Over the course of his 20+ year career, the multi-lingual Thiam Giam, Senior Managing Director at Black & Veatch Management Consulting, has conducted technical, environmental, and market analysis work related to the development, transaction, and refinancing of various energy and water projects globally. He has also been a trusted advisor for companies around the world during financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He has also consulted on various phases of energy and water projects. Thiam is honored to participate as a just for The Cleanie Awards and believes the awards send a positive message regarding the renewable energy work being done globally within the industry.
Why is it important to recognize cleantech leaders specifically?
We focus on cleantech startups and an assortment of established companies. It’s especially great visibility for startups. This award can provide them with a platform to inspire and create future innovations that will benefit the industry by improving the effectiveness of designing, constructing, and operating renewable projects.
What do you hope the program achieves?
I hope, through award programs such as this, that we are able to attract market-established companies and startups to join forces. Together they can effectively improve the future of the industry and collectively work to make the world cleaner. We need all players to take an active role in helping each other. While we often see news within the renewable industry focusing on problems and challenges, The Cleanie Awards focuses on the positive impact that companies are making. As we expand awareness of the awards, I hope to see more categories for applicants, more startups submitting entries, and the greater maturation of companies.
What is your advice for next year’s award applicants, which The Cleanie Awards will begin accepting on Earth Day 2020?
First, I want future applicants to know that the submission process is very user-friendly and there are only a few simple questions to answer. Submissions should be clear, succinct, and effectively tell their story about what differentiates them from others in their category.
It’s also helpful to discuss the lessons learned and how the company or project overcame challenges.
What sectors would you like to see more of in the 2020 submissions?
I’d love to see more water companies as there appears to be a lack of investment from within this industry. I believe that some of the energy-intensive water and wastewater facilities could benefit from exploring ways to be more sustainable and effective by better utilizing technologing (such as use of smart meters, more energy-efficient equipment, and solar PV).