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Dr Sanjay C KUTTAN

Chief Technology Officer

Dr Sanjay Chittarajan Kuttan is the Chief Technology Officer at GCMD. Prior to GCMD, he was the Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Institute which is responsible for funding maritime research projects with industry and building local capabilities in the maritime sector, an appointment in 2018 after more than 2 years as a Programme Director/Senior Scientist at the Energy Research Institute at the Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) managing the NRF funded Smart Multi Energy System project. Prior to that, Sanjay has held various positions across his career since 1994 both in private and public sector.

His roles in the private sector range from line management (AP Technical Response Manager at ExxonMobil Asia Pacific, 10 years), business development (Business Development Manager at Mobil Oil Australia, 2 years); to management consulting (Petroleum Practice Expert/Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, 4 years) to policy and industry development and program management (Energy Market Authority, 2 years) and business leadership (Managing Director, Clean Technology Centre and Country manager, DNVGL – Energy, 5 years). In management consulting, he was primarily involved in the oil and gas sector covering refining operational improvements, fuels and lubes retail strategy and corporate performance culture transformation.

At DNVGL, which was prior to joining ERI@N, he was engaged in Smart grids and power systems, renewables and grid integration, energy efficiency, electricity markets and energy policy. Before that he was the Director of Industry Development at the Energy Market Authority a Statutory Board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). There he was in charge of three key clean technology projects embarked by the Authority i.e., Intelligent Energy System Pilot (aka Smart Grid), the Electric Vehicle Test bed and the Pulau Ubin Renewable energy project; and represented EMA at the Energy Efficiency Program Office and the Clean Energy Program Office. He also supported the Ministry of National Development on two working groups i.e., Punggol Eco Town, Sustainable Urban Living.

He is currently a council member of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (2011) and a member of MTI’s Pro-Enterprise Panel (2019). He was also appointed to the Management Committee of Ecolabs, The Centre of Innovation for Energy (2020), Advisory Board for Qi Square (2020), Beep (2022) and Motion Ventures (2022); and District Councillor for the Central Singapore Community Development Council (2020).

He served 14 years on Stamford Primary Advisory Committee, 8 years as Chairman (2006), 3 years as council member on the Singapore Chapter for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (2012), 8 years on the advisory committee to the School of Electrical Engineering at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic (2010) and almost 2 years on Disciplinary Standing Sub-committee of Singapore Athletics Association (2019).

In 2011, during his time with the Energy Market Authority, he received the MTI Award (Borderless) for the Implementation of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Singapore Phase 1: Design and Development and MTI Award (Innovation) for the Development of TR25 EV Charging System Standard. He also received the Ministry of Education’s Service to Education Award (2012, 2017) for his service to Stamford Primary School. During his career, he was selected by ExxonMobil in 2001 and DNVGL in 2013 to join the leadership programs conducted by INSEAD and in 2009, to join the 9th Government Leadership Program following the nomination by the Energy Market Authority.

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