Aurecon focuses on climate change with key appointment in Asia

Global engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has appointed Stéphanie Groen as its director of coastal & climate change in Asia, as of 6 January 2020. In this newly created role, Ms Groen will establish and lead Aurecon’s coastal and climate change practice in Asia.

“As part of our commitment to engineer a better future for Asia, we created a new position to help our clients face the challenges and opportunities around climate change,” said Stephane Asselin, Aurecon’s managing director for Asia. “Climate change is impacting people’s lives, economics and the environment, so we are delighted Stéphanie is joining us to strengthen our coastal and environmental practice.”

Based in Singapore, Ms Groen will leverage her 18 years of professional experience in water, marine and environmental consultancy to help clients mitigate the risk from climate change in this increasingly important area of engineering. Over her career, Ms Groen has delivered many large marine environmental consultancy projects addressing land reclamation and infrastructure development in Asia, with the main focus on Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“Stéphanie is a proven leader in the water and environmental consultancy industries. She will be leading our Aurecon teams to help clients mitigate the impact of climate change through human-centred design,” said Mr Asselin.

Ms Groen has progressed through her career, rising through the ranks with the environmental consultant DHI Singapore. Having started as a project manager she eventually went on to serve as the managing director from 2013 to 2019, overseeing the business performance and growth of the firm.

Some of the key projects Ms Groen has been involved include: the development of a climate change adaption framework for Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority (BCA); advising Singapore’s government agencies (Maritime and Port Authority, JTC Corporation and Housing & Development Board) on marine dredging and reclamation works for the development of Tuas Port, Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong and Pasir Panjang Terminals; and the development of a disaster risk assessment for the state of Uttarakhand in India for the World Bank.

Ms Groen said, “At a time when we’re seeing accelerating impacts which are related to climate change, proper risk assessment, planning and adaptation to long-term visions will be vital for companies in Asia to develop their projects for a more sustainable future. I look forward to creating a strong foundation for Aurecon’s coastal & climate change practice in Asia and delivering human-centred designs that are both sustainable and future-ready.”

Asia in focus

Aurecon is focused on engineering a better future in Asia, delivering a range of infrastructure projects in the region. The company has also supported infrastructure development in the region, particularly road and rail systems, and renewable energy, combining the latest technologies with human-centred design to deliver future-ready developments.

Iconic projects that Aurecon has delivered in the region include the West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, Vincom Landmark 81 Tower in Vietnam, the Shanghai Tower in China, and the Mauritius’ Metro Express as part of a Singapore-Mauritius government collaboration.