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Michele is Professor of Urban Politics in the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne.
Michele is also a Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and expert advisor on city diplomacy for the World Health Organisation.
He was previously Director of the City Leadership Lab and Professor of Urban Theory at University College London, and a Fellow of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford. He previously worked at the University of Canberra, Australian National University, University of Southern California and National University of Singapore. He also served for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the Kimberley Process for conflict diamonds, and the European Commission's response to pandemic threats. Michele is the author of The Urban Link, and recently co-chaired the Nature Sustainability Expert Panel on science and the future of cities.
Dr.Mulya Amri is a Program Director at the Jakarta Property Institute, Indonesia. He is an urban development and public policy specialistwho has co-written 14 books and numerous articleson topics related to urban development and sub-national competitiveness.
Mulyahas over 15 years of experience working with government officials, businesses, and civil society groups through policy research, master planning, and regional economic development projects in Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, China, and the U.S. He has shared and chaired panels with ministers, mayors, and CEOs of multinational corporations.Mulya was previously a research fellow at the Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NationalUniversity of Singapore, where he led the research on Indonesian sub-national competitiveness (2011-2017). He had also worked with Jurong Consultants and HOK on urban planning projects throughout Asia, and consulted with the World Bank and UNDP on projects related to urban and housing development and local governance in Indonesia.
Mulya has a Ph.D in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore, a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Bandung Institute ofTechnology, Indonesia.
Bernise Ang is Principal and Methodology Lead at Zeroth Labs, an urban innovation lab which does systems mapping of policy issues and creates solutions for the public good. Her team serves emerging cities from developing countries such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and others, and multilateral agencies such as UNDP, UNFPA and others.
Bernise’s consulting work spans sectors such as environment, sanitation, consumer technology, youth development, higher education, healthcare, waste management, and public service design. Although trained in psychology, her work at Zeroth Labs is playing alchemist of myriad approaches such as anthropology, data science, design, behavioural science, foresight methods and systems thinking. She also brings this interdisciplinary worldview to the Singapore Management University, where she lectures on innovation methods as adjunct faculty.
Bernise had a previous corporate life in private equity and in M&A, and also founded Syinc a youth development nonprofit. She was also engaged in international policy work with the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD) and UNFCCC.
Bernise is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and speaks on the future of jobs and of cities in the context of increasingly ubiquitous AI and the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
Jack Backen specialises in the economics behind property performance. With qualifications in economics, law and finance, Jack joined Urbis in 2005 and focuses on projects in Asia. He is one of the founding directors of Urbis’ newly established Singapore entity, Cistri.
While Jack’s expertise lies in the retail sector, he also has wide experience across the office, residential and hospitality property sectors. He’s worked on projects in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan, New Zealand and Qatar.
Jack provides in-depth economic research and analysis for projects of all kinds – including demographic analysis and change forecasting, property market performance forecasting, market demand studies, financial feasibility studies, highest and best land-use studies, and strategic master planning advice.
He is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and sits on its Asia-Pacific Research Committee.
Michael Budig is Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). His research focuses on innovative form and construction intelligence, the implementation of computational technologies, parametric design, timber construction and hybrid materials, consumption and life-span of building materials. He was an affiliate faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a senior researcher at the Singapore–ETH Centre's Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), where he led a Singapore based research team on robotic fabrication in architecture for Gramazio & Kohler's lab of Architecture and Digital Fabrication (ETH Zurich). The research included PhD research, industry collaborations and design studios for master students.
Prior to the activities in Singapore, he was involved in teaching and design research with Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the University of Innsbruck. Throughout his academic career, he has taught around 1,200 students and advised 750 projects. Michael Budig is a licensed architect at the Austrian Board of Architects (EU-wide recognition) and was principal at Moll Budig Architecture, a multi-disciplinary office on architecture, urbanism and design strategies. Built projects include industrial buildings such as a metal recycling company, soap production facilities in Innsbruck and residential projects. He is appointed Young Urban Leader with the World Cities Summit and serves as a member to Advisory Committees for the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore.
Ray founded CRE Korea ( Commercial Real Estate Korea: http://www.cre-korea.com/ ) in December 2017 to fill a gap in South Korea’s real estate data and analytics market, specifically relating to appraisals and valuation. CRE Korea aims to be the most trusted and accurate source of commercial real estate data in South Korea by using big data, machine learning, and extensive algorithms complemented by primary / secondary market research. In addition to Ray, the team includes a certified Korean appraiser, full-stack developer, data-scientist, and an advisor with 13 years’ experience in South Korea’s real estate investment /asset management industry.
Ray’s experience is grounded in five and a half years of undertaking market analysis / feasibility studies for retail and mixed-use projects in Asia, the Middle East, and North America and one and a half years of leasing, property development / investment, and disposition of South Korean real estate.
Ray founded the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Young Leaders Group (YLG) in South Korea and served as the YLG head chair from 2012 to 2017 where he was in charge of liaising with senior leadership from ULI Asia Pacific and ULI Korea to organize events. He also founded the Seoul Young Leaders Club (SYLC), South Korea's first young professionals Rotary Club in April 2015. The club is a satellite club of Seoul Rotary Club, the nation’s first and only English-speaking Rotary Club that aims to bring young professionals together to develop and implement community service and fundraising projects both locally and internationally.
Lisi Chen is a lecturer in University of Wollongong, Australia, who focuses on the research of real-time local event explorations over big data streams, such as traffic congestions, environmental pollutions, crimes, disasters, and various types of local activities.
Lisi has been dedicating to the real-time discovery and monitoring of local events in cities. While this task was nearly impossible years ago due to the lack of timely and reliable data sources, the recent explosive growth in streaming data (i.e., big data streams) brings new opportunities to urban computing.
Lisi received his Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in May 2016. After graduation, he joined Hong Kong Baptist University as an assistant professor. He research projects were funded by Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC) and Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). His research work was published in premier database conferences and journals, such as ACM SIGMOD, PVLDB, IEEE ICDE, and TKDE. He is on PC Membership of a number of top-tier conferences of data science, including IEEE ICDE, ACM CIKM, and WISE. He is on the reviewer board of several top data management journals such as IEEE TKDE, the VLDB Journal, ACM TOIS, WWW Journal, and Geoinformatica.
Ted is the Co-founder and Chief Product Architect of EverComm Singapore– one of Singapore’s fast-growth Energy IoT startup in the clean-tech sector. The startup is also an SG:D Accredited company. At Evercomm, Ted championed multidisciplinary collaborations to identify and develop technologies across Asia that places less burden on the climate.
Being cited in the Singapore parliament and recognized as one of the digital pioneers by the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), Evercomm works closely with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to develop and commercialize cutting-edge research, design new sustainable ICT framework with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), participate in various smart nation activities with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and pioneers industrial IoT with Enterprise Singapore and partners such as Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA), GE, NXP and Intel.
Ted has been invited to speak at various international forum such as World Urban Forum, World Entrepreneurship Forum, ASEAN +3 Young Entrepreneurs Forum, Future Energy Forum & European Union Energy Days to promote green entrepreneurship and sustainability. He also works closely with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) towards expanding and advancing the role of children and youth in contributing to sustainable technology development.
Ted received Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award from NTU and made it to Forbes' inaugural 30 Under 30 Asia list, under the category of Manufacturing and Energy.
Nicholas Chua is the Executive Director of the Ho Bee Group, a diversified business group with core interests in real estate development and investments across Singapore, United Kingdom, China and Australia. Over the past 15 years with the Group, Mr Chua has overseen and spearheaded the creation of liveable and sustainable residential and commercial developments both in Singapore and overseas.
Apart from real estate, Mr Chua is also responsible for identifying new venture opportunities for the Group’s other businesses including financial investments, media and automotive services.
Mr Chua is also the Chairman of Chua Foundation, a foundation dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of the underprivileged through education and healthcare support. Mr Chua graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Mr David Chua was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Council in July 2015, becoming the autonomous agency’s first CEO. NYC was restructured to an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in January 2015, to its role as the national body coordinating holistic youth development. It also houses Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore. David is also concurrently the Chairman of *SCAPE.
Under David’s leadership, NYC aims to ensure greater coherence and coordination in youth development efforts. It will deepen partnerships with the people, private and public sectors to drive holistic youth development. It aims to better feel the youth pulse, coordinate youth well-being issues and inspire young people to make a difference in their communities.
David graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a Master of Engineering, and subsequently a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to joining NYC, David served in the Singapore Armed Forces for 22 years. His more interesting jobs saw him working in Indonesia for three years across 27 provinces as an Army Attaché. Most recently, he was Head Operations Planning Group in the Joint Operations Department. David was also Chairman of the 2014 National Day Parade Show committee, where he led a multi-agency team and partnered closely with organisations from public and private sectors. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (Military) in 2014.
David is married with four children.
Sutedja is Director of PT. Jababeka Tbk., the first publicly listed, prominent industrial estate developer in Indonesia.
He started his careerleading several large projects focusing on industrialestatedevelopment in West Java.Later in 2013, he successfully strengthened the company byaddinglarge-scale residential area and mixed-use development to its portfolio.
He concurrently serves as Director of PT.Graha Buana Cikarang, a subsidiary of PT.Jababeka Tbk., a position he has held since 2013. Prior to Jababeka, he served as Financial Director of Bakerzin Food Service Management Co. Ltd. in Shanghai, China.
Growing Jababeka as an independent, integrated industry-based townshipalong with providing affordable housing, Sutedjahopes to fulfil the needs of the society.
Shaishav Dharia is the Regional CEO, Lodha Group – India’s largest real estate developer. He has been with the Lodha Group for the last 7 years. His portfolio within the Lodha Group includes
- Palava – Spread over 2,000 hectares, Palava is India’s answer to urbanization challenges and and amongst the largest private real estate projects in the world
- New Cuffe Parade – a 10MM sft mixed use city centre development
- Commercial and Retail portfolio across Lodha Group projects with plans for development of 9MM sft in the next 5 years
PALAVA is India’s first integrated smart and green city being developed by the Lodha Group within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). In just 7 years, more than 28,000 homes has been sold in and existing population of 80,000 people and expected to reach 500,000 by 2025. Recently, JLL ranked Palava as the #1 emerging city in India.
Palava aims to address urbanization and infrastructure challenges by being developed as a truly waking city – offices, schools, retail and parks within 5/10/15 minutes from every neighbourhood. Additionally, Palava has been designed as a truly smart and green city with 60% open spaces, 25% green spaces, sustainable infrastructure and smart technologies for city operations that ensure high level of service at optimal costs. Palava is now focused on building a $10 billion economy by 2025 – this will include focus on economic verticals like a new commercial business district, industrial and logistics parks, education, media, medical and family entertainment.
Prior to joining the Lodha Group, Mr. Dharia was an Associate Principal with McKinsey and Company and a leader in the operations practice. At McKinsey, he has served clients across a range of industries that include real estate, high-tech, retail and technology among others. Earlier, he was the Vice President of Consulting with Logic Tools, which is now an IBM company. He was also involved with KPMG Consulting as Manager of consumer and industrial markets.
I am the associate researcher at Chongqing Planning Research Institue. I am also the director of VARY Design based in Chongqing and Hangzhou which focuses on urban regeneration projects. I have been working on several key regeneration projects in the downtown of the both cities. Besides architecture and urban design, I have been working a lot with government and univeristies on the strategy design of the old neiborhood and urban structure.
Besides the practice, I tried to bring more academic and intellectual resources to the city on urban regeneration challenges with government. I am also the visiting scholar of graduate school of design(GSD), Harvard university and I was the associate researcher of faculty of architecture, the University of Hong Kong. I have tried to collaborate with oversea wisdom to help the public to be aware of the urban regeneration issues with academic activities, exhibition and publish. In 2016 I have worked with Chongqing urban planning bureau to sponsor Harvard GSD professor and students to Chongqing on Eling area regeneration project.
Eyal Feder-Levy, 30, is the CEO and co-founder of ZenCity, urban startup from Tel Aviv measuring wide-scale citizen feedback in cities using advanced AI. ZenCity is currently working with major cities such as Paris, Tel Aviv, and many other cities, impacting the lives of millions of citizens daily. Before founding ZenCity Eyal had been part of the founding team of “City Center”, Tel Aviv University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Cities and Urbanism. He is a graduate of the “Lautman Program for Outstanding Students”, TAU’s honor program, where he studied towards a B.Sc in Computer Science and an MA in Urban Planning.
Apart from ZenCity and academic work, Eyal is part of WEF's future of Urbanism advisory board, the youngest board member of the Israeli Urban Planners’ Association, and part of the ONYA Collective for creative urbanism. Eyal is an experienced public speaker with appearances in WEF’s Davos annual meeting and TEDx.
As Mayor, my goal is to make Balanga City an even more highly livable university city/town. We have already accomplished much: our city is smoke-free, was awarded three straight National Literacy Awards for component cities and the National Literacy Hall of Fame. We have established Barangay (Village) Learning Hubs throughout the city where anyone especially students can walk in and have free use of computers with fast internet and printing but for strictly educational purposes. We have also established School Learning Hubs in the public high schools with the goal of providing each student the computing resources they need in school as well. Through these initiatives we aim to be the Startup/Technology Hub of the Philippines that will house all kinds of technology based companies from BPO Call Centers to US, other foreign-based, and locally grown technology startups.
In terms of infrastructure, we have a long way to go to in terms of road networks, drainage and sewage networks, etc to compare with the likes of Singapore and Hong Kong, but through seminars provided by the Temasek Foundation and Center for Liveable Cities at least we can understand how these cities were transformed, what needs to be done and how to do it.
Stéphanie Groen is currently the Managing Director of DHI Singapore, a 180 strong, high qualified and dynamic Specialist Consultancy and Research organization, with the Quest to Solve the World’s Toughest Challenges in Water Environments. In addition, she is on the board of directors with 3 water-related technology start-ups: Aquaporin Asia (membranes) Hydrovision Asia (water/sediment instrumentation) and Force Technology Singapore (Ship Navigation & Port Studies). Further, she has been contributing as council member to the Singapore Water Association SWA, promoting Singapore as a water-technology-HUB.
She has an MBA and MSc in Civil Engineering, with about 15 years of professional work experience, which she gained from involvement in an extensive range of marine, geotechnical and dredging & reclamation projects with both private consultants, construction/dredging companies and a large number of Singapore government agencies. Later in her career her focus shifted from project execution to driving business excellence, business strategy and currently being responsible for the overall leadership of DHI Singapore.
After an extensive two decades in the property industry, Wendy believed that it was time to contribute to the city she was born in. Wendy currently heads Jakarta Property Institute, a membership-based non-profit organization that serves as a platform for constructive dialogue and cooperation between real estate players and the city government. Wendy drives projects that benefit the city as well as the real estate industry. They include building pedestrian friendly walkways, giving constructive recommendations to the government on regulations and public policies, their social and immediate effect on economic drivers, as well as facilitating training for civil servants. Wendy mediates dialogue among stakeholders through workshops, seminars and focus group discussions.
Prior to JPI, Wendy was as the Chief Operating Officer of a mixed use development of apartment towers, office building and a shopping mall. Wendy’s earlier positions include a senior role as Director in Procon/Savills Indonesia and Department Head with responsibilities and exposure to all potential development aspects including investor relations, market segmentations, advisory and master planning concepts.
Jordan is Assistant to the Chairman, Dr Stephen Riady, Chairman of the OUE Group. OUE is one of the leading, diversified real estate developers in Asia with a portfolio of prime real estate assets across Singapore, the region and the United States. Jordan has taken on various projects in OUE including OUE Twin Peaks, OUE Downtown and more recently the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles. Jordan is also the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Healthway Medical, Singapore’s largest private primary care provider with a chain of nearly 100 primary care and specialist clinics. In this capacity, Jordan oversees the Human Resources, Sales and Marketing functions of Healthway.
Sarah MinekoIchioka leads Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural and social-impact organisations and initiatives. Her portfolio includes leadership, planning, editorial and curatorial roles for some of the world’s leading institutions of culture, urban policy and research including the LSE Cities Programme, La Biennale di Venezia, Tate Modern, New York City's Department of Housing and Singapore's National Parks Board. Before relocating to Asia in 2014, Ichioka was Director of The Architecture Foundation (UK) for five years and a Co-Director of the London Festival of Architecture. She has served as advisor or judge for many international awards and competitions, including the European Prize for Urban Public Space, the UK Young Architect of the Year, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge. Currently, she serves on the respective advisory boards for the XXII Milan Triennale, and the Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia initiative. Born in California, and educated at Yale University and the London School of Economics, Sarah has been honoured as one of the Global Public Interest Design 100, by Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the British Council / Clore Foundation's Cultural Leadership International Fellowship.
Adib’s work revolves around creating inclusive and active places to live, work, and play. At Shophouse & Co (www.shophouseandco) , he helps clients develop sustainable placemaking strategies for urban spaces; catalyse communities through creative programmes; and design interventions that reimagines urban private and public spaces.
Some of his projects include being the festival director of Archifest 2012 & 2013, Singapore’s festival of urban ideas and Transitional___, a platform that unlocks the potential of vacant spaces in transition to a new lease of life (transitional.sg) – a project that was a finalist in the Ashoka Changemakers challenge.
Adib is also part of the Global Placemaking Leadership Council formed by PPS (link to here: https://www.pps.org/plc) and lends his time as a design educator alongside contributing to his neighbourhood as a grassroots leader.
Mr. Joshi currently serves on the board boards of three companies of the Joshi Group as executive Director. All three companies are heavily involved in logistics, technology and infrastructure:
ACTL (Associated Container Terminal Ltd- www.actlindia.com) established the first private Dry Port in the hinterland of India.
JKTI (Joshi Konoike Transport and Infrastructure(www.trac1.in) is an Indo-Japanese joint venture with the 138 year old Konoike Group of Japan. JKTI owns and operates private freight trains under the Trac1 brand; and
J-Curve Venture Pvt Ltd was set up to (a) invest in new technology and businesses, (b) advise foreign companies and trade missions on India and (c) form alliances and joint ventures to pursue opportunities and projects in India and the region.
In addition, he has a wide range of interests including writing, public broadcast, economic diplomacy and philanthropy. He has recently been nominated to the National Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)and has served as the Past President of Rotary Club of Delhi Midtown - both rare honours at his young age.
As an emerging leader himself, Mr. Joshi led a Future Leaders' delegation to Japan in 2017, on the invitation of the Japanese Government. He has recently authored a book titled Navigating India: a socio-economic commentary and guide for business in India. The book is being translated into Japanese.
Bharat is the recipient of multiple awards for his contributions in philanthropic, academic and business pursuits.
Yu Nong is CEO and cofounder of Cyklr Inc, a startup that aims to be a catalyst for improvement in urban environments by committing to create abundance for people through the enhancement and replenishment of Earth’s soils by recovering organic wastes in cities and returning them to the earth to sustain it. Cyklr Inc. is supported by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and was accepted into Futureworks Incubator program in New York City. Cyklr Inc. has also recently been accepted by the US Department of Energy’s Phase 0 program that helps Small Business Innovation Research applicants.
Yu Nong holds a Master in Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and was awarded Best Graduate Thesis, as well as the top award for the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter Verge 2x8. She was later shortlisted by The Architectural Review as 10 Emerging Graduates from Around the World.
She currently holds the appointment of Assistant Professor at Parsons, The New School and teaches at the School of Constructed Environments. Her research crosses the intersection of design, urban infrastructure, zero waste and circular economies. She is an Affiliated Faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center and was named Great Women of Our Time 2017 (Design and Style) by Singapore Press Holdings. Outside of her professional life, Yu Nong volunteers as Junior Committee with Mad About Art Benefit, part of Fountain House, a non-profit dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness.
Melissa Kwee is currently the Chairman of Millenia Hotel Ptd Ltd, and the Vice-President of Human Capital at Pontiac Land Group. She has worked in the public, private and community sectors, where she embarked on projects which centred on creating more educational opportunities, community participation and inclusive economic opportunities. Besides initiating service-learning programmes in schools, Ms Kwee also served as Chairman of Halogen Foundation, and the President of UN Women Singapore. Ms Kwee was awarded the Singapore Youth Award in 2007 and the ASEAN Youth Award in 2008.
Gabe Klein is the former DOT director under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago and former Director of the District DOT under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. In Washington he launched Capital Bikeshare, the first large-scale bikeshare system in the US, and in Chicago he later launched Divvy, which is now the largest bikeshare system in the US.
Before entering the public sphere, Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working for startups, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President for four years. He also wrote a business model for the first point-to-point car sharing concept and co-founded the first all-natural multi-unit food truck company in the US.
In 2015, Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners as a Special Venture Partner on their new fund. He continues to advise a number of technology and mobility companies, including Transit Screen and Phone2Action, where he provides leadership on strategy. He is on the boards of NACTO and Streetsblog. Gabe and his work have been featured in many major news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Bloomberg, and many more. He is the author of Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun published by Island Press.
Adam is CEO and co-founder of the Tower Transit Group, a public transport operator bringing new thinking to an old industry. Tower Transit’s vision is to be the most respected transport operator in the world’s top cities. It operates red buses for Transport for London and, in 2015, won the Singapore Government’s first competitively tendered bus operations contract. Tower Transit led a highly successful transition to the contracting model and has ushered in a transformation of the Singapore bus industry.
In 2017, following this success, Tower Transit was awarded ‘International Business of the Year’ at the British Expertise International Awards in London, and ‘Best Workplace Culture and Engagement’ at the HRM Awards in Singapore; both against some of the best-known global brands including McDonald’s, FedEx, Changi Airport, Arup and Bloomberg.
Adam recognises the desperate need for better public transport systems around the world and the paradigm shift that the tech industry is bringing to the transport industry. He is positioning Tower Transit to be a conduit between the two. To this end, Tower has been working with various pioneering technologies such as pop-up buses for City Mapper in London, autonomous vehicle trials at Heathrow Airport, and electric and hydrogen buses in London in partnership with TfL, UITP, the British Government and the EU.
Adam's passion is working with cities that seek radical transformation to their public transport systems for the betterment of their citizens – a topic he was invited to speak on at the World Bank’s recent One Planet Summit.
Louis Co-Founded Viatick in 2014, with the primary aim of enabling a new movement of Internet of Things by Bluetooth Technology. Specialising in proximity tracking technologies, Viatick enables developers, companies, and users to easily harness proximity tracking features into their projects/systems without having to do any heavy lifting. This approach has opened pathways for IoT and created a new paradigm of how indoor tracking, which was expensive and difficult to achieve, can be done at a fraction of time and cost previously unimaginable.
Louis also co-led a smart city initiative chaired by the Housing Development Board (HDB) of Singapore, with the purpose of cutting down resources spent by the town councils to identify residents who parked their bicycles for over a period that was deemed too long. A smart lock system that can be controlled remotely via a mobile application was introduced to track the open and close lock transactions on an audit basis. The entire structure was backed and authenticated by block chain. This is also the first time block chain was introduced to a HDB project.
Prior to co-founding Viatick, Louis champions and delivers strategies for companies challenged by fast moving technologies or changing business landscape at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Jan is an architecturally-trained community organiser who enjoys working closely with everyday people, to develop their capacity for influencing the built environment. As a co-founder of non-profit organisation Participate in Design (P!D), she helms a team that helps neighbourhoods and public institutions across Singapore create community-owned spaces and solutions.
P!D is dedicated to engaging and enabling people in shaping their everyday environments and local communities. Founded on the firm belief that everyone has the right to participate in and influence the design and planning processes that affect them, P!D runs on three wings:
- P!D STUDIO provides design consultancy services in designing and facilitating the public participation process concerning the built environment.
- P!D LAB tests and develops socially just and inclusive methods of design that are appropriate at a hyper-local level.
- P!D SCHOOL facilitates workshops and advocacy efforts to integrate participatory design in education and practice.
Jan is also a PY Fellow under the Philip Yeo Innovation Fellows Programme, and has written publications on participatory design for P!D as well as other organisations such as Pulse Lab Jakarta, United Nations Development Programme. She has been an invited speaker at various conferences including the World Architectural Festival, with her work at P!D featured at international platforms such as the Singapore Pavilion for the Venice Biennale Architettura.
Allan Lim is the founder and CEO of Alpha Biofuels. Alpha Biofuels is a Singapore company that pioneered the idea of a distributed clean energy network in built up cities using waste as a resource. Alpha Biofuels was nominated as one of the top 3 most sustainable biofuels at the World Biofuels Conference and has developed cutting edge technology in the conversion of waste cooking oils into biodiesel which is being showcased at Raffles City in Singapore.
Mr. Abhishek Lodha has been associated with the Lodha Group for the last fourteen years, and currently serves as Managing Director of the company. Prior to this, he worked on advising Fortune 500 Companies to Business Strategy as a consultant with McKinsey & Company (in Atlanta, USA).
Abhishek Lodha has been instrumental in establishing a company that exceeds the expectations of the customer and builds a better life for them. He has a focus on creating a process-oriented organization to enable top professionals to be at the helm of decision-making within the group. Abhishek has been at the helm of this growth and has been Managing Director of the group since 2010. Under his leadership, the company has been India’s largest real estate developer by sales for 5 consecutive years since FY 12-13 and has clocked a record sales of Rs. 8,200 crore in FY 16-17.
In 2003, Abhishek joined the family business. In just one decade from 2003 to 2013, Lodha Group grew from a middle-rung developer in Mumbai to India’s largest developer with sales growth from Rs. 50 crore to Rs. 7500 crore in FY 12-13. This represents a sustained annual CAGR of 75% over the first decade of the 2nd generation leadership being involved in the business, which would be one of the highest rates of sustained growth for any company of comparable size. In late 2016, the company’s assets were valued by Knight Frank at > USD 12 billion.
- Leaders of Indian Infrastructure and Construction, Economic Times, 2009
- Top 50 Young Marwaris, Times of India Group, 2008
- President’s Award for highest GPA amongst the graduating class at Georgia Institute of Technology, August 2000
- Henry Ford II Scholar Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, June 2000
- Recipient, Inaugural Honors Recognition Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Member, Deans List, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall’97 – Summer’01
- Recipient, Faculty Honors, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall’97 – Summer’01
Apart from his academic achievements, he has held important posts while at the University, which include being President, India Club of Georgia Tech from 1999 – 2000 and Board Member, Child Relief and You - Georgia Tech chapter from 1998 – 2000. Since 2017, he serves on the Board of Governors of Anant National University - Gandhinagar.
His hobbies and interests include Architecture, Travel, Politics, Cricket and Tennis.
Education: M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering (Supply Chain and Logistics), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta - USA
Areas of Expertise: Strategy, Design, Project Management, Legal, and Brand Communication
Jess' key area of interest is in how to better engage, inspire and empower a broad range (especially younger) people in civil decision-making. She is especially interested in topics like sustainable and biophillic design of cities and more creative and egalitarian access, and use of City spaces.
In her professional life she is an Advisor to the Republic of Everyone on their Collective Impact programs, and for the past 5 years has played a leading role in the design and implementation of the 202020 Vision - an ambitious program to increase and improve green infrastructure in cities.
In the past, Jess co-founded GreenUps Sustainability Drinks, Grow it Local and the Elizabeth Street Gallery, and she has worked on the Garage Sale Trail, Tweed Ride, and Grow Show – which featured an enormous veggie patch and education programs outside of Melbourne Town Hall. These are all programs designed to make sustainability issues accessible and fun.
For the last three years, Jess curated the food program for TEDxSydney where she introduced 'Crowd-farming', 'Rebel Food' and 'Love Food'. Jess is passionate about the power of food to bring people together and celebrating local producers, and Sydney's food and drink, and was the Curator of the General Thinking on the Streets of Barangaroo event series.
KarunaMurdaya is a Director in CCM, a diversified Indonesian conglomerate with a 7 billion dollar property portfolio, and businesses in infrastructure, agriculture, building equipment, IT and industrials among others.
He has managed large projects from initial planning and design through financing, construction and operation, focusing on sustainable development and energy efficiency. Completed projects include the first BCA gold plus office in Indonesia at the Jakarta World Trade Center complex, the largest convention and exhibition center in Indonesia (JIEXPO) and the highest foot traffic mixed use development in the country (Pondok Indah) among others.
Karuna also manages the building materials business as a Director or Commissioner in companies which manufacture and distribute energy efficient solutions in electrification (ABB), elevators (Schindler), air conditioning (Carrier, Toshiba), building automation (Azbil), construction and building material suppliers which includes a company with the largest FSC certified tropical hardwood concession in the world (Intraca).
Karuna is one of the founding members of the Jakarta Property Institute and is committed to finding solutions to making the Jakarta metro area a more walkable, livable and easier place to live.
Karuna received his bachelors at UC Berkeley in Environmental Economics and Policy Management and a Masters Degree in City Planning at MIT.
Wibowo believes that everybody should have equal access to quality living environment.
He started his carrer practicing architecture in Texas and New York. His design work ranges from a small lobby renovations, luxurious resorts and high tech mission critical facilities. Upon his return to Jakarta in 2010, he expanded his horizon into real estate development focusing on new development opportunities and managing design through his team.
Recently, when he is not buried in a pile of books or concocting new pancake recipes, Wibowo acts as the CEO of PT. Astra Land Indonesia, a real estate development venture between PT. Astra International Tbk and Hongkong Land. The newly formed venture is overseeing several developments ranging from the luxurious Anandamaya Residences to the only lake township in East Jakarta (Asya). In the near future, he hopes to grow the business to a size and impact to be reckon with where quality living environment are more accessible.
A believer in design by participation, putting value in sustainable and affordable solution, Wibowo holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas - Austin.
An interior designer and community driver by training, Lorenzo started his career in Italy de-signing for esterni, an agency that develops cultural projects for public spaces including the Public Design Festival. His first project saw him orchestrating a take-over of carparks in different parts of Italy and transforming it into a Hammock Park where people had the opportunity to lounge and interact with each other over concerts and BBQs.
Since his move to Singapore in 2010 from Shanghai, Lorenzo, 38, has worked tirelessly to rekindle the Singaporean Kampung Spirit amidst the distraction of the digital age. Motivated by his love for design and the human connection, Lorenzo started LOPELAB (www.lopelab.com), a design consultancy agency that redesigns public spaces through marrying urban structures and social ideas for a more enjoyable and sustainable city. Through this out-reach, Lorenzo hopes to change Singapore, the region and the world, one space at a time, by promoting the local arts and culture scene and transform the way people live.
Since then, Lorenzo and his team at Lopelab has organised eight Urban Ventures events that saw over 50,000 visitors partying the weekend on Keong Saik Road. Lopelabis set to champion the Urban Design and Placemaking space with the first-ever Singapore Urban Design Festival that aims to ignite the urban design movement, and transform the Tanjong Pagar district into a hub of urban design thinking.
Ultimately, through his work, Lorenzo seeks to champion the pedestrianisation of public streets starting with Keong Saik Road.
Tobias Puehse is the Vice President, Mastercard Labs, Asia Pacific.
Mr. Puehse leads innovation management at Mastercard Labs Asia Pacific and our newly founded Mastercard Labs India. In this role, he is responsible for activities that help generate and launch breakthrough, innovative ideas, both internally and in collaboration with our key external partners. Through the first Mastercard Labs dedicated to India, he and his team are shaping the future of digital payments and financial inclusion in this important growth market. His focus spans ideation through business case development & launch, both developing new propositions and determining which opportunities make the most sense for Mastercard and its partners to pursue & incubate. Most recently, Mr. Puehse was named to Next Bank’s Top 100 leaders in Asia’s fintech scene which recognizes people shaping finance across Asia and beyond.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Mr. Puehse held key leadership positions in the Innovation Practice at The Nielsen Company. At Nielsen, he most recently led the Innovation Practice for Southeast Asia, North Asia, and Pacific supporting more than 100 clients in reaching their desired innovation outcomes. In his 12-year career with increasing levels of responsibilities, he had been based in the USA, India, Singapore, and Switzerland covering clients globally prior to joining Mastercard in Singapore. His experience is reflected in his various published articles concerning breakthrough innovation.
Mr. Puehse graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelors of Science degree in Management and International Business.
Mizah Rahman is a designer and community organizer who is a strong advocate for a participatory and community-centric approach in the design and planning of cities and neighbourhoods.
She is the Co-founder and Director of Participate in Design (P!D), a non-profit design, planning and educational organisation that helps local communities to design their neighbourhoods with them and – not just for them. She is also currently an Associate Lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Design and Environment, and was previously a researcher at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities, where she was involved in urban planning and community-centric research projects with government agencies such as Housing Development Board and National Arts Council.
Since the thesis for her Masters of Architecture at the National University of Singapore, Mizah’s portfolio of participatory-based works has expanded to include neighbourhood planning, public space design, and community art installations; all of which realised in partnership with grassroots organisations, educational institutions, civic groups and government agencies. Her standing in the participatory design field has seen her being invited to present at various local and international platforms including the New Cities Summit 2017, Asian Pacific Urban Youth Assembly organized by UN-Habitat, TedXBondUniversity and World Architecture Festival. In 2015, she was a finalist in the Makers of More Challenge by Ashoka Changemakers.
Dr Orna Rosenfeld is a senior housing expert and adviser serving international organisations, governments and selected cities in their work for affordable housing provision in Europe, North America and Central Asia. Currently supporting the European Commission, Orna has worked with several international organisations previously, including the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Bank.
Known as a dynamic and effective advocate for the advancement of housing sector knowledge, regulation and funding internationally, Orna’s public sector work is extensive. She has provided research and counsel to over 50 national governments at intergovernmental and ministerial level on advancing affordable housing policy and provision post global financial crisis. Orna is the author of the flagship study ‘Social Housing in the UNECE region: models, trends and challenges’ published by the United Nations and a co-author of the UNECE global, regional report to Habitat III. Her work was endorsed by the intergovernmental committee on housing and land management and helped spearhead the housing theme in the New Urban Agenda.
In her current work for the European Commission, Dr Rosenfield provides advice on matters of affordable housing policy and its implementation in the urban context. She is instrumental in ensuring the implementation of the EU Urban Agenda Partnership for Housing, a unique multi-level governance structure that brings member states, cities, housing providers and Commission services together in defining concrete actions to advance housing knowledge, regulation and funding in the EU policy design. She also advises on the innovative urban operations at a city level, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda and Paris Climate Agreement among other issues.
Dr Rosenfeld's dedication to housing and urban development commenced with her work in the construction sector. An architect by first training, Orna has designed and helped delivery of over 6000 affordable homes before committing herself to international housing policy research and counsel. She has worked extensively with cities and real estate providers on urban and historical regeneration, planning and master planning, design and development of high-density housing solutions in the Middle East.
She holds a Doctorate from the University of Westminster in London and is an Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po – The Paris Institute of Political Studies where she teaches future generations of international metropolitan policymakers. Her scientific research and publications focus on housing trends and challenges in the global north, housing market renewal, city development and governance, including governance of implementation of large-scale urban development projects (over 1$ billion).
Dr Rosenfeld has presented her work at over 70 conferences in Europe, North America and the Middle and the Far East, including at the United Nations, European Commission, Capitol Hill, The World Bank, CEB and EBRD banks; La Sorbonne (France) and Cambridge (UK) universities. She is an invited member of international expert groups contributing housing efforts at the OECD, the World Bank, CNBC and the ELTI among others. In these forums, she promotes practice informed cutting-edge research for the advancement of the housing sector.
Race Randle serves as Senior Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. In this role, he oversees the planning and redevelopment efforts of Ward Village, a 60-acre high-rise urban master planned community in Honolulu which will include more than 4,500 new residences along with retail, dining, entertainment venues, as well as the revitalization of the parks, streets, and Oahu’s historic Kewalo Harbor.Under his direction, Ward Village has become a globally recognized master plan that Architectural Digest recently named “Best Planned Community in the U.S.”
Prior to his current role, Race managed the development of master planned communities for Forest City Enterprises and Castle & Cooke.
A serial entrepreneur since the age of 21, Yaron Schwarcz is the co-founder and CEO of Skyline Robotics, a mission focused robotic platform for real estate maintenance.
Yaron is a recognized thought leader and advocate for the future of living in urban environments. He has chosen to work at the intersection of robotics and construction because he envisions a day where robotic solutions are the answer to global homelessness; ensuring everyone has direct access to desirable and affordable housing.
Seeking to leverage technology for sustainable solutions, Yaron is also a consultant on open innovation and accelerating technologies, most notably for the Office of the Chief Scientist for the Israeli Ministry of Economy, World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE.org.
Yaron was chosen as the Bold Innovator for the Future of Housing Roadmap for XPRIZE.org. He is a winner of the Ramon Breakthrough Competition, an accredited high school teacher and an alumnus of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program.
Yaron holda a B.S. in Psychology and Government from the IDC Herzlyia and a G.S.P. from Singularity University in Exponential Trends and Technologies.
I received my Post-Master Degree (HMONP) in Architecture and Urbanism from the National School of Architecture Paris-Malaquais (within the National Fine Arts School) in Paris (2008). Since then I has been registered to the French “Ordre des Architectes” in 2008 and to the ASEAN Board of Architects in 2013.
I am now an Urbanist-Architect that has been serving as Deputy Chief of the Urban Management Division of the City Hall Of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. In 1998 he left Cambodia to pursue my post secondary education in Paris. I worked in Paris for a few years as an Architect and returned to Cambodia in 2010. I have joined the City Hall of Phnom Penh as Director of the Urbanization Office under the Urban Management Division, where the Master Plan 2035 of Phnom Penh was conceived. The Cambodian government has since then adopted this plan. In 2014, I was promoted to deputy chief of the Division where he supervises the work of more than 50 architects, civil engineers and administrators. My current missions are advising, designing and implementing various urban projects in the public work field linking to the master plan of Phnom Penh. I am promoting urban vegetation, valorisation of public spaces and civic education through pilot projects like public parks and gardens, revitalizing pedestrian spaces, development of public transportation etc.
I have also been part of the cabinet of the prime minister of Cambodia since 2009. I have been serving as an advisor and evaluator in urban planning for the development of the country. Also, I have been part of multiple seminars in the past 6 years, either as participant or an organizer. Moreover, in 2016, I held a seminar on the topic of urban heritage at the city hall of Phnom Penh. As a recognized urban planner and architect in Phnom Penh, I have been asked to be part of many juries for different competitions in architecture and urbanization in Phnom Penh.
Swami Sekar is a Singaporean Serial Entrepreneur and Investor. A technologist at heart, he holds a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has co-founded or been part of multiple startup ventures in Singapore and US. Swami Sekar has actively managed Investments in the Venture Capital sector with Intel Capital, and as independent Investor, across ASEAN and US. Swami Sekar was recognized as one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by St. Gallen Symposium
Areas of Expertise: AI Technology, SME Digitization, Future of Common Spaces with AI and Immersive Tech.
Swami co-founded Winimy AI to envision and build the future of business-customer communicationwith a human centric design.
Winimy piloted the World’s 1st ever Voice AI Concierge and Wayfinding solution in April 2018. Winimy believes that the ubiquitous and pervasive use of voice AI and IoT technologies will be crucial in Real Estate and City level architectures to drive truly immersive experiences beyond the 6-inch mobile form factors, benefitting all stakeholders.
Winimy also launched ASEAN Biz Chat (ABC) in partnership with the Publisher and SME Service Provider ecosystem across key ASEAN Markets. ABC has a vision to help connect and accelerate the way B2B SMEs digitize and grow their business. ABC will be launched in Singapore, Indonesia, Laos and Myanmar this year.
Winimy.AI vision is well aligned with the Singapore Chairmanship of ASEAN and the core theme of Smart City and SME Digitization that define the lifeblood of our economies.
Sharad Somani is currently the Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance, as well as the Head of Power & Utilities, of KPMG in Singapore. He has accumulated over 15 years of experience in various infrastructure sectors, and has worked on many power and transport PPP projects and assignments in Singapore, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Prior to KMPG, he worked on power and LNG projects in South Asia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
Mr. Shang Hui Jie assumed his current position as Vice President of Siemens Ltd., China and General Manager of Guangdong Province since September 2015, with full responsibility covering Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Hainan provinces. He contributes to strengthening the cooperation with the local government and enterprises, and promoting the sustainable cities development in the fields of Smart City, Mobility, Building Technology, Smart Grid, Decentralized Energy and Industry 4.0.
From 2006, Mr. Shang joined Siemens and engaged in market intelligence and strategic marketing in Automation & Drives Group, and responsible for overall strategy planning and implementation in Region South. Since 2008, Mr. Shang served for Maersk Group as Investment Manager of Asia-Pacific region, and carried out several projects of joint ventures and M&A. He led the team to achieve the strategic layout and business expansion ranging from Japan, Korea to India and other Asia countries.
In October 2009, Mr. Shang returned to Siemens Ltd., China and in the following 4 years, he took positions as Government Affairs Manager, Project Manager of Guangzhou Asian Games and Business Development Director. In March 2013, Mr. Shang was nominated as City Account Manager of Infrastructure & Cities sector to develop the city business in region south; meanwhile he also managed smart grid business as Regional General Manager since July 2013.
Mr. Shang holds a bachelor’s degree of Information Engineering and an MBA. He has rich experience and a wide network with the government in sustainable cities development and brilliant projects he led in the passing years to help the cities for eco, low-carbon and smart development.
- Since 2012, supports Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City for sustainable development in terms of smart grid, green building, smart transportation and distributed power generation;
- In 2013, supports the 1st demonstration project of distributed power generation in Guangzhou Ao’tou by providing 2 units of SGT-400 gas turbines;
- In Dec 2013, provides consulting service for Green City study of Zhuhai City and Low-carbon building and transportation implementation plan of Hengqin New Area;
- In 2014, provides advanced propulsion systems and bogies for the 1st 100% low-floor tram line to support Guangzhou for low-carbon mobility construction which is also the first low-floor tram in China;
- In Feb 2015, provides CyPT to help Shenzhen International Low-carbon city analyze the carbon emission and identify technical levers for implementation in terms of building, mobility, energy and industry. The final report was officially released in the 3rd International Low-carbon Forum in Shenzhen in Jun 2015;
- In 2015, supports A Section of China Import and Export Fair Complex (CIEF) to win the first LEED Gold prize of exhibition halls in China via adopting Siemens advanced building technology and rich experience in energy efficiency;
- Since 2015, provides integrated Traffic Management System, Big Data platform, tram signal priority system and urban transport control for Zhuhai city to support sustainability development in the mobility area;
- In 2016, provides the world-class advanced baggage handling system to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Terminal 2;
- In 2016, supports Hengyun power plant to build CCHP by providing 2 sets of SGT400 gas turbines in Guangzhou Knowledge City northern area;
- In 2017, provides advanced bogies and propulsion to Shenzhen 1st tram line to support the Longhua New Area to develop low-carbon mobility.
Mukund Sridhar is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Based in Singapore, he co-leads McKinsey’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice in Southeast Asia. Mukund led the research of MGI Smart Cities ASEAN Report.
Mukund serves leading real estate players, infrastructure developers, principal investors, construction firms, government agencies and state-owned enterprises. He has over a decade of experience across a variety of strategic, organizational and operational topics and has served clients across India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Mukund actively drives McKinsey’s global research into construction productivity and leads the firm’s global work in digital construction and real estate, covering topics such as 5D BIM, digital mobility and collaboration solutions, and industrialized delivery systems for real estate and advanced analytics.
He is a frequent contributor on these topics, having spoken at conferences, including the Financial Times’ World Bank – Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit. He has also published regularly on these topics and has fostered collaboration between construction firms, owners, developers, and technology providers.
Dorjee Sun is CEO of Carbon Conservation and is passionate about forests, community development, conservation and climate change. Carbon Conservation’s projects incentivize the preservation of tropical rainforests by helping forest owners and local communities generate alternative revenues through the carbon finance market. Since establishment, CC has been engaging in ongoing projects to protect Asia’s vast rainforests and biodiversity. One such project in Aceh, Indonesia, won the Carbon Finance Deal of the Year award 2008. This avoided deforestation project was also the subject of an award winning documentary, “The Burning Season”. Recently Time Magazine has also awarded Dorjee as a Time Magazine Environmental Hero for 2009.
Sanjay Sridhar is the C40 Regional Director for South and West Asia. He is responsible for facilitating cities in the region to participate in the exchange of best practices to reduce the sources of carbon emissions and their impact of climate change. Sanjay has more than 16 years of work experience in 3 continents (North America, Europe and Asia) in areas of architecture, urban development and planning, heritage and conservation studies, sustainable design and public policy.
Prior to joining C40, Sanjay was with the World Resources Institute (WRI) as the Director of Urban Development for India. He also established WRI’s regional office in Bangalore from where, as the Country Lead for the Sustainable and Livable Cities Project, he laid the foundation for WRI’s flagship program, the Steve Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Prior to joining WRI, he held several roles as a member of the Core Group at the National Disaster Management Authority, Govt of India that worked on the formulation of guidelines for protection of built, natural and cultural heritage in event of natural and man-made disasters and as Adjunct Faculty at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University, Ahmedabad) where he taught Urban Development Planning and Public Policy.
He also led a group of young professionals on several projects at CEPT University’s Center for Conservation Cities (CCS) looking at urban development in historical cities in India. He was also a member of the Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development (ABIDe) taskforce, which undertook a comprehensive study of all aspects of urban development for the City of Bangalore, India. Sanjay is currently a member of the core group that was involved in the preparation of the UNESCO World Heritage City nomination for the Historic City of Ahmedabad. He was closely involved in the framing of the Heritage Management Plan and the institutional mechanism to implement it. He continues to advise the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in preparing to implement the recommendations of the UNESCO Dossier and thereby becoming the first city in India to be on the UNESCO World Heritage City list.
Sanjay has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Bangalore University in India; is a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) from the US Green Building Council (USGBC); a Masters Degree in Urban Development Planning and Policy from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and has also studied Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, USA. Sanjay also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from his Alma Mater in the Netherlands in 2014. He was also identified as a Young Leader at the World Cities Summit in Singapore in June 2016 for his contribution and work in the urban sector and as the next generation of urban leaders. In 2017, Sanjay was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow from India and on his fellowship, his primary objective was to strategize how to make an effective political case for climate action in cities from the developing world and build a technology-enabled knowledge platform for collaboration and best-practice exchange between cities the U.S. and South and West Asia.
Renard Siew is a Stakeholder Council Member of the Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation. He actively participates and contributes in various stakeholder platforms to promote the importance of green buildings/ infrastructure. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral teaching fellow and a researcher at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). He has published in a range of international refereed journals and received a Highly Commended Paper award from the Emerald Literati Network.
He was the recipient of the Alastair Ross Goobey (ARG) Hermes Memorial Scholarship, Brookfield Multiplex Award, UNSW Residential Fellowship, Shell Academic Excellence Award and the Yayasan Sime Darby Scholarship. Recently, he was also named as one of Malaysia’s “Top 10 Most Inspiring Green Warriors” for his work in sustainability. Renard has also served as an infrastructure industry working group member with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), an advisory member of the Wilson Global Initiative (WGI). He has also volunteered with other NGOs including Global Shapers Kuala Lumpur- an affiliation of the World Economic Forum, served as a Project Inspire Country Ambassador for Malaysia and is currently an advisory mentor to the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.
Renard graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (First Class Honours) and PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering) from UNSW and has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Professionally, he is also a Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP).
Tan Szue Hann is Singapore’s 2015 Young Green Architect of the Year, and is Head of Sustainable Urban Solutions at Surbana Jurong, Singapore. He is a Registered Architect with the Board of Architects, Singapore, and a Council Member of the Singapore Institute of Architects. Szue Hann will also serve as Chairman of the Architects’ Regional Council of Asia (ARCAsia) Youth Committee from 2016.
Szue Hann graduated with a Master of Architecture and a BA Arch (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore, completing his Masters at UCLA. On graduation, he was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, Board of Architects Medal and ICI Gold Medal.
Szue Hann has been involved in several award-winning building and urban design projects, and has also been a speaker at international conferences, including the BCA International Green Building Conference 2013 and 2015, the World Architecture Festival 2014 and the Commonwealth Association of Planners Conference 2014. His current work is focused on sustainable and smart buildings and cities.
Eng Kiat has been practicing as an urban designer with Surbana Jurong for the past 8 years. Currently serving as Principal Planner of a team of Urban Planners, as well as overseeing the business development of Urban Planning and Design in South East Asia, he has over 50 projects under his belt, spanning countries from far-flung locales such as Nigeria, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, to places closer to home such as China and South-East Asia. During this time he has won a number of awards such as the most Outstanding Masterplan for Al Sahan Airport City in Qatar, awarded by the Singapore Institute of Planners in 2010. A number of his projects have also been shortlisted as finalists in the past few World Architecture.
Kevin Teo is Managing Director of AVPN’s Knowledge Centre. Prior to that, he was a Co-Founder of Volans, a Social Innovation company with offices in London and Singapore. Kevin was previously Head of East and Southeast Asia at the Schwab Foundation of Social Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Prior to that, Kevin had a nine year stint in the enterprise software arena in Silicon Valley, Irvine and Austin. This included work at two Sequoia Capital startups that were acquired by Sun Microsystems and Symantec respectively.
Kevin is a Trustee of the Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network (SEALNet), a non-profit he co-founded in 2004. Kevin graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MS in Information Networking, and holds a BEng with Honors in Computing from Imperial College, London.
Tey Soon Heng is currently Chairman of Spring Maternity, one of Singapore's leading specialty maternity and baby retail, with a growing international presence. Founded in 2003, Spring Maternity has grown from a 500 square feet retail store to an aspiring international maternity apparel brand with a 15,000 square feet store in Singapore and sales presence in Algeria, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Macau, Malaysia, Germany, Vietnam, The Netherlands, UAE and several GCC states as well as the U.S.
Soon Heng began his career in the defence ministry within the Singapore public service in 2000, as a Country Manager responsible for managing inter-government technology interactions with key defence research and development partner countries. He subsequently served in different appointments with responsibilities ranging from driving organisational transformation initiatives, to business processes re-engineering, to enhancing the Government E-business (GeBIZ) portal, and enterprise architecture and strategic planning for defence IT investments.
After a seven years' stint with the public sector, Soon Heng obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification and joined the Fixed Income investment team of Lion Global Investors, one of the largest asset managers in South East Asia with an asset under management (AUM) close to US$25bn, and specialised in Collateralised Debt Obligations (CDOs) and real-estate related private debt investments before joining Spring Maternity
A recipient of the Overseas Merit Scholarship from the Singapore Public Service Commission, he graduated from Oxford University with a Masters of Engineering (First Class Honours) in 1998.
Tom Verbelen graduated in sociology and social work. At the start of his career he explored various fields in the social sciences and beyond. He joined the city administration in late 1997 as the manager of the public service offices of the city of Antwerp, and a project leader for the founding and expansion of several new offices. In the early 2000s, he actively co-ordinated Antwerp’s district management.
In 2007, Tom became a Business Manager for the City Archives (FelixArchief) for two years. In 2009, he became the Managing Director of Antwerp’s Department of Governance Affairs (DGA), where he started his mandate with a reorganisation of the internal management of Antwerp’s civil administration. Since then, the DGA has taken up the role of a central facilitator - the oil, so to speak, that keeps the other parts of Antwerp’s administrative machine running smoothly. The DGA also helps to ensure that the city administration’s internal organisation remains optimally aligned with new developments in Belgian society and supports the administration’s ambitions for optimal procedural efficiency. That makes permanent awareness of best practices and trends in the fields of e-government, privacy, transparency and communication a crucial aspect of all DGA operations.
In 2013, Tom added the role of Information Security Consultant (ISC) and external relation management to his function as head of Antwerp’s Department of Governance Affairs.
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Eamon Waterford is currently the Committee for Sydney’s Acting CEO, an influential business-led urban policy think tank.
During his time at the Committee as Head of Strategy and as Director of Policy, Eamon has driven the organisation’s policy development on planning, transport, economic growth and spatial inequality – including championing challenges like affordable housing and Sydney’s second airport. Eamon is also regular commentator in the media on issues affecting Sydney.
Prior to working at the Committee, Eamon was the Head of Policy for Youth Action, the Peak Body for young people, where he worked across social and economic policy affecting 12-25 year olds. His experience spans small and large not-for-profit agencies in the human services industry. Eamon is also a Board member of the NSW Council of Social Services.
Eamon has a passion for identifying economically viable solutions to social problems, where efficiency and equity can achieve better outcomes for our City. Eamon has a Master of Political Economy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of International Studies from UNSW.
Mr Kelvin Wong is the Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Kelvin oversees EDB’s industry clusters including Logistics, Professional Services; New Businesses (Industry Identification and Incubation, International Organization Programme Office, Natural Resources, Safety & Security Programme Office and Contact Singapore); and also initiatives in Human Capital, Resource Development and Singapore Welcome Centre for Corporates.
Prior to this, Kelvin held several Director-level appointments leading various EDB clusters and initiatives including Logistics, Professional Services, International Organization Programme Office, Urban Solutions, Central and Eastern US operations from 1999 to 2012. He joined EDB as a Senior Officer in the Industry Development Division (Precision Engineering) in 1996.
Mr Wong is a Glaxo-EDB scholar who graduated from the Imperial College, University of London (Masters in Communications and Signal Processing and a First Class Honours in Electronics and Electrical Engineering) in 1996.
Anupam Yog is a global strategist and entrepreneur with experience in competitive positioning of countries, cities, destinations and places. Passionate about urban innovation, Anupam is involved with a portfolio of businesses and community initiatives that are at the forefront of design-led, technology-enabled placemaking.
In a career spanning nearly two decades, Anupam has held leadership roles in high growth environments across the public, private & social sectors. He has crafted and implemented global campaigns for Brand India, most notably at the World Economic Forum in Davos, successfully positioning India as the “fastest growing free market democracy”; for Brand London in Beijing, Mumbai and Delhi; and led economic diplomacy & investment marketing initiatives in the UK, EU, USA, Japan, Brazil, China and ASEAN. He has also successfully helped launch Virtuous Retail, an institutional shopping centre developer that owns and operates a portfolio of ~ 6 million square feet of branded, community focused, new age shopping centres in major Indian cities.
Anupam was recognized as one of India’s leading urban innovators by Metropolis, World Association of Major Metropolises in “Indian Cities: Managing Urban Growth”. He has been invited to share his vision of alternative urban futures at SAIS – The Johns Hopkins University and the World Bank in Washington DC. He has co-developed and teaches, as guest faculty, an executive education course on inclusive citymaking at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute and Future Agenda, the world's largest open foresight initiative.
Darrell Zhang currently serves as the Co-Founder of Singapore based Energy Startup – Intraix, where the team firmly believes in the true value of data – something that has often been overlooked in many aspects of the entrepreneurial world. An entrepreneur at heart and always wanting to make a difference, Darrell has kickstarted 2 companies over the years and his latest venture - Intraix has achieved validation from the market through clinching a runner-up award at the Canon Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 as well as winning the Most Eco-Friendly Startup at TechVenture 2012. The company has also been nominated for the 2015 Asian Entrepreneurship Awards.
Believing in the constant need for fresh and innovative ideas, Darrell also doubles up as a Startup Mentor in various organizations such as Singapore-based Venture Capitalists - AGA (Angel's Gate Advisory) and SUN Ventures (Start Up Nation) to groom the next wave of entrepreneurs. He passes on Real-World Startup Knowledge (and failure lessons) to budding entrepreneurs in order to shorten their get-to-market cycles.