Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBS, JP
Chief Secretary for Administration
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Mrs. Carrie Lam joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in 1980. During her 27 years as an Administrative Officer, Mrs. Lam served in various bureaux and departments. She held the positions of Director of Social Welfare, Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands and Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London.  Mrs. Lam was also Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs before assuming the post of Secretary for Development. She was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration in 2012.


Prof. Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, GBS, JP
Secretary for Transport and Housing
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Prof. Anthony Cheung Bing-leung was appointed Secretary for Transport and Housing in 2012. His policy portfolio covers a wide range of areas vital to the livability, mobility and connectivity of Hong Kong.  Professor Cheung is also the Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, Hong Kong Logistics Development Council and Aviation Development and Three-Runway System Advisory Committee.  Professor Cheung champions the goal to improve Hong Kong’s walkability and integrated mobility.  In 2013, he gave a keynote speech at Civic Exchange’s “Walkable City, Living Streets” Conference in Hong Kong.  Last year, he spoke at the plenary session of the Walk21 Vienna Conference to share Hong Kong’s challenges and achievements in integrating walking as part of the broader mobility policy.


Mr. KS Wong
Secretary for the Environment
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Mr. KS Wong is an architect who has been promoting green building and building energy efficiency for a number of years. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Chairman of the Professional Green Building Council. Prior to joining the Government, Wong contributed to the work of a number of Government advisory bodies. He was involved in the public engagement processes of the Council for Sustainable Development and was the convener of the Support Group on Combating Climate Change: Energy Saving and Carbon Emission Reduction in Buildings. He was also a member of the Support Group on Building Design to Foster a Quality and Sustainable Built Environment. Wong was appointed Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government in 2012.


Ms. Christine Loh
Under Secretary for the Environment
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Ms. Christine Loh was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit public policy think tank Civic Exchange prior to joining the HKSAR Government in 2012.  A lawyer by training, Ms. Loh spent nearly a decade as a politician and member of the Legislative Council. Before joining the Legislative Council, Ms. Loh held senior regional positions in commodities trading, as well as in project negotiation.  Active in public affairs since 1980, Ms. Loh founded or served on boards of a range of non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong and overseas whose agendas spanned a variety of issues including environmental protection, urban planning and design, and equal opportunity. 

Mr. Eric Ma
Under Secretary for Development
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Mr. Eric Ma has been the Under Secretary for Development for the HKSAR Government since 2014. He is an engineer by profession with over 25 years' of experience in the construction industry. Mr Ma is a Fellow member of a number of professional organisations including the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Structural Engineers in the UK. He is the former Chairman of the Hong Kong branch of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Prior to joining the government, Mr. Ma held a number of positions in consulting firms and has contributed to the planning and implementation of various development projects in Hong Kong. 

Mr. Yau Shing-mu

Under Secretary for Transport and Housing
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Mr. Yau Shing-mu served as Under Secretary for Transport and Housing from 2008 - 2012 and was reappointed to the post later that year. Prior to joining the HKSAR government, Mr. Yau was a journalist for 25 years. After working for Radio Television Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Standard, Mr. Yau joined the Hong Kong Economic Times, where he was chief editor for eight years. He also served on the executive committees of both the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Press Council. Mr. Yau has received a number of journalism prizes, among them Best Hong Kong Newspaper Reporter, awarded by the Hong Kong Newspaper's Society in 1986.  He has edited and published books on various social issues such as youth problems and Hong Kong's economic prospects.


Dr. David Chung
Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Dr. Chung is the Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, working with the Secretary to strengthen cooperation with the industry, academic and research sectors. He has over 28 years of experience in information technology, strategic management and entrepreneurship development.  Before joining the Government, Dr. Chung worked as Chief Technology Officer at HK Cyberport Management Company Limited where he was responsible for taking forward Cyberport's core mission on IT infrastructure, industry collaboration and incubation platforms for IT entrepreneurs. He also assisted Cyberport in setting up the first Micro Fund Scheme in Hong Kong for young information and communications technology entrepreneurs.  This scheme has been extended to include collaboration between Hong Kong and Shenzhen as well as Hong Kong and Guangdong for young ICT entrepreneurs.


Mr. Ling Kar Kan
Director of Planning, Planning Department
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Mr. KK Ling is a professional town planner with extensive experience that includes planning for Hong Kong’s new airport, Chek Lap Kok, and the Tung Chung New Town, review of the Town Planning Ordinance, harbor-front planning and development, planning enforcement and prosecution, cross-boundary planning, and planning for new development areas. Mr. Ling now heads the Planning Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.  He is also the chairman of the Metro Planning Committee and Rural and New Town Planning Committee of the Town Planning Board. He is a former president of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners.

Ms. Deborah Kuh

Head of Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section, Development Bureau
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Ms. Deborah Kuh is an internationally recognised designer, specialising in inter- and trans-disciplinary urban design, master planning, architecture, landscape architecture, interpretation and furniture design projects. She bases her designs on the concept of Place Ecology, focusing on sustainability, connectivity, tactility and respect for diversity of the human condition. Her work spans geographies including Australia and the Middle East. Ms. Kuh returned from Australia in 2015 to join the Hong Kong government's Development Bureau where she explores policy opportunities, such as landscape resilience and adaptation, urban forestry and biodiversity in the city, with the aim of promoting a more liveable city. 

Ms. Brenda Au

Head of Energizing Kowloon East Office, Development Bureau
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Ms Au heads the Energizing Kowloon East Office, a multidisciplinary office set up in the Development Bureau of the Government of the HKSAR to facilitate the transformation of Kowloon East from an old industrial area into another Core Business District in Hong Kong.  She is a town planner by profession and has long working experience in the public sector.  Her experience includes planning for new towns and new development areas, cross-boundary planning, planning studies, harbour-front planning, statutory planning, and district planning and development control. 

Ms. Vivian Lai

Place-Making Manager of Energizing Kowloon East Office, Development Bureau
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Ms. Vivian Lai is the Place-Making Manager (Planning) of the Energizing Kowloon East Office. She is a town planner by profession and has been extensively involved in public engagement for realizing the Kowloon East place-making projects such as the Kai Tak Fantasy.  

Ms. Lai has experience in rural district planning and developing and maintaining departmental information systems. She has also served on the Hong Kong Town Planning Board.


Mr. Tony Ho
Chief Geotechnical Engineer/Planning,Civil Engineering and Development Department
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Mr. Ying Kit Ho obtained his BEng degree from the University of Hong Kong and MSc degree from Imperial College, London. He has over 20 years of experience in civil and geotechnical engineering.  He is a Chief Geotechnical Engineer in the Geotechnical Engineering Office of the Civil Engineering and Development Department and oversees the strategic studies on both rock cavern and underground space development.  His division is also responsible for providing technical support and advice to other government departments involving rock cavern and underground space development. 

Mr. David Lam
District Planning Officer / Tuen Mun & Yuen Long West, Planning Department
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Mr. David Lam joined the Planning Department of the Hong Kong Government in 1990. His experience includes strategic planning, cross-boundary planning, planning studies, planning for new development areas and district planning and development control for urban, new towns and rural areas. He is now the District Planning Officer overseeing the Tuen Mun and Yuen Long West districts.




CONFIRMED SPEAKERS (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Mariela Alfonzo
Founder / CEO
State of Place

Bridging the worlds of academia and practice, Dr. Alfonzo is the Founder and CEO of State of Place, an urban data analytics software company that quantifies what people love about cities and helps cities and developers create data-driven stories that communicate the value of making them better. She is also a Research Assistant Professor at New York University, examining the challenges to sustainable urbanization in China. Her work focuses on the links between urban design and behavior within the context of redevelopment, with particular emphasis on the economic value of walkability. In 2014 she was recognized as one of the Urban Land Institute's “40 under 40” and in 2013 was awarded a Fulbright grant to examine walkability in China. She splits time between New York City, Boston, and Shanghai.

Mr. Evan Auyang
Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific

Gerson Lehrman Group

Mr. Evan Auyang is the Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific for Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) where he runs the firm’s Asia-Pacific operations. Prior to his role at GLG, Mr. Auyang was the Deputy Managing Director of The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited and an Executive Director of the board of directors for Transport International Holdings. Mr. Auyang is extensively involved in civic work, chambers and NGOs: he is a Board Director at Civic Exchange and serves on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce as well as chairing its Environmental Steering Group. He was recently appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, and appointed as an Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation. Mr. Auyang is on the Executive Committee of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Hong Kong Chapter) and on the Executive Committees of Green Monday and the Young Executives Club of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Mr. Auyang serves on the Transport Policy Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and the Development Fund Committee of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Prof. Peter Brimblecombe
Chair Professor of Atmospheric Environment and Associate Dean, School of Energy and Environment

GCity University of Hong Kong

Professor Peter Brimblecombe is currently Chair Professor of Atmospheric Environment and Associate Dean, School of Energy and Environment at City University, Hong Kong. He is a specialist in the area of atmospheric chemistry and was on the faculty of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK, for nearly 40 years. He has studied acid rain and the ozone hole in the UK and is interested in the long-term changes brought about by air pollution. For 25 years Professor Brimblecombe was an executive editor of the journal "Atmospheric Environment," and has more recently helped in the creation of SCOPUS. His recent research has focused on the effects of air pollution and climate change on our cultural heritage.


Mr. Ian Brownlee
Hong Kong Institute of Planners

Mr. Ian Brownlee is a professional urban planner with over 35 years of experience in Hong Kong where he has worked as a senior and chief town planner in the Planning Department. Mr. Brownlee is an active member of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners and is an avid advocate for an improved public environment, better urban design and closer integration of the various components of Hong Kong's transport system. He founded Masterplan Limited, a planning and development consultancy, in 1992 and is currently the Managing Director. His experience includes working with both the public and private sectors on railway developments, major commercial and residential complexes, urban renewal projects, ecological conservation and heritage conservations projects. Mr. Brownlee has a keen understanding of how the public sector is involved in the implementation and management of public spaces.


Prof. Ester Cerin
Institute for Health and Ageing
Australian Catholic University

Prof. Ester Cerin is a psychologist and statistician. She holds Professorial positions at the Institute for Health and Ageing of the Australian Catholic University and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on environmental and psychosocial determinants of lifestyle behaviours and health across an individual’s lifespan. She holds an ARC Future Fellowship on urban design and active ageing, and is the chief analyst and one of the main investigators of two large multi-country studies on environmental determinants of physical activity and obesity funded by the National Institute of Health in USA.  She leads the research program on the neighbourhood-built environment, active ageing and cognitive health for the Institute for Health and Ageing in Melbourne. Prof. Cerin is the deputy editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.


Mr. Benjamin Cha
Chief Executive
Grosvenor Asia Pacific

Mr. Benjamin Cha is currently the Chief Executive of Grosvenor Asia Pacific. Serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asia Art Archive and previously serving on the Tate Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee, Mr. Cha has developed close ties with both local and overseas art communities. He is currently a member of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a director of the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company  (HAECO) Limited and also a member of the Art Working Group and the Advisory Committee of The Hong Kong Jockey Club CPS Limited.


Ms. Chine Chan
Programme Manager
Save the Children Hong Kong

Ms. Chine Chan joined Save the Children Hong Kong in 2015 to manage child protection across Asia. She has 14 years' experience as a human rights advocate and campaigner, including projects on migrant children's lives in China and children's rights in India. Walking with her young daughter made Ms. Chan more aware than ever of the plight of children in urban environments. She recently participated in the Kids' Dream's "Horizons" video campaign project, which gave her insight from a child's perspective about walkability in Hong Kong. She is currently rethinking how cities can be made more child friendly. Ms. Chan, who has a Master's degree in Behavioural Health, previously worked as a journalist. 


Mr. Leong Cheung
Executive Director, Charities & Community
The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Mr. Leong Cheung has been the Executive Director of Charities & Community at The Hong Kong Jockey Club since 2014. He is also co-Founder & Chairman of an innovative social enterprise, RunOurCity. Besides his professional career, Mr. Cheung has been an honorary advisor and director of Social Ventures Hong Kong. He also served as member of the Council and Deputy Chairman of the Court at Lingnan University. Mr. Cheung currently serves in the Elderly Commission, Community Care Fund task force under the Commission on Poverty of the HKSAR Government, and is a director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited. He is also an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Mr. Chan Yau Chong

President, Hong Kong Blind Union
Hong Kong Blind Union

Mr. Chan Yau Chong is active in promoting civil society in Hong Kong. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Council of Social Services, President of the Hong Kong Blind Union, Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and Chairman of the Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong. He was elected to represent the Social Welfare Sector in the Chief Executive Election in 2007 and 2012. Mr. Chong has received the Ten Young Persons Award in 1991 and the MBE honour in 1995 for his outstanding service to the Hong Kong community. In 2012, Mr. Chong has been awarded one of the “Leaders of 2011” by the Singtao Publishing Co Ltd and an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Hong Kong.


Mr. Anthony W K Chow
Deputy Chairman
The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Mr. Anthony Chow is a solicitor and former President of The Law Society of Hong Kong.  Mr. Chow loves horses and is passionate about horse racing and breeding of the Thoroughbred.  He is currently the Deputy Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club.  Mr. Chow has been quite actively engaged in public service over the past 20 years and is currently a Member of The Exchange Fund Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Chairman of Process Review Panel for the Financial Reporting Council and Deputy Chairman of the Appeal Board on Public Meetings and Processions.


Ms. Skye Duncan
Director, Global Designing Cities Initiative
National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Ms. Skye Duncan is the Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) where she is leading a multi-year program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to develop a Global Street Design Guide and to provide technical assistance to cities around the world on safe and sustainable street design. Ms. Duncan is an urban designer with over a decade of experience in architecture, urban design, planning and landscape architecture, and spent seven years working as a Senior Urban Designer at the New York City Department of City Planning in their Office of the Chief Urban Designer. She has worked professionally as an International Urban Design Consultant in Brazil, Colombia, Canada and New Zealand, and has been an Associate Professor at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.


Ms. Debra Efroymson
Regional Director for Asia

Ms. Debra Efroymson is Regional Director of the Canadian NGO HealthBridge, which has livable cities programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She is also co-founder and advisor to Work for a Better Bangladesh and the Institute of Wellbeing, Bangladesh. She has worked on issues of transport and urban planning for over a decade. Ms. Efroymson is the author of many publications including “Beyond Apologies” and “Defining and Achieving an Economics of Wellbeing,” in which she argues for a different way of looking at economics -- one which would value environmentally friendly, healthy, and pleasurable activities such as walking over mindless and often harmful consumption. She regularly speaks on how we cannot make significant advances in public health, environmental protection, and social justice without limiting the influence of big corporations on our governments.

Mr. Lukasz Franek
Deputy Director for Transport
Krakow Road and Transport Authority

Mr. Lukasz Franek is a deputy director at Krakow Road and Transport Authority (Poland) responsible for public transport, cycling and walking. He previously worked at Krakow University of Technology where research fields cover traffic engineering and road safety, with a focus on vulnerable road users and walkability. He has 10 years of experience in sustainable mobility management and urban transport systems development, also within EU projects. Mr. Franek is the co-author of many mobility concepts for Polish cities, including the first Polish car sharing system, zero-emission corridor in Warsaw and walkability evaluation for the largest cities in Poland. He is also a CiViNET Poland Network secretariat coordinator.

Mr. Noel Z. Hechanova
Department Head
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office,
Iloilo City, the Phillipines

Mr. Noel Hechanova is the  Department Head of the City of Environment and Natural Resources in Iloilo City, the Philippines. He has extensive experience in mass housing development, as the head of the planning division of the National Housing Authority for over ten years. Mr. Hechanova is a professional industrial engineer and a registered environmental planner. He has a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Management as well as a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.   

Mr. Daniel Helldén
Vice Mayor for Traffic
City of Stockholm

Mr. Daniel Helldén is a Swedish political scientist and Green Party politician who is Vice Mayor for Traffic in the City of Stockholm. Mr. Helldén previously worked at Stockholm University and has been politically active in the Green Party for several years. He is currently a Member of the Stockholm City Council, Chairman of the Traffic Board and Second Vice Chairman of the City Executive Board. Mr. Helldén has held numerous political offices including Board Member of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Member of the Green Party Executive Committee, President of the Green Party in the Region of Sörmland as well as Member of the City Council and City Executive Board of Gnesta municipality.


Mr. Gillis Heller
General Counsel

Mr. Gillis Heller is the general counsel of a locally listed Hong Kong company. Born in the United States, Gillis arrived in Hong Kong in 1984. He is the author with Andrew Yanne of “Signs of a Colonial Era” (University of Hong Kong Press, 2009), a history of Hong Kong told through the origins of its street names.  Mr. Heller was an avid mountain biker in Hong Kong before knee surgeries curtailed this activity. He has traveled widely in North America, Europe and Asia and is interested in the variety of public spaces in each of these locations, with a particular focus on accommodations for those facing difficulties in terms of mobility. 


Mr. Cornie Huizenga
Secretary General Partnership on Sustainable
Low Carbon Transport, China

Mr. Cornie Huizenga is the Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) in China, the largest multi-stakeholder partnership on sustainable, low carbon transport in developing countries. The SLoCaT Partnership promotes the integration of sustainable, low carbon transport in global policies on China’s post-2015 development agenda and the post-2015 climate change policy discussion. He played a lead role in the development of the Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport at the Rio+20 conference including help with the raising of an unprecedented USD 175 billion for more sustainable transport by the world’s eight largest multilateral development banks. Through his leadership of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate) he helped to raise the profile of transport in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process and mobilize the sustainable transport community in support of a climate change agreement that can accelerate action on low-carbon transport.


Dr. Sangbum Kim
Senior Researcher 
Science Institute at University of Seoul

Dr. Sangbum Kim teaches urban economics and urban solutions in the University of Seoul. He worked for the Seoul city government for 30 years and is a retired Vice Mayor of the city. As Vice Mayor, Dr. Kim put the Magok Project in place, which would become the largest R&D Park in Korea. He was also president of the Seoul Institute, a think tank for urban solutions. Dr. Kim specializes in transportation and regional industry development and was involved in subway construction financing and bus reform projects as well as other initiatives that transformed street environments from vehicle-oriented to pedestrian-oriented and contributed to air pollution reduction in Seoul. He currently participates in many activities being carried out by UOS, CITYNET and the Seoul Training Institution where he advocates that cities and employees design city centers with economic prosperity and innovation in mind.

Mr. Tobias Knahl
Head of the Industry, Energy and Environment Division

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Tobias Knahl heads the Industry, Energy and Environment Division of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the German chambers coordinators for energy and environmental affairs and oversees the northern Germany Chambers Association's industry and energy political activities. Mr. Knahl serves as vice chairman of the supervisory boards of the Elbe Habitat Foundation, is a member of the Center for Energy, Building, Architecture and Environment GmbH (ZEBAU) advisory board as well as a member of the Hamburg Energy Grid Advisory Board. He represents the chamber in the coordinating committees of the Eco Partnership, Hamburg and the Hamburg Partnership for Clean Air.


Dr. Yimien Koh
Group Medical Director

Dr. Yi Mien Koh is Group Medical Director of AIA, a leading life insurer, which operates in 18 markets in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Koh’s career in healthcare spans every level of the health system, in the UK, Australia and Asia. She has served as CEO of a health authority and a teaching hospital in London. Previous roles include Chief Medical Officer in Australia, Medical Director and Director of Performance in London, and clinical advisor to health regulators in the UK. She was an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 2002 – 2010 and is currently Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, Australia. Koh is passionate about improving quality and access in the health care arena and sees insurance as playing a significant role in driving value to achieve long- term sustainability in international health systems.


Mr. Billy Kwan
Very Hong Kong

Mr. Billy Kwan is a Curator of Very Hong Kong, actively advocating community use of public space around the city and building consensus among urban stakeholders in various neighbourhoods in Hong Kong. Mr. Kwan also sits on the advisory board for The Vine Community Services Liimited, a charity that focuses on relief and advocacy work for ethnic minorities, refugees, asylum seekers and other marginalised communities in Hong Kong. He was awarded the "40 Under 40" Award in the Architecture category by Perspective in 2014.

Mr. Sada Lam
The Oval Partnership Ltd.

Mr. Sada Lam is a Director of The Oval Partnership and the Research Director of INTEGER China. He studied architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Cambridge. Mr. Lam was the director-in-charge of the Sanlitun Taikoo Li Project which won several international awards. Over the past years, he has led the design and execution of over twenty mixed-use development projects across the Asia-Pacific region. Currently Mr. Lam is in charge of the design of the Shanghai DreamCenter waterfront site, which has just won one of the real estate industry's prestigious MIPIM awards. Among his other projects, Mr. Lam led an architectural design studio for the Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was also a lecturer and the University of Hong Kong's Department of Architecture. In addition he was a consultant for the Beijing Planning Commission and a co-curator of the Venice Biennale Hong Kong Pavilion in 2012. 


Mr. Chris Law
Founding Director
Oval Partnership Limited

Mr. Chris Law is the founding director of the Oval Partnership Ltd., an international architectural firm with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, London and Liverpool. Both Mr. Law and his firm have received numerous awards from institutions around the world including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, and the Hong Kong Institute of Planners. Mr. Law is a member of several public committees in Hong Kong including the Development Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District as well as the chief curator and a founder of the community led public space cultural organization, Very Hong Kong Foundation, among other projects.


Ms. Yvonne Lim
Group Director (Physical Planning)
Urban Redevelopment Authority

Ms. Yvonne Lim is presently Group Director (Physical Planning) at Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). She is involved in the formulation of planning strategies to achieve the country’s land use plans and is responsible for communicating these plans to the public. Ms. Lim started as a Planner with the URA. She was seconded to the Ministry of National Development in 2006 as Assistant Director, Strategic Planning Division and then as Deputy Director, Infrastructure Division from 2009 to 2011. She was a Director (Strategic Planning) from 2011 and assumed the role of Group Director (Physical Planning) in 2015.


Mr. Florian Lorenz
International Coordinator
Low Carbon City Forum

Mr. Florian Lorenz is an interdisciplinary planner and communications expert with a focus on urban mobility, citizen engagement and post-fossil urbanism. He is director of the think tank Smarter Than Car and works as an urban consultant at PlanSinn in Vienna. In 2015 Mr. Lorenz joined the citizen team of the Low Carbon City Forum as international coordinator for program development, communications and partnerships. He organized and coordinated influential public forums, including the Fourth World Bicycle Forum, the 2013 Velo-City and the 2015 Walk21 conference. Mr. Lorenz has been an invited speaker at conferences and universities in Europe, China and Latin America and advocates his agenda as activist, blogger and educator.

Professor Frederick Ma Si-Hang
MTR Corporation

Professor Frederick Ma was born and educated in Hong Kong. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1973 majoring in economics and history.  Since graduation, he had numerous positions in local and overseas banks, financial institutions and major companies. In 2002 Professor Ma joined the Hong Kong Government as the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury and assumed the post of Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in 2007. In  2008 he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of the School of Economics and Finance at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Ma was appointed as a Member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation in 2009.  In 2012 he was appointed as a Professor of Finance Practice for the Institute of Advanced Executive Education at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2013 he was appointed as a member of Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America. In that same year, he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Business Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2014, he was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by Lingnan University. In  2016, he was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by City University of Hong Kong. Currently, Professor Ma is the Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director of FWD Group, a director of Husky Energy Inc., and a non-executive director of COFCO Corporation.

Mr. Andrew Mead
Chief Architect (ARBUK)
Mass Transit Railway (MTR), Hong Kong

Mr. Andrew Mead has been MTR's Chief Architect since 2013. He is responsible for the architectural design of all new MTR stations, trains and transit facilities with a special focus on raising the MTR's transit design standards. In addition, he oversees the critically acclaimed Art in MTR programme. Prior to joining the MTR, Mr. Mead worked for the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. During the course of his 30-year career in the transit sector, the London-born Mr. Mead has been responsible for the design of over 200 metro and light rail stations in London, Toronto, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. He is UK-registered architect who specialises in the planning, design and construction of rapid transit systems.

Mr. Alvin Mejia
Transport Program Manager
Clean Air Asia, Hong Kong

Mr. Alvin Mejia is the Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia – a regional non-government organisation that is working towards better air quality in Asia. He works on issues related to sustainable and low emissions transport, including walkability, clean fuels and vehicles, and has been part of Clean Air Asia since 2008. Mr. Mejia specializes in developing emissions impact analysis tools, managing and conducting research activities and dialogues, and providing advice to policymakers in Asia on the issues mentioned above. 


Prof. Peter Newman
Professor of Sustainability
Curtin University Australia

Prof. Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Australia. He has written 16 books and over 300 papers. His books include “The End of Automobile Dependence” (2015), “Green Urbanism in Asia” (2013) and “Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence,” which was launched at the U.S. White House in 1999. Prof. Newman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville and was on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their 5th Assessment Report. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological and Engineering Sciences Australia and has worked in local government as an elected councillor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia.

Mr. Simon Ng
Chief Research Officer
Civic Exchange

Simon Ng is the Chief Research Officer of Civic Exchange. Trained as a geographer, Mr. Ng leads the organization in the policy areas of air quality management, transport policy and planning, sustainable community development, and other issues related to city sustainability and liveability. He is known for his work on ship emissions inventory and control policy in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, as well as on urban walkability issues. He is the lead author and investigator of several research projects and academic papers, including a marine vessels emission inventory study commissioned by the Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and a number of publications on walking and walkability in Hong Kong. Simon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong. He has also served as an expert member of the United Nations Centre for Regional Development Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia since 2006.


Mr. Tyler Norris, MDiv
Vice President, Total Health
Kaiser Permanente

Mr. Tyler Norris is an entrepreneur and founder of over a dozen businesses and social ventures.  His services in the public, private and non-profit sectors have focused on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity.  Currently, he serves as Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, where he leads “anchor institution” strategies, applying all business assets to measurably improve population health and community well-being. Mr. Norris is a trustee of Naropa University, and serves on advisory bodies for the Convergence Partnership, Transportation for America, Active Living by Design, and Samueli Institute. As an early leader in the healthy/sustainable communities movement, Mr. Norris has worked in over 400 communities and with scores of organizations in the U.S. and globally. 


Mr. Ong Eu-Gene
Deputy Director, Local Planning
Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore

Mr. Ong Eu-Gene is the Deputy Director of Local Planning at the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore.  His team plans the transport network at the town level and ensures that commuter and vehicular connections can be realised in an efficient, timely and safe manner.  The team is also responsible for vehicle parking policies and reviews them so they remain relevant to national transport policies.  Mr. Ong and his staff are currently developing planning guidelines and policies to enhance the first and last mile connections for commuters in order to influence a greater use of public transport, walking and cycling in daily commutes.

Mr. Ian Ralph
Senior Planner

Lead 8

Mr. Ian Ralph is a Senior Planner with Lead 8. He has worked with a range of clients in China, South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Mr Ralph has acted as project lead and primary planner/urban designer for various schemes and sectors and has solid experience with master planning schemes at all scales. His portfolio includes Birmingham Big City Plan, Snowhill Business District, Dubai Design District, Tanjung Aru, Sanlin New Town and Lok Ma Chau Mixed Use Masterplan.


Dr. Ben Rossiter
Executive Officer
Victoria Walks

Dr. Ben Rossiter is the founding Executive Officer of Victoria Walks, which was established in 2009 with funding from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. The organisation has become the primary walking body leading the move towards the creation of walkable communities in Australia. A strategic partnership approach and evidence-based advocacy has been central to the organisation’s ability to successfully build support for, and investment in, walking. Dr. Rossiter has a background in cross-sectoral partnerships, research, policy and program development, community development and health promotion. He has a long interest in walking, sustainable communities and urban environments and is the Vice President of the International Federation of Pedestrians. He takes great pleasure in the simple joy of walking, getting lost in urban areas and exploring new places on foot.


Mr. Daniel Sauter
Urban Mobility Research

Mr. Daniel Sauter studied sociology, psychology and political science in Zurich and has devoted the last 25 years of his professional life to researching the realm of walking, road danger reduction, the analysis of mobility patterns and the development of walking strategies. His current focus is on how to measure walking and the creation of inclusive public spaces. Mr. Sauter was the co-director of the Swiss pedestrian organisation, represented the International Federation of Pedestrians at the United Nations, initiated the International Charter for Walking and started current efforts to develop standards for measuring walking. He has conducted and coordinated research in many local, national and international projects related to urban mobility.


Ms. Supriya Sen
Senior Advisor
McKinsey & Co., Singapore

Ms. Supriya Sen is a specialist in infrastructure finance and public private partnerships. She has 26 years of experience in infrastructure projects and structured finance in Asia and the Middle East in the transport, social infrastructure, power and clean-tech sectors. Prior to joining McKinsey, she held director-level positions with global investment firms including Citigroup, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, GE Capital, Red Fort Capital and ICICI and was a board member for global private equity firms investing in infrastructure projects across Asia and Middle East. Ms. Sen is currently on the boards of several non-profit organisations. She is a regular speaker at international conferences and has taught at the senior executive level in international management institutions. Ms. Sen has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. 


Mr. Markus Shaw
Des Voeux Road Central Initiative

Mr. Markus Shaw has a history degree from Cambridge University and spent six years as a corporate lawyer in London, Singapore and Hong Kong, before joining his family business. He is active in civic society, having co-founded NGOs in the fields of better urban planning (Designing Hong Kong) and air pollution (Clean Air Network), and sits on the boards of several philanthropic organisations. Mr. Shaw was a member of WWF International’s Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2015 and was Chairman of WWF-Hong Kong from 2000 to 2008. He was also a member of the Government’s Advisory Council on the Environment from 2004 to 2008.


Mr. Alvaro Valera Sosa
Architecture for Health Researcher
Technical University of Berlin

Mr. Alvaro Valera Sosa has developed architectural and urban projects in Venezuela and Spain over the last 15 years. In 2007 his healthcare designs led to his being awarded numerous contracts by the Venezuelan Ministry of Health as part of a national hospital network overhaul. In 2012, after studying at the Berlin School of Public Health, Mr. Sosa produced evidence-based design research  with the aim of reviewing and informing urban planning projects that support health behaviours such as walking and biking as well as architectural design processes supporting medical care delivery. His research now focuses on developing Walkability for Health (health promotion) and Medical Neighbourhoods (disease prevention and clinical care). His work has been presented at international conferences and universities across Europe.


Dr. Alexander Ståhle

Dr. Alexander Ståhle is a city researcher and one of Scandinavia’s most popular speakers on urban development, placemaking and future transport. He has a PhD in urban design from The School of Architecture in Stockholm and is CEO of the urban research and design studio Spacescape. His book “Closer together – This is the future of cities” will be released in 2016. Dr. Ståhle’s research focuses on how cities and urban design affects quality of life, equality and sustainability. Leading Spacescape since 2008, he has developed the consultancy as a leader in urban research and design in Scandinavia. He worked on such projects as New Slussen, New Kiruna, Airport City Stockholm, housing market and walkability analyses of large cities and commissions for UN Habitat and the New York City Planning Department.


Mr. Kristoffer Tamsons
County Council Commissioner for Traffic and Public Transport
Stockholm City Council

Mr. Kristoffer Tamsons was elected County Council Commissioner where is responsible for the Traffic and Public Transport sector in Stockholm County. A member of the Moderate Party, which has held power in the region since 2006, Mr. Tamsons has been Mayor, campaign manager and Chief of Staff for the party in Stockholm County. As a former speechwriter, Director of Planning and Chief of Staff to then Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Mr. Tamsons has played a key role in Swedish national policy-making and governance.


Mr. Tang Chi Fai David
Property Director
MTR Corporation Limited

Mr. Tang has been the Property Director and a Member of the Executive Directorate of the MTR since October 2011. He is responsible for all of the property development projects of the company from layout planning and scheme design through to project construction completion. In addition, he oversees the asset and leasing management of investment properties and property management for office buildings and residential units. Mr. Tang is a Chartered Surveyor, a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors as well as the non-executive director for the Urban Renewal Authority of the HKSAR Government.


Mr. Oren Tatcher
OTC Limited

Mr. Oren Tatcher is the Principal of OTC Limited, a Hong Kong‐based planning and design firm. Its work has included planning and design of airports and airport terminals, railway stations, marine transport terminals, intermodal stations and urban mobility solutions in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Singapore and the Philippines. Mr. Tatcher has also worked with various local and international organizations, including ITDP, the Energy Foundation, ULI, Civic Exchange, Designing Hong Kong and the Asian Development Bank, to promote best practice in sustainable urban mobility and transportation terminal planning. He is a frequent speaker at international forums on public transportation and transit‐oriented urban development.


Mr. Bing Thom, CM, Architect AIBC, FRAIC, AIA
Principal & Creative Director
Bing Thom Architects

Hong Kong-born Mr. Bing Thom immigrated to Canada as a child and has become one of the country’s most accomplished architects. He started his own firm, Bing Thom Architects in 1982, which has been involved in large-scale waterfront planning and urban design projects throughout Canada, China and the United States, including waterfront plans for Washington DC, Victoria BC and Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, Thom was an international finalist for the Shanghai World Expo master plan. Thom’s commitment to using great architecture to improve the urban context and social condition is renowned and as a result, he has been the recipient of a range of honors. In addition, Thom is a popular lecturer both in Canada and abroad and is dedicated to helping the next generation of architects serve existing and emerging urban needs.


Mr. Andy Tong, CEng, MIStructE, MHKIE, RSE
Vice President (Campus Development and Facilities)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr. Andy Tong has extensive work experience in project management of railway-related property developments. After graduating from Hong Kong Polytechnic, he received engineering training in London. He returned to Hong Kong and worked as a Structural Engineer at Harris and Sutherland (Far East), the Buildings Ordinance Office and subsequently as an Associate of Harris and Sutherland (Far East).  He worked for the Yolles Partnership Limited in Toronto as a Senior Engineer and later joined the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong as an Engineer in the Projects Division. In 2014, Mr. Tong took up the position of General Manager - Tianjin Property, to oversee the first “R+P” development project in Tianjin. In 2015, he joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as Vice President - Campus Development and Facilities.


Mr. Rachmat Witoelar
Indonesia President's Special Envoy for Climate Change
Mr. Rachmat Witoelar is the Indonesia President's Special Envoy for Climate Change. Prior to this, he was the Executive Chair of the Indonesian National Council on Climate Change. Born in West Java Province and a graduate of the Bandung Institute of Technology, Mr. Witoelar served as Indonesia's Minister of Environment from 2004-2009. He also served as the Indonesian Ambassador to Russia from 1993-1997 and had a long tenure as a member of the Indonesian Parliament from 1971-1993. In 2008, Mr. Witoelar received an Honorary Professorship in Environmental Management from Griffith University in Australia.


Prof. Jean Woo BA MB BChir MD FRCP, FRACP
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. Jean Woo joined the Department of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a lecturer, and eventually became the head of the department. Prof. Woo served as Chief of Service of the Medicine and Geriatric Unit at Shatin Hospital and was the Chair Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Community and Family Medicine there. She was formerly the director of the  School of Public Health.  Currently she is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Henry G Leong Research Professor in Gerontology and Geriatrics, and Director of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Institute of Aging at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Mr. Rocco Yim
Executive Director
Rocco Design Architects

Mr. Rocco Yim is the Executive Director of Rocco Design Architects. Hong Kong-born Mr. Yim has won numerous awards for his work, both in Hong Kong and internationally. He is regularly invited to speak at international symposia. Mr. Yim is currently an Honorary Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in the Faculty of Social Science, an Honorary Professor at the Hong Kong University's (HKU) Department of Architecture, an Adjunct Professor at HKU SPACE, a Museum Adviser to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong government and a member of the IAF Council for the University of Southern California. He was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by the University of Hong Kong in 2013.


Mr. Paul Zimmerman
Founder and CEO
Designing Hong Kong

Born in the Netherlands, Mr Paul Zimmerman  made Hong Kong his home in 1984. He is an elected District Councillor representing the Pokfulam constituency, a member of the Harbourfront Commission, a member of  the Government’s Steering Committee on Biodiversity Actions and Strategy Plan. In addition, Mr. Zimmerman is the Founder and CEO of Designing Hong Kong, a non-profit organisation devoted to promoting livable density, including improving walkability, promoting affordable access to water sports and leisure boating, and safeguarding Hong Kong’s biodiversity. Designing Hong Kong is a Member of the World Urban Campaign by UN-Habitat. 


Ms. Wu Min
Vice Director
The Administration of Forestry and Gardening of Guangzhou

Ms. Wu Min is the Vice Director of the Administration of Forestry and Gardening of Guangzhou. She is a Doctor of Urban Ecology and has been working for the Guangzhou Municipal Government in several capacities, including Vice Director, Guangzhou Forest and Science Research Institute, Director of Guangzhou Green Office and Vice Director of Guangzhou Forest and Gardening Bureau. Ms. Wu has worked on urban greening plans, forest science research and urban greening maintenance. She is currently in charge of the Guangzhou Greenway Network Construction Leading Group Office and has implemented more than 3000 kilometres of greenways in the past six years.