Meet Our Team

Dr. Michael Lochinvar Abundo
Managing Director

Dr. Michael Abundo is a green technopreneur and co-founder of OceanPixel. Leading the team, Michael is actively helping increase the uptake of marine renewable energy in Southeast Asia and has been involved in pilot projects in the region for both wave and tidal energy ‘localised’ for tropical conditions. He is also the Programme Integration Manager at the Rolls-Royce @ NTU Corporate Laboratory.

Michael’s specialization fields include ocean renewable energy, environmental monitoring, biomedical engineering, data acquisition and telemetry, embedded systems, and integrated sensor design and prototyping. In addition, he interested in technopreneurship, product and method innovation, and enabling ecosystems for inclusive development of industries.

Michael completed his PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), focusing on Tidal In-Stream Energy last April 2012. He holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering on Instrumentation and Control (2006) and has served as a faculty member and research laboratory head for the Instrumentation, Robotics, and Controls Laboratory at EEE Institute, University of the Philippines.

Dr. Michael Lochinvar Sim Abundo

Managing Director

Harry Heng
Corporate Development Director

Harry has 12 years of experience in corporate planning, international business development, and investment management in the marine subsidiary of Singapore-listed Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. In addition, he is an expert in strategic and general management positions in promising new companies in the engineering and technology sectors. His experience in seeking, analysing, investing, and managing new business ventures has made him a valuable team member in the organisation. Currently, he is the director of a company that undertakes rural electrification projects in Myanmar.

Harry is also well-versed in analysing complex business situations. He is well-practiced in engaging strategic partnerships by crafting strategic business and financial plans. He is a veteran in the commercial, legal aspects of businesses.

(BSc, MBA, CFA)

Harry Heng

Corporate Development Director

Marianne Eleanor A. Catanyag
Programme Manager

Marianne is a Project Manager for multiple projects related to renewable energy, environmental science and meteorology. She is also the Project Officer for Tidal Current Energy Integrated Resource Assessment and Spatial Planning Tool. She manages and coordinates the progress, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of projects.

She carries the overall responsibility in work planning, budgeting, financial management and reporting in the team. Also, she supervises the project team members and monitors their deliverables, maintains relationships with project partners and stakeholders, and conducts Internal and external communication of the project.

She is the Secretariat for the Southeast Asian Collaboration for Ocean Renewable Energy (SEACORE)-Philippines.

(BSc, MSc (Technology Management))

Marianne Eleanor A. Catanyag

Programme Manager

Alex Ng
Programme Manager

Alex specializes in overseeing a spectrum of MRE projects activities, ranging from desktop studies, engineering design, building, permits and approvals, to the marine operations. In 2016, he led an international consortium in designing, building and deploying the first floating tidal energy platform in Singapore during a demonstration project.

Graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering (Mechanical) from the Nanyang Technological University in 2014, Alex spent almost two years as a research engineer in the field of renewable energy. In 2016, Alex and his team had successfully designed and tested a wave energy converter prototype in the open.

(BSc (Mechanical Engr.))

Alex Ng

Programme Manager

Hossain Md Kamal, IMarEng
Project / Business Operations Manager

Kamal oversees the day-to-day operation of OceanPixel’s business, bringing to bear his management skills gained during his time in the offshore industry. Kamal also establishes the quality management system and health and safety standards of the company, allowing the young start-up organisation to work professionally in the demanding maritime industry.

He graduated from Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde in 2013, with a Bachelors in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. Following which, he pursued his career in the maritime industry with Wärtsilä BD, Keppel Offshore & Marine, and Global Offshore & Marine.

(BSc (Naval Architecture & Marine Engr.))

Hossain Md Kamal, IMarEng

Project/Business Operations Manager

Nathaniel Ong
IT Development Manager

Nathaniel has 9 years of IT and business exposure, and 8 years of business analysis experience in project management and IT service management. He specialises in extensive involvement in various project levels. Deeply interested in forming solutions, he works with diverse and creative projects, such as setting requirements, deployment and upgrading of IT systems in a regional capacity.

He also uses SQL to analyse data and provide improvements to operations, as well as preparing reports for the organisation and its clients.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- SQL, Data Analysis
- Project Management & Business Analysis
- Vendor Management
- Adobe CC (PS, LR, AI)

(BSc (Computer Science))

Nathaniel Ong

IT Development Manager

Raphael B. Dorilag
Energy Project Development Specialist

Raphael is a professional in energy engineering, with 6 years of working experience in the energy industry. He worked for various research & development projects and deployment of renewable energy technologies. He has interest in developing adaptive solutions for remote and off-grid communities. He has also conducted lectures and workshops on renewable energy and energy management in private companies and organization.

He has also worked with development organizations and the government, such as WWF and Philippines’ Department of Energy in the development works for climate change and sustainable energy policy.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- Renewable energy technologies
- Energy resource assessment
- Geospatial data analysis
- Energy audit and management
- Climate and energy policy
- Energy project development, deployment and operations management

(BSc(Physics), MSc (Energy Engr))

Raphael B. Dorilag

Energy Project Development Specialist

Francis James Corpuz
R & D Engineer

Francis is a Research Engineer, currently working on scientific and numerical modelling for ocean renewable energy. Some of his previous tasks include (but not limited to): numerical simulations, resource mapping, conducting fieldwork data-collection, analysis and validation, conducting technical training to local government units, as well as other research institutions on use of state-of-the art survey and mapping technology. He applies his knowledge in computer vision and machine learning to environmental surveying and mapping.

He also handles project planning, execution, and management for the team.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- Intelligent System/ Machine Learning
- Computer Vision & Machine Intelligence
- Video & Image Processing
- Programming Languages (- C/C++, Java, SciLAB, MATLAB, Python)
- R-Language and CUDA GPU Programming
- Experience in Octave, VHDL, BASIC, Linux BASH Scripting
- Web Development (HTML, PHP, Javascript, CSS, MySQL, Django/Web2py)

(BSc, MSc (Computer Science))

Francis James Corpuz

R & D Engineer

Dr. Martin Koh
Energy System Engineer

Martin has been working with OceanPixel for over a year. He has been deeply involved in various resource assessment, deployment and tow test projects.

He completed his PhD with NTU, analysing blockage effects of tidal turbines on water flow. He was also exposed to research and development of prototypes, as well as testing them during his time with the Energy Research Institute of NTU.

His experience in data acquisition, processing, as well as simulations has helped the team in analysing raw data files and reworking them into information that is easy to understand for the organisation and its clients.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- Computation Fluid Dynamics
- Data acquisition, processing and analytics
- MATLAB
- Ansys Fluent, Ansys ICEM CFD, Proteus DS, MIKE 21
- Solidworks

(BSc (Aerospace Engr), PhD)

Dr. Martin Koh

Energy System Engineer

Ajay Vignesh
Project Manager/Engineer

Ajay has joined OceanPixel for more than a year and has been involved in various tests and project deployment work, bringing his experiences from the offshore industry to the team. He has recently developed a data management & transmission system that integrates data from various sensors for use in the Marine Renewable Industry.

He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2012 with Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and has pursued his career in the shipbuilding and offshore construction industry with various companies, such as Swiber Offshore Constructions and Sembcorp Marine.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- Project Management
- Marine Operations
- Data Acquisition
- Instrumentations

(BSc (Mechanical Engr))

Ajay Vignesh

Project Manager/Engineer

Weslie Capute
Project Manager/Engineer

Weslie’s experiences in MRE projects ranges from information acquisition to project implementation. He is responsible for coordinating, planning and executing the groundworks of projects. He also liaises with local key partners and the project manager throughout the project duration on both technical and non-technical matters.

He assists in all negotiations and the implementation of the involved community of the project and develop relationships with private, non-government and government institutions for the success of the project.

He completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at University of Southeastern Philippines, and is presently taking his Master of Engineering Program in Electrical Engineering.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- Project Management
- Energy Audit
- Data acquisition, processing & analysis
- HOMER, TRDI Tools, MATLAB, AutoCAD, Solidworks, Adobe CC

(BSc (Electrical Engr))

Weslie Capute

Project Manager/Engineer

 

Global Business Associates

Mary Ann Joy Quirapas
Business Associate (Energy Security Expert)

Ms. Mary Ann Quirapas was previously with the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) as a Research Associate of the Wind and Marine Renewables Team. Concurrently, she was also the Lead Secretariat of the ASEAN Centre for Energy – Southeast Asia Collaboration for Ocean Renewable Energy (SEACORE) and ERI@N’s Joint PhD-Industry Programme (JIP). She has been involved in different research projects funded by international universities and government agencies both local and regional levels.

Currently, she is a PhD Research Scholar under the Political Science Department of National University of Singapore. She did her MSc. in Asian Studies from Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU. Her research focus is on community energy and Southeast Asia’s regional energy security and policy studies on offshore-related renewable energy.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- Project Management and Research Analysis
- Data Gathering and Interview Analysis
- Basic R and SPSS

(BSc(Political Science), MSc (Asian Studies/Civilization))

Mary Ann Joy Quirapas

Business Associate

(Energy Security Expert)

Dr. Leusirina Garniati
Business Associate

Currently, Nia serves as an Honorary Assistant Professor at Heriot Watt University. She has worked for more than 13 years with various local/multi-national NGOs, both UK and South East Asian Government institutions, private sectors and research communities in sustainability and knowledge exchange programmes.

She completed her PhD at Robert Gordon University, where she worked on Sustainable Energy Policy & Appropriate Technology.

Dr. Leuserina Garniati

Business Associate

Roger Chua
Business Associate

Roger is the President of Web Philippines, Inc. He was a Group Manager for Apple Computer distributor Distributed Processing Systems Inc. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of Bee Seng Electrical Supply, Inc., as well as the Director of Fullbright Enterprises Inc.

Mr. Chua graduated from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Roger Chua

Business Associate

Marvin Rhey Quitoras
Business Associate

Marvin is a PhD student at the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems University of Victoria (IESVic), Canada. He works for the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) with focus on renewable energy integration for Canada's Arctic community.

He also researches on energy systems integration, hybrid systems, renewable energy technology like ocean and wind energy, and energy economics.

Marvin Rhey Quitoras

Business Associate

Abhishek Varma Datla
Business Associate (Oceanographer)

Abhishek Datla is an oceanographer with experience in physical oceanography, marine renewable energy and hydrodynamic modelling. He has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Physical Oceanography. He studied the effects of internal tides on coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean for his thesis in the Masters program. Currently, his work focuses on oceanographic data analysis and resource assessments for marine renewable energy projects.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- Computation Fluid Dynamics
- Oceanographic data processing and analysis
- MATLAB
- Delft3D, MIKE Zero Hydrodynamic Modeling
- QGIS, ArcGIS, R, Python, MIKE Zero, BlueKenue

(BSc(Civil Engr), MSc (Physical Oceanography))

Abhishek Varma Datla

Business Associate (Oceanographer)

Board of Shareholders & Advisors

Dr. Srikanth Narasimalu

Shareholder & Advisor

Mr Ho Kei-Leong

Shareholder & Advisor

Mr Biondi Goh

Shareholder & Advisor

Mr Daniel Icasiano

Shareholder & Advisor

Yiheng Lyu (Lu)
Shareholder & Advisor / Software Developer Consultant

Yiheng is an experienced full-stack software engineer, who is passionate about technology, design and innovation.

He has 4-year experience working in a MNC and 5-year experience in working in start-ups. He worked for Avetics, the leading drone service company in Singapore, as software lead. He is also proficient in researching and developing innovative geospatial solutions for major clients like some of the Singapore government agencies, as well as numerous Oil & Gas companies.

Core Competencies / Skills:
- Software Project Management
- SDLC
- IT Strategy
- Web Development
- Embedded Systems
- Ruby, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Java, Unix, SQL, MySQL, AJAX & Git

(BSc (Information System))

Mr Yiheng Lyu (Lu)

Shareholder & Advisor

Software Developer Consultant