Founding Director of STEAM Platform & Managing Director of Circular Economy Accelerator, KX Innovation Center, Thailand
Dr. Lerwen Liu specializes in business development and education in emerging technologies, circular economy and sustainability. She focuses on strategic development, assessment, and support of emerging technologies including nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence with applications in all sectors. She has 20 years of practice in global business development in strategic partnership & communication and marketing. She has been bridging government, industry, and academics in developing sustainable solutions to address challenges humanity is facing today. She has worked in both the developed and developing world focusing on youth leadership and entrepreneurship development towards sustainability.
She was a founding secretary of Asia Nano Forum supporting the strategic development of Nanotechnology in 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region. She founded the STEAM Platform in 2018 focusing on youth empowerment with convergent STEM knowledge, strategic communication skills, and entrepreneurship for SDGs2030, Circular Economy, and Industry 4.0. She has been as an invited expert in nanotechnology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and circular economy by different agencies in the united nations, Islamic Development Bank, Asia Development Bank (ADB) and other government bodies. She has co-founded a number of emerging technology start-ups and mentored hundreds of youth leaders in Asia.
She has developed and taught innovative modules at the National University of Singapore and the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi on topics of nanotechnology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. She is an author and editor of the 1st Textbook “An Introduction to Circular Economy” published by Springer Nature in Dec. 2020 (ISBN: 978-981-15-8509-8). She is the editor of “Emerging Nanotechnology Power: Nanotechnology R& D and Business Trends In The Asia Pacific Rim published by World Scientific in 2009. She is a Review Editor in Frontiers in Environmental Science – Environmental Economics and Management.
Lerwen holds a Ph.D. in Physics from UNSW Australia. She is an Australian citizen, currently based in Bangkok.