engineering”. In Desmet Ballestra his duty changed through the years in various activities; from the initial employment as Process Engineer for Oleochemical Technologies, with special reference to Biodiesel, moving then to Start Up Department to improve his practical knowledge.

In 2009 after completion of a Master in Project Management, he started working as Project Manager, specialized in Turn Key project, completing his “360 degree” knowledge of Oleochemical Industrial plant. Dario Altera has been always strongly cooperating with the R & D department of Desmet group and actively contributing to Oleochemical plant Improvement and New Process Development. Since 2015 he worked as Biodiesel Product Manager thanks to the experience in this technology through the various duties and years. In September 2019 Dario Altera moved to Kuala Lumpur in the Desmet Ballestra Malaysia office appointed as Technical Manager of the Oleochemical Center of Excellence.

In May 2023 Dario Altera was appointed as Desmet Global Technology Manager Oleochemical to globally support the company activities, also maintaining the leadership of the Oleochemical Department based in the Kuala Lumpur office.

Dr. Kanga Rani Selvaduray
Head of Nutrition Unit,
Malaysian Palm Oil Board

Dr. Kanga Rani Selvaduray obtained her PhD in Medical Health Sciences from the International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2011. She is currently the Head of Nutrition Unit at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). She started her career at MPOB as a scientist studying the effects of palm oil and its phytonutrients in nutrition and health and her research team has a number of patents and several publications especially in the field of tocotrienols and breast cancer research.

She then led the Lipid Nutrition Group focusing on lipid research before being appointed as the Head of the Nutrition Unit. She was awarded the Gold Medal for excellence in research by MPOB in 2001 and won the ITEX Gold Medal Award in 2006, 2015 and 2016, in addition to several awards for Best Publications by MPOB. She is actively involved in several National Regulatory and CODEX Committees as well as a Member of the Expert Working Committee for Food, Health Claims and Advertising under the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.

She also serves as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC).

Rupal Verma
Consultant, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Rupal Verma is a Consultant at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and serves as a secretariat advisor for the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS). Alongside her advisory role, Rupal is an active researcher in the fields of sustainability standards, international trade, and value chains, with a special focus on their profound implications for developing nations.

Her research contributions, in particular with her work at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, include extensive studies of sustainability standards, their alignment with SDGs, and their potential impact on developing economies. Originally from India, she has served as an analyst with the Quality Council of India where she led the work on India National Platform on Sustainability Standards. Rupal holds an Erasmus Mundus master’s degree, majoring in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Her educational background, combined with her practical experience and passion for sustainability, makes her a valuable contributor to the global discourse on sustainability standards, trade, and the sustainable future of our planet.

Dato’ Leong Kin Mun
President, Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation (MBIC)

Dato’ Leong is the current president of Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation (MBIC). He recently has been entrusted by Ministry of Plantation & Commodities to lead the consultancy study on National Biomass Action Plan 2023 – 2030 through his consultancy company Uni-Link Smart Venture Sdn Bhd. Dato’ Leong is also the Board Member of Malaysian Green Technology & Climate Change Corporation (MGTC) a government agency under the purview of Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change (NRECC).

He is appointed by the Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) as the Advisory Panel for the AAIBE Chair of Renewable Energy (2022 -2025) / Industrial Advisory Panel (IAP), Xiamen University Malaysia (2022-2023). His specialties include feasibility study on green projects, business models formulation, project fund raising, roadmap formulation for public sector etc.

Leena Ghosh
Head of Human Rights and Social Standards, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

A law graduate (LLB) from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, Leena holds a Master’s in law (LLM) from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom and through the Chevening Scholarship, she obtained her second Masters in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. 

Admitted as a lawyer in three jurisdictions ie. United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia, she has practiced law and contributed to human rights initiatives for several years. Her journey led her to roles with the Bar Council Legal Aid, the Bar Council Human Rights Committee, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AIHCR).

At AICHR, she served at the Head of Unit where she pioneered human rights project development in Southeast Asia and strategised engagement on multiple thematic human rights issues. She later worked in peace-building for Myanmar’s National Peace and Reconciliation Centre and as a Senior Legal Adviser. In January 2022, Leena joined RSPO as Head of Human Rights and Social Standards.