Forum Program and Presentations

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Public Program at Asia Society Hong Kong Center

“The Sky is the Limit: High-Rise Sustainability In Hong Kong”

Bruce Pickering, Vice President of Global Programs, Asia Society
Uwe Brandes, Senior Vice President, Initiatives, Urban Land Institute

Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy & Law, US Green Building Council

Keynote Speaker:
Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong SAR Government


Welcoming Remarks

Ronnie Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Group Ltd; Co-Chair Asia Society
Raymond Chow, Executive Director, Hongkong Land Ltd; Trustee and Chairman, Urban Land Institute North Asia


Hong Kong's Next Wave of Sustainability Decisions

John Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Asia Pacific

Special Presentations:
Nicholas Brooke, Chairman, Hong Kong Harbourfront Commission
Sujata Govada, Managing Director, Urban Design and Planning Consultants, Ltd.
Simon Ng, Head of Transport & Sustainability Research, Civic Exchange

James von Klemperer, Design Partner, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
James Law, Founder & CEO, James Law Cybertecture


The City of Growth: Balancing Economic Development & Sustainability
Cities are magnets for economic opportunity. How is development driving migration and housing markets? How are cities growing more resilient, sustainable, and competitive in the context of the global economy?

Jon Lovell, Director of Sustainability - Deloitte Real Estate

Special Presentation:
Guanghua Wan, Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank

Discussion Leaders:
Brandon Sedloff, Managing Director, Urban Land Institute Asia
Sean Chiao, Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific, AECOM
Jonathan Thorpe, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Gale International

Special Keynote

“Urban Life, Societal Change and Patterns of Consumption”

Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Tomorrow

Getting Around: Transportation & Infrastructure
Effective public transit systems and well-designed streetscapes can boost a city’s competitive advantage, enhance livability, and serve as models for sustainable mobility. With personal automobiles serving as a primary mode of transportation in many Asian cities, traffic congestion, pollution, and other side effects having increasingly negative impacts. How are cities designing transportation networks and infrastructure for the future? How can transit planning, streetscapes, and design facilitate mobility, walkability, and more sustainable transportation?

Ashok Raiji, Principal, ARUP

Special Presentation:
Lenny Shen, General Manager – Cities Center of Competence, Asia; General Manager – Strategy Dept, Infrastructure & Cities Sector; Siemens Ltd., China

Discussion Leaders:
Tian Feng, District Architect, Bay Area Rapid Transit
James Maguire, Regional Managing Director, Construction, Power & Infrastructure, Aon Risk Solutions
Xiaomei Duan, Chief Technical Officer, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

Sustainable Buildings
How are cities across Asia advancing new sustainable building technologies and how is this different from their counterparts in North America? How are Asian cities planning their built environment to address the challenge of reducing carbon emissions? How are new technologies being integrated into buildings to shape urban design decisions? How is access and affordability being addressed?

Jake Layes, Head of Sustainability & Clean Tech, Asia-Pacific; Autodesk

Special Presentation:
Peter Graham, Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Network

Discussion Leaders:
Jiang Lin, Senior Vice President; Director of China Sustainable Energy Program, Energy Foundation
Jane Henley, President, World Green Building Council
Scott Avirett, Director of Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Kevin Mo, Energy Foundation


Cities in Transformation: Researching Urban Sustainability
What information about the cities and sustainability is out there and what do we need to learn? Leading thinkers provide an overview of the state of urban sustainability research and innovation in the context of Asia’s cities. How is research and data on sustainable cities being structured? Where is consensus being built? Where do debates lead us to ask new questions?

Robert Spich, Faculty, University of California - Los Angeles School of Management; Program Director, Center for International Business Education and Research

Special Presentation:
Caspar Herzberg, Managing Director – Emerging Solutions Advisory Practice, Cisco Systems

Discussion Leaders:
Limin Hee, Associate Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore
Laurie Kerr, Director, City Energy Project, Natural Resources Defense Council
In-Keun Lee, Visiting Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Seoul


Keynote Presentation

“Creating Liveable Cities in Asia”

Thai Ker Liu, Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (PTE Ltd)

Richard Drobnick, Director, Center for International Business, Education & Research, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business


Community, Culture, and Livability
People come to cities and create networks that drive economy, culture, and civic participation. How are community and identity being shaped in the urban context? How are urban communities bridging cultural diversity? How are cultural values shaping people’s sustainable market preferences? What role do cultural institutions play in shaping local debates and outcomes?

S. Alice Mong, Executive Director, Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Special Presentation:
Daniel Abramson, Associate Professor of Urban Design & Planning, University of Washington

Discussion Leaders:
Patrick Condon, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of British Colombia
Yan-yan Yip, Chief Executive Officer, Civic Exchange
Oren Tatcher, Principal, OTC Limited 

Governance, Models, and Partnerships
The active leadership and collaboration of both government and private sector are essential for creating and maintaining a livable city, yet achieving this is more difficult than ever in an era of limited budgets, political discord, and international tensions. What examples of successful and innovative partnerships and collaborations can be used as models? What are examples of successful public-private partnerships in the pursuit of the livable city from around Asia?

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

Special Presentation:
David Wood, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Discussion Leaders:
Kurosh Massoud-Ansari, Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer for the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau
Kerina Wang, Management Associate, Sustainable & Livable Cities Initiative, World Resources Institute
Thomas Tang, Corporate Sustainability Director – Asia, AECOM