My name is Sarah Xavier. I'm from Malaysia. I work as a Biofuel Broker at SCB Group in London.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
Recycling. And not just your typical segregation of paper, plastics and glass but advanced recycling. The world is becoming more creative in more ways to recycle. For example now we can recycle food waste or landfill waste to create biogas – which will in turn help run various factories. Another food waste that can be recycling is used cooking oil and coffee grounds to create biodiesel for transportation fuel.
Being able to find another home aside from having these products go to landfill dumps and polluting our planet is great. Basically moving towards a greener environment for our planet is really important for me.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
As I am currently working as a biodiesel and waste broker specifically in products such as used cooking oil, this on its own is a daily project. It encourages one to constantly research new trade flows and possibilities for the commodity world. Hence the fact that I am expanding the market trade flows for Used Cooking Oil (UCO) from Asia into Europe for biodiesel production is exciting. Encouraging more parties to collect and aggregate this UCO supply to sell as a raw material to go into biodiesel production not only decreases pollution but also encourages communities to work together to aggregate a product to increase commodity trade (which also increases the country's GDP growth. huge win-win situation for everyone).
What are your plans for the next five years?
I plan to continue immersing myself into the commodity market, with specifically focusing in the renewables industry as I do believe it is the future. Especially within the solar and wind industry, there's a wide range of newly developed projects that has yet to be tapped into which I intend on being part of this expansion. If I would still be in brokerage or trading, this all depends on how the technology world expands itself and if robots end up taking over our jobs (I hope this doesn't happen till like, 20 years from now to be honest).
What made you want to apply to SISE?
I was attracted to the boot camp learning promoted by SISE and the hands-on experience of communal projects they enforce upon you. Also, the fact that I get to interact and work alongside like-minded individuals would be amazing to expand one's mindset and creativity.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
I’m an outdoor kinda girl and I’m really looking forward to exploring various hiking routes and waterfalls that the city has to offer. Typically these things won’t be offered within the city but 45mins out I am guessing – which still counts right?
But since it’ll be my first time in Chicago, I’m really up for doing cheesy typical tourist stuff. The Bean, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing that in real life! So yes, you’d see me with my big DSLR roaming around the city after class.
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I’m definitely a dog person but I don't think dogs love me very much.. (please refer to the picture attached below). Guess I'll try and divert my love to cats?