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MISA 2019

In 2019, MDBC was invited by GreenTech Malaysia to make the MDBC Innovation & Sustainability Awards (MISA) part of the IGEM program.  Held at both the IGEM Exhibition Hall in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur for the evening program, MISA 2019 also featured participation of a trade mission from the Netherlands.  

Shortlisted finalists had the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of judges and a general audience during the MISA Day Program, held at the IGEM Exhibition Hall.  The day program (as always, open to all) served as the final round of judging and a platform for the sharing of best practices.  Ensuring transparency in the awards, judges and audience members had the opportunity to ask questions of the finalists regarding their projects, something that also ensured a learning experience for attendees.

The evening program, held at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur ballroom, saw the crowning of winners in several strongly contested categories.  The categories for MISA 2019 were: Best Innovative Waste Management Program, Best Digital Green Tech, Best Practice for Renewable Energy, and the Audience Award.

With awards presented by VIP Guest YB Yeo Bee Yin (Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC) and Chief Judge H.E. Aart Jacobi (Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), the evening program proved to be an exciting, interactive, and learning experience for all attendees. 

Held on Wednesday, 9 October 2019, the following emerged as winners of MISA ’19!

Audience Award: BESI APac (by Live Vote!)
Best Innovative Waste Management Program: Better – Bev
Best Digital Green – Tech: Satelligence
Best Practice for Renewable Energy: Concord Group

Winners of MISA ‘19 with VIP guests. l to r: Marco Winter (Executive Director, MDBC), Kees W. Kwant (Judge – Best Practice for Renewable Energy / Senior Expert, Netherlands Enterprise Agency), Henk Jan Jonge Poerink (SVP – Global Operations, Besi APAC / Winner MISA ‘19 Audience Award), Maharti Rihana (Liaison Indonesia, Malaysia & Papua New Guinea, Satelligence / Winner MISA ‘19 Best Digital Green Tech), Zainul Rahim (Chairman, MDBC), YB Yeo Bee Yin (Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change), Yin Peng Chok (Group Head – Commercial, Concord Group / Winner MISA ‘19 Best Practice for Renewable Energy), Farouk Aizat (Commercial Manager, Concord Group). (2nd row): H.E. Aart Jacobi (Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands / Chief Judge MISA ‘19), Sibrandes Poppema (Judge – Best Practice for Renewable Energy / Member of the Board, Sunway University), Zulfahmi Fauzan Zulkhepli (Co – Founder, Better – Bev / Winner MISA ‘19 Best Innovative Waste Management Program), Esteban Mario Fernandez (Co – Founder, Better – Bev), Herman Huisman (Judge – Best Innovative Waste Management Program / Senior Advisor, RWS Environment), and Navin Sinnathamby (Judge – Best Digital Green Tech / Senior Program Manager – Data Economy Division, MDEC).
2019 Categories

2019 Categories

Please note that as always, the expert panel of MISA judges have the right to move a participant from one category to another if the judges believe that a different category is more appropriate / applicable.  For more information on the Judges of MISA 2019, please see the Judges panel.

The Award Categories for MISA 2019 were:

  1. Best Innovative Waste Management Program

    Waste Management contains the activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal.  Companies in this category manage their waste with an innovative program (new to market) and take into account the impact their waste is having on their environment.

  2. Best Digital Green Tech

    In this category, we showcase digital technology used for achieving green and clean goals; tech that results in transformational innovation through data.  Now, more than ever, achievements in green tech are necessary to address some of the most pressing issues brought about by problems such as climate change and food shortages.  Recent advancements in digital tech, such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, and blockchain, mean that new and exciting solutions are appearing in green tech.  As digital tech itself is not sustainable (consuming a lot of energy), the digital green tech innovation in this category needs to add value to conducting sustainable business.

  3. Best Practice for Renewable Energy:

    In this category, we were looking for companies who implement and encourage a broad based innovative and sustainable use of renewable energy models.  Renewable energy is energy from, but not limited to, renewable resources.  For example: sunlight, movement, wind, rain, rides, waves, and geothermal heat.

All shortlisted nominees also competed for the ‘Audience Award’.  After the presentations at the day – program, each shortlisted nominee were invited to deliver a one minute elevator pitch in order to promote their project or start – up during the MISA Awards Ceremony & Dinner.  The audience was then invited to cast their vote for which nominee they thought deserved to win the ‘Audience Award’.  

MISA 2019 Shortlisted

The selection process in MISA 2019 was as difficult as always due to both the quality of the competitors.  With a significant amount of applications coming in from the wider (non – member) audience, it highlighted the growing importance and recognition of the MISA program as a platform for the sharing of best practices, as well as ‘one of the awards to be won’.  The following were announced as shortlisted entries for MISA 2019.  These shortlisted companies were then invited to present their projects during the MISA 2019 Day Program (which was open to the general public) at IGEM for a Q&A session and final judging.

Please note: Shortlisted nominees are listed in alphabetical order; the order is NOT indicative of any ranking.

The shortlisted nominees and projects in the ‘Best Innovative Waste Management‘ category were:

* Better – Bev – By adopting a circular economy approach, Better – Bev offers a cup – as – a – service initiative that allows beverage retailers and their loyal customers the opportunity to opt – out of wasting and opt – in to reusing.

* Big Dutchman – Offering a waste management solution called the CompoTower, a vertically enclosed high – quality fermentation system which evaporates the moisture in manure and slurry through a high – temperature fermentation process.

* HQ Pack – Designs and produces reusable customer specific packaging solutions for high – tech and sensitive industrial equipment, eliminating waste generated from packaging material.

* Invest Energy – Operates a 2MW Organic Ranking Cycle (ORC) Waste Heat Recovery Power Project at Safran Landing Systems Malaysia (SLSM) in Bandar Sri Sendayan, Seremban, Malaysia.  

* Recycle for Life / Cenviro – Recycle for Life (RFL) system developed in collaboration with MyKasih Foundation.  Through RFL collection, recyclables are weighed and a cash value credited into the RFL smart card based on the current market price.  The RFL card can then be used for the purchase of goods at participating school canteens, bookshops, hypermarkets, and merchant partner outlets.

* SWCorp – Zero Waste Community Initiative (ZeComm) is designed to facilitate residents earning rewards by carrying out the separation of food waste and recyclable items, and sending them to a ZeComm centre.  

* Teleplan Technology Services – NAND flash chips harvesting to re – utilize SSDs.  Teleplan can generate 29,700 NANDs at 99% processing yield – equivalent to 950,000 GB of memory.

The shortlisted nominees and projects in the ‘Best Digital Green Tech‘ category were:

Cybiant Asia Sdn. Bhd. – Advanced Detection Analysis (ADA®), Cybiant’s flagship production for the detection and interpretation of irregular patterns.   ADA® can be used by any organization looking for irregular patterns and outliers, frequently the result of fraud, intrusion, or failure.

Intel Technology Sdn. Bhd. – The Intel Penang Warehouse has SMART Internet of Things (IoT) LED Lighting System which has Intel’s ATOM Processor embedded in the Long Range (LoRa) module as part of the LED driver and gateway.  The SMART IoT LED High Bay Prabolic Lighting Solution Has the ability to control light output based on occupancy and lux control, resulting in annualized energy savings of 572,904 kWh.

Satelligence – Highly detailed, semi – automated satellite based insights and actionable results over large areas.  The platform performs big data analysis on thousands of images with advanced AI to pinpoint the highest risk areas and enable users to do a follow up engagement and risk mitigation using independent facts.

Shell Malaysia – Smart EV charging parking bays that connect to phones via an app for users to easily find available EV bays and guarantee parking upon reservation.  A first in market innovative solution that promotes electric mobility, it provides charging and parking convenience to users and eliminates unsolved EV charging challenges where there is limited opportunity to charge.

Telekom R&D (CD) – Development of Reusable Cable Drum (DR – CD) innovates the reusable cable drum design by eliminating wooden drum dependency and is equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) for intelligent drum management via a mobile and web based application.  DR – CD provides online tracking and monitoring features to locate the drum’s geographical location and record the drum ownership in a system via QR code scanning.  

Telekom R&D (EENT) – Enterprise Electricity Management System (EENT) is an end – to – end electrical digital twin of a physical building.  EENT models the energy utilization and triggers user awareness to reduce total energy cost – reducing green house effect impact on the environment.  Novel gamification methodology helps to sustain user behavior and encourages users to actively take responsibility of their building area and actively improve energy conservation efforts.  The analytics engine subsequently crunches data to propose actionable insights for electricity / building managers.

The shortlisted nominees and projects in the ‘Best Practice for Renewable Energy‘ category were:

* Antah Renewables –  Installed the largest solar PV system on a private / international school.  What initially began as a 70 kw system three years ago, has now been expanded to a 1 MW PV system at the Kolej Tuanku Jaafar Mantin, making maximum use of the roof space available at the school.

* Cenergi – SEA –  Designs, develops, finances, builds, owns, and operates bioenergy (biomass and biogas) projects that generate renewable energy from organic waste streams.    

* Concord Group –  The Lepar Hilir Biogas Power Plant is a waste – to – wealth project, conceptualized by Concord under the Build – Own – Operate (BOO) model.  The plant treats palm oil mill effluent (POME), captures its biogas for power generation, and sells 1.5 MW of electricity to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

* Intel Technology –  Intel has the largest solar thermal system in a semiconductor factory for domestic hot water application.  240 units of solar thermal collectors were installed with 453 m2 of aperture area used for solar thermal collection, resulting in 23,500 liters / day of hot water generated.

* Suncrox Solar –  Social enterprise that advocates cross – subsidization to connect the growth of the solar energy industry and off – grid community by subsidizing one person electrification rate for every kilowatt installed.  They have installed more than 75 commercial projects in Southeast Asia, having served more than 1,250 direct beneficiaries with fully subsidized (free) solar energy systems, mostly Tier 1 solar home systems.  

MISA 2019 Judges

All MISA entries are judged by highly regarded, independent, expert individuals led by the Chief Judge – the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia.

After shortlisting the top entries in each category, judges do one final round of assessment during the MISA Day Program where each shortlisted nominee gives a presentation on their submission. Judges and audience members alike are allowed to ask questions of each nominee before category judges meet privately to confer and tally up the points.

Winners in each category are announced immediately after the Day Program at the MISA Awards Ceremony and Dinner. This announcement is inclusive of a Judges Report on the winner’s submission highlighting the underlying core concept of MISA – the sharing of best practices which leads to an elevation in the understanding of Innovation & Sustainability.


CHIEF JUDGE – H.E. Aart Jacobi
Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

Joining the Embassy here in Malaysia after his posting to Japan, the Ambassador brings with him a wealth of experience in the Asian region.  Skilled in Intercultural Communication, Political Science, Government, Dutch and International Relations.  He is a strong community and social services professional with a Master of Arts focused in Japanese Constitutional Law from Kyoto University.



Judge A – Herman Huisman
Senior Advisor / Expert, RWS Environment

Herman Huisman is the Senior Advisor / Expert and Coordinator International Projects of RWS Environment’s department.  An environmental biologist by training, Herman began his career at the Scientific Council for Government Policy, a think tank of The Netherland’s Prime Minister.  After seven years, he was assigned to build up the Commission on Environmental Impact Assessment.  In 1991 he was asked to set up the Bureau of the Waste Management Council.  In 2001, he was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Council and Managing Director of the Bureau.  The Bureau was then merged with NL Agency before the Environment Division was transferred to RWS (an Agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment) in 2013.  


Judge B – Kasturi Nathan
Executive Director, KPMG Management & Risk Consulting

Kasturi Nathan is a Partner of KPMG in Malaysia and an Executive Director with Governance & Sustainability (G&S) practice of KPMG Management & Risk Consulting Sdn Bhd.  She is an MIA Chartered Accountant and a Fellow CPA, Australia, who has been with KPMG for more than 20 years, specializing in Corporate Governance Advisory, Sustainability & Climate Change Advisory & Assurance related services, and Sarbanes – Oxley (both USSOC and JSOX).  Kasturi led the development of the Corporate Governance Guide commissioned by Bursa Malaysia across three editions, and the development of the Sustainability Reporting Guide, and Sustainability Toolkits (published in October 2015 by Bursa Malaysia).


Judge A – Freek van Eijk
CEO, Holland Circular Hotspot

Freek van Eijk is one of the more senior Dutch experts in the field of Waste Managmement and Circular Economy and a frequent jury member in innovation challenges.  He also serves as Managing Director of Acceleratio and as an Advisory Board Member of the World Biogas Association.  He served for over a decade as Director of Strategy and PA at multinational SUEZ.  He has also served as a board member at the Dutch Waste Management Association, the Society and Enterprise Foundation (SMO), and was a member of the EU Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. 



Judge B – Karamjit Singh
Founder, Digital News Asia

After 19 years as a print journalist, Karamjit moved to launch an online news portal focusing on technology and innovation news.  He encouraged remote working to help reduce the carbon footprint of DNA journalists and installed solar panels on his roof.  He founded DNA with a vision that media should play its role as the Fourth Estate, and on the belief that timely, insightful, and analytical coverage can help the tech ecosystem in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia, grow and develop.  He was the winner of the Malaysian Press Institute Award for Best Telecommunications Writer (English category) in 2002, the Digi Telecommunications Journalist of the Year (Magazine category) 2004, and the Malaysian Customer Relationship Management and contact Centre Association Journalist of the Year in 2009.


Judge B – Navin Sinnathamby
Senior Program Manager – Data Economy Division, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Navin oversees disruptive technologies such as IoT, Big Data, and AI as key innovation enablers across industry verticals to drive digital adoption towards realizing the Digital Economy in Malaysia.  He brings with him over 13 years of industrial experience as a wide spectrum of roles covering stakeholders engagement, professional training, networking communication, business development, and talent enablement with significant exposure to program management.  He also leads one of the key national initiatives: sustainable agriculture technology (agtech) by catalyzing digital adoption to transform traditional farming into a High Income Digital Economy Farming Profession.


Judge A – Azah Ahmad
Senior Director – Strategic Planning Division, Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA Malaysia)

Azah has been in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry for 17 years and is currently in charge of net – metering implementation, RE industry development & support, and human capital development in RE.  At the international level, she has served as the Chairman of the ASEAN Energy Awards – RE category since 2012 and represents Malaysia as the focal point to the ASEAN Renewable Energy & Sub – Sector Network (RE – SSN).  She also represents Malaysia to the APEC Experts Group on New and RE Technologies (EGNRET).


Judge B – Kees W. Kwant
Senior Expert – Bioenergy & Biobased Economy, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)

Kees has a background in Fluid Dynamics and Technology Development from the Technical University Twente.  His industry experience includes work at Dutch multinational DSM and being the Program Manager of the National Solar Energy Program of The Netherlands.  He has extensive experience in innovation and enabling the development of a sustainable Bio – based Economy and Renewable Energy.  He was the Chair of the IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Program until 2018 and is the Executive Member for The Netherlands.  He participates in bilateral collaboration on Bio – Energy between The Netherlands, South Africa, Malaysia, Brazil, and Ukraine.


Judge C – Sibrandes Poppema
Member of the Board, Sunway University

Sibrandes Poppema is a Dutch Canadian clinician scientist and higher education leader.  He is a TS Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Professor, a member of the Board of Sunway University, Special Advisor to the Chancellor and the CEO of Sunway Education Group, Knight in the Order of The Netherlands Lion, and President Emeritus University of Groningen.  From 1999 – 2018, he was Dean of Medicine and next President of the University of Groningen.

MISA 2019 Supplement
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