Building the Future: The Rise of Asia's Sustainable Cities


The Credit Suisse – Asia Society Sustainability Series

The Credit Suisse-Asia Society Sustainability Series brings together experts on urban planning and design, real estate development, and financing to discuss sustainable solutions and opportunities for Asia's cities of the future. How should we treat existing urban centers? How are innovative developers and designers reinforcing the density of city centers in China and in Asia? Do we need a radically different approach to city planning? Who is responsible for this — government or the private sector?

Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited. Both are publicly listed companies in Hong Kong, dealing in real estate and property investment, development, and management. Chan also co-founded the privately held Morningside group which, in the past two decades, has owned and managed businesses in several sectors including manufacturing, public transport operations, outdoor advertising, high-tech and biotech investments and other venture capital investments around the world. In addition, Chan is actively involved with many non-profits, philanthropic endeavors and educational organizations. Internationally, Chan is Co-Chair of the Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center. (Moderator)

Wang Rusong is Professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His areas of interest include ecological integration, ecocity planning and sustainability management. Wang developed the “Social-Economic-Natural Complex Ecosystem” theory, combining ancient Chinese ecological thoughts with modern ecological technologies. He has published over 150 scientific papers and 16 books on urban and human dominated systems ecology. He is Vice President of the Chinese Society for Ecological Economics and the Ecological Society of China. Wang received his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Arthur Aw is Chief Development Planning Officer for Ascendas Group, Singapore and is responsible for the spatial planning and design strategy of all Ascendas development projects. He also oversees the investment, development and management of Ascendas' property portfolio in the city of Dalian, China. Aw was previously Director of Land Planning at JTC Corporation. He was a member of the Singapore National Planning Committee which approves all major infrastructure and planning changes to Singapore. Aw is currently pursuing a PhD in Urbanism and Architecture at the School of Architecture in London. A graduate of the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin, he is a licensed architect and was awarded the Singapore Young Designer award in 1992.

James von Klemperer has been a Principal of KPF since 1998. Von Klemperer has led the design of several of the most advanced urban planning and design projects in Asia, including the new Songdo International Business District in Incheon, Korea. In China, Von Klemperer has completed major mixed use projects, such as Hang Lung Plaza 66 (Shanghai) and Hua Mao China Central Place (Beijing). He received a BA Magna Cum Laude from Harvard and an MA from Trinity College Cambridge, where he was the Charles Henry Fiske Fellow.

Benjamin Tan is Asia Pacific Head, Core Real Estate for Credit Suisse in Singapore. Tan joined Credit Suisse in 2007 and has spent over 10 years in asset management; acquisition and disposition; development and fund raising; and fund management in real estate, corporate finance and banking. Prior to this position, he was a senior manager with Ascendas Pte Ltd., a leading real estate developer and fund manager in Asia where he led a team that structured and raised funds and acquired assets in China and India. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore and earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

The Credit Suisse – Asia Society Sustainability Series is a set of programs in five cities around the world which seeks to address sustainability issues and aims to promote environmental awareness and provoke dialog in the public sphere.

Co-presented with Hang Lung Center for Real Estate Tsinghua University

Event Details

Fri 16 Sep 2011
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Auditorium Hall, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Free admission; registration required (please contact
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