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International engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has appointed Stéphanie Groen as director of Coastal & Climate Change in Asia, effective January 6, 2020.

In this newly created role, Groen will establish and lead Aurecon’s Coastal and Climate Change practice in Asia.

Aurecon’s managing director for Asia, Stephane Asselin, said climate change is reshaping the environment, economics and human lives, and this appointment will help client’s future-proof against these challenges.

“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,” Asselin said.

Up to 3.4 billion people could be living in water-stressed areas of Asia by 2050, according to a recent report from the Asian Development Bank.

It also found that Southeast Asia is likely to sustain larger economic losses from climate change than most other areas in the world – the region’s GDP could be reduced by 11% due to climate change.Asselin said Groen 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,” Asselin said.

Based in Singapore, 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.

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