Newton Prize 2019 Winners

Read about the winning Newton Prize 2019 partnerships between the UK and China, Indonesia, and the Philippines below.

Food production is under threat from a combination of urban development, shrinking space for arable land, groundwater depletion and other challenges, and climate change is exacerbating these...
06 October 2020
In the Metropolitan Manila region in the Philippines, 75 percent of sewage directly flows into natural water bodies untreated, causing severe water pollution which adversely impacts people’s health...
14 December 2020
Building resilient coastal communities Coastal urban areas are particularly exposed to the impacts of climate change and natural hazards, which tend to hit the poorest and most marginalised people...
06 October 2020
Cities around the world are struggling to meet the challenge of rapid urban expansion and demographic pressures related to ageing populations. In developing countries economic progress places even...
18 September 2020

Chair and Committee

Image of Professor Alice Gast, Imperial College London President and Newton Prize Committee Chair

The prizes are awarded by the 2019 Newton Prize Committee which is chaired by Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London.

The Newton Prize Committee reviews all of the shortlisted applications, along with feedback from the expert peer reviewers, and selects the winners using a consistent scoring system.

The 2019 Newton Prize eligible countries are: China, Indonesia and the Philippines.


Professor Alice P. Gast

Professor Gast’s academic interest is in surface and interfacial phenomena, in particular the behaviour of complex fluids. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications and a classic textbook on colloid and surface phenomena.

As well her role at Imperial, Professor Gast is a member of a number of UK and international advisory committees and boards including the Board of UK Research and Innovation; the Board of Trustees for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); the Academic Research Council for the Singapore Ministry of Education. She was made a United States Science Envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2010. In 2012, she was appointed to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation. Professor Gast is Chair of the World Economic Forum Global University Leaders’ Forum (GULF) and is also a member of the Advisory Board for the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Professor Gast is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Académie des Technologies, France, and was a board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2006 – 2010. In 2017 she became a Fellow of The City and Guilds of London Institute. She has been awarded honorary degrees by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, and the University of Western Ontario. In 2017 she received an honorary professorship from Tsinghua University.

Professor Li Zheng

Professor Li’s research interests include energy systems analysis and decarbonization, performance modeling, simulation and optimization of power plants and is leading several national- /...
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Professor Lisa Roberts

Professor Roberts leads on the development of the University’s research and innovation strategy, delivering a step change in the quality, volume and impact of world-leading research carried out at...
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Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin

Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & development at King’s College London. She has been founding Director of...
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Dr Kenneth Hartigan-Go

Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go is Head of the Zuellig School of Development Management. Dr. Hartigan-Go was formerly Undersecretary at the Philippine Department of Health, and his portfolio covered health...
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Dr Yanuar Nugroho

Yanuar is both an academic and policymaker. He is the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Executive Office of the President, Indonesia, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester,...
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Professor Xiaolan Fu

Xiaolan Fu (傅晓岚) is the Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton...
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Professor Chris Elliott

Chris is currently Professor of Food Safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor responsible for the Medical and...
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Professor Sir Tim Besley

Professor Sir Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics of Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. He is a member of the...
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Newton Prize 2019 Booklet

Find out more about the full shortlist in the Newton Prize 2019 booklet

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