Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together

Manila • Sydney • Los Angeles • New York • Hong Kong


September 25 2017

Hong Kong has long been one of the world’s most iconic harbor cities. In what ways will it maintain its distinctiveness in a more integrated Greater Bay Area future? Join us to Imagine Hong Kong in 2060.

The forum is the culmination of the first year of our three-year Imagine 2060 series on global waterfront cities, and will draw on the lessons learned to discuss visions for Hong Kong’s economy, livability and competitiveness with neighboring waterfront cities in the Pearl River Delta by 2060. This is especially timely given Hong Kong’s latest waterfront makeover is part of a HKD12 billion initiative and the Greater Bay Area plan, announced by the Chinese Government in early 2017, paving the way for enhanced economic development across Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.

Imagine 2060: Imagine Hong Kong Speakers & Panelists

VIP Remarks: E.S.M. Goh Chok Tong, Former Prime Minister of Singapore

Panel I: Hong Kong and Global Waterfront Cities’ Trends

In the last few decades, Hong Kong has undergone several rounds of transformation to meet its evolving development needs, with a myriad of changes to its waterfront. It is about to embark on a further harbor front makeover as part of a HKD12 billion initiative, with plans for new buildings, including office space and a hotel, and the Central-Wan Chai bypass. How do the journeys and planned future transformations of other global waterfront cities point the way for Hong Kong to continue to differentiate itself through its waterfront in 2060?

Panel II: Hong Kong and The Greater Bay Area Initiative

In his 2017 government work report, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang formally announced that the Central Government will draw up a plan for the development of a city cluster in southern China, named the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, an upgrade from previous regional development initiatives. The intent is to give full play to the distinctive strengths of Hong Kong, and elevate its status in China’s economic development and the global economy. This session explores how the plan will impact Hong Kong as a waterfront city, and accelerate its economic growth and diversification.

Nicholas Brooke

Chairman, Hong Kong Harbourfront Commission

Nicholas Brooke is Chairman of the Hong Kong Harbourfront Commission, which coordinates the planning, design, implementation and management of the various initiatives around Victoria Harbour, and creates a world-class waterfront to frame Hong Kong’s world-class harbour. He also serves as Chairman of Professional Property Services Limited, a specialist real estate consultancy providing advisory services across the Asia Pacific region. Being a recognized authority on land administration and planning matters, Mr. Brooke previously was global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a former member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority and Hong Kong Town Planning Board, and past Chairman of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation.

Ronnie C. Chan

Chairman, Hang Lung Properties & Co-Chair, Asia Society

Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Properties. He also is Co-Chair of Asia Society and Chairman of Asia Society Hong Kong Center. In addition, Mr. Chan serves as Chairman of the One Country Two Systems Research Institute and Better Hong Kong Foundation, Convener of the Hong Kong Development Forum, Governing Board member of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, and Adviser and former Vice President of the China Development Research Foundation. He is Director of the Board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former member of the governing boards of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Chan holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Sean Chiao

President, Asia Pacific, AECOM

Sean Chiao is President of Asia Pacific at AECOM. He has rich experience in Asia’s urban issues, advising on sustainability, resilience and innovation on strategic projects to enhance the built environment. He is a global trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Mainland Business Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. An engaging thought leader, he initiated with Harvard Graduate School of Design the “AECOM China’s Studio”, a three-year urban research program that has examined complex, emerging issues in urbanism in China’s developing cities. He is also the executive sponsor of “Jigsaw City”, a book that examines the new towns in Asia. Mr. Chiao holds a Master of Architecture in urban design from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley.

Goh Chok Tong

Emeritus Senior Minister, Republic of Singapore

Goh Chok Tong is Emeritus Senior Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Senior Advisor to the Monetary Authority of Singapore and was Singapore’s Prime Minister from November 1990 to August 2004. He joined the Administrative Service of the Singapore Government in 1964 and joined national shipping company Neptune Orient Lines in 1969, and was its Managing Director from 1973 to 1977. Mr. Goh was first elected to Parliament in 1976, and was re-elected in eight subsequent general elections. He remains a Member of Parliament. Between 1979 and 1990, he served as Minister in the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Health and Defence. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 1985, and succeeded Mr. Lee Kuan Yew on 28 November 1990 as Singapore’s second Prime Minister. He relinquished the premiership in August 2004 to pave the way for leadership renewal. Mr. Goh remained in the Cabinet as Senior Minister and was Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from August 2004 to May 2011. Mr. Goh graduated with First Class Honours in economics from the University of Singapore and with a Master of Arts in development economics from Williams College, US.

Phyllis Li

Deputy Director of Planning/Territorial, Hong Kong SAR Government

Phyllis Li is Deputy Director of Planning/Territorial of the Hong Kong SAR Government, overseeing the Hong Kong 2030+ strategy, cross-boundary planning, Lantau development strategy, new development areas in Northeast New Territories, Hung Shui Kiu, Yuen Long South and New Territories North. She also supervises the central technical services for the Planning Department. Ms. Li is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She joined the Hong Kong Government in the 1980s and has been involved in new towns, district planning, strategic planning, major development projects, and planning and engineering studies. Ms. Li has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in urban planning.

Doris Magsaysay Ho

President and CEO, A. Magsaysay, Inc. Chair, Asia Society Philippines Foundation

Doris Magsaysay Ho is President and Chief Executive Officer of A. Magsaysay, Inc. Magsaysay traces its roots to ship owners and ship managers, but later on expanded to serving the industries of hospitality and tourism, transport and logistics, healthcare, oil and gas, and specialized engineering and trade. It has a network of offices strategically mapped in the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Croatia, Greece and Spain. Magsaysay conducts its overseas operations in Jakarta and Bali, Hong Kong and Shanghai, London and Newcastle, Vancouver and New York. Ms. Ho also is Chairman of the Asia Society Philippines Foundation. In 2015, the Office of the President of the Philippines conferred upon her the Order of Gawad Mabini with the rank of Commander.

S. Alice Mong

Executive Director, Asia Society, Hong Kong Center

S. Alice Mong is the Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Prior to this, she held several senior management positions in the non-profit sector in New York for over a decade. Ms. Mong was the Director of the Museum of Chinese in America from 2009 to 2011, where she successfully transformed the museum from a New York Chinatown institution to a leading national museum. She was also the Executive Director for the Committee of 100 in the United States, a Chinese-American non-profit membership organization founded by architect, I.M. Pei and cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Ms. Mong graduated from Ohio State University and holds an Executive MBA from the Kellogg – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Executive MBA Program.

Christopher Ward

Executive Vice President & Chief Executive, Metro New York, AECOM

Christopher Ward is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Metro New York, for AECOM, leading strategic growth and profitability of the Design and Consulting Services group in the New York City Metro area. His areas of responsibility include transportation, water and wastewater, environment, power, and buildings and places. Mr. Ward previously served as Executive Vice President at Dragados USA, responsible for significant business development throughout the United States. His 30-plus-year career in infrastructure and government comprises experience in the public and private sectors, including at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he led the World Trade Center rebuilding efforts and executed the turnaround at the site. Mr. Ward has a Master Degree of Theological Studies from the Harvard University.

Sylvester Wong

Vice President, Strategies and Development, Asia Buildings and Places, Philippines, AECOM

Sylvester Wong leads AECOM’s Building and Places practice in the Philippines and Southeast Asian markets, championing innovation in the built environment to support sustainable developments for future generations. He is a 20-year veteran of the urban design and regional planning profession and has led multidisciplinary teams, focused on strategic master planning, airport cities and technology parks. He has a wealth of experience in mixed use urban development that optimizes sustainability and resilience, to enhance regional economic competitiveness across Asia Pacific. Mr. Wong holds a BA in Architecture and Masters of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his certification in planning in 2002 and has been a LEED AP since 2007.

Anthony Yeh

Chair Professor, Urban Planning and Design Department, University of Hong Kong

Anthony Yeh is Chair Professor of the Urban Planning and Design Department at the University of Hong Kong. He is Director of the Geographic Information Systems Research Centre and Deputy Convenor of Contemporary China Studies Strategic Research Area at the university. His main areas of specialization are urban planning and development in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia, and the applications of geographic information systems in urban and regional planning. He is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences and Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hong Kong, a Master’s degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

John Fitzgerald

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Urban Land Institute

John Fitzgerald is Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific at Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global non-profit organization that promotes leadership in the responsible use of land, and creating and sustaining thriving communities. He established ULI Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong in 2007 and expanded ULI’s footprint in the region, now covering Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Singapore. Before relocating to Hong Kong, Mr. Fitzgerald directed ULI’s Global Study Tour program, leading delegations of senior executives and public officials abroad to exchange best practices on critical land use and development issues. Prior to joining ULI in 1998, he worked for a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., developing leadership and education programs on Capitol Hill.

Xie Feng

Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong SAR

Mr. Xie Feng, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Bachelor of Law of China Foreign Affairs University, Master of Public Administration of Renmin University of China. He has rich experience in foreign affairs. He served as officer of Chinese Embassy in the Republic of Malta and director, Counselor, Director-General of Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as Minister of Chinese Embassy in the United States of America and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Indonesia.

Donald Choi

Managing Director, Nan Fung Development Limited

Donald Choi has over 30 years’ of real estate development and investment experience in North America, Asia and China. He is the Managing Director of Nan Fung and is responsible for the active management of the real estate core business. Before joining Nan Fung, he was Director of Foster and Partners and the Authorised Person – Architect for the Hong Kong International Airport. The airport was awarded the Top Ten Construction Projects in the World and has won numerous awards including the Best Airport in the World since opening in 1998.

Ben Simpfendorfer

Founder & CEO, Silk Road Associates

Ben Simpfendorfer is Founder and CEO of Silk Road Associates, a data-driven strategic advisory based in Hong Kong. He advises a range of Fortune 500 multinationals on their commercial strategies in Greater China, South East Asia and the Middle East, providing global boards and regional strategy teams with data-based solutions into fast-moving markets. His extensive specialist networks add further insights into today’s business challenges. Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20 years. He was previously chief China economist at RBS and senior China economist at JPMorgan. Ben is a leading expert on China’s Belt and Road initiative, a Mandarin and Arabic speaker, author of The New Silk Road and The Rise of the New East, and a member of a Foreign Experts Group advising Chinese government on the Belt and Road initiative. His editorials have been published by FT, WSJ and Forbes.  He appears regularly on Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN.

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